Resolutions of the 56th Meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party held on Thursday 28th July, 2011.
Gentlemen of the Press,
The 56th meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of our great Party, the PDP held today at the National Secretariat.
The meeting, which is the first to be held since the last General Elections was well attended and had the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, the Vice President, Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo, GCON, the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark and other distinguished members of NEC in attendance.
The meeting considered various issues bordering on the smooth administration of the Party and arrived at the following resolutions:-
1. The National Executive Committee unanimously endorsed the appointment of Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje as the Acting National Chairman of the PDP to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of the former Acting National Chairman, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed as Hon. Minister of Defence. Similarly, NEC also approved the appointment of Dr. Musa Babayo, erstwhile Deputy National Secretary as Acting National Secretary in view of the vacancy created by the appointment of Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje as Acting National Chairman. They shall, along with the remaining members of the National Working Committee oversee the affairs of the Party until the tenure of the current Executive Committee runs out in March, 2012.
2. NEC also considered dates and guidelines for Party Congresses and National Convention of our Party which shall elect officers for the Party at all levels. This is in line with provisions of the PDP Constitution, which prescribes a four year tenure for elected Executives at all levels.
3. After exhaustive debate, the following time-table was approved by NEC:-
i. Ward Congresses - 7th January, 2012
ii. LGA Congresses - 14th January, 2012
iii. State Congresses - 21st January, 2012
iv. Zonal Congresses - 4th February, 2012
v. National Convention - 25th February, 2012
The handing over to the new National Executive Committee shall be between 27thFebruary and 8th of March, 2012.
4. NEC also approved the Constitution of a 21 member Committee to propose amendments for the PDP Constitution to align it with provision of the Electoral Act and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Members of the press will recall that the amendment of the Electoral Act of 2011 renders some provisions of the PDP Constitution obsolete. Such issues as inclusion of unelected delegates to Congresses and Conventions as well as mode of elections shall be reviewed in line with the new Electoral Law.
5. The 21 member Committee shall be chaired by the National Legal Adviser with members drawn from the Executive, National Assembly, Governors Forum, State Chairmen, Youths and Women representatives and National Secretariat.
6. NEC congratulated the President, Dr. Goolduck Ebele Jonathan, the Vice President, Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo and all members elected to public offices and charged Party members to keep faith with the Party and ensure its victory in all outstanding elections. Finally, NEC called on all elected and appointed officials to strive to ensure that their actions and utterances are such that will win the hearts and minds of the people of Nigerians at all times.
Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali
National Publicity Secretary
March 5, 2013
The attention of the South East Zone of the People's Democratic Party has been drawn to spurious publications in a section of the media alleging unfounded claims of bias against the Hon Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah in the recruitment exercise carried out by some parastatals in her ministry.
The leadership of our great Party in the southeast makes bold to state categorically that this baseless allegation is yet another futile attempt by opposition elements to smear the image of the Minister and denigrate her well earned reputation as a distinguished Nigerian and a worthy assets of our great Party, the PDP.
Princess Oduah, though a proud daughter of the Southeast zone, has proven herself to be a detribalized Nigerian both in her private business and in the discharge of her duties as Minister. The current massive upgrading of airports in all the geopolitical zones in the country bear testimony to this.
We are proud to observe that Princess Oduah's performance in office is a major plank of President Jonathan's transformation agenda.
These sponsored provocative publications are designed by opposition elements who are envious of her sterling performance and who feel threatened by her rising profile as a dedicated minister and exemplary member of our great Party.
For the records, Princess Oduah is not involved directly or indirectly in staff recruitment of any parastatal under her. There is a well established bureaucracy to handle such matters while she concerns herself with the huge task of driving the well applauded reforms in the aviation sector.Read more...
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