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PDP’s Decision On Zoning Sacrosanct, Says Gov Diri

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FROM TAYESE Mike, Yenagoa,Bayelsa State

Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to throw open the contest for its presidential ticket is sacrosanct as it was done in the overriding interest of the party.

Governor Diri explained that although he is a strong proponent of zoning and rotation of the presidency to the South of the country, he accepted the decision in good fate as a loyal party member.

The Bayelsa helmsman spoke on Friday when former Vice President and a PDP presidential aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, visited him at the Government House, Yenagoa.

A press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as saying that no individual political ambition should be allowed to disorganise and disorientate the party.

He said: “I am one of the strong proponents of power rotation and zoning and I still believe that power should rotate to the southern part of Nigeria.

”However, our party has taken a decision and there is nobody that is greater than the party. As a party member, I cannot stand above our party. I am carefully choosing my words as an umpire because I am holding a very sensitive position as deputy chairman of one of the electoral committees.

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“Governor Diri noted that Bayelsa will always work for the unity of the country and against any attempt to disintegrate it.He stressed that the corporate existence of Nigeria would be the guiding principle in choosing a PDP presidential candidate at the party’s convention this month.

“Bayelsa, at the nick of time, will first of all put Nigeria into consideration. Bayelsa will not be part of those that will support the break up of Nigeria. Instead, it will as a matter of fact be part of the writing of history in making Nigeria great.

“Senator Diri, who described Alhaji Abubakar as one of the strong contenders for the party’s presidential ticket, noted that the PDP was more interested in wresting political power from what he described as “the rudderless, directionless and failed government of the All Progressives Congress. “Diri urged the party to put its best foot forward and that the people would support whoever had the capacity to rescue Nigeria.

“Nigeria is moving, as those on the other side said, from top to bottom. The only party that can raise the country from bottom to top is no other than the PDP.”

Acknowledging Abubakar’s contributions to national development, the governor noted that his aspiration was in line with that of the Ijaw ethnic nationality where restructuring and resource ownership were paramount.”The things that hold us together have to do with justice and equity.

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Wherever there is no justice and equity, there will certainly be insecurity, conflict and crises, and that is what Nigeria is going through.”Speaking earlier, Alhaji Abubakar stressed that the PDP must put its best candidate forward in order to wrest power back from the APC.

The former vice president called on the party to brace up and be united for the sake of Nigeria, emphasising that the PDP cannot afford to be in opposition again from 2023.

He described himself as one of the proponents of restructuring, a struggle he said he stood for while in office, noting that devolution of more powers and resources must go to the states for economic survival.

The presidential hopeful asserted that the country needed a leadership that can confront the challenges bedeviling the nation’s battered image head on.

He emphasised that his government would replicate same by addressing the division brought upon the country by the APC-led federal government, adding that Nigeria must be at peace before governance can take shape.

Atiku said: “We must put our best forward. Meaning who we believe can bring us back to power. It is very important.“We must brace up as a political party. We must unite to return our political party back to power. We cannot afford to be in opposition again.

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“There must be peace and unity before this country can be governed. That is why I emphasise unity and the need to unify the country. What I mean is that, I am going to give every part, every section, religion and faith a sense of belonging in this country.”

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APC Governors at Daggers Drawn over Party’s Presidential Primary

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.Mode of Event Becomes Deal Breaker

.Monday Night Meeting Ends in a Shouting Match

. Buhari Holds Critical Talk with Party’s Governors, Presidential Aspirants, NASS  Leadership

By Jude Opara, Abuja

There are strong indications that governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are in confusion and torn apart over the forthcoming presidential primary, slated for June 1.

The major point of disagreement is the mode of primary, the party would adopt. While a clique are averse to consensus option, some others are relentlessly pushing for it and their position seems to align with the body language of  the leader of the party and president, Muhammadu Buhari.

The governors in an apparent move to find a common ground were locked in a protracted crisis meeting on Monday night.

The meeting which was held at the Kebbi state governor’s lodge was presided over by the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), Alhaji Atiku Bagudu.

The meeting which lasted till about 12 mid night seemed not to have resolved the issue as most of the governors who left with stern faces also refused to talk to the media.

Sources in the ruling party revealed that the meeting of the governors was a prelude to another one they had with President Muhammmadu Buhari on Tuesday.

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Though, the outcome of the meeting with President Buhari was not made public, sources close to the party said most of the governors may not have been satisfied with the meeting whose crux was again to decide on the mode of the presidential primary.  The president a source said is inclined to a consensus option.

Following the president’s meeting with the governors was that with the 25 presidential aspirants and the one with the leadership of the National Assembly.

The APC has been in a fix over the mode of primary to apply in selecting its presidential candidate. The party has been unable to screen its 25 aspirants who purchased the N100 million  nomination forms.

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party also met on Monday without resolving the issue. Interestingly, Monday was the day the party had earlier scheduled to conduct the screening but on Sunday before that day, the party through the National Publicity Secretary, Barr. Felix Morka issued a statement postponing the exercise indefinitely.

During the NWC meeting, sources say the members did not also agree on a common position which allegedly led to minor disagreements and shouting match among some members.

The party again on Tuesday was to issue yet another statement in what it termed “Revised Timetable” for the primary elections only have date and time for the governorship, State Assembly and National Assembly elections, but remained silent on the presidential election.

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The NWC members were largely handpicked by the governors and other stalwarts of the party and it was arguably the interest of those who brought them to the NWC they were all protecting. 

The party appears to be interested in having a consensus candidate but there are very strong indications that most of the governors and the aspirants are kicking against the idea.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given the parties on or before June 3 to submit the names of their candidates for the general elections.

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2023: Ebonyi Delegates urges PDP National Leadership not to tamper with list backed by Court Order.

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Godwin Okeh, Abakaliki

The 3-Man Ward Elected Delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi, have appealed to the party’s national leadership not to tamper with the court’s approved list of the three-man ad-hoc delegates and National Delegate of the state ahead of it primaries.

The delegates Led by Ogbonnaya Odii had on May 19 obtained court oder allowing the delegates list from the three-man ah-hoc ward congress of the party.

  

The Delegates obtained an order from court restraining the people’s democratic party from using any Delegate list  for the 3-Man Ward Ad-hoc Delegate and National Delegate (Local Government) congress that is not monitored by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

The Delegates from the 13 local government areas of Ebonyi, made the appeal while speaking with newsmen in Abakaliki on Monday.

Mr Ogbonnaya Odii, Leader of the elected 3-Man Ad-hoc Delegates in Ebonyi State, said the call became necessary for the party to achieving smooth and peaceful conduct of elections ahead of the 2023.

Odii noted that the list as backed up by Court Order stood the authentic delegates.

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According to him: “The court oder have been obtained and we’re calling on the National Leadership of our dear party to make use of the list as approved by Court.

“The National Working Committee of our party should obey the court and not to tamper with the delegates list for the interest of peace amongst members.

“We also urge the state Chairman of the party Barr Silas Onu to encourage the National Leadership of our party to obey the court order in the interest of  peace and building of the party. This will allow peace to reign in Ebonyi during the primaries and the general elections,” Odii added.

Mr Emmanuel Uka, Leader of Elected National Delegates in  Ebonyi State urged stakeholders of the party to join hands to strengthen oneness ahead of party primaries.

Uka noted that PDP in Ebonyi was united to win in all positions during the general elections and urged the party’s national leadership not to tamper with delegates list as approved by competent Court of record ahead of its primary elections.

“The leadership of our party should allow the people to choose their leaders come 2023,” Uka advised.

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PDP Primaries : Adamawa state House of Assembly Speaker Wins Central Senatorial Zone

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By Yagana Muhammad, Yola.

The speaker Adamawa state house of Assembly, Hon Aminu Iya Abbas Wins PDP Adamawa central Senatorial Ticket.

Hon Aminu Iya Abbas, House of Assembly Member Representing Uba – Gaya constituency in the state has won the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP primary elections for Adamawa central Senatorial Zone.

The speaker defeated former house of representative member in the national assembly who represented Yola north, Yola South, Girei federal constituency, Hon Auwal D tukur in 1999.

He scored a total of 125 votes to clinch the ticket at the expense of Hon Auwal D tukur with 54 votes and Barr DD Azura 1 vote, Hon Daniel Bwala with 4 votes.

The other aspirants are Chubado Murtala Moddibo, Hon Abubakar Ibrahim Gwal and Hon Mustapha Ibrahim Baba 10 who went with 13, 3 and 32 votes respectively.

While the serving senator of Adamawa southern  Senatorial Zone, Senator Binos Yaro defeated his only opponent Prince Peter Fwa with a landslide victory of 235 vote against fwa 55 votes.

Rev Amos Yohanna wins the party ticket with 123 votes to be the flag bearer in northern senatorial zone by defeating Zira Maigadi, Hon Aji Wampana and Philip Alongo who score 28,18 and 2 respectively.

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The eight (8) house representative seats were won by the incumbent member of Madagali- Michika constituency Zakaria Dauda Nyampa, Ganye , Jada, Toungo and Mayo-Belwa by Muhammad Inuwa bassi Gombi, Hong by former Speaker and acting Governor Amb James Shauibu Barka.

Others are Yola north, Yola south , Girei constituency by hon Muhammad Abba Girei, that of Numan, Lamurde and Demsa by the seating member Komati Laori.

The former Algon chairman Hon Rufai Jingi won the Mubi North, Mubi south, Maiha to be the party flag bearer of the PDP in the forth coming General elections and the former SSG Kobis Ari Thimnu won that of Guyuk-Shelleng federal constituency.

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