The National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, who regained his freedom after meeting his bail conditions on Thursday, resumed work at PDP office on Friday, and met with members of the British Conservative Party.
The British Conservative Party’s delegation was led by Mark Field, Member of Parliament representing the Cities of London and Westminster; and Colin Bloom, Director of outreach at the Conservative Party.
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PDP Has Since Overcome Defeat Trauma - Metuh.....Seeks Technical Assistance To Deepen Democracy In Nigeria The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh says the party has since overcome the initial trauma that accompanied the electoral setback of the 2015 general elections, and is now poised to regain power at the center in 2019.
Chief Metuh said the recent variance of voices from its members is as a result of the party’s foundation of liberal democracy, which he
described as a mark of strength, adding that the party has adequate
internal mechanisms to resolve all issues within its fold.
The view of the PDP spokesman was contained in his opening remark at a meeting of the party’s Publicity Directorate with some visiting parliamentarians from the United Kingdom, led by Rt. Hon. Mark Field, member of Parliament and Chairman of International Office of the Conservative Party, and Colin Bloom, Director of Outreach-BCP in Abuja on Friday.
He told the visitors that the PDP faced serious challenges soon after it lost in the elections, culminating in the resignation of its National Chairman, a development that created some challenges within the party, but assured that every issue would be resolved by the party leadership by next week.
In his remark, Rt. Hon. Mark Field advised the party to ensure that it does not trash its brand in the face of challenges. He noted that while it is common for some party members to demand the removal of leaders after electoral defeat, care must be taken not to jeopardize institutional memory in the party.
"Never trash your brand no matter whatever the government of the day is saying about you", he admonished the PDP.
The interaction was attended by PDP publicity staff, social media
operatives of the party and officials of the International Republican
Institute (IRI), who facilitated the visit.
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The members of the British Conservative Party also met members of the Directorate of New Media. pic.twitter.com/pttfSqn6U5— PDP Nigeria (@PdpNigeria) January 29, 2016
Chief Olisa Metuh resumes duty. Met with Members of the British Conservative Party today led by Rt. Hon. Mark Field. pic.twitter.com/fy7idYrFex— PDP Nigeria (@PdpNigeria) January 29, 2016