The Peoples Democratic Party has described the statement by the All Progressives Congress that it (PDP) was obstructing justice at the Rivers State governorship election petitions tribunal, as failed cheap blackmail and an infantile attempt to cover their illegality of using state security apparatus to attempt to subvert the victory of the PDP in the governorship poll in the state.
The opposition party said APC’s reaction to the petition written to President Muhammadu Buhari by 16 PDP federal lawmakers from Rivers State, showed the governing party’s desperation to grab power through the back door, in a state where it was roundly rejected by the electorate.
National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Thursday, said the APC’s statement was aimed at blackmailing judicial and electoral officers in the state as well as to justify the “reprehensible” use of the security agencies to intimidate and attempt to arm-twist them to do its bidding.
“The PDP invites Nigerians to continue to note the various antics of the APC in its desperate scheme to corrupt the judicial process and steal the mandate freely given to the PDP by the people of Rivers State, including the use of operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the military to hound and intimidate INEC and judicial officers to get them to do their bidding.
“We are also aware of all the clandestine moves by the APC to capture power in Rivers and other PDP states, including Akwa-Ibom, Delta, Abia and Taraba States by all means, using such ploy.
“Our answer to the APC is that their antics cannot yield any results. These states are core PDP states and no amount of propaganda, blackmail, threats and intimidation can overturn the resounding verdict of the people as expressed in the governorship elections”, the PDP stated.
Metuh, however, called on security agencies and other critical stakeholders in the electoral tribunal process in the affected states to be on the alert and ensure that they do not succumb to the antics of the APC.
He also tasked members in the affected states to remain vigilant and continue to use all legitimate means available within the ambits of the law, to resist attempts by the APC to undermine their will as expressed at the polls.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
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.
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