The Peoples Democratic Party was founded by diverse organizations and members. It prides itself as the largest political party in Africa. PDP was formed by members of the organization who opposed the military regime of General Sani Abacha. It was formed in August 1998 in preparation of the 1999 election.
The first chairman of the party was Alex Ekwueme while Professor Jerry Gana served as the General Secretary. They won the presidential election in the 1999 election and also won a majority of the seats in the National Assembly convincingly. However, the party lost its hold of the presidential seat in the 2015 election.
Femi Gbajabiamila, announced 109 Reps committee chairmen on Thursday with prominent PDP names missing out. [25 July 2019]
The speaker is said to have broken the agreement reached with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the house to give the party at least 60 slots in the committee.
The PDP received 21 positions as committee chairmen and 30 deputy slots.
It is reported that a sizeable number of top committee’s positions are allocated to the allies of the speaker including Muktar Aliyu from Borno state who is now chairman of the appropriation committee and James Faleke from Lagos state who chairs the finance committee.
Linda Ikpeazu leads the committee on maritime. Abubakar Fulata is the new chairman of rules and business committee while Wole Oke is the chairman of the committee on public accounts.
Abdulrazak Namdas takes charge of the committee on the army whilst Babajimi Benson heads the defence.
PDP claimed that gunmen attacked their witnesses going to the presidential election petition tribunal [July 12 2019]
The judges presiding over the presidential election petition tribunal in Abuja had to cut short the session due to claims made by the petitioner counsels that their witnesses scheduled to testify on Friday were attacked by miscreants. They claimed that these criminals ambushed them when travelling from Zamfara to Abuja.
Due to this challenge, the petitioner’s lawyers requested an adjournment of the court session which was duly granted by the tribunal.
Witness faults results of presidential election claimed by PDP at the tribunal (July 18 2019)
A witness, Lawal Mohammed Danja, who was invited by the tribunal, has revealed that the results quoted by the petitioners are not genuine. He stated this when he was under cross-examination by Buhari lawyer.
It should be noted that both Atiku and PDP had earlier ascertained the fact that the APC defeated them in the presidential election and stated it clearly in their petition. However, Danja disputed this fact.