The Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked a chieftain of the party, Mr Ahmed Gulak, to name the governors he said were in support of his faction.
The party, under the leadership of its factional chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, noted that the camp of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff had continued to blame the PDP governors for the crisis rocking the party.
They maintained that the caretaker committee had the full support of all the PDP governors.
The PDP made the declaration on Monday in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to Ahmed Gulak, an aide of Senator Ali Modu Sherriff in which he stated that up to eight Governors of the PDP are in support of his renegade group.
“We naturally wouldn’t have dignified Gulak and his cohorts with a response but silence could be misinterpreted as admission of the lies of these pathological liars. We are amused by Gulak’s claims. Since the 21st of May 2016 National Convention which held in Port Harcourt, Ali Modu Sheriff and his renegade band have never missed any opportunity to blame the governors for the problems of the party. Only last week, their self-appointed Deputy National Chairman, Cairo was still castigating the governors for the party’s woes at a press conference. Why attack those who are supporting you?
“If Gulak wants to be taken seriously, he should name the governors who are supporting his group. Give names and say the type of support you receive from the governors.
“On the other hand, it may be a case of political hallucination, that he actually meant the APC governors who are their sponsors and not our PDP governors. The whole world knows that these are paid agents of the APC being used to destabilise our great Party”.
The party further stated that all PDP governors were fully in support of the National Caretaker Committee which they and other stakeholders created, asking Mr Gulak to wake up from his dream and come to the world of reality.
The faction of the Mr Ahmed Makarfi Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has lauded Nigeria’s judiciary for curbing what it described as the ‘impunity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’ by unfreezing the accounts of Governor Ayodele Fayose in Zenith Bank PLC.
The party, which forecloses the possibility of changing its nomenclature ahead of the 2019 general elections, disclosed its readiness to enter into merger with other like-minded political associations in the country to be able to dislodge the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming presidential poll.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday ordered the EFCC and the Zenith Bank to unfreeze Mr Fayose’s accounts, which had earlier been restricted for allegedly containing a lodgement of 2.99 billion Naira being part of the 4.9 billion Naira arms fund received from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
The party’s spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who spoke in Ise Ekiti during a scholarship scheme instituted by the Ex-Minister of State for Works, said but for Judiciary, those conferred with constitutional immunity would have allegedly been clamped into jail by the APC-led federal government, just in a bid to muzzle the opposition.
Adeyeye said: “We in the PDP family are particularly happy with the judgement, because it will help in curbing the reign of impunity under President Buhari’s government.
“The EFCC acted against Governor Fayose as if it was not a creation of the constitution. It acted lawlessly and as if individual’s rights to own an account as guaranteed by the 1999 constitution no longer exists.
“We really applaud the role of judiciary in the way it has been adjudicating on some political issues. But for their roles, the nation will by now be witnessing a full blown dictatorship”.
Mr Adeyeye aid that the PDP was well prepared to defeat the APC in the forthcoming 2019 elections, describing the party(PDP) as the strongest party in African continent.
The party’s spokesman accused the APC of destroying the fortunes of the country since President Buhari came on board in 2015 and plunged the people into unwarranted economic recession.
“The PDP is well prepared for the task ahead, particularly for 2019. We are not ruling out the possibility of merging with other political parties, because there could be merger which our party can be part of.
“As we speak now, the PDP remains the strongest party in Nigeria and Africa. We are now more united than ever.
“All the serving and former governors, members of the National Assembly, all the State chairmen of the party are now on one side. They are all supporting Alhaji Makarfi caretaker committee.
“The factional case pending in the court of Appeal will soon be settled and the PDP will thereafter become a real united party that can withstand any election. Only few ones are rebellious who allowed themselves to be used by the ruling government ,” he stated.
The PDP spokesman further predicted that there would soon be a huge implosion in APC that would consume the party, predicating this on the conflicting and like-minded political ideology of the members of the party.
“Half of the APC members are now aggrieved. They have been frustrated and if you see the kind of overtures they are making to us, you will be marveled,” he added.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised security concern over the attitude of politicians in Ondo State ahead of the forthcoming governorship election.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, says the actions of some aggrieved politicians in the state since the political parties conducted their primaries is capable of undermining the security of the state.
“The mindset of the political class, especially the politicians that belong to the leading political party on what it takes to win elections usually involve violence and malpractices among their followers.
“There is an urgent need for the political class to change its do or die attitude to good conduct in politics and a political caution of violence has to be done away with in our political parties.
“Our political parties must imbibe the culture of sincere eternal party democracy in the interest of the nation’s democracy,” he said.
Mr Agbaje made the remarks on Thursday at a meeting with members of the civil society groups in Abuja, to assess INEC’s preparation for the elections.
The decision has led to massive protest in Ondo State, southwest Nigeria.
“It is the court judgement of that day that forced us to say it is this person and that means if another higher court comes with a judgement to say it is Eyitayo Jegede, (we will obey),” he noted.
Agbaje further revealed that he had made a commitment that INEC would obey the ruling of the Appeal Court if the ruling favours Jegede.
“If the Appeal Court says it is Eyitayo, the commission cannot say no, but if it does, I will resign my appointment as a commissioner,” he stated.
Meanwhile Mr Clement Nwakwo, who is a member of one of the civil groups, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, had a different view about the procedure of selecting candidates.
He advised the politicians to address issues of candidacy in-house, instead of approaching various courts for such decisions.
“I do not think that INEC has any major role to play in deciding who the candidates are (and) that’s why they have taken the decision.
“It is really for the political parties to sort out their mess for the court to really not become a theatre of deciding who candidates are, but the political party themselves making those decisions in line with their own process and the rule of law,” he recommended.
PDP Crisis Deepens
At least 1.6 million registered voters are expected to participate in the Saturday, November 26 governorship polls in Ondo State.
There has been crisis over the authenticity of candidates in some of the parties in the polls including the PDP, All Progressives Congress (APC) and Alliance for Democracy (AD).
While the APC and AD finally adopted Mr Rotimi Akeredolu and Mr Olusola Oke as their respective candidates, the controversy has deepened in the PDP.
Both factions of the party have continued to lay claim to having produced the authentic candidate of the party, although the Ali Modu Sheriff faction is backed by the court ruling which favoured Jimoh Ibrahim and which INEC has obeyed.
The PDP faction led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has equally been optimistic that “justice would be served” and called on all PDP faithful across Nigeria as well as the general public to remain calm and continue to support them.
Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reiterated its support for Mr Eyitayo Jegede as its only flag-bearer in the Saturday, November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
The support was declared on Tuesday at a meeting between the factional PDP Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and the state chairmen in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
A statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, revealed that the meeting took place at the temporary Secretariat of the Party in Wuse II and deliberated on topical national issues.
The State Chairmen were briefed on the developments in the party and some certain decisions of leadership.
The meeting also received reports from the state chairmen on the state of affairs in their various territories.
It was equally optimistic that justice would surely be served and therefore, echoed full support for Mr Jegede, as its candidate in the Ondo governorship poll.
The leaders further called on all PDP supporters across Nigeria and the general public, especially Ondo State residents, to remain calm and continue to support them in moving the party forward.
The justices bowed out of the cases after considering a petition written by a factional Ondo State PDP Chairman, Mr Biyi Poroye, who claimed that the justices were likely to be biased against him.
In the petition dated October 31 and addressed to the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the Poroye alleged that the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, had boasted in the public that he and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, had settled the judges to do their bidding.
He also purported that Justice Sankey was transferred from Yola where Eyitayo Jegede, the appellant, who is also a senior lawyer, was practicing law for the past 15 years and that when the justice arrived in Akure, Governor Mimiko boasted that he catered for her to the tune of 100 million Naira.
The petitioner had consequently sought for the disbandment of the panel on the ground that his side would not get justice from the panel.
The wife of Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, Mrs Chikwendu Fani-Kayode, has dismissed allegations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that her Access Bank account was used to launder a said sum of money.
The former Aviation Minister’s wife was purportedly arrested by some EFCC operatives alongside her eight-month-old son, Aragorn on Monday in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital in southwest Nigeria.
Her reaction came after the EFCC said it did not detain the wife of the former Aviation Minister, contradicting reports in the media and the claims of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, had earlier cleared the air on the said money laundering.
“The said account, which had a balance of 2,307,712.82 Naira was flagged following investigation into the PDP Joint Trust fund when the Commission traced 1.1 billion Naira to the Zenith Bank account of Fani-Kayode.
“It was discovered that the account had two biometric identification numbers, one for Fani-Kayode and the other for Sonia Chikwendu.
“The same BVN is linked to two other accounts in Diamond Bank and 15 accounts in Guaranty Trust Bank.”
Lie From The Pit Of Hell
Reacting to the EFCC’s report, Mrs Fani-Kayode said all that the anti-graft agency claimed was not true.
A statement by her spokesperson, Chineye Okechukwu, on Tuesday described the allegations as ‘a lie from the pit of hell’.
“The assertion by one Wilson Uwujaren, who is supposed to be the spokesman of the EFCC that Precious Chikwendu’s Access Bank account was used to launder (former President Goodluck) Jonathan campaign funds or funds from the National Security Adviser (NSA)’s office and that approximately 2.4 million Naira balance was found in the said account at the time of her arrest is a lie from the pit of hell.
“The said account was opened in 2005 at Onitsha when Precious Chikwendu was about to start at the University of Calabar.
“At that time it was not known as Access Bank but Intercontinental Bank.
“The account was used by her from 2005 till 2012 when it was abandoned and went dormant.
“It was not utilised or activated again until August 2016 when small deposits of between 200,000 Naira and 500,000 Naira were made into it and the total amount that entered into that account over a period of two months was approximately four million Naira.
“The money was spent on looking after the family, paying staff salaries and to buy groceries.
“Consequently at the time that the account was frozen last Friday, the amount that was left in it was 95,000 Naira.
“She was not notified about the freezing of the account until someone paid 200,000 Naira into it on Saturday.
“The money entered the account, but after that it could not be accessed.
“She decided to stop at the bank on her way out of Ado Ekiti on Monday in order to know what was going on and she was then detained and offered to the police and EFCC, together with her eight-month-old son, Aragorn, for arrest.
“The total amount that was in the account at the time of the arrest was 295,000 Naira which is approximately $600.
“This is reflected in the screenshot above together with the relevant dates.
“How Wilson of the EFCC arrived at his figure of 2.3million Naira being in the account at the time of (the) arrest is mind-boggling and absurd.
“It is nothing but a shameless and barefaced lie and he and the organisation that he works for are nothing but pernicious liars.
Lies Of The EFCC
“It is equally absurd to suggest that the said account had anything to do with Jonathan Campaign funds or Dasuki NSA funds, given the fact that the said account was not even active or functional between 2012 right up until August 2016.
“The Presidential campaign took place in 2015 and at that time, the account was dormant.
“At the time that she abandoned and stopped using the account in 2012, Precious Chikwendu had not even met Chief Fani-Kayode.
“The lies of the EFCC on this matter are sickening and they are wicked and sadistic people.
“Wilson’s assertions are just one example of such lies.
“The only reason that Precious Chikwendu’s bank accounts were frozen and she was subjected to such inhuman treatment is because she is married to Chief Femi Fani-Kayode who is a politician and a leading member of the opposition.
“They wanted to punish her and their eight month-old-son, Aragorn, just to hurt and spite Chief Fani-Kayode.
Connection With Public Funds
“Finally let me add this; it is not true that Precious Chikwendu has 17 accounts in GTB, this is another dirty EFCC lie.
“She has one current account with a merged savings account in GTB which was opened in 2012.
“Outside of that, she has a dollar account and a pounds sterling account with the same bank which were all opened on the same day in 2012.
“None of these accounts have any connection whatsoever with public funds or with Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and neither was any GTB BVN linked to his.
“Again on this issue the EFCC lied.
“Neither is it true that the EFCC were not at the bank in Ado Ekiti to arrest her because three of their operatives were actually there manning the bank door with their identity cards pinned to their jackets.
“They were backed by five fully armed policemen in uniform.
“They made it clear to Precious Chikwendu that they had been ordered to bring her to Abuja by road that same evening and that if she could not leave her son in the bank with the manager, he would have to come for the ride too.
“Had it not been for the intervention of Governor Fayose, that is exactly what would have happened and only God knows what they would have been subjected to on the way,” the statement read.
The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the purported arrest of the wife of Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, Precious Chikwendu.
Mr Fani-Kayode’s wife was said to have been arrested on Monday alongside her eight-month-old son by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC) in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital in southwest Nigeria.
The party made the censure on Tuesday in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye.
The statement read: “We condemn in its entirety, the arrest and detention of Precious Chikwendu, Wife of Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, and former Spokesperson of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDP-PCO) on October 17, 2016 by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
“She was arrested along with her eight-month-old son, Aragorn, and would have been detained but for the timely intervention of Governor Ayo Fayose.
“This action represents a new low in the Federal Government’s resolve to harass and persecute real and perceived enemies of the Buhari Administration under the guise of an anti-corruption crusade.
“It is reprehensible for the government to attack members of the families of its perceived enemies, especially wives and children, for any reason whatsoever.
“In addition to freezing Chief Fani-Kayod’s accounts, the Federal Government has ordered the freezing of accounts of his wife, Precious Chikwendu, several of which were opened and operated long before their marriage.
“These accounts have been frozen for no reason other than her marriage to Mr Fani-Kayode.
“The Buhari Administration cannot, and must not be allowed to continue the violation of the constitutional rights and freedom of the Nigerian people.
“This sort of tyranny must not be allowed to continue unchecked.
“We have advised the family to approach the courts and enforce their legal rights in this matter”.
EFCC Denies Claimed Arrest
The anti-graft agency, however, said it did not detain the wife of the former Aviation Minister, contrary to reports in the media and the PDP claims.
“The wife of Femi Fani-Kayode and her child are not in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and were never detained by the Commission.
“Contrary to the media spin about the purported arrest of mother and child, a certain Chikwendu Sonia today (Monday) attempted to withdraw money from an Access Bank account that had been placed on ‘Post No Debit’ Category, following the discovery of illicit cash flows into the account.
“She was intercepted by the bank while the Commission was notified but because it was late, the EFCC advised that the suspect be taken to the Police station for processing and release on bail.
“They were arranging to take the suspect to the police station when Governor Ayo Fayose stormed the bank with thugs and his personal security and forcefully secured the release of the suspect, with claims that the EFCC had no power to detain anybody in his state,” the statement read.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expanded the membership of its National Caretaker Committee from seven to 13 members.
The expansion was contained in the party’s resolution after the repeat national convention held on Wednesday at the PDP State Secretariat in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, south-south Nigeria.
The Convention was presided over by the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, with all delegates in attendance.
The delegates include PDP Governors, National Assembly members, the Board of Trustee members as well as other members of the party nationwide and invited guests.
According to the resolution signed by a member of the Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the PDP has postponed the election of officers into various national offices of the party.
They also extended the tenure of the Caretaker Committee till another national convention, which is to be convened within the next 12 months.
The PDP also affirmed that all members of the Caretaker Committee would not contest or aspire for any national office in its next national convention.
The Minister of State for Works, Dayo Adeyeye, has described the one-million-man march held in Lagos on Saturday by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as shameful.
In a statement issued on Saturday and made available to pressmen in Ado Ekiti, the Minister said that the march was in support of corruption and the massive looting of Lagos State by the APC leader, Senator Bola Tinubu.
According to Adeyeye, “What the APC demonstrated was that they don’t care about the feelings of the people.
“The APC should defend the allegations of converting almost all the landed properties in Lagos to his personal use and monumental looting of the state by Tinubu rather than embarking on a show of support for corruption in the name of one-million-man march.
“The APC and its leaders needed to seek forgiveness from God for stealing Lagos State blind,” he said.
Adeyeye, who noted that Tinubu became stupendously rich at the expense of Lagos State tax payers, added that it was an insult for anyone to be matching in support of a “corruption personified individual” like Tinubu.
“This is shameful and Nigerians should note that handing over the country to Tinubu and his cabal will be tantamount to auctioning the country at the World Trade Centre,” the Minister said.