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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Sunday, 21 February, 2021 Edition)

Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

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APC giving false promises to PDP members to defect – Secondus

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, has alleged that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress is giving false promises to some members of the opposition party to enable them to defect to the ruling party.

He also said the rumours, making the rounds that some highly-placed members of the opposition party were planning to defect were handiwork of the ruling party, insisting that such speculations were being orchestrated with the hope of destabilising the main opposition party.

He told one of our correspondents in an interview that there had been many moves by the ruling party to woo members of the PDP into its fold, saying the purpose of the APC was to snatch the PDP members but later refuse to give them any meaningful role in the party in future.

Abducted Kagara schoolchildren, others may regain freedom today — Gumi

Influential Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, said on Saturday that the kidnapped Kagara schoolchildren might be released today.

Bandits, donning military uniform, had around 2am on Wednesday invaded Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State and whisked away 27 pupils and 15 staff members after killing a Senior Secondary School 3 pupil. The incident has created nationwide agitation and worries over the safety of the kidnapped pupils and school staff members, who were whisked away into the bush by the bandits.

In an interview on Saturday, Gumi, who has been in talks with the bandits in the forest, told Sunday PUNCH that there was a possibility that the abductees might regain freedom today, given ongoing talks between the government and the bandits.

How my removal as PDP secretary cost Jonathan second term — Oyinlola

Ex-National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has linked the defeat suffered by former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election to his removal as the party secretary.

Oyinlola, in an interview with Saturday PUNCH, also said he decided not to stay in the PDP and fight his removal as secretary because Jonathan had bought the idea that the governors that were threatening to leave the PDP over the internal issues were of no electoral value.

Jonathan later lost the 2015 election to Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) of the All Progressives Congress by 2,571,759 votes. The days preceding the 2015 polls were rancorous for the then ruling party, following the defection of five governors into the then newly formed APC.

Sasa: Afenifere, Adebanjo, Adams lambast Lawan for attacking South-West govs

Elder statesman, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere and the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, have berated Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, over his comments indicting South-West governors for the recent mayhem in Sasa community, Ibadan, in the Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State.

Lawan, in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service on Saturday, claimed that ‘unguarded statements’ by some governors in the South-West incited people in the area to take up arms against fellow citizens. He also blamed what he called the failure of governments in the region for the crisis which led to property destruction in the area.

Reacting to Lawan’s comments in an interview with Sunday PUNCH, Adebanjo asked the Senate President to withdraw his provocative statement against governors in the South-West.

Govs, monarchs meet, rule out open grazing in South-West

South-West governors and prominent traditional rulers in the region on Saturday held a meeting at the Government House, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to proffer solutions to the lingering security problems in the region.

Participants at the meeting unanimously agreed that open grazing had become archaic and unsustainable and must therefore be stopped. They also called on the Federal Government to improve border security and check the influx of foreign herdsmen, who many have blamed for armed robberies, killings, kidnappings and rape, among other criminal activities in the region.

The governors in attendance were: Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola; Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; and Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

Some of the traditional rulers who took part in the meeting included the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi; Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom, Oba Fredrick Akinruntan; Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunnjso 1; and Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Francis Olusola Alao.

Killers have joined APC, says Aregbesola

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, says killers have been admitted to the All Progressives Congress.He, however, did not mention any alleged killers.

Aregbesola, who is the immediate past governor of Osun State, spoke at his Ifofin, Ward 8, Ilesa East Local Government Area, on Friday after he revalidated his APC membership.

He said all manner of people could join the party, but advised that when the time comes for members to work together, people of shady character should be avoided.

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