THUGS ATTEMPT TO DISRUPT BAYELSA PDP CONGRESS BY FIRING DYNAMITES

Thugs suspected to be loyal to some governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State on Friday threw dynamites close to the party’s secretariat in Yenagoa in their failed bid to stop the ward congress. It was gathered that the dynamite exploded on the main road some kilometres to the the PDP Secretariat and that nobody was injured. Sources said the hoodlums, who could not have access to the secretariat because the area was cordoned off by armed police operatives, decided to throw the explosive along the…

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PDP CLEARS 34 FOR BAYELSA, KOGI PRIMARIES

Success Nwogu, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has cleared  the  34 aspirants  screened ahead of the governorship primaries in   Bayelsa  and Kogi states on September 5. Governorship polls take place in the two  states on November 16. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan,  said on Wednesday 13  aspirants from Bayelsa  and 21 from Kogi were cleared. Former Kogi State Governor Wada Idris was cleared alongside  Senator Dino Melaye, Erico Ameh, Aminu Suleiman, Grace Adejoh, Abubakar Ibrahim, Kabiru Haruna, Musa Wada, Saliu Atawodi, Mohammed Adah, Victor Adoji, Baye Averehi and…

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PDP SCREENS KOGI, BAYELSA GUBER ASPIRANTS, SEE FULL LIST

Success Nwogu, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party will on Monday (today) Abuja screen governorship aspirants from Bayelsa and Kogi States. Our correspondent in Abuja gathered that while aspirants from one state will be screened at the party secretariat at Wadata in Abuja, aspirants from the other state will be screened at the party’s complex called Legacy at Maitama in Abuja. Already the Chairman of the Screening Committee for Kogi State, who is also the Governor of Taraba State, Mr. Darius Isyaku has already arrived at the venue for the screening…

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PDP MOVES TO STOP GODFATHERS FROM TAKING OVER GUBER PRIMARIES

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it will not allow any form of impunity to characterise the process leading to the choice of its candidates for the November 16 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states. The party also cautioned all aspirants on its platform in the two states to be law-abiding before, during and after the primaries. The chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the PDP, Senator Walid Jibrin, told newsmen, yesterday, in Abuja that the board was working closely with the National Working Committee (NWC) to specifically stop…

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PDP FIXES DATE FOR SCREENING OF BAYELSA, KOGI GUBER ASPIRANTS

 Chuks Okocha in Abuja Ahead of the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday announced that the screening of the aspirants that purchased and returned the completed forms would commence August 19. Also the party said the appeal to the screening of the aspirants has been slated for August 21, for those that are not satisfied with the screening exercise. This was confirmed to THISDAY by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, who also confirmed the mode of nominations for the governorship candidates of…

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UNCERTAINTIES, INSECURITY, TENSION: NIGERIA FALLING APART, PDP RAISES ALARM

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan • Suspends five council chairmen in Kebbi • Ekiti chapter distances self from suspension of Fayose loyalist The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lamented the rising insecurity, political uncertainties, failing economy, hardship and prevailing tension across the country.It, therefore, alerted that the nation was collapsing under the President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) administration. It also recalled that only recently, the United Nations (UN) declared that 43 per cent of Nigeria’s Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) had…

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PDP RAKES IN 253 FROM BAYELSA, KOGI IN 10 DAYS

Success Nwogu The Peoples Democratic Party has realised about N253m in 10 days from its governorship aspirants in Kogi and Bayelsa states for the November 16 elections, investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH  have revealed. It was also learnt  that from July 2 to  12, four male aspirants and one female aspirant from Kogi  and eight male aspirants from Bayelsa collected their expression of interest and nomination forms. While each of the 12 male aspirants from the two  states paid  N21m (N20m for the nomination form and N1m for expression of interest…

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PDP SUSPENDS ELUMELU, IKPEAZU, 5 OTHER REPS MEMBERS

Success Nwogu, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party on Friday suspended member representing Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency of Delta State, Mr Ndudi Elumelu and  six other PDP members of the House of Representatives. The other PDP reps that were also suspended include member representing Oriade/Obokun Federal Constituency of Osun State,  Wole Oke; member representing Onitsha North and Onitsha South Federal constituency,  Lynda Ikpeazu; member representing Ezza North/Ishielu federal constituency,  Anayo Edwin; member representing Kaura Federal Constituency election in Kaduna State, Gideon Gwani;  member representing Aninri/Awgu/Oji River Federal Constituency of Enugu State, Toby…

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Baiyewu and Success Nwogu The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday blocked every move by some Peoples Democratic Party members to raise issues relating to the parallel principal officers produced by the minority parties on Wednesday. Mr Ndudi Elumelu and Mr Kingsley Chinda had emerged as factional Minority Leaders, with the House recognising the former. Before plenary began on Thursday, Chinda had taken a seat reserved for the Minority Leader on the front row. The Speaker’s procession entered the chamber at 12:08pm. In the procession…

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NASS LEADERSHIP: PDP SUMMONS ELUMELU, OTHERS

Nigeria’s main opposition party, PDP, has summoned its members, named by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila as minority leaders, for a meeting. Mr Gbajabiamila named Ndidi Elumelu as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. The announcement caused confusion in the parliament as the PDP, which is the largest minority party in the House, had nominated Kingsley Chinda for the position. Other nominees by the PDP for other minority positions were also rejected by Mr Gbajabiamila. The PDP had nominated Chukwuka Onyema as Deputy Minority Leader, Yakubu Barde as Minority Whip…

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