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PDP Governors: NEC’s Decision On Chairmanship Is Final

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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.”

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Wike alleges politicians recruiting cultists to destabilise Rivers

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says he has received intelligence reports that some misguided politicians are already recruiting cultists, ex-convicts and thugs in furtherance of their political aspirations for 2023.

The governor said the state government waa aware that owners of hotels and entertainment centres were planning to give out their premises to politicians and political parties as a convenient bases for the gathering of these political thugs across the state.

Wike, in a state broadcast on Sunday, emphasised that the government is not taking the intelligence reports at its disposal lightly, and will therefore not allow any politician, no matter his previous or present position, the chance or opportunity to upset the prevailing peace and security in Rivers.

He said, “We will not allow any political party, be it the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to threaten the safety and security of life and property during the campaigns with mayhem, thuggery or violence.

“Accordingly, we have already alerted and set the security agencies on the trail of these misguided politicians and leaders of political parties and stop them in their tracks with the full weight of the law.

“We also wish to warn owners of hotels and proprietors of relaxation centres to take notice and desist from releasing their facilities for politicians and party leaders to use to meet and plot against the peace, safety and security of our state.”

The governor warned that the state government would demolish hotels and other entertainment places linked with such criminal political activities.

 

 

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How IPPIS Has Deprived OAUTH Non-Clinical Staff of Salaries Since January

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Some non-clinical members of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) staff have lamented a delay in the payment of their salaries from January 2022 to date.

They told FIJ that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) failed to capture their data last year, and as a result, they did not get their salaries in January, February and March.

On condition of anonymity, a staffer told FIJ that it was only in April that they were paid, but after that, their salaries did not arrive in May, June and July.

“There was a recruitment last year at the institution. Both clinical and non clinical staff were recruited,” one affected staffer told FIJ. “IPPIS came during the recruitment and captured many of the new recruits while those people not captured were promised that IPPIS would come back to capture them.”

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The source said staff members who were not captured under the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) had not been paid since January.

“They paid both clinical and non clinical staffers that were not captured with GIFMIS till December last year, but from January 2022 till date, the ones that were not captured have not been paid.”

When FIJ contacted Kemi Fasoto, the hospital’s Public Relations Officer, she confirmed the development.

She said, “The university does not pay staff salaries. I have been paid, and I am a non-clinical staffer. IPPIS will come back and capture them; it is not in our hands.”

FIJ attempted to contact the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the IPPIS office, but phone numbers attached to them were not reachable as of press time.

FIJ also sent messages to the numbers, but there were no responses at press time.

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Oyedepo tells ‘Winners’: Be obedient

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Wife of the Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church, LFC, Worldwide, Pastor Faith Oyedepo, has urged winners to be obedient in the affairs of the Kingdom (of God).

On his part, the husband, Bishop David Oyedepo, said obedience is better than sacrifice.

The couple spoke at the church’s monthly leadership conference.

The declarations were yesterday, interpreted as a subtle endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party for the 2023 general elections, Mr Peter Obi.

Obi’s supporters have been campaigning under the alias ‘Obi-dients’.

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The candidate himself visited the Oyedepos at the Ota-based church after which photos from the visit went viral as supporters lavishly shared them on social media.

Oyedepo’s wife, while citing Isaiah 1:19-20, stressed the need for Christians to be obedient to spiritual instructions to enjoy the good of the land.

Her words: “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it” (Isa. 1:19-20).

She urged the church to pray for God’s Spirit to serve and be obedient.

In his own sermon, Bishop Oyedepo, while unravelling the mystery of the covenant of obedience, said: “To be obedient is better than sacrifice. Obedience may be costly but the end result is always priceless.

“When you live your life as a seed, its impact lives for generations after you”.

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