APC NWC Cancels Zamfara Governorship Primaries

The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee has cancelled the Zamfara State Governorship primaries.

The party in a statement signed on Saturday by the acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena said the cancellation was approved after the Professor Abubakar Faki- APC Zamfara State Governorship Primaries Committee announced the cancellation of the primaries.


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Nabena added that the cancellation was necessary due to alleged election malpractices and violence which marred the primaries.

This they said include, “snatching of election materials and result sheets by the State’s government officials which were taken to the Government House, Gusau.”

Subsequently, the Party’s NWC has approved the cancellation of the Governorship primaries, noting that a new date will be announced soonest.

The NWC also said it is committed to free, fair and transparent primaries across the country.

APC Appoints Yekini Nabena As Acting National Publicity Secretary

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed Mr Yekini Nabena as the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party.

The appointment was announced by the party in a tweet on the official handle @OfficialAPCNg

 

Mr Nabena’s appointment follows the resignation of the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, who defected to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) earlier on Wednesday.

Tinubu Meets With APC’s National Working Committee

File Photo of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

 

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Tinubu, is currently in a meeting with the National Working Committee of the party at the National Secretariat, in Abuja.

The committee is led by the national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun.

Tinubu who was recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to lead the reconciliation process of members of the party said at the meeting on Wednesday that the change Nigerians seek cannot be served like instant coffee, it has to be gradual.

The APC Chieftain said his mission is to seek opinions and advice on the various conflicts within the party both at state or national level, to reconcile and move the party in a cohesive manner, and reposition if any.

 

“We have never governed before, but we won the confidence of Nigerians to govern. As it is to serve the country, change and reform the country. It is not easy to have those change implemented like instant coffee.

“We have to face challenges, so my mission is to reconcile, and reposition if any and build confidence,” he said.

Odigie-Oyegun in his welcome address to Tinubu and his entourage said it was necessary for the APC to put its house in order in preparation for 2019 elections.

 

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”.

Ali Modu Sheriff Annuls Plateau State PDP Congress

Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP, PlateauThe former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has nullified the party’s congress in Plateau State.

The embattled PDP Chairman made the annulment when aggrieved members of the party visited him to ask for a fresh congress to elect a chairman in Plateau State.

The delegation led by a former member of the House of Representatives from the state, Mr Bitrus Kaze, alleged that the congress which was conducted in April was not credible.

In his response, Senator Sheriff told the gathering that a new committee would be inaugurated to conduct a fresh congress that would elect principal officers for the PDP in Plateau State.

In a related development, he had on Thursday set up another committee to conduct primaries for three PDP governorship candidates in Edo State, who have bought forms from his faction.

He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had sent the party their guidelines for the primaries, expressing preparedness to meet up with all the requirements set by the INEC for the September election.

Cripple The PDP
In a swift reaction to this, the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee condemned the move by Senator Sheriff, after Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu had emerged winner of the party’s primaries held on Monday.

MakarfiThey accused him of working with the enemies of the PDP to completely cripple the party in the interest of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The committee insisted that the Edo primary election and all the processes leading to it thereof, were properly conducted, monitored and observed by the INEC.

The emergence of the two factions of the PDP is a fall out of the party’s Governors Forum meeting where some leaders of the party removed Senator Sheriff and set up a caretaker committee.

However, the embattled Chairman told reporters when he was refused entrance into the PDP National Secretariat that he remained the chairman of the party until 2018.

Ali Modu Sheriff Takes Over PDP Affairs

Ali-Modu-Sheriff-former-PDP-ChairThe leadership crisis of Peoples Democratic Party is far from over as its former acting National Chairman, Ali-Modu Sheriff on Monday stormed the party’s secretariat with his supporters to assume the leadership of the party.

This comes a week after the party’s Board of Trustees handed over the affairs of the PDP to the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee, following the ouster of Ali-Modu Sheriff during the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt.

After several hours of battle with security men, former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, finally gained entry into the PDP headquarters in Abuja.

He told reporters that he remains the sole chairman of the party till 2018.

“I remain the authentic chairman (of the PDP) unless the laws of our land – if the courts make a pronouncement and say that Ali-Modu Sheriff is not the chairman, I will obey as I have always obeyed.

“But as of today, till year 2018, I am the National Chairman of the PDP,” he said.

Mr Sheriff had led his group to storm the Wadata Plaza national secretariat of the PDP but was initially prevented from going in by armed policemen.

Speaking with journalists outside the party’s headquarters, Sheriff said that the court does not recognise the constitution of a caretaker committee.

Senator Sheriff, who was at the secretariat with the party’s national secretary and national treasure, said: “As you may be aware, that we have been facing some challenges since we put off the national convention in Port Harcourt last month.

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“We, therefore, consider it the height of self-deceit for anyone to pretend that the PDP is not in crisis.

“But I want to assure you that we have been working round the clock to see how we can resolve the matter without being on the wrong side of the law.

“All the judgments that are available today recognise us as the sole chairman of this party.

“We have a court order in our hand to allow us to go into our office but the inspector general of police, after having a truce with him that nobody should be allowed until we have decided, he decided to take the law into his hands and allow the wrong people,” he told a gathering of supporters at the secretariat.

Mr Ali Modu Sheriff removed at a convention held in Port Harcourt in southern Nigeria on May 21, with a caretaker committee set up to co-ordinate the affairs of the party.

The Caretaker Committee headed by a former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, was mandated to elect a new National Working Committee for the party within three months.

After his removal, the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, said that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP, which Senator Sheriff led, was dissolved to save the party.

The opposition party is struggling to regain popularity after it lost power to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 presidential election.

Ali Modu Sheriff Refused Entrance Into PDP Secretariat

Ali-Modu-Sheriff-former-PDP-ChairThe ousted chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has been refused entrance into the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja by security officials.

Armed policemen were at the entrance of the secretariat on Monday, denying the former leader of the opposition party entrance.

Mr Sheriff led his group to Wadata Plaza National Secretariat of the PDP but was prevented from going in by the armed officials.

He told reporters outside the party’s headquarters, that he remained the chairman of the party until 2018 and decried the presence of policemen with arms at the party’s office.

To Save The Party

The former Senator added that the court did not recognise the constitution of a caretaker committee.

Senator Sheriff, who was at the secretariat with the party’s national secretary and national treasure, said: “As you may be aware, that we have been facing some challenges since we put off the national convention in Port Harcourt last month.

“We, therefore, consider it the height of self-deceit for anyone to pretend that the PDP is not in crisis.

“But I want to assure you that we have been working round the clock to see how we can resolve the matter without being on the wrong side of the law.

“All the judgments that are available today recognise us as the sole chairman of this party.

“We have a court order in our hand to allow us to go into our office but the inspector general of police, after having a truce with him that nobody should be allowed until we have decided, he decided to take the law into his hands and allow the wrong people,” he told a gathering of supporters at the secretariat.

Senator Sheriff also threatened to enforce his rights to the office beyond the blockade by the police.

“We will be law abiding, but Nigeria Police is made for Nigerian people to observe the rule of law.

“The law clearly stated that the Inspector General of Police should give us police to go into the office, but he brought platoon of police to block the office.

“We will go back because we do not want some miscreants to take the law into their hands.

“We will wait and take the mater beyond Nigeria Police Force,” he said

His prevention from entering the party’s secretariat is coming weeks after he was removed as the chairman of the party.

It is the second time that security personnel will barricade the entrance of party’s secretariat.

Members of the party had earlier been prevented from entering the national office days after the removal of Senator Sheriff.

He was removed at a convention held in Port Harcourt in southern Nigeria on May 21, with a caretaker committee set up to co-ordinate the affairs of the party.

The Caretaker Committee headed by  Senator Ahmed Makarfi, a former Governor of Kaduna State, was mandated to elect a new National Working Committee for the party within three months.

After his removal, the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, said that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP, which Senator Sheriff led, was dissolved to save the party.

The opposition party is struggling to regain popularity after it lost power to the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 presidential election.

We Removed Ali Modu Sheriff To Save PDP – Fayose

Ali Modu Sheriff, Fayose, PDPEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has explained that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP led by former chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, was dissolved and caretaker committee appointed at the last Saturday National Convention held in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State to save the party.

The Governor said that even though he was one of those who supported the former chairman, he had no option than to support his removal so as to forestall disintegration of the party.

Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, in a release issued in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, urged Sheriff to accept his removal in good faith and join others to build the party.

The Governor said; “I supported Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in good conscience. But when it became obvious that his continuous stay in office as the National Chairman will jeopardise the collective interest of the party, I had no option than to support his removal.

“To me, the general interest of the party overrides that of any individual and there is no how I can stand in support of any plan to sacrifice the party for any individual.

“Anyone whose ambition threatens the collective interest of the party should be removed to save the party and that’s exactly what we have done.

“I therefore urge Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to accept the dissolution of the NWC and appointment of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee in good faith and cooperate with other well-meaning members of the party to reposition it so as to achieve the much needed electoral victory in 2019.

“To Sheriff and other well-meaning members of the party, what should be important is the party and not the individual and no sacrifice should be too much for anyone to make for the party at this time.”

Police Warn PDP Factional Loyalists Against Threatening Public Peace

Police, Public Peace, PDPThe Nigerian Police say that intelligence at its disposal indicates that some aggrieved factional leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have perfected plans to engage thugs from across the country to join them in threatening public peace and security in Abuja.

A press statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mrs Olabisi Kolawole, says that these aggrieved parties are planning to infiltrate Abuja and attack the national headquarters of the PDP with intent to forcefully occupy the facility.

The Police say the group plans to mobilise into Abuja with effect from Monday and they intend to march through major streets in Abuja before proceeding to the PDP secretariat to manifest their intention.

The Police is warning all actors in the crisis as well as their loyalists to refrain from any act that may threaten public order.

The Police has said that it will deal promptly, firmly and decisively with such persons or group in line with their legal obligations.

Consequently, the Inspector-General of Police has directed the deployment of Police assets to secure the PDP Secretariat and protect the staff until the threat to internal security that is being occasioned by the intra-party crisis within the PDP is stabilised.

Armed security personnel at the weekend sealed the headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja, preventing the opposition party members from getting into their headquarters.

Armed Security Personnel Seal PDP Headquarters In Abuja

Zonal congress, PDPArmed security personnel have sealed the headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The security operatives are preventing the opposition party members from getting into their headquarters.

One of the security men, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they were directed to seal off the premises.

He did not, however, say who gave the directive to seal the PDP headquarters or the reason behind their action.

The development, however, may be connected with the ongoing leadership crisis in the PDP.

Caretaker Committee

On Saturday, the party removed its National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and set up a Caretaker Committee.

His removal came on the same day the party had scheduled to hold a national convention.

At the venue of the convention, the former Chairman announced a postponement of the convention, but the Vice Chairman said the convention would continue as planned, showing internal leadership rancor.

The Caretaker Committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, a former Governor of Kaduna State, was mandated to elect a new National Working Committee for the party within three months.

Other members of the committee are;

Senator Ben Obi – Secretary
Senator Ugbesia – Member
Sen Abdul Ningi – Member
Prince Dayo Adeyeye – Member
Aisha Aliyu – Member
Barrister Usman – Member

After he was removed, Senator Sheriff said “the PDP Convention stands cancelled owing to court injunctions” and called the exercise of Saturday a ‘charade and illegal’.

PDP Reform Group Decries Alleged Lack Of Internal Democracy

Niger State, PDP MembersAhead of the proposed National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, the PDP Reform Group has decried the alleged lack of internal democracy in Nigeria’s main opposition party.

The group said cases of such resonated during the state congresses held recently.

The group, which is a coalition of the party’s National Youth Wing, is also asking the leadership of the party to reconcile all aggrieved members before the National Convention, which is scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt this month.

The group is also demanding that no member of the former National Working Committee should be allowed to contest in the congress.

PDP Zones Chairmanship Position To The North East

pdpThe leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has zoned its chairmanship position to the North East.

The Zoning Committee of the Party submitted their zoning recommendations to the party’s National Working Committee at a closed door meeting of the party’s leadership in Abuja.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, the current National Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, said all recommendations by the Zoning Committee, including that of the chairmanship position to the North East, have been approved by the National Executive Committee of the party.

Sen. Sheriff, who is from the North East, however declined comments on whether  or not he will contest for the chairmanship position during the party’s National Convention next month.