APC Warns PDP Against Election Rigging

electionAhead of Saturday’s presidential election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, has warned the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against rigging the polls, saying that any attempt to manipulate the exercise would be met with dangerous consequences.

The APC accused the PDP-led government in the state of conniving with the Nigerian Army to rig the Presidential election, having realised that there was no way its candidate and incumbent president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan can defeat the APC flag bearer, General Muhammadu Buhari.

APC also said that it was worried by reports that the leaders of the security agencies had jettisoned every appearance of impartiality for Saturday’s election, rather turning themselves into storm troopers for the Presidency.

Addressing a news conference after an APC stakeholders meeting in Kaduna State on Wednesday, the party’s governorship candidate, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, who read the press statement on behalf of other party leaders and contestants, said that the party had uncovered plots by the PDP and Army to use acts of intimidation, harassment and restriction of movement orders against their members to rig the election.

He alleged that the conduct and utterances of the PDP leadership does not inspire confidence that it is committed to a credible electoral process, hence it has devised a means to manipulate the election.

El-Rufai also accused the PDP of training over 1,000 thugs and acquiring dangerous weapons to be used to cause violence during the election, in order to give room for imposition of curfew on the state or declaring the election inconclusive.

The Governorship candidate therefore urged the military not to allow itself to be used to subvert the constitution which they pledge to uphold.

But in a swift reaction, the PDP refuted the allegation, describing it as false and baseless.

The state PDP Chairman in an interview with our correspondent accused the APC of being the ones causing trouble in the state.

Lagos PDP Flags Off Campaign

Lagos PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would on Monday, January 26, flag off its campaigns for the February elections in Lagos State.

The flag-off, expected to be a mega rally, is to officially kick start the campaigns for all the PDP candidates in the elections.

According to the Party, the flag-off has been tagged many appellation indicating its appropriateness at the time in Lagos polity. It is expected to be graced by chieftains of PDP within and outside the state.

The Lagos PDP Chairman, Tunji Shelle, confirmed the programme.

“We shall have our mega rally to officially start our campaigns and the unstoppable movement to send APC out of Alausa.

“Yes, we have been having pre flag-off programmes as part of our reach-out strategies, but at this occasion, we will officially present the Governorship candidate to Lagosians.

“We have heard the rally called many good names. We see the rally as “God’s Anointed Rally,” he said.

We shall reel out majority of our realizable promises to Lagosians and give them the reasons to vote PDP at all the elections in February,” he said.

Meanwhile, the PDP has cautioned any persons with violent intentions to steer clear of the venue as adequate security has been put in place to put under control any mischief maker.

Oyinlola Warns PDP; I Am Still The Legal National Secretary

OyinlolaFormer Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has  warned the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) not to allow the opposition exploit the loophole that his being shut out of office presents as any document signed by anyone presently acting as National Secretary of the party remains invalid.

Oyinlola, who was addressing PDP loyalists during the rally of Osun Central Senatorial District of the party, held in Okuku, Osun State, said that until a superior court says otherwise, the verdict of the Court of Appeal that declared him the validly elected National Secretary of the party still stands.

The purpose of the rally was for the leadership of the party to educate the people on voter register as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC prepares for distribution of cards to the electorates and to also mobilise them on the need to work hard to ensure success at the Governorship Polls.

Debunking insinuations that he had left the PDP, owing to the disciplinary action meted out on him by the leadership of the party, Oyinlola said, “Only the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) has the right to discipline a NEC member that I am. I have studied the constitution of our party and as a lawyer I know that the state chapter of the party or any other organ within the party lacks the prerogative to discipline me.”

He then gave an assurance that the situation would not deter his involvement in the home politics to ensure victory for the PDP, adding that he maintains a cordial relationship with President Goodluck Jonathan.

The former governor, who addressed the crowd in the native tongue, also expressed confidence in the ability of the new PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu, to steer the party out of crisis and reposition it for a good outing in 2015.

Leaders of the People’s Democratic Party in Osun Central Senatorial District, as well as the State PDP Chairman, Ganiyu Olaoluwa, were present at the rally.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC will carry out the distribution of the cards to the electorates from March 7 to 9.

Kaduna PDP Not Worried Over Members’ Defection To APC – Chairman

The Kaduna State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it is not losing sleep over the defection of some of its prominent members to the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Yaro Makama, a former PDP chairman in Kaduna State, had on Tuesday led over 74 stakeholders of the party, including a former governorship aspirant, Suleiman Hunkuyi to the APC, citing bad leadership, infrastructural decay and lack of unity in the party as their reasons for decamping to another political party.

Speaking to Channels Television on the defection, the state PDP chairman, Abubakar Haruna said that the exit of the  former chairman of the party, some former  state assembly members and commissioners  is  of no consequence and will not in any way affect the party’s fortunes in future elections.

He added that the PDP still has the highest number of both state and federal lawmakers, as well as having over 95 percent control of the local government councils in Kaduna.

He described the reasons given by the former PDP members for their defection to the APC, such as alleged injustice and high-handedness by the leadership, as totally untrue, stating that the likes of Yaro Makama and his group were angry because the current leadership of the party in the state refused to satisfy their selfish interests by not allowing them to hijack the party structures.

Yaro Makama, who was the state PDP Chairman for eight years, had said that “We cannot wait in a party that cannot provide infrastructure to people of the state. This is why we want those in the PDP to know that I hardly join a party that I know will not deliver. So by 2015 APC will win elections in Kaduna.”

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.

G7 Has No Right To Stop Jonathan’s 2015 Ambition – Akpabio

Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio has said that governors of the New PDP have no right to demand that President Goodluck Jonathan put an end to his second term ambition, describing it “as uncalled for”.

He said this while commenting on the reconciliation talks between the aggrieved members and the party’s leadership, including President Jonathan, which has been shifted to the 7th of October.

Alhtough, Mr Akpabio said that the issue has been settled and all the parties have come to the conclusion that the ambition is a personal decision of the president and that nobody has any right to stop him.

The aggrieved governors were said to have insisted that apart from the president dropping his second term ambition, there should be an unconditional lifting of the suspension on Rivers state governor, Chibuike Amaechi, as well as the sacking of the PDP chairman, Bamanga Tukur.



Gana Refutes Report Of Governors Planning To Remove PDP Chairman

Former Information Minister, Jerry Gana has said that there are no plans by the governors of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to remove the party’s National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, as speculated in some quarters.

Former Information Minister and member of the Board of Trustee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jerry Gana addressing journalists after the BoT meeting on Wednesday in Abuja

Mr Gana, a member of the PDP Board of Trustees, who gave the assurance on Wednesday in Abuja while responding to questions from journalists, described the governors as “loyal and disciplined party men” who would never contemplate such action.

He said, “I would like to say very clearly that the governors of the Peoples’ Democratic Party are law abiding governors; very disciplined party men who respect the various organs of the party.

“So, I can assure you that there is absolutely nothing like that has come before the BOT.

“We, as a party, we believe in resolving conflicts, in resolving matters within the family and therefore we want to assure the nation that there is absolutely nothing in terms of the governors of the party going beyond the institutions of the party and position of the party to remove the National Chairman, nothing to that effect at all.”

Mr Gana said that the PDP was doing all it could to address its internal crises including the party’s problems in Adamawa state.

According to him, already the party’s BOT has resolved to constitute a team of party elders to find a lasting solution to the problem.

“I would like to also assure you that the problem in Adamawa State has received tremendous attention at the meeting and we have resolved to raise a team of elders together with Mr President, the Vice President, the Senate President and the Speaker to do our very best to find a lasting solution to the problem in Adamawa State.”

Subsidy scam: ACN asks PDP national chairman to resign

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has advised the national chairman of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, to step down immediately.

The opposition party made the call following the arraignment of one of his sons in the N1.7 trillion fuel subsidy scam.

ACN in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated that Tukur’s resignation would enable the party leader relieve himself of the huge moral burden placed on him by his continued stay in office.

“It is important to say here that the fuel subsidy scam trial will be held in two courts: the Court of Law and the Court of public opinion” the party stated.

According to the party, Alhaji Tukur’s position as the leader of the ruling party has created the perception that the on-going trial, involving his son will not be fair.

“While Alhaji Bamanga Tukur is not facing any charges in the court of law over the scam, he is definitely a star suspect in the court of public opinion. That is why many Nigerians are already insinuating that nothing will come out of the trial, especially as far as his son is concerned” the party stated, adding that “this is an allusion to the influence bestowed upon him by his high office.”

The statement further read that, “while we have nothing but absolute confidence in the ability of the judicial process to ensure justice, we believe that anything than can reinforce the impression of thwarted justice in the fuel subsidy scam trial should be removed. Alhaji Bamagar Tukur’s continued stay in office is one of such.”

A  Lagos High court on Thursday granted bail to the sons of the former and serving national chairman of the PDP, Ahmadu Ali and Bamaga Tukur, and some other suspects indicted in the oil subsidy scam.