Sheriff Describes PDP Convention As A Huge Joke

Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP, PlateauThe factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen Ali Modu Sheriff, has described the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the PDP which extended the tenure of the Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee by one year. 

He said, the said meeting was in breach of Section 31 (4) of the PDP Constitution, which makes the National Chairman the sole authority with a mandate to convene the NEC.

Sheriff said INEC has not been put on the mandatory three weeks’ notice, neither has he as Chairman been put on one week notice, even if it was an emergency.

He also called on members of PDP to disregard everything that may have taken place in Port Harcourt, as everything purported to have been done was in gross violation of a court order.

He further maintained that the Caretaker Committee does not exist in law, therefore, “Makarfi should stop parading himself as a PDP official”.

The PDP extended the tenure of the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee for one year after a vote of confidence was passed by national delegates at the party’s secretariat in Port Harcourt, the River State capital.

The Nigerian Police had cordoned off the venue of the planned National Convention citing the ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday barring the PDP from holding the convention.

Justice Okon Abang ruling in a motion filed by a factional chairman of the party, Ali-Modu Sheriff, also restrained the Inspector General of Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from supervising or monitoring the planned convention pending the determination of the substantive suit.

The Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Police, Donald Amunah defended the action, maintaining that the that the police got conflicting orders and as a neutral body they have to take charge.

However, the party moved to their secretariat in Port Harcourt, held the convention and announced the extension of the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee by one year at the end of the exercise.

Oyo PDP Crisis Deepens As 2 Major Aspirants Defect To Other Parties

PDPThe crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State has deepened with two of its major aspirants defecting to other parties to realise their ambitions.

At a press conference, one of those aspirants, Mr Seyi Makinde, explained that the leadership of the PDP in the state did not provide any election material for the congress neither were INEC officials on ground to conduct the election.

Makinde added that the gubernatorial primaries was conducted in bad faith and in flagrant disregard of the court order and PDP constitution.

He further stressed that in the face of such abuse of law and order, he needed to take drastic measures which prompted him and his followers to move on to SDP as the gubernatorial flag bearer.

Leave NGF Issues, Go To Your States And Work, Ononuju Urges Governors

A public Affairs analyst, Katch Ononuju has said the controversies which followed the chairmanship election of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) is distracting political office holders from discharging their constitutional responsibilities.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Ononuju advised all parties should ‘go back to the constitution’ to resolve their differences.

He said the governors are engaged in scheming out their colleagues from other states that they neglect their constitutional duties.

“I also will advise Nigerians to insist that their governors should go back to the states and deliver because I was in Ikeja (in Lagos) last night, from Opebi down to Alade Market I counted over 84 poles and I saw on those 84 poles only eight bulbs working.

“This shows part of that distraction that the governors’ forum provides. Governor should go home and provide the dividend of democracy.”

PDP Governors’ Forum Is Illegal – Lawyer

A lawyer and member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Harvey Ideozu on Wednesday said the formation of the PDP Governors Forum chaired by the Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio is “clearly in breach of article 21.1j of the PDP constitution which prohibits the formation of any body under the guise of the party.”

Mr Ideozu disclosed this in a telephone interview during Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

While prescribing sanction for members found to belong to bodies under the guise of the PDP, Mr Ideozu said the PDP governors are allowed to form any association but should not label it PDP Governors forum.

“Any member of the party will be disciplined that belongs to any group under the guise of the party,” he said.

Article 21.1j of the PDP constitution holds that “subject to the provisions of this constitution, the party shall have power to discipline member who promotes factions or belongs to any group under guise of the party and by whatever name called not being one provided for in this constitution.”

Other Governors Have Forsaken Amaechi – Ononuju

A public Affairs analyst, Katch Ononuju has said that other members of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) have abandoned the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi and purported winner of the forum’s chairmanship election.

Mr Ononuju, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, quoted a local newspaper where the All Progressives Congress (APC) was reported to have confessed with Governor Amaechi to use the NGF election to ‘disgrace’ President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

He said when Governor Amaechi called a meeting yesterday (Tuesday), “nobody is with him. All those people you said voted or not voted when Governor Jang called his meeting, they are there.”

There has been intense scheming in the NGF, an association composed of the 36 governors in Nigeria, after its election for a new chairman. The Director General of the governors forum, who served as the returning officer at the election had announced that Governor Amaechi polled 19 of the 35 votes casted while his only opponents and Plateau state Governor, Jonah Jang polled 16 votes.

Anticipating there might be controversies from the election, the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola had secretly taped the voting and counting process – a short video clip already being circulated online.

In Mr Ononuju’s opinion, the video was doctored and may not represent what really happened in the conference room of the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, venue of the controversial election.

The analyst said the action of Mr Amaechi, who has vowed not to step aside for Mr Jang is disrespectful to the PDP.

“The PDP has found that it has within its rank members who have now turned themselves into rogue agents. These rogue agents like a virus beginning to affect the body of the party so the party moves to bring discipline. If it does not discipline these people who have now gone rogue, they might infect the body of the party,” Mr Ononuju said.

He said the PDP sees Governor Amaechi as a rogue agent who has “gone to contest; has gone to play a play with the opposition in a way other than the way mandated by the party because the party brought out Governor Jang as the consensus candidate he (Amaechi) now seems to be sponsored by the opposition.”

Not PDP Affairs

Joining the conversation on a telephone from Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, a lawyer and member of the PDP, Harvey Ideozu said whatever happens in the NGF is not a business of the PDP.

“The Nigeria Governors Forum is not an organ of the PDP neither is it a public office,” he said.

Contradicting Mr Ononuju’s earlier position of the PDP preferring Governor Jang as Chairman of the governors’ forum, Mr Ideozu said there is no provision in the party’s constitution for nominating persons interested in contesting for the chairmanship of the NGF.

He said, “There is no organ of the PDP that has said the election in the governors’ forum should be conducted in a particular manner or that any particular candidate should run or should not run.

“What we find now is that we are in a dangerous situation where it is possible that certain individual are manipulating the party and using the name of the party to force their personal position.”

According to the lawyer, the agreement to appoint a Chairman by consensus was not a general position reached by the NGF as a whole but by a faction of the body.

PDP Governors’ Forum

Mr Ideozu said the formation of the PDP Governors Forum chaired by the Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio is “clearly in breach of article 21.1j of the PDP constitution which prohibits the formation of any body under the guise of the party.”

While prescribing sanction for members found to belong to bodies under the guise of the PDP, Mr Ideozu said the PDP governors are allowed to form any association but should not label it PDP Governors forum.

“Any member of the party will be disciplined that belongs to any group under the guise of the party,” he said.

Article 21.1j of the PDP constitution holds that “subject to the provisions of this constitution, the party shall have power to discipline member who promotes factions or belongs to any group under guise of the party and by whatever name called not being one provided for in this constitution.”

Watch the complete interview with Messrs Ononuju and Ideozu in the video below:

PDP Suspends Amaechi

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended the Governor of Rivers state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, as a member of the party over the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.

The NWC also referred the suspension of Mr Amaechi to the party’s disciplinary committee for appropriate action.

The party’s NWC at an emergency meeting on Monday, agreed to suspend the Rivers state Governor following a petition submitted by the PDP Rivers State Executive Committee.

The party made this known in a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.

According to the statement, the party “considered the petition submitted by the PDP Rivers State Executive Committee against His Excellency Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Executive Governor of Rivers State for violating Articles 58 1 (b), (c ), (h) and (m) of the PDP Constitution.”

“The National Working Committee after preliminary hearing, in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 57 (3), 59 (3), 59 (5) and 29 (2.b) hereby suspends the Executive Governor of River State, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as a member of the PDP and refers the matter to the appropriate disciplinary committee of the Party.”

“This is in furtherance of the determination of the leadership of the party to enforce discipline at all levels within the party” the statement concluded.

The state chapter of PDP in Rivers state has been embroiled in a prolonged crisis that has had 27 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and Speaker, suspended by the newly installed executives of the party in the state.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier sacked executive members of the party in the state that were loyal to Mr Amaechi and replaced them with the Felix Obuah led faction.