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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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God Will Restore Our Hope This Year, Bisi Kolawole Assures Ekiti People

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LUKMON MUBARAK (ADO EKITI)

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Leading governorship aspirant in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Otunba Bisi Kolawole has assured the people of the state that their hope and expectation for a better life and secured Ekiti State will be restored this year, 2022.

Kolawole, said in his new year message made available through the Director of Media and Publicity of his campaign organization, Lere
Olayinka, that in spite of the palpable hardship in the land, the people of Ekiti in particular and Nigeria as a whole should thank God for seeing the new year.

“This new year 2022 will restore our hope of better days for our State, Ekiti and our country, Nigeria. This sufferings, hardship and insecurity that we are seeing today, you will see them no more by the time power changes hands.

“I urge Ekiti people not to lose hope. The biting hardship in the land not withstanding, there is hope of better days beginning from this year 2022,” he said.

He urged Ekiti people to be bold and courageous in the new year, adding that the people must be mindful of “being deceived with tokens that can’t feed them for a day by those who have impoverished them for over three years.”

Kolawole, who also congratulated specially, PDP members and supporters in the State for standing firm in support of the party, said “the period of staying out of power is almost coming to an end and surely, together, we will celebrate the next crossover night in the government house.”

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Dr Abiola Oshodi preaches unity and love at Christmas

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Dr. Abiola Oshodi, the Owo born Medical expert and Nigerian in The Diaspora, who is doing the country proud abroad has felicitated with Christians across the country and Nigerians in general as the birth of Christ is celebrated this year.


In a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen, Dr. Oshodi called on Nigerians to embrace the virtues of love and peaceful coexistence which the Christmas season symbolizes.

“I urge Nigerians to seize the moment of the Christmas celebration to reach out to fellow Nigerians who are in distress at this period of the nation’s history.

It feels good to know that despite the economic challenges, Nigeria is still making steady progress, however, for the downtrodden in the society, the Christmas period presents a good opportunity for those who have enough to reach out to them with a  good patronage which exemplifies love and good neighbourliness,” Dr Oshodi noted.


“the season of Christmas is one that exemplifies the virtues of love and peaceful coexistence.
“We must continue to extend hand of love, benevolence and live as one family irrespective of our creed or colour.


“We must also continue to respect each other’s right to live freely and peacefully.


“The period of Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, who is the symbol of Christianity and the harbinger of peace, love and good tidings “There is no better way to celebrate the season than by showing love and being our brother’s keeper.


“Let us cultivate the habit of giving to those who need our help at this time; it would go a long way to put smile on their faces,” the Canada based  Psychiatry expert said. 


The Ose/Owo House of Representative hopeful in the 2023 General election  advised the youths of the constituency to be up and doing, stressing that he is poised to continue to support the academic pursuit of the youth of the area with more scholarship funds and financial assistance, noting that he feels excited over the drive for academic excellence by the youths of Ose/Owo Federal Constituency.


For the people of Ose and Owo, Dr. Oshodi said in the new year, his foundation, Abiola Oshodi Foundation has a lot of positive plans and improvement on what they have in the time past benefitted from the foundation.

He said the benefits the people will enjoy from his foundation will cut across health, women empowerment, provision of assistance for the widows, job creation and skill acquisition programmes and many more. 


Oshodi said he will use his international exposure to attract a lot of goodies to Ose/Owo federal constituency in the new year.

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Okowa Congratulates Saraki At 59

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated former President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, on his 59th birth anniversary.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, Okowa acknowledged Saraki’s immense contributions to nation-building in his many years of service to his state, Kwara and country.

He said that Saraki, former governor of Kwara and 13th President of the Senate, contributed in great measures in those capacities and others to political development of the country.

Okowa particularly lauded the Wazirin Ilorin for his remarkable efforts in the re-building and growth of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“As President of the Senate in the 8th Assembly, you presided over a pro-people Red Chamber which was dedicated to legislation aimed at making lives better for Nigerians.

“The Senate under your leadership worked for, supported and obeyed the rule of law in all its dealings. You brought uncommon courage, exceptional patriotism and effusive statesmanship to bear on your job as president of the senate and Chairman of the National Assembly.

“Nigerians are grateful to you for ensuring the independence of the legislature, and as an integral member of our party’s rescue mission, we appreciate the outstanding contributions you are making to that course.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I join your family, political associates, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for your life which has been marked with outstanding accomplishments.

“As you clock 59 years today, it is my prayer that God will continue to bless you with good health and wisdom to sustain your compassionate service to mankind,’’ he said.

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