The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reduced opposition politics to triviality with its leaders’ refusal to hang the official portrait of President Muhammadu Buhari at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
When queried about this, PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh told The Punch, “We will never hang his portrait in this office, because President Buhari is not known to our party. He is not a leader of our party and therefore we will never put his portrait here. We are a political party, very partisan and therefore, we are not going to hide that.”
That Buhari defeated the PDP flagbearer and an incumbent president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan at the March 2015 polls – the party’s first loss of power at the centre in its 16-year rule – has obviously brought out primordial rivalry and resentfulness on PDP’s part.
Metuh claimed that Buhari’s party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, also did not hang the portrait of Jonathan in its offices prior to his defeat. It was conjecture though.
“Can you find out if the APC had the portrait of former President Jonathan in their office before he was defeated? That is just it,” he told The Punch.
On his part, APC spokesman Lai Mohammed, expressed shock at Metuh’s comment, saying: “This is ridiculous and we have no comment. Let Nigerians judge the PDP on this matter.” He said Metuh had a shallow understanding of the concept of opposition politics.