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Middle Belt Helped Jonathan Win 2011 Elections, Will Repeat Feat In 2015 – Jerry Gana

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prof-jerry-ganaPresident and convener of the Middle Belt Forum, Prof. Jerry Gana, has said the region is anticipating President Goodluck Jonathan’s formal declaration to contest the 2015 presidential elections.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain said the Middle Belt region voted massively for Jonathan in 2011, adding that the region would do repeat the feat again and was ever ready to give the president their total and unalloyed support.

Speaking in Jos, Plateau State yesterday at a sensitisation workshop on the rights of ethnic minorities in the North, organised by Stefanos Foundation and funded by Gatestone Institute, Gana said the Middle Belt would be holding an ethnic nationalities conference next monthto articulate the position of the northern minorities, before the convocation of the proposed national conference.

The former Minister of Information said, “The region is only waiting for President Goodluck Jonathan to declare his intention to run for the 2015 Presidential Election and we will give our total and overwhelming support to ensure that he is returned re-elected.

“We will not go ahead of him; we will wait for him to declare. And once he declares, we will mobilise again and give him all the necessary support he needs to win again in 2015. We’re ready, but we are not promoters; we are strong supporters. Once he declares, the leaders of the Middle Belt will meet and we will let our people know. The issues are very clear, and I know they would do it again”.

Gana said it was good that the president had not yielded to pressure to declare his intention to contest in 2015, stressing that “democracy is not just about elections; when you elect a government, you should have a period to allow the government to perform, to do the work, to deliver the dividend of democracy to the electorate.

“We advised him, that he should not bother himself now with announcing it. If he does, it will look like democracy is all about election. It is about development, excellent service, good government, and good economy”.

He added that the president needed to be given time to fulfil his electoral promises to the people.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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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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