PDP BoT Member Emordi Dumps Party, Joins APC

A file photo of the PDP logo.

 

A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees, Senator Joy Emordi, has dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress.

Chairman of APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, formally received the senator on Wednesday in a brief ceremony in Abuja.

According to a statement by the Director General, Press and Media to Governor Buni, Emordi, said she was convinced that the future of a prosperous and united Nigeria lies in the ruling party.

She also described the APC leadership as genuinely committed to a united Nigeria that has plans for the future generation.”

Meanwhile, Governor Buni said the coming of Senator Emordi and other prominent politicians from the South-East into the APC will promote national unity.

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This is coming 24 hours after seven national officers of the PDP resigned from their roles in the party.

The party chieftains in different letters addressed to its National Secretary on Tuesday alleged being sidelined and unfairly treated by the National Chairman, Uche Secondus.

Some of the executive members include the National Deputy Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi; Deputy National Organising Secretary, Hassan Yakubu; and the Deputy National Woman Leader, Hadizat Umoru.

This latest event fuels the crisis rocking the leadership of the party after a former spokesperson of the party’s presidential Campaign, Kasim Afegbua, accused the chairman and the leadership of series of offences.

Afegbua had called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in April, to probe the party’s leadership.

UPDATED: Seven PDP National Officers Resign, Blame Secondus

 

Seven national officers of the Peoples Democratic Party have resigned from their roles in the party.

The party chieftains in different letters addressed to its National Secretary on Tuesday alleged being sidelined and unfairly treated by the National Chairman, Uche Secondus.

Some of the executive members include the National Deputy Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi; Deputy National Organising Secretary, Hassan Yakubu; and the Deputy National Woman Leader, Hadizat Umoru.

This latest event fuels the crisis rocking the leadership of the party after a former spokesperson of the party’s presidential Campaign, Kasim Afegbua, accused the chairman and the leadership of series of offences.

Afegbua had called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in April, to probe the party’s leadership.

He visited the offices of the anti-corruption agencies to submit his petition and asked them to look into the financial transactions of Mr Secondus, in the spirit of transparency, accountability, and book-keeping, in line with the existing anti-corruption laws.

He also alleged that much of the financial transactions of the PDP under its present leadership have been shrouded in mystery and accused the leadership of a deliberate attempt to short-change the party in the build-up to the 2023 general elections.

In the petition, he asked the anti-graft agencies to scrutinise close to N10 billion that was allegedly accrued to the party’s purse from 2017 till date, especially those that were as a result of sales of nomination forms for presidential, governorship, House of Assembly, and senatorial elections.

Afegbua alleged that the national chairman avoided the use of the party’s bank accounts and used one Morufu Nigeria Limited as a conduit pipe for financial mismanagement in the sales of forms in 2019.

He, therefore, stressed the need for the party’s leadership to lead by example by ensuring transparency and accountability.

Appeal Court Sets Aside Judgement Sacking Anambra PDP EXCO

A photo combination of the PDP logo and a court gavel.

 

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has set aside the judgement of Justice Olukayode Adeniyi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, which sacked the Executive Council of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State.

Delivering Judgement over two judgements brought before the court on Friday, the three-man panel led by Justice Stephen Adah upheld the appeals filed against the judgement of the lower court.

Samuel Anyakolah had filed a suit at the FCT high court Abuja, claiming that the PDP, arbitrarily imposed the state chairman, Exco and other national delegates on members in its South-East zonal Congress of March 6, 2021.

Consequently, Justice Adeniyi of the FCT High Court ruled that the PDP violated its constitution in the conduct of the congress, and the appointments made, thereafter.

He further declared that all congresses and designations made by the PDP were nullified and set aside.

But ruling on the case on Friday, Justice Adah of the Court of Appeal held that the lower court lacked the territorial jurisdiction to have heard the suit brought before it on the dispute over the leadership of the PDP in Anambra State.

Niger PDP To Hold Congress On August 7

A file photo of the PDP logo.

 

 

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will be holding its congress for the election of state officials in Niger State on August 7, 2021.

In attendance will be the former Information Minister Professor Jerry Gana, the Governorship candidate of the party in the 2015 and 2019 Governorship elections, Umar Nasko, Tanko Beji who is seeking re-election for a second term as state chairman of the party, and Ndako Kpaki a former Secretary to the state government.

The National Working Committee of the party according to Mr. Shan has already approved the date for the Congress and the meeting consequently set up a nine-man local organizing committee headed by Khadi Kuta a former Head of Service in the state.

The stakeholders meeting also asked the two warring groups to provide three members each to serve on the committee while the Caretaker committee itself will provide the remaining three members.

The North Central Zone Vice Chairman of the Party Mr. Dakas Shan Speaking to newsmen at the end of the closed-door meeting that the meeting was successful” adding that: “We formed a quorum as provided for by our party constitution

“The meeting was all about Congress, we agreed that the Congress should go on as approved by the National Working Committee,” Shan said promising to “reach out” to those that did not attend the meeting.

” Some members of the caucus didn’t come we wonder why because notices were extended to everybody, every member of the caucus, we didn’t receive any apology from members of the caucus, well 3 apologies were received, we expected that more apologies would have been received

“The most important thing is that we had a full house, we formed a quorum of the caucus which allows us to go ahead with the meeting”

On the implication of the absence of some of the members, Shan declared: ” If they invite you to a meeting will they put a rope around your neck and drag you to the meeting venue, everybody knows the meeting venue, you have been invited, they are aware of the date, they are aware of the timing I will tell you that some of them we didn’t just send invitation we went to visit them and inform them before we arrived here yesterday”

He said that “As we leave this place we are going to get in touch with them to understand why we have not seen them in the caucus” saying that “We don’t expect them to boycott the Congress”

Shan conceded that ” There is a crack in the party which is normal in politics because people have different interests” stressing that: ” There are issues there are two groups sharply divided so there is division by no one is saying that he is leaving the party

“They are just fighting because the party is a very beautiful bride and everybody wants to see that it takes control of the bride,” Shan said.

He further noted that all efforts to speak to the leader of one of the groups and Chairmanship aspirant Muktar Ahmed were not successful because he was unable to pick his phone.

Insecurity, Unemployment Has Never Been This Bad In Nigeria – Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar spoke to reporters in Rivers State on July 29, 2021.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar spoke to reporters in Rivers State on July 29, 2021.

 

Former Vice President and PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar, has lamented the state of the nation under the leadership of the All Progressives Congress.

According to him, insecurity and unemployment have never been “this bad” in Nigeria.

He made the comment while speaking to journalists at the Rivers State Government House in Port Harcourt.

“I have never seen it (insecurity) this bad,” he said. “I am 70 years plus, I have never seen it this bad in terms of security challenges, in terms of economy, in terms of unemployment. This is the worst.”

On Wednesday, Atiku had met with Governor Nyesom Wike.

A statement signed by Wike’s spokesperson, Kelvin Ebiri, said Atiku had travelled to Rivers state to discuss PDP affairs.

“Well, I came here to reconcile with the governor on party affairs and how we can ensure that there is unity and stability in the party,” Atiku said.

“So, that we can take over government in 2023. I believe that Nigerians can’t wait for 2023 to come, so that PDP will return.”

Atiku said the PDP “will come up with our policies” and “present them to Nigerians when the time comes.”

“We have done that before,” he added. “Under PDP, we recorded the highest economic growth, the best foreign reserves, we reduced unemployment. You know that we can do it.”

What We Expected Of Supreme Court’s Verdict On Akeredolu’s Election – PDP

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, reacts to the Supreme Court verdict of July 28, 2021, at the Government House in Akure.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted the majority judgment of the Supreme Court on the Ondo State governorship election.

In a statement on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP insisted that the nomination of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate was flawed.

It stressed that the split judgment by the apex court on Akeredolu’s nomination proved that there was merit in the appeal against his election as governor.

“While our party restates its utmost respect for the institution of the judiciary, especially the Supreme Court, the PDP had expected the apex court to stand up as the conscience of our nation by halting the absurdities and impunities being entrenched in the political firmament by the APC,” the statement said.

It added, “The party notes that the majority judgement, as presented by the Supreme Court, did not address the impunity in the action of the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, in functioning as the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while at the same time holding office as a sitting governor, contrary to the provisions of Section 183 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), as well as the constitution of the APC.”

Candidate of the PDP for the 2020 Ondo Governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede, spoke to reporters on September 5, 2020.
A file photo of the PDP candidate in the 2020 Ondo Governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede.

 

According to the opposition party, the fact that three justices out of the seven-man panel upheld its position on the illegality of Akeredolu’s nomination confirms his candidacy as ‘cancerous’.

It described such an action as a brazen violation of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), as well as the constitution of the ruling party.

The PDP noted that that the judgement of the apex court did not disagree with its position that Mr Buni, as Governor of Yobe State, cannot function as the national chairman of a political party and nominate a candidate for election to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It explained that the quest for a legal pronouncement that would guide the sanctity of the nation’s electoral system was the reason it explored its point of grievance legally to the highest court in the land, in the interest of the nation and not just because of its candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.

The party, however, urged its members in Ondo and across the country not to allow the development make them lose hope, but to remain calm and law-abiding in the general interest of the nation.

PDP Lampoons Buhari For Travelling To London For Virtual Meeting

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is appalling that President Muhammadu Buhari could deploy the nation’s resources to travel to London for the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025 when the meeting is scheduled to be virtual.

The PDP also berated the Buhari Presidency for “trying to hide his private appointment with his doctors under the virtual meeting apparently in a bid to launder his consistent failure to honour his pre-2015 campaign promise not to embark on medical tourism, if elected President”.

In a communique by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party insisted that President Buhari has no justification to travel to far-away London since the meeting is a virtual meeting or for a medical checkup, which he could have done at home.

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While claiming that the present administration has wrecked the nation’s healthcare system, the PDP said the president’s action has confirmed the stand by the majority of Nigerians that “he is wasteful, thinks only about himself and cares less about millions of citizens, who do not have access to foreign medical treatment, but who are dying on a daily basis because the government has crippled our health sector”.

According to the PDP, it is disheartening that while Mr. President is spending taxpayers’ money relishing the expertise of London doctors and the luxury of medical facilities in that country, millions of Nigerians are dying in decrepit medical facilities at home.

“Moreover, is it not atrocious that Mr. President is more interested in going to London for a virtual education summit when hundreds of students, who ought to be beneficiaries of the meeting, are languishing in kidnappers’ dens, with the Buhari administration taking no concrete steps to rescue them and end incessant abduction of students in Nigeria?”‘ the communique read in part.

The PDP was of the opinion that there is no way history will be kind with President Buhari, as he has always wished if he continues in his manner of thinking only about his needs at the expense of the generality of Nigerians.

The party however urged Nigerians not to resign to despondency “in the face of such incompetent, selfish, and insensitive” Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, but to remain resilient in rallying on the platform of the PDP to rescue the nation from misrule.

Stop Blaming Us For PDP’s Failure, APC Tells Governors

Ex-Adamawa Deputy Governor Tahir Dumps PDP For APC
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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum to focus on how to fix its party rather than trading blames.

Senator John Akpanudoedehe, the National Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) gave the caution on behalf of the ruling party.

In a statement on Monday, he faulted the resolutions of the PDP governors who met in Bauchi State to deliberate on critical issues affecting the country.

“Our attention has been drawn to yet another communique by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum which is laced with lies, idle conspiracy theories on the state of the nation, and the PDP’s pitiable attempt to explain its failed state as the supposed main opposition party in the country.

“It is indeed remarkable that the PDP has finally opened up to its fast-depleting fortunes. However, it is advisable that the PDP concentrates on redemption instead of blaming the APC or anyone else for its rudderless state,” said Akpanudoedehe.

He added, “We reiterate that it is foolhardy for the PDP to expect its members to sink with the party in the face of its failed state.

“The PDP should quickly address itself to the fact that its members and leaders who are joining the APC in droves are attracted and inspired by the progressive leadership of the President Muhammadu Buhari government and the internal democracy being entrenched by the leadership of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).”

At the meeting in Bauchi, the PDP governors had slammed the APC led Federal Government over the present security and economic situations in the country.

They also stressed the need for free, fair and credible elections in the country and called on the National Assembly to entrench electronic transmission of results of elections in the nation’s electoral jurisprudence.

Defending the ruling party, Akpanudoedehe stated that every election conducted in the country has been an improvement on the last under the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

He gave the assurance that the APC would continue to support constitutionally backed innovations by election management bodies to make the nation’s elections more credible.

According to the APC chieftain, the party is resolved to entrench internal democracy in all decision-making processes, particularly party nomination – direct and indirect primaries, or consensus.

“The Permanent Voters’ Card remains the only legal instrument voters can use to elect progressive leaders who can sustain the ongoing efforts of APC governments at the Federal, state and local government areas to sustain its successes in renewing national infrastructure, transforming agriculture and diversifying the economy.

“We urge well-meaning Nigerians to take advantage of the ongoing Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) Continuous Voter Registration exercise to register,” he said.

What PDP Governors Discussed In Bauchi (Full Text)

A file photo of some PDP governors at an event in Ibadan, Oyo State on May 16, 2021.

 

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday met in Bauchi State.

At the meeting, the PDP governors deliberated on the state of the nation and reviewed the state of the nation’s democracy, economy, and security.

Read the full text of the communique issued at the end of the meeting below:

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 11TH MEETING OF THE PDP GOVERNORS’ FORUM HELD ON MONDAY, 26TH JULY, 2021 AT BAUCHI.

Governors elected on the platform of the PDP met in Bauchi, Bauchi State on 26th July 2021. The meeting deliberated once again on the state of the nation, reviewed the deteriorating state of our democracy, the economic and security situation in the country, the state of the PDP as the main opposition platform in Nigeria, and arrived at the following decisions.

o) On the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the Governors identified with the need for free, fair and credible elections in the country and called on the National Assembly to entrench electronic transmission of results of elections in the nation’s electoral jurisprudence.

o) The meeting requested the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the only body empowered by the Constitution to conduct elections, to deploy appropriate technologies necessary to ensure that the vote of every Nigerian is counted and made to count.

The meeting further called on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), especially, the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT), Telephone Companies (Telcos) and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that universal access and service of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are provided especially in rural, un-served and under-served areas of the country before the 2023 General elections.

o) The meeting condemned the attempt to foist on all political parties, one method of conducting primaries, that is, by DIRECT METHOD ONLY, through the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. The Governors noted that the method is prone to massive rigging, as evidenced by a situation where President Buhari scored about 15 million votes in the 2018 APC Direct Primaries only 1 score 15 million votes from the entire country in the 2019 General Election.

The Governors advised that political parties should be allowed to decide whether to use the direct or indirect methods of conducting primaries as part of internal democracy in political parties.

o) The Governors reiterated, once again, the need for the NNPC and other revenue-generating agencies of Government to strictly abide by the Constitution by remitting all their Revenue less cost of Production into the Federation Account as provided for by 5.162 of the Constitution.

o) The meeting condemned, once again, the use of underhand tactics to arm-twist some PDP Governors and other stakeholders to join the APC, a political party that has wrecked Nigeria’s economy, turned Nigeria into a killing field, and has nothing to offer Nigerians but misery and bad governance.

o) The Governors condemned Mr President and APC for turning the Presidential Villa, which belongs to all Nigerians, into the new APC headquarters, where coerced PDP members are being paraded at intervals.

o) On the economy, the meeting admonished the APC Federal Government to collaborate more with State Governments to stem the unemployment scourge affecting the youths of Nigeria, through technology and increased production in all fields of endeavour, reiterating that Government should stop paying lip service on the Ease of Doing Business, as foreign direct investments have continued to fall partly due to obstacles placed on foreign companies wishing to invest in Nigeria.

A glaring example is that of FACEBOOK who insisted on investing in Nigeria rather than Ghana and is being frustrated by regulatory authorities.

o) On the security of lives and properties, in addition to our earlier recommendations, it is time to bring the activities of bandits, kidnappers, and terrorists to an end, through increased use of military equipment.

Traditional means of conflict resolution and technology for surveillance and the development of the political will to flush them out. Kidnapping, banditry, and terrorism ARE NOT BUSINESS VENTURES as claimed by APC but heinous STATE CRIMES, that is destroying the Nigerian economy, the educational and social future of our children and causing significant social upheavals in society, the PDP Governors admonished.

o) The PDP Governors enjoined all Nigerians of goodwill to take advantage of the ongoing registration of Voters by INEC to register to vote, thereby arming themselves with the necessary tools in the struggle to RESCUE NIGERIA from the APC maladministration.

Furthermore, the general public, especially our Youths and Women are implored to use the opportunity of the PDP E-REGISTRATION exercise which will kick off soon, to register as PDP members, while PDP members should update their membership electronically.

o) The Governors thanked the Chief Host, His Excellency, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohamed, CON, of Bauchi State for providing a conducive atmosphere for the meeting and for the huge difference he has made in the provision of infrastructure and general welfare of citizens. of Bauchi State, the Pearl of Tourism.

NASS Must Approve Electronic Transmission Of Electoral Results – PDP Governors

File: Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Aminu Tambuwal, addresses reporters along with his colleagues in Benue State on April 9, 2021.

 

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called on the National Assembly to entrench Electronic transmission of results of elections in the nation’s electoral jurisprudence.

In a communique issued after their meeting in Bauchi, Bauchi State on 26th July 2021, the governors said they will continue to identify with the need for free, fair, and credible elections in the country.

At the meeting where issues on the state of the nation were deliberated upon, the Forum requested the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), “the only body empowered by the Constitution to conduct elections”, to deploy appropriate technologies necessary to ensure that the votes of every Nigerian is counted and made to count.

The meeting further called on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), especially, the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT), Telephone Companies (Telcos), and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that universal access and service of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are provided especially in rural, un-served and under-served areas of the country before the 2023 General Elections.

While reviewing the deteriorating state of our democracy, the economic and security situation in the country, the opposition governors “condemned the attempt to foist on all political parties, one method of conducting primaries, that is, by DIRECT METHOD ONLY, through the Electoral Act Amendment Bill”.

They noted that the method is prone to massive rigging, as “evidenced by a situation where President Buhari scored about 15 million votes in the 2018 APC Direct Primaries only 1 score 15 million votes from the entire country in the 2019 General Election”.

The governors advised that political parties should be allowed to decide whether to use the direct or indirect methods of conducting primaries as part of internal democracy in political parties.

Reiterating once again the need for accountability, the governors stressed that there is a need for the NNPC and other revenue-generating agencies of government to strictly abide by the Constitution by remitting all their Revenue less cost of Production into the Federation Account as provided for by 5.162 of the Constitution.

The meeting also condemned, once again, what was termed “the use of underhand tactics to arm-twist some PDP Governors and other stakeholders to join the APC”,  adding that the ruling political party has wrecked Nigeria’s economy, turned the nation into a killing field, “and has nothing to offer Nigerians but misery and bad governance”.

The Governors condemned Mr. President and APC for “turning the Presidential Villa, which belongs to all Nigerians, into the new APC headquarters, where coerced PDP members are being paraded at intervals”.

On the economy, the meeting admonished the APC-led Federal Government to collaborate more with State Governments to stem the unemployment scourge affecting the youths of Nigeria, through technology and increased production in all fields of endeavour, reiterating that government should stop paying lip service on the Ease of Doing Business, as foreign direct investments which they say have continued to fall partly due to obstacles placed on foreign companies wishing to invest in Nigeria.

“A glaring example is that of FACEBOOK who insisted on investing in Nigeria rather than Ghana and is being frustrated by regulatory authorities,” the governors stated.

Regarding the security of lives and properties, the PDP Governors said it is time to bring the activities of bandits, kidnappers, and terrorists to an end, through increased use of military equipment.

“Traditional means of conflict resolution and technology for surveillance and the development of the political will to flush them out. Kidnapping, banditry, and terrorism ARE NOT BUSINESS VENTURES as claimed by APC but heinous STATE CRIMES, that is destroying the Nigerian economy, the educational and social future of our children and causing significant social upheavals in society,” the governors admonished.

They enjoined all Nigerians of goodwill to take advantage of the ongoing registration of Voters by INEC to register to vote, thereby arming themselves with the necessary tools in the struggle to “RESCUE NIGERIA from the APC maladministration”.

Youths and women were further implored to use the opportunity of the PDP E-REGISTRATION exercise which will kick off soon, to register as PDP members, while PDP Members should update their membership electronically.

In attendance at the meeting were  Gov Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, Gov. Udom Emmanuel, Gov, Sen. Douye Diri, Gov. Samuel Ortom, Gov. Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Gov. Nyesom Wike, Gov. Engr. Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Gov. Godwin Obaieki, Gov. Bala Mohammed, Gov. Arc Darius Ishaku, and others.

2023 Race: I’m Only Concerned About Tinubu, Bello – PDP’s Sowunmi

 

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Segun Sowunmi, has ruled out President Muhammadu Buhari’s chances of succeeding as a candidate in any election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Sowunmi who was a guest on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Wednesday, also said he doesn’t see the President as a threat to the PDP’s chances of winning in the forthcoming 2023.

“Buhari is not an issue, I will spit him out of my mouth,” Sowunmi said when asked if he can wish the President away.

He, however, said if there were any threats to the PDP’s chances, it would be the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello and APC national leader, Bola Tinubu.

“There are only two people in the APC that give me a headache,” Sowunmi said.

“I’m worried about Governor Yahaya Bello because of some of the foot prints I see him doing, he is young, and can connect to the right audience and I’m worried about Bola Ahmed Tinubu because I know the huge political infrastructure he has”.

President Buhari had lost elections three times prior to winning in 2015 and his re-election in 2019 – feats which the PDP chieftain believes was only possible because of the support of Tinubu.

“The APC did not win the PDP in 2015 because of the party in itself; they won in 2015 and 2019 because of the support of former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu,” Sowunmi said.

The President had hinged his campaign on three main promises of bolstered security, improved economy and the fight against corruption.

But with the country, increasingly rife with economic instability, insecurity and corruption despite claims of efforts on the part of the government, Sowunmi has urged Nigerians to begin to get their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) and make better decisions come 2023.

“When we have problems on the ground, it’s (even) too early to be talking about an election,” he added.

 

Why PDP Members Are Biased About Electronic Transmission – Reps Majority Leader

 

The majority leader in the House of Representatives, Honourable Ado Doguwa, on Friday suggested his colleagues from the Peoples Democratic Party are biased about issues surrounding the electronic transmission of electoral results because they do not understand the provisions of the amendment.

The House was thrown into disarray on Thursday as members debated section 52(2) of the electoral amendment act bill, which deals with electronic transmission.

On Friday, PDP lawmakers walked out of a session after presiding officer Deputy Speaker Ahmed Wase insisted that section 52(2) had been carried.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Hon. Doguwa, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said the PDP lawmakers were being over-exuberant and desperate.

Majority leader at the House of Representatives, Hon. Ado Doguwa, appeared on Channels Television's Politics Today on July 16, 2021.
Majority leader at the House of Representatives, Hon. Ado Doguwa, appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today on July 16, 2021.

 

He argued that the provisions of the electoral amendment act bill, as passed by the House on Friday, allowed INEC to determine whether it would employ electronic voting or not.

APC Senators on Thursday had forced through a version of the bill at the Senate that constrained INEC to seek permission from the Nigerian Communications Commission and the National Assembly before employing electronic voting in any part of the country.

“I don’t know what version the Senate has, but in the House of Representatives where I serve as the leader, our provisions in respect to section 52(2) is that voting at an election under this act shall be in accordance with the procedure determined by the Independent National Electoral Commission,” Hon. Doguwa said.

“This goes to prove to you that the House of Representatives is working in tandem with the constitution. We said voting at an election and transmission of results under this bill shall be in accordance with the procedure determined by the commission.

“Whether by electronic, manual, or any other technological device, that is left for INEC to determine.”

“The so-called walking out of the PDP members was unfounded and unnecessary because the arguments they came out to protect are already contained in the bill.”

However, Hon. Doguwa said it was not a problem if his party, the APC, was against electronic transmission.

“What’s wrong with not wanting electronic transmission of results? We have over 49.3 percent of the Nigerian population not covered by network and that would amount to absolute disenfranchisement, so it is a political matter,” he said.