Ahead of the October 31 national elective convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leaders and stakeholders of the party from the North Central, Tuesday night, unanimously adopted former Senate President, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, for the position of national chairman.
Ayu had the backing of the Benue State governor, who is Deputy Chairman of the PDP zoning committee, Dr. Samuel Ortom.
Ortom, after a few weeks of rooting for another former President of the Senate, David Mark, turned to Ayu following alleged opposition by some party bigwigs.
Addressing newsmen at the event, Governor Ortom said: “This is stakeholders meeting of the North Central PDP in continuation of finding consensus candidate for the national chairmanship of our party.
“We are looking for someone with the capacity, commitment, love and passion for our party. We met here for several hours and among the five persons that were contesting.
“As the leadership of our party from North Central, we unanimously agreed to sponsor former Senate President, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, to be National Chairman of our party.
“There was no voting; we all agreed that he is the right person for this job at this time.
“Tomorrow (today, Wednesday), the northern stakeholders of our PDP are going to meet. So he will be presented to the northern caucus of the party.
“I think that by the grace of God they will also accept him.”
He also noted that other geo-political zones from the North are free to present their candidates, regardless of the choice of Ayu.
The meeting had in attendance former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki; ex-Information Minister, Professor Jerry Gana; former governors of Niger, Kogi and Kwara states, Babangida Aliyu, Ibrahim Idris and Abdulfatai Ahmed, respectively, among others.
It lasted for over three hours and attracted other big dignitaries from the geo-political zone.
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BREAKING: Edo PDP suspends 10 members, mainly Obaseki’s loyalists
The crisis in the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party took a new twist on Monday with the suspension of 10 members for alleged anti-party activities.
The party’s leadership at Ward 2, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo, announced the suspension of the 10 members said to be loyalists of the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Phillip Shuaibu.
Most of the allegedly suspended members are the new PDP that defected from the All Progressives Congress with Governor Obaseki and his deputy.
The letter of their suspension was signed by the Ward Chairman, Suileman Momodu, Secretary, Elamah Abdulganinu and 17 others.
They accused the suspended PDP members of breaching the party’s constitution and manifesto, “disobedience and neglect to carryout lawful directive of the party organ and officers of the party.”
Other listed offences are “engaging in anti-party activities; engagement in a conduct likely to cause disaffection among members of the party and is likely to disrupt the peaceful, lawful and efficient conduct of the business of the party.”
They were also accused of “engaging in unauthorised publicity within the party; creating a parallel organ at the ward LGA level and promoting actions that belong to another group under the guise of the party by name, New PDP.”
APC doesn’t have regard for security, welfare of Nigerians – Senator Anyanwu
The Senator who represented Imo East at the 8th Senate, Senator Samuel Anyanwu on Sunday charged Nigerians to take their destinies in their hands, having seen that the All Progressives Congress, APC does not have any regard for their security and welfare.
The chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State, said plans were on top gear to tackle insecurity in Nigeria when the PDP takes over in 2023.
Anyanwu maintained that since the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is doing nothing to reassure Nigerians of adequate security, such callous mistake has been identified by the PDP for urgent correction with a view to restoring public sanity and confidence.
The South East Consensus candidate for the position of National Secretary of PDP, stated this in Owerri, Imo State capital while reacting to the killing of two traditional rulers in Njaba local government area of Imo State.
He described the ongoing killings of innocent people in the South East, including that of the traditional rulers as not only senseless, barbaric, but sacrilegious and needless.
His word, “no right thinking human being of Igbo extraction no matter the level of insanity, disagreement or hatred can raise a gun or any object against a traditional ruler who are highly revered as custodians of culture, norms and tradition”
“When things that are unusual begin to happen in our climes, it therefore means that things have fallen apart and the center cannot hold. ”
He said,” The summary of the whole thing is that APC has failed Nigerians and that Nigerians need to flush it out is not negotiable. We must demonstrate and express our grievances against them with our vote in 2023.”
PDP wins rescheduled LG chair poll in Kaduna
Francis Zimbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won the Saturday rescheduled chairmanship election in Zango Kataf LGA of Kaduna State.
The returning officer for the election, Nuhu Garba, who announced the result on Sunday, said Zimbo secured 28,771 votes to defeat John Hassan, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 19,509 votes.
NAN quoted Garba as saying, “Mr Francis Zimbo of the PDP, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared winner of the election and returned elected.”
According to the news agency, the PDP also won nine out of the 11 councillorship seats leaving the remaining two for the APC.
On September 4, elections were cancelled in some LGAs of the state owing to security concerns.
Last Wednesday, Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, said he will appoint sole administrators for the LGAs if the election does not take place.
“I would like to observe that if elections do not take place as scheduled on this date, we will have no option than to appoint administrators to manage these local governments for the next three years,” he had said.
“So it is in the interest of everybody to allow elections to take place, otherwise I will appoint people to manage those local governments.”
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