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Rivers Inconclusive Elections: Senate Threatens To Suspend Plenary

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Rivers VotingThe Senate on Wednesday resolved to suspend plenary if the inconclusive National Assembly elections in Rivers State, fail to hold by December 10, 2016.

Three senatorial seats of Rivers State in the Senate and some seats in the House of Representatives have been vacant since the Appeal Court ordered a rerun election last year.

Several attempts by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct elections into the vacant seats have proved futile as a result of what the electoral commission considers a threat to the lives of its personnel.

The commission had in March this year, vowed not to return to Rivers to conclude rerun elections in the state until peace is restored, following the killing of a corps member and INEC ad-hoc staff, Okonta Samuel, by suspected political thugs during the rerun polls in the state.

Subsequent attempts by the electoral commission to conclude the rerun were not feasible as acts of violence, such as the burning down of the INEC office in Khana Local Government Area on July 22, forced a shift in the date for the elections.

A tentative date for the inconclusive elections has now been fixed for December 10 amid fears of another postponement by INEC.

But the Senate today, vowed not to tolerate another postponement in the date for the inconclusive legislative elections in Rivers.

The decision was taken following a motion moved by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, that the chamber was not properly constituted because all the states were not represented.

In his remarks, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said the delay in the conduct of the elections endangers the country’s democracy.

When the motion was put to a voice vote by Senate President Saraki, majority of senators voted in its support.

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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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