JUST IN: PDP chieftain, Olisa Metuh dumps party

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A former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, has resigned his membership of the party, noting that he would be involved henceforth in non-partisan politics.

He disclosed his resignation in a letter addressed to the National Chairman of the PDP, Dr Iyochia Ayu, dated October 25.

He also said he has submitted his resignation letter to the ward chairman of the party in his home State of Anambra.

The former PDP spokesman said he decided to resign from party politics because he believes he will contribute more to democracy and good governance in Nigeria by being non-partisan.

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Metuh was the longest-serving elected member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP and won the election to serve in several national positions at six consecutive national conventions of the Party.

According to the letter, titled “Resignation From The PDP”, Metuh said, “During my three weeks trip for medical and personal reasons, I came to the realization that I can no longer play partisan politics in Nigeria. The reason for this decision is that from my experience and the nature of politics and development in Nigeria, I believe that I will contribute more to Democracy and good governance in Nigeria by being non-partisan. Being Non-Partisan gives me the status to work for the strategic interest and well-being of the Nigerian people without the hindrances of partisanship.

“In that regard, I write respectfully, to formally inform you of my resignation from the PDP and cessation of partisan politics.

“I have duly enjoyed my membership of the PDP and remain proud of being the longest elected member of the National Executive Committee, one who won election to serve in several national positions at six (6) consecutive National Conventions of the Party. I will cherish the values and ideals learnt from the founding fathers at the inception of our nascent democracy.

“Any future participation in politics will only be limited to non-partisan involvement in areas of sustaining and deepening democracy and governance in Nigerian and at the global level.

“I pray you continue to insist on issue-based engagement in our political space as the country cannot afford the bitterness and divisions that may arise otherwise.

“In line with the constitution of the PDP, I have forwarded a copy of my resignation to my ward Chairman. May God bless us all.”