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Nigeria on the brink of collapse, Afenifere warns

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Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, says the country has become ungovernable, warning that it is on the brink of collapse.

The group stated this at its monthly meeting held at the country home of its national leader Pa Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

It kicked against “the constructing a rail line and about N30 billion highway to connect with Fulanis in the Niger Republic with whom the Fulanis running Nigeria have a cultural kinship.”

A communiqué issued by the group’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yinka Odumakin, stated, ” The truth is that the country had virtually become ungovernable and unless we restructure and restore Nigeria to federalism, the country is on the brink of collapse and God should save us from the worst-case scenario.

“And nobody should take this country on any childish ride; we should just implement the report of the 2014 conference now.

“As Nigeria enters the worst recession in 33 years and the second in five years of Buhari, we are equally besieged by attendant poverty, hinged as well as insecurity worsening across the land with kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits on the prowl and government helpless and unable to govern effectively”.

On the # EndSARS protest, the group said that the “meeting reviewed the recent protests by young people against police brutality under the #ENDSARS movement and its unfortunate bloody resolution by the repressive Nigerian government.

“To start with #ENDSARS was a by-product of a unitary rule, which promotes single policing that does not allow policemen to relate with their culture and in the process violating people’s rights because of clash of culture in the way SARS profile young people whose culture they don’t understand as criminals because they wear some haircuts and by the way they dress.

“lt was the peak of bestiality to open live bullets on peaceful protesters singing the national anthem and holding the national flag as it happened at Lekki tollgate on 20/10/20.

“lt has become more disheartening that the Nigerian government continues to tell all untruths about the massacre in spite of the CNN revelations and the Lagos coroner advertising unidentified dead bodies dumped in its mortuaries from October 19 – 27, 2020.

“lt smacks of absolute lack of conscience for anybody to still be talking of ‘massacre without dead bodies’. We are not sure that the current investigation is capable of unravelling what happened in Lekki.

“For instance, we gathered that two sets of soldiers came to Lekki, one from Lagos and another from Abuja. “What mandate was given to each and by whom?

“We need to know why Lagos State governor was allegedly blocked from reaching the president first after changing the curfew time and after the massacre.

“We commend the UK Parliament for their bold debate on the malady in Nigeria and welcome their decision to recommend sanctions against top officials of a supposed democratic government in Nigeria behaving like a junta.

The group which condemned the opening of the border for Dangote and BUA, asked the government to open the borders now.

It also said, “The meeting condemned Buhari government’s attitude of a dog that breastfeeds its own puppies and kills other animals for lunch as per management of borders.

“We reject this apartheid policy and demand the reopening of Seme and other southern borders now.”

It also commented on the attack and destruction of the farm of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Chief Olu Falae, saying, “The meeting received the report of yet another provocative invasion of Chief Olu Falae farm a few days ago by Fulani herdsmen.

“We wonder if a group of Yoruba boys can go to the North and be harassing a northern equivalent of Chief Falae serially and war would not have been declared on Yoruba in the North now.”

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BREAKING: LP suspends national chairman Abure for anti-party activities

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National Chairman of Labour Party (LP), Julius Abure

BREAKING: LP suspends national chairman Abure for anti-party activities

The National Chairman of Labour Party (LP), Julius Abure, has been suspended.

A letter of suspension dated May 14, 2024 and another on May 15, 2024 were ratified at a meeting of the state executive committee on Friday night in Benin.

They stated that the suspension was with immediate effect.

It advised Abure to stop holding out or parading himself as a member of the party.

“While the suspension is with immediate effect, you are advised to refrain from holding out or parading yourself as a member of Labour Party, Ward 3, Arue, Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State,” the letter said in part.

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The State Executive Committee led by Kelly Ogbaloi endorsed the decisions of the ward and local government committee of the party on Friday.

Ogbaloi said that the state executive council had no choice but to endorse the suspension which was also ratified by the party’s executive council in Esan North East local government area of the state.

Also, the state deputy chairman of the party, Mr. Patrick Agbontaen, said the party was fed up with the series of allegations of misdemeanour against the embattled national chairman and was fully in agreement with the decision to suspend him until further notice.

The ratification letter reads: “Here forwarded to you and for your consideration is the ratification of the suspension of Julius Abure from the membership of Ward 3, Arue, Uromi, Ean North East LGA, Edo State.

“The LGA Executive met on 15th of May, 2024, about noon, to consider the matters presented on the suspension and accordingly found them weighty and the suspension ratified and upheld.”

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LP won 2023 elections, I won’t stop saying it – Datti Baba-Ahmed

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LP won 2023 elections, I won’t stop saying it – Datti Baba-Ahmed

Former Vice Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Yusuf Baba-Ahmed, has doubled down on his claim that he and Peter Obi won the last 2023 presidential election.

Speaking when he featured on Arise Television’s Prime Time programme on Friday, Baba-Ahmed vowed not to change his position on the outcome of the election.

Baba-Ahmed alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Result Viewing portal (IRev) was switched off while results were returned manually.

He stated that the president Bola Tinubu administration has failed woefully after one year in office.

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He said: “Not at all. In fact we hold our heads high. When we look at, where are the campaign promises of the APC, or the ongoing government? What have they achieved?

“The iRev was switched off. They returned the results manually. And then the Constitution was twisted, and the meaning of the English language was changed.

“We won the 2023 election. I will never stop saying it. Now the Labour Party as at today is in a better state than the CPC was in 2013/2014 leading up to the 2015 election, far better than it was.

“Continue looking at the failures, the worsening insecurity, the declining economy and aggravated corruption that is now going on.

“Add that to when Nigerians will now wake up to the realization that beyond 2027, there’s probably a grand scheme to dismember Nigeria into six autonomous zones because there’s no way to explain the failure, and because the only way is to carry those failures and run away.”

LP won 2023 elections, I won’t stop saying it – Datti Baba-Ahmed

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Imo: Tribunal dismisses LP petition, upholds Uzodimma’s election

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Governor Hope Uzodinma

Imo: Tribunal dismisses LP petition, upholds Uzodimma’s election

The Imo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has upheld the election of Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governor of Imo State.

Delivering its ruling in Abuja, the tribunal dismissed the petition filed by the Labour Party (LP) and its governorship candidate, Athan Achonu.

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Justice Oluyemi Akintan-Osadebay, speaking on behalf of the three-man tribunal, stated that Uzodimma’s election complied substantially with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

The tribunal further emphasized that the Labour Party’s petition failed to provide sufficient evidence regarding allegations of over-voting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

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