The Peoples Democratic Party has dismissed reports that President Muhammadu Buhari discovered the current Chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Ibe Kachikwu.
National publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, speaking on Channels Television, explained that Former President Goodluck Jonathan had planned on replacing Diezani Alison-Madueke with Kachikwu as Petroleum Minister.
“Ibe Kachikwu was supposed to be Minister of Petroleum under PDP two years ago; he is not a new discovery,” he said.
On the expectation that Buhari will head the ministry, Metuh responded: “If the President handles the petroleum industry and does anything dishonest, we will expose him and tell Nigerians.”
On being an opposition party and the need to scrutinize every government policy, Metuh said: “The style we are bringing is constructive criticisms because the essence is not about winning. It is about serving the people. We want to serve the Nigerian people – that is why we are in politics.”
“When we were in government, the then opposition government (APC) did certain things that were indecent and not good for the progress or unity of our country.
“Any time there was a terrorist attack on the country, we had lots of condemnation of the government and it made the terrorists emboldened. The insurgents were dividing us along ethnic and religious lines and the APC were promoting it.”
“As an opposition party, we have decided that we will not adopt the same tactics. We have not abused Mr. President; we do not abuse his office.
“We limit ourselves to issues, providing alternatives and options to his policies and programmes, although we haven’t seen any yet.”