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2019: Be ready for war, Secondus tells defectors from APC

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, on Wednesday night in Abuja , told those who just defected to the former ruling party from the All Progressives Congress to be ready to fight a war .

He said the battle to wrest power from the ruling party would be fierce as the APC would not want to yield power easily.

Secondus spoke in Abuja at a dinner held by the national leadership of the party to welcome defectors from the APC, who are members of the National Assembly, into its fold .

Our correspondent gathered that the party has also scheduled a special National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja on Thursday ( today), to formally welcome all the defectors to the party.

Speaking at the dinner, Secondus described the defectors as courageous men and women, who he said refused to keep quiet in the face of “ flagrant disobedience of rules in the country. ”

He added , “This event is organised in honour of those who took bold steps to join others to rescue the nation.
“ They are heroes. They could have chosen to remain where they were and even return to their seats ( in the National Assembly) , but because they could not see what is going on in the country and keep quiet. That is why they are here .

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“ They cannot see the killings , the frame -ups, the unemployment and the kind of military democracy that cannot even be described, that they are foisting on us and keep quiet. If we are in the military government, we would know .

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“ These heroes of democracy who have decided to move from the ruling party are unusual men . We need to honour them. Their decision is in defence of democracy.

“ But let remind you that we are very far from getting there . Be ready to fight both real and proxy wars.
“ It is going to be a very long walk to freedom. There is no longer freedom in Nigeria . No freedom of the press . If you tell them the truth, they say it is hate speech . When you tell them the whole truth, they say it is fake news. ”

Secondus, who said he just returned from Benue State where he led members of the National Working Committee on a solidarity visit to Governor Samuel Ortom , described the day the defection took place in both chambers of the National Assembly as the days of freedom .

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He said the defections that took place in states such as Kwara , Sokoto , Kogi, Kano and others were “ because Nigerians are in pains .”

He regretted that the Federal Government had always claimed not to know what happened in the country.
He said, “ When things happen , the government will say they don’ t know . They are always not aware and are never bothered .

“ When Nigerians are hungry , they don’ t lose sleep. The Inspector-General of Police , Ibrahim Idris , will lock down government houses and the Federal Government would say it was not aware or not bothered .

“ We are expecting more states to join us and we pray that they will not be bothered . When we win in 2019, they will not be bothered as well.

“ We are not here to rejoice but to welcome our members and also encourage them to talk to others like them to join us. ”

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2019 Election: Buhari, Atiku, Others To Sign Peace Accord In Abuja


Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the nation’s presidential candidates will sign a Peace Accord in a bid for the election to be peaceful and transparent.

President Muhammadu Buhari and other presidential candidates, including Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are to sign Peace Accord to ensure smooth conduct of 2019 general elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event, slated for International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Tuesday at 3.00p.m is being organised by the National Peace Committee.

The committee is headed by former Military Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar.

The Peace Accord is an undertaking by all the presidential candidates to ensure peaceful and rancour-free campaigns before, during and after the 2019 general elections.

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The candidates are also expected to avoid hate speech, fake news or any act capable of causing socio-political unrest in the country.

The leadership of the affected political parties as well as the Chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) are also expected to grace the event.

Other presidential candidates expected to sign the peace agreement include: Mr Donald Duke-Social Democratic Party (SDP); Mr Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim- Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Mr Omoyele Sowore-African Action Congress (AAC) and Mrs Obi Ezekwesili- Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN).

Others are Dr Obadiah Mailafia-African Democratic Congress (ADC); Prof. Kingsley Moghalu – Young Progressive Party (YPP); Pastor Chris Okotie – Fresh Democratic Party (FDP) retired Major Hamza Al-Mustapha-Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN).

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Habib Gajo-Young Democratic Party (YDP); retired Maj- Gen. John Gbor – All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA); Ali Soyode-YES Party and Dr Davidson Akhimien-Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN) are also expected to sign the Peace Accord.

(NAN)

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Katsina APC House Of Representatives Member Dumps Party, Defects To PDP


The ruling All Progressives Congress has lost another member of the House of Representatives to the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party.

A member of the House of Representatives from Katsina State, Ibrahim Murtala, has defected from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party.

Murtala, who is representing Matazu/ Musawa Federal Constituency, announced his defection in a letter read by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, on the floor of the house on Tuesday.

In the letter, Murtala said that he wished to inform the house and the general public that he was no longer a card-carrying member of the APC.

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The lawmaker said he would from now pursue his political career under the umbrella of the PDP.

(NAN)

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I’ll Publicly Declare My Assets If Elected, I Support State Police – Singer, Banky W


Regarded as the King of R&B music in Nigeria, multi-talented singer, Banky W has reiterated his determination to represent his constituency as a federal lawmaker.

While speaking in an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, a Federal House of Representatives candidate from Eti-osa in Lagos state, Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, pledged to support the establishment of state police if elected.

The Wedding Party actor who disclosed that he was willing to publicly delcare his assets if elected as a lawmaker to represent Eti-Osa constituency, said his destiny is to stay in Nigeria and make his community and the country better.

Banky added that he decided not to leave the country, at a time many Nigerians are running away to seek greener pastures because he believes he is meant to empower the young people around him.

He said; “For me, it is about destiny and impact. I have lived outside of the country for a little over half of my life and I have had those opportunities and they are still there for me if I wanted to take them but I feel like my destiny is here.

“I feel like I have been given the success, the platform, the following and the relevance that I have because I am meant to use it for a greater good. I am meant to use it to impact my generation. I am meant to use it to empower the young people around me. I am meant to use it to make my community and my country better.

“So, if I run away because life is easier elsewhere, that will be running away from my problems and I am intent on impacting my generation and fulfilling my purpose, that is why I am here,” he said.

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Speaking further, Bank W said that he is not intimidated by the ruling party and other mega parties, adding that he has new ideas to bring to the table and the community is ready for new ideas.

“The community is ready for people with vision and the intellectual capacity and for fresh faces on the scene that generally have good intentions for the country.

“For us now, it is about going door-to-door, community-to-community in Eti-Osa and letting them know that they do have a separate option, an alternative that is willing to try to do things differently and hopefully, to do things better.

“At the end of the day, if it’s the will of God and the will of the community, then we willl win but if it is not, then we are okay with that because we have been playing our role in trying to improve our community and that is never going to stop, whether we get the seat or not,” he said.

He explained that the reason he chose to run on the platform of a new party is because his party does not want people to handcuff their message and vision.

“That is (why) we have set up our own political party. We have set up MDP. It is a new party. It is self-funded because we do not (want) to answer to the powers that be. We just want a seat at the table of governance. We want to bring our own chair so that the only people that we will be answering to, are the people who put us in office – which is the community.

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“And I think that marks a difference between what we are trying to do and what other politicians are doing.”

When asked if he supports state police, he was affirmative. “Absolutely. I think that Nigeria is too big of a country to be policed effectively on federal basis. I think that there are so many issues that are going on in our communities now that I think states should have the ability to run their own police forces.

“I know we have really great police officers but I feel like they are underfunded and not really supported and the bad ones make everyone else look bad. So, I think there is some reform that needs to happen in the police as a whole and I would encourage us to look towards state police.”

While stating that he will publicly declare his assets if voted into office, he said he does not have any political god-father.

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