Bid to Nominate Peter Obi Minister Tears Anambra PDP Apart
Crisis is currently brewing in the Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the decision by the party to nominate the former Governor of the state, Peter Obi, for a ministerial position to represent the state in the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
Ms. Stella Oduah, who represented the state in the council, was dropped recently.
Since then, nobody has been nominated to fill the vacancy.
It was gathered by media that members of the party in the state are divided over the choice of Oduah’s replacement.
Media gathered that the State Working Committee (SWC) of the party, after its 98th meeting, recommended Obi as a possible ministerial nominee who would represent the state in the federal cabinet.
The argument proffered by the SWC in a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan was that the choice of Obi was because of his “popularity and acceptability.”
The letter signed by the state chairman of the party, Ken Emeakayi and secretary, Mike Akubude, expressed the hope that even though Obi is the member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), “the former governor who will automatically become a member of PDP if and when appointed, is best positioned to galvanise all the interest groups, the people of the state and the South-east zone towards the forthcoming presidential election.”Add a comment
Ekiti Decides: PDP is Coasting Home
Latest results coming in tip PDP's Fayose for victory.
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Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, yesterday accused the federal government of freezing the state’s accounts with the banks immediately the impeachment notice was passed by the state House of Assembly.
This accusation is coming on the heels of the revelation that members of the state House of Assembly yesterday fled Yola, the state capital, to Abuja after their sitting on Wednesday which led to a motion to serve Nyako and his deputy, Bala James Ngillari, with impeachment notices.
Nyako, who disclosed this in Yola through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Ahmad Sajoh, said: “The development was unspeakable.”
He said President Goodluck Jonathan was looking for any opportunity to deal with him.
The governor lamented that the development would affect workers’ salaries especially during the Ramadan period scheduled for next week.
“The freezing of the state government bank accounts directed by the federal government is just another step in the series of harassment and victimisation of not only political opponents but the people of the state. Add a comment
APC Govs Shun Inauguration of Party NEC
All but one out of the 16 governors of the All Progressives Congress attended the inauguration of the Chief John Oyegun-led national executive of the party in Abuja on Wednesday.
Only the Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamako, who chaired the convention committee, was present alongside other party leaders such as Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Chief Bisi Akande, and Senator Chris Ngige among others.
There were insinuations that the absence of the governors was a sign of discontent but party officials who spoke off the record, argued that state matters and the Ekiti State election were responsible for the absence of most of the governors.
When contacted, the Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, who spoke through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Ahmad Sajo, said he was on his way to Abuja when the federal authorities closed the Yola Airport.
“They closed the Yola Airport this morning for no reason. His Excellency, who was on his way to Abuja, was forced to go by road to Gombe to board an aircraft to Abuja, he did not shun the meeting.”
Sajo’s Borno State counterpart, Mallam Isa Gusau, said the Borno State Governor, Kasim Shettima, was playing host to the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and foreign dignitaries who were in Borno State to inaugurate the Safe School initiative.
“He did not shun the event,” Gusau said. Add a comment
Protesting youths Wednesday took over the venue of the inauguration of the newly elected national executives officers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja for more than 30 minutes protesting against the choice of the youth leader.
This was as one of the contestants for the office of the chairmanship of the party, Chief Tom Ikimi and a former governor of Borno state, Senator Modu Sheriff were absent during the ceremony.
Just before the ceremony was to kick-off, protesting youths stormed the Sheraton Hotel, venue of the event in their numbers wearing a T-shirt carrying his photograph of the controversial youth leader, . Mr. Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo.
For more than 30 minutes the national leaders of the party, including General Mohammadu Buhari were held hostage while the inauguration programme was partially disrupted as two different group of youths suspected to be supporters of the national youth leader clashed with supporters of another youth group who were opposed to his election.
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2,000 APC Members Defect to PDP in Kwara
Ahead of the 2015 general election, no fewer than 2,000 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State at the weekend defected from the party to the Peoples Democractic Party (PDP).
Media checks revealed that the affected party members are believed to be from Ilorin West Local Government Area of the state.
But in swift reaction, the state Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Buhari Suleiman, denied that the members were from the APC, alleging that it was a political ploy by the PDP to create a false impression.
According to him, "Nobody left our party to the best of my knowledge because what we have which is a reality is that members are trooping to APC on daily basis because the PDP is too fragmented in Kwara to attract anyone."
He said: “PDP is a party without control unlike APC that is taking care of its members. The so-called decamp was a political arrangement by the PDP to create false impression that did not exist and they have failed. APC is Kwara and Kwara is APC."Add a comment
Oyegun Emerges APC National Chairman
Delegates at the first national convention of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday night in Abuja elected former governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie Oyegun as the first substantive National Chairman of the party. Oyegun emerged by consensus, despite initial stiff opposition from his kinsman, Tom Ikimi who was not seen at the venue of the convention. This was after two other aspirants for the chairmanship position, Chief Sam Jaja and Timipire Sylva agreed to back down, thus leaving Oyegun and Ikimi to do the contest.
Sylva while announcing his withdrawal from the contest, said he took the decision in order to maintain party unity, adding that he will throw his weight behind the party's choice, Oyegun.
Other officers who also emerged through the same process were Deputy Chairman, South, Segun Adebayo Oni; Deputy Chairman, North, Lawal Shuaibu; National Secretary, Alhaji Mai Mala Goni and National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Muhammed.
However, at about 1.40am, heavy rain and wind disrupted the voting process for the ouststanding party offices for which voting was in process. Ballot boxes were scattered by the heavy wind, canopy and the public addres system were destroyed by the rain sending everybody scampering for shelter.
Earlier, Senator Chris Ngige announced that the APC would in November this year hold another national convention to elect its presidential candidate.
Also yesterday, former head of state, retired General Muhammadu Buhari described the 2015 general election as the watershed for the country. Also, former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, said the general election would bring to end the era of impunity that had allegedly characterized the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. Add a comment