Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State on Friday protested against the removal of Emeka Ihedioha by the Supreme Court and the declaration of Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, as the duly elected governor of the state.
The protesting PDP members who stormed the party’s secretariat located at Ajilosun area in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital marched to the street to express displeasure against what they termed injustice against Ihiodioha and onslaught against PDP.
They bored placards with various inscriptions such as ‘Ekiti PDP say no to injustice’, ‘Ekiti PDP Condemned Jankara Judgement’, Judiciary stop being cowed by Buhari, ‘Only Ihedihoa we know’ and Stop robbing the PDP of its mandate’.
The protesting PDP members were accompanied on the protest by the police, operatives of the Department of State Security Services to forestall a possible breakdown of law and order.
Leading the peaceful protest, the chairman of the party in the state, Barr. Gboyega Oguntuase said the Supreme Court’s judgement is a clear indication that the judiciary is an appendage of the ruling APC.
Oguntuase who described the verdict as travesty of Justice and onslaught against the wishes of people of Imo State, called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad to step aside for the judiciary to regain its lost integrity.
The Chairman urged the apex court to reverse itself and declare Ihedioha the winner, saying the decision is an attempt to disrupt the country’s nascent democracy.
He regretted that the judiciary that is regarded as the last hope of the common man has evolved into the masses’ enemies through its ‘irrational action and inactions’.
“We are here to express unequivocally that the judgement given by the Supreme Court sacking the duly elected governor of Imo State, Ihiodioha. That judgement is repugnant to fairness, justice, equity and an inferno that could destroy Nigeria democratic status.
“Here in Ekiti in conjunction with totality of negative expression that had been made in all over the 35 states and the FCT against the judgement of the spec court. We are here to say that the judgement is unacceptable and against the wishes of the people of Imo.
“It is not the entire justice of the supreme court that we are condemning but we are saying the pronouncement of those justice that served on that case is unacceptable to the ordinary man in the street. It is against logic, common sense and acceptable procedure.
“It was a shame APC want to take the state’s through the back door. We know the APC want to take over power in all segment of the 36 states of the federation forcefully despite the fact that the people had rejected the party for its failure to deliver the superlative services inherent in democracy.
“We are appealing to Nigerians to encourage the Justices of the Supreme Court not to be intimidated and cowed by a group of insensitive people called progressive” he said.
Why We’re Rehabilitating And Reintegrating Ex-Boko Haram Members — Borno Commissioner
Borno state commissioner for women affairs, Zuwaira Gambo has revealed why they are rehabilitating people considered as repentant Boko Haram members after their arrest.
Speaking at a forum on preventing and countering violent extremism organised by Search for Common Ground (SFCG) in partnership with UN Women and the government of Japan in Abuja over the weekend, Gambo admitted that the term “repentant Boko Haram terrorists” gives wrong signals to members of the public especially victims of terrorism.
The commissioner who stated that the de-radicalisation and reintegration of Boko Haram members have been misunderstood by the public as a result of a communication gap between the government and citizens, averred that some of the arrested terrorists were at the wrong place at the wrong time and were also forced to join the terrorist group.
She said, “Some of the persons reintegrated are victims who had no part to play but were arrested in the course of security checks by the military as they were caught at the wrong time in a wrong place.
“Because they have spent time in detention between two to five years, there is need for rehabilitation, counselling and socio- psychological support.
“We are not saying that there are not some people who have partaken in destruction of lives and properties but these people are in the minority and you also have to understand that these set of people joined involuntarily as they are forced to do so.”
BREAKING: No Comment On Boko Haram Threat To My Life — Pantami
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami on Monday declined to comment on the threat to his life by Boko Haram /ISWAP leader , Abubakar Shekau.
Shekau, in a viral video, had threatened President Muhammadu Buhari for visiting Maiduguri , Borno state last week following the killings of over 30 people by Boko Haram terrorists.
He also threatened Pantami for his stance on sim card registrations and measures being taken by government to clean up unregistered or pre- registered SIM cards within the system.
When accosted by newsmen at the Government Secondary School , Garki , Abuja where he delivered a lecture on digital mentoring , the Minister said he had “no comments for now” on the threat to his life by the leader of the insurgent group.
Agba Jalingo Regains Freedom After 6 Months In Detention
Six months after he was detained, Publisher of Cross River Watch, Agba Jalingo, has been released from prison custody.
He was released after meeting his bail condition.
Jalingo, who was detained for allegedly writing articles criticizing Cross Rivers Governor Ben Ayade, was granted a N10m bail term last week.
He was first arrested by the police in August 2019 on the orders of the Ben Ayade-led Cross River State Government.
He was subsequently arraigned for treason and attempting to overthrow the state government due to the highly critical articles he published.
Due to his long detention, Amnesty International had declared the activist as a prisoner of conscience.
Last week there were a series of protests staged in Cross River over his detention.