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PDP Blast Pres Buhari For Holding APC NEC Meeting Inside Council Chambers

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The Peoples Democratic Party has blast President Buhari for holding the National Executive Council meeting of the APC inside the council chambers in the statehouse.

The People’s Democratic Party has in a statement released this afternoon, described the action as ”the height of corruption and a desecration of the sanctity of the seat of power and our national values.”

President Buhari on Thursday June 25th attended the National Executive Council meeting organized by Victor Giadom, acting chairman of APC. The meeting was held in the statehouse.


Read PDP’s statement below

”The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) berates President Muhammadu Buhari for violating his oath of office by using the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Chambers and government resources to conduct the affairs of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Our party describes this action of Mr. President, in using public facilities and resources for APC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, as the height of corruption as well as a desecration of the sanctity of the seat of power and our national values.

The PDP says never in the history of our nation has governance been so devalued to the extent of using the hallowed chamber of the highest executive body in the country, where high-level executive decisions are taken, for an illegal, wrongly constituted and Nicodemus meeting of a political party.

This shameful development is a further manifestation of the level of impunity, recklessness, disrespect for rules and disdain for our laws by the APC administration, whose latest action exposes a move towards instituting the art of running processes and programmes through illegality, illicitness, illegitimate and unlawful means driven by crude force and naked power.

Furthermore, it is an indefensible double standard for President Buhari, whose administration has been hounding and prosecuting innocent Nigerians for allegedly using public resources for activities of their political parties, to use the resources and facilities of the FEC chamber for his party’s NEC meeting.

It is even more distressing that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, is part of this desecration of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) by functioning as a notary public to a political party and using official facilities of FEC chamber to administer oath of office to a functionary of a political party, in total disregard to his oath of office, the code of conduct prohibitions under the 5th Schedule and extant public service rules.

This is the same Attorney General, who has been prosecuting others for alleged but unsubstantiated use of public resources for activities of their political parties.

The PDP holds that by using government facilities and resources to promote the activities of his party, the Attorney General has become culpable of the same offence for which he has been prosecuting innocent Nigerians.

Malami has therefore become ethically challenged to continue in office as the Chief Law Officer of our nation.

Our party therefore demands that the Attorney General should immediately resign from office and surrender himself for prosecution

It is even more disgraceful that the furtive APC NEC meeting at the FEC Chamber was convened in total violation of the APC Constitution, which prescribes 14 days notice for regular NEC meeting and 7 days notice in the case of an emergency meeting under Article 25 (b) (i) and (ii) respectively.

Such a coup against their own party’s constitution renders the purported APC NEC meeting illegal and decisions taken therein, a complete nullity.

Significantly, the kind of marshal orders and threats which President Buhari was issuing out at the so called NEC meeting without allowing for a debate was a sad reminder of his days at the Supreme Military Council in 1984.

This raised questions on the democratic content of the charade called a NEC meeting by the APC.

Moreover, now that the Governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni, has been sworn in as the Chairman of APC Caretaker Committee, he has made himself a full administrative officer of the APC and as such, should immediately resign as the Governor of Yobe state, in keeping with Article 17 (iv) of the APC Constitution which prohibits such dual mandate.

The PDP counsels APC leaders to note that Nigeria is a nation governed by law and as such their party will not be allowed to use their crisis to destroy our democratic order.”

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Political Campaign Turns Bloody as Gunmen Launch Attack in Anambra State

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Political campaign have turn to bloody one at Anambra State, Nigeria as Gunmen launch attack on political members.

Gunmen launched an attack on members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and All Progressive Congress (APC) during the political parties’ rallies at different locations of Anambra State.

According to eyewitness, the gunmen also left several other persons injured and set ablaze a car belonging to a leader of Professor Chukwuma Soludo group.
Soludo is a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

While the attack on the APC members took place during the party’s rally at Uruagu, Nnewi, the attack on the leader of one of Soludo Support Groups, Nnelsonn Omenugha took place at Nnobi in the Idemili South local government area of the state.

Report have it that one APC member, whose identity could not be immediately ascertained was killed in the attack with scores wounded, while the attack on the APGA chieftain took place in his hometown, Nnobi.

Although the police have yet to react to the two incidents, the state publicity secretary, of APC, Okelo Madukaife confirmed the attack.He was quoted as saying: “The attack led to the cold death of our committed party official and the hospitalisation of many others.

“Our party regrets the invasion of our office and attack of members who were gathered for a meeting in Uruagu Ward 3, Nnewi by persons yet to be identified. “We regret the loss and regard it as one violence too many in an Anambra State that ought to be the safest state in Nigeria if official claims were anything to go by.

“We speak for the mood in our dear state where similar attacks took place at Afor Nnobi Junction, on the same day killing men of the Vigilante in Alor, Idemili South in transit and call for a total halt.

“Our party commiserates with the family of the deceased who will be identified in the near future and assure that their loss is our loss and Anambra State’s loss, but that their son shall not die in vain.

“We acknowledge security in Anambra State as an area that requires serious intervention.”

On the attack on Omenugha, who is a staunch campaigner of ‘Soludo for Governor’, it was gathered that the attackers set his car ablaze, while he escaped to safety.

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Edo High Court Nullifies Removal of Etsako West LGA

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Edo State high court nullifies the unlawful removal of elected ETSAKO WEST L.G.A council chairman hon. Yakubu O. Musa:

The purported suspension and removal of Hon. Yakubu O. Musa of APC has been declared invalid,null and void and unconstitutional by Edo State High Court No 12, Benin City Presided over by Hon . Justice V.O Oviawe in suit no B/204/2019.

In the judgment delivered on the 27th day of September, 2021, the learned trial judge declared the purported removal of Hon. Yakubu O. Musa by Edo State Governor as null and void.

Hon. Justice V.O Oviawe granted all the prayers contained in the originating Summons except prayer i which is already overtaken by event because the tenure of the office had lapsed, The suit was filed on behalf of Hon. Yakubu O.Musa by the Law firm of West-Idahosa & Co.

The learned Judge held that Edo State Governor and the Government failed to comply with the Provisions of Sections 20 and 21 of Edo State Local Government Law, 2000 (as amended) in failing to consult with the Edo State House of Assembly and the grounds of suspension as provided by Law before suspending Hon. Yakubu O. Musa was did not follow the extant law.

The Court further held that since the purported suspension was void in law, every other action predicated on it was invalid. And held that the 1st-4th defendants lack the power to suspend and remove the Claimant on ground of fraud without given him fair hearing

The Court awarded the sum of #100,000 as costs in favour of the Claimant.

The case was conducted on behalf of the Claimant by Famous Osawaru Eremwanarue Esq., of West Idahosa Law Firm.

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We Regret Getting Rid of Jonathan to Elect Buhari — Northern Elders Forum

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The Northern Elders Forum has said that it regretted that it got rid of then President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 elections to vote in the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari.

The group expressed disappointment that Buhari has let down millions of Nigerians including members of the All Progressives Congress who trusted in his leadership prior to the poll six years ago.

Northern Elders Forum, said that the next President of Nigeria should be one who would act in the “opposite direction” of Buhari, who hails from Katsina, North-West Nigeria.

Director of Publicity and Advocacy for Northern Elders Forum, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, spoke on Tuesday when he featured on Arise TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ breakfast programme.

He said, “Is there any Nigerian who is not disappointed in President Buhari including diehard APC people? Is there anybody who would not tell you he wished President Buhari had done much better?

“We raised huge expectations, we told people, ‘Get rid of Jonathan, put Buhari there, he would fix corruption, he would fix insecurity, he would fix the economy’ (but) look at where we are now.

“How can anybody say they are happy with the record of President Buhari, even the people very close to him would tell you that they wished he could have done much better and he could have done much better and he hasn’t.”

Next president should act in opposite direction of Buhari’

The group’s spokesman said Nigeria needs a President who would act in the “opposite direction” of Buhari in terms of economic policies, security, amongst others.

“So, what we need to do now is to get ready to elect another President who would go in the opposite direction, a President who has a vision and a clear idea of what governance involves rather than just being a President. So, I am disappointed and that is why today, I am actively involved in trying to see that a new leader emerges in getting Nigerians a new lease of life,” Baba-Ahmed noted.

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