The Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday distanced itself from a group, PDP Media Watchdog, over the latter’s call on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.
PDP said the group was not working within and in the interest of the opposition party.
The group had in an earlier statement signed by its head, Mr. Tunde Lawal, called for Buhari’s resignation over comments attributed to the President that there was a limit he could do because of his age.
But a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Olisa Metuh, said, “this group is absolutely unknown to the PDP and has no connection whatsoever with our party at any level, neither is the content of their statement a reflection of the position or stance of the party.
“For the avoidance of doubt, our great party has not authorized this group to use its name, acronym or logo to issue statements or make public pronouncements on any matter and we caution those behind them to henceforth desist from such immediately.
“The PDP therefore distances itself from the embarrassing statement by this group wherein it called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign and went ahead to use offensive and denigrating language on the person and office of the President of our great country.
“This is completely unacceptable and against the posture of the PDP to engage only on robust and credible opposition while constructively offering alternatives to the programmes and policies of the APC-led government, preparatory to our return to power in the next four years.”
He said that the attitude of this group was a direct consequence of the approach adopted by the APC in denigrating and insulting former President Goodluck Jonathan.”
Metuh added that though his party was aware that former President Jonathan suffered such fate in the hands of the APC, he nevertheless said his party shall not repay them in the same coin as such was not part of his party’s tradition and value as a party.