The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has adopted a grassroots structure for its electioneering campaign for the 2023 general election.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba said this at the end of the meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party in Abuja.
Ologunagba said that the party also approved a unified campaign structure for its campaign across the country, for the general election.
He said that the NWC at its 97th meeting deliberated on issues of urgent national importance as well as the preparations for the 2023 general election.
“NEC also approved the structure for campaign councils at the states, local government, ward and unit levels, while it unanimously empower the NWC to modify and adjust the structures of the campaign councils as and when the need arises.
“NEC received and approved the proposed structure for Zonal Reconciliation Committees to be set up to ensure that our party presents a common front ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“NEC also received and approved the composition of the Manifesto Review Committee to review the manifesto of the PDP ahead of the 2023 general election,”he said.
The national publicity secretary, said that NEC also charged party faithful to remain united in rallying toward the success of the PDP at the 2023 general election.
He said that NEC also decried the current state of the nation’s economy and the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) among others.
Ologunagba added that the NEC unanimously passed a vote of confidence on the party National Working Committee (NWC) led by Sen. Iyorchia Ayu for effectively managing the affairs of the party.
He said that NEC also endorsed the resignation of the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Sen. Walid Jibrin and accepted the nomination of Sen. Adolphus Wabara, the Secretary of the BoT, as the acting Chairman.
“NEC thanked Jibrin for his loyalty and commitment toward the unity, stability and success of the Party at all times and urged him not to relent in his service to the Party and the Nation at large,”he said.
Ologunagba said that NEC congratulated the party as well as the Osun Governor-Elect, Sen. Ademola Adeleke for PDP victory at the July 16 governorship election.
“NEC unanimously ratified the list of candidates of the party as submitted to the INEC by the NWC,” he said
The Ijaw Mandate Group, a social political movement, has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta is strong, cohesive and more united than ever under Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa who is PDP 2023 Vice presidential candidate.
The group made this known Tuesday during a march to the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja.
The National Coordinator of the group, Mr Andaye Dagidi, said that the group was at the party secretariat to inform the party leaders not to be carried away by lies and fake news by those who wanted the PDP to lose out in Delta.
He declared the group’s total support for Mr Sherrif Oborevwori, the party’s governorship candidate in Delta, saying he is eminently qualified.
“We are here to express our support for Sherrif, who is capable to build on the legacy of Okowa.
“Sheriff is a man of credibility.
He has all the qualifications to be a governors of Delta State.
He is the speaker of the state House for Assembly for two term.
“Anybody who does not want Sheriff in Delta does not love the state.
Sheriff is the most qualified and credible candidate to win Delta for PDP.
” Dagidi advised the party leaders to ignore calls by earlier protesters calling on the Ayu-led party to submit the name of Mr David Edevbie to INEC as PDP candidate or resign his chairmanship position.
He described the call as unpatriotic, undemocratic, injusti and unfair to the people of Delta.
“They have come to create an impression that PDP Delta is in crisis, Delta is united,” he said.
The group passed a vote of confidence on Ayu and his led NWC for providing the party with sound leadership, for conducting successful and transparent primaries in all the states including Delta for the party nominations for 2023. “Under his leadership, the party was fully mobilsed and packaged to reclaim governorship victory for Osun State from the APC,” Dagidi said.
Addressing the group, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba, who received a letter from the members aid their actions demonstrated that PDP in Delta was united.
“Since 1999 Delta state has been solidly PDP and we believe that from this presentation that Delta is solidly PDP.
“To that extent, we have taken note of the what you have said, your concerns and consistent with the position of this NWC, we shall look at it and respond accordingly,” he said.
Ologunagba, who appreciated the group for passing a vote of confidence on the Ayu-led executive, urged them to continue to be united for the party to win 2023 general elections.
“The only way we can do that is to be united and you have demonstrated that, that we are united from the heart of the PDP which is Delta.
“We urge you to continue to be united so that by 2023 we can celebrate the victory for PDP,” Ologunagba said.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) says it is solidly behind the leadership of the National Chairman, Sen. Iyorcha Ayu. The Party National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba, reacting to questions from journalists on Thursday in Abuja said there was no any misgiving among the party NWC.
“For the emphasis, I need to make this very clear that the NWC, led by Ayu is united, no misgiving, we are solidly behind him and his leadership.
“We believe in his leadership and every organ of the party is associated.
We have a relationship within the NWC that is based purely on the interest of the party “So we are fine and Ayu is leading us well and I am sure that the party is satisfy with him,” he said.
On what the party was doing to reconcile the party Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar and Gov. Nyesom Wike, the party image maker said that efforts were ongoing.
Ologunagba said that in a family there was a tendency to be misunderstanding but the capacity to handle it well would always make the difference.
“In PDP we believe that people should speak.
We don’t give instructions.
We allow issues to be discussed openly and that’s what we’re doing.
The processes of the party is working well.
“We are competent in our processes.
It might be slow, by the expectations of other people but within our democratic process it is ongoing.
“It is a work in progress.
We are making progress.
We are very certain we will do well.
Not just for the party but for the interest of Nigeria, ” he said.
On the appointment of Sen. Dino Malaye and Daniel Bwala by Abubakar as his spokespersons for 2023 electioneering campaign, Ologunagba said that Abubakar has the right to make appointment, as he also did last week.
He, however, said that the party and Abubakar were working in synergy to achieve victory in 2023 presidential election.
“We are moving steadily, surely and consistent with our policy of mass and extensive consultation in composition to do things orderly.
“Whatever action is taking by any part of the party, whether by the candidate or the party is all in sync with each other and there is no concern about it.
“We are not acting piece meal.
We are acting together, moving in the same direction, working toward 2023 and surely we will have victory,” the national publicity secretary said.
Ologunagba reading the communiqué of the Interactive meeting of the NWC with former national publicity secretaries, states publicity secretaries and other stakeholders said that the meeting restated confidence in Ayu and the NWC in running the affairs of the party.
“The meeting restates confidence in the capacity, experience and competence of Abubakar to rescue, redirect and rebuild this country to earn the respect of the International Community.
“We believe that only the PDP under the leadership of Abubakar has the capacity to protect and secure the lives and properties of Nigerians as well as rebuild the economy of the nation in such a manner as to put food on the table.
“We commit to remain loyal and integral in the mission of the PDP to make all sacrifices necessary to achieve success in rescuing, redirecting and rebuilding our nation,” Ologunagba said.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended the Court of Appeal judgment, which affirmed the party governorship primaries that produced Osun Governor-Elect, Sen.
Ademola Adeleke, as its candidate.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba on Wednesday, said that it received with delight, the judgment affirming Adeleke as the party rightful candidate for the July 16 governorship election in the state.
He said the judgement had put to rest all contestations regarding the validity of the candidacy.
Ologunagba said the judgment further validated the will and aspiration of the people of Osun which they overwhelmingly expressed on July 16.
“The judgment is a firm confirmation that the Osun governorship primaries was transparently conducted by the Sen.
Iyorchia Ayu-led National Working Committee (NWC).
It also affirmed that it was conducted in strict compliance with the provisions of the PDP Constitution and Electoral Guidelines as provided by the Electoral Act and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended)” Ologunagba who commended the judiciary for its courage, added that the judgment had further restored the confidence of Nigerians on the judicial system and the processes of the PDP.
He said the PDP again congratulated the people of Osun and charged all party stakeholders in the state to remain united and support Adeleke.
He urged them to remain behind Adeleke in his determination to institute a transparent, people-oriented and development-based government that would rebuild the state.
The PDP has urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir to reawaken the virtues of selflessness, as well as share, show love and care for one another.
The party made the call in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba, in Abuja on Friday to mark the 2022 Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Ologunagba urged Nigerians to show love especially for the less privileged, the weak, the broken-hearted including victims of the mindless acts of terrorism in the country.
He also urged those behind the killings and terrorism to have a rethink and end their dastardly acts as well as release all those in their captivity.
He congratulated Nigerians, particularly the Muslim Community on the celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir.
He urged them to use the occasion to pray for Nigeria as well as strengthen their trust in the Almighty Allah and keep hope alive despite the prevailing economic, social and security challenges confronting the nation.
He urged Nigerians not to allow the challenges to make them lose sight of the lessons and blessings of Eid-el-Kabir.
He called for obedience, trust, selflessness and submission to the will and command of the Almighty Allah in all our dealings.
Ologunagba also urged government to seek help to tackle terrorism, address economic, social and health challenges in the country.
“The PDP felicitates with Nigerians and wishes a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration.”(www
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated Sen. Philip Aduda (PDP- FCT) on his emergence as the Minority Leader of the Senate.
The party congratulated Aduda in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba in Abuja on Friday.
The party said that Aduda’s emergence as Minority Leader underscored the confidence PDP, his colleagues in the Senate and indeed Nigerians at large ,had in his long-standing legislative experience, competence and capacity as a lawmaker.
it said that Aduda’s selection could not have come at a better time when Nigerians were looking up to the PDP.
“The PDP trust in Aduda’s capacity to lead our fold in the Senate.
“We charge him to use the attributes that earned him this enviable position to strengthen his commitment as a strong voice for the independence of the legislature, the democratic tenets of the Rule of Law and the pursuit of the interest and wellbeing of the people.
“The PDP urges Aduda to put in all his effort to ensure that our party’s caucus in the National Assembly remains united and focused for the task ahead.”,the party said.
The PDP said that it wished Aduda success as he leads PDP caucus in the Senate.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo ,on his 65th birth anniversary.
Mr Debo Ologunagba,National Publicity Secretary of PDP ,in a statement in Abuja , described Obaseki as a very courageous leader and visionary administrator.
According to him, Obaseki is one of the contemporary leading lights of the nation, who remains steadfast in his commitment toward national unity, stability and economic development.
“Over the years, Governor Obaseki has distinguished himself as a practical, ingenious and prudent manager of resources.
“These qualities he has employed to transform Edo State with unparalleled human capital and infrastructural development in critical sectors including healthcare, education, agriculture, oil and gas, housing, transportation among others.”he said
Ologunagba said that the PDP noted with pride, Gov. Obaseki’s landmark development projects including the Modular Refinery Project, the Gelegele Seaport Project, the Benin Industrial Park, a viable health and education system.
Others ,according to him, include job creation initiatives as well as the massive economic repositioning through the Edo State Investment Promotion Office (ESIPO).
Ologunagba said that the PDP appreciated Obaseki’s untiring roles with other leaders towards the stability, growth and success of PDP, particularly in the mission to rescue, rebuild and redirect the nation.
He said that the PDP congratulated Obaseki on the auspicious occasion and prayed God to bless and grant him many more years in good health in the service of Nigeia and humanity at large.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the United Nations (UN) continued support of Nigeria’s electoral system and closely monitor the 2023 General Elections against any form of manipulation.
The party’s acting Chairman, Amb. Umar Damagum, made the appeal while receiving a team of Special Representatives of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, led by the Head of the UN Office in West Africa and the Sahel Region (UNOWAS), Ahmad Annadif, on Tuesday in Abuja.
Damagum, the party’s Deputy National Chairman (North), said that the UN and international community placed importance to the conduct of 2023 General Elections in Nigeria.
He urged the UN to advise INEC to ensure that the 2023 General Elections were credible and transparent.
“UN Development Organisation is one of the organs that ensure that things are done rightly and that is why it plays important role in the conduct of 2023 General Elections.
“We need your support to ensure that INEC is truly an election umpire.
“There are a lot of reforms that have taken place which will be put to test in this coming elections.
“We hope with the signing of the new Electoral Act, those reforms will alleviate some of our fears in the coming elections,” he said.
Damagum, who commended UN interest in the stability and development of Nigeria, said that the country could not afford any form of electoral violence.
He expressed hope that APC would emulate PDP by accepting defeat and peacefully handover power, if it did not win the 2023 General Elections.
“We hope they will continue to see Nigeria as one of the uniting factors on the continent, so that we continue to lead by example.
“We have been doing so since the coming of democracy in 1999 and we will continue to do so.
“We will continue to do our part as opposition party. You also have to continue to do your part to ensure that things are done rightly.
“You can do that in advisory form or any other form in which you have been doing it,” Damagum said.
Also at the meeting, PDP Deputy National Chairman (South), Amb. Taofeek Arapaja, urged the UN to roll out its punishment for anyone who might want to disrupt the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
He urged the UN to pay keen interest on issues of vote buying and conduct of security personnel during the 2023 general elections.
Arapaja, said that the recently conducted governorship election in Ekiti State was characterised with vote buying, adding that the people should be allowed to make free choice in an election without any money inducement.
“A situation where people cannot change the situation they do not like is what we do not want,” Arapaga said.
In his remarks, the party National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba, urged the UN to pay particular interest to the peace of Nigeria as the 2023 general elections approach.
Ologunagba urged the UN to work with the country to ensure no electoral violence was recorded during the 2023 general elections.
He said that with the huge population of Nigeria, any electoral violence that could lead to mass emigration of Nigerians to other West Africa and the Sahel countries would have untold effects on countries in the sub-region.
In his remarks, Annadif said they were on official visit to Nigeria.
As you are all aware, Nigeria has important roles in the development and stability of the Africa and sahel region.
As you are aware and as we will be conducting general elections in 2023, there are security challenges in the sub region.
Nigeria has stability role in West Africa and Sahel region. That is why Nigeria is a concern to us.
We have met with politicians and key actors in Nigeria. We have met with INEC and CSOs, IPAC APC, diplomatic corps in Nigeria.
The UN and all international communities hope and wish Nigeria conduct credible and peaceful election that would contribute to the stability of the region.
This is why we are doing this re-election need assessment visit to see how we can contribute to the peaceful and credible elections in Nigeria.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has set up a committee to screen its nominated Vice Presidential Candidate for the 2023 general elections.
The party announced this in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba on Wednesday in Abuja.
Ologunagba said setting up of the Presidential Candidate Screening Committee by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) was in pursuant to Part VI, Paragraph 14 of the Electoral Guidelines of PDP.
The according to him, Chief Tom Ikimi will be the Chairman of the Committee, while Dr Akilu Indabawa would serve as Secretary and Mr Sunday Omobo as Administrative Secretary.
Other members approved to serve in the committee were Capt. Idris Wada, Chief Osita Chidoka, Binta Bello, Chief Mutiat Adedoja, Austin Opara, Prof. Aisha Madawaki, Mrs Ayotunde George-Ologun, Chief Chidiebelu Mofus and Fidelis Tapgun.
Ologunagba said the exercise would hold at PDP National Secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Abuja on Thursday at 10 a.m.
NAN recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had warned political parties that its candidate nomination portal for 2023 general elections would automatically shut down at 6 p.m on June 17 for national elections and 6 p.m on July 15 for state elections.
The commission also said presidential and governorship candidates must be accompanied by the names of their running mates (i.e. Vice Presidential and deputy governorship candidates) without which the nomination would be invalid.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the Federal Government to take practical steps to guarantee the conduct of free, fair and transparent general elections in 2023.
The party gave the advice in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba, to mark the 2022 Democracy Day.
Ologunagba said that more than ever before, Nigerians were now determined to fully entrench the democratic demands of credible elections, which is at the core of the Democracy Day celebration.
He said the party demanded that in 2023 security agencies and thugs should not be used to suppress voters, in addition to guaranteeing that only votes cast at the polling units were transmitted and declared
He said that June 12 also embodies the struggle by Nigerians against corrupt, suppressive and dictatorial forces; against lawless, insensitive, anti-people and terrorism, injustice, high-handedness, recklessness and incurable impunity.
He condemned all forms of acts against substance, value and quintessence of June 12 Democracy Day; the democratic principles of Constitutional Order, freedom, justice, fairness and equity as well as the much-desired national cohesion and tolerance which Chief MKO Abiola personified and died for.
Ologunagba said that the PDP cautioned against abuse of process, violation of human rights, nepotism, electoral manipulations, stifling of freedom of speech, promotion of violence; pattern of the dark era of military dictatorship in our country, which Chief MKO Abiola fought against.
He also urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the June 12 to reaffirm their determination in the 2023 general elections.
“Our party urges all leaders across the country to reflect on the essence of June 12 in all their activities so as to build a nation guided by the democratic principles of the Rule of Law, mutual respect and unity of purpose.”
“The PDP prays for the nation and wishes Nigerians a successful Democracy Day Celebration,” he said.