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A former Publicity Secretary of the Afenifere, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has abandoned his earlier position on consensus candidacy for the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State by agreeing to work with ex-Governor Ayo Fayose.
Adeyeye, who was one of the 13 agggrieved governorship aspirants of the PDP, had rejected the result of the primary election which produced Fayose. He described it as a fabricated one.
But in a letter claimed to be written to President Goodluck Jonathan and jointly signed by Fayose and Adeyeye, the duo said they had agreed to work together as a team. […more]
A former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose, in this interview with OLUSOLA FABIYI and FRIDAY OLOKOR, responds to issues arising from his victory at the recent primary election conducted by the Peoples Democratic Party for governorship aspirants in Ekiti State
How would you explain your recent victory at the Ekiti State PDP governorship primary election?
I will say it was ordained by God and I am sincerely happy; nobody can deny the fact I worked, I served, I built the party and was part of the people that sustained the party. Hard work pays and I have always insisted on a free-and-fair primary because a clear conscience fears no fall. I believe there was a good, transparent process and we had a good showing too. Wild jubilation greeted my emergence.
You insisted on a primary while others suggested consensus. What gave you that confidence?
I worked hard and I know the dynamics of this game. I know when to plant and when to harvest. I am a former governor and you can’t take that away from me. I am the first PDP elected governor in Ekiti State. I led the PDP to victory in 2003 by God’s grace. The fact remains that I have a structure and the structure has been continuous. I keep working; I am a grassroots man and I go to the level of the common people and the level of the party people. Don’t forget that as party people, most of us are either in Lagos or Abuja; but […more]
In an apparent bid to stem the friction arising from the emergence of Ayo Fayose as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, President Goodluck Jonathan has met with aspirants of the party where he assuaged them to close ranks and win the election.
This comes as the PDP will on Monday inaugurate its national campaign committee for Ekiti State, an outcome of a meeting with the national leadership of the PDP and aspirants of the Ekiti yesterday in Abuja.
A source at the meeting between the president and the Ekiti aspirants at the Villa on Wednesday said Jonathan had […more]
President Goodluck Jonathan has described the Peoples Democratic Party as more democratic than other political parties in Nigeria.
Apparently referring to the opposition All Progressives Congress, Jonathan said the PDP was more democratic because it would not cancel ward congresses across the states without considering the wish of its members. […more]
Despite the initial hitches that greeted the conduct of the ward congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa, the party’s interim national vice chairman, North East, Dr. Umar Duhu, has declared the exercise as successful. ]
Duhu, who made the statement during an interactive session with reporters in Yola yesterday, said the party’s cardinal objective was to ensure that fair play was entrenched during the congresses as every eligible candidate was given equal opportunity.
He said it was normal to hear complaints from people during such exercise, but that such complaints would be adequately looked into for the party to move forward. […more]
As 2015 general elections draw near, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed to recapture Kano, Rivers, Sokoto, Adamawa,Kwara and other states the party lost to the opposition party in the past.
The national chairman of the party, Ahmad Adamu Mu’azu stated this yesterday while speaking to newsmen shortly after holding closed door meeting with PDP Governors Forum in Dutse, Jigawa State.
He said the party had confidence it would win Ekiti and Osun states in the forthcoming governorship elections slated to hold this year before it finally clinches other states in 2015 general elections. […more]
he Senate yesterday withdrew the controversial Clause 9 of the proposed constitution which empowers the President to initiate a new constitution.
Poor attendance by senators yesterday stalled the voting on the proposed new amendments to the 1999 constitution after the lawmakers concluded debates on the proposals last week.
Last week, the attempt to give the president constitutional powers that allows him to initiate a new constitution divided the Senate.
A majority of the senators who opposed the inclusion of the president in the initiation of the new constitution said it may be an attempt by President Goodluck Jonathan to sneak in the referendum of the ongoing national conference into the constitution and, in the process, usurp the powers of the National Assembly
Most senators who supported the bill said the amendment is in tandem with Senate rules which states that “there is already provision for three classes of bills, namely members’ bills, executive bills and private member bills.”
However, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu , who is the chairman of the Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, said the committee in its own wisdom had decided to withdraw Clause 9 of the proposal
“During debates on the proposed amendment to Section 9, there were some issues that arose and the Committee on Constitution Review decided to meet yesterday to review some aspects of our proposals. The committee resolved and mandated me to seek the indulgence of the Senate to withdraw further amendment to Section 9, but every other item would remain. So, on behalf of the committee I make this solemn application.” […more]
Former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Audu Ogbeh, has described the much talked-about Muslim-Muslim ticket of the party for the 2015 presidential election as a mere speculation.
This is as he also described as partisan, the ruling by Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, which advised 37 members of the House of Representatives, who defected to the APC from the PDP, to vacate their seats.
There have been rumours that the leadership of the APC had settled for former head of state, General Muhammad Buhari, and former Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, both Muslims, as the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the party for the 2014 election.
But Ogbeh, in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, said the leadership of the opposition party had never sat to discuss who becomes the APC presidential and vice presidential candidates. […more]