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Nat’l Convention: Aggrieved PDP Youths Kick Over Non-Inclusion In Special C’ttees

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Wadata Plaza

Aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, youth have rejected the composition of the four special committees constituted by the national chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, saying that is not how to reward their loyalty and sacrifice for the PDP.

Mr. Sheriff constituted the committees ahead of the National Convention of the party billed for May 21, 2016.

A statement on Monday by the National Organising Secretary of the Convention, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha, said the committees were set up for the overall rebuilding and repositioning of the PDP.

The committees are National Convention Committee headed by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers; Finance Committee chaired by Governor Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe; Reconciliation Committee headed by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa and Zoning Committee headed by Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom.

The committees would be inaugurated today, April 5 at 2pm at the PDP National Secretariat (Wadata Plaza), Abuja.

However, reacting to the membership of the committees, the youths who converged under the aegis of Concerned PDP Youths, CPY, in a statement yesterday by Ariyo-Dare Atoye; Babasola Kuti; Anthony Ehilebo; Comrade Phils Thomas; Emmanuel Umeh; Olome Joseph; Michael Lanre Toluhi; Agada Abuh Theophilus; Lawal Najim Moses; Ndi Kato; Comrade Usman Okhai; May Ubeku; Mike Akatu, Dada Oluwabamiji, Marvin Omorogbe, Nzeakolam Lawrence, David Aghogho, Ikenna Umeononugbo, Bassey Duke, Madoforo Emmanuel, Tayo Taiwo, Marvin Omo-Osagie, Chukwunonso Nzekwe, Jude Akporu, Omaga Daniel, Oke Umurhohwo, Atusiuba Francisca, Ugochukwu Nsude, Jude Akporu, Kasali Lanre, Inioribo Solomon and Chime Enoch, argued that “these list as composed without substantial inclusion of the youths is unacceptable and injurious to the rebuilding of the party”.

The statement read: “We have consulted widely and aggregated the concerns of the highly dynamic youths in our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the various committees set up by the leadership of the party led by the National Chairman, Alh. Ali Modu Sheriff.

“Therefore, we wish to unmistakably state that these lists as composed without substantial inclusion of the youths is unacceptable and injurious to the rebuilding of the party.

“By our findings, we dare say that this is the worst composition of committees in the history of the PDP as far as the youths are concerned without any genuine representation. It shows a clear lack of concern for the youths and in every aspect contravenes the Recommendations of the PDP 2015 Post Election Review report chaired by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, which identified the need to improve participation of young people in party structures and functions.

“Bearing in mind that the young constitute over 60 per cent of Party members in all strata, both National and Subnational, this latest action has violated the basic democratic principles of youth integration and inclusion in the party and of which the PDP has identified with overtime. The present should be about making progress and not going backwards.

“We wish to remind the National Chairman that if not for the youths in the PDP and their supporters nationwide, the current autocratic leadership in the country could have totally decimated the party. But we stood our grounds against threat and intimidation to defend the party day and night. The chairman must be properly briefed on the roles the youth have been playing, including sticking out our neck and staking our reputation to salvage the party.

“This is not how to reward loyalty and sacrifice by PDP Youths. This not how to show appreciation to the unflinching support the youths have offered the party. We therefore call on the chairman and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) to make an urgent amend to this painful oversight. And we henceforth, demand fair representation in all the activities of the party”.

“The youths are very strategic to the future of the party and its rebuilding activities. We will support the present leadership of the party to achieve greatness and a successful convention. We are also ready to contribute our own hard-earned resources to strengthen the party. We are committed to a better PDP. Returning the PDP to the people and getting back to a place of national reckoning is a collective responsibility”, the statement concluded.

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

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In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

Bode George, Tinubu

Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against supporting Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 Presidency.

Bode George made this remark in a statement titled, “The jamboree visit to the Villa: My Birthday Offering.”

The former National Port Authority boss warned Buhari against falling to the antics of those who would ignore the issues of Lagos State to engage in a needless scheming in partisan engagement.

Bode-George also condemned the recent visit of some APC chieftains, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the State House, Abuja.

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The PDP chieftain said: “The visit of Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the seat of power in Abuja is needless, unnecessary, veiled in some poorly hidden agenda that is woven in apparently self-serving ulterior personalised desperation.

“It is easy to discern that the visit is stripped of any patriotic progression, lacking in balanced national leadership, voided of a spirit of sacrifice and developmental vision. The very absence of Bola Tinubu from the jamboree screams to high heavens that the meeting itself is a covert placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu himself. I am pretty certain that in his very absence, Tinubu occupies the centrality of the discussion.

“I will advise Baba Akande who governed Osun State with principled, incorruptible leadership to kindly help us drop off Bola Tinubu at Iragbiji as he makes his way back to Ila-Orangun, rather than engaging in fruitless pleading sessions for a man who is fixated on a warped pipe-dream about governing Nigeria. He should pay restitution for the egregious stripping of the Lagosian coffers.”

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

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

The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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