Saturday, February 19, 2011

OPEN LETTER TO ACTING CHAIRMAN PDP


ATT: RE-RUN PDP PRIMARIES AND BAYELSA WEST REPS SEAT


My attention has been drawn to a report in the Daily Sun Newspapers of Friday 28 Jan, 2011, page 7, captioned “PDP Dares INEC” to the effect that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rescheduled a re-run party primaries for the position of a candidate for the Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency on January 28, 2011 and rumors making the rounds that Hon. Seriake Dickson has emerged the winner of the said rerun.

PDP is one of the biggest party of blacks on earth and ought to announce re-run on National Television.

But the report was carried only on one National Daily (The Sun newspapers) that arrived late to Yenagoa, talk less of the rural areas that are not privileged to see or sight The Sun Newspaper until after one week with delegates not being able to respond to re-run to purported primaries.

Having won the party primaries that was conducted nation wide, my victory (Hon Ofoni Williams) was announced by the party by almost all the National Television and reports carried on all the major national dallies in the country including the Sun newspaper.

However, in Delta North Senatorial District re-run between Dr. Okoya and Dr.(Mrs.) Ali, aired live on Channel T.V on 29th Jan, 2011.

For purpose of record, it is pertinent to state that I won squarely at the party primaries conducted in the spirit of the part’s Electoral guidelines for primary Elections 2010 and the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). 3.

No complain or petition arising from the primaries was submitted to the Electoral Appeal Panel in writing within 24 hours of the completion of the primary election as required by guidelines 50(d), even if there was such a complain, it is required that before deciding the matter, the electoral appeal panel shall give an opportunity to the parties concerned to present their respective case and shall communicate their decisions to the aspirants in writing within 24 house to the determination of the dispute or soon thereafter as the circumstance may permit in the spirit of the guideline 50(e)4.


No time was I ever invited by the panel referred to above to hear and react to any complaints regarding my emergence as the party candidate. Neither have I received any communication on the primary election which I won.

All Hon. Seriake Dickson has done aside from approaching the court, he has also taken whatever grievance he has to the press and petition riddled with falsehood presented several days after the primaries.

We refer to a report in Daily Sun newspaper, Thursday Jan 20 at a page captioned “PDP Reps protest defeat at Bayelsa primaries”

The primaries purportly conducted on the 28th Day of Jan 2011 are legally flawed. Aside the fact that, I was not informed of any resolution of the party to conduct a rerun, Electoral officers never arrived Sagbama or anywhere within the Federal constituency to conduct any primaries. Thus, the public action which the subject of this response was apparently sponsored to steal a mandate I was massively elected for.

Make no mistakes the day of imposition of candidates who did not win primaries on their parties have been swept away by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

It is provided in Section 87(4)(c) 11 of the said law. It is the aspirant who wins the primaries that shall be declared winner and the aspirants name shall be forwarded to INEC.

At any rate any primaries conducted outside the timetable prescribed by INEC suffers from legal deficiencies in view of paragraph 1492) (f) of part 1 of the 3rd schedule to the constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 which unambiguously empowers the Electoral Commission to provide rules and regulations which shall govern political parties.

The purported re-run primaries presents Bayelsa State without leadership at the state level. In the same manner the action Chairman of the party at the state level was in Abuja to collect INEC forms for the winners of the primaries conducted on the 6th Day of Jan 2010 and others, only to be told on the same day of the purported primaries that rerun primaries had already been conducted for Sagbam/Ekeremor Federal Constituency Seat for the House of Representative.

Hon. Dickson Seriake had repeatedly said Mr. President adopted him even before the primaries proper that head or tail he is the candidate for general election.

Secondly, after Hon. Ofoni Williams won the primaries, Hon Dickson Seriake said there is game plan that Mr. President is not favourable to Hon. Ofoni Williams because he (Ofoni Wiliams) did not support impeachment that brought him (Mr. President) as then Governor of Bayelsa State.

These statements of Hon. Seriake Dickson and his co-travelers remain shocking, open secret for dragging Mr. president’s name into trivial matters and presenting same in a bad light upon the above. The justification for the purported re-run packaged in secrecy remain a mystery. Private investigation has revealed that any attempt to seek redress of attempt to hold on to my mandate freely given to me on the 6th of Jan. 2010 will be vehemently resisted. Blackmail, police harassment, induce court actions will not deter me and my supporters.

My victory at the primaries was landslide and I consider it a loud statement of the PDP family in Sagbama/Ekeremor to represent them in the forthcoming elections is a solemn trust which I cannot betray or surrender and in consideration of the fact that sovereignty belongs to the people I have resolved to adopt every legal means available to recover my mandate. Happily there is growing evidence of courts returning to the days of being the last hope of the common man.



Yours
Hon. Ofoni Williams


Cc:
President (FRN).                          Deputy Governor Bayelsa State
Vice President (FRN).                   Inspector-general of Police
Senate President                         Director-General State service
Speaker House of Reps                 Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police
Governor Bayelsa State                    Director State Service Bayelsa Stat
                                                 Acting Chairman of PDP Bayelsa State


PDP PRIMARIES: AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR COUNTRY MEN 2


WAS THERE A RE-RUN HOUSE OF REPS PDP PRIMARY IN BAYELSA?

It is still a surprise to the unsuspecting Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) delegates in the Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency, of Bayelsa State, that there was a purported re-run primary election in the federal constituency on January 28, 2011, long after the party primaries was conducted and result submitted to the National headquarters of the party in Abuja by the party election panel that conducted the January 6th and 7th, National Assemblies party primaries in the state.

Oh! Nigerians when will the satanic activities and desperate ambitions of our politicians come to an end.

These are question staring us in the face as the nation and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)) is attempting to get things right, in the present democratic dispensation.

The administration of President Yar’Adua/Goodluck Jonathan started on a good note. It is generally believed that the continuation of the administration personified in President Jonathan, respects and still maintains the rule of law as an enviable policy in the running of the affairs of the nation.

President Goodluck Jonathan has consistently insisted at many for not to interfere in the outcome of elections be it at party levels or at the general elections.

The President in far away Turkey, had reiterated his avowed commitment to the conduct of free and fair elections, he ha said that he will bow out gallantly if he loses at the April presidential general election. As an exemplary leader he submitted himself to the rigours of the party presidential primaries. Why then would some of our Federal lawmakers se themselves as being above the law and would not submit themselves to the scrutiny of party primaries.

The latest happenings and in particular the purported directives for an alleged re-run election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency as claimed by Honourable Seriaki Dickson, has continue to bother the minds of thousands of admires of the present administration strict adherence to the rule of law.

To our thinking the attempt by Honourable Seriaki Dickson, to parade himself as the president’s anointed candidate in the Sagbama/Ekeremor Constituency long after the party primaries was conducted and returns made to the national headquarters of the party, is a calculated attempt to blackmail the President of the Federal Republic and lower his estimation in the minds of the millions of Nigerian who admires his virtue as a straight forward man.

The Acting National Chairman of the Party and other members of the National Working Committed are all highly respectable men and woman with very enviable integrity.

It is absurd for an individual or group of persons to rubbish their hard earned reputations by name dropping. Their integrity is at stake, they should be conscious of the wind of change in the party and the recharged political environment in the country.

The question still remains, was there any re-run party primaries in the Sagbama/Ekeremor federal constituency, even when the January 6th, party primaries was adjudged to be free and fair with Honourable Ofoni Williams being return by the party election panel as the clear winner of the generally accepted party primaries as was widely reported in almost all the national dallies in the country the next day.

The Independent Electoral Commission, the institution responsible for overseeing the conduct of elections in the country, had repeatedly informed all the political parties that any party primaries conducted beyond January 15th, 2011 remains null and void. Whence then did the purported re-run party primaries solely conducted by Honourable Seriaki Dickson, a serving member of the Federal House of Representative on January 28, 29011 without the supervision of any constituted authority became valid.

We begin to wonder how in the face of the glaring validity of the Ofoni Williams victory at the January 6th party primaries, the national headquarters of the party would allegedly handover the return certificate to Honourable Dickson who single handedly conducted a re-run primary for himself without the participation of INECS, the state party executive and the delegates from the Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal constituency. We still asked to know who authorized such illegality.

We are still shocked by the fact that PDP the biggest party in the sub-Saharan Africa will allow this kind of lawlessness perpetrated by an individual whose ambition seems to override the interest of the majority of the party delegates of the Federal Constituency who came out in their numbers to exercise their civil obligations at the January 6th party primary that duly elected Hnourable Ofoni Williams as the party’s candidate for the Sagbam/Ekeremor Federal Constituency for the April general election.

The implication of this act and the ploy to forced the choice of honourable Seriake Dickson on the teeming party delegates participated in the January 6th, Primaries will certainly present President Goodluck Jonathan and the party in bad light since Honourable Dickson is parading the goodwill of Mr. President as the strength of the acceptance of his candidature by the national leadership of the party even when the lost at the party primaries.

Is it that all that had been said by the president concerning Professor Atahiru Jega conduct of a credible election be taken for granted.

If the observed anomaly is being allowed, the strong institutions which the president is attempting to build would have been reduced to nothing and the credibility of INEC’ as represented by Professor Atahiru Jega would have collapse.

It is on this note that we will want to plead with the leadership of the ruling party to check the excesses of members of the party who tends to present the party as lawless.

It is lamentable that most of the persons in the party responsible for the wide spread reports of upturns of party primaries are either serving members of the National Assembly, state legislators, governorship aspirants and other aspirants who lost our in the party primaries.

It should be noted here that their defeat in the primaries are clear statements made by their constituencies back home. The mandate of the electorate cannot be wished away by the egoism, avarice and frivolous claims by these desperate politicians. The leadership of the party cannot justify the rationale behind the re-run primaries with particular reference to the Sagbama/Ekeremor federal Constituency.

It is high time we nurture strong institutions rather than powerful individuals as well as eliminate undemocratic behaviours in our polity and governance.

We shame this force of lawlessness and the act of unauthorized re-run primaries shrewd in secrecy in the Sagbama/Ekeremor federal Constituency. These activities stands condemned, it is a disrespect to the guiding principles of the PDP.

INEC should not be misled by undemocratic elements in our political parties, it is only a credible INEC that command the respect of parties that will deliver the goods in the general elections.

A single person or a few individual cannotarm-twist the electoral body to do it biddings by dropping the Presidents name as the strength of his desired disposition.

We are appealing to INEC to note here that ever since the news of the purported primaries surfaced in the Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency, hundreds of the actual delegates who participated in the January 6th, party primaries in Bayelsa West, had persistently filed protest to the Acting National Chairman of the party, but in deviance and surprisingly too some elements at the party headquarters have refused to acknowledged any such protest letter in an attempt to cover up the unjustifiable upturn of actual winners of the primary having illegally substituted impostors as party flag bearers.


President Goodluck Jonathan and INEC have set out and committed to do the right things, but some desperate party members still believe in “Carry go”. That era is gone and should e put behind us. INEC should only recognized result of party primaries conducted before January 15, as it has stated. It is high time our politicians accept defeat in good fate, we should learn not to be bad losers. Other smaller African countries cannot be touch bearers for us in election matters, we should be the leading examples.



Mr. Ebiowei Amaitari
For Concern Democrats
Bayelsa State

PDP PRIMARIES: AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR COUNTRY MEN 1


Nigeria President is the most powerful president in the world. He is next to God and is willing to even take over the role of God.

Nigeria President is capable of turning white into Black vise visa. Nigeria President is more powerful than all the institution in the land put together. Be it Judiciary, Legislature e.t.c. it can institute injustice at will, moral conducts are not issue before him.

Nigeria president is the leader of the most popular Black party on earth that is riddled with injustice in the affairs of the party.

The party in Government led by the President refuses petition corresponded from her party members that seeks justice.

Mr. President Culture injustice in the country even at home. Mr. President is too emotional imbalance and selective in is doings. Mr. President actions are coloured but he speaks from both sides of his mouth.

(eg)  I am from a poor home but to day God has made me president, you can do and can be president. My situation is testimony for everybody. But he will discriminate and turn white to black. This is how he appreciate God._ _ _ Deny people their victory.

(eg)  It is one man one vote but he goes to invalidate the people mandate at will. Nigeria re already aware that Prof. Jega will be rubbished in no distance time.

(eg)  He sign self serving act of the national Assembly members. The Black door amendment of electoral Act.

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