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  •  A Peoples Democratic Party PDP Presidential Aspirant Sen Anyim Pius Anyim has expressed concern over absence of Ebonyi delegates list for the presidential primaries Anyim stated this in an open letter dated May 27 and addressed to PDP National Chairman Prof Iyorchia Ayu and Chairman of the PDP Special Convention Sen David Mark on Friday in Abuja He said that he had gone through the list of delegates from states for the National Convention scheduled from May 28 to May 29 in Abuja but could not find that of Ebonyi Anyim said that in spite assurances by the party National Organising Secretary the Ebonyi list was yet to be added warning that the absence of Ebonyi delegates list would not augur well for the party The Chairman may recall that during the meeting of Presidential aspirants and the Special Convention Committee held on May 26 at the Legacy House that the entire delegates list for all the states were presented to each of the aspirants On examining the list I discovered that the Ebonyi delegates list was not included On inquiry from the National Organizing Secretary he informed me that there was a technical error and it will be corrected today As at the time of writing this letter i e 12 noon Friday May 27 I have no clue about the fate of the delegates from Ebonyi The purpose of this letter is to alert all concerned that disenfranchising delegates from Ebonyi or any state for that matter will fundamentally affect the election he said NAN
    PDP primaries: Anyim raises alarm over absence of Ebonyi delegates’ list
     A Peoples Democratic Party PDP Presidential Aspirant Sen Anyim Pius Anyim has expressed concern over absence of Ebonyi delegates list for the presidential primaries Anyim stated this in an open letter dated May 27 and addressed to PDP National Chairman Prof Iyorchia Ayu and Chairman of the PDP Special Convention Sen David Mark on Friday in Abuja He said that he had gone through the list of delegates from states for the National Convention scheduled from May 28 to May 29 in Abuja but could not find that of Ebonyi Anyim said that in spite assurances by the party National Organising Secretary the Ebonyi list was yet to be added warning that the absence of Ebonyi delegates list would not augur well for the party The Chairman may recall that during the meeting of Presidential aspirants and the Special Convention Committee held on May 26 at the Legacy House that the entire delegates list for all the states were presented to each of the aspirants On examining the list I discovered that the Ebonyi delegates list was not included On inquiry from the National Organizing Secretary he informed me that there was a technical error and it will be corrected today As at the time of writing this letter i e 12 noon Friday May 27 I have no clue about the fate of the delegates from Ebonyi The purpose of this letter is to alert all concerned that disenfranchising delegates from Ebonyi or any state for that matter will fundamentally affect the election he said NAN
    PDP primaries: Anyim raises alarm over absence of Ebonyi delegates’ list
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    PDP primaries: Anyim raises alarm over absence of Ebonyi delegates’ list

    A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Aspirant; Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim has expressed concern over absence of Ebonyi delegates’ list for the presidential primaries.

    Anyim stated this in an open letter dated May 27 and addressed to PDP National Chairman, Prof. Iyorchia Ayu, and Chairman of the PDP Special Convention, Sen. David Mark on Friday in Abuja.

    He said that he had gone through the list of delegates from states for the National Convention scheduled from May 28 to May 29 in Abuja, but could not find that of Ebonyi.

    Anyim said that in spite assurances by the party National Organising Secretary, the Ebonyi list was yet to be added, warning that the absence of Ebonyi delegates’ list would not augur well for the party.

    “The Chairman may recall that during the meeting of Presidential aspirants and the Special Convention Committee held on May 26 at the Legacy House that the entire delegates list for all the states were presented to each of the aspirants.

    “On examining the list, I discovered that the Ebonyi delegates list was not included. On inquiry from the National Organizing Secretary, he informed me that there was a technical error and it will be corrected today.

    “As at the time of writing this letter i.e. 12 noon Friday May 27, I have no clue about the fate of the delegates from Ebonyi.

    “The purpose of this letter is to alert all concerned that disenfranchising delegates from Ebonyi or any state for that matter will fundamentally affect the election,” he said.

    (NAN)

  •  The Federal High Court Abuja on Thursday stopped the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC from recognizing or accepting ad hoc delegates produced by Gov Godwin Obaseki s faction of the People s Democratic Party PDP in Edo Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order whole delivering judgment in a suit instituted by 581 delegates elected on April 30 They filed the suit against the PDP Mr Iyorchia Ayu Sen Samuel Anyanwu Mr Umar Bature and INEC as 1st to 5th defendants The judge said that it was the ad hoc delegates produced by Mr Dan Orbih s faction of the party that were authentic and must be recognised Justice Ekwo held that PDP and other defendants in the suit were bound by Section 84 5 of the Electoral Act 2022 as well as Section 15 of the PDP Constitution relating to delegates elections The judge agreed with the plaintiffs that they were validly and legally elected as authentic ad hoc delegates for Edo chapter of the PDP The court said that the role of INEC in primary elections congress and convention monitoring was statutory and constitutional and must be strictly adhered to by all political parties The court also said that going against the election of the plaintiffs would amount to a violation of laws that were not ambiguous The judge gave an order of injunction against the 1st to 4th defendants restraining them from tampering with the plaintiffs list having been duly elected in the congress of the party held on April 30 The court also issued an order of perpetual injunctions against the 1st to 4th defendants stopping them from conducting any other congress with the purpose of replacing the plaintiffs The court further issued a mandatory order of injunction against INEC stopping it from recognising or accepting any delegates list other than the one produced by PDP S congress of April 30 where the plaintiffs emerged as ad hoc delegates The 581 delegates instituted the suit marked 5982022 through their five representatives Mr Monday Osagie Mr Reuben Ekhosuehi Mr Adeyanba Osaro Mrs Magdalene Osawe and Mr Imariabe Oghogho The plaintiff s in the suit argued by Mr John Musa SAN asked the court to determine whether PDP in view of Section 84 5 of the Electoral Act 2022 and Section 15 of the PDP constitution could jettison their election monitored by INEC for another one conducted in violation of the provisions of relevant laws They also asked the court to determine whether the defendants could on their own jettison the authentic delegates for others whose purported election was unknown to any law The plaintiffs were elected from 18 local government areas of the state for the purpose of electing national delegates for the house of assembly house of representatives and senatorial NAN
    Court stops INEC from recognising Obaseki’s ad hoc delegates for 2023 elections
     The Federal High Court Abuja on Thursday stopped the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC from recognizing or accepting ad hoc delegates produced by Gov Godwin Obaseki s faction of the People s Democratic Party PDP in Edo Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order whole delivering judgment in a suit instituted by 581 delegates elected on April 30 They filed the suit against the PDP Mr Iyorchia Ayu Sen Samuel Anyanwu Mr Umar Bature and INEC as 1st to 5th defendants The judge said that it was the ad hoc delegates produced by Mr Dan Orbih s faction of the party that were authentic and must be recognised Justice Ekwo held that PDP and other defendants in the suit were bound by Section 84 5 of the Electoral Act 2022 as well as Section 15 of the PDP Constitution relating to delegates elections The judge agreed with the plaintiffs that they were validly and legally elected as authentic ad hoc delegates for Edo chapter of the PDP The court said that the role of INEC in primary elections congress and convention monitoring was statutory and constitutional and must be strictly adhered to by all political parties The court also said that going against the election of the plaintiffs would amount to a violation of laws that were not ambiguous The judge gave an order of injunction against the 1st to 4th defendants restraining them from tampering with the plaintiffs list having been duly elected in the congress of the party held on April 30 The court also issued an order of perpetual injunctions against the 1st to 4th defendants stopping them from conducting any other congress with the purpose of replacing the plaintiffs The court further issued a mandatory order of injunction against INEC stopping it from recognising or accepting any delegates list other than the one produced by PDP S congress of April 30 where the plaintiffs emerged as ad hoc delegates The 581 delegates instituted the suit marked 5982022 through their five representatives Mr Monday Osagie Mr Reuben Ekhosuehi Mr Adeyanba Osaro Mrs Magdalene Osawe and Mr Imariabe Oghogho The plaintiff s in the suit argued by Mr John Musa SAN asked the court to determine whether PDP in view of Section 84 5 of the Electoral Act 2022 and Section 15 of the PDP constitution could jettison their election monitored by INEC for another one conducted in violation of the provisions of relevant laws They also asked the court to determine whether the defendants could on their own jettison the authentic delegates for others whose purported election was unknown to any law The plaintiffs were elected from 18 local government areas of the state for the purpose of electing national delegates for the house of assembly house of representatives and senatorial NAN
    Court stops INEC from recognising Obaseki’s ad hoc delegates for 2023 elections
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    Court stops INEC from recognising Obaseki’s ad hoc delegates for 2023 elections

    The  Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, stopped the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognizing or accepting ad hoc delegates produced by Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s faction of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo.Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order whole delivering judgment in a suit instituted by 581 delegates elected on April 30.They filed the suit against  the  PDP, Mr Iyorchia Ayu, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu, Mr Umar Bature and INEC as 1st to 5th defendants.The judge said that it was the  ad hoc delegates produced by Mr Dan Orbih’s faction of the party that were authentic and must be recognised.Justice  Ekwo held that PDP and other defendants in the suit were bound by Section 84 (5) of the Electoral Act 2022 as well as Section 15 of the PDP Constitution relating to delegates elections.The judge agreed with the plaintiffs that they were validly and legally elected as authentic ad hoc delegates for Edo chapter of the PDP.The court said that the role of INEC in primary elections, congress and convention monitoring was statutory and constitutional and must be strictly adhered to by all political parties.The court also said that going against the election of the plaintiffs would amount to a violation of laws that were not ambiguous.The judge gave an order of injunction against the 1st to 4th defendants restraining them from tampering with the plaintiffs list having been duly elected in the congress of the party held on April 30.The court also issued an order of perpetual injunctions against the 1st to 4th defendants stopping them from conducting any other congress with the purpose of replacing the plaintiffs.The court further issued a mandatory order of injunction against INEC stopping it from recognising or accepting any delegates list other than the one produced by PDP’S congress of April 30 where the  plaintiffs emerged as ad hoc delegates.The 581 delegates instituted the suit marked 5982022 through their five representatives, Mr Monday Osagie, Mr Reuben Ekhosuehi, Mr Adeyanba Osaro, Mrs Magdalene Osawe and Mr Imariabe Oghogho.The plaintiff’s, in the suit argued by Mr John Musa, SAN, asked the court to determine whether PDP in view of Section 84 (5) of the Electoral Act 2022 and Section 15 of the PDP constitution could  jettison their election monitored by INEC for another one conducted in violation of the provisions of  relevant laws.They also asked the court to determine whether the defendants could on their own, jettison the authentic delegates for others whose purported election was unknown to any law.The plaintiffs were elected from 18 local government areas of the state for the purpose of electing national delegates for the house of assembly, house of representatives and senatorial

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  •  A PDP member Amb Wilfred Bonse has withdrawn from contesting the 2023 governorship election in Cross River asking the party to refund the N21 million used to purchase forms Bonse in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday linked his demand to unfair treatment from the party to deny him participating in the forthcoming governorship primary in Cross River According to an official of the party the fee for nomination and expression of interest forms are non refundable Bonse said that the party had refused to disqualify or clear him to contest in the forthcoming party s primary election which was schedule for Wednesday I am requesting the party to refund the sum of N21 million I paid for the expression of interest and nomination forms I bought If I had for instance been given a fair chance to participate in the primary and I lost I will not have had an issue But then I am being stonewalled at every point A Board of Trustees BOT member has given letter to PDP urging them to reconsider my issue in order not for the party to lose governorship election in the state considering my pedigree But it has fallen on deaf ears and the time is very close As I speak we have less than seven days to the primaries The new Electoral Act provides for clearance to be done seven days to the primary and my name to be sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC So my understanding of what is happening is not something I probably want to say on camera but it is obvious that certain persons are seriously intimidated by my candidacy They are playing some underhand games to try to stall me from participating in the primary But Cross River is bigger than any person It is also bigger than any party So we move he said He disclosed that he would be seeking his ambition on other more commodious political party platform Bonse added that he had also made his request known in a letter and submitted to the National Chairman PDP Sen Iyorchia Ayu which was received acknowledged at the party s national secretariat Abuja In the letter which was sighted by NAN said he was withdrawing to contest the election on the platform of another party as all avenues to seek justice in PDP proved abortive in an obvious attempt to deny him participation in the primary Having exhausted all avenues of consultation and appeal within the party without success I am withdrawing my ambition to contest for gubernatorial election for Cross River State on the platform of PDP I am hereby defecting from the PDP to another political party with my followers who are in their hundreds along with their followers by extension I had hope in view of the PDP New Generation Operation Rescue Nigeria Join the PDP Mantra for a level playing field that will see the emergence of the best man for the job An individual that will swing power from the hands of the ruling APC to PDP in Cross River State but going by my experience I was obviously wrong That is why I requested for a full refund of all sums paid by me in respect of my botched expression of interest and nomination forms for participating in the primaries of the party totaling N21 000 000 the letter stated NAN reports that the letter was titled Notice of Withdrawal of Interest to Participate in the Governorship Primaries of Cross River State He also copied the party s National Organising Secretary Financial Secretary National Publicity Secretary and Deputy National Secretary Asked if he was invited for the party s screening Bonse said yes He added that at the point of screening he was requested to provide his receipts of tax clearance certificate voters card and birth certificate with court attestation which he presented He said the screening committee also requested for his National Youth Service Corps NYSC discharge certificate which he explained that he had already requested for and NYSC assured him it would be processed as soon as its portal was opened But they had hung upon that particular point just kept us down to the point where it is becoming very ridiculous to say the very least Bonse said On his next line of action Bonse said it would be communicated in the next 24 hours adding that he was consulting with stakeholders NAN
    2023: PDP Governorship aspirant demands refund of nomination fee
     A PDP member Amb Wilfred Bonse has withdrawn from contesting the 2023 governorship election in Cross River asking the party to refund the N21 million used to purchase forms Bonse in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday linked his demand to unfair treatment from the party to deny him participating in the forthcoming governorship primary in Cross River According to an official of the party the fee for nomination and expression of interest forms are non refundable Bonse said that the party had refused to disqualify or clear him to contest in the forthcoming party s primary election which was schedule for Wednesday I am requesting the party to refund the sum of N21 million I paid for the expression of interest and nomination forms I bought If I had for instance been given a fair chance to participate in the primary and I lost I will not have had an issue But then I am being stonewalled at every point A Board of Trustees BOT member has given letter to PDP urging them to reconsider my issue in order not for the party to lose governorship election in the state considering my pedigree But it has fallen on deaf ears and the time is very close As I speak we have less than seven days to the primaries The new Electoral Act provides for clearance to be done seven days to the primary and my name to be sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC So my understanding of what is happening is not something I probably want to say on camera but it is obvious that certain persons are seriously intimidated by my candidacy They are playing some underhand games to try to stall me from participating in the primary But Cross River is bigger than any person It is also bigger than any party So we move he said He disclosed that he would be seeking his ambition on other more commodious political party platform Bonse added that he had also made his request known in a letter and submitted to the National Chairman PDP Sen Iyorchia Ayu which was received acknowledged at the party s national secretariat Abuja In the letter which was sighted by NAN said he was withdrawing to contest the election on the platform of another party as all avenues to seek justice in PDP proved abortive in an obvious attempt to deny him participation in the primary Having exhausted all avenues of consultation and appeal within the party without success I am withdrawing my ambition to contest for gubernatorial election for Cross River State on the platform of PDP I am hereby defecting from the PDP to another political party with my followers who are in their hundreds along with their followers by extension I had hope in view of the PDP New Generation Operation Rescue Nigeria Join the PDP Mantra for a level playing field that will see the emergence of the best man for the job An individual that will swing power from the hands of the ruling APC to PDP in Cross River State but going by my experience I was obviously wrong That is why I requested for a full refund of all sums paid by me in respect of my botched expression of interest and nomination forms for participating in the primaries of the party totaling N21 000 000 the letter stated NAN reports that the letter was titled Notice of Withdrawal of Interest to Participate in the Governorship Primaries of Cross River State He also copied the party s National Organising Secretary Financial Secretary National Publicity Secretary and Deputy National Secretary Asked if he was invited for the party s screening Bonse said yes He added that at the point of screening he was requested to provide his receipts of tax clearance certificate voters card and birth certificate with court attestation which he presented He said the screening committee also requested for his National Youth Service Corps NYSC discharge certificate which he explained that he had already requested for and NYSC assured him it would be processed as soon as its portal was opened But they had hung upon that particular point just kept us down to the point where it is becoming very ridiculous to say the very least Bonse said On his next line of action Bonse said it would be communicated in the next 24 hours adding that he was consulting with stakeholders NAN
    2023: PDP Governorship aspirant demands refund of nomination fee
    General news6 months ago

    2023: PDP Governorship aspirant demands refund of nomination fee

    A PDP member, Amb. Wilfred Bonse, has withdrawn from contesting the 2023 governorship election in Cross River, asking the party to refund the N21 million used to purchase forms.

    Bonse in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday, linked his demand to “unfair treatment” from the party to deny him participating in the forthcoming governorship primary in Cross River.

    According to an official of the party, the fee for nomination and expression of interest forms are non refundable.

    Bonse said that the party had refused to disqualify or clear him to contest in the forthcoming party’s primary election which was schedule for Wednesday.

    “I am requesting the party to refund the sum of N21 million I paid for the expression of interest and nomination forms I bought.

    “If I had, for instance, been given a fair chance to participate in the primary, and I lost, I will not have had an issue. But then, I am being stonewalled at every point.

    “A Board of Trustees (BOT) member has given letter to PDP, urging them to reconsider my issue in order not for the party to lose governorship election in the state considering my pedigree.

    “But it has fallen on deaf ears and the time is very close. As I speak, we have less than seven days to the primaries.

    “The new Electoral Act provides for clearance to be done seven days to the primary and my name to be sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

    “So, my understanding of what is happening is not something I probably want to say on camera, but it is obvious that certain persons are seriously intimidated by my candidacy.

    “They are playing some underhand games to try to stall me from participating in the primary.

    “But Cross River is bigger than any person. It is also bigger than any party. So we move,” he said.

    He disclosed that he would be seeking his ambition on other more “commodious political party platform”.

    Bonse added that he had also made his request known in a letter and submitted to the National Chairman, PDP, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, which was received, acknowledged at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja.

    In the letter which was sighted by NAN, said he was withdrawing to contest the election on the platform of another party, as all avenues to seek justice in PDP proved abortive in an obvious attempt to deny him participation in the primary.

    “Having exhausted all avenues of consultation and appeal within the party without success, I am withdrawing my ambition to contest for gubernatorial election for Cross River State on the platform of PDP.

    “I am hereby defecting from the PDP to another political party with my followers who are in their hundreds along with their followers by extension

    “I had hope in view of the PDP ‘New Generation Operation Rescue Nigeria, Join the PDP Mantra for a level-playing field that will see the emergence of the best man for the job.

    “An individual that will swing power from the hands of the ruling APC to PDP in Cross River State, but going by my experience. I was obviously wrong.

    “That is why I requested for a full refund of all sums paid by me in respect of my botched expression of interest and nomination forms for participating in the primaries of the party totaling N21,000,000,” the letter stated.

    NAN reports that the letter was titled, “Notice of Withdrawal of Interest to Participate in the Governorship Primaries of Cross River State”.

    He also copied the party’s National Organising Secretary, Financial Secretary, National Publicity Secretary and Deputy National Secretary.

    Asked if he was invited for the party’s screening, Bonse said ‘yes’.

    He added that at the point of screening, he was requested to provide his receipts of tax clearance certificate, voters card and birth certificate with court attestation, which he presented.

    He said the screening committee also requested for his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate, which he explained that he had already requested for and NYSC assured him it would be processed as soon as its portal was opened.

    “But they had hung upon that particular point, just kept us down to the point where it is becoming very ridiculous to say the very least,” Bonse said.

    On his next line of action, Bonse said it would be communicated in the next 24 hours, adding that he was consulting with stakeholders.

    (NAN)

  •  The Peoples Democratic Party PDP has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to ensure that more Nigerians are registered in the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration before it closes on June 30 The PDP National Chairman Sen Iyorchia Ayu made the call when the National Working Committee NWC party received a delegation of the European Union EU at the party national secretariat on Friday in Abuja Ayu said that it was true that INEC might be doing its best but PDP still think it could could do better Registration of voters in Nigeria is very low It is not just the mobilisation by the political parties but it is also the technical capacity of INEC to go out there and register Nigerians In a population of almost 200 million People we expect that 40 per cent of the population be captured on the electoral register and that is not the case I think what we have today is less than five per cent and it is not good enough Therefore we want to call on INEC and all our friends that can help in that direction to make sure the more people are captured on the on the electoral register Ayu said The party chairman also said that the PDP was concerned about the issues of insecurity in the country hoping it was not an attempt for tenure elongation by 2023 He said that the party was also worry about post election crisis hoping that the ruling party would emulate PDP by peacefully transmit power if it losses presidential election in 2023 We have demonstrated that democracy is best when you transit smoothly from one electoral cycle to the other We want everybody to appreciate what we did when we lost elections in 2015 We didn t use agencies of the state to stay in power We conceded defeat When we win we expect those who are currently in government to concede defeat he said Ayu who reiterated that the PDP primaries would be transparent added that delegates would determine who becomes the party presidential candidate for 2023 He expressed confidence that whoever emerged as PDP candidate at its primary would become the president of Nigeria Ayu who appreciated various contributions of EU to Nigeria economically or politically urged the union to continue to support Nigeria to deepen it electoral process and democracy Speaking earlier Samuela Isopi the EU Ambassador who led the delegation said that the visit was part of EU consultations with all stakeholders partners and actors of the electoral process ahead of 2023 general elections She reaffirmed EU s support to Nigeria democracy saying the union would continue to work together with all the institutions and stakeholders in Nigeria The European Union restates its commitment as a strong partner with Nigeria and the Nigerian people The European Union has been a steady supportive partner for Nigeria s democracy since the return to see the civil rule in 1999 European Union has been supporting the country in strengthening its democratic governance through the support to all the stakeholders to INEC and as well as to the other actors and players of the process of the city society the media the political parties We have also at the request of the Nigerian authorities always deployed electoral observation to entrench the process of democracy she said NAN
    2023: PDP urges INEC to accelerate voter registration
     The Peoples Democratic Party PDP has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to ensure that more Nigerians are registered in the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration before it closes on June 30 The PDP National Chairman Sen Iyorchia Ayu made the call when the National Working Committee NWC party received a delegation of the European Union EU at the party national secretariat on Friday in Abuja Ayu said that it was true that INEC might be doing its best but PDP still think it could could do better Registration of voters in Nigeria is very low It is not just the mobilisation by the political parties but it is also the technical capacity of INEC to go out there and register Nigerians In a population of almost 200 million People we expect that 40 per cent of the population be captured on the electoral register and that is not the case I think what we have today is less than five per cent and it is not good enough Therefore we want to call on INEC and all our friends that can help in that direction to make sure the more people are captured on the on the electoral register Ayu said The party chairman also said that the PDP was concerned about the issues of insecurity in the country hoping it was not an attempt for tenure elongation by 2023 He said that the party was also worry about post election crisis hoping that the ruling party would emulate PDP by peacefully transmit power if it losses presidential election in 2023 We have demonstrated that democracy is best when you transit smoothly from one electoral cycle to the other We want everybody to appreciate what we did when we lost elections in 2015 We didn t use agencies of the state to stay in power We conceded defeat When we win we expect those who are currently in government to concede defeat he said Ayu who reiterated that the PDP primaries would be transparent added that delegates would determine who becomes the party presidential candidate for 2023 He expressed confidence that whoever emerged as PDP candidate at its primary would become the president of Nigeria Ayu who appreciated various contributions of EU to Nigeria economically or politically urged the union to continue to support Nigeria to deepen it electoral process and democracy Speaking earlier Samuela Isopi the EU Ambassador who led the delegation said that the visit was part of EU consultations with all stakeholders partners and actors of the electoral process ahead of 2023 general elections She reaffirmed EU s support to Nigeria democracy saying the union would continue to work together with all the institutions and stakeholders in Nigeria The European Union restates its commitment as a strong partner with Nigeria and the Nigerian people The European Union has been a steady supportive partner for Nigeria s democracy since the return to see the civil rule in 1999 European Union has been supporting the country in strengthening its democratic governance through the support to all the stakeholders to INEC and as well as to the other actors and players of the process of the city society the media the political parties We have also at the request of the Nigerian authorities always deployed electoral observation to entrench the process of democracy she said NAN
    2023: PDP urges INEC to accelerate voter registration
    General news7 months ago

    2023: PDP urges INEC to accelerate voter registration

    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that more Nigerians are registered in the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration before it closes on June 30.

    The PDP National Chairman, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu made the call when the National Working Committee (NWC) party received a delegation of the European Union (EU) at the party national secretariat on Friday, in Abuja.

    Ayu said that it was true that INEC might be doing its best but PDP still think it could could do better.

    “Registration of voters in Nigeria is very low. It is not just the mobilisation by the political parties, but it is also the technical capacity of INEC to go out there and register Nigerians.

    “In a population of almost 200 million People, we expect that 40 per cent of the population be captured on the electoral register and that is not the case.

    “I think what we have today is less than five per cent and it is not good enough.

    “Therefore, we want to call on INEC and all our friends that can help in that direction to make sure the more people are captured on the on the electoral register,” Ayu said.

    The party chairman also said that the PDP was concerned about the issues of insecurity in the country, hoping it was not an attempt for tenure elongation by 2023.

    He said that the party was also worry about post election crisis, hoping that the ruling party would emulate PDP by peacefully transmit power if it losses presidential election in 2023.

    “We have demonstrated that democracy is best when you transit smoothly from one electoral cycle to the other.

    “We want everybody to appreciate what we did when we lost elections in 2015. We didn’t use agencies of the state to stay in power. We conceded defeat.

    “When we win, we expect those who are currently in government to concede defeat,” he said.

    Ayu, who reiterated that the PDP primaries would be transparent, added that delegates would determine who becomes the party presidential candidate for 2023.

    He expressed confidence that whoever emerged as PDP candidate at its primary would become the president of Nigeria.

    Ayu, who appreciated various contributions of EU to Nigeria- economically or politically, urged the union to continue to support Nigeria to deepen it electoral process and democracy.

    Speaking earlier, Samuela Isopi, the EU Ambassador, who led the delegation, said that the visit was part of EU consultations with all stakeholders, partners and actors of the electoral process ahead of 2023 general elections.

    She reaffirmed EU’s support to Nigeria democracy, saying the union would continue to work together with all the institutions and stakeholders in Nigeria.

    “The European Union restates its commitment as a strong partner with Nigeria and the Nigerian people.

    “The European Union has been a steady, supportive partner for Nigeria’s democracy since the return to see the civil rule in 1999.

    “European Union has been supporting the country in strengthening its democratic governance through the support to all the stakeholders to INEC and as well as to the other actors and players of the process of the city society, the media, the political parties.

    “We have also at the request of the Nigerian authorities always deployed electoral observation, to entrench the process of democracy,” she said.

    (NAN)

  •  Forum of PDP Former Presiding Officers of State Houses of Assembly PDP FOSHA has set up a 10 man committee to recommend a presidential aspirant to be adopted by its members in the party s forthcoming primary election The forum disclosed this in a communiqu issued by Chairman of the Forum and former Speaker of Gombe State Inuwa Garba after its meeting in Abuja on Tuesday Garba said that the Committee to be chaired by him was saddled with the responsibility to explore all discussions and submissions made by the presidential aspirants to the forum and their past records for onward recommendations He said that the committee was also expected to further liaise with the presidential aspirants and the PDP leadership to ensure credible and successful presidential primaries as well as victory in 2023 general elections We have received submissions and interactions with most of the presidential aspirants The forum decided to form this committee so that we can further check and see their capacity credibility and make recommendation to larger General Assembly of the forum This is for us to take a decision on behalf of all of us on which candidate can we unanimously support so that we can ensure successful conduct in the primaries and in the general election We don t want our forum members to go and vote randomly We want to have a block vote for a particular candidate whom we agree have the capacity and credibility to win the general elections for the nation Garba said He said that the forum also commended the party s leadership under the leadership of Sen Iyorchia Ayu He called on all PDP members and the leadership at all level to remain committed and dedicated to the golden ideals of the party to achieve success at all levels in the 2023 general elections Asked on the forum decision on consensus candidate Garba said the decision was for the party and not the forum while the concern of the forum was for the party to be able to produce a candidate acceptable by Nigerians that could win election for the PDP That is not part of our mandate We are not a political party PDP is a political party and they ve set up a committee on this issue Whatever the party resolves is binding on us we are not to determined or to decide for the party So we are not here to decide for the PDP but as far as this forum is concerned we are looking at larger country Nigeria NAN
    2023: PDP Former Presiding Officers set up committee to recommend best aspirant
     Forum of PDP Former Presiding Officers of State Houses of Assembly PDP FOSHA has set up a 10 man committee to recommend a presidential aspirant to be adopted by its members in the party s forthcoming primary election The forum disclosed this in a communiqu issued by Chairman of the Forum and former Speaker of Gombe State Inuwa Garba after its meeting in Abuja on Tuesday Garba said that the Committee to be chaired by him was saddled with the responsibility to explore all discussions and submissions made by the presidential aspirants to the forum and their past records for onward recommendations He said that the committee was also expected to further liaise with the presidential aspirants and the PDP leadership to ensure credible and successful presidential primaries as well as victory in 2023 general elections We have received submissions and interactions with most of the presidential aspirants The forum decided to form this committee so that we can further check and see their capacity credibility and make recommendation to larger General Assembly of the forum This is for us to take a decision on behalf of all of us on which candidate can we unanimously support so that we can ensure successful conduct in the primaries and in the general election We don t want our forum members to go and vote randomly We want to have a block vote for a particular candidate whom we agree have the capacity and credibility to win the general elections for the nation Garba said He said that the forum also commended the party s leadership under the leadership of Sen Iyorchia Ayu He called on all PDP members and the leadership at all level to remain committed and dedicated to the golden ideals of the party to achieve success at all levels in the 2023 general elections Asked on the forum decision on consensus candidate Garba said the decision was for the party and not the forum while the concern of the forum was for the party to be able to produce a candidate acceptable by Nigerians that could win election for the PDP That is not part of our mandate We are not a political party PDP is a political party and they ve set up a committee on this issue Whatever the party resolves is binding on us we are not to determined or to decide for the party So we are not here to decide for the PDP but as far as this forum is concerned we are looking at larger country Nigeria NAN
    2023: PDP Former Presiding Officers set up committee to recommend best aspirant
    General news7 months ago

    2023: PDP Former Presiding Officers set up committee to recommend best aspirant

    Forum of PDP Former Presiding Officers of State Houses of Assembly (PDP-FOSHA) has set up a 10-man committee to recommend a presidential aspirant to be adopted by its members in the party’s forthcoming primary election.

    The forum disclosed this in a communiqué issued by Chairman of the Forum and former Speaker of Gombe State, Inuwa Garba, after its meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.

    Garba said that the Committee, to be chaired by him, was saddled with the responsibility to explore all discussions and submissions made by the presidential aspirants to the forum and their past records for onward recommendations.

    He said that the committee was also expected to further liaise with the presidential aspirants and the PDP leadership to ensure credible and successful presidential primaries as well as victory in 2023 general elections.

    “We have received submissions and interactions with most of the presidential aspirants.

    “The forum decided to form this committee so that we can further check and see their capacity, credibility and make recommendation to larger General Assembly of the forum.

    “This is for us to take a decision on behalf of all of us on which candidate can we unanimously support so that we can ensure successful conduct in the primaries and in the general election.

    “We don’t want our forum members to go and vote randomly. We want to have a block vote for a particular candidate whom we agree, have the capacity and credibility to win the general elections for the nation,” Garba said.

    He said that the forum also commended the party’s leadership under the leadership of Sen. Iyorchia Ayu.

    He called on all PDP members and the leadership at all level to remain committed and dedicated to the golden ideals of the party to achieve success at all levels in the 2023 general elections.

    Asked on the forum decision on consensus candidate, Garba said the decision was for the party and not the forum, while the concern of the forum was for the party to be able to produce a candidate acceptable by Nigerians, that could win election for the PDP.

    “That is not part of our mandate. We are not a political party, PDP is a political party and they’ve set up a committee on this issue.

    “Whatever the party resolves is binding on us, we are not to determined or to decide for the party.

    “So, we are not here to decide for the PDP, but as far as this forum is concerned, we are looking at larger country, Nigeria.”

    (NAN)

  •  The Federal High Court Abuja has ordered accelerated hearing into a suit seeking to stop the forthcoming presidential primary elections of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Justice Donatus Okorowo gave the order on Tuesday while ruling on an application for abridgment of time argued by Mr Paul Erokoro SAN on behalf of the plaintiff Mr Cosmos Ndukwe Justice Okorowo held that time was of the essence in the matter and that it would be in the interest of justice for the suit of the plaintiff to be fully determined before the May 28 date of the primary election The judge asked the PDP it s National Chairman Mr Iyorchia Ayu and the National Secretary Sen Samuel Anyanwu to file their responses to the suit against them within four days The judge fixed May 18 for adoption of final addresses in the suit saying a date for judgement would be fixed immediately after the adoption of addresses Erokoro had in the application pleaded with the court to abridge time for the suit of his client to be expeditiously heard The defendants however opposed the application for abridgment of time and accelerated hearing claiming that there was nothing urgent about the case of the plaintiff Mr Mahmud Magaji SAN representing the PDP said that the plaintiff had nothing to lose if the party went ahead with the scheduled presidential primary He said this was because the action of the party could also be nullified by the court if found to be taken on faulty steps They argued further that It would be unfair to give the plaintiff 14 days to file the suit but reduce their own time of response The defendants also said that abridging their time would amount to tying their hands to the back while expecting them to respond In his submission Mr Kalu Agu counsel to the 3rd defendant Anyanwu claimed that it would not be in the interest of justice for the court to abridge time when his client was yet to be served with the suit The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ndukwe had on April 28 filed an ex parte application for an order of injunction restraining the PDP from proceeding with its scheduled primary election He said the May 28 primary election should be put on hold pending the hearing and determination of his suit challenging the position of the party on the issue of zoning the party s presidential ticket Ndukwe himself a presidential aspirant said his suit was based on the alleged refusal of the party to zone the presidential ticket of the party to the South East geo political zone NAN
    Court orders accelerated hearing in suit seeking to stop PDP primaries
     The Federal High Court Abuja has ordered accelerated hearing into a suit seeking to stop the forthcoming presidential primary elections of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Justice Donatus Okorowo gave the order on Tuesday while ruling on an application for abridgment of time argued by Mr Paul Erokoro SAN on behalf of the plaintiff Mr Cosmos Ndukwe Justice Okorowo held that time was of the essence in the matter and that it would be in the interest of justice for the suit of the plaintiff to be fully determined before the May 28 date of the primary election The judge asked the PDP it s National Chairman Mr Iyorchia Ayu and the National Secretary Sen Samuel Anyanwu to file their responses to the suit against them within four days The judge fixed May 18 for adoption of final addresses in the suit saying a date for judgement would be fixed immediately after the adoption of addresses Erokoro had in the application pleaded with the court to abridge time for the suit of his client to be expeditiously heard The defendants however opposed the application for abridgment of time and accelerated hearing claiming that there was nothing urgent about the case of the plaintiff Mr Mahmud Magaji SAN representing the PDP said that the plaintiff had nothing to lose if the party went ahead with the scheduled presidential primary He said this was because the action of the party could also be nullified by the court if found to be taken on faulty steps They argued further that It would be unfair to give the plaintiff 14 days to file the suit but reduce their own time of response The defendants also said that abridging their time would amount to tying their hands to the back while expecting them to respond In his submission Mr Kalu Agu counsel to the 3rd defendant Anyanwu claimed that it would not be in the interest of justice for the court to abridge time when his client was yet to be served with the suit The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ndukwe had on April 28 filed an ex parte application for an order of injunction restraining the PDP from proceeding with its scheduled primary election He said the May 28 primary election should be put on hold pending the hearing and determination of his suit challenging the position of the party on the issue of zoning the party s presidential ticket Ndukwe himself a presidential aspirant said his suit was based on the alleged refusal of the party to zone the presidential ticket of the party to the South East geo political zone NAN
    Court orders accelerated hearing in suit seeking to stop PDP primaries
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    Court orders accelerated hearing in suit seeking to stop PDP primaries

    The Federal High Court, Abuja has ordered accelerated hearing into a suit seeking to stop the forthcoming presidential primary elections of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

    Justice Donatus Okorowo gave the order on Tuesday while ruling on an application for abridgment of time argued by Mr Paul Erokoro (SAN) on behalf of the plaintiff, Mr Cosmos Ndukwe.

    Justice Okorowo held that time was of the essence in the matter and that it would be in the interest of justice for the suit of the plaintiff to be fully determined before the May 28 date of the primary election.

    The judge asked the PDP, it’s National Chairman, Mr Iyorchia Ayu and the National Secretary, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu to file their responses to the suit against them within four days.

    The judge fixed May 18 for adoption of final addresses in the suit saying a date for judgement would be fixed immediately after the adoption of addresses.

    Erokoro had in the application pleaded with the court to abridge time for the suit of his client to be expeditiously heard.

    The defendants, however, opposed the application for abridgment of time and accelerated hearing, claiming that there was nothing urgent about the case of the plaintiff.

    Mr Mahmud Magaji, (SAN), representing the PDP said  that the plaintiff had nothing to lose if the party went ahead with the scheduled presidential primary.

    He said this was because the action of the party could also be nullified by the court if found to be taken on faulty steps.

    They argued further that It would be unfair to give the plaintiff 14 days to file the suit but reduce their own time of response.

    The defendants also said that abridging their time would amount to”tying their hands to the back” while expecting them to respond.

    In his submission, Mr Kalu Agu, counsel to the 3rd defendant (Anyanwu) claimed that it would not be in the interest of justice for the court to abridge time when his client was yet to be served with the suit.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ndukwe, had on April 28 filed an ex parte application for an order of injunction restraining the PDP from proceeding with its scheduled primary election.

    He said the May 28 primary election should be put on hold pending the hearing and determination of his suit challenging the position of the party on the issue of zoning the party’s presidential ticket.

    Ndukwe, himself a presidential aspirant said his suit was based on the alleged refusal of the party to zone the presidential ticket of the party to the South East geo-political zone.

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  •  Former Attorney General of Imo Chukwuma Ma Chukwu Ume SAN has faulted the Peoples Democratic Party PDP zoning arrangement in Abia governorship Ume in a letter written to the PDP National Chairman Dr Iyorchia Ayu also cautioned against act that might affect the chance of the party in the 2023 election The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the letter titled The Abia State Chapter of PDP Zoning and three member Delegate Mishap was dated May 9 The senior lawyer said that in a state with three senatorial districts opening governorship nominations for only two districts did not speak well According to him using a purported zoning arrangement as a cover up for perpetuating god fatherism will spell doom for the fortune of the party in the 2023 general elections The lawyer therefore called on Ayu to immediately intervene in the controversy in the overall interest of the party in Abia The letter reads in part Sir you are personally aware what Nigerians need now more than ever before are people of trust to occupy the helm of affairs of the country If people that have acquired national confidence are messed up in this quagmire of Abia exercise called zoning and the the said three member delegate primaries I am positive it will not be in the best interest of the party as the apathy against your party would be enormous If an opposition asking to become a ruling party does not hunt for stars what then does it have to offer he NAN
    Ex-Imo Attorney-General faults PDP zoning in Abia governorship poll
     Former Attorney General of Imo Chukwuma Ma Chukwu Ume SAN has faulted the Peoples Democratic Party PDP zoning arrangement in Abia governorship Ume in a letter written to the PDP National Chairman Dr Iyorchia Ayu also cautioned against act that might affect the chance of the party in the 2023 election The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the letter titled The Abia State Chapter of PDP Zoning and three member Delegate Mishap was dated May 9 The senior lawyer said that in a state with three senatorial districts opening governorship nominations for only two districts did not speak well According to him using a purported zoning arrangement as a cover up for perpetuating god fatherism will spell doom for the fortune of the party in the 2023 general elections The lawyer therefore called on Ayu to immediately intervene in the controversy in the overall interest of the party in Abia The letter reads in part Sir you are personally aware what Nigerians need now more than ever before are people of trust to occupy the helm of affairs of the country If people that have acquired national confidence are messed up in this quagmire of Abia exercise called zoning and the the said three member delegate primaries I am positive it will not be in the best interest of the party as the apathy against your party would be enormous If an opposition asking to become a ruling party does not hunt for stars what then does it have to offer he NAN
    Ex-Imo Attorney-General faults PDP zoning in Abia governorship poll
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    Ex-Imo Attorney-General faults PDP zoning in Abia governorship poll

    Former Attorney-General of Imo, Chukwuma Ma-Chukwu Ume, SAN, has faulted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) zoning arrangement in Abia governorship.

    Ume, in a letter written to the PDP National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, also cautioned against act that might affect the chance of the party in the 2023 election.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the letter, titled: “The Abia State Chapter of PDP Zoning and three-member Delegate Mishap,”  was dated May 9.

    The senior lawyer said that in a state with three senatorial districts, opening governorship nominations for only two districts did not speak well.

     According to him, using a purported zoning arrangement as a cover-up for perpetuating god fatherism will spell doom for the fortune of the party in the 2023 general elections.

    The lawyer, therefore, called on Ayu to immediately intervene in the controversy in the overall interest of the party in Abia.

    The letter reads in part: “Sir, you are personally aware what Nigerians need now more than ever before are people of trust to occupy the helm of affairs of the country.

    “If people that have acquired national confidence are messed-up in this quagmire of Abia exercise called zoning and the the said three- member delegate primaries, I am positive it will not be in the best interest of the party as the apathy against your party would be enormous.

    “If an opposition asking to become a ruling party does not hunt for stars, what then does it have to offer?,” he

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  •  The Buhari Media Organisation BMO has derided the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Iyorchia Ayu for quietly returning public funds he received from the former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke BMO said the act confirmed its position in November last year that Ayu was a major beneficiary of the PDP era massive looting of the national treasury Our attention has just been drawn to the surreptitious return of stolen funds amounting to N405million by no other than the leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP Sen Iyorchia Ayu The funds were said to have been returned a few months ago after authorities seized a mansion belonging to the former Senate President but as soon as he paid up the property was said to have been returned to him This information that has just seeped into the public space confirms our position in a statement issued in November last year and titled Ayu not different from previous corruption tainted PDP leaders BMO in which we recalled that the PDP Chairman received N350m from the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN account of the ONSA ostensibly for security consultancy But fresh facts gleaned from the Presidential Committee on recovery showed that the PDP chairman actually received N405m without offering any service to the country or government at a time that insurgents were threatening to overrun the country the group said It added If President Muhammadu Buhari had not been elected President in 2015 no one would have known and the former Minister would have practically escaped with his loot unpunished This is the PDP legacy so it is not a surprise that a man caught with stolen funds is today at the helm of affairs of that party BMO added that Ayu s antecedent as a beneficiary of looted public funds is enough qualification for him to lead the PDP We maintain that the main opposition party is currently headed by an individual who crookedly benefited from funds meant for arms procurement In saner climes he would have been removed from office but knowing the gathering that PDP is Ayu earned his stripes because only a politician that is adept at illegally feeding on public funds could lead such a group with the notoriety the former ruling party has So it beggars belief to hear the PDP chairman and his colleagues pontificating about security challenges that they laid the foundation for in the manner they looted funds meant to boost the operational readiness of our security personnel We make bold to say that this is what the former ruling party stood for and which its members have missed in the last seven years that President Muhammadu Buhari had been in the saddle it said BMO urged Nigerians to be wary when people like Ayu speak on security challenges in some parts of the country knowing that he is one of those whose activities denied the military of necessary infrastructure support against terrorists and criminal elements ABI NAN
    Arms procurement heist: BMO mocks Ayu over returned N405m loot
     The Buhari Media Organisation BMO has derided the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Iyorchia Ayu for quietly returning public funds he received from the former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke BMO said the act confirmed its position in November last year that Ayu was a major beneficiary of the PDP era massive looting of the national treasury Our attention has just been drawn to the surreptitious return of stolen funds amounting to N405million by no other than the leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP Sen Iyorchia Ayu The funds were said to have been returned a few months ago after authorities seized a mansion belonging to the former Senate President but as soon as he paid up the property was said to have been returned to him This information that has just seeped into the public space confirms our position in a statement issued in November last year and titled Ayu not different from previous corruption tainted PDP leaders BMO in which we recalled that the PDP Chairman received N350m from the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN account of the ONSA ostensibly for security consultancy But fresh facts gleaned from the Presidential Committee on recovery showed that the PDP chairman actually received N405m without offering any service to the country or government at a time that insurgents were threatening to overrun the country the group said It added If President Muhammadu Buhari had not been elected President in 2015 no one would have known and the former Minister would have practically escaped with his loot unpunished This is the PDP legacy so it is not a surprise that a man caught with stolen funds is today at the helm of affairs of that party BMO added that Ayu s antecedent as a beneficiary of looted public funds is enough qualification for him to lead the PDP We maintain that the main opposition party is currently headed by an individual who crookedly benefited from funds meant for arms procurement In saner climes he would have been removed from office but knowing the gathering that PDP is Ayu earned his stripes because only a politician that is adept at illegally feeding on public funds could lead such a group with the notoriety the former ruling party has So it beggars belief to hear the PDP chairman and his colleagues pontificating about security challenges that they laid the foundation for in the manner they looted funds meant to boost the operational readiness of our security personnel We make bold to say that this is what the former ruling party stood for and which its members have missed in the last seven years that President Muhammadu Buhari had been in the saddle it said BMO urged Nigerians to be wary when people like Ayu speak on security challenges in some parts of the country knowing that he is one of those whose activities denied the military of necessary infrastructure support against terrorists and criminal elements ABI NAN
    Arms procurement heist: BMO mocks Ayu over returned N405m loot
    General news7 months ago

    Arms procurement heist: BMO mocks Ayu over returned N405m loot

    The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has derided the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu for quietly returning public funds he received from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said the act confirmed its position in November last year that Ayu was a major beneficiary of the PDP-era massive looting of the national treasury.“Our attention has just been drawn to the surreptitious return of stolen funds amounting to N405million by no other than the leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Iyorchia Ayu.“The funds were said to have been returned a few months ago after authorities seized a mansion belonging to the former Senate President, but as soon as he paid up, the property was said to have been returned to him.“This information that has just seeped into the public space confirms our position in a statement issued in November last year and titled ‘Ayu, not different from previous corruption-tainted PDP leaders-BMO’, in which we recalled that the PDP Chairman received N350m from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) account of the ONSA, ostensibly for security consultancy.“But fresh facts gleaned from the Presidential Committee on recovery showed that the PDP chairman actually received N405m without offering any service to the country or government at a time that insurgents were threatening to overrun the country,” the group said.It added: “If President Muhammadu Buhari had not been elected President in 2015, no one would have known and the former Minister would have practically escaped with his loot unpunished.

    “This is the PDP legacy so it is not a surprise that a man caught with stolen funds is today at the helm of affairs of that party.”

    BMO added that Ayu’s antecedent as a beneficiary of looted public funds is enough qualification for him to lead the PDP.“We maintain that the main opposition party is currently headed by an individual who crookedly benefited from funds meant for arms procurement.

    “In saner climes, he would have been removed from office, but knowing the gathering that PDP is, Ayu earned his stripes because only a politician that is adept at illegally feeding on public funds could lead such a group with the notoriety the former ruling party has.

    “So it beggars belief to hear the PDP chairman and his colleagues pontificating about security challenges that they laid the foundation for in the manner they looted funds meant to boost the operational readiness of our security personnel.

    “We make bold to say that this is what the former ruling party stood for and which its members have missed in the last seven years that President Muhammadu Buhari had been in the saddle,” it said.BMO urged Nigerians to be wary when people like Ayu speak on security challenges in some parts of the country, knowing that he is one of those whose activities denied the military of necessary infrastructure support against terrorists and criminal elements.ABI

     

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  •  The Minority Leader House of Representatives Chief Ndudi Elumelu on Friday empowered some 900 members of his constituency with various items and cash in Asaba Delta The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Elumelu is the member representing the Federal Constituency in the National Assembly The member gave out tricycles sewing machine motorcycles generating sets and fridges to no fewer than 600 beneficiaries and N100 000 cash to other 300 constituents Peoples Democratic Party PDP National Chairman Sen Iyorchia Ayu Gov Ifeanyi Okowa former Gov James Ibori State Party Chairman Chief Kingsley Esiso among others were present at the event Ayu in his remarks charged other elected and political office holders to emulate Elumelu by always lending a helping hand to the poor in their constituency He urged politicians to place high premium on the welfare of citizens especially the ordinary Nigerians The party chairman commended Elumelu for his outstanding contributions towards human capital development in his constituency Delta State is very lucky to have such an outstanding personality Elumelu has done very very well and the PDP is very proud of him If all our representatives across the country do this in their respective constituencies it will help the party a great deal What Elumelu is doing will enormously support the efforts that our governor Sen Ifeanyi Okowa is putting for his people I congratulate him for the concern he has shown to our people I urge all politicians not to forget the ordinary people because without them and the support of our people we cannot be anything as far as politics is concerned he said Also Gov Okowa said that Elumelu was doing wonders in his representation of his constituents adding that the event was not the first time he was empowering the people According to Okowa it is important that people continue to realise that when they find themselves in privileged position they must honour people He said this was important because it was through the votes of the people that elected officials found ourselves in wherever they occupied I thank God for your life Last year l spoke glowingly of what you had done today it appears to me that you have even surpassed what you did last year may God continue to empower you There is no doubt that anything that is done to engage every youth every man or every woman in Delta State and to support them to succeed in life such a person that does that is helping the government of Delta State to reach out You are aware that we have had several entrepreneurship programmes in Delta State so anybody who complements that effort is high in our mind and l want to congratulate you with what we have seen here today he said The State PDP Chairman Esiso lauded Elumelu for his contributions to national development as well as his contributions to the socio economic well being of his constituents Earlier Elumelu who presented his report to the people said that the programme was part of measures to give sense of belonging to men women and youth of his constituency He gave the scorecard of his representation in the areas of wealth creation security health and physical infrastructure NAN
    Elumelu empowers constituents, gives account of stewardship
     The Minority Leader House of Representatives Chief Ndudi Elumelu on Friday empowered some 900 members of his constituency with various items and cash in Asaba Delta The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Elumelu is the member representing the Federal Constituency in the National Assembly The member gave out tricycles sewing machine motorcycles generating sets and fridges to no fewer than 600 beneficiaries and N100 000 cash to other 300 constituents Peoples Democratic Party PDP National Chairman Sen Iyorchia Ayu Gov Ifeanyi Okowa former Gov James Ibori State Party Chairman Chief Kingsley Esiso among others were present at the event Ayu in his remarks charged other elected and political office holders to emulate Elumelu by always lending a helping hand to the poor in their constituency He urged politicians to place high premium on the welfare of citizens especially the ordinary Nigerians The party chairman commended Elumelu for his outstanding contributions towards human capital development in his constituency Delta State is very lucky to have such an outstanding personality Elumelu has done very very well and the PDP is very proud of him If all our representatives across the country do this in their respective constituencies it will help the party a great deal What Elumelu is doing will enormously support the efforts that our governor Sen Ifeanyi Okowa is putting for his people I congratulate him for the concern he has shown to our people I urge all politicians not to forget the ordinary people because without them and the support of our people we cannot be anything as far as politics is concerned he said Also Gov Okowa said that Elumelu was doing wonders in his representation of his constituents adding that the event was not the first time he was empowering the people According to Okowa it is important that people continue to realise that when they find themselves in privileged position they must honour people He said this was important because it was through the votes of the people that elected officials found ourselves in wherever they occupied I thank God for your life Last year l spoke glowingly of what you had done today it appears to me that you have even surpassed what you did last year may God continue to empower you There is no doubt that anything that is done to engage every youth every man or every woman in Delta State and to support them to succeed in life such a person that does that is helping the government of Delta State to reach out You are aware that we have had several entrepreneurship programmes in Delta State so anybody who complements that effort is high in our mind and l want to congratulate you with what we have seen here today he said The State PDP Chairman Esiso lauded Elumelu for his contributions to national development as well as his contributions to the socio economic well being of his constituents Earlier Elumelu who presented his report to the people said that the programme was part of measures to give sense of belonging to men women and youth of his constituency He gave the scorecard of his representation in the areas of wealth creation security health and physical infrastructure NAN
    Elumelu empowers constituents, gives account of stewardship
    General news7 months ago

    Elumelu empowers constituents, gives account of stewardship

    The Minority Leader, House of Representatives, Chief  Ndudi Elumelu, on Friday empowered some 900 members of his constituency with various items and cash, in Asaba, Delta.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Elumelu is the member representing the Federal Constituency in the National Assembly.

    The member gave out tricycles, sewing machine, motorcycles,  generating sets and fridges to no fewer than 600 beneficiaries and N100,000 cash to other 300 constituents.

    Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, former Gov. James Ibori, State Party Chairman, Chief Kingsley Esiso, among others, were present at the event.

    Ayu, in his remarks, charged other elected and political office holders to emulate Elumelu  by always lending a helping hand to the poor in their constituency.

    He urged politicians to place high premium on the welfare of citizens, especially the ordinary Nigerians.

    The party chairman commended Elumelu for his outstanding contributions towards human capital development in his constituency.

    “Delta State is very lucky to have such an outstanding personality. Elumelu has done very very well and the PDP is very proud of him.

    “If all our representatives across the country do this in their respective constituencies, it will help the party a great deal.

    “What Elumelu is doing will enormously support the efforts that our governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, is putting for his people.

    “I congratulate him for the concern he has shown to our people. I urge all politicians not to forget the ordinary people because without them and the support of our people, we cannot be anything as far as politics is concerned,” he said.

    Also,  Gov. Okowa said that Elumelu was doing wonders in his representation of his constituents, adding that the event was not the first time he was empowering the people.

    According to Okowa, it is important that people continue to realise that when they find themselves in privileged position they must honour people.

    He said this was important because it was through the votes of the people that elected officials found ourselves in wherever they occupied.

    “I thank God for your life. Last year, l spoke glowingly of what you had done; today, it appears to me that you have even surpassed what you did last year; may God continue to empower you.

    “There is no doubt that anything that is done to engage every youth, every man or every woman in Delta State and to support them to succeed in life, such a person that does that is helping the government of Delta State to reach out.

    “You are aware that we have had several entrepreneurship programmes in Delta State, so anybody who complements that effort is high in our mind and l want to congratulate you with what we have seen here today,” he said.

    The State PDP Chairman, Esiso, lauded Elumelu for his contributions to national development as well as his contributions to the socio-economic well-being of his constituents.

    Earlier,  Elumelu, who presented his report to the people, said that the programme was part of measures to give sense of belonging to men, women and youth of his constituency.

    He gave the scorecard of his representation in the areas of wealth creation, security, health and physical infrastructure.

    (NAN)

  •  Coalition of Ibom Political Groups in Abuja has charged Gov Udom Emmanuel and Peoples Democratic Party PDP leaders to ensure the party s governorship candidate emerges through a credible primary The group gave the charge in a statement in Abuja on Friday signed by its Chairman Otuekong Ekanem and Secretary Solomon Umana The group also appealed to the PDP National Chairman Sen Iyorchia Ayu and the National Working Committee NWC of the party to ensure all stakeholders to allowed aspirants to freely pursue their political aspirations The statement reads We appeal to the national leadership of the PDP to checkmate the State Working Committee of the party to allow all aspirants enjoy a free fair credible and transparent process before during and after the party s primary elections in the state We appeal to the NWC of our party in its wisdom to supervise a credible and timely conduct of elections of PDP delegates at the ward level in the state and timely publication of delegates list that will elect candidates of the party The coalition further called on the party leaders to be guided by the Law in Section 84 3 of the Electoral Act It states that A political party shall not impose nomination qualification or disqualification criteria measures or conditions on any aspirant or candidate for any election in its constitution Except as prescribed under Sections 65 66 106 107 131 137 177 and 187 of the Constitution regarding Qualifications of Aspirants and Candidates NAN
    A/Ibom Guber: Coalition tasks Emmanuel, PDP leaders on credible primary
     Coalition of Ibom Political Groups in Abuja has charged Gov Udom Emmanuel and Peoples Democratic Party PDP leaders to ensure the party s governorship candidate emerges through a credible primary The group gave the charge in a statement in Abuja on Friday signed by its Chairman Otuekong Ekanem and Secretary Solomon Umana The group also appealed to the PDP National Chairman Sen Iyorchia Ayu and the National Working Committee NWC of the party to ensure all stakeholders to allowed aspirants to freely pursue their political aspirations The statement reads We appeal to the national leadership of the PDP to checkmate the State Working Committee of the party to allow all aspirants enjoy a free fair credible and transparent process before during and after the party s primary elections in the state We appeal to the NWC of our party in its wisdom to supervise a credible and timely conduct of elections of PDP delegates at the ward level in the state and timely publication of delegates list that will elect candidates of the party The coalition further called on the party leaders to be guided by the Law in Section 84 3 of the Electoral Act It states that A political party shall not impose nomination qualification or disqualification criteria measures or conditions on any aspirant or candidate for any election in its constitution Except as prescribed under Sections 65 66 106 107 131 137 177 and 187 of the Constitution regarding Qualifications of Aspirants and Candidates NAN
    A/Ibom Guber: Coalition tasks Emmanuel, PDP leaders on credible primary
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    A/Ibom Guber: Coalition tasks Emmanuel, PDP leaders on credible primary

    Coalition of Ibom Political Groups in Abuja, has charged Gov. Udom Emmanuel and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders, to ensure the party’s governorship candidate emerges through a credible primary.

    The group gave the charge in a statement in Abuja on Friday, signed by its Chairman, Otuekong Ekanem, ​and Secretary Solomon Umana.

    The group also appealed to the PDP National Chairman, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, to ensure all stakeholders to allowed aspirants to freely pursue their political aspirations.

    The statement reads: “We appeal to the national leadership of the PDP, to checkmate the State Working Committee of the party to allow all aspirants enjoy a free, fair, credible and transparent process, before, during and after the party’s primary elections in the state.

    “We appeal to the NWC of our party in its wisdom, to supervise a credible and timely conduct of elections of PDP delegates at the ward level in the state, and timely publication of delegates’ list that will elect candidates of the party.

    The coalition further called on the party leaders to be guided by the Law in Section 84 (3), of the Electoral Act.

    It states that: “A political party shall not impose nomination qualification or disqualification criteria, measures, or conditions on any aspirant or candidate for any election in its constitution.

    “Except as prescribed under Sections 65, 66, 106, 107, 131, 137, 177 and 187 of the Constitution, regarding Qualifications of Aspirants and Candidates.

    (NAN)

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