Sources have revealed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will not hold its long-awaited national convention earlier than October 2021.
Naija News recalls that the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee was dissolved in on June 25, 2020, and the Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary National Committee was constituted with a mandate to conduct the party’s national convention within six months.
But on December 8, 2020 the tenure of the caretaker committee was extended to allow for membership registration.
Speaking to The PUNCH, a member of the national caucus of the party said with the problems arising from membership registration, there was no way the national convention would be held earlier than October.
The party which is battling with crisis in state chapters is reportedly planning to extend the tenure of the Buni-led caretaker committee again.
Those pushing for additional time for the Buni-led committee were hinging their advocacy on the fact that the panel had yet to conclude the data capturing required to finalise the membership registration and revalidation.
Another issue before the committee is getting funds to carry out some functions as President Muhammadu Buhari had insisted that public funds should not be used for party activities.
Multiple sources have also revealed that the ruling APC plan to commence the sale of forms for the various party offices “by the end of June.”
A member of the party’s national caucus, told The PUNCH that, “To be realistic, if we want to do a thorough job like I’m sure we want to, we cannot hold this convention before October.
“As we speak, we are still processing the raw data collected from the states after the just concluded membership registration and revalidation. We need to have the database which is required for the national membership register.
“If you recall, that was what our party was doing in Lagos in 2014 or thereabouts when the DSS (Department of State Services) under the Jonathan administration disrupted it. This whole exercise is designed to rebuild and update the database.
“You also have the issue of the ongoing reconciliation of party leaders and members across board. No party member would want us to enter into the convention with a divided house. To the best of my knowledge, members of the Buni-led committee are eager to conclude their assignment and move on but they cannot leave their job half done. That is where we are.”
An Enugu State chieftain of the APC, Osita Okechukwu, disclosed that fresh evidence available to him indicated that the issue of logistics had yet to be fully sorted out.
He said, “Logistics is still a major factor. I am aware that Mr President has made it clear to all party members that under his watch, public funds would not be used to fund party activities. President Muhammadu Buhari is a stickler for respect for the rule of law and adherence to financial regulations.
“The party must look within to generate funds to fund its activities; this is a major factor. I am however confident that the caretaker committee under the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni remains committed to delivering its mandate.”
However, Spokesman for APC supporters, under the aegis of Concerned APC Members, Abdullahi Dauda, said, “We have known from the very beginning that this delay tactics will stretch to this time. The committee was initially given six months to reconcile aggrieved members and convene a national convention but the committee added another function to its original mandate.
“The registration of members was not part of their mandate; they included it and got another six months. We can only wait to see what they want to do this time after the second six months expires.”
APC, Others Lose 1,000 Members To PDP In Bauchi
The Bauchi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has reportedly received the membership of one thousand people from different political parties in the state.
The defectors had joined the nation’s opposition party after renouncing membership of their former camps.
The defectors include members from the All Progressives Congress, APC, Peoples Redemption Party, PRP, and All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, all from Dass Local Government Area of the State, Naija News understands.
Receiving the defectors at a ceremony held at the Government Lodge in Dass, PDP chairman in the area, Alhaji Sani Korau, welcomed the defectors to the umbrella camp.
According to Korau, from the inception of the Fourth Republic in 1999, Dass was never in the opposition until recently as a result of certain reasons, which he said had been politically resolved.
The party local government chairman disclosed that the resolution of the issues had made it possible for PDP to experience the mass return of the former members back to the party.
On his part, while addressing the new members, PDP state deputy chairman, Bala Hadith, urged them to support the party for the betterment of the state and the country at large.
He stated that the PDP was not only a united party but also the most powerful political party in Africa.
Also in her address, the state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Maryam Garba Bagel, said the defection was a great development for PDP, saying that members needed to work hard for the party’s success in the state, particularly in Dass LGA given the good works going on in the state under the administration of Governor Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad.
Other speakers at the event congratulate the new members, urging the people of the local government area to continue to support PDP’s transformation efforts in the state and also continuously support Governor Mohammed for him to deliver more dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
Those who spoke on behalf of the defectors from their respective parties submitted that they were motivated to defect to the PDP by the giant strides being recorded by the Governor Mohammed administration in the state.
The highlight of the defection of the ceremony was the burning of brooms, being the symbol of the ruling APC, by those who left the party to publicly renounce their former political party, Naija News understands.
Fintiri Reveals The President That Can End Boko Haram Insurgency In Nigeria
Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri has submitted that what Nigeria needs to end Boko Haram and other activities of insurgents is a President from the North East region.
He expressed confidence that within the first term of such a presidency, insurgency will become a thing of history.
The Governor made the submission on Thursday when he spoke at the 2021 North East Star Magazine awards where he was represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Maxwell Gidado.
According to him, a President from the North East will understand the situation and will easily tackle the situation.
He alleged also that the Muhammadu Buhari administration didn’t give enough support to Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai when he was the country’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
“The Boko Haram insurgency will be wiped out in the first term of a president from the North East. It is a popular saying that he, who wears the shoe, knows where it pinches him. Lt. Gen. Buratai did his best when he was at the helm of affairs.
If he had been given 100 per cent support, I want to believe, he would have snuffed out the terrorists in Sambisa forest” Fintiri said.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has identified the sponsors of the agitator for Yoruba Nation, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, as it unraveled how Igboho got monies from 43 bank accounts, across nine banks.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, who made this public on Friday, reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s disclosure that one of Igboho’s sponsors is a serving member of the National Assembly.
Malami, while addressing a press conference in Abuja, disclosed that a committee set up by the Federal Government found out the sponsors of Sunday Igboho and uncovered how millions were pumped into the secessionist’s bank accounts.
Secondus Moves To Stop PDP’s National Convention
The suspended National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has taken steps to stop the convention of the party.
The development was revealed in a letter dated 21st October 2021, and released through his lawyer, Tayo Oyetibo, SAN.
Secondus in the letter disclosed that an appeal has been filed at the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Judicial Division in respect to the case filed by one Mr Ibeawuchi E. Alex and four others jointly instituted Suit No PHC/2183/CS/2021.
The letter reads, “We act for the Appellant in the above-captioned matter, PRINCE UCHE SECONDUS, who was the National Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), before the institution of Suit Number PHC/2183/CS/2021, and wish to bring to your attention the following facts:
“1. On 23 August 2021 one Mr Ibeawuchi E. Alex and four others jointly instituted Suit No PHC/2183/CS/2021 at the High Court of Rivers State, PortHarcourt Judicial Division against Prince Uche Seconds and the PP as Defendants.
“2. On 10 September 2021, the High Court of Rivers State delivered its judgment in the Suit whereby Prince Uche Seconds was, inter alia, restrained from performing the functions of the office of National Chairman of the PDP.
“3. An appeal has been filed and entered against the judgment at the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Judicial Division.
“4. In addition, an Application on Notice has been filed in which Prince Uche Secondus is seeking, inter alia, the following orders:
“i. AN ORDER of injunction restraining the PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY, the 6th Respondent herein, whether by itself, its officers, servants, agents and or representatives from holding or conducting it’s National Convention scheduled for 30th and 31st October 2021 or any other date, pending the hearing and final determination of this appeal.
ALTERNATIVELY TO I ABOVE
“ii. AN ORDER that the parties to this appeal, particularly the Appellant/Applicant and the 6th Respondent (Peoples Democratic Party) shall maintain the status quo ante as of 22 August 2021, when Appellant/Applicant was occupying the office of National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, pending the hearing and final determination of this appeal.
“5. The application has since been served on you and other Respondents in the appeal.
“6. Notwithstanding the service of the Application for an injunction, it has come to the Notice of our client that the PP and its officers continue to prepare to hold the National Convention on 30 and 31 October 2021.
“7. This letter is intended to draw your attention to the position of the law of Nigeria on this subject as encapsulated in the judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in the celebrated case of GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE vs. CHIEF EMEKA ODUMEGWU OJUKWU (1986) I NWLR (Part 18) 621 @ 637, in which the court, reviewed various decisions on the point, and approved the following principles as the correct position of the law, that is:
“The rule is well settled that where a suit is brought to enjoin certain activities of which the defendant has notice, the hands of the defendant are effectually tied pending a hearing and
determination even though no restraining order or preliminary injunction be issued.
“The conclusion to be drawn from all the cases is that after a defendant has been notified of the pendency of a suit seeking an injunction against him even though a temporary injunction be not
granted, he acts at his peril and subject to the power of the court to restore the status wholly irrespective of the merits as they may
be ultimately decided.
“8. The same position was taken by the Court of Appeal in CHIEF ELIAS OKEKE-OBA vs. IKWUKA OKOYE (1994) 8 NWLR (364) 605 @ 617-618, where the court said as follows:
“The general practice is that on the application for an order for interlocutory injunction, all activities affecting the res, ….are automatically terminated as a mark of respect to the court before whom the application is pending if parties to the suit senselessly rush their tortious trespassory activities…in the spacious belief that that would promote their unfounded claims to the res. Nothing can be farther from the truth. Such heedless posture is, to say the least, a fragrant disrespect to the court. It, in my opinion, amounts to intransigence for a party against whom an order for an injunction is sought to intensify his interference with the res. The court cannot be hoodwinked by such impropriety of unlawful acts about the res.……Nor can the person in such disrespect be allowed to take advantage of his default and flagrant intransigence.
“9. The logical corollary of the foregoing pronouncements of the courts is that having been
served with an application seeking to restrain the holding of its National Convention pending the determination of the appeal filed by Prince Uche Seconds, the PDP would be embarking upon a collision course with the court if it proceeds to hold the National
Convention before the hearing and determination of the Application.
“10. Should such contumacious conduct of holding the National Convention before the hearing and determination of the Application be embarked upon by the Party, however, we shall not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law against all national officers of the Party that
are responsible for such conduct of contempt of court.
“11. Quite apart from the fact that such contumacious conduct would impinge on the integrity of the Party, we would on our part, swiftly take steps to invoke the jurisdiction of the
court to nullify any decision, action or step taken at such Convention.
“We trust that you will wisely advise the Peoples’ Democratic Party and its officers in this regard.”