PDP BoT, Mantu Group Endorse Caretaker Committee

PDP BoTThe Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  has endorsed the caretaker committee set up by the party’s convention last Saturday in the Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt.

Also, another faction of the party, known as the concerned stakeholders group, which held a parallel convention in Abuja same day, has teamed up with the PDP caretaker committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

Both the BOT and the factional group, led by Ibrahim Mantu, made this known at the end of their peace meeting in Abuja on Thursday.

They also directed their members to withdraw pending cases from the courts and set up a committee to meet former acting National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff.

Thursday’s meeting followed counter court orders which restrained the factional leaders, Senators Sheriff and Markafi from assuming the mantle of leadership of the party.

In one case, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt granted an interim injunction restraining Senator Sheriff and former secretary, Professor Adewale Oladipo from parading themselves as national officers of the party.

But in a counter ruling, a Federal High Court in Lagos declared as invalid, the Makarfi-led caretaker committee constituted to take over the affairs of the PDP.

Ali Modu Sheriff, Obi Meet With PDP BoT

PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP BoTThe Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are meeting with Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

Reports say that the meeting has been convened to put a halt to the crisis that the party is presently facing.

After briefly inter-facing with both parties, Ali Modu Sheriff, Ahmed Makarfi and Ben Obi were asked to excuse the BoT.

Thursday’s meeting comes after counter court orders restrained the parallel leaders from assuming the mantle of leadership of the party.

In one case, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt granted an interim injunction restraining the immediate past National Chairman and National Secretary of the PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff and Professor Adewale Oladipo, from parading themselves as national officers of the party.

But in a counter ruling, a Federal High Court in Lagos declared as invalid, the Caretaker Committee constituted to take over the affairs of the PDP from its acting National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff.

Political Parties Summit: Jonathan Says Ambition Not Worth Nigerians’ Blood

Goodluck JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has again reiterated that his political ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian citizen.

The President said this while addressing politicians at the All Political Parties Summit, holding in the Federal Capital Territory.

He decried the discordant tunes from politicians since the advent of terrorism in the country and called on politicians to join hands with the Federal Government if the war against terror must be won.

Emphasizing the need to place national interest ahead of personal ambition, he also decried what he called anti-democratic tendencies of some politicians and the tension being created. He advised that no one should play into the hands of extremist elements who use the campaign of terror against the country.

The President also applauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the   establishment of the Inter-Party Advisory Council and the transformation of the electoral process and called on politicians not to take this for granted.

The organisers of the event chose the very significant June 12 to meet, and uppermost in their minds was how to effect inter party collaboration, national stability and democratic consolidation.

The organisers chose the theme following discordant tunes in the polity following terrorism and abduction of Chibok schoolgirls.

The Chairman of the occasion, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, brought his understanding of what it takes to midwife the democratic process to bear, as he spoke about how politicians could sustain the Nigerian democracy especially in a charged atmosphere.

Also, security was said to be very important if democracy must thrive, as political upheavals in the country would bear serious consequences if the political class do not conduct themselves with decorum, no matter the political divide.

At the last count, over six major political parties in the country had their members represented, including some past Nigerian leaders, heads of state, and members of the diplomatic corps and other friends of Nigeria.

Also present were the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki; Special Adviser to the President on Interparty Affairs, Ben Obi; PDP National Chairman, Adamu Muazu and the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, who urged political parties to play by the rules.

Goodwill messages poured in from the political parties present.