PDP Asks INEC To Push For Legalisation Of Electronic Voting

 

The National Working Committee of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday met with representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over issues of electoral reforms.

Leaders of the political party during the meeting urged the electoral body to lead the process of electoral reforms that will legalise electronic voting and reduce military presence during elections.

“I would like to urge your commission to move quickly and initiate Electoral Act amendment that will legalise electronic voting and remove the influence of the military as primary security on the Election Day,” National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, said while welcoming the INEC representatives to PDP National Secretariat, Abuja.

The party also lamented over alleged military involvement in elections noting that the recent elections including the 2019 general elections calls the integrity of the electoral umpire to question.

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“Despite a standing lawful court ruling that military should be kept at a distance during elections as secondary security, we have all watched how they not only took over the primary security role from the Police but in some instances dictated and even connived with some INEC officials,” they said.

The also described the 2015 election which saw the transition of power from Goodluck Jonathan of PDP to Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as ‘Nigeria’s finest election.’

PDP however tasked the electoral body to stand up to their responsibility of balance and impartiality.

“The survival and sustenance of our democracy rest squarely on the integrity of the Electoral Commission which will derive from the character and the impartiality of its operatives.

“The effect of bad elections in our polity has been far reaching, stagnating the political and economic development.”

They concluded that free, fair and credible election is exactly what PDP and indeed global democracy demand and expect from INEC.

PDP’s Former Governors In Reconciliatory Meeting

pdpThe leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has started a reconciliation process with former governors of the party with a view to regaining power in 2019.

National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff, at a meeting with the former PDP governors said that the move is to foster unity among members.

Since its lost control of the centre in the general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been trying to rebuild its structures.

The party has embarked on series of reconciliatory meetings since its new chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sherif assumed office.

Some of those in attendance include Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State, Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, Ibrahim Shema of Kastina State, Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State, and Gabriel Suswam of Benue State.

Members of the party’s National Working Committee were also at the meeting.

 

PDP At Ward Level Confirms Fani-Kayode’s Membership

Fani-KayodeLeaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the ward level in Ife Central Senatorial District in Osun State have finally spoken, authenticating the membership of ‎the Director, Media ‎and Publicity, Goodluck Jonathan Campaign organisation during the 2015 general elections, Femi Fani-Kayode in the party.

Addressing newsmen in Ile-Ife town in Osun State, Chairman of the Party in Iremo Ward 5 Ile-ife, Rasheed Ojikutu said that Fani-Kayode is not only a bonafide member of PDP but also a forthright leader of the party.

The Ward Chairman confirmed that Femi Fani Kayode was issued a PDP membership card from Ward 5 Iremo, ‎Ife Central Local Government Area of Osun State in April 2014, following his defection from the APC.

Ojikutu and other party leaders expressed dismay that despite the contributions of Fani-Kayode during the presidential race, the National Working Committee of the party is seeking disciplinary action against him, for joining others in calling for the resignation of the NWC.

Mr Ojikutu assured other party members at the ward and national level of their readiness to stand by Mr Fani-Kayode in proving the authenticity of his membership.

The National Secretary of PDP, Prof. Wale Oladipupo, had earlier in the week sent a letter to the Osun State chapter of the party, requesting that the authenticity of the membership and the financial status of Mr Fani-Kayode be confirmed.

PDP Warns Jonathan’s Aides, Associates To Steer Clear Of Party Administration

PDPThe National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned some aides and associates of the President trying to use their closeness to him to cause crisis in the party and pave way for more defection to other parties.

The PDP says that it would expose such individuals and make them face the full weight of the party’s disciplinary measures if they fail to immediately retrace their steps.

A statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, says the NWC is aware of the clandestine activities of such aides and associates of President Goodluck Jonathan including what the party describes as their unholy alliance with some elements in other parties to undermine and weaken the PDP by attacking its leadership.

The statement reads, “The NWC is aware that these same individuals who mismanaged the presidential campaigns are now desperately seeking to cause crisis in the PDP with a view not only to divert attention from their misdeeds but also to ensure that they remained politically relevant by hijacking the party structure for their selfish purposes.

“We are aware that these individuals have been trying to arm-twist the President to summon a meeting of party leaders at the Presidential Villa in the coming days where the NWC members would be put under pressure to resign thereby triggering a crisis in the leadership at the national level.

“The party is aware that the same group has been sponsoring series of amorphous bodies and negative publications in a section of the media to peddle false allegations against the NWC to back their heinous and unconstitutional demands that the President should sack the NWC before the handover date of May 29, 2015.

“However, for the purposes of clarity, especially for those making uninformed demands on the President, the PDP National Working Committee is duly elected and its tenure ends in March 2016 in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution. The PDP is a party built on the rule of law and democratic ethos. Its NWC is elected and not appointed and as such cannot be sacked at will or by an executive fiat. Besides, no section of the party constitution prescribes that the NWC should quit if the party loses in a general election.

“Furthermore, the PDP constitution is clear on the process of summoning a meeting of party leaders and the role of the NWC in that regard is well-defined. Anything outside the laid down rules and the provisions of the constitution in this respect is completely of no effect.

“Moreover, President Goodluck Jonathan has amply demonstrated his strict adherence to the rule of law and the tenets of democracy even on issues of party administration and should not in anyway be hassled by these selfish and greedy elements to destroy his legacies.

“Consequently, the leadership of the PDP by this statement makes it very clear and in unambiguous terms too that it will no longer condone such divisive actions by the same unscrupulous individuals who in their selfishness ruined the fortunes of our great party in the general elections.

“The NWC will no longer tolerate actions that tend to undermine discipline and the supremacy of the party and its constitution, as it will henceforth not hesitate to apply full disciplinary measures for infractions.

“Our advice to these ambitious aides and associates of the President is to leave party matters and concentrate on the Presidential transition and smooth handover of power to the incoming administration as well as preparing for post handover issues that might arise regarding the administration in which they served,” the party stated.

On the issue of the performance of the party in the general elections and allegations of mismanagement of Presidential campaign funds, the NWC said it has no case to answer, as Nigerians already know the truth regarding those who managed the campaigns including the funds.

“Nigerians are not at loss as to the fact that the PDP NWC did not manage the campaign and its fund. Those who managed the campaigns have already submitted their reports to the President who in his wisdom gave them the mandate and they have been applauded for a job well done at that level,” the statement said.

The NWC said that it appreciates the support and backing of key stakeholders especially the PDP Governors’ Forum, the body of national vice chairmen and state chairmen as well as governors, legislators-elect and all well meaning members in the all important effort to rebuild the party and reposition it to regain power in 2019.

PDP NWC Not In Dispute With Governors – PDP

PDPThe National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is not in dispute with PDP Governors’ Forum or any other organ of the party.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Thursday said that the “NWC was never asked to resign by the forum of governors or any other organ of the party for that matter.”

The statement reads: “For the avoidance of doubt therefore, the NWC states that at no time was the National Chairman of our great party, Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu walked out of the meeting of the governors, neither was he in any way ill-treated at that meeting contrary to reports in some section of the media.

“To put the records straight, our National Chairman upon invitation by the governors attended the meeting alongside our Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and National Legal Adviser, Barr. Victor Kwon and left after a brief and fruitful discussion with the governors. He was not at any time asked to resign and nothing close to such was ever insinuated at the meeting.

“For purposes of clarification, the National Working Committee as a duly elected organ of the party has a constitutionally guaranteed tenure which expires in March 2016. It is therefore focused on galvanizing every organ and interests within the PDP with a view to re-engineering it for the task ahead.

“To this end, the NWC is currently working hand in hand with strategic stakeholders including PDP governors towards repositioning our great party and regaining power at the center by 2019.

“In this regard, the National Working Committee in its meeting on Wednesday April 29, 2015 constituted a special committee under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. The committee membership is drawn from all the key stakeholders of the party including members of the forum of governors.

“Furthermore, the NWC states that it holds the PDP Governors’ Forum in very high esteem, especially its Chairman, Governor Godswill Akpabio, who has worked assiduously for the progress of the party.

“Finally, the NWC restates that it enjoys the confidence and respect of all our organs and structures across board, particularly the PDP governors who individually and collectively appreciate that the supremacy of the party is more important than anything else at this point in time.”

PDP NWC Suspends Andy Ubah, Four others

Nigeria’s ruling party the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) have suspended Senator Andy Ubah and four other members of the factional PDP Anambra chapter following their refusal to honour the party leadership’s order for the five members to appear before the National Working Committee (NWC) at its national headquarters in the FCT.

The decision followed the meeting of the NWC after they reviewed the events of the Anambra state primaries, where a parallel primary was held by the Oguebego-led faction of the party.

It would be recalled that, Senator Andy Ubah who belonged to the Oguebego faction of the party,emerged winner of the parallel primary , as the flag bearer of the party to run for the governorship seat in the November 16th election, the party leadership however swung to action to calm what would have degenerated into an impasse in the party at the state level, by recognising the other faction as legitimate, which according to a statement released was conducted by the Katsina governor, hinting that any other primary is illegal.

The party then summoned Andy Ubah, the chairman of his PDP faction, Ejike Oguebego, Chief Benji Udeozor, and Mrs Tonia Nwankwu to appear before it yesterday, as it prompted the law enforcement agents to be on red alert to make arrest of some people who will illegally flaunt materials of the party under the aegis of being members of the party in the state.

However, it was reported that the summon by the NWC was not granted, hence their suspension.

Along with Senator Andy Ubah, the National Working Committee also suspended Chris Ubah the brother to the senator, the leader of the faction, Ejike Oguebego and two others, and also, the committee has forwarded their case to the party disciplinary committee for further necessary action, according to the acting national secretary of the party, Charles Akitoye.

PDP NWC Pay Condolence Visit To Fashola

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Sunday implored Nigerians, especially those who knew his late father, Alhaji Ibrahim Bayo Ademola Fashola, to propagate the virtues of deep love for humanity and very strong moral values which he espoused during his lifetime.

Governor Fashola, who spoke while playing host to members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, led by the Acting National Secretary, Dr. Charles Remi Akitoye, who paid him a condolence visit at Lagos House, Marina, while thanking the visitors, declared, “The only other point to make is to implore those of you who knew my father to do whatever little you can to continue to propagate the ideals that his life history represented;”.

Governor Fashola, who reiterated some of the virtues that his father displayed while alive including a very deep love for humanity and very strong moral values, as has been testified by many people about him, declared, “Those were things that were never worth the trouble for him when it divided humanity or when it devalued honour and so for me I hope that those are ideals that we can all connect to as we seek better side of the promise for our State and our nation”.

Urging all and sundry to put honour and value ahead of every other thing, Governor Fashola declared, “Everything we strive to build would stand or fall in the presence or absence of those virtues. They start from the family and they are translated to the community and from the community they spread into much more formal government structures like states, local governments, political parties and in that way we can express a stronger side of who we are as Nigerians”.

He further  noted, “I know there are very many people in this country and in this state who believe in those virtues and those values; values where, in the midst of all that may be wrong, they still stand for the good course”.

Governor Fashola thanked the delegation for the courtesy of the visit and expressed gratitude to the PDP National Chairman for the honour he accorded to the memory of the late Alhaji Fashola through the Committee.

His words, “On behalf of the Fashola family, we thank you very much and we thank Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and those of you who have also taken the responsibility to personally bear the condolence message. It is a great honour for our father and our family and on their behalf I express gratitude to you”.

He prayed that the Almighty God would honour members of the delegation both collectively and individually in the way they had honoured the memory of his father.

Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation and Acting National Secretary, Dr. Remi Akitoye said the Committee was sent by the National Chairman of the Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, whom he said was very a close friend to late Alhaji Fashola, to express his deep condolence to the Governor and the Fashola Family over the passage.

Extolling the virtues of the late Alhaji Fashola, the Acting National Secretary noted that the deceased was a strict disciplinarian and also a lover of children recalling how the late octogenarian used to rebuke them as children if he caught them misbehaving adding that immediately after; he would offer them sweets.

“I benefitted from his disciplinary attitude because I remember in those days we were children in school, he would call us to order and scold us when we misbehaved. But he would soon after call us back and offer us sweets. I learnt from it that he rebuked us because he loved us”, Akitoye said.

He prayed, on behalf of the PDP National Chairman, for the repose of the soul of the departed and that the Almighty Allah would grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Also among the delegation were Chief (Mrs.) Aduke Maina, State Chairman of the PDP, Captain Shelle (rtd), Chief Ola Apena, Deputy State Chairman, Chief (Mrs. ) Bukky Ajomo, Mr. Ebitare Otrofanowei, representing South South, Mrs. Agnes Igbanoi and Alhaji Bode Oyedele among others while the State Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, Hon. Oyinlomo Danmole, joined the Governor in receiving the delegation.