‘I Will Not Step Down For Bode George’ – AIT Boss Says

The chairman of the Africa Independent Television (AIT), Chief Raymond Dokpesi has said he will not step down for anyone.

Dokpesi is in the race to become the chairman of the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The AIT boss, in a meeting with members of the party in Ekiti state, said he will not step down for Chief Bode George.

Dokpesi also said George is part of the old school, adding that it is time for youths to take over the affairs of the PDP.

According to the AIT boss’ media team, “High Chief Dokpesi is busy meeting the delegates and outlining his programmes for the reformation and rebuilding of the PDP. He is not considering stepping down for anyone as he is widely accepted by delegates across the country. He remains the candidate to beat.

” As at noon of Saturday, 30th July, we have visited all the states in the Southern region, except Ekiti, which we are heading to now. We will be meeting delegates from the Northern region as from Sunday so High Chief Dokpesi is committed to the campaign and he is confident that he will win by the grace of God and the support of the delegates.”

Chief Raymond Dokpesi was arrested for allegedly receiving funds meant for the purchase of arms from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.

Buhari Approves BoT For Ogoniland Cleanup

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a 13-member Governing Council and 10-member Board of Trustees for the cleanup of Ogoniland in Rivers.

The Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, announced this in a statement by Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Bukar Hassan, in Abuja on Saturday.

The minister said the structures would ensure inclusiveness, accountability, transparency and sustainability of the exercise.

Mohammed acknowledged the concerns raised by stakeholders on the perceived slow pace of the clean up, saying “Nigerians have a right to voice their concerns”, but called for patience.

“We have responsibility to deliver. The launch was the first step in a 30-year journey. We continue to make strides toward the implementation.

“We ask for patience as we lay solid foundations for the cleanup. The context is complex and stakeholders are diverse. All must be taken along”, Mohammed said.

According to her, Buhari remains steadfast in his conviction to see Ogoniland and other parts of the Niger Delta cleaned up.

She said the ministry was working with the Ministries of Petroleum Resources, Niger Delta, NDDC and key stakeholders in implementing the UNEP report.

The minister said the exercise was a collective responsibility and urged all the Niger Delta communities, especially the Ogonis, to support the remediation and restoration efforts of government.

The UN report estimated that the cleanup of Ogoniland could take up to 30 years with the initial remediation taking five years and the restoration another 25 years.

President Buhari inaugurated the clean up on June 2 at Bodo in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers.

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Governors, BoT, Sheriff, Makarfi Meet Over PDP Crisis

Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), would meet today in Abuja with aggrieved members to find a lasting solution to the crisis within the party.

Stakeholders expected at the meeting at the Ondo Governor’s Lodge in Abuja are, the PDP Governors’ Forum, National Assembly Caucus, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party, the Makarfi-led care taker committee and the former National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff.

Disclosing this yesterday, the Director General of PDP Governors’ Forum, Osaro Onaiwu, said that the agenda of the meeting is to resolve the crisis rocking the party.

He added that decision would also be taken on the forthcoming Edo State gubernatorial election.Onaiwu said: “The leaders of the party, the Governors’ Forum, National Assembly Caucus, BoT, Makarfi group and Sheriff group will meet tomorrow (today) to address the issue in the party. We want to resolve the crisis in the party once and for all. We want to find lasting solution to it. All parties involved are invited for this meeting. The forthcoming Edo election will also be addressed.”

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PDP BOT Urges Sheriff To Quit In 2018

After series of horse trading and compromises, the Board of Trustees, BoT, of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday agreed to the extension of the tenure of chairman of the Party, Senator Ali Modu, by two years.

He is to now quit office in 2018 to allow for the emergence of a chairman from the southern part of the country, while the north produces the party’s presidential candidate for 2019 election.

On their part, the chairman of the party and its governors dropped the proposal to amend the party’s constitution at the forthcoming convention in Portharcourt, while also promising to revisit the conduct of state congresses that were contentious in some states. The Board also confirmed the position of its chairman, Senator Jibril Wali, who had been in acting capacity, while also appointing Ambassador Ojo Maduekwe as secretary of the board.


While Jibril was appointed unanimously, Ojo Maduekwe’s appointment followed the stepping down of his sole challenger, Senator Stella Omu. Addressing journalists after a marathon meeting of the board that lasted for more than six hours, the Secretary of the board, Ambassador Ojo Maduekwe, said the decisions arrived at the meeting were borne out of the over all interest of the unity of the party. According to him, the decisions arrived at by the Board were done after ‘intensive and heated arguments’ which he said had helped in moving the party “away from the brink.

He said “inspite of the well articulated reservations by some members of the board calling for postponement of the forthcoming convention in Portharcourt, we have decided to support the National Executive Committee of the party that the convention should hold.” He added that the Board arrived at the decisions based on consensus, since a divided BoT would portend a “divided conscience of the party”. It would be recalled that members of the BOT had been stridently opposed to the continuation of Senator Sheriff in office, while faulting the process of his emergence which they said did not agree with the principles of equity and justice that the party professed.


Addressing the meeting earlier, the National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, who spoke shortly before the party’s BOT went into a closed door meeting, said the proposed constitution amendment which he said he inherited from the former leadership of the party had been suspended while states and zones where the outcome of congresses had been controversial would be reviewed by the party.


The decisions by the national chairman of party were seen as a way of pacifying some members of the party who had mobilized against his leadership, leading to the setting up of a parallel leadership structure to take over from the chairman when his tenure expires on May 21, 2016. He said the party’s position that the presidency was zoned to the North remained unchanged and would be ratified at the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt later this month.


Sheriff apologized to Professor Jerry Gana for some uncomplimentary remarks made against him by one of his aides, Inuwa Bwala, who threatened to drag Gana to EFCC for collecting loan in the name of PDP. Earlier in his welcome address, the acting chairman of the Board of Trustees, Senator Jibril Wali, said there was the need for members of the party to bury the hatchet and act in the interest of the party. He commended the national chairman of the party for the moves he had so far made for the unity of the party and urged him to sustain the momentum. Some members of the board in attendance at the meeting include Ibrahim Mantu, Tom Ikimi, Adolphus Wabara, Chris Uba, Josephine Anenih, Ojo Maduekwe, Shettima Mustapha, Professor Tunde Adeniran, Esther Audu, Stella Omu, Ina Ciroma, Vincent Ogbulafor, Jerry Gana, Tanimu Turaki, Mike Oghiadome, Ahmadu Ali, Bode George, Dan Suleiman, Margret Icheen, among others 14 0



Maduekwe Emerges Secretary To PDP BoT

The former Minister of the Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, has been elected as the new Secretary to the Board of Trustee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

At a meeting of the BoT which is still ongoing at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja, Senator Waheed Jibril was endorsed as the substantive chairman of the body.

 It was gathered that although the national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, tried to reconcile with the aggrieved BoT members, some of them are still not satisfied and may be trying to conclude the election of new leadership before asserting themselves.

One of their grievances is an alleged move by the Sheriff- led NWC to amend the constitution of the party in order to muzzle and control the BOT and thereby subject it to the whims and caprices of the NWC”.

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PDP BOT Insists Modu Ali Sheriff Must Leave

The Board of Trustees, BoT,  of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday insisted that   the   national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, and members of the National Working Committee, NWC,  must leave office in May as approved by the various organs of the party.

The insistence by the party’s BOT is coming on the heels of calls by some state chapters of the party that the position of the chairman of the party be retained in the northern part of the country in order to give the party a national spread. Some members of the party have also been mooting the idea that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff should stay beyond the three months mandate given to him by the party’s National Executive Council in order to stabilize the party.

Although the party’s National Executive Council NEC, had asked the Sheriff-led NWC to enpanel convention, financial, zoning and  reconciliation committees ahead of the May 21 National Convention of the party to be held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, not much had been done to constitute these committees.

PDP Reschedules National Caucus, BoT, NEC Meetings

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rescheduled the meetings of its National Caucus, Board of Trustees (BoT) and the National Executive Committee (NEC).

The information is contained in a statement issued by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, on Tuesday in Abuja.

It said while the party’s national caucus meeting had been rescheduled for March 6 at 7 p.m., the Board of Trustees (BoT) meeting would hold on March 7 at 11 a.m.

It noted that the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting would also hold on March 7 at 2 p.m.

“The leadership of the party deeply regrets any inconveniences that may be caused by this adjustment,” it added.

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BoT Gives Jonathan March Deadline To Reject Sheriff

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders are still quarelling over the choice of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as Acting National Chairman.

Some former ministers and members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) have raised a committee to meet with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, who is to be told —reject Sheriff or face a mass exodus. The deadline is March.

Sheriff barged into a BoT session yesterday but members only promised to get back to him on his plea for acceptance.

The BoT resolved not to endorse Sheriff. It may advertise the job, a source hinted.

But the  anti-Sheriff forces in the party and some members of the National Working Committee(NWC) are pushing for the tenure of the acting chairman to end in March.

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PDP Crisis Deepens As BoT Defies NWC, Sacks Chairman

The crisis in Nigeria’s major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, deepened Wednesday as the Board of Trustees, BoT, held its meeting, thereby defying the decision of the National Working Committee that all meetings of the organs of the party be shifted to next week.

The spokesperson of the party, Olisa Metuh, had on Monday issued a statement saying the meeting of the National Caucus of the party had been shifted to Monday next week, while that of the BoT would hold on the morning of Tuesday, February 16th to be followed by a meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC.

A member of the BoT had on Tuesday informed said that the BoT was “not answerable to the NWC and would therefore, hold its meeting on Tuesday as scheduled”.

The BoT carried out its threat and held its meeting at the Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja.

One of the major outcomes of the meeting was the decision to sack its acting chairman, Bello Haliru, and appoint a replacement.

Mr. Haliru is currently facing trial at a Federal High Court in Abuja over allegations he received large sums of money from the embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, through his son.

Briefing reporters at the Wadata Plaza secretariat of the PDP, the secretary of the BoT, Walid Jibrin, said he had been asked to take over as acting chairman, pending when a substantive chairman would emerge.


I Resigned As PDP Bot Chairman To Allow Jonathan Take Over – Tony Anenih

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Tony Anenih, has said his resignation Wednesday, was to allow President Goodluck Jonathan take over the position.

Mr. Anenih had earlier resigned his position citing the current state of affairs in the party as his reason.

In a one-page letter President Goodluck Jonathan, the leader of the party, Mr. Anenih said his decision to quit would enable the president to effectively assume the chairmanship of the BoT.

The letter dated May 20, 2015 and titled: “Notice of my decision to step down as Chairman, Board of
Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party.”

Mr. Jonathan leaves office on May 29 following his defeat by his All Progressives Congress challenger, Muhammadu Buhari, in the March 28 presidential election.

The letter reads: “Your Excellency will recall that in a conversation I had with you a few weeks ago, I had offered to step down from the office of the Chairman of our party’s Board of Trustees and proposed to hand over to you as its new Chairman in a ceremony that would have taken place on the 23rd of May, 2015. I had also repeated this position in our subsequent meetings.

“As a follow up to the above proposal and in view of the current state of affairs in our party, I have decided to formally put my offer in writing to enable you effectively assume the Chairmanship of Board of Trustees or approve a process that will enable any other member of the BoT who is considered competent, to assume the position.

“Kindly accept therefore, this letter as notice of my decision to step down from the position of Chairman of the BoT of our party with effect from today, the 20th of May, 2015.

“I am happy to inform you that, I remain a loyal foundation member of our great party and will continue to pray for the prosperity of Nigeria, our party, and for you and your family.

“Your Excellency, kindly accept the expression of my highest regards,” the letter said.

Mr. Anenih’s resignation followed a similar decision by the party’s chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, who also stepped down on Wednesday as the ruling party faces its gravest crisis in its 16-year history.

The PDP has been in turmoil since it lost the presidential election which held March 28.

The party also lost most of its states especially in the north to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The APC has also snatched the majority number of seats in the two chambers of the National Assembly.

Top members of the party, including governors, have been calling on the NWC members to resign their positions for leading the party to its most disastrous outing since 1998.

Already, the party has ordered the investigation of one of its top members, Femi Fani-Kayode, for criticising its leadership.

In a sign the party’s crisis may be far from over, officials on Wednesday questioned why the PDP hastened to announce that it had accepted the resignation of Mr. Anenih, when the former BoT chairman’s letter was addressed to President Jonathan.

The disclosure by Mr. Anenih that President Jonathan would likely become the next BoT chairman, has a precedent in the party.

On the eve of his exit from office, former President Olusegun Obasanjo had caused the PDP Constitution to be amended to reserve the chairmanship of the party for past president.

The constitution was, however, altered in during the 2012 Convention to open the position for others.
Mr. Anenih, who had been the PDP BoT chairman before Mr. Obasanjo, was reappointed into the position when the former president resigned in April 2012.

The former president said he resigned to have more time to develop his Presidential Library and to mobilise and encourage investments in Nigeria and Africa.

He left the party in February this year.