Lagos PDP Welcomes National Dialogue Committee To Lagos

The Lagos State PDP has welcomed the members of the National dialogue Committee to Lagos State, in furtherance of its support and belief in the appropriateness of President Goodluck Jonathan’s commitment to allowing Nigerians have the platform to discuss.

Declaring the stance of the party, its State Chairman, Tunji Shelle, commended the decision of the president to show leadership by preference. He stated that “the president has again showed that the majority preference will always enjoy his sentiments by supporting the popular clamour for a National conference. By this singular action, Nigeria is indeed for Nigerians. This is one objective in the President’s Transformation Agenda”

The party further stated that contrary to the pessimism being promoted by the opposition, the Conference will eventually come and hold successfully.

The Lagos PDP warned Lagos residents and other stakeholders not to be influenced by the stance of APC leaders on the National dialogue. They encouraged them to come out massively to contribute to the committee’s report.

“Let us warn that Lagosians and stakeholders must not fall for the deceit of the APC in the state to ‘boycott’ the committee sitting.

“We have infact unravelled that APC will be present at the sitting by proxy, as they have lobbied and commissioned some individuals and groups to canvass their parochial interests at the sitting. We thus implore Lagosinas and other Stakeholders to massively attend the sitting to canvass their views for themselves”

The Lagos State PDP says on its part, it shall mobilise and exert its influence at the sitting in order to support more benefits for the state.

The National dialogue committee, headed by Dr Femi Okurounmu is scheduled to arrive in Lagos State tomorrow, Thursday, October the 31st, for its public sitting holding on Friday.

APGA Appoints Obi As Deputy National Leader

The Chairmen’s forum of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in its first ever National Executive Meeting which held in Awka, Anambra state, endorsed Mr. Peter Obi, the Governor of Anambra state, as its Deputy National Leader.

In the same meeting, chairmen of the party unanimously appointed Dr. Isa Arzuka Jega as the interim National Chairman.

The major objective of the forum was to discuss the process of restructuring and moving the party forward and it had all its 36 chairmen from all states of the federation in attendance.

In a communiqué issued by the forum, the executives of the party commended the leadership role of Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, and endorsing his position as its Deputy National Leader.

The communiqué also disclosed that the party’s National Convention will be held in Enugu in April.

In Februray 2012, chieftains of the party disassociated themselves from the merger talks with some opposition political parties in the country.

While addressing the chairmen for the first time, Mr. Obi took them down memory lane once again on the principles and ideals of the party, and on how he single-handedly financed the party, fought and won the 2003 governorship election, secured the second mandate 2010 and ensured that APGA is not dead and forgotten.

“My present concern and preoccupation would be to ensure the survival of the party through the conduct of a convention to usher in new party National Executive.” He stated.

Some of the members expressed satisfaction over the new dimension the party is taking.

The forum also resolved to readmit without pre-conditions all former members who express the desire to return to the party as well as grant clemency to all previously sanctioned members of the party.