‘Fake Results’: Why I Will Not Attend PDP Convention – Chidoka

A former Minister of Aviation, Mr Osita Chidoka

 

A former Minister of Aviation and Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic says he will not attend the party’s National Convention after fake results were printed for Idemili North LGA’s delegate elections.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Chidoka said he had petitioned the party to correct the anomaly to no avail.

He however said he will not sue the party.

“For the first time in many years, I will not be attending the PDP Convention,” Chidoka said. “I will watch from my house though I am a member of the Electoral Sub-Committee for the Convention.

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“On May 10th a National Delegate Congress Committee chaired by Prof Kingsley Chimsorom Chilaka of Nnamdi Azikiwe University went to Anambra to conduct the congress and did not conduct any congress in Idemili North LGA where I had bought the form to contest as a National Delegate.

“Strangely the committee submitted a report and fake result for Idemili North LGA with the name of someone that did not purchase the form for the congress. It is time we look into the role of Academics in the corruption in our electoral process. I will follow up on that soon.

“INEC’s report clearly stated that they did not observe any election in Idemili North LGA as they were at the venue till 7 pm. I submitted a petition to the Party with a certified copy of the INEC report. I requested the Party to reschedule and conduct the congress in line with the party rules and Electoral Act.

“I waited till yesterday Friday 27th May for the Party NWC to sit on the petition to no avail instead the Party went ahead and published the name from the fake result as National Delegate.

“As a loyal Party member and a dedicated and prominent voice of the Party since the Party went into opposition, I have elected to stay away from the convention and will not pursue a legal redress against the party that I have given so much at grave personal risk and cost.

“I wish the Party a successful convention.”

Hayatu-Deen Has Stepped Down For Atiku – Fintiri

A photo taken on November 22, 2021, shows Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri.

 

Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Fintiri says Mohammed Hayatu-Deen has stepped down for Atiku Abubakar in the race for the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential ticket.

Hayatu-Deen, one of the presidential candidates, announced earlier that he was exiting the race but did not say he was supporting any particular candidate.

Mr Fintiri was speaking to Channels Television on the sidelines of the PDP’s National Convention in Abuja on Saturday.

READ ALSO: PDP Denies Postponing 2022 National Convention

“Hayatu-Deen has stepped down for him (Atiku),” Mr Fintiri said. “I think he has stepped down for him. He has instructed his delegates to vote for Atiku.”

Mr Fintiri said he was optimistic that the former Vice President would emerge as the PDP’s presidential flagbearer for the 2023 election.

Mr Atiku is a major stakeholder in Adamawa politics.

LIVE: Voting Set To Commence As PDP Elects 2023 Presidential Candidate

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20:27 – Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, lists the number of delegates per state.


20:10 – After the candidates’ pitches, voting is set to commence.


20:02 – Presidential aspirant Nyesom Wike addresses the delegates.


20:00 – Presidential aspirant Charlie Ugwu addresses the delegates.


19:54 – Presidential aspirant Aminu Tambuwal addresses the delegates.


19:50 – Presidential aspirant Bukola Saraki addresses the delegates.


19:45 – The only female presidential aspirant in the race, Tari Diana Oliver, addresses the delegates.


19:40 – Presidential aspirant Sam Ohuabunwa addresses the delegates.


19:36 – Presidential aspirant Dele Momodu addresses the delegates.


19:30 – Presidential aspirant Bala Mohammed addresses the delegates.


19:28 – Presidential aspirant Chikwendu Kalu addresses the delegates.


19:23 – Presidential aspirant, Ayodele Fayose, is now addressing the delegates.


19:18 – Presidential aspirant Udom Emmanuel is now addressing the delegates.


19:13 – Presidential aspirant Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim addresses the delegates.


19:05 – Presidential aspirant, Dr Nwachukwu Anakwenze, addresses the delegates.


18:57 – Presidential aspirant Atiku Abubakar addresses the delegates.


18:41 – PDP National Secretary, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu, delivers his remarks.


18:30 – National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, delivers his remarks.

He formally declares the convention open.


18: 24 – Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, Sen. Walid Jibrin, delivers his remarks.


18:17 – Chairman of the National Convention Organizing Committee (NCOC), Senator David Mark, delivers his remarks.






16:55 – Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Fintiri tells Channels Television that Mohammed Hayatu-Deen has stepped down for Atiku Abubakar in the race for the party’s presidential ticket.

Hayatu-Deen announced earlier that he was exiting the race but did not say he was supporting any particular candidate.




15:30 – PDP Chieftain Bode George admits the party has been rocked with a number of crises.

“But our ability to rise above these crises will be a measure of our competence,” he said.

PDP Chieftain, Bode George, spoke to Channels Television on the sidelines of the PDP National Convention on May 28, 2022. Taiwo Adeshina/Channels Television
PDP Chieftain, Bode George, spoke to Channels Television on the sidelines of the PDP National Convention on May 28, 2022. Taiwo Adeshina/Channels Television


 


 



13:47 – The PDP has rejected speculations that it has postponed its National Convention.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP states in very clear terms that is has not postponed its 2022 Special National Convention,” a statement signed by spokesperson Debo Ologunagba said.

“The 2022 Special National Convention of the PDP is on course as scheduled today, Saturday May 28, 2022 and there is no contemplation whatsoever for postponement.”


More than 10 aspirants are vying for the presidential ticket of the PDP in today’s National Convention.

They include former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Senate President Bukola Saraki and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Read their profiles here.

Meet the candidates contesting for the PDP presidential candidate

Our correspondent, Linda Akhigbe, who is live at the convention venue in Abuja, gives a live update on proceedings so far.


We earlier reported that one of the PDP presidential aspirants, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, has stepped down from the race.

He described the primary election contest as “obscenely monetised.”

A file photo of Mr Mohammed Hayatu-Deen .

 



All appears set for the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Convention at the Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, where the party is expected to elect its presidential candidate.

On Friday the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) extended the deadline for political parties to conduct their primaries for the 2023 general elections by six days, prompting the ruling All Progressives Congress to postpone its own primaries, earlier scheduled for Sunday, to June 6.

However, despite INEC’s shifting stance (which the PDP has criticised) and the APC postponement, it appears the PDP convention will go on as planned.

On Friday, the Chairman of the PDP’s National Convention Organizing Committee (NCOC), Senator David Mark, said virtually all its delegates have arrived Abuja and that the party was ready for the exercise.

 

 

Russian Army Confirms Capture Of Ukraine’s Lyman Town

This satellite image released by Maxar Technologies on May 27 shows damaged buildings and tank on the road in Lyman, Ukraine, May 25, 2022. Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies / AFP
This satellite image released by Maxar Technologies on May 27 shows damaged buildings and tank on the road in Lyman, Ukraine, May 25, 2022. Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies / AFP

 

Russia’s army confirmed Saturday it had seized the strategic town of Lyman in eastern Ukraine, on the road to two key cities still under Kyiv’s control.

“Following the joint actions of the units of the militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Russian armed forces, the town of Krasny Liman has been entirely liberated from Ukrainian nationalists,” the defence ministry said in a statement, confirming an announcement a day earlier by pro-Moscow separatists.

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Krasny Liman, which had a population of around 20,000 people before the hostilities broke out, is the town’s old name.

Located in the north of the eastern Donetsk region, Lyman lies on the road to Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, the capital of the Ukrainian-controlled part of the region.

Chelsea Sale To Boehly Consortium To Be Completed On Monday

Chelsea's prospective US owner Todd Boehly comes onto the pitch to join the lap of honour after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge in London on May 22, 2022. Glyn KIRK / AFP
Chelsea’s prospective US owner Todd Boehly comes onto the pitch to join the lap of honour after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge in London on May 22, 2022. Glyn KIRK / AFP

 

Chelsea said on Saturday that the sale of the Premier League club to a consortium led by Todd Boehly, the co-owner of baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, is expected to be completed by Monday.

The British government and the Premier League have approved the £4.25 billion ($5.3 billion) takeover.

Chelsea were put on the market in early March, days before owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the British government following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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The British government describes Abramovich as part of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. Abramovich is also the target of European Union sanctions.

“Chelsea Football Club can confirm that a final and definitive agreement was entered into last night to sell the club to the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Capital consortium,” the club said in a statement.

“It is expected that the transaction will be completed on Monday.”

The consortium is led by Boehly, but California-based private equity firm Clearlake Capital would own a majority of the shares in the club.

Other investors include US billionaire Mark Walter, who is Boehly’s co-owner at the Dodgers, and Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss.

The Portuguese government has also ratified the sale. Portugal’s approval was required because Abramovich holds a passport for the European nation.

CSO Condemns INEC’s Decision To Extend Deadline For Party Primaries

A file photo of an INEC official carrying a bag with electoral materials.

 

A civil society election observation organization, the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has criticised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for extending the deadline for the conduct of primary elections and submission of the list of nominated candidates for the 2023 general elections, from 4th to 9th of June 2022.

TMG’s Chairman, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, in a statement on Friday, lamented the extension noting that the group received the news with great worries and concerns.

He said that at a time when Nigerians are beginning to have confidence in the electoral umpire some powerful forces are trying to undermine and pressurise it to doing their biddings.

READ ALSO: PDP Slams INEC’s Decision To Extend Deadline For Party Primaries

Rafsanjani said: “A lot of political parties have made efforts in conducting their primaries and if the ruling party is still uncertain about the day to conduct its presidential primary elections that shouldn’t be the basis for the extension.”

The Group also condemned the vote-buying incidents in the ongoing political party primaries across the country, stating that “any financial inducements on delegates were tantamount to the mortgaging of the country’s future.”

Mr Rafsanjani said: “We are appalled by the incidents of vote-buying and sundry financial inducements on the delegates in the ongoing political party primaries across the country.

“Delegates should note that they don’t have to go to the extent of mortgaging Nigeria’s future on the altar of ephemeral financial gratifications. They should think of Nigeria first before any other considerations.

“Our observers reported that aspirants’ agents were largely involved in coordinating vote-buying for various persons seeking political offices, which is unfortunate.

“It should be noted that the influence of money in an election has far-reaching implications in Nigerian politics because any politician that spends to be voted for will surely work towards recouping the money at the end of the day, and it is still the voters that will be at the receiving end.”

Mr Rafsanjani, lamented the incident that has led to an alarming increase in the rate of foreign exchange, saying that the Nigerian Naira has now reached an all-time high of N610 to a dollar.

“As the country is witnessing various economic challenges it is worrisome to see that the amount of money that is exchanging hands in this period has led to the sky-rocketing of the Naira, it is at its all-time high of N610 to a dollar in the country,” he stressed.

The TMG boss noted that the group will continue to monitor the electoral processes with a view to ascertaining the level of transparency and fairness in the process and report the same to Nigerians in the build-up to the 2023 general elections.

The group, however, commended INEC and security agencies for ensuring the smooth conduct of the party primaries across the country.

I’m Not Desperate To Be President – Peter Obi

 

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, on Friday said he is not desperate to be President.

Mr Obi made the comment while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

According to Mr Obi, he left the Peoples Democratic Party for the Labour Party because the former did no longer align with his political values.

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“I’m not desperate to be President or anything,” he said. “I’m desperate to see Nigeria work. Especially for the youths of this country.

“I’ve moved to where I think the process might allow me.

“I would rather lose doing the right thing than win doing the wrong thing. My politics have been consistent in character and integrity.”

PDP Slams INEC’s Decision To Extend Deadline For Party Primaries

A file photo of the PDP emblem.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party has frowned on INEC’s decision to extend the deadline for party primaries by six days.

PDP spokesperson, Mr Debo Ologunagba, said INEC has changed the goalpost in the middle of the game, stressing that certainty of elections is the bedrock of democracy.

He was speaking at the Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, where the PDP is scheduled to hold its special National Convention on Saturday.

READ ALSO: INEC Extends Deadline For Party Primaries By Six Days

“The consequences will be grave for the country. And of course we have to look at that,” he said.

“The bedrock of democracy is certainty of elections and the fact that the rules are clear to every participant; and you cannot shift the goalpost in the middle of the game.”

Edo Senator Quits APC Over ‘Injustice’ In Primary Election

A file photo of Sen Francis Alimikhena
A file photo of Sen Francis Alimikhena

 

The Senator representing Edo North in the National Assembly, Francis Alimikhena has resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a letter dated May 27and sent to the APC National Chairman, the Senator cited “injustice” as a reason for his withdrawal.

“I write to notify you that I have withdrawn from the Primary election as a result of injustice and also withdraw my membership from the party,” the Senator said.

READ ALSO: Peter Obi Joins Labour Party After Dumping PDP

Alimikhena is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff.

The APC is scheduled to hold Senate primaries on Saturday.

2023: PDP Ready For National Convention – Committee Chair

The Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, on May 27, 2022. This is the venue of the PDP National Convention.
The Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, on May 27, 2022. This is the venue of the PDP National Convention. Taiwo Adesina/Channels Television

 

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) National Convention Organizing Committee (NCOC), Senator David Mark has assured that arrangements have been made for a hitch free exercise on Saturday.

Addressing members of the committee of the Convention in Abuja ahead of the programme, Senator Mark assured that the exercise will be smooth and transparent.

He told members of the committee to brace up to the challenges to ensure a credible exercise, saying “you must be absolutely transparent.

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“If you have any interest or bias for any of the aspirants, you can excuse yourself from this assignment,” Mark said, as quoted in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Paul Mumeh.

Senator Mark maintained that the stage is set for a hitch-free programme as all logistics, materials and security have been sorted out.

He added: “We are prepared for the exercise, virtually all our delegates have arrived Abuja.”

He said the PDP has a track record of conducting peaceful congresses and conventions over the years assuring that the outcome of this convention will make the party stronger.

According to Mark, “the PDP has an array of eminently qualified persons to rule Nigeria. We carried out due diligence during our screening. I am confident that who ever emerges from the convention will reflect the wishes of our party.”

Senator Mark and his committee members also inspected the facilities at the Velodrome, Moshood Abiola stadium, Abuja, venue of the convention.

The PDP is expected to elect its presidential flag bearer for the 2023 presidential election on Saturday.

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Alleged N96bn Fraud: Supreme Court Judgment Vindicates Me – Amaechi

A file photo of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, during an interview on a Channels Television programme.

 

Former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Friday said the Supreme Court judgment dismissing his appeal to stop his probe over an alleged N96 billion fraud has vindicated him.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, had earlier described the judgment as a vindication of his administration’s decision to probe Mr Amaechi.

“Nigeria’s apex court today ruled on the Appeal filed by Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi against the Rivers State Government on the Justice Omereji Judicial Commission of Inquiry,” a statement released by Amaechi’s media office said.

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“The Supreme Court in dismissing the Appeal however pronounced that the function of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry was mere investigative, that nobody, neither Amaechi nor anyone else, was on trial before the panel.

“The Supreme Court ruling clearly vindicates the former Governor of Rivers State. The apex court was categorical and clear that Amaechi was not on trial. The implication of this is that any indictment from the Commission is null and void and cannot stand.

“With this judgment, Amaechi has been vindicated and cleared him of all purported or alleged indictment by the Governor Wike’s Commission. It has been further settled that the decisions/recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry and subsequent White Paper issued by the State Government is not a conviction or indictment and cannot stand.

“From the onset, it was obvious to any discerning mind that the Commission was set up to embarrass, denigrate and humiliate Amaechi. The apex court judgment today, further buttressed this stance. A Commission purportedly set up to investigate past financial transactions was actually a Commission to personally witch-hunt Amaechi.”