PDP Urges Buhari To Investigate DSS Invasion

pdpThe opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a committee to investigate the recent invasion of the Akwa Ibom State Government House in Uyo, the capital of the state.

The Department of State Service (DSS) had few weeks ago raided the Presidential Lodge in the official residence of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.

Leading other members of the National Working Committee of the party on a visit to Governor Emmanuel on Tuesday, the acting National Chairman of the PDP, Mr Uche Secondus, described the incident as ‘unwarranted and a total breach and affront’ to the immunity clause of the 1999 Constitution.

Mr Secondus alleged that the invasion was an attempt by the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, to intimidate the people of Akwa Ibom State.

He described the action as barbaric and called on the DSS, to apologise to the people of the state.

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly had earlier issued a seven-day ultimatum to the DSS to apologise for the raid carried out at the Government House, Uyo or face litigation.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Anikan Okon, told a news conference in Abuja on September 6, that the State Government would sue the DSS if it failed to apologise for the operation carried out at the governor’s official residence in the state capital.

A group of lawyers in Akwa Ibom has also urged the leadership of the DSS to quickly complete its investigation of the Government House in Akwa Ibom and make its findings public.

PDP Seeks Review Of INEC And DSS Heads’ Appointments

pdpThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the review of the appointments of the acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Mrs Amina Zakari, and that of the Director General of the Department of State Services, Mr Lawal Daura.

The acting National Chairman of the PDP, Mr Uche Secondus, told Journalists at a press conference on Wednesday that the party was uncomfortable with the treatment of its members in the hands of the DSS in Rivers and Akwa Ibom States where elections results are being contested in the tribunals.

Aside from the DSS boss, the PDP also insist that the appointment of Mrs Amina Zakari as the acting Chairman of INEC should be reviewed by the Nigerian President, Muhamadu Buhari, ahead of the elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

Meanwhile, the electoral commission has assured Nigerians that the scheduled governorship elections holding in Kogi and Bayelsa states would be free and fair.

Uche Secondus Rules Out Resignation Of Other NWC Members

Adamu Mu'azu PDP former chairman
Former Chairman of PDP, Adamu Mua’zu, who resigned on Wednesday, May 20.

The Acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, has ruled out the possibility of the remaining members of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) resigning from their positions.

The PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (bot), Chief Tony Anenih, resigned their positions on Wednesday.

Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Secondus said there is no reason for any of the remaining NWC members to resign as they all have their tenures still running.

He also explained that Mu’azu was not forced to resign from his position.

The Director of Media And Publicity for the Goodluck-Sambo Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, had expressed hope that more members of the NWC will resign.

Giving his opinion after the Chairman of the PDP, Mr Adamu Mu’azu, resigned on Wednesday, Mr Fani-Kayode said the leader’s resignation was the beginning of a process.

“No Longer Popular”

He said: “Rather than create more fractures or division, it actually enhances unity and gives hope to those that are seeking change at the leadership of the party.

“I sincerely hope that one or two other members of the NWC will follow queue and also leave honourably before they are pushed out.
“When this sort of thing happens what you are in fact doing is that you are enhancing the party’s fortunes.

“When leaders that are no longer popular and no longer have the confidence of the people and party members decide to resign, it give room for fresh new leadership.

“This is a process that has just begun and I sincerely hope that it goes all the way,” Mr Fani-Kayode said.

He, however, pointed out that “not all the NWC members are bad”.

According to him, “there are few like Uche Secondus, who now leads the party, and others that are really good and have done their best”.

“Frankly speaking, there are a number of them that are still there and simply have to go. We will not keep quiet until the others have gone as well,” Mr Fani Kayode said.

The former National Chairman of the PDP had in his letter to the party’s leadership cited health reasons for his decision.


PDP Calls For Cancellation Of Elections In Four Northern States

pdpThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the cancellation of  Saturday’s presidential elections in four northern states over alleged irregularities.

The states are Gombe, Kaduna, Kano and Katsina.

According to the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Mr Uche Secondus, under aged voters were allowed to vote by officials in Kano and Katsina States.

Mr Secondus also alleged that results were fabricated from some Local Government Areas in Gombe State, where voting never took place because of attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on the day of the elections.

He also decried online reports claiming victory of the opposition over the PDP.

Meanwhile, spokesman for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode has insisted that the ruling party is sure of victory over the APC.

However, the Director, Media, Information Management Directorate of Buhari Support Organization, Mr Chidi Maduekwe, swiftly condemned the claims of victory, calling it a breach of Electoral Act and an attempt to cause violence.

Jonathan Holds Private Meeting With Nasarawa Lawmakers

JONATHANNSpeaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr Musa Ahmed Mohammed today, Thursday, July 24, held a private meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan in the Presidential Villa.

The speaker, who came in the company of some members of the House, met with the President for over an hour.

Rising from the meeting, Mr Mohammed told State House correspondents that it was “a private meeting”.

On whether the State House of Assembly was under pressure to change its stand on the bid to impeach Governor Tanko Al-Makura, the speaker said he did not have the mandate of the House to speak on the issue.

“Who is pressurising who? This is a private meeting. I am here to see Mr President for a private meeting. I do not have the mandate of the assembly to address the press. We have the chairman of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Information who we all agreed should be talking to the press on our behalf”, Mohammed said.

Also speaking to journalists, Deputy National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus explained that the meeting was merely a consultation with the president.

“I came in here before members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly. It was a consultation meeting with Mr President”, the PDP chieftain said.

On whether the president would intervene in the impeachment saga in Nasarawa State, Secondus said: “I cannot tell you whatever, but we are consulting”.