PDP Chairmanship: Bode George Promises To Lead Party To Victory, If Elected

The former Chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority and chairmanship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George has promised to lead the party to victory in the 2019 presidential election, if he is given the mandate to lead the party.

He also promises to do away with impunity and lack of respect to rule of law that characterized the party and work diligently to bring back the dignity of PDP and unite feuding members if elected in the party’s December national convention.

Mr. George made the promise when he took his campaign to the North West PDP Zonal office in Kaduna state, where the solicited the support of members of the party from the zone.

Speaking to reporters after a closed-door meeting with the PDP members, Mr George says he will deploy his experience and wisdom to rescue and position the party to regain power in 2019, as well as bring back the original concept of the party where every member will be given equal opportunity.

Those present at the meeting include a former Minister of Aviation and Kaduna state PDP chairman, Hassan Hyet, PDP North West zonal chairman, Ibrahim Kazaure, among other party leaders, who expressed hope that the best among equals will emerge at the end d of the day.

South-West Divided Over Candidate For PDP Chair

South-west-PDP-meeting Efforts of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-west region of Nigeria to put forward a strong candidate for the chairmanship of the party appear to have hit a brick wall on Monday.

A meeting of the leaders of the party in the region held on Monday in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, ended without agreement on who becomes the candidate for the national chairmanship position of the party.

The national leadership of the party had earlier zoned the position to the south-west and at the meeting, leaders of the party were expected to agree on a consensus candidate ahead of the national convention planned to hold on August 17 in Port Harcourt, River State.

Briefing reporters after the meeting held at the Government House of Ondo State, the factional South-west Zonal Chairman of the party, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, revealed that the chairmanship was zoned to Lagos and Ogun States, while the deputy publicity secretary position went to Osun and Oyo; and the treasurer was zoned to Ekiti and Ondo States.

One of the chairmanship aspirants, Professor Taoheed Adedoja, from Oyo State, however, disagreed with the zoning arrangement insisting that all the aspirants must be allowed to test their popularity.

Another aspirant, Mr Bode George from Lagos State commended the oneness and cohesion of the party in the zone, expressing hope that all the issues in the party would be amicably resolved.

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South-west Peoples Democratic Party’s meeting held in Ondo State

Those present at the meeting include Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko and his Ekiti State Counterpart, Ayo Fayose; Mr Ebenezer Babatope.

Others are Senator Seye Ogunlewe, Senator Olusola Obada, Senator Kofo Akere Bucknor, Senator Iyiola Omisore and Rasidi Adeojo among others.

Claiming Chairmanship Position

While the plan for the convention is ongoing, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is still claiming the chairmanship position, with a court ruling in his favour.

He had approached a court to stop the party from holding the planned convention, insisting that he remained the chairman of the party.

Senator Sheriff was removed by some members of the at an earlier Convention held in May, with a caretaker committee established.

The caretaker committee has set up two committees in preparation for the planned convention.

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Senator Ali Modu Sheriff insists he is the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party

After Senator Sheriff’s removal, he insisted that a court order had stopped the convention from holding, an order he said led to his announcement of the convention’s postponement before he was removed by some members of the party.

His persistent claims to the leadership of the party and court orders in his favour have caused a divide in the leadership of the party.

On July 28, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja affirmed Senator Sheriff as the authentic national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to Justice Okon Abang, only actions and decisions made by the Sheriff-led leadership are lawful and binding.

He, however, said that although he had the powers to nullify the ruling of the Port Harcourt division of the Federal High Court, which recognised the Makarfi-led leadership, he would not do so because there was no application to that effect before him.

Earlier on July 27, Senator Sheriff and eight others approached the Federal High Court, Abuja for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the party from conducting the national convention slated for August 17.

The court is yet to give its verdict on the request and the Senator Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee is going ahead with plans for the proposed convention.

David Mark Cautions Against Imposition Of Candidates In PDP

David Mark on PDP National ConventionAhead of the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) the former President of the Nigerian Senate, David Mark, is cautioning party leaders and members against impunity or imposition of candidates.

The opposition party has scheduled its convention to hold on August 17 in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.

In statement, Senator Mark recalled that the defeat of the PDP in the 2015 general election was akin to self-inflicted injuries on account of imposition of candidates and the impunity of some leaders.

Remain Steadfast

He said that it was of utmost importance that the leaders and members of the opposition party allowed the popular will of the people prevail at the congresses and convention.

The former Senate President is also asking members of the party to remain steadfast with the PDP, as a party of choice.

Senator Mark also frowned against cross-carpeting at will because of the current challenges.

He stressed that such inconsistencies neither enhance the sustenance of democratic culture nor the integrity or credibility of politicians who decamp.

Senator Mark’s caution is coming few days after the PDP caretaker committee set up two committees in preparation of the planned convention.

However, controversy over the party’s leadership is threatening its unity.

The National Convention Committee and the Finance Committee set up to handle the preparations for the planned convention are expected to midwife the election of national officers for the party.

An earlier convention held in Port Harcourt in May ended with the removal of the chairman of the party, Senator Sheriff and the establishment of the caretaker committee.

After his removal, however, Senator Sheriff insisted that a court order had stopped the convention from holding, an order he said led to his announcement of the convention’s postponement before he was removed by some members of the party.

His persistent claims to the leadership of the party and court orders in his favour have caused a divide in the leadership of the party.

On July 28, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja affirmed Senator Sheriff as the authentic national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to Justice Okon Abang, only actions and decisions made by the Sheriff-led leadership are lawful and binding.

He, however, said that although he had the powers to nullify the ruling of the Port Harcourt division of the Federal High Court, which recognised the Makarfi-led leadership, he would not do so because there was no application to that effect before him.

Earlier on July 27, Senator Sheriff and eight others approached the Federal High Court, Abuja for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the party from conducting the national convention slated for August 17.

The court is yet to give its verdict on the request and the Senator Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee is going ahead with plans for the proposed convention.

PDP Screens Eight Candidates For Chairmanship Ahead Of NEC

pdpThe caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is screening eight candidates ahead of the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

The NEC meeting is where a National Chairman for the party is expected to be ratified.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Olisa Metuh, told journalists that the caucus expanded the number of candidates from the initial four submitted by the governors for screening to eight.

According to him, the former Governor of Borno State, Mr Ali Modu Sheriff and Mr Nuhu Ribadu have joined the race for the party’s national chairmanship.