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Atiku’s triumph: Wada, Awoniyi, Olafemi say it is victory for democracy, PDP and Nigeria

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Atiku’s triumph: Wada, Awoniyi, Olafemi say it is victory for democracy, PDP and Nigeria

By  John Akubo

The immediate past Governor of Kogi State Captain Idris Wada and his former Deputy Architect Yomi Awoniyi have described the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abukar as victory for democracy, an act of God and a sure sign that there is another bright chance for PDP.

At the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential primary election held in Portharcourt over the weekend Atiku had polled 1532 votes to defeat his closest rival Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal with 693 votes to emerge the party’s candidate.
Wada congratulated the winner, all that participated, all the aspirants, delegates and PDP as a party.
“It is a great day for democracy in Nigeria, for PDP, a new level of transparency and democracy in PDP.
“It is too early to talk about how the race would be, all the PDP stakeholders have to sit together with the winner to take a look at the battle ahead and work together for us to benefit from this great triumph.
“It is time for postmortem, stocktaking, you will see that there were some surprises from the result.”
He also described the orderliness and transparency of the process as an amazing development for democracy in out country.
“If it were in the past, many would have been aggrieved and would leave to join other mushroom parties, in this case there is nothing like that.
“The other contestants should all join hands with the winner to work for the victory of the party just as they all made commitments during their speeches. They promised to join hands with whoever wins, since it is only God that gives power to whomever he wishes and God has given it to Atiku we have to give him maximum support.”
His former deputy expressed gratitude to God almighty for the wisdom exhibited by the PDP.
“Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is the right person for our party at this time. He criss-crossed the length and bredth of this country, he did very well and the people have spoken.
“This is a dawn of a new era for our party, We have a lot of work ahead of us but it is possible and the people have shown that we need people with the cognate experience.
He said although was a lot of horsetrading and discussions even on the ground at the primary but God made Atiku to win comfortably.
“Good enough all the aspirants have agreed to work with the winner. That is going to create a united front in the days ahead. Proper campaign team would be put in place and they will work for that.”
Also a former acting Governor Clarence Olafemi said Nigeria needed to change the change.
“We have just put a round peg on a round hole. We will work for him not because he has the resources but because he has the cogbnate experience.
“We thank God that he has answered our prayers. We believe that Nigerians would vote for Atiku and that would be voting for liberation from poverty, unemployment, because he would provide employment.
“He will bring in foreign investors and the economy will improve. He will fix the insecurity situtaion because he knows how to do that. He is energetic, he is not a sickkler, he is very experienced, having been on the saddle as vice President for eight years.”
He expressed the optimism Nigeria will get it right once again.
Olafemi adviced party to stop the jubilation and face the major task that is ahead.
“We have to start to strategise immediatly on how to win the 2019 election for PDP. We need to work harder than we have worked for the victory at the primary.
On the fear of rigging as it happen in Osun, he said the general election is bigger enough, adding that what happened in Osun was because it was an isolated case.
“You can deploy all the police to Osun but in the general election there is no way you can rig in all the areas.”

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Our problem with #ENDSARS protest was the hijack by miscreants says Buhari

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Our problem with #ENDSARS protest was the hijack by miscreants says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has explained to former Heads of State and Presidents of Nigeria, that the initial genuine and well-intended protest of youths in parts of the country against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was hijacked and misdirected.

In a virtual meeting with the former leaders, Buhari said he could not have folded his arms and allow miscreants and criminals continue to perpetrate acts of hooliganism in the country.
These were contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja Friday by his special adviser
(Media & Publicity) Femi Adesina
In the statement Buhari reeled out the initial concessions made by his administration on the demands of youths protesting against the excesses of some members of the SARS.

He recalled that the youths had demanded that the squad be disbanded, and further articulated the additional demands, including:

”The immediate release of all arrested protesters.

”Justice for deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families.

”Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of Police misconduct within 10 days.

”Psychological evaluation and re-training of all disbanded SARS officers before they can be re-deployed; and increase in Police salary.”

The President declared: ”We accepted all the demands and proceeded immediately to scrap SARS and started the process of addressing the other demands.

”Unfortunately, the protesters refused to call off the protest and engage the Government to address their grievances. Instead, they became emboldened and gradually turned violent.”

President Buhari expressed concern that in the mayhem that ensued, many lives were lost, while a number of public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalized.
The President reaffirmed that,

”We will continue to improve good governance through our democratic process including through sustained engagement.

”We shall also continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected. Here, I want to also reaffirm our commitment to preserving the unity of this country.”

He thanked the former Heads of State for attending the meeting and their invaluable comments, observations and advice, adding that ”Nigerians expect nothing less from responsible statesmen.”

Each of the former leaders commended President Buhari for steps taken so far to restore calm and order to the country and also applauded the presidential broadcast of Thursday as detailed and soothing to the country.

”I commend the speech of last night. The nation had been waiting. You made points that I believe need to be commended. Peaceful demonstration is part of democratic practice. The demands of the genuine protesters were accepted, and you are working on implementation. We commend you,” former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said.

The former heads of state were unanimous in their view that generation of employment and growing the economy including through direct foreign investments were critical to checking youth restiveness.

They also expressed their condolences to the bereaved families of civilians, policemen and soldiers killed as a result of the violent protest, and reaffirmed the commitment to respect the fundamental rights of citizens, including for peaceful protest as enshrined in the Constitution.

The former Heads of State also condemned the divisive and inciting pronouncements of separatists, and were of the opinion that such acts should be stopped.

Equally, the former Leaders commended the actions taken by Governors to address the demands of the ENDSARS protesters and their efforts to check the excesses of those who perpetrated violent acts and conduct.

Finally, they called on youths to pursue peaceful means, in seeking redress through engagement with Government and encouraged further conversation with the youths and other stakeholders in the country.
At the meeting were all living past leaders, including: Gen. Yakubu Gowon, President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Gen. Abulsalami Abubakar, and former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Lekki Killings: No Country aspires to defeat Its People – Jonathan 

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Lekki Killings: No Country aspires to defeat Its People – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has reminded Nigerian authorities that no nation can win any war target against it’s own citizens as he reiterated the need or peace
He spoke while condemning the killing of #EndSARS protesters by military men at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos on Tuesday.
The former president in a statement released on Friday, indicated that the use of deadly force against citizens only worsens the tensed situation while condoling with the families of victims who lost their lives.
“My deepest condolences to the families of young Nigerians who have lost their lives in the past few days as a result of End SARS protests.
“I pray that God grants them the fortitude they need at this difficult time.
“I would Like to let everyone know that nation-building is a collective task which involves the genuine efforts of all patriotic citizens whether old or young.
“Our country cannot afford to lose the lives of our youth who we look up to take over leadership and continue our nation’s journey to greatness.
“As leaders, we must also understand that a nation can never win a battle against its own people.
“Thus, I totally condemn the use of deadly force against citizens because this only worsens tense situations.
“We must therefore move away from battlegrounds to middle grounds in our individual and national life.
This, I believe, show like cases the essence of democracy.
“I condemn any unnecessary loss of life and urge efforts to be stepped up to ensure that such incidents do not re-occur. “Finally, we all must accept that we are all brothers and sisters of one Nigeria, and always act accordingly towards each other,” he said.

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Humanitarian ministry says stolen rice from Lagos warehouse not part of its consignment

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Humanitarian ministry says stolen rice from Lagos warehouse not part of its consignment

Humanitarian ministry on Friday debunked insinuations that the consignment of stolen rice from a Lagos warehouse emanated from the ministry

Special Adviser on Media to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Nneka Ikem Anibeze gave the indication via a statement issued in Abuja.

Anibeze clarified the mixup while reacting to trending report on the social media, alleging that the COVID-19 palliatives found in a Lagos warehouse were from the Ministry.
She said,

“The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development has been made aware of trending messages on and off social media alluding to the fact that COVID-19 palliatives found in a Lagos warehouse were from the ministry.

“This is nothing but a tissue of lies. The photos and videos recorded at the warehouse show that the bags of rice and other items were clearly marked ‘Lagos State Government and CA-COVID’.

“CA-COVID is the short form of Coalition Against COVID-19, a private sector-led task force in partnership with the Federal Government, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control NCDC and the World Health Organization WHO with the sole aim of combating Covid-19 in Nigeria.

“The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development did not procure, distribute or facilitate the distribution of palliatives under the Ca-Covid initiative.

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