Party Crisis: PDP To Hold NEC Meeting On Thursday

The PDP logo.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold its 93rd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Thursday.

In a statement on Tuesday by its National Secretary, Senator Umaru Tsauri, the party invited all NEC members to the meeting.

According to the memo, the meeting will hold at the NEC Hall of the PDP’s Headquarters, Wadata Plaza, Abuja FCT.

At the event which is scheduled for 11 am, the party will inaugurate the Anambra Governorship Campaign Council.

PDP’s NEC forum will hold a day after governors elected on the party’s platform would have held their meeting in Abuja.

A statement issued by the Director-General, PDP Governors Forum, C.I.D. Maduabum on Tuesday said the governors would meet to discuss issues affecting the party.

Maduabum added that the extraordinary meeting of the Forum will be chaired by the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

According to him, the governors would discuss some “strategies” ahead of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Thursday, even as the party continues to fashion out a plot to dislodge the APC administration come 2023.

No N60bn Was Printed To Shore Up March Allocation, NEC Affirms

 

The National Economic Council (NEC) has affirmed that there was no printing of N60 billion or any other amount whatsoever to shore up allocation for the month of March.

This was the position of the state governors after a critical review of the claim during the NEC meeting chaired by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday.

They took the decision following presentations from the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed; Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi.

In their remarks, the minister and the CBN governor informed the Council that the allegation of the printing of money to augment allocation was outrightly false.

The NGF chairman also supported the conclusion while NEC affirmed same as the highest constitutional body tasked with economic affairs in the country.

“The Council expressed satisfaction with clarifications made by the NGF represented by its Chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, and the Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, on the alleged printing of N60 billion by the Federal Government,” said a statement by the Vice President’s spokesman, Laolu Akande.

On the resolution of security concerns in parts of the country, the Council unanimously affirmed the unity of Nigeria and said it would adopt the report of the national townhall meeting on National Unity and Security held recently in Kaduna.

It welcomed the outcome of the townhall meeting and urged all state governments to hold wider consultations across the country and report back to NEC on the outcome of the meetings.

According to Akande, a national consensus will be reached thereafter on the recommendations which included the adoption of state police, among other matters.

The meeting attended by many of the state governors, also had in attendance the ministers of transportation, information, aviation and water resources, as well as the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning.

APC Dissolves Party Organs At Wards, Local Governments, States And Zonal Levels

Yobe State Governor and APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Mai Mala Buni; Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Baderu; Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule and Minister of Justice and Attorney, Abubakar Malami during the All Progressive Congress (APC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the Council Chambers State House, Abuja on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

 

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday dissolved all party organs at wards, states, local and zonal party structures.

The party also extended the tenure of the caretaker committee by six months.

NEC, the highest decision-making body of the party also expelled Ntufam Hilliard Eta, vice-chairman south-south, for failing to withdraw a suit he instituted against the caretaker committee.

These decisions were taken on Tuesday at an emergency meeting the of the committee which was held at the presidential villa in Abuja.

The meeting was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and other party chieftains.

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APC NEC Extends Tenure Of Caretaker Committee

While all party organs at polling units, wards, local governments, states and zonal levels have been dissolved by NEC, such members are to constitute caretaker committees.

NEC also directed new members of APC to be granted waivers so they can contest for elections without having to wait for two years which was done previously.

Meanwhile, President Buhari urged NEC to adopt all the proposals of the party’s caretaker committee and grant all the necessary approvals necessary to rebuild the party.

Buhari said this in his opening remarks at the ongoing meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President said further that the party must produce leaders who will not inherit the problems that led to the dissolution of the last national working committee of the party.

APC NEC Expels Former National Vice Chairman, Hilliard Eta

File photo of APC former National Vice Chairman, Hilliard Eta.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expelled its former National Vice Chairman (South-South), Hilliard Eta, from the party.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai disclosed this on Tuesday after the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to the ruling party, the decision followed Eta’s inability to withdraw all law cases against the APC.

The ruling party also extended the tenure of the caretaker committee by six months.

The committee also dissolved all party organs at polling units, wards, local governments, states and zonal levels and such members to constitute caretaker committees.

READ ALSO: APC NEC Extends Tenure Of Caretaker Committee

NEC directed new members of APC to be granted waivers so they can contest for elections without having to wait for two years which was done previously.

On insecurity, the committee asked the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to politicize the issue but to collaborate with the government to end the insurgency affecting the country.

The meeting was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, National Chairman of the party’s Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi.

Others included Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu among several others.

Earlier, President Buhari asked the leaders of APC to respect party decisions.

APC NEC Extends Tenure Of Caretaker Committee

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Council Meeting

 

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has extended the tenure of the caretaker committee by six months.

The committee also dissolved all party organs at polling units, wards, local governments, states and zonal levels and such members to constitute caretaker committees.

NEC directed new members of APC to be granted waivers so they can contest for elections without having to wait for two years which was done previously.

The committee urged the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to politicize insecurity but to collaborate with the government to end the insurgency affecting the country.

READ ALSO: APC Holds Emergency NEC Meeting At Presidential Villa

APC had in late November scheduled the meeting to review its position and deliberate on its next line of action as it concerns its national leadership.

The National Chairman of the party’s Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, led other members of the party’s NEC, including President Muhammadu Buhari, into the meeting.

The Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives were in attendance physically.

Also, governors of the party, led by the Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, also attended the meeting physically.

APC Holds Emergency NEC Meeting At Presidential Villa

President Muhammadu Buhari, Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, other APC governors during the party’s National Executive Committee in Abuja on December 8, 2020.

 

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday held an emergency virtual meeting at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

APC had late November scheduled the meeting to review its position and deliberate on its next line of action as it concerns its national leadership.

The National Chairman of the party’s Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, led other members of the party’s NEC, including President Muhammadu Buhari, into the meeting.

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The Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives were in attendance physically.

Also, governors of the party, led by the Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, also attended the meeting physically.

Osinbajo Meets With Governors, Seeks Ways Of Strengthening National Unity

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presides over the emergency NEC meeting in Abuja on October 26, 2020.

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has met with state governors representing each of the six geopolitical zones in the country.

Meeting under the aegis of the National Economic Council (NEC), they agreed to meet with security agencies to strengthen national unity in the country.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.

According to the statement, the terms of reference adopted were “to engage with the Security Agencies and develop ways of delivering more control to State Governors who are the Chief Security Officers of their States.”

“To recommend effective solutions to the rising divisiveness and propose ways of strengthening national unity.”

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FALLOUTS OF PROTESTS:

NEC COMMITTEE TO ENGAGE YOUTHS, OTHERS SWING INTO ACTION

*VP, Governors to interact on Zonal and State basis

#EndSARS Aftermath: NEC Committee To Engage Youths, Others

In furtherance of the resolution of an emergency meeting of the National Economic Council last week, the Ad-Hoc Committee set up to engage with youths, civil society organizations, and different strands of leadership across the nation in the wake of the recent protests have swung into action

At a meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, earlier today, the Committee decided to promptly embark on a two-pronged engagement process: Zonal and State-based respectively.

For the State-based engagements, each of the 36 State Governors and FCT Minister would meet with the leadership and representatives of the identified groups in their States. This would then be immediately followed by zonal interactions where the Vice President and members of the Committee would feature.

The engagements will not only include youth groups but also traditional, religious and political leaders. Civil society groups would also be involved as well as opinion molders like the media.

The interactions would feature issues around employment, social safety nets, and national unity and security of lives and properties among others.

Today’s meeting attended virtually by all Governors representing each of the 6 geopolitical zones in the country also formally adopted the following Terms of Reference:

  1. To engage representatives of Youths, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and others, Political, Religious, and Traditional leaders on employment and social safety net programmes among other issues.
  2. To engage with the Security Agencies and develop ways of delivering more control to State Governors who are the Chief Security Officers of their States;

iii. To recommend effective solutions to the rising divisiveness and propose ways of strengthening national unity;

  1. To develop a framework for the coordination of action steps to be taken by both the Federal and State Governments in response to the fundamental issues underlying the EndSARs Protests;
  2. To co-opt and or invite any individual or Corporate body that may facilitate the work of the Committee; and
  3. Report to Council with such recommendations as may be considered appropriate.

It would be recalled that last Thursday after more than four hours of deliberations at an emergency meeting of the National Economic Council, it was resolved that the deeper reasons behind the ENDSARS protests and its fallout should be addressed by both the Federal and State Governments.

Members of the NEC AD-HOC COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC ENGAGEMENTS, all of whom attended today’s meeting are:

H.E., Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN – the Vice President – Chairman

H.E., Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR – Sokoto State Governor representing Northwest

H.E., Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum – Borno State Governor representing Northeast

H.E., Abubakar Sani Bello – Niger State Governor representing Northcentral

H.E., Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN – Ondo State Governor representing Southwest

H.E., Engr. Dave Umahi – Ebonyi State Governor representing Southeast

H.E., Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa – Delta State Governor representing Southsouth

Laolu Akande

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity

Office of the Vice President

3rd November 2020

Fallout Of EndSARS Protests: NEC Sets Up Committee To Engage Youths

After more than four hours of deliberations at an emergency meeting of the National Economic Council today, a resolution has been reached by the Council that the deeper reasons behind the ENDSARS protests and its fallouts should be addressed by both the Federal and State Governments.

To this end, a Council committee to engage the youths, representatives of Civil Society Organizations, religious and traditional leaders, on employment, social safety net programmes, and national unity among other key issues of concern has been constituted composing governors representing the six geopolitical zones.

The Committee would be chaired by the Vice President who presided over the meeting attended by the Governors, FCT Minister, Central Bank Governor, Inspector General of Police, representatives from the Military, the Directorate of State Security, and the National Human Rights Commission.

Members of the committee are:
a. Governor of Sokoto State
b. Governor of Borno State
c. Governor of Niger State
d. Governor of Ondo State
e. Governor of Ebonyi State
f. Governor of Delta State

The Committee which is to commence work immediately will develop a comprehensive framework under the auspices of the Council that would coordinate joint actions and steps to be taken by both the Federal and State Governments to examine the fundamental issues underlining the protests and arrive at effective solutions, including how to enhance Nigeria’s national security.

While supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to a complete overhaul of the nation’s security services, NEC also commended the Nigerian Police and Security agencies for their handling of the disturbances in some States of the Federation while also noting its unequivocal belief that most members of the Nigerian security personnel are law-abiding and are capable of restoring law and order in the country.

Below is the communique issued at the end of the Emergency NEC meeting today:

Emergency National Economic Council Meeting
Monday 26th October 2020

Rising from the Emergency Meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) held today, Monday, 26th October 2020, members commiserated and expressed sincere condolences to all those who have been injured, suffered the death of a loved one or lost property since the hijacking of the EndSARS demonstrations by criminals and hoodlums across the country.

The Council observed the low morale of security operatives during the period and members resolved to commend the Nigerian Police and all the security agencies for their handling of what is clearly an unprecedented problem.

Council affirmed an unequivocal belief and assurance that most members of the nation’s security personnel are law-abiding and are capable of restoring law and order in the country.

NEC also supported President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to a complete overhaul of the country’s security services by improving the capacity of security officers across the rank and file while providing them with the necessary equipment to carry out their jobs effectively.

NEC enjoined the CACOVID leadership to come out with an independent statement on the status of the distribution of palliatives donated to States which should clearly explain the circumstances behind the delay in the distribution of food items domiciled in warehouses across the country.

Council reviewed the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other secessionist groups, stressing that these subterranean and violent tendencies must be quickly addressed given that they have continually hijacked demonstrations and caused mayhem and lawlessness across parts of the country.

Council established that economic issues underlie what the country has gone through in the last few weeks. Good governance and improved service delivery remain the fundamental panacea to social tensions in the country, and social welfare must be given greater priority in the first instance.

Council decried the irresponsible use of social media in fueling misinformation and increasing social tensions.

Council agreed to embark on an objective framing of a new security and stability architecture for the country supported by the development of a framework of engagement with the youth, civil society, and religious leaders; a framework for national unity; a framework to engage with security agencies that will devolve more control to State governors who are the chief security officers of their states; a framework for federal support to provide compensation for those who have incurred losses in the last few weeks and a framework for social security to deal with the problem of unemployment and poverty in the country.

A Joint Committee was consequently set up by the Chairman of Council, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, to work with State governments represented by the Governors of Ebonyi, Ondo, Niger, Delta, Borno and Sokoto States to implement the resolutions of the emergency meeting.

Osinbajo, Governors Hold Emergency National Economic Council Meeting

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presides over the emergency NEC meeting in Abuja on October 26, 2020.

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Monday presided over an emergency National Economic Council (NEC) meeting.

The meeting held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital with some governors in attendance.

Details later…

NEC To Govs: Take Charge Of Police Tactical Units

 

Rising from its monthly meeting the National Economic Council has directed the immediate establishment of State-based Judicial Panels of Inquiry across the country to receive and investigate complaints of Police brutality or related extrajudicial killings with a view to delivering justice for all victims of the dissolved SARS and other police units.

The Council specifically resolved that State Governors and the FCT Minister should take charge of interface and contact with the protesters in their respective domains.

At a meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, and attended by State Governors, the Judicial Panels which would be set up in all the States would include representatives of Youths, Students, Civil Society Organizations and would be chaired by a respected retired State High Court Judge.

The Council also directed that State Governors should immediately establish a State-based Special Security and Human Rights Committee to be chaired by the Governors in their States, to supervise the newly formed police tactical units and all other security agencies located in the State.

The idea of the Special Security and Human Rights Committee in all States of the Federation and the FCT is to ensure that police formation and other security agencies in the State consistently protect the Human Rights of citizens.

Members of the Special Committee would also include Representatives of Youths, and Civil Society. The head of Police tactical units in each of the State would also be a member of the Committee.

 

Regarding the Judicial Panel of Inquiry, each State Government is to set up the Panel, chaired by a retired High Court Judge, with other members selected by the State Governor as follows:

*Two representatives of Civil Society groups

*One Retired Police Officer of high repute

*One Youth Representative

*One Student Representative

* One Representative of the State Attorney-General Ministry and a representative from the National Human Rights Commission.

The terms of reference for the Judicial Panel is to –

*receive and investigate complaints of Police brutality or related extrajudicial killings;

*evaluate the evidence presented/other surrounding circumstances, and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints; and

*recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate.

The Panel’s assignment should be concluded within a maximum of six (6) months unless it shows convincing reasons why the State Governor should allow an extension.

There would also be Human Rights Public Complaints Team of between 2 to 3 persons to receive complaints on an ongoing basis. That team would be established by the Special Committee on Security and Human Rights.

It was resolved that each State Government shall also set up such a Complaints Office to which members of the public can relate by telephone or social media channels.

It shall be the duty of the officers of the Complaints Office to liaise with the leadership of security agencies, attempt resolution of complaints, or otherwise guide the complainants.

Also, NEC directs all State Governors to immediately establish a Victims Fund to enable the payment of monetary compensation to deserving victims.

Other highlights of today’s NEC meeting

Council also received an update on Nigeria’s COVID-19 response efforts from the Director-General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu.

According to the report, state performance in testing in the last month showed that state testing in September compared to August recorded a decline in 18 States and improved testing in 19 others.

The NCDC DG also listed priority intervention areas as, strengthening States’ Health Security Architecture (Strong State Epidemiology team, Functional EOC, Functional Molecular Lab, Defined Treatment Centre, Response Vehicles, Communication equipment, Resources to deploy) and the establishment and sustenance of sample collection sites.

Other highlights of the meeting are as follows:

UPDATE ON ACCOUNT BALANCES

The Honourable Minister of State for Budget and National Planning reported to Council that the under listed accounts as of 14th October 2020 are as follows:

a.
Excess Crude Account -$72,409,346.76

b. Stabilization Account -N47,193,630,556.96

c. Development of Natural Resources Account -N154,330,148,020.34

PRESENTATION ON STRATEGY FOR GROWTH OF MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (SMES) AND JOB CREATION BY MINISTER OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND INVESTMENT

Council received a presentation from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment titled Strategy for Growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMES), and Job Creation.

· The objective of the presentation is to bring NEC up to speed on Ministry’s Term Goals and Projects and seek NEC’S support in the resolution of key challenges to achieving our goals.

· The presentation noted that part of the mandate of FMITI is to accelerate the growth of the industrial sector and enhance productivity and boost the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as an engine of economic growth, etc.

Council was invited to:

Establish land banks in each state earmarked for investment in agriculture and agro-processing;

Ensure fair compensation for land, standardize and ensure clarity in compensation rates in each state;

Adapt the 2015 approved list of taxes and levies;

Set up and investment promotion agency/one-stop-shop for investment-related issues including facilitating investment linkages

MSME Council should be set up in each states. These Councils should build a database of the residents MSMES which can be used to facilitate the integration of local MSMEs into the supply chains of large resident corporate.

PRESENTATION ON THE 2021-2023 MEDIUM-TERM EXPENDITURE FRAMEWORK AND 2021 FGN BUDGET PROPOSAL BY THE HONORABLE MINISTER OF STATE FOR BUDGET & NATIONAL PLANNING

According to the presentation, disruptions in the macroeconomic environment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, necessitated Mr. President’s presentation of a revised 2020 budget on 28th May, 2020, which was signed into law on 10th July, 2020.

▪ The Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the revised 2021-23 Medium Term Expenditure Framework & Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP), as well as the 2021 FGN Budget, on the 30th of September, 2020.

▪ In response to the developments affecting the supply of foreign exchange to the economy, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) adjusted the official exchange rate to N360/US$1, and more recently to N379/US$.

▪ The projected aggregate revenue inflow into the Federation Account (Main Pool) is N6.77 trillion, while N1.70 trillion is the projected inflow in the VAT Pool Account.

▪ Out of the Main Pool Account, FGN is projected to get N3.54 trillion while States and Local Governments are projected to get N1.80 trillion and N1.39 trillion, respectively.

▪ From the VAT Pool Account, FGN is projected to get N255.46 billion while States and Local Governments are projected to get N851.52 billion and N596.07 billion, respectively.

The Council noted that several measures are being instituted to improve government revenue and entrench a regime of prudence with emphasis on achieving value for money.

According to the council, the goal of fiscal interventions will be to keep the economy active through carefully calibrated regulatory/policy measures designed to boost domestic value-addition, de-risk the enterprise environment, attract external investment and sources of funding.

PHOTOS: Uzodinma, Lalong Present As Osinbajo Chairs NEC Meeting

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, Osun’s Gboyega Oyetola and Ondo Governor, Rotimi Oyetola at the National Economic Summit at the Presidential Villa on January 23, 2020.

 

 

The first National Economic Council (NEC) meeting of the year has taken place at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the meeting took place on Thursday with governors of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, Plateau State, Simon Lalong and Benue State, Samuel Ortom in attendance.

Other governors in attendance were Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, and Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State.

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Ogun State counterpart, Dapo Abiodun, were absent but were represented by their deputies.

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