Category: Politics

PDP remains one big family – Ologbondiyan

By Emmanuel Oloniruha Abuja –   The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, says the party remains one big family committed to credible processes that guarantee internal democracy. Ologbondiyan, in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja, said that the PDP had since revved its internal conflict resolution mechanisms and consultations in that direction. According to him, the move is yielding tremendously positive results. He urged Nigerians not to despair, as PDP had repositioned to provide direction and return the nation to the path of unity and prosperity. Ologbondiyan said that the party had ... Read more

PDP now has one of the best set of national leaders, Metuh says

By Emmanuel Oloniruha Abuja –  A former National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh, has described the party’s newly-elected National Working Committee (NWC) as “one of the best set of national leaders the party has ever produced’’. Metuh told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja that he was fully confident that the new NWC would lead the party to victory by 2019. He said virtually all members of the NWC led by Prince Uche Secondus were experienced in party management and politics, and were well prepared to serve the party. “The National Chairman, Secondus, has been ... Read more

Support new national leadership, Rep urges PDP members

By Ikenna Osuoha Abuja –   A member of the House of Representatives, Mr Henry Nwawuba, on Tuesday said only a total support for the new leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would strengthen the party. Nwawuba, who represents Mbaitoli/Ikeduru constituency of Imo, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He said that the party’s leadership could not achieve the desired goal without the support of the followership. The lawmaker described the people as the essence of democracy and said that it was roadmap to political and economic stability. ‘’We urge ... Read more

Oyegun Hails Secondus , Says PDP’s Vibrant Opposition will Help Put Nation First

By Chibuike Nwabuko Abuja (Sudiata Post) – National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun has hailed Uche Secondus on his election as the People’s Democratic Party’s National Chairman. Oyegun who also congratulated newly-elected PDP National Official, reminded the PDP that assuming its role as a responsible opposition Party will help put the interest of the nation first. He stated this on Tuesday in a statement he personally signed and made available to Sundiata Post. According to Oyegun, “It is my hope that the newly-elected PDP National Chairman will use his experience garnered over the years to ensure that ... Read more

PDP Convention: Reconciliation Committee to address grievances

By Emmanuel Oloniruha   Abuja   –    The Reconciliation Committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has assured members and leaders that all issues and grievances associated with Saturday’s national convention of the party would be addressed. Chairman of the committee and Governor of Bayelsa, Mr Seriake Dickson, gave the assurance on Monday night in Abuja while briefing newsmen after a meeting of the committee. He said that though the convention was successful, the party believed that in such a big exercise there must be concerns to be addressed. Dickson assured that the committee would not rest on its oars ... Read more

Bayelsa Assembly moves to outlaw open grazing

By Nathan Nwakamma Yenagoa –  Bayelsa House of Assembly on Tuesday held a public hearing on a Bill seeking to prohibit open grazing of cattle in the state. The bill entitled “Cattle Breeding, Rearing, Marketing, Regulation and Control 2017’’ was sponsored by the Leader of the House, Mr Peter Akpe, representing Sagbama Constituency 1. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the hearing was organised by House’s Joint Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources and Security and Special Duties. Declaring the hearing open, Speaker of the Assembly, Konbowei Benson, said that the House had resolved to adopt international best practices ... Read more

2019: APC in South Africa optimistic of victory

By Mike Mbonye   Pretoria   –     The South Africa chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday expressed optimism that the party would win the 2019 general elections in Nigeria. Mr Abbey Oguntuase, Interim Chairman of the party in that country, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Pretoria, South Africa, that the party had become stronger inspite of the defection of some members. Oguntuase, however, called on the leadership of the party to remain focused and initiate programmes to make it stronger. “ We do not believe that the defection of the former vice president will affect ... Read more

Jonathan,Fani Kayode Hail PDP New Leaders, Urge Them to Set Aside Differences

By Chibuike Nwabuko Abuja (Sundiata Post)- Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the Uche Secondus- led newly elected national leaders, urging them to set aside their differences to position the party on the path of victory. Jonathan made the call on Sunday in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze. The former President reminded that the only way to achieve the party’s goals and aspirations was to unite as members of one political family. He called on the new leaders to be magnanimous and aim to carry everybody along, for we cannot achieve our mission and aspirations, unless we ... Read more

Secondus emerges PDP National Chairman

By Emmanuel Oloniruha   Abuja  –    Former acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, has been elected as the National Chairman of the party. Secondus scored 2,000 votes out of 2,396 votes cast at the party’s national convention, which ended in the early hours of Sunday at the Eagle Square, Abuja. Chairman of the Electoral Sub-Committee of the convention and former Governor of Benue, Gabriel Suswan, announced the results and said that the election for chairmanship position was keenly contested by four candidates. “In this contest, nine gentlemen indicated their interests to contest, but ... Read more

Imo Assembly Endorses Okorocha’s Son-in-law For Governor in 2019

Abuja (Sundiata Post)- Crisis brewing in the Imo State House of assembly may have escalated following the Assembly’s endorsement of Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as a governorship aspirant in 2019. Nwosu is currently the Chief of Staff in the Government House. The House Committee Chairman on Petroleum, Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission and Niger Delta Development Commission, Henry Ezediaro, said Nwosu was the most qualified to take over from his father-in-law, Okorocha. Ezediaro, who spoke at a press conference in Owerri, the state capital, on Saturday, said the decision to endorse Nwosu was reached after the ... Read more

2019: INEC to register more political parties

By Emmanuel Oloniruha Abuja –  The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said there was the possibility that the commission would register more political parties before the 2019 general elections. The Commission’s daily bulletin issued on Saturday in Abuja quoted Yakubu as saying that INEC had received over 120 applications from political associations seeking registration as political parties. “Already, there are 46 registered political parties and recently a court of law ordered the commission to register one more association as political party. “Obviously, by the time the commission processes outstanding applications, the number of political parties will ... Read more

PDP delegates reject constitutional amendment on women

By Emmanuel Oloniruha Abuja –   Delegates to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national convention on Saturday in Abuja rejected constitutional amendment which provided one deputy national chairman position for a female member. The delegates voted emphatic 1194 votes against the proposal. A total of 2124 delegates were accredited for the convention. However, some sections of the party’s constitution were amended via a motion by Bayelsa State Governor, Serieke Dickson. According to Dickson, the proposed amendments include the preamble of the PDP Constitution to reflect current realities. Some of the clauses amended were Section 8 and 50 to ease the ... Read more

A Winning PDP Will Get Nigeria Working Again – Atiku At PDP Convention

I believe in Nigeria. I believe in one Nigeria where all our people have equal opportunity I believe in one Nigeria where we all share a common good. This belief inspired me and other compatriots to establish The Peoples Democratic Party on the ideals of one united nation, built on the principles of Justice, Equity and Equal Opportunity. For the past 19 years, I have fought for these principles, even when some in the party have not: • I fought against factionalism • I fought for our Nation’s constitution and to prevent tenure elongation • I fought for our party’s ... Read more

PDP convention: Atiku speaks on Buhari’s anti-corruption war, leadership style

Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President, on Saturday called for unification of the party, ahead of 2019. He said the PDP must unite as a party to “secure the trust of the Nigerian people again because under the APC, Nigeria is not working and our people are not working.” Addressing delegates at the party’s national elective convention at the Eagles Square in Abuja, Abubakar said he was happy to return back​ to PDP which he called home. According to Abubakar, “Today I’m proud to say I have returned home to our party. ” I am proud that the PDP has an ... Read more

PDP committed to sustaining Nigeria – Akpabio

By Naomi Sharang Abuja –   The Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is committed to sustaining a united Nigeria. Akpabio stated this at the National Convention of PDP in Abuja on Saturday, and said that the party was committed to sustaining democracy in the country. “We believe strongly that any government in power that does well will promote Nigeria’s unity. We believe that if the government in power does well, it will bequeath a better Nigeria to future generation.” Akpabio, who is Chairman, PDP Senate Caucus in the National Assembly, said that PDP ... Read more

PDP Convention: Okowa assures aspirants of level-playing field

By EricJames Ochigbo Abuja –   Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, Chairman, National Convention Organising Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday reassured candidates contesting for various offices of level-playing ground. Okowa, who is the Governor of Delta, gave the assurance at the opening of the party’s convention in Abuja. While welcoming delegates and guests to the event, Okowa said that the committee had worked hard to make the convention successful. He thanked the National Caretaker Committee of the party for sustaining the party through its crisis period and for its contribution to ensure that the convention was held. “After ... Read more

PDP National convention: We will fight corruption by fighting poverty-Aliyu

By Naomi Sharang Abuja –  A former Governor of Niger, Babangida Aliyu, says the party will fight corruption, to reduce poverty in the country. He made this known in a goodwill message at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention in Abuja on Saturday. Aliyu,who spoke on behalf of former PDP governors, said come 2019, the party would ensure that agriculture was given the kind of subsidy required. “We will ensure that agriculture becomes commercialised and mechanised. Naira has depreciated. Importing any food in Nigeria will be a waste because you will not make any profit. “Our importers are not ... Read more

No better alternative to PDP – Aliyu

By Emmanuel Oloniruha Abuja –   Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Former Governors Forum said Nigerians had realised that there was no better alternative political party to the PDP. Chairman of the forum and former Governor of Niger State, Dr Babangida Aliyu, stated this on Saturday at the National Convention of PDP in Abuja. He said that losing power in 2015 general elections was a blessing in disguise to the party. “Many Nigerians now understand that the PDP governors did well. Many of them now realised that there is no better alternative to the PDP,” Aliyu said. He pledged that if ... Read more

PDP Convention: Agbaje withdraws from national chairmanship race

By Cecilia Ijuo Abuja –  Former Lagos State Governorship aspirant, Mr Jimi Agbaje, has withdrawn from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairmanship race. Agbaje made this known in a letter dated Dec. 8 and referred to the Chairman of the PDP National Convention Planning Committee. He said his intention to withdraw from the race was premised on the fact that seven out of the nine aspirants were from the South-Western part of the country. According to him, having such number of aspirants from one geopolitical zone might rob it of the chance to win the position. “Our great party, ... Read more

2019: Atiku tasks PDP members on unity

By Emmanuel Mogbede Abuja –   Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, said it was critical for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members to be united and secure the trust of Nigerians ahead of 2019 elections. He stated this on Saturday in Abuja while addressing delegates and members of the party at its national convention. Atiku returned to the PDP on Nov. 24, few days after announcing his resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC), citing lack of good relationship with the party`s leadership, among other issues for the decision. “It is great to be home and I believe in one ... Read more

Gbenga Daniel, three others withdraw from PDP chairmanship race

By Emmanuel Mogbede Abuja –   Chief Gbenga Daniel, a former Governor of Ogun and an aspirant to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairmanship position has stepped down from the race. Daniel at the convention ground on Saturday in Abuja, said he was withdrawing from the race to ensure peace and unity in the party. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Jimi Agbaji and Dr Aderemi Olusegun had also withdrew from the race. It is expected that some others may also withdraw from the race. Agbaje said he withdrew from the race to reduce the number of ... Read more

PDP Suspends Buruji Kashamu

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Saturday announced the suspension of a senator, Buruji Kashamu, from the party. Kashamu is a senator represents Ogun East Senatorial District in the upper chamber. The National Caretaker Committee of the PDP, tweeted a few hours ago from the party’s official Twitter account (@OfficialPDPNig) that the senator would stay suspended for one month. The party didn’t, however, give reasons for its action, which is coming few hours to its national convention in Abuja. The convention, holding in Abuja, is to elect new national leaders for the opposition party.(Daily Post). Details later…

Another PDP Chairmanship Aspirant, Gbenga Daniel Steps Down

By Chibuike Nwabuko Erstwhile governor of Ogun State and a frontline contender for the PDP national chairmanship position, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has stepped down from the race. Gbenga Daniel is now the third candidate to quit after Bode George and Jimi Agbaje. According to Premium Times, his withdrawal followed the letter he wrote to his party the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) in this regard. The letter reads thus: The Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party Convention Planning Committee, Abuja. 9th Dec 2017 Re; Withdrawal from the Chairmanship Contest: As you are aware, in the last three months when I took the decision ... Read more

PDP has lost its integrity, it’s on self-destruction – Says Bode George

Former deputy national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olabode George is on verge of self-destruction He said that some leaders of the party have sold their conscience for money George also said that despite people’s clamour for better alternative, PDP has lost its principled beginning and the predications of righteousness Former deputy national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olabode George has said that the party appears now bent on self-destruction by allowing money moguls to dictate the choice of its leaders. The Nation reports that George withdrew last minute from the People Democratic Party (PDP) national ... Read more

Bode George withdraws from PDP National chairmanship contest, demands apology from Wike

  By Emmanuel Oloniruha Abuja –  One of the nine aspirants to the National Chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olabode George has withdrawn from the race, less than 24 hours to the party’s national convention. George announcing his withdrawal during a news conference in his campaign office in Maitama, Abuja, on Friday, said that he was stepping down because of disregard for micro-zoning principle of the party. He said he also withdrew from the contest because of what he described as insult on the Yoruba people. George said that he has gone through many travails in life, ... Read more

I have no preferred candidates in PDP convention – Jonathan

By Emmanuel Oloniruha Abuja –  Former President Goodluck Jonathan said that he had no preferred candidate for any of the elective positions in the Saturday National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Jonathan disclosed this in a felicitation message issued by his Media Office on Friday in Abuja. The former president said he was prepared to work with all those that would emerge as new leaders in the interest of the party and nation. Jonathan said that the clarification was important contrary to speculations and permutations by some interest groups. “Dr Jonathan has never discussed or plotted with others ... Read more

PDP Convention: Eagle Square ready

By EricJames Ochigbo Abuja –  Eagle Square, Abuja, venue of Saturday National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was on Friday adorned with posters of aspirants of various positions to be contested during the exercise. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the public square, situated on a land measuring about five hectares, was fully draped with PDP colours of red, white, green. As at 6.45 p.m., Public Address System engineers and their television stations counterparts were busy installing and testing their equipment at strategic locations to ensure effective courage of the event. Security personnel have already been ... Read more

I Support A Stronger PDP, Not Any Preferred Candidate – Atiku

ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – With less than 24 hours to the national convention of  the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja,  former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who rejoined the party a week ago, has declared that he does not support any particular candidate over others, but rather supports the emergence of a more virile political party after the convention. The former Vice President said in a press statement signed by his media office in Abuja on Friday that he, as an advocate of internal democracy in a political party system, believed all the aspirants for respective elective positions in ... Read more

PDP National Convention: Screening Committee clears national chairmanship aspirants

By Emmanuel Oloniruha Abuja – The screening committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for national elective convention has cleared all the nine aspirants vying for the position of national chairman of the party. Chairman of the Screening Committee, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, disclosed this when he addressed journalists on the exercise at the party Secretariat on Friday in Abuja. Ize-Iyamu, who commended the peaceful conduct by the candidates, expressed optimism that the convention would be credible. The cleared candidates are: Prince Uche Secondus, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Taoheed Adedoja, Chief Olabode George, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Sen.Rashidi Ladoja, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Chief ... Read more

Over 3m voters register in CVR – INEC

By Isaiah Eka Uyo –  The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says no fewer than 3.63 million new voters have been registered in ongoing Continuous Voter Registration across the country. The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made this known at a retreat for Resident Electoral Commissioners in Uyo on Friday. Yakubu said that the voter registration would continue until 60 days to the 2019 general elections. He said that the retreat was organised to acquaint the newly-appointed RECs with the commission’s activities. According to him, the retreat will fine tune ways of improving the management and conduct of ... Read more

PDP Convention: Lawmaker wants credible leadership

By Abiemwense Moru     Abuja   –     Ahead of Saturday Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention, Rep. Nicholas Ossai, has urged delegates to vote for credible leaders who will not sell the party out. The lawmaker, who represents Ndokwa/Ukwani Constituency of Delta, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday. He said that Nigerians had given the party a second chance and called on leaders and members not to throw away the opportunity. Ossai, who is a member of the Screening Sub-Committee for the convention, therefore called of members of the ... Read more

PDP chairmanship: Lagos lawmaker drums support for Bode George

By Yemi Adeleye Lagos –   Mr Dipo Olorunrinu, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly, on Thursday said that the national leadership position of the party should be reserved for an elder. Olorunrinu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that of all the aspirants for the PDP chairmanship, only Chief Bode George could take the party to its eldorado. The lawmaker, representing Amuwo-Odofin Constituency I in the Assembly, said that George had got maximum experience to lead the party as the former Deputy national chairman of PDP. ““When it comes ... Read more

PDP Convention: Adeniran, Adedoja laud process

By Emmanuel Oloniruha Abuja –  Some national chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday expressed satisfaction with the level and quality of preparation for Saturday’s National Convention of the party in Abuja. In a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, they said that they were confident that the event would be successful. Prof. Tunde Adeniran, an aspirant from the South-West, urged the Convention Planning Committee, headed by Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta to sustain efforts toward ensuring hitch-free and fair exercise. He advised Okowa and members of various committees to show diligence ... Read more

APC youth caucus pledges to mobilise 15m votes for Buhari in 2019

By Salisu Sani-Idris Abuja –   The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Youth Caucus has pledged to mobilise 15 million votes for President Muhammadu Buhari if he decides to re-contest in 2019. Mr Haruna Okatahi made the pledge in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja. He said that the youth wing of the party had concluded arrangements to commence a nationwide house to house awareness campaign to showcase the achievements of the Buhari led administration since its inception. He listed some of the achievements of to include release of 106 Chibok school girls, ... Read more

I represent new face of PDP – Dokpesi

By Emmanuel Oloniruha Owerri –   Founder of Daar Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, said he represented the new face of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where political aspirations of members would be attained. Dokpesi, a national chairmanship aspirant of the party, stated this at a news conference in Owerri on Wednesday as he rounded off his nationwide campaign ahead of Saturday’s national convention of the party. He said that his leadership would mark a departure from the culture of imposition and impunity of the past, and urged Imo delegates to the convention to vote for a new beginning in the party. ... Read more

PDP raises alarm over plot to disrupt convention

By EricJames Ochigbo Abuja –   The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday alleged that some “overzealous elements” in the All Progressive Congress (APC) were planning to disrupt the party’s national convention holding on Saturday in Abuja. Mr Dayo Adeyeye, National Publicity Secretary of the National Caretaker Committee of the party made the allegation in a news briefing in Abuja. Adeyeye called on President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate and ensure that the convention was not disrupted. He said that the president was not involved in the plot but that some members of his party were out to cause confusion. “We ... Read more

Rivers APC Chairman sues for unity ahead of 2019 elections

By Ikuru Lizzy   Andoni    –    Mr Davies Ikanya, Chairman, Rivers All Progressives Congress (APC), has urged members to unite and strengthen the party’s political base ahead of the 2019 general elections. Ikanya made the appeal when he led a delegation of the party’s state executives in continuation of their sensitisation tour to NGO town in Andoni Local Government Area on Monday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the sensitisation visit was in continuation of their tour of the local governments to mobilise the people for 2019 elections. They have so far visited 15 of the 23 local ... Read more

Shun Rhetorics, Atiku’s Exit Will Not Cause Massive Defection From APC – Oyegun

By Chibuike Nwabuko Abuja (Sundiata Post)- National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress,(APC) Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has called on Nigerians to shun the rhetorics by opposition that Atiku“s exit will lead to massive defection of from APC. According to a statement signed by APC Assistant Director, Publicity, Edegbe Odemwingie sent to Sundiata Post, Oyegun disclosed this during his investiture as the national life grand patron of the Association of former chairmen, councillors and ward leaders in Nigeria at the Party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Monday evening. The statement reads in full: “Let nobody fear that the defection of the ... Read more

2018 Appropriation Bill passes second reading at Senate

By Cecilia Ijuo Abuja –  The Bill for an Act to authorise the issue from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation the sum of N8.6 trillion passed through second reading at the Senate on Tuesday. This followed conclusion of a week-long debate on general principles of the Bill by the lawmakers at plenary. Out of the N8.6 trillion for the 2018 Budget estimates, N456 billion is for Statutory Transfer and N2 trillion for Debt Service. It proposed N3 trillion for Recurrent-Non-Debt Expenditure and N2 trillion for contribution to the Development Fund for Capital Expenditure for the year ending Dec. ... Read more

PDP National Chairmanship: Enugu chapter endorses Dokpesi

Enugu –   The Enugu State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday endorsed Chief Raymond Dokpesi as its candidate for the party’s national chairman to be elected at Saturday’s National Convention. Chairman of the party in the state, Mr Austine Nnamani, announced the endorsement when the state executive committee members and delegates to the convention received Dokpesi at the party’s secretariat in Enugu. Nnamani described Dokpesi as a man of “reputable character needed to bring the needed change in the PDP’’. “We believe he is a man that has serious degree of integrity. All of us believe that ... Read more