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Opposition parties planing to attack our leaders, members – Oyo APC raises alarm

The Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday raised an alarm that some members of the opposition political parties in the state have concluded plans to attack some of its leaders and members in the next few days to the election.

APC made this disclosure via a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Dr. Abdulazeez Olatunde.

Olatunde in the statement, made available to DAILY POST said that the warning became necessary in view of the intelligence report at the party’s disposal that the opposition parties have concluded plans to unleash mayhem on the APC from Monday (today).

He also warned against further unprovoked attacks and wanton destruction of their campaign materials by suspected political thugs armed by the opposition parties.

At the last count, he said that members of the opposition had attacked the convoy of the APC governorship candidate, Chief Adebayo Adelabu; State Chairman, Chief Akin Oke; candidate for Ido/Ibarapa East Federal Constituency, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela and candidate for Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/ Iwajowa Federal Constituency, Mr Shina Peller.

Olatunde said, “We are using this opportunity to raise the alarm over planned attack on our leaders in the next few days. Intelligence report at our disposal suggests that these desperate opposition parties plan to attack our campaign rallies to carry out this clandestine plan. The government of APC had since 2011 brought back the peace and security that had eluded the state for several years. We will, therefore, not sit back and allow overzealous opposition party members to take us back to those inglorious days.

“Violence is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. Now is the time for them to stop these mindless attacks. We have been restraining our members from reprisal attacks and such gesture should not be misconstrued for cowardice. Politics should not be reduced a do-or-die affair. If you are sure that your party and your candidate have what it takes to win elections you will not resort to this barbaric idea of maiming and killing opposition figures.”

But, Engineer Akeem Olatunji, Director of Public Communications and New Media of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), gubernatorial candidate, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, while reacting, said that it was surprising that the APC is the one “shedding crocodile tears”.

Olatunji while speaking with DAILY POST in a telephone conversation also alleged that it was the APC that planned to arrest ADC members.

He said, “It is very disheartening and saddened ones mind that APC which is allegedly behind attack on opposition figures in the state particularly Senator Olufemi Lanlehin and ADC supporters, is the one shedding crocodile tears.

“A case in point is the destruction of ADC billboards across the state for instance the billboard at Methodist roundabout along Lagos/Ibadan Express way. “The Handshake Campaign Organization of Sen Olufemi Lanlehin is also aware of attempt by the ruling APC to arrest ADC supporters ahead of Saturday election based on trump up charges.

“The Handshake Campaign Organization is therefore calling on the Inspector General of Police and Director of DSS to ensure neutrality before and during the election and also call APC leadership to order”.

Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olajide Olanipekun in his reaction described the APC allegation as “laughable”.

Olanipekun in a statement made available to DAILY POST Sunday evening said, “The statement credited to the APC raising alarm over alleged attack by opposition is not only laughable but a face saving tactics by the ruling APC to cover up the imminent defeat in the coming elections.

“It will be noted that the Campaign train of the APC has been violent prone with many casualties which had made the dwindling popularity of the party to nose dive in the wake of the coming elections. The ruling APC is just exposing her plans for the opposition as they are the one with governmental machineries which they have been using to harass the opposition. Hence it is a grand mischief for the ruling party to be accusing the opposition of what they are doing just to safe face as the Zenith Labour Party candidates will defeat APC in the coming elections of 16/2/2019 and that of 2/3/2019.

“We of the Zenith Labour Party hereby urge the electorates of Oyo state not to fall for the face saving tricks of the APC as the Party is the one attacking opposition. We also warn that nothing should happen to all candidates and leaders of ZLP before, during and after the coming elections. And if anything happens to ZLP candidates and leaders, the ruling APC should be held responsible”.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while commenting, however, declared that the statement has shown that the ruling APC is panic.

Prince Dotun Oyelade, Media Aide to the PDP gubernatorial candidate in the state, Engineer Seyi Makinde said in a statement made available to DAILY POST that, “You can see all the signs of panic in their unprovoked blackmail.

“At this point, 7 days to the Presidential polls, it’s no surprise that APC will grab any shrub just to remain afloat of a sinking canoe”.

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APC cries out over attempt to assassinate Ngige, fingers PDP, APGA

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Anambra State chapter has fingered the two major parties in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, as the alleged sponsors of the attempt on the life of its leader and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige.

In a statement made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday, by its Zonal Publicity Secretary, Igboeli Arinze, the APC described the attack as barbaric and heinous in nature.

The former governor and lawmaker reportedly escaped assassination after he was attacked by some yet-to-be-identified gunmen during the week.

The APC berated certain elements in the PDP and APGA, who it fingered as being responsible for the attack owing to their fears of the minister’s strong influence in the forthcoming elections.

The APC said, “We were shocked, when news streamed to us about the attack on the home of the leader of the APC in Anambra and the Minister for Labor and Employment, Senator Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige.

“Such news, should be seen as a setback to the climate of peace that has reigned in Anambra’s politics, and we the members of the APC in Anambra Central together with the good loving people of Ndi Anambra jointly condemn such an attempt which is heinous as well as barbaric.

“We, however, ask the question, why Senator Ngige? What should warrant an attack on his home and perhaps his life? This is a man who eschews violence as a requirement in politics.

“Could it be that certain elements in the aforementioned parties that are struggling for relevance in Anambra State are seeing Ngige as a threat to achieving their ambitions?

“We must note that Anambra Central which is Ngige’s senatorial zone, has the largest number of votes in the state, perhaps it seems that these people feel threatened by the minister’s presence in the zone, did instigate this attack.”

The party further called on security agencies to immediately commence investigation into the matter, while urging party members to remain calm and focused on the forthcoming presidential and National Assembly polls.

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Nigeria elections 2019: What will happen to PDP on Saturday – Gov. Ajimobi

The Oyo South Senatorial District candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, has described this Saturday as a day of reckoning for the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, to reap its 16 years of misrule.

He, therefore, urged leaders and supporters of the APC to remain steadfast and faithful to the course of the ruling party by ensuring that they come out in large numbers to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari to consolidate on the gains of the past four years.

Addressing a stakeholders’ forum at the Western House, state Secretariat, on Tuesday, the governor warned against complacency, adding that the desperation of the opposition to upset the applecart was unimaginable.

Ajimobi, who attended the National Executive Committee meeting of the APC in Abuja, on Monday, said that the national leadership of the party had given the state executive committees the marching orders to go and re-energize the party’s campaigns.

The governor said that the APC was at peace with itself at the national and state levels, judging by the huge turnout at its campaign rallies and the insistence of the electorate not to be swayed by the opposition’s empty rhetoric.

Ajimobi said, “The opposition had adopted all manners of subterfuge and empty rhetoric to mislead the people into supporting them without success. Our people have refused to buy into their deceits, hence their desperation and provocative statements.

“I want to appeal to you not let off your guard for a moment until victory is assured in all the elections. We should not be complacent, because the opposition is throwing everything into this election as if the world will end when, mark my word I did not say if, they lose.

“This Saturday is a day of reckoning for the PDP for its 16 years of misrule. After ruining our economy and creating many loopholes and leakages that has pauperized the people and enriched their friends they are now desperate to stage a comeback.

“The APC has invested in the people in the last four years at the national level and eight years at our state level. Abandoned infrastructure and projects have been revived, with many at different stages of completion.

“Saturday is around the corner. All APC leaders and members should go back to their various units and wards to solicit the continued support of the good people of Nigeria. That is the mandate from our meeting on Monday, in Abuja.”

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Tunde Ayeni: Judge blasts EFCC for misleading court in ex-Skye Bank Chairman’s case

An FCT High Court Maitama on Tuesday, set aside an order it earlier granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to detain a former Chairman of the defunct Skye Bank, Tunde Ayeni for 14 days.

Justice Yusuf Halilu, setting aside the order, said that the EFCC had suppressed facts which, misled the court into earlier granting the application, thereby, making the detention illegal.

According to NAN, Justice Halilu held that the Court was not aware of all the facts presented by the applicant and which the EFCC could not deny.

“Having considered all the facts before the court, it is clear that the commission suppressed facts to mislead the court.

“If indeed there is a fresh petition against the applicant, and a pending matter is before the Federal High Court, the respondent needs not a remand order, but to apply to amend the charge in which it is prosecuting the applicant.

“By coming for a remand order, the respondent had come to tamper with the sacred right of the applicant, which he enjoys. I wonder

“On this note, I hereby set aside the earlier remand order and order the immediate release

Mr. Ahmed Raji SAN Ayeni’s counsel had approached the court seeking his release from the EFCC custody.

The anti-graft agency had last week approached the Court through an ex-parte application seeking a 14 day remand order of Ayeni.

The EFCC had premised the request for a remand on a need to investigate a petition submitted by the Office of the Vice President in respect of his alleged roles as the Chairman of the defunct Skye Bank.

The court then granted the said ex-parte application.

In his submissions, Raji argued that the application is challenging the jurisdiction of the court and the action of the Commission.

He informed the court, of a pending suit before the Federal High Court against the applicant on the same subject matter and that the trial judge at the Federal High Court, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had in the particular case admitted him to bail.

He added that the bail condition had since been perfected

Raji added that the detention of the applicant was a breach of his fundamental human right as he went to the Commission by himself on invitation.

He further submitted that anti-graft agency purportedly admitted the applicant to administration bail on a non -realizable terms, which amounts to “giving bail with one hand ,and collecting it back with the other hand”.

Raji argued, that the subject matter in which the applicant was detained centers around Skye bank issue which is already before the Federal High Court.

He however prayed the court to set aside the remand order and release the applicant.

In his response, respondent counsel, Mr. A.I Audu opposed to the application on ground that the subject matter of which the applicant is being detained was fresh quite different from the that of the matter before the Federal High Court.

He added that asides the petition submitted by the Office of the Vice President, the acting Chairman of the Commission also received a petition against the applicant from a Non Governmental Organization.

He however added that the applicant was invited based on the petition that he received about N8 billion from CBN to buy over Union Homes.

Audu further submitted that the applicant has been giving useful information to the Commission but fell ill along the way and he was consequently taken to the hospital.

He added, it is the illness of the applicant that prompted the Commission to seek for an order to further remand him to complete the investigation.

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