A member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Daisy Danjuma, has said her endorsement of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki’s second term aspiration was “personal.”
Mr Obaseki is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“I owe nobody apology for endorsing the second term aspiration of Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo,” Mrs Danjuma, wife of former defence minister Theophilus Danjuma, told journalists in Benin City.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Mrs Danjuma, a former senator, had, in Lagos on Sunday, endorsed Mr Obaseki during a town hall meeting organised for the governor in Lagos.
The endorsement has drawn the ire of the state chapter of the party who felt that the former senator’s stance was not proper.
“I have the right to support whoever I choose to. I am a member of the PDP. I have never left the PDP or decamped to any party like others.
“It is my right to free comment and I have exercised that,” she said.
The Edo PDP, in a statement, disassociated itself from Mrs Danjuma’s decision to support Mr Obaseki for second term, and asked her to resign her position.
It said the comments, discussions and purported endorsements credited to Mrs Danjuma were her private thoughts and do not reflect the thoughts of Edo PDP.
The Edo PDP said it was “abnormal and not politically savvy for party leaders to endorse aspirants of another party other than the candidate of their party.”
In a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Chris Nehikhare, the PDP stated that being a member of the BOT conferred some rights and privileges that should not be abused.
The statement said it was an abuse of such rights and privileges to openly and publicly endorse a candidate of another party.
Mr Nehikhare said the statement of endorsement is a “morale-damper” to the hard working, committed and loyal men, women and youths of Edo PDP.
“At the appropriate time and in accordance with our party’s constitution, a credible PDP candidate will be nominated to contest the Edo 2020 governorship election to liberate the state from political arrogance, poverty, insecurity and unemployment.
“To all Edo people, members and supporters of PDP, you will have a choice to make between the umbrella of comfort and the broom of hardship.
“A PDP government will liberate our state from the APC government that is insensitive to the plight of our people,” he said. (NAN)
Oyo PDP directs councils’ caretaker chairmen to ignore AGF Malami disband order
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, over his order for the disbandment of local government caretaker committees in Oyo State.
Mr Malami in a letter addressed to the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Oyewo Oyelowo, also directed the state government to recall the elected council officials sacked by Governor Seyi Makinde in May last year.
The sacked officials were elected on May 12, 2018, in local government elections conducted under the administration of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
A few hours after he took over from Mr Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ordered the chairmen to hand over to the most senior career officers in their councils.
The sacked chairmen have since taken the matter to court.
Reacting to the directive to reinstate the officials, the PDP in Oyo State urged the caretaker committees to disregard the order.
The party described the order as unexpected of the number one legal officer of the Federation.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Akeem Olatunji, the PDP said the Constitution did not empower the President or his agents to withhold funds due to a federating unit or even the National Judicial Council.
“Rather than poke nose into the internal affairs of Oyo State, Mr Abubakar Malami should be more concerned about Federal Government’s various disregard of judiciary pronouncements and lack of respect for rule of law.
“Nigeria as a federation is governed by constitution not by a decree fiat and it’s not anybody’s fault that the drafters of Nigerian Constitution put the control, legislation and supervision of the local governments under the purview of the State governments through the various State House of Assemblies.
“What the present Attorney-General of the Federation, Malam Abubakar Malami, and his APC cohorts are trying to achieve is purely 2023 political agenda similar to attempt by former Attorney-General, Mr Akin Olujimi, SAN, to stop Federal allocations meant for Lagos State through executive fiat.
“I want to reiterate that nowhere in the 1999 Constitution is the President or his agents given the power to withhold funds due to States or Local Government Councils or even the National Judicial Council by virtue of the provision of Section 162 subsection (9) thereof. In other words, the President has no supervisory power over the state and the local government councils.
“Nigeria as a country is practising federalism, not a unitary system of government, hence the needs for separation of power and avoid ridiculous action that can jeopardize the image of Nigeria within the comity of Nations.
“Furthermore, the Supreme Court judgement delivered by Justice Muhammadu Lawal Uwais, CJN, on 10th of December 2004 stated clearly that pursuant to section 162 (5) of the Constitution; if the
President or any of his agents have any grievances or whatsoever with any tier of government, he should go to court.
“Oyo State PDP as the ruling party is advising APC in Oyo State to look for their saviour elsewhere as Mr Abubakar Malami is not constitutional empowered to assist them in foisting illegality on the good people of Oyo State at the grassroots level.
“Hence, the Caretaker Chairmen across the 33 Local Councils and 35 LCDAs are enjoined to face the herculean task before them and disregard the former illegal chairmen who are merely seeking attention.”