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Bayelsa PDP members seek removal of acting chairman

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The crisis rocking the Bayelsa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shows no sign of abating

Most of the party’s aggrieved chieftains on Sunday called for the removal of Acting Chairman, Chief Serena Spiff-Dokubo, before the primary..

The aggrieved party members, who have formed a splinter group, the PDP Unity Group (PUG), are insisting that Spiff-Dokubo was not qualified to hold the position.

Spiff-Dokubo is a strong loyalist of Gov. seriake Dickson, who is seeking re-election under the party’s platform

The PUG is against the re-election of Governor Seriake Dickson.

Members of the PUG comprise mainly of the governor’s former aides, who were sacked in controversial circumstances for their allegiance to the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.

A meeting organised recently at the Government House in Yenagoa, the state capital, to resolve the impasse between the PUG and Dickson ended in a deadlock.

PUG members, led by their Coordinator, Mrs, Marie Ebikake, were said to have rebuffed Dickson’s appeals to sheathe their sword.

Mrs Ebikake and her group reportedly argued that Spiff-Dokubo hails from a different zone (Bayelsa East) from Inokoba’s Bayelsa Central, contrary to the provisions of the party’s constitution.

Besides, they were said to have stressed that Spiff-Dokubo, despite parading himself as the acting chairman, is also an employee in the state’s Judicial Service Commission, against the party’s law.

Signs that the meeting ended in fiasco emerged yesterday, following the decision of the group to send a petition to PDP’s acting national chairman, demanding Spiff-Dokubo’s immediate removal.

Copies of the letter by Mrs Ebikake and PUG’s Secretary, Bokolo Bonsome, were sent to the acting chairman of PDP’s Board of Trustees (BoT) and the party’s Southsouth vice-chairman.

The letter said the appointment of Spiff-Dokubo was illegal and null from the beginning.

Quoting from Article 14.5 of PDP’s constitution, PUG posited that Spiff-Dokubo should not have been appointed the acting chairman.

The Article says: “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 from, pending the conduct of an election to fill the vacancy.”

PUG letter reads: “By the current subsisting zoning arrangement of party offices in Bayelsa State, the state chairmanship’s 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, are: 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 Governor Dickson forced Chief Nyanayo Tubo to resign from his position as Deputy Chairman to contest election into the House of Assembly, an election he lost scandalously to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate.

“The subsequent replacement of Dokubo-Spiff is considered an illegal and unilateral imposition on the Bayelsa East Senatorial District as it clearly ultra vires the provision of Article 14.5 of the constitution of the PDP.

“Consequent upon the above and being guided by the provisions of our party’s constitution, we state that the nomination of a candidate to replace …Inokoba (retd.) can only be validly conducted by the party’s stakeholders from the Bayelsa Central.

“This submission is premised on the fact that the chairmanship position is zoned to the Bayelsa Central Senatorial District. Furthermore, the office of the Deputy Chairman, which is originally zoned to and occupied by somebody from the Bayelsa East, can only be validly replaced by a nominee among the stakeholders of that senatorial district.”

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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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