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.
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.”
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.
President 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.
Barely 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 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.
The National Economic Council has approved that 250 million dollars of the 400 million dollars dividend from the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas be invested in the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) to increase capital.
The balance of 150 million dollars will be shared among the states of the federation according to the prescribed formula at the federation account.
Briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the council meeting presided over by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, said that the decision was taken after reviewing the report of the 2014 status of the fund.
The NEC has also directed the Minister of Finance to constitute an executive nomination committee and work in consultation with NEC to find appropriate persons to take over as board members of the NSIA when the current board is dissolved.
The Council was also told that the balance of Excess Crude Account (ECA) still stands at 2.257 billion USD indicating that there is not much change from the last report.
The council mandated the Ministry of Finance to also investigate the report that some government agencies collect revenue in foreign currency, but remit the Naira equivalence to the federation account.
Also the CBN has been directed to embark on sensitization and public enlightenment on the Forex policy and relevant laws and regulations to guide traders and some people who encounter challenges regarding the movement of foreign currency across Nigerian borders.
This is following a report that traders in the eastern part of the country encounter challenges at the airport when they intend to go about their normal businesses.
The NEC also deliberated on the need for the states to provide legal framework such as enactment of state pension laws for those who have not done so; establishment of state pension agencies, consistent remittance of both the employees and employers’ contributions and also full compliance with all the provisions of the pension scheme.
The council also agreed on the need to reconstitute the Niger Delta Power Holding Company governing board based on the six geopolitical zones.
The 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.