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Biafra: PDP won’t support separatist agenda – Akpabio

 

The Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senate Caucus, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, has assured Nigerians that the party will not support any separatist agenda in the country.

Akpabio made this known while speaking at the Non-Elective Convention of the PDP in Abuja on Saturday.

He said the party would continue to promote anything that would ensure the peace and unity of the country.

The lawmaker, who is also the Minority Leader of the Senate, condemned hate speeches in some parts of the country, saying that the unity of the country was non-negotiable.

He assured of the PDP’s support to policies of the present administration, which were aimed at taking the country out of recession.

He, however, said that the party would not support any policy that would plunge the country into depression.

On the PDP’s stance on fight against corruption, Akpabio said that it believed strongly in the course, adding that it was PDP’s government that established the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“Corruption is endemic and it was brought about by the colonial masters.

“In 1960 when the Governor-General of Nigeria was handing over to the elected government of Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, one of the things he said was that the problem of Nigeria was corruption.

“So, it is not a Nigerian invention and PDP has been fighting it.

“However, we must distinguish between the fight against corruption and the fight against political opponents.

“We must distinguish between fighting corruption and persecution. They are two different things,’’ he said.

Akpabio lauded the recent Supreme Court judgment on the leadership of the PDP, and said that the judiciary restored sanity in the party.

He said that with the judgment, the party was poised to act as a viable opposition, while working towards ensuring good governance.

“What a beautiful moment this is for democracy in Africa.

“Nigeria is the largest black nation in the world, and a country with the population of over 170 million people cannot afford to disintegrate.

“The only way the black race can have respect is for Nigeria to have a stable democracy and the only thing that shows democracy is the legislature.

“That is why we are here in our numbers as senators, House of Representatives members and all of you gathered here today.

“We all represent democracy and that is what the PDP stands for. PDP stands for a show of the will of the people to determine who leads them,’’ he said.

Akpabio assured party members who had defected to other parties and anyone willing to join the party that its doors were open to accommodate them.

He congratulated the Chairman and members of the National Caretaker Committee of the party and pledged the continued support of PDP senators in moving the party forward.

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Anambra Governorship election: PDP to hold Primaries on August 19

 

Image result for PDP logoThe Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has released its official time table for Anambra guber election.

According to its time table, the party will hold primaries on August 19 while sales of nomination form commences today, July 24, at Wadata Plaza Abuja.

Sales of nomination form will end on August 7 while screening of aspirants will commence the next day.

 

Trending Politics: Supreme Court sacks Sheriff, declares Makarfi authentic PDP leader

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, eyeglasses and closeupFresh news has it that the Supreme Court on Wednesday has sacked Ali Sheriff as the National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

The court also declared Ahmed Makarfi, the caretaker committee chairman, as the authentic leader of the PDP, Nigeria’s largest opposition party.

Fani-Kayode berates Musiliu Obanikoro for joining APC

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has warned former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, not to bow to the enemy, the All Progressives Congress (APC)

Fani-Kayode reacting to the reports that Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, may have made up his mind to dump the Peoples Democratic Party, which he joined while in the Senate more than 10 years ago advised Obanikoro against joining the APC saing “My brother, Musiliu Obanikoro’s your decision to join the APC irks and saddens me.

‘I say this because I have always loved him and I care. You cannot fight evil by joining it. You cannot bring light by entering the darkness. You cannot find joy by partaking in the bread of sorrows.

“You cannot run away in the heat of battle. You must have the courage of your convictions. Where is your honour? Where is your strength? Where is your dignity? Where is your self-respect? Where is your sense of self-worth?

“You and I are royalty. We are princes and kings and children of the living God. We were taught and brought up to fight to the end and never to bow to the enemy.

“We were taught never to flinch before oppression. We were taught never to give in to our worst fears and to those who hate us and who despise our people. We were taught never to crawl on the floor and be slaves to our fellow men.”

“Always remember that rebellion against a tyrant is an act of obedience to God. They may have today but tomorrow belongs to us. Finally, take note of this: if you are not ready to die for something, then you are not worthy of living for anything.

“I would rather die a free man than live a slave. And as long as I live, the Yoruba, nay the South, shall offer some form of resistance to our collective oppressors and as surely as God lives, we shall never be slaves.”

Chibok Girls: PDP condemns swap deal with Boko Haram

Opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed concern over the swap deal reportedly carried out by the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari secure the freedom of the girls suspected to have been kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group. In a statement made by the National Publicity Secretary of National Caretaker Committee of the party, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, it said that the capture of the girls by insurgents in 2014 traumatised the entire nation. According to it, the abduction and detention of the girls in the last three years had brought extreme pain and suffering to their families, the country and people of goodwill across​ the world. “What is, however, of great concern is the price paid to secure the release of the girls. “According to reports, the girls were released in exchange for the release of suspected Boko Haram terrorists being held by the government. “If that is the Case, we say it’s a heavy price to pay and an unusual one at that,” the party stated. It said that it did not think that exchanging the innocent girls for hardened criminals like the terrorists was the right approach. It pointed out that the implication of the “exchange’’ was the released had escaped justice. “By releasing the arrested terrorists, all the efforts made by security agencies to bring them to book have come to nothing and a setback for the war on insurgency. “Their release is tantamount to releasing terrorists) to resume their war against society. “Many of them can find their ways back to the terrorists’ camps from where they can unleash terror against the country. “Others who are allowed to roam freely in society can become veritable recruiting agents and purveyors of suicide bombing and urban terrorism.” It believed that with such exchange, the Boko Haram terrorists had been emboldened to continue their terror and kidnapping of innocent people. According to the PDP, the terrorists will continue with their tactics believing that they can always use it to blackmail the government to release their members and to extract other concessions. It stressed that the piece-meal release of the girls meant that the terrorists wanted to extract more concessions from the government and at the end, prolong the insurgency. “The release of the girls will increase the agony and high expectancy of the remaining girls still in custody of the terrorists and their families who will be wondering why they have not been as lucky. “It therefore would have been better to ensure the release of all the girls at once.” It said that negotiations were in clear violation of generally accepted international principle of “never negotiate with terrorists”. It stated that the international principle was sound and logical because negotiation with the terrorists only fueled their urge to continue with their heinous crimes. “However, we recognize the concern of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the earliest release of the Chibok girls for domestic and international considerations. “Equally, we are very concerned about the safe return of the girls to their families at the earliest possible time, and will continue to disagree that negotiating with the terrorists is the right approach to achieving the objective. “Meanwhile, we rejoice with the girls and their families and hope that their remaining colleagues will join them in freedom in no distant future.”

PDP condemns arrest of ex-gov Sule Lamido

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has condemed the arrest and detention of Alhaji Sule Lamido, fomer governor of Jigawa State.

In a statement signed by National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the PDP-NCC argued that the real motive for Lamido’s arrest was political. The statement read in part:“The true reason for his arrest, however, has to do with the forthcoming local government elections in Jigawa State. The long incarceration of former Governor Gabriel Suswam is also linked to the forthcoming local government elections in Benue State. “The APC-led administration is fast loosing the confidence of the people because of its non-performance, high handedness and lack of empathy for the suffering of the people.” “The only option left for it is to prevent the opposition from effectively campaigning and mobilizing the people for the elections. The whole strategy of the failed APC government is founded on the assumption that if there is no opposition, then they cannot be defeated. “Hence the intimidation, harassment and incarceration of popular opposition leaders like Sule Lamido. We are aware that, we in the opposition will be in for a hard time in the run-up to the 2019 general elections with more arrests and intimidation of our prominent leaders.

PDP Makes Big Concessions To Modu Sheriff, Dissolves Wike-Led Convention Committee

Image result for PDPAccording to saharareporters, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), desperate for peace among its members, has conceded to some of the demands made by its factional National Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff.

Rising from a meeting in Abuja on Monday, the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party said that the next national convention of the party would now hold in Abuja, and dissolved the national convention committee under the leadership of the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike.

Both conditions are part of the peace accord reached with the Ali Modu Sheriff faction in the quest to end the crisis ravaging the PDP.

The BoT meeting was attended by a sizeable number of members and was presided over by its Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin.  It was held at the Musa Yar’Adua Centre.

It mandated its Reconciliation Committee to continue with all
“good efforts” aimed at reconciling all of the party’s aggrieved members.

Communique:

August 29, 2016

Communique

The meeting of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) just ended at the Musa Ya’Adua Center, Abuja, the Federal
Capital Territory (FCT).

The meeting was presided over by the Chairman of the BoT,  Senator Walid
Jubril with other members of Board of Trustees (BoT) in attendance which
includes: the National Chairman, H.E. Senator Ahmed Makarfi, CON, former
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, former National
Chairmen, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo and Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, OFR
amongst others.

The meeting arrived at the following resolutions:

1.Passed a solid  Vote of Confidence on the National Caretaker
Committee led by H. E. Sen. Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, CON and urged the
Committee to continue its  good work of repositioning the Party;
2.That the forthcoming National Convention of the PDP be held in Abuja,
the Federal Capital Territory (FCT);
3.That to ensure a credible,  transparent, free and fair National
Convention, the BoT resolved that a new National Convention Planning
Committee be constituted by the National Caretaker Committee and approve
by the National Executive Committee (NEC);
4.That the BoT will facilitate the raising of adequate funds for the
Party;
5.The BoT mandated its Reconciliation Committee to continue with all
good efforts of reconciling all aggrieved Party members;
6.The Meeting urged all PDP Governors to continue pursuing positive
programmes of good governance so as to clearly project the people
oriented manifesto of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP);
7.Finally, BoT advised the National Caretaker Committee to as soon as
possible convene the Meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC)
in order to approve proposals on the way forward for Party.

Signed:

Senator Walid Jubril
Chairman, BoT

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