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Aggrieved Bayelsa PDP members demand chairman’s removal

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The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa State is far from over less than three months to the governorship election in the state.

It was learnt on Sunday that most of the remaining aggrieved leaders in the party are seeking to remove the acting Chairman, Chief Serena Spiff-Dokubo, before the party’s primary.

The leaders, who formed a group within the PDP, the PDP Unity Group, were said to have insisted that  Dokubo was not qualified to hold the position.

Many top members of the party, former political office holders and the party’s state Chairman, Col. Sam Inokoba (retd.), had been leaving the PDP for the All Progressives Congress.

The PUG is made up of anti-Governor Seriake Dickson’s group, comprising mainly the governor’s former aides who were relieved of their appointments and other party leaders not disposed to Dickson’s second term bid.

It was learnt that a meeting organised recently at Government House, Yenagoa, to resolve the impasse between the PUG and Dickson did not yield a positive result.

Members of the PUG, led by its Coordinator, Mrs. Marie Ebikake, were said to have rejected all entreaties from Dickson to sheathe their swords.

Ebikake and her group were said to have argued that Dokubo-Spiff hailed from a different zone (Bayelsa East) from the former Chairman, Inokoba (Bayelsa Central), contrary to the provisions of the party’s constitution.

Besides, they were said to have pointed out that Dokubo-Spiff, despite parading himself as the acting chairman, is also an employee in the state’s judicial service commission against the provisions of the party law.

Signs that the meeting ended in fiasco emerged on Sunday following the decision of the group to send a petition to the Acting National Chairman of PDP demanding immediate removal of the Acting State Chairman.

Copies of the letter signed by Ebikake and the group’s Secretary, Bokolo Bonsome, were sent to the Acting Chairman of PDP’s Board of Trustees and the party’s South-South Vice-Chairman.

The group in the letter said the appointment of Dokubo-Spiff as the acting chairman of the party was illegal and a nullity ab initio.

Quoting Article 14.5 of the PDP Constitution, the group insisted that Dokubo-Spiff was not supposed to have been appointed the acting chairman.

It said, “Where a vacancy occurs in any of the offices of the party, the committee shall appoint a substitute from the zone where the officer originated pending the conduct of election to fill the vacancy.

“By the current subsisting zoning arrangement of party offices in Bayelsa State, the state chairmanship position is zoned to Bayelsa Central Senatorial District while the State Deputy Chairmanship position is zoned to Bayelsa East Senatorial District.

“The occupants of these positions, until recently, were Col. Sam Inokoba (retd.) (Bayelsa Central) Chairman and the Deputy Chairman was Chief Nyanayo Tubo (Bayelsa East).
“Before the unilateral and arbitrary appointment of Chief Serena Dokubo-Spiff, we have it on good authority that Chief Nyanayo Tubo was forced to resign from his position as Deputy Chairman to contest election into the State House of Assembly, an election he lost to the APGA candidate for the State House of Assembly.

“The subsequent replacement of Serena Dokubo-Spiff is considered an illegal and unilateral imposition on the Bayelsa East Senatorial District as it clearly violates the provision of Article 14.5 of the constitution of the PDP
“Consequent on the above and being guided by the provisions of our party’s constitution, we state that the nomination of a candidate to replace the former State Chairman Col Sam Inokoba (retd.) can only be validly conducted by the party’s stakeholders from the Bayelsa Central Senatorial District.”

The group said the resolution of the violation was the only panacea for the PDP winning the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

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2023 Presidency: El-Rufai opens up on why Buhari loves Amaechi

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has disclosed why President Muhammadu Buhari loves Rotimi Amaechi, the outgone Minister of Transportation.

Rufai disclosed that Buhari loves Amaechi due to his decision to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, during the era of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He disclosed this when Amaechi met with APC delegates from Kaduna ahead of the party’s national convention.

El-Rufai recalled wooing Amaechi and some other governors into the APC during the PDP administration.

“Let me tell you my history with Amaechi. When we started discussing with the G-7, the seven governors that wanted to defect to the APC, I was holding nocturnal meetings with Amaechi and Governor Nyako of Adamawa State until we got five of them to move to our party, and that was the game-changer.

“And for you to understand how difficult it is, imagine Amaechi of Rivers State from the same South-South with incumbent President Jonathan.

“He made the sacrifice to move to our party. It was a game-changer. This is part of the reason President Buhari loves Minister Amaechi till tomorrow,” El-Rufai said.

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2023: Amosun denies stepping down for Tinubu

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Amosun denies stepping down for Bola Tinubu

Former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has denied stepping down from the 2023 presidential election for the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

Amosun stated that he is not in the presidential race to align with Tinubu or any other aspirant of the APC.

Amosun also denied obtaining the APC senatorial form, saying he did not attend the screening exercise organised for APC senatorial aspirants, as being peddled by some individuals.

There were rumours over the weekend that Amosun had agreed to step down for Tinubu, having been screened and cleared for the Ogun Central senatorial race.

But, in a swift reaction, Amosun debunked the rumour spreading on social media, saying the “two news stories are false.”

According to a statement signed by his media aide, Bola Adeyemi, he said that the Ogun Central Senator “procured only the forms for the presidential ticket of the APC and did not attend the screening exercise for Senatorial aspirants because he is not one.”

While urging Nigerians to dismiss the “false news”, Adeyemi maintained that “Amosun is in the race for the presidential ticket of the APC and has no plans to align with any politician in the race.”

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Women affairs Minister, Pauline Tallen withdraws from senatorial race

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Dame Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, has dropped her senatorial ambition.

Tallen made this known in a statement she issued on Monday.

The minister had purchased the All Progressives Congress (APC) form to contest the Plateau South Senatorial election.

According to her, after consultations with her constituents, she has decided to withdraw from the race.

The statement read in part: “I remain resolute as I continue to relish the opportunity to serve Nigerian Women in my capacity as Minister of Women Affairs under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Consequently, I wish to inform you all that following broad-based consultations and interventions from critical stakeholders, I have decided to withdraw from running for the senatorial seat, mindful of our accomplishments and the notable progress we have recorded under my stewardship at the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.”

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