PDP Vows To ‘Change The Change’ In 2019 …As National Caucus, BOT, NEC Meetings Begin, Today

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike (2nd right), with his Deputy, Dr (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo (right), NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba (3rd left),Rivers State NLC Chairman, Comrade Beatrice Itubo and other dignitaries, during the visit of the NLC President to Government House, Port Harcourt, last Friday.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State has assured its supporters of a landslide victory in 2019, following Senator Ahmed Makarfi’s victory at the Supreme Court.
Addressing party faithful in Lafia, the state Chairman of the party, Francis Orogu said the PDP would spring surprises come 2019.
“The All Progressives Congress (APC) has no chance in 2019 with what we are experiencing today, the PDP will change the change”, he said.
Orogu expressed delight that the window in the party has been blocked with the apex court judgement which he said gave Nigerians a new position and a new democracy.
He, however, described the purported verbal attack on social media by some supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as an “affront on the personality of the opposition”.
The chairman further assured PDP members in the state that impunity would be reduced to the barest minimum for the party to forge ahead, adding, “power sharing and rotation will enable every member of the party in the state to taste power”.
“Power sharing and rotation will enable every member of the party in the state to taste power,” he said.
Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has fixed its expanded National Caucus, Board of Trustees (BoT), and National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings for today.
The notice of the meeting was jointly issued in Abuja, last Saturday by the National Secretary of PDP National Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ben Obi, and the National Secretary of BoT, Amb. Aminu Wali, on behalf of the BoT chairman.
It stated that the meeting of the expanded National Caucus would hold at 8 a.m, at PDP National Secretariat (Wadata Plaza), Abuja.
Those invited to attend the meeting were former presidents and vice presidents, PDP governors, NEC members, BoT members, National Assembly members, former PDP governors, former PDP ministers and all former national officers of the party.
It added that the BoT and NEC would also be holding separate meetings on Tuesday, July 18, at the same venue.
The party recently emerged from a prolonged leadership crisis following the intervention of the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court upheld the Sen Ahmed Makarfi led Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party as the authentic committee.
In its ruling last Wednesday, the apex court held that the appeal filed by Makarfi at the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt was not an abuse of court process as wrongly held by the majority judgment of the Court of Appeal.
Resolving the preliminary issue, the Supreme Court has dismissed the preliminary objection by the Ali Modu Sheriff faction, holding that the appeal by the Ahmed Makarfi faction was valid.
The second issue formulated is being considered by the Supreme Court.
The issue is whether the PDP’s National Convention held on May 21, 2016, and where Sheriff was removed as National Chairman of the party was illegal.
In February, a Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state affirmed Sen. Ali-Modu Sheriff as the authentic chairman of the PDP.
The appellate court also nullified the party’s National Convention held in the Rivers State capital in 2016 and the National Caretaker Committee of the party constituted at the convention.
Two out of the three-member Appeal Court, Justice B.G. Sanga and Justice A. Gumel, in the judgment, said the Port Harcourt convention was an abuse of court process.
However, the Makarfi led faction of the party had vowed to approach the apex court.
The National Publicity Secretary of the Committee, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, had said then that the judgement was a “big disappointment, travesty and miscarriage of justice”.
“The minority judgement is very sound in law, logic and fact. It gives us hope that we will have our day in the Supreme Court.