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The Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has refuted releasing any zoning arrangement for the National Convention slated for February 26, 2022. 

The committee, after its 19th regular meeting, which lasted for two days, released the timetable and schedule of activities for the convention of the party. 

Addressing journalists after Wednesday's meeting held at the Party’s National Secretariat, the Secretary of the Caretaker Committee, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, said at no time did the committee discuss the zoning arrangement for the National Convention.

Akpanudoedehe: “I am here to debunk the fake news going around on the social media that we have zoned offices. We are yet to meet on the issue of zoning. 

“The news and rumour making round are fake news. We never discussed the issue during our deliberations. People should disregard the story because it is fake news. It is not true.”

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has constituted the Ward Congresses Electoral Appeal Committee to consider appeals arising from the conduct of 3-Man ad-hoc Ward Congresses ahead of the June 18, 2022 Ekiti governorship election.

Members of the Appeals Committee are:

1. H.E. Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo (Chairman)

2. H.E. Dr. Ibrahim H. Dankwambo (Member)

3. Amb. Dr. Mrs. Kema Chikwe (Member)

4. Dame Dr. Esther Uduehi (Member)

5. Barr. Kingsley Chukwu (Member)

6. Barr. Musa Elayo (Member/Secretary)

The exercise is scheduled for Thursday, January 20, 2022 at the NWC Hall, Wadata Plaza, Abuja.

All petitions and concerns are to be submitted at the National Secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Abuja ahead of the exercise.

All governorship aspirants, leaders and critical stakeholders of the great in Ekiti state should please take note.

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Counting down to the February 26 National Convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, a group under the aegis of South-South Emerging Leaders’ Forum (SELF) has urged Stakeholders and leaders of the party not to elect as National Chairman, some former governors and individuals who have been indicted for some financial crimes by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and other anti-graft agencies.

According to the group, it will be out of place for the APC to elect as National Chairman who will be the head of the National Working Committee, NWC a person who is being indicted by the EFCC and others. 

In a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, the National Coordinator of the group, Barrister Preye Wilson, warned that as a ruling party, the party does not need a national chairman that will be moved in and out of the anti-corruption agencies’ offices to explain their dealings in the past.

The National Coordinator of  South-South Emerging Leaders’ Forum, SELF who was reacting to a write-up titled, “the APC faces integrity test, five chairmanship aspirants on EFCC radar, said that it is time for the ruling party to deviate from past experiences of electing former governor as national chairman, even as he warned that if any of these allegedly indicted chairmanship aspirants is elected as a national chairman the party will be easily blackmailed by the opposition parties and other critics.

A National Newspaper had argued that “President Buhari, who claims the fight against corruption is the cornerstone of his administration, has constantly frowned against corrupt persons taking up positions of leadership. With some of the aspirants still battling cases at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, will the President as the leader of the party, and the APC hierarchy be willing to look the other way or will they insist that anyone is free to contest? Providing an answer to this question would require looking into the profiles of the 11 aspirants.”

However, the South-south forum has urged that the party delegates and leaders at all levels should consider Senator Mohammed Sani Musa’s integrity, track records, firmness and simplicity among those parading themselves as chairmanship aspirants in APC.

Wilson said, “For us in the South-south Emerging Leaders’ Forum, we believe that the best way the ruling party can continue to discourage corruption as clearly stated in the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari is to elect a new national chairman that’s free of EFCC or ICPC cases. 

“We also note that since the successful merger process the produced the ruling APC former governors have had enough time. From our father former governor of Osun state Chief Bisi Akande, who was succeeded by another former governor of Edo state Chief John Odigie Oyegun and later to another former governor of Edo state Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, we feel it is time to try a Senator and a competent hand at that.

“We, therefore, appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President and Speaker, former and serving governors, and all the APC leaders at all levels to support the aspiration of Senator Mohammed Sani Musa from Niger state to emerge the next national chairman of APC.

“This we believe that governing APC will not regret. We have taken our time to investigate all the aspirants, we have listened to them on various platforms and also read about their plans for the party and therefore come to a conclusion that Senator representing Niger East is currently the best to lead an anti-corruption political party among other indices.”
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Following the continued interplay of forces which has culminated in the decision to hold its national convention on February 26, the Buhari House national secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC on Wednesday witnessed increased security presence.

Policemen in several Hilux vans were stationed in strategic locations along the Blantyre Street of the secretariat in what party sources said is to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

“This is more like a routine. It is to inspire confidence in those who transact businesses with us, including those of you in the media who come here (secretariat) everyday.

“As you know, we also work based on intels. There will be several meetings on the composition of sub-committees for the national convention and there is need to ensure that our property, staff and visitors are guaranteed foolproof security”, said a party official.

Meanwhile, ahead of the national convention, the South-south Emerging Leaders’ Forum SELF has warned leaders of the party not to elect some former governors and individuals in the race who have been indicted for some financial crimes by anti-corruption agencies.

In a statement Wednesday in Abuja, National Coordinator of the group Barrister Preye Wilson, warned that the ruling party does not need a national chairman that will be a regular visitor to anti-graft agencies to explain past dealings when such person is supposed to be strategizing on securing victory for the party in next year’s general election.

Barrister Wilson also added that it was time the ruling party deviated from past experiences of electing former governor as national chairman.

While making reference to a media report titled: “APC faces integrity test, five chairmanship aspirants on EFCC radar,” the South-south forum warned that if any of these allegedly indicted chairmanship aspirants is elected as a national chairman the party will be easily blackmailed by the opposition parties and other critics.

The report published by a national newspaper had queried; “President Buhari, who claims the fight against corruption is the cornerstone of his administration, has constantly frowned against corrupt persons taking up positions of leadership. With some of the aspirants still battling cases at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, will the President as the leader of the party, and the APC hierarchy be willing to look the other way or will they insist that anyone is free to contest? Providing an answer to this question would require looking into the profiles of the 11 aspirants.”

The South-south forum however urged the party delegates and leaders at all levels to consider Senator Mohammed Sani Musa’s integrity, track records, firmness and simplicity among those parading themselves as chairmanship aspirants in APC.

“For us in the South-South Emerging Leaders’ Forum, we believe that the best way the ruling party can continue to discourage corruption as clearly stated in the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari is to elect a new national chairman that is free of EFCC or ICPC cases. 

“We also note that since the successful merger process that produced the ruling APC, former governors have had enough time. From our father, former Governor of Osun state, Chief Bisi Akande, who was succeeded by another former Governor of Edo state, Chief John Odigie Oyegun and later to another former Governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, we feel it is time to try a Senator and a competent hand at that.

“We therefore appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President and Speaker, former and serving governors, and all the APC leaders at all levels to support the aspiration of Senator Mohammed Sani Musa from Niger state to emerge the next national chairman of APC.

“This we believe that the governing APC will not regret. We have taken our time to investigate all the aspirants, we have listened to them at various platforms and also read about their plans for the party and therefore came to a conclusion that the Senator representing Niger East is currently the best to lead an anti-corruption political party among other indices.”
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Senator Orji Uzor Kalu

Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, All Progressives Congress, APC, Abia Norh has taken a swipe at those who have already declared to contest as President of the country ahead of 2023 general and Presidential elections, saying those persons are not serious. 

The former governor of Abia state has said that he does not believe in Igbo Presidency, but believes in Nigerian President of Igbo extraction, just as he declared that if the Presidency is zoned to the South East geo- political zone of the country, he has everything it takes for him to vie for the most exalted position in the land. 

Answering questions from Journalists Wednesday in Abuja, Senator Orji who noted that he has not started  consulting  ahead of his formal declaration for the position of the President of the country, said, “Well they are pushing but they are not serious, a serious minded person will like to be fair to Nigeria, fair to the society and to be fair to the atmosphere, because the party is not owned by me or you the media. 

“This party is owned by Nigerians and the APC members . It is only APC that can decide like at the forth coming convention where the Presidential ticket will be zoned to. If they zone it to the south east I have everything it takes to make a good President.”

When asked if he believes in Igbo Presidency, the former Abia state governor said, “I don’t believe, I believe in Nigerian President of Igbo extraction.”

On his take on talks that  it is the turn of the Igbos, Kalu said, “It is over due, I believe that we should produce the next President  and it is going to happen. I don’t need to push, I have to push along with the other regions.

Asked whether he is consulting he said, “no because it is not yet the time.”

On his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday night, Kalu said, “This is not the first time I go to see the president, Presidency is place where people go in the afternoon, I went in the night to avoid the media. I go there regularly it is a family affair and I went there to discuss national issues, issue of security, issue of well being of our country and issue of the electoral act. The discussion was very fruitful and it was held in the night, is that why you should come to ambush me?

When asked if he informed President Buhari of intention to contest for the Presidency, Orji Kalu said, “Did the party zone the 2023 presidency to the South West, I told you before that when the party zones it  officially to the south. I told you the only two zones that have not tasted the presidency are the south east and the Northeast, once they zone it to anyone of them I have the capacity and the capability I will roll and I will rock like a hurricane.”
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This is to bring to the attention of all members that the meeting of PDP leaders with Ekiti stakeholders scheduled for today, Wednesday, January 19, 2022 has been canceled. 

This is due to reasons beyond the control of the Party. A new date will be communicated in due course.

The Party regrets all inconveniences this cancellation has caused the invitees.

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Following the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors’ insistence on a February date for the party’s national convention, and a vote of confidence in the chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC, Governor Mai Mala Buni, members of the committee will meet, today, to address other burning issues before the party.

Rising from a meeting late Sunday night at the Kebbi State Governor’s Lodge in the Asokoro District of Abuja, no fewer than 20 of the governors were said to be split as to whether to go on with the convention in February or shift it to a later date.

Among governors in attendance at the meeting were Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger), Mohammed Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Bello Matawalle (Zamfara) and Dave Umahi (Ebonyi).Others were Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Babajide Sanwoolu (Lagos), Simon Bako Lalong (Plateau), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Mai Mala Buni (Yobe), Hope Uzodinma (Imo), Ben Ayade (Cross River), Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq (Kwara), Babagana Zulum (Borno), Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Kano), Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti).Briefing journalists at the end of the meeting,  Chairman of the Forum and Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, said the forum passed a vote of confidence in Governor Buni and two other governors in the CECPC — Abubakar Sani Bello and Gboyega Oyetola.

He said the governors also agreed to go ahead with the national convention slated for February.

He, however, did not give a specific date, saying the CECPC will have to consult with other stakeholders to harmonise all positions and announce a suitable date.

The APC governors dismissed speculations of a rift within their ranks, saying they are all united behind the Mai Mala Buni-led CECPC as it prepares for the February National Convention.

Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum PGF and Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, said: “We are one group of stakeholders. The appropriate organ of the party is the CECPC that will anounce date for the convention.

“The PGF is one united body as you can see evidently from the attendance. Our decision is unanimous. We are united behind Mr. President and we thank him and we are united behind the caretaker committee.

“We have agreed and they (CECPC) will announce a date in February. The announcement comes from the party. It is a party decision. There are other stakeholders that they are consulting and we should respect institutional limits. We are not going to over step our bounds.”

The governors were expected to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the outcome of their meeting, yesterday. It was learnt that the CECPC chairman visited President Buhari to intimate him on the decision of the governors.

One of the outcomes of the meeting was the resignation of the Director-General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum PGF, Salihu Moh. Lukman.

It was gathered that his resignation followed Sunday night’s meeting of the APC Governors’ Forum where a few of the governors demanded that he be booted out for being too vocal.

Many of the governors were said to have kicked against the demand, saying the erstwhile PGF boss should be allowed to continue to speak in his personal capacity as a chieftain of the party.

Though Lukman did not immediately respond to media enquiries seeking his response, a party official said: “The PGF boss has done the right thing by acting according to his conscience. No one has right to abridge his freedom of expression.”

Smarting from the endorsement of the governors, the CECPC, which will meet today, said it would protect the interest of the party and won’t be forced into making errors regarding the conduct of its affairs and especially the forthcoming national convention.According to the leadership, being drivers of the bureaucratic vehicle of the party, they are more likely to see farther than others on the sidelines.

Speaking with Vanguard, National Secretary of the CECPC, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, lamented the growing resort to wild speculations, and said there was no time the committee said it would not hold the convention as scheduled.“Have we ever said no?

Have we ever told you anything to the contrary? We have a system and that is why we do not respond to certain issues in the media”, he stated.“All what we are doing is about the interest of the party. As drivers, no matter what you tell us, if we know we are going to jam a trailer, we won’t proceed in certain directions. All members of this party are our bosses and we do not counter them,” Akpanudoedehe added.

Meanwhile, as the battle for the 2023 presidential ticket of the APC intensifies, supporters of National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday, converged on Abuja to discuss strategies aimed at ensuring the emergence of the former Lagos State governor as the party’s flagbearer.

They expressed readiness for the battle ahead, saying Tinubu towers above all his political rivals.Some of those who spoke at the well-attended summit held at the International Conference Centre, ICC, were a former Governor of Borno State and serving senator, Kashim Shettima; former Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Babachir Lawal; Kano APC chieftain, Senator Abu Ibrahim; James Faleke; Abdulmumuni Jibrin; and Kano State Assembly members led by their speaker.

The event tagged: “Support Group Conference,” was organized by Support Groups Management Council of which Jibrin is director-general.

Chaired by Senator Ibrahim, the keynote speaker at the event, Senator Shettima, said that those attacking Tinubu since he declared his presidential ambition are only afraid of his rising profile.

He said in Tinubu there is now a collective realisation that Nigeria’s future rests on the choice of a unifying leader, who panders to neither ethnic nor religious agenda, and one who is not bound by toxic regional solidarity and yet known for a track record of outstanding leadership.

“If you look round this country in search of such a noble character, the count easily falls on the subject of this gathering: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.“So much has been said about this political enigma and most of them by hacks with a poor sense of history. The path that led us to Asiwaju didn’t happen by chance. His propensity for sacrificing his comfort to save our democracy has been duly documented across time,” he stated.

According to him, Tinubu’s choices and endorsements of northerners as presidential candidates while others were masterminding ethno-regional solidarity and fuelling socio-cultural affinities readily affirm his pan-Nigerian profile.

He said: “The mudslinging that has trailed Asiwaju since his presidential bid took the top spot in the country is a mere acknowledgement of his political track record and “The attempts at weaving ridiculous fiction to override the history we have all witnessed demonstrate the detractors’ utter desperation and cowardice. One of such is the mischievous fixation on his age and the wild conclusions that he’s physically unsuitable for the office of the President. This obsession characterizes the thinking of those who have no understanding of Asiwaju’s incredible work ethics.”

Shettima added that the mark of true leadership is not in the ability to lift a bag of cement but in the mental effort to think rationally of solutions designed to redeem one’s people and territorial jurisdiction.”

He queried those he tagged as “Buhari’s Church of Latter Day Saints” to explain where they were when Tinubu and a few others were working to actualise the Buhari presidency.

On his part, Babachir Lawal lamented that since forming government at the centre and in many states across the federation for the past seven and a half years, the objective of building a cohesive and virile political party has eluded the leadership of the APC.

“This has not only limited the capacity of the government to deliver on the promises made to Nigerians but has also created legitimate doubt on the sustainability of the party. The incapacity of the party to even harmonize and synergize policy direction of the Federal Government with that of states it controls especially in key critical areas around which the campaigns were ran, speaks volumes about its incompetence.

“Compounding these problems in the last one year is the apparent hijacking of the party by a self-serving cabal who, driven by personal ambitions, have failed to organise even simple conflict-free ward, local government, and state congresses not to talk of a national convention. As we speak, there are only a handful of states in the country that do not have parallel state executives.

“This is the current state of our party and it is in this environment that we gathered here must operate to deliver Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the party’s flag bearer at the 2023 presidential election. And this we will do be it through consensus, indirect or direct party primaries by the grace of God. We are neither offended nor threatened by whichever method the party chooses to adopt for the emergence of its presidential candidate.”

Also speaking, Jibrin said the meeting was a gathering of delegates from over 2,500 support groups of Tinubu, adding that even though the ban on campaigns has not been lifted, the groups were embarking on preparatory activities to start on a sure footing by the time campaigns start.

In like manner, no fewer than 600 women groups, drawn from different parts of the country, will, next Tuesday, converge on Abuja the nation’s capital for a solidarity walk for Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

The solidarity walk is tagged, “One Million Women March for GYB”.Operating under the auspices of Women United For Yahaya Bello, WUYABEL, the women groups, including non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, religious, professional bodies, women in media, politics, market women as well as top women entrepreneurs, among others, will storm Abuja to drum support for the Governor, who has declared his intention to succeed President Buhari in 2023.

According to a statement by the Global Coordinator of WUYABEL, Dr. Hanatu Adeeko, the gathering will be the first of its kind “especially now that the political stage is almost set.”

She said they are rooting for Bello because as governor, he has redefined governance in Kogi State with sterling and verifiable performance, especially in the areas of women and youth empowerment, poverty alleviation, massive infrastructure development, and health care delivery among others.

“Governor Bello has empowered and supported women to grow. No state in Nigeria has given more positions to women than Kogi. And sincerely, the state is getting it right in critical areas. We want to encourage other Governors to walk the talk by standing with that one Governor that has made us proud. Governor Yahaya Bello must know that once he has women on his side, he can go to sleep. We believe in his capacity and will make it happen.”

Meanwhile, former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling APC, Yekini Nabena, has warned supporters of presidential aspirants on the platform of the party to desist from heating up the polity, saying the current campaign of calumny by some supporters is capable of de-marketing whoever that eventually emerges the candidate of the party.

Nabena who urged the party members to avoid hate speeches and embrace issue-based campaigns rather than attacking themselves, said “It is too early to be unnecessarily emotive.”

Some of the party chieftains who have declared their presidential ambition are Chief Moses Chia Ayom, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Mr Ikechukwu Dallas Chima and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

The APC chieftain warned in a statement, yesterday, that any negative comment made against any of those seeking the ticket of the APC now will later be used as a demonisation weapon by the opposition parties. Nabena said: “My appeal is for all our members to embrace issue-based campaign strategies in selling whoever they feel should succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. There is no need to be unnecessarily emotive about it.

“I believe that all our presidential aspirants are well qualified to pick the ticket. It is a fact that participatory democracy gives room for choices even within the same political party as it is a practice in the APC. We should therefore engage constructively without demonising ourselves, bearing in mind that whatever we say against each other now will later be capitalized on by other political parties during the general elections.”
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Bode George

Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bode George, yesterday, vowed to work against any questionable character who seeks to be President of the country in 2023.

Speaking during a media interaction in his Lagos office, George also denied nursing any presidential ambition, noting that age is no longer on his side.

He said: “There is time for everything. By 2023, I will be 78 years old. All the energy required to run around for campaign and run Villa affairs will no longer be there.

“But I still have clear thoughts in my head; my brain is still sharp, and I have said it before that by 2023, I will stop partisan politics and remain neutral until I die.

“But if I see things that are not right, I will talk.”

George also said that every qualified citizen has the right to aspire to any leadership position in a true, genuine and democratic order.

However, he noted, “It is also incumbent upon the rest of us as citizens of this nation to inquire, to scrutinize, to investigate, to examine in totality the qualities of those who seek our mandate.

“It is our inalienable right to examine the pedigree of all the aspirants. What are their antecedents? What are their educational backgrounds?

“What is their family provenance? Who are their friends? What do they hold as defining valuable doctrine? What is their mission and vision?

“What is the source of their wealth? Are they legitimate tycoons with visible investments or they are mere mercenary buccaneers with their eyes greedily set on looting our commonwealth?

“These are legitimate enquiries we must all make to ensure that well-known looters, criminally-minded nepotistic agents are never allowed to preside over our nation.

“We know those who have blatantly looted some states. We know those who have reduced the wealth of some hapless states into an obscene private appropriation.

“We know the recklessly greedy who have turned governance into a family affair, sharing the wealth of the people among themselves, their acolytes and their unconscionable friends.

“Is it not fair and just that we the people must ensure that our future and the future of unborn generations are not mortgaged by our silence in the face of injustice?

“Do I have a prejudice against anyone? No. Am I biased against a particular aspirant? No.

“Am I waging a personal vendetta against anyone’s ambition? Again, no.”
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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE PDP GOVERNORS’ FORUM AT THE END OF THEIR MEETING IN PORT HARCOURT, RIVERS STATE, JANUARY 17, 2022.

The PDP Governors’ Forum held its regular meeting crucial to the sustenance of our Democracy on Monday, 17th January, 2022, at the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt, the first in the new year. The meeting once again reviewed the state of the States, the state of the nation and THE PDP and issued the following Communique:

1. The PDP Governors congratulated the entire PDP family for conducting a smooth and credible National Convention that led to the emergence of the highly acclaimed Senator Dr. Iyorchia Ayu-led National Executive Committee and commended the new PDP NWC for hitting the ground running with respect to repositioning the PDP into a credible vehicle for RESCUING and REBUILDING Nigeria which has been battered by bad economy, insecurity, unemployment and other social ills by the incompetent and inept APC Administration.

2. The PDP Governors requested the National Assembly to quickly conclude deliberations on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill either by overriding Mr President's veto or deleting areas of complaints. The meeting advised that the option of sustaining Mr President's veto would lead to a quicker resolution and would deny Mr President the opportunity to once again truncate a reformed Electoral jurisprudence for Nigeria. An early concluded Electoral Act is vital for credible elections.

3. The meeting lamented the continued state of insecurity in the country, the persistent and ceaseless flow of Nigerians' blood on a daily basis in many parts of Nigeria, the near collapse of the security situation in Nigeria. The strategies to confront terrorists, kidnappers, bandits and other criminals is still a major problem of the APC administration.

4. The meeting expressed regrets that Mr President is unwilling, from his recent comments discountenancing the proposals for state policing, to participate in reviewing the structural problems of tackling insecurity in Nigeria and urges Mr President to reconsider his position and consider decentralisation and restructuring of the security architecture as the most viable solution, together with proper arming, funding and training requirements for Security Agencies.

5. The Nigerian Economy has continued to deteriorate and Nigerians have become numb and accustomed to bad economic news as exemplified by the inconsistent and differential exchange rate regime, high interest rates, unsustainable unemployment figures and borrowing spree some of which have not been applied to important projects, and other bad economic indicators. In particular, it is clear that the APC Government is a massive failure when compared with the records of PDP in government. The PDP handed over a $550 billion economy (the largest in Africa), but under APC, Nigeria is the Poverty Capital of the world. In 2015, under PDP, the exchange rate was N198 per Dollar, it is now under APC almost N500 to a Dollar; In 2015, unemployment rate was 7.3% under PDP, it is now 33%, one of the highest in the world under APC; In 2015, the Pump price of Petroleum was N87 per litre, it is now N165 per litre and climbing under APC. Debt Servicing now under APC takes over 98% of the Federal budget. The tales of woe is endless.

6. The PDP Governors noted that the management of our Oil and Gas resources, the administration of Federation Account remittances have remained opaque, confusing and non - transparent. In addition, the transition to NNPC Ltd under the Petroleum Industry Act has not been properly streamlined to ensure that the interests of all the tiers of Government are protected, consistent with the 1999 Constitution.

7. The meeting urged eligible Nigerians of all walks of life, particularly the Youths, to register en masse with INEC to exercise their franchise in the 2023 general elections. It further noted that the next election is a very consequential election that should be used to end the dominance of very youth unfriendly APC Government; a government that had the arrogance to deny Nigerian youths of the use of TWITTER, a business friendly tool for the young, for over a year. The youths should empower themselves to determine who leads them.

8. The PDP Governors congratulated the Chief Host, His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, for the very high standards of hosting and for the great leadership performance he has entrenched in Rivers State.

9. The PDP Governors wished Nigerians and PDP Members a happy new Year.

In attendance are:
Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR- Sokoto State - Chairman
Gov. Udom Emmanuel - Akwa Ibom State - Member
Gov. Sen. Douye Diri - Bayelsa State - Member
Gov. Samuel Ortom -Benue State -Member
Gov. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa - Delta State - Member
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi - Enugu State - Member
Gov. Nyesom Wike, CON - Rivers State - Member
Gov. Engr. Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde - Oyo State - Member
Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri -Adamawa State -Member
Gov. Bala Mohammed -Bauchi State - Member
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…Assures of Amicable Resolution of Concerns

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has on Monday, January 17, 2022 received the report of the Ekiti State Three-man Ad-hoc Delegate Ward Congress conducted on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

The NWC has also received petitions and complaints from stakeholders on the Congress.

The NWC assures that the report as well as the petitions and complaints will be comprehensively reviewed while all concerns raised will be carefully considered for amicable resolution in the overall interest of the Party.

The NWC urged all governorship aspirants, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our Party in Ekiti State to remain calm, united and focused for the task ahead.