The Northern consensus candidate for the PDP Presidential primaries will emerge after the meeting of the 17-wise men led by Adamu Ciroma on November 21 in Kaduna.
Mallam Adamu Ciroma, the leader, of the Northern Political Leaders’ Forum said within the week that the name of the candidate will be announced after the November 21 meeting which will be the last to be held to deliberate on the issue.
Jonathan says he didn’t smuggle clauses into Electoral Act
President Jonathan has refuted claims that he smuggled favourable clauses into the Electoral Act to give himself victory in the PDP Presidential Primaries and the 2011 general elections. He also pledged to accommodate everybody and every interest if he is elected in next year’s election.
He also promises there will be no crack in the PDP over the issue of the zoning of the Presidency but only a clash of different interests which will be over once a Presidential candidate is announced.
JTF launches aerial raid on militants’ camps
Casualties were recorded late last week when men of Nigerian Armed Forces invaded the camp of militant war lord, Commander Nonukeme in Furopa in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State in a move to stamp out a resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta. This followed intelligence report that it was the camp recently shown on the Al-Jazeera news network which suggested that militancy is still prevalent along the creeks.
CAN denies supporting zoning
Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN Kaduna branch has denied statements from one Pastor Habu Aminei who allegedly said that the Christian community in the North has resolved to support zoning.
Aminei reportedly said the association had set up a committee to ensure the emergence of a northern Presidential candidate in 2011 elections. But in a statement, the secretary of the association in Kaduna, Rev. Joseph Haya denied setting up of any committee by CAN to ensure the emergence of a Northern candidate as President in 2011.
Atiku weighs options on 2011
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar recently organised a retreat to take stock of his presidential campaigns and determine the way forward.
Atiku organised a two-day workshop for his campaign organisation to determine what becomes of his presidential aspiration. Mallam Garba Shehu says the retreat is to take stock of what becomes of the campaigns of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in view of the forthcoming consensus decision to be announced soon.
Uduaghan will win again
Coordinator of Delta Professionals, Sunny Ofili has expressed optimism that the people of Delta State will vote former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to office again because of his track record in office.
In a press statement issued early this week in Abuja, Mr Ofili who is the Director of Technology in Uduaghan’s Campaign Organisation warned that the people of the state would resist any attempt to rig the re-run elections in the state under any guise.
Fayemi warns on consequences of failed electoral reforms
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has warned that if the much-talked about electoral reforms failed to come to fruition before 2011 general elections, Nigerians would mobilise to resist any attempt to rig the elections by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The governor said that even with the so-called amendment of the Electoral Act and the preparations of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the forthcoming 2011 general elections haboured more potentials for electoral fraud and violence.
Armed thugs attack Nwodo’s supporters
Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Enugu East Senatorial zone sustained injuries when some youths suspected to be political thugs invaded the venue of a political meeting holding at the residence of a party chieftain, Chief Sam Ejiofor and attacked the participants.
The police in Enugu quizzed Chief Ejiofor who was one of the leaders of Ebeano political structure of the PDP in connection with the incident which occurred at his Agbani home.
Ejiofor , a leader of a section of Ebeano political structure is supporting the PDP National Chairman, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo.
ACN vows to resist lawmakers’ intrusion into parties’ NECS
The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has vowed to use legal means to stop federal lawmakers’ intrusion into the National Executive Committees of political parties. The party described the move as part of the legislators continuous efforts to make laws in their interest rather than in national interest.
In a statement issued in Lagos, the National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed urged other political parties to mount legal hurdles against the obnoxious, self-serving, greedy and democracy – killing proposed insertion into the Electoral Act 2010.