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#ENDSARS: Peterside blasts Lai Mohammed, other govt officials who denied Lekki killings

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Atedo Peterside.

Atedo Peterside, the founder of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, on Monday, issued a scathing, not-so-subtle criticism to unnamed officials of the Federal Government who had repeatedly denied the murder of innocent protesters at Lekki Toll Gate.

Ripples Nigeria had reported that a lot of protesters were killed by troops of the Nigerian Army at the Toll Gate on October 20, 2020, in a gruesome climax to the agitations for good policing across the country.

In a recent response, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed who had consistently denied the massacre, stated that there was no proof that any protester was killed at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos state on October 2020.

Mohammed described the event at the tollgate as a “phantom massacre”.

The minister had said the military did not shoot at protesters, and that the only shooting “was in the social media, hence there were neither bodies nor blood”.

“At earlier press conferences, I had called the reported massacre at the toll gate the first massacre in the world without blood or bodies”, the minister had said.

However, in his stance during an interview on AriseTV monitored by Ripples Nigeria, Peterside cautioned the Federal Government officials against making inconsiderate statements.

“Let me commend the judicial panel who did a good job but the report had me conflicted due to the denial by the FG on the victims.

“Those in the FG made some inconsiderate statements on the killings; a lot of people in govt kept quiet because they know something was amiss. Some FG official in Abuja was making statements about what happened in Lekki when the soldiers at the scene refused to say anything at the panel due to the offence of perjury.

Read also: Nothing has changed with Police since 2020 #EndSARS protests – Atedo Peterside

“I expect FG officials to be more circumspect. If we doubt the Lekki Toll Gate incident, then we might as well doubt so many incidents in history.

“There are some fundamental pillars: to fight injustice; to ensure the truth — there are people in this country who lie whenever they make an utterance. A nation whereby prominent liars are at the forefront will never progress. But the majority of people who seek justice are quiet.”

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APC sweeps Ekiti local council election

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) won all the 35 chairmanship seats in Saturday’s local council election in Ekiti State.

The Chairman of the State Independent National Electoral Commission (EKSIEC), Justice Jide Aladejana, who announced the results of the election on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti, said the APC secured 176 out of the 177 councillorship seats declared by the commission.

Aladejana said the commission had postponed the councillorship election in Erinjiyan ward after violence broke out during the poll in the town.

He commended the security agencies, the commission’s staff, and the electorate for the successful conduct of the election.

READ ALSO: APC Ekiti governorship primary marred by violence, suspended indefinitely

The election was held across the 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and the 19 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.

Six other political parties participated in the election while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) boycotted the exercise.

The parties that took part in the poll were the Action Alliance (AA), African Democratic Congress (ADC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), APC, National Rescue Movement(NRM), and Young Progressives Party (YPP).

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APC group dismisses reports of in-fighting, backs Buni’s committee

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Mai Mala Buni

A group in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Coalition of Progressive Youth Groups in Nigeria and the Diaspora (COPY-ND), has dismissed reports of in-fighting within the party.

Reports of division and in-fighting within the ruling had been on for several weeks

The Director-General of COPY-ND, Dr. Aminu Isyaku, made the clarification in a statement on Sunday.

He was reacting to an earlier communiqué issued by another group in the APC, the Progressive Youth Movement (PYM).

The PYM had in the communiqué announced the dissolution of Mai Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee and constituted a new one.

The APC spokesman, John Akpanudoedehe, had last week described the PYM as an illegal group in the APC and urged Nigerians to ignore its activities.

Isyaku said: “We want to set the records straight and calm the anxiety of APC youths and declare that there are no factions or leadership crises in the APC.

“We are the ruling party and we have one caretaker party leadership in place, led by Governor Buni and appointed unanimously by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).

“We are a volunteer coalition that is driven by the concern that we have for the need to correct the negative impression created by the careless actions of the so-called PYM.

“Accordingly, we have painstakingly analysed the political events in the last few days in the youth constituency of the party.

READ ALSO: APC Govs give Buni lifeline, back him to continue as Caretaker Chairman

“We, therefore, wish to state without ambiguity, that the COPY-ND is not part of this grand plot to destabilise the party under the leadership of Buni.”

He described the action of the PYM as illegality and part of a grand plot to destabilise the APC ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The COPY-ND chief insisted that the APC was a party of rules and due process.

“In the party today, we have a caretaker committee that has navigated the party from the brink of rancour and steered it onto the safe ground and restored order in it.

“This was achieved through membership registration and revalidation, the constitution of the tripartite committee, contact and strategic committee, and major election victories.

“It has also been achieved through institutionalisation of the reward system in the party and defection of governors and chieftains of other political parties into the APC.”

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JUST IN: Shekarau storms Lagos, meets Tinubu as Kano APC crisis festers

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Shekarau meets Tinubu

The former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, on Sunday visited the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at his Ikoyi residence in Lagos.

Shekarau’s visit to the former Lagos State governor came just five days after the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, handed over the APC structure in the state to his faction.

Justice Hamza Muazu had on November 30 nullified the ward congresses conducted by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje led faction and upheld the exercises supervised by Shekarau’s group.

The Kano State government later rejected the verdict over the court’s lack of jurisdiction to adjudicate in the matter.

The government did not stop there, the office of Shekarau’s lawyer, Nureini Jimoh, was sealed off over unpaid rents.

READ ALSO: Why Tinubu avoids talks on restructuring – Clark

The building was later reopened after a public outcry.

The meeting may be part of the former Minister of Education’s move to forge a closer relationship with the APC national leader now that the party’s structure in Kano is under his control.

Ganduje is one of Tinubu’s strongest allies in the North and has spearheaded the ex-Lagos governor’s 2023 presidential bid in the region.

However, it remains to be seen if the APC chieftain will be swayed by the ex-minister’s visit and dump Ganduje as the fight for the party’s soul in Kano festers.

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