The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended the Governor of Rivers state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, as a member of the party over the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.
The NWC also referred the suspension of Mr Amaechi to the party’s disciplinary committee for appropriate action.
The party’s NWC at an emergency meeting on Monday, agreed to suspend the Rivers state Governor following a petition submitted by the PDP Rivers State Executive Committee.
The party made this known in a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.
According to the statement, the party “considered the petition submitted by the PDP Rivers State Executive Committee against His Excellency Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Executive Governor of Rivers State for violating Articles 58 1 (b), (c ), (h) and (m) of the PDP Constitution.”
“The National Working Committee after preliminary hearing, in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 57 (3), 59 (3), 59 (5) and 29 (2.b) hereby suspends the Executive Governor of River State, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as a member of the PDP and refers the matter to the appropriate disciplinary committee of the Party.”
“This is in furtherance of the determination of the leadership of the party to enforce discipline at all levels within the party” the statement concluded.
The state chapter of PDP in Rivers state has been embroiled in a prolonged crisis that has had 27 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and Speaker, suspended by the newly installed executives of the party in the state.
A Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier sacked executive members of the party in the state that were loyal to Mr Amaechi and replaced them with the Felix Obuah led faction.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accepted defeat and congratulated the Governor-elect in the Ondo State gubernatorial election, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
The PDP also commended the people of Ondo State for what it termed “their emphatic rejection of tribalism and narrow political adventurism which it stressed were the hallmark of the campaign of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN in the just concluded gubernatorial election.
The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary on Sunday, Olisa Metuh, however hailed its candidate, Olusola Oke for his courage, determination and doggedness, adding, ‘’though the PDP was not declared the winner of the election, the Party was happy with the performance of its candidate “who obviously joined the race late.”
‘’How better do Nigerians say no to the drumbeats of tribalism and political narrowness than what the people of Ondo have just done with their votes? It is a quantum forward leap for those who understand the dangers of undue manipulation of national diversity for narrow political whims and a huge set back, utter rejection for the champions of ethnic politics.
‘’While we commend, Chief Olusola Oke, his running mate, members and supporters of our party, we wish to also congratulate Olusegun Mimiko on his victory. In spite, another lesson is here for the nation, especially the opposition political parties to draw from the commitment of our great Party to the full entrenchment of the legacy of free, fair and credible polls.
“Ostensible is the manifest unwavering devotion of President Goodluck Jonathan to the cause of democracy. He led the campaign of our Party to Ondo and promised free and fair election. Free and fair election he has once more delivered.”
The party hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies for the peaceful conduct of the polls, the PDP however urged ‘’them to learn from any observed loopholes so as to continue improving in future elections.’
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that it will reclaim the states it lost in previous polls in the 2015 general elections.
According to the Chairman of the party, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, the PDP National Working Committee had started making electoral reforms to achieve the aim.
Tukur spoke when PDP members from the South-West, led by Chief Oyewole Fasawe, visited him in his Abuja residence on Tuesday evening.
He told the delegation that the party would not field any “discredited candidate” in any of the elections.
He said with the supremacy status being enjoyed by the PDP, the sky would be its limit for it in executing its progressive agenda.
Tukur said, “Some people are accusing us of not doing anything. But you and I know that we need not rush in embarking on actions aimed at making our great party regain its groove in political engineering and operations.
“We are, at the moment, in consultation with PDP elders, youths, women and every relevant group on how best to take off so that we begin to regain lost grounds, henceforth. By 2015, we wish to regain all the states we lost before.
“I am saying that we have started reconstructing our beautiful umbrella and in the process, we will pluck all loopholes, we will extend the shelter; we will strengthen the structure and make it more attractive to everybody.
“At the end of it all, PDP will rise up powerfully and prove its strength as the only national party in Nigeria through subsequent elections that will be devoid of rigging.”
Tukur added that the expected openness would also make those who have defected to other political parties to have a rethink on whether they would like to return or not.
Already, he said, the party was planning to hold a summit which would be attended by its founding fathers and governors.
The summit, according to him, will enable the party to discuss modalities for its reform and how to consolidate on its electoral fortunes before 2015.
Apart from Fasawe, among those at the meeting were Prof. Ishola Odelola, Chief Remilekun Iyiola and Chief Ademola Adepegba.
Meanwhile, the PDP has insisted that there was no formal invitation sent to the National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu by the Democratic Party of the United States to attend its recent national convention.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Wednesday asked the ACN to apologise to Nigerians for allegedly deceiving them with the claim.
“PDP advises the ACN to apologise to Nigerians for embarrassing the nation and for bridging our proud people to ridicule before a foreign political party,” the PDP said.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday readmitted former Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose into the party.
The PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, who disclosed this in a press release sent to Channels Television, said the decision to readmit Mr Fayose was taken at the party’s National Working Committee’s (NWC) 315th regular meeting held on Wednesday 12th September 2012.
“The NWC ratified the readmission of His Excellency, Dr. Peter Ayo Fayose into the Party with effect from 14th September 2011. The NWC also approved a waiver for Dr. Fayose in line with the provision of Article 8(a) and Article 17.2 (g) of the PDP Constitution with effect from 14th September 2011.
“By this action, Dr. Fayose is cleared to enjoy all rights and privileges of a member of the PDP without let or hindrance,” the statement reads.
Mr Fayose is alleged to be interested in contesting the Ekiti State governorship election in 2014.
Mr Metuh further said that the NWC approved “the Constitution of a National Campaign Committee for the forthcoming Gubernatorial Election in Ondo State.”
According to him, “the 32 member Committee of eminent Nigerians has the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo, GCON as Chairman while the National Legal Adviser, Barrister Victor Kwon is the Secretary.”
Mr Metuh said the committee will be inaugurated by the party’s National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur in due course.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday asked a former Head of State and the Presidential Candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the 2011 general elections, General Muhammadu Buhari to show statesmanship in his assessment of the contributions of the PDP led Federal Government to the cause of democracy and good governance.
In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, the Party said that political differences notwithstanding, it expected Gen Buhari as an elder statesman and a former Head of State to acknowledge the significant progress that Nigeria has made in internalising democratic culture since the return of democracy in 1999.
“There is still room for improvement no doubt, but Nigeria under the PDP has recorded tremendous gains in terms of advancing the rule of law and the fundamental rights of Nigerians, in deed, in other indices of good governance which democracy is usually expected to guarantee.”
General Buhari had last week in Kano said of the PDP led Federal Government; “under normal circumstances we are supposed to work strictly within the provisions of the constitution, but this is Nigeria and nothing is perfect and the only thing they have not tampered with between 1999 to date in Nigeria is the Holy Koran.”
“We are shocked that an elder statesman could paint such an ugly picture, tissue of lies, of his dear nation just to advance his political fortunes. We shudder that a former Head of State under whose watch freedom of expression landed many Nigerians in detention on account of his obnoxious decrees, and who now enjoys such freedom, is utterly ungrateful to the efforts of our great party in advancing the cause of democracy.”
“If the CPC leadership does not understand what the rule of law is, let’s oblige them with little details,” the statement said.
“Today, criticisms, even destructive ones are hurled at the PDP led federal government and no one is harassed because we uphold the inalienable rights of the people which is at the heart of democracy .We throw our doors open to criticism so that we accommodate alternative views.”
“Today, the PDP loses elections and winners are sworn in and we do not use our incumbency at the centre to truncate the democratic wishes of the people. However, in the states held by the opposition parties, local elections are massively rigged as witnessed recently in Lagos and Ogun States and where we defy the odds to emerge victorious like in Imo State, machinery of government is used to frustrate the expressed wish of the people.”
“The rule of law if we must state further is that in our drive for transparency and accountability, some leaders of our party have been caught by the long arm of the law and we never obstructed the course of justice.”
“Do we need to add that the PDP led Federal Government does have other preference to the rule of law and that is why we enacted the Freedom of Information Act so that every Nigerian will not be in the dark as to how the nation is run, and so that they can be armed to demand for what is right.”
” Must we also tell the leadership of the CPC leadership that in our congresses and convention, deference to the rule of law is the word? And that notwithstanding our size, we successfully manage dissenting views and establish strong leadership not dogged by factions like the CPC.”
“And for General Buhari, the evangelist of rule of law, Nigerians wish to know if unlawful incitement of the populace to violence and attack on the institutions of democracy is part of the rule of law?
” Is the imposition that marked the congresses of the CPC in 2011 which is still hunting the Party till date an act in rule of law?”
” We wish to advise General Buhari to concentrate in giving Nigerians his alternative ideas and plan of action to what the PDP has at present or even engage us in a public debate on the values of good governance. We pray that his party or whatever alliance they are negotiating presents Buhari once more as a presidential candidate so that Nigerians will make their choice”.
“However, we wish to remind the former Head of State that Nigerians are not fools and that they know what Nigeria was yesterday especially under regimes like his and what obtains today. There is no doubt that even the blind can distinguish between the daylight it is today and the deep dark night it was hitherto?
As the controversy rages over the proposed introduction of the N5000 bank note, the national Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh on Friday said that the party is yet to take an official position on the matter.
He however said that the party will listen to the yearnings of the Nigerian people.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja as part of activities marking the 14th anniversary of the party, Mr Metuh said the current security challenge being faced by the nation will soon be a thing of the past as the PDP-led government led by President Goodluck Jonathan is working to ensure a safe and secure Nigeria.
He further said that the party which has provided uninterrupted democracy for fourteen years in nigeria remains committed to the principle of one man, one vote saying that the party is not an army of occupation.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has refuted media reports of division and camps within the national leadership of the party, saying such reports are false.
The national publicity secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, speaking at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja, said the party has also had some administrative lapses and these had been corrected.
Even though he declined to say more, he made it clear he was referring to the recent face-off between the national secretary of the party and a top aide of the national chairman which had made national headlines for some days.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described the call by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on the National Assembly to impeach the President as a bluff not to be regarded by well-meaning members of the legislative chambers.
In a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, said its National Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Turkur is “deeply worried by the incessant destructive hue of an opposition, who though bereft of a credible alternative model, still struts the stage in a jaundiced illusion of a model driver of the perfect”.
The party also noted the importance of opposition in a democracy but called on the opposition to criticize constructively “The strength of any viable democracy lies in the mettle of a credible opposition. The PDP welcomes this. However, where the opposition is irresponsibly engrossed in making a mountain out of a mole hill and ceaselessly creating an imaginary tiger in the neighbourhood, it leaves no one in doubt that it is committed to a hidden agenda that neither benefits the nation nor ennobles the people.”
The PDP went further to raise questions and took a spite at the entire opposition for failing to wrest power from the PDP during the 2011 general elections “Let’s therefore ask the ACN; ‘quo agendum? ’ – whither your agenda?” Is it to destabilise the Federal Government and hasten the quest for a divided patria? Is it to gain what the opposition in their collective whole failed to achieve in April 2011 presidential election? Or still, is it a vengeance for the inability of the opposition to win successive five governorship elections, the nullification of some of which was achieved via judgements with questionable trends”?
The PDP demanded from the ACN a proof to Nigerians that the rehabilitation of a Community church by a construction company, an act which ordinarily falls under community relations has personally benefited the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to the PDP, it is very unfortunate that the ACN is ruffling the sensibilities of Nigerians at a material time that religion has been wrongly appropriated by unpatriotic elements to wreak chaos in parts of the nation.
The Party further warned the ACN not to distract the National Assembly. “We are not surprised the ACN is losing sleep over the maturity and stability that the National Assembly led by our great Party has gained in the last few years, much less its smooth working relationship with the executive.
We therefore call on the National Assembly to disregard the ACN and remain focused in the joint effort to achieve the transformation of Nigeria.