South-West Divided Over Candidate For PDP Chair

South-west-PDP-meeting Efforts of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-west region of Nigeria to put forward a strong candidate for the chairmanship of the party appear to have hit a brick wall on Monday.

A meeting of the leaders of the party in the region held on Monday in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, ended without agreement on who becomes the candidate for the national chairmanship position of the party.

The national leadership of the party had earlier zoned the position to the south-west and at the meeting, leaders of the party were expected to agree on a consensus candidate ahead of the national convention planned to hold on August 17 in Port Harcourt, River State.

Briefing reporters after the meeting held at the Government House of Ondo State, the factional South-west Zonal Chairman of the party, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, revealed that the chairmanship was zoned to Lagos and Ogun States, while the deputy publicity secretary position went to Osun and Oyo; and the treasurer was zoned to Ekiti and Ondo States.

One of the chairmanship aspirants, Professor Taoheed Adedoja, from Oyo State, however, disagreed with the zoning arrangement insisting that all the aspirants must be allowed to test their popularity.

Another aspirant, Mr Bode George from Lagos State commended the oneness and cohesion of the party in the zone, expressing hope that all the issues in the party would be amicably resolved.

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South-west Peoples Democratic Party’s meeting held in Ondo State

Those present at the meeting include Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko and his Ekiti State Counterpart, Ayo Fayose; Mr Ebenezer Babatope.

Others are Senator Seye Ogunlewe, Senator Olusola Obada, Senator Kofo Akere Bucknor, Senator Iyiola Omisore and Rasidi Adeojo among others.

Claiming Chairmanship Position

While the plan for the convention is ongoing, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is still claiming the chairmanship position, with a court ruling in his favour.

He had approached a court to stop the party from holding the planned convention, insisting that he remained the chairman of the party.

Senator Sheriff was removed by some members of the at an earlier Convention held in May, with a caretaker committee established.

The caretaker committee has set up two committees in preparation for the planned convention.

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Senator Ali Modu Sheriff insists he is the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party

After Senator Sheriff’s removal, he insisted that a court order had stopped the convention from holding, an order he said led to his announcement of the convention’s postponement before he was removed by some members of the party.

His persistent claims to the leadership of the party and court orders in his favour have caused a divide in the leadership of the party.

On July 28, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja affirmed Senator Sheriff as the authentic national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to Justice Okon Abang, only actions and decisions made by the Sheriff-led leadership are lawful and binding.

He, however, said that although he had the powers to nullify the ruling of the Port Harcourt division of the Federal High Court, which recognised the Makarfi-led leadership, he would not do so because there was no application to that effect before him.

Earlier on July 27, Senator Sheriff and eight others approached the Federal High Court, Abuja for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the party from conducting the national convention slated for August 17.

The court is yet to give its verdict on the request and the Senator Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee is going ahead with plans for the proposed convention.

Mimiko Decamps To PDP, Declares Support For Jonathan

Olusegun MimikoThe Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has decamped from the Labour Party to the People’s Democratic Party.

He has also pledged unflinching support for the re- election of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election.

The declaration was made before the South West PDP members who converged on the banquet hall in the Presidential Villa to welcome him back into their fold.

He told them that his main target for coming back to PDP was to help the process of getting President Goodluck Jonathan elected in 2015 following the Presidents track record in the transformation of Nigeria and electoral reforms.

South-West PDP Meet In Oyo, As APC Rallies In Imo

An emergency meeting of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in the South West region of Nigeria has held in Oyo State, South West Nigeria.

The meeting ended with the participants asking the National Working Committee of the party to expedite action on a new date for the congress of the party in the zone in order to put executives in place.

The meeting noted that only the South-West zone of the party has no substantive executives in place and asked the National Working Committee of the party to abide by the mandate given to it at the last NEC meeting to set a date for South-West congress.

Speaking on behalf of delegates at the meeting, the PDP Chairman in Ogun State, Mr Dayo Lawal, also re affirmed the zone’s support for President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Lawal said that serious efforts are ongoing among all factionalized leaders of the party to broker peace and unite disgruntled members.

APC Rally Imo State 

While the PDP is looking at getting their acts right in the South-West, the All Progressive Congress, APC in Imo State is asking youths in the state to embrace the party ahead of the 2015 general elections.

While addressing youths at a sensitization rally in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State, the Imo State Commissioner for Finance, Chike Okafor, asked the youths in the area to be part of what he described as the wind of change that is blowing across the nation.

Mr. Okafor maintained that the party has presented a manifesto that is programmed towards youth empowerment, job creation and qualitative education for the Nigerian youths.

He also asked youths in the state to support Governor Rochas Okorocha, who is the chairman of the APC Governors Forum and that the Okorocha led administration is ready to consolidate on the projects and policies which has been since his 2 years in office.