After a 14-month legal battle, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will today hold its first convention. CHIBUZO UKAIBE, captures the suspense and subtle crisis of confidence trailing the gathering. Today’s national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), its first mega post-leadership crisis gathering, is meant to be symbolic. Although it is a non elective convention, the gathering of the highest organ of the party is expected to extend the tenure of the present national leadership under Sen Ahmed Makarfi by some months to enable them conduct an elective convention. Their tenure expires on August 16. Also, today’s convention is scheduled to ratify some amendments to the party’s constitutional, bothering on less cumbersome waiver, stripping the national chairman of powers to summon convention, inclusions of some regional offices into the National Working Committee (NWC), membership expansion of caucuses and National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting. Essentially however, the convention is somewhat designed...
By Patrick Ochoga The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has removed its State Publicity Secretary, Mr Godwin Erhahon following a vote of no confidence passed on him by the State Executive Committee of the party. Consequently, Mr Chris Azebamwen, another APC leader from Orhiomwon Local Government Area was appointed as his successor by the party. Erhahon who reacted swiftly, said he was not surprised with the suspension, asserting “I thank God that was how it ended. All my entitlement in the party has been withheld since July last year. This month made it the 14th month, the three months suspension was supposed to end in March but it lingered till Thursday, so it did not come to me as surprise. “I use to think that the immediate past Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was behind it but I have seen he has no hand in it. He is against it and he...
The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed Sept. 11 to deliver judgment in the suit filed by Sen. Dino Melaye (APC- Kogi), challenging his planned recall by some voters in his constituency. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, fixed the September date after listening to arguments from all parties involved in the suit. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had commenced the process to recall Melaye, but the senator went to court, seeking stoppage of the process. One of the grounds upon which Melaye, who represents Kogi West in the Senate challenged his recall, was that the signatures of some of the voters in the petition for his recall were fictitious. Melaye who argued his case through his counsel, Mr Nkem Okoro, said that majority of the signatures on the petition were dead people. He added that death certificates were attached to the processes he filed as exhibits to ascertain the veracity of his claim that some...
One of the items that was voted for by the National Assembly in the ongoing constitutional review is the amendment seeking to grant local government financial autonomy. KAUTHAR ANUMBA-KHALEEL writes on the prospects of the amendment. One recurring issue in the polity of Nigeria, particularly since its return to civil rule, is the call for local government autonomy which is more or less related to current agitation for restructuring. Known as the third tier of government, local government system in Nigeria, for decades, has had factors that inhibited it from reaching its potentials of driving grass root development due to interference from states and financial dependence on same. To this effect, an amendment seeking the deletion of sub-sections 5 and 6 which states that “the amount standing to the credit of the local government councils in the Federation Account, shall also be allocated to states for the benefit of their local...
***Begins CVR At Registration Areas In Anambra State By Chibuzo Ukaibe,   The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has ordered the removal of 190 non-Nigerians from the Register of voters’. In a related development the commission has decentralized the on-going nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in Anambra State to the registration areas, as part of preparations for the governorship polls in the state. It would be recalled that the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) recently announced that it had retrieved several Permanent Voter Cards and National Identity cards from foreigners who were alleged to have registered as voters.                         INEC has continually reiterated that it would not rest on its oars at ensuring that the Voter Register was free from unqualified registrations in order to ensure the register of voters’ met internationally accepted standards.   The Commission further said it would continue to strengthen its relationship with security agencies and other organizations in ensuring that the electoral process is...
***Makarfi's NCC Must Not Exceed Three Months, Clarke Warns *** Warns Party Not To Allow Govs Impose Candidates, Handle Logistics By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori was listed as member of the National Convention Planning Committee‎ for tomorrow special convention of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Ibori, who was recently released after‎ serving four years in a British prison, was listed as No 41 in the main organising committee of the party. Tomorrow's none- elective national Convention is designed to extend the tenure of the Makarfi-led NCC to enable them conduct the elective convention which is speculated to hold in November. The convention is also billed to see to the amendment of the party's constitution. The former governor, Ibori who is yet to attend a political meeting at the national headquarters since he returned to the country, was absent at the inaugural meeting of the committee last Wednesday. His successor and Delta State governor, Ifeanyi...
****Rebukes Aspirants' Over Late Arrival By Chibuzo Ukaibe, There was drama at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national secretariat yesterday as the chairman of the Anambra State screening committee and former Minister of Police Affairs, Adamu Maina Waziri rebuked some aspirants for keeping them waiting for more than 90 minutes. The committee was set up to screen the seven governorship aspirants, including embattled chairman of Capital Oil, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah and former minister of Aviation, Sen Stella Oduah. Other aspirants who were also screened yesterday are Prince John Okechukwu Emeka, Dr. Alex Obiogbolu, Honourable Linda Ikpeazu, Oseloka Obaze, and Akolisa Ufodike. However Maina, who had scheduled the screening exercise for 9am openly expressed displeasure that some of the aspirants kept them waiting for over 90 minutes. While five other aspirants were already seated, Waziri, who was uncomfortable with the late arrival of Ubah said "We express our displeasure for those who came late. Having kept us waiting for...
By: Patrick Ochoga,   The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has made a case for the creation of more voting centres in the state to decongest existing centres in the state. Obaseki made the request when he received the new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) posted by the National Electoral Commission to the state at the Government House in Benin City on Thursday. The governor said that some Edo voters in the September 28 gubernatorial election complained that voting centres were located far from their homes while others complained that some of the centres were congested. He maintained that the creation of more voting centres would encourage electorates to exercise their franchise in future elections as the issue of long queues that leads to time wastage would be minimised. Speaking on the issue of the non-collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) he said that local government councils and state government agencies would be mobilized...
*** Warns Party Not To Allow Govs Impose Candidates, Handle Logistics By Chibuzo Ukaibe,  Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) non elective national convention, elder statesman and former federal commissioner for information, Chief Edwin Clarke, yesterday warned that the Sen Ahmed Makarfi -led National Caretaker Committee (NCC) should not be allowed to exceed three months in office. Clarke, who recalled that he has warned that party in 2014 not to impose candidates, noted that the party to jettison a practice where governors, government functionaries and candidates provide Logistics and convey delegates to Abuja and other voting locations. The former federal commissioner also advocated the adoption of direct primaries ahead of the elective convention, just as he declared his support for zoning of party's 2019 presidential ticket to the North and the national chairmanship seat to the South. He however insisted that all party members from those regions are free to contest those positions. A former PDP chieftain,...
One of the items that was voted for by the national assembly in the ongoing constitution review is the amendment seeking to grant local governments financial autonomy. KAUTHAR ANUMBA-KHALEEL writes on the prospects of the amendment. One recurring issue in the polity of Nigeria particularly since its return to civil rule is the call for local government autonomy which is more or less related to current agitation for restructuring. Known as the third tier of government, local government system in Nigeria for decades has had factors that inhibited it from reaching its potentials of driving grass root development due to interference from states and financial dependence on same. To this effect, an amendment seeking the deletion of sub-sections 5 and 6 which states that “the amount standing to the credit of the Local Government Councils in the Federation Account, shall also be allocated to States for the benefit of their Local...