FORMER Vice President Alex Ekwueme, one time Federal Commissioner for Information and Ijaw Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, Reverend Emmanuel Gbonigi and others under the aegis, Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly, SNPA yesterday reiterated their support for the immediate convocation of a National Conference and called for its immediate convocation by President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to a statement signed by Dr. Alex Ekwueme (South East); Chief Edwin Clark ( South South) and Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Gbonigi (South West) yesterday, the SNPA urged President Goodluck Jonathan to before December this year set up a Committee that will work out strategies and modalities for the convocation of a National conference that will give the ethnic nationalities of Nigeria the opportunity to discuss the collective future after what they termed a “forced” marriage of 100 years remains the most rewarding centenary gift President Jonathan can give to Nigerians.
The 51-year-old has lived in Germany for three decades and became a naturalised citizen 12 years ago
He joined the SPD in 2008, and became an elected councillor in the eastern city of Halle the following year.
Diaby’s bid for a constituency seat failed in Sunday’s election, but he won a spot in the SPD proportional-representation delegation.
According to him, he has the constitutional right to contest for a second term in office as an elected president.
He said this on Sunday midnight during a meeting with Nigerian Professionals in New York, United States.
Jonathan, who is yet to publicly declare his 2015 ambition for a re-election said he wouldn’t want to be distracted by the noise of the forthcoming elections.
He also urged politicians in Nigeria to drop the idea of do or die approach in politics and allow him to concentrate on his Transformation Agenda.
President Goodluck Jonathan and governors in the breakaway faction of the Peoples Democratic Party last night announced an agreement to “sheath their swords” and immediately begin resolving the dispute that caused the break of the ruling party.
No specific decisions were mentioned in a communiqué read out by Niger State Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu at the end of the meeting shortly after 10pm, but further discussions have been scheduled for October 7.
“Sequel to the number of meetings convened by leaders and stakeholders, the governors of Adamawa, Niger, Rivers, Kwara, Sokoto, Jigawa, Akwa Ibom,Kogi, Kano and Cross Rivers States met with the President, the Vice President and the chairman of the Board of Trustees and extensively deliberated on various issues,” the communiqué said.
The pan-Yoruba socio cultural group, Afenifere, has faulted the call for the removal of the Chairman of the National Population Commission, Mr. Festus Odimegwu, by the Arewa Consultative Forum and some northern leaders.
It said Odimegwu should be allowed to conduct the 2016 census.
After its meeting on August 27, the National Working Committee of the ACF had issued a communique urging the Federal Government not to allow Odimegwu conduct the 2016 census, for saying previous censuses were manipulated in favour of a section of the country.
The spokesman of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, told SUNDAY PUNCH that the group was in support of Odimegwu, and believed he would conduct Nigeria’s first credible census in 2016.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday argued that Syrian rebels were behind a chemical weapons attack which prompted the United States to threaten military strikes against Bashar Assad's regime.
Writing in a New York Times opinion piece released late Wednesday, he suggested they had carried out the attack to provoke foreign military intervention in their favour.
Putin made the allegation on the eve of high-level talks in Geneva between US and Russian diplomats.
In a demonstration of the vast gulf between the US and Russian positions, Putin said Assad's opponents were responsible for the 21 August attack in Ghouta.
Obasanjo is insinuating that ex-Vice President Atiku is corrupt, saying he was investigated by his administration following alert from the United States.
He said Nigerians should ask Atiku why he has not visited the United States since he left office, if he has no case to answer.
Obasanjo, who bared his mind on why he moved against his deputy in an interview with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) magazine, Zero Tolerance, said he could not understand why the anti-graft commission has not taken Atiku to court.
The announcement by the National Secretary of the Baraje-led faction, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, came barely 72 hours after the police laid siege to their secretariat in Abuja.
It also coincided with the boycott of a meeting convened by the National Chairman of the PDP, Bamanga Tukur, in Abuja on Monday by 17 state chairmen of the party.
BELOW IS PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA'S REPORT ON THE NEW DEVELOPEMENTS IN THE TROUBLED PARTY
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, faction led by Abubakar Baraje has announced the appointment of more members into its National Working Committee, NWC.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is said to have returned to the trenches within the fold of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) following the outcome of the governorship primaries of the party in Anambra State.
Obasanjo had recently attempted to broker a truce between the PDP and the aggrieved governors of the party under the aegis of G5 in Abuja.
Though the meeting lasted for a week, nothing concrete came out of it at the end of the day.
Sources however told Sunday Tribune that Obasanjo was motivated into taking up the peacemaker role because of his belief that his candidate would be allowed to emerge as gubernatorial candidate in Anambra.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed who set aside the suspension also gave an interim order restraining the Peoples’ Democratic Party from suspending Senator Ubah and four other factional members of the party.
It also suspended any decision taken by the disciplinary committee set up by the Peoples’ Democratic Party from taking any further decision that will affect the membership status of the Peoples’ Democratic Party pending the hearing of the suit filed by Mr Chris Ubah, on the 5th of September 2013.