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APC, NEW PDP Merger a Done Deal, MOU Signed *Defecting lawmakers’ seats safe

Posted on November 28, 2013. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: , , |

                             

It has been brought to my notice that a statement denying the merger between the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been credited to me and my office. I was quoted as saying that the MOU between the two parties is yet to be signed and because of this the merger is yet to be effected.

 

I wish to state that no such statement was at any time issued by me or my office. Instead, I wish to reiterate that the MOU between us and APC has been duly signed by both the nPDP National Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, and the National Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande.

 

In this regard, the general public should disregard any statement from whatever source which tries to give the impression that the merger between us and APC is in danger. The truth in that the merger is waxing stronger by the day and that our resolve to save our fledgling democracy is unshakable.

 

As we stated in our press statement of yesterday, President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP leadership should come to terms with the fact that PDP is now an opposition political party and Jonathan should start writing his handover notes as APC is fully set to take over the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in 2015 so as to give Nigerians the dividends of democracy they have been yearning for.

 

Meanwhile, we have read reports that members of the National Assembly that follow us to APC will lose their seats. This cannot happen as it will be at variance with the relevant sections of our Constitution and Electoral Laws that guarantee members of the National Assembly safety once their parent party is in crisis as PDP is at the moment.

 

For the avoidance of doubt, there is no danger of their losing their seats as made clear by sections 68(1)(g) and 109(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) in relation to the status of members of a legislative house (state and national) who defect from the political parties from which they were elected to join another political party.
The wordings of the aforesaid sections are in agreement with those of sections 64(1)(g) of the 1979 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria given judicial interpretation by the Supreme Court in the case of FEDECO Vs Goni (1983) FNR 203. This case was argued by the best legal minds of that era (Chief FRA Williams SAN and GOK Ajayi SAN). The court held that such a member keeps his seat if his defection is as a result of a division or split in his party.

 

In this regard particularly now that we have the majority in the National Assembly our members in the National Assembly should express no fear as they are well protected and covered by the Constitution of the Federal Republic seeing that Alh Bamanga Tukur and his cohorts have succeeded to split the PDP into old and new PDP and are free to join any party of their choice

 

Long live NPDP!

 

Long live Nigeria!!!

 

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka

 

National Publicity Secretary, NPDP

 

 

 

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Peterside hails Amaechi, deplores drought of men of courage and character

Posted on November 14, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Hon. Dakuku Peterside has described Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi who recently bagged an award by Business Day for States’ Competitiveness and Good Governance as a man of uncommon courage and character.

Hon Dakuku Peterside

Hon Dakuku Peterside

Peterside who attended the colourful award ceremony which held in Lagos commended Business Day for selecting Amaechi and for showing rare bravery in their choice especially in this season when any act of courage is easily misunderstood.

According to Peterside, “we are not surprised that he was selected for this award. For a man who has dedicated his entire life to the service of his people, this award is not only fitting but encouraging. We are therefore happy that his achievements resonate beyond our state”.

Continuing, Peterside added: “Governor Amaechi will continue to disappoint his detractors because of the strength of his character, courage and focus. And for his teeming admirers, we are optimistic and confident that he will end well because he is already leaving lasting legacies in Rivers State. Award by Business Day for States’ Competitiveness and Good Governance is part of that celebration that is already echoing beyond Rivers State.

It will be recalled that Business Day gave out the award in 13 categories and Rivers State won in a number of categories. Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State carted away the Best Governor in Education Development award.

The lawmaker therefore prayed God to grant Nigeria more individuals in the mould of Amaechi. “Nigeria needs more Rotimi Amaechis to speak truth and courage whenever the need arises. That is the only way to build our nation and escape God’s judgement”.

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Shot Dead, Two Injured in Enugu Robbery Attack (Photo: Bloody, proceed with caution)

Posted on November 13, 2013. Filed under: news | Tags: , |

MTN Driver in his pool of bloodEye witness from Coal City, Enugu this afternoon says cold-blooded, dare-devil robbers have shot two persons dead while injuring two others with bullet shots in the leg. The dead were an MTN driver whole distributes or sells MTN recharge cards to its customers and a tricycle (also known as Keke) driver.

Police Team and crowd trying get a glimpse of the MTN driverThe robbers according to the eye witness who would not want his name mentioned, said the MTN driver was intercepted close to Mbanugo Bus Stop by the robbers, after which they opened a close range shooting at the driver which resulted in the driver’s death and undisclosed amount of money and unsold MTN recharge cards were made away with.

Praise in his pool of blood along Mbanugo StreetThe Keke driver was not lucky as he stopped and started running but was hit in the head by the armed robber’s bullet. Though the name of the MTN driver has not yet been revealed, the Keke driver was simply identified as Praise.

The other two victims, who were said to have been shot in the leg, have been rushed to hospital.

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Oyinlola’s Court Victory: Tukur’s Days as PDP Chair Are Numbered – nPDP

Posted on November 8, 2013. Filed under: news | Tags: |

With the reversion of what it described as “unjust sacking” of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), by the Court of Appeal, the factional PDP led by Alhaji Kawu Baraje says the days of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and his illegal National Working Committee (NWC) in the Wadata Plaza Headquarters of the party have become numbered.

In a statement to NF-Reports by the faction’s National Publicity Secretary,  Mr Eze Chukwuemeka Eze said they received the judgment rendered by the Appeal Court, Abuja, with great joy and gratitude.

Bamanga Tukur, PDP National Chairman

Bamanga Tukur, PDP National Chairman

“This judgment has once again reinforced our belief in the judiciary as the bastion of our democracy and the last hope of the common man. We once again commend and congratulate the judiciary for taking a firm stand for the truth in the face of the plot by some unpatriotic elements to cause confusion in the PDP with a view to destroying this great institution which some of us have laboured for many years to build” Eze said.

Parts of the release read:

“This is just one of the anomalies we have been complaining of that came about due to lack of internal democracy in our party occasioned by the undemocratic elements that hijacked the structure of our party and we are relying so much on the Judiciary to help us in addressing other anomalies that gave rise to our present struggle and restore hope back to our party.

“With this judgment, we hope that very soon our other court cases asking for the dissolution of the Tukur-led NWC would be given the same serious attention to enable us formally take over the reins of our party and restore it to the path of honour, justice and democratic norms which Tukur and his cohorts have bastardised.

“We wish to assure PDP faithful and all lovers of democracy that the cat with nine lives, Prince (Barr.) Olagunsoye Oyinlola is ready and determined to do the great work of rebuilding our great party. The sacking of the entire illegal NWC is, however, necessary so as to create room for the replacement of the current membership with patriotic party leaders who would join Prince Oyinlola in rebuilding the party, which has suffered so much in the hands of Tukur and his co-travellers.

“We sincerely sympathise with the erstwhile National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, who has achieved an unenviable record as the shortest reigning PDP National Secretary since the formation of the party. He should find something better to do and leave politics to politicians and return to the academic world to do what he knows best.

“The PDP National Legal Adviser Mr. Victor Kwom should stop further study of a judgement which was very clear even to a layman and set in motion the machinery for the immediate swearing in of Prince Oyinlola by next week Monday, 11th November, 2013, as he is in a hurry to start the rebuilding of the party. The National Legal Adviser who saw to Prof Wale Oladipo swearing in within 24 hours after his own court victory should apply the same treatment to the authentic National Secretary of PDP and stop portraying our party as a lawless party by attempting to delay his swearing in ceremony in obedience to a court ruling aimed at repositioning our party.

“We thank some of Tukur’s NWC members and most of the staff of PDP in the Wadata Plaza who have called to congratulate Prince Oyinlola and want him to be sworn-in today. However, as we have already told them privately, that would not be possible as Prince Oyinlola is presently not in Abuja. Monday, 11th November, 2013 is okay as the swearing-in date and we are preparing to storm the PDP National Secretariat to claim what rightfully belongs to us.

“As we commend and congratulate Prince Oyinlola for this feat, we urge him not to be corrupted by the undemocratic toxic that may have been dropped in his office by Prof. Oladipo as many Nigerians look up to him to not only to restore hope to the PDP, but to also use his magic wand to unify the party. We are happy of sending him back to the Wadata Plaza in advance as our present day John the Baptist to prepare and to announce to the world of our arrival as the authentic NWC of our great party within the next few weeks” the statement concluded.

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NASS Should Begin Immediate Probe of Enugu Maximum Prison

Posted on November 5, 2013. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: |

Transform Nigeria Citizens Initiative (TNCI) had expected alongside other Nigerians that the relevant authorities would have begun a probe into startling revelations by the Sun Newspaper of October 20, 2013 concerning illegal operations at Enugu Maximum Prison.

We hereby request for the National Assembly to beam their searchlight on the manner the prison authorities run the penal institution. Following the Sun reports, our independent investigations reveal that inmates at the Enugu Prisons truly undergo such inhuman ordeal in the hands of the Prison officials as revealed in the newspaper.

We are dismayed to learn that Enugu prison authorities which is funded by the taxpayers still force prisoners to pay a N2,000 fee to transport them from the prison to court for their trial; and if they fail to pay, they miss court hearings leading to further adjournments.

We also urge NASS to summon the prison authorities to explain why inmates should pay between N100 to N150 for a bucket of water when such water is freely provided from a borehole dug by the Federal Government for the inmates.

Our laws provide that an accused is deemed innocent until a relevant court of law rules otherwise; it thus becomes gross human abuse in a prison where majority of the inmates are awaiting trial, for officials to punish the inmates by rationing the free water to a maximum of two to three cups of drinking water daily while those who wanted more pay for it.

We further urge the honourable members and senators to commence an urgent investigation into reports that inmates pay N10, 000, N25, 000 or even up to N200, 000 to be allocated cells depending on the quality of the cell; a cell built by the government for the inmates.

We reiterate that these allegations are not mere rumours but TNCI has conducted independent investigations and can authoritatively say they are true.

We are aware that the Deputy Comptroller of Prisons, (DCP), Mustapha Attah reportedly said: “I provide the money for diesel for the tanker to bring water three times a day because the last time Water Board gave us water was five months ago?”

We ask; could the above claim be the reason why the prison boss sells the water to inmates?

Are the payments by prisoners made to help the Deputy Comptroller in recovering his expenditure? Were they his ‘personal funds’? Should an employee of the Federal Republic of Nigeria use his personal money to buy water daily for prisoners? Did the Enugu inmates contribute money to re-paint the Enugu Maximum Prison during a top prison official’s visit? Is it true that there is a task force set up by the Enugu Maximum Prison authorities, who wore green shirts and serve as the eyes of the Prison boss, to monitor all workers in the yard?

We request that NASS summons the Comptroller of Prisons to answer these queries. The Lawmakers should conduct an open hearing on the above matters and make their findings public and compel the appropriate executive organ of government to take necessary action on the matter including appropriate sanctions.

Signed:

Daniel Elombah

For:

Transform Nigeria Citizen Initiative

On Transform Nigeria Citizens Initiative (TNCI)

 

Transform Nigeria Citizens Initiative (aka Transform Nigeria Movement, TNM) is a Non Profit Oorganisation whose vision is to develop that critical mass of citizens who are not only aware of their civic rights but also understand the need to fight for such rights and demand accountability from the rulership.

 

All enquiries should be directed to Daniel Elombah

Email: Daniel@vlssolicitors.com

Phone: +442088087999

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New PDP Welcomes APC’s Interest …. Door to Reconciliation in PDP Still Open – New PDP

Posted on November 3, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

ImageThe Alhaji Baraje Kawu led PDP says the increasing closeness between leaders of the New Peoples Democratic Party (New PDP) and those of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised questions in the minds of many Nigerians and fuelled speculations on the possible merger of the two parties.

 

The faction in a statement by its National Publicist, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze said, “Speculations along this line have heightened since last Tuesday’s inauguration of the Sokoto State University, where both APC and New PDP put up a strong presence, with our National Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, leading a high-powered team that included former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Governors Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, Musa Kwankwaso of Kano, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers and Sule Lamido of Jigawa; as well as our National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former Osun State governor, to the event.”

 

For Chief Eze, “the chemistry between the team and that of APC led by General Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was indeed unmistakable. The APC leaders have since then intensified the lobby for a marriage between both parties, even visiting some of our governors to directly invite them to join their party”.

 

Part of the statement reads:

 

“All these visits on our State Governors simply demonstrates how new status in the politics of Nigeria as the new Bride of Nigeria Politics and we hope to play the role as expected of us as we hold the key to Aso Rock come 2015.

 

“Some have interpreted this to mean that a political marriage may be imminent between the New PDP and APC. While nothing is impossible in politics, it is necessary to state that we have not at this point closed the door on the on-going negotiations between us and President Goodluck Jonathan, who is also the National Leader of our great party, PDP, the reformation of which is our preoccupation for now.

 

“However, even though we remain hopeful that wise counsel would prevail and our demands would be granted by the PDP, we, at the same time, feel comfortable in the company of APC since we share the same goal of rescuing our dear country, Nigeria, from the edge of the precipice and putting her firmly on the path of sustainable development.

 

“The presence of APC and PDP leaders in large numbers at the Sokoto State University inauguration is a positive development which raises hope for our fledgling democracy. It is a good example of politics of tolerance and cooperation which we consider necessary if the country is to experience peace and tranquillity, without which there could be no development.

 

“We heartily congratulate the administration of His Excellency, Governor Aliyu Wamakko, a good Ambassador of our great party, the PDP, on this laudable achievement, and pray that Sokoto State University does not only experience a smooth take-off but also develops into a model centre of academic excellence”, Eze concluded.

 

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Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency …Mix-Up in Name Caused By INEC Since 1999 Problem Pre-dates Dakuku’s Present Era, says Hon. Jefferies Owor

Posted on November 3, 2013. Filed under: Politics | Tags: , |

The member of the House of Representatives for Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency from 1999 to 2007, Hon. Jefferies Owor, has absolved the present member, Hon. Dakuku Peterside of any blames regarding the mix-up in the constituency’s name. Hon. Owor placed the blame at the doorstep of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).

 

In a press release personally signed by the former lawmaker emailed to NF-Reports, Owor said: “For the past four months, I have observed with dismay, the negative manner in which some persons, especially of Andoni ethnic nationality are going about the error observed in the name of our constituency.”

 

Continuing, Hon. Owor stated: “Hon. Dakuku Peterside should not be blamed or accused for the error observed in the name of our constituency. I also saw it that way in Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) records, when I assumed office [in 1999]. However, I did take it up with INEC and it was corrected; but the mistake kept repeating itself.”

 

“I understand that stakeholders are seriously working together to ensure that the error is urgently corrected permanently,” Owor stated.

 

Hon. Owor, therefore, appealed to the people of the federal constituency to close ranks and work for the unity and progress of the area.

 

It would be recalled that an error by the INEC since 1999 has led to ‘Andoni’ disappearing on some official government documents sometimes. This error has continued to rear its ugly head despite the best efforts of the past and present occupiers of the constituency seat at the House of Representatives since 1999 to effect a correction.

 

Despite the meticulous explanation made by the former lawmaker during the occasion of the send forth party held for 10 post graduate students of the federal constituency to study in various UK universities by Hon Dakuku Peterside, some mischief makers have continued to misinform the people for ulterior reasons. Last week, one Ugwem Oga Fingesi claiming to be the President of the National Union of Andoni Students had repeated the charge on a Port Harcourt based radio station, Love 97.7 FM deliberately blaming the mix-up on the present lawmaker representing the area, Hon. Dakuku Peterside.

 

 

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