PDP Governors, BoT Support Sheriff’s Leadership

PDPThere appears to be a new twist in the crisis rocking the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP’s Board of Trustees (BoT) has switched lanes and expressed support for the newly appointed National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

Similarly, the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, addressed reporters on Tuesday after a closed door meeting of some of the party’s leaders.

Governor Mimiko explained that the PDP remains united despite conflicting reports that emerged over the last three days.

He insisted that Ali Modu Sheriff remains the party’s National Chairman until a national convention is held within a few weeks.

This is coming after former Ministers of the PDP had in a meeting, rejected Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the Chairman of Nigeria’s front line opposition party.

The meeting is sequel to series of controversies that have trailed the emergence of the new PDP National Chairman who resumed office on Monday.

Leadership Tussle: PDP Former Ministers To Decide Sheriff’s Fate

pdp warlords Former ministers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are meeting in Abuja to decide Senator Ali Modu Sheriff on the party’s leadership.

The former Minister of Special Duties and Chairman of the PDP’s Ministers Forum, Kabiru Turaki, disclosed that the meeting would take some critical decisions that would save the party from its leadership crisis.

He also believed that the forum would also be able to save the party from further collapse.

The PDP former ministers from 1999 till 2015, when the party lost to the All Progressives Congress (APC) are meeting to decide whether or not to allow Senator Sheriff continue as the party’s National Chairman.

The meeting is sequel to series of controversies that have trailed the emergence of the new PDP National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, who resumed office on Monday.

PDP’s Board of Trustees (BoT) had earlier joined the group of those rejecting the appointment of Senator Sheriff as the party’s National Chairman, saying that he was not a suitable leader for the party.

The acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s BoT, Senator Walid Jubril, maintained that the board would meet to provide a viable solution to the leadership crisis.

Buhari Directs Ministry To Re-unite IDPs With Families

IDPsPresident Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs to fast track the process of re-uniting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) scattered in different camps with their  families. 

On Wednesday, President Buhari gave the directive after receiving a briefing from the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Jamila Shu’ara.

The President, however, expressed concern about the plight of families that have been separated by the on-going insurgency in the north-east.

He also deplored the condition of the children in the camps and emphasised that appropriate mechanisms must be put in place to ensure their proper up-bringing to avoid them ending up as liability to the nation.

President Buhari also asked the Minister, Kabiru Turaki, to closely monitor constituency projects across the country for maximum impact on the citizens.

Boko Haram Could Be War Criminals – UN

The United Nations Human Rights Office has warned that the Boko Haram sect could be classed as war criminals, as it condemns a bloody attack on a wedding convoy.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Cecile Pouilly, said members of Boko Haram and other groups and entities, if judged to have committed widespread or systematic attacks against a civilian population could be guilty of crimes against humanity.

Pouilly called the wedding convoy attack atrocious and condemned Boko Haram’s campaign of attacks against civilians, politicians, members of government institutions, foreigners and the security forces.

Besides condemning the sect’s bloody campaign, human rights groups have also slammed government troops for killing civilians and for other violations in the battle zone.

Pouilly added that the UN is following up closely with the Nigerian authorities’ allegations of abuses and human rights violations which may have been committed by security forces when conducting operations.

She noted that the Nigerian military is in the process of finalizing a report on people detained in connection with the insurgency, and urges the government to disclose its findings.

Boko Haram: Committee Submits Report To Jonathan

The Presidential Committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan to dialogue with the Boko Haram dreaded sect has submitted its report to the President.

The committee which had spent 7 months travelling round Northern Nigeria trying to get the leaders of the sect to stop their widely condemned act admitted that the leadership of the insurgent group refused to have any dialogue with them despite all their efforts.

Chairman of the committee, Kabiru Turaki said, “Some of our difficulties in having a productive dialogue include the refusal of their leaders to submit to dialogue. However, many of the key members of the insurgents both in detention and at large have positively responded to contacts and have accepted the dialogue option as capable of full resolution of the conflict.”

It was in this vain that the committee recommended that the President should set up an advisory committee on continuous dialogue to continue from where they stopped.

Receiving the report, President Jonathan said that Government will look into all the recommendations, promising to set up a committee to follow up on the dialogue.

The president however told them that government will rather provide assistance to the victims of the attacks rather than compensations.

Following Boko Haram attacks and the attendant insecurity in the land, Nigeria’s President had in April 2013 set up the committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of security challenges in the North.

Although the committee is winding up, President Jonathan has said that the Nigerian Government remains open to dialogue.

Okonjo–Iweala Announces Plan To Fast track Constituency Projects

The federal government has put in place a new plan to fast track constituency projects.

This, according to the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala  who spoke at a meeting with government officials where she stated that intervention by members of the executive constituency projects  of members of the National Assembly, is aimed at ensuring the projects are of immense benefits to the people are not abandoned.

She said that all contractors handling constituency projects will be paid upon certification from the Ministry of special duties.

Minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Turaki also cautioned that all erring contractors will be sanctioned.

FG To Monitor Constituency Projects

In a bid to ensure that contracts are executed according to specifications, the Federal Government has announced plans to monitor constituency projects initiated by members of the National Assembly.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Govermental Affairs, Kabiru Turaki says the Federal Government is committing N100 billion into constituency projects of legislators, adding that the need to monitor the execution of such projects has become imperative.

He added that the government is determined to ensure that the country is evenly developed through functional projects that are capable of impacting positively on the lives of Nigerians.