Bandits: PDP Demands Immediate Sack Of Defence Minister For Asking Nigerians To Defend Themselves

PDP calls for sack of Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) demands the immediate sack of the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, for abdicating his statutory duties in asking unarmed Nigerians to defend themselves against armed aggression by bandits and terrorists.

The party describes the statement by the minister as reckless, irresponsible, and a confirmation that the Buhari administration has surrendered to outlaws and has no determination to fight them.

“It is unthinkable that a government would describe unarmed victims of armed aggression of terrorists and bandits as “cowards” while those who were elected and given the necessary resources to defend them recede in the comfort and safety of their offices in Abuja.

“Such disposition to security; a statutory responsibility of government, goes to validate apprehensions that our nation is indeed descending to a failed state under the Buhari Presidency, where the government can no longer perform its duties while unarmed citizens are left to confront bandits and warlords.

“Given the silence by the Buhari Presidency, our party holds that the defeatist comment by the minister represents the disposition of President Muhammadu Buhari and his security architecture, and explains why the administration has remained complacent in the fight against terrorism and banditry in our country”.

The party noted that such a statement by the Buhari administration, at the time it ought to be scaling up its security strategies to guarantee the safety of all Nigerians, have been emboldening bandits, terrorists, and kidnappers to escalate their acts atrocities against our compatriots.

“Moreover, with such disposition, the Buhari administration is creating a lucrative job for bandits, terrorists, and kidnappers who are settled with huge ransom instead of being faced with firepower.

“Our party however urges Nigerians not to despair at this moment but brace up as it has become obvious that we are now in a despondent situation where the government has shown that it can no longer defend the citizens”.

PDP Leaders Meet With Goodluck Jonathan In Abuja

A file photo of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

 

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Reconciliation Committee, led by former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, met with former President Goodluck Jonathan at his residence in Maitama Abuja.

Former governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo, former Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator Pius Ayim, former governor of Cross River, Senator Liyel Imoke, former House leader Mulukat Adeola-Akande and former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema were all in attendance.

Held behind closed doors, the meeting’s purpose was unknown as of Tuesday morning, but it may not be unconnected to the 2023 elections.

READ ALSO: Makinde Denies Dumping PDP

The Saraki-led Reconciliation Committee was inaugurated after the 2019 general election, to help the party reconcile aggrieved members, including those who left the party, and as well woo new members for the party.

The PDP recently lost a prominent member to the ruling party when the governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi defected to the APC.

Since then, there have been several claims by the ruling party that more governors from the PDP are on their way to join them, claims that the PDP National Working Committee has refuted.

WTO DG: PDP Celebrates Okonjo-Iweala, Commends US, Others

A file photo of the PDP logo.

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is gladdened by the confirmation of former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okojo-Iweala, as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The party described her emergence as a victory for competence, global due process, and consensus needed to pilot the activities of the world trade body, especially at this critical period in the history of the world’s economy.

The PDP noted that the development has again brought honour to our nation adding that it is proud of Okonjo-Iweala as a product of the PDP administration, whose excellence as Nigeria’s minister of finance, under whom Nigeria achieved our debt relief and revamped to become one of the fastest-growing economies of the world.

READ ALSO: Okonjo-Iweala Will Excel In Her New Position As DG WTO – Buhari

The party also recalled that Dr. Okonjo-Iweala’s success as the Managing Director of the World Bank, where she also displayed her capacity to effectively handle the global economy’s issues.

The PDP commended international stakeholders, including President Joe Biden-led United States Government for the strong support given to Okonjo-Iweala, which points to the commitment of all stakeholders towards global consensus and economic recovery.

The PDP restated its charge to the new WTO Director-General to redouble her effort in bringing to bear her wealth of experience and competence to the world body.

Progressive Governors’ Forum DG Faults Fani-Kayode’s Planned Defection To APC

Alleged N4.9bn Money Laundering: Trial Of Fani-Kayode, Others Stalled
A file photo of Mr Femi Fani-Kayode

 

The Director-General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Salihu Lukman, has described the recent attempt to accept Femi Fani-Kayode into the fold of the All Progressives Congress as a clear attempt by some partisan members to manipulate the leadership of the ruling party into doing the wrong thing.

Lukman in a statement titled “APC and the question of values” and signed on Friday, applauded the insistence by many members and leaders that Fani-Kayode “was not welcome to join APC because he doesn’t have the values required to be a member.”

“Following the report about the controversial attempt by Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode to join the APC and the insistence by many APC members and leaders that Mr. Fani-Kayode is not welcome to join APC because he doesn’t have the values required to be a member,” the statement partly read.

“Dr. Sam Amadi, a good friend of mine argued that ‘APC has no defined values or defining values. APC is a normless contraption, like Nigeria.’ Another gentleman, on the platform of Prof. Toyin Falola, who facilitated USA Africa Dialogue Series asked the questions, ‘Are the parties (APC and PDP) anything more than instruments for capturing power? Do they have any significant ideological values?

“Are their members not the same people who have crisscrossed parties in the name of where to gain power?’”

Lukman said the issue of Fani-Kayode’s drifted attempt to join the ruling party is a ploy to manipulate some of her leaders into accepting membership of someone who ought not to have been considered a member of the party.

There were reports earlier in the week that Fani-Kayode, a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was set to join the ruling party following a meeting with the Chairman of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Governor Mai Mala Buni, and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello who chairs the mobilization committee of the party.

READ FULL STATEMENT HERE:

APC and the Question of Values

Salihu Moh. Lukman

Progressive Governors Forum

Abuja

Following the report about the controversial attempt by Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode to join the APC and the insistence by many APC members and leaders that Mr. Fani-Kayode is not welcome to join APC because he doesn’t have the values required to be a member, Dr. Sam Amadi, a good friend of mine argued that ‘APC has no defined values or defining values. APC is a normless contraption, like Nigeria.’ Another gentleman, on the platform of Prof. Toyin Falola, facilitated USA Africa Dialogue Series asked the questions, ‘Are the parties (APC and PDP) anything more than instruments for capturing power? Do they have any significant ideological values? Are their members not the same people who have crisscrossed parties in the name of where to gain power?’

These are very common question in Nigeria, and it is almost predictable, no matter the effort and evidence provided, it will hardly satisfy those asking the questions? Should one, therefore, bother to respond. The answer is resounding yes, if not for anything so that we are able to understand each other even as those of us who the questions are directed at may not be respected. Be that as it may, it is a burden which anyone who genuinely wants to campaign for positive change in our societies should be able to endure. Part of the difficult challenge is that we have increasingly pushed ourselves to a very grim reality whereby it is almost impossible to have a decent scholarly conversation. Our language is abusive and derogatory to one another. Against every odd, one will try to present the position as it should be or as it ought to be. In doing that, I will not want to be academic at all. And my objective is not necessarily to win any support even as it may be advantageous if that happens. The objective is just to highlight a perspective in terms of what should be the orientation we should have in order to contribute to the development of our politics.

Politics is a matter of choice. We make those choices not because parties we subscribe to are perfect. No party in the world is perfect. If anything, what eventually comes out as the defining value of a political party is the value of members. Often, the values of leaders equate to the values of political parties. Does this mean leaders have the same values? Hardly so. The standard is that there would be minimum shared values. Even when those minimum shared values reflect a consensus, there will have to be sustained internal struggles within parties to retain those values. We can theorise about this, but to be able to have sustained internal struggles within parties, there have to be people who commit themselves to take the necessary risks to initiate engagements with leaders to affirm the required minimum values.

Part of the tragedy we have in Nigeria is that there was a fundamental mistake made in 1998/99 when this democracy was being negotiated. Very few who could project the right values in politics gave the Fourth Republic any chance. Apart from many of our old politicians of the First and Second Republic who still had values, people like late Chief Alex Ekwueme, late Chief Bola Ige, late Alh. Adamu Ciroma, late Alh. Abubakar Rimi, etc. the emerging political space was largely vacant. Even in the case of people like late Chief Bola Ige, it is debatable if they joined the politics of the Fourth Republic with all the convictions and commitment.

Given very high conviction and commitment, Alliance for Democracy (AD) wouldn’t have been a junior partner in the alliance it had with the All Peoples Party (APP) in the Presidential contest of the 1999 elections. Maybe, if they had such a high conviction and commitment, given the politics of appeasing the Yoruba’s and South West on account of the injustice of the June 12, 1993 annulment, the dynamics of the negotiations that produced former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the leading candidate for the election would have changed. Or, it may have substantially altered the coloration of the leadership that emerged in 1999. Our democracy may have been saved from the highhanded orientation of PDP under the abrasive political management of former President Obasanjo.

There were many instances whereby people highly inexperienced and never prepared for any leadership roles, emerged as candidates of our leading parties and became elected. This is not a sectional issue. It is a reality that covered every part of the country. Once they get elected, they entrenched themselves. Unfortunately, the expectation that democracy will not survive didn’t happen. We are now 20 years into the Fourth Republic with no end in sight. Instead, it is getting more and more stable. Should we, therefore, continue to distance ourselves because we only expect the worse out of our democracy? Is our life vision only limited to expecting bad things?

With all its problems, there appears some progress in our democracy. It may not be the kind of progress anyone with a good knowledge of democracy should be happy with, but progress, nonetheless. What should be the attitude of every Nigerian, especially those that want to achieve some minimum target in their lifetime? What should even be those targets? If I have made the choice to join politics, should my target be to contest elections and therefore become one of the elected leaders based on which I am able to make a difference? How different will I be from others who have made similar choices but ended up as disappointments and in some cases being worse than the political leaders, we all complained about?

Being privileged people, able to articulate our position, most times we reduced these issues to some literary vocation. Almost in the passion of school debates, it becomes just a matter for or against our leaders. Politics require much more than that. If I want to be trusted, I must earn it, and perhaps the best way to earn it is to be able to risk trusting others. The big test of my commitment is what happens when our leaders betray trust? How am I able to detect that leaders have betrayed or are betraying trust? At what point am I able to detect it? Is it after the damage is done? Or am I able to detect it before the damage is done? What happens thereafter? Am I able to influence our leaders to initiate the process of rectifying the problem themselves?

These are practical issues. Part of the major problem why many of us in politics are unable to respond to these issues very significantly in a way that makes Nigerians to have confidence is that all of us in politics are fixated on the opportunity to hold elective or appointive positions. Once we are in those positions, we are hardly able to take risks that will enable us positively to respond to these issues. We end up blaming our leaders for our failures. As knowledgeable as we may be, we limit ourselves to being sycophantically loyal to our leaders just so that our positions are not threatened. Sadly, those who made the choice not to join politics are hardly any different because for them politics is all about elections. Again, it is reduced to support for or against leaders.

As activists who have spent all our lives in the business of advocacy for societal change, we need to be courageous to engage these issues with a commitment to producing some practical responses no matter how little in our national politics. When one encounters the kind of statement about Nigerian politics is a ‘contraption like Nigeria’ from enlightening people like Dr. Amadi, it is quite worrisome. What in this world is not a contraption? Even our personalities, is it not contraption? Why did God have to send us to this world through the union of men and women? After sending us down to this world, we had to go through processes of socialisation that defined us in so many different ways. We became races, tribes, religious groups, etc. How many influences did any of us have in all the processes of human contraptions that ended up conferring us with all the different identities which today we use as justifications very liberally for hating one another?

Often, we use all these aggressive languages to weaken the confidence of people we regard as opponents. It is a universal reality. It is the same strategy used to promote racial and gender inequality. Therefore, we can be proud of our identity, our choices, etc. but once we begin to speak to each other in derogatory terms, we lose our humanity. If our politics is defined only in those derogatory terms, then we are as useless as any other leader we seek to condemn. It doesn’t matter our sophistication, qualification, or any quality we chose to claim.

Therefore, everyone can make his/her choices. For Dr. Amadi and all my PDP friends and colleagues, I will always respect your choices. Thanks to Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, at the beginning of my partisan political adventure in 2010, one of our dream was to reform the PDP. I was proud to be associated with very brilliantly high-flying aspiring Nigerians, including Dr. Amadi, in that adventurous vision. We had very good inspirations from Sen. Ken Nnamani and Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari. With their popular political credential of extinguishing any political oxygen in former President Obasanjo’s term, it was a dream come true to be associated with such credible political leaders. Together with many PDP leaders, these leaders were able to force a campaign for reforming the PDP around 2009/2010. The failure of that campaign was the beginning of the disintegration of PDP. This is never because of any plan by anyone to destroy the party.

Without going into details, the capacity to test a wide range of political options assisted to create the needed confidence for merger negotiations of our opposition parties in 2012/2013 that led to the emergence of APC. It is important to recognise that for leaders of our legacy parties to successfully negotiate the merger, it meant that they were responsive to the reality that without being able to merge they can’t win elections at the national level. You can say that the negotiation only produces an instrument for capturing power. What is wrong with that? Would you have rather preferred APC or any preferred party becoming a permanently defeated party? That APC is succeeding in capturing power is the reason why we are having this debate. It is far more encouraging to engage the debate, on our part as APC members, because the party is succeeding in winning elections if you like capturing power. Is there any successful political party anywhere in the world that is not an instrument of capturing power? If your pain is that APC is emerging as a successful political party, the best advice one can give is that those who are opposed to APC should work hard to produce the party that can defeat the APC.

The fact of being successful is what is attracting almost everyone desirous of accessing political opportunities to join our party. No doubt, that is not good. But it must be stressed, it will require strong internal contestation to control that. Again, that we are as a party debating the issue of who should join our party or not represent the qualitative difference between the APC and PDP. If it were PDP, once the National Chairman of the party act on a matter and backed by a serving governor, members can only grumble. I am proud to have my voice guaranteed and affirmed by my leaders in APC. As an employee of Governors, it has been a privileged opportunity to speak out openly on matters within the purview of leadership initiative. Rather than my leaders, including our Governors, relating to me as a subordinate who should only take instructions, they recognize and respect my views as a loyal member of the party. Part of the responsibility that imposes is that we should be able to speak out to protect and defend our leaders and our party.

Being a party that is evolving, part of the challenge is to take every step to encourage our leaders to allow internal debate in the party. We may be in denial that APC was able to deepen political competition in the country through internal contestation. Part of the internal contestation going on will be eventually what can strengthen the definitive credentials of the party. This is not to suggest that there are not indicative defining credentials. If anything, the current debate about values reminds one of some of the discouraging public commentaries during the merger negotiations. There was almost a public consensus at the time of the merger that it was not going to succeed. PDP did everything necessary to demonstrate that even if it succeeds, it will be hopeless as the new party will not be able to win elections.

All these are now history. It is clear that those of us in APC commitment to supporting our leaders to transform the party into a viable democratic platform need to work even harder. In doing so, we must not allow the current public mindset of condemning politics, our leaders, and our country to provoke us into being defensive and therefore unable to have the needed strategy and confidence to engage our leaders. The challenge of protecting our leaders and our party is not about denying wrong actions but when wrong actions are taken, is it possible to correct them?

There will be many instances of the possibility that our leaders and our party may take the wrong decision. Our capacity to correct those wrong decisions is what our politics require and not some fantasies. No amount of declaration, whether with reference to values or ideology can develop our politics, our parties, our democracy, and our nation. It is our capacity to get things done and especially get wrong actions corrected that can develop our politics, our party, our democracy and our nation. The issue of Mr. Fani-Kayode’s drifted attempt to join the APC is a clear instance of attempts to manipulate some of our leaders into accepting membership of someone who ought not to have been considered a member of our party. If that was the case in the past, it is better late than never to correct such a mistake.

As party members, we were able to rise up to the challenge of engaging our leaders. Fortunately, we are able to gain the respect of our leaders, and surely, moving forward, issues of who qualifies to be a member of our party will be clarified unambiguously. Maybe this could challenge the PDP and other parties in Nigeria to begin to address issues related to their failings. It is a process, not a once-off action. If you don’t agree with this position, abusing the APC, its leadership or members, including this writer will change nothing. You are most welcome!

 

 

 

 

Makinde Denies Dumping PDP

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has denied dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for another party.

The governor, in a statement issued on Monday by his spokesman, Taiwo Adisa, described reports of his defection as “a concocted falsehood from purveyors of fake news, who are bent on maligning the governor at all cost.”

“There is a concocted lie doing the rounds about Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State planning to dump the PDP,” he said.

“This is the latest in the rounds of false reports and fake news, weapons which some individuals have employed to wage needless war against the governor.

“It becomes imperative to attack the hydra-headed monster of fake news and false reports and this particular report raised all the red flags of fake news, as it was based on alleged hints from an individual who claimed not to want his name in print.”

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The governor clarified his position on the rumour, saying he had no plan to defect to another party.

Makinde explained that he has remained a strong pillar of the PDP for many years and is already leading the mission for its resurgence in the South-West.

While denying moves to join the Advanced Democratic Congress (ADC), the Oyo governor vowed not to be distracted by the ridiculous lies being circulated by those he described as enemies within and without.

PDP Should Stop Defaming President Buhari’s Former Service Chiefs – Presidency

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina has criticized the United States’ government for placing Nigeria on the Special Watchlist of countries violating religious freedom.

 

The Presidency has dismissed the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) ‘attack’ over the nomination of the former heads of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Military Intelligence to the Senate for confirmation as non-career ambassadors.

According to the presidency, this transition is normal in decent democratic societies.

In a statement on Saturday, special media aide to the president, Mr. Femi Adesina frowned at the fact that newspapers and online media are full of pages of ‘laughable’ criticisms of the President and former Service Chiefs by the party, the latest of which was the claim that they were nominated as ambassadors so as to shield them from trial by the International Criminal Court, ICC.

“How on earth can decent people run down hardworking professionals who have put in their best to defend their country? How can you run down your country and equate that with normal political dialogue and opposition?

“What is baffling about this false and baseless assertion is that this is coming, not from Boko Haram terrorists who the military kept largely in check and confined to a known section of the country, Sambisa, but from a so-called leading opposition party that fraudulently kept power for 16 years and is nursing the hope of one day returning to office as an elected government.

READ ALSO: PDP Urges ICC To Investigate Outgoing Service Chiefs Over Crime Against Humanity

“What is more, under these corrupt politicians the insurgency conquered large swathes of territory-18 Local Government Areas.

“Pray, if a political party, in a blind search for power can spurn the interest of the nation, embrace the language of hate campaign against the country’s military as enunciated by the terrorists, as the PDP does, what will be left for the Boko Haram to do? PDP is doing Boko Haram’s work!” Adesina’s statement read in part.

The presidency’s spokesman argued that we live in an evidence-based era for arguments and asked the PDP to provide evidence of rights abuse against the military in the war against terrorists.

Adesina asked: “Wouldn’t it be beneficial to the nation that they publish such evidence instead of levying grave accusations without proves? And to ask, in whose interest are they making these accusations that lack any depth?” 

He said the ICC does not need to be lectured on democratic values and human rights by the PDP.

“Who are they, and what is their record in office to lecture anyone? Zaki Biam and Odi where thousands of citizens were on record, the genocide operation comes to mind. Did they report themselves to the ICC?”

Adesina said PDP’s attacks on the ambassadorial nominations should be seen in the context of the opposition party’s track record as a university of liars, whose modus operandi is to propagate lies.

In his opinion, the President is rewarding hard work and exceptional sacrifice by a set of military leaders who gave their best to the nation and will be remembered, sooner than later, for their contributions to the security and survival of Nigeria as one nation.

The special media aide said they (former service chiefs) should be allowed to move to the next level as this is so that their examples will help to inspire others if given the opportunity to serve.

‘A University Of Liars’: Presidency Lambasts PDP Over Criticism Of Ex-Service Chiefs

A file photo of Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu

 

The Presidency on Saturday said the Peoples Democratic Party was grasping at straws over its criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of the ex-Service Chiefs as ambassadors.

The President had, on January 4, forwarded the names of the service chiefs – who resigned on January 26 – as nominees to the Senate as non-career ambassadors-designate.

But the PDP, in a statement, said it was a decoy to shield the immediate past service chiefs “from investigation over alleged killing of innocent Nigerians and crimes against humanity under their inglorious watch.”

READ ALSO: Buhari Pledges Support For New AU Chairman, Felix Tshisekedi

“It is indeed sacrilegious and a horrible assault on the sensibility of Nigerians that the @OfficialAPCNg government is seeking to use ambassadorial appointments as desperate measure to secure diplomatic immunity for the former commanders and protect them from investigation arrest and possible prosecution by the @IntlCrimCourt for the atrocities committed against innocent Nigerians under their command,” the PDP statement added.

In a statement released on Saturday, Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said such an appointment was “normal in decent democratic societies.”

 

Read Mr. Shehu’s full response to the PDP below:

 

PDP SHOULD STOP DEFAMING PRESIDENT BUHARI’S FORMER SERVICE CHIEFS

The Presidency wishes to dismiss the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attack over the widely praised nomination of the former heads of the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Military Intelligence to the Senate for confirmation as non-career ambassadors.

This transition is normal in decent democratic societies.

But the newspapers and online media are full of pages of laughable criticisms of the President and former Service Chiefs by the party, the latest of which was the false claim that they were nominated as ambassadors so as to shield them from trial by the International Criminal Court, ICC.
How on earth can decent people run down hardworking professionals who have put in their best to defend their country? How can you run down your country and equate that with normal political dialogue and opposition?

What is baffling about this false and baseless assertion is that this is coming, not from Boko Haram terrorists who the military kept largely in check and confined to a known section of the country, Sambisa, but from a so-called leading opposition party that fraudulently kept power for 16 years and is nursing the hope of one day returning to office as an elected government.

What is more, under these corrupt politicians the insurgency conquered large swathes of territory-18 Local Government Areas.

Pray, if a political party, in a blind search for power can spurn the interest of the nation, embrace the language of hate campaign against the country’s military as enunciated by the terrorists, as the PDP does, what will be left for the Boko Haram to do? PDP is doing Boko Haram’s work!

We live in an evidence-based era for arguments. If the PDP has evidence of rights abuse against the military in the war against terrorists, wouldn’t it be beneficial to the nation that they publish such evidence instead of levying grave accusations without proves? And to ask, in whose interest are they making these accusations that lack any depth?

To add, we don’t think the ICC, which these childish calls are being made needs to be lectured on democratic values and human rights by the PDP. Who are they, and what is their record in office to lecture anyone? Zaki Biam and Odi where thousands of citizens were on record, the genocide operation comes to mind. Did they report themselves to the ICC?

PDP’s attacks on the ambassadorial nominations should be seen in the context of the opposition party’s track record as a university of liars, whose modus operandi is to propagate lies.

The President is rewarding hard work and exceptional sacrifice by a set of military leaders who gave their best to the nation and will be remembered, sooner than later, for their contributions to the security and survival of Nigeria as one nation. They should be allowed to move to the next level.

This is so that their examples will help to inspire others if given the opportunity to serve.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

February 6, 2021

Party Crisis: Kaduna PDP Splits As New Faction, ‘Restoration Group’ Emerges

A file photo of the PDP logo.

 

All seems not to be well with the Kaduna State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a new faction known as the ‘Restoration Group ” has emerged with a determination to form a parallel leadership.

The new faction which has a former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Dogara Mato, former PDP senatorial candidate, Ubale as members, also vowed to set up a parallel party secretariat if the right approach and the right attitude towards faithful and loyal members of the party is not followed.

Addressing a news conference at the end of their meeting on Saturday, the group faulted the last Congress that produced the ward, local and state executives of the party, insisting they will not recognise the current PDP Chairman in the state, Hassan Hyet and other executive members of the party due to what they termed as their illegal emergence.

The Restoration group claimed that due process and adherence to the PDP election guidelines were not followed during the last Congress, therefore, all the elected members will not be recognised as leaders of the party.

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A member of the group, Ubale Samanduna, also noted that the state PDP chairman, Hasaan Hyet is occupying the seat illegally, insisting that Waziri Ashafa is the one that won the chairmanship position during the Congress.

He also claims that the Restoration group has the support of former Governor of Kaduna State, Ramalan Yero, former PDP National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha, Former Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi and the current senator representing Kaduna south, Danjuma Laah among other chieftains of the party.

PDP Urges ICC To Investigate Outgoing Service Chiefs Over Crime Against Humanity

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to commence the investigation of the tenure of the outgoing service chiefs over reported atrocities and crimes against humanity committed by security operatives under their command.

The PDP also called on the INTERPOL and other world bodies to commence processes that will lead to the prosecution as well as firm sanctions, including a travel ban and freezing of assets belonging to all those involved in killings and human rights abuses by security operatives under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

With the exit of the service chiefs from office, the PDP charged ICC’s Chief Prosecutor, Ms. Fatou Bensouda, to issue an official warrant.

The PDP urged the ICC to probe the cases of extra-judicial execution of innocent Nigerians, the massacre of peaceful protesters, illegal arrests and arbitrary detention of citizens in dehumanizing cells, torture and rape allegedly committed by the military under the outgoing commanders, as detailed in the reports of credible international bodies including the United States Department of State, Amnesty International (AI) and Transparency International (TI).

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“The exiting service chiefs must be made to provide answers for the reported massacre of unarmed protesters by the military in the northwest and southeast states between 2015 and 2018, including the 348 civilians reportedly killed by soldiers in Kaduna state as well as the 347 bodies found in mass graves in the aftermath of the Zaria massacre.

“The ICC is further called upon to investigate reports of military invasion and mass shooting in communities in Borno, Yobe, Rivers, Abia, Anambra among other states where soldiers reportedly killed unarmed civilians, razed communities, burnt homes, displaced inhabitants, raped women, detained, beat up and tortured citizens in detention camps reportedly located in military barracks where deadly fumigation chemicals were allegedly used in overcrowded cells.

“Our party further implores the ICC to investigate the reported inhuman detention of thousands of Nigerian children by military operatives in the northeast camps particularly between 2017, when more than 1,600 children were reported to have been in illegal detention in cages, and in 2018 when the UN detailed 418 detained children. This is in addition to the no fewer than 1000 children reportedly released under negotiation by the UN in 2016,” PDP stated in a communique on Thursday.

The party said it stands with Nigerians in demanding a full-scale investigation into the deployment of the military in the EndSARS protests, resulting in the shooting and killing of unarmed civilians at Lekki Tollgate in Lagos and other parts of the country.

While the PDP expressed unwavering confidence in the military, the party insisted on the investigation of the atrocities of the few bad elements within the nation’s security architecture to serve as a deterrent.

The party urged all well-meaning Nigerians to join in demanding that the ICC immediately commences the investigation of the tenure of the outgoing service chiefs for crimes against humanity in the country.

Restore Professionalism And Boost Morale Of Troops Urgently, PDP Tells Service Chiefs

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the new Services Chiefs to urgently restore professionalism and boost the morale of troops across the country. 

PDP in a statement on Tuesday asked the new leaders of the Armed Forces to ensure not to fall into the indolence, corruption, recklessness, abuse of process, and partisanship that characterized the tenure of the last service chiefs.

“The new commanders must note that Nigerians are looking up to them as professionals to remove terrorists, bandits, and other outlaws ravaging our nation from our landscape,” the PDP’s statement read in part.

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The PDP further demanded an immediate inquest into the tenure of the last service chiefs to unravel the circumstances behind the security lapses and compromises as well as accusation of involvement in the alleged looting of funds meant for the equipping and welfare of our troops in the front.

The party insisted that this is the sure step towards sanitizing the security architecture as well as lifting the morale of those in the front lines risking their lives for the security of our nation.

PDP expressed hope that the new service chiefs will brace up to the challenges of the nation and noted that their appointment at this time, more than at any other point in the nation’s history, demands a huge sense of commitment, responsibility, and determination to secure the country and restore peace, order and national cohesiveness in the polity.

PDP Demands Immediate Probe Of Former Service Chiefs

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded an immediate probe into the tenure of the former service chiefs to unravel the circumstances behind the security lapses and compromises in the country during their tenure.

The PDP is also demanding a probe into an accusation of their involvement in the alleged looting of funds meant for the equipping and welfare of troops in the frontlines.

“The PDP demands an immediate inquest into the tenure of the last service chiefs to unravel the circumstances behind the security lapses and compromises as well as accusation of involvement in the alleged looting of funds meant for the equipping and welfare of our troops in the front,” a statement signed on Tuesday by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan said.

“Our party insists that such must be the sure step towards sanitizing the security architecture as well as lifting the morale of those in the front lines risking their lives for the security of our nation”.

The party’s comments come hours after President Muhamadu Buhari appointed new service chiefs, following the resignation of the former ones.

Speaking further, the PDP described the appointment of the new service chiefs as rather late in the day, when much harm had already been done to our national security.

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The move also follows numerous calls for their sack over the increasing insecurity in the country.

According to the PDP it only proves that President Buhari is a leader who has always refused to heed to wise counsel by well-meaning Nigerians.

They also blamed the President for the state of insecurity in the country, saying that if he had acted sooner, “the security situation in the country would not have degenerated to this abysmal level”.

But according to his media aide, Femi Adesina, who was a guest on Channels TV’s Politics Today, the move is coming at this time because the President considers it the best time to rejig the country’s security system.

The PDP, however, said they were hopeful that the new service chiefs will brace up to the challenges of the nation and “note that their appointment at this time, more than at any other point in our national history, demands a huge sense of commitment, responsibility and determination to secure our nation and restore peace, order and national cohesiveness in our polity.

“Our party urges the new service chiefs to take urgent steps to restore professionalism, boost the morale of our troops and ensure not to fall into the indolence, corruption, recklessness, abuse of process and partisanship that characterized the tenure of the last service chiefs.

“The new commanders must note that Nigerians are looking up to them as professionals to remove terrorists, bandits and other outlaws ravaging our nation from our landscape,” the statement read in part.

PDP Akwa Ibom Chairman Dies Of COVID-19

Late Mr Udo Ekpenyong, Chairman of PDP,Akwa Ibom state.

 

The Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udo Ekpenyong is dead.

A family source who does not want to be quoted told Channels Television in Uyo that Mr. Ekpenyong died of COVID-19 in Uyo, on Tuesday morning.

Before his election as the state PDP chairman last year, Ekpenyong was the commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the State.

He was known to be a strong ally of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

An official statement from the state government is being awaited.

Following his death, Akwa Ibom State has lost three prominent figures within the last one month, the other two being a former Chief of Air Staff, Nsikak Edouk who died of renal failure, and a former military governor of the State, Idongesit Nkanga who died of COVID-19.