PDP Reconciliation Committee Submits Report Ahead Of National Convention

PDP's Makarfi and SheriffThe PDP Reconciliation Committee, which was inaugurated by the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) on Saturday submitted its report.

The committee was set up to reconcile Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff to the party ahead if the National Convention.

The PDP was plunged into serious leadership crisis after the last national convention failed to conduct elections for principal officers of the party.

Sen Sheriff, since then, has paraded himself as the party’s national chairman, even though the governors and other leaders if the party continue to work with the Markafi-led Care Taker Committee which was mandated to organised the convention.

The reconciliation committee just presented its reports saying its recommendations will go a long way to resolve the crisis within the party.

Asked to give details of the report, Chairman of the Committee, Prof Jerry Gana, said the content will be made known after the BOT Chairman presents it to the BOT.

He said he can only assure all that the convention will hold and it will be an elective convention.

He also affirmed that the Committee met with Sen. Sheriff, but declined to comment on whether or not Sheriff is in agreement with the recommendations, adding that he can only assure all that the convention will hold and it will be an elective convention.

Jonathan Unveils PDP Ward Volunteer Scheme

JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday, presided over the unveiling of the PDP Ward Volunteer Scheme, held inside the Presidential Villa.

There the President told the audience how convinced he was of victory come March 28 and April 11, 2015.

He challenged other parties to march their performances with those of the PDP not minding intimidation.

The President said that those who have not done anything have been intimidating the ruling party because the party has not been marketing itself.

He said that no matter the intimidation mounted against members of the ruling party by opposition parties, no political party would be able to beat the Peoples Democratic Party in the coming election.

In the same vein, the Director-General of the Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Senator Ahmadu Ali, said that some foreign countries were opposed to Jonathan’s re-election bid because Jonathan kicked against and signed the anti same-sex bill into law.

He added also that the country could not afford a repeat of the era when Nigerians were crated and were ordered to be brought back to the country either dead or alive.

Speaking about the rationale behind the event, the Director, Contact and Mobilisation, Presidential Campaign Organisation, Prof. Jerry Gana, said that the event was meant to form greater synergy in the party’s campaign so that every candidate would be campaigning for all party candidates.

Speakers at the event jointly agreed that the meeting was to fine-tune election strategies and if diligently implemented, they would translate into victory for the party at all levels.



Former Minister Calls For Local Government Autonomy

Former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana has joined those calling for the autonomy of local government administration in the country.

Former Information Minister, Prof. Jerry Gana

Addressing a gathering at the inauguration of the Northern Local Government Chairmen’s Forum in Abuja, Professor Gana said local government is key to effective governance in the country.

The former minister however challenged the chairmen to ensure proper utilization of the autonomy for the development of the northern part of the country.

The newly formed forum comprises chairmen of 419 local government areas from the 19 northern states in the country.

The forum is aimed at fostering unity and peace among the people and engendering the socio-economic development of the region.

However, they were charged to take the lead in national development in discharging their responsibilities.

The forum hopes to collaborate with the federal and state governments to enhance grass root development. The forum will periodically provide opportunity for peer review and cross fertilization of ideas that will lead to a widespread prosperity of the north.

The forum also inaugurated an 18 member national executive committee that will run from a secretariat headed by a director general.


Amaechi Is Still A Leader In PDP- Anenih

Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Tony Anenih has labeled Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi as a “leader” of the party.

Anenih, who led a delegation of other BOT members of the party to government house in Port Harcourt, said they were in the state to consult with the governor and other party members on key issues.

He expressed satisfaction with the quality of projects undertaken by the Amaechi led administration.

The state party executives, local government chairmen past and serving welcomed the BOT chairman.

Anenih said he came to discuss issues that would stabilize the system and make PDP stronger as well as issues that are important to the cooperate exsistence of the country.

Governor Amaechi assured that the PDP in Rivers State was peaceful.

He recalled that the state gave two million votes to President Goodluck Jonathan during the last election and assured of his commitment to encourage people to continue in their vote for PDP during elections.

Representative of the state party chairman, Mr. Eli Legg-Jack assured Anenih that the party in the state is not divided and requested the national body to carry them along.

Anenih, during the visit, was accompanied by the PDP National Vice Chairman, Dr Sam Jaja, Prof Jerry Gana, Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas, and Ebenezer Babatope.

Give us security, Northern elders tell Federal Government

Elders from the middle belt region of Nigeria have called on the federal government to fulfill their promise in providing security of lives and properties across the zones and the nation as a whole.

The president of the middle belt forum, Jerry Gana expressed concern on the rising tension in the region, in his visit to commensurate with the governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang.

Mr Gana also made it clear that violence will lead to no result, recalling government’s efforts in providing a lasting solution.

Mr Gana, who was in company of  Bala Takaya, Zamani Lekwot, Joshua Dogonyaro, former deputy governors of Kogi and Nassarawa states and many others, expressed  solidarity with plateau state and the bereaved.

Mr Jang expressed concern on involvement of foreign mercenaries in the crises in spite of the government’s outcry.

The forum is a clarion call to the federal government in providing adequate security to all citizens across the nation, in order to avoid citizens losing confidence in government’s ability to fulfill its constitutional responsibility, which can resort to self-defense and path to anarchy as a stitch in time saves nine.