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2023: Kaduna PDP urges other parties to close rank

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Mr Felix Hyet, Kaduna State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has urged other political parties in the state to close rank with PDP ahead of the Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections.

Hyet made the call during a news conference at the party’s Secretariat in Kawo, Kaduna.

The chairman, who commended party faithful for the overwhelming support during the Presidential and National Assembly Elections, urged for demonstration of same on March 11.

“I am happy and proud that the effort and confidence of the people were demonstrated.

“PDP clinched all the three senatorial seats and 10 out of sixteen Federal Constituencies of our state.

“We do not take this demonstration of love and commitment for granted.

“As we approach March 11 to elect our governors and House of Assembly members, I want to appeal to the good people of Kaduna State to come out in their number and say goodbye to the retrogressive regime we have suffered in the past eight years and confine it to the dustbin of history.

“I want to call on other parties that participated in the last election to join hands with the PDP for the sake of Kaduna State and it’s people.

“I assure them all that PDP is opened to them all for the sake of Kaduna State and it’s wellbeing,” he said.

Hyet urged party members not to allow the outcome of the Presidential election which is very unacceptable because it did not meet the electoral requirement of any modern democracy, to deter them.

“We will support the Presidential Candidate and the leadership of the party at the highest level in any decision it will take to challenge this rape on democracy.

He regretted that the “your vote must count” mantra of the electoral umpire was not demonstrated, adding “this is shame.

 

“We therefore call on all lovers of democracy to rise up to the challenge, to ensure that justice, equity and fairness are done,” Hyet added.

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Fagbemi warns against obstructing EFCC from performing its lawful duty

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The Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN has warned against obstructing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from carrying out its lawful duty .

Fagbemi’s warning is contained in a statement in Abuja.

“This is a matter of very grave concern, it is now beyond doubt that the EFCC is given power by the law to invite any person of interest to interact with them in the course of their investigations into any matter, regardless of status.

“Therefore, the least that we can all do when invited, is not to put any obstruction in the way of EFCC, but to honourably answer their invitation.

“A situation where public officials who are themselves subject of protection by law enforcement agents will set up a stratagem of obstruction to the civil and commendable efforts of the EFCC to perform its duty is to say the least, insufferably disquieting’’.

He added that running away from the law will not resolve issues at stake but only exacerbate them.

“Nigeria has a vibrant judicial system that is capable of protecting everyone who follows the rule of law in seeking protection.

“I therefore encourage anyone who has been invited by the EFCC or any other agency to immediately toe the path of decency and civility by honouring such invitation instead of embarking on a temporising self-help and escapism.

 

“This can only put our country in bad light before the rest of the world’’.

He said institutions of state should be allowed to function effectively and efficiently.

“I stand for the rule of law and will promptly call EFCC, and indeed any other agency to order when there is an indication of any transgressions of the fundamental rights of any Nigerian by any of the agencies’’.

NAN reports that the EFCC had on Wednesday warned members of the public that it was a criminal offence to obstruct officers of the Commission from carrying out their lawful duties.

Section 38(2)(a(b) of the EFCC Establishment Act makes it an offence to prevent officers of the Commission from carrying out their lawful duties. Culprits risk a jail term of not less than five years.

The warning , the EFCC said, became necessary against the background of the increasing tendency by persons and groups under investigation by the Commission to take the laws into their hands by recruiting thugs to obstruct lawful operations of the EFCC.

On several occasions, the anti graft agency said, operatives of the Commission have had to exercise utmost restraint in the face of such provocation to avoid a breakdown of law and order.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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