PDP Zonal Congress: Party Vows To Reclaim Power In 2019

PDP-zonal-conventionThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held its zonal congress on Saturday, with party members expressing optimism that the party will reclaim power in the centre by 2019.

Five Governors of the PDP in the South-south, party leaders and over 500 delegates from the six states in the region converged on Obi Wali International Conference Centre in Port Harcourt the capital of Rivers State for the South-south zonal congress.

It was held to elect new officers of the party in the zone for the next two years.

Addressing the gathering, the Senate Minority Leader, Mr Godswill Akpabio, said the various congresses must be used to right the wrongs that led to the defeat of the PDP at the federal level.

The new Vice Chairman of the Party in the zone, Emmanuel Ogidi, believes his team will bring all members together.

In the north-west, the zonal congress was held in Kaduna State for the election of leaders that would run the affairs of the party in the zone.

The congress, which was peaceful and orderly, had in attendance former governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi, Sule Lamido of Jigawa State among other top officials.

At the end of the congress, the immediate past Zonal Chairman of the party, Ambassador Ibrahim Kazaure, was re-elected for a second time in office along with other executive members.

Some of the PDP faithful at the congress described the exercise as the most peaceful in the history of the party in the zone.

Mr Lamido expresses confidence in the ability of the new leaders to strengthen and unite the party ahead of the 2019 elections.

He also maintained that the PDP was being repositioned to take over power from the all progressive congress in 2019, expressing beliefs that the leadership crisis rocking the party would soon be settled by members and leaders of the party.

Commenting on the conduct of the exercise, the Chairman of the Congress Committee for the North-west Zone and former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, commended the members for their maturity and orderly conduct, during and after the exercise.

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.


National Council Hopeful Chibok Girls Will Be Rescued Soon

Jonathan Obasanjo ShagariThe National Council of State expressed optimism on Tuesday of the safe return of the over 200 girls abducted from their dormitory in a school in Chibok, Borno State, by members of a terrorist group, Boko Haram. 

Briefing Journalists after the meeting in Abuja,  the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Godswill Akpabio, said that the Council was happy with the efforts of the Security Forces as they push to rescue the abducted girls.

The meeting was attended by six ex-Head of State including former President Olusegun Obasanjo , past Ministers of Justices and Attorneys General, Leadership of the National Assembly, Service Chiefs, and some Governors of the 36 States of the Federation.

The council, according to Governor Akpabio, also expressed confidence that “there will not be casualties when the rescue operation is carried out.

President Goodluck Jonathan and the Army Chief briefed the council on the security situation and the security personnel’s efforts to rescue Chibok girls, who have been in the custody of the Boko Haram sect for over 85 days.

The National Council of State further called on Nigerians to be patient with security personnel because the issue of terrorism was new and that security personnel would adopt the best and meticulous approach towards dealing with it effectively.

The deployment is aimed at fast tracking the search and rescue operations of the girls though the government is still deploying more troops to Borno State as part of an effort to rescue the girls and end insurgency in the area.

The Boko Haram sect have carried out series of attacks on villages, school and churches in three major states in the region – Adamawa, Borno and Yola.

Bishop Oyedepo, Akpabio Join Imoke For Thanksgiving

The Governor of Cross River state, Liyel Imoke, who recently returned from a long stay abroad, held an elaborate thanksgiving service with friends and family for the upkeep of his life.

Mr Imoke was in the US for a couple of months where he was convalescing from an undisclosed ailment.

The event which held in the governor’s lodge was attended by the General Overseer of Faith Tabernacle (Winner’s Chapel); Bishop David Oyedepo and the Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Mr Godswill Akpabio.

Bishop Oyedepo during his short sermon emphasised the need for thanksgiving in people’s lives.

APC Is Not Panadol – Akpabio

The Governor of Akwa Ibom state and chairman of the PDP’s Governors Forum; Mr Godswill Akpabio has described the emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Alliance from the merger of some political parties as a substandard drug that cannot cure Nigeria’s ailments.

Mr Akpabio made this known during an exclusive interview on our breakfast progamme, Sunrise Daily in Uyo, where he likened the planned opposition party to a fake brand of the most popular pain killer drugs in Nigeria.

According to Mr Akpabio, “APC as a drug is our (PDP’s) model and that is why we brought out Panadol.”

“And if it is not panadol, it’s not the same as panadol” he stated using a popular line from an old advertisement of the pain killer.

He further affirmed that “APC cannot cure a lot of disease now and that is the simple truth” as he decried the party’s lingering crisis with the registration of the party’s name and acronym with the electoral body.

When asked if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is involved in the emergence of another APC, the African People’s Congress, Mr Akpabio replied, “it is all politics.”

“PDP does not have a hand in it but if PDP has a hand in it, I will say that is a good strategy because you (PDP) also have to make the opposition uncomfortable.”

“They are making you (pointing to himself as a PDP leader) uncomfortable, so why shouldn’t you make them uncomfortable” he asked cheerfully.

Confession To Election Rigging: ‘I Was Misunderstood’ – Akpabio

The Governor of Akwa Ibom state; Mr Godswill Akpabio has claimed that he was misunderstood for his recent confession that he struck out the name of a Senatorial candidate for Senator Etuk during the 2011 general election.

Mr Akpabio during an exclusive interview with Channels TV breakfast progamme; Sunrise Daily, stated that “I was misunderstood.”

“What happened was, we had a political meeting before the primaries where the list of people were given to me-possible candidates for the Senate in my senatorial district. And I struck off the name of the person that was recommended to me and I said no that, I will prefer another person because the senatorial seat should be zoned to the minority local government.”

The governor emphasised that the name substitution was “before the primaries, long before the general election.”

A 48 seconds video which was uploaded on the internet, went viral as the Governor was seen during a reception for the Good Governance tour in Uyo, admitting that he struck out the name of a candidate in favour of Senator Aloysius Etuk, the current chairman of Senate committee on Pension Reform Task Team; so that his Senatorial district can produce the Senate.

Further explaining the situation around the cancellation of the name, Mr Akpabio described it as a “political meeting.”

“It was a political conglomeration where we converge and discuss the affair of who should contest the Senate within the rank and file of an in-house arrangement before the primaries” he said.

He emphasised that the ‘political conglomeration’ was “before the PDP primaries” and we were trying to decide who we should vote for and what area we should vote.”

“And somebody needs to know, this was not a general elction, not even a primary. It was not even an election we were talking about.”

When asked if the meeting was an internal arrangement, the Governor replied with an emphatic no. “It was before the voting where we were trying to decide who we will vote for at the primaries.”

“I am not INEC, even INEC cannot strike out somebody’s name and put another person’s name after an election result has been announced.”

A bemused Akpabio further stated that “Nigerians do not like to hear the truth” as he claimed he made

“Tell the admirers of the uncommon transformation (his administration’s motto), tell the admirers of Governor Akpabio that the governor is a democrat. I will never engage in that type of thing.”

The Governor also claimed that in 2007 he struggled to get the mandate for his election therefore, he was in no way capable of sticking out names.


Governors Forum Crisis: Amaechi Tried To Reinstall Himself – Akpabio

The Governor of Akwa Ibom state and chairman of the PDP’s Governors Forum; Mr Godswill Akpabio has revealed that the crisis that initially rocked the Nigeria’s Governor Forum  (NGF) was because the chairman of the forum Chibuike Amaechi was going to reinstall himself by seeking a second term which negates the constitution of the forum.

Mr Akpabio made this known during an exclusive interview on our breakfast progamme, Sunrise Daily in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, where he stated that “the only thing that happened in the governor’s forum is that our chairman, Governor Amaechi attempted to go for a second term, to reinstall himself and we said no.”

“The agreement we had that one (the chairman of the Governor’s forum) should go for only one tenure.”

He further adds that in trying to push on with the ambition, “a constitution was suddenly produced, which we disputed, we said no….”

According to Governor Akpabio, when the constitution for the NGF was drafted, all the members agreed that the chairman will only go for one term so that there won’t be acrimony amongst the rank and file of governors, “the southern part will do two years and the northern part will do two years for equity.”

The NGF has been engrossed in a somewhat crisis with the creation of the PDP’s Governors Forum which is headed by Mr Akpabio.

The Rivers state governor who is also a member of the PDP, has failed to attend or be part of the PDP’s Governors Forum since its creation.

Meanwhile, the 2013 election for the next chairman of the NGF is scheduled to hold in June.



Akpabio lauds Supreme Court’s ruling on oil wells

The governor of Akwa Ibom state, Mr Godswill Akpabio and federal lawmakers from the state have applauded the judgement of the Supreme Court which declared the state as the owner of  76 oil wells in the Atlantic ocean.

An elated Governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio

Reacting to the judgement, the elated governor described the apex court’s decision as ‘no victor no vanquished’.

The governor promised to assist the government and people of Cross River state whenever the need arises saying indigenes of the two states are brothers and sisters

Federal lawmakers from Akwa Ibom also praised the judgment and promised that the revenue from the oil wells will be used to develop the state.

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Akwa Ibom state and the National Boundary Commission that since the handing over of the western Bakassi to Cameroun in 2008, the plaintiff, Cross River state, is no longer a littoral state and hence, cannot benefit from the oil wells.

But the last may not have been heard about the disputed oil wells as the government Cross River state has filed a motion challenging the authenticity of a map submitted by the Nigeria Boundary Commission.

Cross River claim that the map was doctored and as such the judgement should be upturned