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Ogun APC: Crisis Rocks Abiodun’s Camp As Factions Set For State Congress

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All seems not well with the Governor Dapo Abiodun’s faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State as members struggle for recognition in various local governments.

Since the build-up to the last local government elections in the State, the Dapo Abiodun camp has experienced crisis across different wards.

Hitherto, the APC is factionalised between supporters of Abiodun and those of his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

JomogNews Nigeria reports that members of the two groups have been nervous over what may be the outcome of the congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State.

After holding parallel ward and local government congresses on July 31 and September 4 respectively, leaders of the two major APC factions in the State have been assuring their followers of victory.

While the national secretariat of the party is yet to release a list of who the authentic ward executive officers of the APC are, the two factions inaugurated parallel excos, thereby creating confusion for their members.

On September 3, when a stakeholders’ meeting was held preparatory to the local government congress in Abeokuta, the Chairman of the congress committee, Wale Ohu, appeared with a compendium, which he said consisted the names of those elected during the ward congress in Ogun.

Ohu said he was directed to work strictly according to the list, saying anything outside that was null and void.

However, it was observed that Ohu did not open the said compendium to release the list of approved ward excos to party leaders or members, leaving rooms for further speculations.

But, as the two factions await the position of the APC national secretariat over the congresses, members of the Abiodun camp are at war within themselves.

Earlier, a former Deputy Governor of Ogun, Segun Adesegun, and 16 other chieftains of the APC had petitioned Abiodun over what they termed the “ugly” outcome of the ward congress.

Adesegun and the APC leaders, including the former House of Assembly Deputy Speaker, Oludare Kadiri, expressed shock that their list of elected ward executives “were changed throughout the wards in Ijebu North Local Government.”

They told Abiodun that the list sent to Abeokuta was not the same sent back to them, believing that the governor was not aware of the situation.

The party leaders accused the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Tokunbo Talabi, and a former House of Assembly member, Joseph Adegbesan, of masterminding and colluding to change the lists of elected officials after the ward congress, an allegation that had since been denied by Talabi, who asked Adesegun and others to approach the congress appeal committee for redress.

On Wednesday, party members from Ijebu North stormed the Governor’s office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, demanding the removal of the SSG.

Armed with placards bearing different inscriptions, the party members accused Talabi of undue interference and disruptive manipulation of the recent APC congresses of the APC in their area.

They alleged that the SSG abused his position and privileges by orchestrating imposition of candidates on the generality of the leaders and members.

They said, “We have over 600 APC members here. We are here to register our displeasure about the activities of the SSG, Mr Tokunbo Talabi. He has been using his powers to embarrass and harass party members in our local government.

“Look at the ward and local government congresses, we elected our party excos only for us to find out that their names have been changed. Enough is enough. The SSG must leave us alone and allow democracy to thrive in our local government. He and his cohorts should desist from imposing on us. The SSG is not our party leader.”

Addressing the protesters, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Shuaib Salisu, and the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, begged them to exercise patience over the crisis, promising to inform Abiodun of their complaints.

InfoStride News recalls that Abiodun’s loyalists in Ijebu-Ode Local Government also staged a protest last week, expressing anger that their list of party officials had been tampered with.

While the Ijebu-Ode protesters did not reveal those behind the alleged substitution of names after the congresses, they accused a minority group of making efforts to rule over them.

Meanwhile, the congress appeal committee of the APC in Ogun State has said both Amosun and Abiodun may adopt a sharing formular to settle the crisis rocking party amicably.

At the moment, the APC factions are yet to agree on any sharing percentage, even as the state congress holds October 16.

Except there is a change in plans, findings by our correspondent confirmed that both factions are getting set for another parallel state congress.

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EndSARS: CNN, Amnesty International Must Apologise To FG -Lai Mohammed

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The Federal Government has demanded an apology from Amnesty International, CNN and DJ Switch for misleading the world that there was a massacre at the Lekki Toll Gate on Oct. 20, 2020.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed made this demand on the occasion of the first year anniversary of the famous #EndSARS protests in Nigeria.

According to the Minister who spoke during a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, CNN, Amnesty, and DJ Switch are all guilty of spreading fake news.

Mohammed maintained that there was no massacre of Nigerian youths at the Lekki Toll Gate incident during the protest last year and the trio mentioned only gave false and misleading reports.

The Minister insisted a professional analysis of what transpired at the Lekki Toll Gate revealed that the military didn’t massacre anyone while if truly there was any killing as widely reported, the families of the victims and those affected would have appeared with evidence before the Judicial Panel of Inquiry.

Not done, Lai Mohammed further accused the trio of spreading ‘tales by moonlight’ about what he described as the phantom killings at the Lekki Toll Gate during the EndSARS protests last year.

He said: “…During the sitting, CNN was summoned but it never showed up, thus missing a great opportunity to prove its allegation of massacre at the toll gate. Also, Amnesty International had a golden opportunity to convince the world, but it rather opted for issuing meaningless press releases.”

“In its latest attempt to grasp at straws and redeem whatever is left of its battered credibility on this issue, CNN has continued with its baseless report that soldiers shot at protesters. In a report currently running on the network, CNN brazenly and unashamedly held on to its flawed narrative, relying on an unidentified mother whose son was reportedly shot dead at Lekki, but without convincing evidence of who shot him dead. The same CNN that tweeted on Oct. 23rd 2020 that 38 people were shot dead at Lekki is now struggling to convince the world that one boy was killed at Lekki. What a shame!”

“The testimony of ballistic experts before the Judicial Panel of Inquiry in Lagos contradicts the tales by the moonlight by Amnesty International, CNN, a runaway DJ, and their ilk.”

 

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BREAKING: Police Arrest #EndSARSMemorial Protesters At Lekki Tollgate

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Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested two protesters at the Lekki tollgate where the #EndSARS Memorial Protest is scheduled to hold in the state today.

One of those arrested claimed to be a journalist while the other was seen carrying a placard.

The police had reportedly warned that anyone seen at the tollgate without an ID card will be arrested.

The arrested journalist told newsmen that he works with LegitTV and that his phone, driver’s license and other documents were taken away from him.

Speaking from a Lagos State Task Force van where he was kept by the police, the journalist who identified himself as Abisola stated that he lost his ID card in transit.

About 30 police trucks and armed personnel are currently at the tollgate to enforce a ban on protests issued by the police command.

A car procession in honour of those believed to have lost their lives at the tollgate when soldiers dispersed #EndSARS protesters on October 20, 2020, is scheduled to hold at the tollgate today.

What #EndSARS protests were about

The #EndSARS protests which were held in October 2020 were against the activities of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigeria Police Force which was accused of police brutality.

The epicentre of the protests was the Lekki tollgate in Lagos where many youths gathered day and night to air their grievances against police brutality and bad governance.

They were dispersed from the location by gun-wielding soldiers on October 20, 2020, an action which some quarters believe led to the loss of lives.

This was followed by the destruction of private and public properties by hoodlums in Lagos, an incident that informed the latest warning issued by the police in the state.

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Police Threaten To Punish Inspector For Voting At APC Congress

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The Zone 1 Command of the Nigeria Police Force, Kano, on Tuesday said its attention had been drawn to a trending picture on the social media, of a police inspector casting his vote at the Kano State congress of the All Progressives Congress alongside his principal, the state party chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas.

A statement by the Zonal Public Relations Officer, DSP Abubakar Ambursa, added that the inspector had been identified as Bashir Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base 1, Kano.

According to the statement, the Inspector is attached to the Government House, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with Abbas as a security aide.

“In view of this seemingly unprofessional conduct of the inspector, the AIG (Assistant Inspector General of Police) has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

“If the inspector is found to have committed the offence, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against him,” the statement said.

The police assured members of the public that further development on the matter would be communicated.

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