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Ruling party slams media over division reports

13 January 2014, 08:35

Abuja - The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has denied media reports suggesting divisions among the members of its National Working Committee (NWC).

“Our attention has been drawn to a malicious report in the January 11edition of the Punch Newspapers entitled ‘At last, President Goodluck Jonathan turns against Tukur’ wherein the Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, His Excellency Governor Godswill Akpabio, was falsely reported to have sponsored some members of the National Working Committee (NWC) to destabilize the leadership of our great party for alleged political reasons. This report is not only fictitious, but part of the viscous plot by the enemies of the PDP to destroy the hard earned reputation of our officials, divide our ranks and ultimately destroy our unity by compromising certain section of the media to plant fabricated stories and tissues of lies; a project which has already failed,” PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, stated.

He added that the NWC was not divided and members were not in any way influenced by any person whatsoever in presenting their positions at the meeting with the President.

This, Metuh said, was contrary to the “malevolent” report planted in the Punch Newspapers.

“For the avoidance of doubt, all members of the NWC took turns to make their presentations to the President in the meeting which dwelt on the domestic affairs of our party. No member was in anyway represented and none aired his or her view in represented capacity.  It is instructive to note that neither the Punch reporter nor any other journalist for that matter was present at the meeting and as such could not have been privy to what exactly transpired,” he said.

Metuh described the reports as “the height of wickedness for any person to, under any guise and for whatever price, choose to jettison the ethics of the profession by going to press to distort facts, fabricate falsehood and spread same to Nigerians concerning the meeting. “

“Nevertheless, we wish to caution those who trade in falsehood that not only will they continue to fail but they also heap upon themselves divine judgment unless they repent and retrace their steps.”

He thus urged party members and supporters to disregard the report.

“We charge the media to always cross check their information and get clarifications from appropriate quarters before going to the press,” Metuh added.

– CAJ News


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