PDP Ministers Meet With Jonathan Over Party’s Leadership Tussle

PDP Ministers Meet With Goodluck JonathanAs the leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continues to linger, former President Goodluck Jonathan has played host to major stakeholders in the party.

This time, it is the turn of the Forum of Former Ministers of the PDP to visit the former president in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The Chairman of the forum and a former Minister of Special Duties, Mr Kabiru Turaki, briefed reporters shortly after their meeting with Dr. Jonathan.

He maintained that forum will challenge the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, which affirmed Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the PDP.

“I am aware that an appeal has been lodged against the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division yesterday.

“With the notice of that appeal, I’m also aware that an application for injunction has been filled.

“So the position of the law in situations like this is that unless that application is taken and decided one way or the other that there is an interim stay and interim injunction.

“And so with that therefore, the caretaker committee continues as the organ that is legally charged with propelling the affairs of this party,” he said.

We Are Friends

Mr Kabiru opined that the leadership crisis rocking the party was not uncommon in a democratic setting.

He, however, noted that the Supreme Court was the final arbiter on all disputes and stated optimism that the party would overcome its crisis ahead of the 2019 general elections.

“This is not a war; this is a simple ordinary family feud within the PDP family.

“Even when we allow the court or we get to the point where the Supreme Court will have to make a pronouncement one way or the other, quite literally, we will still need each other.

“We are friends, we are family, we are brothers and sisters.

“So at the end of the day, even between the tongue and the teeth, there could be tense moments but it still does not mean that there will not be reconciliation between them,” the former minister said.

PDP Former Ministers Fault Judgment Reinstating Sheriff

turakiThe Forum of Former Ministers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the Court of Appeal judgment affirming Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the party.

The Chairman of the forum and a former Minister of Special Duties, Mr Kabiru Turaki, said this on Friday while briefing reporters shortly after the PDP leaders met in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said the forum has advised the leadership of the PDP to head to the Supreme Court to challenge the judgment.

Turaki, backed by two other former ministers, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode and Professor Abubakar Suleiman, commended the minority judgment of the Appeal Court upholding the leadership of Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

They appealed to members and supporters of the PDP to remain calm, stressing they the former ministers have resolved to ensure that the judgment is challenged at the Supreme Court.

Rape Of Democracy

Although Senator Sheriff may have won at the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt as the PDP National Chairman, the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Ayodele Fayose, noted that the Senator Ahmed Makarfi led Caretaker Committee would appeal the judgement.

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PDP National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff

Governor Fayose described the reinstatement of Senator Sheriff as a rape of democracy.

He added that the issue was a party matter which must be addressed as soon as possible.

The governor said they would appeal the judgement, stating his confidence in the ability of the judiciary to do justice.

The Appeal Court which reinstated the new PDP Chairman had ruled that the caretaker committee was illegal and cannot act on behalf of the party.

The lead judge, Justice Sanga, stated that due process was not followed in the decision by the PDP convention to dissolve the Sheriff faction, hence should be disregarded.

Nigeria’s President To Meet With Investors In London

President Goodluck Jonathan will be visiting the United Kingdom on Wednesday for a three-day meeting with foreign investors.

The meeting is aimed at attracting more investments to Nigeria.

Issues that would be discussed at the meeting of Nigeria’s Honourary International Investors’ Council include generating long-term affordable finance for Nigeria’s real sector, developing Nigeria’s private equity and venture capital sectors to attract more foreign investments and Nigeria’s information and communications technology master-plan.

The government’s spokesman, Ruben Abati, said that the council’s meeting, coordinated by Baroness Lynda Chalker, would also feature a review of Nigeria’s existing investment policies by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Paris-based international organization dedicated to the promotion of policies that would improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

“President Jonathan will be accompanied by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, Senator Nenadi Usman, Hon. Sylvester Ogbaga, Hon. Isiaka Bawa, the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investments, Dr. Olusegun Aganga and the Governor of the Central Bank, Mr. Lamido Sanusi.

Others on the President’s entourage include the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, the Minister of Special Duties, Mr. Kabiru Turaki, the Minister of State (Foreign Affairs), Prof. Viola Onwuliri and heads of relevant government agencies”, Abati said in a statement on Tuesday.

The accompanying Ministers and heads of agencies will brief the gathering on developments in their areas of responsibility, and also lead discussions on proposals for overcoming identified challenges.

Some members of the council are the CEO of the Investment Corporation of Dubai, Mr. Mohammed al Shaibani, a former South African Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr. Alec Erwin and the Vice President of Hewlett-Packard’s Enterprise Group in Europe and Middle-East and Africa, Mr. Olivier Suinat.

The President is expected back in Nigeria at the weekend.

Boko Haram Amnesty Committee Visit Nasarawa Over Ombatse Cult Killings

The federal government says it will grant amnesty to only members of Boko Haram who genuinely contribute to ensure that peace returns to the North.

Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution Security Challenges in the North and Minister of Special Duties, Mr Kabiru Turaki, stated this when the committee visited Nasarawa state as part of efforts to check uprising in the state.

The committee noted that, even though no act of terrorism has been recorded in the state, the ugly incident of the Ombatse ethnic militia, deserves federal government’s attention in finding lasting solution to the crisis.

The committee sought to know the remote cause of the crisis that led to the killing of security operatives in Alakyo community with the state Governor Tanko Almakura, who revealed that over 1,000 youths had dispossessed 10 security operatives of their weapons while trying to inquire what he called unlawful gathering by the youths in 2011.

Meanwhile, a delegation of four governors from the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF), led by its chairman, Babangida Aliyu of Niger state, were also in the state to condole the government and people of Nasarawa state on the killing of security operatives in Alakyo community by the Ombatse militia.