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PDP Names Ex-Defence Minister, Haliru, BoT Chairman As Jonathan ‘Rejects’ Offer

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GEJ-PDPDr. Goodluck Jonathan on Monday night presided over his last meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) as President, at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting, which was declared open by the outgoing president, endorsed a former acting National Chairman of the PDP and former Defence Minister, Bello Haliru Mohammed, as acting BoT chairman.

The meeting was said to have been summoned to discuss former PDP BoT Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih’s recent resignation and that of the immediate past national chairman of the party, Adamu Muazu.

The meeting, which started at 9.07P.M ended at about 11:15P.M.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said Mr. Bello was nominated to act for the next few months.

“Haliru Mohammed Bello was selected as the Acting Chairman of the BOT during the BOT meeting to serve for the next few months”, Ekweremadu, who is Chairman of the PDP Post-Election Review Committee, said.

On his part, the PDP BoT Secretary, Senator Walid Jibril, said President Jonathan had rejected the offer of stepping into the position left vacant by Mr. Anenih.

According to the BoT Scribe, Mr. Bello is to act for about two to three months when election will be conducted to choose a substantive chairman.

Mr. Bello accepted the endorsement and promised to work hard to restore confidence in the party, which has been weighed down by internal strife following its poor outing in the last general elections.

The meeting was attended by PDP Acting National Chairman Uche Secondus, Vice President Namadi Sambo, Senate President David Mark, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, BoT Secretary Walid Jibril, Professor Jerry Gana, PDP National Women Leader, Kema Chikwe and former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu.

Also present were former Kaduna State Governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, former Minister of Women Affairs, Josephine Anenih, Jonathan’s Chief of Staff, Jones Arogbofa and Senator Hope Uzodinma.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

Dave Umahi

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

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Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

Also Read: Oyetola Bans Sales Of School Uniforms

“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

Also Read: Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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