PDP lack experience to act as opposition-Bayelsa governor

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http://masheroa.com/master-diploma-thesis/ Master Diploma Thesis The Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, has attributed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), leaders’ inability to perform their role as members of the opposition party on lack of experience and strategy required to perform excellently in the new role.

http://medfarmpharmaceuticals.com/?p=sample-of-a-written-business-plan Dickson added that the internal crisis within the party has further distracted the leaders to re-examine the party and understand PDP’s role in the country’s current political structure.

follow The governor, who made the claim during a chat with newsmen in Yenagoa, said there were internal forces within the party working against the emergence of a cohesive and strong PDP.

custom apa term paper “I have invested enormous efforts in rebuilding the PDP and the work of rebuilding hasn’t been successful. PDP has a lot of work to do to become a formidable opposition party and I think that most PDP leaders lack the experience of opposition.

http://constructionandlandscape.com/?p=citing-sources-in-research-paper “But I remain optimistic. I pray the party overcomes its internal challenges, and I have been very prayerful because Nigeria needs a strong PDP as the country has seen the failure of the APC. Nigeria needs PDP, and I remain hopeful that the party survives,” Dickson said.

click here Dickson, however, said he remained optimistic that the party would bounce back to winning ways ahead of the 2019 general elections.

http://lalalia.com/?p=best-cv-writing-service The governor, who headed the PDP reconciliation committee, said that he remained resolute in his call for the restructuring of the country, adding that his call was borne out of patriotism and quest for fiscal federalism.

source link “The Niger Delta people love Nigeria and have sacrificed to support the economic base of Nigeria. My support for restructuring is for the overall interest of our people. We love Nigeria and will want a better deal in a truly federal structure. There is an urgent need to have an all-embracing discussion to strengthen our unity and take decisions on the terms of the federation.”

dissertation beaumarchais The governor applauded the state Ministry of Health for containing the spread monkey pox disease, which broke out in the state four weeks ago, urging the people to continue to maintain high level of personal hygiene and remain vigilant.

SERAP faults NASS directives to unfreeze Jonathan’s account, urges withdrawal

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http://www.pedijatrija.org/?custom-watermark-paper The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has faulted National Assembly’s directives that banks unfreeze former First Lady, Patience Jonathan’s accounts, urging the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to withdraw the directives.

phd finance dissertation SERAP argued that such directives further account to both chambers mingling in the executive and judicial powers, stressing that, such action could affects democratic doctrines of check and balances and Seperation of power.

In a statement made available to Guild on Sunday, signed by SERAP deputy director, Timothy Adewale, the organization lamented that rather than the National Assembly contributing to activities that strengthen Nigeria’s democracy, the lawmakers directives indicate the opposite which could further put the country into trouble.

The organisation’s appeal came barely two days after the senate committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, led by Samuel Anyanwu from Imo state, drilled management of four banks where Jonathan had accounts and directed that accounts not encumbered by any legal process be re-opened.

It claimed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) used the banks, Stanbic IBTC, First Bank, Union Bank, Diamond Bank, Fidelity Bank, Ecobank and Bank Zenith Bank, to close the accounts without due process of law.

It would be recalled that last month, the House of Representatives gave a similar directive to the banks to free the former first lady’s blocked accounts.

The organization, however, said that such directives purportedly unfreezing the accounts of Jonathan would not give the public confidence that the National Assembly would change its ways and often embrace rule of law.

“The National Assembly should not show itself as incapable and unwilling to address the concerns of Nigerians about its operations and apparent lack of transparency. These kinds of interventions by the National Assembly could portray our lawmakers in the eyes of Nigerians as forgetting what they are in Abuja to do.”

 “The Senate and House of Representatives should advise Mrs Jonathan to seek appropriate judicial remedies if she feels the criminal justice mechanisms have violated her human rights. That’s the essence of the rule of law, separation of powers and checks and balances. The supposed directives to banks have unfortunately again put the reputation of the National Assembly at stake.”

“What Nigerians want and deserve is a balanced sharing of constitutional powers for the sake of the public good, and not ‘Imperial National Assembly’, a National Assembly that sits on its throne in Abuja and treats Nigerians as serfs in their fiefdoms.”

“If the body that makes law also controls its execution, implementation and interpretation, it can effectively tailor the laws to help itself and its friends and hurt its perceived enemies. It can thwart the virtue of impartial general law-making by rendering it a tool for singling out,” it added.

Ambode, Wike, Fayose, 14 others to meet, power devolution tops discussion

By Olawale Abdul-fatah

Twelve years after their last gathering, Governors from the Southern part of Nigeria would converge in Lagos to deliberate on how to forge stronger ties for the three geo-political zones.

During the meeting which would be co-hosted by the Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and his Akwa Ibom counterpart, Emmanuel Udom, would address issues that are germane to the development of the three contiguous zones.

The 17 Southern States governors expected at the summit include Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom;  Ben Ayade, Cross Rivers State; Godwin Obaseki, Edo State; Nyesom Wike, Rivers  State; Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta  State; Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa and Rochas Okorocha, Imo State.

Others are Willie Obiano, Anambra State; Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia State; David Umahi, Ebonyi State; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu State; Rauf Aregbesola, State of Osun; Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo; Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun; Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Ondo and Ayodele Fayose – Ekiti state.

In a statement signed by Secretary to the Lagos State Government (SSG), Tunji Bello, on Saturday,  the meeting is in line with the realisation that the different states in the South have since 2005 developed several areas of comparative advantage which could be harnessed and become mutually beneficial.

According to him, the governors would also be expected to adopt a common position on the issues of armed robbery, kidnapping, devolution of powers and issue of fiscal federalism which have all gained prominence of late.

“The 2017 Lagos summit of the 17 Southern Governors representing the South South, South West and South East zones is expected to come up with a communiqué after the deliberation.

“It is noteworthy to recall that the inaugural meeting of the Southern Governors took place in Lagos in 2001 under the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” Bello added.

The statement added that the predominance of views is that if the Southern States speak with one voice, they are bound to attract weighty and credible listenership.

Anti-PDP convention suit suffers setback after Judge withdrawal

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The suit filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to prevent Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from participating in the party’s convention has suffered setback after the judge handling the case, Justice Ibrahim Buba of Federal High Court in Lagos withdrew.

In the suit filed by Ogun Chapter of the party listed a member of the PDP National Working Committee,  the party’s Youth Leader in the state, Adewole Adeyanju, and delegates to the convention, Daisi Akintan and Idris Muniru, as plaintiffs.

Others are the Chairmen of Ijebu North, Ijebu East and Sagamu Local Government Areas of state — Tuke Omotara, Badejo Abiodun and Kola Akinyemi respectively.

When the case was called for hearing on Friday, the judge announced his withdrawal from the suit no. FHC/L/CS/1556/17 in the open court, hinting that his decision was based on a petition written against him to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.

Among the 31 defendants in the suit are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the PDP and the PDP National Caretaker Committee and its Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi.

The plaintiffs are seeking among other reliefs, a court order restraining INEC from monitoring or supervising any congress of the PDP conducted by the second to sixth defendants for election of any person (s) into the Executive Committee of the PDP in Ogun State.

They also want the court to bar INEC from accepting or recognising any person(s) that emerge from such congress conducted by the defendants or any other officer of the PDP until May 2020 when the tenure of the current executive would expire.

But Justice Buba, who had earlier fixed Friday to hear the case, withdrew himself from the suit, saying he had seen a copy of the defendants’ petition against him in the case file.

reports that some placard-carrying protesters had stormed the court premises, demanding the judge’s withdrawal from the case.

PDP will dislodge APC in 2019– Senate caucus

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senate Caucus on Wednesday, met with the party’s, minority leaders of State Assemblies, assuring that the party was stronger and set to dislodge the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), from power in 2019.

They stressed that with the court verdict, the party was ready to maintain its position as opposition party before 2019 election and unseat the ruling party, APC.

They gave the assurance while briefing newsmen shortly after a meeting held behind closed door at the National Assembly Complex which lasted for hours.

“These are the Minority Leaders of the PDP in different State Houses of Assembly, who are in Abuja to interact with the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, and the Minority leadership of the Senate.

“We congratulated ourselves that we stood firm and at the end. God gave us victory at the Supreme Court and the party is now waxing stronger. We have reviewed the state of the party and re-evaluated the situation, state by state, and we found out that the party is stronger than it was.

“And as I speak, stalwarts and thousands of members of other political parties, starting from APC, all the way down to APGA, are on their way to the PDP. We also want to urge the leadership of the party at the national level to open the door wide open between now and the next convention to receive them”.

Akpabio said the caucus also discussed the guideline for the forthcoming national convention of the PDP in order to make meaningful contributions to the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC).

Speaking on behalf of the PDP Forum of the State Assemblies, Minority Leader of the Imo House of Assembly, Hon. Ken Agbim, assured of total support and mobilisation at the grassroots to give the party victory in 2019

Ogun former governor flag-off PDP chairmanship campaign, discloses solution to party problems

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The ogun state former governor, Gbenga Daniel, has disclosed that after ruling Nigeria for 16 years, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), deviated from its guiding principles, which led to the party losing 2015 general election.

Daniel hinted that one of the guiding principles which defined the essence and character of the party, since 1999, but was jettisoned after 16 years of existence was transparency.

He disclosed reasons the party lost to All Progressives Party (APC) while declaring his intention to contest for the national chairmanship of the party in Abuja on Wednesday.

“I have done informed study of the myriad of problems which confronted our political party in the last few years, especially the one which had cost us several electoral victories since 2011, especially the presidency in 2015.

“Various reasons have been given about how we got to where we are. Chief of these are indiscipline and impunity, lack of internal democracy. Others are imposition of candidates as well as dangerous introduction of ticket racketing to unpopular candidates.

“The alteration of the time-tested zoning formula and convention also contributed in no small measure to the undoing of the party especially at the last election,’’ he added.

Daniel said that a party that was hitherto governed by ethos and administered by internal conflict management mechanism based on equity, fairness, transparency and democracy became hostage to judicial controls.

He lamented that two years after, PDP still carried the scar and in some cases, wounds from the misunderstanding and breakdown in the party discipline order.

“I have come to the conclusion that the challenges which faced our political party are not permanent; they can be rectified through a careful deployment of intelligent resources.

“More so, the willpower and ability to work through difficult situations, concession and compromises if need be, and ability to move all our people into one disciplined consensus on all matters.’’

According to Daniel, the ultimate goal behind his chairmanship ambition was to work towards ensuring that the party reclaim power from APC in 2019 general elections and in all other elections in between.

Besides, the former governor added that bringing back many of the party’s member, who had left was also his target, adding that this was not the time to start passing the buck.

Daniel stressed the need for a more focused, disciplined and reinvigorated PDP, adding that realising such values transcended the desire to merely hold office.

He said that his quest to become national chairman of the party was a clarion call to provide an alternative political platform to offer distinctive leadership Nigeria so much desired.

He said that the fate of Nigeria seemed intertwined with that of PDP, adding that  the citizens were looking up to PDP for the solution to their problem.

“I think I am most eminently qualified to correct some of the mistakes of the near and remote past having served as a Chief Executive Officer of one of the most complex states in Nigeria,’’ he said.

Attempt at including power devolution into constitution may fail – Saraki

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The President of the Senate has disclosed that overheating discussion on devolution of power could stall every attempt aimed at getting it passed into 1999 Constitution Amendment process.

Saraki’s warning came barely two months after the National Assembly had in the course of voting for amendment of the 1999 Constitution, rejected devolution of power.

The rejection was the outcome of electronic voting on the bill to alter the second schedule, Part I & II of the Constitution, to move certain items from the Exclusive to the Concurrent Legislative List to give more legislative powers to states.

Saraki, who gave the warning during an interview with newsmen during the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia on Tuesday, called on Nigerians to often embrace dialogue.

He stressed that it remained the best approach that would assist Nigerians see devolution of power benefit rather than bullying any part into amending the Constitution in that regard.

“Constitution amendment is such that we need the collaboration of everybody and it is always through dialogue not intimidation. We have to come to the table in a peaceful  and friendly atmosphere.

“As I have said many times  if we had had this amendment about nine months ago, devolution of power would have passed. Unfortunately because of all the noise and people equating devolution of power to restructuring, those who were skeptical about restructuring unfortunately developed cold feet.

“I am hoping that things will calm down a bit and we will be able to have this discussion in an atmosphere that will allow people to know that there is nothing detrimental about devolution of power to any part of the country.

“We do not have to play politics with the issue. We must allow the National Assembly to do its job. Noise making is not the answer, there is a process to everything.

“We have sent what we have to the state houses of assembly  to start working on and I am hoping that by the time we start engaging ourselves and getting everybody on board, we will be able to pass it.

Saraki said the national assembly would hopefully have a round table where experts would be invited to enlighten  people on benefits of devolution of power and why it should be allowed to scale through.

 

 

 

 

I will never return to PDP-Obasanjo

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Efforts by the Interim Chairman, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi, to woo former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, ahead of 2019 general election, has proved abortive after he reiterated his stand on the party, stressing that his action two years ago would not be reversed.

Obasanjo made his stance known after the met with Makarfi behind closed-doors at his Presidential Library, Abeokuta, vowing that he would never return to the party on which he used its platform to rule the country for right years.

The meeting, which started at about 12:00 pm on Tuesday, was part of PDP leaders strategy to ensure the party regain its pride in the country after losing power to All Progressives Congress (APC) two years ago.

Though the strategy had recorded success in some states including Oyo state where the former governor, Rasheed Ladoja, has returned to PDP and is vying for the national chairmanship position.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen after the meeting, said: “I will never return to the PDP, just like a dog would never return to its vomit.”

The meeting came barely 24 hours after Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, Ladoja, fomer Vice chairman of the party, Olabode George, former minister of education, Dapo Sarumi and others held in Lagos.

Obasanjo, PDP interim chairman meet behind closed doors in Abeokuta

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Barely 24 hours after Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, Oyo state former governor, Rasheed Ladoja and four others met in Lagos, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo and Interim Chairman, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi, met behind closed doors in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

Although, Obasanjo had publicly denounced his membership of the PDP, this meeting may not be unconnected with the push by the party to have Obasanjo back in its fold ahead of the 2019 election.

It was gathered that the meeting which started at about 12:00 pm at the home of the former president, was to deliberate on the forthcoming national convention where a new party chairman would be elected.

Fayose, Bode George, Ladoja, others meet over PDP’s national leader in Lagos

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Battle on who to become next Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader has began among powerful members who were to determine credible person for the seat, the race which led to meeting of Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, PDP former South West vice chairman, Bode George, Oyo state former governor, Rasheed Ladoja and other strong members of the party, in Lagos.

Others present at the meeting which commenced at about 9 pm and held at Renaissance Hotel, GRA, Ikeja, were former minister for Education, Dapo Sarumi and a chieftain of the party, Tajudeen Oladipo.

However, two key stakeholders, Ogun state former governor, Gbenga Daniel and former minister of education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, who have both disclosed their intention to contest for chairmanship seat of the party, were not present at the meeting which lasted for hours on Monday.

The Guild gathered that the absence of Daniel at the meeting was due to his ongoing preparation for the launch of his chairmanship campaign scheduled for Wednesday in Abuja.

Speaking after the meeting, Fayose, the convener of the meeting, disclosed that the meeting dwell on how South West could go to convention with united front and possibly find a way aspirants can concede or step down for each other.

“Our aim is to take a position ahead of the convention. We don’t want to be attend the convention in December with divided house. Our aim is to go to the convention and come back in joy; not to be disappointed.

“We have talked extensively and everyone is happy with the meeting. We have decided that the meeting must be inclusive and the stakeholders must be present in the meetings. The meeting is endorsed by our leaders here and we all believe that it must not end here. And that all other stakeholders must be present,” he added.

On why Daniel was not present at the meeting, the governor disclosed that Daniel had sent in his apology that he was held up somewhere in Abuja, saying, they believe that at the next meeting, every stakeholder would be present.

Meanwhile, Ladoja hinted that he has returned to PDP, to ensure that the party retake its pride place in Nigerian politics after four years of losing the presidential seat to All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said: “though I did not announce my intention to contest for the chairmanship position earlier but I can assure you that before the end of this month, I will declare my ambition for the chairmanship seat.

“At this moment, I am consulting. I have left Accord Party. I am now fully a member of PDP. I have obtained my membership card which I have decided to hold wherever I go.”

On the meeting, Sarumi described Fayose as the last pride of the party in South West, noting that this was reason they came to answer his call before the convention.

“This is our last man standing (Fayose). I endorse the position of this meeting. And it gladden my heart that those who thought that we are at loggerhead in south west. But after this meeting, they will know that we are united,” he added.

Oladipo said: “We have endorsed the calling of this meeting so that we can take joint position before the convention. It is our privilege that we have him as our governor. And other stakeholders will be joining us which would be not long.”