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Speakership: North-East PDP Reps Deny Endorsing Gbajabiamila

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Femi GbajabiamilaSome members of North-East caucus of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives on Monday debunked reports of endorsing Femi Gbajabiamila (Lagos-APC) as speaker of 8th National Assembly.

Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, spokesperson of the caucus, Binta Bello (Gombe-PDP), also said the group had not endorsed Muhammed Monguno (Borno–APC) for the position of the deputy speaker.

According to Bello, the caucus did not at any time meet to arrive at the decision to support any of the candidates jostling for the speakership of the House of Representatives.

She said members of the group were waiting for the zoning of the House’s leadership by the All Progressives Congress, before concurring with other lawmakers on the issue.

No fewer than 22 members-elect from the North-East, led by Goni Lawan, on Friday, said that they had endorsed Gbajabiamila for the speakership of the Green Chamber.

“North-East caucus did not endorse Monguno and Gbajabiamila for Speaker”, Bello said, adding that some members of the group were surprised to have seen their names in some national dailies as supporting Munguno and Gbajabiamila for a joint speakership ticket of the House.

“We wish to state categorically clear that we were neither consulted nor informed about the publication before it was published.

“We want to make it abundantly clear that at no time did we sit to endorse Monguno from North-East and Gbajabiamila for any joint ticket.

“Some of our names were only added to the list by these desperate people”, she said.

According to Bello, the group sees the publication as a pattern of campaign depicting the height of desperation.

“The sponsors of the publication also used attendance list of one of the consultative meetings held by one of the aspirants to mischievously say that we endorsed Gbajabiamila and Monguno”, she added.

She, therefore, urged the sponsors of the publications to desist from misleading the public.

“As distinguish members of the 8th Assembly, we should at all times conduct our affairs honourably and with decorum.

“As loyal party members, we are still awaiting the decision of the leadership on zoning of National Assembly leadership positions.

“Also, those of us who are members of the PDP, our party has not taken a stand yet on who we should support and until such time, we will not be party to any endorsements”, she stressed.

Bello listed lawmakers in the group she represented and who distanced themselves from the endorsement as Ahmed Yarima, Haliru Jika, Salisu Ningi and Abdulrazaq Namdus.

Others are Adamu Kamali, Barden Garbas, Ibrahim Baba, Sabo Garba and Ali Isa. (NAN)

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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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