Court Adjourns PDP Leadership Suit Indefinitely

Court Adjourns PDP Leadership Suit IndefinitelyThe Court of Appeal in Abuja has adjourned indefinitely the hearing into the leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

A three-man panel of justices led by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa suspended hearing on the matter to await the outcome of a related case pending before another court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

The decision followed a motion filed by the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the party.

The group’s counsel, Akin Olujinmi, asked the court not to attend to the suit filed by the Senator Ahmed Markafi-led faction.

The defence counsel’s argument was based on the fact that the Port Harcourt division of the court has already reserved judgement on the matter.

In that suit, the appellants are challenging a verdict that Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja delivered on June 30, which recognised Sheriff as national chairman of the party.

Fani-Kayode Fires Back At Ali Modu Sheriff, Says ‘He Is Of The Devil’

Ali Modu Sheriff and Femi Fani KayodeThe factional leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and the former spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign team, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode are in war of words.

The accusation and counter-accusation began after Senator Sheriff was removed as the chairman of the PDP in May, with Mr Fani-Kayode insisting that he had link with the Boko Haram sect.

Reacting to that allegation on Sunday, Mr Sheriff described Mr Fani-Kayode, who is also a member of the PDP, as a person that changes the goalpost on every issue and should not be taken seriously.

On Monday, however, Mr Fani-Kayode told Channels Television’s political correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, that the Factional leader of the PDP was ‘of the devil’ and a course to the opposition party that is making efforts to hold its ground after it lost power to the All Progressives Party in the 2015 Presidential election.

“These are the lies of a desperate and drowning man that came to destroy the PDP and if we did not rise up against him and kick him out when we did, he would have succeeded in his mission.

“I am proud to be the first to see him for what he is and to publicly blow the whistle against him.

“I was one of those that led the rebellion against him and orchestrated the campaign to push him out and dump him as the national chairman of our party. Many have thanked me for that including some of those that brought him in the first place and attempted to impose him on us,” he said.

Reacting further to Senator Sheriff’s comment about him, he said: “The man is of the devil and no one should believe a word that comes out of his mouth or take him seriously. He is a curse to the PDP and the sooner he is kicked out of the party the better it is for us all.

We Used Him To Spy

In response to Sheriff’s statement about him changing the goalpost on every issue, he said: “A lying Ali Modu Sheriff has changed political parties not less than four times in the last few years”.

Mr Fani-Kayode claimed that Mr Sheriff had tried to destroy different parties from within on behalf of the government of the day, insisting that that was his plan for the PDP.

“He has betrayed everyone.

“We used him to spy on and destroy the APP when we were in power. Right now he has failed and 99 per cent of PDP members have rejected him and now he is on his own,” he told Seun over the telephone.

Mr fani-Kayode further claimed that he had remained consistent with his view, but said that Senator Sheriff was more of a gangster than a politician.

This war of word is coming at a time that contradictory court rulings are coming out in relation to the leadership tussle that the party is immersed in.

The leadership crisis of the PDP had taken a new dimension with different court giving different judgements on Monday about the party’s decision to hold a national convention in Port Harcourt, which Senator Sheriff had kicked against.

PDP Leadership: Sheriff Calls For Markafi’s Cooperation

PDP, Markafi, Sheriff, PDP leadershipThe factional National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ali-Modu Sheriff has called on the faction led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi to join hands with him for the growth of the party.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, Senator Sheriff said that he got an order stopping the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt on August 17 but that he is prepared to work with the Senator Makarfi faction.

Senator Sheriff also disclosed that he would convene an expanded caucus meeting of the PDP, which he said would comprise the Board of Trustees, National Assembly Caucus and state chairmen to chart the next line of action.

Meanwhile, the caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has insisted that the August 17 convention would hold in spite of Thursday’s ruling by the Federal High court, sitting in Abuja.

The court had ordered the factional PDP leadership to suspend the convention scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt.

Speaking in Abuja, the Spokesman for the Interim Caretaker Committee, Dayo Adeyeye, described the judgment as “objectionable, questionable and very strange to say the least in the history of Nigeria Judiciary”.

PDP’s Former Ministers Demand Credible Zoning Arrangement

pdpFormer ministers in the PDP are warning the leadership of the party to adhere to the wishes of its members in the zoning and other arrangements leading up to the convention.

This comes ahead of the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in May.

Addressing journalists after a meeting that lasted for about five hours in Abuja, the Chairman of the forum, Mr Tanimu Turaki, expressed concerns over arrangements for the convention including the zoning arrangements.

He warned that if the convention is not conducted credibly and zoning arrangements done to reflect the wishes of members, the party could head for serious crisis.

“We considered extensively and reaffirmed our earlier position regarding the leadership of the party on the principle that while the minority will have their say, the majority will quite understandably have their way.

“The forum reiterates its stand that the party’s leadership should conduct transparent and credible congresses and national convention.

“We have also recognized serious concerns over the arrangements and (are) unequivocal that should the convention not produce officers of the party that reflect the will of the people, it will portend continued disaster for the party in popular national elections,” he said.

On the issue of the reported zoning of the national chairmanship of the party to the northeast, he said that members of the forum who are also in the PDP Zoning Committee have revealed that no position has been zoned to any geopolitical zone yet.

Ogun State Government Refute Plans To Sack Workers

ogunThe Ogun State Government has refuted the allegations by the Presidential Campaign Organisation (PCO) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it was planning to reduce the size of its work force, if Governor Ibikunle Amosun is re-elected next month.

In a press statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the government described the allegations as false.

It further stated that, not only was there any plan to retrench workers, but a fresh recruitment exercise was at an advanced stage.

“We have no reason to reduce the size of the work force because the workers remain an integral part of the successful pursuit of our mission to rebuild Ogun State. Indeed, our assessments have indicated need for additional personnel in key areas. They have contributed to the visible developments in our state.”

“That is why despite the fact that the immediate past government defaulted on its salary wage bill which was about 4billion naira just before the advent of our administration, we have successfully coped with  increase in total public sector wage bill to N6.2 billion a month and we have paid the workers up to date”

“Again, we have not only cleared the backlog of salaries and deductions inherited from the last PDP administration, we have also paid 42 months deductions without any hitch. We now have an arrangement with workers on how to pay the outstanding ones and that was one of the agreements we reached with the workers during our last interactive session with them”, the Government stated.

It was also stated that the present administration in Ogun State is worker friendly, and that is why it has recruited over 20,000 workers into various sections of the public service in the last three and half years.

The government however assured the workers that the Amosun administration will continue to protect their interests by giving them their dues and the size of service that would continue to grow, so that the state can cope with the challenges from its emerging modern economy.

The Government further advised the people to ignore the falsehood being dished out by the opposition party.

Court Order Boots Nwoye, Ubah Out of Anambra Gov’ship Race

It is no news that the Independent National Electoral Commission has released its final list of candidates that will be vying for the Anambra governorship seat come November 16, but what is till surprising and baffling is the unexpected exclusion of the two main contenders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra; Tony Nwoye And Senator Andy Ubah.

It will be recalled that these political gladiators of  Anambra state PDP have had to clash over who will represent the party in the fourth coming governorship elections, as parallel primaries were conducted the same day in the state and both men emerged flag bearers of both factions, an event which became a problem for the ruling party at the center, considering the fact that the PDP vowed to do all it can to claim former PDP controlled states from opposition  of which  Anambra state is one.

The National working Committee in a swift reaction, recognised the primary which produced Tony Nwoye and conducted by the Katsina state governor, stating that any other individual parading him or herself as flag bearer of the party, should be dealt with by security operatives in the country.

The PDP Leadership then summoned Andy Ubah  and others to appear before it for questioning, but they refused which led to their suspension from the party.

Ubah and the others on learning of their suspension, headed to the court, where the suspension order was overturned, while asking parties to maintain status quo till the outcome of its judgement.

The court later recognised Tony Nwoye as the flag bearer of the PDP in line with the leadership of the party but in a twist of event, Nicholas Ukachukwu the candidate that came second behind Tony Nwoye during the primaries, went to court challenging the emergence of Tony Nwoye, with a claim that he won the primaries.

The court ruled in favour of Nicholas Ukachukwu, hinting that Tony Nwoye actually does not qualify as a candidate in the primaries.

On grounds of the latest order as delivered by the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, in Suit No. FHC/PH/CS/296/2013 – Nicholas Chukwuejekwu Ukachukwu vs. Dr. Tony Nwoye & 3 Ors, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) then listed Nicholas Ukachukwu as the Flag bearer of the PDP with the names of 22 other governorship candidates for the Anambra polls in November 16.

INEC said it has made use of the court orders and the form submitted by parties to compile the names on its candidate’s list.

APGA which almost had the same issue with the PDP also got Mr. Willie Obiano as its flag bearer, while Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah was listed for Labour Party and Mr. Chris Ngige for the APC.

INEC said the names on the list are the people permitted to conduct electioneering campaigns for the election.

The electoral commission however warned that  any violation of this rule amounts to an electoral offence and security agencies are advised to intervene.