COVID-19: Secondus Seeks More Reward For Frontline Workers

 

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Uche Secondus is seeking more reward for frontline workers who are treating COVID-19 patients.

He stated this in his goodwill message to Nigerian workers on International Labour Day, commending their age-long sacrifice for the growth of the nation.

He noted that even in the current challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria health Workers and other essential workers have remained in the frontline taking most risks with little or no reward.

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The National Chairman accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for not attending to the plight of the workers.

“The workers and the poor in our society remain, vulnerable victims of this misrule, a situation that calls for all hands to be on deck as the nation struggles to scale the hurdle of APC”.

He urged the workers to remain resolute and prayerful for God to bring light at the end of the tunnel. ‘Happy Workers Day to you all’.

Contempt: Secondus, Others Appear In Court

 

The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, and some members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) on Monday appeared before the Lagos State High Court, sitting in the Igbosere area to stop contempt of court proceedings brought against them.

The proceedings were as a result of alleged disobedience to a court order of November 12, 2019, which restrained Secondus and the party’s NWC from conducting a special election for the vacant offices at the Lagos State chapter of the party.

Justice Taofikat Oyekan-Abdullahi expressed dismay that the PDP in Lagos state proceeded to conduct the special election despite the knowledge of the case and pending application for interlocutory injunction.

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The special election committee was chaired by Senator Obi at the instance of Secondus.

The judge subsequently made an order for Secondus and Senator Obi to come to the court to explain why they should not be committed to prison for defying its order.

At Monday’s proceedings, counsel to the claimants informed the court of his clients’ pending applications seeking for extension of time to file their response to the Preliminary Objection filed by the respondents.

The claimants in the suit are Dr Adegbola Dominic, for state chairman of the party, Elder John Babatunde Agbaje, Alhaji Fatai Ajisefinni and Chief Taiwo Kuye.

The respondents are the PDP, Senator Obi, Senator Biodun Olujimi, Hon Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe, Hon Danladi Baidu Tijo, Ahmed Mukthar and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

After arguments on whether the preliminary objection or the contempt proceedings should be heard first, the judge ruled in favour of the respondents and fixed March 12, to hear the contempt proceedings against the contemnors.

 

We Are In Danger, Buhari Should Resign – Secondus

 

 

The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign for ‘failing to secure the nation’ and ‘putting her democracy under threat’.  

Speaking after submitting protest letters to the embassies of the United Kingdom and the United States in Abuja, the PDP’s national chairman, Uche Secondus explained that there is an urgent need to seek international intervention to help improve security and the country’s judicial system.

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He said the party is in full support of its Senate minority leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe who asked President Buhari to resign his office for “failing to solve the security challenges in the country”, years after Nigerians voted the APC.

In line with Senator Abaribe’s thought, the PDP Chairman told newsmen on Friday that at the moment, “Mr President has lost control of security” adding that the nation is “in danger and we are in trouble”.

“Today we back our minority leader asking that Mr President should resign because he has lost control,” Secondus told newsmen in Abuja.

Kogi/Bayelsa Elections: A Wave Of Terror Is Threatening Our Democracy – Secondus

 

Leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Uche Secondus, has said that the nation’s democracy is under threat, following the manner in which the November 16th elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States were conducted and the outcomes that followed. 

The National Chairman of the PDP called for the cancellation of the governorship elections in both states, insisting that the elections were marred by violence, which led to several deaths.

Mr Secondus, who addressed journalists after a meeting of the party’s board of trustees in Abuja, stated that the party has video evidence of malpractices committed during the conduct of the elections.

Below is a full speech by Mr. Secondus, on the issues stemming from the governorship polls in both Bayelsa and Kogi states.

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November 21, 2019

Text Of Press Conference by the National Chairman Of The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, on the Position of the PDP on the Violence, Killings, Abuse of Human Rights and Rigging in the November 16th Kogi And Bayelsa Governorship Elections.

Gentlemen of the Press,

We have invited you this afternoon to alert Nigerians and the international community that all is not well with our nation. A wave of terror is threatening our democracy; our constitutional order, national cohesion and safety of our citizens are now as at stake.

As the world witnessed, the official conspiracies, bloodletting and mindless killing of innocent citizens by agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration in connivance with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to aid the forceful seizure of power in the November 16th Kogi and Bayelsa State governorship elections, clearly show that our democracy is under severe attack.

In an apparent organized attack, government-controlled Police and military, working for the APC, deployed dangerous assault weapons, including helicopters to coordinate the violent invasion of polling units with maximum force; shooting, killing and maiming unarmed civilians, who were called out by government to perform their civic responsibilities at the elections.

The world watched with horror as killer security agents brutalized voters and carted away ballot boxes to government facilities were results were written in favour of the APC and handed to a heavily compromised INEC, which has become part of the crime, to announce.

From the report reaching our party, no fewer than 30 innocent compatriots were killed and many more injured in this organized crime against humanity by the APC, the Police and INEC.

The only crime of the citizens was their expressed determination to vote for the candidates of their choice as governors of Kogi and Bayelsa States as clearly manifested in the results from the polling centers before the forceful seizure of the electoral processes.

Most distressing is the gruesome incineration of one of our party’s woman leaders in Kogi State, Mrs. Acheju Abuh, in her home by APC thugs, a crime that was abetted by unscrupulous security agents.

Our party holds that this electoral fraud and crime against humanity, including established culpable homicide committed by the APC, security agents and INEC cannot be allowed to pass.

The leadership of our great party has thoroughly reviewed incontrovertible pieces of documentary of evidence including video clips, graphic pictures, witness testimonies, manipulated results sheets, proofs of compromising of INEC officials and other hard facts to establish the culpability of the Police and INEC in the electoral fraud as well as the unforgiveable culpable homicide and crime against humanity in the elections.

The PDP also restates that we have the details of the roles played by the Police high command and the INEC as well as other security and INEC officials in this election. Those details will be made public at the appropriate forum and time.

It is instructive to call the attention of Nigerians and the international community to the fact that since the election, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC Federal Government has failed to take any concrete steps to investigate the issues and bring culprits to book. The Police and INEC had also failed to take any decisive action to arrest and investigate their officers accused of involvement in various crimes in the elections.

We have also noted frantic efforts by the police hierarchy to explain away the crimes and sweep the killings under the carpet.

These only validate apprehension that the invasion of polling unit, killings and alteration of results were part of the premeditated power-grabbing designs of the APC.

The PDP states without equivocation that invasion of polling units and killing of voters to manipulate electoral results cannot be allowed in our democratic space. If the APC’s political brigandage that happened in Kogi and Bayelsa State is allowed to stand, such would be extended to other elections including the 2023 general elections and that would be a death knell to our democracy.

It is therefore a sacred duty we all owe our nation to pursue a redress for this crime within the ambits of our national and international laws.

In this regard, the PDP calls for the outright cancellation of the governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States as they are products of bloodshed and do not reflect the true wishes and aspiration of the people of the states.

We also demand the immediate cancellation of the Kogi West Senatorial election. This is the biggest fraud of the century.

The PDP, standing with millions of Nigerians also holds that the INEC and the Police high command must be made answer charges of electoral fraud and crime against humanity at the appropriate quarters.

The PDP therefore calls on the international community as well as international organizations including, the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU), Commonwealth of Nations, the African Union (AU), ECOWAS to immediately impose sanctions, including travel bans, on the INEC and the Police high commands for abusing their offices and allegedly aiding or allowing acts that led to electoral fraud and violence in the elections.

The primary duty of INEC and the Police is to ensure free, fair and credible election. This they observed in the breach as even reported by agents, voters, stakeholders and independent observers in the elections. They must therefore be made to face the consequences to serve as deterrent to others.

The leadership of the PDP once more commends the people of Kogi and Bayelsa States for their resilience and resistance against oppressive forces during the election. Such patriotism will never be in vain.

Our leadership also condoles with the families of compatriots who were murdered by the APC. Indeed, their death can never be in vain as the mandate for which they were killed will be surely retrieved.

Moreover, somebody someday will bear the full sentence of guilt at the appropriate quarters, be it within the ambit of our domestic laws or those of the international laws.

In the meantime, we urge all members of the PDP to remain strong and undeterred as we collective exert ourselves in the defence of our nation’s democracy.

Thank you and God bless.

Nigerian Army Cannot Operate Apartheid Passed Laws – The Week In Quotes

 

Here is what was said and who said what in the public sphere within the course of the passing week. 

1. “Nigerian Army cannot operate apartheid passed laws in Nigeria”

Mr Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), kicks against the proposed Operation Positive Identification (OPI).

2. “It does appear to me that government doesn’t seem to know what to do when it comes to doing what is supposed to be done”

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Jibrin Okutepa, faults the planned introduction of Operation Positive Identification across the country.

3. “Nigerians voted PDP, APC knows they were rejected”

The National Chairman of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus reacts to the Supreme Court’s verdict, he salutes Nigerians of all divide for their commitment and support to the party and to democracy.

4. “I fought a good fight for the Nigerian people”

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar says he will not relent for Nigeria and democracy regardless his defeat at the Supreme Court, in his case against President Muhammadu Buhari.

5. ” Supreme Court verdict is victory for democracy”

The Speaker of the House of the Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila describes the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Supreme Court as a victory for democracy.

6. “I think Nigerians have voted, the Supreme Court has upheld the outcome, it’s time to support and close ranks and queue behind President Muhammdu Buhari.”

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) calls on Nigerians to close ranks and support President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration following the Supreme Court’s affirmation of his election victory.

7. “It is time the country is afforded the right to move on”

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the ruling of the Supreme Court, dismissing the appeal brought before them by Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has afforded the country the ‘right to move on’.

8. “Nigeria has a lot to learn from Egypt in the fight against terrorism”

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, calls for more engagement between Nigeria’s National Assembly and the Egyptian parliament, with a view to sharing ideas that will address the challenges common to the two countries.

9. “Join us in calling the world to take action against Boko Haram”

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN says concerted action by countries around the world is crucial towards tackling terrorism in the Sahel region, as well as the challenges posed by Boko Haram and ISWAP in Africa.

10. “I am very proud of you”

President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria for a fantastic beginning in the group opening match of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2019.

PHOTOS: Oshiomhole, Secondus Embrace Each Other At Presidential Election Tribunal

Adams Oshiomhole and Uche Secondus Embrace Each Other

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole and the National Chairman of the opposing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, embraced each other at the court room of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja.

The presidential tribunal will today deliver judgement in the petition brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 Presidential election.

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Ninth Assembly: Full Blown Dictatorship Is Brewing – Secondus

Withdraw From Presidential Election Tribunal, PDP Tells Justice Bulkachuwa
A file photo of PDP National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus

 

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has warned President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), against muzzling the legislature and the other arms of the government.

Prince Secondus speaking against the backdrop of the obvious direct involvement of the President and his party in Tuesday’s election of principal officers of the 9th Assembly said that the doctrine of the separation of power must be respected and guided to avoid dictatorship.

The National Chairman, speaking ahead of the inauguration of the 9th Assembly said in a statement from his media office signed by Ike Abonyi, that his warning has become absolutely germane given the dictatorial tendencies of the APC administration as seen in the last four years, and their continuous propensity to disregard the rule of law and other principles of democracy.

According to the PDP boss, available intelligence to the party shows that the Presidency and the APC have concluded plans to use intimidation and coercion against legislators not ready to do their bidding in their desperation to hoist leadership on the legislators.

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Prince Secondus revealed that the Presidency and the APC have been arm-twisting the technocrat officials of the National Assembly to fashion out favourable rules that would enable them to have their way.

He said that the apparent disregard to the basic principles of separation of power by this regime points clearly to their eventual destination which is a dictatorship.

The National Chairman said that the executive is trying to take over the 9th Assembly so as to realize their long-held aspiration of hijacking the legislature which began in August last year during the state-sponsored stealing of the Senate mace and the aborted illegal seizure of the 8th Assembly.

“Indications are clearly showing that full-blown dictatorship is brewing in our country

“When a supposed democratic government brazenly muscles all the other arms of government, the legislature, the Judiciary, and even the press, the fourth estate of the realm, we should be worried at what is loading in our polity.

Prince Secondus said that any government not disposed to respecting the separation of power and rule of law as enshrined in our constitution in a democratic setting is looking for absolute authority which is nothing but totalitarianism.

Finally, the National Chairman admonished the legislators of the 9th Assembly Guidry their independence jealously and refuse to be intimidated knowing that as elected representatives of the people, that they the parliament are the opium of democracy.

Supplementary Elections: Secondus Charges Military To Be Professional

A file photo of Mr Uche Secondus

 

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus has called on the military to resist any attempt at being dragged into election manipulation towards the supplementary elections on March 23.

Secondus made the call after an emergency meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC) in Abuja on Wednesday.

He urged the military to uphold the institution and guide their names jealously.
According to a statement from his media office, the National Chairman termed the ‘inconclusive’ terminology as a rigging strategy for the opposition party.

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PDPs vice Presidential candidate at the presidential elections, Peter Obi in his own remark, said that “the worst form of corruption is election rigging because the process of coming into power is far more important than what is done thereafter.”

The Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker House Representatives Hon. Dogora all urged members of the party to remain steadfast and not despair as their victory must be restored at the court.

The meeting had in attendance, Bukola Saraki, Yakubu Dogara and other party stalwarts in attendance.

Supplementary Elections: PDP Holds Emergency NEC Meeting

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commenced an emergency meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC).

The meeting holding at WADATA plaza in Abuja, began with party chairman Uche Secondus, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker House of Reps Yakubu Dogara and other party stalwarts in attendance.

On the agenda is the supplementary elections slated for Saturday.

READ ALSO: PDP, Wike Call For Conclusion Of Elections In Rivers And Bauchi

The party chairman accused the INEC Chairman and security agencies of being tools of the APC to “suppress the will of the people”.

He also noted that the concept of inconclusive elections is a term coined by INEC and the APC to stop PDP from winning elections.

Secondus also accused the INEC Chairman of delaying the democratic process and overheating the polity.

We Won’t Depend On Threatened Observers, We Will Go To Court, Says Secondus

A file photo of Mr Uche Secondus

 

The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, said on Friday that the endorsement of President Buhari’s second tenure by foreign countries is out fear of being killed as inferred by a statement credited to the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

Mr. Secondus made this allegation during a press conference in Abuja, where he claimed that the elections of Saturday, February 23, 2019, which he described as a sham, was a Nigerian problem which must be resolved by Nigerians.

He noted that the opposition PDP will go to court to get redress.

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“We will go to court, there is nobody that will stop us from going to court.”

“We are not going to depend on the comments of observers that were threatened… they were threatened and silenced, they cannot talk; so it is our responsibility as good citizens to bring this to the public, and to the Nigerian people and to go to court, so we are going to court.”

On INEC’s decision to hold supplementary elections on March 9, alongside the Governorship and State Assembly elections, the PDP chairman said the situation would be assessed and a decision communicated soon.

PDP Alleges Manipulation Of Presidential Results By APC

A file photo of Mr Uche Secondus

 

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected results of the Presidential Elections from Nasarawa State, saying the ruling All Progressives Congress is manipulating the results of the Presidential election.

During a press briefing in Abuja, the party’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus, insisted that the results were manipulated between ward collation centres and the collation centre in Abuja.

“Firstly, I want to categorically state that our collation centers have all original results from every polling unit, in every ward, in every Local Government Area (LGA) in Nigeria, of which the international community is well aware, implying all results currently being announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is incorrect thus unacceptable to our party and people,” he said.

According to the Presidential Election Returning Officer for Nasarawa State, Azubuike Nwankwo, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 289, 903 votes to defeat the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, who garnered 283,847 votes.

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But the PDP has accused both the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressive Congress (APC), of working with INEC officers, to allegedly manipulate the “figures for results already announced at polling units nationwide, in Local Government Areas (LGAs) where our party, the PDP, had commanding votes; this must now be resisted by every well-meaning Nigerian.”

He alleged that “With the INEC IT server hacked by agents of the APC to manipulate results, we can with certainty state that results from the following polling units have, for example, been tampered with, note: Sarkin Dawaki ward in Doma LGA, Nassarawa state; Doka ward in Doma LGA – Nassarawa state; Agyaragin – Tofa ward.” The PDP chairman added that 10,000 illegal votes were “added to already announced results in Wurno LGA in Sokoto state”.

The PDP further accused the APC of using the instruments of state power, including the military, police, and DSS to muzzle the opposition and influence the outcome of the election. According to the PDP, this is against the spirit of the “Peace Accord, which called for impartiality and non-partisanship by members of our security organization with constitutional roles to play during this civic exercise.”

That also alleged that the APC had sent high-ranking government officials to different geo-political zones of the country to Mr. Secondus, however, insisted that the PDP was coasting to victory and asked INEC to be impartial “and not become willing agents to disenfranchise our people and derail our democracy, because the world is watching, and history will indeed pass judgment.”

PDP Demands Unconditional Release Of Buba Galadima

A file photo of Mr Uche SecondusPDP

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called for the immediate release of the spokesperson of the party’s presidential campaign council, Buba Galadima, by the Department of State Security.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the party’s Chairman, Uche Secondus, condemned the arrest, while describing Galadima as a patriot whose patriotic deeds “have strongly been highlighted by various Nigerians, including President Muhammadu Buhari”.

“What crime has he committed? I answer my own question and say none. Mr Galadima is constitutionally guaranteed a right of freedom of speech and freedom after the speech,” Secondus said.

He further stated that while the nation is currently boiling with the deaths caused by thugs during Saturday’s elections, none of those responsible for the violence has been arrested by the security operatives, “yet a patriot and pro-democracy activist is arrested”.

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The PDP insists that though the arrest is the latest in a pattern of anti-democratic actions by the government, it will not be intimidated.

In an earlier statement, the party’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged that Galadima had been whisked away by masked security operatives on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the DSS has denied the reports.