Doherty Emerges As New Chairman For Lagos PDP

Adedeji Doherty (middle wearing white hat) during his swearing-in as new Chairman for Lagos PDP.

 

Mr Adedeji Doherty has been sworn-in as the new Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State.

He was sworn into office by the party’s National Vice Chairman south west, Eddy Olafeso.

Doherty becomes the party chairman after Moshood Salvador exited the party to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) before the 2019 Governorship election.

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He contested for the party’s governorship ticket in 2015 and 2019, but lost to Jimi Agbaje.

The PDP in Lagos State has been enmeshed in series of crisis before and after the 2019 elections. It is taking the party several months to resolve the crisis.

We Cannot Be A Sinking Party, PDP Tells Defector

Nelson Effiong, PDP, Akwa IbomThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State has condemned the defection of one of its members, Senator Nelson Effiong.

Mr Effiong, who presents Akwa Ibom South at the Senate, cited the PDP’s national leadership tussle as the reason for his defection.

He noted that “any politician worth his salt will not stay back in a party that is sinking like the PDP”.

The party, however, noted that the lawmaker’s actions and statements “are indicative of a drowning man, who in his speedy descent into an abyss, holds on to any straw within sight and seeks to take with him anything willing to follow”.

Season Of Political Trial

They maintained that the PDP “cannot be a sinking party”, adding that “even Nelson Effiong recognised so during the last enlarged stakeholders meeting of the party held in December 2016, where he spoke glowing about the party”.

In a statement tagged “Senator Nelson Effiong’s Ignoble Swan Song”, the state’s PDP Chairman, Obong Ekpo, directed the party’s legal department to commence the process of recovering the mandate given to Senator Effiong which they claimed was “manifestly mismanaged and corrupted by him”.

“We (the PDP) urge our party faithful, especially those from Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District, to remain calm and continue to support the party, knowing that we will do everything within the ambit of the law to reclaim the party’s mandate.

“We must continue to hold fast to our strength and convictions conscious that ‘the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy’ – Martin Luther King jnr.

“We are certain that this season of political trial will soon pass,” the PDP said.

Rivers Rerun: APC, PDP Hold Final Rallies Ahead Of Election

Rivers Rerun: APC, PDP Hold Mega Rallies Ahead of ElectionBoth the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state have held mega rallies ahead of the legislative rerun elections in the state.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday staged a mega rally at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Elikahia in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The rally which attracted about 12 state governors from APC-controlled states also had in attendance the national chairman of the party, Odigie Oyegun and other party officials.

The former Rivers Governor and Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi told the gathering that security is guaranteed for the legislative rerun elections in the state.

Some of the governors also expressed confidence that the APC would coast to victory in the rerun.

The PDP held its own final rally at Phalga, in the Rivers State capital.

The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike warned that all those planning to rig the rerun elections in the state will be disgraced.

The Governor, who addressed a crowd of PDP supporters at the rally played down the APC mega rally that held earlier in the day.

According to him, those who had negative things to say about his administration and person should go and resolve the problems that besiege their states.

He was apparently responding to criticisms by some APC governors that attended the APC rally.

Rivers Rerun: PDP Warns Against Sabotaging Election

Rivers Rerun: PDP Warns Against Sabotaging ElectionBarely 48 hours to the long awaited conclusion of the rescheduled legislative rerun elections in parts of Rivers State, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says it has uncovered plans to sabotage the election.

The PDP has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with the connivance of security agencies, of plans to hijack and swap the original result sheets for fake ones during the Saturday, December 10, 2016 election.

The statement by its Rivers State Chapter Chairman, Felix Obuah and signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam alleged that the agreement was sealed in a secret meeting between the State leadership of the APC, security agents and the electoral body at the residence of one of the APC’s chieftains in Port Harcourt.

The statement noted that no decision was reached at their first meeting owing to INEC’s insistence on involvement of security agents to perfect the deal.

The statement further said that certain persons hired and equipped for the assignment will cause crisis in each of the collation centres to enable the security agents come in under the pretext to calm the situation and while the melee lasts, the fake INEC result sheets would be substituted for the genuine ones.

The Rivers State PDP chairman, Obuah has therefore warned against any attempt to scuttle what he described as the “last opportunity to settle the election issues in the state” by taking sides in the election or indulging in acts that will cause crisis in the state.

According to him, all PDP agents have been asked to be peaceful, law-abiding but to insist that the right is done and never to be intimidated by anybody.

“Let me restate that we are ready for this election having campaigned adequately, demonstrated that we have all it takes to give our people quality leadership through Governor Nyesom Wike’s landmark achievements in one and half years which our good people of Rivers State have seen and acknowledged and are willing to reciprocate by filing out in their numbers on Saturday to confirm.

“We will not therefore take it kindly with any act, overtly or covertly aimed to ridicule Saturday’s exercise.

“May I also enjoin the INEC and the security agencies to caution their staff and personnel to allow peace reign in Rivers State by being fair and unbiased in this all important election,” the State PDP boss declared.

Meanwhile, INEC and the various security agencies, as well as political party leaders and their candidate have met in an effort to ensure that Saturday’s re-run polls are hitch-free.

With the poll already generating tension, the Deputy Inspector General Of Police in charge of Operations, Joshak Habila, said no group would be allowed to cause violence during the exercise.

Meanwhile, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Aniedi Ikoiwak, has equally given the assurance that the commission is ready for the polls.

It was not the first time the commission would make the pledge to ensure that the December 10, Rivers Rerun elections, would be free, fair and violence free.

There have been series of allegations by the Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, who has said INEC, as well as security agencies have planned to rig the elections.

Ogun PDP Suspends Senator Buruji Kashamu

buruji kashamuThe Peoples Democratic (PDP) in Ogun state has suspended the Senator representing Ogun East senatorial district in the Senate, Buruji Kashamu and seven others, by a faction-led by Sikirulai Ogundele.

Also suspended were the factional state chairman, Bayo Dayo; Secretary, Semiu Shodipo, Mr. Pegba Otemolu, Mr Fatai Adeyanju, Mr. Segun Seriki, Daisi Akitan and Bowale Solaja.

In the notice of suspension signed by Sikirulai and the secretary, Olabode Bankole, dated November 24, 2016, the party alleged that the affected persons were suspended sequel to the report of a panel which was constituted in June, 2016 to investigate allegations of financial improprieties and anti-party activities.

However, in a swift reaction, Buruji Kashamu, asides denying the allegation of any financial impropriety leveled against him, also said that no one could suspend him.

Describing Sikirulai as an “interloper”, he said he spent his financial resources on the party, arguing that he was taken aback by the allegation of financial impropriety made against him.

In a press statement signed by his media aide, Austin Oniyokor, Kashamu said, “The alleged diversion of party funds is most laughable because it is common knowledge that I use my personal funds to keep the party float even when people like ex-Governor Gbenga Daniel and Ladi Adebutu left the PDP for Peoples Party of Nigeria and then for the Labour Party, until they returned to PDP in the build up to the 2015 general elections because of campaign funds.

“It is on record that Daniel superintended over the 2015 campaign funds in Ogun State. So, which other funds could a party in opposition possibly have?”

We Removed Ali Modu Sheriff To Save PDP – Fayose

Ali Modu Sheriff, Fayose, PDPEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has explained that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP led by former chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, was dissolved and caretaker committee appointed at the last Saturday National Convention held in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State to save the party.

The Governor said that even though he was one of those who supported the former chairman, he had no option than to support his removal so as to forestall disintegration of the party.

Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, in a release issued in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, urged Sheriff to accept his removal in good faith and join others to build the party.

The Governor said; “I supported Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in good conscience. But when it became obvious that his continuous stay in office as the National Chairman will jeopardise the collective interest of the party, I had no option than to support his removal.

“To me, the general interest of the party overrides that of any individual and there is no how I can stand in support of any plan to sacrifice the party for any individual.

“Anyone whose ambition threatens the collective interest of the party should be removed to save the party and that’s exactly what we have done.

“I therefore urge Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to accept the dissolution of the NWC and appointment of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee in good faith and cooperate with other well-meaning members of the party to reposition it so as to achieve the much needed electoral victory in 2019.

“To Sheriff and other well-meaning members of the party, what should be important is the party and not the individual and no sacrifice should be too much for anyone to make for the party at this time.”

Wike Justifies Ali-Modu Sheriff’s Removal As PDP Chairman

Nyesom Wike, Ali-Modu Sheriff, PDPThe Governor of Rivers State and Chairman of Saturday’s National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt, Mr Nyesom Wike, has justified the removal of Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the party.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Channels Television, Governor Wike explained that the PDP’s decisions were in line with the rule of law.

“We learnt that the former Chairman (Ali-Modu Sheriff) instituted a court action that there should be no election as regards the chairmanship, the secretary and the auditor but there could be election in the other offices”.

The Governor further explained that contrary to this, there was another Abuja High Court injunction which says there should not be election in 16 National Working Committee members’ offices but there should be election in chairmanship position.

This, he said, led to confusion within PDP and the stakeholders subsequently moved some motions “according to the constitution of the party”.

Governor Wike added that the former PDP Chairman had appeared before the screening committee where the various stakeholders of the party met to take the decision to save the party.

He insisted that the removal Ali Modu Sheriff was not biased and had nothing to do with the geographical zoning.

PDP Removes Ali-Modu Sheriff, Sets Up Caretaker Committee

Zonal congress, PDP sheriff removedThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has removed its National Chairman, Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff, and sets up a caretaker committee.

Senator Sheriff was removed on Saturday.

The Caretaker Committee headed by  Senator Ahmed Makarfi, a former Governor of Kaduna State, has been mandated to elect a new National Working Committee for the party within three months.

Other members of the committee are;

Senator Ben Obi – Secretary
Senator Ugbesia – Member
Sen Abdul Ningi – Member
Prince Dayo Adeyeye – Member
Aisha Aliyu – Member
Barrister Usman – Member

After he was removed, Senator Sheriff said “the PDP Convention stands cancelled owing to court injunctions” and called the exercise of Saturday a ‘charade and illegal’.

Crisis With PDP

Crisis within the PDP is believed to have led to the removal of the National Chairman on a day the party had scheduled a National Convention.

At the convention ground in Port Harcourt, party leaders appeared divided over the National Convention.

Senator Sheriff had announced a postponement of the convention but the party’s Vice Chairman of the South-South, Mr Uche Secondus, declared that the convention must go ahead as planned.

Ali-Modu Sheriff former-PDP-chairman
Former PDP Chairman Ali-Modu Sheriff said his removal was a charade and illegal

Senator Sheriff told a news conference that the decision was based on a court order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from supervising the planned election in some of the party’s leadership positions.

The PDP Chairman, thereafter asked all the delegates at the venue of the planned convention to go home, as a new date would be communicated to them in due course.

The postponement was due to the outcome of the meeting earlier held on Saturday involving the party’s leadership and serving governors of the party, prior to the planned convention.

In the heat of the controversy, he was removed as chairman, with the caretaker committee set up.

The PDP had on February 16, 2016 appointed Senator Sheriff the party’s new national chairman.

The decision was reached in a meeting of the NEC held at the opposition party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

The decision of the NEC followed the nomination of Senator Sheriff by the National Caucus, a body with membership drawn from the forum of PDP governors, members of the National Assembly, Board of Trustees and National Working Committee of the party.

But his leadership whipped up controversies, with some members of the party faulting the decision of to make him the chairman.

A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan campaign team in 2015, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, had after his election insisted that Senator Sheriff was ‘intrinsically linked with Boko Haram‘ and should not head a serious political party.

 

New PDP Excos Emerge In Adamawa State

Adamawa State, PDPThe internal crises that engulfed the Adamawa State chapter of the PDP in Adamawa state have been laid to rest following the conclusion of the congress that produced a new set of party executives.

The state congress was held at the Silver Motel Yola and had INEC officials in attendance.

Abdulrahman Bobboi emerged as the new Chairman of the party in the state while Lazarus Gugu emerged as Deputy Chairman and 27 others were affirmed through voice votes by delegates.

Sani Kutigi took charge of the proceedings at the election alongside other members of the Congress Committee with Air Commodore Dan Suleiman (Rtd) as Chairman of the Congress Committee.

The new executives took their oath of office amidst cheers from party members.

Speaking shortly after the congress, the new Chairman of the Party, Alhaji Abdulrahman Bobboi, promised to establish a caucus committee of the party to resolve conflicts.

Aggrieved Members Demand Cancellation Of PDP LG Congress In Imo West

PDP, LG CongressSome aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called for the cancellation of the just concluded local government congress held in Imo West Senatorial District and some other parts of the state.

Briefing newsmen in Owerri the Imo State capital, the aggrieved members said that they would boycott the forthcoming state congress in the state if the local government congress in Imo West is not cancelled.

They described the congress in the area as a total sham where some group of people decided to scuttle the entire process and impose candidates on the people.

They added that it is totally unacceptable and an aberration to democracy in the country.

The group called on the National Chairman of the Party, Mr Ali-Modu Sheriff, to intervene in order to save the face and integrity of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

‘If Sheriff Is A Goliath, Then He Has Met His David’, Says Fani-Kayode

Fani-KayodeChief Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to Senator Ali Modu Sheriff’s threat that he will be dealt with.

The former Aviation Minister, in a statement made available to Channels Television, said he is amused by the Senator’s threat and he is waiting with baited breath for his actions.

Mr Fani-Kayode who is a member of the PDP and one of the party leaders who are unhappy with the process which brought Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the new PDP national chairman, criticised the emergence of the former governor of Borno State as the new PDP Chairman, raising allegations of a link of the new party leader with the Boko Haram sect, a terrorist group which has killed hundreds of innocent Nigerians since it began its operations few years ago.

The former minister says “we are more than ready to meet Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in court. It would be a pleasure to expose him for what he is. The days of intimidating, silencing and threatening others are long over.

“If sheriff is a Goliath, let him be rest assured that he has finally met his David. Needless to say we stand by everything that we have said,”he added.

 

Fani-Kayode Insists Leader Of PDP, Sheriff Is ‘Intrinsically Linked With Boko Haram’

Fani-KayodeA member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan campaign team in 2015, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, is insisting that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff appointed the party’s Chairman is ‘intrinsically linked with Boko Haram’ and should not head a serious political party.

Mr Fani-Kayode made the allegation on ‘Sunday Politics Today’ while giving his opinion about the appointment of Senator Sheriff as the PDP’s leader by the National Executive Committee.

Dismissing Senator Sheriff’s denial of an allegation that he was a major sponsor of Boko Haram, Mr Fani-Kayode said: “In terms of his person, he is intrinsically linked with Boko Haram. At the inception, he was one of those that created the Boko Haram and terrorised our nation”.

He insisted that his comments were not mere allegations, saying that “a man that is so badly stained…. has such antecedents cannot be a leader of a serious political party”.

“This is somebody I have known for many years since we were both in the NRC in the early 90s.

“I must tell you that if he wants to convince the world that he has nothing to do with Boko Haram, let him explain his relationship with Mohammed Yusuf, the man who started Boko Haram and who was murder in mysterious circumstance by the police.

“Let him tell us who he was using as his local thug whilst he was two-time Governor of Borno State. Let him tell us that it was not Mohammed Yusuf that was leading the thugs and that he was not funding them.

“Let him tell us who asked Yar’Adua to send the soldiers and kill as many people as possible of the Boko Haram group simply because he was tired of them and he was fed up with giving them money,” the PDP member insisted.

Option Of Stepping Down

On the appointment of Senator Sheriff, Mr Fani-Kayode said it was a very complicated issue and that there were many aspects to it.

He also insisted that it would do the party a world of good if Mr Ali Modu Sheriff chose the option of stepping down.

“There has been so much rancour and division created by the fact that he has emerged.

“Not just about his personality and his antecedent but also the process by which he emerged.

“It has caused a lot of trouble.

“Had it not been for the efforts of former President Jonathan and the chairman of the Governor’s forum, Governor Mimiko, the rift could have been far wider and many people should have left the party in droves in the last couple of days,” Mr Fani-Kayode explained.

According to him, there is a problem and a number of stakeholders are not happy with the situation. He also stated that it was very clear that top party members were not going to sit by and allow it to go away.

“Concrete measures are being taken, positions have been taken, discussions are on and the Forum of Governors for instance and every single minister that has been a PDP minister from 1999 to 2015 will meet on Tuesday in Abuja to take position on the matter.”

Explaining the circumstance surrounding Senator Sheriff’s appointment, Mr Fani-Kayode said: “A group of people came together and decided that he should be the one that will complete the tenure of the former PDP chairman. It is fair enough but they have to consult the people and stakeholders before they come to this conclusion.

“They took the decision and they went to the PDP Board of Trustees and told them this is a decision that they have taken.

“The way the PDP works is that before any serious decision is taken about anything, the PDP Board of Trustees is consulted and carried along and usually, they agree and they ratify.

“On this occasion, when the name of Sheriff was put to the PDP Board of Trustees, they rejected it outright.

“There is a court order stating clearly that the deputy national chairman, Mr Secondus, is not in power and has been barred from presiding over any national council meeting”.

He was also of the view that the PDP Chairman’s appointment violated the party’s law that stipulated that any individual that must occupy that position must have been a member of the party for over two years.