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Presidency Describes Call For Abba Kyari’s Sack As Sponsored

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GGarba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President Media and Publicity

The presidency has reacted to the call for the sack of Abba Kyari, the chief of staff of President Mohammadu Buhari.

In a protest in the presidential villa,  members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), under the aegis of Concerned APC National Stakeholders (CANS), called for the sack of Kyari.

 

The stakeholders described Kyari as one of the cabals in Buhari’s government. Reacting to the protest, the senior special assistant to the presidential on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, described what happened as “sponsored protest.”

Shehu said: “You are going to see more of such sponsored protests. In one of the hotels here in the federal capital, there is shop that sells packages of protests. “At a given fee, they will write the protest speech, the placards and give you the marchers, men and women as well as the lead speaker who in many cases is a lawyer. So we are not surprised at all. Very soon, reporters and photographers will be buying this service to attack editors they don’t like. “One thing to note is that this president is not the kind that can be swayed by this chicanery. He has a mind of his own and he alone will decide who he will work with and who he will send away. In effect, this demonstration will change nothing.”

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Recall that CANS members stormed Defense House, an annex of presidential villa in Maitama on Monday, June 24, specifically asking President Muhammadu Buhari to take full control of government from the hands of his lieutenants as he starts his second term administration.

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Why PDP’s Nationwide Protest Will Fail-Timi Frank

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Former All Progressive Congress (APC), Deputy National spokesperson, Timi Frank has rubbished a planned nationwide protest by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to protest the Supreme Court ruling that sacked former Imo governor, Emeka Ihedioha.

Frank revealed that the action by the opposition party is doomed to fail, adding that it should have happened a long time ago but has now lost significance.

Accusing the PDP governors who indulge in anti-party activities of weakening the opposition party, Frank accused them of secretly seeking goodies from the ruling party.

According to Frank, PDP’s move was too little, too late because the party failed to protest when it mattered most such as when for Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen was removed from office and Supreme Court ruled against the opposition’s candidate Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential election appeal.

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Frank submitted that PDP’s planned protest is medicine after death, beliving that PDP should have held the nationwide protest a long time ago. “Such action at this time will only fail, ” he said.

To Frank, the opposition party is also bedevilled by anti-party activities among its top executives such as governors.

Apart from Rivers and Benue governors Nyesom Wike and Samuel Ortom, the outspoken Bayelsa-born politician accused PDP governors of lobbying the presidency for goodies despite being in opposition. He also faulted the Abia state governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who is currently on a trip with President Muhammadu Buhari to London, for making such a move at a time his party needed him the most at home for protest against the Ihedioha ruling.

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He accused about 14 of the current PDP governors of working against the party’s interests.

“Apart from the governor of Rivers state Nyesom Wike and sometimes, the Benue state governor Samuel Ortom, other PDP governors are PDP by the day and APC by night; they fraternize with the APC thereby rendering PDP incapacitated and unable to function properly and cannot play the role of effective opposition.”

 

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Ihedioha Launches Attack On Imo State Governor, Uzodinma

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Yet to accept his sack as the Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha has launched an assault on his successor, Governor Hope Uzodinma.

In a meeting with members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at his Abuja residence on Saturday, January 18, Ihedioha stated that he pities those celebrating his loss at the Supreme Court.

According to him, such people celebrating his downfall were not good students of democracy.

The sacked Governor of Imo State also disclosed that he is waiting for answers. He said;

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“The elections in Imo were closely monitored, well advertised and everybody in Nigeria followed it through. The results were very clear, the electoral umpire still has the results.

“It is not about Emeka Ihedioha. It is not about Imo State. It is about the future of our country and democracy. It’s about what do we do tomorrow. .. I am calm and we are calm, and that is why you see in Imo, there is calmness.

“The calmness is coming out of shock, it is coming of disbelief. It is coming out of the fact that people are saying, let us still see, can this be possible? We are waiting for answers and I believe there will be answers.

“This is not the time to celebrate. I pity anyone who is celebrating that sad event. If anyone is celebrating, that person is not a student of democracy.”

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We Will Work Harmoniously With Gov. Uzodinma, Says Imo Assembly Lawmakers

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People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members in the Imo state House of Assembly have stated that they will work in harmony with the newly sworn-in governor of the state, Hope Uzodinma.

The lawmakers described Uzodinma’s victory at the Supreme Court as victory to the people of Imo State.

Reaction to the fact that there were only two members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) out of the 27 members of the House of Assembly, the speaker of the House, Chiji Collins said he does not think the state legislature populated by the PDP will have any problem with the new administration, adding that the lawmakers in House house were Imolites who were not in the house to fight, but the serve the Imo people.

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Collins said: “The members of the House of Assembly are all Imolites and we represent Imo people. So we have not come to fight anybody.”

“We are sons of daughters of Imo and we are representing them and so anything we will do will be in their best interest.”

Also speaking, the state lawmaker representing Ikeduru constituency, Uche Ogbuagu, said he was delighted about Uzodinma’s emergence as governor of Imo State, adding that the new administration might use the opportunity to right all the wrongs of the Emeka Ihedioha’s led administration.

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“Apart from this, we all have one thing in common and this is the good and progress of all Imolites. Anybody God has chosen to be the governor of Imo state, I cannot fight that person. I am a product of providence and destiny and so I don’t fight destinies,” Ogbuagu said.

Ogbuagu further noted that every action which will be taken by lawmakers in the House will be dependant on the party’s leadership in Imo state.

 

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