‘Purported Expulsion Of Imo APC Governorship Candidate Null and Void’ – NWC



The National Working Council (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that the purported expulsion of the party’s governorship candidate in Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodinma, is invalid. 

In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC said the Imo State Working Committee led by Mr Daniel Nwafor was dissolved after members lost confidence in its abilities to lead the party to victory, hence rendering Uzodinma’s expulsion null and void.

The Nwafor-led faction of the Imo APC had earlier on Thursday expelled the party’s governorship candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

Nwafor told reporters at the party’s secretariat in Owerri, the state capital, that Senator Uzodinma was expelled on the basis of alleged inordinate and anti-party activities.

He explained that the purported expulsion of the APC governorship candidate was sequel to the recommendation of a disciplinary committee set up to investigate his alleged anti-party activities.

Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, however, noted  in his communique that the Nwafor-led faction of the APC in Imo state have been dissolved and a caretaker committee in Imo State led by Chief Marcelinus Nlemigbo has been set up to see to the affairs of the party in the state.

He maintained that Senator Hope Uzodinma remains the candidate of the APC in the state and all directives which do not come directly from the Nlemigbo-led committee must be disregarded.

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Below is the full statement from the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress.

“The attention of the National Working Committee (NWC) of our great party APC, has been drawn to the purported expulsion of our governorship candidate in Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, through a statement signed by the former chairman of the party in Imo State, Mr Dan Nwafor.

“We want to state categorically that the former Imo State Working Committee of the APC led by Mr Nwafor was dissolved after majority of members of our party in Imo State lost confidence in their ability to lead the party to victory in the forthcoming general elections, especially due to their involvement in several anti party activities.

“Consequently, the NWC had since set up a Caretaker Committee in Imo State led by Chief Marcelinus Nlemigbo to pilot the affairs of the party in Imo State.

“Therefore, Mr. Nlemigbo remains the only recognised Imo State Chairman and any decision which do not emanate from this recognised Caretaker Committee as regards the affairs of the APC in Imo State is null and void.

“We call on our teeming supporters in Imo State to remain steadfast and disregard such reports as it does not have the blessings of the NWC.

“The NWC is paying keen attention to events as they unfold in Imo State and the party would always take appropriate measures to protect the interests of the party.

“Let it be stated clearly that APC would not tolerate indiscipline from any member of the party under any guise.

Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu
National Publicity Secretary
All Progressives Congress (APC)”

Ali Modu Sheriff Resumes As PDP Chairman

Ali Modu Sheriff Resumes As PDP ChairmanThe National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has officially resumed work at the national secretariat of the party.

Addressing the Imo State PDP delegation who paid him a visit in Abuja, Senator Sheriff said the party is in its current leadership mess because of the imposition of candidates against the wishes of the people.

He, however, stated optimism that he would return the party to the people.

On their part, the delegation led by Senator Hope Uzodinma pledged to mobilise the support of party members from the southeast region.

It appears the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State which reinstated Sheriff as the PDP Chairman has continued to trigger more controversy within the party.

This time, the chapter of the party in Kaduna state seems to have been divided over Senator Sheriff’s supporters and those in Senator Ahmed Makarfi’s camp.

Members of the state working committee unanimously threw their support behind Senator Makarfi and described the Court of Appeal judgement as a ‘miscarriage of justice’.

However, some members loyal to Senator Sheriff have come out openly to distance themselves from the position of the party executive in Kaduna State, saying they are not part of it.

The group, led by Senator Musa Bello, said the judgment of the Appeal Court must be respected by every member of the party, hence they are solidly behind Sheriff.

Senate Asks Government To Suspend Two ECOWAS Protocols

 Senate Asks Government To Suspend Two ECOWAS ProtocolsThe Nigerian senate says the country has not gained much from some protocols which it entered into with regional body, Economic Community For West African State (ECOWAS).

In particular, the senate wants the country to suspend the ECOWAS trade libraliazation scheme and the common external tariff which Nigeria signed in 2000.

According to the sponsor of the motion, Senator Hope Uzodinma, Nigeria’s economy was better off, before it became a party to the trade protocols.

He explained that the protocols have damaged the real and manufacturing sectors, causing the exit of firms like Dunlop, Michelin and Lever Brothers, who have relocated to neighboring ECOWAS states, to manufacture and ship products back to the Nigerian market at zero duty.

Other lawmakers in agreement with Uzodinma, therefore urged the government to take drastic actions.

Ali Modu Sheriff Annuls Plateau State PDP Congress

Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP, PlateauThe former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has nullified the party’s congress in Plateau State.

The embattled PDP Chairman made the annulment when aggrieved members of the party visited him to ask for a fresh congress to elect a chairman in Plateau State.

The delegation led by a former member of the House of Representatives from the state, Mr Bitrus Kaze, alleged that the congress which was conducted in April was not credible.

In his response, Senator Sheriff told the gathering that a new committee would be inaugurated to conduct a fresh congress that would elect principal officers for the PDP in Plateau State.

In a related development, he had on Thursday set up another committee to conduct primaries for three PDP governorship candidates in Edo State, who have bought forms from his faction.

He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had sent the party their guidelines for the primaries, expressing preparedness to meet up with all the requirements set by the INEC for the September election.

Cripple The PDP
In a swift reaction to this, the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee condemned the move by Senator Sheriff, after Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu had emerged winner of the party’s primaries held on Monday.

MakarfiThey accused him of working with the enemies of the PDP to completely cripple the party in the interest of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The committee insisted that the Edo primary election and all the processes leading to it thereof, were properly conducted, monitored and observed by the INEC.

The emergence of the two factions of the PDP is a fall out of the party’s Governors Forum meeting where some leaders of the party removed Senator Sheriff and set up a caretaker committee.

However, the embattled Chairman told reporters when he was refused entrance into the PDP National Secretariat that he remained the chairman of the party until 2018.

Edo PDP Governorship Poll: Makarfi Committee Condemns Sheriff Committee

PDP,Ahmed Makarfi, Ali Modu Sheriff, EdoThe Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the move by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to set up a primary election committee for the Edo State governorship election.

The newly constituted committee, chaired by Senator Hope Uzodinma, was inaugurated after the Monday exercise which produced Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the PDP candidate in the coming election.

In a swift reaction, the Makarfi committee said Senator Sheriff was working with the enemies of the PDP to completely cripple the party in the interest of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The committee insisted that the Edo primary election and all the processes leading to it thereof, were properly conducted, monitored and observed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“No Trace Of Any Court Order”
The Makarfi committee made their stand known on Thursday evening in a statement by its publicity secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, titled “Senator Sheriff & Co: Too Desperate To Destroy The PDP”.

They said Senator Sheriff had connived with some former and serving governors of the APC to deceive unsuspecting members of the PDP, security agencies and the general public to support his ambition to remain as Chairman of the party by claiming he has a court order.

“We have concluded our investigations and discovered that there is no trace of any court order obtained by Senator Sheriff or any of his cohorts either at FCT High Court or the Federal High Court in Abuja or any court in Nigeria,” the statement read.

The Makarfi committee then sent a stern warning to members serving in any committee set up by Senator Sheriff, saying such members would be engaging in anti-party activities and would face disciplinary action.

Sheriff Inaugurates Election Committee For Edo Governorship Election

PDPThree days after the Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) conducted primaries for aspirants in the September governorship election in Edo State, the Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff faction of the party has set up another committee for the same purpose.

The embattled chairman told journalists at a press conference in Abuja that his committee will conduct another primaries for three aspirants who have bought forms from his faction.

He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) sent the party their guidelines for the primaries and he is determine to meet up with all the requirements set by the electoral umpire for the election.

The Election Committee, which has Sen. Hope Uzodinma as its chairman, is a new twist in the power tussle that has trailed the party’s leadership since its aborted Port-Hacourt convention.

Inaugurating the committee, Sheriff cited Section 50(1) of the party’s constitution which he claimed was derived from the provisions of relevant sections of the Constitution and the Electoral Act, as basis for his action.

The inaugurated committees include, Screening, Appeal, Ad-Hoc delegate, Ad-Hoc delegate appeal and the main Gubernatorial Primary.

According to him, the primary will hold on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 in Benin, the Edo State capital.

Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu winner of was declared winner of the primary conducted by the Makarfi-led faction of the party.

Mr Ize-Iyamu won a total of 584 votes to emerge winner, beating his closest rival, Mr Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, who scored 91 votes to take the second place.

Mr Solomon Edebiri scored 38 votes to emerge third.

The Election was chaired by the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umehi.

Senate To Probe Airport Renovations In Nigeria

Senate, AirportsThe Nigerian Senate ‎has announced plans to investigate the renovation work in airports across the country.

The slow pace of work at the terminal building of some airports prompted the decision of the Senate Committee on Aviation.

The Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, made the announcement on Wednesday after inspecting the level of work at the airports in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital and Kaduna State.

He said that the officials of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the project consultants and contractors have been summoned to appear before the Senate Committee, to explain the reasons for the slow pace of work.

At the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja where the oversight visits began, Sen. Uzodinma, who noticed that some buildings were begging for renovation at the premises of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), however, expressed satisfaction with the general level of work.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, on his part reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to establish a national carrier.

The Committee also inspected a number of ongoing and completed projects at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology in Kaduna State.

Sen. Uzodinma told the Rector of the College, Captain Samuel Caulcrick, that the Senate would provide an effective oversight function on the aviation sector, to ensure that all facilities were in place for the smooth running of the sector.

With the discoveries made during the tour of Abuja and Kaduna airports, the Senate Committee on Aviation reaffirmed its commitment to visit other airports in the country, to ensure that Nigerian airports are well maintained for effective service delivery.

Aviation Scandal: More Revelations As Senate, House of Reps Investigate

The Senate Committee on Aviation has revealed that the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, purchased 202 vehicles.

The chairman of the committee, Senator Hope Uzodinma, who had a meeting with the Managing Director of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr George Uriesi, said that the committee is investigating the purchases, which include 4 armoured cars.

He said the FAAN management confirmed to the committee that the vehicles were for operational use.

Meanwhile, as the House of Representatives continues to probe the controversial procurement of 2 armoured cars by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) the Nigerian Customs Service has stated that no duty was paid on the vehicles, as a duty waiver was obtained for the importation.

In his presentation to the House of Reps Committee on Aviation, Deputy Comptroller-General of the Customs Service, Manasseh Jatau, said the 1 year waiver was from the Ministry of Finance for the 2012 Eko Games, which had Lagos State Government as beneficiary.

The President of Coscharis Motors, Cosmos Maduka, also led a team to the hearing. They spoke on the procedure followed on the purchase of the cars and other issues raised by the committee and explained that every requirement by law was duly followed.

The committee has however given the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, who was absent at the hearing, an ultimatum to appear before it unfailingly on Thursday.


Senate Charges Works Ministry To Commence Work On Niger Bridge

 The Senate has urged the Federal Ministry of Works to commence immediate repairs of the Niger Bridge and take urgent action to commence work on the second bridge across the river.

The upper chamber also directed its Committee on Works to carry out investigation with the Ministry of Works and proffer immediate solution to the poor state of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.

The federal lawmakers made these recommendations after two lawmakers brought up the issue of the poor state of the Niger and Third Mainland Bridges.

Senator Hope Uzodinma pointed out the worsening condition of the River Niger Bridge and the need for the federal government to ensure that the second bridge becomes a reality.

Senator Gbenga Ashafa, who moved the motion on the Third Mainland Bridge, noted that if the deplorable condition of the bridge is not addressed immediately, it could lead to a national disaster.

The Third Mainland Bridge which measures 11.8 km is the longest bridge in the country and connects the Lagos Mainland to the Island.

It was built by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc and Borini Prono, and commissioned by former military president Ibrahim Babangida in 1990.

The Federal Ministry of Works completed repair works on the bridge in October 2012.

However, some of the lawmakers are of the opinion that the repair works done on the bridge is not sufficient.

Election of PDP BoT Chairman Inconclusive

It turned out to be an anti-climax as Nigeria’s ruling party the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) failed to elect the chairman of its Board of Trustee (BoT).

The election was expected to see to the election of a new chairman nine months after former President Olusegun Obasanjo resigned as the party’s BoT Chairman.

Although the former president was absent from the meeting, it was well attended by other members led by the President Goodluck Jonathan and other heavy weights in the PDP but they failed to elect a new leader.

After hours of horse trading and negotiations, the party leaders agreed to set up a six-man committee to properly align the membership of its board of trustees with its relevant constitutional provisions in order to enhance the legitimacy of the outcome of the eventual election of a new BoT chairman.

Briefing journalists after the meeting of the BoT which failed to elect the next chairman of the board, a former national secretary of the party and Nigeria’s Ambassador to Canada; Chief Ojo Maduekwe said  the decision has become necessary  for the party to continue to reinvent, remain united and forward looking in the best interest of Nigerians.

The six-man special committee is made up of Prof. Jerry Gana as chairman, Dr Shetima Mustafa, Governor Ibrahim Shema, Senator Stella Omu, Senator Hope Uzodinma, and Chief Bode George.

The committee has three weeks to submit its report.

The party’s board of trustees is meant to reconvene next month on the same matter as they say the meeting was for housekeeping purposes.

Senate orders Lufthansa to remit N2.19 billion to government coffers

The Senate has ordered the German national carrier, Lufthansa Airline to pay N2.19 billion, being the amount of royalty accrued to the federal government from its flight operations from 2009 to October 2011.

Chairman Senate committee on aviation, Senator Hope Uzodima gave the directive at a meeting between the committee and aviation professionals.

The committee at the meeting, learnt that Lufthansa was flying 14 frequencies to the country instead of four passenger and three cargo flights allowed by the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA).

Director of Air Transport in the Ministry of Aviation, Mr. Hassan Musa told the committee that he wrote the Minister of Aviation to advise the government to cancel the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) since Nigeria was not deriving any benefit as agreed.

Members of the committee expressed concern that the MOU signed with Lufthansa in 2008 in which it agrees to train Nigerian pilots and provide equipment at the airports was jettisoned by the airline.

Foreign airlines came under fire last month for the difference of air fares between Nigeria and other African countries.



Senate directs PHCN to set up service stations at airports

The Senate Committee on Aviation has directed the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to immediately set up service stations at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The committee also directed that similar action be carried out in other airports across  the country. The committee gave the directive following explanations from officials of PHCN and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on the cause of the blackout at the airport on Saturday which had some aircrafts hovering in the air for hours.

The Chairman of the committee, Senator Hope Uzodinma, said the blackout at the airport was a huge embarrassment to the country.
He, however, assured the people that “every necessary step” must be taken to forestall any such occurrences in the future.

He also directed the Minister of Power, Professor Barth Nnaji, to ensure a dedicated power line is provided at the airport, noting that the current arrangement was deficient.

Abdulganiyu Umar, the Chief Executive Officer of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, had told the committee that the power outage was caused by the ongoing electrical work by FAAN contractors at the airport.

The Head, Electrical Department of FAAN, Mr Sam Dahua, also told the committee that after the power went off, the generators were immediately switched on but they equally failed after a while.

Senator Uzodinma appealed to the government agencies concerned to work together to ensure smooth operations to address the occurrence of such blackouts.
He noted that if FAAN had worked in collaboration with PHCN, the blackout would have been averted.

He also stressed on the need for officials of the distribution company at the airport to be present at their duty posts at all times.

Mr Dahua said all the parties, namely the committee, PHCN, FAAN and the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) after consultations.

In the MOU the agencies agreed to collaborate to construct a new 33kv line from Apo transmission substation to the airport.

They also agreed that all the street lights and other electricity consumers would be connected to the line to free the double circuit 33kv feeders dedicated exclusively for the Airport.

The agreement also states that the airport authority shall always inform PHCN whenever it needs to carry out maintenance work on its electrical installations to enable PHCN to provide technical support.

The agreement also states that PHCN shall set up a full-fledged service centre at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, while FAAN will provide office accommodation for the PHCN technical crew.

The parties agreed that PHCN and FAAN would carry out joint due diligence on all the electrical facilities at the airport to re-affirm their state and adequacy for smooth operations.

The MoU was signed by officials of the three agencies and the chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation.

The power outage at the airport occurred at 4 a.m. and forced passengers on a British Airways flight to wait in the aircraft for more than an hour for the restoration of light before embarking.