The Kawu Baraje-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) yesterday gave further indication of failure of peace talks. In a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the faction, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, it stated that alleged belligerence of the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur-led national leadership of the party towards genuine reconciliation would cost President Goodluck Jonathan victory at the 2015 presidential elections. Although President Jonathan had not officially declared his intention to run for fresh term, the Kawu Baraje faction listed, Rivers, Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa, Kwara, Niger and Kebbi as states where he would lose.
The Presidency yesterday rejected the demands by aggrieved governors as part of the terms to settle the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) crises. Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on political matters Ahmed Gulak, yesterday said those demands are not consitutional. He spoke against the background of Tuesday night’s peace talks at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. There were strong indications last night that President Jonathan and the aggrieved G-7 governors will meet again on Sunday to continue the peace talks. There was concern yesterday on alleged determination of some forces in the Presidency to isolate Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi and make him a scapegoat of the crises.
President Goodluck Jonathan sacked nine ministers yesterday – in a shocking move that sparked questions on the motive of the action.
President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, shocked members of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, as he sacked nine members of the council. The sacked ministers did not have any inkling of their impending sack as some of them attended the weekly FEC meeting, yesterday. President Jonathan reportedly thanked the sacked ministers for their services to the nation and wished them well in their future endeavours. Topping the list of Ministers sacked yesterday were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru; Minister of National Planning, Dr. Shamshudeen Usman, and Professor Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, Minister of Education.
The Federal Government has ordered 53 custom made goldplated iPhones from a United Kingdom-based company, Gold and Co, to commemorate the country’s 53rd independence anniversary on October 1. A Bristol-born businessman based in Dubai, Mr. Amjad Ali, who runs the luxury goods firm, disclosed this in an interview with The Independent of London.
A pro-democracy group, the National Democratic Forum (NDA), has condemned the threat of bloodshed by a former Niger Delta militant, Mujaheedin Asari-Dokubo, if President Goodluck Jonathan is not returned in the 2015 election. It said the Presidency should call him to order. The group, in statement in Minna, the Niger State capital, by its National Coordinator, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, said Asari-Dokubo’s utterances were inimical to democratic norms and ethos. Asari-Dokubo’s outburst on Channels Television, last Sunday, is threatening the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) peace talks. Former military leader, General Ibrahim Babangida, has indicated that he may pull out of the mediation in the party’s crisis following his complaints that Asari-Dokubo’s “reckless” comment could frustrate the efforts of the seven-man panel, headed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Ex-militants in the Niger Delta have told the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) that there will be no peace for former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar until he leaves President Goodluck Jonathan alone. The former freedom fighters, led by ‘General’ Reuben Wilson, declared Atiku persona-non-grata in the Niger Delta, for being opposed to Jonathan’s re-election in 2015 and being behind the New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Wilson, who is the leader of the Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative (LPCDI), spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt.
A middle-aged woman identified as Magdalene Malachy Udoekpong, 42, from Ukara Odoro in Ika Local Government of Akwa Ibom State was, on Monday, beheaded in her farm in Ohambere, Ukwa East Local Government Area of Abia State. Udoekpong, mother of nine, was alleged to have been murdered by unidentified indigenes of Azumini at about 8.00am while working in her farmland. According to her family; “Mrs. Udoekpong left her village to Ukara Odoro at about 6.00am to Ohambere community, where she had her farm but, her younger sister who went there later with a view to assisting her was shocked to see her sister’s headless body lying stone cold in pool of her blood.
Suspected kidnappers and secret cult members have relocated to villages in Imo State.
As part of efforts to douse the tension in the polity arising from the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and former national chairman of the party, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, yesterday met with President Goodluck Jonathan. The meeting, which was held behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, started at 2p.m. However, other members of the party’s Elders’ Committee, including the Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT, Chief Tony Anenih, and former National Chairman Barnabas Gemade, were absent. Security personnel barred journalists from getting close to the venue of the meeting.