PDP Governors Assure Obaseki Of Level Playing Field

A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum has assured Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his teeming supporters of accommodation and a level playing field.

This follows the governor’s defection to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo State.

On behalf of his colleagues, the Chairman of the forum and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, wished Governor Obaseki success in the forthcoming primaries of the party.

“We welcome you to the PDP Governors’ Forum under the leadership of His Excellency, Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR and all other PDP Governors in the Forum,” said a statement by the forum’s director-general, C. Maduabum.

It added, “Your entry into the PDP family is a homecoming to a democratic platform that accommodates all Nigerians desirous of good governance, accountability, and deepening of democratic tenets.

“The PDP governors welcome you to use the PDP as a vehicle to enthrone rapid economic, social, and infrastructural development of Edo State.”

According to the statement, the Forum extends the solidarity and support of the governors to Governor Obaseki and his supporters as he participates in the primary election.

The party has fixed Thursday next week for the exercise to pick its flagbearer for the September poll.

Former Ministers Visit Wike, Seek PDP’s Unity

Former Ministers Visit Wike, Seek PDP's UnityFormer ministers, led by a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sule Lamido, on Saturday visited Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Mr Lamido spoke on behalf of the former ministers in what looked like an effort to build political alliances ahead of the 2019 elections.

He commended Governor Wike for standing firm and defending the principles of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He requested, on behalf of others, that Governor Wike should make himself available with other PDP governors as the rallying point for the party as it gets back on its feet.

“You are our own. You are a PDP creation therefore PDP has claim over you.

“With your colleagues, you must come together as a group of governors to be our rallying point,” he said.

The former governor also advocated a united front for the PDP.

Governor Wike, in his reaction, assured the former minister that his commitment to the party would remain irrespective of the challenges facing the party.

“It doesn’t matter what happens, nobody will intimidate us. We will never allow ourselves to be cowed not to stand firm and defend democracy.

“Yes we will pay the price. There are sacrifices but it is worth it,” he assured.

Those present at the meeting include Ibrahim Shekarau, Boni Haruna, Abba Moro, Erelu Olusola Obada, Iyom Anennih and Ambassador Musa Kazaure.

Power Politics Of Governors Caused PDP Crisis – George Eke

Gorge-Eke-PDPA member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr George Eke, has attributed the crisis in the party to the power politics of the PDP governors.

Mr Eke, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme on Tuesday, believed that the influence behind the crisis was internal and not external.

“The influence is internal. It is the power politics of governors who want to show that they are in charge (and) who want to take over the party,” he said.

Influence Of The Governors

However, the lawyer said although the influence of the governors could not be removed, they could be made to realise that “the PDP belongs to everyone”.

“You cannot remove the influence of the governors because the governors are members of the party and once they are incumbent governors, they control some votes (and) they control some influence.

“We cannot say we could do without the governors but we can whittle their influence.

“We can tell the governors that the party belongs to every other person inclusive of the governors,” he said on Sunrise Daily.

Mr Eke also gave his opinion on how the forthcoming PDP convention in Abuja could resolve the crisis rocking the party since May.

“The only way it (the convention) can resolve the crisis is if we do not look at one group as a bad group.

“If you continue to see him (Senator Ali Modu Sheriff) as a bad guy, you never can resolve this problem,” he stated.

The PDP member insisted that Senator Sheriff must be absorbed into the party, citing an instance where he added live to the party when “PDP was in toxic”.

Crisis in the PDP began after top leadership of the party at a convention in Port Harcourt in May removed the chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and set up a Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

After his removal, Senator Sheriff continued to parade himself as the leader of the party, insisting that a court had asked the party not to hold the convention.

While both Senator Makarfi and Senator Sheriff continue to lay claims to the leadership of the party, different courts at different times have ruled in favour of both men as the leaders of the party.

PDP National Convention: Delegates Resolve To Extend Caretaker Committee Members

PDP convention, National Caretaker CommitteeThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expanded the membership of its National Caretaker Committee from seven to 13 members.

The expansion was contained in the party’s resolution after the repeat national convention held on Wednesday at the PDP State Secretariat in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, south-south Nigeria.

The Convention was presided over by the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, with all delegates in attendance.

The delegates include PDP Governors, National Assembly members, the Board of Trustee members as well as other members of the party nationwide and invited guests.

According to the resolution signed by a member of the Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the PDP has postponed the election of officers into various national offices of the party.

They also extended the tenure of the Caretaker Committee till another national convention, which is to be convened within the next 12 months.

The PDP also affirmed that all members of the Caretaker Committee would not contest or aspire for any national office in its next national convention.


PDP Governors Say Hopes Of Nigerians Secure Under Party’s Leadership

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The Peoples Democratic Party’s Governors Forum on Tuesday said “it is certain that the hope of the common people in Nigeria is secured under the umbrella of the party”, wooing Nigerians to vote for the party in the general elections.

In a speech at the meeting of the governors in Lagos State, Nigerian’s commercial city in the south-west region on Tuesday, the chairman of the Forum, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, expressed optimism that the key to continued greatness in Nigeria was with the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the incumbent President, Goodluck Jonathan.

He listed sectors that the PDP had made remarkable accomplishments in to include agriculture and aviation among others.

The Governors’ Forum meeting was held to interact with Nigerians and has the theme: “Sustenance Of Democratic Values And National Development”.

 Transformation Not Change

The Govenrnors said forucs was to show the party’s commitment to moving the nation forward and not backward, focused on

“The reason the theme is very apt is because eternal vigilance is the price for liberty. Therefore, we must fight to keep what our fellow brothers depict to us with their blood,” Governor Akpabio said.

“The PDP is the only mass movement in Nigeria and has assigned itself the role of not only protecting democracy but also fighting to sustain democratic values and ensuring development of our nation.

“It is the only party that is not owned by any individual. It is the only party that is not built around a cult assignment. Therefore the PDP abhors corruption in all ramification.Godswill Akpabio

“The PDP has done a lot in the fighting of corruption since the inception of democracy to date.

“There are untouchable people in the All progressives Congress while the PDP is the party of the people, for the people and by the people of Nigeria.

“We have come to tell Nigerians to vote wisely, vote for today, vote for tomorrow and vote for the truth. Vote to sustain our democratic values. Vote to ensure our national development continues and to ensure our national dream is not aborted,” he said.

Governor Akpabio said that the Economic Financial Crimes Commission was an initiative of the PDP aimed at fighting corruption in Nigeria.

“The All Progressives Congress (APC) is talking change. Talk is cheap but what we need in Nigeria is transformation not change.

The APC have not shown whether they want change for the good or for worse. Any change that is not planned will lead to destruction,” Governor Akpabio said, alleging that the APC wants to change Nigeria from being a party to an individual’s private estate.

On the insurgency in the nation’s north-east, the chairman of the Governors Forum said that states that the PDP had not had the opportunity of governing were those witnessing insurgency.

“Borno State is suffering from both poverty and insurgency and the APC governing the state must have contributed immensely to the insurgency that the president is battling with.

“If the APC governors have built schools and provided education like the president is doing now then the security challenges could have arisen.

“It is abundantly clear that the opposition is soft in the fight against the Boko Haram even though they have paradoxically made elimination of the Boko Haram terrorists in their campaign.”Governors forum held in Lagos on March 10

Use Of Card Readers

Last week, the PDP kicked against the use of card readers in Nigeria’s general elections, saying the technology could disenfranchise some Nigerians.

On the issue of the card reader technology, Governor Akpabio further said that the Independent National Electoral Commission was ill-prepared for the election.

“For example, at the time the election was postponed due to security reasons over 23 million registered voters were yet to collect their Permanent Voter Cards.

“According to the chairman of the commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, the postponement was a blessing in disguise.

“We don’t want any Nigerian to be disenfranchised due to ineffectiveness of card reader whether due to failure to charge the device or any vice that could lead to disenfranchising people,” he said.

On behalf of the Governors the Akwa Ibom State Governor stressed that further shift in the election date was not welcomed.

Governors of Plateau, Adamawa, Ondo, Ekiti also spoke at the meeting, seeking support for the ruling party.

During an interactive session with journalists on Monday night ahead of a scheduled meeting slated to hold on Tuesday, Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, said the postponement of the election has helped to reduce the tension in the country, especially following the victory recorded by the military in the northeast.

Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Akpabio, had explained that the forum’s meeting was not convened due to panic or pressure from any quarters.

Governors in attendance include Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Jonah Jang of Plateau, Liyel Imoke of Cross River, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa, Ibrahim Shema of Katsina, Babangida Aliyu of Niger State and Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo state.

Others are, Governors Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, Ibrahim Dankwabo of Gombe, Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna and Bala Ngilari of Adamawa State.

Jonathan, PDP Governors Meet To Perfect Election Strategies  

 Jonathan meets with state Governors

The President of Nigeria and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has met with state Governors elected on the platform of the PDP to strategise on how to win in the March 28 and April 11 general elections.

The meeting, which was held on Monday behind closed doors, started at about 5:30pm local time at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, the chairman of the PDP Governors forum, Mr Godswill Akpabio, said it had become imperative for the party to let Nigerians know that so many sectors had been opened up under the President Jonathan’s administration far more than any previous administration.

He said the states under the PDP could not be compared to states under opposition, adding that his party must find a way to sell its achievements to the electorates.

Governor Akpabio then urged Nigerians to shun ethnic and tribalistic issues, stressing the need for them to focus on returning the President to power.

The meeting had in attendance most of the PDP Governors, led by Governor Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State.

After about two hours into the meeting, they were also joined by the PDP governorship candidates in all the 36 states.

President Jonathan had earlier in the day met with all the candidates of the PDP from the state House of Assembly, governorship and national Assembly election.


Senate President David Mark Warns Politicians Against Rigging

David Mark
The Senate President, David Mark

Senate President, David Mark, has warned that the PDP would resist any attempt by any political party or candidates to rig in the upcoming elections.

Addressing Peoples Democratic Party governors and politicians from the north central, Senator Mark said President Jonathan was committed to organizing free, fair and credible elections.

The PDP governors from the north central states, federal lawmakers and gubernatorial candidates had arrived at the official residence of the Senate President to develop strategies on how to win the elections in their states in the upcoming polls.

Senator David Mark, while expressing optimism that the PDP would win the gubernatorial election in the north central states, noted that the party was also committed to ensuring that the 2015 election is violence free.

He then issued a warning to anyone with the intention to rig in the polls, asking political parties to ensure that the elections were conducted peacefully.

“We will not rig but we will not allow anybody to rig us out also. So if anyone is planning rigging, they should think twice (because) its not what we want.

“Most importantly, we don’t want violence before, during and after the election. We are all committed to this… PDP want a free, fair, transparent election,” he said.

President Goodluck Jonathan, General Muhammadu Buhari and the presidential candidates and leaders of other political parties signed a peace accord on Wednesday, January 14, to stem intensifying tension and concerns of violence ahead of the February elections.

It is expected that asides signing the peace pact, the politicians would check their various supporters to ensure they do not breach this pact and cause violence during and after the elections.


Gunmen Attack: Scores Killed In Jigawa

Gunmen localAt least four riot policemen and three conventional others were killed following an attack in Jigawa State, North West Nigeria. 

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the attackers numbering about 200 on motorbikes invaded Gwaram Local Government on Wednesday afternoon amidst gunshot.

“They attacked sharia court and a commercial bank around the area”, he said.

Using guns and improvised explosive devices, the hoodlums operated for at least two and a half hours at the time when the PDP governors were holding a meeting in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital.

Confirming the attack, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 1, Tambari Yabo, said that one security guard was also killed during the attack.

“So far, we have not made any arrest, but we were able to put a number of police officers in motion and we hope to arrest them.”

Meanwhile, those who were injured have been rushed to hospital for treatment.

2015 Elections: PDP Reps Demand Automatic Tickets

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members in the House of Representatives are asking the Chairman of the PDP‎ to honour the party’s agreement of granting automatic party tickets to lawmakers to contest in the 2015 elections.

The Majority Leader of the House, Mulikat Akande-Adeola, gave this reminder while welcoming the National Chairman of the party, Adamu Muazu, PDP Governors Forum, led by its chairman, Godswill Akpabio and members of its National Working Committee, to a meeting with the PDP caucus in the House of Representatives.

The majority leader also added that the lawmakers would want their welfare taken care of and the opportunity to also nominate members of committees from their constituencies.

The meeting is still ongoing behind closed doors in the National Assembly complex, Abuja.

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.”

Jonathan meets with PDP governors

It seems to be a week for stock taking for President Goodluck Jonathan as he meets Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) governors at the presidential villa today.

The president who met with northern governors on Thursday entered into another closed door meeting with the PDP governors this evening alongside Vice President Namadi Sambo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim; and the Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe.

The meeting opened at six o’clock and lasted for only fifteen minutes and thereafter no official statement was issued at the end of the meeting as it was however said to be connected with the fortune of the party.

Earlier, the PDP National Chairman; Alhaji Bamanaga Tukur had spoken to journalists in Abuja that PDP is not done yet with providing leadership at the national level and everything is being done to return the party back to its days of glory that is bringing reformation to the leading political party.

Seven governors were in attendance, they include those of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Taraba, Ebonyi, Bauchi, and Kogi states while the governors of Bayelsa, Katsina, Jigawa, Gombe, Adamawa, Plateau and Kano states were represented by their deputies.