The National Consensus Group, NCG, yesterday said that Nigeria must be saved from imminent disintegration by all stakeholders in the country.
AMID its desperate search for peace, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seems to have remained struck in the mud of trouble. It suddenly put off yesterday a scheduled peace meeting between its leaders and its aggrieved governors. It emerged last night that the refusal of President Goodluck Jonathan to make any commitment on his perceived 2015 ambition and alleged investigation of governors by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) led to the abrupt postponement of the talks, which should have been a follow-up to the Sunday meeting at the Villa. Besides, a group loyal to the President, Media Network for Transformation (MNT), yesterday asked the Presidency to discontinue talks with the aggrieved PDP governors.
The Bamanga Tukur-led faction of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP was on the precipice, yesterday, after 58 members of the House of Representatives publicly switched sides to the Kawu Baraje New PDP (nPDP). Four more senators have also joined the earlier 22 senators on the side of Baraje, swelling the number to 26 pro-nPDP senators. However at press time last night, President Goodluck Jonathan was said to have begun a meeting with 10 governors of the PDP. Besides, the Baraje faction also moved yesterday for the de-registration of the Tukur faction by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The Baraje faction in court seeking to legitimize itself also claimed that Tukur was not a valid member of the party and as such not in position to lead the ruling party.
The governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has apologised to the people of the state over the controversy generated by the law legalising abortion in the state. This followed the pressure from churches, especially, the Catholic Church, in the state calling on the governor and the state legislature to repeal the law. Addressing church leaders at the temporary chambers of the state House of Assembly in Owerri, Governor Okorocha appealed to the members of the House to repeal the contentious section(s) of the law in the interest of the state. The said law which is cited as Violence Against Persons(Prohibition) Law No 12 of 2012 permits women both married and unmarried to carry out abortion at will. The contentious section of the law also states that every woman should obtain the rights to enjoy reproductive rights which includes right to medical abortion in cases of intimate assaults, molestation, incest and possible health danger associated with pregnancy to the woman.