2 years ago

PDP laments Obasanjo’s exit, says ex-President rejected pleas

PDP laments Obasanjo’s exit, says ex-President rejected pleas

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has received the news of the decision of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to withdraw his membership of our great party. We have also carefully examined the circumstances and the reasons adduced for this unfortunate decision.

While we concede to the inalienable rights of every citizen to hold opinion and to decide who to associate with, we are however deeply saddened that Chief Obasanjo, a revered leader of our party, our first Presidential flagbearer whom the PDP offered the platform to rule our nation for eight years, could decide to abandon this party at this critical point in time.

This is especially as Chief Obasanjo, who was also the Chairman of the highest advisory organ of the PDP, the Board of Trustees (BoT) discountenanced all pleas by elders and leaders of our great party with regard to his reservations on certain issues within our fold.

Many Nigerians are still bewildered as to what manner of provocation could have led a former President to lose his composure and go to the extent of tearing the membership card of the party that he once led.

Indeed, the PDP is hugely at loss as to how the decision and action of the former President who had enjoyed the benefits of being elected to the highest position of leadership will assist in deepening our democracy and stabilizing the polity.

It is our considered opinion that no matter the provocation, a statesmanly disposition from a person of Chief Obasanjo’s status could have encouraged our citizens and help in stabilizing system.

We believe however, that what this country needs now is patriotic actions that engender national unity, tolerance and peaceful coexistence of our people irrespective of political, ethnic and religious
persuasions. The overall interest of our nation and wellbeing of our citizens must remain paramount and above all personal and group interests.

Finally, we direct all our members across the country to remain focused on our campaigns and not to be distracted on this issue. With an array of credible candidates led by our Presidential flagbearer, President Goodluck Jonathan, we are sure that we will emerge victorious come March 28 and April 11, 2015 general elections.

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2 years ago

Patience Jonathan visits families of Bayelsa politicians who perished in auto crash

Patience Jonathan visits families of Bayelsa politicians who perished in auto crash

President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience, on Monday paid a condolence visit to the bereaved families of 11 female politicians from Bayelsa State who died Saturday in a car accident along East-West Road in Rivers State.

The women were political associates of the First Lady, and died while returning from a two-day visit to her in Okirika, Rivers State.

Dressed in black, and accompanied by prominent members of her Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Women for Change Initiative, Mrs. Jonathan met with respective families of the lost women.

On her entourage were the wife of the state’s former governor, Margaret Alamieyeseigha, and a former Transport Commissioner in the state, Marie Ebikake.

At the home of one of the deceased and wife of a staff at the Bayelsa Radio Corporation, Ayakpo Otolo, Mrs. Jonathan condoled the family, sobbing intermittently.

She prayed to God to be with the family in the time of grief and asked God to give everyone, including herself, the fortitude to bear the loss, describing the women as her friends and sisters.

She also visited the homes of a former member of the State House of Assembly from Brass Local Government and Special Adviser to Governor Seriake Dickson, Ruby Benjamin.

Mrs. Jonathan was also at the residences of a former Commissioner for Women Affairs under the administration of Governor Timipre Sylva, Gimbra Panowei; Secretary to the State Government, Allison Oguru; and a woman leader from Otuoke Community in Ogbia Local Government, Consider Amadi.

She also visited the homes of a retired Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Pere Kalama and Clara Abila.
Meanwhile, the Ijaw Youths Council has expressed shock and disbelief over the death of the 11 women.
The group, in a statement issued by its spokesman, Eric Omare, sympathized with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the accident.

It prayed that the almighty God grant them the fortitude to bear the loss, even as they also sympathized with the Governor of Bayelsa , Seriake Dickson, the government and people of Bayelsa over this unfortunate incident.

“These women were not only leading Ijaw female politicians and leaders, but were responsible mothers of Ijaw Youths.

“Their adventure into the male-dominated world of politics provided and would continue to provide the leverage for more Ijaw women to participate in politics towards the development of Ijaw people,” the group said.