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Youths protest rumoured plan by Saraki, others to rejoin PDP

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Some youths in the Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Monday protested against the rumoured plan by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki; his former special adviser on Special Duties and Parliamentary Affairs, Alhaji Moshood Mustapha (popularly known as MM); and other associates of the Senate President to defect from the All Progressives Congress to the PDP.

The youths, on the sidelines of a media briefing by a PDP group, Face of Change, displayed placards that expressed their opposition to the rumoured defection.

some of the placards read: ‘No to Bukola Saraki and cronies in the PDP,’ ‘MM defection is a liability,’ ‘PDP exco, shine your eyes,’ and ‘PDP gov ticket is not for sale.’

The state Coordinator, Face of Change, Alhaja Kubrat Abdullateef, however, said in an interview with journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, that the protesters were only expressing their personal views, adding that they were not part of the conference.

She said, “What we are trying to do is that we do not want a repeat of what had happened in the past when Bukola Saraki planted his cronies in our party and we had a very rancorous primary. We are guarding against that and we do not want a repeat of that. Those who are carrying placards, that is their personal opinion.”

 

Abdullateef lamented the action of some members of the party, which she said, bordered on anti-party activities.

She said, “With the spate of incidents over the last couple of weeks, it seems the party is apathetic to anti-party (activities).  As much as we welcome new members into our party, it is important to highlight the fact that there is a laid-down process that allows one to be a member of our party.”

The state Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Gidado Alakawa, said the party was not against the entry of new members or the return of former members, adding that new members and returnees must however abide by the constitution, process and procedures of the party.

He also stressed that the protesters were only expressing their democratic rights, adding that the party leadership did not have the power to reject new members.

“Everything we do in this party follows certain procedures and rules. To that extent, there is always this opportunity for free entry and free exit. There should not be anything personal about people coming into the party. Generally, people that want to come to the party are free to come as long as they are ready to work with the rules and regulations that guide entry into the party.

“There are rules that govern  any form of re-admittance of any former member of the party, who for whatever reason left the party and is now coming back into the party. It is not for the party leadership to say who must not come in or who must come in.

“Beyond that, the party already has a structure and the structure is working along with the constitution. So those people saying they do not want X,Y to come into the party, that is their opinion but the party leadership will do whatever they can to work in line with the constitution and in line with the desire of the majority of our people to be sure the party wins in all elections.

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Amnesty International Condemns Rann Attack As Sattelite Images Show Damage

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Amnesty International has condemned the attack by Boko Haram terrorists on Rann, a town in Borno State.

The organisation condemned the attack in a statement issued on Friday by its Media Manager in Nigeria, Isa Sanusi, saying that new satellite images showed the devastating aftermath.

According to Amnesty International, more than 9,000 people were displaced from the town which hosts thousands of people already displaced by the Boko Haram crisis.

It also said the attack resulted in large areas being burnt in the west and south of Rann, with more than 100 structures destroyed or heavily damaged by fire – a situation it described as a despicable disdain for life and one that may constitute a war crime.

It, therefore, urged the Nigerian Government to provide immediate humanitarian support for the displaced persons.

“Amnesty International condemns Boko Haram’s despicable disdain for life. This attack clearly targeted civilians and, therefore, may constitute a war crime. The organisation appeals to the Nigerian authorities to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the thousands of people who have been displaced,” Osai Ojigho, the Director Amnesty International Nigeria was quoted as saying.

“What is happening in Rann shows how vulnerable internally displaced persons are in Nigeria and the need to do more to protect them.”

“Since Monday night’s attack people have been fleeing across the border to Cameroon in their thousands and with every day that passes their condition is becoming more and more desperate. Rann is now almost empty as deadly attacks by Boko Haram have made people too afraid to stay,” said Osai Ojigho.

“The authorities on both sides of the border must provide the supplies and safety that these people require. The Cameroonian authorities must also desist from forcing people to return until conditions are safe and they choose to do so voluntarily,” he added.

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Badeh to be Buried on January 23

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Alex Badeh, former chief of defence staff (CDS), will be buried on January 23 at the national military cemetery in Abuja.

According to a statement by John Agim, acting director of defence information, the remains of late CDS will be committed to mother earth at 12:30pm after a Church Service.

Agim said the service will take place at the Nigerian air force base, Protestant Church, Bill Clinton drive airport road at 10 am.

He added that there would also be a service of song on Sunday by 5pm at the air force Base, Protestant Church, Bill Clinton drive.

Badeh, who served as CDS under ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, was shot dead on December 18, 2018, by unknown gunmen, on Keffi-Abuja highway, while returning from his farm.

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CAN Leader Flays Attack on APC Governorship Candidate In Wukari, Says Move Is Anti Christian.

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A frontline Christian youth leader, Engineer Daniel Kadzai, has condemned the reported attack on the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi at Wukari yesterday. Kadzai, former YouthCAN national chairman told KWARARAFA REPORTERS that the attack is against anything Christians hold dear.

Kadzai said the attack should not be misconstrued to mean Christians do not want a Muslim candidate to become governor of Taraba, stressing that the incident is purely the handiwork of political thugs who do not represent Christian values. Kadzai said the attack was not contrived in a church.

Kadzai said Christians respect human rights and the political aspirations of Muslims and other faiths. Speaking at a Press conference in Abuja, Kadzai, who is President, Coalition of Christian Groups for Good Governance In Nigeria and Diaspora (COCGOG) and also Chairman, Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC) FCT Chapter Abuja, Nigeria, said the church must not be dragged into partisan matters, noting that no political party has been adopted by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

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