Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial district has described as totally malicious and false, the report that Senator Bukola Saraki’s emergence as President of the Senate was facilitated by oil barons.
Melaye said this while reacting to an article in a national newspaper where it was alleged that the election of Saraki as the President of the 8th Senate was facilitated by Nigerians associated with the fuel subsidy fraud.
Meanwhile, Chairmen of the state chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have supported the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari and the national chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun to accept the outcome of the national assembly leadership election.
Rising from a meeting under the auspices of the Forum of APC States chairmen with Oyegun yesterday in Abuja, the chairmen said despite the “disappointments”, they were happy that the APC’s leaders accepted the outcome of the election that brought Senator Bukola Saraki and Rep. Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.
In a communique issued and signed by the chairman of the Kano State APC and Acting Chairman of the Forum, Umar Mohammed, at the end of their meeting which bordered on the review of the 2015 general elections, the chairmen said: “We totally aligned ourselves with the President’s position regarding the leadership of the National Assembly.”
They also pleaded with Oyegun to release funds to enable run their offices well.
“Chairman, we acknowledge the enormity of the responsibilities placed on the office of the chairman and as such we urge you to brace up and be alive to the challenges so as to move the party forward.
“You should always see us as partners in progress and your foot soldiers as we pray for more success in future.”
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
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.
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.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
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.
“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.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
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.
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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