PDP raises cam­paign com­mit­tees for Kogi, Bayelsa gov­er­nor­ship elec­tions

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Saawua Terzungwe

The Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee (NWC) of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) has set up na­tional cam­paign com­mit­tees for the gov­er­nor­ship elec­tions in Kogi and Bayelsa states, sched­uled for Novem­ber 21 and De­cem­ber 5, 2015, re­spec­tively.

The Kogi State cam­paign com­mit­tee has Deputy Se­nate Pres­i­dent Ike Ek­w­ere­madu as Chair­man; PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) Sec­re­tary Sen­a­tor Walid Jib­ril as Deputy Chair­man, while the party’s Na­tional Le­gal Ad­viser, Barr. Vic­tor Kwon is the Sec­re­tary.

The Kogi com­mit­tee also has the for­mer Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Sen­a­tor David Mark, seven PDP state gover­nors and other key stake­hold­ers as mem­bers.

PDP na­tional pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary, Olisa Me­tuh in a state­ment yesterday said the Bayelsa State cam­paign com­mit­tee has Act­ing BoT Chair­man, Dr. Bello Haliru Mo­hammed as Chair­man, for­mer Deputy Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Hon. Emeka Ihe­dioha as Deputy Chair­man, while the Deputy Na­tional Sec­re­tary of the party, Barr. Onwe Solomon Onwe serves as Sec­re­tary.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, also on the Bayelsa Com­mit­tee are Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader, Sen­a­tor Godswill Ak­pabio; House Mi­nor­ity Leader, Hon. Leo Ogor; four PDP state gover­nors and other crit­i­cal stake­hold­ers. The Na­tional Assem­bly elec­tions pe­ti­tion tri­bunal sit­ting in Kaduna, un­der the chair­man­ship of Jus­tice Ab­dul­hamid Mo­hammed Yakubu, yesterday up­held the elec­tion of Bar­ris­ter Mo­hammed Musa Soba of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) rep­re­sent­ing Soba Fed­eral Con­stituency.

The can­di­date of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Bar­ris­ter Ibrahim Khalid Mustapha, had chal­lenged Gover­nors Isiaq Abi­ola Aji­mobi and Rauf Ades­oji Aregbesola of Oyo and Osun states have ad­vo­cated sus­te­nance of the wind of change be­ing ef­fected in the coun­try by the Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion.

While Aji­mobi warned that non-ad­her­ence to party supremacy and dis­ci­pline,

“The NWC also ap­proved that all state chair­men, sen­a­tors and mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the re­spec­tive zones of the two states are au­to­matic mem­bers of the com­mit­tees. The date for the Na­tional flag-off of the gu­ber­na­to­rial cam­paigns in the two states will be an­nounced in due course. Bar­ris­ter Soba’s elec­tion at tri­bunal on grounds that he (Soba) gave false in­for­ma­tion to the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) and also did not re­sign his em­ploy­ment with the Na­tional Drug Law En­force­ment Agency (NDLEA) be­fore con­test­ing the said elec­tion. He there­fore prayed the tri­bunal to nul­lify the elec­tion and or­der for a re-run.

The tri­bunal, in its judg­ment de­liv­ered by Jus­tice Paul Uche Uhuo dis­missed the pe­ti­tion and up­held the elec­tion of Bar­ris­ter Soba on grounds that the pe­ti­tion lacks merit. as wit­nessed re­cently in the Na­tional Assem­bly, por­tends great dan­ger for the polity, Aregbesola noted that the change mantra that her­alded Buhari’s gov­ern­ment was an idea whose time had come.

The duo bared their minds on the oc­ca­sion of the Distin­guished Per­son­al­ity lec­ture of the Depart­ment of Po­lit­i­cal Science and Diplo­matic Stud­ies of Bowen Univer­sity, Iwo, Osun State.

Photo: Felix Onig­binde

From left: Vice Pres­i­dent Prof. Yemi Os­in­bajo; Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari; Sen. Philip Aduda; Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Yakubu Dog­ara, and Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki; dur­ing the pres­i­dent’s meet­ing with the Na­tional Assem­bly lead­er­ship at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa Abuja on Wed­nes­day night.

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