Ali Modu Sheriff Annuls Plateau State PDP Congress

Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP, PlateauThe former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has nullified the party’s congress in Plateau State.

The embattled PDP Chairman made the annulment when aggrieved members of the party visited him to ask for a fresh congress to elect a chairman in Plateau State.

The delegation led by a former member of the House of Representatives from the state, Mr Bitrus Kaze, alleged that the congress which was conducted in April was not credible.

In his response, Senator Sheriff told the gathering that a new committee would be inaugurated to conduct a fresh congress that would elect principal officers for the PDP in Plateau State.

In a related development, he had on Thursday set up another committee to conduct primaries for three PDP governorship candidates in Edo State, who have bought forms from his faction.

He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had sent the party their guidelines for the primaries, expressing preparedness to meet up with all the requirements set by the INEC for the September election.

Cripple The PDP
In a swift reaction to this, the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee condemned the move by Senator Sheriff, after Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu had emerged winner of the party’s primaries held on Monday.

MakarfiThey accused him of working with the enemies of the PDP to completely cripple the party in the interest of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The committee insisted that the Edo primary election and all the processes leading to it thereof, were properly conducted, monitored and observed by the INEC.

The emergence of the two factions of the PDP is a fall out of the party’s Governors Forum meeting where some leaders of the party removed Senator Sheriff and set up a caretaker committee.

However, the embattled Chairman told reporters when he was refused entrance into the PDP National Secretariat that he remained the chairman of the party until 2018.

PDP Governors Insist Modu Sheriff Is Not Party Chairman

PDP-GovernorsArising from a meeting on Thursday, the PDP Governors Forum has insisted that it would not recognise Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as chairman of the party.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP had commenced series of meetings aimed at resolving the internal crisis that threatens the unity of the party.

One of such talk sessions is that comprising the governors and Board of Trustee members held at the Ondo State governors lodge in Abuja, after supporters of the anti and pro Ali Modu Sheriff group besieged the party’s secretariat.

They also explained why they withdrew their support for Senator Sheriff at the aborted Port Harcourt convention after giving him the assurance that he had their support.

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, who was once a vocal supporter of Mr Sheriff’s ambition of becoming the party’s substantive chairman, told Channels Television that they were against “anything that will make Sheriff turn such an opportunity into telling us that he wants to become President of Nigeria”.

“After caretaker, we intend to make sure we support you to be substantive chairman and you’re promising people everywhere that they should come and be your vice president, I cant be part of it,” he said.

The Caretaker Committee Chairman, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, also told journalists that the crisis in the party is fueled by forces outside the party.

For a record second time, the gate of the National Secretariat of the PDP was locked down after supporters of the two contending parties to the leadership of the party surrounded the party’s secretariat in Abuja.

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Sen. Walid jubril, after receiving the key, said that the secretariat would remain locked until the issues are resolved.

The decision of the BOT Chairman to lock down the national secretariat was not enough to calm the protesters, as angry protesters forced their way into the premises just moments later.

 

Stakeholders Meet To Resolve PDP Crisis

Anambra PDPThe National Assembly caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) and state governors of the party are meeting in Abuja to address the latest developments in the party.

The meeting is expected to look at ways of resolving the tussle for leadership in the PDP.

The Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee of the party had accused the party’s former National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, of working in connivance with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to destroy the PDP.Ali Modu Sheriff

Spokesperson for the Caretaker Committee, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, told journalists at a press conference in Abuja that the party intelligence reports confirmed that the embattled Chairman of the party was working for the APC to disorganise the PDP ahead of the Edo State elections.

In a swift reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to Ali-Modu Sheriff, Mr Inuwa Bwala, described the accusations as baseless, saying that time would tell who was being sponsored by forces outside the PDP with the sole objective of destroying the party.

The APC on the flip side also described the allegation as baseless, saying the PDP was suffering from its past misdeeds.

PDP BoT, Mantu Group Endorse Caretaker Committee

PDP BoTThe Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  has endorsed the caretaker committee set up by the party’s convention last Saturday in the Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt.

Also, another faction of the party, known as the concerned stakeholders group, which held a parallel convention in Abuja same day, has teamed up with the PDP caretaker committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

Both the BOT and the factional group, led by Ibrahim Mantu, made this known at the end of their peace meeting in Abuja on Thursday.

They also directed their members to withdraw pending cases from the courts and set up a committee to meet former acting National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff.

Thursday’s meeting followed counter court orders which restrained the factional leaders, Senators Sheriff and Markafi from assuming the mantle of leadership of the party.

In one case, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt granted an interim injunction restraining Senator Sheriff and former secretary, Professor Adewale Oladipo from parading themselves as national officers of the party.

But in a counter ruling, a Federal High Court in Lagos declared as invalid, the Makarfi-led caretaker committee constituted to take over the affairs of the PDP.

Ali Modu Sheriff, Obi Meet With PDP BoT

PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP BoTThe Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are meeting with Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

Reports say that the meeting has been convened to put a halt to the crisis that the party is presently facing.

After briefly inter-facing with both parties, Ali Modu Sheriff, Ahmed Makarfi and Ben Obi were asked to excuse the BoT.

Thursday’s meeting comes after counter court orders restrained the parallel leaders from assuming the mantle of leadership of the party.

In one case, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt granted an interim injunction restraining the immediate past National Chairman and National Secretary of the PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff and Professor Adewale Oladipo, from parading themselves as national officers of the party.

But in a counter ruling, a Federal High Court in Lagos declared as invalid, the Caretaker Committee constituted to take over the affairs of the PDP from its acting National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff.

Jonathan Is Tested And Deserves PDP’s Sole Candidacy – Bode George

Bode GeorgeA leader of the People’s Democratic Party in the South-West region of Nigeria, Olabode George, says that the decision of the party’s leadership to offer its presidential ticket to President Jonathan is not new in democracy.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, he explained that in developed democracies, especially in the United States of America, such decisions are usually made when an incumbent president is seen to have performed well in office.

He said that only in rare situations would an incumbent president, whom the party is satisfied with, not be presented unopposed, let alone denied the ticket to re-contest.

George, who is a member of the PDP Board of Trustees, added that President Jonathan, in his case, has been well assessed by the different arms of the party, including the women and the youths and truly deserves the ticket.

He, however, noted that this decision does not exclude anyone in the party who still feels convinced to challenge the President for the ticket, as the National Convention of the party would still have to hold for the decision of the party bigwigs to be affirmed.

On the view that the pronouncement in support of the President already puts other aspirants at a disadvantage, “If anybody thinks he is better and bigger he should come and prove it,” George said.

He maintained that the incumbent President is hardly challenged at the party level in America and the Jonathan case simply goes in the same direction, as most members of the party have expressed satisfaction in him.

He also responded to allegations by the All Progressives Congress, APC, that PDP has displayed signs of lack of internal democracy which it has accused them of lacking.

He said that APC should not compare itself to PDP as it does not have an incumbent and does not have a tested candidate in the stature of President Goodluck Jonathan.

He warned that Nigerians should be weary of an experiment, which is what he thinks the All Progressives Congress is offering Nigerians.

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.

Ikimi Meets PDP Leaders, Expresses Readiness To Join Ruling Party

IkimiFormer APC member, Tom Ikimi, at the weekend met with leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) where he expressed his readiness to join the ruling party and pull his political structure in the South-South to ensure its victory in the 2015 general elections.

PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, who led a delegation of party leaders to meet Ikimi in Abuja on Friday evening to finalize arrangements for his formal declaration, said that the PDP was happy that Ikimi has decided to return to its fold.

Mu’azu described Ikimi as a highly organized and patriotic Nigerian who has the interest of the nation at heart, adding that such qualities made it hard for him to be in a party like the APC. He said that the PDP would immensely benefit from Ikimi’s “wealth of experience, strong political structure and massive followership across the country”.

The National Chairman praised the Edo-born politician for his courage in deciding to return to the PDP, while giving assurance that the party, under the new leadership, recognizes and rewards loyalty, commitment and experience.

In the same vein, Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih, commended Ikimi for his decision, which he said was in the overall interest of the nation.

Responding, Ikimi, who restated that he dumped the APC due to its deep-seated anti-nationalistic and discriminatory tendencies, said that he was ready to join the PDP and use his political structures especially in the South-South to ensure that it emerged victorious in the 2015 general elections.

I look forward to bringing value to the PDP. I believe that my contributions will again be noteworthy. By my joining PDP, we are assured of victory, not only in Edo State, but in the entire South-South geopolitical zone”, Ikimi said, noting that he was ready to serve the party in any capacity deemed appropriate by the leaders.

Stating that the visit has laid to rest, speculations and arguments regarding where he has resolved to pitch his tent, Ikimi said that he would transmit the outcome of the meeting to his constituency and he was sure that the response would be favourable.

He also said that he desires to work with Tony Anenih so as to move the party and the nation forward and bring about the much expected development to Edo State and the South-South geopolitical zone.

I believe that our people are looking forward to this reunion because they will benefit the most from it. When I and Chief Tony Anenih work together, I do not think we can have any obstacle we cannot overcome”, he said.

Also at the meeting were PDP Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Secretary of the PDP BoT, Senator Wali Jibril, former FCT Minister, Dr. Aliyu Modibbo, as well as political stakeholders from the South-South.

Edo Council Election: Aggrieved Parties Should Go To court – Afegbua

the Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Kassim Afegbua.The government of Edo State, on Tuesday, advised aggrieved parties in the Esan North-east Council By-election to follow due process and seek redress in court.

The State government expressed satisfaction with the election results and insisted that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was trying to muddle up the election process.

Speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’, the Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Kassim Afegbua, alleged that the PDP arrested electoral officers when they realised they were losing to make the process cumbersome and discredit the outcome of the election.

“Over 25 persons where put behind bars,” he said, with the help of “the ‘imported’ police officers from Lagos and Abuja.

“One commander of the Mobile Police in Lagos, Patrick Ejededawe, an indigene of Uromi, came with some policemen to supervise elections in Uromi,” he explained.

Considering the fact that the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees is from the Esan North local council, tempers will naturally be high because they wouldn’t want him to lose a local government election, he stated.

He said that the election results were collated at the designated centres contrary to the claims of the PDP.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Chairmanship candidate, Sam Oboh, was declared winner of the by-election, held on 22 October with 12, 67 votes.

The leadership of the state is of the APC.

Obasanjo Seeks Divine Intervention For Jonathan

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo is seeking divine intervention for President Goodluck Jonathan as Nigeria’s number one citizen strives to move the country forward.

The former president was among the congregation that worshipped with President Jonathan and his wife Patience on Sunday at the Aso Villa Chapel in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The prayer session, which was attended by the president, his family, his ministers and party members, saw Mr Obasanjo seeking the hand of God in the leadership of the country.

The former president was accompanied to the villa by two of his daughters, one of his sons, identified as Juwon and a businessman and the Chairman of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Company, Femi Otedola.

This is the first time the former president would be meeting face to face with President Jonathan this year.

There have been media reports of a crack in the relationship between both leaders and this was amplified when Mr Obasanjo failed to show up at the election of the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) board of trustees.

The president took a reading during the prayer session; thereafter he retired to his residence with Mr Obasanjo and others for lunch.

The former president left the villa on Sunday about mid-day.