PDP Leadership Tussle: Nomination Delay Prompted Gulak – Jalo

PDPThe Deputy Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says that it was the delay in the nomination process of a new PDP chairman that prompted Mr Ahmed Gulak to go court.

Mr Abdulahi Jalo made the statement on Thursday while reacting to the controversy surrounding the appointment of the PDP National Chairman on Politics Today.

Mr Gulak and his supporters including Dr. Doyin Okupe, also an ex-aide to former President Jonathan 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.

Mr Gulak claimed that he had a court judgement in his favour.

Mr Abdulahi Jalo told Politics Today that Mr Gulak went to court with the assumption that it was as if the National Vice Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, wanted to perpetuate himself on the leadership position.

Jalo also spoke on whether it was right for the former Political Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan to take the party to court, “This is somebody who felt he could go to court and he is a lawyer, you cannot deny him.

“There is an internal mechanism of the party where there is this kind of problem, you can now put your petition to the Caucus or the Board of Trustees (BoT).

“Then the National Working Committee of the party will be invited with you so that you can sit down and iron things together,” he said.

Jalo also believes that the PDP’s new position as an opposition is one of the reasons for the crisis in the party.

He, however, stressed that the party was following the constitution and explained the process involved in appointing a new chairman.

“After the former chairman resigned (Mr Adamu Mu’azu), our constitution says that the vacancy should be filled by somebody from that zone and who is eligible.

“Honestly, the same constitution has made a provision that before then, some consultation has to be made and the governors of that zone (that is PDP governors from that area) and at the same time the stakeholders would sit down and put their minds together and nominate three people and forward it to the caucus of the party.

“Then from Caucus, it will come to the BoT and from BoT, it will come to NEC for approva.”

Jalo further provided more clarification on Gulak’s stance. “What I want the public to understand (is that) this chairmanship which Gulak is going to court on it is the remaining tenure of Adamu Mu’azu.

“This means the chairman that would be given that opportunity to serve will only serve before the convention of the party.”

He added that the party’s convention would zone offices.

PDP To Ratify Leader Mu’azu At National Convention

PDP_ConventionThe Peoples Democratic Party in Nigeria on Wednesday held a National Convention to ratify the appointment of its national chairman, Mr Adamu Mu’azu.

At least 3,073 delegates were at the Eagles Square in Abuja, the nation’s capital, for the special National Convention of the party.

Mr Adamu Mu’azu assumed the position after the resignation of the last chairman, Mr Bamanga Tukur.

The convention will be concluded on Wednesday and the delegates will gather again on Thursday for the presidential primaries of the party.

State Delegates, led by President Goodluck Jonathan, cast their votes in a peaceful manner closely monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Two other positions in the National Working Committee of the PDP – National Secretary and National Auditor – are also to be filled through the election.

After results have been announced, the delegates are expected to also begin voting on the amendment of the the party’s constitution.

Delegates at the convention said the voting process had been transparent and smooth.

PDP Chairman, Muazu, Calls For Tolerance Amongst Party Members

The national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Adamu Muazu has appealed to members of the party to be tolerant of other people’s views saying the party can make giant strides through politics of inclusion.

Mr Muazu, who made the appeal in Abuja during a visit by the governors of Bayelsa, Abia and Enugu states, said his administration will work towards deepening internal democracy and grassroot mobilization.

He advised politicians aspiring for elective positions on the platform of the party to fraternize more with the people at the grassroots.

The governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson, while pledging his loyalty to the party applauded the ideals of the party for a new Nigeria with equal opportunities.

Mr Muazu used the occasion to appeal to all members of the party to be accommodating in tolerating the views of others in order to ensure that the party remains a home for all politicians.

The visit by the governors is aimed at  cementing  the crack in the party which led to the defection of some governors and lawmakers in some states and the national assembly.

2015:No Automatic Ticket For PDP Lawmakers, Muazu Insists

The chairman, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Adamu Muazu has warned members of the House of Representatives that only deserving members will get to contest on the platform of the party in the 2015 general elections.

The Majority Leader of the House, Mulikat Akande-Adeola, had pleaded with the party to keep to its agreement of granting automatic party tickets to lawmakers to contest in the 2015 elections.

Representative Akande gave the reminder during the visit of the National Chairman of the party, PDP Governors Forum, led by its chairman, Godswill Akpabio and members of its National Working Committee, to a meeting with the PDP caucus in the House of Representatives.

The majority leader also added that the lawmakers would want their welfare taken care of and the opportunity to also nominate members of committees from their constituencies.

He said that automatic tickets were only given by parties that were undemocratic.

“We have a democratic process and we will go through that; those that deserve it will surely get it,” he said.

In attendance at the meeting were  Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta, Liyel Imoke of Cross River, Ibrahim Shema of Katsina, Ramalan Yero of Kaduna and  Muazu Aliyu of Niger and Theodore Orji of Abia states.

Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko and his Anambra state counterpart, Peter Obi also made a brief appearance at the meeting.

The meeting which began at about 8pm yesterday, ended at 1am today.