PDP Denies Exodus Of Members Over Controversial Primaries

PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed claims that the party’s members are leaving the party following contentious primaries in their states.

The National Secretary of the party, Professor Wale Oladipo, told reporters at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja on Monday that contrary to the claims, the party was actually gaining new members.

“Take it from Sokoto to Kano, from Rivers to Niger, we are gaining members. If you go to Oyo State, we know that in politics, if you win some, you lose some,” he said

He also explained that the party’s campaign plans for the presidential, legislative and state elections, insisting that the party was prepared for the elections.

“A National Campaign Council will sit and constitute committees for the presidential, Senatorial, House of Representatives and governorship campaigns. We have a system in place in PDP that will ensure that everyone gets equal chance,” Professor Oladipo said.

After the governorship primaries of the party in some states, some members of the party that the results did not favour have opposed the result, calling for new primary elections to be conducted.

 

Senator Pwajok Emerges Plateau PDP Governorship Candidate

PwajokSenator Gyang Pwajok representing Plateau North in the upper chambers has emerged winner at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries held at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium, Jos.

Senator Pwajok defeated 15 other contestants with 435 votes against his closest rival and current deputy Governor, Ignatius Longjan who polled 163 votes, another contestant, Victor Lar had 109 votes.

Due to some issues ranging from accreditation of delegates, process and pattern of voting as well as disagreement on venue for the screening of delegates; the exercise could not commence as scheduled until late in the night.

The exercise eventually commenced after due consultations among the aspirants and the electoral officers under the supervision of  Abdullahi Ohioma, who served as the Chairman of the Electoral Panel.

Winner of the primaries dedicated his victory to God with an assurance that the vision to move Plateau forward remains on track.

The Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang and his predecessor, Senator Joshua Dariye have both expressed satisfaction with the exercise.

 

Jonathan To Run Unopposed, PDP BoT Decides

Goodluck-Jonathan12The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Wednesday night, resolved that President Goodluck Jonathan be the sole candidate of the party in the 2015 presidential election.

Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting of the board, a member, Professor Jerry Gana said that by that resolution no governor elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party is allowed to contest for the office of the president against Goodluck Jonathan.

Professor Gana, who was joined by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and the BOT Secretary, Walid Jubril at the briefing, said the resolution was unanimously agreed to by the governors, adding that the BOT endorsed the decision.

They said the resolution is born out of their conviction that President Goodluck Jonathan has done an excellent job in his first term and should be allowed to contest for a second term unopposed.

President Jonathan, who was elected into the office in 2011, was formerly the Vice President to late President Musa Yar’Adua.

Although he is yet to officially declare his ambition to run for a second term, thousands of supporters have been campaigning all over the country.

More than 7,000 groups across the country are said to be calling on him to run for the 2015 general election.

However, according to the President’s Special Adviser on Political Matters, Prof. Rufai Alkali, there is pressure on the president to declare his presidential ambition but the president is not in a hurry to do so.

Court Affirms Nwoye As PDP Flagbearer Ahead Of Anambra Poll

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt the rivers state capital has set aside the Federal High Court’s ruling, affirming Nicholas Ukachukwu as the Anambra state PDP candidate.

In its ruling today, the court ordered INEC to recognise Tony Nwoye as the duly elected candidate, of the PDP in next month’s governorship elections.

Counsel to INEC, Mr Toochukwu Nweke says the commission will abide by the ruling of the Court Of Appeal, adding that it confirmed Ukachukwu based on the ruling of the Federal High Court.

Ukachukwu was recognised as the candidate of the PDP based on the order of the court.

Ukachukwu who 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 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 Others, 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.

The Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal decided to commence proceedings in the appeal filed by Mr. Tony Nwoye against the judgment of a Federal High Court which affirmed Ukachukwu as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the November 16 governorship election in Anambra state.

Ukachukwu had asked the Supreme Court to order the Court of Appeal to stay proceedings in the appeal brought by Nwoye.

But after hearing the plaintiff’s motion, a panel of justices of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Walter Onnoghen, dismissed the application and ordered the appellate court to go ahead with the proceedings.

The Court of Appeal had suspended proceedings in the appeal to await the Supreme Court’s decision on the motion in which Ukachukwu sought to stop the appeal on the grounds that the panel of justices of the appellate court was biased.

Anambra Election: PDP Leadership Backs Nwoye As Flagbearer

The national leadership of the Peoples’ Democratic Party says Tony Nwoye is its candidate for the November 16 governorship election in the state, having had two party primaries conducted in Anambra state.

The party’s national chairman, Bamanga Tukur, said this in Abuja while receiving the report of the party’s electoral panel chaired by Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina state.

The other primary, won by Senator Uba, was conducted by the parallel chairman of the Anambra chapter of the PDP, Ejike Oguebeo.

The PDP National Chairman said the party will stand by the choice of the Anambra people in the primaries.

PDP Produces Factional Candidates Ahead Of Anambra Elections

Ahead of the Anambra gubernatorial election billed for November the 16th, the Anambra state Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has produced  factional  candidates.

Governor Shehu Shettima of Katsina in his capacity as the Primary Committee Chairman conducted the primary which was described as transparent and credible.

The election produced Mr. Tony Nwoye as the candidate to fly the factional flag of Kenneth Emeakayi- led PDP, while the parallel primary produced Senator Andy Ubah as the flag bearer of Ejike Oguebego faction.

Governors of Katsina and Gombe states, two serving senators, members of the House of Representatives from Anambra and officers of the National Working Committee of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, were also at Anambra state to conduct the governorship primaries ahead of the November 16 gubernatorial election in the state.

Party delegates arrived at Women Development Center, Awka, and the first venue for the primary to go through the accreditation process.

A mammoth crowd which confirmed the 978 delegates and the 21 statutory delegates from the 376 wards in Anambra state were largely present.

Secretary of the Primary committee, Mr. Nse Ntuen, reeled out the rules of the primaries while the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 9, in the company of the state commissioner of police ensured security was in place.

Accredited delegates were ushered into a waiting vehicle for movement to Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, still in Awka, for the phase two of the primaries.

Arrival of the governor of Katsina state, who is the chairman of the primary committee and Gombe state governor, Ibrahim Dakwabu, who is the leader of the Monitoring Committee, signalled the commencement of the election.

Delegates according to senatorial zones and by local government voted for any of the fourteen candidates with the exception of one of the aspirants, Mr. Akachukwu Nwankpo who opted out. Another aspirant, Obinna Uzoh was conspicuously absent. Voting ended around after 10pm, as sorting and counting commenced at the end of which emerged Mr. Tony Nwoye from Anambra North Senatorial Zone as the flag bearer.

A total of 881 votes were cast and in a similar development, a parallel primary of the PDP led by the factional leader, Ejike Oguebego was also held at Emmaus complex.

The primary produced Senator Andy Ubah who polled 640 five votes as the candidate for governorship election of November 16th.

Confession To Election Rigging: ‘I Was Misunderstood’ – Akpabio

The Governor of Akwa Ibom state; Mr Godswill Akpabio has claimed that he was misunderstood for his recent confession that he struck out the name of a Senatorial candidate for Senator Etuk during the 2011 general election.

Mr Akpabio during an exclusive interview with Channels TV breakfast progamme; Sunrise Daily, stated that “I was misunderstood.”

“What happened was, we had a political meeting before the primaries where the list of people were given to me-possible candidates for the Senate in my senatorial district. And I struck off the name of the person that was recommended to me and I said no that, I will prefer another person because the senatorial seat should be zoned to the minority local government.”

The governor emphasised that the name substitution was “before the primaries, long before the general election.”

A 48 seconds video which was uploaded on the internet, went viral as the Governor was seen during a reception for the Good Governance tour in Uyo, admitting that he struck out the name of a candidate in favour of Senator Aloysius Etuk, the current chairman of Senate committee on Pension Reform Task Team; so that his Senatorial district can produce the Senate.

Further explaining the situation around the cancellation of the name, Mr Akpabio described it as a “political meeting.”

“It was a political conglomeration where we converge and discuss the affair of who should contest the Senate within the rank and file of an in-house arrangement before the primaries” he said.

He emphasised that the ‘political conglomeration’ was “before the PDP primaries” and we were trying to decide who we should vote for and what area we should vote.”

“And somebody needs to know, this was not a general elction, not even a primary. It was not even an election we were talking about.”

When asked if the meeting was an internal arrangement, the Governor replied with an emphatic no. “It was before the voting where we were trying to decide who we will vote for at the primaries.”

“I am not INEC, even INEC cannot strike out somebody’s name and put another person’s name after an election result has been announced.”


A bemused Akpabio further stated that “Nigerians do not like to hear the truth” as he claimed he made

“Tell the admirers of the uncommon transformation (his administration’s motto), tell the admirers of Governor Akpabio that the governor is a democrat. I will never engage in that type of thing.”

The Governor also claimed that in 2007 he struggled to get the mandate for his election therefore, he was in no way capable of sticking out names.