Mention Governors Supporting You, Makarfi PDP Faction Dares Gulak

 PDP Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Gulak, GovernorsThe Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked a chieftain of the party, Mr Ahmed Gulak, to name the governors he said were in support of his faction.

The party, under the leadership of its factional chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, noted that the camp of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff had continued to blame the PDP governors for the crisis rocking the party.

They maintained that the caretaker committee had the full support of all the PDP governors.

The PDP made the declaration on Monday in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye.

The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to Ahmed Gulak, an aide of Senator Ali Modu Sherriff in which he stated that up to eight Governors of the PDP are in support of his renegade group.

“We naturally wouldn’t have dignified Gulak and his cohorts with a response but silence could be misinterpreted as admission of the lies of these pathological liars. We are amused by Gulak’s claims. Since the 21st of May 2016 National Convention which held in Port Harcourt, Ali Modu Sheriff and his renegade band have never missed any opportunity to blame the governors for the problems of the party. Only last week, their self-appointed Deputy National Chairman, Cairo was still castigating the governors for the party’s woes at a press conference. Why attack those who are supporting you?

Political Hallucination

“If Gulak wants to be taken seriously, he should name the governors who are supporting his group. Give names and say the type of support you receive from the governors.

“On the other hand, it may be a case of political hallucination, that he actually meant the APC governors who are their sponsors and not our PDP governors. The whole world knows that these are paid agents of the APC being used to destabilise our great Party”.

The party further stated that all PDP governors were fully in support of the National Caretaker Committee which they and other stakeholders created, asking Mr Gulak to wake up from his dream and come to the world of reality.

 

Makarfi’s Refusal To Step Down Is Hampering Reconciliation – Gulak

ahmed-gulakA chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says reconciliation of the factions in the party was scuttled by the chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, whom he said had not given his consent to a reconciliation requirement.

Giving his opinion on the crisis in the party, Mr Ahmed Gulak, said that Senator Makarfi had, at a reconciliation meeting, refused to accept the condition that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and himself should step down for a fresh start.

The PDP chieftain said that Senator Sheriff, whom he said is still the chairman of the party, had accepted to step down, but Senator Makarfi’s refusal has scuttled the whole process.

He insisted that reconciliation was the way forward.

“We must come together to be able to focus on 2019.

“All members should bury their ambitions and build the party before anybody’s ambition. When the party is strong people can declare their ambitions.

“Sheriff and Markarfi were called and sheriff agreed to step aside but Makarfi refused, saying he must consult with some governors.

“If it is the intention of these governors and Makarfi that this party should remain united, then the needful should be done,” he said.

On the leadership of the party, Mr Gulak insisted that “the authentic chairman of the party as of now is Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

“A court of competent jurisdiction has pronounced that only Senator Sheriff can parade himself as the national chairman of the party. The same court barred Senator Makarfi Caretaker Committee from parading themselves as the caretaker committee acting for and on behalf of the party.

“The simple reason is, no gathering can pass a national convention when there is a subsisting court order barring the party from conducting a convention or electing principle officers,” he explain.

On the chances of the PDP putting a strong opposition against the ruling party in coming elections, Mr Gulak said that “in few weeks, you will see the vibrant opposition that the PDP will give the APC”.

“We are trying to pick the pieces to rebuild,” he added.

Makarfi Faction Sets Up PDP Strategy Review Committee

PDP Strategy Review Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, Jerry Gana, PDP Caretaker Committee The Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has constituted a committee headed by a former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, to re-invent the party.

The committee was inaugurated on Tuesday by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the party in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Professor Gana highlighted some of the purposes for which the committee was setup and they include developing new strategies to end the party’s leadership crisis.

He assured the PDP faithful nationwide to keep hope alive, saying that the party was only asleep, as the committee was on a mission to wake it up from slumber.

However, the committee’s terms of reference and its composition was concealed from the public.

“After this inauguration, we will appeal to you all to kindly wait because we do have letters of appointment that will be distributed by the secretary to all of you.

“The letters already contain the terms of reference and also we will take a few minutes to analyse the terms of reference and at least, agree together on an initial work plan so that we will not lose the momentum.

“So kindly don’t rush away after the inauguration. Give us a few minutes, we assure you that we shall be very focused and together resolve how we will move forward.

“So I appeal to you to kindly wait after the inauguration,” he said.

‘Wake Up The Giant’

The chairman of the newly constituted committee also assured the party members that the PDP would experience a noticeable progress after the recommendations were implemented.

“By the end when we submit our report and the recommendations implemented, this party will be better.

“This party will move forward and I know it will happen because when the great party ‘The PDP’ was born on the 31st of August 1998 in Abuja, many of you here were the ones who took the ideas back to your states and you mobilised.

“Whatever anybody may say, the PDP is the only party that everyone in the Federal Republic of Nigeria is waiting for.

“So this giant is just sleeping, this committee is to design ways to wake up the giant and to move again and to roar again, to mobilise again and move forward,” Professor Gana said.

Ondo Election: INEC Raises Alarm Over Security

Ondo Governorship Election, Ondo Governorship PollThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised security concern over the attitude of politicians in Ondo State ahead of the forthcoming governorship election.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, says the actions of some aggrieved politicians in the state since the political parties conducted their primaries is capable of undermining the security of the state.

“The mindset of the political class, especially the politicians that belong to the leading political party on what it takes to win elections usually involve violence and malpractices among their followers.

“There is an urgent need for the political class to change its do or die attitude to good conduct in politics and a political caution of violence has to be done away with in our political parties.

“Our political parties must imbibe the culture of sincere eternal party democracy in the interest of the nation’s democracy,” he said.

Mr Agbaje made the remarks on Thursday at a meeting with members of the civil society groups in Abuja, to assess INEC’s preparation for the elections.

‘I Will Resign’

On the sideline of the event, the senior INEC official also explained why the electoral umpire published the name of Mr

Recession, Jimoh Ibrahim, Ondo PDP
INEC-Recognised Ondo PDP Governorship Candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim

Jimoh Ibrahim as the Peoples Democratic Part (PDP) candidate for the polls.

 

The decision has led to massive protest in Ondo State, southwest Nigeria.

“It is the court judgement of that day that forced us to say it is this person and that means if another higher court comes with a judgement to say it is Eyitayo Jegede, (we will obey),” he noted.

Agbaje further revealed that he had made a commitment that INEC would obey the ruling of the Appeal Court if the ruling favours Jegede.

“If the Appeal Court says it is Eyitayo, the commission cannot say no, but if it does, I will resign my appointment as a commissioner,” he stated.

Ondo PDP, Eyitayo Jegede, Ahmed Makarfi
Mr Eyitayo Jegede

Meanwhile Mr Clement Nwakwo, who is a member of one of the civil groups, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, had a different view about the procedure of selecting candidates.

He advised the politicians to address issues of candidacy in-house, instead of approaching various courts for such decisions.

“I do not think that INEC has any major role to play in deciding who the candidates are (and) that’s why they have taken the decision.

“It is really for the political parties to sort out their mess for the court to really not become a theatre of deciding who candidates are, but the political party themselves making those decisions in line with their own process and the rule of law,” he recommended.

PDP Crisis Deepens

At least 1.6 million registered voters are expected to participate in the Saturday, November 26 governorship polls in Ondo State.

There has been crisis over the authenticity of candidates in some of the parties in the polls including the PDP, All Progressives Congress (APC) and Alliance for Democracy (AD).

Olusola Oke, AD, Ondo Election
AD declares Olusola Oke as its candidate

While the APC and AD finally adopted Mr Rotimi Akeredolu and Mr Olusola Oke as their respective candidates, the controversy has deepened in the PDP.

Both factions of the party have continued to lay claim to having produced the authentic candidate of the party, although the Ali Modu Sheriff faction is backed by the court ruling which favoured Jimoh Ibrahim and which INEC has obeyed.

The PDP faction led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has equally been optimistic that “justice would be served” and called on all PDP faithful across Nigeria as well as the general public to remain calm and continue to support them.

In a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, the Caretaker Committee has reiterated its support for Jegede as the party’s sole flag-bearer.

President Buhari having a chat with Governor Lalong and Mr Akeredolu
President Buhari having a chat with Governor Lalong and Mr Akeredolu

On his part, APC candidate, Mr Akeredolu has made a mockery of the PDP, saying he would defeat both Ibrahim and Jegede if put together in the polls.

Briefing reporters after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, he boasted that he would emerge victorious at the poll.

Ondo PDP: Makarfi Faction Insists Jegede Is Governorship Candidate

Ondo PDP, Eyitayo Jegede, Ahmed MakarfiCaretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reiterated its support for Mr Eyitayo Jegede as its only flag-bearer in the Saturday, November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.

The support was declared on Tuesday at a meeting between the factional PDP Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and the state chairmen in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

A statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, revealed that the meeting took place at the temporary Secretariat of the Party in Wuse II and deliberated on topical national issues.

The State Chairmen were briefed on the developments in the party and some certain decisions of leadership.

The meeting also received reports from the state chairmen on the state of affairs in their various territories.

It was equally optimistic that justice would surely be served and therefore, echoed full support for Mr Jegede, as its candidate in the Ondo governorship poll.

The leaders further called on all PDP supporters across Nigeria and the general public, especially Ondo State residents, to remain calm and continue to support them in moving the party forward.

One-Sided Justice

Meanwhile, a three-member special panel of the Court of Appeal handling the appeal cases of the Ondo PDP crisis on Tuesday recused from the panel, following allegations that the justices have been compromised.

The justices bowed out of the cases after considering a petition written by a factional Ondo State PDP Chairman, Mr Biyi Poroye, who claimed that the justices were likely to be biased against him.

In the petition dated October 31 and addressed to the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the Poroye alleged that the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, had boasted in the public that he and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, had settled the judges to do their bidding.

Mimiko Meets Buhari, Says Jegede Remains PDP's Lawful Candidate,
Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko

He also purported that Justice Sankey was transferred from Yola where Eyitayo Jegede, the appellant, who is also a senior lawyer, was practicing law for the past 15 years and that when the justice arrived in Akure, Governor Mimiko boasted that he catered for her to the tune of 100 million Naira.

The petitioner had consequently sought for the disbandment of the panel on the ground that his side would not get justice from the panel.

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.