PDP Inaugurates Presidential Campaign Council

 

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has published a list of members of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Zonal Presidential Campaign Councils, Presidential Campaign Committees, Directors and Technical Advisers of the Campaign.

According to a statement by the party, the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, inaugurated members of the Presidential Campaign Council, Presidential Campaign Committees, Directors and Technical Advisers on Friday, January 18, 2019, at the Legacy House, at 10 am.

The statement further informed that the zonal presidential campaign councils will be inaugurated at their respective geopolitical zones at a date and time as may be convenient to the respective zones.

The party said all zonal vice chairmen are to serve as chairmen of the zonal presidential campaign councils of their respective geopolitical zones.

Below is a comprehensive list of members for the campaign council.

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PDP Commences Campaign Ahead Of Rivers LG Elections

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike addresses PDP faithful ahead of the state’s Local Government polls on June 16, 2018 in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commenced campaigns ahead of the Rivers State local government elections on June 16, 2018.

The event which took place at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt was witnessed by several PDP faithful across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.

In his address, Governor Nyesom Wike gave the assurance of a smooth conduct of the council polls.

“This election will not be rigged. Only popular candidates will emerge victorious at the polls,” he said on Thursday.

According to Wike, the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government had failed to keep faith with its promises since taking over leadership in 2015.

He added, “It has never happened that this country is divided on religious lines. APC has divided Nigeria based on religious faiths. Nigerians are tired of the deception of APC. For us in Rivers State, we have nothing to do with APC. APC has no business with Rivers State.”

Also speaking, the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus urged Nigerians to vote out the APC’s government in the 2019 general elections, stressing that his party is united to take over governance next year.

He further advised security agencies to cooperate with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in ensuring transparency in the democratic process.

“If you attempt to rig in Ekiti State, there will be a crisis. We don’t know if there will be Nigeria after that. Our security agencies and INEC should not be deceived into rigging elections,” he said.

The highpoint of the occasion was the presentation of party flags to the 23 PDP Local Government Candidates by the State Chairman, Mr Felix Obuah.

Also at the event, 150 Former Councillors of the APC defected to the party who were received by its South-South Zonal Vice Chairman, Mr Emma Ogidi.

Ekiti 2018 Elections: REC Warns Politicians Against Overt Campaigns

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The new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ekiti  State, Professor
Abdul-Ganiy Raji has warned politicians against subtle or overt
campaigns ahead of the 2018 governorship poll.

Raji made this warning after stakeholders’ meeting with politicians in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday.

He said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) won’t hesitate to invoke Section 99 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

This section of the Electoral Act forbids electioneering campaign until 90
days to the election and the punishment for the unlawful action is six months jail term or N500,000 fine if taken to court.

This prohibition will cover jingles being aired on the radio and television as well as the billboards erected at strategic locations,  bearing the portraits of aspirants announcing or advertising their governorship intentions.

“The enforcement is not within our purview but the law is very clear. This is the reason why media houses should scrutinize the jingles brought to them because the NBC is monitoring closely.

“The section said no campaigning or announcing yourself as potential
aspirant or candidate until 90 days to the election. This attracts
sanctions and it is constitutionally wrong,” he said.

Raji emphasised that the electoral umpire will be apolitical and uphold the
tenets of ‘integrity, honesty, dignity, neutrality, and fairness as
expected from INEC as a statutory body saddled with the conduct of
elections.

Raji replaced Mr Sam Olumekun as Ekiti REC, last week after Olumekun was transferred to Edo State.

Edo Governorship Poll: Prince Erediauwa Warns Against Hate Campaign

Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Prince Eheneden ErediauwaCrown Prince of Benin Kingdom, HRH Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, has urged political parties in the 2016 governorship election in Edo State to promote peace rather than attacking each other during campaigns.

The Edaiken of N’Uselu gave the advice when the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) visited him at his Uselu palace in the Edo State capital, south-south Nigeria.

He assured the PDP delegation of playing a non-partisan role in matters concerning the coming September 10 governorship polls.

“I have tried to reiterate and re-emphasise (that) position of the crown in Benin is non-partisan.

“My appeal (to you is) to please maintain peace and tranquility when you are campaigning,” Prince Erediauwa said.

The PDP governorship candidate, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, said that the party faithful were at the palace to pay homage to the monarch.

“The paramount ruler of this entire kingdom is the Oba of Benin, symbolised by the Crown Prince, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, the Edaiken N’Uselu.

“We have come this morning to pay homage to him and to inform him formally of our intention to begin campaign in his domain,” he said.

APC, PDP In War Of Words Over Plan To Rig Elections

Lai MohammedThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised very strong allegations against the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying PDP is planning to rig the general elections.

At a press conference in Lagos State on Wednesday, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mr Lai Mohammed, alleged that the PDP had concluded plans to pay huge sums of money into the bank account of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, to taint him so as to remove him from office.

“Ongoing Plan To Sack Professor Jega”

The APC spokesman also alleged that the ruling party had employed the services of two Isrealies and a Belgian, who are Information Technology Specialists, to hack INEC’s systems to rig the polls.

“The handwriting is clear. This administration knows that it cannot win in a free, fair and credible election, because of its appalling record in office. Nigerians want change through the ballot box and they are determined to effect that change with their permanent voter cards.

“There is a plot to transfer a humongous amount of money into the account of the INEC chairman and then claim that the money came from Mr Bola Tinubu and the APC in order to justify the ongoing plan to sack Professor Attahiru Jega so he won’t organise the election,” Mr Mohammed said.

PDP Says Claims Not True

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Mr Femi Fani-kayode says the APC is capable of doing what it accuses the PDP of.

In a swift reaction, the spokesperson for the President Jonathan campaign organisation, Mr Femi Fani-kayode, said there was no truth in the statements made by the APC’s spokesman.

He said the PDP had no plans to rig, neither does it have any motive to implicate anybody in the run up to the polls.

“It is clear that this clear that these claims and allegations are nothing but the paranoid rantings of a paranoid man working for a paranoid party.

“We Are Not Strategising”

“Rather than trying to prepare his master’s mind for the defeat that is coming their way, Lia Mohammed has come again with his verbal diarrhea.

“The truth is that we are not strategising to shift the election date . we are not trying to frame up Jega. We are not planning to do any of the other reprehensible things that they have alleged,” he said.

Since campaigns began, war of words between the two major political parties in the nation had continued to tilt towards the much condemned mudslinging.

INEC Records 80% PVC Distribution In Yobe

PVCs-Customs-INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission in Nigeria has recorded 80 per cent distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) in Yobe State, one of the volatile states in the north-eastern part of the oil rich nation.

The spokesman for the commission, in Yobe State, Bagudu Nma, said, “so far 80 per cent of registered voters have collected their voter cards, as centres have been open for collection across the 17 Local Government Areas of the state”.

On the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) as a result of the prevailing Boko Haram insurgency in the state, Mr Nma said two camps had been opened for the two affected Local Government Councils of Gujba and Gulani.

He said Gujba voters would cast their votes in Damaturu, the state capital while electorates in Gulani would exercise their franchise in neighbouring Fika.

In the state capital, registered voters queued in their numbers to collect their voter cards, with the complain that the commission was grossly under staff as they hardly distribute the cards effectively.

They called for employment of more staff if the deadline of February 8 must be met.

The staff responsible for the PVC distribution in Damaturu are grossly inadequate, as sourcing and issuing of cards to the rightful owners take too much time.

A staff ought to be charged with the responsibility of attending to a ward. But as it is at the venue, the limited number will hardly beat the deadline.

“We have spent over three hours here and we are yet to be attended to. They are too slow in the distribution because they are few. A staff supposed to attend to a ward but that is not the case,” one of the electorates waiting to get his card said.

Meanwhile, trainings for electoral supervisors and officers have commenced across the state.

A visit to the venue of the training revealed that participants are being tutored on electoral proceedings, as they relate to modern times.

Similarly, a one-day voter awareness campaign on voter education had also been organised in the state.

Mr Hassan Garba, who is a resource person at the training, said the turnouts had been generally impressive. He said that the participants would be equipped with the required knowledge of electoral innovations.

A participant at the training, Mr Salisu Garba, said the training would avail them the opportunity to know more about the new innovations concerning the card readers which would tackle the issue of multiple voting recorded in the past.