Violence erupted on the streets of downtown Washington, United States, after thousands of supporters of US President Donald Trump held a protest rally to back his unproven claims of massive voter fraud and electoral malpractices during the 2020 presidential elections.
The Outlook, Washington Post and several sources report that the “Million MAGA March”, held a week after Democrat Joe Biden was declared the winner of the November 3 election, was mainly peaceful throughout the day on Saturday, but by late in the night, clashes erupted between Trump”s supporters and counter protesters.
A mass brawl broke out later on Saturday night just five blocks away from the White House as counter protesters clashed with a group of Trump supporters.
According to reports, a man in his 20s, believed to be a Black Lives Matter protester, received serious injuries and was rushed to a hospital after he was stabbed in the back during the altercation. Two police officers were also injured.
The clash lasted for several minutes as the two groups wielded batons and pushed and shoved each other until cops intervened, the reports said.
Thronging to Washington DC from various parts of the US, participants of the Make America Great Again (MAGA) Rally asserted that Trump won the elections and that they were in the city to express their support to their leader.
Trump, who has not yet conceded the election to the projected winner, Biden, has repeatedly asserted, without evidence, that fraud and other irregularities deprived him of millions of votes in key battleground states.
According to Fox News, anti-Trump demonstrators allegedly hurled eggs at Trump supporters — or stole signs, hats and banners, and lit them on fire.
Videos posted on social media showed some demonstrators and counter-demonstrators trading shoves, punches and slaps.
Anti-Trump protesters clashed with law enforcement in downtown DC as they tried to make their way to a hotel where Trump supporters were staying, the CNN reported.
Later in the day, Trump in a tweet alleged that news channels are not showing the massive gatherings in support of him, as he posted a picture of protesters of his MAGA rally.
“Instead they have their reporters standing in almost empty streets. We now have SUPPRESSION BY THE PRESS. MAGA!” he said.
Participants of the rally, which started at Freedom Plaza, chanted “four more years” and “stop the steal.”
Sporting the red MAGA cap, they displayed large posters and banners in support of Trump. Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department, late Saturday, said that at least 20 people were arrested.
Trump in a tweet blasted counter protesters who turned up at the Million MAGA March as ”Antifa scum” as he joked that they ran for the hills after violent scenes erupted in Washington DC on Saturday night.
The President claimed ”Antifa” had waited until the end of the march to attack attendees as he praised his supporters who “aggressively fought back”.
“Antifa SCUM ran for the hills today when they tried attacking the people at the Trump Rally, because those people aggressively fought back,” he tweeted.
Later, in a series of tweets, Trump attacked media outlets.
“The Fake News Media hardly even discussed the tens of thousands of people that came to DC Formed organically, and in many parts of the Country!
“The Silent Media is the Enemy of the People!!! Human Radical Left garbage did this. Being arrested now!” he tweeted.
Trump”s campaign has also filed legal challenges complaining that their poll watchers were unable to scrutinise the voting process. Many of those challenges have been tossed out by judges, some within hours of their filing.
PDP Housing allowance’s crisis takes new twist
The last is yet to be heard about the refund of over N150 million housing allowance by six members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Staff of the National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, on Tuesday, rejected copies of the widely publicized letters returning various sums ranging from N28.8 million to N36 million representing three years of housing allowances of NWC members.
Vanguard gathered that the letters written by the Deputy National Chairman (South) Taofeek Arapaja; National Vice Chairman (South South), Chief Dan Orbih; National Vice Chairman (South West) and National Women Leader, Prof. Stella Affah-Attoe, last week were only taken to the National Chairman’s office this morning.
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In their separate letters, the party officers returned the various sums arguing that the payments were suspicious. While Arapaja got N36 million of the said money transferred into his bank account, the three others got N28.8 million each.
A source in the party’s National Secretariat who confided in Vanguard said, “Arapaja and the National Woman’s leader’s letters in which they said they were returning their housing allowance which they shared on social media last week was just brought to the office this morning (Tuesday).
“Arapaja’s letter which was written on PDP letterhead was sent via courier. The man is still here.
“That’s what he could have sent through his secretary if mischief was not intended
“They had lied that they submitted their letters to the chairman. It’s today they are struggling to.
“How can the Chairman receive letters from his colleagues via courier?”
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The commission released names of 13 political parties and the candidates in the final list on Tuesday.
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In the list obtained by Daily Trust, the PDP appeared on the list as number 21, but names of both the governorship candidate and the running mate were missing.
The commission cited “court order” as a reason for the omission on the final list.Last Tuesday, a Federal High court sitting in Abeokuta, decided a suit case filed by the three members of PDP, and nullified all the primaries conducted by the PDP in the state
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A delegation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) board of trustees (BoT) has commenced a closed-door meeting with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike,
The meeting holding at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, is coming after While led some four PDP governors in a crucial meeting in Enugu, where they rolled out conditions for the group to work for Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the party.
Adolphus Wabara, PDP BoT acting chairman, is said to have led the delegation to the Tuesday’s meeting in Port Harcourt.
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