Jonathan’s Meeting With Governors Shifted Till After Hajj

The President, Goodluck Jonathan, and the Baraje-led faction of the People’s Democratic Party on Monday met at the presidential villa and resolved to reschedule their meeting to hold after the Muslim Hajj and Christian pilgrimage.

Addressing state house correspondents after the meeting, the governors of Cross River state Liyel Imoke and his Niger Sate counterpart Babangida Aliyu said they still stand on their resolution of September 15, and are committed to the resolution of their differences.

They apologised on behalf of the governors who are already performing the Hajj and resolved to reconvene at no mentioned date.

Others present at the meeting include the Kwara State governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, Rivers State Goevernor, Rotimi Amaechi, Kano State Governor, Rabiu  Kwankowso, as well as the Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom and Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State.

National Assembly Is Accessible To Nigerians Who Go Through Protocol – Analyst

A legal practitioner Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa has said that the National Assembly premises being a public domain should be accessible to any Nigerian once the person goes through the normal protocol by informing the leadership of the National Assembly

Speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Olu-Adegboruwa stated that “Baraje and others must have received the consent of the leadership of the National Assembly before embarking on such visit”. Stating that there is nothing wrong in any Nigerian of any political party deciding to visit the National Assembly.

He explained that the status of the visit, stating that the case is still in court and the court is yet to determine if the new faction is legitimate or the old one will still continue in office, and that until the decision is taken it will be improper for the National Assembly to encourage the visitation in that status as a  factional leader.

 

Some Lawmakers Disagree Over Baraje’s Visit

Reactions have been trailing Tuesday’s fracas involving lawmakers in the Federal House of Representatives.

There were disagreements among some federal lawmakers over a visit by officials of the splinter group of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which led to a rowdy session.

Lawmakers engaged in both verbal and physical abuse.

All these are happening despite the on-going truce by factions of the PDP.

In an interview with Channels Television, some legislators explained what led to the rowdy session and how it will affect the associations in the chamber.

Analyst Warns Court To Treat PDP Case With Caution

A public affairs analyst, Chima Nnaji, has called on the judiciary to exercise caution in treating the case involving two factions of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), which is currently before it.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, he examined the crisis rocking the ruling party which has also been referred to the court of law for judgment.

However, since the PDP crisis “has been brought to the judicial angle,” “the judiciary must be very careful because the politicians are like soldiers of fortune. They have a way of plundering anything on their way,” he said.

On Saturday, the Tukur led PDP faction allegedly masterminded an operation by the Nigeria Police to seal off the secretariat of the Baraje led faction, in the Maitama area of Abuja.

The party defended the closure saying that the Baraje faction was acting against a court injunction. The court had earlier ruled that both parties retain status quo antebullum pending the time a proper hearing is staged.

Mr Nnaji said that the internal conflict in the party has gone out of hand as a result of different interests. He added that “in this situation, which is political, reason has completely taken a flight, because interests are involved”.

PDP Chieftain, Iwuanyanwu Discredits Baraje-Led Faction

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in the South East and party’s board of trustees, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has discredited the Baraje-led faction of the party maintaining that Alhaji Bamanga Tukur remains the only recognised chairman of the party.

Speaking in his country home in Atta, Ikeduru local government area of Imo state, he said the action of the Baraje-Led faction is a calculated attempt by opposition and enemies of the ruling party to destroy the organisation, and cause chaos in the country.

He added that the scenario playing out is a political gimmick meant to damage the image of the party.

Chief Iwuanyanwu said what is more important to Nigerians now, is the unity of the country which should be properly addressed.