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Audu Abubakar Emerges APC’s Governorship Candidate In Kogi Despite Questionable Past

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Abubakar Audu

Abubakar Audu

Two-time governor of Kogi State Prince Abubakar Audu may have a third chance at the Kogi State top seat as he emerges as the flag bearer of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the November governorship election.

The former governor who was alleged to have looted the state’s funds and reportedly only left the sum of N500,000 for his successor as stated in a national daily, Sunday Sun on August 29, 2004, beat 19 other aspirants after garnering a total vote of 1109 in the APC Governorship primaries as announced by the Returning officer, Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna State.

Although there are several allegations of improper conduct against the former governor, stakeholders in the Kogi State APC prefers Audu to the other candidates.

According to court papers dated May 19, 2010, exclusively obtained by THEWILL, Mrs. Aisha Audu, his wife, told Judge Dennis Michael McHugh of the District Court of Maryland, Montgomery County that Abubakar Audu physically assaulted her sometime in December 2009 in the US and March 2010 in Nigeria.

“The violence continued, he got physical by hitting, slapping, punching, throwing things at me and abusing me and the kids verbally in front of others including my step children…,” she was quoted to have said.

The Audu family mansion at 12301 Glen Road, Potomac, MD 20854 was allegedly paid for in cash by Prince Audu in 2001, a few months after he was sworn in as governor of the Confluence State.

Glen Road Potomac, Maryland residence of the Audu's. Former governor reportedly paid $1.7m in cash

Glen Road Potomac, Maryland residence of the Audu’s. Former governor reportedly paid $1.7m in cash

In March, THEWILL also reported that Audu, who was being prosecuted at a Federal Capital Territory High Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, for his alleged involvement in an N11 billion contract scam ordered his security aide (a police officer) to assault an operative of the EFCC, Haruna Ashade, for daring to take his photograph in court.

Audu will now represent APC in the November 21 governorship election in the state.

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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

Governor Bello

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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