Aliyu Says PDP Crisis Will Affect Nation If Not Resolved

Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has warned that the crisis rocking the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has assumed a dangerous dimension that should be resolved, urgently.

Speaking at a meeting with the members of the state chapter of the party, Governor Aliyu argued that the challenges confronting the ruling party would not only affect it, but the nation as well.

He recalled some of the political developments and the crisis that engulfed the party’s special National Convention which resulted in seven governors including himself, walking out of the venue to form a faction of the party.

“Politics, like I always say is about negotiation, is about sincerity, is about truth

Unfortunately for us, politics in this part of the world is seen like people who (pause) is like lies and insincerity

“No, people must be able to back up whatever they have said, either in public or in secret, in private, they must be able to come out and say to the people, this is it

“Whatever it is we are doing, we are doing on behalf our people, and we must take their pulse to appreciate what is happening at a given time. So for me I see solution in sight because when people gather to look at the problems on the ground and to say this is the way to solve it, I believe in ‘give and take’ position, which should be the one to be taken”.

He faulted the situation where persons at the helms of affairs intimidate and force their personal opinions on the people without giving room for dialogue and negotiation.

PDP Faction Seeks Court Order To Stop Bamanga Tukur-Led NWC

A Lagos high court has granted the splinter group of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, leave to sue the Bamanga-led National Working Committee of the ruling party.

The PDP faction is asking for an order to retrain the Bamanga Tukur-led National Working Committee from parading themselves as officials of the party.

The suit filed by Alhaji Abdullahi Baraje and two other officials of the new PDP faction is also asking the court to restrain Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Prince Uche Secondus, Mrs Kema Chikwe, Chief Olisah Metuh and other officials of the party from parading themselves as officials of the Peoples’ Democratic Party.

The High Court has fixed September 9th as hearing date.


The Exodus

On the 31st of August, while the PDP Special National Convention was going on, the unexpected happened, after the speech by President Goodluck Jonathan with five of the PDP governors, Abdufatah Ahmed of Kwara, Muazu Aliyu of Niger, Musa Kwankwaso of Kano, Sule Lamido of Jigawa and Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto states, stormed out of Eagle Square, venue of the party’s convention in Abuja, to form a faction of the party.

Governors Murtala Nyako of Adamawa and Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers States, who were barred from attending the convention, also joined the other governors to form the factional PDP.

To further worsen the situation, Former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku, Senator Bukola Saraki and former national secretary of the PDP Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola joined the newly formed factional PDP.

Prince Oyinlola was announced as the national secretary of the new PDP faction.

The faction said they took the decision to salvage the PDP from those who hijacked it.

The group, organise a news conference, saying that it has taken over the party’s structure, and that former acting national chairman of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje will be the new national chairman.