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Presidency Berates APC For Condemning First Lady’s Peace Rally

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Patience-Jonathan-400x400The Presidency has berated the All Progressives Congress (APC) for kicking against the recent peace rally organized by National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) in conjunction with office of the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.

The rally which held at the Eagles Square in Abuja on Thursday, August 15, was used to acknowledge the role of women in peace initiatives of government and also to celebrate the appointment of women into key positions in the current administration.

The APC, had while condemning the rally, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to sanction Mrs. Jonathan for turning the rally into a political campaign for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election in 2015.

But Presidency, angered by the condemnation of the rally by APC’s interim national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated that he not only dampened the mood of the women with the insinuation that there is nothing to celebrate, but went on to accuse the first lady of starting an early campaign for the 2015 presidential elections.

In a statement sent via email to journalists, Godwin Akpovie, Special Assistant, Political, in the office of the Political Adviser to the President, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, invited citizens to examine what the party considered a “shameful show of the First Lady.”

“According to Mohammed, it is ‘shameful’ for Mr President to have fulfilled the 35 per cent representation in his cabinet he promised the women during his 2011 electioneering campaign. The 13 women ministers in the 42-man cabinet are holding sensitive ministries like finance, petroleum, aviation, information communication technology, defence, power, foreign affairs, among others.

“To Lai, it is ‘shameful’ for the women to celebrate the elevation of one of them as head of the judiciary arm of government and the first female Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) by President Goodluck Jonathan and approved by the Senate. It is ‘shameful’ for the women to celebrate the unprecedented appointments of women permanent secretaries both at the federal and state levels.

“Talking about the early campaign for 2015, can Lai Mohammed extract any political statement uttered by the First Lady at the rally? As everybody knows by now, the First Lady used the occasion to call on the legislature to insert in the Nigerian Constitution the 35 per cent affirmative action for women which will then compel any administration to adhere to this provision and free the women from the discretion, pleasure or otherwise of successive presidents. Would that not be a lasting legacy if passed by the National Assembly? That is what he calls campaigning and wants the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to sanction the First Lady for.”

“If there is any group that should be sanctioned, it is Lai Mohammed and his party because they have refused to stop campaigning since the end of the 2011 elections.

“The defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and other parties that formed the APC tried to hoodwink Nigerians by staging rallies round the whole country in the name of a so-called consultation on merger.”

 

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me – Buhari’s Aide, Adesina

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Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.

Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Nigerians Recount Their Horrible Ordeals In The Hands Of Thugs In Police Uniform

Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.

He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.

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