The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 279-member National Convention Organizing Committee (NCOC) and Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, and his counterpart in Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, have said the decision of National Executive Committee (NEC) on zoning of National Working Committee (NWC) offices is final.
They said this on Saturday at the meeting of all members of the Electoral Sub-Committee ahead of PDP national convention scheduled for October 30.
Fintiri, who equally chaired Electoral Sub-Committee, while fielding questions, said: “The highest decision organ of the party has taken decision. Which is the NEC. And I think that decision is final. It is binding on all of us members. And we will abide by it. And that is what we are working on.”
The NEC had endorsed the report of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State – led Zoning Committee which zoned the position of the party’s next National Chairman to the North and recommended that the current elective NWC positions in the party should be swapped between the North and the South.
The governor of Adamawa State said the convention timetable had been revised since the zoning committee had completed its assignment, stressing that the NCOC was working at high speed to kick the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) out of government in 2023.
“The date of the convention still remains, which is the 30th and 31st of October. The venue has been scheduled. That is the Eagle Square. And our delegates across the country are being sensitised.
“And we will start selling of forms. The screening and appeal is expected to end on or before next (this) week going by the revised timetable. They will be free to start campaigning across the country for us to have a convention on the 30th.
“The electoral committee has been sensitised. They will be trained at the most appropriate time for them to be abreast of their job.”
On consensus, Fintiri said: “It is too early for us to discus consensus at this stage because this is a democratic party. It is open for contest and if the issue of consensus arises, it is also captured in our constitution.”
On delegates, he said: “The size of delegates is still being compiled. PDP is a big party. It has produced a lot of good leaders for this country. We are compiling their list. But we are not expecting anything less than 4000 to 6000 delegates.”
On convention budget, he said Sub-Committees would begin to receive funds by Monday and Tuesday after its approval.
While also speaking on zoning, the governor of Bauchi State said: “We have resolved the issue of zoning. The PDP is a mature party. We have learnt our mistakes, we are not going to play to the gallery the way and manner our detractors or our competitors want us to be.
“We will always resolve our issues, so zoning is over. We have really gone over this issue. What we are looking forward to is the emergence of Chairman from the North, who will give us a leadership that we require to form a government in 2023.”
Nnamdi Kanu: I lectured Abaribe on how to live in prison – Shehu Sani
Shehu Sani, a former Kaduna Central Senator, has recalled lecturing Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe on how to live in prison.
Sani said he used to lecture Abaribe on how to live in prison in case he gets prosecuted over his Biafra agitation.
He disclosed this while sharing a throwback photo of himself having a discussion with Abaribe on the floor of the Upper Chamber.
In a post on his Facebook page on Wednesday, the former lawmaker disclosed that Abaribe also tried to convert him into believing in the Biafra ideology.
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He wrote: “My good friend Senator Abaribe was trying to convert my citizenship to Biafra while I used to give him lectures on how to live in prison when they come for him, using my years of experience in Kiri Kiri, Port Harcourt and Aba Prisons in the 90s.”
Abaribe had stood as one of the sureties for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in 2017.
But Kanu jumped bail and fled Nigeria after regaining his freedom, following a ruling by Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court.
Following Kanu’s action, it was believed that the Nigerian government would go after Abaribe as he risked imprisonment.
However, Kanu was rearrested in July and is currently facing trial.
Plateau lawmakers fight over mace, impeach speaker
There was a rancorous situation on Thursday at Plateau State House Assembly as the legislators fought over the mace, the symbol of authority, leading to the impeachment of the Speaker, Abok Ayuba Nuhu.
Nuhu was promptly replaced with Sanda Yakubu, who from Pingana constituency of the Bassa Local Government Area of the state.
It was leant that as early as 5.30am on Thursday, members of the assembly had started arriving at the chamber of the house.
The rumours about the impeachment of Abok had started a week ago when press releases and write-ups went viral on social media over his clash with the state governor, Solomon Lalong.
The lawmakers almost exchanged blows when the issue of the impeachment was tabled in the house on Thursday. The Peoples Democratic Party members, who were loyal to the speaker, took the mace to prevent the impeachment.
But the All Progressives Congress members, who were in the majority insisting on the impeachment, dragged the mace and placed it in its position, and went ahead with the process.
It was learnt that before the state lawmakers converged on the house, the road leading to the assembly was blocked by security operatives.
There had been grudges between Governor Simon Lalong and the impeached speaker following the attack in Yelwan Zagam, the community of Jos North, where people were killed.
After the attack, the speaker started criticising the governor openly. He also stopped attending public functions in the state.
Ogun gives land encroachers 1 month grace to process titles
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has announced a one-month moratorium for residents and entrepreneurs who have encroached on the state government-acquired land.
He announced this at the launch of an online portal, Ogun State Land Administration and Revenue Management System (OLARMS), at the Tech Hub in Abeokuta.
The governor gave them up till November 30 to apply for ratification of their documents.
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In his address, the Chief Economic Adviser and Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, said the portal will also offer those who have encroached on the state government land in different parts of the state an opportunity to get title documents via the Property Registration Programme (PRP) for only a defined period.
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