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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

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APC insensitive to the suffering of Nigerians -PDP Govs

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party have taken a swipe at the leadership of the All Progressives Congress for faulting communique issued after the PDP Governors Forum meeting in Ibadan.

PDP governors described statements credited to the Secretary of the APC Caretaker/ Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, as insensitive.

The position of the PDP governors was contained in a statement titled, “The PDP Governors Forum Ibadan Declaration Is Patriotic and in the National Interest…APC response is insensitive to suffering Nigerians,” signed by the Director-General of the PDPGF, C.I.D Maduabum, in Abuja, on Wednesday.

Alleged fraud: PDP won’t succumb to intimidation, says spokesman

The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Kola Ologbondiyan, has stated that the PDP will not succumb to blackmail and intimidation, following the invitation from the Economic Financial Crimes Commission to explain how N10bn was allegedly diverted.

The EFCC is reported to have invited senior officials of the PDP following an allegation leveled against the PDP leadership by Kassim Afegbua, a chieftain of the party, concerning transactions related to party affairs.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that the PDP National Youths Frontier slammed the EFCC for inviting the party’s officials, stating that only the Independent National Electoral Commission has the legal right to probe a political party’s finances. The PDP has, however, stated their position in their statement on Wednesday, signed by the publicity secretary.

The party stated that it will not succumb to any form of blackmail and political intimidation but will “continue in its role of providing constructive opposition as well as being the national platform for all Nigerians in their rally to rescue and secure our nation from the misrule of the All Progressives Congress.” Describing the party as a “responsible and public-spirited political party”, the PDP announced that they have honoured the invitation extended to the party officials by the commission.

Attacks on INEC facilities, orchestrated aggression – Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said the serial attacks on its offices and facilities, especially in the South-East geopolitical zone, are orchestrated and targeted at the electoral umpire ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Wednesday met with Resident Electoral Commissioners from across the country at its headquarters in Abuja, where he declared that the attacks on the offices had become a crisis.

Yakubu warned that the attacks might cripple the electoral umpire’s capacity to conduct more election, noting that the 2023 general election “is now only 640 days away (as of Wednesday).”

127 South-South, South-East cops killed, 25 stations razed – Report

More than 25 police stations have been attacked in parts of the South-East and South-South in the past five months.

Reports also showed that over 127 policemen and other security personnel have been killed during the attacks.

The attacks which have occurred in Abia, Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Cross River and Rivers State, have spread fear among the populace.

El-Rufai attacks govs over strike, NGF mulls N380/litre fuel price

The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has accused his fellow governors of abandoning his administration in its face-off with the Nigeria Labour Congress. El-Rufai said this during a virtual meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum on Wednesday. He also accused an unnamed governor of providing mobilisation funds for the NLC to destabilise Kaduna State.

“I am a governor. I am one of you. The least I expect from the Nigeria Governors Forum is unequivocal and unqualified support. I didn’t see that in that statement. I am being very blunt. I could pretend and be political and just smile and say it was alright but it is not. But I am used to fighting my own battles.”

Also at the meeting, a committee set up by the NGF recommended a petrol price of between N408.5 per litre and N380 per litre. It called for immediate removal of fuel subsidy.

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