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PDP Convention: Lawyers, Politicians Berate Police

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Unpleasant reactions
have continued to trail the action of the Nigerian Police in barricading the entrances of the Sharks Football Stadium, venue of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention in Port Harcourt with some segments of the society expressing deep disappointment in Nigerian security agencies.
A lawyer, Barr. Ihere Solomon from Enugu State said the action of security men in sealing the venue of PDP Convention was entirely not in accordance with the law of the country.
According to him, police have no power under the law to execute the order of Abuja High Court, which he described as not being superior to the order of the same court of coordinate jurisdiction in Port Harcourt.
Solomon said, if there was any order to be obeyed, it was the first judgement delivered in Port Harcourt, since there was no any superior Court of Appeal order against the judgement.
He described the Police action as biased and unfair to a political party in a democratic nation like Nigeria.
In his reaction, the Chairman of PDP in Rivers State, Bro. Felix Obuah accused the police of being partisan by taking sides with Modu Sheriff’s position to scuttle the party’s National Convention in Port Harcourt.
Obuah also accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) – led Federal Government of conniving with Sheriff to precipitate more crisis in the party.
He said the barricading of the Convention venue by police was a direct order of the APC-led Federal Government. Obuah however said that the extension of the Makarfi-led National Working Committee was good for the growth of the party and democracy.
Also speaking, an aspirant for the office of 1st Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Barr. George A. Turnah from Bayelsa State, accused the APC of backing Alhaji Modu Sheriff’s faction to destroy PDP as a strong opposition party in the country.
According to him, APC was aware of PDP’s determination to take over power again in 2019, and that the party (APC) therefore decided to use the ongoing PDP crisis to destroy the party in its entirety.
Also condemning the action, a contestant for the position of National Secretary, Buhari Bala said he has earlier warned the party against the choice of Alhaji Modu Sheriff as Acting Chairman of the party, but the party stakeholders did not believe him.
He said, Alhaji Sheriff’s intention  was to destroy the party and decamp to the APC, saying that Sheriff has no good intention for the party.
The Chairman of the PDP in Akuku Toru LGA, Mr. Rowland Sekibo also condemned the action of the police in sealing up the venue of the convention.
“The decision to extend the tenure of the Caretaker Committee was the best in the circumstance because if we had not done that, we would have further divided the party”, he noted.
In his reaction, the Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor, Bar. Chris Itamunoala expressed confidence that PDP will overcome its present challenges.
He said the police was out to undermine the integrity of the party but got it wrong as the party had to relocate to the party’s secretariat.

 

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Govs To Hold Virtual Meeting On Judicial, Legislative Autonomy

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The Governors of the 36 states of the federation will hold a virtual meeting today to further discuss the issue of financial autonomy to judicial and legislative arms in states.
This is contained in a statement by NGF Head of Media and Public Affairs, Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo on Monday in Abuja.
Bello-Barkindo said efforts were already being made in all states to either constitute State Accounts Allocation Committees (SAAC) or inaugurate them.
This, according to him, is preparatory to the granting of full autonomy to the two arms of government at the subnational level.
The Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) had since embarked on a nationwide strike on the issue.
He said the governors had been working day and night to establish modalities for the autonomy in conformity with the provisions of the Constitution.
He said that the governors would also be updated on the activities of the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19 by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, who headed the governors’ interface with the committee.
Bello-Barkindo said that the meeting would also review the agenda of the National Executive Council (NEC), which would take place a day after.
“Other items on the agenda include the regular update on the States’ Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability for results (SFTAS) to provide states’ status on their DLI’s and upcoming deadlines.
The meeting would also receive presentation from the Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, regarding unlocking liquidity through sale/optimisation of state-owned redundant/sub-optimal assets,” he said.
He added that the Policy Development Facility (PDF) bridge programme would also discuss diversification and non-oil export opportunities for states in post Covid-19 era.

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2023: PDP Flexes Muscle Over C’ River

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Leading members of the main opposition PDP converged in Calabar, Cross River at the weekend to strategise on how to retain its grip on power in the state.
This is contained in a statement e-mailed to newsmen in Abuja, yesterday.
The Tide source reports that the PDP has been in power in Cross River since the return of democracy in the country 22 years ago but the defection of the current governor appears to mark a turning point.
Political pundits argue that the defection of the state Governor Ben Ayade from the PDP to the ruling APC may affect the fortunes of the PDP in the years ahead.
The governor’s departure is now seen as a major test for the PDP in what is now seen as a game of wits between the PDP and the APC.
Addressing the party’s chieftains, the National Chairman of the party, Mr Uche Secondus, declared that Cross River would “remain the stronghold of the PDP, in spite of Gov. Ayade’s defection.
“PDP will work to retain the confidence the people of Cross River State reposed in our party and retain its dominance in the state.
“Our party has governed since the return of party politics in 1999.
“Cross River will remain the stronghold of our party well after 2023,’’ said Secondus, flanked by other chieftains of the party, including Sen. Bukola Saraki and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.
Secondus told PDP members in the state to remain resolute to make the party retain power in the upcoming general elections.
Also speaking, a former governor of the state, Sen. Liyel Imoke, gave assurance that no other party would take the state from the PDP, “being the dominant party in the state.
“PDP is the only party known to our people. I assure the leadership of our party that we will deliver victory in 2023,’’ he stated.
Imoke governed the state from 2007 to 2015 when he handed over to Ayade now of the APC.
Other PDP chieftains, who were present at the event included former Governor Peter Obi of Anambra, former Gov. Donald Duke of Cross River and the Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Committee, Mr Efiok Cobham.
Also present were Hon. Daniel Asuquo, Hon. Etta Mbora and Hon. Essien Ayi, all serving members of the House of Representatives among other party’s chieftains.

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…Vows To Take Over Anambra

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The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, says the party remains focused to take over the state in the upcoming governorship poll.
Nwobu said this in an interview with newsmen in Awka yesterday, adding that he would not be distracted by those trying to destabilise the party in the state.
He lauded the National Executive Committee of the party for organising successful ward congresses in the state.
He described the success of the exercise as a sure step to the party’s free, fair and credible primary election.
“We want to conduct our primary election, where party people will freely vote and produce a candidate that will be acceptable to Anambra people at the November 6 poll.
“This is not time for distractions. We are focused on taking over government from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
“The party has shortchanged millions of Anambra people in terms of governance.
Nwobu said he remained the valid chairman of PDP in Anambra, having emerged from a valid process that was upheld by a Federal High Court in its May 24, 2018 judgment.
He said the judgment had not been reversed by any higher court and was “unfazed by any court judgment”, which purportedly removed him.
“My leadership is still subsisting, no superior court has set that judgment aside and a court of coordinate jurisdiction cannot do that.
“Our team of legal experts is taking care of that. The decision to appeal will be advised,” the PDP chairman said.
The Tide source reports that Chief Chukwudi Umeaba at the weekend announced that he had taken over the party in the state as the Acting Chairman of the Caretaker Committee.
Umeaba, who announced the suspension of the ward congresses, said his action was predicated on the judgment of an Abuja Federal High Court.
According to him, the judgment delivered on June 9, nullified the process that produced Nwobu’s leadership.

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