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Today's Headlines: South-East Govt Have No Control Over Biafra: Ikpeasu; Atiku, Saraki Oppose Mark

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South-East governors have no control over IPOB sit-at-home order: Ikpeazu

South-East governors do not have control over IPOB’s sit-at-home order despite several attempts to stop Igbos in the region from obeying it, says Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

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“The South-East governors are handicapped. But we are trying our best,” Mr Ikpeazu on Sunday.

The governors’ failure to counter IPOB’s order was due to lack of control over the police, inadequate, ill-equipped, and underfunded police system in the region, the Abia governor told Vanguard.

“That is why when IPOB gives sit-at-home order; the governors are unable to counter effectively because they do not have control over federal police, which are neither adequate nor well equipped to deal with security challenges,” he explained

Why Atiku, Saraki oppose Mark as PDP national chair

DESPITE widespread support for former Senate President, David Mark, for the position of National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, are still opposed to his emergence, The PUNCH has learnt.

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It was gathered in Abuja, on Sunday, that although most stakeholders including the PDP-Governors Forum and the Board of Trustees, have endorsed Mark for the position, the two-party chieftains are said to prefer a candidate from the North West.

A new twist was also added to the chairmanship race with news that the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, is soliciting support for another Benue son, former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu.

Electoral Act: Saraki Appeals To NASS Members On Direct Primaries

Former Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has sent a passionate appeal to members of the National Assembly who are in the process of reconciling the different versions of the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill passed by both chambers to save the country the crisis and trouble that will result from the proposal to make direct primaries compulsory for parties in sourcing candidates for elections.

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Saraki, in a statement signed by head of his Media Office Yusuph Olaniyonu, noted that the decision to include a provision in the proposed Electoral Act which makes it compulsory for parties to adopt direct primaries will only create a fresh problem while trying to solve another.

He added that many of the political parties lack the necessary infrastructure to successfully conduct direct primaries at all levels while the attempt will lead to hundreds of litigations that may jeopardise the general election.

ENDSARS: We’ll use legitimate means within constitutional powers to suppress planned protest – CP Odumosu

The Commissioner of police Lagos State Command, Hakeem Odumosu, on Monday announced that the police will use all legitimate means within their constitutional powers to suppress any planned protest.

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Odumosu said that credible intelligence at the disposal of the Command has revealed clandestine plans by some youths, individuals or groups to embark on protest today in commemoration of one year anniversary of ENDSARS.

According to Odumosu, “Lagosian and indeed Nigerians cannot afford to relive the distasteful experience of last year protest which caused pain, anguish, needless loss of lives and wanton destruction of public and private property”.

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