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EFCC Detains Abuja Resident For Eight Days With COVID-19 Patient – Lawyer Laments

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The lawyers representing Ali, from the Alex Oketa Chambers, have raised a petition to complain to the EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, about the inhuman treatment meted out to Ali at the EFCC facility in Wuse.

A copy of the petition obtained by SaharaReporters stated that apart from the EFCC not having a detention warrant, Ali is being held without any known just cause.

Alex Oketa, Head of Chambers, who signed the petition, also copied the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) and the National Human Rights Commission, urging them to intervene and free Mr. Ali, whom he said was being held without any just cause.

“Our client was arrested by men and officers of the EFCC from the Abuja Zonal Office since the 30th day of March, 2021 and dumped in detention till date.

“Our client is being detained alongside a Covid-19 Patient named Mr. Mbah from Abia State and risks contracting the deadly virus.

“Since the time of his arrest till the time of writing this letter, Our client has not been told or confronted with the reason for his arrest and inordinate detention and no statement whatsoever has been obtained from him.

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“May I humbly remind you that the EFCC has no power to detain our client beyond the constitutional limit of 24 hours under any guise without an order of a competent court duly sought and had. Our client’s continued detention without any order of a competent court violates his fundamental rights as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999 as amended) which you swore to uphold,” the petition reads.

Oketa said the family of his client suspected that his arrest was not unconnected to a debt of N1.5 million between him and his friend.

He said the debtor “had boasted few days to his arrest that the new Zonal Head is his friend and that he would use him to ensure that our client is arrested and detained until he pays him the desired amount.”

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Fayose Declares Makinde as PDP Leader in S’West

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It was a moment of emotions, surprise and excitement in Oshogbo on Monday, venue of the Southwest PDP zonal congress as the two warring factional leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Southwest, Governor Seyi Makinde and former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose sheathe their swords to embrace peace for the progress of the party.

While making their separate remarks, Ayodele Fayose declared Makinde as his leader and leader of the PDP in the region. Fayose’s remarks sparked positive reactions from the delegates across all the six Southwest states. Fayose also apologized to whoever he might have offended.

On his part, Governor Seyi Makinde said today’s congress will go a long way to determine the future of the PDP in the Southwest.

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South West Congress: You Are Only Afraid of Free And Fair Congress, PDP National Organising Secretary Blasts Ogun State PDP Chairman Mr Mr. Sikirulai Ogundele

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The Unedited Press Statement.

 


RE: COMPLAINT OF ILLEGAL RELEASE OF OVER 150 BALLOT PAPER TO GOVERNOR MAKINDE FOR BALLOT STUFFING AT SOUTH-WEST CONGRESS

Our attention has been drawn to a spurious and baseless Petition circulating in the Social media purportedly signed by Mr.

Sikirulai Ogundele, the Ogun State Chairman on behalf of Chairmen of Ogun, Lagos, Osun and Ekiti States.

The petition alleged that over 150 (One hundred and fifty) ballot papers for the election of National Vice Chairman and Zonal Secretary have been released to a group illegally by a Staff of the Directorate of Organization and Mobilization intended for ballot stuffing. The petition also claimed that the hatched job of stuffing the ballot boxes with these illegally released ballot papers is to be supervised and achieved by a ‘certain Senator Anyanwu’.

Ordinarily, there would have been no need to comment on the misleading letter since the allegations are false and malicious, but, in this age of Social media, it is important to save the unsuspecting public from falling prey to the antics of the author, in the name of politics.

It is on record that under our watch, our Party has consistently conducted some of the best primary elections.  The last Presidential Primary election of October 2018 was accorded the status of the most transparent and best primary election of any Political Party in the history of our Country.  Ekiti (2018), Osun (2018), Kogi (2019), Bayelsa (2019), Ondo (2020) Governorship Primary Elections were unquestionably free, fair, transparent and credible.

In keeping with the mandate of the National Working Committee (NWC) to ensure free, fair and transparent South West Zonal Congress:

i. The Electoral materials including all sensitive documents were jointly released to the Congress Committee Chairman and Secretary just yesterday afternoon (11/04/2021).

ii. The voting procedures for Zonal Elections have since changed from the previous method of issuing one ballot per position to each delegate at a time.  Under this NWC, we have reformed our voting process by creating a “Ballot Booklet” where all positions are combined into a booklet and one booklet will be given to each delegate for him/her to vote for all the positions at the same time.  So then, the allegations that Ballot Papers for the National Vice Chairman and Zonal Secretary were issued as suggested in the Petition is not only false but irresponsible.

iii. The total number of Delegates on the approved Delegates list which was released yesterday was743 (Seven Hundred and Forty-three) and the total ballot booklets released to the Congress Committee yesterday afternoon was 750.  So, where did the claim that extra 150 ballots were “illegally” released come from?

iv. The National Directorate of Organization and Mobilization runs an independent computerized system (the author(s)) of the petition under reference are aware because when they came to update their Delegates List, they were put in front of the Directorates’ Database to verify their updated lists.  Every unit runs on its own and therefore, each unit knows what needs to be done at every stage.  The unit that calculates the total number of Delegates is separate from the one that issues the Ballot papers which is also different from the unit that releases.  With this in place, it is quite difficult that as many as 150 extra ballots would have been illegally released, as mischievously alleged.

v. For any member of our Party, especially at the level of a State Chairman to refer to a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as “a certain Senator Anyanwu” is impolite, insulting, reckless and this should be discouraged.  Sen. Anyanwu is a respectable leader of our Party and a very known committed Party member.  These libelous narratives is a grave violation of Section 58(1)(h).

I wish to implore every member of our Party, the Delegates and Stakeholders across the Country to discountenance this unnecessary, irresponsible, reckless and false publication.  The NWC will continue to ensure free, fair, credible and transparent primaries in line with its oath of office.

Col Austin Akobundu (rtd).

National Organizing Secretary

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PDP remains Anambra’s hope for good governance- Ologbondiyan

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed confidence that it will win the November 6, Anambra governorship poll, as it remains the hope of the state for good governance.

According to the PDP, it ” presents the hope for the state to rebuild and and realize its full potentials”.

The opposition party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated this, on Sunday, in Abuja, while playing host to a coalition of Anambra youths under the aegis of Anambra Youth Initiative For Good Governance.

Ologbondiyan pointed out that the alleged dearth of electoral activities in other parties in the state is an indication, ” that they have already given up ahead of the November election”.

He noted that the assemblage of leading aspirants as well as the surge of the people to the PDP, clearly indicate their resolve to elect the next governor of the state on the platform of the opposition party.

The reality of the direction the November 6 governorship election in Anambra state will take is already manifest.

“Ndi Anambra are very industrious, resourceful and inventive people and they have collectively realized that they can only achieve their full potentials on the platform of the PDP.

“This is particularly given our robust manifesto and wealth creation principles of inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, massive infrastructural development and empowerment of the people.

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“Across our nation today, it is only PDP governors that are commissioning legacy projects. From Rivers to Bauchi, Sokoto to Bayelsa, Akwa-Ibom to Benue, Abia, Adamawa, Edo, Oyo, Cross River, Zamfara, Enugu, Taraba to Delta state, projects upon projects are being commissioned on daily basis in line with the manifesto of our great party.

“While other parties are struggling under the weight of unfulfilled promises and misrule, our states are opening new development and investment frontiers in critical sectors including agriculture, aviation, energy, power, healthcare, education, real estate manufacturing and massive industrialization.

“This is why Ndi Anambra have firmly resolved to rally on our platform to revamp and move their state towards realizing its full potentials in all spheres of life”, Ologbondiyan stated.

The National Convener of the Coalition, Okechukwu Umeh, in his remaks, restated the confidence of Ndi Anambra in the PDP.

Umeh noted that all hands are already on the deck to ensure the victory of the PDP in the November election.

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