‘Hinged On Genuine Needs’: APC Defends Borrowing By Buhari’s Govt

File photo: President Muhammadu Buhari presiding over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on August 18, 2021.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is borrowing to address the country’s infrastructure deficit which would in turn stimulate the economy. 

Buhari had on Tuesday written to the National Assembly, seeking approval to borrow the sum of $4,054,476,863 billion and €710 million, a move critics and members of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have faulted.

But in a statement on Wednesday, the APC accused the PDP of mismanaging the country’s economy when the party (PDP) was in power, explaining that the borrowings will create employment, and strengthen agriculture among others.

“From the foregoing, it is abundantly clear that the borrowing is hinged on genuine needs and based on the necessity to strengthen the foundation of the national economy and achieve the desired primary purpose of the government –  uplifting the living standard of the citizens,” the statement signed by the National Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, read.

The APC, which accused the PDP of pushing the country into “insolvency” to the extent that some states were unable to pay workers their salaries, lauded the present administration for bailing out the states.

“In a welcome and commendable change, the Buhari-led administration through its economic management skills bailed out states to pay salary backlogs and embarked on large-scale infrastructure development projects that stimulated the economy and exited the era of insolvency and recession caused by the ineptitude of the PDP administration,” the statement added while praising the cooperation among the three arms of government.

According to the ruling party, the cooperation will “ensure good governance, particularly in the area of economic development.

“The country and citizens are the ultimate beneficiaries.”

PDP’s Evivie Wins Delta Assembly By-Election

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ovuakpoye Evivie, has won the just concluded Delta State House of Assembly by-election in Isoko South Constituency I.

INEC Returning Officer, Professor Christopher Onosemuode, declared Evivie as the winner of the poll on Saturday.

Onosemuode, a lecturer from the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE), said the PDP candidate polled 6,907 votes to beat his closest contender, Ogaga Ifowodo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 1,301 votes, while the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Emumena Micheal got 1,291 votes.

READ ALSO: Court Affirms Uche Secondus’ Suspension As PDP Ward Congress Member

Twelve parties took part in the election.

The exercise was held on Saturday across five wards in the constituency to fill the vacant seat following the death of the former member representing the constituency in the state’s house of assembly, Kenneth Ogba.

One person also died during the election.

This is the first poll the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System.

Court Affirms Uche Secondus’ Suspension As PDP Ward Congress Member

A combination of file photos of the PDP logo and Mr Uche Secondus

 

A High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has affirmed the suspension of Uche Secondus as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by his ward executives.

Justice Okogbule Gbasam affirmed this in a judgement delivered on Friday, on the originating summons filed by some PDP members in Rivers State seeking the interpretation of the constitution of the party, whether Secondus is entitled to enjoy the rights and privileges of a National Chairman, having been suspended by the executives of his party in Ward 5, Ikuru Town in Andoni Local Government Area who accused him of involvement in anti-party activities.

The claimants also sought clarification of the court on Secondus’ rights to contest elections into any of the party positions or re-contest as the National Chairman of the party following his suspension.

The prayers were, however, contested by Secondus during proceedings through his Lawyer, Geoffrey Uwalaka.

But in his judgment, Justice Gbasam ruled that the affidavit filed by Uwalaka, being the counsel to Secondus, only argued that Secondus can solely be suspended from his position as a National Chairman by the National Executive Committee, and such is not substantial enough to save the embattled Chairman, because the crux of the litigation is his suspension from the party and not as National Chairman.

READ ALSO: PDP Crisis: Court Declines To Hear Suit On Secondus

He clarified that Secondus lost his right as the National Chairman of the party as a consequence of his suspension from the PDP in his Ward because he cannot lead a party he no longer belongs to.

On the argugment raised by the lawyer to Uche Secondus, who is the first defense counsel that a court cannot meddle into internal affairs of a political party, Justice Gbasam noted that the issue before his court is predicated on the judicial interpretation of the PDP constitution concerning Secondus’ right following his suspension and not to decide who holds what position in the party.

Probing further into the constitutional provisions of the PDP, the judge ruled that Article 59 (3) of the PDP constitution as amended in 2017, be expunged because the section which stated that only the National Executive Committee of the party can discipline the National Chairman or any other national officer, is against the law of natural justice.

He went further to give an order of perpetual injunction against Uche Secondus from performing any action while on suspension as a member of the PDP.

With the conclusion of the case at the State High Court in Port Harcourt, lawyers to the claimants and the first defendant (being Secondus) say they are ready to slug it out at the appeal court.

Party Crisis: PDP To Hold NEC Meeting On Thursday

The PDP logo.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold its 93rd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Thursday.

In a statement on Tuesday by its National Secretary, Senator Umaru Tsauri, the party invited all NEC members to the meeting.

According to the memo, the meeting will hold at the NEC Hall of the PDP’s Headquarters, Wadata Plaza, Abuja FCT.

At the event which is scheduled for 11 am, the party will inaugurate the Anambra Governorship Campaign Council.

PDP’s NEC forum will hold a day after governors elected on the party’s platform would have held their meeting in Abuja.

A statement issued by the Director-General, PDP Governors Forum, C.I.D. Maduabum on Tuesday said the governors would meet to discuss issues affecting the party.

Maduabum added that the extraordinary meeting of the Forum will be chaired by the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

According to him, the governors would discuss some “strategies” ahead of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Thursday, even as the party continues to fashion out a plot to dislodge the APC administration come 2023.

PDP Releases Timetable For Ekiti Governorship Elections

The Peoples Democratic Party is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.
The PDP is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has released its timetable and schedule of activities in early preparation for the June 18, 2022 governorship election in Ekiti State.

PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said sales of expression of interest and nomination forms would commence on September 13 and end on September 30.

READ ALSO: APC Holds LG Congress Elections Nationwide

Ologbondiyan noted that the party’s National Working Committee fixed the screening of aspirants for October 11, while appeals on the screening exercise are scheduled for October 25.

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has released its timetable and schedule of activities in early preparation for the June 18, 2022 Ekiti Governorship Election,” the statement partly read.

“In line with the timetable, the National Working Committee (NWC) has approved the Sales of Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms from Monday, September 13 to Thursday, September 30, 2021, with Tuesday, October 5, 2021 as the last date for the submission of forms.”

The PDP spokesman stated that the party’s congresses to elect the 3-man Adhoc Ward delegates have been scheduled to hold from January 7 to January 8, 2022, adding that the local government congresses to elect national delegates will take place on January 15, 2022.

PDP Leadership: We Want A National Chairman That Will Not Take Sides – Sen Jibrin

 

The Chairman Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Walid Jibrin, has said that the party needs a reliable chairman who would not take any sides but be the man for all.

Jibrin who was a guest on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics, said this while responding to questions about the party’s leadership crisis.

When asked if he would love to see the embattled Chairman, Uche Secondus, return as the party’s chairman after the convention in October, Jibrin said: “We have held so many meetings to look at the left, right, front and back, to look at the real situation that will be better for us.”

“When we were discussing, we did not say that Secondus should be sent away immediately, no.

“We gave him all the respect, all the opportunity to think and for him to even come out and make a decision by himself, not for us to make a decision for him.

“I’ve seen the rumours that there are some particular people who want him out immediately, No.

“For you to tell me that right away, the aim is to sack him, or to disgrace him, no we are not ready for that.

“We are ready for him to come and talk to us, agree with us so that we can leave peaceably”.

Speaking further, the BoT chairman, pointed out some qualities which he believes would make a good leader for the party.

“At this stage, we are in now, we need to have a very sound, clever, party chairman that will lead this party,” he said.

“We must have someone who is consistent in his loyalty to the party. He should be well-grounded in politics both at the national and local levels with a good reputation for excellent leadership.

“Somebody who will be for all of us and make sure that he does not take sides”.

Read Also: Secondus Returns To Office As PDP National Chairman

His comments follow several calls for the resignation of Mr Secondus by some aggrieved party members.

They believe that he is more “preoccupied with holding onto his position rather than preparing for the next elections” and have also accused him of having “no clear road map, blueprint or policy programme for the PDP.”

Last week, a High Court in Rivers State granted an interim order restraining Mr Secondus from parading or acting as the National Chairman of the PDP.

The Kebbi State High Court on Thursday, however, ordered him to return to his position.

Speaking of the forthcoming Presidential election, the BoT chairman said the PDP has ruled Nigeria for 16 years and he is optimistic about the party’s ability to reclaim power in 2023.

“We are ready to rule again come 2023,” he said.

“We have candidates and personalities in the PDP that are capable of becoming President of Nigeria.

“There are many of them and we can pick anyone from any part of this country to be the president of Nigeria but it is not time for us to do that now”.

PDP Choose Abuja As Venue For National Convention

A file photo of the PDP logo.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party has chosen Abuja as the venue for its national convention.

The decision was reached at the party’s 92nd National Executive Committee meeting held on Saturday.

The acting National Chairman, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, presided over the meeting.

The NEC also agreed to reconvene in September.

READ ALSO: Secondus Absent As Akinwonmi Presides Over PDP NEC Meeting

Main opposition party PDP has recently been hit by multiple defections as some embittered members call for the resignation of Uche Secondus as National Chairman.

Mr Secondus has been accused of having “no clear road map, blue print or policy programme for the PDP.”

At least two court judgements have asked Mr Secondus to step aside as party chief while a court judgement obtained in Kebbi said he could continue in the role.

Mr Secondus was absent at Saturday’s NEC meeting.

NEC meeting

At the meeting, Akinwonmi said consultations within the party are yielding desired results.

He condemned the country’s deteriorating security situation and high cost of living owing to the weakness of the naira against other currencies.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jubril, said the problems in the party are not insurmountable.

He noted that challenges and disputes are a fact of life in any party, but how they are resolved matters most.

He advised the party not to fail Nigerians, as it remains the last hope of citizens.

There is no way the PDP can win elections if it is divided, he added.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, also expressed confidence in the party’s internal mechanism to resolve its crisis.

He also took a swipe at the incumbent government, insisting that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government has taken the country backward since they came into power in 2015.

Secondus Absent As Akinwonmi Presides Over PDP NEC Meeting

The Peoples Democratic Party held its 92nd National Executive Committee on August 28, 2021.
The Peoples Democratic Party held its 92nd National Executive Committee on August 28, 2021.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party’s 92nd National Executive Committee meeting was presided over by Elder Yemi Akinwonmi on Saturday.

Akinwonmi is the acting National Chairman of the party after a court order restrained Uche Secondus from the role.

Secondus has since obtained another court order reinstating him as the National Chairman.

READ ALSO: Secondus Returns To Office As PDP National Chairman

But, in a letter obtained by Channels Television, Secondus asked Akinwonmi to preside over Saturday’s meeting in his absence.

“I hereby request you to preside over the National Executive Committee meeting of the Party, taking place today, 28th August, [email protected] 12 noon, in my absence,” the letter read.

NEC meeting

At Saturday’s meeting, Akinwonmi said consultations within the party are yielding desired results.

He condemned the country’s deteriorating security situation and high cost of living owing to the weakness of the naira against other currencies.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jubril, said the problems in the party are not insurmountable.

He noted that challenges and disputes are a fact of life in any party, but how they are resolved matters most.

He advised the party not to fail Nigerians, as it remains the last hope of citizens.

There is no way the PDP can win elections if it is divided, he added.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, also expressed confidence in the party’s internal mechanism to resolve its crisis.

He also took a swipe at the incumbent government, insisting that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government has taken the country backward since they came into power in 2015.

Secondus Returns To Office As PDP National Chairman

 

Mr Uche Secondus on Friday returned to office as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) amid the leadership crisis in the main opposition party.

His action followed the ruling of a Kebbi State High Court in Birnin Kebbi presided by Justice Nusirat Umar who ordered him to return to office.

On Monday, a Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt presided by Justice Okogbule Gbasam restrained Secondus from parading or acting as the PDP National Chairman.

“An order of this honourable court granting leave to the first respondent (Uche Secondus) to continue exercising all the constitutional powers of the office of Chairman of PDP (second defendant) as enshrined in both 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, as amended and the Peoples Democratic Party’s constitution pending the hearing and final determination of applicant’s motion on notice,” Justice Umar later ordered on Thursday while ruling on a suit marked KB/AC/M.170/2021.

Mr Uche Secondus returned to office as the PDP National Chairman on August 27, 2021.

 

A day after the ruling of the court in Kebbi, Secondus reappeared at the party’s secretariat at a time when members of the PDP Board of Trustees met on Friday to review the leadership crisis bedevilling the party.

Rather than joining the meeting, he walked straight to his office and sat on his chair to reclaim the chairmanship of the party.

Mr Yemi Akinwonmi, who had assumed the party’s leadership in an acting capacity, sat on the chair of the PDP National Chairman at the meeting.

He drew the attention of the party leaders to a letter he received when he got into the office without disclosing its content to the media.

A file photo of Mr Yemi Akinwonmi.

 

“My dear caucus, the letter is very important, and I will want us, if possible, to first discuss the content of the letter before doing other things today (Friday),” said the PDP chieftain who is the PDP Deputy National Chairman (South).

Among those present at the meeting were the party’s BoT Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, as well as former Senate Presidents David mark, Pius Ayim, and Bukola Saraki.

Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, and his Enugu State counterpart, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, also attended.

A file photo of Walid Jibrin.

 

Governor Tambuwal told reporters at the end of the meeting that the party leaders have decided to set up a committee to address the issues and return normalcy to the PDP.

“This distinguished body has empanelled its distinguished leaders of our party under the able leadership of a former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, to interface with our leaders who are involved in these issues of court, so that all court matters can be withdrawn and for normalcy to continue to return to the party,” he said.

Kebbi Court Restores Secondus As PDP National Chairman

A combination of file photos of the PDP logo and Mr Uche Secondus

 

The Kebbi State High Court on Thursday ordered Secondus to return to his position as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), days after he was removed from the post. 

The presiding judge, Justice Nusirat Umar said she was satisfied after reading the affidavit of the respondents that an interim order should be granted on the purported suspension of Prince Secondus pending the determination of the case.

She gave the order in a suit brought before her in Birnin Kebbi in case KB/AC/M. 170/2021.

“An order of this honourable court granting leave to the first respondent (Uche Secondus) to continue exercising all the constitutional powers of the office of Chairman of PDP (second defendant) as enshrined in both 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as amended and the Peoples Democratic Party’s constitution pending the hearing and final determination of applicant’s motion on notice,” the order read.

The three concerned members of the party, Yahaya Usman, Abubakar Mohammed and Bashar Suleman are the claimants/applicants in the case while Prince Secondus and the PDP are the defendants/respondents.

 

Akinwonmi Appointed As PDP Acting National Chairman

PDP National Deputy Chairman (South), Yemi Akinwonmi has been appointed the party’s Acting Chairman.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed Yemi Akinwonmi as its acting National Chairman.

This was disclosed by the party’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan after a closed-door meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) in Abuja on Thursday.

“A motion was moved and Elder Yemi Akinwonmi was unanimously approved as the Acting Chairman of our great party,” Ologbondiyan said.

“It is interesting for you to know that this is in line with the provisions of our Constitution. The party is fully back on stream. We are sailing properly and our Board of Trustees meeting is going on.

READ ALSO: Court Restrains Secondus From Acting As PDP National Chairman

“Tomorrow, we are going to also have a caucus meeting and the National Working Committee will also meet tomorrow preparatory to the National Executive Council meeting which will be held on Saturday.”

While reacting to the recent crisis that has rocked the party recently, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar described the situation as normal.

He, however, said what makes the PDP different is its ability to resolve the crisis and prepare for the challenges ahead.

“If you have an internal crisis in your house, department, village, everywhere, it is normal. But what makes you different is your ability to resolve that crisis.

“We have proved to Nigerians that we have that ability to resolve our internal crisis and therefore the crises that are facing this country from banditry to kidnapping; we have that capacity to resolve all those crises.”

Akinwonmi’s appointment came three days after a High Court in Rivers State granted an interim order restraining Mr Uche Secondus from parading or acting as the PDP National Chairman.

Justice Okogbule Gbasam of the Degema Division of the Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt gave the order on Monday.

Before his appointment, Akinwonmi was the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the main opposition party.

Senator Stella Oduah Dumps PDP For APC

Senator Stella Oduah publicly announced that she was leaving the PDP for the APC on August 26, 2021.
Senator Stella Oduah publicly announced that she was leaving the PDP for the APC on August 26, 2021.

 

Former Minister of Aviation and serving Senator, Stella Oduah, has dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

This is according to a statement signed by APC spokesperson, Salisu Na’inna Dambatta.

She was received at a brief ceremony in Abuja on Thursday and admitted into the party by the Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and Govermor of Yobe State, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni and the Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma and the Deputy President of the Senate, Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege, the statement added.

The APC candidate in the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, Senator Andy Uba, was at the occasion.

READ ALSO: Judge Threatens To Order Arrest Of Stella Oduah

She is the latest high profile PDP member who has joined the APC recently.

In his remarks welcoming her into the fold of the APC, the Chairman of the Extraordinary/Caretaker Convention Planning Committee, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni congratulated her for joining the APC and assured her of rights as all other members of the party.

“You will enjoy the privileges enjoyed by all members of the party because you will have a waiver,” Buni said.

Oduah, during the ceremony, said that she joined the APC family as part of the process of the changing political narrative in the South East, and assured that she joined the APC along with her multitude of supporters who have been jubilating in Anambra State.