PDP National Caucus Endorses Move To Reconcile Members

The extended national caucus of  PDP has endorsed the peace move by the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee to reconcile with the disputed National Chairman of the party, Alhaji  Ali Modu Sheriff and his faction.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja while briefing newsmen after the party’s caucus meeting.

Adeyeye said that the purpose of the meeting was to brief the caucus on the move and get its endorsement.

The caucus is made up of PDP governors, National Assembly caucus, Board of Trustees and other stakeholders.

“Members of the caretaker committee are not there on their own, they were appointed by the party and they have to carry the party along in all they are doing.

“The peace move has been finally endorsed and supported by members of caucus without any dissent voice,” he said.

Adeyeye, however, said there were no factions in the party but aggrieved members.

“We don’t have factions in PDP. There are some of our members who are aggrieved.

“We are making moves to ensure peace in the party,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls  that Makarfi and Sheriff in September expressed determination to settle the party leadership crisis.

The peace committee is expected to be inaugurated on Monday to reunite the party.

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Chairmanship: PDP Group Endorses Gbenga Daniel

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) New Era has backed a former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD), to become the party’s next National Chairman.

Members of the group, who addressed newsmen in Abuja Wednesday, said despite the fact that the party’s zoning committee had zoned the position to the south, the South-west should be given the opportunity to occupy the post for the first time in the history of the party.

The group’s Secretary, Obute Benji, who spoke on behalf of other members, said they had met the former governor who promised to consult widely over the call on him to contest the position.

Benji, who stressed the need to fix the leadership crisis in the PDP so that the party could be set on the path of regeneration and greatness again, said the former governor has the experience to reposition the party.

“Against this backdrop, we, members of PDP New Era had embarked on broad based consultations among party stakeholders, men and women, old and young, leaders and followers on the right person to lead our party to greatness again.

“It was a consensus that since the position of the National Chairman is expected to be filled by the South West for the first time at the coming National Convention, Otunba Gbenga Daniel is the right personality for the position of the National Chairman,” he also said.

“Going by his antecedents, OGD parades all the leadership qualities required to fix our party at this critical time. The leadership our party needs should be of uncompromising integrity, dynamic and sagacious, far sighted and focused with towering capacity of a team builder and player, open and courageous. All these OGD amply and naturally possesses.

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Sanders Endorses Clinton At Joint Campaign Rally

Bernie Sanders on Tuesday finally offered his long-awaited endorsement to presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying he would work hard to help her win the White House in November.

“Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that,” Sanders told a cheering crowd at a rally in New Hampshire, with Clinton at his side.

“She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”

“She must become our next president,” Sanders emphasized, offering a litany of reasons why the former secretary of state is a better choice than her Republican adversary Donald Trump.

He cited her support for gay rights, universal health care and a higher minimum wage.

“If anyone out there thinks that this election is not important, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump will nominate, and what that means to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country,” Sanders said.

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Kogi Election: APC Group Endorses Abubakar Audu’s Son

The All Progressives Congress (APC) critical stakeholders and delegates from Kogi East Senatorial District have resolved that the late political icon and APC candidate in the November 22 governorship election that was pronounced to be inconclusive, Mr Abubakar Audu, be substituted with his son Mohammed Audu in the event that the party goes for fresh primary.

This was contained in a communique read by Daniel Isah, the Kogi East Zonal Chairman at the party secretariat in Lokoja, Kogi State.

The decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare Kogi State governorship election inconclusive has continued to generate controversies within the party.

Supporters and members of the party have appeared divided on who should replace Abubakar Audu as the party’s governorship candidate.

Getting a candidate to fill the vacant seat was one of the major reasons the delegates from the eastern senatorial district held the closed door meeting which lasted for one hour.

While the closed door meeting was going on, some youths under the auspices of Kogi APC Concerned Youths took to the streets with placards, demanding that the son of the late Abubakar Audu should be the substitute governorship candidate.

They claimed the son has been working closely with his father and understands his plans.

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Bauchi PDP Endorses Bala Mohammed As National Chairman

The 20 local government Chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State have endorsed the immediate past Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, as the next national chairman of the party.

Speaking with journalists on Thursday in Bauchi, the spokesman of the 20 PDP chieftains, Bala Abdullahi Dan, who is also the party’s chairman in’Alakaleri’ local government, described the ex-minister as  a young, vibrant politician and founding member of the party who has remained committed to the party.

Dan said it was their desire that the position of the National Chairman of the PDP remained in the North-east, adding that  Muhammad, is the best man to succeed Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu because he played a vital role during the 2015 PDP presidential campaign.

He argued that the bane of the PDP has been lack of internal democracy, which led to dictatorship as few leaders hijacked the party to the detriment of loyal members.

He explained that what the main opposition party needs to overcome the challenges ahead was to choose a national leader that would be guided by the ideals of the founders such as equity and justice.

“Our appeal is based on three facts:  Eligibility, sincere concern for the party and zeal to serve.  Bala Muhammed is a man who can move the party to the next stage of progress without rancour,  discrimination and other vices,”  he said.

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China Endorses Nigeria’s Bid For UN Security Council Permanent Seat

China has endorsed Nigeria’s bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

According to the Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to House of Representatives  Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Mr. Turaki Hassan, the Chinese gave their nod for Nigeria`s quest to occupy a permanent seat on the UN Security Council during a meeting between the Speaker and the Chinese officials at the United Nations, New York.

China’s endorsement of Nigeria’s bid was disclosed by the Speaker of the People’s Parliament of China, Mr. Zhang Dejiang after a meeting with Speaker of the House of Representatives Dogara in New York, United States on Sunday.

Dogara had pleaded with China to use its position as a permanent member of the UN Security Council to support Nigeria`s quest for the democratisation of the council.

“We appreciate China for its effort to democratise the institution of the United Nations and appeal that you support our bid to occupy a permanent seat on the security council,” Dogara pleaded.

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North-Central Reps Caucus Endorses Dogara For Speaker

Members of the North-Central caucus in the House of Representatives have endorsed Yakubu Dogara as the next Speaker of the House.

The lawmakers said they have resolved to vote for Dogara in bloc because of his leadership qualities.

The caucus in a statement on Wednesday said members from the six states of the region and the Federal Capital Territory have resolved to queue behind Dogara during the election of the next Speaker of the House in June.

The statement was jointly signed by a group of both returning and newly elected members of the House of Representatives from the zone.

Those that signed the statement were Herman Hembe (Benue), Zaphaniah Jisalo (FCT), Umar Bago (Niger), Samson Okwu (Benue), Umar Buba Jibril (Kogi), Zakari Mohammed (Kwara), Davematics Ombugado (Nasarawa) and Golu Timothy (Plateau).

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