Jerry Gana Promises Devolution Of Power If Elected Nigeria’s President

The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Professor Jerry Gana, says his administration will focus on the devolution of power if elected into office.

Gana during a meeting in Abuja on Saturday noted that the devolution of power will address the challenges of poverty and over-dependence on federal allocations.

“In a good Federal system, the federating units have excellent purposes and basic functions to perform. In Nigeria, most of the federating units, the state, are always waiting to take resources from the Federal Government. That is not a Federal structure.

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“In a good federal structure, the federating units must be strong on their own. Raising resources on their own. Paying salaries on their own. Every state of the Federal Republic will have resources for them to generate and create wealth. We don’t have to be waiting for the Federal Government.

“Therefore, there must be devolution of power to the Federating units, so that our people can be looked after in education, health, housing etc,” Gana said.

He also restated his party’s commitment towards the attainment of socio-economic development through grassroots mobilisation and addressing poverty.

Babangida: Two Party System Best For Nigerian Politics

Babangida: Two Party System Best For Nigerian PoliticsFormer Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), has said that the two party system remains the best option for Nigerian politics.

General Babangida said his long time suggestion about the practice of a two party system was gradually coming to fore in the nation’s politics.

He made the remarks when he received the Strategy and Inter-Party Affairs Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), chaired by Professor Jerry Gana at his residence in Minna, the Niger State capital.

“In 1999 when I was advocating for a two party system, some of my colleagues came to me asking why I am for a two party system and I told them the good thing about a two party system is that it provides a choice, which is the first essence of democracy,” the former Military President stated.

According to him, the PDP can rule for 60 years if they put their house in order, and it is the only political party whose presence has been felt, known and accepted by Nigerians.

“PDP’s presence is felt not only in Abuja or Lagos, but down to the lowest level, if you go to the grassroots, the ordinary man will talk about PDP.

“That is the asset the party has and can use to come back on board. Already it is accepted and known and all you have to do is to work on this,” he said.

In his remarks, Professor Gana described General Babangida as a leader who sees ahead of the politics of Nigeria by advocating for a two party system.

“If only Nigerians had accepted your move for a two party system, we would have gone far now because gradually the nation is moving towards a two party system,” he said.

The PDP chieftain challenged the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government on the need to allow a healthy opposition.

“In democracy, it is healthy to allow political parties to develop. PDP is not a nuisance to the people, we are not a threat, we are very essential partner to government.

“We offer alternatives that will allow the people the right to choose. We want to be allowed to play a formidable opposition,” he stated, adding that the PDP was ready and willing to take over government.

Professor Gana was accompanied by Ambassador Aminu Wali, Dr. Raymond Dopesi, Mr Tom Ikimi, Mr Jide Adeniji and Mr Mohammed Imam.

Others are Honorable Emeka Ihedioha, Professor Rufai Alkali, Mr Abubakar Tanko, former Governor Babangida Aliyu and members of the Niger State PDP Executives.

The delegation presented a report of its recommendations of the committee to the former Military President.

Makarfi Faction Sets Up PDP Strategy Review Committee

PDP Strategy Review Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, Jerry Gana, PDP Caretaker Committee The Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has constituted a committee headed by a former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, to re-invent the party.

The committee was inaugurated on Tuesday by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the party in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Professor Gana highlighted some of the purposes for which the committee was setup and they include developing new strategies to end the party’s leadership crisis.

He assured the PDP faithful nationwide to keep hope alive, saying that the party was only asleep, as the committee was on a mission to wake it up from slumber.

However, the committee’s terms of reference and its composition was concealed from the public.

“After this inauguration, we will appeal to you all to kindly wait because we do have letters of appointment that will be distributed by the secretary to all of you.

“The letters already contain the terms of reference and also we will take a few minutes to analyse the terms of reference and at least, agree together on an initial work plan so that we will not lose the momentum.

“So kindly don’t rush away after the inauguration. Give us a few minutes, we assure you that we shall be very focused and together resolve how we will move forward.

“So I appeal to you to kindly wait after the inauguration,” he said.

‘Wake Up The Giant’

The chairman of the newly constituted committee also assured the party members that the PDP would experience a noticeable progress after the recommendations were implemented.

“By the end when we submit our report and the recommendations implemented, this party will be better.

“This party will move forward and I know it will happen because when the great party ‘The PDP’ was born on the 31st of August 1998 in Abuja, many of you here were the ones who took the ideas back to your states and you mobilised.

“Whatever anybody may say, the PDP is the only party that everyone in the Federal Republic of Nigeria is waiting for.

“So this giant is just sleeping, this committee is to design ways to wake up the giant and to move again and to roar again, to mobilise again and move forward,” Professor Gana said.

PDP Crisis: Reconciliation Committee Presents Recommendations To Sheriff

Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP, Jerry GanaThe reconciliation committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is making frantic efforts to reunite aggrieved members of the party.

The reunion is part of efforts to put things in place ahead of the proposed PDP national convention.

The Chairman of the reconciliation committee, Professor Jerry Gana, was briefing journalists after a meeting with the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the party on Friday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He says the committee hopes to reconcile all warring factions before the party’s convention.

Professor Gana hinted that the committee had presented its recommendations to Senator Sheriff’s faction and expressed optimism that it would promote reconciliation if implemented.

At a separate meeting with party members from the northeast, Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, asked members to be cautious of the decisions to be taken by various leaders of the party to avoid plunging it into another round of crisis.

The PDP Youth Leader in Kaduna State, Ahmed Maiyaki and federal lawmaker, Tony Nwulu, insisted that the youths be carried along in the process.

The party has been struggling with its leadership crisis since it lost the presidential elections in 2015.

In May, some members of the party at a convention in Port Harcourt removed Senator Sheriff as its Chairman and set up a caretaker committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

After, his removal, Senator Sheriff continued to carry himself as the leader of the party, insisting that a court order had nullified the convention that led to his removal.

The situation brought a divide in the party, that led to the setting up of the reconciliation committee by the PDP Board of Trustee saddled with the responsibility of reconciling the factions.

Senator Sheriff is expected to study the recommendations of the committee ahead of a bigger meeting with the contending factions before the proposed convention.

PDP BoT Inaugurates Reconciliation Committee

Abia, PDP BoTThe Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has constituted an 18-man reconciliation committee that will look into the crisis rocking the party.

The BoT Chairman of the PDP, Senator Walid Jibrin, also urged members of the party who have filed cases in court to rethink their decisions in the interest of peace and unity of the party.

“God will not forgive us if we sit down and be looking at this problem with all the court cases all over the place.

“Over 15 court cases are going on and I think we should put to end all these court cases and the way we can do it is to allow all the aggrieved to come together and take away the cases from court and give support to this very important committee that will start work immediately,” Senator Jibrin said.

He appealed to all warring factions in the party to sheathe their sword and give peace a chance.

The Chairman of the reconciliation committee, Professor Jerry Gana, believes the committee will come up with a solution that will unite the opposition party that was in power for sixteen years before it lost to the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 presidential election.

He further promised the BoT that the committee would work assiduously to broker peace between all aggrieved PDP members.

The committee has been given seven days to submit its report.

Makarfi Formally Takes Over PDP Affairs

MakarfiThe Peoples Democratic Party’s Caretaker Committee Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, has officially taken over the affairs of the party, including the daily operations of the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

The Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Senator Jubril Walid, told party members at the handing over ceremony in Abuja that the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee would be the one to conduct another convention that will elect principal officers for the party.

Apart from preparing the party for a national convention, the caretaker committee is also expected to reconcile the erstwhile chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff and others who were aggrieved after the party’s convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

A reconciliatory meeting had been held which lasted into the early hours of Tuesday. Although, the embattled chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, was absent in that meeting, other aggrieved members were reconciled,

This gave rise to the official handing over of the party’s secretariat to the caretaker committee at day break.

Mr Makarfi has assured members of the party that he would stick to the mandate given to his committee.

Some members of the various interests groups who were initially aggrieved have also pledged to support the caretaker committee.

It was generally agreed that all aggrieved members should reunite and form a common front to provide credible opposition to the incumbent government.

PDP BOT Hands Over Party Secretariat To Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee

MakarfiThe Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has handed over the party secretariat to the Senator Makarfi-led caretaker committee to run the affairs of the party till a national convention is held to elect principal officers.

This comes as the party says that it is putting in place temporary structures that will run its affairs ahead of a national convention that will produce principal officers.

Mr Makarfi disclosed this to journalists in Abuja after a marathon meeting of the board of trustees, serving and former governors of the party and their serving National Assembly members.

The meeting was initially scheduled to be a reconciliatory meeting of contending members of the Makarfi-led caretaker committee and the embattled chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff but the party later confirmed that Mr Sheriff had travelled before the meeting started.

In spite of his absence at the meeting, the leadership of the party insist that they were on track to unite the party and are currently putting structures in place to pilot the affairs of the party.

Among those at the meeting were the BOT chair, Tom Ikimi and Professor Jerry Gana who is also a member of the Mantu-led concerned PDP stakeholders’ forum.

Governor Udom Predicts Peaceful PDP National Convention

PDP, national convention, Governor UdomGovernor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, has predicted a hitch-free national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) holding on Saturday.

The Governor stated this while speaking to Government House correspondents at Ibom International Airport, Uyo shortly on arrival from an official engagement outside the state.

Governor Udom Emmanuel said that going by the peaceful conduct of the wards, states and zonal congresses of the PDP, the party has regained its bond of oneness at all levels.

He commended members of the party and its leadership for their ability to resolve all issues of concern within the party and embrace internal democratic culture which has returned power to the people.

The Governor was optimistic that with this development, the PDP was now well positioned to regain power at the centre.

The Acting National Chairman of the party, Mr Ali Modu Sheriff, on Tuesday affirmed that he would be contesting in the convention on Saturday saying he had the mandate of 450 delegates of his zone.

He also apologised to aggrieved leaders of the party, including Professor Jerry Gana, over statements credited to him in respect to their position over his continued leadership of the party.

As part of efforts to mend fences with the factions in the party, he also withdrew the draft for the party’s proposed constitution amendment and is also to set up a committee to look into unresolved state congresses.

Court Nullifies South West PDP Congress

Zonal congress, PDPThe Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos has nullified the congress held by a faction of the South West Zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday, May 14 in Akure, the Ondo State Capital.

The trial judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, held that the congress cannot stand because it was held in defiance of a restraining order granted by him on May 11, 2016.

The judge insisted that the court had to “firmly stand in support of its own order to prevent litigants from turning court cases into a game of chess.”

The PDP South-West Zonal Secretary, Chief Pegba Otemolu had on May 11, 2016 approached Justice Buba with an ex parte application urging the court to restrain the Party from going ahead with the scheduled congress in the zone.

Apart from the PDP, he also listed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the Party’s National Chairman and Secretary, Ali Modu Sheriff; and Prof. Wale Oladipo as respondents in the suit.

Chief Otemolu claimed that the four-year tenure of the current PDP South-West zonal Executive members began on October 11, 2014, and would not end until October 11, 2018.

In court on Tuesday, counsel representing the PDP and its Chairman, Dr. Yemi Oke, told the judge that his clients were not aware of the circumstances culminating in the restraining order of the court.

He claimed that the order was procured by “fraud and gross mischief,” by “desperate elements”.

He also informed the court that he had two applications, one to set aside the proceedings leading to the May 11, 2016 restraining order and another asking the court to stay the execution of the May 16 order, pending the outcome of an appeal already filed by his clients.

The lawyer also claimed that the PDP and its Chairman did not authorise any lawyer to file any suit to stop the party’s national convention.

But counsel for the plaintiff, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede, insisted that the defendants were served.

In his ruling, Justice Buba held that the fact that the party and its chairman had appealed against the May 11 ruling and was seeking a stay of execution of same showed that they were aware of the restraining order yet went ahead to hold the congress in defiance of court order.

The judge then went ahead to nullify the congress before fixing further proceedings till June 8.

Modu Sheriff Steps Down PDP Constitution Amendment

Modu Sheriff, Constitution Amendment, PDPThe embattled acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, has withdrawn the draft for the party’s proposed constitution amendment.

As part of efforts to mend fences with the factions in the party, he is also to set up a committee to look into unresolved state congresses.

Following a meeting on Sunday with the factions and governors of the party, and prior to the meeting with the board of trustees, Mr Modu Sheriff said that the issue of zoning would be put to rest through a resolution that will announce zoning of the presidency to the north of Nigeria at the coming convention.

Mr Sheriff apologised to aggrieved leaders of the party, including Professor Jerry Gana, over statements credited to him in respect to their position over his continued leadership of the party.

He, however, announced that he shall be contesting in the convention on Saturday saying he has the mandate of 450 delegates of his zone.

He said that agreements reached at the meetings to resolve the party crisis would be upheld and all differences resolved before the convention.

Niger Governor Congratulates Jerry Gana At 70

Niger Governor Congratulates Jerry Gana At 70Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has felicitated with the former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, on his 70th birthday anniversary.

Governor Bello eulogised the leadership quality of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader, whose political affiliation, according to him, cuts across the nation’s political parties, religion or tribal divide.

A Bridge Builder

A statement issued by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Jibrin Ndace, said that Gana had remained politically relevant not only to Niger State, his place of birth in particular but to the country in general. He was also described as a bridge builder.

According to him, “Professor Jerry Gana has over the years remained a relevant force in the democratic evolution of a modern Nigeria. He has within his adulthood age built bridges across the six Geo-political regions of the country.

“A totally detribalised leader, our elder statesman, an erudite scholar, political mobiliser and administrator par-excellence has remained the shining light of our people,” the Governor said.

Governor Bello, recalled that since he came to public limelight, during his days as the Director General of the defunct Directorate of Food, Road and Rural Infrastructure (DIFRRI), the Professor of Geography had continued to be a force in the political landscape of Nigeria.

“I recall with nostalgia the way he handled his assignment at DIFRRI, which led to the opening up of many rural communities. His contributions to the development of modern democratic ethos as a founding father of one of the nation’s political parties, where he served as the founding Secretary to the party’s Board of Trustee (BOT) indeed qualified him as one of Nigeria’s bright leaders.

“He injected a new drive into public information management during his stint as the Minister of Information. His ability to play with words remain legendary in recent time,” Bello said.

The Governor wished the elder statesman a long life, saying that Nigeria will continue to tap from his wealth of experience.

Insurgency: Jerry Gana Urges Military To Devise New Strategy

Jerry GanaFormer Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, has challenged the Nigerian military to devise a new strategy in its fight against terrorism in the north-east of Nigeria.

Prof Jerry Gana, who was speaking at a forum in Abuja, suggested the mobilisation of every Nigerian that is willing to join in the fight and put an end to the Boko Haram menace once and for all.

“In every nation, when it comes to the issues of security, there’s no politics. So I will like to appeal that all Nigerians should now resolutely mobilize so that together we can defeat terror.

“I’ll also like to appeal to Mr President and the armed forces that they may have to now change strategy because it appears that the conventional warfare tactics of the armed forces is not working.

“We have to now mobilize the youth of our land, mobilize if necessary, the reserves. Let there be a popular mobilization and let there be a reaction by everyone in Nigeria willing to go out there and defeat these people.

“You’ll be amazed how the youths of Nigeria will arise. They did so during the civil war and they can do it again,” he told Channels Television.