……Berates APC For Attempting To Trivialize SARS Excesses.
Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan,
National Publicity Secretary of
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a press statement said its welcomes the dissolution of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the police but charges President Muhammadu Buhari to also take immediate steps to completely overhaul and restructure the entire police architecture to engender professionalism, adherence to rule of law and respect for the fundamental rights of Nigerians.
Our party also demands that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, should go beyond dissolution and reassignment of SARS officers by commencing the profiling, arrest and prosecution of the members of the disbanded outfit and other errant police operatives involved in the reported series of extra-judicial killings, unlawful arrests and detention, extortion, harassment and dehumanization of innocent Nigerians, particularly in the last five years.
Without mincing words, the PDP insists that no indicted officer should be reassigned and allowed to go unpunished after such heinous crime against the Nigerian people.
Those who killed, maimed, dehumanized and foisted a reign of terror on innocent Nigerians must be made to answer for their devilish actions.
Anything short of this will amount to granting official cover to felonious elements and a tacit encouragement of further perpetuation of such crimes against Nigerians.
Furthermore, our party and indeed well-meaning Nigerians across board are miffed by moves by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use a certain impostor as spokesperson in the social media to attempt to trivialize, politicize and detract from the essence of the public protest against the excesses of the disbanded police outfit.
Nigerians were shocked when a particular agent of the APC, in a tweet on Sunday, made false and diversionary allusions to the creation of SARS in a bid to divert attention apparently because of APC’s complicity in the atrocities being protested against by Nigerians.
The APC is apparently jittery because, whereas SARS was created in 1992, far before the coming to power of the PDP, it had turned monstrous within five years of the command of APC administration, under which our nation has witnessed horrific cases of arbitrary and extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests, arbitrary detention, torture and reported disappearances as also detailed in the reports by the United States Department of State, Amnesty International (AI) and Transparency International (TI).
The police system became monstrous when the APC administration started using operatives to hound and clamp down on opposition members and dissenting voices; violently attacking protesters as well as perpetrating violence to rig elections, during which they were deployed to shoot and kill innocent Nigerians and walk away with their crimes.
Nigerians can recall how, the Buhari Presidency, during the build up of the 2019 general elections, ordered the extra-judicial shooting of suspected electoral offenders, an order that was widely condemned by our party and other well-meaning Nigerians.
The APC should therefore hide its face in shame for breeding such monstrous situation instead of using an impostor to go on the social media to shamelessly attempt to politicize the demand by Nigerians to clean up the system.
The PDP commiserates with the families of the victims of these unprofessional elements who have brought pain and anguish to our citizens.
However, our party, in the same vein, condoles with families of some policemen who lost their lives in the heat of this unfortunate situation.
The PDP is mindful of the fact that our police also have professional officers and men whose patriotic effort is being detracted from by the activities of the bad eggs in the force.
Our party, therefore, urges President Buhari to listen to the mood of the moment and save the nation by restructuring the operation of the police to ensure professionalism and strict adherence to statutory rules of engagement by our security forces.
‘We won’t Accept Extension For Buni’s Caretaker Committee’ – Kaduna Based APC Chieftaincy
An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Kaduna State, Yusuf Ali, has cautioned Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni, who is the party’s Chairman, Caretaker/Extra-ordinary Convention Committee , against extending the six-month tenure prescribed for the committee to hold an extraordinary convention to elect new leadership.
Ali, who made the call while speaking with reporters in Kaduna yesterday, said the report making the round that the Buni-led committee might seek an extension to reform the party, would be counter-productive.
“Majority of the party members indeed welcome the Buni-led caretaker committee with open arms and the committee also enjoyed widespread support across the party especially when it began the reconciliation of aggrieved party members and leaders.
“We are aware that the committee has a six-month tenure to reconcile members.”
“However, four months down the line, there are speculations in the media on alleged moves by the Buni-led committee to seek an extension. I am appealing to them not to follow that trajectory even though the committee hasn’t refuted the media report.”
APC Hopeful Councilor Aspirant Pledges Quality Representatives, Better Deal For Ugya Ward, Lauds Speaker Balarabe For His Leadership
Yahaya Idris, Toto.
A councilor aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress Congress, APC, for Ugya Ward, Toto Local Government Council of Nasarawa State, Hon Umar Muhammed Ozimama who is currently seeking to contest for election has commenced consultations among the party’s stakeholders in his Ugya electoral ward.
Ozimama, officially commenced dialogue with some leaders of the APC in Ugya, among which were women groups, youth organisations, artisans and others.
Addressing party executives and members from various units in Ugya ward, He stressed that Nigerians are now aware of the importance of quality representation, which he promised to offer if given the chance in the next election.
According to him, “Having consulted widely, I considered myself as the best candidate to represent Ugya ward in 2021.”
Ozimama also promised to restore dignity to Ugya politics if elected, adding that the calibers and personality of councilors, who represents the ward in the council matters a lot.
He said Ugya ward has been seriously shortchanged and the area could no longer continue to be relegated. “We need quality representation and Ugya people must watch whom we send to the council to represent us in 2021.
“Let me further tell you that as far as this contest is concerned, I have no rival. I know I am eminently qualified and positioned to emerge victorious by your support, endorsement and active role in the process,” he said.
He appreciated the present councilor of the ward for his effort, promised to continue from where he stop.
Ozimama commended the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Abdullahi Balarabe (Wali Opanda) for his pragmatic leadership style and his capability and ability to attract meaningful development to his constituency.
He described Balarabe as his political leader who is more please with and urging him to go ahead to do more more for his people.
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The reappointment is, however, subject to a Senate confirmation.
Mr Yakubu was first appointed INEC chairman in November 2015 and his first tenure of five years would expire on November 9.
Mr Yakubu supervised the 2019 general election and off-cycle elections in states such as Kogi, Edo and Ondo.
His nomination for reappointment was contained in a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan by President Buhari.
The letter reads ” in accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to present for confirmation by the Senate, the nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second and final term
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