APC Holds NEC Meeting In Abuja

President Buhari To Appoint More Ministers

The National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress on Monday held another meeting at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The NEC meeting was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari where he declared the intention to seek re-election in 2019.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Chief Whip, House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa and APC Governor were at the meeting.

The state represented at the meeting include Osun, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Kebbi, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kogi, Borno, Sokoto, Adamawa, Oyo, Imo, Ogun,  Ondo, Nasarawa and Kano. Katsina, Edo, Yobe and Niger States.

Apart from the President’s declaration to seek re-election, the NEC ratified the recommendation of the technical committee calling for the conduct of elections for national and state executive officers of the party.

The meeting comes on the heels of the disagreements of some NEC members over the decision made at a February meeting where members decided to extend the tenure of the John Oyegun-led NWC and by extension some states leadership.

The decision was announced on February 27 in Abuja during a NEC meeting attended by President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, APC Chairman John Oyegun and other party chieftains.

President Muhammadu Buhari a month after raised an objection and explained that after due consultation, it became imperative to overturn the resolution to extend the NWC’s tenure as it contravened Article 17 Sub-section 1 of the Party constitution which recommends a 4-year tenure for all elected officials.

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President Buhari at the meeting said the tenure elongation is a clear breach of both the Party and nation’s constitution. He warned that this might create some legal problems in the coming days as some aggrieved members had already gone to court to challenge the extension.

Following the President’s objection, the party set up a 10-member committee to advise it on the issue and examine the President’s position.

The APC governors who had earlier supported the tenure elongation later aligned with the president on his stance. This was after series of consultations.

The Governor of Zamfara State, who spoke on behalf of the governors, last week Wednesday, said after several meetings of all APC governors and other stakeholders, they have resolved to respect the party’s constitution.

The Governor Simon Lalong-led technical committee then submitted its report and the NEC is expected today to announce modalities on the congresses and elections in anticipation of the expiration of the officials’ tenure which terminates by end of June.

Sheriff Responds To PDP’s Decision To Hold Convention

Ali-Modu-Sheriff-of-PDPThe factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, says the decision of another faction of the party to go ahead with a planned national convention despite court order putting a hold on it is a slap on the judicial process.

Senator Sheriff claims the entire process has been hijacked by a few people who are working against the interest of the majority.

“Whatever they do, it is illegal and for me, it is not acceptable.

“We will continue… I will not recognise any of these gathering. I will pursue the rule of law until justice is done,” he told reporters in Abuja on Tuesday.

Senator sheriff insisted that the PDP was for Nigerians and must not be hijacked by one person.

He reiterated his readiness to give up the chairmanship, which he had continued to lay claims to, but gave conditions.

“I am ready today, tomorrow, if justice would be done. If elections are conducted in Abuja with people allowed to choose who they want as leaders.

“I will be prepared to hand over to that person. But unless and until we do that, I have a right and I have been elected by the NEC [National Executive Committee] for a specific period of time which will not finish until 2018.

“I do not want to be an impediment to the progress, but let this party not be taken over by one person. We cannot allow it,” he stressed.

Contradicting rulings have trailed the planned national convention.

While an Abuja court ordered the party to jettison plan to hold the national convention, another court in Port Harcourt, where the convention is scheduled to hold, asked the PDP to go ahead with the convention.

After the ruling, the Chairman of the National  Convention Planning Committee and Governor of Rivers State, Mr Nyesom Wike said the party would go ahead with the convention.

IPMAN Pledges To Support FG’s Deregulation Policy

Petroleum, GasThe Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) have pledged to support the federal government’s deregulation policy in the petroleum downstream sector.

Speaking in Abuja, the National President of the Association, Mr Lawson Obasi, said that the association has been re-positioned to increase fuel supply across the country.

Mr Obasi also said that the association would work with relevant players in the sector to tackle fuel scarcity in the country.

The National Executive Committee of the association was inaugurated after its leadership crisis was resolved and two emerging factions were reconciled.

PDP Chairman Expresses Readiness To Abide By Tenure Agreement

Ali-Modu-Sheriff-PDP-ChairmanThe newly appointed Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has expressed readiness to abide by the tenure agreement.

He told Channels Television on Monday that he would not stay in office longer than expected before the party’s National Convention is conducted to elect principal officers of the party.

According to him, consultations are ongoing with various organs of the PDP, which will lead to the roll out of plans for the National Convention which is expected to hold in May.

Senator Sheriff was appointed as the PDP’s substantive chairman two weeks ago amid controversy from some party members.

Some of the disagreements were however laid to rest when both the party’s caucus, board of trustees and some members of the National Executive Committee agreed to work with the chairman but directed that he organises a National Convention in May.

Fayose Urges PDP Stakeholders To Support Ali Modu Sheriff

fayoseEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has called on stakeholders to support the new National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

Fayose believes his emergence at this time and in the present circumstance is the best thing and “those aggrieved should sheath their sword and deploy their time and resources into fighting the All Progressives Congress (APC) instead of their own party.”

According to his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said; “It is regrettable that those who abandoned the PDP to its fate when it lost power and did not say a word to defend the party have now found their voice against a decision taken in accordance with the party’s constitution.”

The Governor who reiterated his commitment to the party, said; “With my antecedent as someone who have always defended the party, I can’t be linked with any decision that will not be in the best interest of the party.

“I therefore call on all my admirers and believers in my dogged fight for the revival of our party to support our new chairman, whom I believe has the required capacity to reposition the party.”

He described those linking the new chairman to the Boko Haram insurgents as mischief makers, asking; “Has Ali Modu Sheriff been tried and convicted by any court for sponsoring Boko Haram? Is he even being tried for involvement in Boko Haram activities?”

While describing the emergence of Ali Modu Sheriff as constitutional, Governor Fayose said all stakeholders like the National Working Committee members, Governors, Senators, House of Representatives members, BOT members and others took part in the processes that produced the new chairman.

He said that the party could only be repositioned when decisions of the party leaders are respected, calling on those aggrieved with the emergence of the chairman to be mindful of the supremacy of the party over and above other interests.

The Governor reminded members and supporters of the PDP that “the party was in a peculiar situation” and needs people who can stand up against the devourers of its collective heritage.

“I can say it confidently that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is such a person and in the collective interest of our party, we should all rally round him,” he said.

‘PDP Rescue Group’ Kicks Against Amodu Sheriff’s Leadership

Ali-Modu-Sheriff-PDP-ChairmanThe leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is yet to be laid to rest, as members of the “PDP Rescue Group”, a faction of the party’s faithful, have continued to kick against the appointment of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the party’s national chairman.

The Chairman of the PDP Rescue Group, Ambassador Wilberforce Juta, who had sought the party’s chairmanship position, described the emergence of Senator Sheriff as an imposition by some persons in the party.

He told a press conference in Abuja on Sunday that the current chairman lacked the integrity that the PDP needed at this time.

The group is calling on the new chairman to resign, as he was never at any time nominated by the northeast wing of the party for the race.

The PDP had on February 16 appointed Senator Sheriff the party’s new national chairman.

His appointment was made at the meeting of the National Executive Committee held at the opposition party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Sheriff had been linked with the Boko Haram sect terrorising communities in north eastern Nigeria.

He has denied having a link with the group.

APC Accepts Saraki, Dogara As Governors Intervene In NASS Crisis

APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has accepted the leadership of the National Assembly, although peace talks are still in progress to resolve the crisis.

Speaking at the end of a reconciliation meeting, the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, said that discussions were still ongoing to finally resolve the National Assembly leadership crisis.

Although Governor Okorocha said that progress had been made, he did not give details of their discussion.

He said that the factions in the National Assembly have agreed to work together to reach amicable solutions.

Aside from several state governors, leaders of the two factions in the National Assembly leadership crisis attended the meeting.

“I’m happy to announce to all of you that the peace at the National Assembly is at sight. We have had discussions and we have all agreed to accept peace. So you will not see any more disagreement.

“Both the Senate President and the Speaker and distinguished Senator Lawan and Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila will work together for the unity of the National Assembly and for the progress of our party,” Okorocha said.

He went further; “The party has accepted the leadership of the National Assembly of the Senate President and the Speaker of the Federal House.”

The party had been in crisis over the elections of Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President and Honourable Yakubu Dogara as Speaker of the House of Representatives against the party’s recommendation.

The Senate had also ignored the party’s nominees for principal officers in the Senate and gone ahead to appoint its preferred officers.

However, the House of Representatives is yet to constitute the principal officers.

The reconciliation meeting was attended by the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the party’s preferred candidates for the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan and the preferred ‎candidate for Speaker of the House of Reps, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila.

‎The meeting, which started some minutes after three o’clock in the afternoon, was held behind closed doors.

Buhari Tells Lawmakers To Accept Party’s Superiority

Muhammadu-Buhari--Nigeria-PresidentNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has told the All Progressives Congress’ lawmakers in the National Assembly to accept the party’s superiority in the interest of democracy.

In his opening speech at the ongoing meeting of National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, the nation’s capital, Buhari urged the party members to put whatever interest they have in their “pocket” and accept the supremacy of the party.

He said: “The election has come and gone and the APC has won the battle and lost the war.

“This is the paradox of democracy and we shall see how we can manage it.

“I have appealed to you through the chairman, the leadership of the party, Governors, Senators and the House of Representatives that the APC must not disappoint its constituency as the nation State.

“Let us not throw this success to the wind. Let us as members of APC, no matter our personal differences, get together and meet the mandate given to us by this country.

“This is my personal appeal and in the name of God, whatever your personal interest is and your vision, please, keep it close to your heart and in your pocket,” President Buhari cautioned.

He further appealed to the party members to do their best to deliver on the mandate given to the party by Nigerians.

“Let APC work; let the system work and let us have a government that will earn the respect of our constituency.

“I appeal to you to accept the superiority of the party. I cannot confine myself in Sambisa Forest and refuse to participate in the meeting because I respect the superiority of the party,” he stressed.

President Buhari’s statement is believed to be in connection with the wrangling in the National Assembly over the choice of principal officers.

At the meeting are the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, members of the National Working Committee of the party, the 22 APC Governors, APC State Chairmen and representatives from the zones.

The crisis rocking the ruling party, especially as it affects the National Assembly leadership, is expected to top talks at the NEC meeting.

It was gathered that the constitution of the party’s board of trustees, as approved by the National Working Committee, may also be discussed by the APC leaders.


IPMAN Leadership Crisis: Appeal Court Adjourns Case Until 18 November

court on IPMAN leadership The Court of Appeal, sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital, has adjourned till November 18, the case between two factions of the leadership of the National Executive Committee of the Independent Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria (IPMAN).

Counsel to the Chinedu Okoronkwo-led Executive Committee Mr John Odubela, said it was unfortunate that the court was unable to sit on Friday.

He said the sitting would have availed his client the opportunity to take some applications that were pending on the matter, following the misguided steps taken by the respondents.‎

Mr Odubela said the steps taken by the respondents were likely to derail the court and throw the court into a state of helplessness, having generated a false letter from the former Minister of Labour, Joel Ikenya.

The counsel further claimed that the previous administration had endorsed the candidacy of Chief Obasi Lawson, the other factional leader.

PDP National Chairman Jets Out Of The Country

PDPThere are reports that the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Muazu, who before now was addressed as “the game changer”, may have jetted out of the country to evade being forced to convene a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, where he may be akin to resign.

Mr Muazu has been under intense pressure to quit his position as the party Chairman following the PDP’s poor showing in the March – April 2015 general election.

The party’s leadership had blamed the state governors elected on the platform of the PDP, and some other leaders, for its electoral failure.

At the moment, it is not clear where the National Chairman has travelled to, but there are indications that he may have informed President Goodluck Jonathan before embarking on the trip.

APC Credits Ebola Containment To Governors’ Pro-activeness

APCThe Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Oyegun, has credited the containment of the Ebola virus in Nigeria to the pro-activeness of APC governors.

Speaking at an emergency National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja, Oyegun commended Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, and Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State for the prompt and efficient manner in which they responded to the health crises.

Also speaking on the party’s preparation for the 2015 general elections, Oyegun said that the APC is not zoning the Presidency to any part of the country.

He said that the more the people vying for the presidential ticket, the better for the party.

The APC Chairman also said that the party was worried about the recent crises in Ekiti State and is keenly monitoring the situation.

PDP Fixes Dec 6 For Presidential Primaries

olisa-metuh of PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has  fixed Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 for its Governorship and Presidential Primaries respectively, ahead of the 2015 general elections.

This, was announced by Mr Olisa Metuh, the party`s National Publicity Secretary, in Abuja.

The party spokesman also said that the primaries for the National Assembly would hold on Nov. 22, adding that the dates were proposed by the party`s National Working Committee (NWC).

According to him, the dates were proposals that were subject to the approval of the party`s National Executive Committee (NEC) scheduled to meet on Thursday, September 18.

“ We expect all public servants, government appointees and elected party officials who are interested in contesting any position to resign their appointments seven days before the commencement of the ward congress election,’’ he said.

The  sales of nomination and expression of interest forms for various elective offices would be between Oct. 27 and 28.

This is to enable public office holders interested in elective offices to resign their appointments before Oct. 20

Governors on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), have endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan  as its sole candidate for the 2015 presidential election.

 The announcement was made by the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Governors’ Forum, Chief Godswill Akpabio, after a meeting in Abuja.