Ondo APC Chairman Reacts To Alleged Removal From Office

APC in OndoThe Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Isaac Kekemeke has reacted to his purported removal from office by some aggrieved members of the party in the state.

They accused Kekemeke of doctoring the party’s delegate list as well as imposing a governorship candidate on the party

Few days ago, some members of the party stormed the party secretariat in Akure and locked up the place.

In the process, the protesters announced the removal of Kekemeke as the Chairman of APC in Ondo State, replacing him with Saka Yusuf an ex-official of the executive committee.

In his reaction,  during an interview with Channels Television, Kekemeke insisted that those who staged the protest were not genuine members of the party, referring to their protest as dramatic.

He denied both allegations, adding that the national leadership of the party will be meeting the aspirants to assure that the party’s primary election and the delegates list will emerge from the party’s national secretariat and not the state.

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.

Anambra PDP Seeks Arrest Of Parallel Executives

pdpThe Anambra State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Ken Emeakayi, has called on the Police to close down all unlawful PDP Secretariats wherever they may be located in the state.

The Chairman also called for the arrest of any parallel executive or anybody impersonating the state Chairman or Executive of the party, so as to avoid crisis and anarchy in the state.

Mr Emeakayi made the request on Sunday while briefing reporters in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

He stressed that the party would no longer fold its arms and watch activities of groups that parade as PDP executives continue to cause confusion in the state, even after a letter from the National Secretariat of the PDP to Anambra State Police Commissioner had laid to rest issues concerning the party leadership in the state.

The National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, had in a letter to Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Hassan Karma, cleared the air on who the authentic State Chairman of the party is.

The Chairman said that some members of the party, who felt the entire party faithful were not carried along, maintained other secretariats aside the PDP State secretariat at No 1 Ezidiegwu Road, Udoka Housing Estate, Awka, the capital of the state.

Mr Emeakayi described the action as illegal and unauthorised, saying the use of the name and logo of the PDP should no longer be tolerated.

In a swift reaction to the request for apprehension of parallel executive and the closure of illegal secretariat, the State Commissioner of Police acknowledged the receipt of a letter from the National Secretariat of the PDP affirming Mr Emeakayi as the authentic Chairman.

Mr Karma acknowledge that other groups were still laying claims to the position, citing court judgment. He said that Police would not want to meddle with political party affairs, but advised that the party should keep to the path of peace.

Though the position of the Police was that they would not embark on any arrests until a court authority backs the orders, the Chairman insisted that the Police should not renege in the discharge of their duties with a flimsy excuse that the matter was an internal affair of a political party.

He said: “The Police are a creation of the 1999 Constitution with assigned roles of crime prevention and apprehension of offenders, so also registered political parties which are also governed by the various provisions of the constitution”.

Mr Ekeakayi was declared the Chairman of Anambra State PDP on July 26 by the Congress Committee Chairman of the party, Mr Ike Abonyi.

PDP Grants Ribadu, Others Waiver

nuhu-ribadu1The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has granted waiver to a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu and two others to run as aspirants under the platform of the party in the October 11 governorship bye-election in Adamawa State.

Other persons granted waiver were a former military administrator of Lagos and Borno States, Buba Marwa and Markus Gundiri, the governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2011 election.

PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, made the disclosure to journalists on Friday at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja.

The three aspirants had earlier submitted their application for waiver to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.

The NWC had also forwarded the requests to a sub committee under the leadership of the National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha.

The committee submitted its report to the NWC on Friday, recommending that the waiver should be granted.

With the development, the three aspirants will alongside eight others face a screening panel on Saturday.

The PDP is expected to name the panel members later on Friday.