PDP Senators Demand Investigation Into Rivers Election Violence

Rivers electionThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the Senate is asking President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a panel of inquiry to investigate the violence that trailed the national and state assembly election in River State.

At a media briefing, the Senate Minority Leader, who is also the leader of the caucus, Senator Godswill Akpabio, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to release the outstanding results in the Rivers State rerun elections.

Senator Akpabio said that the lawmakers had resolved that INEC should release election results particularly those collated from all polling units and local government areas in their possession.

The senators, while condemning the acts of violence that trailed the election, also said that the panel of inquiry should ensure that those behind the act are brought to justice.

The lawmakers also agreed to send a delegation to commensurate with families of those who lost their lives during the exercise.

The INEC had suspended all action on the Rivers election, saying it would wait until it receives reports from its officials in the field.

PDP Asks Presidency To Probe Rivers Elections Violence

PDP on Rivers ElectionsThe opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is calling on the Presidency to constitute a panel that will probe the violence that trailed rerun elections in the Rivers State, southern Nigeria.

The National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff, made the request on Tuesday at a press conference in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The PDP Chairman said that the party was dissatisfied with the way security agents conducted themselves during the exercise on Saturday.

The party is also asking the Independent National Electoral Commission to give certificates of return to winners already declared by the electoral body after the parliamentary polls.

In the meantime, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had in a press conference to the review activities of the polls, condemned the conduct of the legislative rerun elections in the oil-rich state.

Demanding for the cancellation of the elections, the Chairman of the party in Rivers State, Mr Davies Ekanya, told reporters that the APC was unhappy with the outcome of the polls.

Violence and other irregularities experienced during the election held on Saturday, March 19, led to the cancelation of the exercise in eight local government areas.

PDP Member Faults Emergence Of Sheriff As National Chairman

Bernard Mikko -PDPA member of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Bernard Mikko, has expressed worry over the process that produced Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the party.

He claimed that the process is illegal.

Speaking to Channels Television on Sunrise Daily, the PDP member pointed out that there is a court order that prevents Prince Uche Secondus from parading himself as the acting National Chairman of the party, saying the circumstances behind the emergence of Sheriff as the Chairman is a complete contempt of court on the part of Secondus.

“There is a court order against Prince Secondus not to parade himself as acting National Chairman of the party and with that it means he cannot preside over the national caucus, NWC and even NEC,” he said.

Mr Mikko revealed that Ahmed Gulak went to the court to demand for the National Chairman from the North east, but it was not granted.

He went further to say that Gulak remains the Chairman of the party.

The PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) on Tuesday appointed Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the party’s new National Chairman.

The decision was reached at the NEC held at the opposition party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Jonathan Resolves PDP Leaders’ Rancour

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday moved to nip in the bud the crisis besetting the National Working Committee (NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by summoning the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Turkur and the rest members of the NWC to the Presidential Villa to resolve their differences.

A festering crack had emerged within the national leadership of the ruling party which culminated in the convening of its NWC meeting on Tuesday by 10 members of the committee.

The meeting had excluded the national chairman over his stance on the sacking of party’s executive council of his home state, Adamawa and its recently conducted congresses.

Following the sacking of the council in October last year, the Adamawa state Governor, Murtala Nyako and other PDP governors appealed to the NWC to reconsider its stand but the national chairman of the party failed to yield grounds.

But the 10 members of the NWC had in last Tuesday’s meeting annulled the congresses conducted in Adamawa state by the caretaker committee that had been set up by the national leadership of the party and reinstated the executive council loyal to Governor Nyako.

The action did not however go down well with the Alhaji Tukur, who described it as a betrayal of trust on the part of his colleagues in the NWC.

Consequently, the NWC was unable to have its scheduled regular meeting on Wednesday at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, notably because of the refusal of the 10 members to have anything to do with the party boss.

This was said to have prompted the intervention of the President who summoned the feuding national officers to a meeting on Wednesday.

At the end of the meeting which took place in House 7 in the Presidential Villa, Alhaji Tukur told state house correspondents that the NWC members have resolved their differences, describing the members as the “first family of the PDP.”