The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has constituted an 18-man reconciliation committee that will look into the crisis rocking the party.
The BoT Chairman of the PDP, Senator Walid Jibrin, also urged members of the party who have filed cases in court to rethink their decisions in the interest of peace and unity of the party.
“God will not forgive us if we sit down and be looking at this problem with all the court cases all over the place.
“Over 15 court cases are going on and I think we should put to end all these court cases and the way we can do it is to allow all the aggrieved to come together and take away the cases from court and give support to this very important committee that will start work immediately,” Senator Jibrin said.
He appealed to all warring factions in the party to sheathe their sword and give peace a chance.
The Chairman of the reconciliation committee, Professor Jerry Gana, believes the committee will come up with a solution that will unite the opposition party that was in power for sixteen years before it lost to the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 presidential election.
He further promised the BoT that the committee would work assiduously to broker peace between all aggrieved PDP members.
The committee has been given seven days to submit its report.
The 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.
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.
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.
The Board of Trustees (BOT) of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has urged state governments in Nigeria to grant total financial autonomy to the Local Governments by giving them free hand to manage the federal allocations that are channeled to them.
In a statement signed by its Chairman, Mallam Adamu Fika, at the end of its meeting in Kaduna on Wednesday, the forum explained that the granting of financial autonomy to the Local Governments will enable them execute projects that have direct bearing on the welfare and development of the people, rather than the use of joint accounts that have in most cases become a conduit pipe for misapplication and abuse of state funds.
While advising the various state governments to respect the constitutional autonomy of the Local Government Councils, the Forum stressed that such autonomy will boost economic activities and generate employment opportunities, especially at the grassroots level.
The ACF also called on all tiers of government to address the issue of payment of back log of domestic debts, especially those owed to local contractors, workers and pensioners emoluments, which will equally revive the economic activities.
It also commended the steps taken by the Federal Government to investigate and repatriate stolen public funds, describing it as not only appropriate and timely, but will also sanitize the system and revive prudence and discipline in the conduct of public officers.
The ACF, while commending the effort of the Federal Government in tackling the Boko Haram insurgency in the north east, expressed optimism that the success being recorded by the military and other security agencies in combating insurgency in the northeast is as a result of the support and encouragement from the Federal Government and the determination of the field commanders to end the insurgency within the time frame given by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ahead of the Governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said they have reviewed their strategy for the primaries to be open for participation, free and fair.
The acting chairman of the party, Mister Uche Secondus told journalists in Abuja after a Caucus meeting of the party’s Chieftains that the PDP will be a party to beat during the elections in the two states.
Meanwhile the Party’s Board of Trustees Chairman, Mister Haliru Mohammed says the party is also making plans to harness resources ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The Board of Trustees of Nigeria’s ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has appointed a former Acting National Chairman of the party, and former Defence Minister, Haliru Mohammed, as its Acting Chairman.
Mr. Mohammed’s nomination was endorsed on Monday night by the PDP’s BOT at a meeting of the BOT presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The meeting lasted for about two hours from 9pm to about 11 pm.
Mr. Mohammed emerged against widespread belief that President Goodluck Jonathan would be assuming the position as he leaves office on Friday, May 29.
Out-gone Chairman of the BOT, Tony Anenih, had, while resigning last week, said that he was vacating the office to allow Mr. Jonathan to assume the post.
But the Secretary to the BOT, Walid Jibrin, told State House correspondents after the meeting that President Goodluck Jonathan declined the offer.
Also speaking to State House correspondents, Dr Haliru said that he is determined to pull his idea to reach out to all its members across the country to ensure that PDP reaches the grassroots and return the party back to the people.