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EndSARS Panel Report: APC Is Running An Oppressive Regime – PDP

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) is running ‘a murderous and oppressive regime as evidenced in the massacre of peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Lagos proves so, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Tuesday.

Recall that the army attacked peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on October 20, 2020, in an aggressive attempt to dismantle the symbolic stronghold of historic demonstrations against police brutality.

Eyewitnesses reported numerous fatalities from the attack, but the government has run an aggressive counter-campaign insisting no one was killed by security agents.

A judicial panel of inquiry set up days after the shooting finally submitted its report on Monday, November 15, 2021, confirming the claims of eyewitnesses that a massacre happened.

The PDP said in a statement on Tuesday, November 16 that the current government has no regard for life, as it tried to cover up the incident.

“The report of the Lagos EndSARS panel, which confirms the massacre of Nigerian youths in Lekki, has further shown the APC and its government as bloody liars whose hands are stained with the blood of our innocent compatriots,” PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said.

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Nigerians Have Power To Reject Tinubu, Other ‘Turn-by-turn’ Leaders -Oby Ezekwesili

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Former presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili has said that only Nigerian voters have the power to say no to incompetent leadership in the country.

The former minister was reacting to the announcement of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, that he will be running for the presidency in 2023.

Ezekwesili said, “It is citizens that have the power to collectively tell the likes of Mr Bola Tinubu that the season of lowest common denominator of political leaders doing “turn-by-turn” incompetent governance of Nigeria is over.

“The question is, “are citizens ready to collectively do so?

“A country like Nigeria cannot keep digging deeper into the labyrinth of failure because of low degree of public leadership.

“The 21st Century is racing fast to an end. Just look at where our continent lies prostrate at the feet of bad governance. Nigeria mostly accounts for it.”

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Again, El-Rufai Kicks Against Zoning, Wants Merit

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Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, has reiterates that Nigerians must give better considerations to merit rather than instead of zoning.

According to El Rufai, he does not zone positions, rather, he gets people that can get the job done.

“I am a student of history and governance; I have not seen any country in the world that has succeeded on a sustainable basis, by selecting its leaders based on geography, religion, ethnicity, etc.

So, it’s not a smart way to choose leaders, the smartest way to choose leaders in all the countries that have made progress, is to have competitive basis in which merit tops everything; you pick the best material,” El Rufai said in a recent interview with Arise TV.

“In Kaduna, the last time I checked, we have people from 18 states of Nigeria represented in our government because, we just want results and don’t care where you come from.

However, in this country, there’s a political culture that presupposes that the leadership of the country or even of states, should rotate between various parts of the country. There’s an understanding and in fact, one party has it in their constitution.

“The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has it in their constitution but we don’t have it in the All Progressives Congress, APC. It is an unspoken understanding and in politics, these kinds of understanding are as strong as any provisions of the constitution. You observe them and if you don’t, you pay a heavy political price.

Goodluck Jonathan paid that price, when he tried to violate the agreement with the PDP leaders – that he will only contest one term after Umaru Yar’ Adua’s term.

Furthermore, Governor El Rufai noted that, “based on the political culture of Nigeria, not because I think it is a good idea, or that I support it personally or that I practice it, but based on the political culture in Nigeria, after 8 years of President Buhari, presidency should be open to the South. I do not think that any northerner should put himself forward and say I want the presidency.”

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Progressive Governors Forum Kicks Against Postponing APC Convention

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The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has described the call for the postponement of the All Progressives Congress (APC) national convention as illogical.

The director-general of the Forum, Salihu Lukman stated this in a letter to APC leaders on Monday in Abuja while reacting to the development.

“Statutorily, by the requirement of the Electoral Act, the party is expected to serve at least 21 days notice of the convention to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),” he explained.

“This basically means that if the convention is to hold any day before February 28, 2021, the notice to INEC should be given on or before February 7, 2022. “That being the case, the temptation could be to argue that there is more time, some reminders would be necessary at this point.”

Lukman warned that postponing the APC national convention could lead to a repeat of the 2019 fiasco in Zamfara, preventing the party from participating in the election.

He added that the APC CECPC should make a formal announcement about the date and venue for the convention to disassociate itself from such calls, arguing the announcement is critical to prove that the committee is not interested in postponing the convention.

“No one should imagine that agendas set in 2014 or 2019 are sufficient to respond to contemporary challenges, which post-2023 governance will be expected to respond to,” he counselled the party. “The correlation between collapse of education since the mid-1980s, rising levels of unemployment and insecurity are very glaring.”

Mr Lukman appealed to the APC CECPC to ensure that the February 2022 convention is not just about electing the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) members.

“There must be some reflections about the challenges facing the country, with priority focus on problems of insecurity, rebuilding public education and health through mobilisation of massive financial investment in these sectors,” added the APC official.

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