The Oasis Reporters
December 12, 2017
Let me begin this piece by congratulating you on your emergence as the National Publicity Secretary of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).
I was happy when I got to know that some governors in our party were of the opinion that a trained and experienced journalist should be made the spokesman of the party. I was happy as well when I read your profile online immediately you emerged the winner of the election. The fact that I have never heard nor read about your speaking cum writing prowess notwithstanding, I was convinced and believed our dear party would have a great NPS in you.
Sir, when others were talking about a region where the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party should be zoned, my interest was on who would be the mouthpiece of the main opposition party in Nigeria and the main reason my interest was on the NPS was not because the position was not zoned to the South West but the importance of the position.
Sir, ahead of the convention, it would be recalled that the former President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan advised that PDP delegates should know who they would vote as the National Chairman and the Publicity Secretary of the party. The former President knows the importance of the two key positions.
Now that a trained, experienced and seasoned journalist has been voted the NPS of the PDP, my prayer is that God will give you wisdom, knowledge, strength and courage to justify the confidence reposed in you.
The country needs a virile opposition and you are in the best position to give us a viable one because you are the image of the party today.
Sir, don’t hesitate to do whatever will right the battered image of the party.
If more training is what will make you excel in this new assignment, try to undergo more training sir and if working with a team is what will make you to set a meaningful record; don’t wait in constituting a vibrant and articulate team.
I shared your first press statement which I called, “first salvo of our NPS” and I saw you speaking for the first time on Africa Independent Television yesterday. I must commend you sir but there is room for improvement. It was obvious that the anchor of the programme, Mr. Gbenga Aruleba faulted the convention that produced you as a spokesman of PDP and you were expected to correct him immediately but thank God the lawyer who was in the studio with you said exactly what you ought to have said.
I believe when next you are appearing on a television programme that is being anchored by an APC person, you will be able to speak like a National Publicity Secretary of an opposition party and not like a comfortable, humble and professional print media journalist.
Sir, it is not necessary that you become a compulsive liar like the former spokesman of the ruling party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who is now the Minister of Information, the numerous blunders committed so far by the APC are enough for you to nail the ruling party.
Sir, I wish you success in this assignment.
Alonge Olufemi Alonso
writes from Ilogbo-Ekiti.