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Bafarawa, Shekarau Others Have Right To Defect, Says Tinubu

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BAFARAWA-ShekarauA former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said on Wednesday that it was the right of any individual to defect from the APC or join its fold, adding that people cannot be forced to belong to a particular political party.

Tinubu was speaking to journalists on the backdrop of the recent defections of the former governors of Sokoto and Kano States – Attahiru Bafarawa and Ibrahim Shekarau respectively – from APC to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The former governors had early last week defected to the ruling PDP, while former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar left in the opposite direction.

Tinubu, who was in Ikeja to register officially as a member of the APC in his ward, said: “Anyone can defect from a party if its doctrine is no longer acceptable to him.

“We cannot shackle them. We lost some members and we have also gained many”.

On Atiku’s defection, Tinubu said the APC was an all-embracing party and could not stop anyone from joining its fold.

“Atiku is my friend and brother. We had our disagreements but it is wrong to allow personal disagreements to becloud one’s sense of judgement.

“If you realise that you have taken a wrong step, you can reverse. There is no prejudice against his returning.

“Atiku has learnt from history and he is back”.

According to the former Lagos governor, in judging a man, there is the need to take a look at his antecedents.

“Although Atiku was to be picked as running mate to late Chief MKO Abiola under the SDP, he was later dropped but he did not did leave.

“He stayed to work to make sure Abiola won. You cannot erase that part of his behaviour as you evaluate the present”, Tinubu said.

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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

Muhammadu Buhari

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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