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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 19 November, 2020)

President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor David Umahi

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Defection: I am proud of you, Buhari tells Umahi

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is proud of Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, for defecting to the All Progressives Congress. The president commended the defection of Umahi to APC, describing it “as a bold move driven purely by principle rather than opportunistic motives.”

This was contained in a press statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, on Wednesday.

The statement was titled, ‘President Buhari praises Umahi’s defection, says it’s based on principle rather than coercion’. It quoted Buhari as saying, “I am proud of Governor David Umahi for taking this bold decision in accordance with his conscience and principles rather than any external influence or coercion.

Bandits demand N100m for six ASPs in Katsina kidnappers’ den

The bandits holding six Assistant Superintendents of Police captive in Katsina State for over one week are demanding N100m ransom for their release.

The PUNCH gathered that the ASPs were among the nine who were just promoted to their current rank. They were attached to the Mobile Police Squadron 6, Maiduguri, Borno State.

Findings on Wednesday indicated that they were demobilised from the riot unit and eight of them were on their way to the Zamfara State Police Command on transfer when they were ambushed in the Dogondaji area of Katsina State and taken into the forest. A reliable police source explained that the nine ASPs were planning to go to Zamfara State together but one of them changed his mind at the last minute while the others embarked on the trip in a commercial bus.

Wike says another PDP governor defecting

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says another Peoples Democratic Party governor is planning to join Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, in the All Progressives Congress. Wike said this on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme on Wednesday.

The governor said, “I can tell you there is one PDP governor that will leave. He is not leaving because of anything but he will come up with an excuse.

“The point is that these are the people who have been playing anti-party, who have been romancing with the APC in the night and coming to the PDP in the daytime. My problem with our party is that when you speak the truth, they will want to crucify you. I have raised this issue several times.”

Obaseki hails Supreme Court verdict affirming Diri’s election

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has commended the latest Supreme Court verdict on the election of Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, and the deputy governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

The governor, in a statement, described the ruling as “a victory for democracy”. He said, “The verdict is a victory for democracy. The Supreme Court has upheld the wishes of Bayelsans.”

The governor, who said the ruling has put paid to issues surrounding the election, noted that Diri is now free from any entanglement to deliver on his promises to Bayelsa people in line with the manifesto of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

We didn’t withdraw cops from Ekiti community – Police

Ekiti State Police Commissioner, Tunde Mobayo, has debunked insinuations that policemen had been withdrawn from some communities in the state following the attack on some policemen and their formations in part of the state.

Mobayo said, “The Command has no reason, whatsoever, to withdraw policemen posted to any part of the state including Ikere-Ekiti for the discharge of their statutory duties”.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, on Wednesday titled, ‘Aftermath of EndSARS protest: IGP committee visits Ekiti,’ stated that the police commissioner spoke at Ikere Ekiti during the visit of the Assessment Committee of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, headed by CP Abutu Yaro, to affected police formations.

Umahi left PDP for APC long ago —Fayose

Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, left the Peoples Democratic Party long ago before his official exit this week.

Controversy continues to trail the defection of Umahi from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress as stakeholders of both parties exchange verbal attacks.

Umahi, a longtime member of the PDP, had claimed he defected because of the “injustice” meted to the South-East region by the party, adding that the APC would protect the interest of the region in the 2023 presidential election. But Fayose said Umahi’s decision was unconnected to the interest of the Igbo people.

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