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APC Thugs Desecrated Our Palace Grounds, It Was A Political Mutiny — Edo PDP Alleges

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The National Vice Chairman, South-south of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Chairman, Edo State PDP Campaign Council for the 2020 gubernatorial election, Chief Dan Orbih, has described the attack on Governor Godwin Obaseki and leaders of the PDP in front of the palace of the revered Oba of Benin, on Saturday as a desecration of the palace grounds.

Chief Orbih, who addressed journalists in Benin City on Sunday, also said that, “The attack was a political mutiny, as All Progressives Congress (APC)’s sponsors attempted to eliminate the entire leadership of the PDP and all democratically elected governors of PDP that were expected to be with the governor.”

He explained: “The visit was officially communicated to the Palace and the various security agencies as PDP leaders’ visit that included the party’s National Chairman, members of the National Working Committee (NWC), Governors of Rivers, Sokoto and Delta States, and of course the host, Governor Godwin Obaseki.”

Read his official statement below:

The unfortunate incident that took place yesterday in the course of the official visit of the Governor and members of the PDP National campaign Council to the Palace of our Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II Ogidigan.

I want to place it on record that the visit was officially communicated to the Palace and the various security agencies as PDP leaders visit that included the party’s National Chairman, members of the National working committee, Governors of Rivers, Sokoto, Delta, and of course the host Governor Godwin Obaseki.

1. I want to place it on record that there was no official APC event in the Palace or anywhere in Benin that was so communicated in accordance with INEC guidelines.

2.There was no official communication to the security agencies and the palace that APC was also going to have event at the palace.

3. The invasion of the Palace Gate by armed APC Youths was a well co-ordinated assault by the leadership and Sponsors of Edo APC to eliminate the National leadership of the PDP and all democratically elected Governors of PDP that were expected to be with the Governor.

This action to my mind was aimed at throwing the country into crisis. The security breach must be investigated and all those connected with it must be arrested and tried in accordance with the laws.

The APC organised attack at the Palace is in our view a political mutiny, against constituted authority, capable of causing interstate conflict and war between Edo state and the affected states of the Governors that were marked down for elimination.

There have been several videos in the cyberspace where these thugs have been instructed, directed and motivated to intimidate and cause chaos and mayhem in the state.

The security agencies must swing into action to bring all those connected with the incident to book.

Choosing the Palace to unleash their evil plans is an abomination and a total disrespect to our Royal majesty and highly respected traditional institution.

We condemn the attack and wanton destruction of PDP members vehicles and property by these hooligans in broad day light in the vicinity of the Palace of our revered Oba.

I commend the leaders and members of EDO State PDP and supporters for their maturity yesterday. Who restrained themselves from retaliation in the face of unwarranted attacks and hostilities.

I want to assure them that the party will not fold its hands and watch members attacked and killed because of their support for Governor Godwin Obaseki.

 

Signed

Chief Dan Osi Orbih
National Vice chairman
SOUTH-SOUTH
Chairman Edo 2020
Campaign Council

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[BREAKING] Buhari To Address Nigerians At 7pm

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Following a detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari will make a national broadcast Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 7 pm.

Television, radio, and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
October 22, 2020

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[BREAKING] #EndSARS: Buhari Coming Up With Solutions In Few Hours —- Monguno

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The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.), on Thursday said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), would come up with solutions to the current violence erupting in parts of the country “in the next couple of hours.”

Although he did not disclose the nature of the solutions, he said they would be agreeable to all parties concerned.

Monguno disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the National Security Council presided over by the President.

He said, “The President himself, I have just left his office, is also going to deal with these issues in a specific manner apart from what has just taken place in council.

“I believe in the next couple of hours, Mr President will come up with certain solutions that will be agreeable to the entire federation.”

The NSA also did not disclose whether the President will announce the solutions through a national broadcast.

Details later….

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BREAKING: Hoodlums Set Ojodu Police Station In Lagos Ablaze, Vehicles Destroyed

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Hoodlums on Thursday morning set another facility belonging to the Nigeria Police Force on Fire in the Ojodu Berger axis of Lagos State, destroying properties worth several millions of naira.

No fewer than eight vehicles were destroyed in the inferno by the mob said to have been protesting police brutality and an end to bad governance.

Also, several shops housed by the facilities were torched down by the hoodlums with goods running to million destroyed.

It was learnt that some of the goods were also looted by the irate youths who were said to have been planning the arson since Wednesday morning.

Our correspondents gathered that the attack was prevented yesterday after the division called for more back up and mounted a roadblock to wade off the hoodlums.

As of the time of filing this report, officials of the Lagos State Fire are trying to put out the inferno.

Details shortly…

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