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PDP crisis: Makarfi not sincere, govs promote corruption, impunity- Sheriff

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Embattled Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff yesterday explained that while Sen. Ahmed Makarfi was not sincere towards reconciliation in the party, the governors
posed destabilizing danger to the existence of PDP.


Sheriff also said that
Makarfi is a distraction to the well being of the Party, since the sincerity of his Caretaker Committee towards reconciliation was questionable.

Sheriff, in a statement by his deputy, Cairo Ojougboh pointed out that PDP governors are promoting impunity and corruption in the party

He advised them to mind governance and leave party administration to the party, adding, “they should execute party manifestos to enable the party to excel in future elections. The issue of governors being financiers of the party should be addressed so that the party will not encourage corruption. This is the only way we can institutionalized internal democracy in the party that has eluded the party in the past.”

Sheriff waved aside the plan by Makarfi’s group to form another political party, adding that
“anything that will sieve corruption out of PDP would endear the party to Nigerians, this should be the pursuit of every serious minded leader of the party.”

Sheriff, who said that he just received a report from his committee that toured the entire six zones of the federation and interact with members of the Party from ward, local government and state chapters on the state of the party, added that “the state of the PDP across the Country is very strong and the voting public is very interested in the affairs of the Party.

“The report further noted that the opinion of Nigerians is that the PDP should move above the issue of National Caretaker Committee headed by Senator Ahamed Makarfi which is a distraction to the well being of the Party, since the sincerity of makarfi’s group towards reconciliation is questionable.

“PDP members from the grassroots are of the opinion that they no longer want a cash and carry style administration of the Party as exemplified by the National Caretaker Committee, which is viewed as a faction belonging to the bourgeoisie and not the grassroot.     

“Members of the party noted that what is needed in PDP is transparency and not a situation where officials would be bribed for tickets to contest public offices.”

Sheriff, however, said that his group would commence a tour of all the 36 states of the federation starting from Benue state in the next two weeks. He, also directed all state chapters of the party to update their ward registers for inspection.

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Mass defection as 3,250 APC, PDP members join APGA in Nasarawa

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About 3,250 members of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Obi Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa state have defected to All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

The defectors were received by the governorship candidate of the party, Labaran Maku at Obi LGA on Thursday, during his campaign visit, Tribune reports.

Speaking at the event, leaders of the defectors, Ubul Ukor and Elias Manasseh blamed “the failure of their former parties to address the security challenges in the state as the reason for their defection.”

“Apart from the insecurity problem, the present government of APC has not constructed roads and other social amenities in rural communities where we belong.

“Throughout our trying moments of insecurity and other problems confronting the state, Maku is the only person bold enough to speak in the defence of the masses.

“All other politicians and stakeholders of the state had abandoned us and only resurface now because they need our votes to win the election.

“We would stand with Maku no matter the blackmail or lies they spread against him because we know he is the only candidate that would ensure we go back to our farms and transform the state,” they said.

In his reaction, Maku expressed gratitude to the defectors for believing in him and his party.

He promised that if elected as the next governor of the state, he would restore security, develop the state, promote unity and generate employment.

“Under my leadership, any person or group instigating crisis and disunity would have the government to contain with irrespective of his or their status,” he added.

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Ezekwesili speaks on exclusion of Sowore, Duke, others from presidential debate

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Presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Oby Ezekwesili, has said she would like to meet five more influential presidential candidates on the platform of the national debate organised by the Nigerian Election Debate Group, NEDG.

The five candidates include: Donald Duke of the Social Democratic Party, SDP; Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress, AAC; Byron Fagbemj of KOWA Party; and, John Gbor of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA.

Ezekwesili made this known on Thursday in a statement shared via her verified Twitter handle.

She said: “As a country with huge contingent of Parties fielding candidates for election, it does make sense to at least allow more than 5 such parties, at least 25 percent of those candidates, to participate in the most influential of Presidential Debates.

“I especially want to see a candidate like Omoyele Sowore whose AAC has been diligent in crisscrossing Universities to awaken our young to engage in our Politics.

“I also believe that candidates of APGA, KOWA Party & SDP should be part of an additional list of 5 candidates for the Presidential Debate of BON/NEDG, considering their assiduous efforts to galvanize a base of citizens to get involved in these crucial polls.

“I hope earnestly that this will be considered by the organizers.”

Recall that the NEDG and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) had named only five political parties to participate in 2019 vice presidential and presidential debates.

According to a statement signed by the Executive Secretary of the NEDG, Eddi Emesiri, the parties are Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Young Progressives Party (YPP).

This meant that the presidential aspirants expected at the debate are President Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku Abubakar, Oby Ezekwesili, Fela Durotoye and Kingsley Moghalu.

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