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PDP caucus backs Damagum to continue as Acting National Chair

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PDP caucus backs Damagum to continue as Acting National Chair
• PDP National Chairman Umar Damagum
The current acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Umar Damagum, will continue in that capacity until another National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that will hold after the one slated for today, Thursday April 18, 2024.


This formed part of the resolution of the PDP caucus meeting on Wednesday night.

PDP spokesman, Debo Ologunagba, said the caucus resolved that all reconciliation committees of the party be reconstituted to resolve grievances affecting the unity of the party.

Asked what the caucus discussed about issues regarding the party’s chairmanship position, he said it is an issue that the NEC of the party will discuss but said the organ resolved that Damagum continue as chairman till the next NEC after today’s.

The meeting was attended by the former Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike; and the 2023 presidential flag bearer of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.

Damagum is suspected to be an ally of Wike, who is the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The caucus also directed that the party should revisit the Rivers State Caretaker Committee List, and find a political solution to the crisis in the state.

The caucus meeting held less than 24 hours to theNEC meeting of the party, which has been scheduled for today (April 18, 2024) to discus issues regarding the leadership of the party and also to ractify decisions by various organs of the party.

The PDP is facing a leadership crisis, with members urging the resignation of the Damagum-led NEC. Meetings like the NEC and the party’s Board of Trustees have been arranged to address these issues.

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Meanwhile, Senator Iyorcha Ayu has withdrew his appeal, which sought to challenge his removal as the party’s national chairman. His move is also believed to be connected with the party’s upcoming National Executive Meeting.

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Ayu was suspended by the executive committee of the PDP in Igyorov ward in the Gboko Local Government Area of Kogi State in 2023 over alleged anti-party activities but he had approached the court to challenge his removal.

However, a Federal High Court in June last year affirmed the decision of the party to sack Senator Ayu, a judgement that led to an appeal, which he has now withdrawn.

FULL TEXT: Communique Issued At End Of PDP NEC Meeting

Communique Issued at the end of the 98th Meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Today, Thursday, April 18, 2024.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of our great Party, at its 98th meeting today, Thursday, April 18, 2024, thoroughly assessed the State of affairs of the Nation and the Party and resolved as follows:

1. NEC commends all the Organs of the Party for their collective resilience, steadfastness and commitment towards the unity, stability and sustenance of our great Party despite dauting challenges.

2. NEC also commends members of the PDP, with particular reference to the youths and women for their courage in resisting the antics of the divisive and anti-people All Progressives Congress (APC), especially, its desperation to emasculate the opposition and foist a one-Party State on our nation.

3. NEC expresses concern over the ill-implemented policies of the insensitive APC administration, leading to worsening insecurity, harrowing economic hardship, soaring unemployment rate, high cost of food and other necessities of life with pervading misery and despondency across the country.

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4. NEC expresses serious apprehensions over the spate of acts of terrorism and violence including the escalated cases of mindless killings, mass abduction of innocent Nigerians and marauding of communities in various parts of the country.

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5. NEC condemns the insensitivity, nonchalance, incompetence and arrogance in failure of the APC administration which continues to conduct itself in a manner that shows that it has no iota of interest or commitment towards the wellbeing of Nigerians.

6. NEC also condemns the creeping totalitarianism and tendencies towards a One-Party State which is inimical to the peace, stability and corporate existence of our nation as well as the development of Democracy and good governance in the country.

7. NEC, after due consideration demands that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu should urgently convene a special National Security Council meeting to proffer a holistic solution and measures to curb the disturbing insecurity with its attendant negative consequences on our national life.

8. NEC also demands that President Tinubu should immediately rejig his Economic Team to bring in persons of proven integrity and competence without bias and vested interest to assist in repositioning the economy.

9. NEC further demands that the Federal Government should review all policies and programmes which are stifling the economy with suffocating effect on the lives of citizens; including the increase in price of fuel without cushioning measures, hike in electricity tariff, increased taxation and implementation of adverse fiscal policies.

10. NEC charges all Organs, leaders, critical stakeholders and indeed all members of the PDP to close ranks, put aside every personal or group interests and work together in the overall effort to reposition and return the PDP to power at the center in the interest of the Nigerian people.

11. Consequently, NEC received and approved the Timetable for Party Congresses across the country.

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12. NEC also approved the Reconstitution of the Party Disciplinary and Reconciliation Committees to further ensure the stability of the Party.

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13. Similarly, NEC approved the extension of the life of the Party Constitution Amendment Committee to allow it to receive new amendment proposals for inclusion in its deliberation and final report for consideration by NEC.

14. NEC commended the efforts of the National Working Committee in its effort towards rebranding the Party including the new look PDP Logo which is widely accepted by Party members and Nigerians in general.

15. NEC charges all Party members to continue to work together for the success of the PDP for the benefit of Nigerians and sustenance of Democracy in our country.

Thank you for listening.

Hon. Debo Ologunagba
National Publicity Secretary

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Anambra 2025 Guber: “I will contest”, Philantropist Paul Chukwuma douses rumours

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Dr Paul Chukwuma

…rescues APC with 351 State, Zonal, Wards offices to make party visible everywhere



By Chuks Collins, Awka

This is certainly an interesting period for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State, as one of its pillars and the immediate past National Auditor, Dr Paul Chukwuma has vowed to elevate the party far and above any other political party in Anambra State and the South East geopolitical zone.

Besides organizing of regular seminars and interractive meetings at all levels of party leadership, he’s revealed his commitment to giving the APC an overwhelming support base, financial backing, unrivalled motivation and confidence amidst political parties.

All these, the former National Auditor noted was to ensure that no other party in Anambra State would stand before APC’s victory in the fast approaching 2025 governorship election.

In a well-attended Wards consultative meeting with party’s chairmen from the 326 Wards in the State late Sunday afternoon in his Umueri, Anambra East Council countryhome, Chukwuma unequivocally confirmed his interest in contesting for the Anambra governorship seat currently being occupied by Prof Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA).

The visibly excited party chieftain used the occasion to announce the donation of a brand new State secretariat, as well as three Zonal offices and grassroots offices in the three hundred and twenty six(326) electoral Wards of Anambra State.

According to him, “henceforth, never again will APC be lost in the crowd or relegated to the background in the state.

” I have now provided a new State office, Zonal offices and 326 Wards offices. I have also provided funds for regular monthly meetings for constant interactions among members.

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“I insist that we all as APC members must be very proud of the party. We must have a distinct uniform that will always stand us out as APC members. We must wear it with pride, after all we are the national ruling party! he added.

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Chukwuma, flanked by a Board of Trustee member of the party, Chief Ralph Okeke; Chief Basil Ejidike, the State Chairman; Chief Ifeanyi Ibezi, a former member of the Federal House of Representatives and other party top brass in the state also presented booklets for registration of members, ” ahead the proposed e-registration”, he stated.

To ensure that the APC stays far ahead of other political parties in the state, run in a purely different manner, with nothing short of winning the coming 2025 governorship election, Dr Chukwuma also announced his plans to organize regular seminars for the party leaders and select members all over the state.

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Presidency: I may support Peter Obi in 2027 — Atiku

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APC berates Atiku, Obi over alleged merger plans
Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar


Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar met with Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections in Abuja, earlier in the week.

The meeting sparked speculations about a merger of some opposition political parties ahead of the 2027 general elections.

In an interview with BBC Hausa Service monitored by FRED EZEH of The Sun, Atiku Abubakar explained the reasons for the meeting.

You had a meeting with Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the last general elections. What was the reason for the meeting?

It’s just a normal friendly meeting that we often had, particularly we in the opposition parties. Such meetings are healthy for Nigeria’s democracy and for the country’s interest.

People are saying the meeting was to form a merger or alliance between your party, PDP, and Labour Party. Is that possible?

Yes, it’s very much possible. We can merge to achieve a common goal. So, it’s possible and nothing can stop it if we so wish to achieve that.

But the choice of presidential candidate might frustrate the effort?

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That’s not true. That challenge will not arise. I can tell you that the choice of who will fly the flag of the party won’t arise.

Why do you think so?

I don’t think so, I know so. Believe me, the challenge will not arise. Or are you expecting it to arise? Just believe me that it won’t arise.

What if it’s required that both you and Peter Obi drop your ambition and support someone else? Will you and others support that?

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I have said repeatedly and I even said it before the 2023 general elections that if PDP decides to zone the presidential ticket to the South or South-East specifically, I won’t contest it. As long as it’s the decision of the party, I will abide by it. But I contested the 2023 presidential ticket because it was thrown open to all members of the party.

So if Peter Obi, being from the South-East, is the choice, will you support him?

If the party decides that it’s the turn of the South-East and Peter Obi is chosen, I won’t hesitate to support him.

How is the merger talk going?

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We are still discussing the issue, and in the right time we would make our position known.

When will you conclude the discussion?

I can’t disclose that for now because it’s not yet the right time to do that.

After the 2023 elections you were expected to be quiet and observe, but you are still playing the opposition?

Yes, we can’t keep quiet and watch things go wrong. People are suffering and we are committed to making Nigeria a better place.

It means you are not tired of politics of Nigeria?

Not at all. I am still in active politics in Nigeria, at least, as long as God permits.

People are expecting you to give space to younger ones considering your age.

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My age doesn’t stop the young ones from testing their fate. Everybody, irrespective of age, is allowed to aspire to be anybody in the society, politically or otherwise.

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So, there’s the possibility of you contesting 2027 elections?

But that would depend on the decision of my party. I can’t make any categorical statement on that. It’s the duty of the party to decide on the way to go in the next election.

But your interest is still there?

Until that time comes. Let’s just wait and see how it will turn out.

People are interpreting your recent meetings with various people as watering the ground for the next election.

It must not be interpreted like that. I must not be eyeing elections to have meetings with political friends and associates. Currently, we are practising democracy in this country which we fought for with our blood.

Many people lost their lives in the struggle. As a result, we would continue to ensure that democracy is strengthened in the country. We can’t watch from the sidelines as things are getting bad.

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Kogi: Nullify Ododo’s election, declare me winner, Ajaka tells tribunal 

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Kogi: Nullify Ododo’s election, declare me winner, Ajaka tells tribunal 
Murtala Ajaka, SDP governorship candidate and Gov Usman Ododo of APC


The Social Democratic Party (SDP) and its candidate in the Kogi state governorship election Murtala Ajaka,  have asked the Justice Ado Birnin-Kudu 3-man panel of Justices to nullify the victory of Governor Usman Ododo and declared him winner.

Ajaka also asked the tribunal to set aside the respondents submissions and uphold theirs.

Ajaka’s lawyer, Pius Akubo, (SAN) made the prayers Monday while giving submissions via their final written address at the Kogi State, Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

In the petition, INEC, Ododo and APC are listed as 1st to 3rd respondents respectively.

Akubo, the petitioners’ lawyer told the tribunal that their final written address was dated and filed May 6, 2024 arguing that their petition was not filed out of time.

At Monday’s proceedings, the tribunal reserved judgment in the petition filed by Ajaka and his party, the SDP, where it asked the tribunal to set aside the respondents submissions and uphold theirs.

While making submissions, the Independent National Electoral Commission, through its lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN), told the court that their final written address was dated and filed on May 2, praying the tribunal sitting to dismiss Ajaka’s petition.

On its part, the All Progressives Congress and Gov. Ododo, asked the Tribunal to dismiss Ajaka’s petition for being incompetent and lacking in merit.

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While adopting their final written addresses and presenting their arguments against the petitioners, counsel to the respondents, Agabi, Joseph Daudu (SAN), and Emmanuel Ukala (SAN), prayed the panel of Justices to uphold Ododo’s victory.

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