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DG Progressives Governors Forum Rallies Support for PGF’s NEC Meeting –– As Obaseki receives the nod to contest PDP primaries


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The Director-General of Progressives Governors Forum, Mr Salihu Lukman, is calling on committed party members and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rally behind President Muhammadu Buhari in support of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting scheduled for Thursday in order to resolve the crisis rocking the party

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, Mr Lukman described the crisis rocking the party in the last few months as a show of indignity which requires drastic steps to arrest the situation.

Lukman said: “with all the confusion as to who is our presiding officer, coupled with the fact that the most important structure that is saddled with the responsibility of convening meetings of all organs of the party is fractured and entangled in webs of legal cases, it is either the confusion is allowed to continue and eventually end with the demise of the party, or our leaders find a way to save the party”.

The statement added that to demonstrate the irony of the kind of leaderless situation party members found themselves, they are being told that the constitution disqualifies a Deputy National Chairman from acting as National Chairman with reference to the section of the country he comes from.

A factional acting National Chairman of the party, Mr Victor Giadom had announced that with the support of President Buhari, a NEC meeting will hold on Thursday, June 25, 2020

Court Clears Obaseki For June 25 PDP Governorship Primaries In Edo

The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has thrown out the suit, that barred the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, from participating in the governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled for June 25.

The court took the decision following a successful out of court settlement by all the parties. The court’s judgment was delivered by the Presiding Judge Emmanuel Obile.

One of the PDP aspirants, Mr. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, was said to have struck a deal with Obaseki and other PDP leaders and immediately instructed his lawyers to withdraw the suit.

One of Nigeria’s labour activist, Ayodele Akele, Is dead 

Ayodele Akele is dead. A close associate of the deceased who was former Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Lagos State wing, confirmed to that Akele died on Tuesday morning after succumbing to an undisclosed illness.

Akele was Executive Director at Labour, Health and Human Rights Development Centre. Labour, Health and Human Rights Development Centre

The late Akele was a former Secretary-General of the National Conscience Party founded by late legal luminary, Gani Fawehinmi. Among prominent activists who have paid tributes are Joe Okei-Odumakin and Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, SAN.  Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, President, Women Arise, said the news of the demise of Akele hit her like a thunderbolt. She described him as “revolutionary humanist par excellence”, saying he stood for his convictions while sacrificing comfort and socio-economic benefits.

She said, “He was a man that not even military torture in the cell could break. “He was one of the rare products of Gani Fawehinmi school of thought. He gave his all for the advancement and emancipation of Nigerian masses.

In his tribute,  Festus Keyamo, SAN Minister of State, Labour and Employment, commiserated with the family of Akele, saying, “My deep condolences to the Akele family. He joined us in the defiant and radical movement we formed in 1994 called ‘National Conscience’ with Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, SAM, GCON, as our leader. ‘He later became the Sec-Gen when it transformed into a political party. Rest in peace.”