Senate Lament Increased Insecurity, Mourn Gulak

Ahmed Gulak (file)

 

The Senate on Tuesday mourned the passing of a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Gulak.

Gulak, who was also a former presidential aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, was murdered on Saturday in Owerri, Imo State Capital on Saturday, May 29, 2021.

The red chamber also observed a one-minute silence in honour of the deceased.

The Senate condemned Nigeria’s failing security and called on security agencies to investigate and bring to book all those who plotted and carried out Gulak’s murder.

The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege had earlier brought the attention of the Senate noting Gulak was murdered while on national assignment in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

He called on the Senate to do everything within its powers to prevail on the Police and other security agencies to unearth the killers.

Senate President Ahmed Lawan said Gulak was a very committed, dedicated citizen of this country who made tremendous contributions at both the state level in Adamawa and the National Level.

“The murder of this Nigerian is something that our security agencies must unravel the murderer and the people behind the murder itself. This is necessary in all the murders and assassinations that take place in our country on almost a daily basis.”

Our security agencies, particularly our intelligence agencies must continue to fish out such issues even before they happen,” Lawan said.

Gulak’s Death: A Clear Case Of Political Assassination – Gov Uzodinma

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma

 

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma has expressed shock over the killing of APC stalwart, Ahmed Gulak, describing the incident as an unfortunate clear case of political assassination. 

Addressing Imo people in a broadcast at the Government House in Owerri the Imo State capital, the governor said he is really saddened by the gruesome murder which underscores the ugly security situation in Imo State in recent times.

Uzodinma in his oration on Monday stated that the events of the last few weeks do not represent the true character of the Imo people and he assured the people that the government will not leave any stone unturned in going after and apprehending anyone or group perpetrating all the criminal activities in the state.

The governor sympathized with the families of those who lost their lives within the recent period of unrest, most especially the family of late Ahmed Gulak.

He also used the opportunity to debunk rumors making the rounds on social media that his convoy was attacked, noting that nothing of such has occurred.

READ ALSO: Gulak’s Murder, Shocking And Gruesome – Gov Fintiri

In a similar vein, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has condemned the killing of Ahmed Gulak and urged security operatives to ensure that all those involved are made to pay for their gruesome deed.

The President of the Senate described the killing of the former Speaker of the Adamawa House of Assembly and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as one crime too many.

Gulak was killed by gunmen on Sunday morning in Imo State, a crime for which Lawan has called for a swift investigation to bring all who are involved to justice.

Lawan in a communique by his special media aide, Ola Awoniyi, noted that there can be no justification for the brutal murder of a human being and fellow citizen.

File photo of the late Ahmed Gulak.

He, however, appealed for restraint on the part of those calling for revenge, saying they should allow the relevant authorities to serve justice on the matter as the injury of the crime was inflicted on Nigeria as a whole.

The Senate President condoled with the family and friends of the departed as well as the government and people of Adamawa State on the incident.

Another Police Station Set Ablaze In Imo

 

Again, another police station located within Umundugba community in Isu Local Government Area of Imo State has been set ablaze by gunmen.

The latest attack has increased the number of police stations burnt to four in the state in less than one week.

The attackers were said to have thrown inflammable substances at the police facility and it ignited the fire.

The burning of the police facility was the only violent development in the state today due to the sit-at-home order by Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).

In recent times, Imo State has experienced some unrest occasioned by increased agitation by members of IPOB. On several occasions, gunmen have been reported to have stormed various State and Federal facilities, setting them ablaze.

READ ALSO: Gulak’s Death: It’s Too Early For Uzodinma To Assume Political Assassination – Wike

On Friday, May 29, gunmen razed down a magistrate court, high court, and a divisional police station in Atta community, Njaba local government area of Imo State.

According to sources in the community who spoke to Channels Television, the attack took place in the dead of night when people had gone to bed.

The attack was accompanied by long hours of sporadic gunshots in the community, generating panic among residents.

Community members said they noticed that the courts and police station had been set ablaze on Saturday morning. The police station was still under construction and no lives were reportedly lost.

While authorities say some calm has returned to the community with the presence of security operatives, there are fears that the situation in Imo State is still degenerating, and this evident even in the killing of APC stalwart, Ahmed Gulak.

The APC chieftain was killed on Sunday around Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area close to the Sam Mbakwe Airport road in Owerri, Imo State.

Sources told Channels Television that Gulak who was a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was heading to the airport on Sunday when the assailants attacked him and shot him on the spot.

His death has stirred various reactions with many concerned that if things continue to degenerate in Imo, it could send the nation down a dangerous slope.

Investigate The Killing Of Ahmed Gulak And Bring Murderers To Justice – Lawan

 

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has condemned the killing of Ahmed Gulak and urged security operatives to ensure that all those involved are made to pay for their gruesome deed. 

The President of the Senate described the killing of the former Speaker of the Adamawa House of Assembly and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as one crime too many.

Gulak was killed by gunmen on Sunday morning in Imo State, a crime for which Lawan has called for a swift investigation to bring all who are involved to justice.

READ ALSO: Gulak’s Death: A Clear Case Of Political Assassination – Gov Uzodinma

Lawan in a communique by his special media aide, Ola Awoniyi, noted that there can be no justification for the brutal murder of a human being and fellow citizen.

He, however, appealed for restraint on the part of those calling for revenge, saying they should allow the relevant authorities to serve justice on the matter as the injury of the crime was inflicted on Nigeria as a whole.

The Senate President condoled with the family and friends of the departed as well as the government and people of Adamawa State on the incident.

Reps Minority Caucus Condemns Killing Of Ahmed Gulak

A file photo of late Ahmed Gulak.

 

The minority caucus in the House of Representatives has condemned the killing of Mr Ahmed Gulak, a former political adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement on Monday by the Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, the lawmakers described the killing of Gulak as wicked and barbaric.

They called on the police and other security agencies to apprehend the assailants and ensure that they were immediately made to face the full wrath of the law.

“The minority caucus is heavily disturbed by the worsening insecurity, violence, and killings in Imo, particularly since the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration took over the state.

“As representatives of the people, our caucus believes that the situation has gone beyond the capacity of the government of Imo State, especially given its failure to gain control since inception,” the statement said.

READ ALSO: Gunmen Kill Jonathan’s Former Aide, Gulak

The lawmakers, therefore, demanded urgent security and constitutional steps to check rising violent activities, restore law and order, and bring the tense situation in the state under control.

They condoled with the family of late Gulak over the sad incident and urged Nigerians to remain at alert and continue to pray for God’s divine intervention for Nigeria at this trying time.

Gulak died on Sunday after gunmen attacked a cab conveying him and two others while on their way to the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

He was reported to have left his hotel without informing the police and other security agencies in view of the fragile security situation in the South East.

According to the police, the APC chieftain left without any security escorts while the cab driver took an irregular route to the airport before the gunmen shot at him around Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area of the state.

They said the assailants, identified as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/ Eastern Security Network (ESN), have been killed.

“Three AK 47 rifles, one pistol, five AK 47 magazines with 92 rounds of live ammunition, and criminal charms were recovered.

“The driver who drove late Ahmed Gulak and a co-victim who survived have all identified the dead body of the IPOB/ESN members positively as their attackers and also identified the three vehicles recovered as those used by the attackers,” a police statement said.

Gunmen Kill Jonathan’s Former Aide, Gulak

A file photo of the late Ahmed Gulak.

 

Gunmen have killed a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ahmed Gulak around Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area close to the Sam Mbakwe Airport road in Owerri, Imo State.

Sources told Channels Television that Gulak who was a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was heading to the airport on Sunday when the assailants attacked him and shot him on the spot.

Gulak was trailed from his hotel room to the spot where he was killed.

The Public Relations Officer of the Imo Police Command Bala Elkana confirmed the incident.

In a statement released shortly after the incident, the police spokesman said: “On the 30/5/2021, at about 07:20hrs, armed bandits intercepted and attacked a Toyota Camry cab carrying Ahmed Gulak and two others who were on their way to Sam Mbakwe Airport to catch a flight.

“Ahmed Gulak left his room at Protea Hotel without informing the Police nor sister agencies in view of the fragile security situation in the South East and Imo in particular.

“He left without any security escorts and while the cab driver took an irregular route to the airport, six armed bandits who rode in a Toyota Sienna intercepted, identified, and shot at Ahmed Gulak around Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area close to the Airport.”

Elkana also said the Commissioner of Police in the southeast state Abutu Yaro has directed “a discreet investigation into the matter as Tactical and Special forces have been deployed to cordon the area and arrest perpetrators.”

READ ALSO: APC Governorship Primary: Gulak Condemns Cancellation Of Exercise In Imo

Leaving PDP 

The late Ahmed Gulak.

 

He was the chairman of the APC committee that conducted the primaries for the Imo governorship election in 2018.

In January 2016, Gulak, a former member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had declared himself as the national chairman of the party following the crises that rocked the PDP.

Two years later, he left the then-ruling PDP for the APC. He cited  “impunity” and “injustice”  in the PDP for his decision.

In April 2014, Gulak was sacked as Jonathan’s special adviser on political matters but the former Nigerian leader did not give any reason for his dismissal.

He resigned – some days later – as the national coordinator of the Goodluck Support Group (GSG).

READ THE STATEMENT FROM THE POLICE BELOW:

“On the 30/5/2021, at about 07:20hrs, armed bandits intercepted and attacked a Toyota Camry cab carrying Ahmed Gulak and two others who were on their way to Sam Mbakwe Airport to catch a flight.

“Ahmed Gulak left his room at Protea Hotel without informing the Police nor sister agencies in view of the fragile security situation in the South East and Imo in particular.

He left without any security escorts and while the cab driver took an irregular route to the airport, six armed bandits who rode in a Toyota Sienna intercepted identified, and shot at Ahmed Gulak around Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area close to the Airport.

The Commissioner of Police Imo CP Abutu Yaro, fdc has directed a discreet investigation into the matter as Tactical and Special forces have been deployed to cordon the area and arrest perpetrators.

INEC Receives 19 Governorship Candidates for Edo Election

INEC, Edo ElectionThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says that as at Tuesday night, 19 political parties have submitted the names of their candidates for the Edo governorship election.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 had been fixed as the final day for political parties to submit names of candidates that will represent them at the September 10, 2016 governorship election.

The commission has, however, not declared which of the two candidates submitted to it by the two different factions of the PDP would be recognized by it for the election.

The factions of Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and embattled Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff have held parallel primaries where Mr Osagie Ize Iyamu and Mr Mathew Iduokiymhen emerged.

The electoral umpire says it is seeking wider legal consultations based on different legal cases hanging over the issue to be able to determine which of the candidates to recognize.

The embattled chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, ignored a Federal High Court judgement that sacked his faction of the party by issuing a Certificate of Return to a parallel governorship candidate in the forthcoming election.

There are two elections in Edo and Ondo states where the PDP is expected to participate in the next few months.

PDP Caretaker Committee Calls For Modu Sheriff’s Arrest

Ahmed-Makarfi, Ali Modu Sheriff, PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee, led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi has called for the arrest of factional leader, Ali Modu Sheriff for contempt of court.

Spokesperson for the committee, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, told journalists on Friday in Abuja that the issuance of a certificate of return to a parallel candidate by the Sheriff group was illegal.

He noted that the judgements of the court must be obeyed as both groups work to resolve the impasse in the party.

In a swift reaction, the factional Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Mr Kairo Ojugbo, faulted the Makarfi faction’s claim, saying that their leader has not committed contempt of court.

Mr Ojugbo insisted that Senator Sheriff remains the National Chairman of the PDP.

The leadership crisis in the party took a new dimension when the Ali Modu Sheriff faction issued a certificate of return to a parallel PDP candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.

The issuance of the certificate was sequel to the ruling by Justice Abdullahi Liman of the Federal High Court that the PDP national convention held on May 21 in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital was legal and did not go contrary to any law.

However, Mr Sheriff went ahead to present a certificate of return to Mr Matthew Aighuhuenze as the PDP flag bearer in the Edo State governorship election.

There are two elections in Edo and Ondo states where the PDP is expected to participate in the next few months.

Sheriff Dares Court, Presents Parallel PDP Candidate For Edo Election

PDP, SheriffThe embattled chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, has issued a Certificate of Return to a parallel governorship candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state.

This is despite a Federal High Court judgement in Port Harcourt on Monday that sacked his faction of the party.

Mr Ali Modu Sheriff presented the certificate to Mr Matthew Aighuhuenze as the party’s flag bearer, after the chairman of his delegates congress committee, Ahmed Gulak, presented the reports of his primaries to the group in Abuja.

The event is a new twist to the leadership tussle the party is grappling with, as the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee of the PDP also flagged off the campaign of their own candidate for the same election on Monday in Benin City.

Mr Sheriff says his faction will, in the coming days, flag off a campaign for their own candidate in the same state.

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, had granted reliefs sought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the controversies trailing the changes effected in the party’s leadership.

According to Justice Abdullahi Liman of the Federal High Court 1, the national convention held on May 21, 2016 in the state capital which removed Sheriff as chairman, was legal and did not go contrary to any law.

The trial judge also held that the dissolution of the National Executive Committee, the National Working Committee and the constitution of a caretaker committee to oversee the affairs of the party by that convention was valid.

Meanwhile, the embattled chairman has headed to the Appeal Court.

Mr Sheriff told journalists in Abuja shortly after the court ruling that he remained the chairman of the party until the Court of Appeal sets aside an earlier ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja which was in his favour.

PDP Member Faults Emergence Of Sheriff As National Chairman

Bernard Mikko -PDPA member of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Bernard Mikko, has expressed worry over the process that produced Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the party.

He claimed that the process is illegal.

Speaking to Channels Television on Sunrise Daily, the PDP member pointed out that there is a court order that prevents Prince Uche Secondus from parading himself as the acting National Chairman of the party, saying the circumstances behind the emergence of Sheriff as the Chairman is a complete contempt of court on the part of Secondus.

“There is a court order against Prince Secondus not to parade himself as acting National Chairman of the party and with that it means he cannot preside over the national caucus, NWC and even NEC,” he said.

Mr Mikko revealed that Ahmed Gulak went to the court to demand for the National Chairman from the North east, but it was not granted.

He went further to say that Gulak remains the Chairman of the party.

The PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) on Tuesday appointed Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the party’s new National Chairman.

The decision was reached at the NEC held at the opposition party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Court Gives PDP Chairman 14-Days To Vacate Office

AuduA Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Uche Secondus, from office.

Mr Secondus was removed after the court heard a suit filed by former Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on political matters, Ahmed Gulak.

In his judgement on Tuesday, the presiding judge, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, held that the position of the Acting National Chairman of the party, was zoned to the north-east and could not be occupied by Mr Secondus, who is from the south-south.

Justice Baba-Yusuf upheld the prayer of Mr Gulak that Mr Secondus was occupying the position of the Acting National Chairman of the party illegally.

He ordered Secondus to vacate the office within 14 days.

Stay Of Execution

The plaintiff or any other party member worthy of that position should assume the position of the Acting National Chairman of the party, the Judge stated.

However, shortly after the judgement was delivered, the counsel to PDP, Paul Isaiah, said the party would appeal the judgement of the court.

Isaiah said: “We are going to appeal this judgement. Apart from the appeal, we are also going to file a stay of execution of the judgement because the National Convention of the party is in March next year”.

Jonathan’s Former Aide Sues PDP Over Committee Constituent

Jonathan’s Former Adviser Sues PDP Over Committee ConstituentA former political adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Ahmed Gulak, has sued the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), querying the composition of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC). 

Mr Gulak’s decision to drag the party before a Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, seems to be more trouble for the opposition PDP.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

An originating summons filed on behalf of the former president’s aide revealed that Gulak was challenging the composition of the NWC of the party led by Mr Uche Secondus, having indicated interest to contest the PDP’s chairmanship position.

Gulak asked the court to declare that the resignation of the former chairman of the party, Mr Ahmed Muazu, had created a vacuum which could only be filled by a proper election into the office of the national chairman of the party.