As the race to elect the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate got underway yesterday in Port Harcourt, with 12 candidates vying for the ticket, former President Goodluck Jonathan predicted that whoever emerged as the party’s standard-bearer would eventually become the next president of Nigeria. Jonathan declared this in his remarks at the National Convention of PDP, where delegates voted to pick a candidate who would square up with President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in next year’s general election.
Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has again lamented the hold that former Lagos Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has on the state.
George said it was tantamount to using charms to bewitch an entire populace.
Acceptance speech by President Muhammadu Buhari at APC Special Convention in Abuja.
I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the Chairman and members of the Convention Committee for planning and conducting this convention. The same appreciation goes to the chairmen of National and State Executive Committees of our party. Thank you very much for doing a difficult job well.
2. I would like to pay tribute to Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande the first chairman of our great Party and to Chief John Oyegun who led the party until this year and all the APC Governors. 3. The result of the presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress this time is different because I am the only
Aisha Buhari, the first lady of Nigeria has disassociated herself from the activities of the All Progressives Congress (APC), especially its primary elections.
She urged Nigerians to ‘vote wisely’ after lambasting the APC, which her husband President Muhammadu Buhari, is flying its flag in the 2019 general election.
She faulted the Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, adding that the party characterised with impunity.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) said on Saturday that it’s had no pact with either of the two leading political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 elections.
The National Convention planning committee of the party in a statement on Saturday said that contrary to insinuations, it has not entered into any alliance with the APC to allegedly split South East votes in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Chairman of the Committee Commander, Joe Anyika (rtd), who stated this in Abuja said that the party will hold a non-elective convention in Abuja on Sunday October 7.
He also declared that APGA has no political understanding with neither the APC not PDP.
He added that the convention in Abuja on Sunday
Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, on Friday described as mentally unstable those who openly protested in Abuja on Friday the recent declaration of the All Progressive Congress APC candidate, Oyetola as the winner of the recent gubernatorial poll in the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced Oyetola as governor-elect after a supplementary election in which he defeated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, by a slim margin of less that 500 votes.
Some PDP leaders, however, have kicked against this, especially since Adeleke won in the first ballot before it was declared inconclusive.
“The PDP and APC approached us for coalition based on our performance and grassroots network, especially since the seven areas where the rerun was to take place were SDP’s stronghold. We won in those areas, and we agreed to work with the APC which accepted our proposals and we ensured that the party won in the election.
“It was only the SDP that was not involved in vote buying or election rigging, and as the public can see, the incidences of vote-buying before the rerun was peculiar with both the PDP and APC.
“Our core values and philosophies as indicated in the SDP manifestos, ‘Restoration Agenda,’ was presented to the APC and PDP representatives who approached us for support and formation of a coalition government, but it was the APC delegation led by its chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, that agreed to implement our programmes as entrenched in SDP manifestos.”
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last night met again with its 12 aspirants jostling for its presidential ticket for the 2019 general elections, in a bid to ensure a rancour-free outcome for its national convention holding tomorrow in Port-Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.
The meeting held against the background of alleged plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the federal government to scuttle the convention.