Abaribe Emerges Senate Minority Leader


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has named senator representing Abia South, Enyinnaya Abaribe as the Senate Minority leader of the ninth Senate.

Also, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha from Taraba South retains his position as Deputy Minority Leader.

The Senator representing the Federal Capital Territory, Phillip Aduda, also retained his position as the Minority Whip.

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These decisions were reached at a meeting held on Thursday between PDP leaders and PDP Senators in Abuja.

The party is expected to formally write the Senate, later today on its decision.

Meanwhile, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is yet to release a list of its choice candidates for other leadership positions in the ninth assembly following the National Assembly inauguration where the party’s choice candidates clinched all the four leadership positions in both chambers.

Akpabio Lauds Wike’s Development Strides In Rivers

The Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has commended Governor Nyesom Wike for his developmental strides in Rivers State.

Addressing reporters on Monday after an extensive projects inspection with the Governor, Senator Akpabio attributed Governor Wike’s excellent performance to his love for the people of the state.

“Governor Wike has done more work and projects in the last two years than the Federal Government. That is my considered opinion. Performance is not necessarily an issue of the availability of resources.

“If your state gets five billion Naira, do projects of that amount; if you get one billion Naira, do projects commensurate with that figure. For Governor Wike, he has judiciously applied the scarce resources available to the state to develop needed infrastructure.

“The resources available to Rivers State is nothing compared to that of the Federal Government. Rivers State Government gets far less than a quarter than one per cent of what accrues to the Federal Government, but we can see the tremendous quality of transformation taking place in the state.

“It is not so much money that makes performance, it is love for your people. When you are elected, if you love your people you will perform, no matter the little money that you have.

“What I am seeing here in Rivers State is not like a recession economy because the Governor of Rivers State loves his people. Let me use this opportunity to congratulate the workers at the various sites, because they are acquiring a lot of skills working at the sites.

Senator Akpabio an Governor Wike inspecting a project in Rivers State

“The kind of projects that Governor Wike is doing in Rivers State will attract the world to the state. Today, there is a song that the handwork of Wike is beautiful,” the former Akwa Ibom State Governor said.

Wike Is Working

He advised Governor Wike never to be distracted by detractors who engage in political blackmail, urging him to continue to transform the state.

“Do not be distracted by unnecessary blackmail against your person by political detractors. I want to urge all governors who have the opportunity to lead their states to visit Rivers State.

“I want to say this with all amount of pride that Governor Wike is working. We pray God to continue to bless, protect and keep him to work for the state. Governor Wike loves his people, he loves Rivers State and that is why he is doing this.

“Under two years, the results are everywhere. The roads we think that will not be done have been done. The roads are now wonderful with most of them dualised.

“When it comes to the time of election and the people risk their lives for Governor Wike, people will say maybe he sponsored thugs or used money; It is Governor Wike’s work that will determine the electoral future,” Senator Akpabio added.

Governor Wike, on his part, explained the importance of the Rivers State Ecumenical Centre, the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park and the Landscaping Architecture at the Air Force overheard bridge in Port Harcourt.

He said that his administration would continue to sustain the execution of projects across the state, despite the economic recession.

Makarfi Insists Appeal Court Ruling Will End PDP Crisis

PDP, Ahmed Makarfi, Appeal CourtMembers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led by the Caretaker Committee, have met with state governors and lawmakers from the party with a view to rescuing the PDP from collapse.

In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, noted that the leadership crisis rocking the party would soon be put to rest.

An Appeal Court in Port Harcourt is expected to deliver judgement on the leadership case involving the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Senator Makarfi led factions of the PDP.

The two factions have said that the judgement would be the end of internal litigation in the party.

Senator Makarfi said the caretaker committee was hopeful that the judgement at the Court of Appeal on the matter would be just and fast.

The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has advised the leaders of the party to put their house in order, so as not to lose in future elections as it has experienced in recent times.

Akwa Ibom PDP Passes Vote Of Confidence On Gov. Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom PDP Passes Vote Of Confidence On Gov. EmmanuelThe enlarged caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom state has passed a vote of confidence on the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel and has unanimously resolved to support him for a second term in 2019.

These were parts of resolutions reached at the end of a meeting of the caucus held at the banquet hall of government house, Uyo.

The meeting was attended by major stakeholders of the party in the state including members of the state exco of the party, Gov Udom Emmanuel and his deputy, Moses Ekpo.

The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke; immediate past governor and current Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio; Senators Bassey Albert and Nelson Effiong, all members of the House of Assembly, chairmen of local government councils, and party elders across the state also attended.

A communique read by the state chairman of the party, Paul Ekpo indicated that the decision was taken after a thorough review of the performance of the state government under the leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

They highlighted, especially, his economic policies geared towards industrialization, job creation, poverty alleviation, youth and women empowerment, infrastructure consolidation and political inclusion in spite of the current economic challenges.

The caucus also expressed satisfaction with the performance of the party’s elected representatives at state and national levels and also passed a vote of confidence on them.

The caucus is the most influential block in the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

PDP Zonal Congress: Party Vows To Reclaim Power In 2019

PDP-zonal-conventionThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held its zonal congress on Saturday, with party members expressing optimism that the party will reclaim power in the centre by 2019.

Five Governors of the PDP in the South-south, party leaders and over 500 delegates from the six states in the region converged on Obi Wali International Conference Centre in Port Harcourt the capital of Rivers State for the South-south zonal congress.

It was held to elect new officers of the party in the zone for the next two years.

Addressing the gathering, the Senate Minority Leader, Mr Godswill Akpabio, said the various congresses must be used to right the wrongs that led to the defeat of the PDP at the federal level.

The new Vice Chairman of the Party in the zone, Emmanuel Ogidi, believes his team will bring all members together.

In the north-west, the zonal congress was held in Kaduna State for the election of leaders that would run the affairs of the party in the zone.

The congress, which was peaceful and orderly, had in attendance former governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi, Sule Lamido of Jigawa State among other top officials.

At the end of the congress, the immediate past Zonal Chairman of the party, Ambassador Ibrahim Kazaure, was re-elected for a second time in office along with other executive members.

Some of the PDP faithful at the congress described the exercise as the most peaceful in the history of the party in the zone.

Mr Lamido expresses confidence in the ability of the new leaders to strengthen and unite the party ahead of the 2019 elections.

He also maintained that the PDP was being repositioned to take over power from the all progressive congress in 2019, expressing beliefs that the leadership crisis rocking the party would soon be settled by members and leaders of the party.

Commenting on the conduct of the exercise, the Chairman of the Congress Committee for the North-west Zone and former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, commended the members for their maturity and orderly conduct, during and after the exercise.

Obasanjo Expresses Concern Over EFCC’s Performance

olusegun obasanjoA former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has expressed concern over what he called an ‘observed ineffectiveness’ of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in recent times.

He said that the anti-graft agency was becoming a toothless bulldog.

The former President made the observation on Saturday while addressing a gathering at his 79th birthday ceremony held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State in south-west Nigeria.

He commended the EFCC under its pioneering chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, insisting that the feats achieved then seemed to be going down.

Mr Obasanjo also expressed satisfaction on the war against insurgency, saying that “the country seems to be gaining the upper hand”.

He further called for more action against the menace.

Also giving his opinion about the anti-graft agency’s performance, the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, had a different view.

Senator Akpabio said that legislation was being made to strengthen the institution.

At the occasion were family members, political associates, serving and former governors, members of the Federal Executive Council and members of the National Assembly.

Some of them described the celebrant as a detribalised Nigerian and an elder statesman.

The event was rounded off with the cutting of the birthday cake as dignitaries joined the former president and his wife at the occasion.

PDP Laments ‘Oppressive And Unfair Treatment’ Against Its Leaders By FG

pdpThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday lamented the oppressive and unfair treatments against its key leaders by the Federal Government.

A statement by the National Legal Adviser, Mr Victor Kwon, said “the arrest and detention of its Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is part of the grand script by the APC-led Federal Government to decimate the opposition.

“We are also aware that plans have been perfected by the Federal Government to arrest and detain the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio and other leaders of the party on imaginary charges.

“Indeed, intelligence available to the party shows that the Federal Government, using its various agencies, is bent on destroying any opposition to the ruling party as all indications show that the government is more interested in humiliating the PDP than fighting corruption”, the statement added.

Mr Kwon maintained that the “war on the PDP and its leaders has indeed gone too far” and “has now become a mockery of democratic practice”.

The party’s Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) in his Abuja home.

A source at the EFCC told Channels Television that Mr Secondus received luxury buses worth over N110 million from a person being investigated by the anti graft agency.


Akwa Ibom Governor Promises Residents Better Days Ahead

Akwa IbomAkwa Ibom State Governor has expressed determination to remain totally committed to the task of delivering the dividends of democracy to the people.

Governor Udom Emmanuel made the commitment at the Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium during a reception in his honour by Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District Consultative Assembly, after the Supreme Court verdict on his victory in the April 11, 2015 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State.

He thanked the people for their support during the Election Petition Tribunal cases, promising that he would live up to their expectation while working earnestly for the progress of the state.

The Governor further solicited the continued support of the people and cooperation to build a better Akwa Ibom State.

‘Victory For Democracy’

The former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, also expressed appreciation to the people of Ikot Ekpene and the state at large for supporting him, urging them to support the Udom Emmanuel-led administration to succeed.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for not interfering in the election petition cases in Nigeria, describing the Supreme Court ruling as ‘victory for democracy’.

Goodwill messages were offered by members of National Assembly led by Senator Bassey Albert, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and the three senatorial districts among others.

At the event, a sword and a Bible was presented to Governor Emmanuel while Senator Akpabio and his Wife, Ekaette – Unoma Akpabio, were also honoured for their contributions to the state.

APC Lawmakers Warn FG Against Sacking Jega

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INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

The All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the Senate has warned of an alleged plan by the executive to sack the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega.

Speaking to journalists after plenary, the Senate Minority leader, Senator George Akume, said the APC was aware of the plan to ask the INEC chairman to proceed on pre-retirement leave.

Professor Jega’s tenure as INEC chairman is expected to end in June this year.

Senator Akume said the APC would resist any plan to remove Professor Jega at this critical time.

He further stressed that any plan to remove the INEC chairman is capable of sabotaging the forth coming general elections.

A former Oyo State Governor, Mr Victor Olunloyo had called for the immediate resignation of INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Mr. Olunloyo opined that Jega’s resignation would pave way for better reforms, as several attempts have been made to discredit him and his office.

He urged the electoral body to desist from using the Ekiti 2014 governorship poll as a template for credible elections in Nigeria, insisting that the election was tainted with series of malpractices.

The elder statesman further stressed the need to conduct credible elections starting with sincerity in PVC distribution, and holding politicians responsible for their mistakes.

Meanwhile, the Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District, Sen. Olufemi Lanleyin, in a swift reaction negated Olunloyo’s submission, describing Jega as a credible professional who must be encouraged to conduct a credible poll.

APC Members In North Central Demand Replacement Of Police Chief

Suleiman Abba.Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the North central zone have asked President Goodluck Jonathan to appoint an impartial Inspector General of Police (IGP), insisting that the present one lacks the capacity to be fair to all Nigerians.

The Senate Minority Leader, Senator George Akume and a governorship aspirant on the APC platform, Mr Solomon Dalung, from Plateau State made the call on Monday at a mega rally organised to seek the re-election of governor Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State.

The party leaders, who gathered in Lafia to drum support for Mr Al-makura, condemned the action of the Acting IGP, Mr Suleiman Abba, who withdrew the security details of the speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourale Aminu Tambuwal.

After the security personnel attached to Mr Tambuwal were withdrawn on October 30, the police in a statement issued by its spokesman, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, cited the recent defection by Mr Aminu Tambuwal from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC as reason.

Part of the statement read, “…having regard to the clear provision of section 68 sub section 1(g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has redeployed its personnel attached to his office.”

At the rally in Lafia, thousands of pro-Al-makura supporters drawn from Nasarawa southern senatorial zone, gathered to endorse the governor to seek re-election.

Prominent among APC chieftains at the rally were the Senate Minority Leader, Senator George Akume, Mr Buba Galadima, Mr Nasir El-rufia, Abdullahi Adamu, and Mr Solomon Dalung who took a swipe at the Acting Inspector General of Police.

To drive home his message of support for Governor Al-makura, Senator Akume, enumerated the achievements of the governor, with education topping the list.

While all the mass support for Mr Al-makura is going on, the immediate past Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr Innocent Lagi, joined the list of those seeking to unseat the Governor.

Lagi is seeking to oust his former boss on the platform of the Labour Party. He denied ever belonging to the APC, insisting that he has solution to the challenges the Al-makura led administration had been unable to address.

Besides the mass endorsement of Governor Al-makura by all the zones and groups, there is the growing concern among indigenes of the state as political intrigues continue to dominate the game ahead of 2015.