Dokpesi, Adeniran Reject Outcome Of PDP Convention

The Peoples Democratic Party national convention has ended but the project which was fraught with crisis, controversies, internal squabbles and dramatic withdrawals by party big wigs has ended on the same controversial note despite the emergence of a winner.

Two Chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party , PDP, Chief Raymond Dokpesi and Prof. Tunde Adeniran have rejected the outcome of the party’s national convention in different media interviews even before results were announced.

Dokpesi said he rejected the elections following alleged distribution of a so-called unity list to delegates, describing it as a charade that may destroy the party.

Similarly, Taiwo Akeju, Director, Media and Publicity of the Adeniran Campaign, called for the cancellation of the entire exercise.

He also called on the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the party to takeover the affairs of the party until proper election would be conducted, since the National Caretaker Committee has been dissolved.

Adeniran accused Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers and Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti of being the masterminds of the unity list distributed to the delegates.

“We reject the entire electoral process. The election has been grossly compromised to achieve a predetermined end.

He said “The illegal unity list is prepared by governors Wike and Ayodele Fayose to foist on the entire delegates”.

Crisis Edges Osun PDP Out Of National Convention

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The Internal crisis rocking Osun Chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) will deny its participation and voting right in the PDP National Convention holding on Saturday in Abuja as a result of “irreconcilable difference”, over the local and state leadership of the party.

The indication emerged during the inauguration of the party convention main and sub-committee by the party National Caretaker Chairman Senator Ahmed Makarfi, as the state delegates were excluded from the convention delegate lists.

Osun local government and state congress as at the time of this report remained inconclusive and was excluded from congress report approved by the National Executive Council of the party last week.
Makarfi, had last week, sought the approval of the party leadership of the report of congresses as produced in nine states which includes; Adamawa, Borno, Kebbi, Kwara, Kogi, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, and Osun.

While the party affirmed the conclusion of the ward, local government and state congresses in all the states, Makarfi said in the memo that only ward congress had been done in Osun.
Makarfi said, it has become practically impossible to make progress in conducting local and state congresses.

The implication is that the Osun branch would not be able to participate in the convention, except the statutory delegates recognized by the party’s constitution.

Since August that the party NEC has appointed Sharafadeen Ishola as the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the party in the state, all efforts to conduct an acceptable congress at the local and state level had been unsuccessful.

The statutory delegates that may participate in the convention includes Chief Shuaib Oyedokun, a Member of the Board of Trustee of the party; Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Trustee Member; Erelu Olusola Obada, former Minister; Mr Jelili Adesiyan, former Minister; Professor Wale Ladipo former National Secretary; Senator Ademola Adeleke representing Osun West; the two serving Federal House of Representative Members, Hon Albert Adeogun and Hon Wole Oke, and the two current serving House of Assembly Members.

The party’s NEC had at its meeting on August 12 dissolved all party structures in Osun state and ordered fresh congresses for the purpose of electing party executive at all levels.

The contest between Hon Soji Adagunodo and Dr Bayo Faforijin for the chairmanship of the party has split the party and both camps have rejected several consensus proposals from the caretaker committee headed by Sharafadeen Ishola.

Meanwhile, 19 PDP leaders from the state were inaugurated on Monday to serve in the various party national convention committees that would hold Saturday.

Prominent among the leaders are the two former Deputy Governor, Mrs Erelu Olusola Obada, Member Security Committee; Senator Iyiola Omisore, member Venue and Protocol Committee and Chief Francis Fadahunsi, Member Security Committee.

PDP Chairmanship: Dokpesi Says He Will Not Step Down For Any Aspirant

Chairmanship aspirant in the Saturday national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Raymond Dokpesi has said that he is not considering stepping down for any other aspirant.

Dokpesi made this clarification through a statement from his Director of Campaign Organisation, Mr Idea Eguabor on Thursday in Abuja.

Eguabor who said it is important to put issue in right perspective following some speculations that Dokpesi had succumbed to political pressure and agreed to drop out of the race.

“Nothing can indeed be further from the truth. Chief Dokpesi is not only a front runner but remains the aspirant to beat at the convention grounds on Saturday.

“We urge teeming members and party delegates to disregard and ignore such cheap and diversionary antics aimed at causing ill wind in the PDP.

“Chief Dokpesi will not step down and those who wish so are advised to redirect their energies to campaigns that will benefit their aspirants rather than dissipate positive energy in negative direction.

“The national convention is the first effort by the PDP since inception at entrenching an internal democractic process that will lead deepen our democracy.

“Let him who is running behind in this race remain behind or run faster than the man in front. The impunity and imposition of the past has long gone out of fashion,” he said.

Eguabor said that the delegates would decide every contestant’s faith.

“We should all agree to abide and accept by the convention decision. Only the process must be free, fair and credible,” Eguabor added. (NAN)

Oyo PDP Endorses Ladoja For National Chairmanship

The Oyo State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has endorsed and adopted a former governor of the state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, as its choice among those jostling for the seat of the national chairman at this weekend’s convention of the party.

The state chairman of the party, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha, announced the endorsement and adoption after a show of hand vote, during a meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Molete, Ibadan, on Tuesday.

Professor Taoheed Adedoja, who is a former minister and chieftain of the party from the state, is among the lot seeking to be elected national of the party on Saturday.

“On behalf of Oyo PDP, we must vote for Senator Ladoja comes December 9. The South-West is the rightful zone to have the chairman of our great party.

“The South-East and the South-South have produced the chairmen before now and that is why it is our turn to have the national chairman.

Speaking earlier, Ladoja assured members of the party that if given the opportunity to serve, he would return the culture and tradition put in place by the founding members of the party.

Ladoja, who has been a Board of Trustees (BoT), member of the party, promised “never to compromise on things that are not right and are not in the constitution of the party.”

“I will do things the way they should be done and everybody will be happy. That was how our founding fathers were moving the party forward,” he said.

He argued that it would be best to fortify the defence for the PDP in the South-West where it only boasts of a governor with the position of the national chairman so as to make the entire southern part of the country a home for the party.

PDP Governors Will Not Impose National Chair – Okowa

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) National Elective Convention Committee, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday dismissed reports that governors of the PDP have attempted to impose a national chairman on the party.

The Delta State governor said delegates for the convention from most states are known, stressing the party will ensure it gives a level playing field to all aspirants and ensure a hitch-free convention

He also expressed optimism that the party would be more united, following its upcoming convention on December 9 and emerge a much stronger force for the 2019 presidential election.

Governor Okowa stated these on Channels Television’s programme “Politics Today.”

He said: “I believe that the National caretaker committee of the party is doing a lot to ensure that things are put in place, as for the national planning committee that I lead, we were inaugurated this afternoon and we have held our inaugural meeting. We do know that in any elective convention, all kinds of views do come into play but ours as a planning committee is to ensure that we deliver a convention that is credible and in which all the processes are such that will be blameless. We will deliver a free, fair and transparent primary; that is our aim.

“For the reconciliatory process, we’ll be looking up to the party leadership to deal with that. But the major task is for us to deliver a convention that is truly credible and all can attest to. That will enable us to heal faster, and unify faster after the convention.”

Reacting to reports that the chairman of the electoral panel, who is also the former governor of Benue State, had declared support for a candidate, he said: “I’m not aware that he has declared support for any particular candidate but even if he has any sentiments for anyone, he will not be in a position at all, on the convention day to do anything that is unjust. We are going to adopt the open secret ballot system of voting.

“We have also put in place a credible team to ensure reconciliation of party members who may feel aggrieved going forward after the convention,” he added.

On the defection of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Governor Okowa said there is strength in numbers and that the party would always welcome as many persons as possible.

“We believe that as many persons that come into the PDP is good for us because it would help to strengthen the party because politics is one that is inclusive – the more persons you get into the party, the greater the strength of the party. So we will welcome him into the party just as we will look forward to many more persons who will want to come over to join us as a family. It will be a welcome idea because it will help to strengthen us going into `2019,” he concluded.

PDP Convention: Appeal Court Clears Olafeso-led Delegates in S’West

Reprieve came the way of the Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose and his group loyal to Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-west, as the party cleared the delegates elected by Eddy Olafeso-led leadership to attend the party’s December 9 National Convention.

Earlier, the Supreme Court, in a landmark judgment delivered by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, ruled that Makarfi remains the authentic caretaker chairman, while he outlawed the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led executive and branded them as impostors.

But the matter became contentious again when the National Vice-Chairman, South-west of the Sheriff faction, Mr. Makanjuola Ogundipe, had approached the Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti, where he got a favourable judgment that it remains the recognised executive in the zone.

Makanjuola had in a suit number FAC/AD,CS/18/2017, said the Supreme Court judgment didn’t invalidate his executive, saying the verdict only affected the national body led by Sheriff.

Makanjuola, had in the suit filed before Justice Taiwo Taiwo, prayed for an interlocutory order to commit the Olafeso-led executive to jail for allegedly parading themselves as authentic zonal leadership and also sought for an interim order stopping the group from participating in the December 9 convention.

To counter Makanjuola’s group, the Olafeso group approached the court to plead for a stay of proceedings at the lower court because of the urgency demanded by the convention coming up on Saturday.

Delivering a ruling on the application for stay of execution of the proceedings at the lower court, Justice Ahmad Belgore of the Court of Appeal, Ado-Ekiti, granted all the prayers of the Olafeso-led South-west PDP.

National Convention: PDP Removes Ex-Govs, Deputies As Automatic Delegates

The Peoples Democratic Party has removed former governors and former deputy governors produced by the party as automatic delegates to its national convention.

The national convention of the party holds in Abuja on Saturday.

It was gathered that the step was taken to make sure that the outcome of the convention was not subjected to another round of legal crisis that could overturn actions taken at the convention.

The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, was said to have taken the matter to the Thursday’s PDP National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja.

According to a document obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Sunday, Makarfi said there was the need to remove the former governors and their deputies as automatic delegates to the convention because of the ruling of an Abuja High Court.

Makarfi’s memo was titled, ‘Ammendments /Addendum to NEC approved guidelines for conduct of ward, LGA, State, Zonal congresses and the National Convention, effective November 10, 2017.’

The memo was dated November 30.

In the memo, Makarfi stated that in “paragraph 6.1 (13), page 11 of the guidelines, former governors were listed as delegates to the national convention in view of Section 33 (1) of the PDP Constitution, 2012, which came into force as a result of amendments to the party’s constitution at the December 10 to 12, 2014 national convention.

“Since section 47 (6) of the PDP Constitution 2012 achieved at the 10-12 December 2014 national convention was nullified by an FCT High Court in FCT /HC/CV /1867 //2016 Jero Vs. PDP on the grounds that the amendment did not follow laid down procedure,  in particular,  that it was not registered with the Independent National Electoral Commission within the period prescribed by law, it is necessary to remove former governors and former deputy governors produced by the party who are still members of the party as delegates to the national convention.”

Makarfi called on NEC “to approve the deletion of paragraph 6.1 (13) at page 11 of the guidelines which made former governors and former deputy governors produced by the party who are still members of the party (as) delegates to the national convention.”

It was gathered that the NEC voted in favour of the memo and removed former governors and former deputy governors produced by the party as automatic delegates to the convention.

However, investigations by our correspondent showed that the issue was already being addressed in a fresh amendment being proposed by the party to its constitution.

The proposed fresh amendment was said to have been sent to state chapters of the party and might be one of the issues to be addressed at the convention on Saturday.

Meanwhile, aspirants contesting different offices at the convention, especially the office of the national chairman, have continued their campaigns.

The aspirants who are running for the office of the national chairman are Prince Uche Secondus, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Chief Olabode George, Chief Gbenga Daniel, Mr Jimi Agbaje, Mr. Segun Adeyemi and Senator Rasheed Ladoja

Adeniran said on Sunday that he was ready, adding that he had covered all the six geo-political zones of the country.

Speaking through his Director of Media, Mr. Taiwo Akeju,  Adeniran said, “We are ready for the convention having covered all the six geo-political zones.  We have nothing to fear,” he said.

Also, Secondus praised the enthusiasm shown by Nigerians to the plan by the party to return to power in 2019.

Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone, Secondus also said he had no issues with the names of those that would conduct the convention, which had just been released.

“We must all have faith in members of our party to conduct an internal election.”