Jonathan Appears Before PDP Presidential Screening Committee

PresGoodluck Jonathan with party nomination form.ident Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday appeared before a Presidential Screening Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Jonathan, who arrived at the party’s secretariat at 3.15pm, in company of Vice President Namadi Sambo and some ministers, went straight to the screening venue.

The exercise lasted for about an hour, with the Ahmadu Ali headed committee discharging the President after the closed screening session. Immediately after the exercise, the President left the party secretariat as quietly as he came in.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, who spoke to journalists shortly after the screening, said it was necessary for the President to comply with the processes leading to the primaries and ratification.

According to him, the President was not in any way disadvantaged before now and that his humility at submitting to party processes speaks volume of his compliance with party supremacy.

Metuh said the result of the screening would be released by the party’s leadership within 24 hours.

Adamawa PDP Rejects NWC Sanction, Pass Vote Of Confidence On EXCOs

Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Muazu

The Adamawa State chapter of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has passed a vote of confidence on its executives and rejected the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC), which dissolved the state’s executives.

The state chapter of the party accused the party’s NWC of taking decisions without recourse to the state executives or the governor, adding that the action of the party’s national secretariat is inimical to the party’s progress.

The State chapter of the party made this known to journalists during a meeting, which had several local government and ward chairmen of the peoples democratic party in the state in attendance, to pass a vote of confidence on the state executives.

They said the sanction by the national working committee is capable of affecting the success of the party in the state.

However, a member of the Board of Trustee of the party, Ambassador Wilberforce Juta, promised to uncover the cause of the decision by the national secretariat of the party

Meanwhile, the NWC of the party said it has reviewed its decision on Adamawa state.

In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the party said, “the national working committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its 392nd meeting reviewed the state of the party in Adamawa and Ebonyi states in the light of the appeals and interventions of critical stakeholders together with the remorse demonstrated by the executives and resolved accordingly.”

He said the party decided to “commute the dissolution of the Adamawa and Ebonyi states executive committees to the one-month suspension of the authors of the offensive publications, in particular Chief Joel Madaki, state chairman and Barr A.T. Shehu, secretary of the party in Adamawa State; Uche Ali Ega, state secretary and Amaechi Oken, state organising secretary of the party in Ebonyi State and one Mr Ben Akpa.

PDP Extends Sales Of Nomination Forms By One Week

Olisa MetuhThe leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has extended the date for the sales of nomination and expression of interest forms for aspirants aspiring for elective positions in the 2015 general elections by one week.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh told journalists at the party’s secretariat in Abuja that the new expiration date for the sales of forms is now Thursday the November 6, 2014.

Metuh explained that the decision was taken at the 388th meeting of the National Working Committee of the party.

The NWC, according to him, also observed that the tenure of ward executive officers of PDP in Abia State has expired and therefore directed the Abia State executive of the party to oversee the ward congresses to be held on Saturday.

In the words of Metuh: “In Anambra, the NWC noted that the tenure of the executive has expired on October 24 and directed the South East Zonal Working Committee to oversee the affairs of the party until another congress is held.”

However in the case of Imo State chapter of the party, where the tenure of the state executive expires on Friday, the NWC approved that the Exco should continue in office as caretaker committee but without voting right.

Metuh further pointed out that following the earlier resignation of the chairmen of Enugu and Delta State chapters of the PDP, the NWC directed the deputy chairmen of the chapters to immediately take over the affairs of the party in their respective states.

He equally added said the agreement reached with the governorship aspirants from Adamawa State with the national leadership still subsists and directed aspirants from the state to exchange the forms with 2015 governorship forms without any payment.

He restated that the 2015 governorship of the state has been zoned to Adamawa Central Senatorial District.

PDP Presidential Aspirants Kick Against Consensus Candidacy

Goodluck-Jonathan12Two presidential aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday accused the party of denying them their rights to purchase forms and participate in the 2015 presidential elections.

The two aspirants, Abdul Tafawa Balewa and Akasoba Duke Abiola alleged that the leadership of the PDP refused to sell the nomination forms to them, saying it has reserved the only form available for a sole candidate.

The 66th NEC meeting of the PDP had endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as a consensus candidate ahead of next year’s elections.

Since that endorsement, no aspirant had come in the open to challenge the decision.

However, the sole candidature of the president was challenged by two presidential aspirants of the party who alleged to be denied their rights to participate in the elections after paying for their forms.

According to the aspirants, the party says it has no form for them except for one candidate.

Meanwhile, the party’s publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh said he will get further clarification on the matter.

Although President Goodluck Jonathan has indicated his interest to seek re-election in 2015, he is yet to purchase the nomination form.

The sale of the form will expire on October 30.

PDP Primaries: Candidates Can Still Contest Despite NEC’s Resolution – Taofeek Gani

Taofeek_GaniThe Publicity Secretary of the Lagos State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Taofeek Gani, on Tuesday, said that members of the party can still contest the presidential primaries, despite the decision of the National Executive Committee to adopt President Goodluck Jonathan as its sole candidate for the 2015 presidential election.

“Other members of the party still have the right to contest for the position”, he said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, adding that “this resolution by the NEC, BoT, Governors Forum, National Assembly Caucus of PDP is not compelling but persuasive.”

He, however, expressed his approval of the decision by the National Executive Committee of the party adopting the President as its sole candidate for the 2015 presidential elections.

He was also quick to remind “responsible and respectable” members of the party to “believe in the leadership of the party; they are presumed to be very knowledgeable and if they eventually come up with any decision, a loyal and committed member should agree with such persons.

“And that is why as a member of PDP, we should allow this to play out because the decision is not frivolous”, he said.

He noted that the party would have lost the candidate if they had not “adopted this model at this moment” adding that in politics there could be “agitation and lobbying; all these are allowed.

“If the party has zoned the presidency to the South and Northerners say they want to contest, they have the right under the constitution, which is superior to the party constitution, to contest.

“It happened during former President Obasanjo’s regime, when Late Abubakar Rimi insisted and he participated. So it is not like it (resolution by NEC) is compelling, it is persuasive and anybody who does not agree with it should come up with a superior argument”, he opined.

Mr Gani also noted that despite the adoption of the President by the party and his endorsement by various groups, the President can decline the offer and ask the party to seek an alternative, adding that for now “he (President) wants to manage every opinion before making his decision.”

On Thursday, September 18, the National Executive Committee of the ruling party endorsed President Jonathan as its sole presidential candidate in the 2015 general election.

The decision by the PDP executive committee leaves the coast clear for President Jonathan to contest without opposition by any member of the party. The rationale behind the decision was buttressed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, of the party, Olisa  Metuh, during a press conference.

PDP Releases Electoral Guideline

Meanwhile, the PDP has released a comprehensive electoral guideline for the 2015 general election.

The electoral guideline which has been approved by the party’s National Executive Committee, states that the presidential nomination form would be purchased for 20 million Naira in addition to an expression of interest form for two million Naira.

Nomination forms for governorship aspirants would cost 10 million Naira and a governorship aspirant must be nominated by 45 persons from the party.

Sambo Is Part Of The Winning Team – PDP

PDPThe People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has decried attempts by a section of the media suggesting a rift between President Goodluck Jonathan and his Vice, Namadi Sambo, ahead of the 2015 general elections.

The party has expressed implicit satisfaction in the working relationship between Jonathan and Sambo, further affirming the Vice President as part of the winning team.

A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, on Monday, restated what he described as the overwhelming confidence of the party in a winning team that has demonstrably transformed Nigeria in less than four years despite challenges.

“There is no doubt whatsoever that the Vice President has the implicit confidence of the President. The PDP is therefore very pleased that they are working together in actualizing the transformation agenda to the popular acclaim of both Nigerians and the international community.

“We wish to place on record as well that the 66th NEC meeting of our great party, which endorsed President Jonathan as the sole candidate of the PDP for the 2015 general elections, responsibly reasoned and anchored this decision on the outstanding performance of the Jonathan Presidency of which Vice President Sambo is an integral part of.

“This motion, which was unanimously endorsed by NEC, left no room for any form of speculation as Senator Jim Nwobodo, who seconded it, expressly commended both the President and his Vice for lifting the banner of the PDP very high while praying the NEC to approve the motion.”

The party added that its statement was to clarify obvious misinterpretation arising from its position at the world press conference on Sunday, where it averred that the President was yet to accept the sole presidential candidacy offered by its NEC.

PDP Accuses APC’s Leadership Of Anti-Democratic Tendencies

PDP vs APCThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) of being self-centred and dictatorial, warning that the growing anti-democratic behaviour of the opposition party if not checked could undermine the entire democratic structure.

In a statement on Saturday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, also described APC leaders as “incurable despots who have since instituted a reign of impunity characterised by brazen dictatorship, imposition and victimisation within the APC”.

The ruling political party also cautioned that “those expecting free and fair primaries for the selection of APC candidates for the 2015 general election to wake up to reality before it becomes too late”.

It advised all lovers of democracy still in the APC to immediately quit as they are not likely to enjoy any democratic tenet under despotic leaders who are not disposed to divergent views.

The PDP said the APC had shown itself to be “nothing but a party of ill-bred, frustrated and intolerant politicians; bad losers for whom resorting to personal attacks, blackmail and mudslinging, in addition to promoting violence has become an ideology”.

“That the APC is a party of self-centred and dictatorial politicians with no regard for democratic principles is well known to all. However, we have noted a disturbing pattern, wherein the APC leaders now resort to personal attacks on people when they dump their party.

“The vitriolic attacks, insults and threats on former Kano Governor Ibrahim Shekarau, his Sokoto State counterpart, Attahiru Bafarawa, former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani Kayode and several others who were labelled ‘traitors and political misfits’ by APC leaders when they left the party easily come to mind.

“Nigerians ponder. Why is it that the APC only realises that their members are traitors and misfits when they exercise their freedom of association and leave due to its undemocratic, destructive and anti-people agenda?

“One notable example is the recent attack by the APC’s unelected Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, against their former member, Chief Tom Ikimi, who he branded a ‘sellout’ and ‘unreliable’ personality because he left their fold,” the statement read.

The ruling party questioned why Tinubu had not voiced his claims that Mr Ikimi was unreliable and a sell-out who could not be trusted with the leadership of the APC before he left the party.

“Did Tinubu not know all these when Ikimi was selected to lead the negotiation for the merger agreement that resulted in the formation of the APC?” the party questioned.

It also berated Tinubu for boasting that he will produce his party’s presidential candidate in the 2015 general election, an action that exposes his contempt for democratic due process and the worthlessness of any selection process that may be organised by the APC.

Noting that those who resist the impunity in the APC are continuously victimised, thoroughly insulted and branded, the PDP, however, urged all well-meaning Nigerians and lovers of democracy still in the APC to be bold and leave before it becomes too late.

It also advised the APC leaders to learn to be more decorous, eschew bitterness in their dealings and understand that in a democracy, citizens must at all times be allowed to freely exercise their constitutionally guaranteed rights.

The party said it would not relent in its effort in putting it right before the APC, as Nigeria’s democracy needed a virile opposition.

PDP Replies APC On Boko Haram Sponsorship

Boko HaramThe People’s Democratic Party is not taking the statement by the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress on the backers of insurgents in Nigeria lying down.

Less than 24-hours after John Oyegun accused the PDP and its leadership of knowing the sponsors of Boko Haram, the PDP has condemned the APC leader’s accusation, saying the statement is completely lacking in validity, character and intellectual content befitting of a National Chairman of a political party.

The PDP, in a press statement released on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said that Mr Oyegun has succeeded in further exposing the desperation of the APC to launder its image through renewed propaganda and blackmail.

The PDP further said “Nigerians have since noted the pattern and timing of violent attacks against our people which betray a trend tailored against the PDP and the Federal Government and provide impetus for the APC to find a voice and thrive.

“They know that it has become a recurring decimal that whenever the PDP or the Federal Government records or is about to record a major milestone, insurgents launch attacks on the people”

The PDP, however, advised the APC to be nationalistic in its dealings and shun statements of divisive tendencies.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, had, on Tuesday, challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to act decisively and hand two alleged sponsors of the Boko Haram group to the International Criminal Court (ICC), The Hague, for investigation and prosecution.

The party said that a foreign negotiator engaged by the Federal Government had revealed that a former governor and a retired General were sponsors of the Boko Haram sect.

Chairman of the party, John Oyegun, who made the disclosure, insisted that the APC was not behind the Boko Haram sect and demanded that the Federal Government should act immediately to end the growing insecurity in the North-East.

Mr Oyegun, who was speaking during a press conference in Abuja, further noted that “Boko Haram sponsors have been exposed. They are within the ruling PDP. They are friends of President Jonathan. He cannot pretend not to know who they are and what they have done and are still doing.”

APC Challenges Jonathan To Handover Alleged Boko Haram Sponsors To ICC

John_OyegunThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to act decisively and hand two alleged sponsors of the Boko Haram group to the International Criminal Court (ICC), The Hague, for investigation and prosecution.

The party said that a foreign negotiator engaged by the Federal Government had revealed that a former governor and a retired General were sponsors of the Boko Haram sect.

Chairman of the party, John Oyegun, who made this disclosure, insisted that the APC was not behind the Boko Haram sect and demanded that the Federal Government should act now to end the growing insecurity in the North-East.

Mr Oyegun, who was speaking during a press conference in Abuja, further noted that “Boko Haram sponsors have been exposed. They are within the ruling PDP. They are friends of President Jonathan. He cannot pretend not to know who they are and what they have done and are still doing.

“President Jonathan cannot pretend not to know the alleged role that Ali Modu Sheriff has played in the establishment and growth of Boko Haram, yet he never allowed the man to even be questioned by any of the security agencies under his control.”

The APC further noted that they have been “vindicated” adding that “we have no hand in the Boko Haram insurgency. The raison d’etre of our party is the well-being and security of Nigerians

“The sponsors of Boko Haram are within the PDP and the Presidency. They are known friends of President Jonathan. He knows them and they know him.

“The man who exposed these Boko Haram sponsors is a Jonathan-appointed Negotiator. He has no axe to grind, neither does he have any motive to shield the APC or portray the PDP/Presidency in bad light. In fact, if he had any sympathy at all, it is for the man who hired him, President Jonathan.”

Below is the full text of Mr Oyegun.

Finally, The Truth Is Out!

Good afternoon Gentlemen of the press, and thank you for honouring my invitation to this press conference.

Before I address you today, kindly permit me to play the full interview of Dr. Stephen Davis, the Australian negotiator who was appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan to help secure the release of the over 200 girls who were abducted by Boko Haram on April 15th.

The interview was aired on Arise Television on Thursday Aug. 28th.
Thank you for your patience, gentlemen.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) like many well-meaning Nigerians had resolved long ago that the issue of the Boko Haram insurgency should not be politicized. In view of this, the APC expressed its willingness and readiness to cooperate with the Federal Government in neutralizing the insurgency. Regrettably however, instead of accepting this offer of cooperation, the PDP-Federal Government has consistently pointed accusing fingers at our Party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the sponsor of Boko Haram. They have called us all sorts of derogatory names, but failed to provide any shred of evidence to support their claim.

It has been very clear to us that the vehemence and persistence of this accusation, the deliberate distortion of statements made by our leaders to paint us as Boko Haram sponsors and the way the PDP-led Federal Government has gone to hire foreign PR firms, at a huge cost to taxpayers, as well as foreign and local hack writers to push this narrative, they were struggling hard to cover up something. We waited patiently knowing that the truth will one day surface.

In a rare moment of truth, a top official of the Jonathan Administration, no less a personality than the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Andrew Owoye Azazi, situated the Boko Haram problem within the PDP. Shortly thereafter he was fired, and he later died in controversial circumstances. Still we waited.

They distorted and misrepresented the statements made by our leader, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to try to convince the world that he was indeed the main sponsor of Boko Haram. They continued to echo the same slander about Gen. Buhari that was started by Presidential Spokesman Reuben Abati in 2011, and for which he and his cohorts eventually begged to settle out of court and to apologize to the General. Still we waited.

When their attempt to link Gen. Buhari with Boko Haram failed, as his popularity among ordinary Nigerians continued to soar, he was suddenly attacked by suicide bombers. Those who planned the attack believed this as the final solution to what they perceived as the threat he represents to the realization of their ambition. By the grace of God, he survived. We do not claim to know those who attacked him, but we do know those who provided the atmosphere for that attack to take place. Still we waited.

When the government declared a state of emergency in three worst-hit states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in 2013, thousands of troops were deployed to the three states. But the unusual happened. The number of attacks simply skyrocketed. It is common knowledge that in any territory that has been placed under a state of emergency, the military takes charge of security, erecting checkpoints as part of efforts to keep a tab on security. Such was the situation in Borno in April 2014, when over 200 girls were abducted and driven away in many trucks. Soldiers posted to a nearby checkpoint were said to have withdrawn shortly before the attack. Who ordered their withdrawal? Some of the trucks in which the girls were being carted away broke down, yet no one challenged them. Despite this bizarre occurrence, they refused to accept responsibility and continued to cast aspersion on our Party, the APC, as the sponsor of Boko Haram. Still we waited.

Boko Haram routinely enriched their arsenal with tanks, Armoured Personnel Carriers, guns, trucks and other military equipment which they seized from the Army. From the videos they release from time to time, one could see Boko Haram insurgents driving around unchallenged in convoys of up to 60 vehicles made-up of tanks and other military vehicles they seized from our military, in a territory that is under a state of emergency. What is happening? No one could fathom it. Still we waited.

A man known to all as the kingpin of Boko Haram, a man who helped to arm them so he could win elections and decimate his opponents, was moving around with the best security ever. He is a known ally of the President and he is not known to be under any immunity. Yet he was never arrested or even questioned. Still we waited.

In line with a Yoruba adage that says when a drum starts sounding too hard, it is about to burst, the PDP and the Presidency ratcheted up their attacks on our party, labelling us as Boko Haram sponsors. They hired a foreign firm, Levick, for US$1.2 million in taxpayers’ money, as well as a number of out-of-luck hack writers and pseudo analysts, one of them from Russia, to help push the narrative. Still we waited.

Then their drum exploded!

Dr. Stephen Davis, a man hired by the President Jonathan-led Federal Government to negotiate with Boko Haram for the release of the Chibok girls decided to speak out, believing the best way to tackle the insurgency is to expose the sponsors. And who are they? On international television last Thursday, and as you have just seen and heard, he named former Borno Governor Ali Modu Sheriff and a former Army Chief, Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, as the sponsors of Boko Haram.

Prodded by Sahara Reporters in a subsequent interview on whether Gen. Buhari and Malam Nasir el-Rufai were sponsors, he said the Boko Haram commanders who gave him the names of their sponsors did not mention their names. The die is cast. The truth is finally out! Boko Haram sponsors have been exposed. They are within the ruling PDP. They are friends of President Jonathan. He cannot pretend not to know who they are and what they have done and are still doing. His myriad of intelligence agencies, including the DSS and the DMI, cannot pretend they do not have any information on these men.

It is true that Ali Modu Sheriff was, until recently, a member of our Party. But the Party always suspected that he was a mole, planted to hijack or at best weaken the new Party for the PDP. He is not new to that role. He helped to decimate his former party, the ANPP, to an extent that the number of states under its control fell from seven in 2003 to three by the time he left as Governor.

We know for sure that Ali Modu Sheriff was planted in the APC to help decimate our party. We confronted him openly during the merger negotiation but he denied vigorously. His surrogate for the post of the Chairman of the APC, Chief Tom Ikimi together with whom they planned to hijack the Party for the Presidency was firmly rejected. Realizing they have failed, they fled our party and returned to where they came from, and were duly embraced by their controllers.

President Jonathan cannot pretend not to know the alleged role that Ali Modu Sheriff has played in the establishment and growth of Boko Haram, yet he never allowed the man to even be questioned by any of the security agencies under his control. All through his time with our Party, every time they accused us of sponsoring Boko Haram, on the basis of his presence, we challenged them if they had evidence to arrest any of our members who is suspected to be a sponsor, they never did. They dared not, because Sheriff was their agent. Even if he had remained in the APC after we democratically encouraged him to go, they would still not have arrested him.

Recall, gentlemen, that immediately Sheriff went back to the PDP, the Maiduguri Airport that had been closed to even the pilgrims from the state on grounds of security, was re-opened specially for him. What more evidence does anyone need that Sheriff was and remains President Jonathan’s Man Friday?

Our Stand

The truth is finally out. We have been vindicated. We have no hand in the Boko Haram insurgency. The raison d’etre of our party is the well-being and security of Nigerians

The sponsors of Boko Haram are within the PDP and the Presidency. They are known friends of President Jonathan. He knows them and they know him.

The man who exposed these Boko Haram sponsors is a Jonathan-appointed Negotiator. He has no axe to grind, neither does he have any motive to shield the APC or portray the PDP/Presidency in bad light. In fact, if he had any sympathy at all, it is for the man who hired him, President Jonathan.

We have said it all along. Boko Haram was politicized purely for one reason, and one reason only: To be used as a trump card for President Jonathan to win another term. For that strategy to work, the APC, which they see as the only stumbling block to the PDP’s victory in 2015, must be maligned and labeled. Gullible, duplicitous and self-serving politicians like Femi Fani-Kayode swallowed the bait, hook, line and sinker, and started parroting the glaring lies. PDP Spokesman, Olisa Metuh, an obvious pawn on the chess board, followed suit, labelling a party that comprises Nigerians of all ethnic and religious hue a Janjaweed and Islamic party. Now he is stewing in his own juice.

In the process of this dangerous politics, the Nigerian military which was globally acclaimed for its impressive showings at various peacekeeping missions around the world, simply suffered collateral damage. Apparently, fifth columnists in the military has sold the force out, first by denying it of the necessary fighting tools and then weakening it to such an extent that even the little it had was being taken away daily by insurgents. When the patriotic Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno tried to raise the issue of the poorly-equipped troops and their low morale, he was roundly pilloried. Now the world knows why!

Now that the cat has been let out of the bag and the real sponsors of Boko Haram have been exposed, we hope President Jonathan will summon the courage to do the right thing: Hand over the identified Boko Haram sponsors to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for investigation and prosecution.

There is no doubt that Boko Haram has committed crimes against humanity in its scorched-earth campaign against unharmed citizens, and the most appropriate body to investigate and try the sect’s sponsors is the ICC.

According to Article 17 of the Rome Statute that set up the ICC, and to which Nigeria is signatory, the ICC is a court of last resort, expected to exercise its jurisdiction only if states themselves are unwilling or unable genuinely to investigate and prosecute international crimes.

In view of the fact that the alleged Boko Haram sponsors are either members of the ruling party or friends of the President, it is clear that the PDP-led Federal Government is unwilling and unable to try them, hence our call.

Nigerians can rest assured that the APC will not allow this issue to be swept under the carpet.

Now that it is clear that the PDP is behind Boko Haram for the sole purpose of winning next year’s Presidential Election, Nigerians must prevail on the PDP and the Presidency to urgently end this insurgency and the daily killing and maiming of innocent Nigerians!

The President must remember that he is the Commander-in-Chief! The buck stops on his desk. He must now do all it takes to stop the growing mess in our nation’s North-East.

Nigerians expect no less!

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.


PDP Slams APC For Not Accepting Outcome of Ekiti Elections

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed the National leadership of the APC for not accepting the processes and outcome of the last Saturday’s Ekiti governorship election which was roundly and overtly won by the PDP candidate, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the position of the APC national leadership over an election widely accepted as one of the freest, fairest and most credible elections in Nigeria, and in which their candidate, Governor Kayode Fayemi had also conceded defeat, demonstrates their ‘preference for anarchy and blind homage to nihilism and destruction of the democratic order”.
“The APC has once again confirmed that it is nothing but a chaotic organization, totally averse to democracy and orderliness. It has shown that it is a party of desperate,  frustrated and violent individuals promoting a Janjaweed ideology.
“This is a party that is fully aware that it was trounced in all the local governments of the state and even lost in the polling units and wards of its campaign Director-General and that of its Deputy National Chairman, yet it is bent at fomenting trouble to disrupt the peace in Ekiti State apparently out of frustration that it did not get the chance to rig the polls.
“We restate our commendations to security agencies for the roles they played in maintaining law and order and providing level playing ground for all parties before, during and after the election. 
“However we wish to alert of an orchestrated plot by the APC to now use the instruments of wild allegations and spurious claims to set the stage to unleash mayhem on Ekiti state using imported armed thugs. We therefore urge Nigerians to note this and hold the APC responsible should there be any breakdown of law and order in Ekiti State,” the party said.
The All Progressives Congress had announced plans to challenge the infractions on the rights of members of the party during the election in Ekiti state.Rising from the inaugural National Working Committee Meeting of the party, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Lai Mohammed said the party is heading to the law court in order to ensure that “these unconstitutional acts are not repeated in subsequent elections, especially that of Osun in august and next year’s general elections”.The party said it believes that the events leading to the election in Ekiti negates the principle of a free, fair and credible election as the federal authorities tilted the election in favour of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

PDP Smashes APC Over Age Of Newly Elected APC Youth Leader

PDP vs APCThere has been a recent controversy between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the correct age of the newly elected APC Youth Leader, Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh alleged that Mr Ibrahim is a 52 year old man whose age makes the new position as youth leader of the APC ironical. Although, he says APC has the right to (s)elect a person of any age for any position within its fold, including a 52-year-old man as National Youth Leader, he is shocked that they chose to lie over an issue as ordinary as the age of a national officer.

Metuh, said that Dasuki had contested far back as 2011 for the post of Gombe/Kwame/Funakaye Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representative and at the time announced he was 49 years old, noted that that is a fact well documented.

He stated that it is disheartening that the APC had refused to shed its unnecessary penchant for lies even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

In his statement, he expects Jalo to be grateful to God for being alive even at that age and it naturally adds up that a man of 49 years in 2011 should be 52 at present. Metuh held that in lying over the age of its national officer, APC has shown that “it has little regard for integrity and that its statements cannot be trusted” and advised them to imbibe the culture of honesty and integrity.

The ruling party’s spokesperson was reacting to a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lai Mohammed, that Jalo was not up to 53 years as being claimed.

Mohammed had said, “We have been able to confirm that the APC Youth Leader, Jalo was actually born on the 13th of April 1971, and that puts his age at 43, and not 49, 52 or 53, as being falsely circulated.

“This is not to say a 43-year-old man is ideal to be our youth leader but simply to put the records straight, while the party leadership continues to listen to the voices of concern by our teeming youths.”