…describes call as one made by hungry hoodlums
…vows to continue with vibrant opposition activism
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has responded strongly against the call by a group that styles itself “Emerging Leaders Forum” that its Spokesman be arrested and prosecuted for allegedly making inciting statements with a plan to topple the APC/Buhari government.
The group, led by one Godstime Samuel had addressed a Press Conference on Friday August 14th in Abuja where it called for the immediate arrest of Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere by the security agencies, giving a seven-day ultimatum otherwise, they will be forced to effect his arrest by themselves.
However, reacting to this call through a press release signed by CUPP’s Co-Spokesperson, Comrade Mark Adebayo, the group described such request as an ‘unserious and irresponsible’ move to silence the power of activism in a democratic state like Nigeria.
The group says no Nigerian youth can confidently endorse the current administration which is characterised by insecurity, economic meltdown, high rate of unemployment amongst others.
It therefore described as shameful the call for the arrest of Ikenga, one who has consistently fought for the progress of the country.
The statement reads: “We have become aware of the clandestine campaign of calumny being perfected by the party in power to take our spokesman out of circulation as was seen by the amateurish and poorly attended Press Conference by a faceless group that called itself Emerging Leaders Forum.
“There is no genuine Nigerian Youth organisation that could descend into such an abyss of abysmal abnormality calling for the head of a foremost Youth activist such as Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere who until recently led the Nigerian Youth Council with unequalled sterling performances and unprecedented capacity and remains active within various youth groups across the country”.
“We make bold to say that there is no patriotic Nigerian youth who can be proud of the current aggravated incompetence and retrogressive governance which has produced devastating insecurity, economic meltdown, massive youth unemployment, and generalised crises of unprecedented proportions in sub-Saharan Africa. No responsible young person could endorse such unmitigated disaster that the current government has unleashed on this country that is threatening the very existence of a great country like Nigeria except an irresponsible and hungry group of hoodlums hurriedly assembled to carry out such a disgraceful hatchet’s job for the sake of a day’s meal ticket”.
Referring to the group as one with criminal intentions, CUPP warned that any attacks on Ikenga will ensure that legal actions be taken against them. It therefore called on Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to swiftly order for the arrest of Godstime Samuel for such an open threat against its spokesman, Ikenga.
It further reads:
“At least now we know who to trace and hold responsible for any attacks on Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere. We are not taking lightly this direct threat to the life of our spokesperson by this faceless criminal group that issued what amounts to a death threat on Ikenga and we will approach it with all the seriousness it demands through all legal means because CUPP is not a clandestine lawless opposition coalition.
“We are a coalition of responsible, patriotic and credible Nigerians with the singular objective of rescuing Nigeria from bad governance through constitutional and democratic means and put Nigeria on the path of rapid development to rival the the most advanced nations on earth. This cannot be a crime. For the last two years of its existence, the CUPP has conducted its affairs within the purview of international best practices of opposition activism and has employed strictly legal means, including court actions, to seek redresses to its concerns. Never has the opposition coalition carried out any of its activities outside the confines of law and never will. This ridiculous attempt to call a dog a bad name to hang it is dead on arrival”.
“For the avoidance of doubt, these latest threats will never dampen our spirit to speak the minds of millions of Nigerians for whom we represent hope and the voice of the voiceless. We shall not succumb to the cheap blackmail and threats by a government that has totally failed on all indices of the basic performance of governance and the opprobrious activities of its shameless attack dogs, internal collaborators and fifth columnists. We shall not be silenced by a motley crowd of discombobulated invalids who have chosen the destructive path of ignominy and despicable perversion. They will be consumed by the corrosive slimes of their treacherous vocation”.
“As a foremost opposition coalition, the CUPP in the coming days shall wax stronger and be more active than ever. No retreat and no surrender in our steady march towards achieving greatness for our beloved Nigeria. We are fully aware that all the threats and consistent attacks on the CUPP by the enemies of our country are for the purpose of weakening the opposition before the 2023 elections which we are positioned to win. We are not unmindful of the recent concerted efforts to infiltrate and compromise the coalition from within in order to deplete its ranks and weaken it, but that has also failed woefully. For the avoidance of doubt, we shall continue to be stronger and more united and focused on the historic assignments that has been thrust on us. Rather than persecuting the opposition, the government should do the country a favour by concentrating whatever energy it has left on fighting escalating insecurity, economic meltdown and the massive corruption scandals bedevilling its administration. The opposition is not your problem, it is your incompetence and visionlessness. Modern nations are run by perfectly envisioned, creative and proactive leaders with a sophisticated mindset and creative foresight, not by intellectually incapacitated and parochial leadership”.
“We urge Nigerians to remain hopeful as their trauma will soon become history when the opposition takes control of government in 2023 by your collective mandate to be freely given through the elections. We fully support Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere and other opposition leaders who have remained steadfast and committed to achieving the greatness that Nigeria was destined to reach.
” Having made such open threats of violence against our spokesman, we call on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohamed Adamu, to order the immediate arrest of Godstime Samuel before he carries out his threats on the life of our spokesman as it is the constitutional responsibility of the Nigerian Police to ensure the safety of all Nigerians irrespective of political affiliations. The police cannot allow such an open threat to the life of a Nigerian citizen go unchallenged unless it has itself been compromised to look the other way”.
I will not leave PDP, It’s not the right thing to do” – Obaseki debunks rumours of crossing to APC
The Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has dismissed claims that he will be returning to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Governor Obaseki who got a second term on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said having contested and won on the party’s platform, moving out of the party will be a stain on his integrity.
“I couldn’t have contested on a party won on that party’s platform and then considered moving to another party,” Obaseki said on Friday when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
“It’s not a good thing to do, it’s not the right thing to do and I’m sure you will not encourage me to do that”.
President Muhammadu Buhari, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, his wife Betsy
Governor Obaseki was accompanied by his Deputy Philip Shaibu and some members of his cabinet, following his re-election as governor of the state.
He thanked the President for ensuring that fair play reigned during the election which saw him victorious.
He said, “You would recall a couple of weeks before the election, I came to see you and you assured me that we were going to have a free, peaceful and credible election.
“That is what we had during the election of 19th September and the whole world has acclaimed that the Edo election was perhaps one of the best conducted in recent times in Nigeria. This could not have been possible without your insistence that the right things be done, and for that, we want to say thank you very much.”
Governor Obaseki also thanked the President for his congratulatory message, assuring him that the message “has been internalised, that it is God that made this election possible, therefore I should be humble about the election and also magnanimous in victory.”
He pledged his unalloyed loyalty and support and that of the people of Edo State to the President and the Federal Government.
Governor Obaseki secured 307,955 of the total votes, 84,336 more votes than his closest rival Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who got 223, 619 votes at the just concluded September 19 Edo election.
Tension brews in Edo as citizens warm up for the poll
… our governors are under a seige – PDP
Just few hours to the gubernatorial election in Edo state, the public is anxious on who will handle the affairs of the state for the next four years.
The battle for power which is majorly between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will see one its candidates emerge winner on Saturday, September 19,2020.
Security agents have flooded the state to provide adequate security for the electorates. Observers and political faithfuls are on ground to witness the historic event with state governors also available to give moral support to their various candidates.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed its readiness for the elections, giving instructions to the electorates on what is expected of them at the polling station.
According to the commission, the use of face mask is mandatory for all voters before the can be allowed into the polling unit.
Also, government has ordered restriction of movement during the period of the exercise to control any mishap.
As tension arises, PDP has accused security agencies in the state of harassing its governors from other states who came to observe the election and has since pleaded to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to look into the issue as the lives of its members are at risk.
In a public address by PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, he revealed that security agents have surrounded the hotel where Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other governors lodged. He maintained that if APC state governors can be allowed into the state, then PDP governors must also have such liberty too.
The heat is between PDP candidate who is seeking for a second term in office, Governor Godwin Obaseki and his APC opponent, Ize Iyamu.
Edo Guber Debate: ‘Oshiomole plunged Edo state into a debt crisis- Obaseki
Governor Godwin Obaseki has accused his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole of putting Edo State in debt through reckless borrowing.
The governor made the allegation on Sunday, September 13, 2020, during the Edo Governorship debate organized by Channels Television.
While answering a question about the debt profile of Edo state, Obaseki said the Oshiomhole-led administration was responsible for the state’s debt burden.
He said, “Let me make some points very clear. What happened is that my predecessor in office borrowed recklessly and the Federal Government had to restructure all the debts that we have taken before I came into office.
“These included a whole series of bank borrowings, borrowing to pay salaries. So, the Federal Government restructured outstanding obligations to Edo State, to the tune of almost N30 billion. That was what was responsible for adding to the debt stock, not borrowings from this administration.
The governor also accused Oshiomhole of owing contractors to the tune of N70bn.
He, however, commended his administration for servicing the debt and also providing the needed development to the people.