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EXCLUSIVE: Saraki Infiltrates PDP Again, Plots Akpabio's Sack Over Ties ...You'll Be Shocked How Tinubu's 65th Birthday Thickens The Enmity

EXCLUSIVE: Saraki Infiltrates PDP Again, Plots Akpabio's Sack Over Ties ...You'll Be Shocked How Tinubu's 65th Birthday Thickens The Enmity

TINUBU AKPABIO AND SARAKI
Having helped him to become the Senate President against the wish of his Part in an election described by many as a civilian coup, the skimmer Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki may have once again infiltrated the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP once again. But this time with the aim to decimate it to enable him to clip the growing wings of the former Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio as the minority leader at the Senate


According to Ripples Nigeria, the cracks in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the Senate, may soon break open and widen, as strong indications have emerged that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has launched a fresh offensive to decimate it.


Already, some members of the caucus, believed to be key loyalists of Saraki, are already calling for the resignation of the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Ripples Nigeria says

Their grouse is simple. They believe that Akpabio is using his position as Senate Minority Leader to shield himself from prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The aggrieved lawmakers, who are about three in number, one of whom is currently in a running battle with the EFCC, is reaching out to PDP Senators to pass a vote of no confidence on Akpabio.

Trouble started for Akpabio last week, when he attended the 65th birthday celebration of a former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, despite the rift between the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader and Saraki.

Akpabio, apart from attending the birthday bash, also placed over four advertorials in key national newspapers, where he congratulated Tinubu and described him as a leader.

Saraki and his loyalists, boycotted the birthday celebration, neither did he place advertorials in any newspaper to congratulate Tinubu.

Within the same period, a prominent member of the PDP caucus, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, had a media war with the EFCC. While the brief media spat lasted, Akpabio did not intervene.

Nwaoboshi, it was learnt, reached out to Akpabio to issue a release on behalf of the Senate caucus, condemning his ‘harassment’ by the EFCC. It was gathered that Akpabio refused to act.

On Monday, Nwaoboshi, reportedly met with the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu to prevail on Akpabio to convene a meeting of PDP lawmakers.

Nwaoboshi was accompanied to the brief meeting with Ekweremadu by two of Saraki’s loyalists, Senators Samuel Anyanwu and Matthew Urhoghide, both PDP members.

After failing to secure the needed number of votes to compel Akpabio to step aside, the trio, Nwaoboshi, Anyanwu and Urhoghide, boycotted Tuesday’s meeting of the PDP caucus, held at the private residence of Akpabio.

At the meeting, lawmakers were sharply divided on whether or not Akpabio should be booted out. One by one, lawmakers accused him of not speaking up in their defence.

He was also accused of romancing with key APC leaders, especially Tinubu. Akpabio, supported by Ekweremadu, was able to douse the tension. Immediate-past Senate President, David Mark, who was present at the meeting, also intervened.

The crack in the party, prompted the appointment of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe as spokesman of the caucus. It was done to enable the caucus speak with one voice, instead of the current practice where Akpabio calls the shot.

Ripples Nigeria, also learnt that a story, published by THISDAY Newspaper, alleging that PDP Senators discussed how Tinubu is using the EFCC to fight them, was planted by the Senate President, as part of his ongoing move to reduce the growing influence of the caucus.

In the coming days, media reports, it was learnt will be sponsored against Akpabio. In the media reports, Akpabio will be linked with Tinubu with claims that he is working to undermine Saraki.

Some journalists who have already been contacted to do the dirty job, have turned down the offer. In their place, bloggers are being contacted to fill in the gap.

Excerpted From Ripples Nigeria
TINUBU AKPABIO AND SARAKI
Having helped him to become the Senate President against the wish of his Part in an election described by many as a civilian coup, the skimmer Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki may have once again infiltrated the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP once again. But this time with the aim to decimate it to enable him to clip the growing wings of the former Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio as the minority leader at the Senate


According to Ripples Nigeria, the cracks in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the Senate, may soon break open and widen, as strong indications have emerged that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has launched a fresh offensive to decimate it.


Already, some members of the caucus, believed to be key loyalists of Saraki, are already calling for the resignation of the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Ripples Nigeria says

Their grouse is simple. They believe that Akpabio is using his position as Senate Minority Leader to shield himself from prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The aggrieved lawmakers, who are about three in number, one of whom is currently in a running battle with the EFCC, is reaching out to PDP Senators to pass a vote of no confidence on Akpabio.

Trouble started for Akpabio last week, when he attended the 65th birthday celebration of a former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, despite the rift between the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader and Saraki.

Akpabio, apart from attending the birthday bash, also placed over four advertorials in key national newspapers, where he congratulated Tinubu and described him as a leader.

Saraki and his loyalists, boycotted the birthday celebration, neither did he place advertorials in any newspaper to congratulate Tinubu.

Within the same period, a prominent member of the PDP caucus, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, had a media war with the EFCC. While the brief media spat lasted, Akpabio did not intervene.

Nwaoboshi, it was learnt, reached out to Akpabio to issue a release on behalf of the Senate caucus, condemning his ‘harassment’ by the EFCC. It was gathered that Akpabio refused to act.

On Monday, Nwaoboshi, reportedly met with the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu to prevail on Akpabio to convene a meeting of PDP lawmakers.

Nwaoboshi was accompanied to the brief meeting with Ekweremadu by two of Saraki’s loyalists, Senators Samuel Anyanwu and Matthew Urhoghide, both PDP members.

After failing to secure the needed number of votes to compel Akpabio to step aside, the trio, Nwaoboshi, Anyanwu and Urhoghide, boycotted Tuesday’s meeting of the PDP caucus, held at the private residence of Akpabio.

At the meeting, lawmakers were sharply divided on whether or not Akpabio should be booted out. One by one, lawmakers accused him of not speaking up in their defence.

He was also accused of romancing with key APC leaders, especially Tinubu. Akpabio, supported by Ekweremadu, was able to douse the tension. Immediate-past Senate President, David Mark, who was present at the meeting, also intervened.

The crack in the party, prompted the appointment of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe as spokesman of the caucus. It was done to enable the caucus speak with one voice, instead of the current practice where Akpabio calls the shot.

Ripples Nigeria, also learnt that a story, published by THISDAY Newspaper, alleging that PDP Senators discussed how Tinubu is using the EFCC to fight them, was planted by the Senate President, as part of his ongoing move to reduce the growing influence of the caucus.

In the coming days, media reports, it was learnt will be sponsored against Akpabio. In the media reports, Akpabio will be linked with Tinubu with claims that he is working to undermine Saraki.

Some journalists who have already been contacted to do the dirty job, have turned down the offer. In their place, bloggers are being contacted to fill in the gap.

Excerpted From Ripples Nigeria

Ndoma-Egba, ZOS Welcome Senator Ita Giwa To APC

Ndoma-Egba, ZOS Welcome Senator Ita Giwa To APC

Inyali Peter, Calabar

FLORENCE ITA-GIWA JOINS APC
The Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba and the Zonal Organizing Secretary (ZOS, South South) of APC, Paul Obi have warmly welcome Senator Florence Ita Giwa who really dumped the People's Democratic Party, PDP for APC to the party.

Recall that Senator Ita Giwa, a former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly matters who was appointed as the Chairman of Cross River Port Authority by Governor Ben Ayade on Friday defected with over 1,000 supporters from the PDP to APC.

In a separate statement issued by the duo, they described the decision of Ita Giwa to move to the party as a great development that shows her commitment to deploy her wealth of experience in moving Nigeria forward.


Clara Braide, Special Assistant, Communication to the NDDC Chairman who signed the statement on his behalf quoted Ndoma-Egba as saying that “Your coming to the APC at this point in our fledgling democracy is a pointer to your sincere commitment to deploy your wealth of experience, with other democrats, for the betterment of your Region and the Nation as a whole”.

He expressed optimism that judging from Sen. Ita Giwa’s antecedents as a team player, grassroots mobilizer and party faithful, the APC’s gradual push to take over the South-South is progressively becoming a reality.

“We all are aware of the interesting political story of this great woman of note and how she has been able to galvanize the people of her community to pursue a course that they hold dear in a non-political and non-military way.

“The party can benefit from her immense wealth of experience and tap into her political structure for our parties greater good. She is a good catch. This move is a further endorsement for President Mohammadu Buhari”, the system reads.

Obi, in his part noted that her coming was a great boost to the dream of APC to takeover government from the PDP in the state and other South South states.

"The crossing over of Mama Ita Giwa is a great development. The long awaited mother has come, it's like we had much Fathers without enough  mothers. 

"With her wealth of experience, the Party is growing stronger. Our plan to enshrine a good Government for Our People is receiving a boost and becoming realisable. Mama we welcome you", he stated.
Inyali Peter, Calabar

FLORENCE ITA-GIWA JOINS APC
The Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba and the Zonal Organizing Secretary (ZOS, South South) of APC, Paul Obi have warmly welcome Senator Florence Ita Giwa who really dumped the People's Democratic Party, PDP for APC to the party.

Recall that Senator Ita Giwa, a former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly matters who was appointed as the Chairman of Cross River Port Authority by Governor Ben Ayade on Friday defected with over 1,000 supporters from the PDP to APC.

In a separate statement issued by the duo, they described the decision of Ita Giwa to move to the party as a great development that shows her commitment to deploy her wealth of experience in moving Nigeria forward.


Clara Braide, Special Assistant, Communication to the NDDC Chairman who signed the statement on his behalf quoted Ndoma-Egba as saying that “Your coming to the APC at this point in our fledgling democracy is a pointer to your sincere commitment to deploy your wealth of experience, with other democrats, for the betterment of your Region and the Nation as a whole”.

He expressed optimism that judging from Sen. Ita Giwa’s antecedents as a team player, grassroots mobilizer and party faithful, the APC’s gradual push to take over the South-South is progressively becoming a reality.

“We all are aware of the interesting political story of this great woman of note and how she has been able to galvanize the people of her community to pursue a course that they hold dear in a non-political and non-military way.

“The party can benefit from her immense wealth of experience and tap into her political structure for our parties greater good. She is a good catch. This move is a further endorsement for President Mohammadu Buhari”, the system reads.

Obi, in his part noted that her coming was a great boost to the dream of APC to takeover government from the PDP in the state and other South South states.

"The crossing over of Mama Ita Giwa is a great development. The long awaited mother has come, it's like we had much Fathers without enough  mothers. 

"With her wealth of experience, the Party is growing stronger. Our plan to enshrine a good Government for Our People is receiving a boost and becoming realisable. Mama we welcome you", he stated.

BREAKING: PDP Chieftain In Kogi, Usman Austin Invited By SARS

BREAKING: PDP Chieftain In Kogi, Usman Austin Invited By SARS

Usman Okai Austin
A chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Kogi State and the founder of PDP Youths Frontier  Mr. Usman Okai Austin has been invited by the Special Anti-robbery Squad, SARS of the Nigerian Police.

Austin, a known critic of the Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State revealed in a telephone call to the News Punch Publisher that an invitation from the SARS was extended to him this morning and he was already on his way to honour it.


Asking why he was invited by the squad, Austin said even him was yet to know what his offense is.

Details later

Usman Okai Austin
A chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Kogi State and the founder of PDP Youths Frontier  Mr. Usman Okai Austin has been invited by the Special Anti-robbery Squad, SARS of the Nigerian Police.

Austin, a known critic of the Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State revealed in a telephone call to the News Punch Publisher that an invitation from the SARS was extended to him this morning and he was already on his way to honour it.


Asking why he was invited by the squad, Austin said even him was yet to know what his offense is.

Details later

THE UNTOLD: Why I Actually Lost 2015 Election - Jonathan Opens Up

THE UNTOLD: Why I Actually Lost 2015 Election - Jonathan Opens Up

GOODLUCK JONATHAN
The former President, Goodluck Jonathan has said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  under the platform which he contested the 2015 Presidential election lost because Nigerians decided to vote the party out and not due to failure as widely claimed.

Speaking on Thursday in Abuja, the former President noted that all over the world political parties lost elections not because they failed but that the electorate chose to experience another leadership.

Jonathan also dismissed claims by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, that his party left the country in ruins after 16 years at the helm of affairs.


Insisting that his party achieved a lot while in power, Jonathan said it was not strange for the party to be experiencing difficulties because “every election cycle is a challenge to any political party.”

According to Jonathan, “We are proud to state that PDP had creditably managed the affairs of this country for 16 years.

“There is no doubt that our party has in the last two years gone through some difficulties. However, in a democracy this is not strange in the life of a political party, especially after losing power to the opposition, like we did.


“At different times, I have also been making efforts to reunite, reconcile and re-energise to become stronger, before the next election. I will like to point out that every election cycle throws up a challenge as well as opportunities for a political party.

“A test to re-evaluate its performance, and an opportunity to reform its processes and programmes, towards rediscovering itself to become even more appealing to the electorate, in its next outing.

“This obviously is the area where we have excelled. The fact that we allowed this process to take place peacefully, and freely handed over.

“All over the world, political parties lose elections, not because they have entirely failed, but because, in most cases, the people who gave them power in the first place, have decided to hand it over to another party, in order to experience a different kind of leadership.

“This is not a forum for chest-thumping but it is important we highlight some relevant initiatives of past PDP administrations.

“Our ideological commitment towards a private sector-led and people-oriented economy manifested in the great achievements we recorded in various sectors including communications, agriculture, public financial management and financial reforms, the financial services rail and roads infrastructure, as well as in the social services.

“In agriculture, we revolutionized the sector by introducing programmes that encouraged more people, including the youths to embrace farming as a thriving business.

“We also boosted local capacity for food production, thereby drastically reducing the prize of food stuff and food import bill.

“That the PDP Government improved communication in Nigeria through the introduction of Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM) and the expansion of the nation’s information and communication technology architecture needs no gainsay.”
GOODLUCK JONATHAN
The former President, Goodluck Jonathan has said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  under the platform which he contested the 2015 Presidential election lost because Nigerians decided to vote the party out and not due to failure as widely claimed.

Speaking on Thursday in Abuja, the former President noted that all over the world political parties lost elections not because they failed but that the electorate chose to experience another leadership.

Jonathan also dismissed claims by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, that his party left the country in ruins after 16 years at the helm of affairs.


Insisting that his party achieved a lot while in power, Jonathan said it was not strange for the party to be experiencing difficulties because “every election cycle is a challenge to any political party.”

According to Jonathan, “We are proud to state that PDP had creditably managed the affairs of this country for 16 years.

“There is no doubt that our party has in the last two years gone through some difficulties. However, in a democracy this is not strange in the life of a political party, especially after losing power to the opposition, like we did.


“At different times, I have also been making efforts to reunite, reconcile and re-energise to become stronger, before the next election. I will like to point out that every election cycle throws up a challenge as well as opportunities for a political party.

“A test to re-evaluate its performance, and an opportunity to reform its processes and programmes, towards rediscovering itself to become even more appealing to the electorate, in its next outing.

“This obviously is the area where we have excelled. The fact that we allowed this process to take place peacefully, and freely handed over.

“All over the world, political parties lose elections, not because they have entirely failed, but because, in most cases, the people who gave them power in the first place, have decided to hand it over to another party, in order to experience a different kind of leadership.

“This is not a forum for chest-thumping but it is important we highlight some relevant initiatives of past PDP administrations.

“Our ideological commitment towards a private sector-led and people-oriented economy manifested in the great achievements we recorded in various sectors including communications, agriculture, public financial management and financial reforms, the financial services rail and roads infrastructure, as well as in the social services.

“In agriculture, we revolutionized the sector by introducing programmes that encouraged more people, including the youths to embrace farming as a thriving business.

“We also boosted local capacity for food production, thereby drastically reducing the prize of food stuff and food import bill.

“That the PDP Government improved communication in Nigeria through the introduction of Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM) and the expansion of the nation’s information and communication technology architecture needs no gainsay.”

Nigerians Shock PDP As It Loses Own Popularity Poll To APC On Twitter With Wide Margin,The Result'll Shock You Either

Nigerians Shock PDP As It Loses Own Popularity Poll To APC On Twitter With Wide Margin,The Result'll Shock You Either

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP received a shocking result of a social media poll it running on its own official twitter handle @OfficialPDPNig as the ruling All Progressives Congress soaring to victory with a landslide margin.

Bare 19 hours ago, the PDP decided to run the popularity poll on Twitter twitting "APC won the Presidential election & many guber elections. Are Nigerians better off today than 2 years ago? #SorryChange

The result so far clearly showed that 7, 635 people have voted and PDP is losing 35% to APC's 65%.

Below is the result



PDP On Twitter

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP received a shocking result of a social media poll it running on its own official twitter handle @OfficialPDPNig as the ruling All Progressives Congress soaring to victory with a landslide margin.

Bare 19 hours ago, the PDP decided to run the popularity poll on Twitter twitting "APC won the Presidential election & many guber elections. Are Nigerians better off today than 2 years ago? #SorryChange

The result so far clearly showed that 7, 635 people have voted and PDP is losing 35% to APC's 65%.

Below is the result



PDP On Twitter

BREAKING: Makarfi's PDP Committee Is ILLEGAL - NJC Dismisses Appeal Against Sheriff, Justice Abang

BREAKING: Makarfi's PDP Committee Is ILLEGAL - NJC Dismisses Appeal Against Sheriff, Justice Abang

Makarfi Sheriff
The National Judicial Council, NJC, has cleared Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja of any wrongdoing in his verdicts relating to the leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The Council, in a letter dated March 15 and signed by its Secretary, Mr. Danladi Halilu, dismissed allegations of gross misconduct that was levelled against the Judge by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led action of the party. 

The legal body said it found no merit in the petition the group lodged against Justice Abang. 


It will be recalled that Justice Abang had on July 29, 2016, declared the Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the PDP illegal. He held that the Committee was illegal considering that it was a product of a convention a faction of the party held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on May 21, 2016, in defiance of a subsisting court order that was made by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, which had stopped the said convention from holding.

Justice Abang went ahead and accorded recognition to the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff leadership of the party. Meanwhile, dissatisfied with the decision of the court, Makarfi wrote a petition to the NJC dated August 25, 2016, in respect of suits Nos. FHC/ABJ/CS/439/2016 and FHC/ABH/CS/464/2016.

He accused Justice Abang of assuming appellate powers by overriding the decision of another court of the a coordinate jurisdiction. 

After due consideration of the petition, the NJC in its letter with reference number NJC/ F.3/FHC 44/VII/55 stated: “At the end of deliberations, the council found that your petition finds no merit as there was no sufficient material before the NJC to infer that the judge sat on appeal over the decision of his brother judge of coordinate jurisdiction. “The appeal, therefore, lacked merit and is subsequently dismissed”.


Makarfi Sheriff
The National Judicial Council, NJC, has cleared Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja of any wrongdoing in his verdicts relating to the leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The Council, in a letter dated March 15 and signed by its Secretary, Mr. Danladi Halilu, dismissed allegations of gross misconduct that was levelled against the Judge by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led action of the party. 

The legal body said it found no merit in the petition the group lodged against Justice Abang. 


It will be recalled that Justice Abang had on July 29, 2016, declared the Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the PDP illegal. He held that the Committee was illegal considering that it was a product of a convention a faction of the party held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on May 21, 2016, in defiance of a subsisting court order that was made by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, which had stopped the said convention from holding.

Justice Abang went ahead and accorded recognition to the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff leadership of the party. Meanwhile, dissatisfied with the decision of the court, Makarfi wrote a petition to the NJC dated August 25, 2016, in respect of suits Nos. FHC/ABJ/CS/439/2016 and FHC/ABH/CS/464/2016.

He accused Justice Abang of assuming appellate powers by overriding the decision of another court of the a coordinate jurisdiction. 

After due consideration of the petition, the NJC in its letter with reference number NJC/ F.3/FHC 44/VII/55 stated: “At the end of deliberations, the council found that your petition finds no merit as there was no sufficient material before the NJC to infer that the judge sat on appeal over the decision of his brother judge of coordinate jurisdiction. “The appeal, therefore, lacked merit and is subsequently dismissed”.


PDP Shrinks Further As Another Reps Member Cross-carpet To APC; Colleague Kicks

PDP Shrinks Further As Another Reps Member Cross-carpet To APC; Colleague Kicks

HASSAN ANTHONY
The strength of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, especially at the National Assembly further shrank today as a member of the House of Representatives from Benue State, Hassan Anthony, has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Anthony’s defection was announced on the floor of the House at the start of Wednesday’s plenary.

The lawmaker who represents Ado/Ogbadibo/Okpokwu constituency, cited division in the PDP as his reason for leaving.

Reacting to the defection, Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta) raised a point of order, urging the speaker to declare Mr. Hassan’s seat vacant.


“The Court of Appeal has on 17th February declared Modu Sheriff the authentic Chairman of the PDP, therefore there is no faction in the PDP,” Mr. Ossai said

But his argument did not see the light of the day as he was ruled out by the Speaker, telling him to bring a copy of the Court of Appeal judgement.

The defection of Mr. Hassan to APC has brought the number of APC representatives to 226 and that of PDP to 124.
HASSAN ANTHONY
The strength of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, especially at the National Assembly further shrank today as a member of the House of Representatives from Benue State, Hassan Anthony, has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Anthony’s defection was announced on the floor of the House at the start of Wednesday’s plenary.

The lawmaker who represents Ado/Ogbadibo/Okpokwu constituency, cited division in the PDP as his reason for leaving.

Reacting to the defection, Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta) raised a point of order, urging the speaker to declare Mr. Hassan’s seat vacant.


“The Court of Appeal has on 17th February declared Modu Sheriff the authentic Chairman of the PDP, therefore there is no faction in the PDP,” Mr. Ossai said

But his argument did not see the light of the day as he was ruled out by the Speaker, telling him to bring a copy of the Court of Appeal judgement.

The defection of Mr. Hassan to APC has brought the number of APC representatives to 226 and that of PDP to 124.

PDP Crisis Messy As Gov. Dickson Says Makarfi Leadership Is ILLEGAL, Asks Him To Resign ..Reveals Shocking Secrets

PDP Crisis Messy As Gov. Dickson Says Makarfi Leadership Is ILLEGAL, Asks Him To Resign ..Reveals Shocking Secrets

Makarfi and Governor Dickson Seriake
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has asked Senator Ahmed Makarfi and his Caretaker Committee to step down in the interest of the party.

Chairman of the PDP Reconciliation Committee made the call while speaking with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.

He said: “When the idea of making Sheriff the National Chairman of our party was hatched, I personally kicked against it.

“I also turned down all the overtures from Sheriff because I did not believe in him and what he did.


“So now, my position is that we have to move forward. I am a politician of conviction, I am not a politician of convenience and I am not a typical Nigerian politician.

“The Makarfi-led caretaker committee should remember that it was a brainchild of the majority of the party members including I at a convention in Port Harcourt.

“I and up to 80 per cent of the population of the PDP members were for Makarfi but the unfolding events have compelled us to adopt a political resolution instead of embarking on further bickering.

“As politicians and democrats, we must first obey the constitution and all other instruments of civil rule and which includes obeying the judiciary,’’ he said.

“We had expected that the Court of Appeal would give us judgment, but it rather upheld Sheriff as the National Chairman of the party.

“Whether anybody likes Sheriff’s face or not, the Makarfi-led caretaker committee was stripped of its authority to manage the affairs of the party the day the judgment was delivered.


“In fact, as it stands now, Sheriff has started addressing issues within the party, he is the one sending names of party members contesting elections in various states.

“If there is going to be a by-election in Kaduna today, Makarfi’s home state, INEC would not accept correspondences from Makarfi any longer because his business in the party has ended,’’ he said.

Dickson said Sheriff had always been disposed to political settlement of the crisis, adding that Makarfi had remained adamant.

“So the reconciliation committee which I chair met several times to review our position in the light of the Court of Appeal’s judgment.

“The reality is that Makarfi no longer has the legal backing to carry on with the task of managing the party.

“We are aware of this quagmire, and therefore, the reconciliation committee went ahead to formulate a realistic, practical and strategic response to this reality because in the end it would be to the benefit of PDP.

“So if you said you are passionate about the survival of the party, then you should be willing to sacrifice your ambition.

“The crisis has caused us a lot, our elected officials, top notch members are decamping to even lesser parties.

“The party continues to fail Nigerians because the crisis has so far prevented it from being a sound credible opposition even in the face of bad governance in the country right now,” he said.
Makarfi and Governor Dickson Seriake
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has asked Senator Ahmed Makarfi and his Caretaker Committee to step down in the interest of the party.

Chairman of the PDP Reconciliation Committee made the call while speaking with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.

He said: “When the idea of making Sheriff the National Chairman of our party was hatched, I personally kicked against it.

“I also turned down all the overtures from Sheriff because I did not believe in him and what he did.


“So now, my position is that we have to move forward. I am a politician of conviction, I am not a politician of convenience and I am not a typical Nigerian politician.

“The Makarfi-led caretaker committee should remember that it was a brainchild of the majority of the party members including I at a convention in Port Harcourt.

“I and up to 80 per cent of the population of the PDP members were for Makarfi but the unfolding events have compelled us to adopt a political resolution instead of embarking on further bickering.

“As politicians and democrats, we must first obey the constitution and all other instruments of civil rule and which includes obeying the judiciary,’’ he said.

“We had expected that the Court of Appeal would give us judgment, but it rather upheld Sheriff as the National Chairman of the party.

“Whether anybody likes Sheriff’s face or not, the Makarfi-led caretaker committee was stripped of its authority to manage the affairs of the party the day the judgment was delivered.


“In fact, as it stands now, Sheriff has started addressing issues within the party, he is the one sending names of party members contesting elections in various states.

“If there is going to be a by-election in Kaduna today, Makarfi’s home state, INEC would not accept correspondences from Makarfi any longer because his business in the party has ended,’’ he said.

Dickson said Sheriff had always been disposed to political settlement of the crisis, adding that Makarfi had remained adamant.

“So the reconciliation committee which I chair met several times to review our position in the light of the Court of Appeal’s judgment.

“The reality is that Makarfi no longer has the legal backing to carry on with the task of managing the party.

“We are aware of this quagmire, and therefore, the reconciliation committee went ahead to formulate a realistic, practical and strategic response to this reality because in the end it would be to the benefit of PDP.

“So if you said you are passionate about the survival of the party, then you should be willing to sacrifice your ambition.

“The crisis has caused us a lot, our elected officials, top notch members are decamping to even lesser parties.

“The party continues to fail Nigerians because the crisis has so far prevented it from being a sound credible opposition even in the face of bad governance in the country right now,” he said.

PDP Crisis: 23 State Chairmen Dump Makarfi, Pledge Loyalty To Sheriff, Agree To Partake In Dickson-Convention

PDP Crisis: 23 State Chairmen Dump Makarfi, Pledge Loyalty To Sheriff, Agree To Partake In Dickson-Convention

Seriake Dickson and Makarfi
AS the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lingers on, 23 state chairmen of the party have called for an end to the leadership tussle, which has plagued the opposition party in the past 10 months.

The chairmen, who expressed support for the National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, urged him to step up efforts to end the crisis.

The state chairmen, who met in Abuja on Friday night, also expressed support for a political solution to the crisis, noting that if the leadership crisis were not resolved early enough, it would affect the party’s fortunes in the 2019 general election.


A communique issued at the end of the meeting and signed by the Bayelsa State PDP chairman, Moses Cleopas, his Federal Capital Territory (FCT) counterpart, Yunusa Suleiman, and 21 others, said their support for Sheriff was in respect   of the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt division, which pronounced him the leader of the party. 
  
The communique, which was read by Suleiman, added that their support for Sheriff was without prejudice to the appeal filed by the PDP National Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi against the judgment at the Supreme Court.

The communique read: “The Peoples Democratic Party Chapter Chairmen are very concerned about the crisis engulfing the party as it is degenerating into several members decamping from the party across the nation.

  “Bearing in mind the upcoming Presidential Election timeline recently announced by the INEC as well as other elections fast approaching, and as key political actors of the polity, we cannot sit back and allow our party denigrate to this level and have thus decided to come forward and proffer solutions to this crisis.

  “In line with the only template presented by the Peace and Reconciliation Committee of our party headed by Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State, we wish to state that we support the recommendation that a political solution is the best and only solution to our crisis without prejudice to the on going judicial processes.

  “We are also in support of the committees’ recommendation of an all inclusive unity convention to be held as soon as possible.”

  The chairmen further noted: “We as legitimately elected chairmen wish to state on the grounds of clarity that we shall never be in support or be a part of any thought of tinkering with the option of leaving the PDP and forming another party.

“We shall at all times align ourselves to any judicial pronouncement of a higher jurisdiction on this matter. We call upon all party leaders and members to make the necessary sacrifices to ensure the survival of the party at this critical period of our history.

“We also call upon the National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sherriff and the National Working Committee (NWC) to abide by the recommendations of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee for the sake of our great party.

As a group, we shall continue to engage the party leadership and all relevant stakeholders with a view to having a hitch-free convention and call upon all leaders and party members to work towards the realisation of this objective.”
Seriake Dickson and Makarfi
AS the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lingers on, 23 state chairmen of the party have called for an end to the leadership tussle, which has plagued the opposition party in the past 10 months.

The chairmen, who expressed support for the National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, urged him to step up efforts to end the crisis.

The state chairmen, who met in Abuja on Friday night, also expressed support for a political solution to the crisis, noting that if the leadership crisis were not resolved early enough, it would affect the party’s fortunes in the 2019 general election.


A communique issued at the end of the meeting and signed by the Bayelsa State PDP chairman, Moses Cleopas, his Federal Capital Territory (FCT) counterpart, Yunusa Suleiman, and 21 others, said their support for Sheriff was in respect   of the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt division, which pronounced him the leader of the party. 
  
The communique, which was read by Suleiman, added that their support for Sheriff was without prejudice to the appeal filed by the PDP National Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi against the judgment at the Supreme Court.

The communique read: “The Peoples Democratic Party Chapter Chairmen are very concerned about the crisis engulfing the party as it is degenerating into several members decamping from the party across the nation.

  “Bearing in mind the upcoming Presidential Election timeline recently announced by the INEC as well as other elections fast approaching, and as key political actors of the polity, we cannot sit back and allow our party denigrate to this level and have thus decided to come forward and proffer solutions to this crisis.

  “In line with the only template presented by the Peace and Reconciliation Committee of our party headed by Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State, we wish to state that we support the recommendation that a political solution is the best and only solution to our crisis without prejudice to the on going judicial processes.

  “We are also in support of the committees’ recommendation of an all inclusive unity convention to be held as soon as possible.”

  The chairmen further noted: “We as legitimately elected chairmen wish to state on the grounds of clarity that we shall never be in support or be a part of any thought of tinkering with the option of leaving the PDP and forming another party.

“We shall at all times align ourselves to any judicial pronouncement of a higher jurisdiction on this matter. We call upon all party leaders and members to make the necessary sacrifices to ensure the survival of the party at this critical period of our history.

“We also call upon the National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sherriff and the National Working Committee (NWC) to abide by the recommendations of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee for the sake of our great party.

As a group, we shall continue to engage the party leadership and all relevant stakeholders with a view to having a hitch-free convention and call upon all leaders and party members to work towards the realisation of this objective.”

SHOCK As PDP Set To Sell Off Party To Raise Fund; Ministerial, Other Appointments For Sale To Highest Bidder In Secret Report

SHOCK As PDP Set To Sell Off Party To Raise Fund; Ministerial, Other Appointments For Sale To Highest Bidder In Secret Report

The crisis-ridden Peoples Democratic Party, PDP faction of Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi faction may have concluded plan to sell off the party to the highest bidder in it quest to raise fund to finance the party.

A Prof. Jerry Gana-led high-powered committee set up to revamp the fortunes of the Peoples Democratic Party has submitted a report that recommended the party to sell its membership and also restrict senior government positions and other perks to the highest bidder, report according to Punch Newspaper details


The new move which may throw the fractious party into a new crisis has reportedly been endorsed by the leadership of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction, which also set up the committee, reliable sources withing the party confirmed to our source

Being the biggest faction of the two factions fighting for the soul of the former ruling party as it has the support of an overwhelming number of former governors, ministers and power brokers, however suffered a major setback at the courts recently when the other faction led by former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, was declared as the authentic executive of the party. The Makarfi faction has however, challenged the decision of the Court of Appeal at the Supreme Court.

The Prof. Jery Gana-led committee, which has 201 members is moving around the country,  distributing copies of the report to prominent members of the party, Punch Newspaper reports

Among those who are said to have received it are former President Goodluck Jonathan; a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih; and a former National Security Adviser; Gen. Mohammed Gusau (retd.) Some other members of the BoT and the national caretaker committee have also collected copies of the document, sources say.

The report, which was seen by our correspondent during the week, groups the party’s membership into six categories in descending order of members’ financial contributions. Those in the highest categories are to have special benefits based on their financial contributions to the party.

The categories are: Platinum, Diamond, Gold, Silver, Standard and Students in Tertiary Institutions.

According to the report, male members of the party who desire to be Platinum members are to pay N500,000 a year or N50,000 monthly instalments while women are to pay half the amount.

The benefits accruing to those in this category include “opportunities to attend the expanded national caucus meetings of the party, be invited to social and political events of the party with the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the national chairman of the party.”

Members in this category are also to contribute and participate in the formulation of key policy decisions for the next general election.

“Consideration shall be given to platinum card-carrying members for appointment into boards of Federal Government-owned parastatals, agencies, ministerial appointments as well as other benefits that accrue to the party,” the report says.

Other perks, the report says, “are inclusive, but not limited to procurements, contracts and projects (awards) at all levels of the party governance structure.”

For those in the diamond category, they are expected to pay N250,000 (men) or N200,000 (women) annually to the party.

The document also states that diamond card-carrying members will enjoy most of the privileges associated with those in the Platinum group.

The report adds that those in diamond category “will (however) not be eligible for consideration into the membership of Board of Trustees as well as contest for the position of President and national party offices as the national chairman, deputy national chairman and national secretary.”

Gold card members will be expected to pay N200,000 (men) or N100,000 (women) minimum a year. They are expected to enjoy the benefits accruing to those in the diamond card category.

Holders of Silver cards in the party, according to the document, are expected to contribute N100,000 (men) or N50,000 (women) per annum to the party.

But they will not enjoy contracts from the government or be allowed to contest for national offices or be considered for appointment as ministers.

However, Silver members may be considered for commissionership appointments as well as other benefits that may accrue to the party such as “procurements, contracts and projects” at the state levels of the party’s governance structures.

Members who cannot afford to part with the sums quoted above will be asked to cough out N3,000 (men) and N2,000 (women) annually. However, they will only be allowed to contest for public posts at the local government and ward levels. Those in this category are called “Standard membership” card holders.

Student membership is planned to be free, but the document says it will be limited to “students in tertiary institutions approved by the Federal Ministry of Education.”

In his reaction, the National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, said the cash-for-membership plan would not work, adding that the party was not for sale. Sheriff added that the plan of the Makarfi-led caretaker committee was to handover the party to the rich.

Speaking through the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Bernard Mikko, the former Governor of Borno State said, “That idea won’t work. We are talking and planning to handover the party to the people, yet some people are secretly planning an alliance to hijack it.

“The PDP is not for sale. We won’t allow it to happen. The party is for ordinary Nigerians who are committed to its ideals and not for a few, who are desperate to hijack it.”

Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, also condemned the new membership plan.

“The committee should stop misrepresenting us. It is going about dishing out the report to eminent members of our party without authorisation,” he said.

But the spokesperson for the Makarfi faction, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, disagreed with the critics of the new plan, saying that it would be wrong for anyone to say that the committee was not serving the interest of the party.

Interestingly, the party’s thinkers would still like to have a situation where government funds political parties. In the report, the Gana-led committee said the Federal Government should continue to fund political parties.

It said, “It has been established that political parties all over the world are funded by governments of their various countries. This was also in practice in Nigeria before a PDP-controlled National Assembly stopped it.

“Public funding of political parties made it morally right for INEC to audit political parties’ assets since most of the funds came from the government. It is hereby recommended that the PDP should collaborate with other political parties to amend the Electoral Law to restore regular funding of political parties by the government.”

The committee further recommended that the party should invest five per cent of its annual income in commercial companies. In order to make more money, the committee said the party must establish companies that would bid for contracts as well.

The report said, “It is recommended that five percent of the party’s income be invested in reputable fund managers and blue-chip companies such as pension funds, treasury bills, bonds, telecommunications companies, oil companies etc. NEC should determine such companies from time to time.

“It is further recommended, if approved by the appropriate organs of the party, to establish PDP incorporated organisations to handle party investments and also bid for contracts.”
The crisis-ridden Peoples Democratic Party, PDP faction of Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi faction may have concluded plan to sell off the party to the highest bidder in it quest to raise fund to finance the party.

A Prof. Jerry Gana-led high-powered committee set up to revamp the fortunes of the Peoples Democratic Party has submitted a report that recommended the party to sell its membership and also restrict senior government positions and other perks to the highest bidder, report according to Punch Newspaper details


The new move which may throw the fractious party into a new crisis has reportedly been endorsed by the leadership of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction, which also set up the committee, reliable sources withing the party confirmed to our source

Being the biggest faction of the two factions fighting for the soul of the former ruling party as it has the support of an overwhelming number of former governors, ministers and power brokers, however suffered a major setback at the courts recently when the other faction led by former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, was declared as the authentic executive of the party. The Makarfi faction has however, challenged the decision of the Court of Appeal at the Supreme Court.

The Prof. Jery Gana-led committee, which has 201 members is moving around the country,  distributing copies of the report to prominent members of the party, Punch Newspaper reports

Among those who are said to have received it are former President Goodluck Jonathan; a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih; and a former National Security Adviser; Gen. Mohammed Gusau (retd.) Some other members of the BoT and the national caretaker committee have also collected copies of the document, sources say.

The report, which was seen by our correspondent during the week, groups the party’s membership into six categories in descending order of members’ financial contributions. Those in the highest categories are to have special benefits based on their financial contributions to the party.

The categories are: Platinum, Diamond, Gold, Silver, Standard and Students in Tertiary Institutions.

According to the report, male members of the party who desire to be Platinum members are to pay N500,000 a year or N50,000 monthly instalments while women are to pay half the amount.

The benefits accruing to those in this category include “opportunities to attend the expanded national caucus meetings of the party, be invited to social and political events of the party with the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the national chairman of the party.”

Members in this category are also to contribute and participate in the formulation of key policy decisions for the next general election.

“Consideration shall be given to platinum card-carrying members for appointment into boards of Federal Government-owned parastatals, agencies, ministerial appointments as well as other benefits that accrue to the party,” the report says.

Other perks, the report says, “are inclusive, but not limited to procurements, contracts and projects (awards) at all levels of the party governance structure.”

For those in the diamond category, they are expected to pay N250,000 (men) or N200,000 (women) annually to the party.

The document also states that diamond card-carrying members will enjoy most of the privileges associated with those in the Platinum group.

The report adds that those in diamond category “will (however) not be eligible for consideration into the membership of Board of Trustees as well as contest for the position of President and national party offices as the national chairman, deputy national chairman and national secretary.”

Gold card members will be expected to pay N200,000 (men) or N100,000 (women) minimum a year. They are expected to enjoy the benefits accruing to those in the diamond card category.

Holders of Silver cards in the party, according to the document, are expected to contribute N100,000 (men) or N50,000 (women) per annum to the party.

But they will not enjoy contracts from the government or be allowed to contest for national offices or be considered for appointment as ministers.

However, Silver members may be considered for commissionership appointments as well as other benefits that may accrue to the party such as “procurements, contracts and projects” at the state levels of the party’s governance structures.

Members who cannot afford to part with the sums quoted above will be asked to cough out N3,000 (men) and N2,000 (women) annually. However, they will only be allowed to contest for public posts at the local government and ward levels. Those in this category are called “Standard membership” card holders.

Student membership is planned to be free, but the document says it will be limited to “students in tertiary institutions approved by the Federal Ministry of Education.”

In his reaction, the National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, said the cash-for-membership plan would not work, adding that the party was not for sale. Sheriff added that the plan of the Makarfi-led caretaker committee was to handover the party to the rich.

Speaking through the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Bernard Mikko, the former Governor of Borno State said, “That idea won’t work. We are talking and planning to handover the party to the people, yet some people are secretly planning an alliance to hijack it.

“The PDP is not for sale. We won’t allow it to happen. The party is for ordinary Nigerians who are committed to its ideals and not for a few, who are desperate to hijack it.”

Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, also condemned the new membership plan.

“The committee should stop misrepresenting us. It is going about dishing out the report to eminent members of our party without authorisation,” he said.

But the spokesperson for the Makarfi faction, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, disagreed with the critics of the new plan, saying that it would be wrong for anyone to say that the committee was not serving the interest of the party.

Interestingly, the party’s thinkers would still like to have a situation where government funds political parties. In the report, the Gana-led committee said the Federal Government should continue to fund political parties.

It said, “It has been established that political parties all over the world are funded by governments of their various countries. This was also in practice in Nigeria before a PDP-controlled National Assembly stopped it.

“Public funding of political parties made it morally right for INEC to audit political parties’ assets since most of the funds came from the government. It is hereby recommended that the PDP should collaborate with other political parties to amend the Electoral Law to restore regular funding of political parties by the government.”

The committee further recommended that the party should invest five per cent of its annual income in commercial companies. In order to make more money, the committee said the party must establish companies that would bid for contracts as well.

The report said, “It is recommended that five percent of the party’s income be invested in reputable fund managers and blue-chip companies such as pension funds, treasury bills, bonds, telecommunications companies, oil companies etc. NEC should determine such companies from time to time.

“It is further recommended, if approved by the appropriate organs of the party, to establish PDP incorporated organisations to handle party investments and also bid for contracts.”

PDP Crisis: Why I Recognize Sheriff As Chairman - Gov. Dickson Breaks Silence At Last; ...Says Makarfi Group Are Liars, Propagandists

PDP Crisis: Why I Recognize Sheriff As Chairman - Gov. Dickson Breaks Silence At Last; ...Says Makarfi Group Are Liars, Propagandists

Governor Seriake Dickson and Makarfi
Bayelsa State Governor and Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) National Reconciliation Committee, Seriake Dickson, has broken his silence on the raging crisis in the party.

He described negative comments which trailed submission of his committee report to the party’s national executive as “mere propaganda.” 

Dickson came under attack from supporters of Senator Ahmed Makafi’s National Caretaker Committee,  after he recently submitted a template for peace, including a proposal for the party convention to National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.


Speaking for the first time, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, yesterday, Dickson said rather than embark on name-calling, propaganda and outright lies, it was time the party come together in the interest of peace. 

He said despite sacrifices made by him and members of the body, it was unfortunate that some persons within the party were making ‘uncharitable comments’ on the report meant to salvage the party. 

He called on everyone who has any idea as to how to take the party out of the current crisis to proffer their own solutions, instead of seeking to pull down the little gains that have been made by the committee. 

Dickson, who explained that he never supported the court’s decision on Sheriff, insisted that since the Appeal Court has recognised him as national chairman, the law has to be obeyed and dialogue initiated to resolve issues. 

“My attention has been drawn to series of half truths and litany of lies being peddled by some leaders, stakeholders and members of our party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the recent submission of the report of the reconciliation committee which I chaired. 

“In my usual character, I am not disposed to joining issues with anyone or group, especially on a matter that I think can be settled internally. More so, when some of the key actors are not sincerely committed to bringing an end to the festering crisis that has set us back as a party. 

 “First, let me state in clear terms that the ongoing blame game, name-calling and propaganda will not in any way help us.

“Rather, we are, by such actions, de-marketing ourselves and playing into the hands of the All Progressive Congress (APC) which appears to be the major beneficiary of the crisis rocking our party. 

What we should be doing now, is to look for amicable solution; to come out of where we are, rally round ourselves and form a bond like never before since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had released the timetable for the 2019 general elections. 

“Secondly, everyone, especially in the PDP Governors’ Forum can testify that I never supported Senator Sheriff as national chairman. I strongly canvassed against his choice because he was new to our party. 

“I felt that we needed a fresh face for a new beginning. But, as a democrat I believe in the plurality of opinions which made me to tag along. Now, with the Appeal Court judgment affirming him as the national chairman, it is only legal and strategic for all leaders of the party to engage him on a template such as what we have proposed.”

Source: The Sun
Governor Seriake Dickson and Makarfi
Bayelsa State Governor and Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) National Reconciliation Committee, Seriake Dickson, has broken his silence on the raging crisis in the party.

He described negative comments which trailed submission of his committee report to the party’s national executive as “mere propaganda.” 

Dickson came under attack from supporters of Senator Ahmed Makafi’s National Caretaker Committee,  after he recently submitted a template for peace, including a proposal for the party convention to National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.


Speaking for the first time, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, yesterday, Dickson said rather than embark on name-calling, propaganda and outright lies, it was time the party come together in the interest of peace. 

He said despite sacrifices made by him and members of the body, it was unfortunate that some persons within the party were making ‘uncharitable comments’ on the report meant to salvage the party. 

He called on everyone who has any idea as to how to take the party out of the current crisis to proffer their own solutions, instead of seeking to pull down the little gains that have been made by the committee. 

Dickson, who explained that he never supported the court’s decision on Sheriff, insisted that since the Appeal Court has recognised him as national chairman, the law has to be obeyed and dialogue initiated to resolve issues. 

“My attention has been drawn to series of half truths and litany of lies being peddled by some leaders, stakeholders and members of our party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the recent submission of the report of the reconciliation committee which I chaired. 

“In my usual character, I am not disposed to joining issues with anyone or group, especially on a matter that I think can be settled internally. More so, when some of the key actors are not sincerely committed to bringing an end to the festering crisis that has set us back as a party. 

 “First, let me state in clear terms that the ongoing blame game, name-calling and propaganda will not in any way help us.

“Rather, we are, by such actions, de-marketing ourselves and playing into the hands of the All Progressive Congress (APC) which appears to be the major beneficiary of the crisis rocking our party. 

What we should be doing now, is to look for amicable solution; to come out of where we are, rally round ourselves and form a bond like never before since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had released the timetable for the 2019 general elections. 

“Secondly, everyone, especially in the PDP Governors’ Forum can testify that I never supported Senator Sheriff as national chairman. I strongly canvassed against his choice because he was new to our party. 

“I felt that we needed a fresh face for a new beginning. But, as a democrat I believe in the plurality of opinions which made me to tag along. Now, with the Appeal Court judgment affirming him as the national chairman, it is only legal and strategic for all leaders of the party to engage him on a template such as what we have proposed.”

Source: The Sun

Former Governor, Kwankwaso, 10 Kano Lawmakers Rejoin PDP From APC

Former Governor, Kwankwaso, 10 Kano Lawmakers Rejoin PDP From APC

Rabiu Kwankwaso
Former Governor of Kano state, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso has, Tuesday, reportedly defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, party to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

According to reports not yet authenticated, Senator Kwankwaso defected with 10 Kano state lawmakers.


His defection may not be unconnected with his ordeals in the ruling party.

Recall that in March last year, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Kano State chapter had initiated moves to suspend him over what it termed anti-party activities.

The then chairman, Kano chapter of the party, Alhaji Haruna Umar Doguwa, had told newsmen in Kano that the senator had, during a visit to the state, allegedly exhibited actions capable of compromising the party’s unity.

According to Doguwa: “The case of party indiscipline by Kwankwaso would be thoroughly investigated and dealt with in accordance with the constitution of our party.”

However, the true reasons why the Senator may have defected to the opposition party is yet to be ascertained.

It would be recalled that sometime in November 2013, 5 governors elected on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC). It was an unprecedented move in Nigeria’s political history and formed the foundation for APC’s victory at the 2015 general elections.

The governors who led their supporters and political structures to APC were Governors Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers).

They were joined by other political heavyweights such as Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Senator Bukola Saraki, the then Speaker of the House of Representatives – Aminu Tambuwal, Shaba Lafiagi, Mohammed Ndume, Danjuma Goje, Abdullahi Adam, Bindo Jubrilla and Abdullahi Gobir.

Others include Dr. Samuel Ortom, former Speaker Aminu Bello Masari, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu and Barrister Simon Lalong. In fact, of the 17 state governors elected on the platform of APC in Northern Nigeria only 7 are not ex-PDP members
Rabiu Kwankwaso
Former Governor of Kano state, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso has, Tuesday, reportedly defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, party to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

According to reports not yet authenticated, Senator Kwankwaso defected with 10 Kano state lawmakers.


His defection may not be unconnected with his ordeals in the ruling party.

Recall that in March last year, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Kano State chapter had initiated moves to suspend him over what it termed anti-party activities.

The then chairman, Kano chapter of the party, Alhaji Haruna Umar Doguwa, had told newsmen in Kano that the senator had, during a visit to the state, allegedly exhibited actions capable of compromising the party’s unity.

According to Doguwa: “The case of party indiscipline by Kwankwaso would be thoroughly investigated and dealt with in accordance with the constitution of our party.”

However, the true reasons why the Senator may have defected to the opposition party is yet to be ascertained.

It would be recalled that sometime in November 2013, 5 governors elected on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC). It was an unprecedented move in Nigeria’s political history and formed the foundation for APC’s victory at the 2015 general elections.

The governors who led their supporters and political structures to APC were Governors Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers).

They were joined by other political heavyweights such as Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Senator Bukola Saraki, the then Speaker of the House of Representatives – Aminu Tambuwal, Shaba Lafiagi, Mohammed Ndume, Danjuma Goje, Abdullahi Adam, Bindo Jubrilla and Abdullahi Gobir.

Others include Dr. Samuel Ortom, former Speaker Aminu Bello Masari, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu and Barrister Simon Lalong. In fact, of the 17 state governors elected on the platform of APC in Northern Nigeria only 7 are not ex-PDP members

PDP In Messier Mess As N50m Secret Monthly Gift, $1m, Jeep's Corrupt Counter-allegations Further Tear Party Apart

PDP In Messier Mess As N50m Secret Monthly Gift, $1m, Jeep's Corrupt Counter-allegations Further Tear Party Apart

SHERIFF AND MAKARFI
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, yesterday engaged in accusations and counter-accusations over the leadership of the party.

While the Sheriff group alleged that governors elected on the platform of the party gave the Makarfi committee N50 million monthly subvention, the latter accused Sheriff of receiving jeeps and $1 million from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Federal Government.


This is coming at a time the National Reconciliation Committee of the PDP, chaired by Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, yesterday released the submitted report to the media.

Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja yesterday, Sheriff,  who spoke through his deputy, Dr. Cairo Ojoughoh, also accused Makarfi of frustrating reconciliation in the PDP, as, according to him, he wants to use his position as caretaker chairman to advance his 2019 presidential ambition.

He said the caretaker committee chairman had become jittery because organs of the party were joining the peace process in the PDP.

According to him, “the reason the caretaker committee is protesting is that they have seen that the table is now crumbling fast under their feet.

“All the organs of the party are keying into the reconciliation and when the reconciliation pulls through, they are out and Senator Makarfi can only come as member of the BoT.  And so the N50 million monthly subvention from the governors will stop. They get subvention from the governors every month and when reconciliation happens, that subvention will stop.

“Secondly, Makarfi wants a situation where he will tailor-make the convention to suit his interest, because he has come out to say that he will be contesting the presidency of the country. We are very mindful that we are not going to tie our party around any individual.”

However, the caretaker committee dismissed the allegation as cheap propaganda and “lie from the pit of hell.”

The spokesman of the caretaker committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, challenged Sheriff to first address the allegation by Governor Ayodele Fayose that  he received $1 million from the Federal Government to organise a convention, before making any wild allegations. 

He added: “Dr. Cairo (Ojougboh) should tell us which APC governor, minister or official bought jeeps for them?”

Adeyeye said it was clear to all critical stakeholders in the party that the committee, since its inception in May last year, has been struggling financially. He said if there was anyone who wanted to use his position to pursue a personal ambition, it was Sheriff, as the caretaker committee is ready to quit at any time the organs of the party wants it.

The spokesman said although the committee got financial support from the governors, National Assembly members and other party chiefs, it still struggled to meet its financial obligations to the staff because the funds were not enough.

Adeyeye added that it was better to get support from party members instead of outsiders, noting that PDP belongs to all the members and as such there is nothing wrong if the members finance the party.

His words: “This is a lie from the pit of hell and a very cheap and unintelligent attempt at blackmail. It is a known fact by all critical stakeholders of the party and even the staff that the National Caretaker Committee has, from inception, been hamstrung by inadequate finance, so much so that simple secretariat duties have been a struggle, while we have been unable to pay staff salaries of just N18 million a month.

“Members of the National Caretaker Committee do not enjoy any remuneration. It is a selfless service. It is, therefore, a figment of his imagination to say that the governors give the National Caretaker Committee N50 million monthly. The governors are all alive and are free to come forward and declare publicly their level of contributions to the National Caretaker Committee since May 21, 2016.

“Be that as it may, we want to say that the party belongs to all its members – governors, former governors, National Assembly members, former National Assembly members, presidents, former president, etc. All of them are free to make contribution to its running, as it is not a personal empire of anybody or the National Caretaker Committee.

“There is, therefore, nothing illegal or untoward in receiving contributions from party members. Our only regret is that these contributions have not been forthcoming as expected, giving the heavy weight of responsibilities placed before us and especially the burden of having to deal with distractions caused by Senator Sheriff and his cohorts.

“Nevertheless, no matter how little, it is better to be funded by our party members than by the All Progressives Congress (APC), as is the case with Senator Sheriff and his cohorts.

“Governor Fayose has also made a public allegation that Senator Sheriff has received the sum of $1 million from the APC to organise a new convention. Senator Sheriff is yet to publicly refute the allegation.”

Meanwhile, the National Reconciliation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chaired by Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, yesterday released the submitted report to the media through a published advertorial. 

The Dickson-led committee on Tuesday last week submitted its report to Sheriff, with a proposition that he should hold convention as soon as possible.

The committee also stressed the need for a template that would culminate into a “unity national convention.”

Dickson, who read the resolution of the committee in its report, during a visit to the PDP national secretariat, restated its commitment to the pursuit of a political solution, as the best option for resolving the on-going challenges facing the party without prejudice to the on-going judicial process.

“We hope that our party will have the opportunity to put behind us needless crisis, which has engulfed the party since last year. Many of our leaders are impatient to see us come back together and once again represent the people of Nigeria,” he stated.

The committee, according to him, proposed that the convention planning committee should have seven state governors, seven senators, including the Deputy Senate President, 12 members of the House of Representatives, six members of PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) and six National Vice Chairmen (one per zone).

Others are three state chairmen per zone (18), six serving Speakers of the state Houses of Assembly, six former governors, former presiding officers of the National Assembly (who are still members of the party), six prominent women leaders, six PDP youth leaders, six former ministers of the party and 12 others to be nominated by the National Chairman, in consultation with stakeholders.

The committee also resolved that the convention committee shall be responsible for the conduct of the elections to all national offices of the party, including the zoning of such offices.

Dickson said: “As part of the sacrifice to be made in order to reposition the party, the committee is of the view that all national officers who may claim that their tenure still subsists beyond the proposed convention are hereby requested to relinquish their claim in the interest of the party. 

“For the purpose of the convention, all officers elected at the ward, local, state and zonal levels before the first Port Harcourt convention of May 21, 2016 are deemed validly elected, except for the election held in some states that were declared by NEC as inconclusive.

“The proposed national convention should hold as soon as possible and not later than June 30, 2017. The committee shall continue to engage the party leadership and all relevant stakeholders with a view to having a hitch free convention and calls upon all and sundry to work towards the realisation of this objective.”
SHERIFF AND MAKARFI
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, yesterday engaged in accusations and counter-accusations over the leadership of the party.

While the Sheriff group alleged that governors elected on the platform of the party gave the Makarfi committee N50 million monthly subvention, the latter accused Sheriff of receiving jeeps and $1 million from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Federal Government.


This is coming at a time the National Reconciliation Committee of the PDP, chaired by Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, yesterday released the submitted report to the media.

Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja yesterday, Sheriff,  who spoke through his deputy, Dr. Cairo Ojoughoh, also accused Makarfi of frustrating reconciliation in the PDP, as, according to him, he wants to use his position as caretaker chairman to advance his 2019 presidential ambition.

He said the caretaker committee chairman had become jittery because organs of the party were joining the peace process in the PDP.

According to him, “the reason the caretaker committee is protesting is that they have seen that the table is now crumbling fast under their feet.

“All the organs of the party are keying into the reconciliation and when the reconciliation pulls through, they are out and Senator Makarfi can only come as member of the BoT.  And so the N50 million monthly subvention from the governors will stop. They get subvention from the governors every month and when reconciliation happens, that subvention will stop.

“Secondly, Makarfi wants a situation where he will tailor-make the convention to suit his interest, because he has come out to say that he will be contesting the presidency of the country. We are very mindful that we are not going to tie our party around any individual.”

However, the caretaker committee dismissed the allegation as cheap propaganda and “lie from the pit of hell.”

The spokesman of the caretaker committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, challenged Sheriff to first address the allegation by Governor Ayodele Fayose that  he received $1 million from the Federal Government to organise a convention, before making any wild allegations. 

He added: “Dr. Cairo (Ojougboh) should tell us which APC governor, minister or official bought jeeps for them?”

Adeyeye said it was clear to all critical stakeholders in the party that the committee, since its inception in May last year, has been struggling financially. He said if there was anyone who wanted to use his position to pursue a personal ambition, it was Sheriff, as the caretaker committee is ready to quit at any time the organs of the party wants it.

The spokesman said although the committee got financial support from the governors, National Assembly members and other party chiefs, it still struggled to meet its financial obligations to the staff because the funds were not enough.

Adeyeye added that it was better to get support from party members instead of outsiders, noting that PDP belongs to all the members and as such there is nothing wrong if the members finance the party.

His words: “This is a lie from the pit of hell and a very cheap and unintelligent attempt at blackmail. It is a known fact by all critical stakeholders of the party and even the staff that the National Caretaker Committee has, from inception, been hamstrung by inadequate finance, so much so that simple secretariat duties have been a struggle, while we have been unable to pay staff salaries of just N18 million a month.

“Members of the National Caretaker Committee do not enjoy any remuneration. It is a selfless service. It is, therefore, a figment of his imagination to say that the governors give the National Caretaker Committee N50 million monthly. The governors are all alive and are free to come forward and declare publicly their level of contributions to the National Caretaker Committee since May 21, 2016.

“Be that as it may, we want to say that the party belongs to all its members – governors, former governors, National Assembly members, former National Assembly members, presidents, former president, etc. All of them are free to make contribution to its running, as it is not a personal empire of anybody or the National Caretaker Committee.

“There is, therefore, nothing illegal or untoward in receiving contributions from party members. Our only regret is that these contributions have not been forthcoming as expected, giving the heavy weight of responsibilities placed before us and especially the burden of having to deal with distractions caused by Senator Sheriff and his cohorts.

“Nevertheless, no matter how little, it is better to be funded by our party members than by the All Progressives Congress (APC), as is the case with Senator Sheriff and his cohorts.

“Governor Fayose has also made a public allegation that Senator Sheriff has received the sum of $1 million from the APC to organise a new convention. Senator Sheriff is yet to publicly refute the allegation.”

Meanwhile, the National Reconciliation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chaired by Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, yesterday released the submitted report to the media through a published advertorial. 

The Dickson-led committee on Tuesday last week submitted its report to Sheriff, with a proposition that he should hold convention as soon as possible.

The committee also stressed the need for a template that would culminate into a “unity national convention.”

Dickson, who read the resolution of the committee in its report, during a visit to the PDP national secretariat, restated its commitment to the pursuit of a political solution, as the best option for resolving the on-going challenges facing the party without prejudice to the on-going judicial process.

“We hope that our party will have the opportunity to put behind us needless crisis, which has engulfed the party since last year. Many of our leaders are impatient to see us come back together and once again represent the people of Nigeria,” he stated.

The committee, according to him, proposed that the convention planning committee should have seven state governors, seven senators, including the Deputy Senate President, 12 members of the House of Representatives, six members of PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) and six National Vice Chairmen (one per zone).

Others are three state chairmen per zone (18), six serving Speakers of the state Houses of Assembly, six former governors, former presiding officers of the National Assembly (who are still members of the party), six prominent women leaders, six PDP youth leaders, six former ministers of the party and 12 others to be nominated by the National Chairman, in consultation with stakeholders.

The committee also resolved that the convention committee shall be responsible for the conduct of the elections to all national offices of the party, including the zoning of such offices.

Dickson said: “As part of the sacrifice to be made in order to reposition the party, the committee is of the view that all national officers who may claim that their tenure still subsists beyond the proposed convention are hereby requested to relinquish their claim in the interest of the party. 

“For the purpose of the convention, all officers elected at the ward, local, state and zonal levels before the first Port Harcourt convention of May 21, 2016 are deemed validly elected, except for the election held in some states that were declared by NEC as inconclusive.

“The proposed national convention should hold as soon as possible and not later than June 30, 2017. The committee shall continue to engage the party leadership and all relevant stakeholders with a view to having a hitch free convention and calls upon all and sundry to work towards the realisation of this objective.”

PDP Crisis Escalates, Party More Discorded As Makarfi EXPOSES Gov. Dickson's Betrayal, Evil Plots Against Party

PDP Crisis Escalates, Party More Discorded As Makarfi EXPOSES Gov. Dickson's Betrayal, Evil Plots Against Party

Ahmed Makarfi and Governor Seriake Dickson
The ousted Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has criticised as “selfish” Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson’s proposal on the party’s crisis. discorded 

According to him, the governor took a unilateral decision against the unanimous proposal drafted at a meeting of 11 PDP governors with former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said Dickson’s proposal, submitted to court-backed chairman Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, is a mischievous act that does not bode well for the party.


The former Kaduna State Governor spoke in Kaduna at the weekend when he visited the secretariat of the State Correspondents Chapel of NUJ, which was gutted by fire last week.

The former Kaduna State Governor said: “Just a week before Governor Dickson submitted his report to Modu Sheriff, the 11 PDP governors including himself; met with former President Goodluck Jonathan and came out with a unanimous proposal on the way out of the crisis in the party. Then, he (Dickson) pulled out and made a proposal, which he presented to Modu Sheriff.

“Well, for us the issues in the PDP are not just about conducting convention, they are fundamental. How do you go for convention if you don’t address these fundamental issues and achieve reconciliation? You have not talked about the problems, you have not sorted them out and you are more concerned about a committee to organise convention.  That means you will go and do convention while the crisis is still on.

“Governor Dickson was at the meeting of the governors and the former President where they came out with a unanimous proposal, so, how can he pull himself out a week after and make his own proposal? If he had anything contrary to what they agreed on, why didn’t he suggest it at that meeting? It didn’t make sense. Of 11 governors, you pulled yourself out and you made a separate proposal and presented to Modu Sheriff.

“The proposal by the former President and the 11 governors was presented to us, to the BOT Chairman and to Modu Sheriff. If anything is going to change, they should go back to former President Jonathan and the other governors to discuss and review the responses from us, from BOT, from Modu Sheriff.

“But, he spoke with me informally and said he was bringing his proposal, which I never saw. He called the former President and they were to meet on Wednesday, then he also called the BOT Chairman, who gave him appointment for Wednesday, only for him to go and submit his proposal to Modu Sheriff to go ahead and conduct the convention. And that is what Sheriff has been looking for. Now, he got somebody asking him to go ahead and conduct convention.

“So, what is Governor Dickson up to? I don’t know, but it is definitely an agenda not good for the PDP. His proposal is even a breach of the Court of Appeal judgment, because he is suggesting going for convention in June. Court of Appeal said you cannot hold convention until August this year based on the tenure it recognised”, he explained.

Makarfi said, even the Sheriff group is not complying with the Court of Appeal judgment, as he (Sheriff) is still parading himself around with party officials he single-handedly appointed after the 21st May, 2016, when the court ordered that the status quo before 21st May should be reverted to.

He however said the way out of the PDP crisis was for all national officials to resign their positions, sign indemnity not to contest such resignation in court, then form a committee, consisting of members from his and Sheriff’s groups to organise a transparent convention, where there would be a level playing field for all the groups.

He said the PDP despite its crisis has perfected its strategies, which he said they are keeping to their hearts, ahead of the gubernatorial elections in Ekiti, Anambra and Osun later in the year.
Ahmed Makarfi and Governor Seriake Dickson
The ousted Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has criticised as “selfish” Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson’s proposal on the party’s crisis. discorded 

According to him, the governor took a unilateral decision against the unanimous proposal drafted at a meeting of 11 PDP governors with former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said Dickson’s proposal, submitted to court-backed chairman Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, is a mischievous act that does not bode well for the party.


The former Kaduna State Governor spoke in Kaduna at the weekend when he visited the secretariat of the State Correspondents Chapel of NUJ, which was gutted by fire last week.

The former Kaduna State Governor said: “Just a week before Governor Dickson submitted his report to Modu Sheriff, the 11 PDP governors including himself; met with former President Goodluck Jonathan and came out with a unanimous proposal on the way out of the crisis in the party. Then, he (Dickson) pulled out and made a proposal, which he presented to Modu Sheriff.

“Well, for us the issues in the PDP are not just about conducting convention, they are fundamental. How do you go for convention if you don’t address these fundamental issues and achieve reconciliation? You have not talked about the problems, you have not sorted them out and you are more concerned about a committee to organise convention.  That means you will go and do convention while the crisis is still on.

“Governor Dickson was at the meeting of the governors and the former President where they came out with a unanimous proposal, so, how can he pull himself out a week after and make his own proposal? If he had anything contrary to what they agreed on, why didn’t he suggest it at that meeting? It didn’t make sense. Of 11 governors, you pulled yourself out and you made a separate proposal and presented to Modu Sheriff.

“The proposal by the former President and the 11 governors was presented to us, to the BOT Chairman and to Modu Sheriff. If anything is going to change, they should go back to former President Jonathan and the other governors to discuss and review the responses from us, from BOT, from Modu Sheriff.

“But, he spoke with me informally and said he was bringing his proposal, which I never saw. He called the former President and they were to meet on Wednesday, then he also called the BOT Chairman, who gave him appointment for Wednesday, only for him to go and submit his proposal to Modu Sheriff to go ahead and conduct the convention. And that is what Sheriff has been looking for. Now, he got somebody asking him to go ahead and conduct convention.

“So, what is Governor Dickson up to? I don’t know, but it is definitely an agenda not good for the PDP. His proposal is even a breach of the Court of Appeal judgment, because he is suggesting going for convention in June. Court of Appeal said you cannot hold convention until August this year based on the tenure it recognised”, he explained.

Makarfi said, even the Sheriff group is not complying with the Court of Appeal judgment, as he (Sheriff) is still parading himself around with party officials he single-handedly appointed after the 21st May, 2016, when the court ordered that the status quo before 21st May should be reverted to.

He however said the way out of the PDP crisis was for all national officials to resign their positions, sign indemnity not to contest such resignation in court, then form a committee, consisting of members from his and Sheriff’s groups to organise a transparent convention, where there would be a level playing field for all the groups.

He said the PDP despite its crisis has perfected its strategies, which he said they are keeping to their hearts, ahead of the gubernatorial elections in Ekiti, Anambra and Osun later in the year.

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