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Abia Re-runs: APC Calls For Removal Of INEC Officials

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The Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for the removal of the present crop of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s officials ahead of the March 5 re-run elections.

The APC made the call during a press briefing addressed by a delegation of key party officials from Abia State, who met the acting national chairman, Engr. Segun Oni, in Abuja yesterday in preparation for the Abia North senatorial district and Aba North state constituency re-run elections.

The delegation, which includes the state party chairman, the governorship candidate, Dr. Nyerere Anyim, South-East ex-officio member, Chief Nduka Anyanwu, members of state caucus, former ministers, senators and deputy governors, a former two-time Speaker, and zonal woman leader, was led by Chief Sam Nkire.

Nkire, who spoke on behalf of the delegation, said judging from its experience, the APC did not have confidence in the composition of INEC in Abia State.

He warned that the party would not condone any form of harassment, intimidation and rigging, and urged the other contestants to play by the rules.

Also speaking, a former speaker of the state house of assembly, Hon. Stanley Ugochukwu Ohajuruka, who is also a member of the state caucus, claimed that some candidates in the re-run polls had been boasting that they were in control of the INEC, in addition to the “tacit support of the security apparatus in the state”.

Ohajuruka, however, said the APC had the capacity to win the elections if a level playing field was provided for all contestants in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-controlled state.

“There is an upsurge of kidnapping in Abia state now. We have requested that enough attention should be given to this issue of kidnapping, particularly in Aba and its environs. We see it as a tactic to scare leaders who will probably come around to ensure that that election is conducted in a free and fair manner.

“One thing that has characterized Abia state election is rigging. Most times results are written. It’s not what transpired in the field. What we are saying now in advance is that we are in an era of change. We want the world to know that we will not accept writing of results outside what transpired in the field”, he said.

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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

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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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