National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has warned aides of elected public officers to mind their business and stop interfering with the running of the party, especially on issues concerning nomination of party members for elective positions.
The warning from Metuh is coming about 24 hours after Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Rufai Ahmed Alkali, said the adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan by the PDP as sole candidate for the 2015 Presidential election is not an indication that other party members interested the ticket cannot take a shot at it anymore.
The PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) had adopted Jonathan as its sole candidate for the 2015 Presidential primary.
Metuh noted that two weeks ago he had stated that the door has been closed because the decision to adopt Jonathan was taken by the party’s NEC and as such all responsible and faithful members of the party are expected to respect the decision.
He warned that all aides of elected officials should mind their businesses and not try to explain any decision taken by the party to the public.
“The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has noted the rush with which certain aides of elected officials make comments relating to the administration of the party and its official position on issues.
“This is absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated as it is capable of conveying wrong messages regarding the position of the party especially on nomination issues.
“Consequently, the PDP hereby issues a strong warning to all such aides to forthwith desist from making comments to explain the actions of the party or its official position on any matter whatsoever.
“All aides of elected officials should by this directive restrict themselves to the confines of their official briefs and refrain from trying to get involved in party administration,” Metuh said.