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PDP BoT, Rescue Group Clash Over Tenure Extension For Sheriff

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Uche Secondus-Ali Modu-SheriffThe three-month tenure extension approved for the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and other members of the National Working Committee (NWC), has sparked off another round of controversy.
The PDP Rescue Group led by Ambassador Wilberforce Juta, arising from a meeting yesterday in Abuja, faulted the authority under which the tenure extension was granted.
Recall that the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), the NWC, the National Assembly Caucus and the PDP Governors Forum on Tuesday gave Mr. Sheriff a three month tenure after initial resistance to his emergence as the opposition party’s chairman.
But Juta and his group insisted that no organ of the party has the power to extend the tenure of party officials, insisting that Sheriff and other NWC members must vacate office by March 28, when the tenure of the present leadership of the party is expected to expire.
In a statement after the meeting, the Rescue Group said: “We affirm that no authority has the power under the PDP constitution to extend the tenure of nay official or organ of the party. The tenure of the current National Working Committee will expire on March 28, 2016. We expect all party leaders and organs to abide by that.
“It is obvious that our leaders have realised their mistake and appear willing to correct the earlier decision in order to save the party from decimation. We urge them to go the whole hog.
“Congresses and national convention to elect new party leaders at all levels can indeed be conducted in the month of March, 2016.
“Friday, February 26, 2016 marks the third day in line with the seven-day ultimatum handed down by the National Caucus to the NWC to produce a programme leading to the party congresses and national convention.
“We call on all party members and stakeholders, particularly the NEC, the NWC, the BoT, the National Caucus, the National Assembly Caucus, the Ministers Forum, as well as sympathisers of the party and those who are willing to join the party to remain steadfast and henceforth to rise up to challenge impunity and imposition”.
But the BoT argued that Sheriff and the NWC members should be allowed to stay for three months for the unity, cohesion and future successes of the party.
In a communique issued at the end of its meeting in Abuja yesterday, the trustees adopted the three-month tenure extension with a caveat that under no guise must it be extended beyond May.
The communique, signed by former Deputy Senate President, Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu, stated: “In this regard, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and all current members of the National Working Committee must vacate their positions to give way to new leadership within the three months’ time frame.
“The BoT, which is the conscience of the party, has the moral capital to re-invent the party due to its unity of purpose and internal cohesion”.
Meanwhile, the PDP has fixed ward congresses in Edo State for March 5, local government congress for March 10, while the state congress will hold on March 14.
The national leadership also approved the appointment of Inuwa Bwala as the Special Assistant (Media) to the National Chairman.

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

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.

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“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.

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“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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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

Also Read: BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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