PDP Charges NASS To Ensure Transparency In N500bn Intervention Proposal

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges the National Assembly to comprehensively scrutinize the overall profile of the N500 billion proposed by the Federal Government as an intervention fund against the COVID-19 pandemic so as to ensure that the fund reached the desired target.

The party in a communique on Sunday urged the legislature to examine the expenditure layout and put adequate clauses to eliminate diversion, ensure prudence as well as guarantee broad-based transparency in target-specific disbursements across all need areas in the fight against the pandemic.

The PDP says its call is predicated on apprehensions in the public space over allegations of fraudulent diversion of funds in the recent disbursement of N20,000 social palliatives, with some persons rejecting the figures put out.

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The party therefore urged the National Assembly to demand the Federal government to furnish it with details of how the N500bn would be spent; what amount would be spent on interventions on individuals and families as well as a template that guarantees that the fund gets to the targeted vulnerable Nigerians.

The PDP insisted that such information should also include details of what each state of the federation gets; the parameters for allocations, the monitoring system as well as foolproof measures to plug all loopholes and check fraud.

“The Federal Government needs to place these details before the National Assembly. This money, which is to be mopped up from various special government accounts, belongs to Nigerians. As such, the National Assembly must ensure that it is fully utilised for their wellbeing.

“The PDP, therefore, urged the National Assembly to instill checks and balances by providing that the implementation must involve trusted and transparent eminent Nigerians from the private sector to further guarantee accountability and overall confidence of Nigerians in the scheme.

“Furthermore, the PDP called on the National Assembly to direct a quick investigation into allegations of fraudulent diversion of palliative money in the cash disbursement of N20,000 to some Nigerians, by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouk.

“This investigation has become imperative given allegations that the resort to cash disbursement directly by a minister instead of using cash disbursement facilities by the Central Bank Nigeria (CBN), is part of the design to manipulate the system, stifle accountability and pave way for the alleged siphoning of a huge chunk of the funds,” the communique partly read.

The PDP urged the National Assembly to ensure that Nigerians are the true beneficiaries of monies channeled towards providing relief for the people.

PDP Rejects N123.5 Fuel Price, Insist On N90 Per Litre

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the April 1 tweaking of fuel price from N125 to N123.5, insisting instead that the price be reduced to N90 per liter.

In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party argued that the reduction of pump price by N1.50k is offensive, fraudulent; a further display of cruelty and insensitivity of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the plight of Nigerians, particularly as the nation battles the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PDP insisted that the correct pump price of fuel is between N80 to N90 per liter, given the slump in the price of fuel and crude oil in the international market.

The PDP held that any price beyond that is completely unacceptable, as it amount to fleecing Nigerians.

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The party berated the APC administration for “attempting to delude Nigerians by tweaking the cost decimals to create a misleading impression of price reduction while fleecing the unsuspecting public”.

The PDP challenged the APC and its administration to explain how they arrived at the pump price of N123.5 instead of N90 per liter despite the fall in international price.

The PDP asked the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to disprove its claim by immediately publishing the full prevailing landing cost, the prevailing 3% depot cost, the 3% trucking cost as well as the retail outlet admin cost and show why the pump price should be above N90 per liter.

According to the PDP, Nigerians earlier had to bear the brunt of high cost of fuel in the face of high oil prices in the international market, thus it is only fair that they also enjoy the benefits of the cut in international prices.

The PDP charged the government to immediately reduce the pump price to N90 as well as refund the accrual, so far, from the N35 per liter difference and channel same to provision of palliatives to Nigerians.

Furthermore, the PDP reiterates its demand for the establishment of Eminent Nigerians Group to manage donations towards mitigating the impact of COVID-19 and ensure that the palliatives get to venerable Nigerians without any political and bureaucratic bottlenecks

Zamfara Election Review: Mind Your Business, APC Warns PDP

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to mind its business as the Supreme Court has reserved judgment on the review of the Zamfara State governorship election.

APC in a statement on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the PDP “has no business in this matter as it is clearly an intra-party affair in which the All Progressives Congress (APC) is asking the Apex Court to review its judgment.”

While asking the main opposition party not to interfere with the apex court’s decision, Issa-Onilu recalled that the ruling party had disagreed with its primaries conducted last year in Zamfara.

According to him, the party’s victory in the governorship election was quashed when an APC member instituted a court case.

READ ALSO: Zamfara Election: Supreme Court Reserves Judgement On APC’s Application

Speaking further, he said: “It is an established fact that the Supreme Court had earlier declared that they can only review their judgement to correct errors. So, we wonder why the PDP is shivering over this matter as if they are aware there could be an error.

“Our suspicion is supported by the PDP’s well-known crooked tactic of always crying wolf when they perceive that the rule of law rather than impunity is about to take effect.

“Let it be known that the Justices of the Supreme Court have never lacked the courage to act rightly even in the face of the PDP’s usual intimidation and blackmail.”

Issa-Onilu, therefore, said it is “irresponsible of the PDP to raise infantile accusation against the Supreme Court and our party. On this matter, PDP is an interloper and a shameless busybody.”

His remarks come hours after the PDP raised serious concern over the decision of the apex court to reserve judgement on the election matter.

Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, the PDP spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan said the decision of the Supreme Court to reserve judgement is not in tandem with its established practice.

Ologbondiyan alleged that the vacuum created by the apex Court could be exploited to manipulate the judgement in favour of the ruling party.

Coronavirus: FG Should Go Beyond Screening Travellers From Certain Countries, Says PDP

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Federal Government to step up actions to safeguard the nation from the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party asked the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to “go beyond its proposed secondary screening of travellers from certain countries.”

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The main opposition party called for an extension of the measures “to all international flights coming into the country, given the prevalence of connecting flights and land border crossing by international air travellers.”

“While noting the steps so far being taken, the PDP is however worried that the current approach still falls short of the required pre-emptive measures, thereby leaving gaps that expose our nation to avoidable risks.

“The PDP observed that Nigeria is a strategic international hub. As such, the Federal Government should adopt stringent pre-emptive measures by radically stepping up our international ports and border screening as well as quickly improving our internal surveillance and hygiene monitoring system,” Ologbondiyan said.

The party therefore called on “Nigerians to remain vigilant, ensure their personal hygiene and follow directives issued by the authorities in the collective effort to safeguard our nation from the scourge and stay safe.”

Bayelsa Governorship Election: Court Dismisses Alaibe’s Suit Against Diri

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The Federal High Court in Owerri, Imo State has dismissed a suit filed by the former Bayelsa governorship aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Timi Alaibe challenging the emergence of the state governor, Duoye Diri as the legitimate winner of the PDP primaries held on September 3, 2019.

Mr Alaibe had dragged Douye Diri and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court over what he described as a ‘flawed process’ of the PDP primary.

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But the court dismissed the suit for lacking in merit, adding that the PDP followed all the constitutional requirements to conduct the primary and subsequent emergence of Diri as the rightful candidate of the party.

The trial judge, Justice Tijani Rigim also ruled that Mr Alaibe shouldn’t have even approached the court in the first instance since PDP had met all the requirements.

Ekiti PDP Ward Congress Ends In Crisis As Groups Disagree

'Dont Drag Us Into Your Crisis', PDP Asks APC To Seek Restitution

 

The ward congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has ended in crisis in Ekiti State, south-west Nigeria.

This comes as a group in the party led by the PDP Organising Secretary in Ekiti, Mr Ayo Oladimeji, accused the immediate past governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, and his loyalists of hijacking the process.

The exercise ended in crisis as the group besieged the purported location where they attacked vehicles said to belong to the former governor and his allies before the intervention of security officials.

The leader of the electoral team and Deputy Governor of Taraba state, Haruna Manu, could not be reached for comments before leaving the state.

Addressing reporters, Oladimeji alleged that the former governor compromised the electoral officers from Abuja by concocting fake results at a hotel in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

He said, “Those materials, the results; they didn’t go to those places they were meant to go to and those are the issues that generated problems.

“They went to hidden places which we’ve just discovered now, they wrote all the results which they were supposed to have collated on the field according to the directive.”

 

The Game Master

The organising secretary said he complained to the Taraba State deputy governor that some of the materials were hijacked.

He insisted that the electoral officers did not go to the respective local governments where they were directed to conduct the congress but stayed elsewhere to write the results.

In his reaction, Fayose’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka, faulted the allegations, saying the complainants were politically naïve.

Rather, he accused the group of “jumping the gun” by proceeding with the congress hours before the arrival of the designated electoral officers from the nation’s capital.

Olayinka said, “You don’t go into a contest like this if you don’t have your brain intact; if you are not in charge, if you are not in control. In this game, Ayo Fayose is a master of the game and he just showed to them that he is a master of that game.

He stated that according to the party’s constitution, the State Working Committee has no role to play in congress.

The former governor’s spokesman accused the group of setting up a “kangaroo committee” and going from one local government to the other.

Imo Election: PDP Accuses Supreme Court Of Endorsing Electoral Fraud

PDP Hails Supreme Court Ruling On Zamfara Election

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the verdict of the Supreme Court on the review of its judgment on the Imo state governorship election.

It faulted the judgement of the apex court in a statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

The court had dismissed the application filed by the PDP candidate, Emeka Ihedioha, seeking a review of its judgement which removed him from office after about 10 months.

Ihedioha faulted the declaration of Hope Uzodinma as the Imo State governor and asked the court to return him back into office.

But the application was dismissed in a majority judgement of a seven-man panel of judges led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.

Six of the judges on the panel agreed with the apex court’s verdict while Justice Chima Nweze gave a dissenting judgment, stressing that the decision ought to be reviewed.

 

Electoral Fraud

In its reaction, the PDP described the judgement as “a disconcerting endorsement of electoral fraud,” saying it has placed a huge burden on the court and the justices.

It, however, noted that Justice Nweze’s judgment presented a glimpse of hope for the nation’s judiciary.

The statement said, “Our party abides completely by every word of the judgment of Justice Nweze as treated facts, which are truly sacred.

“Justice Nweze’s pronouncement, which went straight into the substance of our application represents a universal view about the travesty of justice that occurred in the Imo state governorship election judgment.

“It is indeed unfortunate that the Supreme Court had the wholesome opportunity to redeem itself and correct its errors but chose to hide behind technicality to justify and endorse an electoral fraud.”

According to the opposition party, Nigerians expected the Supreme Court correct the errors purportedly made earlier and handed over victory to the supposed rightful winner.

It alleged that the court failed to summon the courage to affirm its infallibility but upheld and legalise the writing of election results by individual contestants against the will of the people as expressed at the poll.

The PDP called on all election stakeholders to rally to create remedies for what it described as a pathetic situation before the nation’s entire electoral process became vanquished.

“This judgment will continue to haunt the Supreme Court. It has created a burden of precedence and fallibility on the court.

“More distressing is the fact that the judgment has heavily detracted from the confidence Nigerians and the international community reposed on the Supreme Court and our entire jurisprudence,” the statement added.

Imo Election: Supreme Court Set To Hear Ihedioha’s Application

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The Supreme Court is set to hear an application filed by Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), asking it to review its judgement on the Imo governorship that declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the March 9, 2020 election.

This comes a day after the top court adjourned the matter due to an application filed by Kanu Agabi, who is Ihedioha’s lead counsel.

Agabi, SAN, told the court that he had just been served with some processes by Governor Hope Uzodinma and needs time to respond.

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Adjourns Hearing On Imo Verdict Again

Mr Ihedioha and the PDP had approached the Supreme Court after it on January 14 nullified his victory and declared Mr Uzodinma as the winner of the election.

Mr Ihedioha had been declared the winner of the election the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and had served as governor for months before the court ousted him.

Court Adjourns Ize-Iyamu’s Alleged Money Laundering Case To March 26

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital has adjourned the alleged fraud case against former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Edo State, Osagie Ize-Iyamu and four others.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed an eight-count of money laundering against the accused persons including late PDP chieftain; Tony Anenih.

At the resumed trial, the case was stalled when lawyers for the defense counsel argued against the competence of the charge before the court.

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Adjourns Hearing On Imo Verdict Again

Speaking to Channels Television on Monday, Counsel to the second defendant, Ede Asenoguan, explained that the court needs to decide if the issue of late Anenih in the charge is competent or not.

“Prior to this time, the court raised an issue as to the appearance of the name of Tony Anenih in the charge, so the court needs to decide whether the charge containing the name of a dead person is competent or not.

“The defense is saying it is not, while the prosecution is insisting that it is.”

The case has been adjourned to March 26, 2020, to determine the competency of the charge.

 

Coronavirus: Stand Up To Your Responsibilities And Address Nigerians, PDP Tells Buhari

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is asking President Muhammadu Buhari to stand up to his responsibilities as Nigeria’s number one citizen and address the detection of the deadly COVID-19 in the country.

The party in a statement on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it is imperative for President Buhari to show concerns by directly addressing heightening national anxieties on the current state of the virus.

“The party described as absolute leadership failure that Mr. President has not considered it imperative to show concern by directly addressing a panic-stricken nation even in the face of escalated national trepidations and conflicting reports.

“The PDP charges President Buhari to wake up and treat the COVID-19, deservedly, as a looming national disaster, which requires a prompt and full Presidential involvement at the top level,” it added.

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Stressing further the PDP maintained that President Buhari should be at the forefront in shouldering the responsibility and also, restate the government’s efforts at containing the virus.

“The party notes that at a critical time like this, Mr. President ought to be at the forefront in shouldering responsibility. A Presidential address would have reassured the people, reinforced government direction and multi-sectoral intervention for concerted effort to contain the scourge.

“The PDP holds that the quickest expectation of the average Nigerians is that the Federal Government should immediately step its emergency response system to calm the pervading fear among Nigerians.”

Coronavirus: Presidency Not Being Alive To Its Responsibilities – PDP

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Presidency of not ‘being alive’ to its responsibilities by failing to take necessary steps to avoid the entrance of Coronavirus into the country.

Nigerians woke up to the news on Friday that the first case of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was brought into the country by an Italian.

According to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire who confirmed the development, the Italian citizen whose identity is yet to be revealed, works in Nigeria and just returned from Milan on the 25th of February 2020.

Dr Ehanire explained that travelers were not isolated due to the recommendation of the World Health Organisation (WHO), adding that the United Nations agency stated that newly arrived travelers should also be advised to stay in isolation for 14 days, in the interest of their family and loved ones.

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The PDP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday, berated the Buhari Presidency for its negligence and laidback attitude, stressing that “a responsive and proactive government would have mobilized effective surveillance and screening measures to ward off the menace.”

The party noted that the welfare of Nigerians should be highly placed, but no concrete steps were taken to hedge the country against the virus, leading to the current scary situation.

“The PDP notes that a responsive and proactive government would have mobilized effective surveillance and screening measures to ward off the menace, particularly at our entry points, but the incompetent, insensitive and indifferent Buhari administration, was more interested in propaganda and unnecessary showboating with false performance claims.

“The PDP said Nigerians should directly hold the Buhari Presidency responsible should any national calamity arose from COVID-19 in addition to the economic and security challenges its negligence had caused our nation.”

The PDP also added that Nigerians can no longer move freely across their country for fear of insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, and now coronavirus.

“The PDP, therefore, calls on Nigerians not to despair but stir up the Nigerian resilient spirit for an urgent, multi-sectoral concerted effort by agencies, groups, corporate entities, and public-spirited individuals to immediately curb the disease before it spreads, particularly given the prevalent security, economic and humanitarian challenges in the country.

“The party called on the Federal Government to end its cosmetic attitude and immediately adopt the proactive strategy used by the PDP administration to promptly contain the Ebola Virus disease in 2014,” the statement read in parts.

Ogun PDP Faction Suspends Secretary

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A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State has suspended its secretary, Mr Semiu Sodipo, for 10 years.

The faction led by Mr Bayo Dayo, suspended Sodipo over allegations of anti-party activities and nominated Mrs Labre Balogun as his successor.

This was announced on Thursday at the stakeholders’ meeting presided over by the factional chairman, Dayo, held at the party’s secretariat in Abeokuta, in the state capital.

The factional chairman reflected on the leadership tussle rocking the party and insisted that his faction of the party remained the recognised one.

He accused the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, of complicity in the leadership tussle in the state chapter of the party.

Dayo, however, revealed that the party’s state congress would commence on March 7 to elect officers for the PDP at the ward, local government, and state levels.

In his reaction, Sodipo said his suspension was illegal and of no substance as he remains the state secretary of the PDP.