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PDP govs meet, may protest Sylva’ s exclusion

LIKE a phoenix, the exclusion of Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva from the governorship primary in the state may come up again as governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) meet today.
The governors are set to meet with the leadership of th…

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Sylva-3LIKE a phoenix, the exclusion of Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva from the governorship primary in the state may come up again as governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) meet today.

The governors are set to meet with the leadership of the party under the auspices of the National Executive Committee (NEC) in Abuja.

The Guardian learnt that although the main agenda of the 57th NEC meeting is the ratification of plans for the national convention of the party to elect their executives, the governors on the platform of the party are ready to use the occasion to raise the issue of the governorship primary in Bayelsa State where the party has endorsed Henry Dickson.

Sylva, also of PDP, has taken to litigation asking the court to invalidate the governorship primary in which Dickson was announced as the standardbearer of the party for the governorship election holding in the state early next year.

The leadership of the party has recognised Dickson and forwarded his name to the Independent National Electoral Commission despite the boycott of the primary by the commission.

Sources at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja told The Guardian that the governors have mobilised themselves for the battle at the NEC meeting today.

It was learnt that when the leadership of the party got wind of the move by the governors, there was an attempt to postpone the NEC meeting but it dawned on them that it has to hold because the national convention of the party where a new leadership would emerge will hold early next year.

According to sources, the governors are going to insist that Sylva be allowed to fly the party’s flag during the next election in the state so that the party can consolidate, having been recognised in the primary election in the state in January this year.

Besides making up their minds to put up a fight for Sylva today, the state helmsmen have mobilised members of NEC from their zones and states to be at the meeting tomorrow in case there may be a need to vote on the matter.

It was learnt at the time of this report that the governors were holding a meeting in Abuja to perfect their plan.

The national publicity secretary of the party, Prof. Rufai Ahmed, could not be reached because a source said he was in a meeting, but a top member of the party, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “We are not aware that the governors are coming to protest anything done by the party because we have governors who are part and parcel of all things that go on in the party.”

The NEC meeting is expected to ratify the zoning arrangement agreed upon at the meetings of National Caucus and the Board of Trustees (BoT).

The meeting is also expected to adopt the proposed amendment to the constitution of the party. The amendment seeks to increase allotment to women from 15 per cent to 35 per cent as promised by President Goodluck Jonathan, just as the direct method of party primaries is being recommended by the constitution amendment committee headed by the National Legal Adviser of the party, Olusola Oke.

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

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According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

Read the release report below;

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Government official has a hand in the present situation of the country – Babangida

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Government official has a hand in the present situation of the country – Babangida

Former Military president of Nigeria, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has disclosed that the government has a hand in the mayhem going on in the country.

The 79-year-old made this remark owing to the massacre in Lekki toll gate and other parts of the country. He quoted Gen. Sani Abacha and disclosed that any insurgency that exceeds 24hours is being manipulated by the government.

Taking to his Twitter page he wrote;

“Once again, I will like to quote Late Gen. Sani Abacha: “Any Insurgency that lasts more than 24 hours, a government official has a hand in it.”

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