Wike Sacks Three LG Caretaker Committee Chairmen

SARS Cannot Save You On Judgement Day, Wike Tells Public Officers
File Photo: Nyesome Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has approved the sacking of the Caretaker Committee chairmen of Phalga, Obio/Akpor, and Ikwerre local government areas of the state.

The governor’s decision was announced in a statement by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu.

According to the statement, the three caretaker committee chairmen were fired for collecting illegal revenues from companies.

This comes months after Governor Wike warned public officials and agencies against collecting revenues illegally from residents and businesses.

The governor had repeatedly warned that he would not hesitate to sack caretaker committee chairman and council workers who engage in the illegal collection of revenue.

PDP Ex-Ministers Assure Caretaker Committee Of ‘Moral, Financial’ Support

PDP Ex-Ministers Assure Caretaker Committee Of 'Moral, Financial' Support
Tanimu Turaki

The Forum of Former Ministers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has promised to support the National Caretaker Committee of the party morally and financially.

The Chairman of the Forum, Mr Tanimu Turaki, announced this after a closed-door meeting of the former ministers as the party prepares for its national convention scheduled to take place on August 12, 2017.

The PDP has zoned the nomination for its presidency candidacy to the whole of the North while the nomination for the office of the party’s national chairman was zoned to the South.

“We have also resolved to support the efforts of the National Caretaker Committee both morally and financially in this regard,” Mr Turaki told reporters on Thursday in Abuja.

He also declared the Forum’s support for the zoning arrangement ahead of the PDP national none elective convention.

He said party leaders in both North and South can go ahead to make further zoning of the offices but for them at the national level, they stand with the collective decision.

“Whether our leaders in the South will want to sit down and begin to make further zoning with the South is something that is left for them, and whether the leaders in the North will also want to sit down and make further zoning again is something that is left for the leaders in the North.

“But for us at the national level, the position is and has remained that the national chairman is zoned to the South, just as the presidency is also zoned to the whole of the North,” he said.

Apart from zoning, the former ministers promised to support credible candidates that would occupy leadership positions in the party.

“We wish to say that we have also resolved that we are going to support credible Nigerians, not necessarily ministers only to get elected into our working committee because at this critical time, what we need are vibrant and dynamic Nigerians”.

Makarfi Insists Appeal Court Ruling Will End PDP Crisis

PDP, Ahmed Makarfi, Appeal CourtMembers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led by the Caretaker Committee, have met with state governors and lawmakers from the party with a view to rescuing the PDP from collapse.

In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, noted that the leadership crisis rocking the party would soon be put to rest.

An Appeal Court in Port Harcourt is expected to deliver judgement on the leadership case involving the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Senator Makarfi led factions of the PDP.

The two factions have said that the judgement would be the end of internal litigation in the party.

Senator Makarfi said the caretaker committee was hopeful that the judgement at the Court of Appeal on the matter would be just and fast.

The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has advised the leaders of the party to put their house in order, so as not to lose in future elections as it has experienced in recent times.

Supreme Court Reverses Dissolution Of Ekiti LG Caretaker Committee

Supreme Court Reverses Dissolution Of Ekiti LG Caretaker CommitteeThe Supreme Court has declared the dissolution of the election of local governments in Ekiti state and the appointment of caretaker committee by former governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi as unconstitutional, unlawful and illegal.

The court set aside the purported dissolution for not following due process.

In a judgement delivered by Justice Chime Nweze, the court ordered that the local government chairmen who were unlawfully removed by the then governor be paid their salaries and other outstanding allowances for the period they were unlawfully removed from office.

Sheriff’s Faction Of PDP Rejects BoT Decision On Another Convention

Ali-Modu-Sheriff-of-PDPThere is no end in sight yet for the leadership crisis of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the faction of led by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has rejected the decision of the party’s Board of Trustees to hold another convention.

The Party’s Board of Trustees, after a four hour closed door meeting on Monday, passed a vote of confidence on the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee, mandating it to prepare for another convention in Abuja.

But the acting deputy chairman to Senator Sheriff, Mr Kairo Ojougboh, said the party’s Board of Trustees’ decision was wrong.

He also claimed that the board had brought more crisis to the party than work at solving the existing problems.

The Sheriff’s faction of the PDP, however, gave fresh conditions for reconciliation including that of dissolving the Makarfi-led caretaker committee of the party.

The PDP became divided after some members of the party at a national convention in Port Harcourt removed Senator Sheriff as the chairman of the party.

Before his removal, Senator Sheriff announced the postponement of the convention, a decision he said was triggered by a court order that had asked the party to put off the convention pending the hearing of a suit.

But the party BoT insisted that Senator Sheriff was no longer the chairman of the party and set up a Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

Since that convention, Nigeria’s main opposition party that held power in the centre between 1999 and 2015 have remained divided over who the leader of the party is.

While Senator Sheriff continues to parade himself as the Chairman of the PDP, Senator Makarfi-led committee has continued to plan for another national convention where the party’s executives would be elected.

Resign And Let Peace Reign, Sheriff Tells Makarfi

PDP, SheriffFactional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ali-Modu Sheriff, on Monday gave conditions that must be met by the Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee for peace to reign.

He said the only condition for peace to reign in the party is if the caretaker committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi resign, because there is no place for the committee in the party’s constitution, therefore should be dissolved.

He stated this in Abuja while hosting a delegation of party members from the 17 local governments in Abia State.

Senator Sheriff had earlier at a peace meeting organised to resolve the crisis in the party ruled out the possibility of truce outside the court verdict, insisting the committee must go.

Instead, he proposed that he should be allowed to nominate a chairman, and ten persons into the new convention committee.

“People are very interested in our party and how the impasse will be settled before the Port Harcourt convention which was aborted by a court order,” he said.

“Yes, we have met and issues were discussed but all the issues I put forward for them was for the Makarfi-led caretaker committee to resign.

“It is an aberration as far as our party constitution is concern. I told them that I am not ready to be a permanent chairman but I want the party to be placed in proper stead.

“If he resigns tomorrow, I will ask the members of my NWC whose tenure still lasts to 2018, including myself, to set up a convention committee in Abuja and put respected members into the committee.

“In that convention, I will give away my mandate, which does not expire until 2018.

“If the leaders of our party feel that we can find a solution without exhausting the court process, then I am open to it; we can find a political solution.

“I have given the people the opportunity to see ‎that Sheriff is not the problem. The problem is that some people want to make the party their personal property and that will not happen under Sheriff.”, he said.

 

INEC Receives 19 Governorship Candidates for Edo Election

INEC, Edo ElectionThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says that as at Tuesday night, 19 political parties have submitted the names of their candidates for the Edo governorship election.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 had been fixed as the final day for political parties to submit names of candidates that will represent them at the September 10, 2016 governorship election.

The commission has, however, not declared which of the two candidates submitted to it by the two different factions of the PDP would be recognized by it for the election.

The factions of Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and embattled Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff have held parallel primaries where Mr Osagie Ize Iyamu and Mr Mathew Iduokiymhen emerged.

The electoral umpire says it is seeking wider legal consultations based on different legal cases hanging over the issue to be able to determine which of the candidates to recognize.

The embattled chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, ignored a Federal High Court judgement that sacked his faction of the party by issuing a Certificate of Return to a parallel governorship candidate in the forthcoming election.

There are two elections in Edo and Ondo states where the PDP is expected to participate in the next few months.

PDP Caretaker Committee Calls For Modu Sheriff’s Arrest

Ahmed-Makarfi, Ali Modu Sheriff, PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee, led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi has called for the arrest of factional leader, Ali Modu Sheriff for contempt of court.

Spokesperson for the committee, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, told journalists on Friday in Abuja that the issuance of a certificate of return to a parallel candidate by the Sheriff group was illegal.

He noted that the judgements of the court must be obeyed as both groups work to resolve the impasse in the party.

In a swift reaction, the factional Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Mr Kairo Ojugbo, faulted the Makarfi faction’s claim, saying that their leader has not committed contempt of court.

Mr Ojugbo insisted that Senator Sheriff remains the National Chairman of the PDP.

The leadership crisis in the party took a new dimension when the Ali Modu Sheriff faction issued a certificate of return to a parallel PDP candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.

The issuance of the certificate was sequel to the ruling by Justice Abdullahi Liman of the Federal High Court that the PDP national convention held on May 21 in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital was legal and did not go contrary to any law.

However, Mr Sheriff went ahead to present a certificate of return to Mr Matthew Aighuhuenze as the PDP flag bearer in the Edo State governorship election.

There are two elections in Edo and Ondo states where the PDP is expected to participate in the next few months.

Sheriff Dares Court, Presents Parallel PDP Candidate For Edo Election

PDP, SheriffThe embattled chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, has issued a Certificate of Return to a parallel governorship candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state.

This is despite a Federal High Court judgement in Port Harcourt on Monday that sacked his faction of the party.

Mr Ali Modu Sheriff presented the certificate to Mr Matthew Aighuhuenze as the party’s flag bearer, after the chairman of his delegates congress committee, Ahmed Gulak, presented the reports of his primaries to the group in Abuja.

The event is a new twist to the leadership tussle the party is grappling with, as the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee of the PDP also flagged off the campaign of their own candidate for the same election on Monday in Benin City.

Mr Sheriff says his faction will, in the coming days, flag off a campaign for their own candidate in the same state.

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, had granted reliefs sought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the controversies trailing the changes effected in the party’s leadership.

According to Justice Abdullahi Liman of the Federal High Court 1, the national convention held on May 21, 2016 in the state capital which removed Sheriff as chairman, was legal and did not go contrary to any law.

The trial judge also held that the dissolution of the National Executive Committee, the National Working Committee and the constitution of a caretaker committee to oversee the affairs of the party by that convention was valid.

Meanwhile, the embattled chairman has headed to the Appeal Court.

Mr Sheriff told journalists in Abuja shortly after the court ruling that he remained the chairman of the party until the Court of Appeal sets aside an earlier ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja which was in his favour.

PDP Crisis: Court Okays Port Harcourt Convention, Caretaker Committee

PDP leadershipA Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, has granted reliefs sought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the controversies trailing the changes effected in the party’s leadership.

According to Justice Abdullahi Liman of the Federal High Court 1, the national convention held on May 21, 2016 in the state capital was legal and did not go contrary to any law.

The trial judge also held that the dissolution of the National Executive Committee, the National Working Committee and the constitution of a caretaker committee to oversee the affairs of the party by that convention was valid.

The court stated that in pursuant of the constitution of the party, the former acting national chairman of the party, Ali-Modu Sheriff had no powers to unilaterally postpone the convention on a day all delegates had converged on Port Harcourt.

Sheriff Appeals 

Meanwhile, the embattled chairman of the PDP has headed to the Appeal Court.

Mr Sheriff told journalists in Abuja shortly after the court ruling that he remained the chairman of the party until the Court of Appeal set aside an earlier ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja which was in his favour.

According to him, the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt is of equal ranking with that in Abuja and therefore cannot make him vacate office until a higher court rules otherwise.

Meanwhile, a statement signed by Ahmed Makarfi after the court ruling in Port Harcourt has appealed to the embattled chairman to sheath his sword and join hands to build the party.

PDP Crisis: Sheriff Heads To Appeal Court

PDP crisisThe embattled chairman of the PDP has headed to the Appeal Court after a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt recognized the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee as the only legitimate organ of the party.

Mr Sheriff told journalists in Abuja shortly after the court ruling that he remained the chairman of the party until the Court of Appeal set aside an earlier ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja which was in his favour.

According to him, the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt is of equal ranking with that in Abuja and therefore cannot make him vacate office until a higher court rules otherwise.

Meanwhile, a statement signed by Ahmed Makarfi after the court ruling in Port Harcourt has appealed to the embattled chairman to sheath his sword and join hands to build the party.

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, has granted reliefs sought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the controversies trailing the changes effected in the party’s leadership.

According to Justice Abdullahi Liman of the Federal High Court 1, the national convention held on May 21, 2016 in the state capital was legal and did not go contrary to any law.

We Removed Ali Modu Sheriff To Save PDP – Fayose

Ali Modu Sheriff, Fayose, PDPEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has explained that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP led by former chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, was dissolved and caretaker committee appointed at the last Saturday National Convention held in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State to save the party.

The Governor said that even though he was one of those who supported the former chairman, he had no option than to support his removal so as to forestall disintegration of the party.

Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, in a release issued in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, urged Sheriff to accept his removal in good faith and join others to build the party.

The Governor said; “I supported Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in good conscience. But when it became obvious that his continuous stay in office as the National Chairman will jeopardise the collective interest of the party, I had no option than to support his removal.

“To me, the general interest of the party overrides that of any individual and there is no how I can stand in support of any plan to sacrifice the party for any individual.

“Anyone whose ambition threatens the collective interest of the party should be removed to save the party and that’s exactly what we have done.

“I therefore urge Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to accept the dissolution of the NWC and appointment of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee in good faith and cooperate with other well-meaning members of the party to reposition it so as to achieve the much needed electoral victory in 2019.

“To Sheriff and other well-meaning members of the party, what should be important is the party and not the individual and no sacrifice should be too much for anyone to make for the party at this time.”