Ali Modu Sheriff Resumes As PDP Chairman

Ali Modu Sheriff Resumes As PDP ChairmanThe National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has officially resumed work at the national secretariat of the party.

Addressing the Imo State PDP delegation who paid him a visit in Abuja, Senator Sheriff said the party is in its current leadership mess because of the imposition of candidates against the wishes of the people.

He, however, stated optimism that he would return the party to the people.

On their part, the delegation led by Senator Hope Uzodinma pledged to mobilise the support of party members from the southeast region.

It appears the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State which reinstated Sheriff as the PDP Chairman has continued to trigger more controversy within the party.

This time, the chapter of the party in Kaduna state seems to have been divided over Senator Sheriff’s supporters and those in Senator Ahmed Makarfi’s camp.

Members of the state working committee unanimously threw their support behind Senator Makarfi and described the Court of Appeal judgement as a ‘miscarriage of justice’.

However, some members loyal to Senator Sheriff have come out openly to distance themselves from the position of the party executive in Kaduna State, saying they are not part of it.

The group, led by Senator Musa Bello, said the judgment of the Appeal Court must be respected by every member of the party, hence they are solidly behind Sheriff.

PDP’s Former Governors In Reconciliatory Meeting

pdpThe leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has started a reconciliation process with former governors of the party with a view to regaining power in 2019.

National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff, at a meeting with the former PDP governors said that the move is to foster unity among members.

Since its lost control of the centre in the general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been trying to rebuild its structures.

The party has embarked on series of reconciliatory meetings since its new chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sherif assumed office.

Some of those in attendance include Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State, Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, Ibrahim Shema of Kastina State, Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State, and Gabriel Suswam of Benue State.

Members of the party’s National Working Committee were also at the meeting.

 

PDP Sets Date For National Convention

pdpThe National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has fixed April 23 through May 21 2016 for its national convention to elect new principal officers.



The Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, told journalists in Abuja after a joint marathon meeting of the National Executive Committee and members of the Board of Trustees that the convention will hold in Port Harcourt.

The National Working Committee of the party has also inaugurated four special committees to reconcile all aggrieved party members, prepare for the convention and work on the party’s zoning policy


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PDP Will Bounce Back – Ali Modu Sherrif

Ali Modu SherrifThe National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the party will bounce back again.

Mr Ali Modu Sherrif made the statement at the inter-denominational thanksgiving and victory service for the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State on Saturday.

The PDP Chairman said that the Supreme Court ruling on Rivers State brought hope to the people of the state.

“The new PDP we are trying to put on the ground, will by the grace of Allah, go to the promised land – coming back to power again.

“Last time when I spoke about 2019, people thought that Ali Sherrif wanted to be Chairman of the party in 2019, no, what I am saying is that PDP as a party whether Ali Sherrif is here or anybody, from what I have seen and from what the generality of Nigerians are saying, I am sure they are going to give PDP a chance again in 2019,” he said.

The State Governor in his remark, said that his victory gave him confidence to tackle the issues of security in the state.

” Let me say today (Saturday), that as the Chief Security Officer of this state, I will always support the security agencies to fight against crimes.

“I will not support criminals and criminal activities in this state, and I will not support the killings of innocent people, who have done nothing.”

The Governor also noted that the victory brought hope for the party in the March 2016 re-run elections in the state.

“Nigeria is a democratic country, and therefore, we must respect the rule of law. Every security agency must subject themselves to civil authority and so, let nobody here, be intimidated on what will happen on March 19.

“I tell you, for you to get freedom is not by the word of mouth, you must make sacrifices in order to get the freedom of your people, you must stand firm to defend what belongs to you, you must say I have the right to protect my vote.

“If they like, they can bring all the submarines, but you must protect your votes,” he said.

 

Fuel Subsidy Scam: Trial of Bamanga Tukur’s Son, Others To Commence In May

Trial of the fuel subsidy fraud case filed by the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Mahmud Tukur, son of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bamanga Tukur and others, is to begin in May, after a failed attempt to settle out of court.

Mahmud Tukur, Alex Ochongor, their firm, Eterna Oil and Gas, and Abdullahi Alao, son of Ibadan-based businessman, Abdulazeez Arisekola-Alao, are facing nine counts of fuel subsidy fraud amounting to about N1.2 billion before a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja.

Counsel for the EFCC, Mr. Tayo Olukotun, told the presiding judge, Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo, at the resumed hearing of the matter on Wednesday that the settlement talks had “hit brick wall” and the lead prosecution counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs had asked him to pick a date for trial.

His position is, however, different from that of the counsel for Mahmud  Tukur, Mr. Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), who told the court that the talks were awaiting the input of Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, the chairman of the  EFCC.

When the Judge sought clarification on the actual status of the talks, Mr Oyetibo said the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr Jacobs had told him that the chairman of the EFCC was not available last week and so the defence was looking at picking a date in early March to meet him and continue the talks.

Mr Oyetibo, however, expressed dissatisfaction over Mr Jacobs’ failure to communicate the latest development to the prosecuting team.

At the previous proceedings of December 13, 2012, the defendants, Mahmud Tukur and Alex Ochonogor had, through their counsel, sought for time to conclude the settlement talks with the EFCC.

Justice Onigbanjo has, however, fixed the 6th and 7th of May for the commencement of trial following the disagreement of the parties in the settlement talks.

The Judge also granted Abdullai Alao permission to travel to the United States of America for the treatment of his son.

The documents are to be returned to the custody of the EFCC on or before the 24th of February.

The other two defendants, Tukur and Ochonogor have also indicated to the court that they would be filing similar application to embark on a business trip to South Africa.

It will be recalled that Justice Onigbanjo had on December 13, 2012 granted similar application to the duo for business trips to the United Kingdom and France, asking them to return their passports to the EFCC on or before January 25.