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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

More trouble for P D P

…Confusion over PDP Port Harcourt convention

Confusion over PDP  Port Harcourt conventionThere was confusion yesterday over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convention slated for Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, today.

Two Federal High Courts – one in Abuja and the other in Port Harcourt – stuck to their conflicting rulings on the convention.

Justice Ibrahim Watila of the Port Harcourt court gave the greenlight for  the convention, but his Abuja counterpart, Justice Okon Abang stopped the convention.

The judges were ruling on separate suits brought by the PDP caretaker committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi and the National Executive Committee (NEC) chaired by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

Justice Watila refused the request of the Sheriff camp to joined in the suit filed by the Convention Planning Committee secretary Senator Ben Obi against the police, Department of State Services (DSS) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In the suit, Obi prayed the court to direct the police and DSS to provide security for the convention while INEC should monitor the exercise.

There was drama in court as Sheriff’s lawyers fought for him to be joined in the case. Justice Watila declined their request as he rebuffed all efforts by Yemi George (SAN) to announce his appearance for Sheriff.

George arrived in court while Oladejo Lamikanra (SAN) for Obi was arguing his client’s case. Justice Watila stood the case down till 2pm for his ruling.

On resumption, George renewed efforts to announce his appearance, “at least”, for what he called “record purpose”, but the judge shouted him down.

He accused George of attempting “to arrest the ruling”.

‘Not a kangaroo court’

Justice Watila said: “You cannot be heard in this case, there is nothing before me. You cannot just come from nowhere to seek to be joined, this matter is for ruling. I adjourned it since morning and have been working since then, you did not file your processes.

“Sit down, this is not a kangaroo court, I am not a politician, neither am I a businessman. The convention in question is tomorrow (today), and you know the exigency of this ruling to the convention.”

In his ruling, Justice Watila held that the Makarfi committee is the executive authority in all matters concerning PDP.

Ordering the  Police,  DSS  and INEC  to  participate  in  the  convention, he said: “It is necessary for the defendants to carry out their respective  functions at the 17th August,  2016 convention”.

The court stressed that all the defendants were bound to obey the decision.

“This court will not shy away from protecting the  sanctity of its judgment. The court has held that the appointment of the PDP National Caretaker Committee is valid. In view of the subsisting judgment of this Honourable Court in Suit No:FHC/PH /CS /524/2016,  PDP V.  Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff and others, the defendants  cannot lawfully interfere or prevent the Plaintiff from organising /holding the Planned National Convention of the PDP  in Port Harcourt on August 17th 2016.”

He said  the defendants  were served all the processes by Obi, but they chose not to  contest the facts.

Justice Watila  said court records showed that the proceedings and order of 10th August, 2016 and the interlocutory injunction of  15th August,  2016 were served on the defendants with proof  of  service .

After the court rose, George told reporters: “I am counsel to Alhaji Modu Sheriff. We became aware of the matter in court yesterday (Monday). Our client briefed us to apply to be joined, that was why we were in court today (yesterday) and the court in his wisdom decided not to even look at the processes not to talk of deciding it one way or the other.

“The court’s action is against what is the normal principle that is known to everybody. The Supreme Court has already established it that no matter how stupid an application is, it must be decided one way or the other. But in his wisdom, he decided not to even look at it.”

Asked if his application was not a deliberate attempt to arrest the ruling, he said: “It cannot be an attempt to arrest  ruling because, the parties in the initial case decided by Justice Muhammad Liman also of the Port Harcourt Federal High Court were six and they came to enforce against three, and the other people are saying, we are parties to that judgement, we have appealed and we should be allowed to also say something in respect of this new one filed, but the court in its wisdom said no we cannot do so.”

‘Flout orders and be punished’

Stopping the convention , Justice Abang ordered INEC not to monitor it.

He reaffirmed his interim orders made on Monday, converting them to an interlocutory injunction to last until the determination of the substantive suit filed by Sheriff and members of his group.

The ruling was on a motion on notice for interlocutory injunction argued by the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Adeniyi Akintola (SAN).

The judge faulted the decision of his Port Harcourt counterpart  to assume jurisdiction on the case relating to the PDP convention and directed that his order be accompanied with Form 48 (Notice of disobedience of court order) and served on the INEC Chairman and Secretary.

He said failure by INEC or any of the defendants to comply with his order “will attract disciplinary action” provided “the plaintiffs know what to do.”

The judge also directed the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to among others, ensure the enforcement of his orders.

The judge held that the motion was not opposed by the respondents.

He said the Makarfi camp, which was yesterday joined as the third to the ninth respondents in the case adopted the strategy of not filing a counter-affidavit but filed other processes that were not placed in the court file.

Justice Abang said the request for an adjournment by lawyers to Makarfi and others – Yunus Ustaz (SAN) and Ferdinand Orbih (SAN) – after Akintola  had moved his motion was an afterthought.

“Having asked the court to adjourn to the next day to enable him file response to the plaintiffs’ processes, the lawyer to the 3rd to 9the defendants (Makarfi and eight other members of his committee) have waived their rights to be served within seven days,” the judge said.

He noted that, rather than file a counter-affidavit to the plaintiffs’ motion for injunction, the defendants’ lawyers chose to file other processes that were only referred by the lawyer, but not placed in the court’s file.

“The issue of asking for an adjournment is an afterthought. Therefore, a counsel will sink or float with the decision taken by him in the discharge of his professional duties to his client,” the judge said.

Noting that lawyer to the PDP, Olagoke Fakunle (SAN) and that of INEC, Alhassan Umar, did not oppose the motion for injunction, the judge said: “In any case, the plaintiffs’ application is not opposed by any of the parties.

“The law must take its course. The facts placed before this court are unchallenged and uncontroverted by the respondents when they had the opportunity to do so. The facts deposed to by the plaintiffs are credible.

“The plaintiffs’ application is not opposed by any of the parties. I so hold. The defendants have not filed counter-affidavit to the application. They have opportunity of filing counter-affidavit and they failed to do so. The law must take its course.

“It is my view that the facts placed before the court are unchallenged and uncontroverted by the defendants when they had the opportunity to do so. They had opportunity to file counter-affidavit, they failed to do so; they filed preliminary objection.

“Their objection was not in the court’s file. I rely on the authority of the Supreme Court. The facts deposed to by the plaintiffs are credible and are deserving to grant the application in the overall interest of justice.

“The plaintiffs’ application therefore succeeds and is accordingly granted as prayed in line with the reliefs endorsed on the motion paper dated July 20, 2016 and I make the following orders:

“An order of interlocutory injunction is hereby made restraining the defendants (the nine of them), their servants, agents, howsoever named from conducting the national convention of PDP and from supervising or monitoring same under any guise and for electing any national officer of the (second) defendant (PDP), and for recognising same in any manner whatsoever pending the determination of the substantive suit.

“An order of interlocutory injunction is hereby made restraining the PDP from presenting anybody and from sponsoring anybody for election into its offices and holding national convention, conference whatever name for the purpose of electing national officers of the second defendant pending the determination of this suit.

“Prayer 3 is refused. The orders of Buba J. and the order of Idris J. are subsisting. You can take step to enforce the order. Prayer 3 is hereby refused and accordingly struck out. I so hold.

“An order of interlocutory injunction is hereby made restraining the INEC from monitoring the national convention of PDP scheduled for Port Harcourt on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 or any other day and from accepting, publishing or recognising, conference or convention howsoever named being planned by second defendant.

“The Inspector-General of Police shall enforce the order until all applications are disposed of.

“The plaintiffs shall endorse Form 48 and serve and all the defendants, especially INEC to accompany the order.

“Learned counsel for INEC shall inform the Chairman of the INEC of the court’s decision and failure to comply with the order of the court will attract disciplinary action against any party in disobedience provided the plaintiffs know what to do.”

Judge blasts

colleague over

conflicting rulings

Justice Abang blamed his Port Harcourt counterpart for the conflicting orders on the convention.

“The Federal High Court, having regard to Section 249(1) of the Constitution, is one court, but with several divisions, for administrative convenience to bring administration of justice nearer to the people.

“The issue of whether or not the PDP should hold its convention was raised by the plaintiffs in this suit. The case was assigned by the Chief Judge to this court on the 4th of July. Assigning a case to a judge is a constitutional duty of the Chief Judge of this court and no person can question it because it is an administrative decision.

“The issue of whether the PDP should hold its convention, having been assigned to this court, no other division of the Federal High Court ought to be seised of the matter in the same manner, so as to avoid conflicting decisions,” he said.

The judge noted that in any civilised country, like Nigeria where there is the Court of Appeal to correct any error that may arise from the proceedings of the high court, parties ought to have availed themselves such opportunity rather than going before another division of the Federal High Court with the same suit.

Justice Abang said though he lacked the power to review the decision of the Port Harcourt court, except it was a nullity, the judge should have drawn the Chief Judge’s attention to the new case filed before it on the same issue already before the Abuja division.

He said the unenviable situation today would have been avoided if the judge in the Port-Harcourt division of the court had refused to assume jurisdiction over a case filed on August 9 after the Abuja division was already handling similar case filed in July.

Justice Abang, who queried the jurisdiction of the Port Harcourt court over the matter, when parties like PDP and INEC have their headquarters in Abuja, said his court was not struggling jurisdiction with the Port Harcourt division, but that it is concerned about the conflicting decisions.

“The attitude of my brother judge in Port-Harcourt is what the Supreme Court condemned in the case of NIBS v. Union Bank reported in part 2004 NWLR.

“Therefore, the Port Harcourt division of the Federal High Court cannot make an order neutralising the order made by this court.

“This is so because a court of coordinate jurisdiction cannot make an order that has the effect of overruling the order made by this court on the 28th of July restraining parties from taking any steps in relation to the subject matter of this suit. Any person that disobeys the court will have himself to blame.Nobody should bring himself with the direct confrontation of this court,” Justice Abang said.

The judge expressed discomfort over media report about the comments reportedly made by Prince Dayo Adeyeye (who is the 8th defendant in the case and a member of the Makarfi committee) castigating the court and judge for the interim orders made on August 15.

The judge said, but for the fact that the court is patient, it would have moved against Adeyeye for assuming judicial powers to query the court’s decision and make disparaging comments about the court.

Further hearing in the substantive suit has been adjourned till September 7.

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