S/South PDP Senators meet over Jonathan’s 2015 ambition

Worried over threats confronting President Jonathan’s perceived re-election bid in the 2015 presidential election and the seeming sharp division among senators on the development, senators of the South South geo-political zone under the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will meet in Asaba, Delta State, tomorrow, to discuss on how to handle the situation.

The meeting, according to Vanguard source, would be held at the instance of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South South zone in collaboration with the national headquarters of the party.

The party is said to be concerned about political developments in the House of Representatives where members of the party from the region had openly demonstrated their resolve to support the House Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, to contest against Jonathan in the forth coming presidential election in 2015.

The leadership of the South South PDP Senators Caucus, was said to have been approached by both the leadership of the party in the zone and the national headquarters to arrange a forum where they can all meet to chart a common course, a development that gave rise to the scheduled meeting. …(continue from source)

2015: DPP moves to reposition

The  Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) has, at an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, disbanded its merger committee formed to negotiate how the party could join the proposed All Progressive Congress (APC). It has instead outlined strategies to work with other parties in what the party referred to as a “strong and strategic third party force that will alter the present political map based on better leadership alternatives that the Nigerian people will be presented with.” It also took far-reaching decision to stem what the party called “manifest indiscipline and gross misconduct that is so strange to the DPP”.

In a statement by its National Director, Media and Publicity, Abubakar Ateeku Yusuf, the party stated that the emergency National Executive Committee meeting, presided over by its National Chairman, Major Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), and attended by its prime movers and  state chairmen across the nation, decided to disband the former merger committee.The statement reads in part, “The Merger Committee formed as a result of the resolution of the February 13 NEC meeting is hereby disbanded and a new committee to be appointed to continue the merger negotiations with other political Parties.”

The statement noted that the party  resolved in the meeting to hold its national convention on May 25, 2013 in Abuja to enable the party function effectively. In attendance at the meeting were notable leaders including Chief Great Ogboru, DPP’s gubernatorial candidate in Delta State in the last general elections, and Chief Tony Ezeagwu, the party’s Chairman in Delta State.

CPC dissolves into APC

The National Leader of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday in Abuja announced that the party had dissolved into the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Buhari, who made the announcement at the mid-term convention of the party, said the merger process by opposition parties of like minds was on course.

He said, “We must explore every opportunity to save our country. This is a historic moment when several different political parties have resolved to come together to change Nigeria for the better.

“We must seize this moment that calls for patriotism and sacrifice; it is time to sacrifice everything such as time, resources, ambition and ego for greater tomorrow.”

Buhari appealed for support of the merger of opposition political parties, in order to move Nigeria forward.

The CPC National Chairman, Chief Tony Momoh, who also spoke at the convention, said that it was the last convention of the party.

Momoh said, “We have had alliances, coalitions and other arrangements, but not merger in this country.

“That is why the decision by the progressive elite in Nigeria to come together to merger will work as planned.” …(continue from source)

Appeal tribunal upholds Lagos ACN candidate’s election

The Lagos State Election Petitions Appeal Tribunal Thursday quashed the judgment of the state election tribunal which ordered that a fresh chairmanship election be held in Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

The Appeal Tribunal subsequently affirmed the election of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate, Jide Jimoh and his deputy, Mrs. Olumegbon Bola Lawal.

In a unanimous decision, the five-man panel headed by Justice Opeyemi Oke held that all the proceedings that led to the judgment of the lower tribunal were conducted without jurisdiction.

The appeal tribunal in its lead judgment delivered by Justice Mojisola Dada held that the lower tribunal lacked jurisdiction to conduct proceedings without any application for extension of time and without any order made extending the proceedings of the tribunal beyond 30 days as provided by Sections 14 and 54 of the Tribunal Law. …(continue from source)

Edo electoral body berates polls monitors

The Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) on Wednesday berated some election monitors and observers, who it said, were masquerading for some political interest from reports they have been publishing on the April 20, 2013, local council election.

It, however, promised the people of the state credible election in Esan North-East Council and other wards in some councils across the state where polls were inconclusive.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday in Benin City, a member of the Commission, Prof. Stanley Orobatror, said many of the self-acclaimed election monitors who had been condemning the election in Abuja, were those who did not meet the criteria for monitoring the polls and also failed to force the Commission to pay them for the exercise.

He said 104 individuals and non- governmental organisations (NGOs) applied to be accredited but that on accepting their applications, “It was discovered that most of the applicants belonged to unregistered bodies while some had forged registration certificates”.

INEC Recognises Umeh as APGA Chairman

The embattled National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, has won the recognition of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Umeh, who was still celebrating the INEC’s reprieve, addressed journalists at the party headquarters thursday, saying the  governors of Anambra and Imo States, Mr. Peter Obi and Chief Rochas Okorocha, respectively have become a problem to APGA, rather than a blessing.

INEC, in a  letter with reference number, INEC/DPPM&L/APGA/003/ T/358,  dated  May 8, said it would continue to relate with Umeh as the  national chairman of APGA, adding that  its action is in compliance with the  ruling of the Court of Appeal, which stayed the execution of the Enugu High Court order restraining him from parading himself as the party chairman.

The commission’s letter, signed by its Secretary, Abdullahi A. Kaugama, reads: " The commission notes the ruling of the Court  of Appeal, which stayed the execution of the order of the Enugu High Court that restrained Chief Victor Umeh from parading himself as the national chairman of APGA. Consequently, the commission will continue to relate with Victor Umeh as the national chairman of APGA." …(continue from source)

2011 elections cost Nigeria N122.9bn – INEC

Nigeria spent the sum of N122.9bn to conduct the 2011 general elections.

 

This was disclosed in a statement issued in Abuja, Wednesday, by the Chief Press Secretary to the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr. Kayode Idowu.

 

Idowu said the amount showed that N9bn was saved from N131.4bn initially budgeted for the exercise.

 

The amount spent, he added, included N66.3bn on recurrent expenditure and N56.6bn also on capital expenditure.

 

He said: “Contrary to lingering speculations, the actual cost of the 2011 elections, including all costs involved in the voter registration exercise, is N66.3 billion for recurrent expenditure and N56.6 billion for capital expenditure – making a total of N122.9 billion or, if you like, $800.6 million at an exchange rate of N153.5 to $1 which prevailed at the time…"

 

A copy of the statement Dated 07 May, 2013 is  published on INEC’s Facebook Page.

2011 elections cost Nigeria N122.9bn – INEC

Nigeria spent the sum of N122.9bn to conduct the 2011 general elections.

 

This was disclosed in a statement issued in Abuja, Wednesday, by the Chief Press Secretary to the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr. Kayode Idowu.

 

Idowu said the amount showed that N9bn was saved from N131.4bn initially budgeted for the exercise.

 

The amount spent, he added, included N66.3bn on recurrent expenditure and N56.6bn also on capital expenditure.

 

He said: “Contrary to lingering speculations, the actual cost of the 2011 elections, including all costs involved in the voter registration exercise, is N66.3 billion for recurrent expenditure and N56.6 billion for capital expenditure – making a total of N122.9 billion or, if you like, $800.6 million at an exchange rate of N153.5 to $1 which prevailed at the time…"

 

A copy of the statement Dated 07 May, 2013 is  published on INEC’s Facebook Page.

Ekiti Assembly Confirms Modupe Adelabu as Dep Gov-designate

After several hours of screening, the appointment of the new Deputy Governor-designate of Ekiti State, Prof Modupe Adelabu, was Tuesday confirmed by the state House of Assembly.

The deputy governor-designate, who until her recent appointment as the Chairman of the state Universal Basic Education (SUBEB), was screened at the parliamentary session by the lawmakers.

The state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, had on May 3, sent the name of Adelabu to the assembly for ratification in replacement for the late deputy governor, Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka, who died of cancer on April 6.

As early as 8.a.m following the announcement on the state owned-radio station intimating the public about screening, members of the party as well as the party faithful and well-wishers had gathered at the assembly chambers as a mark of solidarity for the former SUBEB boss. …(continue from source)