The Peoples Democratic Party has begun reviewing its performance in the March 28 presidential election with a view to arriving at what caused the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan.
It was gathered in Abuja on Sunday night that top members of the party were of the opinion that some of them in the National Working Committee and National Executive Committee, especially those from the North, covertly played roles that contributed to Jonathan’s loss.
A leader of the party said that such members also connived with the All Progressives Congress to ensure that Jonathan was beaten at the polls.
The source, whose name is withheld, hinted that any indicted members might be shown the way out of the PDP.
The party leader said that many of such members of the party seemed united in their determination to ensure that Jonathan did not win the election.
The source added that it was surprising that strongholds of the PDP in the North such as Plateau, Benue and Kogi states that have large Christian population could fall to the APC.
He said, “The entire election was lost long before March 28 because northern elements, even those within the PDP, ganged up against President Jonathan. Even some of our leaders in the NEC and NWC are under watch because we believe they also worked against the President.
“There will be a meeting between our chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, and PDP state chairmen during the week, but as it is we do not even trust them.”
The source said some top party officials were already calling for the resignation of some NEC and NWC members to pave the way for the repositioning of the PDP.
Another top PDP source also claimed that “some top northern PDP members who worked against Jonathan will be fished out and expelled from the party.’’
“They have turned the PDP into a southern party and the only way we can survive as a strong opposition is to expel the traitors among us,” the source added.
He also confirmed that “All the state chairmen and Mu’azu will meet in Abuja on Wednesday (tomorrow) to do a post-mortem.
“They will also strategise on how to win the supplementary elections in Abia, Imo, Kogi and Taraba states.”
When contacted, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said the leadership of the party would “meet on Tuesday (today) and Wednesday and the issue (of anti-party activities) is one of the things we are going to discuss.”
“It is after this that we will know what to do or actions to take,” he added.
A former Senior Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Political Affairs, Ahmed Gulak, had on Friday called for the resignation of the National chairman of the party for failing to lead Jonathan to victory.
He had said, “There is no party chairman of the PDP since 1998 that has led the party to such a disastrous outing. As a result, the national chairman should consider himself one of those who have to give way for the new party to come up. In fact, he doesn’t need to be told to turn in his resignation letter.”
But Mu’azu denied the allegation that he worked against the President during the election, saying it was an “allegation made long ago without any substance.”
He also said that rather than quit the PDP; he would stay behind and reform the troubled party.
Meanwhile, The All Progressives Congress has won the rescheduled Edo State House of Assembly election for Orhionmwon Constituency II.
#EndSARS: Hoodlums vandalize Senator Gershom Bassey’s family house in Calabar
Senator Gershom Bassey’s resident has been vandalized and looted by hoodlums rampaging the streets of Calabar.
Information Nigeria gathered that the hoodlums overpowered the security men attached to the property.
This is in spite of the 24 hours curfew declared in Cross River state.
Some of the buildings already vandalised include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office along Marian Road, Cross River State Transport Regulatory Agency (CRTRA) office and banks along Mayne Avenue and 8-Miles Calabar.
Federal institutions like the Ministry of Agriculture, Cross River Basin Authourity, and Federal Psychiatric Hospital were also vandalized.
Houses belonging to some politicians were not spared. Some of those affected include Senators Gershom Bassey and Victor Ndoma Egba. Bassey’s houses located at Mayne Avenue by White and the one at Asari Iso were looted and burnt.
Egba’s house located within the same Asari Iso axis was also vandalized.
To restore normalcy, military personnel have reportedly taken over major streets.
Hoodlums loot electronic store in Osogbo
Hoodlums have looted an electronic store in Osogbo, Osun State’s capital
It was gathered that some military personnel later stopped the hoodlums and recovered some goods.
In a new video sighted online, hoodlums were seen looting an electronic shop in Osogbo, Osun state.
The hoodlums were seen taking away motorbike and other electronic gadgets.
However, many netizens after watching the video have condemned it.
Lekki Massacre: Forensic Analysis Shows Videos Were Genuine
Forensic analysis of videos showing the killing of protesters at the Lekki toll-gate area by soldiers on Tuesday has shown them to be authentic, in spite of the Nigerian Army’s classification of the reports as fake and the Defence Headquarters’ claim that the videos were doctored.
In a report published by the Digital Forensic Research (DRF) Lab on Thursday, it noted that open-source evidence contradicted these denials.
“Several videos corroborate the location and presence of Nigerian soldiers at the Lekki Toll Plaza, a major toll highway toll concession in the south of Lagos,” said Jean Le Roux, the lab’s Research Associate for Southern Africa.
“Video footage posted on Twitter place Nigerian soldiers at the plaza, where they are seen approaching peaceful demonstrators and opening fire. Subsequent footage shows injured civilians being carried away from the same location.”
Using four videos, the DFRLab geolocated the shooting at the toll-gate “despite denials by the Nigerian military”.
“A different video shows what appears to be soldiers of the Nigerian army approaching protesters where they were stationed behind plastic barriers. Soldiers approached the group and opened fire. No warning is heard in the video. Muzzle flashes indicate that several of the shots seen and heard here were fired into the air,” it stated.
It confirmed using features close to the toll-gate and across the channel that the video was taken “looking into a northern direction on the eastern part of the toll gate, suggesting that protesters were approached from both the east and west by law enforcement, as suggested by some witnesses”.
“Video footage also identified injured protestors at the same scene. The author of a video uploaded to Twitter on October 20 shows injured and bloodied protestors with the author claiming they were shot by soldiers. As the video pans, a parking garage to the south of the toll gate can be seen,” DFRLab continued.
“Another video taken in front of the toll gate showed several injured protestors being carried off in the presence of camouflaged soldiers, presumably the same soldiers seen in the second video above. At least two protestors are carried away, while a third is seen on the ground during the video.”
Geolocation of the last video placed soldiers at the southern section of the toll-gate’s eastern part.
“Despite denials by the Nigerian Army, open-source evidence links the presence of Nigerian soldiers at the Lekki Toll Gate at the same time as the first reports of shooting came in,” the organisation emphasised.
“Video footage also showed Lekki Toll Gate protestors, who had been peaceful in the preceding 11 days, bloodied and injured in the presence of these soldiers.”
According to Amnesty International, an on-the-ground investigation revealed that at least 10 people were killed when armed officials of the Nigerian Army opened fire on the protesters.
“These shootings clearly amount to extrajudicial executions. There must be an immediate investigation and suspected perpetrators must be held accountable through fair trials. Authorities must ensure access to justice and effective remedies for the victims and their families,” it said.
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