Supplementary Elections: PDP Holds Emergency NEC Meeting

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commenced an emergency meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC).

The meeting holding at WADATA plaza in Abuja, began with party chairman Uche Secondus, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker House of Reps Yakubu Dogara and other party stalwarts in attendance.

On the agenda is the supplementary elections slated for Saturday.

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The party chairman accused the INEC Chairman and security agencies of being tools of the APC to “suppress the will of the people”.

He also noted that the concept of inconclusive elections is a term coined by INEC and the APC to stop PDP from winning elections.

Secondus also accused the INEC Chairman of delaying the democratic process and overheating the polity.

PHOTOS: Atiku, Dogara, Governors Attend PDP NEC Meeting

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar with Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, Senate President Bukola Saraki and other party chieftains at the NEC meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, held its 84th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja.

In attendance were the Presidential Candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, National Chairman Uche Secondus, Senate President Bukola Saraki, his deputy as well as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

Other party Chieftains were also present along with some state governors.

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‘You Have No Role In The Conduct Of Elections’, Atiku Tells Military

 

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, says the military has no role to play in the conduct of elections.

He said this on Tuesday during the party’s NEC meeting in Abuja, while responding to comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari’s on the snatching of ballot boxes.

 

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, speaking during the NEC meeting in Abuja on February 19, 2019. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

Speaking at the APC caucus meeting on Monday, the President had ordered security agencies to “deal ruthlessly” with anyone who attempts to snatch ballot box during the rescheduled general elections.

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Atiku, however, believes that the president’s order is a result of his desperation to remain in power.

He, therefore, adviced President Buhari that his ambitions should not be worth the blood of any Nigerian, while also reminding the military that their duty remains to protect the nation.

Atiku said, “You will recall that during the Peace Accord process, I stated in clear terms, quoting form former president Jonathan Goodluck, that my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.

“That man is a great man.

“Today I call on President Buhari to make that same commitment to the people whose mandate he holds, while also urging all security agencies to uphold our Constitution with an understanding that voting is a civil activity and civic responsibility.

“The Nigerian military is constitutionally responsible for protecting our territorial integrity and national borders and has no role to play in the conduct of elections.”

Buhari, Oshiomhole, Others Attend APC NEC Meeting

 

The National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is underway in Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo and the party chairman, Adams Oshiomhole in attendance.

Others present are the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu and some state governors.

The meeting comes after the party held its caucus meeting on Tuesday.

The national chairman had told journalists that the party had resolved to abide by the resolutions from the NEC meeting.

PHOTOS: Osinbajo Presides Over NEC Meeting

The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday presided over the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting.

The meeting, which took place at the Presidential Villa, was attended by some ministers and governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

It also had in attendance, state governors from Osun, Oyo, Borno, Anambra, Ondo, Lagos and Imo among others.

President Buhari To Return On Sunday

President BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari is expected back in Nigeria on Sunday after the ten day vacation  in London.

Vice President Yemi Osibajo disclosed this to State House correspondents just before the National Executive Council meeting holding in the council chambers.

The Vice President said that he spoke with the President and confirmed that he was in good health.

Professor Osinbajo said that there was no need for the President to start rushing back to the country but should spend the weekend there and get back home on Sunday.

President Muhammadu Buhari jetted out of Nigeria on Monday, June 6 on what the special adviser on media described as routine vacation.

The President also told journalists that he would take the opportunity to  seek for medical advise on his ear problem.

National Economic Council Grants States Relief

National Economic CouncilPresident Muhammadu Buhari has granted state governments relief from the monthly deductions regarding CBN salary assistance loans, to enable the states recover fully from the current financial crunch.

Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun said this while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the National Economic Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osibanjo.

The Minister called on the state governors to submit details of their financial data to enable the government to predict how much support they would be needing.

Also, the National Economic Council is to reconstitute the board of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company with representatives from the six geopolitical zones.

The National Economic Council also adopted the national road safety strategy document to address the current overlap and streamline the role and responsibility of the road safety management activities.

The council decried the current petrol crisis in the country urging Nigerians to be patient with the NNPC as efforts are in place to get the queues out by next week.

The National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, was summoned by the Presidency barely 24 hours after the Federal Executive Council meeting.

The meeting, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, had most of the governors in attendance.

The meeting also discussed strategies to boost Nigeria’s reserves in the Excess Crude Account and then the power challenges in the country.

VP Osinbajo Presides Over National Economic Council Meeting

Economic CouncilBarely 24 hours after the Federal Executive Council meeting, another major executive meeting; the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, has been summoned by the Presidency.

The meeting, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, had most of the governors in attendance.

The meeting which ended at about 4:50PM, discussed the lingering fuel scarcity and the need for state authorities to pay salaries.

Also discussed were strategies to boost Nigeria’s reserves in the Excess Crude Account and then the power challenges in the country.

At the Federal Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday, short-term and long-term plans were made to revamp the nation’s refineries before the end of 2017 and also put an end to importation of petrol by 2019.

The FEC also said that petrol supply would be available before the end of May, with Port Harcourt and Kaduna Refineries supporting supplies.

It is expected that the ongoing National Economic Council meeting would be discussing ways to implement the plans by the Federal Executive Council.

The National Economic Council (NEC) held its retreat in March.

The March retreat, according to the Vice President, was to provide a forum for in-depth discussions by NEC members of the policy actions that the states and the Federal Government could consider in order to stimulate local production, cut costs and enhance public revenues among other measures to stimulate the economy.

The NEC comprises of the 36 state governors, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and other co-opted members.

The NEC is chaired by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

Fayose Urges Medical Practitioners To Adhere To Physicians’ Oath

TSA-FayoseEkiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has advised medical doctors in the state to operate under the guidance of the physicians’ oath as they discharge their duties.

The Governor said this while speaking at the opening ceremony of the National Executive Council Meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) 2015 in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

Governor Fayose frowned at the unfriendly nature of some doctors in the state. He charged them to show more understanding as the country battles economic challenges.

The Governor also urged doctors in the state to pay their taxes in order to enable the government embark on more meaningful projects.

President of the NMA, Dr Kayode Obembe, gave the assurance that the NMA would strive to help Nigeria achieve a healthy society.

PDP NEC Adopts Ekweremadu Post-Election Committee’s Report

pdpThe National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has adopted the Senator Ike Ekweremadu post-election committee’s report and has fixed December for the party’s national convention.

Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, announced the adoption and the proposed date for the convention at the NEC meeting in Abuja.

According to him, the solution to the party’s problems lies in the adoption and implementation of the committee’s report.

It was the first National Executive Committee’s meeting of the PDP after the general elections.

In his welcome address, the Acting Chairman of the party noted that for the party to regain power in 2019, the post elections committee’s report must be adopted and implemented.

The Ekweremadu committee had recommended that the party’s presidential candidate be zoned to the North and also urged the party’s leadership to embark on massive biometric registration of members across the country.

While some leaders of the party believed that in addition to the recommendations, structural issues within the party should also be addressed before the 2019 elections, others expressed confidence that the party would clinch power from the Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.