Rattled by his multiple ongoing trials for alleged corruption, the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, has chickened out of any of the party's convention electoral activities, vowing not to enter any race for an official position the forthcoming national convention.
Metuh is also facing other court cases including two civil lawsuits instituted against him by the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Elrufai and the current Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
He is also facing a civil case for allegedly slapping a teacher at one of his children at school.
Worried by these legal problems and the general belief that he was dumped by his party since his trials began, Metuh said in a statement in Abuja on Thursday that he won't contest any elective position in the party.
Metuh has been an officer of the party since its inception in 1998.
The convention of the party is slated for May 21, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
SEE FULL STATEMENT
As Nigerians are aware, my party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is preparing for a National Convention where national officers who will pilot its affairs in the next four years are expected to emerge.
As one of the founding members of this party, the longest serving member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and currently a critical player in the party, my supporters and admirers expect me to contest and this has spurred speculations in the media.
However, I wish to state publicly that I have no ambitions to continue as a member of the National Working Committee after the expiration of my current tenure as the National Publicity Secretary, a decision that is enjoying the support of my family.
I therefore with every sense of responsibility confirm to all members of our great party that I will not run for any position whatsoever in the forthcoming National Convention irrespective of which office may be zoned to the south-east for that matter.
What is paramount in my mind at this point is to continue to lift the image of our great party during the remaining part of my tenure as the image-maker of the PDP, a position, which by the grace of God, I have been able to dutifully deliver to the best of my ability despite daunting challenges.
Finally, I wish to assure all my associates and supporters that my love and commitment to the party remains unshaken, especially as we work together to build not only a strong and virile party but also a prosperous, united and stable nation.
Chief Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary