The All Progressives Congress has admonished the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Olisa Metuh, to exhibit decorum in his public statements and avoid the use of trench language in public discourse.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the governing party said Metuh’s increasing resort to the use of putrid language in his press statements is distracting from the message he might want to pass across, while at the same time sending a bad signal to the younger generation of Nigerians who look up to him and other politicians.
“Mr. Metuh, being the spokesman, first for a ruling party and now for the main opposition puts you on the rarefied level of being a role model and a pace setter. You denigrate your office and your party when you use that platform to spew out hate and abusive words.
“You might choose to be bombastic, sharply critical and even aggressive in your statements, but you do not have to resort to the use of crude language like calling your fellow spokesman a ‘renowned liar,’ a ‘master liar’ or a ‘shameless veteran,’ to make your point. Apart from distracting from the issues at stake, those words reflect more on your personality than on the man you have chosen to skewer, and their vulgarity is stomach-churning”, it said.
Mohammed said every statement being issued today will become a reference material in the weeks, months and years ahead, hence the need to keep them decent, polished and dignifying, even when they are hard-hitting.
The party said it has chosen to caution Metuh rather than reply him in kind, hoping he will see the reason for him not to continue on the path of profanity.
“After all, it was American religious leader Spencer W. Kimball who said ‘Profanity is the effort of a feeble brain to express itself forcibly’”, it said.
Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory
Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.
The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.
Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.
He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.
AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.
The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.
He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.
“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?
“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”
Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.
Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.
The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.
Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.
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