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Chicago record: Only S-Court can end the feud between me and Tinubu, says Atiku

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The 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said only the outcome of the Supreme Court case against President Bola Tinubu will end his political feud with the President.

The former Vice President stated this just as the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, lashed out at him for faulting Tinubu’s academic records, in spite of depositions by the Chicago State University, CSU, that Tinubu attended and graduated from the school.

Atiku, who spoke while answering questions from newsmen at a World Press Conference, in Abuja, yesterday, following his receipt of President Tinubu’s academic records from the university, also revealed that he denied the President’s emissaries entry into his residence soon after the February 25, 2023, presidential poll.

According to him, he was made aware that a delegation, led by APC governors, acting at the behest of the President, were at his residence to meet with him probably to plead with him to accept defeat but “I did not allow them in.”

I’m not afraid of attacks on my business interests
He also said he wasn’t afraid of any of his business interests being targeted as a result of his legal challenge to the President’s electoral victory.

Atiku noted that he has since been stripped of his logistics business which was the main business that had some form of government involvement when President Muhammadu Buhari took power in 2015.

He said: “As soon as Buhari came, all our logistics contracts business were revoked till today. I’m not afraid of my businesses being affected, I’m not doing any government business. I will only leave this fight when the court rules. We are at the Supreme Court.”

Why I want to expose Tinubu’s identity
The former Vice President explained that he undertook the journey to unravel the myriad of controversies surrounding the identity and credentials of President Bola Tinubu because it formed part of larger issues that define the future of elective government and legitimate leadership in our country.

He noted that political leadership and active citizenship matter because they are ways through which we all work together to build a country that works for all who live in it.

Nigeria bigger than any of us

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Atiku said: “Our country is bigger than any of us, and its standing in the world affects the fate of all who come from or live in it. As leaders, it is our duty to advance the well-being of all our people and of the country.

“For this purpose, my generation worked hard to return the soldiers to the barracks and to defend the right of the people to elect and establish for ourselves a legitimate government.

“Our elections are established and governed by law and founded on the constitution from which leadership and government in Nigeria alone derive their legitimacy.

We must respect our electoral laws
“The people look up to us as leaders to respect these rules and, where necessary, to defend them. This is what brings us here.

“Today, we are called upon again as a people to uphold and defend the ground rules of elective government in our country. The constitution prescribes the requirements for those who seek the highest elective office in the land.

“It should not take months or, indeed, decades, for the institutions concerned to be able to do their work in establishing the credibility of any certificates presented by candidates for public office.”

The former Vice President further said: “We undertook this journey at great cost and for important reasons.

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Nigeria’s reputation at stake
“The ground rules for legitimate governance in our country need to be upheld, and the reputation of our country is at stake. That affects everyone, Nigerians everywhere.

“I am a democrat by conviction and a citizen of a country that I love. The issues at stake in this case require us once more to rededicate ourselves to both the country and our constitution.

“Now, we entrust these facts to us all as citizens and as leaders of the institutions charged with interpreting our constitution.

“I should thank the lawyers both in Nigeria and in the United States, who have assisted us in bringing clarity and definitive answers to these issues that appear to have defied our institutions for nearly a quarter of a century.

“I also want to extend my gratitude to Nigerian citizens and friends of Nigeria both within and beyond the shores of our country for their patience as we have sought to find the facts and establish the truth.

Fawehinmi can now rest in peace

“I wish to pay tribute to the late human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, who inspired us on this path of discovery.

“Now, he can truly rest in peace in the assurance that what he started about 23 years ago has come to fruition. Gani’s vindication today gives credence to the saying that no matter how fast a lie runs, the truth will someday overtake it.

“Former American President Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘if I had to choose between government without newspapers, and newspapers without government, I wouldn’t hesitate to choose the latter.

“From exposing the Watergate scandal and unravelling the dubious certificates of politicians, journalists have maintained eternal vigilance by bridging the gap and stepping in when other arms of government failed.

“It is for these reasons that commendation must be given to David Hundeyin, an independent journalist whose extraordinary work and those of many more young people like him have become a source of inspiration.

“Special thanks must be given to the millions of Nigerian youths and citizen journalists too who continue to put out the truth online even when no one is listening.

“Indeed, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. They have put the country first in their firm commitment to unravel the truth and hold leaders accountable. This gives me the hope that we have worthy partners in the struggle to reclaim the country we call home.”

He further stated what was at stake was beyond his person, as Atiku Abubakar.

Appeals to Nigerians, Obi, Kwankwaso for support
While appealing for support for his legal cause, Atiku said: “It is a quest for the enthronement of truth, morality, and accountability in our public affairs. In line with this, therefore, I am calling on all well-meaning Nigerians, leaders of thought, our religious leaders, our traditional leaders, our community leaders, our political leaders, and in particular, Governor Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of the NNPP and, the leaders of every political party in Nigeria, and, indeed, every single person who loves this country, as I do, and who wishes nothing but the best for the country, as I do, to join me in this campaign to enshrine probity, accountability and the basic principles of justice, morality and uprightness in our country and in our government. This is a task for each and every one of us.”

I beat Tinubu to AC ticket in 2007, he wanted to be my VP
Responding to claims that he was being ungrateful to Tinubu, who it was claimed gave him the Action Congress, AC, presidential ticket to contest the 2007 election against his then principal, President Olusegun Obasanjo, Atiku said the insinuations were not correct.

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His words: “In 2006, we came together to form AC. And in Lagos at the convention in 2007, I emerged and I got the ticket. After the convention a few of our friends, who are here, met me and told me Bola wanted to be running mate. So, I asked of their opinion on Muslim-Muslim ticket.

“All of them said they objected. So, I asked them why didn’t they tell him. So, that was the end of our political relationship, it broke away as he went ahead and supported Yar’adua.

“So, where is the ground for him to say I betrayed him. Those of you who are old enough will remember that in 2003, the PDP took over all the states in the South West, with exemption of Lagos. I stood before Obasanjo and said no, you can’t take Lagos. And he left it.

“So, who is indebted to the other, is it me or Tinubu? Till today, I will not do Muslim Muslim ticket, it is absolutely wrong and not right. We are multi-ethnic, and multi- religious.”

How Buhari, APC ruined my logistics business
Atiku also went down memory lane to detail how the then President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress went after his business interests as soon as they took power in 2015.

He said, “As you must have read in many places I was the founder of one of the biggest logistics companies since the military era, and as soon as Buhari came even though we had licenses and we had nothing to do with government.

“We are just contractors to the oil companies. As soon as Buhari came all those contracts were revoked and taken away from us till today, so I am not doing any government business.

“Yes, I am in other businesses, agriculture, manufacturing and so and so forth. So I am not scared of any business being taken away from me, it has already been taken away from me since the Buhari administration. They took it and distributed out among themselves.”

In response to whether he has been under any form of pressure to abandon his legal challenge, Atiku said, “Not really, yes immediately after the election I was told of a delegation of governors who claimed they were sent by the President, but I did not allow them to get into my house. I did not.

Tinubu presented forged certificates to INEC — Atiku’s lawyer, Kalu
Speaking on the alleged certificate forgery by President Tinubu, one of Atiku’s lawyers, Kalu Kalu, SAN, insisted that the documents submitted to the team by the Chicago State University, confirmed that documents presented to INEC by Tinubu were forgeries.

According to him, “The qualifying certificates from Southwest College to Chicago State University bears a female name indicating that the document does not belong to Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“Also, the CSU admission application form has a claim that Bola Ahmed Tinubu attended Government College, Lagos and graduated in 1970, when indeed, the school was established in 1974.

“The same document has it that the owner of that document is a black American and the document Bola Ahmed Tinubu submitted to INEC, he denied having dual citizenship, which means, it does not belong to him.

“The same document under deposition says that the ‘A’ (in )Bola A Tinubu is Ahmed. But the NYSC certificate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu submitted to INEC has Adekunle.

“On the question of what use will it be in the Supreme Court, Kalu said, “It is very clear that from decided authorities, the Supreme Court has held that they can accept a party to adduce fresh evidence, as long as certain conditions are met and from what transpired in the proceedings in US courts, that condition has already been met.

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“So, as we speak, our illegality law is very clear that a party at fault cannot be allowed to enjoy the fruit of his illegality.”

It will be recalled that the official repudiation of President Tinubu’s certificate, the only academic qualification he presented to INEC was deposed to in a United States Court, on Tuesday.

Caleb Westberg, the school’s Registrar while speaking under oath and penalty of perjury, said the certificate dated June 22, 1979, and tendered before INEC on June17, 2022, was not issued by the school’s administration, adding that “ its administrators could not authenticate its source.”

Westberg, who is the School’s registrar since November, 2020 during the deposition that lasted for about 5.5 hours, added that “Tinubu did not apply for any replacement, nor was any issued to him”

Recall that Tinubu had claimed that a replacement was issued to him by the institution on the 27th of June, 1997.

The certificate he is presenting was said to have been signed by Elnora Daniel and Niva Lublin, who had not joined the school in 1979, according to information in public domain.

With the revelations coming out of the subject, the President may be in violation of provisions of Section 137( 1) (j) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria ( as amended),
Section 137(1)(j), specifically states that no one can be elected into the office of the President if he or she presents a forged certificate to INEC.

The case before the Supreme Court must be decided on or before December 6, 2023, as stipulated in the Electoral Act, 2022.

It was equally revealed that the name Bola Ahmed Tinubu was actually originally a female name – Adenike Abimbola Tinubu, said to be a US citizen, as identified by her social security number.

Accept defeat, lick your political wounds with dignity, APC tells Atiku
Responding, the APC has counseled Atiku to accept his defeat and lick his political wounds with some level of dignity.

Reacting to Atiku’s press conference, yesterday, the party’s spokesman, Felix Morka, in a statement, said Atiku’s “press conference lacked purpose and delivered nothing except the pitiful regurgitation of lies, mindless distortions and deliberate falsehood on his infantile obsession with the academic record of Bola Tinubu.”

Morka said for several weeks now, Nigerians and the world have watched with incredulity the former VP’s display of utter desperation in his failed bid to become the President of Nigeria.

The statement reads: “Earlier today (yesterday), he put his desperation in overdrive during his press conference where he addressed some of the issues in his appeal at the Supreme Court and bandying unproven charges against President Bola Tinubu in a calculated attempt to shamelessly whip up public sentiments and inordinately pressure the Supreme Court.

“We believe Alhaji Atiku Abubakar should have known better than to demonstrate gross contempt of the highest court by making public comments on a matter that he has submitted to the court for adjudication.

“The major takeaway from his Yar’Adua Centre show, especially at question time, was that Atiku harbours deep animosity towards Tinubu whom he believes was responsible for his electoral woes in 2007, 2015, 2019 and this year.

Earlier, Morka in a television programme monitored in Abuja, said the development foreclosed Atiku’s political chances in the country.

“Atiku Abubakar’s political career has come to a standstill. The sun has set on his career. And I think he needs to realise it. He served in this country as Vice President. He held other positions. That is enough for any individual in this country who is politically active.

‘’I appreciate his service but he needs to rest this matter

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No plan to suspend Soludo, says APGA

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The Anambra government on Thursday said the police arrested a 75-year-old barber, Nwankwo Nweke, for raping an eight-year-old girl in Awka.

Putting our house in order and maintaining peace is of the highest priority, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Edozie Njoku, has said.

He said the party has no plan to suspend Anambra State Governor Prof. Charles Soludo.

Njoku told reporters in Lagos that the suspension of the party’s lone governor would have sounded good for the opposition parties.

He said: “The current peaceful disposition in APGA made it unnecessary for the party. That would have sounded good for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and probably good for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“But, if we suspend Soludo today, who is going to be the beneficiary of that misadventure? It will be other parties,” he said.

Praising the media for being objective in their assessment of the crisis rocking the party, the APGA chair said that contrary to wrong perceptions in certain quarters, “many media professionals are upright”.

He said he was encouraged by the insistence of many reporters on getting the true picture of the party’s struggles to the public.

Admitting that a lot of things happened for as long as the battle for the soul of the party lasted, Njoku restated his commitment to reconciliation, inclusiveness and forgiveness to achieve harmony.

He identified the reawakening of members’ loyalty and confidence of party faithful and supporters as the major challenge for him and members of the National Working Committee (NWC).

He said: “There is no party that doesn’t really have a problem. But, peace is crucial. We are reconciling each other and it’s not going to be easy. Nigeria is a place whereby, because of the hardship, we find out that there are so many dissenting views. And when you have dissenting views, you acknowledge that everybody has right to have his or her own views.

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“Well, in politics, as you know, people must play politics. Yes, the NWC received suggestion to suspend Governor Soludo from the party. But, that was not resolved. It was discussed and it came to a point that no agreement could be reached on that.”

He noted that the NWC met to review series of reconciliation strategies, while some estranged members have sent messages of goodwill and declared their willingness to return to APGA.

Frowned at attempts by some people to pit him against the Anambra governor, Njoku added that no efforts must be spared in working together to retain the state for APGA.

Source: The Nation

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APC will Win all LG election in Kogi – Governor Ododo boast

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APC will sweep LG election in Kogi – Governor Ododo vows

Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo has expressed optimism that the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, will win all the positions in the forthcoming Local Government election in Kogi State.

Ododo disclosed this on Monday at an expanded State Executive Committee and Critical Stakeholders Meeting held in Lokoja.

The Kogi State Governor stated that the party has performed excellently well in the state and expressed confidence that the party will win overwhelmingly in the October 19 Local Government election.

Ododo maintained that his administration will organize a free, fair and credible election at the Local Government level.

He said, “The election will be between 40 and 60. Meaning, 60 percent for Men and 40 percent for Women. His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello did 35 but we will do 40. Ours is to build and consolidate on the previous achievement. APC will win all the Local Government seats in Kogi State Insha Allah.

“Let me re-echo that the Vice Chairmen will remain women. Nobody will impose anybody on us. Irrespective of your party, I am here to serve the People of Kogi State. This mandate is for the people and my government will be all-inclusive.

According to him, his administration has invested billions of naira in agriculture to ensure food security in Kogi State.

“We must work with President Tinubu for the development of our country. He is doing well to cushion the current economic challenges. I am appealing to Nigerians to support him for the nation to move forward” he added.

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On the issue of Local Government autonomy, Governor Ododo said since 2016, Local Government in Kogi State has been granted autonomy adding that the state has never tempered with local government funds.

He urged aggrieved individuals in the state to put aside their selfish interests and work for the progress of Kogi State.

“We must forget our differences and see how we can make use of our resources for our dear State. I am ready to go any length to make Kogi State great. This Local Government election will be a testing ground for all of us. I want to tell Mr President that we will give APC 100 percent. We don’t have any opposition in Kogi State” he stated.

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Amaechi has ceased to associate with the party — Rivers APC chairman

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The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has lashed out at the former governor, Rotimi Amaechi, following comments

Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers State chapter, Tony Okocha has alleged that former Minister of Transportation and presidential aspirant, Rotimi Amaechi has ceased to associate with the party.

Okocha made the claim on Tuesday while speaking with journalists in Abuja.

The APC Chairman in the Rivers State also alleged that the former Minister once warned the party Secretary in the state to stop inviting him to party activities in the South-South state.

He said: “On the issue of Amaechi, I have no question to answer. I was Chief of Staff to Rotimi Amaechi, I recall that at one point he got into Law School, and after one year in Law School he became incommunicado. You are also aware that after the presidential primary election, he disappeared into thin air.

“So whether he is still a party member or not I wouldn’t know because all the meetings we called, I give you example of a meeting we called for all the former governors and ministers, he (Amaechi) sent a message to the Secretary of the party and warned him never ever dare send him a message about the party again. So when you meet him ask him where he belong, for me I don’t know where he belong.”

Reacting to a question that Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, ( FCT) is a financier of the APC Rivers chapter, Okocha claimed that his leadership has no working relationship with the chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party.

“When I hear this I laugh because Wike is a member of PDP, unrepentant PDP. We are APC here. Will anybody suggest that because Mr. Wike is a minister under our government of APC we should be at dagger with him?

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“Wike doesn’t attend our meeting, I have briefed you here, we have held meetings of stakeholders, Wike was never there. So at what point does he influence APC in Rivers State? His influence, as much as you know, is because he is minister under an APC government, so we can’t be in enmity with him. But to say that he influence us, how? What does he do, he pays our bills? Or he attends our meetings? The answer is no.

Source: Tribune

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Atiku backs nationwide protest against hardship and hunger, blasts Tinubu

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The 2023 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has backed the planned nationwide protests against hunger and widespread hardship in the country, scheduled to begin on August 1.

In a statement, Atiku slammed the government of President Bola Tinubu for attempting to suppress the protesters, saying it was an exercise in futility.

He noted that Nigerians, including supporters of Tinubu and the ruling APC, are affected by the hunger, anger, and hopelessness caused by the government’s incompetence and cluelessness.

He warned that any attempt to suppress these rights is not only unconstitutional but a direct affront to democracy.

Atiku’s statement reads, “For the avoidance of doubt, the rights of citizens to protest are ENSHRINED in the Nigerian Constitution and AFFIRMED by our courts. Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution (as altered) unequivocally guarantees the right to peaceful assembly and association.

“Chasing shadows and contriving purported persons behind the planned protests is an exercise in futility when it is obvious that Nigerians, including supporters of Tinubu and the ruling APC, are caught up in the hunger, anger, and hopelessness brought about by the incompetence and cluelessness of this government.

“It is deeply ironic that those who now seek to stifle these rights were themselves leading protests in 2012. A responsible government must ensure a SAFE and SECURE environment for citizens to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed rights to PEACEFUL PROTEST. Any attempt to suppress these rights is not only unconstitutional but a direct affront to our democracy.”

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Labour Party Senator, Reps member defect to APC

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A federal lawmaker who represents Imo East Senatorial District, Ezenwa Onyewuchi, has dumped the Labour Party (LP) for the All Progressives

A federal lawmaker who represents Imo East Senatorial District, Ezenwa Onyewuchi, has dumped the Labour Party (LP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Majority Leader of the Senate, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, announced Onyewuchi’s defection during plenary on Tuesday.

Similarly, a member of the House of Representatives, Salman Idris, decamped from the African Democratic Congress (ADC) to the APC.

The lawmaker, who represents Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency in the green chamber, officially announced his political decision in a letter read on the floor of the House on Tuesday by Speaker Abbas Tajudeen.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Senate admitted Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma into the hallowed chamber in line with Senate rules.

Uzodimma, the Chairman of APC Progressive Governors’ Forum, and his team were present to witness Onyewuchi’s defection from LP to the ruling APC.

In his letter, Onyewuchi, whose defection brings to three, the number of APC Senators from Imo State, disclosed that he resigned from the Labour Party owing to the crisis in the party.

He also noted that his decision was is in line with the dictates of the constitution.

Shortly after Onyewuchi welcomed by APC lawmakers, he was ushered to take his seat at the APC wing of the Senate Chambers.

 

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Edo Guber: There’ll be war if APC… — Obaseki declares

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has announced a new minimum wage for Edo workers from N40,000 to N70,000 effective from May 1, 2024.

The Edo State government has condemned attempts by the oppo­sition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to negatively spin comments made by Gover­nor Godwin Obaseki, where he warned that if the APC does not allow for a free and fair election in the state, it will be a recipe for crisis in Nigeria.

In a statement, the Commis­sioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, who clarified the view expressed by the governor during a recent political meeting in the state, ac­cused the opposition party of try­ing to exploit the instrument of violence to influence the outcome of the September 21 governorship election in the state.

Nehikhare said the governor spoke at a stakeholders meeting, on Sunday, July 21, 2024, in Benin City, the Edo State capital, and warned that “if a free and fair election is not allowed to hold sway in Edo State on September 21, 2024, it will trigger a major cri­sis in Nigeria.”

The commissioner said: “The attention of the Edo State govern­ment has been drawn to the nega­tive spin that the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is fruitlessly attempting to put to the comments made by His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki, at a stakeholders meet­ing, on Sunday, July 21, 2024, in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

“For the records, we want to restate the comments of the gov­ernor on that occasion which is that: “If a free and fair election is not allowed to hold sway in Edo State on September 21, 2024, it will trigger a major crisis in Nigeria.

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“Recall that on Thursday, July 18, 2024, ahead of the rally to inaugurate the APC National Campaign Council, in Benin City, which was held on Saturday, July 20, 2024, the party assembled a large number of people believed to be thugs, most of them bearing firearms around the precincts of the Benin airport, on Airport Road, Benin City, to cause may­hem in the state, resulting in the unfortunate death of a police officer, Inspector Akor Onuh, at­tached to MOPOL 45 Abuja and the wanton destruction of prop­erties and injuries to several citi­zens who were going about their lawful businesses.”

He added, “The mob then moved around the city, attacking other institutions, including the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) secretariat, inflicting violence and terror on the lawyers in their secre­tariat, with one of the lawyers, Mr. Israel Idahosa, being severely in­jured and his property destroyed.

“They also intimidated and harassed private citizens who were putting on any material that had the insignia of the ruling Peo­ples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Dr. Asue Ighodalo, within the Benin metropolis.

“As they say, the morning shows the day and the APC has clearly shown their plan for the September 21 governorship elec­tion in the state, which is to cause mayhem, make the state ungov­ernable, and take advantage of the chaos to manipulate the forth­coming governorship election.”

Nehikhare noted, “We howev­er want to advise the APC to, for once, read the mood of the nation and understand that with the cur­rent hardship, unattainable cost of living, and pervasive hunger in the country, a slightly irrespon­sible behaviour by the political class can ignite a crisis that will have a domino effect and cause a conflagration across the nation.

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“This note of caution is even more appropriate with the omi­nous threat of a nationwide pro­test with the potential to degener­ate into a widespread breakdown of law and order.”

He urged residents in the state to go about their activities lawful­ly, noting, “While we urge all Edo people to go about their lawful businesses without fear, we call on the Nigeria police to do their job and apprehend the hoodlums, most of whom have been posi­tively identified and captured in videos, carrying firearms at the location of the crisis.

“The Edo State government, through its robust security video surveillance, is ready to supply these videos taken in real-time to help the police in their inves­tigation.”

 

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