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  1. Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday met with former military Head of State, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, famously known as IBB. The meeting between the leadership of the former ruling party and Babangida took place at the latter’s Hilltop Mansion in Minna, Niger State. In a tweet, Secondus said the meeting was part of the party’s consultations. “Happening Now!!!!! “Peoples Democratic Party, @OfficialPDPNig National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus in Minna at the Hill top residence of Former President Ibrahim Babangida in company of the National Working committee of the party in continuation of his consultations today,” the tweet reads. Recall that the PDP’s National Working Committee, NWC, led by Secondus had in February 2018 met with the former Military leader in Minna, Niger State.
  2. Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Enugu State chapter, Dr. Ben Nwoye, has described Buhari’s declaration as a new dawn in Nigeria’s political history. Justifying Buhari’s suitability for re-election, Nwoye expressed confidence that Nigerians will still vote for him in 2019. “One thing you cannot dispute is that Nigerians love Buhari except the oppositions who are even the minority. They will always have their say, while majority of Nigerians will have their way. It is actually a new dawn in the political history of the country. “Before the declaration, there tended to be lack of clarity as to where we were going. But having come out to inform his core followers in a personal capacity one year ahead, we are elated. “There was an eruption of applause and cheering among NEC members when he declared. He has done well in turning the country around. “He has pursued programmes of growth and made the country better. He has shown there is light at the end of the tunnel,” he told journalists in Abuja.
  3. Former national vice-chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Ishola Filani is dead. He died on Thursday in London, United Kingdom. Filani, 72, was PDP Vice Chairman (Southwest) between 2012 and 2014. Reacting, former Deputy Chairman of the party, Olabode George, described the demise as a colossal loss and painful. George, in a statement, said the deceased “was a man of warmth, full of devotion, enveloped within whatever cause he pursued with vigour and sheer honesty. “He resonated with settled intelligence and far-reaching determined articulation. He could be combative in a debate but without malice. “He could disagree with demonstrated fervour but without acrimony. He was a patriot with passion, a distinguished lawyer with assertive merits.” Similarly, the South-West Chairman of the PDP, Dr Eddy Olafeso, noted that the party received the news of the death with rude shock while commiserating with his family. “While alive, he was a Democrat and gave his all. He is a committed, resourceful and loyal leader of the party,” he said
  4. Ahead of the Saturday national convention of the party, the Plateau State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was thrown into mourning, on Thursday, as the chairman, Hon. Damishi Sango, was kidnapped with five others along Jere village, Kaduna State. It was gathered that the Sango was kidnapped at about 7:00p.m., on Wednesday, with his son, a chieftain of the party, Chief Emmanuel Mangni, a driver, an Orderly and one other person while travelling to Abuja ahead of the PDP convention. Secretary of the party, Hon. Emmanuel Tuang, disclosed this in an interview at the party secretariat, in Jos, and said the party has no formal communication from the abductors. His words, “We finished a meeting of the State Working Committee of the Party at about 1pm on Wednesday and he left for Abuja in preparation for the PDP convention coming up on Saturday and we spoke with him at about 3 pm. “We could not communicate until I slept at about 8 pm when his lines were switch off. I woke up this morning with a lot of missed calls and when I called his Personal Assistance, he broke the news that Chairman was kidnapped on his way to Abuja. “We have send a team to the State Police headquarters to report the matter. We have no communication with the six occuPants of the vehicle including the abductors and no ransom has been made. “When the Personal Assistance to the Chairman called the mobile phone of the Son who was in the vehicle to find out if they had arrived Abuja, the DPO of Jere Police division picked the call and said the phone was found inside an abandoned jeep parked along the road and they suspected that the occupants have been kidnapped.” State Publicity Secretary of the party, John Akans, said Sango had gone to secure an hotel accommodation for delegates ahead of the Saturday PDP convention in Abuja. Former Commissioner of Finance in the state, Davou Mang, and PDP supporters, stormed the PDP Secretariat, in Jos, at about 7:00a.m. on Thiursday, expressing grief over the sad incident. Mang, however, called on the Federal Government to beefed up permanent security post along the route for safety of innocent citizens, particularly during the Saturday PDP convention. Hon. Sango, a former Minister of Youth and Sport, has vowed that PDP would take over governance in Plateau and Nigeria in 2019.
  5. Former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State, Alhaji Yaro Makama Rigachikun, who decamped to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015, has dumped the party. Rigachikun returned to the PDP, along with his followers at the weekend in Kaduna. He was received back to the party at a ceremony attended by top leaders of the PDP, including the interim National Chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibrin, among several others. Speaking during the occasion, Rigachikun said he made a grave mistake by joining the APC in 2015. Speaking in Hausa language, he said the APC has failed Nigerians, declaring that the time had come to "change the change." He said he joined the party, thinking it would address the numerous problems confronting Nigerians, regretting that over two years since its assumption of power, Nigerians were plunged into untold hardship. He condemned the sacking of teachers and local government workers in Kaduna State, alleging that Governor Nasir el-Rufai was implementing anti-people programmes. He said the governor should start packing his belongings from the Government House, as the people will not vote him again in 2019. "The APC has brought much suffering to Nigerians, in Kaduna State, the teachers are crying, local government workers are suffering and traditional institutions are ridiculed." The school feeding program is in comatose, in fact, nothing is working in the state, so we must change the change" he said. Hundreds of the defecting members burnt their brooms, the APC symbol. Rigachikun, who is said to be a closed political ally of Makarfi, was the chairman of PDP in Kaduna State for eight years when Makarfi was governor.

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