Factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has appointed the immediate past vice chairman (South-South) of the party, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh as the faction’s Deputy National Chairman.
Ojougboh was one of the party’s mainstream national officials that were sacked during the May 21 national convention of the party in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Ojougboh’s letter of appointment was jointly signed by Sheriff and the faction’s National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo.
The letter reads, “Please, be informed that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party in a meeting held on the 28th of June 2016, and having received nomination from the Concerned PDP stakeholders (Abuja Convention Group) and major stakeholders in the South-south has appointed you as the Acting Deputy National Chairman of the party pending the conduct of election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of the erstwhile Deputy National Chairman. This appointment takes immediate effect”.
Sheriff and Oladipo, through the letter, urged Ojougboh to discharge his functions with dedication to ensure the progress of the party.
Meanwhile, another set of “chairmen” of state chapters of the PDP yesterday endorsed Sheriff as the party’s “authentic” National Chairman.
The endorsement of Mr. Sheriff came on the heels of Monday’s pledge of loyalty by 23 state chairmen of the party to the Chairman of the Caretaker committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
While the pro-Makarfi state chairmen based their pledge to the caretaker committee on the decision of the botched May 21 convention, the pro-Sheriff set hinged their position on a ruling of a Lagos High Court, which restrained the party from electing a replacement for Sheriff.
Expressing appreciation for the visit by the state chairmen, Sheriff declared that the set of state chairmen that pledged loyalty to Makarfi were not the authentic chairmen.
He claimed that the party had yet to elect chairmen in 23 of the 36 states of the federation, adding that his mission was not to destroy the party but to rebuild it.
Sheriff, who declared readiness to step down as chairman if the court ruled against him, however, vowed never to succumb to pressure by the party’s governors to quit.
The state chairmen, who declared support for Sheriff as national chairman were those of Ondo, Imo, Ogun, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
The delegation later passed a vote of confidence in Sheriff.
Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism
This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.
Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.
He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.
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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.
PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining 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.”
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.”
You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola
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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