President Goodluck Jonathan and seven aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party governors will today hold a crucial meeting that will determine the future of the factionalised ruling party.
Already, there are strong indications that the peace meeting may end in a stalemate.
The first indication came from the Presidency on Friday, when it said the President would not meet any of the demands of the aggrieved governors and other members of the New PDP.
Also sounding unyielding, the National Chairman of the New PDP, Mr. Kawu Baraje, on Friday, said the aggrieved leaders of the party and the G-7 governors would give Jonathan a deadline at today’s meeting.
Their demands include the sacking of the National Chairman of PDP, Dr. Bamanga Tukur; sticking to one-term tenure by the President by foregoing seeking re-election in 2015, and stopping the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from further investigating the governors.
Others are resolution of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum crisis and the recall of the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, from suspension.
But the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, in an interview with one of our correspondents on Friday, insisted that Jonathan would not meet the governors’ demands.
Gulak said the decision was based on the fact that the demands were unconstitutional and the President would not identify with anything strange to the nation’s extant laws.
The presidential aide added that it was wrong for any individual or group to give the President conditions.
He said, “Please note that no individual or group can give the President conditions.
“Let me say again that all the demands being made by these governors are unconstitutional. The conditions, be it the call for the sacking of Bamanga Tukur; be it the call for the EFCC to stop its work by not investigating them; be it the call on the President to abridge his rights under the law and not contest for second term; all the conditions are strange to the extant laws of this country.
“I have said it before and I don’t want to be repeating myself on this issue because our position has not changed on the matter. The conditions are unconstitutional. The President will not meet them.”
Similarly, the National Publicity Secretary of the Tukur-led faction, Mr. Olisa Metuh, said Baraje had derailed from the path he was following while serving as the acting national chairman of the party.
Metuh, who spoke with one of our correspondents on the telephone, said while in office, Baraje insisted that the activities of the party must not be discussed in the media.
He said Baraje’s new stance was not in consonance with PDP’s constitution.
He said, “It is unfortunate that the former acting chairman has derailed. He was a stickler for the rule of law while here; he insisted that the party’s matter must not be taken to the pages of newspapers and also said the party’s machinery must be used to settle party issues.
“Why did he change? Does he have any sinister motive? But let me add that because we are talking about reconciliation, that is not a licence to give unnecessary conditions.”
Metuh appealed to members of the party to remain calm, assuring that the crisis would soon be resolved.
But one of the aggrieved governors, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they would not abandon Amaechi, who they said the President would want them to abandon.
He said they would also insist on all the conditions earlier given for reconciliation.
The governor said, “We won’t abandon any of us, including Amaechi. That is a promise from me and my colleagues. We won’t yield to blackmail on this matter. We don’t want to be dubbed as betrayers on this matter because it is a collective matter.”
Jonathan and four of the aggrieved governors, namely Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers); Babangida Aliyu (Niger); Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) and Muritala Nyako (Adamawa), had on Sunday met with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting was reported to have ended in a deadlock as the President rejected the governors’ demand for the removal of Tukur as the party’s national chairman.
The PDP was factionalised on August 31, 2013, when seven governors and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar walked out of the party’s mini-convention in Abuja to form a faction.
Source: Punch Nigeria
Lekki Shooting: ‘I took a lot of gunshot victims to the hospital’ – Ideh Chukwuma
Ideh Chukwuma has shared his experience at the Lekki tollgate protest ground. The Nigerian filmmaker revealed that he took, at least, 13 endSARS protesters cum victims to the hospital.
Chukwuma made this known in an exclusive interview with Premium Times, an online newspaper based in Abuja. He, however, noted that he never saw any dead body at the massacre scene.
What I will say is, I have been hearing people say “Lekki massacre, Lekki massacre.” I have to be honest with you if you Google the term “massacre,” massacre is a situation where a group of people were being killed by rebels or the military and going by that particular point, I would have been able to tell you that I saw a lot of dead bodies, this is how they killed them, there were a lot of dead bodies and so it was a massacre.
“But from the time I came, I didn’t see any dead bodies but I can certainly tell you that there was a shooting, an unauthorised shooting. I will call it a raid, I will call it assault. I am going to term it assault and raid. That is what I would use. It was an assault and I and I may be wrong but because I didn’t see those bodies, and I have not seen a family member that has come to cry and say one two or three persons have died.
If DJ Switch had seen that, she’s in the best position to say that because she was there. I cannot say she’s wrong. I was out of that circle. I was a few meters away. They were at the toll gate and I was a few meters away from them. I wasn’t there, I was at Lekki Phase 1. I can’t tell you what the military’s approach on their arrival was. So, I wouldn’t be able to tell you that they shot one, two, three, four, or five people. But I can certainly tell you that I took a lot of gunshot victims to the hospital.
If I took about 13 people to the hospital myself, minus the ones that the governor confirmed that were injured, he said about thirty, that is forty-something, DJ Switch might not be wrong. I took 13 to the hospital. So, if DJ Switch said she saw 15 dead people, by her own records, because she was there so she can speak on that part. I can’t speak on that and none of the thirteen people that I took to the hospital has died. They are still alive and some of them have been discharged.
He also recounted how the soldiers tried stopping him from helping victims of the shooting. One Soul added;
For the record, I was not at the protest ground with the crowd protesting when the military came around so I cannot tell you what guns they were shooting. But I knew I heard gunshots and people were running. So, what could have happened when I was not there, while I was in my car, I don’t know. It was when I came back I realised everyone was running helter-skelter and I saw people falling down. I saw blood, people being shot and it was all looking bad so I decided to keep going (driving) and I could see clearly this time that the army had surrounded the protesters.
“They were gathered together into a circle and the army surrounded them with their guns and they were still singing the national pledge while they were surrounded. They saw my car coming and I was waving the flag and one of the military guys was shouting “ Go back, go back” and I wouldn’t go back and I was like I want to check up on my friends and they shouted that I should “ Go back now!” and then I saw a lady that was shot on the leg and another guy who was shot in the hand.
Yes, and they saw me carry wounded people in my car. I saw another guy who was shot in the hand but the bullet did not go into his arm but bruised him so I carried the three of them and drove to Ajah. They rejected them. I got to the government hospital and they said it was only for mother and child. Then Doren Hospital, Ajah, accepted them and I was happy. I told the Director that I was coming back and I then I drove back to tollgate and they were still shooting and I came down from the car raising my hand up and the guy kept shooting and I told them I wanted to help people that were wounded and he said No I should go back and I said, ‘‘Sir, I cannot go back I have to check the wounded people, and he refused then I took off my clothes and I said “ Sir, you have to shoot me” then he cocked a gun and aimed it at me and I was like I will not leave if you don’t allow me to rescue these people. While he aimed his gun at me, his colleague brushed me and hissed then I walked in there and rescued four other people and rushed them to the hospital.
When I was coming back the third time, I came with an ambulance to rescue more people. While I was there, one of the guys told me that the military was keeping the wounded or dead people in their trucks. So what I was told was that the military took some people and that they thought they were taking them to the military hospital. I don’t know if it is possible that it is true or I don’t know. When I came back again, I told the man (soldier) that I wanted to carry more people in the ambulance and I helped more people in the ambulance and they were taken to the hospital.
— Akpraise (@AkpraiseMedia) October 24, 2020
Hoodlums reportedly attack Actor Clem Ohameze in Uyo
Clem Ohameze, popular Nollywood actor was on Thursday reportedly attacked by hoodlums in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital.
This was made known by a Twitter user who revealed that the actor was robbed of his personal belongings during the attack.
Veteran Nollywood actor Clem Ohameze was attacked in Uyo on Thursday by hoodlums. They injured him, took his money and phones. Quick recovery sir.
Hoodlums storm Senator’s residence in Ibadan; cart away 300 motorcycles (Video)
Hoodlums have paid a visit to Nigerian senator Teslim Folarin at his Oluyole residence in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.
It was gathered that the hoodlums made away with 300 new motorcycles, deep freezers, and other household items.
Senator Folarin is not the only politician who has suffered attack in recent times.
Information Nigeria recalls hoodlums, on Saturday, raided houses of senators in Enugu and Calabar.
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