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PDP begs Nigerians to come and join the party

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday begged Nigerians to come and join the party

The party said all those who were therefore interested in joining were free to do so without any condition.

It said that both the new and the old members would be treated the same way and that there won’t be any disparity.

The Acting National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, stated this in Abuja on Wednesday.

He spoke during the inauguration of the PDP E-Membership Registration Committee.

The committee is headed by Chief Raymond Dokpesi.

Secondus said with the idea of electronic registration becoming a reality, godfatherism would soon become a thing of the past.

He said, “This occasion is significant to us as a party because it is a dream come true.

“You will recall that the idea of having an electronic membership registration for our party has been in the works for so many years.

“In furtherance to this desire, we had refuted a constitutional amendment as reflected in section 8(11) of the PDP constitution and in August 2010, the National Executive Committee approved the policy.

“I’m appealing to all Nigerians to come and join us. There is room for everybody. Journalists here are also free to join us and become our members.”

He said for the party to succeed in its objective of rebuilding, its leaders must be courageous enough to implement the e-membership registration now.

The acting chairman of the party, which ruled Nigeria for 16 years, said everybody agreed that this solution was imperative for any organisation that wants to run efficiently  in the IT driven world.

He said, “We believe that for us to succeed in our objective of rebuilding the party, we must be courageous enough to implement the e-membership registration now.

“Everybody agrees that this solution is imperative for any organisation that wants to run efficiently in the IT driven world we find ourselves.

“Also, it is obvious that this is the only thing that would empower the grassroots and ensure internal democracy in the operations of the party.”

He said the committee has what he described as onerous task of marketing the programme to ensure members that the exercise would be transparent and that the challenges that might arise in the course if the exercise would be surmounted within the available time.

He added that the committee should work with the aim of returning the party to the people.

“Look at our slogan, which is ‘Power to the People.’ We are now returning the party to the people. While the committee will determine the cost, the duration of this exercise is just six months,” he added.

Dokpesi, who is the chairman of the committee, promised that the exercise would be transparent.

Some other members of the committee, which has the Secretary  of the Board of Trustees of the party, Sen. Walid Jibril as secretary, include Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, Governor Ibrahim Dankawambo of Gombe State and Sen. Godswill Akpabio as members.

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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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