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Constitution review stirs row at PDP parley

IT was a replay  of past bitter politicking at critical meetings of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Executive Council (NEC) in Abuja yesterday.
What occurred was similar to the fierce battle within the party when under the administrat…

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PDP_News_11-4-11IT was a replay  of past bitter politicking at critical meetings of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Executive Council (NEC) in Abuja yesterday.

What occurred was similar to the fierce battle within the party when under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the party attempted to cut to size its governors, who had become too powerful within the PDP caucus.

The meeting, which was called to review the PDP constitution, took a worrisome dimension, to the extent that a governor allegedly engaged President Goodluck Jonathan in a shouting match.

The governor was angry that the President allegedly wanted to railroad the governors into endorsing an enlarged membership of the PDP decision-making body to whittle down the numerical strength of the governors.

Under this arrangement in the formula allegedly presented by Jonathan, the governors would have to contend with 72 members from the National Assembly that would be joining the party’s power bloc.

The Guardian learnt that the President wanted the PDP to expand the membership of its power-house in order to check the influence of the governors that have often used their position to frustrate presidential powers.

Sources at the meeting claimed that the governors kicked against the decision and forced Jonathan and the PDP leadership to set up a panel to reconcile the differences.

Obasanjo had tried the expansion of NEC with support from the National Assembly to reduce the governors’ powers but failed.

Yesterday’s meeting indeed tried the soul of the ruling PDP as a crack emerged within its fold over the attempt to amend the party’s constitution

It was learnt that trouble started when the Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee and the PDP National Legal Adviser Olusola Oke, presented the report of the panel, which contained far-reaching reforms. Some members’ call for its adoption allegedly threw the meeting into disarray.

According to sources, the governors of the party represented by Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, who is also chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, made a submission urging the party to allow members to study the content and make input before taking it to the PDP National Convention scheduled for March 24, 2012 for ratification.   

The governor was said to have pointed out the implication of the wholesome adoption of the report by NEC, stressing that it might not go down well with some members and consequently make nonsense of the entire exercise.         

When tempers rose as a result of pressure allegedly mounted by some members of NEC for the meeting to endorse the report, it was suggested that a panel be raised to look at the report and make necessary adjustment before presenting it to the National Convention.

At this point, it was agreed that Jonathan should lead the team, which has Vice President Namadi Sambo, three senators to be nominated by the Senate President David Mark, three members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, state chairmen of the party, former chairmen of the party and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) to look at the proposed amendments.

Some of the items on the proposed party’s constitution include expansion of NEC to include one senator and a member of the House of Representatives from each state and creation of new organs such as caucuses at local council level, elders’ committee at the state level to advise state executives, direct primaries; adjustment of legislative congresses to increase delegates of governors to one-third of the delegates and increase in provision for women from 15 per cent upward.

The Oke panel also sought the creation of National Finance Committee, expansion of national caucus to include all NWC members and six governors (one per geopolitical zone).

Addressing journalists after the meeting, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, said the forum approved a new zoning system for national offices in the party.

“As a prelude to the smooth conduct of the forthcoming National Convention and in line with the provisions of the PDP constitution, NEC approved the zoning of offices for the NWC as follows: North East Zone (National Chairman); South-South Zone (Deputy National Chairman and National Financial Secretary; (South-West Zone), National Secretary and National Auditor), South-East Zone, National Publicity Secretary, Deputy National Secretary and National Woman Leader); (North West Zone), National Organising Secretary and National Treasurer; (North Central Zone), National Legal Adviser and National Youth Leader.”

He added:  “NEC also received a proposal for the amendment of the PDP Constitution. NEC commended the Constitution Review Committee for a job well done and referred the report to a Special Committee comprising of the President, Vice President, six state governors, six members of the National Assembly, three former chairmen of the party, former chairmen of the Board of Trustees and six members of the NWC. The committee shall examine the constitutional amendment proposal and present a roadmap for the way forward.’’

Speaking before the meeting, which had all the governors, Jonathan reiterated his appeal to party members to ensure cohesion of PDP and tasked them to play according to the constitution.

On his party, the PDP Acting National Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, commended the outgoing NWC, noting that it was able to address all the challenges that came its way.   He listed victory of the party in the re-run elections and fresh elections in Kogi, Bayelsa, Adamawa and Sokoto states as the achievements of the panel.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

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.

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Constitution review stirs row at PDP parley

IT was a replay  of past bitter politicking at critical meetings of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Executive Council (NEC) in Abuja yesterday.
What occurred was similar to the fierce battle within the party when under the administrat…

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PDP_News_11-4-11IT was a replay  of past bitter politicking at critical meetings of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Executive Council (NEC) in Abuja yesterday.

What occurred was similar to the fierce battle within the party when under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the party attempted to cut to size its governors, who had become too powerful within the PDP caucus.

The meeting, which was called to review the PDP constitution, took a worrisome dimension, to the extent that a governor allegedly engaged President Goodluck Jonathan in a shouting match.

The governor was angry that the President allegedly wanted to railroad the governors into endorsing an enlarged membership of the PDP decision-making body to whittle down the numerical strength of the governors.

Under this arrangement in the formula allegedly presented by Jonathan, the governors would have to contend with 72 members from the National Assembly that would be joining the party’s power bloc.

The Guardian learnt that the President wanted the PDP to expand the membership of its power-house in order to check the influence of the governors that have often used their position to frustrate presidential powers.

Sources at the meeting claimed that the governors kicked against the decision and forced Jonathan and the PDP leadership to set up a panel to reconcile the differences.

Obasanjo had tried the expansion of NEC with support from the National Assembly to reduce the governors’ powers but failed.

Yesterday’s meeting indeed tried the soul of the ruling PDP as a crack emerged within its fold over the attempt to amend the party’s constitution

It was learnt that trouble started when the Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee and the PDP National Legal Adviser Olusola Oke, presented the report of the panel, which contained far-reaching reforms. Some members’ call for its adoption allegedly threw the meeting into disarray.

According to sources, the governors of the party represented by Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, who is also chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, made a submission urging the party to allow members to study the content and make input before taking it to the PDP National Convention scheduled for March 24, 2012 for ratification.   

The governor was said to have pointed out the implication of the wholesome adoption of the report by NEC, stressing that it might not go down well with some members and consequently make nonsense of the entire exercise.         

When tempers rose as a result of pressure allegedly mounted by some members of NEC for the meeting to endorse the report, it was suggested that a panel be raised to look at the report and make necessary adjustment before presenting it to the National Convention.

At this point, it was agreed that Jonathan should lead the team, which has Vice President Namadi Sambo, three senators to be nominated by the Senate President David Mark, three members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, state chairmen of the party, former chairmen of the party and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) to look at the proposed amendments.

Some of the items on the proposed party’s constitution include expansion of NEC to include one senator and a member of the House of Representatives from each state and creation of new organs such as caucuses at local council level, elders’ committee at the state level to advise state executives, direct primaries; adjustment of legislative congresses to increase delegates of governors to one-third of the delegates and increase in provision for women from 15 per cent upward.

The Oke panel also sought the creation of National Finance Committee, expansion of national caucus to include all NWC members and six governors (one per geopolitical zone).

Addressing journalists after the meeting, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, said the forum approved a new zoning system for national offices in the party.

“As a prelude to the smooth conduct of the forthcoming National Convention and in line with the provisions of the PDP constitution, NEC approved the zoning of offices for the NWC as follows: North East Zone (National Chairman); South-South Zone (Deputy National Chairman and National Financial Secretary; (South-West Zone), National Secretary and National Auditor), South-East Zone, National Publicity Secretary, Deputy National Secretary and National Woman Leader); (North West Zone), National Organising Secretary and National Treasurer; (North Central Zone), National Legal Adviser and National Youth Leader.”

He added:  “NEC also received a proposal for the amendment of the PDP Constitution. NEC commended the Constitution Review Committee for a job well done and referred the report to a Special Committee comprising of the President, Vice President, six state governors, six members of the National Assembly, three former chairmen of the party, former chairmen of the Board of Trustees and six members of the NWC. The committee shall examine the constitutional amendment proposal and present a roadmap for the way forward.’’

Speaking before the meeting, which had all the governors, Jonathan reiterated his appeal to party members to ensure cohesion of PDP and tasked them to play according to the constitution.

On his party, the PDP Acting National Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, commended the outgoing NWC, noting that it was able to address all the challenges that came its way.   He listed victory of the party in the re-run elections and fresh elections in Kogi, Bayelsa, Adamawa and Sokoto states as the achievements of the panel.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

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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