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UPN Faction Endorses Buhari, Supports Use of PVCs, Card Readers For Polls

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MUHAMMADU-BUHARIThe Alhaji Abubakar Sokoto-led faction of the Unity Party of Nigeria has endorsed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for Saturday’s elections.

The faction also dissociated the party from an earlier endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan by the other faction led by Dr. Fredrick Fasheun.

Speaking at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday, the party chairman said Jonathan’s endorsement by Fasheun was a nullity because he has since been suspended from the party.

Sokoto told reporters that genuine members of the UPN whom he was leading, have identified with the aspirations of the APC candidate because he has all the credentials of a committed Nigerian, who has all it takes to change the nation.

He, therefore, enjoined all leaders of the party to mobilise their supporters especially at the grassroots level to vote for Buhari.

UPN also threw its weight behind the use of card readers and permanent voter cards for the election.

Sokoto said, “The National Executive Committee of our great party which I represent did not mince words from distancing themselves from the decision of the former national chairman of the party, Dr. Fredrick Fasheun’s endorsement of President Jonathan as the party’s adopted candidate.

“We would like to state clearly with all emphasis at our disposal that the UPN formally endorsed Buhari and direct all its supporters across the country to cast their votes for Buhari as APC presidential candidate.

“Our party is in support of political stability, corrupt free society and total defeat of insurgency in the country and believes Buhari is capable of handling these issues with tremendous success”.

In response, Deputy National Chairman of APC (North), Senator Lawan Shuaibu, assured the UPN that the APC will reciprocate their kind gesture when it wins the elections.

Shuaibu noted that leaders of the UPN have demonstrated their willingness to join APC to realise the quest for change, adding that the opposition party has never used monetary inducement to attract people to its rallies.

The APC chieftain urged the supporters of UPN to ensure that they not only vote, but stay around the polling units to ensure their votes are counted and that the votes counts.

He said, “We expect our supporters to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner and we do not expect anyone supporting Buhari to ignite or incite violence during and after the coming elections”.

According to him, the ruling PDP has failed to provide the ‘fresh air’ which it promised Nigerians when it was voted into office in 2011.

Shuaibu also said, “I thank you for making the right thing at the right time. We believe that this time for all progressive parties to come together to forge a better future.

“We also believe that whoever supports APC to realise the desired change will not be abandoned. He said the move to actualize the change is not just that of APC alone, but that of other like-minds across the country”.

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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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