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Ijaw Group Flays Wike’s Endorsement For Rivers Governorship

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nyesom-wike-3A group of Ijaw speaking indigenes under the aegis of Pan Rivers Alliance, yesterday in Port Harcourt kicked against what they said was a purported endorsement of the Supervising Minister of Education, Barr. Nyesom Wike, to run for governor of Rivers State come 2015.

The group, in a press statement signed by its coordinator, Sam Otonye, said the endorsements were not genuine and could have been influenced.

It would be recalled that the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, had thrown her weight, in what appeared to be a major endorsement of Wike’s perceived governorship ambition even as she affirmed his position as leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State.

But the statement by Mr. Otonye said: “The Pan Rivers Alliance (Rivers West Senatorial District) notes that never in the political history of Nigeria, since the failed bid by General Sani Abacha to transmute from a military into a civilian Head of State, has the political ambition of any Nigerian been inundated with so much orchestrated endorsements like that of Barr. Nyesom Wike.

“There appears to be no end to these stage-managed endorsements of Nyesom Wike which is tearing apart the Rivers State PDP as the party is inundated daily with claims and counterclaims to these phantom endorsements”.

The statement described the behavior of those in support of the endorsement as self-serving.

It added: “What are the ‘persuasive and binding legal reasons’ that compelled Dr. Tammy Danagogo to endorse Nyesom Wike in contravention to the provision of the PDP Constitution in its Aims and Objectives in Chapter 1 item 3[C] that guarantees ‘Adhering to the policy of rotation and zoning of party and public elective offices in pursuance of the principle of equity, justice and fairness?

“When did Barrister Nyesom Wike become the yardstick for competence and experience in Rivers State, having been elected a local government chairman straight from NYSC, then appointed a Chief of Staff and then a minister within twelve years?” it asked.

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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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