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PDP national convention to hold in Abuja – NEC

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The National Executive Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has approved Abuja as venue for the party’s elective national convention scheduled for Oct. 30 and Oct. 31.

The Party National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, disclosed this while reading the resolutions of the party’s 92nd NEC meeting held on Saturday in Abuja.

Ologbondiyan said that the NEC would also meet on Sept. 9, to review nominations and adopt zoning of national offices of the party.

“NEC has resolved that Abuja will be the venue of the PDP national elective convention slated for Oct. 30.

“NEC will meet on Sept. 9, to approve the various nominations into the respective national convention committees.

Ologbondiyan said that the party remained united and working assiduously toward removing the All Progressives Congress (APC) by 2023.

He urged members to continue to make personal sacrifices in the overall interest of the party.

“The NEC urges Nigerians to take a cue from our deliverables in our respective states as a sign of the improvements that our party wishes to deliver when elected in 2023

“NEC is confident that the PDP has earned the trust of Nigerians once again and our party will do better when given the opportunity to lead the nation.”

Ologbondiyan said that NEC condemned the harassment and intimidation of media outfits as a ploy to stifle freedom of speech.

Earlier in his remarks at the opening of the meeting, the acting National Chairman of PDP, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, said that the various interventions in the party leadership crisis were yielding desire results.

Akinwonmi said the meeting was to discuss the party’s forthcoming elective national convention proposed for Oct. 30.

Akinwonmi appealed to party leaders and members to resist every attempt to sow disunity among them, urging everyone to work together to salvage the country.

“You are aware of the series of activities of our leaders to foster cohesion in the party. I am pleased to announce to you all that those interventions are yielding desired results.

“Let me say clearly that Nigerians are looking up to PDP to salvage this country,” Akinwonmi said.

He decried the various challenges facing the country including insecurity, banditry, kidnapping, as well as unemployment and lost value of naira, saying something must be done to address the challenges.

In his remarks, the Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, pledged the commitment of the forum members to continue to deliver dividends of democracy to their states and the loyalty to PDP.

Tambuwal, while commending various interventions into the party challenges by leaders and elders, called for unity among members.

He said that while challenges, disputes and disagreements are part of life and politics, what was important was how they were resolved.

He stated that all mechanisms were activated to resolve all PDP issues.

“We shall continue to hold and remain together because we are the hope of the people of Nigeria and Nigerians are looking forward to PDP and we cannot afford to fail them.

“The challenges are quite many and it is important for us to continue to work together as a family.

“We are going into warfare and we must go to a warfare in unity and as a family, you cannot win if you are divided.

“So let’s not lose hope. We must remain focused with our eyes on the ball. And we shall, by the grace of God, score that goal,” Tambuwal said.

Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senate Minority Leader, said it was now clear to everyone that PDP was united and moving forward.

Abaribe urged Nigerians to give PDP their votes in 2023 to return the country to the path of greatness.

He pledged that PDP caucus in the Senate would continue to work in the best interest of the party and the nation.

“We will continue to fight, to make sure that any law that is obnoxious, any law that does not give us freedom, any law that seems to circumscribe your freedom in Nigeria, we will never agree with that law,” Abaribe said.

On his part, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said Nigeria should no longer be in doubt of the PDP’s sense of patriotism and commitment to get Nigeria moving again.

“We are being taken aback by the APC government and we have shown to Nigerians that when we are trusted again and we will do even much better than we had done before,” Abubakar said.

He said that PDP in crisis was better and more efficient.

“If you look at PDP, it has the most experienced people in this country, whether in the executive wing, whether in the legislature, whether in party administration.

“We have the most experienced and most competent individuals in this party.”

The Chairman, Board of Trustees, Sen. Walid Jibrin, who commended the votes of confidence passed in him by the board members, said PDP was now more strengthened than ever before.

The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu, said the commitment of PDP leaders demonstrated that the party would always summon any challenge that came its way.

Elumelu, represented by Rep. Gideon Gwani (Kaduna State) urged party members to sheath their swords, reconcile their differences and jettison all personal interests and lead by example through all efforts that will give hope.

“I am sure that a new government of our party can return our nation to the path of peace stability and progress.”

At the meeting were PDP governors, NEC members, BoT members, National Assembly caucus and states chairmen. (NAN)

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Any parallel APC congress in Kano illegal- Ganduje

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Gov Ganduje While casting his vote at APC Congress in Kano

Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje has declared that any other state congress of the All Progressives Congress, APC, not the one being held at Sani Abacha Stadium on Saturday in the state is illegal.

There are rumours making the rounds that a faction of the APC, led by former governor and serving senator, Ibrahim Shekarau, is holding parallel congress somewhere else in the state.

Speaking at the venue of the congress on Saturday, Mr Ganduje said “some disgruntled elements may hold another congress somewhere else.”

He added that “as far as APC is concerned, the Congress being held today, at this venue is the recognised by the national body.

” The information we have is that the only APC Congress is the one taking 0lace now, at this venue. This venue is the 0lave where APC Congress is holding,” said Mr Ganduje.

He urged the part members to be of good conduct and ensure a hitch-free exercise.

Our reporter observed that the voting exercise had started at about 10:30am, commencing with Dawakin Tofa Local Government area where Mr Ganduje hailed from.

From all indication, Mr Abbas would emerge as winner of the congress because he was a consensus candidate.

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APC Gombe state Congress: 36 executives elected by 712 delegates

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Thirty-six (36) All Progressives Congress (APC) Gombe state Executives have been elected through voice affirmation from 712 delegates, to pilot the activities of the party.

The election was held through consensus at the Pantami Stadium on Saturday with top party stalwarts present at the venue.

The Committee Chairman for the Conduct of Congresses in Gombe State, Mr Danjuma Dabo, said due screening was done to ensure credibility in the process as mandated by the party at the national level.

Dabo explained that 784 delegates were expected for the congress but 712 delegates were screened and duly accredited for the process.

He said since the party had ensured justice and fair play in all the processes leading to all congresses in the state, they had not received complaints so far about the whole exercise.

He commended party members for the peaceful congresses while advising that anyone who may have grievances or complaints could approach party appeal committee to lodge their complaints.

On his part, Gov Inuwa Yahaya commended the committee and members of his party for the peaceful congresses throughout the exercise.

Yahaya stated that the transparency and all inclusiveness of the process played a huge role in the peaceful process while calling for more patience and understanding from members.

Going into the 2023 general elections, the governor said by the congresses held in the state, Gombe APC is ready for victory and would remain in power.

He stated that the party is not afraid of any opposition; “We are rock solid. I don’t doubt the loyalty of our party men and I urge them to do more because that is the unifying force.”

He said with the calibre of persons elected as party executives, he is confident that they will steer the affairs of Gombe APC to the next level.

In his speech, the newly-elected chairman, Mr Nitte Amangal, thanked members of the party for electing them to serve the party. He assured that they would do their best to ensure victory for APC in the 2023 elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Baba Abuja and Abubakar Umar were elected deputy chairman and secretary respectively.

NAN also report that the state Congress was monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). (NAN)

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Atiku Abubakar, Gov. Fintiri, 2,612 delegates vote at Adamawa PDP Congress

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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Adamawa’s Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri casted their votes in Yola on Saturday as the nationwide Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) states congresses went underway.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 2,614 delegates drawn from the 21 Local government areas of Adamawa are participating at the congress.

Speaking, shortly before the election, Bayelsa’s Gov. Diri Duoye, the returning officer, expressed satisfaction at the way the congress was organised.

Duoye, who is also the Deputy National Chairman, Convention Committee of the party, said due process of the party’s constitution was followed in the dissolution of the past state executive organs.

“The National Committee is very impressed and appreciates the way members organised themselves for the conduct of the congress.

“This shows that PDP is always united as one family to overcome all challenges facing the party amicably,’’ Duoye said.

He urged delegates and supporting members of the party to exhibit true democracy during and after the congress as the party was warming up to reclaim its mandates at the 2023 general elections.

In his remarks shortly after casting his votes, Gov. Fintiri said that what transpired was the peak of democracy being exhibited by the party’s members.

“I am happy because the election process was peaceful and our people are happy that we are electing new leaders of the party at the state level.

“The organised election will pave way for good leadership in the state and pave the way for the party in 2023 to continue with good leadership that provided dividends of democracy,’’ Fintiri said. (NAN)

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