National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, will on Monday meet with the party’s presidential aspirants in Abuja.
PorscheClassy News understands that the PDP is perfecting strategy ahead of impending plans by leaders of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) to defect to the former ruling party as the 2019 elections draw nearer.
National Secretary of the party, Umaru Tsauri, confirmed the meeting in a notice.
The notice read: “The National Chairman of our great party, the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, hereby invites all PDP presidential aspirants, all PDP governors and former governors, PDP members of the National Assembly and former members, all members of the BOT, members of PDP former ministers forum and all state chairmen to a crucial meeting on Monday, 9th July, 2018 at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.”
Members of the R-APC, which emerged last week, comprise of the aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Top on the list of aggrieved APC bigwigs are the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and immediate past governor of Kano state Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.
It was gathered that former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and former Kaduna state Governor Ahmed Makarfi are among those expected to attend the meeting.
Others include former governors of Jigawa and Kano states Sule Lamido and Ibrahim Shekarau, former Minister of Special Duties Tanimu Kabiru Turaki (SAN).
Reports say the aspirants are to deliberate terms for accepting R-APC leaders, such as Saraki, Dogara and others into the party.
It was also gathered that top on the agenda is the report of former Governor Liyel Imoke Contact and Mobilisation Committee.
His committee has been discussing with R-APC and about 30 ”minor” parties.
However, reports have it that tension is building up in the PDP over alleged plot by Governor of Rivers state Nyesom Wike and his Ekiti counterpart Ayodele Fayose to “influence” defection terms in favour of Saraki.
It was further learned that Wike and Fayose are also considering Sokoto state Governor Aminu Tambuwal and Senator Kwankwaso for the presidential ticket.
But PDP leaders from the North, it was gathered, are unhappy with the seemingly overwhelming influence of Wike and Fayose over the leaders of the party.
Bayelsa Guber: PDP Flags Off Campaign, As Diri Seeks Bayelsans Support
Ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Douye Diri has called on members of the party and all Bayelsans to support the party and ensure it emerges victorious.
Senator Diri assured the people of Bayelsa State that his government will be committed to industrialization and open several frontiers through which youths of the state can be gainfully employed.
Speaking during the flag-off of PDP gubernatorial campaign ahead of the November 16 governorship election at the Yenagoa Boat Club and OxBow Lake Grand Pavilion, which was witnessed by a mammoth crowd of party faithful across the eight local government area of the state, Senator Diri decried the antics of some other parties to threaten and intimidate those who have decided to willfully support the PDP, and urged all Bayelsans to remain undaunted in the face of such threats
The PDP candidate also lauded the efforts of Bayelsa State governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson for transforming Yenagoa from an underdeveloped city to one which has several monumental projects that have improved the quality of the lives of Bayelsans.
His words: “Get ready because that Brass LNG must work so that our youths will have employment so that Bayelsa will be a safe haven for investment, it will attract more investment to Bayelsa.
“I want to thank you all my party members, supporters and very industrious people of the Peoples Democratic Party, the only thing we owe ourselves and the generation yet unborn is to ensure that Bayelsa State develops.
“Those of us from the old Yenagoa local government area, we know that Yenagoa is no longer what it was. Yenagoa has moved from being a monologue road local government headquarters to being a brawling and developing city.
“There are monumental projects that our children will come and clap hands for you and me. One of them is the airport, it will outlive this government. We will no longer go to neighboring states to look for a plane to travel out of Bayelsa. We will remain here in Bayelsa and travel out of this place.
“So I want to thank all of you and believe that the numbers you have come out with, that you will come the same way on November 16 2019.”
APC May No Longer Exist In 2023 After Buhari’s Tenure —- Rochas Okorocha
Senator representing Imo West District in the National Assembly, Rochas Okorocha, has expressed fears that the All Progressives Congress, APC, may cease to exist when President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office in 2023.
The Senator, who stated this while addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, also lamented that his sacrifices to expand the membership base of the APC in the South-East was repaid by the party with evil.
He said, “I have never thought of leaving the party but what happens next will be determined by time.
“My only worry is that the party may disappear with the exit of President Buhari if the ongoing injustices are not addressed.
“Unlike other governors from the North that rode on the name Muhammadu Buhari to power, the name Buhari had a negative effect on my campaign for the second term.
“But I was determined to overcome that because I knew what we stood to gain.
“If anything, the party repaid me evil for good. There was no challenge I did not face or bad name I was not called in my state.
“They brought in people who fought me when I was building the party at state level to fight me over the control of the party. I don’t want to talk about it but my party did not treat me well.”
APC Rejects Senator Kalu’s Sack By Abia Tribunal
The Abia state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has rejected the judgement of the National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, which nullified the election of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu on Monday.
Recall that the National and State House of Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia had nullified the election of the Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, for Abia North Senatorial District.
Delivering its judgment on Monday, a member of the three-member tribunal, Justice I.P.C Igwe, said that the petitioner, Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa, successfully proved his allegation of substantial non-compliance with the electoral guidelines.
Ohuabunwa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had approached the tribunal to nullify the election of Kalu, who contested the Feb. 2019 election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
The petitioner told the tribunal that Kalu’s declaration as the winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not comply with the provisions of the 2010 Electoral Act as amended.
However, Comrade Benedict Godson, Publicity Secretary of APC in Abia, in an interview with newsmen, Monday in Umuahia, the state capital, said the party leadership vehemently reject the decision of the tribunal.
He urged all Abians, APC supporters and ever dedicated followers of Dr Orji Uzor-Kalu’s political history to remain calm as every legal procedure will be followed to appeal the judgement.
Godson, “We reject the judgement of the tribunal completely. We call on everyone, Abians, party supporters and the ever dedicated followers of OUK political history to remain calm as every necessary legal means will be applied to appeal this judgement”.