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Is Jonathan the new BoT chairman?

by Ranti Joseph

With the ongoing crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and with President Goodluck Jonathan leaving office May 29, there is indication that Jonathan may today formally take over as Chairman of the board of trustees (BoT).

The decision would be taken at today’s meeting of BoT which would hold at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential villa, just as it would be the last meeting President Jonathan would attend as a serving President, though he remains a permanent member unless he changes his party.

According Vanguard today’s meeting which will be presided over by BoT Secretary, Walid Jubril following the resignation of Tony Anenih as chairman, no agenda was given for the meeting, but it may not be unconnected with the present problem the BoT was presently facing where members would be informed of the resignation of Anenih.

The meeting as gathered would enable BoT members deliberate on as well as carry out a postmortem on the March 28 presidential election where the PDP suffered a major defeat by the opposition, the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Anenih who resigned on Wednesday as Chairman of BoT through a letter to President Jonathan, said he took the decision for the peace of the party and in favor of Jonathan to take over from him as it was done during the time of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and ex- National Chairman, Ahmadu Ali amended the Constitution to read that to be the chairman of BoT, one must be a former President, but that has been expunged from the constitution.

According to the Constitution as amended in 2012, “Board of Trustees shall elect a Chairman and a Secretary from its members who shall also be members of the National Executive Committee; Without prejudice to the provision of this Constitution, ensure that the person to be elected Chairman and Secretary respectively are of proven integrity and have contributed immensely to the growth of the Party.

“Ensure that the Chairman and Secretary of the Board of Trustees shall, subject to Subscriptions (7) and (8) of this Section, serve a term of five years and no more.”

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Ogbulafor still wants NWC to resign

by Ranti Joseph

Still on the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), someone is still not contented with only the national chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) Tony Anenih but still wants the whole National Working Committee (NWC) to resign.

A former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Vincent Ogbulafor, has called on the members of the NWC to resign voluntarily from the committee.

Speaking in Umuahia on Sunday, Ogbulafor said the members should take the path of honor by bowing out of the committee adding that the members should resign in the interest of the party and pave the way for fresh hands to pull the party out of the woods and reposition it ahead of the 2019 general elections.
According to ThisDay, he described the resignation of the National Chairman and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party, Mu’azu and Aninih, respectively, as a welcome development.

“I feel happy about their resignation because I feel they did so in the interest of the party. So, I feel it is better for all the committee members to voluntarily resign if they love the party and want it to survive,’’ he said.

Ogbulafor further urged the committee to accept responsibility for the party’s woeful performance in the 2015 general elections and the failure to deliver President Goodluck Jonathan for a second tenure.

“The party played the politics of hate and exclusion,’’ he said, adding that “past national chairmen were completely excluded and were never invited to offer our own ideas on how to deliver Jonathan.

“When I was the chairman, I controlled 28 states and a majority in the National Assembly and also won additional four states for the party. Some of us performed better and have good ideas on how to keep PDP in power for as long as I predicted,’’ he said.

Ogbulafor, who had earlier predicted that PDP would rule Nigeria for uninterrupted 60 years, said the feat was possible had the party sustained the line-up.

“I made the prediction in clear conscience and realization that it was achievable, given that PDP controlled 28 states, majority in the National Assembly and local government administration. So, there is nothing that could have stopped PDP if we were able to control the line-up,” he added.

Ogbulafor blamed the woes befalling the party on the emergence of a ‘reform group,’ saying that the group created factions within it, also the incessant change in the leadership, with five chairmen so far produced within a space of five years after his exit was counter-productive.

“Since I left office, PDP has changed its chairmen five times. This is a pointer that all is not well with the party. This is why I am calling on the NWC members to quit without compulsion to pave the way for fresh blood that will bring vibrancy and help to move the party forward,’’ he said

Ogbulafor said that the incoming governors, who would be the financiers of the party, would also wish to inherit a fresh NWC, populated by fresh people.
He said he was not planning to leave the party in view of the current challenges.

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4 major changes made to the official portraits of Buhari, Osinbajo

by Kolapo Olapoju

The official portraits of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President-elect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has been changed.

Why?- Simply because Nigerians had issues with the old portraits.

After taking a careful look at the old and new portraits, we managed to determine the 4 major changes made.

OLD

Portrait1NEW

Portrait2

Muhammadu Buhari

1. Smile

In the old portrait, Buhari seemed unamused at the prospect of inheriting a nation immersed in debt. He simply had little joy, however, in the new portrait, joy was evident in his soul as he smiled a little.
2. Ears

The President-elect’s right ear was hardly noticeable in the first portrait, but in the new one, it (the ear) stood proudly in front of the flag.

 

3. Younger-looking

Most of the comments the first portrait generated was the fact that Buhari looked very old(his age) in the photo. Apparently, the President-elect’s people listened and made him look a decade younger in the new portrait.

 

4. Zoomed out

It goes without saying that the another difference between the old and new portraits is that the former was more zoomed in while the latter is more zoomed out.

 

Vice President-elect, Prof Yemi Osinbajo

1. Smile

In the old portrait, the Professor bared an award-winning smile, however, in the new portrait, the smile completely disappeared.

 

2. Photoshop

A few touches here and there with the help of Adobe Photoshop made the new portrait of the Vice President-elect, look very different from the old one. In the first portrait, he looked exactly like himself, while in the second portrait, he looked like a lot fresher.

 

3. Lips

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria had his lips open in the first portrait, obviously because of his smile, but in the new portrait, his lips were nearly-clenched and seemingly white-with-cold.

 

4. The ears as well

In the old portrait, Osinbajo’s left ear was totally amiss, gone, nowhere to be found, however, in the new portrait, the ears made a triumphant return.

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THE 2015 TRACKLIST: Buhari needs prayers, Obasanjo is pessimestic, PDP is angry, more stories

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PDP angry at Buhari for Snubbing Handover Programme.

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Jonathan tells Nigerians to pray more for Buhari.

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Boko Haram in fresh attack, kills 10 in Adamawa.

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APC contests against itself and wins Rivers LGA elections.

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Ngilari informs that insurgents are infiltrating IDP camps.

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Ortom and Suswam at loggerheads over appointments, goveranance.

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David Cameron blocks newcomers from having say on Britain’s future.

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Suswam begs Benue people for forgiveness.

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U.N. official: ISIS is ‘institutionalizing sexual violence’.

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Huckabee: What if the Supreme Court picked the president?

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Obama Weighs Strategy as Data Laws Run Out.

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Amaechi took a swipe at Patience Jonathan yesterday

by Azubuike Azikiwe

Rotimi Amaechi, yet again, threw a shade at the outgoing first lady, Patience Jonathan.

On Sunday, May 24, the Rivers State Governor, revealed that his disagreement with President Goodluck Jonathan, was partly caused by Patience Jonathan’s overt interference in matters that don’t concern her.

Amaechi stated this after the premiere of a documentary on the Amaechi years, at the Silver Bird Galleria, Abuja.

He said: “We had a disagreement in principle between me and the President. Have you seen a country where the Commissioner of Police is reporting to the wife of the President? It’s in Rivers State.

“Have you seen a country where the Brigade Commander or the Navy Commander or Air force Commander is reporting to the Wife of the President? It’s in Rivers State.”

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Buhari needs your prayers more than I do – Pres. Jonathan

by James Sambo

President Goodluck Jonathan has enjoined Nigerians to pray for the incoming government of Muhammadu Buhari.

He said Buhari’s government needed the prayers of Nigerians more then he does, as he would no longer be making decisions that affect the whole nation.

Jonathan spoke on Sunday, May 24, at the 2015 presidential thanksgiving and inauguration interdenominational church service held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.

 

He said, “I thank you for your support. I call on you to pray for us who are leaving, because today is the last day I will speak with you in this place as the President of Nigeria. If I have the opportunity of standing here again, I will be speaking as a former President.

“Pray for me, my wife and family, members of my government, ministers and others as we leave.

“But you should even pray more for the incoming government because we are leaving, probably to go and manage our private businesses. They are coming in to manage the whole country, so they require more prayer.

“I am leaving and will be taking decisions that will be affecting me. If they do any mistake, it will affect the whole nation. So I call on you to pray for this incoming government for them to succeed. All we want for this nation is good governance, unity and peace.

“We can’t achieve these without the help of God.”

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APC contests against itself and wins Rivers LGA elections

by Azubuike Azikiwe

The All Progressives Congress has won an election it contested alone.

The new-ruling party won the polls in all 22 local government areas in the local government elections held on Saturday in Rivers State.

The election was a low turnout of voters due to the controversy that trailed the date of the election.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which had gone to court to challenge the council polls, boycotted the elections, insisting that the time was wrong and the process not transparent.

 

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Buhari will correct damage done by present government – Obasanjo

by Kolapo Olapoju

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has criticised the administrtion of President Jonathan, saying it has mismanaged the country in the last eight years.

Obasanjo said the incoming government of Buhari will repair the damage done by the outgoing administration, while also urging Nigerians to be patient while this is being done.

He said this on Sunday, May 24, during a visit of a delegation of South-West women leaders, under the leadership of Iyalode of Yorubaland, Chief Alaba Lawson, to his Abeokuta Hilltop residence.

He said, “The country had been poorly managed in the last eight years, and it will take some time for Buhari’s government to correct the anomalies. But I want to him not to be frightened.

“When I came in 1999, there was no fuel, there was no power. The situation was like this, and I thought we have put that one behind us. The man that is coming on board has a lot of experience in terms of governance. He is not a green horn. We have both worked together in administering, then as a military Head of State and we did it well. Nigerians need to exercise patience because what have been destroyed in eight years cannot be rebuilt in a day.”

“Let’s give him time. Let’s pray for him and let’s cooperate with him. We are all concerned about the present situation of Nigeria. The expectation is very high but at the same time, there is a lot of goodwill internally and externally for the incoming government. Once the incoming administration realises this and takes every step, particularly in the first three months, when people will be watching and counting, I think for me, we will get there.”

“God has provided a new opportunity for Nigeria and Nigerians and I believe God does not make mistake. There are two things I believe the incoming President appreciates. One is that he knows that the expectations of Nigerians are high and two, that he should not be frightened by the situation on the ground.”

“All he has to do is to be honest with Nigerians, he should not deceive them. He should not be an ostrich. He should not deceive Nigerians and not to be too clever with them. There is a lot of goodwill for the incoming administration from within and outside the country. What is important is that steps have to be taken that will not lead to the squandering of the goodwill and I believe the incoming government will be able to take care of that.”

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Governor Chime, who has ‘stepped on toes’ is begging for forgiveness

by Azubuike Azikiwe

Its forgiveness-seeking season and the latest outgoing politician to join the bandwagon is Enugu state governor, Sullivan Chime.

The governor says that he has stepped on many toes during his 8-year tenure at the helm of the affairs of the state.

On Sunday, May 24, while speaking at a valedictory thanksgiving mass at the Holy Ghost Cathedral, Enugu, he explained that he stepped on toes in order to succeed at his job.

Chime also apologised to those he may have wrongly hurt “in pursuit of the greater good of the people.”

The governor said, “We cannot change the society without stepping on toes, every serious government must take necessary measures to correct the wrongs in the society, if not we will not have the new environment we are enjoying in Enugu today.

“So, I beg for forgiveness and understanding from those on whose toes we must have stepped on. They must understand that we did whatever we did for the benefit of all.”

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PDP is disappointed with Buhari over his London trip… and many other things

by James Sambo

The Peoples Democratic Party, says it is disappointed at the fact that President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, instead of attending the beginning of the handover programme on Friday, May 22,- chose to travel to the United Kingdom.

PDP, which is now in the opposition, says it is embarrassed that Buhari was kept waiting outside the official residence of UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, in London.

The party also said it suspects that the All Progressives Congress, is not competent enough to handle the affairs of the country.

This and many other things, the PDP said, in a statement released on Sunday, May 24, by the Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.

Read:

“The peoples Democratic Party (PDP) views with disappointment the apparent snub by the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the handover programme lined up by the Federal Government to transmit power to him by Friday, May 29, 2015. The PDP said such behavior was a measure of lack of democratic discipline.”

“Nigerians, as citizens of a sovereign nation were thoroughly embarrassed when they saw their President-elect cheapened and kept waiting at the door of 10 Downing Street to see the British Prime Minister due to shoddy arrangements by his handlers.

“Indeed, they are becoming increasingly worried about the frightening unpreparedness of the APC for governance and the huge embarrassments they have been attracting to our nation. We know that the APC has been lying over issues. We also know that the APC and the President-elect have been flip-flopping and reneging on their campaign promises; but to embarrass the nation by embarking on such a sensitive visit without adequate preparations is shameful and completely unacceptable.

“We share the fear of well-meaning Nigerians on how a party which cannot adequately handle a simple task of organizing a diplomatic outing will effectively administer a country as complex as Nigeria.

“The APC has continued to give signals that it lacks capacity to face the challenges of governance. Such has been evidenced in the uneasiness of the President-elect who in apparent loss of confidence in himself has started reneging on his promises of quick fixes while confessing in a meeting with APC governors-elect on May 5, 2015 that he has ‘started nervously to explain to people that Rome was not built in a day’.

“Instead of settling down for governance and working out how to fulfill its promises of making the naira the same in value with the dollar, paying N5, 000, 000 monthly to 25 million poor Nigerians, providing electricity on 24/7 basis, providing free meals for school children and allowances for discharged but unemployed youth corps members among others, the APC is busy inventing excuses for failure and blaming everyone else but themselves. We hope they will not blame the PDP for their Saturday’sembarrassing outing at 10 Downing Street.

“Furthermore, we find it curious and more than a co-incidence that the nation is experiencing an acute shortage of fuel and electricity supply at this point in time, when such has not been the case under the current PDP-led administration.  We ask, are there some forces sabotaging the system to create an impression that the APC is inheriting poor infrastructure and complete system breakdown?

“Is this also part of the larger plot to embarrass and defame the PDP-led administration in an attempt to justify APC’s excuses for failure”.

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