The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has expressed shock at the reaction of the Osun Command of the Nigeria Police towards its pre-campaign rally which was held in Osogbo on Friday, May 13, 2022.
This is as the party also condemned the Police for raising issues over the pre-campaign rally, as it formally notified the Command of its intention to hold a peaceful procession by its supporters who had come out en-masse to show their unwavering love for their candidate.
The PDP, which expressed dismay by the police correspondence to that effect, in a petition signed by Adekunle Akindele, its Osun Chairman, Caretaker Committee accused the police of clear bias towards the party and their planned peaceful rally.
According to the petition, “The Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State wishes to put it to the Osun State Command of the Nigeria Police that the clear bias engraved in the tone of their correspondence to our party on the said rally, was unambiguous instigation of breach of the same public peace you are trying to prevent.
“While we understand the plight of the Nigeria Police at this difficult time of working under a despotic ruling party, but, it is unprofessional for the Police, who are the main anchor of security in our society, to make themselves available as tools of intimidation by the ruling APC.
Such unbridled act of muscling of free assembly of the people by an important institution of government like the Nigerian Police, especially during electioneering as backed by electoral act and supreme laws of the land, is not only absurd but capable of perverting the course of fairness in a democratic society, which remains the only antidote to breach of the public peace.
“We want to reiterate the commitment of Osun PDP to public peace and welfare of our people. As we enter the period of campaigns and rallies ahead of the July 16 Governorship election in Osun, we wish to restate that the PDP, which remains the most loved and supported party in the state will continue to witness massive turnout of supporters and followers in all our campaign venues. While we seek the Command’s understanding of this fact, we promise to ensure that our activities during the period would not in any way disrupt or breach the public peace.”
The PDP, which assured that it would continue to ensure that its electioneering activity is conducted peacefully, also condemned attempts by the Police to castigate it for no just cause.
The party hinted that it was not unmindful of the collaborative silence of the Police over the alleged “rascally conducts of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in recent times, especially the party’s habitual sweeping of PDP campaign venues after rallies”, noted that it was a clear recipe to political chaos.
“But in all of these, we have maintained peace and never responded in measure of APC’s seeming drum of war.
It is, therefore, confounding that the same police who have watched without raising a finger of check on the recklessness of APC, are the ones complaining about a peaceful rally of our great party.
“It is also on record that our opponents have obstructed free flow of traffic in the State times without number, including but not limited to the APC rally held in Ile-Ife, yesterday, 19th of May, 2022. The same rally train moved from the supposed approved venue of Enuwa to major roads in Ile-Ife, causing untold hardship to road users with heavy gridlock. Where and how the police now derived inspiration to castigate our party days after holding our rally from the approved spot is beyond us,” the party said.
The PDP urged the Osun Police Command to weigh their actions, public utterances and conducts so as not to embolden war mongers and political urchins to unleash violence on law abiding PDP members.
“Our party refuses to be intimidated while we crave for more professional understanding and handling of issues by the Osun State Command of the Nigerian Police,” the party stated.
BREAKING: Buhari Okays Reappointment Of Oniha As DG Boss
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the renewal of the appointment of Patience Oniha as the Director-General of the Debt Management Office (DMO) for a second term of five years.
A statement issued in by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the re-appointment was in accordance to Section IV (9-i) of the Debt Management Office (Establishment ETC) Act, 2003.
The statement further said that the renewal takes effect from July 1, 2022.
“Her appointment for a second term was based on the significant achievements recorded by the DMO in the last 5 years, under her leadership.
“Amongst the achievements are the introduction of Sukuk and Green Bonds to finance the development of infrastructure where there is a huge gap.
“Under her watch, as part of the initiatives to improve the sustainability of the public debt and opening up avenues for raising long term funds for corporates, the DMO introduced long term Bonds with tenors of 30 years in the domestic and international markets.
“This is aside from attracting diverse investors including retail investors to the FGN Bond Market, ” the statement said.
It further added, “Internally, Oniha introduced reforms to strengthen the DMO, as a critical agency in the public finance ecosystem of the country.”
Senate To Continue Investigation Despite CJN’s Resignation
The Senate has resolved to continue with its investigation into the crisis in the Supreme Court despite the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
Lawmakers in the upper chamber of the National Assembly made the resolution during the plenary on Tuesday following a motion moved by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.
Addressing his colleagues during Tuesday’s plenary, Senator Bamidele who cited Orders 41 and 51 to move the motion drew the attention of the Senate to the assignment given to the committee at the last plenary, relating to the state of affairs of the Supreme Court.
The Senate, in its resolution, mandated the committee to go ahead with its assignment in the quest to find a long-lasting solution by interacting with relevant stakeholders to look into the complaints raised in the petition by the justices.
It also directed the committee to interface with relevant stakeholders in the three arms of government and other stakeholders and collate aggregate views and positions on the short-term, medium-term and long-term measures needed to decisively address the crisis facing the judiciary.
The lawmakers stated this to include the immediate fiscal interventions, as well as long-term and sustainable budgetary allocations required for the optimal performance of the judiciary in line with global best practices.
They also resolved to wish Justice Muhammad well after many years of meritorious service to the nation and to pray for his good health.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had last Tuesday directed the committee to get involved in the matter with a view to unravelling the root cause of the problem in the judiciary and how best the Senate could intervene to address the concerns raised by the justices.
Justices of the Supreme Court had in a petition addressed to the immediate past CJN raised concerns over the deplorable welfare conditions and difficult working environment in the apex court.
We Will Vote AbdulRazaq 10 Times – Emir Of Ilesha Declares
AbdulRazaq’s done so much for us: Emir of Ilesha
We’ll continue to do more for our people: Gov
- The administration will soon unveil the first radio station in the Kwara North senatorial district
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has done so well for Ilesha Baruba community and its people, according to the Emir of the ancient town Prof. Halidu Abubakar.
In a statement on Sunday, the traditional ruler said this was why Ilesha Baruba community in Baruten local government area of Kwara State mulled the idea of naming the newly completed ringroad in the community after the Governor who constructed the first asphalted road in the axis.
Speaking with newsmen during the Governor’s inspection of the road, Prof Abubakar said the intervention of AbdulRazaq’s administration on the road has brought tremendous change to the community.
“We cannot thank His Excellency enough. We are extremely happy. Before now, you can’t pass the road like this and within three months this road was constructed. You can see the drainage all through. So, we are extremely grateful. Like everybody else, we would not mind if His Excellency will do more for us. He has done so much for us. May Allah continue bless him,” he said.
Prof Abubakar said the decision to name the road AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq Ring Road was in appreciation of the governor’s efforts to ease transportation challenges in the community.
“There is no doubt that if he is going to contest elections 10 times in Ilesha Baruba he is going to win 20 times,” the Emir declared.
AbdulRazaq, for his part, said the administration is determined to make significant impact in the lives of the people and their communities irrespective of their locations across Kwara State.
“This is a major town in Kwara State and the policy of our government is that every senatorial district and every local government must feel the impact of the government. Ilesha Baruba is hosting the campus of Kwara State University; so we are making sure that there is proper infrastructure to accommodate such investment which is still ongoing,” he said.
AbdulRazaq said the administration is embarking on several projects in Ilesha Baruba and across Baruten local government in the areas of road infrastructure, healthcare, education, communications, among others.
The administration will soon unveil the first radio station in the Kwara North senatorial district, thereby making information dissemination very easy.
“We are happy that we have done this ring road and I am impressed. This is my first time of visiting Ilesha Baruba since the completion of the road. We are replicating this kind of investments in many parts of the State,” he added.
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