My Party Originated Hate Speech – APC Chieftain

 

A human rights advocate and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Joshua Alobo, on Monday, insinuated that his party originated activities that can now be interpreted as hate speech in the current administration.

Mr Alobo was responding to a question on Sunrise Daily, about the Department of State Services’ treatment of founder of RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore.

He said he was “seriously embarrassed” by the situation as Sowore was “among those who canvassed for the ‘change’ mantra.”

“APC, in which I am a chieftain, originates hate speech,” Mr Alobo, who is the President of the International Human Rights and Development Centre, continued.

“Look at what happened at . . . even Lai Muhammed and the rest, nobody was arrested. Look at the fuel subsidy protest at the freedom square. If not that Jonathan was proactive to deploy soldiers . . . I was in Abuja; even though I wasn’t in the general protest, I was using my vehicle to monitor the whole situation. 

“So a lot of showbiz was going on during the Jonathan administration, they don’t look at it as a threat to the government. What is Sowore? They are just making the guy to be too popular, I don’t know him as a person. But they have been reading Sahara Reporters right from Jonathan era, a lot of information has been disclosed and all those things. 

 

Mr. Joshua Alobo was a guest on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Monday

 

“So if a media practitioner cannot express his opinion, then what will he do? And this is a man that has the pedigree of activism right from University. So the DSS for goodness sake should not bring another terrorist group. It is the suppression of Yusuf Muhammed that escalated into what we have now as Boko Haram.”

Sowore was re-arrested by the DSS on Friday less than 24 hours after he was released from the agency’s custody. The move has drawn condemnation from several quarters, including Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka and the US government.

However, the DSS has said Sowore was re-arrested because he resorted to “acts inimical to security” shortly after being released from its custody.

2019: FG Cautions U.S. On Granting Atiku Visa

 

The Federal Government has asked the U.S. to exercise caution in granting a visa to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar for now.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed during an interactive session with media executives in Abuja on Thursday, stated that this was necessary so that the U.S. does not appear to be in favour of one candidate over another in the coming general elections.

He said although the US has the prerogative to issue visas to whoever applies, it should be mindful of the timing, in order not to give the impression that Atiku has been endorsed by the American government.

“We understand and appreciate the fact that it is the prerogative of the US to grant a visa to anyone who applies.

“However, we want the US to be neutral and be wary of taking any decision that will give the impression that they are favouring or endorsing one candidate over the other,” Mohammed said.

The minister further stated that the government was aware of an alleged move by the former Vice President to lobby the U.S. to lift the visa ban imposed on him.

PDP Blames APC For Alleged Threat To Ekweremadu’s Life

pdpThe People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday blamed the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being behind the alleged threats to the life of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

According to the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, “some senators loyal to the leadership of the APC have among other things concocted a petition to the Nigerian Police”, alleging that “Ekweremadu altered the rules of the National Assembly to enable him emerge as Deputy President.

The PDP also alleged that the same group is involved in secret talks with some senior lawyers and a Judge, to obtain a court order restraining him from performing his duties.

However, in a swift reaction the APC said that it has nothing to do with the reported Police invitation of Ekweremadu.

In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said “it neither wrote a petition to the Police nor is it aware that any petition was written against the Deputy Senate President”

Mr Mohammed stated that if, as the PDP claims, the petition concerns alleged altering of the Senate’s standing rules on the process of electing presiding officers, it is a clear case of forgery which the Police has a duty to investigate.

He added that questioning the right of the Police to carry out its duties in this regard amounts to intimidating the security agency.

The Publicity Secretary further stated that “forgery is a crime that is being regularly investigated by the Police, and it beggars belief that such investigation will now be interpreted to mean that Nigeria is descending into dictatorship, or that democracy and the enjoyment of personal freedoms are now endangered”.

He also said that if indeed there is a petition against Senator Ekweremadu, he should gladly heed the invitation by the Police so he can clear his name, adding that ”no one is above the law”.

‘President Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly said that at every point, the law must be supreme and everyone must respect the law, if the nation’s democratic system is to survive. Extrapolating a police invitation of anyone, no matter his status, to mean the onset of dictatorship is itself an invitation to lawlessness and anarchy, which permeated the long but ineffective rule of the PDP,” the party said.

 

APC Rejects Call For Postponement Of Elections

The opposition party,  All Progressives Congress (APC) is rejecting the suggestion by Colonel  Dasuki saying that under no circumstance must the elections be scuttled.

The APC’s National PublicityAPC Secretary, Lai Mohammed, said the call by Colonel Dasuki has exposed what the party describes as a plot by the present administration to push for the postponement of the polls.

The APC is urging the international community, in particular, to urgently extract a commitment from the president that the elections will hold as scheduled next month.

The APC  states that Col. Dasuki’s suggestion was meant to buy time for the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) campaign to gather steam by tying his call on the delay in PVC distribution.