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Hold IGP Idris Responsible IF Anything Happens To Me And My Family, Says Saraki

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The ongoing drama between IGP Idris and the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki has not ended.

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On Friday, January 11, Senator Saraki raised concern over his safety and those of his political supporters in his state, Kwara.

Saraki, Director-general of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, at a news conference in Abuja, accused the security agencies of giving cover to people who were unleashing violence on the supporters of the PDP across the state.

 

Saraki said that the police had continued to show hostility to him and his supporters in Kwara State as part of efforts to jeopardise and undermine his personal security and that of his immediate and larger family. The Senate President cited three incidents to illustrate his fear about his security, alleged that on Thursday, some supporters and thugs of the APC attacked PDP supporters at Adewole/Adeta, Ilorin, who were holding their weekly ward meetings.

“They disrupted the meetings by shouting their party slogan and when our people responded by mentioning our own slogan, they fired gun shots into their midst in Adewole/Adeta. They also inflicted machete cuts on some of them. As a result of this attack, two people suffered bullet wounds.”

Saraki added that also on Thursday , the same thugs went to his family quarters in Agbaji in Ilorin and vandalised houses, shops and inflicted machete wounds on three persons.

“All these destructions took place in the presence of policemen who came with them but watched without any care, as the APC thugs and supporters unleashed violence on our people.

“For me, personally, I believe the decision to attack people and properties in my family ancestral compound is a direct affront and attack on my person.

“And whatever signal these APC elements with support from the police believe they are sending is definitely sinister, uncivilized and unfortunate.

“Our people have filed reports of the incidents in relevant police stations in Ilorin but we have doubts that anything tangible and constructive will come out of these reports.”

Saraki added that the same Police under the directive of Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris on Thursday commenced the transfer of Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) out of Kwara.

“It should also be noted that IGP has posted three different Commissioners of Police to Kwara State in the last six months.

“In fact, the previous and current Commissioner of Police in the State got strict instructions from the IGP not to relate or engage with the Senate President.

“The usual practice has been that the Commissioner of Police personally ensures the security of the Senate President whenever he visits his home state.

“That was the practice during the period of my predecessor and in my first year in office. “

Saraki said that now that he is set to begin ward to ward campaigns in the state, he is not sure what instructions the IGP had given to the police command in the state. “Thus, the entire world should hold the IGP responsible if anything untoward happens to members of my family and myself.”

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Saraki alleged that IGP Idris had tried thrice to implicate him in some criminal charges. One of them was the arrest of some cultists, who claimed they worked for him. Another, he said, was the Offa robbery. Saraki said none of the plots succeeded.

 

“A situation where political thugs and operatives attack opponents of the APC under the watch and protection of law enforcement agents does not present Nigeria well in the comity of nations,” Saraki said.

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APC Cheiftain Escapes Death In Enugu

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A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) narrowly escaped death following an attack by unidentified gun men in Enugu.

The men shot severally at Prince Okugo Nwanjoku at Ogbaku town, Awgu LGA of Enugu State.

Nwanjoku, the son of a former chairman of PDP in Enugu State, His Royal Highness, Igwe Onyioha Nwanjoku of Odumo town, Aninri LGA of the State was returning from his hometown, Odumo, when he attacked by the men suspected to be hired assassins.

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Speaking on the attack, the APC chieftain said that he was returning from Odumo, when the gunmen attacked him.

Though unconfirmed, three bullets said to have been lodged in his head were said to have been removed by his doctor.

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Supreme Court: Hearing On Adeleke, Oyetola’s Guber Suits Begins

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The Supreme Court has commenced hearing in the appeal filed before it by the gubernatorial candidate of Peoples Democratic Paryy (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke.

Following the September 22nd governorship election in the state, Senator Ademola Adeleke challenged the declaration of Governor Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governor.

The suit was filed following the decalaration of Governor Oyetola as winner of the state governorship election by the Court of Appeal on March 9, 2019.

Recall that the Court of Appeal had upturned the verdict of the State Election Petition Tribunal which had declared Senator Adeleke as the winner based on irregular composition of judges of the lower tribunal, where the judge who delivered the majority judgment, Justice Peter Obiorah, was absent in the proceedings of the lower court, affected the right of the appellant to fair hearing.

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The five member panel of justices, which was presided by Justice Jummai Sankey, also upheld 10 out of the 12 issues raised by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the APC that the lower tribunal lacked the jurisdiction to entertain some of the grounds of the petition brought by Adeleke over the September 22, 2018 governorship election.

It held that having ruled that the claims of over-voting and voiding of valid votes were unproven by the tribunal in the 17 polling units out of 3,010 polling units in the state, the non-compliance was not substantial to proceed to compute and deduct votes.

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However, Adeleke and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the verdict and proceeded to the Apex Court urging it to set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal which was in favour of Oyetola of the APC.

Adeleke also contended that the Court of Appeal erred in law when it upheld the appeals by APC and INEC, challenging the decision of the tribunal.

 

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Blame Political Parties, Stakeholders For Lapses Of 2019 Election-INEC

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Alhaji Baba Shettima Arfo, a commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has blamed the shortcomings of the 2019 elections on political parties and some stakeholders in the election process.

He revealed this during a State Level Post Election Review meeting in Gombe State.

Speaking, he defended INEC on the 2019 elections adding that improving the elections is not solely the responsibility of the commission.

“Though the conduct of election is solely the responsibility of INEC, political parties, critical stakeholders and other actors in the country must also improve what concerns them during elections.

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Alhaji Arfo further said “This is a vast country, it is not INEC alone that will improve our elections, although election is our own responsibility, but the political parties, the other actors in the country, they must also improve what concerns them during election.

“Something like simple party primary elections, some parties are not able to hold it properly, and things like violence, vote snatching, or even the lackadaisical attitude of the electorates, all these things are left for the parties to properly campaign among the electorates, to raise consciousness amongst the electorates, to come out and vote.”

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He said INEC is always training, retraining and retraining its staff, while adding that everybody has a role to play to make elections successful.

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