PDP Reconciliation Committee Warns APC, INEC Ahead 2019

The National Reconciliation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson, has submitted its report to the National Working Committee led by the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus at the National Secretariat, Wadata House, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja.

While making the presentation, Governor Dickson thanked the party for the thoughtful and proactive steps taken in setting up the Reconciliation Committee and warned opposition APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, against any attempt to rig the 2019 elections.

He also expressed gratitude to the party for the support the committee received in actualising its mandate.

Governor Dickson equally congratulated the Chairman and the NWC for the mammoth support of the party as witnessed in the just-held rally in Jigawa State; a sign post that Nigerians across the country have accepted the party on the one hand, and issued a quit notice to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) come 2019, on the other.

The Bayelsa Governor stated that the committee started work even before the convention ended and proactively moved round the country; engaged party leaders and members who harboured grievances and complaints in respect of the 2018 National Convention.

He appreciated the leaders of the party across the country for the warm reception, high regard and team spirit they accorded the committee throughout the assignment.

He added that the committee having interacted with a cross section of party leaders, women and youths summarized key issues raised across the country.

The issues include:

1. The committee is of the view that the PDP should lead a broad-based coalition to wrest power from the APC in order to salvage Nigeria form further ruin. It recommended that the party should build alliances and establish inter- personal contacts with everyone, including those that have either left or abandoned the party. This desire for the broad-based coalition should be open to everyone who intends to salvage the country from the present mismanagement of the ruling party.

2. The NWC should as soon as possible constitute all statutory standing committees of the party including a strategy committee for the task ahead. The composition of the leadership and membership of these committees must include women, youth and leaders of our party especially those who feel aggrieved and excluded from party activities.

3. In the course of our engagements across the country, we realized that the South West Geo-political Zone deserves some special attention and thus we recommend close personal interaction between the NWC and the zone.

4. We equally received several complaints that border on the involvement of women. Thus we suggest that the party should deliberately crave the support and involvement of women. As the most women-friendly party in the country, the NWC should deliberately cultivate them and assure them that our doors shall remain open for them at all levels of the party.

5. The most crucial part of our recommendations which the entire country hasreiterated is the party’s respect for the rule of law and internal democracy. Even though, we are adjudged the most Democratic Party in the country today, we must re-examine ourselves and create a level playing field for all aspirants at all times.

Concluding, the Governor once more thanked the party for the honour and privilege to serve and pledged that he and members of the committee are readily available to serve the party in whatever capacity whenever called upon. His words: “I and other members of the committee have pledged to work for the party and the nation until the nation is salvaged.”

In his reply,the National Chairman thanked the committee for the good work done. He stated that the report would serve as a guiding template for the going forward of the party. He added that henceforth, the committee has being designated as a standing committee to guide the party in the build-up to the 2019 elections.

“This is a new PDP, rebranded and repositioned to regain lost power” adding that ‘PDP is open to everyone with particular emphasis on women and youths. We want the party to be open to women and youths to aspire to the highest office in the land so we can jointly rescue our nation”, he said.

Prince Secondus stressed on the fact that even during the years of the Nigerian Civil War, the country was never as divided and disunited as it presently is under the watch of the APC government.

Hear him: “APC government is a threat to the unity of this country and only PDP has the capacity to restore the unity of the country once again”.

While positing that the party’s stands with the National Assembly to make laws for the land and the good of the people and not for any cabal in Aso Rock, the party chairman said, ‘The APC government is broken and we are ready with open doors for all the other parties to join hands and rescue this country from ruin’.

In his conclusion, the chairman said, “We hope to form a government of national unity in 2019 where all Nigerians will have a sense of belonging irrespective of religion, tribe or gender. Let me sound a note of warning, APC and INEC cannot rig the 2019 elections. The election is for Nigerians to decide who would lead them and Nigerians shall resist any attempt to rig the 2019 election at all cost”.

APC Fixes July 7 For Osun Governorship Primaries

The All Progressives Congress APC has fixed July 7, 2018 as the date for its Osun State Governorship Election primaries.

In a schedule sighted by newsmen on social media platforms on Sunday morning, the party revealed the schedule of its programmes and activities ahead of the 2019 General Elections.

The APC in Osun State is however expected to lift the ban on campaigns and expression of interests from Aspirants within its fold this week after it placed a ban on it in 2016.

It adduced early showcase of interest from political gladiators ready to take over from Governor Rauf Aregbesola when his second term ends in November, 2018 immediately after the last general elections as reasons for its action.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had on October 5, 2017 announced that the governorship election in Osun will take place on September 22, 2018 while the Ekiti election holds on July 14, 2018.

About 35 people within the ruling party and from the opposition divide have expressed interests in taking up Aregbesola’s job.

100 PDP, Accord Party Members Defect To APC In Osun

By Nofisat Marindoti
No fewer than 100 members from the opposition parties in the State of Osun  has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), party ahead of the coming September 22 Governorship election in state.
The defectors who were former members of the People Democratic Party (PDP) and Accord Party defected to APC during a town Hall meeting in Iwo, which was organized by the Osun All Progressives Youth Forum, a youth wing of the APC led by Comrade Olateju Olorungbebe Adunni.
The development according to the OAPYF Coordinator, Comrade Adunni was one of the greatest achievements recorded by the forum since its began the town hall meeting about two weeks ago.
Adunni said the meetings were geared towards resolving perceived differences among the members of the ruling party and to woo new members to the party ahead of September 22 gubernatorial election in the state.
Receiving the defectors,  the APC Chairman in Iwo, Semiu Ayanfe congratulated them for taking a bold step, saying it was a clear message for some members of the opposition parties who think they can wrestle power from the ruling APC come September 22.
According to Ayanfe, “it is because of good governance led by Governor Rauf Aregbesola, that makes opposition parties members to join the progressives”.
Speaking, Mr Aditu Sideeq who led the defectors,  said they defected to APC because of the development the APC led government has brought to the state.
Sideeq who vowed to always give necessary support to the party said they were convinced by the unprecedented development Aregbesola has brought to the state within a space of seven years.
The Secretary to the State Government, Alihaji Moshood Adeoti in his remarks, explained that the Permanent Voter Cards (PVC)  is the only weapon with which the youths can claim their rights.
He implored the people of the State, especially those who have not registered, to ensure they register with INEC, with a view to securing their PVCs that would enable them participate in the coming election.
According to him, “Voter’s card is the weapon that could be used by the electorates to choose candidates of their choice”.
Speaking, the Director of Osun Rural Area Development, ORAM, Hon. Adeleke Adeyemi Oriolowo, said the State government has partnered with World Bank in construction of road between Osogbo to Iwo and Iwo to Ejigbo.
He stressed that the State government is making efforts to improve the standard of living of people in the state.

FLASH: APC NEC Extends Oyegun’s Tenure, As Saraki, Dogara Shun Meeting

Senate President Bukola Saraki is not among the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the ongoing national executive council meeting of the ruling party.

The number three citizen was also absent on Monday night when President Muhammadu Buhari hosted the APC caucus at the presidential villa in Abuja.

The meetings, which Saraki has missed for the second time in a row, are strategic to the forthcoming election.

On Monday, the president told top members of the party to prepare for the 2019 elections. He also thanked them for standing by him “despite the antics of the opposition”.

Governors, ministers and top members of the ruling party are at the meeting holding at the headquarters of the APC in Abuja.

But Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, is not also at the meeting as Buhari had taken his seat at the time speaker arrived.

By protocol, all guest ought to have been seated before the arrival of the president.

Earlier in the day, Saraki was at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), where his trial was adjourned following a complaint by Kanu Agabi, his counsel.

Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, accompanied him to the tribunal.

Meanwhile, the party has announced a one year tenure extension of the party’s National Working Committee led by the APC National chairman John Odigie-Oyegun.


Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello announced the extension during the party’s National Executive Committee being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.


In attendance at the meeting are the national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, state governors elected under the party, members of the APC National Working Committee and others.

APC NWC Wades In Kaduna APC Crisis

Members of the National Working Committee, NWC of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have take some decisions on the crisis rocking the Kaduna state chapter of the party.

This was contained in a statement on Thursday by the party’s spokesman, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi.

He said the NWC agreed that “the unfolding situation in Kaduna State is deeply regrettable and request all parties in the disagreement to maintain utmost decorum and give opportunity for true reconciliation.

“Consequently, the NWC has set up a three-man committee led by the Deputy National Chairman (South), Engr. Segun Oni to embark on a fact-finding mission to Kaduna State with a view to identifying the remote and immediate causes of the disagreement and the circumstance that led to the demolition of the house of Senator Hunkuyi.

“The committee is to report back to the NWC within a week. Other members of the Committee are the National Auditor, Chief George Moghalu and National Woman Leader, Hajia Rahmatu Alliyu.

“In respect of Kogi State, the NWC reaffirms that that Alhaji Haddy Ametuo remains the Chairman of the APC in the state until the appropriate organ of the party decides otherwise in accordance with the party’s constitution.”

The meeting of the NWC with lasted for about seven hours was led by the National Chairman of the Party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and was attended by majority of the NWC members.

Recall that Senator Hunkuyi’s building used by a faction of the APC was demolished on Tuesday by the Kaduna state government 24 hours after it was marked for demolition.

PDP Loses 42,000 Members To APC In Adamawa

About 42,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Leading the decampees who cover from 21 Local Government Areas of the state, is the former Presidential Adviser on Legal Matters to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Bar. Ali Gulak, other stakeholders of the PDP.

Bar. Gulak explained that the government has achieved success in the war against terrorism in the northeast, which alone is enough to decamp to the party.

He also added that the party (APC) gives opportunity for those eyeing certain positions in the party to get a chance.

They were received by the Vice Chairman of the APC, Northeast, Comrade Salihu Mahmud and other members of the party’s working committee.

In his remark, Comrade Mahmud, the northeast zonal vice chairman says this event is historic because of its magnitude

The highlight of the event was the lowering of the PDP flags and the hoisting of the APC flags at the secretariat.

In an interview with journalists after the event, the northeast zonal vice chairman of APC Comrade Mahmud says the party in the zone is endorsing President Buhari to contest the 2019 presidential elections.

According to the organisers of this event, it is only symbolic as a rally will be organised soon where all their 42,000 decampees will be formally received by the party in the state.

In a similar development, the state is expecting President Muhammadu Buhari to pay an official visit.

Tinubu Capable Of Reconciling APC – Kalu

Former Abia governor, Dr. Orji Kalu has called on the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to accelerate efforts toward reconciling aggrieved members of the ruling party.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kalu made the call on Sunday night while speaking with newsmen at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos.

He said the task given by President Muhammadu Buhari to Tinubu was very apt because there was an urgent need to reconcile feuding members of the party.

According to him, the situation whereby a serving governor and a minister who belong to APC are engaged in bickering at a time concerted efforts are needed to return the party to victory in 2019 is not good.

Kalu said, “I have reported this to the highest authority of the party that it is not proper for a governor and minister in Ibadan to go two parallel ways.

“It is not to the benefit of the president and neither is it to the benefit of the party, it is not the benefit of Nigerians; the synergy needed to accelerate cohesion in the ruling party will not be there.

“We need to thank Mr. President for his wisdom in giving the mandate to the national leader of APC the opportunity to reconcile members of the party.

“I am very excited that such a thing is happening. I am confident it will be a good beginning for my brother and friend, Tinubu to execute the reconciliation task very well.

“I am confident Tinubu will be blunt to settle feuding members of the APC.”

He noted that Buhari had the constitutional right to seek for re-election, adding that the only reason the president might not run in 2019 would be solely on health grounds.

According to him, Buhari is an honest man and will let Nigerians know whether he will contest or not at the appropriate time.

“Buhari is an honest man. If he is interested in running, he will tell Nigerians that he will run. We pray that his health gets better and that his doctors give him a clean bill of health.

“You know Buhari is also a man of conscience; if he feels his health will not allow him to seek re-election he will not go ahead, but if he feels he is capable of running, he will seek re-election.

“It is his decision, it his right, he is entitled to the second term,” he said.


“APC Not Aware Of El-Rufai’s Suspension”

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says the National Working Committee will state its position on the suspension of Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai in due course.

APC national publicity secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, said this in a chat with newsmen on Monday morning.

He explained that response to the development cannot be rushed as the national secretariat was yet to really know what happened.

“I have no details of the matter yet. You know it (suspension) occurred during the weekend”, Abdullahi said.

“Also, I was out of town. Before I can comment, I will need to study what actually happened. So, I can’t give the official reaction now”.

Asked if he would issue the party’s position in form of a statement, the spokesman replied: “It depends, what we find out will determine how we’ll react”.

APC party faction led by the Senator representing Kaduna North Central, Suleiman Hunkuyi, had accused El-Rufai of “anti- party activities and anti-human activities.

The Senator said if El-Rufai did not respond to the query within 48 hours, “the state working committee will sit down and deliberate.”

But in a statement on Sunday, the faction said the governor refused to honour the invitation to defend himself over the allegations levelled against him.

It resolved to suspend him for six months with immediate effect.

The statement said, “Sequel to the 48 hours ultimatum issued to the Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir Ahmad Elrufa’i by the Kaduna state working committee of the APC to give explanations and defence on the allegations labelled against him, the SWC under chairmanship of S.I.

“Danladi Wada on Saturday 17th February 2018 convened, resolved and do consider and ratified the findings and recommendations of the Disciplinary and Fact Finding Committee put before it in accordance with Article 21 (B) (iii) of the APC Constitution, to the effect that having the governor failed to respond accordingly, he stands suspended for a period of 6 months from the APC with immediate effect.”

34,826 Decamp To APC In Niger


National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, on Saturday received 34,826 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger, who moved to APC.

Among the defectors were the state Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Aminu Yusuf, former Speaker of the state Assembly, Alhaji Adamu Usman, a former Attorney General, Alhaji Abdullahi Wuse among others.

Oyegun said in Minna at a rally to receive the defectors that Nigerians must shun sentiment and support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to set the nation on a new path of growth and progress.

He said that the country requires “people of principle” to help fight for the success of the programmes of the APC.

“APC needs sincere soldiers as leaders, people who are ready to join the fight, because God entrusted Buhari to us to salvage the nation and its economy,” he said.

He therefore urged the new APC members to support President Buhari in the efforts to restore the economy through the revitalisation of agriculture and solid minerals sectors.

Oyegun noted that already, government support to agriculture had helped to drastically bring down rice importation.

The APC national chairman stressed that the Buhari administration had also raised power generation to 7,000 megawatts and that the figure would go up by 50 percent after the completion of the Mambila hydro power project.

He noted that the increase in power supply would help boost industrialisation and job creation in the country.

Alhaji Aminu Yusuf, PDP state Deputy Chairman, said they joined the APC to assist in developing the state.

“By the time elections are over, you don’t talk about parties anymore, instead you talk about development of the state.

“The party approached me to come and join them and assist the government build the state. We are coming with our skills and experience to assist the government in developing the state,” he said. (NAN)

Breaking: APC Members Drag Troubled Oyegun To EFCC

A pressure group within the All Progressives Congress called BUHARI/APC ANTI-CORRUPTION SUPPORT GROUP has staged a protest to the Abuja office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday asking the anti-graft agency to look into the financial records of the APC which they alleged is shrouded in secrecy since the inception of Chief John Odigie Oyegun.

The group which had earlier rallied in the Julius Berger area of the FCT in support of the anti-corruption fight of the current administration, later proceeded to the EFCC office to submit the petition.

The group is praying the EFCC to compel the ruling Party’s national chairman to get the Party’s account audited and for the EFCC to probe the finances of the Party in the last four years which they claimed has been a ” one man show” by the embattled chairman.

The group that displayed several banners and placards with various messages like:

“EFCC Must Prope Oyegun Now!”

“Audit APC’s Account Now”

“Oyegun Is Killing the Anti-Corruption Policy of Buhari”

EFCC officials who attended to the group however refused to collect the petition citing non-attachment of necessary documentary evidence and facts to the petition. After several minutes of argument with the EFCC officials who stood their ground, the group leaders angrily left, threatening to resort to legal actions against the APC Nat’l chairman and the EFCC.

The group led by Ishola Adeshina  APC stalwart and supported by the Southwest Public Relations Officer of the Party Amuda Kamilu

Ishola lamented the refusal of EFCC agents to acknowledge and accept the petition.  “I’m thoroughly disappointed by the attitude displayed by the EFCC today. At least they should have collected the petition and if it lacks merit after investigation, they can drop it. The EFCC is mandated to investigate all corruption allegations, but it has woefully failed in that respect today. We are heading to court” he submitted.

Just yesterday, another pro-Buhari group prorested at the party’s headquarters Calling for the sack of Chief John Odigie Oyegun.

Gombe APC Inaugurates Executives Ahead 2019 Elections

The National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mai-Mala Buni, has inaugurated the elected executive members of the party in the state.

The new executives are to help in restructuring the party to achieve the planned success of 2019.

The Gombe state chapter the APC has remained without elected executive members for close to three years as the previous one was dissolved sequel to antiparty realized shortly after the 2015 general election.

The inauguration was greeted with lots of joy from party supporters to really restructure the party ahead of future elections.
With the usher in of the present crop of executive members, party stewards are optimistic that the party has been reposition for the challenges ahead.

The caretaker chairman of the party Idi-Barde Gubana commended the efforts of the National Secretariat of the party, members and the state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam for their support towards the success of the election.

With the successful inauguration of the party, he assures that the party is well structured to face further elections.