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Politics 2023: I’ll cease to be Nigerian if Tinubu becomes president – Bode George
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Politics 2023: I’ll cease to be Nigerian if Tinubu becomes president – Bode George

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Bode George, has said he will cease to be a Nigerian should national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, become president come 2023. Tinubu has neither confirmed or denied the growing speculation that he is planning to run in the 2023 presidential election as the flag bearer of the ruling APC. But appearing on Arise TV programme on Friday, George, an elder statesman, wondered why the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has yet to open an investigation into the financial activities of Tinubu during his time as Governor of Lagos state. He also wants the financial crimes commission to look into Tinubu’s alleged involvement with Alpha Beta Consulting, a tax firm. “If, by whatever yardst...
Former Minister, ‘Mama Taraba’ dies in Egypt
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Former Minister, ‘Mama Taraba’ dies in Egypt

A former Nigerian Minister, Mama Taraba, real name Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, is dead. Al-Hassan, 61, served as Women Affairs Minister under the President Muhammadu Buhari government. Her associates confirmed the politician died on Friday in Cairo, the Egyptian capital. Mama Taraba dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest the 2019 governorship election under United Democratic Party (UDP). Al-Hassan, a staunch supporter of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) months after the poll. In August 2020, she made revelations about her ordeal while in the APC. She ran into trouble with the ruling party after declaring her support for Atiku’s presidential ambition.
Anambra Will Produce Mobile Phones, Four Years As Governor – Maduka
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Anambra Will Produce Mobile Phones, Four Years As Governor – Maduka

Frontline governorship hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, in Anambra State, Dr Godwin Maduka, has vowed that Anambra State will become a leading manufacturer of mobile phones, within four years, as governor of the State. Maduka's assurance is part of his commitment to develop the ICT sector in the State, alongside other sectors such as Health, Education, Commerce, Industralization and Infrastructure, geared towards making Anambra State economically viable if he is elected governor of the State. Speaking on AIT tv programme, "Nigeria Right Now (With Dickson Iroegbu) , Maduka said it has become imperative for youths of Anambra State to get acquainted with ICT. He said "Teaching our children ICT is important. In four years as governor of the State, Anambra State will pr...
PDP NEC Passes Vote Of Confidence On Secondus-led NWC
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PDP NEC Passes Vote Of Confidence On Secondus-led NWC

Communique Issued At The End of the Emergency Meeting of The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Today, Thursday, April 29, 2021. The National Executive Committee (NEC) after its emergency meeting today, Thursday, April 29, 2021 considered crucial issues regarding the programs of the party as well as extensively reviewed the state of the nation, especially the escalated insecurity engulfing all parts of our country and resolved as follows: NEC lamented the heightened insecurity pervading all parts of our nation due primarily to the misrule of President Muhammed Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) as well as their failure to decisively tackle the menace of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, bloodletting and acts of violence in our country....
PDP To Hold Emergency NEC Meeting On Thursday
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PDP To Hold Emergency NEC Meeting On Thursday

Special Announcement: The @OfficialPDPNig, will hold an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) Meeting on Thursday, April 29, 2021. Venue: NEC Hall, PDP National Secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja. Time: 12:00Pm
Pantami: Presidency’s Statement Confirms Sympathy For Terrorism – PDP
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Pantami: Presidency’s Statement Confirms Sympathy For Terrorism – PDP

April 23, 2021 Press Statement The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the statement by the Buhari Presidency, in which it shows a desperation to provide official cover to a terrorism apologist further confirms public and international apprehensions that the Buhari administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are patronizing acts of terrorism in our country. Nigerians were traumatized that the Presidency could mount a hopeless defence and justification for the actions of the exposed Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, who had already confessed to supporting terrorist groups like al-Qaida and Taliban. It is instructive to note that this anti-people stance has heightened public anxiety that the Buhari Presidency is a haven for traitors who ...
Reno Omokri States How PDP Left Nigeria On May 29, 2015 As 1$ Approaches ₦500
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Reno Omokri States How PDP Left Nigeria On May 29, 2015 As 1$ Approaches ₦500

  As the Naira approaches ₦500 to $1, let me remind Nigerians of how we left Nigeria on May 29, 2015: ‪- 50kg bag of rice was ₦8000‬ ‪- bag of cement was ₦800‬ ‪- Fuel was ₦87‬ per litre -Minimum wage was ₦18000 which was equivalent to $120 ‪- Electricity tariff was half the current rate ‬ -Unemployment rate was single digit ‪- $1 was ₦150 (₦199 in 2015)‬ ‪- Lagos-Abuja air fare was ₦10,000‬ -Brand new tear rubber Kia Cerato was ₦3.6 million ‪- A bottle of Coke was ₦60‬ ‪- A tin of Peak milk was ₦80‬ ‪- Banditry was nonexistent in the Northwest -Killer herdsmen were being arrested and tried -Boko Haram were being devastated, not rehabilitated, and elections held in every Local Government Area of Nigerians on Election Day in 2015. Don’t you miss Goodluck Jona...
PDP Asks DSS To Probe Pantami, Seeks Minister’s Sack
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PDP Asks DSS To Probe Pantami, Seeks Minister’s Sack

The Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday called on the Department of State Service to immediately invite the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, for questioning over his alleged affiliations with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The Party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, also demanded that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), should immediately sack the minister, given the sensitivity of the issue at stake. The party said its position was predicated on the heightening concerns in the public space and in the international arena of possible compromises by the communication minister. It noted that Pantami had access to sensitive government documents and information, in addition to data of all individua...
PDP Kicks As Kano Faction Suspends Kwankwaso For “Disrupting Congress”
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PDP Kicks As Kano Faction Suspends Kwankwaso For “Disrupting Congress”

A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano has suspended Rabiu Kwankwaso, former governor of the state, for allegedly disrupting the party’s recent north-west congress. H. A. Tsanyawa, secretary of the faction, said Kwankwaso has been suspended for three months for allegedly leading thugs to disrupt the congress held on April 10. However, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP national spokesman, dismissed the suspension which he described as “mere fabrication.” “The PDP strongly cautions that it will not accept such reckless adventure by such misguided individuals, which its notes, is capable of destabilizing our party and bringing it to public disrepute,” he said in a statement. The PDP zonal congress held in Kaduna had been marred by violence after Kwankwaso’s supporters cl...
We Can’t “Continue” With Bad Governance – PDP Tells Buhari
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We Can’t “Continue” With Bad Governance – PDP Tells Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has been “disorganised, inefficient, and lethargic”. When the president returned from his medical trip to London, he had said Nigerians should expect continuity from his government. Reacting to the “continuity” comment, Kola Ologbondiyan, national publicity secretary of the PDP, said the president should be reminded that he is leaving office in 2023. Ologbondiyan said the country cannot continue with the “failed economy, hunger and starvation, banditry, killings, terrorism, kidnapping, abuse of human rights, treasury looting, mindless borrowing” under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration. “The Peoples Democratic Party welcomes President Muhammadu Buhari from his medical to...
PDP Governors Did Not Work Against Jonathan, Jonah Jang Counters Aliyu
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PDP Governors Did Not Work Against Jonathan, Jonah Jang Counters Aliyu

A former Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, has said that there was no iota of truth that northern governors of the Peoples Democratic Party worked against the re-election bid of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan during the 2015 general election as claimed by a former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu. Aliyu had on Friday revealed that northern governors of the PDP worked against the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015. He said they worked against Jonathan’s re-election because he reneged on an agreement not to seek a second term. Aliyu said this in a statement he signed titled, ‘Why We Opposed Jonathan’s Second Term Bid –Babangida Aliyu.’ He was reacting to his purported suspension by the PDP in Chachanga Local Government Area of Nig...
PDP Backs Sanwo-Olu, Blasts Sagay Over Opposition To Lagos Rail Red Line Project
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PDP Backs Sanwo-Olu, Blasts Sagay Over Opposition To Lagos Rail Red Line Project

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos state chapter on Friday said Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) lacks the moral justification to dictate to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on which project to embark on for Lagosians. Sagay had said it makes no sense for Governor Sanwo-Olu to embark on the rail ‘red line’ project when the Blue Line started almost 10 years ago is yet to be completed. However the PDP, speaking through Taofik Gani, its Publicity Secretary said Sagay should concentrate on his job as PACAC chairman and leave the governor to decide what is best for his people. According to the party, Sagay who had a cordial relationship with Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing failed to speak out when ...
PDP Mobilises Tambuwal, Obaseki, Saraki To Stop Governor Ayade’s Defection
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PDP Mobilises Tambuwal, Obaseki, Saraki To Stop Governor Ayade’s Defection

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has mobilised Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and the party’s reconciliation committee headed by a former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to persuade the Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, to rethink plans to defect from the main opposition party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). THISDAY learnt that the move followed the threat by 18 elected local government chairmen and 196 councillors in the state to defect from the PDP if the party fails to repeat its state congress. The chairmen and councillors yesterday met with members of the NWC in Abuja during which they served the defection threat. The delegation, led by the Chairman...
PDP South West Congress Election Was A Scam – Fayose
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PDP South West Congress Election Was A Scam – Fayose

Fayose made the allegation when he featured on Politics Today, a Channels Television Programme, on Wednesday. On Monday, the party held a congress to determine its zonal leaders in the region, after a series of postponements and leadership tussle. The congress was expected to lay to rest the leadership tussle between Fayose and Makinde, who were at loggerheads over who controls the party in the zone. At the much-awaited congress in Osogbo, Taofeeq Arapaja, a former deputy governor of Oyo state who was backed by Makinde, won the PDP south-west chairmanship seat with 343 votes to defeat Eddy Olafeso, the immediate past national vice-chairman (south-west) — and a candidate of Fayose — who polled 330 votes. Speaking on what transpired at the election, Fayose claimed that the el...
2023: Fresh Crisis In PDP Over Saraki’s Rumoured Presidential Bid
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2023: Fresh Crisis In PDP Over Saraki’s Rumoured Presidential Bid

The rumoured presidential bid of Bukola Saraki, for­mer Senate President, is already causing ripples in Nigeria’s major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Even though he has not signified intention to contest, Saraki, who came third behind Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, and former Vice President Atiku Abu­bakar (the eventual winner) in the 2018 presidential primary of the PDP is said to be nursing the amin Port Harcourt, Rivers State, bition to occupy the highest political office in the land in 2023. ­ In November 2020, Saraki, a former two-time governor of Kwara State, was appoint­ed as the chairman of the PDP’s Reconciliation and Strategy Committee with the main responsibilities of rec­onciling aggrieved members and wooing new members into its fold ahea...
2023: Saraki presidential campaign posters flood Abuja
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2023: Saraki presidential campaign posters flood Abuja

Posters of the immediate past president of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, were sighted in conspicuous areas of Abuja on Tuesday, fueling speculations that he might soon declare his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election. . Our correspondent sighted some of the posters at the Wuse area of the nation’s capital and at the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, popularly known as Wadata House in Abuja. . Saraki’s picture was displayed in the poster tagged, “Reset Nigeria 2023: Abubakar Bukola Saraki for President”. . The media aide of the former senate president, Yusuph Olaniyonu, however, told our correspondent in a telephone interview that he knew nothing about it. . He said, “If Senator Bukola Saraki wanted to contest for president, he will address a ...
Zonal Congresses: PDP Seeks To Dislodge APC, Return To Power In 2023
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Zonal Congresses: PDP Seeks To Dislodge APC, Return To Power In 2023

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s major opposition political party, is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to return to power which it lost to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 presidential election. One major way the Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) is trying to achieve this is to organise a rancour-free congresses nationwide and elect loyal party executives who can deliver the six geo-political zones to the party in the 2023 general elections. Speaking with our correspondent on Monday, a member of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) said the party leadership is also trying to use the successes of the congresses to close ranks so that they will go into the 2023 election as a united family. He said, “The zonal offices are p...
Why We Overlooked Over-Voting At PDP South West Congress – Fayose
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Why We Overlooked Over-Voting At PDP South West Congress – Fayose

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has said he and others chose to overlook over-voting at the PDP Southwest zonal congress because of the interest of the party. In the election held on Monday, Governor Seyi Makinde’s candidate, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja narrowly defeated Fayose’s candidate, Dr. Eddy Olafeso to become the PDP Chairman, Southwest. Arapaja polled 343 votes to defeat Olafeso, who got 330 votes. But Fayose, in series of tweets late Monday night congratulated Arapaja on his emergence as the Southwest Zonal Chairman of the PDP. “Like I said in my speech at the beginning of the congress that we should win together and we have indeed won together. “Whatever may be our reservations on the issue of over-voting, we have chosen to look at the larger pic...
Taofeek Arapaja Emerges South-West PDP Zonal Chairman
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Taofeek Arapaja Emerges South-West PDP Zonal Chairman

Former Oyo Deputy Governor Taofeek Arapaja has won the southwest chairmanship seat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He was declared winner of the hotly contested poll by chairman of the Congress and Benue Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu. Arapaja, who belongs to the camp of Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde, polled 343 votes to defeat Dr Eddy Olafeso, who scored 330. Olafeso is of the camp of former Ekiti Governor Ago Fayose.
Zamfara: You Will Lose Your Seat If You Leave PDP – Yari Warns Matawalle
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Zamfara: You Will Lose Your Seat If You Leave PDP – Yari Warns Matawalle

Abdulaziz Yari, a former governor of Zamfara State, has cautioned the state governor, Bello Matawalle, that he would lose his seat if he leaves the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, going by the Supreme Court verdict that brought him to office in 2019. Yari disclosed this at the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Gusau on Sunday, during the distribution of N1.3billon assorted grains he purchased for the party’s supporters as a Ramadan gift. The former Governor, who was represented by Senator Kabiru Marafa, said nobody had informed them either in writing or verbally that Matawalle was defecting to the APC. He, however, warned that the Supreme Court nullified the election of the APC candidates in 2019 and declared the PDP candidates as winners who would remain in...
PDP SW Congress: Fayose Escapes Attack As Over 150 Armed Thugs Invade Hotel
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PDP SW Congress: Fayose Escapes Attack As Over 150 Armed Thugs Invade Hotel

As delegates from Oyo State are being accredited for the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) Congress, armed men numbering more than 150 have invaded the hotel where former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose was lodged. The Hotel, located in Okefia Government Reserved Area (GRA) was invaded by arms wielding thugs in more than 10 buses, suspected to be members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oyo State The thugs were also said to be barricading the entrance to be congress venue with a view to preventing other delegates apart from those from Oyo state from gaining access. “Except for the intervention of some security operatives, it would have been a different story. “Hon Ladi Adebutu, the leader of Ogun State delegates has also raised the alarm that his hote...
Makinde Is South-West PDP Leader – Fayose Concedes
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Makinde Is South-West PDP Leader – Fayose Concedes

Former Ekiti Governor Ayo Fayose has conceded the South-West leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde. He made the declaration on Monday during the South-West Zonal Congress at the Women and Children Development Initiative Foundation (WOCDIF), Osogbo, Osun State. Speaking in English and Yoruba, Fayose said “Nothing will last forever. And if I have offended anybody, I apologize. “Don’t allow them to give us a name that’s not ours in Yorubaland. The time of our Governor, Seyi Makinde, will not fail. Fayose further used a proverb to describe what went wrong. He said “Ija l’ode t’orin d’owe”. Meaning: “It was the fight that occurred that made a song become a proverb”. “Seyi Makinde and I are one since. But under any leadership reg...
PDP SW Congress: Melaye To Head Screening Committee, Fayose Group Kicks
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PDP SW Congress: Melaye To Head Screening Committee, Fayose Group Kicks

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed Dino Melaye as the Screening Committee Chairman for the South-West zonal executive congress. National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd.) made the announcement on Friday. The National Working Committee (NWC) also named Emilia Ezude as Secretary to the committee. Members of the committee are Shetimma Laah, Ekeleme Ikieje and Egede Israel. The team will screen all aspirants for the zonal executive committee positions. The statement added that the exercise is scheduled for Saturday, April 10 at Osogbo, the Osun State capital. S’West PDP Congress: Fayose, Adebutu, Adeleke, Olafeso reject Dino Melaye as screening Chairman A group in the South West People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by former Governor of Ek...
PDP Postpones SW Congress, Moves Venue To Osogbo
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PDP Postpones SW Congress, Moves Venue To Osogbo

@OfficialPDPNig NWC after extensively discussing the issues of concern in the South West resolves as follow: Moves the venue of the South West Congress to Oshogbo, Osun State The South West Congress is scheduled for Monday, April 12, 2021 Party assures of working with all stakeholders to achieve a seamless and unifying congress
At Federal Level, We Don’t Even have a Government – Jerry Gana Says as he returns to PDP
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At Federal Level, We Don’t Even have a Government – Jerry Gana Says as he returns to PDP

Former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana has alleged that there is no government at the federal level in Nigeria. Gana who said this as he returned the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with his supporters on Wednesday April 7, had dumped the party for the Social Democratic Party in 2018. Addressing party members in Bida, Niger State during a reception to mark his return to the party, Gana averred that the country is nosediving and needs urgent rescue. He said;  “Today is not a day for lecture. It is not a day for campaigns. We just want to rejoice that we are back together solidly; and we are going to work together solidly, that we are going to work together effectively, that we are going to campaign powerfully. “I tell you, we are going to go around strategical...
Any Attempt To Shift PDP Zonal Congress Will Have Dire Consequence – Makinde
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Any Attempt To Shift PDP Zonal Congress Will Have Dire Consequence – Makinde

Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo State, has commended the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) for deciding to go ahead with the Southwest Zonal Congress. The congress has been scheduled for Saturday, April 10, 2021. In a statement made available to the media, Governor Makinde praised the NWC for their decision, stating that he was glad that the NWC “bowed to superior reasoning regarding the congress.” He, however, warned the NWC against allowing divisive elements within the party to “unduly influence party decisions on the national level.” The Governor said that “any attempt to shift the date of the PDP Zonal Congress from April 10 is a signal to party loyalists that the hierarchy has been compromised,” an action which he said would lead to “dire cons...
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Abuja-Kano Road: PDP Calls For Review Of ₦2.12 Billion Per Kilometre Cost

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Monday, demanded immediate review of the 375 kilometre Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road reconstruction contract, following what it called “the unearthing of corrupt padding in the N797.23 billion contract recently approved by the Federal Executive Council, FEC. This is even as the party called for an open probe into the alleged padding of the contract “from the original N155 billion to an outrageous and indefensible N797 billion, with a whoping N642 billion apparently earmarked to be shared among corrupt officials. ” In a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesman of the PDP, the party noted that, “with the approved N797 billion, for a 375 kilometre road, the Buhari Presidency is claiming to be reconstructing a kilometre of road with an outrag...
PDP, Others Criticises FG As US Alleges Massive Graft In Buhari’s Regime
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PDP, Others Criticises FG As US Alleges Massive Graft In Buhari’s Regime

The US stated this in the ‘2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,’ released on Tuesday, but made available to The PUNCH on Wednesday. In their separate reactions on Wednesday, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party and a former President of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, Malachy Ugwumadu, berated the regime of Muhammadu Buhari. Expressing concern about corruption in Nigeria, the US, in the report, stated that it was widespread and pervasive at all levels of government, including the judiciary and security services. Against the backdrop of President Muhammadu Buhari regime’s anti-graft stance, the US Department of State, which authored the report, said there were numerous allegations of government corruption last year. It cited the arrest and in...
PDP Suspends Former Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu
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PDP Suspends Former Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger state has suspended former Governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu over allegations of anti-party activities leading to cracks in the party. The former governor was suspended during an emergency Stakeholders’ meeting of Chachanga local Area in Minna on Monday. The PDP also accused the former governor of working against the Party and supporting the APC in the 2015 election as they added that he does not attend meetings and is working to disintegrate the party. The meeting was attended by eight ward Chairmen of the party out of the 11 wards, elders and party faithful from Chanchaga LGA. One of the Media Aides of the former Governor, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, Mr. Bala Bitrus said that the suspension is laughable as the state PDP does not ...
Uche Secondus Has Outlived His Usefulness As PDP National Chairman – Afegbua
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Uche Secondus Has Outlived His Usefulness As PDP National Chairman – Afegbua

Prince Kassim Afegbua, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) served as Commissioner for Information in Edo state under the Adams Oshiomhole administration. In this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, he said it is time for PDP to retool its leadership by sacking the Uche Secondus-led executives and replace it with a more proactive executive. He also said the party is not living up to its role as a major opposition party expected to hold President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to account. Excerpts: You wrote a piece barely a week ago, asking the PDP to wake up in its role as opposition party. According to you, the party is not playing its role in line with the expectations of the people. What informed your position of trying to stir the hor...
2023: Nigerians Will Reject APC Candidates If They Act Like PDP – Omo-Agege
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2023: Nigerians Will Reject APC Candidates If They Act Like PDP – Omo-Agege

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy President of the Senate, has cautioned the All Progressives Congress against past mistakes of the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party. Omo-Agege gave the charge in an address at the APC South-South Town Hall Meeting for Constitution Review in Asaba. He said Nigerians won’t vote for APC candidates if those in power fail to deliver. “History beckons on our great party. It is the first ever opposition party to unseat an incumbent party in the life of our nation, Nigeria. “Fellow party men, remember that the PDP had confidently said that it would be in power for 60 years. It took the resolve and determination of a strong-willed nation and its people to upstage that confidence. “Now there is a lesson that we must bear in our subconscious and ...
No Serious Politician Will Join PDP – Olawepo Hashim
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No Serious Politician Will Join PDP – Olawepo Hashim

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust in the 2019 elections, GBENGA OLAWEPO-HASHIM, in this interview with OLALEKAN ADETAYO, speaks on the issues of rotational presidency, state police and agitation for secession, among others You were the presidential candidate of the People’s Trust in the 2019 elections. How would you describe the conduct of that poll? There were a lot of logistics issues and the election had to be postponed. I am not sure if the Independent National Electoral Commission really satisfactorily address those issues. That election also witnessed the lowest voter turnout in recent time in terms of percentage of voter turnout. You can imagine that the victor had about 50 million votes or so. That’s less than 10 per cent of the country’s population. We can do...
Aba South/North Bye-Election: INEC Declares PDP’s Ebisieke Winner
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Aba South/North Bye-Election: INEC Declares PDP’s Ebisieke Winner

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate for the Aba North/South Federal Constituency bye-election, Chimobi Iheanyichukwu Ebisike, has been declared winner of the Saturday polls. According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s Returning Officer, the PDP candidate polled a total of 10322 votes to defeat his closest challenger and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mascot Uzor Kalu who scored 3674 votes. I’m the Returning Officer for the 2021 Aba North/Aba South Federal Constituency bye-elections held on the 27th day of March, 2021. The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Action Alliance, AA, MRM and APM were the other political parties that fielded candidates in the election. ”The election was contested and the candidates received the ...
PDP Hails Court For Jailing APC Rigging Professor, Peter Ogban
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PDP Hails Court For Jailing APC Rigging Professor, Peter Ogban

The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) commends the judiciary for its courage to stand on the side of the people to jail one of the corrupt returning officers. who connived with the All Progressive Congress (APC) to rewrite election results against the PDP in the 2019 general elections. The party said the three years jailed term handed to Prof. Peter Ogban, a professor of soil science at the University of Calabar, for manipulating the result of Akwa-lbom Northwest senatorial election and attempting to foist the APC and its rejected candidate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, on the people, is a huge lesson for compromised individuals working for the APC to subvert the will of the people. It is shameful that individuals who had attained the peak of enviable career in the academia Such indivi...
APC Planning To Rig Abia By-election With Security – Ikpeazu Cries Out
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APC Planning To Rig Abia By-election With Security – Ikpeazu Cries Out

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has raised alarm over what he called plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress APC to manipulate the outcome of this weekend by-election in Aba North/South Federal Constituency. The by-election, which is slated to hold on Saturday, March 27, 2021, is to fill the vacant seat for the Aba North/South Federal Constituency following the death of Hon Ossy Prestige, who represented the Constituency. Ikpeazu made the allegation in a statement made available by his Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu According to The statement, Gov. Ikpeazu said the plan of the APC is to overheat the polity as a prelude to calling for full deployment of the military which will in turn create room for them to deploy armed hoodlums with fake Army uniforms to man...
You Must Leave In 2023, PDP Replies APC Over Boasts Of Extra 26 Years Rule
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You Must Leave In 2023, PDP Replies APC Over Boasts Of Extra 26 Years Rule

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the bragging by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it will remain in power for the next 26 years, as a direct confrontation to the generality of Nigerians. The PDP also describes APC’s claim of registering 36 million Nigerians in their registration exercise as another political hoax and empty claim, which cannot sway Nigerians in any way. The PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said it is aware that the APC National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni made such a garrulous statement in the belief that APC’s intimidation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the judiciary and security agencies as well as deployment of thugs from neighboring countries, will help them to su...
Supreme Court Indictment: PDP Tells Mai Buni To Resign
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Supreme Court Indictment: PDP Tells Mai Buni To Resign

The @OfficialPDPNig has asked Yobe state Governor Mala Mai Buni to resign his position as governor and Interim National Chairman of @OfficialAPCNg, following the pronouncement of the Supreme Court, which found the leadership of the party as “irresponsible and reckless”, for engaging in unsubstantiated allegations against the justices of the Supreme Court. It is indeed appalling that the illegal Mai Buni leadership of the @OfficialAPCNg could, in their penchant for falsehood, go to the extent of falsely accusing the Justices of the Supreme Court of holding a meeting with @OfficialPDPNig leaders allegedly to subvert justice, in a case, in which the PDP is not even a party. The pronouncement of the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, has ultimately vindicated our stand tha...
2023: PDP Banks On Atiku/obi, Saraki, Others
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2023: PDP Banks On Atiku/obi, Saraki, Others

Indications were rife over the weekend that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is planning to return former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as its candidate in 2023 as part of efforts to win the presidential election. Top party sources told Sunday Telegraph that the PDP believed that it is better to repeat the 2019 winning formula, which it used to contest against President Muhammadu Buhari. It was learnt that within the PDP hierarchy, the belief is that Buhari did not win the election against Atiku, but muscled him out with the power of incumbency. But in 2023, where Buhari would not contest, it is strongly believed that an Atiku candidacy would be able to beat any other candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In fact, Sunday Telegraph was told that why the P...
Why I Will Defeat PDP, APGA, APC In Anambra Governorship Election – Ifeanyi Ubah
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Why I Will Defeat PDP, APGA, APC In Anambra Governorship Election – Ifeanyi Ubah

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Samson Adenekan, Anambra senator and businessman, Ifeanyi Ubah, speaks on his governorship ambition, his business, the Igbo bid for the presidency and other national issues. Excerpts: PT: You were known as a businessman long before going into politics. Now you are into politics full time. How has the transition been so far? Ubah: I love being a businessman but also being a businessman does not give me the fulfilment of catering for the downtrodden. Being a businessman was not giving me the opportunity to touch the lives of people as much as I would have loved to touch. As a businessman, there are limitations to what I can do but politics is made for people at the helm of affairs to garner resources and fo...
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Why We Prefer Northern Presidential Candidate In 2023 — PDP

Indications emerged on Sunday that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will adopt the report of its commit­tee set up to review why the party lost in the 2019 presidential election and recommend solutions on how the party would return to power in 2023. The 14-member committee, head­ed by Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, had recommended that the presidential ticket of the party be thrown open to all regions instead of resorting to a zoning arrangement, a position which has greatly angered Southern stakeholders in the party. But speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, a chieftain of the party who is a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT), said the party would adopt the committee’s report as there is “a great likelihood that majority of PDP stakeholders want the ticket to ...
PDP Governors Warn Highly-Placed Ministers Against Nigeria’s Distability
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PDP Governors Warn Highly-Placed Ministers Against Nigeria’s Distability

Governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party have alleged some ministers of surrendering to activities capable of causing distability in the country. They made the allegation in a statement titled ‘Attempt on governor Ortom, an invitation to anarchy: Enough is enough’ on Sunday. The statement was signed on behalf of the governors by Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, who doubles as the Chairman, PDP Governors Forum. The governors warned the ministers against supporting actitivites that could lead to anarchy or distability in the country. The statement read, “The PDP-Governors Forum has received with shock the assassination attempt on the Governor of Benue State, H.E. Dr Samuel Ortom. “We wish therefore to warn that any attempt to harm any Ni...
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If Zoning Presidency To North Will Make PDP Win In 2023, I Support It – Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, says if zoning the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential ticket to the North will cause the party to win the 2023 general election, he will support the decision. The governor has meanwhile ruled out the possibility of him supporting any All Progressives Congress presidential candidate even if the person is of Rivers State or Southern Nigerian extraction. Governor Wike shared this view during an interview with BBC Pigin at the Government House, Port Harcourt. The Rivers state governor explained that the reason why the PDP has not taken a final decision on whether its presidential candidate for the 2023 general election should be from the North or South of the country is because stakeholders are still strategizing the best opti...
2023 presidency: No Decision Yet on Zoning of Presidential Ticket – PDP
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2023 presidency: No Decision Yet on Zoning of Presidential Ticket – PDP

  The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said it is yet to decide on the zone to produce its candidate for the 2023 presidential election. PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan who made this known while appearing on Arise news said the party is yet to adopt any of the recommendations made by the Bala Mohammed-led committee, including that of zoning its presidential ticket. He said the proposal which advised that Nigerians from every part of the country be given an opportunity for the purpose of choosing the best candidate was still in review. “Due to enquiries from our members and the general public, it has become important to clarify that PDP is yet to adopt any of the recommendations proposed by the Bala Mohammed‘s Committee on the Review of the 2019 ...
We Have Evidence That PDP Defeated Buhari In 2019 – Bala Mohammed
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We Have Evidence That PDP Defeated Buhari In 2019 – Bala Mohammed

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the 2019 presidential election. While Buhari ran under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku was candidate of the opposition PDP. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared APC winner of the election. Although Atiku and his party challenged the outcome of the election from the tribunal up to the Supreme Court, they could not upturn the victory of Buhari. Speaking when he featured on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, on Thursday, Mohammed alleged that fraud on the part of either INEC or security operatives cost his party the election. He said Nigerians knew what transpired during the 2019 elections, adding that his party has learnt its lessons....
2023: Ohanaeze Rejects PDP’s No-Zoning Formula, Insists On Igbo President
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2023: Ohanaeze Rejects PDP’s No-Zoning Formula, Insists On Igbo President

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has rejected the Bala Mohammed-led committee report of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which recommended that the 2023 presidential ticket of the party should be thrown open to all sections of the country. Ohanaeze said that the Mohammed-led committee report was capable of impugning the unity of the country and asked for the withdrawal of the report that it described as unconscionable. The Igbo parent body noted that it was committed to Nigeria producing a President of Igbo extraction in 2023, adding that it will willingly identify with any group that is ready for the bargain. In a statement, on Thursday, National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Alex Ogbonnia said: “Ohanaeze views the report by the Bala Mohammed led committee as most de...
PDP Governors Will Support FG To Fight Insecurity – Tambuwal
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PDP Governors Will Support FG To Fight Insecurity – Tambuwal

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Thursday, pledged support to federal government’s effort to stem the tide of growing security concern in the country. Sokoto state governor and chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum, Aminu Tambuwal stated this at the end of a meeting of the governors held at the Sokoto Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja. The meeting which had in attendance almost all the PDP governors, followed quickly on the heels of a similar one held by the party’s Board of Trustees at the party’s secretariat in Abuja. Addressing journalists at the end of the meeting which lasted over five hours, Tambuwal said the PDP governors would not politicize insecurity, hence, their resolve to join hands with the federal government to tame the monster. ...
PDP Urges Buhari To Hire Mercenaries To Fight Insurgency
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PDP Urges Buhari To Hire Mercenaries To Fight Insurgency

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to hire mercenaries to fight the insurgency war. The party also said it is yet to make a decision on which zone would produce the presidential candidate of the party in the 2023 general election. Speaking on ARISE NEWS CHANNEL, the broadcast arm of THISDAY Newspapers, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, also dismissed reports that the party is in disarray, saying the Senator Bukola Saraki-led reconciliation committee is addressing members’ grievances. He accused the Buhari administration of not listening to and utilising the advice given to it on a range of challenges facing the country, explaining that the PDP has always proffered solutions for all critical areas ...
South South PDP Congress Elects New Executives
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South South PDP Congress Elects New Executives

South South PDP Congress Elects New Executives At Obiwali International Centre, Port harcourt Rivers State. The 16th Elected Zonal Officers are as follows: 1) CHIEF DAN OSI ORBIH - National Vice Chairman (Edo State) 2) CHIEF MRS TESSY TORU - Woman Leader (Delta) 3) CHUKS NWABUNÍ - Ex. Officio (Delta) 4) AMADI SILVER NWANYANWU - Ex. Officio (Rivers) 5). EVELYN WEKE - Treasurer (Rivers) 6) FELIX OMENU - Secretary (Bayelsa) 7) BARR. GEORGE TURNAH - Legal Adviser (Bayelsa) 8) BARR, LLOYD OWONARU - Youth Leader (Bayelsa) 9) SAMSON ABU Ex-officio (Edo) 10) ANTHONY IKUENOBE - Financial Secretary (Edo) 11) OBONG PAUL A. EKPO - National Ex-officio (Akwa Ibom) 12) MR. MONDAY CHARLIE AKPAN - Ex- Officio (Akwa Ibom) 13) BISHOP ANTE ANTE - Publicity (Akwa Ibo...
Forgery: Appeal Court Reserves Judgement On Obaseki’s Eligibility Suit
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Forgery: Appeal Court Reserves Judgement On Obaseki’s Eligibility Suit

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division has reserved judgment in the appeal filed the All Progressive Congress and its chieftain Williams Edobor. Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court had on 9th January held that the plaintiffs failed to prove the allegation of forgery beyond reasonable doubt and none of the plaintiffs witness was able to prove the certificates was forged. Dissatisfied with the judgment of the trial judge the plaintiffs have approach the court of appeal, urging the court to set aside the judgment of the trial court. In their appellant brief of argument, the APC and its chieftain argued that at the trial court issue of forgery and falsification were raised the court only determined the issue of forgery and left that of falsification. Counsel to the AP...
Yahaya Bello Explains Why Fani-Kayode Did Not Join APC
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Yahaya Bello Explains Why Fani-Kayode Did Not Join APC

Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello has explained why former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode did not join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He spoke on Politics Today, Channels Television programme monitored by The Nation, Recall that The Nation had reported that Yahaya Bello, in a two minutes video, claimed the former minister had dumped the PDP for the APC. Also, viral photos of Fani-Kayode meeting with the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello and the APC interim National Chairman, Mala Buni did set many tongues wagging. Bello said, “Myself and Chief Fani-Kayode are brothers and we are partnering in ensuring there is peace and tranquility across the country. “The Chief Femi Fani-Kayode that everybody knows by the time he met me, I think he had a rethink of wha...

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