PDP BoT Inaugurates Reconciliation Committee

Abia, PDP BoTThe Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has constituted an 18-man reconciliation committee that will look into the crisis rocking the party.

The BoT Chairman of the PDP, Senator Walid Jibrin, also urged members of the party who have filed cases in court to rethink their decisions in the interest of peace and unity of the party.

“God will not forgive us if we sit down and be looking at this problem with all the court cases all over the place.

“Over 15 court cases are going on and I think we should put to end all these court cases and the way we can do it is to allow all the aggrieved to come together and take away the cases from court and give support to this very important committee that will start work immediately,” Senator Jibrin said.

He appealed to all warring factions in the party to sheathe their sword and give peace a chance.

The Chairman of the reconciliation committee, Professor Jerry Gana, believes the committee will come up with a solution that will unite the opposition party that was in power for sixteen years before it lost to the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 presidential election.

He further promised the BoT that the committee would work assiduously to broker peace between all aggrieved PDP members.

The committee has been given seven days to submit its report.

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.

Makarfi Formally Takes Over PDP Affairs

MakarfiThe Peoples Democratic Party’s Caretaker Committee Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, has officially taken over the affairs of the party, including the daily operations of the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

The Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Senator Jubril Walid, told party members at the handing over ceremony in Abuja that the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee would be the one to conduct another convention that will elect principal officers for the party.

Apart from preparing the party for a national convention, the caretaker committee is also expected to reconcile the erstwhile chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff and others who were aggrieved after the party’s convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

A reconciliatory meeting had been held which lasted into the early hours of Tuesday. Although, the embattled chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, was absent in that meeting, other aggrieved members were reconciled,

This gave rise to the official handing over of the party’s secretariat to the caretaker committee at day break.

Mr Makarfi has assured members of the party that he would stick to the mandate given to his committee.

Some members of the various interests groups who were initially aggrieved have also pledged to support the caretaker committee.

It was generally agreed that all aggrieved members should reunite and form a common front to provide credible opposition to the incumbent government.

PDP BOT Hands Over Party Secretariat To Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee

MakarfiThe Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has handed over the party secretariat to the Senator Makarfi-led caretaker committee to run the affairs of the party till a national convention is held to elect principal officers.

This comes as the party says that it is putting in place temporary structures that will run its affairs ahead of a national convention that will produce principal officers.

Mr Makarfi disclosed this to journalists in Abuja after a marathon meeting of the board of trustees, serving and former governors of the party and their serving National Assembly members.

The meeting was initially scheduled to be a reconciliatory meeting of contending members of the Makarfi-led caretaker committee and the embattled chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff but the party later confirmed that Mr Sheriff had travelled before the meeting started.

In spite of his absence at the meeting, the leadership of the party insist that they were on track to unite the party and are currently putting structures in place to pilot the affairs of the party.

Among those at the meeting were the BOT chair, Tom Ikimi and Professor Jerry Gana who is also a member of the Mantu-led concerned PDP stakeholders’ forum.

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.

PDP Inaugurates Campaign Committees For Kogi, Bayelsa Polls

pdpAhead of the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states in November and December, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has inaugurated two separate campaign committees to mobilise and manage funds for the polls.

The Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Uche Secondus, who inaugurated the committees, said that the party was on the path to victory, having conducted credible primaries in the states since inception. This is besides mobilizing funds for the campaigns.

The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and the party’s Board of Trustees Chairman, Mr Haliru Mohammed, are the chairmen of the committees for Kogi and Bayelsa respectively.

PDP Gets New BOT Chairman

BOTThe Board of Trustees of Nigeria’s ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has appointed a former Acting National Chairman of the party, and former Defence Minister, Haliru Mohammed, as its Acting Chairman.

Mr. Mohammed’s nomination was endorsed on Monday night by the PDP’s BOT at a meeting of the BOT presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The meeting lasted for about two hours from 9pm to about 11 pm.

Mr. Mohammed emerged against widespread belief that President Goodluck Jonathan would be assuming the position as he leaves office on Friday, May 29.

Out-gone Chairman of the BOT, Tony Anenih, had, while resigning last week, said that he was vacating the office to allow Mr. Jonathan to assume the post.

But the Secretary to the BOT, Walid Jibrin, told State House correspondents after the meeting that President Goodluck Jonathan declined the offer.

Also speaking to State House correspondents, Dr Haliru said that he is determined to pull his idea to reach out to all its members across the country to ensure that PDP reaches the grassroots and return the party back to the people.

Jonathan To Run Unopposed, PDP BoT Decides

Goodluck-Jonathan12The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Wednesday night, resolved that President Goodluck Jonathan be the sole candidate of the party in the 2015 presidential election.

Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting of the board, a member, Professor Jerry Gana said that by that resolution no governor elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party is allowed to contest for the office of the president against Goodluck Jonathan.

Professor Gana, who was joined by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and the BOT Secretary, Walid Jubril at the briefing, said the resolution was unanimously agreed to by the governors, adding that the BOT endorsed the decision.

They said the resolution is born out of their conviction that President Goodluck Jonathan has done an excellent job in his first term and should be allowed to contest for a second term unopposed.

President Jonathan, who was elected into the office in 2011, was formerly the Vice President to late President Musa Yar’Adua.

Although he is yet to officially declare his ambition to run for a second term, thousands of supporters have been campaigning all over the country.

More than 7,000 groups across the country are said to be calling on him to run for the 2015 general election.

However, according to the President’s Special Adviser on Political Matters, Prof. Rufai Alkali, there is pressure on the president to declare his presidential ambition but the president is not in a hurry to do so.

PDP BoT: Gana’s Committee May Submit Report Tonight

Barring any last-minute changes, the Jerry Gana committee that was mandated on the 8th of January to restructure the membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustee (BoT) will submit its report this night.

Former Information Minister and member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jerry Gana

The meeting of the Board is scheduled to hold at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The committee may adopt a formula that any member of the Board that has defected to other parties between 1999 to date should automatically be said to have lost his or her privileged status of being a member of the PDP BoT.

A three-hour meeting of members of the BoT which also held at the Presidential Villa last month failed to produce a new chairman of the board as expected.

The meeting was meant to elect a replacement for former President Olusegun Obasanjo who resigned from the position last year.

At the end of the meeting which ended at about 11.30pm, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Canada, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, said the Jerry Gana committee was set up to streamline membership of the board in preparation for the election of a new chairman. The committee was given three weeks to conclude its assignment.

Maduekwe said the mandate of the committee was to properly align membership of the board in such a way that the election of the next BoT chairman would be a model of internal democracy.