ather than abate, the crisis within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has, like a sore tomb, continued to fester. Of late, the breakaway faction of the party, which styled itself new PDP, has been under intense siege from the Presidency and the Bamanga Tukur-led PDP. Last Sunday, the police aborted a meeting of the G-7 Governors under the leadership of the Abubakar Baraje-led nPDP. The meeting, which was scheduled to hold at the Sokoto State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, at 8 p.m., was abruptly stopped by truck loads of riot policemen, who were armed to the teeth. Not deterred, the members regrouped at an undisclosed location and discussed briefly before they dispersed. Governors in the G-7 include Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Babangida Aliyu (Niger) and Sule Lamido (Jigawa). Others are Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers). They had among the party leaders which included the former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, announced the former acting National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, and the former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, as the factional National Chairman and National Secretary respectively. The faction had alleged that their decision to pull out of the parent PDP during its August 31, 2013 mini-convention was taken to salvage the party from those who they claimed had hijacked it. During the Sunday blockade, two trucks
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loaded with policemen were parked close to the entrance of the building which served as venue of the gathering at 7.45 p.m. Drivers and vehicle owners were prevented from stepping close to the building as parking was not allowed. National Publicity Secretary of the Baraje-led group, Mr Chukwuemeka Eze, confirmed the siege saying members were forced to beat a retreat strictly for security reasons. The ordeal of the Baraje-led group
started when on September 7, the police authorities sealed off the headquarters of the nPDP located along Oyi River Crescent, off Babangida Way, Maitama District of Abuja. Explaining the rationale for sealing off the headquarters, Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Femi Ogunbayode, said the police took the action “in order to ensure there was no breach of the peace, law and order in view of a court order directing the two factions to maintain
the status quo”. The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) on October 11, issued a notice to the new PDP that the secretariat had been marked for demolition. Undaunted, the factional group announced that it would be temporarily operating from the Adamawa State Governor’s Lodge in Maitama, Abuja, but the Federal Capital Territory Administration on October 12 also announced the sealing off of the Adamawa State Governor’s Lodge, cit-
Anambra governorship debate Ngige, Obiano, Ubah go for broke CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 date, Ifeanyi Ubah to speak, he said,” Politicians have to be sincere with what they say; the most important thing for us is to conduct local government election withi 90 days of this government. Anybody that is here must confirm to people that they should conduct local government election within 90 days.” He said he would tackle power and security problems and improve on human capital development through the creation of industries. Ubah stated that he does not support the idea of creating state police, while warning those using Ojukwu’s name to campaign to desist from such act. “Ojukwu is my brother and you cannot be more Catholic than the Pope; you cannot bring the issue of Ojukwu in to this event. It is very unfortunate the people who came into governance through the backdoor are now saying that they have governed,” Ubah stressed. He lashed out at those allegedly slandering his personality, saying, “All has been said about Ubah and none has been proved; the problem I am facing is that I have come out to serve the people; we have to ensure that the judiciary is independent. I came here from the football field; I have a mini-stadium around my house. You cannot give what you don’t have, there is no stadium in Awka and if I become governor, I will promote sports” The PPA candidate, Ezeemo also spoke during the debate. He said he would lay a solid education for the development Anambra State. He stated that he came out
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for the race in order to make a difference and lift the welfare of the people. He summed up his mission statement, contending,” I was in the United Kingdom for almost 20 years and I came home and found that nothing works here and people were being cheated and past governments had not addressed the issue of power. I considered it so important that it is my priority area; I will generate power, invest in agriculture and create jobs. Farm settlements would be set up to keep the youths busy and generate jobs and that is why I am running,” he said. Ezeemo, who maintained that he does not support any sort of immunity for governors, stated that most people who are coming up to rule don’t know what
they are there to do. “The immunity clause should be removed; people should face the consequences of their actions. We are people with common problem,” Ezeemo said. At the end of the proceedings, the participants were honoured with certificates of participation presented by Alimi, leader of the NEDG. The debate sessions which started on October 29 with the deputy governorship candidates of the listed 23 political parties contesting, progressed smoothly with the weaker parties dropping out, until the final lap which featured the four governorship candidates of APC, APGA, Labour Party and PPA, even as PDP remains in the limbo due to the pending litigation arising from the contest for its ticket.
tate Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Ken Emeakayi, at the weekend expressed optimism that the party would perform creditably in the November 16 governorship contest despite that its candidate is lagging behind in his campaign. This is as the Supreme Court prepares to conclude hearing on the appeal filed by Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, against the decision of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, which declared Comrade Tony Nwoye as the legitimate candidate of the party for the governorship poll. However, managers of the PDP have urged the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega, to transfer the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor Chukwuemeka Onukogu, from the state, as they have lost confidence in him. It will be recalled that the apex court had last Thursday made an interim order restraining PDP from inaugurating Tony Nwoye’s campaign scheduled for yesterday. The restraining order was made as the apex court prepared to hear tomorrow, the appeal filed by Nwoye’s rival for the PDP ticket, Prince Ukachukwu. The court had during Thursday’s proceeding dismissed an application for joinder brought by Senator Andy Uba.