Stop insulting NWC, State Chairmen tells Gov Makinde.
State chairmen of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West have warned the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde to stop insulting and threatening the party and it’s National Working Committee (NWC), saying; “the PDP existed before he returned from his political sojourn and if he chooses to leave now as he has always done, the party will still exist and strongly too.”
The state chairmen alleged that Governor Makinde had threatened that there will be dire consequences should the South-West zonal congress of the party be postponed in obedience to an order of the court.
Responding, Chairman of the State Chairmen, Dr Sikirulai Ogundele, said it was shocking that a man who called himself a governor could insult and threaten the custodians of the party just because they choose to obey an order of the court.
Sikirulai, who spoke on behalf of the PDP chairmen in Ekiti, Lagos and Osun States, Otunba Bisi Kolawole, Engr Adedeji Doherty and Hon Sunday Bisi respectively, said they were not surprised “because Governor Makinde has never for once been stable, who only returned to the party in 2018.”
EFCC Needs To Stop Political Victimization – Atiku.
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has alleged that many of the cases being handled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari are politically motivated.
Atiku made the submission in a statement on Friday where he reacted to the appeal court ruling which freed the founder of Daar Communications (Ray Power and AIT), Chief Raymond Dokpesi of charges brought against him by the EFCC in the N2.1bn arms deal involving former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
It will be recalled that the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Thursday, upheld the no-case submissions made by Raymond Dokpesi and his organization, Daar Investment, and Holding Company Limited.
A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal upheld the two appeals by Dokpesi and his company, thereby setting aside an earlier ruling of a Federal High Court, Abuja, which rejected the no-case submissions made by the appellants.
While reading the judgments of the Court of Appeal, Justice Elfreda Wiialims-Daudu held the prosecution did not make out a prima facie case against the appellants and did not also establish the elements of the offences charge to warrant the appellants to be called upon to enter defence.
The appellate court thereafter proceeded to set aside an earlier ruling of the Federal High Court.
Matawalle Set To Dump PDP For APC.
Fresh indications have emerged of a plot by Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Recall that the ruling APC had on Thursday extended its membership registration and revalidation exercise for another two weeks.
There have been talks about the planned defection of Matawalle following the judgment of the Supreme Court on the crisis that trailed the primaries of APC in Zamfara.A former governor of Zamfara State, Senator Ahmed Sani Yarima, had stated last year that plans are on for Matawalle to join the ruling party.
A source told Daily Trust that one of the factors that delayed the defection of the governor was the crisis rocking the APC in the North-west state.
Factions loyal to former Governor Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Kabir Garba Marafa were reconciled in February this year.A source close to the chairman of the national caretaker committee of the APC, Mai Mala Buni, confirmed the defection moves.
“The talks on Matawalle’s defection have gone far but wait for him to formally announce it,” the source said.
Another source disclosed that Abdulaziz Yari and other chieftains of the party in Zamfara State have been notified.
Recruit one million security agents, Interfaith forum tells FG.
A coalition of Christians and Muslims in Nigeria under the aegis of Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace has called on the Federal Government to increase the number of security personnel in the country by recruiting additional one million officers to protect Nigerians.
The organisation also demanded the restructuring of Nigeria in the interest of justice and to tackle the multifaceted challenges facing the country.
The IDFP raised these issues in a communique issued after a webinar with the theme, ‘Kidnapping and Armed banditry: Role of government and religious leaders in addressing these challenges’.
The event, attended by over 80 religious leaders mainly of Muslims and Christians, was anchored and moderated by the IDFP Co-Publicity Secretary, Dr. Uzoaku Williams and the Project Officer, Hajiya Lantana Abdullahi.
According to a communique obtained by The PUNCH on Friday, the IDFP also suggested that the government should carry out a structural adjustment in the Nigerian Police System.
The communique read, “In a country with over 200 million people, there should be at least one million security personnel. The government should provide security personnel for intelligence gathering as well as provide a formidable police force.
Arresting or killing Sunday Igboho will threaten stability of Nigeria.
I will say this just once. The biggest threat to the peace and stability of Nigeria today is the plan by some hardliners in the Federal Government to kill, arrest or detain my friend and brother Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho).
Arresting, detaining or killing this man will be the biggest mistake that the Federal Government can make.
I say this because firstly, as far as I am aware, he has not broken any law and secondly because he represents the thoughts and aspirations of over 70 million Yoruba people. To every single one of those people he is the greatest hero of the South West since Oduduwa.
Equally relevant is the fact that he has made a pledge to keep the peace, and has honored that pledge and commitment by participating and playing a key role in the biggest post-war peace deal in Nigerian history.
In which he single-handedly guaranteed the safety of innocent Hausa Fulani’s in the South West and even offered to protect and receive them after the food embargo on the South was lifted and when the Northern food suppliers refused to come South.
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