Sherriff Supporters In Delta State Defect From PDP To APC

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Over 14,000 supporters of the former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff have defected from the PDP to the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC).

The defecting members who were led by the former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, were received during a ceremony in Agbor, Delta State by APC party chieftains.

Noble APC chieftains at the ceremony include the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachukwu, the Vice Chairman of APC, South-South, Mr Hilliard Eta; APC Chairman in the state, Jones Erue; Delta State leader of the APC, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, among others.

Speaking at the event, Mr Ojougboh alleged that the PDP marginalised and forced them out of the party after the Supreme Court judgement that affirmed Ahmed Markafi as the national Chairman of the PDP.

Receiving the newly decamped members, Vice Chairman of the APC, South-South, Mr Hilliard Eta said the new members will further brighten the party’s chances to rule Delta state, come 2019.

Reacting to the movement, Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Delta State, Ifeanyi Osuoza said, “the Party is ready to win all elections across the country, come 2019.”

God Shut The Lion’s Mouth And Saved PDP – Fayose

Governor of Ekiti State and chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said their unwavering stand on truth was responsible for why the factional Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff lost at the Supreme Court.

Fayose said the supporters of Ahmed Makarfi didn’t win the legal battle on the premise of wealth, connection or political scheming, but said what gave them victory over Sheriff’s faction at the Supreme court was their avowed stand for truth .

He made this known on Sunday during a special thanksgiving service at the Saint Paul Anglican Church, Ikole-Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of the state, held by the party leaders and members to celebrate the victory.

Party leaders and members who graced the event included: Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Kolapo Olusola, Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Kolawole Oluwawole, State Chairman of the party, Gboyega Oguntuase, from Ikole, Chairman of Ikole-Local Government Council, Adeyanju Adeyeye, Kehinde Agboola, member of House of Representatives, representing Ikole Constituency, and member of Ekiti State House of Assembly representing Ikole, Mrs Titilayo Owolabi Akerele, among other dignitaries,

Fayose, who was represented at the event by his deputy, said: “Our story in PDP Ekiti and Nigeria is not different from what happened to Daniel in the Bible. The governor believes so much in prayers.

“When we stand on the truth, God will be with us. What happened to PDP in Nigeria is that truth has prevailed. God has shut the lion’s mouth and prevented it from devouring us. Fayose stands by the truth always and that is why he always triumph,” he said.

While the Chairman of Ikole Local Government, Adeyanju Adeyeye said the victory of the party was a signal to the world that the PDP would win the Ekiti gubernatorial poll in 2018, state Chairman of the Party, Gboyega Oguntuase assured members that no one would be punished for anti-party activities.

“We have come today to give back to God the glory that belongs to Him. We know that this victory has not been our doing but because God, in his infinite mercies, wanted us to have the victory.

“It is very rare to win a case already lost at the High and Appeal court. But God saw us through. God showed His supremacy and all the justices of the Supreme Court decided in favour of Makarfi. With that decision of the Supreme Court, the soul of the PDP has been saved. So, we are celebrating a God that has given us victory.

“I want to tell you that the disposition of the PDP is to make sure that we try nobody for any offence. We want a bigger PDP. There is nobody that is beyond redemption, so as far as I am concerned, we would not try anybody.

“There have been contentions in our party and the case was a legal one and it has been settled by the highest court in the land. We who have been given that power to lead the party would not try anybody for any offence. We will now work together as a family.

“Now, PDP is alive, active and growing. It s now very likely that PDP will reclaim power in 2019. To those who have spoken by the wisdom of man that he has seen the end of PDP, now he has lived to see the glory of PDP,” he added.

Police Storm Lagos PDP Secretariat

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Officers of the Nigerian Police Force and other security agencies are in the Lagos State secretariat of the PDP ‎to enforce the recently delivered judgment of the Supreme Court recognising the Senator Makarfi national caretaker Committee as legitimate leadership authority for the PDP.

An anonymous member of the Party had earlier reported a letter written on behalf of the NEC and signed by the Caretaker Committee’s secretary, Senator Ben Obi.

The letter confirmed the leadership and authority of Olabode George on the property being used as the party Secretary which until now was occupied by the faction loyal to the outwitted Senator Ali Modu Sherif EXCO.

It is believed that the Police is acting on this letter.

Read More: Supreme Court Declares Makarfi Committee Legal

On July 12, the Supreme Court declared the Ahmed Makarfi Caretaker Committee of the PDP as validly constituted, officially bringing an end to the leadership crisis that had rocked the Party for over a year.

Both men had been at loggerheads since May 21, 2016, when Senator Ali Modu Sheriff was purportedly removed at the party’s convention held in Port Harcourt.

Agents Of Darkness

Makarfi’s supporters had described the Sheriff’s faction of the party as “agents of darkness“, insisting that the former Governor of Borno State, is not the Chairman of the party.

The PDP noted that the ‘group’, which it described as non-PDP members, had in a statement tried to sustain it’s illegal claim to the leadership of the Party, but insisted that it would not leave them to continue to deceive Nigerians.

While the Makarfi faction enjoyed the support of most of the organs of the PDP, the Sheriff faction was declared the authentic leadership by the Court of Appeal in February.

As the crisis continued to take new turns, many Makarfi supporters such as the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Ayodele Fayose, continued to stress that Ali Modu Sheriff could not lead the Party and hence moved to appeal the judgement.

The Ekiti State Governor went further to state that he could end up leaving the Party if the outcome of the Supreme Court verdict on the leadership tussle did not favour the Makarfi-led caretaker committee.

With the final verdict, some Party Chieftains lauded the judgement, saying that Nigeria now has a viable opposition and have continued to preach peace and unity within the party in order to emerge as a formidable force.

 

I have No Intention To Defect, Says Ex-PDP National Secretary

PDP Set To 'Change The Change' In 2019A Former National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Wale Oladipo, says he has no intention of defecting to another party.

He affirmed his commitment to the party following the Supreme Court’s judgement which upheld Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic chairman of the PDP.

Oladipo who was speaking to journalists in Ile-Ife, Osun State where supporters welcomed him back home said he had no intention to leave the party for another in spite of the ruling.

Read Also: Supreme Court Declares Makarfi Committee Legal

According to him, the PDP is the only party that gives anyone the ability to fulfil their potentials hence his resolve to work in tandem with the policies and principles of the party solidly to rebuild it.

Furthermore, while urging the present leadership of the PDP to reconcile all parties, he assured that he would alongside other leaders of the party in Osun State, work as a team to present a formidable candidate that will lead the party to victory in the 2018 Governorship elections.

Read Also: Supreme Court Judgement: Nigeria Now Has A Viable Opposition – Wike 

Both factions had been at loggerheads since May 21, 2016, when Senator Ali Modu Sheriff was purportedly removed at the party’s convention held in Port Harcourt.

With the latest judgment, however, the crisis rocking the party has formally been brought to an end with many saying Nigeria will now have a viable opposition.

PDP Group Urges Members To Remain Loyal, Maintain Peace

Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State have continued to react to the Supreme Court Judgment which affirmed the Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic Chairman of the Party.

Read Also: Supreme Court Declares Makarfi Committee Legal

Addressing members of the Party in Delta State, a Party Chieftain told party faithful that it is imperative for them to stay focused and await further directive from the national working committee of the party.

According to him since the main objective of the PDP is how to resolve the lingering leadership crisis ahead of the 2019 general elections members must stand with the party for peace to reign.

Read Also: Supreme Court Judgement Stuns Sheriff Camp

“We want to make sure that impunity is sacked. The idea of opposition in the party which has been the bane of our party is removed. That is what our national leader, Ali-Modu Sheriff stood for and that is what he still stands for.”

The meeting follows last week’s judgement which brought an end to the leadership tussle that has rocked the party for almost two years.

The 3-man Supreme Court panel led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour in the judgement ruled that Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff ceases to be the party’s national chairman and ordered Ahmed Makarfi to take over the leadership of the party.

While the verdict came to some as a shock, others say Nigeria will now have a viable opposition.

I Would’ve Burnt My PDP Card, Flag If Sheriff Won – Fayose

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The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose says he would have burnt his membership card and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag if Senator Ali Modu Sheriff had won at the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Fayose, who had been the most vociferous critic of Sheriff’s leadership in the party, said he went to court with a perfume with the intention to destroy his card and the party’s flag if the delegitimised Chairman had won, saying “I never imagined myself being in the same party with impostors”.

Read Also: We Will Remain In PDP Despite Supreme Court Judgement – PDP Governors

The Supreme Court had in a judgement on who was the authentic Chairman of the party, declared the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction the genuine leadership, laying to rest the crisis of several months that had done colossal damage to the party.

Fayose, who spoke in Ado Ekiti on Friday during his triumphant entry into Ekiti from Abuja, pointed out that Sheriff and members of his faction had been forgiven but won’t go scot-free for causing the party members so much pangs and pains.

Read Also: Supreme Court Declares Makarfi Committee Legal

The governor said with the victory, President Muhammadu Buhari and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo would be defeated in the 2019 presidential poll, saying efforts will be stepped up to revive the party and fortify it the more to be able to play its opposition roles.

“I went to court with a perfume which I wanted to use to spray my cards and party flags and set them ablaze even within the court premises if Sheriff had won, that was why I went to court.

“Though, I believe that we remain the same PDP family but no one can cause our party such pains and embarrassment and expect that he would go without being asked to account for his actions.

“Even the reactions of Sheriff people shows that we remain together. But the no victor, no vanquished that we said was a mere political slogan. Whoever that participated in this charade must show some reasonable level of remorse for their actions”, he said.

He said the party would henceforth begin serious mobilization drives up to the grassroots level with efforts to re-energize the party to be able to defeat President Buhari and his Deputy in one swell swoop.

“Our party had ever remained one indissoluble family, which is PDP.
It was only these impostors that were causing troubles but such had been laid to rest . PDP is a formidable force and we shall work up to the grassroots level to convince our people that we are up to the task of rebuilding this nation and win election in 2019.”

When asked about his presidential ambition, Fayose retorted that: “It is still much alive. I am an early starter and that has been my style of politics. In 2003, I started earlier and I defeated Otunba Niyi Adebayo and likewise Dr Kayode Fayemi in 2014.

“I want to tell you that the APC won’t return to the Villa. We shall defeat both Buhari and Osinbajo, we are removing the two together and I want you to believe this.

“When I talk, people would say I always pose like a Nostradamus, a man who can see tomorrow. Whether they like it or not, I shall be in the Villa in 2019, so my ambition is very much alive,” Fayose stated.

Supreme Court Judgement Stuns Sheriff Camp

Supreme Court Judgement Stuns Sheriff Camp

Twenty-four hours after the Supreme Court sacked Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), his camp said they have received the judgement with shock.

The PDP Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi has been embroiled in a legal tussle in the last 13 months with Senator Sheriff over who to manage the affairs of the party.

READ ALSO: Makarfi, Ekweremadu, Others Laud Supreme Court Judgement

A three-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour had on Wednesday ruled that Senator Sheriff should cease to be the PDP National Chairman and ordered the PDP Caretaker Committee to take over the leadership of the party.

Reacting to the court judgement on Thursday, spokesperson for the Sheriff camp, Bernard Mikko, in a statement, said: “We received with shock July 12 judgement of the Supreme Court on the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)”.

“Though we still await the full written judgement of the highest court from our lawyers who will fully brief us on the details of the judgement; in the interim, we ask all members and supporters to remain steadfast in prayers for Nigeria.

“Meanwhile, we continue with our avowed demands that the party must be given back to the owners at the grassroots to always elect their party officials and those to contest elections for them at all levels. Internal democracy must be institutionalised in the party,” he added.

Benue Holds LG Poll, As BESIEC Excludes Makarfi’s PDP Led Faction

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has applauded the peaceful conduct of electorates across the state in the ongoing Local Government election. 

Governor Ortom who joined the accreditation queue in the company of his wife, at Ako polling unit of Nzorov ward in Guma Local Government Area, blamed the exclusion of the Ahmed Makarfi led faction of the PDP from the ongoing election, on the party’s internal crisis.

The exclusion of the Makarfi led faction of the PDP, which the former Senate President, David Mark and Ex-governor Gabriel Suswam pitched tent with, has made the election less competitive for the ruling APC administration, as the recognized Ali Modu Sheriff faction presented only Six chairmanship candidates in the 20 local councils.

The Governor said: “I want to appreciate God for the wisdom and the cooperation of the Benue people to help us conduct this election today. As a law abiding citizen and as one who committed to the rule of law and due process for my state and country Nigeria I want to ensure that the Democratic structures in Benue State are very strong.

“This informed me and my council and the entire people of Benue State to conduct this election because we know that Local Government are the third tier of Government and just like we have Democratic process at the Federal level and at the state.

“The Local government too should have the opportunity to enjoy democracy, and this is what informed us to conduct this election though at a very difficult time that there is no money to pay salaries as and when due but because we want democracy at the local government level”.

“Maybe it will help instill sanity and discipline and make it more functional because here you are going to have the representatives of the people who are going to be elected at the council ward and them at the state level and I am excited and happy that the entire state is today very peaceful in conduction this election. This shows the commitment we have to ensure peace for our state and I am happy that we are conducting the election”.

The governor further noted that he is aware about the eight political parties contesting this election, stating that PDP is not an issue and their wrangling has nothing to do with the election.

“I am aware that about eight political parties are contesting this election so it does not matter. PDP is not an issue. Their internal wrangling has nothing to do with the election. And I am aware that PDP also fielded candidates in this election and is going on.

“So that is their own internal thing and that was why some of us had to leave the party because the party is not organized and I can see it standing anywhere. In any case whichever faction that fielded candidates we were ready to contend with it because we as a party, the All Progressives Congress is ready to face any opponent legitimately and by law. We have done our homework.

“We are the only political party that went out to campaign and seek for votes so why can’t the people vote for us. It is very clear. Which other political party came out to work the way we did. We launched our campaign in the three senatorial zones which I was personally there and again we went to all the local Governments and we went to all the wards. So we are sure of victory at the end of the day.”

I May Dump PDP If Sherrif Wins At Supreme Court – Fayose

The Governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose says he may dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if the outcome of the Supreme Court verdict on the leadership tussle within the party does not favour the Makarfi-led caretaker committee.

The governor disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday while reacting to media reports that he had removed the name and logo of the PDP from his campaign office and mini signposts mounted on Ado and Ikere-Ekiti roads.

Fayose, however, stated that he remains a bonafide member of the PDP, until the outcome of the court judgement.

READ: I Do Not Recognise Sheriff As PDP’s National Chairman – Fayose

Despite reconciliation efforts, the governor has stated several times that he does not recognise Senator Sheriff as the party’s leader.

On February 17, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, ruled that the caretaker committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi was illegal and could not act on behalf of the PDP.

READ: Appeal Court Declares Sheriff As PDP National Chairman

Meanwhile, the governor also met with youths in the state where he called for more support for his administration and enjoined them to come out en masse on May 19, to honor the late former Governor of the Southwest Region, General Adeyinka Adebayo.

PDP Crisis: Goodluck Jonathan Sets Up Reconciliation Committee

PDP Crisis: Goodluck Jonathan Sets Up Reconciliation CommitteeAs part of efforts to address the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has announced the composition of a special Reconciliation Committee.

The committee would be made up of former Vice President, Namadi Sambo, former Senate President, David Mark and other eminent members of the party.

The former president made the announcement in Abuja, after a stakeholders meeting. He appealed to members of the party to bury their differences in order to end the crisis bedeviling it.

He stated in his address that although the party has experienced some difficulty in the last two years, the situation was not strange especially in a democratic setting.

“There is no doubt that our party has in the last two years, gone through some difficulties. However, in a democracy, this is not strange in the life of a political party, especially after losing power to the opposition party as we did.

“I should note that the situation is similar, albeit milder, even in advanced democracies. We should not forget that the labour party in the United Kingdom, the Democratic Party in the United States both of which lost power at different times, have also been making efforts to reunite, reconcile and and re-energise to become stronger before the next general elections.

“I will like to point out that every election cycle throws up challenges as well as opportunities for a political party,” Mr Jonathan stated.

Other members of the committee include all PDP governors or their deputies, two former governors to represent the north and the south, Deputy Senate President, Senate Minority Leader, two former ministers and two representatives from the youth wing of the party.

Makarfi Faction Holds Merger Talks With Political Parties

northern-governorsThe Ahmed Makarfi-faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says it is holding merger talks with 15 political parties.

The faction also expressed hopes that it would be able to resolve the leadership crisis ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Speaking at the Northern Leaders’ meeting in Abuja, the head of the faction’s Reconciliation Committee, Professor Jerry Gana, advocated a two-party system in Nigeria.

The professor believes that a one-party system would destroy the nation’s democracy.

Also in attendance were prominent members of the party from the northern part of the country including former ministers, former governors and former federal lawmakers.

The meeting provided an opportunity for the party to conduct some soul-searching and question the genesis of the present leadership crisis.

On February 17, a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt ruled that the caretaker committee headed by Senator Makarfi was illegal and could not act on behalf of the party.

The judgement, read by two of the three judges on the appeal panel, set aside the judgement by the High court in favour of Ali Modu Sheriff.

The lead Judge, B. A. Sanga, in his judgement, said that due process was not followed in the decision by the PDP convention to dissolve the Ali- Modu Sherrif-led chairmanship and hence should be disregarded.

Subsequently, Senator Sheriff, has since moved into the national secretariat of the party and has officially resumed work at the chairman, nine months after it was sealed by the Police in May 2016.

He said the reopening of the party’s secretariat would enable him and the National Working Committee to work towards returning the party to its status in 1999; a move that has continued to trigger more controversy within the party.

Kaduna PDP Divided Over Markafi, Sheriff

PDP Leadership: Appeal Court Reserves Judgement In Makarfi, Sheriff CaseThere seems to be a crack in the Kaduna State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as its members in the state seem to be divided on who to support between the National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, and Ahmed Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee.

Members of the state working committee have unanimously thrown their support behind Senator Makarfi and described the Court of Appeal judgement that reinstated Senator Sheriff as a ‘miscarriage of justice’.

The committee gave the disapproval alongside other stakeholders of the party during a meeting held at the PDP secretariat in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

Kaduna State PDP Chairman and a former Minister of Aviation, Hassan Hyat, told reporters that pending the outcome of the Supreme Court judgement, members in the state will pitch their tent with the Makarfi led committee.

“We support the position of the PDP stakeholders at the national level that the national convention of the party held in Port Harcourt on the 21st of May, 2016 actually dissolved the then National Working Committee and the National Executive Committee of the party, and replaced the National Working Committee with a 7-member National Caretaker Committee under the leadership of Senator Ahmed Makarfi as chairman and Senator Ben Obi as secretary to run the party and organise an elective national convention as soon as practicable.

“We stand by the judgement of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt which endorsed the decision of the 21st May, 2016 National Convention.

“We also view the split decision of the two justices of the Court of Appeal that sat in Port Harcourt on 17th February, 2017 which nullified the decision of the national convention of 21st May, 2017 and reinstated the Senator Sheriff National Working Committee as a miscarriage of justice and a complete negation of our party constitution”, Hyat said.

However, some members loyal to Senator Sheriff have come out openly to distance themselves from the position of the party executive in Kaduna State, saying they were not part of it.

The group, led by Senator Musa Bello, said the judgment of the Appeal Court must be respected by every member of the party, hence they are solidly behind Sheriff.