The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that Monday’s botched protest by some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a coup against a constituted authority capable of causing a breach of the peace.
The State PDP Chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah stated this in a statement issued by his media aide, Jerry Needam yesterday and made available to The Tide in Port Harcourt.
Obuah described the protest as a gathering of war mongers at the behest of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi ahead of the March 9, 2019 Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.
The statement reads, “Monday’s protest by the deceived infinitesimal members of a faction of All Progressives Congress, APC, is a coup against a constituted authority aimed at causing breach of the law and order in the State.
“It (the protest) was rather a gathering of war mongers at the instance of the Transportation Minister, Chibuike Amaechi to re-sharpen his arsenals and instruments of war for the March 9th, Governorship and State Assembly elections in the State.
“The purported protest from the beginning to the end was fraught with beating of war drums and issuance of threats of bloodletting similar to the ones preceding the Presidential and National Assembly elections which equally resulted in the killings of innocent Rivers people in the State,” it said.
The State PDP chairman regretted that such threats and incitements were being dished out before security agencies who have turned a blind eye while evil is being perpetuated against the very people they are employed to protest.
He further said that enough means and outlets have been provided in the electoral law to vote for any candidate of one’s choice or against any candidate, pointing out that to incite ‘political thugs’ against a sitting Governor is not only undemocratic, but criminal and evil.
He added, “For some people to allow themselves to continue to be used by a feudal lord that has no regard for the lives of his people nor regret for those he caused their blood to be wasted is to say the least, foolishness and self-dehumanisation”, the State PDP boss declared.
He recalled similar threats and war songs before the Presidential and National Assembly elections by the like of Tonye Princewill, promising to be ‘lawless’ if the APC was excluded from the polls which came to pass, stressing that in like manner, another APC member, one Azubuike Wanjoku has also ‘threatened fire and brimstone during the March 9, Governorship and State Houses of Assembly poll and the security agencies have bluntly refused to nip the imminent mayhem in the bud.’
Obuah reminded the security agencies that their service is to the people and not to a few who have arrogated to themselves the status of an institution, saying service to any other than the mass of Rivers citizens and Nigerians in general is a betrayal of trust and disservice to the citizenry.
CNPP Warns FG, States On Consequences Of Lockdown Extension
The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has warned of the consequences of extending the COVID-19 lockdown beyond 14 days without proper palliative measures, urging the federal and state governments to make provisions for food and other basic necessities if the extension would be required. In a statement issued on Tuesday and signed by its Secretary-General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, CNPP also drew the attention of the federal government to the need to support local production of medical equipment and drugs to manage the Coronavirus pandemic rather than depending on the Chinese government for equipment and personal protective gears.
“When the federal government announced a 14-day lockdown in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun States as part of measures aimed at containing the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, we were fully in support of the efforts.
“We supported the initiative by President Muhammadu Buhari after his broadcast to the nation because the government had a palliative plan for citizens during the period.
“However, the events of last few days have clearly shown that the government at both the federal and state levels is totally as unprepared to mitigate the pains of the lockdown as Nigerians themselves.
“Having closely monitored the distribution of palliative packages, including federal government’s conditional cash transfer, we are totally disappointed that the citizens have continued to endure pains and hardships, including severe hunger, in hope that the pandemic will be contained within the 14 days of lockdown.
“But we are shocked by insinuations from the federal and state governments of possible extension of the lockdown and we warn that any extension of the COVID-19 lockdown may meet a brick wall if the shoddy soothing of the pains of citizens occasioned by hunger was not addressed.
“We are afraid that from the fillers we are getting, the masses may resort to civil disobedience in event of extension of the lockdown, which may make enforcement of the order very difficult. As they say, a hungry man is an angry man.
“More and more Nigerians have exhausted their little provisions and food stuff and keeping them at home longer than 14 days in the manner many citizens have endured in the last one week will be extremely difficult, particularly with most members of the population depending on daily incomes to survive,’’ the CNPP stated.
“We also urge the federal government to look inward for procurement of basic equipment and protective gears for medical personnel as we continue to confront the COVID-19 infection.
“We have, in the last one week, received the news of Nigerians producing the much needed face masks in Aba, Abia State and we strongly urge the federal and state governments to support such local manufacturing of disposables as other countries of the world also need same preventive kits.
“Nigeria is well endowed with capable medical personnel and the invitation of the Chinese to help us combat the coronavirus pandemic is more like passing a vote of no confidence on the Nigerian medical professionals, no matter how the government explains it.
“One lesson we must learn from the coronavirus disease experience is that it’s high time we heavily invested in our national and state healthcare system.
“We have seen that medical tourism has failed as nations have shut down their borders and airspace to control the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. We must now support local production of healthcare equipment as we urge the government to rejig Nigeria’s medical architecture”, the CNPP stated.
Bauchi PDP Restates Commitment To Fulfill Electoral Promises
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bauchi State chapter says it will ensure that all its electoral campaign promises are fulfilled well ahead of 2023 by the state government.
Malam Yahaya Zainabari, the party’s Publicity Secretary in the state gave the assurance in an interview with our source, yesterday in Bauchi.
He said the state party leadership’s optimism on the fulfillment of the party’s electoral promises remained unshaken.
Zainabari said the current government’s momentum in executing numerous projects across the 20 Local Government Areas of the state were sufficient evidence to show that the PDP-led government was working hard to redeem all electoral promises.
According to him, all ongoing projects are of direct significant benefit to the people.
He mentioned some of the ongoing projects to include water treatment centres, roads, hospitals, schools primary heathcare centres and human capital development respectively.
Zainabari explained that Gov. Bala Mohammed was religiously executing the party’s development agenda, adding that the government was also committed to reduce poverty in the state with the introduction of various poverty alleviation programmes.
He also noted that the government was dutifully repositioning the critical sectors of the state’s economy through job creation, skills acquisition and other innovative ventures.
Meanwhile, Zainabari expressed delight on the positive disposition of the people in strictly adhering to stipulated safety measures against the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic, adding that the health crisis would soon be over.
Six persons, including the governor have so far tested positive to the virus.
Ondo Assembly Proceeds On Indefinite Break
The Ondo State House of Assembly has proceeded on indefinite break in a bid to contain the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.
The clerk of the House, Mr Bode Adeyelu, said this in a statement, yesterday in Akure.
“It is more worrisome that there has been an increase in the number of index cases that are being recorded in our country on daily basis in the last few weeks.
“Ondo State House of Assembly wishes to commend and appreciate the timely efforts and interventions of both the federal and the state governments to curb the spread of this deadly virus.
“Among other reasons for the recess is to afford distinguished honourable members the opportunity to embark on sensitisation and awareness campaign to their various constituencies on the need for their constituents to observe the prescribed precautionary measures as outlined by the government.
“This will last until an appreciable decline or total eradication of this pandemic is recorded in the country,” the statement reads.
According to the statement, the new resumption date would be communicated in due time.
All indigenes and residents are also advised to fully cooperate with the government by abiding and complying with all prescribed health tips and precautionary steps as laid down by authorities.
“This will completely wipe out the virus and ensure a healthy and safe environment within a reasonable time frame,” the statement said.
Our source reports that the house had earlier embarked on a two-week recess on March 19 in order to stem the tide of the virus and embark on sensitisation across their various constituencies.
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