PDP zones 2019 presidential ticket to North

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) said on Wednesday in Abuja that it would zone the party’s 2019 presidential ticket to the northern part of the country.

The PDP acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, said this while receiving the report of the party’s Post Election Review Committee led by the Senate Deputy President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu.

Secondus said that the decision was important based on the zoning principle of the party and following the recommendation of the committee.

“The NWC had agreed that for us to move this party forward, we must obey our constitution; we must follow our rule and the principle of zoning, which is very important.

“Therefore, we agree with the committee absolutely that the presidential candidate of our party in 2019 will come from the North,’’ Secondus said.

Secondus promised that the NWC would implement the recommendations of the committee’s report to the latter, without any fear, for the survival of the party.

“The NWC will commence the implementation of this report by passing it through all consultative and decision making organs of the party up to the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the National Convention Committee.

“Equally, you can be assured that those of us in the NWC will put in place machinery to review and implement recommendations that are very urgent,’’ he said.

Earlier, Sen. Ekweremadu, while submitting the committee’s report said one of their recommendations was that the party should strictly apply the zoning principle at all levels.

He said that since the last President of PDP extraction came from the Southern part of Nigeria, it would be wise for the 2019 presidential candidate to emerge from the North.

Ekweremadu, who was the chairman of the committee, said: “this is in accordance with the popular views expressed in the submissions made to the Committee.

“This will also assuage any ill feelings in the North over any perceived breach of the Party’s zoning principle.’’

He recommended that the PDP should henceforth be “self-funding, relying on membership registrations and enforcement of dues and levies as its primary sources of income at all levels in line with the party’s Constitution.

“This is with a view to ending the prevailing situation where those who pay the piper dictate the tune.

“We have also recommended that the role of party leader, which has no basis in the constitution of the PDP, should henceforth be discontinued at all levels.

“This is to strengthen the structure of the party at all levels.’’

Ekweremadu further recommended that the Party should adopt the direct primary method as the sole means of electing its candidates for any election at all levels.

“The use of delegates has been grossly compromised and abused and should therefore be discontinued forthwith to return true ownership of the party to the people,’’ Ekeremadu said.

He proposed a nationwide bio-metric membership registration to align PDP records with modern technology.

The PDP Post-Election Review committee was inaugurated on May 5, in the wake of the party’s performance in the last general elections.

The committee was handed a nine-point terms of reference, the sum of which was to find out what went wrong and to chart a trajectory for the restoration of the fortunes of the party.

(NAN)

PDP’s “Wahala” Ahead of Primaries

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders were on Tuesday, battling to curtail the protests sparked by its rancorous governorship and assembly primaries. Many  aspirants complained of being short-changed.

Some, such as former Oyo State Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, dumped the party. He is to join  the Labour Party (LP) today.

The Adamawa chapter of the party led by Governor Bala Ngilari will boycott the national convention holding today and tomorrow in Abuja —in protest against the Abuja primary  where former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chief Mallam Nuhu Ribadu was picked as candidate.

Eleven governorship aspirants in Kwara State vowed yesterday to prevent what they called the imposition of Mr. Dele Belgore as candidate.

The Ogun State chapter rejected the directive by the National Working Committee (NWC) not to hold its congress. It insisted that Gboyega Isiaka, who was elected at the congress, must be the candidate.

Senator IfeanyiArarume (Imo), Musiliu Obanikoro (Lagos), Deputy Governor Mukhtar Shagari (Sokoto) and Dr. Ali Pate (Bauchi), who lost governorship primaries, have kicked against the results.

Senate Leader Victor Ndoma-Egba petitioned the National Secretariat, but House of Representatives member John Owah-Enoh, who defeated him for the Cross River Central ticket, said “he is a bad loser”.

Credit: The Nation Nigeria

Jonathan “Wholly Rejects” Allegations by Buhari

President Jonathan in a statement responding to General Buhari’s charges against the PDP administration, “wholly reject the allegations made by General Buhari against the Jonathan’s administration at the declaration of his intention to contest the 2015 presidential elections.”

According to the statement articulated by his spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, the president said, “We have noted with disappointment and regret, the reckless, baseless and unsupportable charges made against the Jonathan’s administration yesterday by a supposed elder statesman, General Muhammadu Buhari,”  adding that his actions are “as an irresponsible denigration of President Goodluck Jonathan’s sincere efforts, over the past four years, to positively transform Nigeria.”

The statement went further to say that, Buhari’s statements “reflects very badly on the character of the political opposition we now have in Nigeria, that a political leader of General Buhari’s stature will deliberately make such false and uncharitable comments about the elected leadership of his country, merely for personal and sectional political gain.”

“Also contrary to General Buhari’s assertion yesterday, Nigeria’s agricultural sector is thriving under the reforms being implemented by the Jonathan administration as current production figures show and neither manufacturing nor commerce is “down” as the APC presidential aspirant alleged.

”His most uncharitable and inexcusable accusation against the present administration was that election rigging continues to thrive in Nigeria.”