Jonathan says PDP is the only party in Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan has described the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the only political party in Nigeria following the party’s ability to settle its differences amicably amidst plurality of views.

The President made this known at the 59th National Executive Committee meeting of the party in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja on Wednesday, where he re-emphasized the need for more unity in the party.

Giving a swipe at the opposition parties, the president chided that words of individuals were laws in opposition parties, adding that it was only the PDP that possesses the means of using dialogue to settle disagreements amongst its members.

“For now, the PDP is the only political party we have in Nigeria that does not have one person whose word is law. Most other parties have individuals whose words are the laws. In the PDP, there is no such person whose word is the law,” he said.

The President urged the National Working Committee of the party to ensure that unity continues to reign in the party no matter the kind of misunderstanding that rocks the party, saying “as a political party people will always disagree. There is no party where there wouldn’t be disagreement.”

Referring to the crises that rocked the party ahead of the primaries for the 2011 presidential election, the president noted that “the ability to disagree and our ability agree and take a common position” makes the PDP the only party in Nigeria.

“Despite the disagreement, finally we will always agree on a common cost.” “Our ability to agree and our ability to take a common position, our ability to allow people to make input is our strong point” he affirmed.

The PDP has been the ruling power in Nigeria since the advent of democracy in 1999.

The National Executive Committee meeting which was a valedictory session for the current executive members of the party also had in attendance the Vice president Architect Namadi Sambo and some (PDP) governors in attendance.

The President also congratulated the governors that were voted back into office and those that have won their cases at the Supreme Court and election tribunals.

He called on the governors to work hard at ensuring that unity continues to reign in the party across the states.

Court dismisses suit seeking to sack Umeh as APGA chairman

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday dismissed a suit seeking an order of mandamus to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise the Chekwas Okorie-led National Officers of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

The suit seeking an order prohibiting INEC from relating with the Victor Umeh-led faction of the party in any manner which is inconsistent with the decisions reached at the September 2, 2009 national convention where the party officials led by Mr. Okorie were elected was filed by the APGA National Vice Chairman (South), Benjamin Duru.

Mr Umeh through his counsel had argued that the suit was not properly instituted and Mr. Okorie had violated an order of court which said status quo be maintained when he convened the September 2009 convention.

Delivering judgment, Justice Bilkisu Aliyu agreed Mr Umeh’s argument that the suit was not properly filed as it was filed outside the 3 months period provided in rule 4, order 34 of the Federal High Court procedure.

The court said the convention took place during the pendency of Mr Okorie’s appeal against the judgment of an Abuja High Court which upheld his suspension from APGA and recognized Mr Umeh as chairman. The court said Mr Okorie’s action amounted to an abuse of court process.
Moreover, the court said, the convention was an utter disregard of the judiciary.

Justice Aliyu dismissed the suit for lack of merit and competence.

Charles Arhiavbere Emerges Guber Candidate for PDP in Edo State

General Charles Arhiavbere has emerged the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Edo state.

Charles Arhiavbere garnered 403 votes to emerge winner as against Ken Imasuagbon 178, Matthew Duoyekenmwen 94 votes, Professor Osariemen Osunbor 22 while Professor Julius Ihonvbere garnered 22 votes.

Accredited voters were 725 while there were 4 void votes. The results however attracted protests from three aspirants who stomped out of the venue visibly angry.

Ken Imasuagbon said ‘we have no process’ while Osunbor said a statement will be issued in due course to express their views.

 

However chairman of the party hailed the process which saw the emergence of their candidate as transparent and fair adding that he

Is confident they will reclaim the mandate from ACN.

NESREA Commences Training for Officers

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency has commenced training for officers who will be engaged in the implementation of the national environmental regulations.
At the opening of a risk assessment workshop in Abuja, the director general of NESREA, Dr. Ngeri Benebo said that the agency will fully implement the 24 regulations, which cuts across all sectors.
Dr. Benebo said that training will equip the officials witht he skills to conduct investigations and collate data on environmental risks to avoid disasters.

Bill to Amend Election Petition rejected by House of Reps.

The House of Representatives rejected a proposal seeking to ensure that election petitions are concluded before elected officials are sworn into offices.

A bill which was to amend section 285 of the constitution was proposed by the Chief Minority leader of the House Kawu Abdulrahman.