We Cannot Fix In Three Years What PDP Failed To Do In 16 Years – Oshiomole

Adams Oshiomhole,
Adams Oshiomole

 

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole says the party will not stop blaming past administration for its failure during its 16 years of governance in Nigeria.

Oshiomole, who was one of the speakers at the APC South East Mega rally for Buhari in Owerri, Imo State capital on Tuesday, blamed the PDP for failing in establishing projects in the South East during their administration.

“Those who are writing letters now. Those who have become unelected advisers. They governed as absolute rulers for almost three years. They came back eight years, what did they do about second Niger bridge? And then he wanted to take us to Mugabe where there is no end of tenure.

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“Those who have spoken before me have spoken concerning all the initiatives and infrastructural projects that are going on in this part of the country. This is not to say everything is now fine. It is a journey. We cannot fix in three years, what PDP didn’t do in sixteen years.

“What they didn’t fix in 16 years, they said we should have fixed it in three years. And then they said we should stop the blame game.”

The former Edo governor also canvassed for support for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential elections noting that the President will sustain his developmental projects if re-elected in 2019.

He said, “If President Buhari is doing what he is doing in the South-East right now, he will certainly do more in 2019.’

This is the first outing by the newly elected National Chairman of the APC.

Oshiomole was sworn in on Sunday, June 24 by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress.

This was after he was affirmed as the National Chairman of the party unopposed on Saturday, June 23.

APC Congratulates New PDP National Chairman

APC, Petroleum
File Photo: John Odigie-Oyegun

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated the new national Chairman and other newly-elected officials of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Chairman of the ruling party, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun in a statement on Tuesday congratulating Prince Uche Secondus on his election at the PDP’s recent National Convention expressed hope that the newly-elected Chairman will use his experience garnered over the years to ensure that the PDP assumes its role as a responsible opposition party in the country.

“Our Party wholeheartedly welcome opposition because we believe that democracy cannot thrive without a vibrant but responsible opposition that puts the nation first.  This will often challenge you to balance partisan interests with overall national considerations,” the statement read in part.

He assured the PDP National Chairman of the willingness of APC to engage him in an atmosphere devoid of acrimony and rancour.

Odigie-Oyegun in the statement said he believes that working together with the APC can both elevate the language and temper of politics in Nigeria, thereby providing the enabling environment for democracy to thrive in the country.

This congratulatory message by the APC is coming two days after the APC criticised the outcome of the national convention of the PDP, describing it as abnormal.

Shortly after the polls, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Bolaji Abdulllahi in a statement on Sunday said the party sees the convention as being rigged and that the exercise exposed the opposition party as a platform with corruption in its DNA.

The PDP in swift reaction noted that the attack by the APC was simply because the APC has outrightly been rejected by Nigerians and is now “clutching on straws for survival.

National Chairman: PDP Promises To Support Winner

PDP Holds NEC MeetingThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum has resolved to support anyone who emerges the party’s National chairman at the upcoming National Convention of the party.

This was one of the decisions taken at the forum’s meeting on Sunday at Enugu State Government House, Enugu.

The meeting was well attended by the governors of Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Abia, Ebonyi, and Ekiti states.

Also in attendance was Raymond Dokpesi, the National Caretaker Chairman of the party, Ahmed Makarfi, Jimmy Agbaje, Gbenga Daniels, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio, Peter Obi, amongst others.

The meeting which started about 7 pm was held for five hours behind closed doors.

Briefing journalists at the end of the meeting, the governor of Ekiti state and chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum, Ayo Fayose said, “The meeting deliberated on the upcoming national convention of the party and took time off to meet with some chairmanship aspirants because we want to have a convention that all parties in Nigeria will emulate.

“A convention that will represent the word Democracy and serve as a template for other parties “.

“We have responsible people vying for the office of the PDP National Chairman.

“They are on one page. That is PDP first and we are leaving Enugu today believing that PDP will take over power in 2019.”

Towards the forthcoming Anambra Governorship election holding on November 18, Fayose disclosed that “We equally believe that we have what it takes to take over Anambra.

“Our people have worked hard enough and deserve the victory and we are using this opportunity to ask that that election should be credible.

“Nigeria is of age to do elections that would be acceptable internationally “.

Supreme Court Declares Makarfi Committee Legal

PDP, Ahmed Makarfi
Senator Ahmed Makarfi

The Supreme Court has declared the Ahmed Makarfi Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as validly constituted.

The 3-man Supreme Court panel led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour in the judgement ruled that Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff ceases to be the party’s national chairman and ordered Ahmed Makarfi to take over the leadership of the party.

Both men have been at loggerheads since May 21, 2016, when Senator Ali Modu Sheriff was purportedly removed at the party’s convention held in Port Harcourt.

Agents Of Darkness

Makarfi’s supporters had described the Sheriff’s faction of the party as “agents of darkness“, insisting that the former Governor of Borno State, is not the Chairman of the party.

The PDP noted that the ‘group’, which it described as non-PDP members, had in a statement tried to sustain it’s illegal claim to the leadership of the Party, but insisted that it would not leave them to continue to deceive Nigerians.

While the Makarfi faction enjoyed the support of most of the organs of the PDP, the Sheriff faction was declared the authentic leadership by the Court of Appeal in February.

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Subsequently, Senator Sheriff officially resumed work at the national secretariat of the Party during which he expressed optimism that he would return the Party to the people.

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As the crisis rocking the Party continued, many Makarfi supporters such as the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Ayodele Fayose, continued to stress that Ali Modu Sheriff could not lead the Party and hence moved to appeal the judgement.

The Ekiti State Governor went further to state that he could end up leaving the Party if the outcome of the Supreme Court verdict on the leadership tussle did not favour the Makarfi-led caretaker committee.

However, recently, Fayose reaffirmed the determination of the PDP Governors to remain with the party regardless of the final verdict.

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UPP Chairman Says Early Passage Of 2017 Budget Will End Recession

UPP Chairman Says Early Passage Of 2017 Budget Will End RecessionThe National Chairman of United Progressives Party (UPP), Chekwas Okorie, says early passage of 2017 budget of N7.2 trillion by the National Assembly might end economic recession in Nigeria.

Okorie made the statement at an event in Owerri the Imo state capital south-east Nigeria.

He said if the budget is passed early and funds appropriated to various ministries, departments, and agency are promptly released, the economic challenges being faced by Nigerians in recent months could end.

Okorie, who was responding to questions from journalists said that he was optimistic the economy has a chance of survival in 2017. “The progress being recorded in food production like rice should be sustained” he said.

“In recent times, we have seen the synergy between the Kebbi State government and Lagos state in rice production, government should sustain its policy of diversification and equally support industrialization’’.

The UPP Chieftain also urged state governments to create enabling environments for SMEs to pave the way for youth employments.

He maintained that with such steps a lot could change in the socio-economic situation of the country in 2017.

APGA Holds First NEC Meeting To Strengthen Party Democracy

apga-2The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has made resolutions to ensure the strengthening of the internal democracy and maintenance of discipline in the party.

Other issues relating to the development of the nation, were equally discussed during the party’s first National Executive Committee meeting at the Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka, the Anambra state capital.

In a massively attended meeting by almost all the members of the National Working committee, the board of trustee members, and members of the National Executive Committee, the National Chairman, Victor Oye, outlined in his address, that the progress APGA had made as a party, the challenges it faced and the way forward for a stronger and united party, were key aspects of the meeting.

The National Secretary, Mr Labaran Maku, briefing newsmen on the proceedings of the party, stated that the meeting touched on so many issues such as:

“Expansion of party membership base through registration in all the states, reconciliation efforts made in Lagos and Imo states, strengthening the internal democracy of the party through enforcement of discipline with the suspension of seven members of the NWC including Mr Campbell Umenzekwe and Ozo Nwabueze from the party.”

Other issues included: the funding of the party for stability, the need for support for Governor Willie Obiano ahead of the 2017 governorship election, the appeal to the judiciary to end the lingering litigations, which has been withholding the representation of Anambra Central Senatorial zone in the senate, as well as passing a vote of confidence on Mr Oye.

According to Mr Maku, “the meeting exhaustively discussed very important issues relating to the development of our country and the progress of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and we took quite a number of decisions which will define the motion of our party in the coming months and years.

“We also discussed extensively the transformation of Anambra state under the able leadership of our National Party leader, Governor Obiano, since inception in March, 2014.

“We discussed the revolutionary programme of development in Anambra state which cuts across different sectors of the state’s economy and social life, he added.

Furthermore, Maku stated that “the NEC rose with unanimous confidence that going forward, APGA remains the most visionary option for the country in terms of its policies, in terms of its vision, in terms of its programme and its slogan to be our brothers and sisters keepers at this time in our country”.

APC Still Bitter Over Loss Of Deputy Senate President Seat – Oyegun

Oyegun, Deputy Senate PresidentThe pains felt after the 2015 election of the National Assembly’s leadership still lingers within the All Progressives Congress (APC).

National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun, says the party is still bitter that they lost the seat of the Deputy Senate President to the PDP.

In an exclusive interview with our political correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, Chief Oyegun said that the party would continue to maintain the high level of discipline over its members and insists that impeachment plans against the President will be futile.

Edo Governorship: Chris Ogiemwonyi Picks APC Nomination Form

APC, PetroleumA former Minister of State for Works in Nigeria, Mr Chris Ogiemwonyi, has picked a nomination form to vie for the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the Edo State governorship election.

After obtaining the party’s nomination certificate in Abuja on Monday, Mr Ogiemwonyi assured the people of Edo State that the legacies of Governor Adams Oshiomhole would be sustained and improved in order to better the lives of the people of the state.

He said industrialisation of Edo State would be top priority of his administration if elected into office.

The former Minister also announced plans to create massive employment opportunities through the establishment of 36 industries in all local government areas of the state.

He further took time to outline his nine point agenda for Edo State before paying homage to the National Chairman of the party, where he said the position of the Governor was not meant for learners.

With an assurance of a level playing field, the National Chairman of the APC admitted that the vision of the party was to produce an unbeatable candidate that would improve the lives of the people of Edo State.

The election primaries will hold on June 18 in Edo State in southern Nigeria.

The ticket will no doubt be keenly contested for but the people of the state will be better off for it.

Bode George Wants PDP Chairmanship, I Won’t Support Him – Fayose

Fayose, Bode George, PDPEkiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, says members of the PDP are tired of old men running the party as they are responsible for its fall from power in 2015.

Speaking on Sunday Politics, Fayose said that the controversies surrounding the party’s zoning arrangement is not an indication that they were in crisis but that the party is in a period when critical decisions are being made and interests must be protected.

According to him, the most important thing is for the party to get things right and this they are already doing.

A member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Bode George, had in an earlier interview described the PDP zoning as one capable of doing more harm than good and which would be resisted.

He was of the opinion that if the party zones its presidential candidacy in 2019 to the north, it is the right of the southwest region to have the party’s national chairmanship position.

The decision of the zoning committee to zone the the party’s national chairmanship position to the northeast did not go down well with him.

 

Chief George warned that the PDP lost in 2015 because of its disregard for the opinions of some elders of the party who are custodians of the culture of the party and its logic in making major decisions.

 

Reacting to this, Fayose said, “I have a lot of respected for Chief Bode George, he is our leader, we will continue to respect him but when it comes to the nitty gritty, where is the interest? You must find out the underlining factors.

“Chief Bode George told me personally that he wants to be national chairman of the party, I told him no I won’t support him.

“With all due respect to the elderly people in this party, they must take the backstage. People are tired of seeing the same old faces again.

“I have been hearing Ahmadu Alli since 1976 when we sang ‘Alli must go’ in secondary school. Chief Bode George has been governor of Ondo State almost 40 years ago. They are our leaders and we love them but they should take the backstage.

Fayose also disagreed with the notion that the southwest had been divided over the zoning, dismissing the meeting reportedly held to discuss the zone’s seeming disapproval. He argued that the absence of PDP’s southwest governors at the meeting showed that it did not represent the opinion of the southwest.

“Chief Bode George was the convener of that meeting. Most people that came to that meeting did not know what they were coming for. We are in very peculiar times when we need to address issues differently,” he warned.

He blamed the PDP founding fathers for the party’s loss in 2015. “The grandfathers of PDP lost it in 2015, it’s (now) a new beginning, and they should pocket those stories.”

The Governor insisted that the old members do not have the capacity to rebuild the party. He mentioned Dr. Doyin Okupe as one of those who have approached him on the position and whom he would not support.

Fayose threw his weight behind the PDP zoning arrangement and the possible emergence of incumbent National Chairman Alli-Modu Sheriff as the party’s chairman at the national convention.

He revealed that every member of the party’s zoning committee voted for the northeast to retain the position of national chairman.

On allegations that he betrayed the southwest region where he belongs, Fayose said, “I was the very first person to look out for Senator Bode Olajumoke (as national chairman) mentioning that it must come to the southwest.

“But how many of them came or publicly said ‘I want to contest’? You don’t give positions to unwilling horses.

He went head to declare his support for Alli-Modu Sheriff, “He is the incumbent and he is still going to win this election.”

PDP Zoning: Bode George Explains Why Southwest Should Be Chairman

Bode GeorgeA member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Bode George, has warned his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to let its zoning arrangement become another pitfall in the 2019 general elections.

George was the guest of Sunday Politics on Channels Television where he explained the controversies trailing the recent decisions made by the party’s zoning committee ahead of their national convention.

He warned that the PDP lost in 2015 because of its disregard for the opinions of some elders of the party who are custodians of the culture of the party and its logic in making major decisions.

“The moment you derail from what is expected to be, then you are heading to perfidy.

“This is why we are ringing the bell again; please let us correct the ills of the past, let’s move to a rational decision, democracy is about debating and discussing,” he warned.

The PDP has been attributing several reasons to its dismal performance at the 2015 elections and has vowed to bounce back to prominence in 2019 with its National Chairman, Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff also promising to reconcile members and consolidate ahead of 2019.

The party’s national convention is slated for May 21, 2016 where the leadership of the party is expected to launch its comeback, but the process to that ambition of the new leadership is not enjoying a smooth ride.

Some leaders of the party in the southwest had expressed the view that if the party zones its presidential candidacy in 2019 to the north, it is the right of the southwest region to have the party’s national chairmanship position.

But when the party released the zoning arrangement ahead of the convention, the national chairmanship position was zoned to the northeast.

This has not gone down well with some of the elders who believe that the move is capable of causing the party its peace.

Impostors

Olabode George, who is one of the elders of the party, noted that his main issue with the new arrangement is that the party had deviated from the concept of zoning which the party’s founding fathers created.

He noted that this is capable of doing more harm than good as the party puts efforts into winning back its relevance across the country and it would be resisted.

There are indications that members of the party from the southwest are divided over the matter as some have thrown their weight behind the zoning arrangement and the possible reemergence of the incumbent National Chairman, Ali-Modu Sheriff, at the national convention.

Chief Bode George would not consider such groups as leaders of the party. He dismissed meetings held to support the arrangement as those by impostors who do not really matter in the hierarchy of the party.

On the possible emergence of Ali-Modu Sheriff and Uche Secondus as the party’s national chairman and deputy national chairman, Mr George said that emergence of persons as leaders should be based on their impacts on the party and their acceptability from their zones.

Beyond 2017

Chief Bode George, however, said that this arrangement could be allowed but those elected at the national convention based on it should not be in office beyond March 2017.

He explained that this is to ensure that a new chairman emerges who would midwife the emergence of the party’s presidential candidate for 2019.

“The former Governor of Jigawa had come out to say he has a presidential ambition because of the report by Ekweremadu that the Presidential candidate will come from the north.

“So, he (Sheriff) cannot continue to be the Chairman. How can the north now midwife their own presidential ambition? It doesn’t work out.”

He said further that this would also ensure that the party has two years to prepare for the 2019 comeback plan without internal issues.

“It is when you have a stable platform that you can build,” Chief George said.

Ogun PDP Set For Ward, LG, State Congresses

pdpThe Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that modalities have been put in place to ensure successful ward, local government and state congresses.

This is to elect officials who will reposition the party after its dismal performance in the last general elections.

The State Chairman of the party in the state, Mr Bayo Dayo gave the hints after a meeting of party officials and supporters in Ogun State, South West Nigeria.

The meeting was one of the moves being made to bring the various factions within the party together to reposition it for victory.

The party chairman said that lessons have been learnt from the past elections and in moving forward, first in this move is the re-registration of party members from the 236 wards in the state.

This is to be followed by the subsequent ward, local government and state congresses.

Also speaking at the event, the National Auditor of the party, Fatai Adeyanju, dispelled the rumour of a rift among the party’s senior stalwarts after the emergence of its new National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff.

He said that the new chairman remains the best man for the job.

The National Auditor canvassed support for the new PDP Chairman, saying that the initial disagreement which trailed the appointment of the new chairman has been laid to rest.

PDP Members Differ Over Party Leadership

pdpThe leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is far from over, as the factions of the acting National Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, and Mr Ali Gulak, an ex- aide to former President Jonathan, continue to lay claim to the party’s leadership.

Mr Gulak and his supporters including Dr. Doyin Okupe, also an ex- aide to the former President stormed the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja on Wednesday where he told a news conference that he was assuming office as the National Chairman of the party.

Mr Gulak claimed that he had a court judgement in his favour.

Meanwhile, the National Legal Adviser of the party, Victor Kwon, who is a member of the Secondus faction, said there was no court judgement ordering Gulak to assume office.

However, the PDP has vowed to reclaim the power it lost to the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the 2015 elections.

The party claimed that it remained the only true national political party well equipped to hold the national character.