Ali Modu Sheriff: PDP May Lose 70 Federal Lawmakers

The ripples being generated by the emergence of  a former governor of Borno State as national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appear not to be simmering down, as the groundswell of opposition to his emergence further coalesced on Wednesday.

Senators of the party from the South-East and South-South zone had resolved not to go with his choice immediately it emerged that a vital organ of the party was rooting for him and had threatened to pull out of the party if he emerged the national chairman.

Sources close to the National Assembly said on Wednesday that no fewer than 20 senators could leave the party if Sheriff continued to hold forth as national chairman.

It was also gathered that no fewer than 50 members of the House had also commenced talks on the way forward.

It was gathered that of the 32 PDP senators from the South-East and South-South geopolitical zones, no fewer than 20 had indicated their decision to leave the party.

Their destination could be the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Labour Party.

No fewer than 50 members of the House of Representatives across the geopolitical zones were also said to have indicated interest in defecting to another party from the PDP.

“The Tsunami that will hit the PDP as a result of this decision will be unimaginable. We have some 20 senators already looking to the door right now. The number of members of the House is around 50. Let’s see how the party can survive that,” a source close to the party said.

The PDP currently has 47 of the 109 senators and 141 of 360 members of the House of Representatives.

Sources told the Nigerian Tribune that the decision to field Sheriff as national chairman came from the party’s governors who were able to pull through their decision, forcing it on the national caucus, the National Executive Committee (NEC)  and overriding the Board of Trustees (BoT).

It was gathered that the plot to name Sheriff was kick-started on February 14, during the inauguration of the Bayelsa State governor, Mr Seriake Dickson for a second term in office.

Sources said a number of governors who attended the event kicked off the discussion about Sheriff and reached out to their colleagues across the country.

It was confirmed that after firming up their decision to back Sheriff, the governors ensured that the Abuja meetings of the BoT, national caucus and NEC were unable to upturn the decision.

It was leant that the six zonal chairmen of the party, the state chairmen and other stakeholders, including the National Assembly, voted against the choice of Sheriff, but the governors put their feet down.

A source said former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Madueke, actually walked out of the NEC when it became obvious that Sheriff was being imposed on the party.

But the governors were said to have kicked off peace moves from Tuesday night, with the aim of calming frayed nerves and ensuring a united party.

It was learnt that Sheriff was asked to attend the thanksgiving for Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, held on Wednesday.

Sheriff attended the thanksgiving service as his first official assignment during which he went round to shake hands with many of the party’s stalwarts at the event.

Speaking at the rally on Wednesday, the national chairman vowed to lead the party to regain control of the Federal Government in 2019.

Sheriff said nothing would stop his party, which lost power in 2015, from ousting the current All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration in the country.

He said the PDP would soon come out with its master plan on how it would defeat the APC from power, adding that “we are here today, we are starting from here and we are going to Aso Rock, Insha Allah by 2019.

“We will head from here and we will do it together. This my long cap is prepared to lead my colleagues and brothers to Aso Rock, Insha Allah.

“By the grace of Allah, nothing will deter this party from going to Aso Rock in 2019. By the time we put down our master-plan, I am sure they (APC) will go back to where they came from. Insha Allah, nothing will stop us,” he said.

Sheriff, who arrived the event late, regretted missing the speech presented by Governor Ikpeazu, but expressed confidence that he spoke well.

He noted that from the crowd he saw at the stadium where the event held, it was clear that the governor was popularly elected.

Earlier in his remark, the deputy national chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, had congratulated the governor on his victory at the Supreme Court, adding that it was clear that the governor came to power by popular mandate.

 

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Ali Modu Sheriff Will Act As A Counterforce To APC – PDP Governors’ Forum

The governors’ forum of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed confidence in the ability of Ali Modu Sheriff, the new chairman of the party, to reposition the PDP, saying he was chosen because of the “battle ahead”.

The governors, who said Sheriff will act as a “counterforce” to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), urged him to avoid all diversionary tactics. They said the new chairman will use his vast network to rebuild the the PDP and woo new party faithful.

“Sheriff is coming on the job with immense wealth of experience and will no doubt use his vast network to rebuild the party,” Osaro Onaiwu, coordinator of the forum, said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

“He will restore members’ confidence and act as a counterforce to the many antics of the present APC regime.

“We urge you to shun all diversionary tactics that might be thrown at you and concentrate on how to bring all aggrieved party members together; as well as fashion out ways to woo new members especially the youths.

“The forum is solidly behind you and will deploy its support to ensure that the shared vision for our party is realised as we prepare for 2019.”

The governors said the situation in the country was an opportunity for Sheriff to show that the PDP remained the only truly national party that could reunite the country.

PDP Settles For Alleged Boko Haram Sponsor, Ali Modu Sheriff As Chairman

The Punch Newspaper has reported that the national caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party may have settled for alleged Boko haram sponsor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the next chairman of the party.

The former governor of Borno State and a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, were drafted into the race by the members of the party’s National Caucus in Abuja at their meeting which ended in the early hours of Tuesday in Abuja.

The meeting was held at Ondo Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro.

It was attended by governors of the party and others.

Again, members of the National Caucus met on Tuesday afternoon at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja..

Members of the Board of Trustees of the party are currently meeting to discuss to either reject or accept the former governor as the party’s chairman.

Punch correspondent gathered that at the end of the BoT meeting, members of the  National Executive would meet.

The former governor was said to have been chosen because of his experience.

“He (Sheriff) has money. He is fearless and he has the capacity to galvanise the north for the PDP”, a member of the PDP National Working Committee told our correspondent.

Bailout: PDP Allegation Is Self-Serving; Hollow

By Semiu Okanlawon

Let the PDP wailing wailers and mischief makers save themselves the trouble on how the bailout was expended since it is beyond their comprehension. But what that demonstrates practically is that the real workers in Osun and the entire people of this state have better understanding of the workings of this government and its financial prudence.

On the receipt of the bailout funds, the modalities for the payment of the outstanding salaries were spelt out and how the state would proceed in its management of the available resources in an MOU with the Osun labour in the most transparent manner. Could the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Joint Negotiating Council and the Trade Union Congress have agreed to the payment terms if the process was not transparent enough and against the interests of the Osun workers?

Today, the PDP has accused Aregbesola of paying contractors for the MKO Abiola International Airport from the bailout. This same party has suddenly forgotten that in its untidy fabrications last year, it was the contractor handling the Oba Adesoji Aderemi Second By-Pass way Slava Yeditepe it accused Aregbesola of paying. Months after, it is the contractor for the airport. Liars, they say, should have good memory.

For the first time in this country, a government put in place a committee for the allocation of available resources comprising representatives of the Labour, government and headed by one of the best and most radical labour leaders ever produced in this part of the world, Comrade Hassan Summonu.

How else does a government demonstrate good faith and openness.

The irony must not be lost on Nigerians. rather than the Aregbesola administration or any APC governor for that matter, it is the PDP that is synonymous with sleaze, and nothing demonstrates this better than the mind-blowing, hair-splitting revelations on how the PDP brought Nigeria to her knees through its Kleptomaniac bleeding of this country.

History will judge Aregbesola for taking Osun out of the woods and giving it a new life.

We have said it and we repeat that with the resources available to this government, even if the Aregbsola administration had busied itself only with provision of infrastructure such as roads and schools, he would still pass as one of the best governors in Nigeria. His achievements outside those two such as social welfare, security, health, youth employment and agriculture and tourism beat imagination and far outweigh the capacity of the Osun resources. The PDP has no moral platform to question Aregbesola. Its years of reign were marked by sleaze and poor performance.

Semiu Okanlawon is the Communications Bureau Chief, State of Osun Governor’s office.

300 PDP Stalwarts Decamps To APC In Delta

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State has suffered a setback following the defection of over 300 of its members in Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state to All Progressives Congress, APC.

“I have always hoped that we could help PDP to reform itself but that has not happened. The more we try, the more it seems that the party is terminally ill. So, it came to a point that I think that what is best for me and my people, and what is best for Nigeria, is being in APC which has actually appeared to be charting a path for Nigeria. Although it is slow, I think Nigeria is on the path of progress.Leading the defectors, Mr. Dada Ogoli-Egbune, a former chieftain of the party in the state, said: “Our decision to leave the PDP is because after the party suffered terminal illness at the last general election, it has refused to reform.

“It is not easy, we must realize that for 16 years the PDP almost destroyed this country and people did not say anything. The government is just taking off. For the first time there is fear in the land, the issue of impunity is no longer there. People are no longer as bold as they were to indulge in corrupt practices.”

“There is now purposeful leadership, it is no longer business as usual. Although they can do more, but by and large there is purposeful leadership,” he said.
Receiving the decampees, the Chairman of the APC in ward four, Aniocha North, Mr Jerome Azike, said, he was happy to receive the decampees, adding “It shows the wind of change is already blowing.”

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Unguarded Utterance By Senior PDP Lawmaker Shows Their Disregard For Nigerian Women – APC UK

When a senior lawmaker of a party refuses to endorse a bill that provides equality between men and women and calls it ‘anti-cultural’ and ‘un-African’, you know such party has little or no regard for its women citizens and voters.

APC UK takes the recent unguarded statement made by Hon. Sunny Ude-Okoye, the PDP member representing Awgu North Constituency, Enugu during the debate of the ‘Enugu State Equal Opportunities Bill,’ as signs of the low respect he and his party have for Nigerian women, especially those he should be representing in his state.

His argument that equality was ‘un-African’ and his suggestion that women seeking equality should relocate to America, are not in line with the new Nigeria.

Therefore, APC UK calls for the Hon member to realign his views to that of the era we are in before the bill appears at the state House of Assembly for reconsideration.
Hon. Dame Nkechi Omeje-Ogbu, representing Nsukka West Constituency who sponsored the bill has stated its importance, saying, it was to “protect all persons from discrimination on the basis of sex in the private and public spaces.”

Indeed, as the bill proposer said: “women should be given equal opportunities as men and women attended the same school, and are awarded the same degree. Why should they be discriminated against?”

APC UK is seriously alarmed at Hon Ude-Okoye’s reluctance to see equality among women and men in Enugu.

Adenike Lucas
Press Secretary
APC – UK Chapter

Taraba: Judiciary Remains Window Of Hope For Democracy – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party says that the Judiciary has shown that it remains the window of hope for democracy to strive in this country.

The party said that the bold and patriotic approach of the Supreme Court of the land in the various tribunal cases goes a long way to show that it is indeed the last hope of the down trodden.

“Without such landmark judgments from the Supreme Court perhaps there would have been no Nigeria and we salute them for their courage in delivering justice to the people.

“We therefore warn APC and the federal Government to stop insulting judiciary as there is nowhere in the world that a ruling party go about hauling abuses on the judiciary.

The statement signed by the Acting National Chairman of the party Prince Uche Secondus reacting to Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling in favour of PDP’s gubernatorial flag bearer Darius Ishaku of Taraba state, said all hope is not yet lost for democracy.

According to Secondus, the Supreme Court ruling not only establishes the judiciary as a utility arm in stabilizing the nation’s polity but as the voice of the voiceless.
“The ruling is a vivid reflection of the will of the people of Taraba State and goes a long way to show the strength of our party in the state.

While congratulating the Governor for his victory, the party charged him to remain resolute in delivering dividend of democracy to the people in line with the manifesto of the PDP.
He also congratulated the people of Taraba state for their resilience in standing up for democracy and charged them to remain steadfast in their support for PDP especially now that it has become obvious that the All Progressives Congress APC has nothing to offer Nigerians.

Photos: Conversation Of PDP Online Trolls, Who Trend Hashtags To Extort Money From Party Chieftains

Photos have emerged of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, online trolls who trend hashtags to extort money from Party Chieftains.

A member of the group who anonymously sent the Photos to The Paradigm, said he got frustrated when he found out most them who were jobless, were using their online activities to make money and benefiting alone.

See conversation of the group in photos below:

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Sen. Jubrin Is PDP’s BoT Acting National Chairman

The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed its acting Secretary, Senator Walid Jubrin as the new acting chairman of the board.

This was contained in a communiqué issued by the Board after its meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.

The communiqué was read by Jubrin, who said he would act till the election of a new BoT chairman.

He said that the meeting unanimously appointed him to replace its acting National Chairman, Haliru Mohammed, adding that he still remain the secretary to the board.

Asked why the board decided to relieve Mohammed of his appointment, the new acting chairman said the tenure of Mohammed had already expired.

“On May 25, 2015, we appointed the outgoing acting chairman, Mohammed to act for three months, when the three months expired, we decided to extend the tenure that has also expired.

“Very soon we are going to hold a meeting to elect a substantive chairman, probably the next meeting of BoT, we will do it properly and elect a substantive chairman,” he said.

He added that the BoT was in full support of the current initiatives by major stakeholders and all organs of the party towards restructuring the party to the part of internal democracy.

Also asked why the BoT decided to hold its meeting against the directive of National Working Committee to postpone the party’s organs meetings to next week, Jubrin said the board took it decision as a special organ of the party.

“The BoT has already called for this meeting. BoT is a special organ that regulates its activities. We can take our own decision.”

He added that the board would also attend next week’s meeting as scheduled by the party NWC.

NAN recalled that the PDP NWC had on Monday in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh shifted the National Caucus meeting of the party to February 15.

It also shifted the Board of Trustees and the National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings to February 16.

PDP Postpones NEC Meeting To Next Week

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says it has postponed its earlier scheduled National Executive Council meeting billed to hold tomorrow to next week.

In a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP said “In view of requests by critical stakeholders and leaders of our great party, the National Working Committee (NWC) has approved the shifting of the meetings of key statutory organs of the party earlier scheduled for this week to next week.”

“In the new schedule, the meeting of the National Caucus of the party has been shifted to Monday, February 15th, 2016 at 7pm. In the same vein, the meeting of the Board of Trustees (BoT) will now hold on the morning of Tuesday, February 16th while the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting will hold at 2pm on the same Tuesday, February 16th, 2016.”

“The NWC deeply regrets any inconveniences that may be caused by this shift in dates.”

Osun Defender recalls a recent judgement by the court sacking the Acting National Chairman of the party, Mr. Uche Secondus had forced the various party organs to meet, in order to (s)elect a new chairman.

Former Minister, Mohammed Wakil May Emerge PDP Chairman

Power seems to be tilting in favour of former Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, to take over as the next chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

PDP governors and other influential stakeholders are said to be rooting for him over and above other aspirants for the position.

The choice of Wakil, who is from Borno State, is also said to have received the blessing of some members of the Board of Trustees of the party.

Notwithstanding, five other aspirants from the North-East have not given up on their ambition to lead the party.

They are the National Vice Chairman (North-East) of the party, Girigiri Lawal ; Second Republic Governor of the defunct Gongola State, Wilberforce Juta;  ex-Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed ; Deputy National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Abdullahi Jalo and Ahmed Gulak, former Special Adviser on Political Matters to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

The PDP governors, it was gathered, opted for Wakil on account of age, his cosmopolitan outlook and being receptive to advice.

It was also learnt that as a former Majority Leader of the House of

Representatives from 1999 -2003, Wakil may serve as a bridge builder between the party and its members in the Legislature.

A source familiar with the unfolding scenario said: “We have spent the last five days consulting across all the strata of the party.

“The PDP governors who led the search group, have met with other stakeholders and built a consensus on Wakil.

“Some members of the BOT and the National Working Committee (NWC) have also endorsed the choice of Wakil.

“The NWC and the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP will meet during the week on the recommendation of Wakil and weigh options on others who have not given up.

“What we are trying to do is to avoid going into election in order not to cause fresh division in PDP. We cannot afford any move to divide us again.”

Another source said: “The governors and some stakeholders opted for Wakil because age is on his side. He is also well-respected by most leaders of this party. We need a bridge builder to reshape PDP.

“Wakil was born on 6 June 1965 in Damboa Local Government of Borno State and is a graduate of law faculty of the University of Maiduguri, Borno State.

“We also discovered that the North-East vital to PDP’s political calculations for 2019.”

Responding to a question, the source said: “The governors are skeptical about the choice of ex-Minister Bala Mohammed because he has a strong financial muscle and might be difficult to control.

“Some party leaders also cautioned the party not to pick Bala Mohammed because he just left a strategic office and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari may join issues with him on the management of the Federal Capital Territory.

Those sympathetic to the ex-FCT Minister and four others are demanding for election of the candidate by the North-East Caucus.

They claimed that any imposition of a new chairman without the input of the North-East Caucus might not fly.

“These five aspirants have embarked on intense lobbying too. They have not given up at all. So, the next few days are left for horse-trading. In politics, a minute is important.

“Whatever the leaders of the party decide, we still have to make peace with Gulak who is in court.”

The PDP had last Tuesday slated a meeting of the North-East Caucus for Gombe to elect a new chairman but tension forced the party to shift the session.

Article 14.5 of the PDP Constitution says: “Where a vacancy occurs in any of the offices of the party, the Committee shall appoint a substitute from the zone where the officer originated pending the conduct of election to fill the vacancy.”