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PDP crisis: Makarfi Group kicks as Sheriff plans convention

Ali Modu Sheriff plans to quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chair’s seat after convening a national convention to elect new leaders. He yesterday pleaded with the Ahmed Makarfi Committee, the governors and other stakeholders to allow peace in the PDP. They should wait for the convention to change the leadership, Sheriff said. The former Borno State governor spoke in ... Read More »

PDP Lawmaker defects to APC

A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives, Rep. Emmanuel Ukoette, representing Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom on Wednesday, defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). In a letter to the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, read on the floor of the House, Ukoette notified the House of his defection. He said he was leaving ... Read More »

INEC report on Rivers rerun indicts police, others

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released a damning report on the December 10, 2016 Rivers State rerun. The police compromised the integrity of the election, an INEC administrative inquiry said. The report cites obstructive involvement of security agencies as one of the factors that led to the failure of the electoral process in some local government areas. Part ... Read More »

PDP crisis: Jonathan backs Sheriff as Makarfi Group appeals judgment

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday hosted and endorsed the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, at the ex-President’s residence in Abuja. The meeting, which held behind closed doors, was also attended by Sheriff’s Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh; Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bernard Mikko; and the National Youth Leader, Mr. Demis Alonge-Niyi. Also at ... Read More »

Police barricade ICC venue of PDP meeting

The Nigeria Police Force on Monday barricaded the International Conference Centre, Abuja, venue of the scheduled Stakeholders meeting of the entire organs of the Peoples Democratic Party. The action, it was gathered, followed the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers which on Friday, recognised Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman of the troubled party. ... Read More »

INEC to drop Makarfi from party chairmen’s list

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it will obey the verdict of the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal, which, nullified the outcome of the May 21, 2016 Convention of the PDP Before, the judgment, the commission, in the list of 40 registered political parties in the country, recognised Makarfi as the National Chairman of the PDP. ... Read More »

PDP Crisis: Sheriff, Aliyu Visit IBB in Minna

Chairman of the embattled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, was in the Niger State capital, on Saturday, to see a former Governor of the state, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, and former military President, Ibrahim Babangida. The appellate court, last week, recognised Sheriff as the National Chairman of the PDP, throwing away the claim of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led ... Read More »

Ben Bruce makes U-Turn, says Sheriff the only way to save PDP from destruction

Respect for the court ruling that affirmed Ali Sheriff as the authentic chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party is the “only way” to salvage Nigeria’s troubled opposition party, Ben Bruce has said. Mr. Bruce, a PDP Senator from Bayelsa State, disclosed his position on the party’s leadership crisis during the weekend via a one-paragraph statement made available to newsmen. The ... Read More »

Why we won’t accept Sheriff as PDP Chairman – Fani-Kayode

A factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Sheriff, will not be given support because he is an agent of the ruling All Progressives Congress, a chieftain of the opposition party said Sunday. Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, said in a statement made available to our correspondent that Mr. Sheriff had been working actively to weaken the ... Read More »

APC registers one million members in South East

The All Progressive Congress (APC) has registered over one million new members in south east states, it was revealed at the weekend. The south east zone of the party has also requested for extension of the time allotted for the on-going continuous registration exercise of the party. It also requested for more materials from the national leadership of the party. ... Read More »