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PDP Alleges Plot by APC, Presidency to Detain Its Leaders

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People’s Democratic Party has alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress and the Presidency were planning to arrest and detain its leaders before and during the elections.

Speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Monday, the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said that his party would resist any unlawful arrest and detention of PDP leaders and members in any part of the country.

He also condemned the detention of the Director of the Media Committee of the Kaduna Governorship Campaign Organisation, Mr. Ben Bako.

“Our party is concerned about the unwarranted arrest of Bako, who has been detained by the Department of State Services since last weekend.

“We are aware that Bako’s arrest is a prelude to the planned clampdown on our campaign officials by the Buhari presidency and the APC, whose aim is to derail the electoral process, having realised that they have lost the polls.”

“It is instructive to state that the DSS has given no reason for Bako’s detention, but only acted on the orders of the APC as expressed by the Assistant Publicity Secretary of the Kaduna APC, Salisu Wusono, who openly stated that Bako deserved his ordeal.

“Further reports reaching us from our Kaduna State chapter indicate that many of our leaders, including former governors of Kaduna state — Senator Ahmed Markarfi and Alhaji Mukhtar Yero — Chief Felix Hyat and former chairman of the party in the state, Alhaji Yahaya Makama, have been listed for arrest and are now being trailed by agents of the APC,” he said.

He, however, demanded the immediate release of Bako, warning that the APC and the Presidency would be held responsible if any of its leaders or members, particularly in Kaduna State was harmed before the elections.

 

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Lagos Speaker, Obasa Advice’s President Buhari To Act on Southern Governors Request

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Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently act on the requests recently made by the Southern Governors Forum as a way to curb rising insecurity in the country.

Speaker Obasa made the appeal in a statement on Wednesday to commemorate this year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebrated by Muslims across the world.

Obasa expressed belief that the security and economic challenges Nigeria is faced with at the moment are a face from which the country would come out stronger.

According to the former chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, “President Buhari should not only give a thought to the requests made by the governors, he should also implement them for the country to move forward.

Appealing to the citizens of the country not to lose faith and hope, the Speaker said: “This year’s Ramadan afforded many of us the opportunity to pray for the country. It is obvious that the country has some challenges.

“However, the challenges should not be left to the government alone. Every citizen of Nigeria is important and must play that positive role that would ultimately move the country from where it is now to where we want it to be.

“We are a religious set of people and the religions practised in the country teach us to live in love and peace with one another as well as be our neighbours’ brothers and sisters.

“More than ever, we have the responsibility to make the country habitable, devoid of criminal elements, and we must be resolute on this.”

The Speaker congratulated Muslims in Nigeria for witnessing the end of the Ramadan.

“Beyond the celebration, let us all endlessly practise the virtues of love, obey the commandments of Allah, ensure a peaceful, progressive and prosperous Nigeria and continue to pray to God for more grace,” Obasa urged.

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Eid-El-Fitri: Ajayi Greets Muslim Faithfuls, Charges Nigerians To Embrace Love For Peaceful Coexistence

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Eid-El-Fitri: Ajayi Greets Muslim Faithfuls, Charges Nigerians To Embrace Love For Peaceful Coexistence

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A Chairmanship aspirant under the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ejigbo Local Council Development Area (ELCDA), Lagos, Hon. Peter Ajayi has expressed his best wishes to muslim faithfuls in the local government, State and Nigeria at large, charging them to embrace love for peaceful coexistence.

In a statement issued by his media office on Friday, Ajayi admonished residents of the community to continue to uphold the sanctity of the festive season, urging Nigerians to embrace love and forgiveness for peaceful co-existence.

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“Eld- el-fitri is a blessed season when Muslims around the world reflect upon the divine virtues, wisdom and guidance that come with faith, and the moral obligations that human beings have to one another, and to God”, said Ajayi.

He stated ” Eld-el-fitr is also a divine season of intense devotion, reflection and solemnity – a time when Muslims provide support , love, solidarity and deep forgiveness to others to advance opportunity and prosperity for people all around them.

“All of us regardless our religious affinities must remember that Ejigbo of our dream, the community we want to build and the changes that we want to make must begin in our own hearts, and must also be driven by love,forgiveness and peace”.

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Lagos Assembly Suspends Three Council Chairmen Over Disobedience, Disregard For Guidelines

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The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday May 4 suspended three local government council chairmen over alleged disregard for the guidelines governing their activities.

The House said it could no longer continue to watch while the council chairmen stubbornly flout the state’s local government guidelines.

The affected chairmen included Hon. Ogidan Mukandasi Olaitan of Lekki Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Suleiman Jelili of Alimosho Local Government area and Tajudeen Ajide of Surulere Local Government area.

Their suspension was unanimously approved by members of the House in a voice vote with no opposition shortly after Hon. Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho 1) raised a complaint against Olaitan.

Yusuff who is the chairman of the House Committee on Commerce and Industry narrated to his colleague how Olaitan had been allegedly unruly and had disregard for the Assembly.

He complained that Olaitan accused the lawmakers of carrying out an oversight function on a memorandum of understanding in relation to an issue that arose from a resettlement programme in Lekki.

He further said that the council chairman had total disregard for those in his domain who he was elected to govern.

According to him, his action, even as a lawyer, was an insult to true governance and respect for the authority.

Commenting, Hon. Fatai Mojeed (Ibeju-Lekki 1), mentioned Jelili and Ajide as questioning the rationale for his being investigated.

Mojeed then urged his colleagues to suspend the chairmen pending the outcome of the investigations on the allegations made against them to serve as deterrents to others.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, while speaking on the issue, noted that the House had received petitions from many councillors in the councils in the state against some serving LG chairmen.

Speaker Obasa said that the House could not continue to watch while council chairmen flout the laws they were supposed to uphold.

“Total disregard for local government guidelines is something that should not be tolerated.

“We cannot continue like this. We can’t be breeding monsters in our local government councils,” Obasa said.

The Speaker added that it would not be ideal to gloss over the issues as it would be creating a precedence of disobedience to the law by council chairmen especially at a time the state was planning elections into the councils.

“We have received many petitions from councillors against many chairmen, this is the time to take action,” Obasa states.

The Speaker then directed the Clerk of the House, Barrister Olalekan Onafeko to write to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and others stakeholders about the decision of the House.

The House later adjourned sitting to Tuesday May 18, 2021.

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