PDP, Atiku Presents Five Additional Witnesses At Tribunal

A file photo of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar (inset).

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the February 2019 Presidential Election, Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday presented five additional witnesses at the presidential election petitions tribunal.

The witnesses claimed that results in the election were unjustifiably cancelled in some wards and polling units in Karu and Doma Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State.

The witnesses who served as Polling Unit and Ward Agents allege that results were cancelled in areas where the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the election.

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Under cross-examination, Counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) dismissed the claims on the ground that all results were taken to the State Collation Centre from where the results were announced.

A fifth witness from Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State who was also presented by the PDP claimed that February 23, 2019, Presidential election was marred by widespread rigging and stuffing of ballot boxes.

He claims that the malpractice was perpetrated by INEC officials who discarded the use of card readers for accreditation of voters.

Under cross-examination, counsel to President Buhari, Mister Lateef Fagbemi countered the witness claim as he pointed out a paragraph in the witness statement affirming that the election was generally peaceful, free and fair.

The Tribunal led by later went on break as the petitioners seek to present more witnesses.

Sex Toy Shop Scandal: PDP Condemns Assault, Summons Senator Abbo

 

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its attention has been drawn to a CCTV footage relating to allegations of malfeasance by a senator elected on the platform of the PDP, Senator Elisha Abbo.

In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said it is as a law-abiding and upstanding party, hence it detests and completely condemns such act of “lawlessness and callousness” as exhibited in the video, adding that it will therefore never condone it.

“Our party is also shocked that the harmless victim of the unprovoked assault is said to be a nursing mother, who ought to be protected.

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Though this is a personal conduct of an individual which has no bearing with the culture of our party, the PDP, however, holds that no responsible person will condone such an attitude,” the statement partly read.

In the light of its take such an issue, the party said it’s National Working Committee has commenced an investigation into the matter and has summoned Senator Elisha Abbo in line with the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP and code of conduct of its members.

In the same vein, the party said it has taken note of the immediate action taken by the Senate.

“The PDP, at all levels of engagement, is reputed for her utmost respect and commitment towards the rights, safety, and wellbeing of our citizens, particularly our women and cannot tolerate any callous assault on any Nigerian.

“The PDP, therefore, assures Nigerians that it will always stand on the side of justice and will never spare a thought in taking action on any of its members found wanting, particularly those elected or appointed into public offices,” the party stated.

Ninth Senate: Lawan Names Principal Officers

Senate President Ahmad Lawan during plenary on Tuesday. July 2, 2019. PHOTO: President of the Senate/Twitter

 

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has announced the list of principal officers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ninth Senate.

Lawan, at the resumption of plenary, named Senator Abdullahi Yahaya as Senate Leader and Ajayi Boroffice as his deputy.

Orji Uzor Kalu was announced as the Chief Whip while Abdullahi Sabi is the Deputy Chief Whip.

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Similarly, the Senate President announced Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe as the Minority Leader and Phillip Aduda as Minority Whip.

Emmanuel Bwacha is the deputy minority leader while Sahabi Yau is the Deputy Minority Whip.

The Senate has also constituted an ad hoc committee to prepare its legislative agenda within two weeks.

Lai Mohammed Accuses PDP Of Attempts To Sabotage Buhari’s Government

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar of doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari administration, overheat the polity and make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable.

The minister, who spoke during the 12th annual Ramadan lecture on Saturday in his Oro country home in Kwara state, claimed that the opposition party have colluded with “anti-democratic forces and dead-enders” to fan the embers of violence in the country.

“As you are aware, a few days ago we raised the alarm that either by themselves or via their proxies, the PDP and it’s presidential candidate, are doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable. Of course, you are aware of similar alarms that have been raised by the police, the military and the DSS.

“Our interventions are based on credible evidence and no government with the kind of evidence that we have, of plans to subvert the power of the state, attack the nation’s economic live wire and generally unleash mayhem on the polity, will keep quiet.

“The security agencies are all alert to their responsibilities and will not sit by and allow anyone to reverse the gains of our democracy under any guise,” he added.

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Mr Mohammed called on Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for the country against those he described as ‘anti-democratic forces’ and ‘dead-enders’.

“Therefore appropriate to use this occasion to call on all Nigerians to pray for our dear country, to pray for peace and unity. Those who masquerade as Democrats but can’t take electoral defeat, those who will not hesitate to collude with anti-democratic forces and dead-enders to fan the embers of violence in the country and those who have elevated their personal ambition over and above our survival as a nation.

“Since our intervention, pseudo and partisan analysts have teamed up with the spokesmen for the main opposition party and its presidential candidate to either exhibit their ignorance or to engage in red herring and name calling. We are neither distracted nor dissuaded.

PHOTOS: President Buhari Receives Award From APC Governors Forum

Cross Section of Governors during the Honours award presentation held at the Presidential Banquet Hall, State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 10 2019.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has received an award from the All Progressives Governors forum in Abuja.

The ceremony which took place on Friday also recognized the contributions of its governors to the party and support for the president.

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Rivers AAC Gov Candidate ‘Disappointed’ By Resignation, Defection Of Running Mate

INEC To Resume Collation, Announcement Of Rivers Results In April

 

Rivers State Governorship candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, Biokpomabo Awara has expressed disappointment over the purported resignation of his running mate Akpo Bomba Yeeh and his reported defection to the Peoples’ Democratic Party PDP.

Awara who addressed journalists at a briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, dismissed Yeeh’s ‘compromising’ actions, claiming that he had himself been offered money to drop his ambition, but he rejected it and his deputy was aware.

“When the story of his resignation first came out as a rumour, that Rivers State Governor has offered him N200 million to abandon me, I had no reason to believe it because that Elder Yeeh was aware I had earlier turned down an offer of N3b some days ago.”

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“When the rumour became rife by Sunday, I made several attempts to reach my deputy without success. I started developing some strange feelings pointing to a possible sell-out by him.”

However, Awara stated that he has officially filed a petition to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), against its Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State, Obo Effanga, whom they accused of gross incompetence and bias.

“My party and all well-meaning citizens of Rivers State are dissatisfied with the gross incompetence of the REC and INEC’s decision to continue with the suspended electoral process, as it is clearly not a fair or transparent process.

“We are concerned about the looming electoral crises unfolding in Rivers State and this may most likely result in a breakdown of law and order, destruction of property and loss of lives.”

 

 

 

Kano PDP Aggrieved By Outcome Of Governorship Election, Rejects Result

 

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kano have expressed dissatisfaction at the conduct of the governorship election which produced a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Umar Ganduje as the winner.

The PDP, at a press conference in Kano, rejected the results and vowed to contest the outcome at the election petition tribunal.

Governorship candidate of the PDP, Abba Yusuf, revealed that the party has assembled its legal team to begin a court process.

“The next line of action is for us to go to court, we have mobilised all our lawyers and they are here collecting all the pieces of evidence on the ground. By Tuesday or Wednesday, we will submit our case to the tribunal; we expect the tribunal to give us every necessary support in terms of justice. We expect our mandate to be retrieved from the APC and justice would be done.”

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Deputy governorship candidate, Aminu Abdulsalam, urged the Nigeria Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to do the right thing as unbiased umpires.

The level of violence in Gama was in full glare of everybody, yet nobody is willing to say a word, they even went on to say that all was well. The only way forward is for the police force to do what they are supposed to do, to be an unbiased umpire. INEC should sit up and do the right thing. Canceling the election was the best thing that could have happened.

The state party chairman, Suleiman Bichi, however, described it as ‘unfortunate’ and expressed his displeasure at the election process.

“Well I think it is a purely electoral robbery in Kano, it is unfortunate that in this era in Nigeria, this kind of thing can happen. It is beyond human imagination. I cannot fathom if this country is ready for democracy, and democracy has been massacred, battered and it is unfortunate and I hope that the leaders look into it and amend what has happened in Kano. Otherwise, this may be the end of democracy in Nigeria.”

The PDPs reaction is coming after the governorship rerun election which was conducted in 28 Local Government Areas. The incumbent governor, Umar Ganduje was returned as governor-elect of the state.

Peace Committee Meets With Buhari, Conveys PDP’s Concerns

 

The Chairman of the National Peace Committee, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, says the group has presented the grievances and observations of the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate in Saturday’s election, Atiku Abubakar, to the President.

Gen. Abubakar told journalists after the committee met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday that the meeting was basically to convey the fears of the PDP to the President, affirming that Mr. Atiku did not give conditions as being speculated.

“Mr. President has listened to us and also taken note of what we have told him.

On behalf of this country and all of us regardless, we need peace. This country is very important to all of us.

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We are not talking of self-interest; we are talking of the interest of Nigeria,” said Gen Abubakar.

He described the PDP presidential candidate’s decision to approach the courts as the right thing to do. “I am glad that the PDP has said they are going to court,” asking Nigerians to maintain peace.

The meeting comes a day after the Committee met with the PDP Presidential candidate, in the company of other leaders of the party including the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, among others.

The National Peace Committee has been in the forefront of the campaign for peaceful elections in the country.

In the run up to the Presidential and National Assembly polls, the Committee got the presidential candidates to sign a Peace Accord, pledging to maintain the atmosphere peace and urge their supporters to abstain from violence.

PDP Suspends Deputy National Chairman

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National Chairman PDP, Uche Secondus

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended its Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Gamawa Babayo, over allegations of dereliction of duty and anti-party activity.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party in a statement on Monday said Babayo was suspended by the National Working Committee (NWC), after an extraordinary session on January 5.

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“The NWC found merit in the petition on allegation of dereliction of duty and anti-party activity as contained in Section 58 (1) e, f, g, h of the PDP Constitution.

“Therefore, in exercise of section 29 (2) a, b and c, the NWC hereby invokes Section 59 (1) d of the constitution of the PDP on the Deputy National Chairman (North) and accordingly suspends him from the party immediately,” the statement read in part.

PHOTOS: PDP Takes Presidential Campaign To Ilorin

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday took the campaign for its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital.

The campaign train was met by a cheering crowd in the state.

Senate President Bukola Saraki during the rally claimed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has not kept the promises it made to Nigerians. He added that it is time to elect a President that will unite and not divide the country.

The National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus in his address said the PDP is on a rescue mission in the nation.

See photos from the campaign below…

PDP To Hold Presidential Campaign Rally In Sokoto

Kola Ologbondiyan

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its North West Presidential Zonal Rally will hold tomorrow, Monday in Sokoto, Sokoto State.

The rally according to the party will be used to touch base with leaders in the geopolitical zone on further consultations on the national consensus to ‘rescue’ Nigeria from Muhammadu Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Director of Media and Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement on Sunday said the campaign will focus on issues as well as address the concerns, plights, fears and aspirations of Nigerians in the geopolitical zone, in line with the policy document of its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

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“The Northwest bears heavy imprints of neglect by President Buhari’s administration, the President and the APC cannot point to any key development project articulated and completed by it in the last three and half years, despite the huge resources it claims to have channelled to the zone.

“The North West zone is now rallying with the PDP’s Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who has demonstrated an unrivaled competence and political will to reposition the nation and return her to the path of national cohesion and economic prosperity,” the statement read in part.

The PDP also appreciated the people of the North West geo-political zone and Nigerians in general for the unprecedented outpouring of goodwill, prayers and support for Atiku Abubakar, since his emergence as the party’s Presidential candidate.

Atiku, Kwankwaso, Saraki, Nine Others Jostle For PDP Presidential Ticket

Twelve top politicians of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today jostle for the party’s presidential ticket.

Delegates numbering at least 4,000 are expected to vote at the Adokiye Amasiemeka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, venue of the convention and pick one candidate from the 12 aspirants.

The aspirants are former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; Senate President Bukola Saraki; immediate past Senate President, Senator David Mark; Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo; Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; former governors of Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto, Jigawa and Plateau states- Ahmed Makarfi, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Attahiru Bafarawa, Sule Lamido, and Jonah Jang; former Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki; erstwhile lawmaker, Datti Baba-Ahmed and Stanley Osifo.

Chairman of the PDP National Convention Planning Committee, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Friday told journalists that none of the 12 aspirants has stepped down, contrary to speculations.

According to Okowa, everything is on course for a hitch-free convention.

Rivers State Governor Nysom Wike in a post on Twitter assured all delegates, observers, and visitors of adequate security adding that the state government is working with security agencies to ensure safety during the convention.

 

The successful PDP candidate will represent the party at the 2019 presidential elections and will be slugging it out with President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).


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20:50 pm: PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus gives an opening address, says the party is set to forge a new path for the nation.

National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, addressing the convention

21:20 pm: Chairman of the PDP National Convention Planning Committee, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, gives an opening address, says the electoral process will be free and fair.


 

21:45 pm: Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, gives an opening address.