The Red Card Movement (RCM) has thrown Nigerians into deep shock after it announced that it has distanced itself from one of its co – conveners, Oby Ezekwesili and declared support for Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP.
The RCM was set up by Oby Ezekwesili and some other Nigerians to give a red card to the ‘Siamese’ twin parties, APC and PDP – That have continued to recycle themselves in power.
So, the shock when they announced their support for one of the parties, for which they were established to oust out, couldn’t be quantified.
In a statement by the co-chair, Dr.Tony Akabuno, it said the decision was borne out of the need to help rescue Nigeria and believe this can be possible with Atiku/Obi and PDP.
See full statement
We have come today to tell the world and our members, that the state champions, the co-chair (Dr.Tony Akabuno) and other co-conveners have dissociated from Oby Ezekwesili and today declares support
for the Atiku/Obi presidency.
This decision is being made today, because we need to help rescue Nigeria. We are not members of PDP, but this is about Nigeria First. We are also by this statement, directing our hundreds of thousands of members to take action and begin to canvas for votes for Atiku/Obi ticket
under PDP. The main work starts now, because we shall keep canvassing until the campaign stops. Our strategy will add over 20 million votes to Atiku/Obi ticket. We know what to do, after this media briefing. It will be our joy,
if all other parties currently not in CUPP can join hands with Atiku/Obi to dislodge Buhari. Let us avert any vote splitting. Our mandate is BUHARI MUST GO! This is not negotiable. Signed: Dr. Tony Akabuno Co-chair of RCM
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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