PDP Governors Reject Secondus, Appoint Adewale As Chairman

pdpGovernors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have asked Chief Uche Secondus to step aside as acting National Chairman of the party.

The have also directed Professor Oladipo Adewale, who has been the party’s National Secretary to assume office as National Chairman.

Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, said that the governors condemn the action of Mr Ahmed Gulak, for invading the party’s secretariat in Abuja.

Governor Mimiko noted that the appropriate organ of the party would soon commence the process of electing a new National Chairman from the northeast in compliance with the December court judgement.

Mr Gulak and his supporters including Dr. Doyin Okupe, stormed the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja on Wednesday where he told a news conference that he was assuming office as the National Chairman of the party.

He claimed that he had a court judgement in his favour.

Mimiko Emerges Chairman of PDP Governors Forum

MimikoThe Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum has elected Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State as its chairman.

This decision was announced by the Abia State Governor, Mr Okezie Ikpeazu, after a meeting of the governors in Abuja that lasted about four hours.

Governor Mimiko takes over the leadership of the forum from former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Godswill Akpabio who is now a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

As part of the resolutions reached at the meeting, the governors also condemned the relocation of the Electoral Tribunals of Rivers, Taraba and Akwa Ibom States to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

The All Progressives Congress had requested that the Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal should be relocated to Abuja.

Their request was granted by the President of the Court of Appeal.

The party had rejected the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, which proclaimed the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Udom Emmanuel, winner.

It alleged that the election was marred by widespread electoral malpractices, disenfranchisement of its supporters and a declaration of votes for the PDP in violation of the provisions of the Independent National Electoral Commission that required that all votes cast be duly accredited.

Jonathan, PDP Governors Meet To Perfect Election Strategies  

 Jonathan meets with state Governors

The President of Nigeria and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has met with state Governors elected on the platform of the PDP to strategise on how to win in the March 28 and April 11 general elections.

The meeting, which was held on Monday behind closed doors, started at about 5:30pm local time at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, the chairman of the PDP Governors forum, Mr Godswill Akpabio, said it had become imperative for the party to let Nigerians know that so many sectors had been opened up under the President Jonathan’s administration far more than any previous administration.

He said the states under the PDP could not be compared to states under opposition, adding that his party must find a way to sell its achievements to the electorates.

Governor Akpabio then urged Nigerians to shun ethnic and tribalistic issues, stressing the need for them to focus on returning the President to power.

The meeting had in attendance most of the PDP Governors, led by Governor Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State.

After about two hours into the meeting, they were also joined by the PDP governorship candidates in all the 36 states.

President Jonathan had earlier in the day met with all the candidates of the PDP from the state House of Assembly, governorship and national Assembly election.


APC Accuses PDP Of Politicising Nigeria’s Security

Lai MohammedThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nigeria has accused President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of politicising Nigeria’s security by engaging in outright deception to exclude APC Governors from the meeting the President called for on Thursday to discuss Nigeria’s security situation.

A statement issued by the party’s spokesman, Mr Lai Mohammed, on Friday said that after deliberately excluding the governors from the meeting, the presidency and the PDP then engaged in outright disinformation and distortion of facts to make it look as if the APC Governors deliberately boycotted the meeting, apparently in an effort to make political gain from the whole issue.

”It is now clear that despite their inability to protect lives and property and to stop the terrorists attacks in the country, the presidency and the PDP are not interested in any genuine efforts to end the worsening security situation. It is patently obvious that their aim is to make political capital out of the tragedy that has befallen Nigeria, rather than to ameliorate the cruel fate being daily suffered by the citizens,” the statement read.

APC said the same presidency that invited all state governors to the expanded National Security Council meeting, which was announced via a statement issued on April 16 by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, had no qualms in duping the APC governors out of the meeting and turning it to a parochial meeting of governors of the PDP and its satellite parties, only to shift the blame on the same governors who were conned.

The party said after the presidency publicly invited all state governors to the meeting, it then clandestinely reached out to the APC governors to say the meeting has been called off, only to turn around and blame them for shunning the meeting.

Mr Mohammed said that the Kwara State government confirmed that its Chief Detail received a call from the presidency to the effect that the meeting had been called off.

He also said that the Deputy Governor of Borno State, who had already arrived in Abuja for the meeting, also learnt that it has been called off.

“Curiously, the meeting that was announced publicly by the presidency was not even listed among the president’s official engagement for Thursday.

”Despite all these glaring evidences of a grand plot to exclude APC Governors, the President’s assistant on New Media Reno Omokri, the same fellow who tried to malign the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria using a fake name, took to Twitter to tell the world that the APC Governors shunned the meeting and to accuse them of playing politics with national security,” he further said.

One of the PDP governors at the meeting and the Chairman of the PDP governors’ Forum, Godswill Akpabio, told reporters at the end of the meeting on Thursday that the APC governors were not invited to the meeting, explaining that the PDP governors requested to hold the meeting with the president.

But Mr Mohammed countered his claims, pointing out that the governors of states controlled by APGA and Labour Party were in attendance.

”Who then is lying between the presidency and the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum? Why would the presidency engage in such a grand design just to make the APC Governors look bad? Is this a part of the plan to shift the blame for the state of insecurity on the APC and to make the party look bad ahead of the 2015 elections and the preceding ones? Is this in furtherance of President Jonathan’s improper blame of the governors of the worst-hit states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe for the insurgency in their states? Can any genuine efforts to resolve the crisis exclude the governors of the three states?” He questioned

He reiterated the APC’s willingness to be part of all genuine efforts to end the terrorist attacks in the overriding interest of the nation.

The party leader suggested that only a non-partisan approach could end the security crisis.

The vice president of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Issa Aremu,  has urged the PDP and the APC to stop the blame game and give up the luxury of partisanship and show serious commitment of statesmanship if Nigeria must win the fight against terrorism.