Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP), National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, has urged the party’s
zonal and states publicity secretaries to ensure integrity and public trusts on
information emanating from them.
Metuh made the call at one-day intensive workshop on
external communication for PDP's zonal publicity secretaries and some state
publicity secretaries in Abuja on Tuesday.
The workshop was organised by the PDP in collaboration with
the International Republican Institute (IRI).
Metuh said that PDP, which had a stronger voice in the
affairs of the country, did not only speak with one voice but now commands the
trust and regard of party members.
"We insist that our publicity units in the states must
always emphasize on truth and ensure that they base their statements on facts.
You should stick to the truth no matter how it affects your party.
"While other parties would rush to the media with their
positions not minding the source or truth of what they are bringing up, we in
the PDP have insisted on the truth.
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"We insist that our officers must do their duty and apply a
lot of integrity to ensure public trusts in whatever information that comes out
from the PDP,” Metuh said.
He advised the state publicity secretaries to make sure they
relate well with the media, as well ensure that they help to provide checks and
balances in the affairs of governance in their respective states.
Metuh said that in spite, different views about PDP, the
party represented national interest and peaceful coexistence of Nigerians.
He explained that why people called the PDP "share the
money’’ was because the party’s philosophy and ideology had always been to
transfer wealth from the public sector to the private sector.
"In doing that we have been mindful of the fact that it is
only when there is progress in infrastructural development and other areas that
you can impact positively on the lives of the ordinary people.
"That is why people say, 'PDP- share the money."
Speaking at the workshop, the Country Director of IRI, Mr
Sentell Bernes, said the group had been working to strengthen Nigeria's
Bernes added that IRI had also contributed to the work of
the PDP post election review report along the lines of strengthening the
party’s external communication and ability to mobilise support for election.