- Some lawmakers have alleged that there are plans to make Olisa Metuh stay away from politics in 2019
- The lawmakers accused the present administration and the APC of ensuring that Metuh does not get involved in the forthcoming general elections
- They said the ruling party and the present government are still "jittery and scared of the acclaimed strategic and tactical prowess" of the former PDP spokesperson
The members of the House of Representatives from Anambra state on Tuesday, July 31, alleged that there are plans to keep a former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, away from politics.
The lawmakers said the challenges faced by Metuh is a calculation by the present administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure that the former opposition spokesperson does not get involved in politics ahead of 2019 general elections.
During a visit to Metuh in his home in Abuja, the House members led by the deputy minority leader, Chukwuka Onyema, said growing rate of sponsored articles against the PDP chieftain since his recuperation has confirmed that the government and the APC are not comfortable with him in circulation ahead of elections.
Chukwuma alleged that the APC and the present government are still "jittery and scared of the acclaimed strategic and tactical prowess" of the former PDP spokesperson.
Speaking further, Chukwuma said Metuh had during and after his tenure as PDP spokesperson given the APC sleepless nights "with his issue-based statements as well as his doggedness in sustaining the voice of opposition at the most critical time."
Another lawmaker Chris Azubogu said it became clear that the campaign of calumny against begin took a different dimension after his visit to the deputy Senate President over the invasion of his residence by some police officers.
Azubogu said: "Nigerians can now see the main reason for Chief Metuh's travails. Somebody do not want him to be in circulation because they know his political prowess. That is why they have gone into frenzy just because Chief Metuh visited Senator Ekweremadu, even on crutches."
"Every Nigerian is aware of the situation of Chief Metuh's matter, where there has been strong opposition to his travelling for medical treatment over his spinal cord ailment, whereas there has not been such opposition to other accused persons travelling to visit their families or even for social and religious tourism.
"It is common knowledge amongst political circles that Chief Metuh is paying for the role he played in stabilizing the interest of the PDP, particularly, the election of principal officers in June 2015, as well as his major efforts at rallying the opposition party after the set back of the 2015 general elections.
This is in addition to the private meetings he organized in Abuja, Dubai and London in late 2015 where he perfected the foundation of the return of some of our hitherto brethren, from the APC.
"Nigerians can still recall the famous cry of Senator Ali Ndume, that the PDP was in coma and that Olisa Metuh was the only nurse treating it. Since then, the APC has remained afraid of what a healthy Olisa Metuh will do in organising intellectual, purposeful and effective opposition to the ruling party.
"It is obvious that many in the ruling party would prefer that Chief Metuh remains personally incapacitated, completely immobilized and permanently kept out of circulation until the conduct of the 2019 elections."
The lawmakers also said that in the last two months they have had cause to rejoice since Metuh progressed from using a wheel-chair to a walker and now crutches.
They further urged the leadership of the Federal High Court to intervene in Metuh's health challenges and allow him to have his operation in order to prevent an irreversible damage.
In his reaction, the former PDP spokesperson appreciated the lawmakers for the visit. Metuh said the solidarity and prayers by the House of Representatives members have encouraged him.
Other lawmakers who joined in visiting Metuh include: Hon. Obinna Chidoka, Hon. Emeka Anohu and Hon. Eucharia Azodo.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that some senators of the PDP visited the deputy Senate president Ike Ekweremadu.
PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 news app
The politicians visit followed an recent invasion of the DSP's home by some armed police officers in Abuja on Tuesday, July 24.
Speaking on the visit, one of the Senators, Ben Murray-Bruce said they were at Ekweremadu's house to stand by him after the invasion.
Murray-Bruce said: "We will not stand idly by as desperadoes want to take Nigeria back to dictatorship!"
Let’s Talk About Salaries of Nigerian Senators | NAIJ.com TV