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Dagogo alleges threat to life even in Police detention

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Governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has indicated that he is still in Police detention over what he described as spurious and politically motivated charges instigated by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.

A statement by his special adviser on Media and Publicity Ibrahim Lawal alleged that there are still threats to his life while in Police detention.

Hon Farah Dagogo who is also a Member representing Degema/Bonny Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives in the statement said the allegation of April 27th, 2022 of disruption of PDP National and State House of Assembly screening exercise were false.

The statement pointed out that Hon Dagogo was declared wanted by Governor Nyesom Wike and subsequently unlawfully whisked away on his instruction the following day, April 28th, 2022 when Hon. Doctor Farah Dagogo made himself available at the venue of the PDP Governorship screening exercise.
According to the statement, there was no disruption of the screening exercise for the National and House of Assembly aspirants as the exercise went on smoothly from around 3pm April 27th, 2022 to the following day around 3am, April 28th, 2022.
“Aspirants vying for both National and State Assembly have come out openly to say there was no disruption as they all did their screening successfully.
“The matter that is of greater concern to us now is the safety of Hon. Doctor Farah Dagogo. We have it on good authority that the Camp Commandant to the Governor, Efeturi Irikefe, who led the supposed arrest, attempted to shoot Hon. Doctor Farah Dagogo inside the vehicle that was transporting him to their destination on that fateful day, April 28th, 2022.
“It took restrain from others, who struggled with the Camp Commandant telling him ‘THAT WAS NOT THE MISSION NOW’ before he calmed down. Whatever that statement means, we still do not know.
“Our earlier position stands, Hon. Doctor Farah Dagogo life is still in danger. Governor Nyesom Wike and his goons should be responsible for any thing that happens to Hon. Doctor Farah Dagogo.
“The shooting incident recorded outside the Party’s State Secretariat at Aba Road was orchestrated by Efeturi Irikefe, the Camp Commandant to the Governor, with the intent to pinpoint it on Hon. Doctor Farah Dagogo, which is manifesting through his unlawful remand in Police custody.
“The allegations were all smokescreen to put Hon. Doctor Farah Dagogo in captivity. For now, they can continue celebrating their pyrrhic victory.

Meanwhile Concerned citizens and others have expressed concern as to why the Camp Commandant to the Governor has not been arrested.
“It was the Camp Commandant sporadic shooting that was the only incident that day. That shooting qualifies as a breach of the peace and uptil now that Camp Commandant has not been brought in for questioning.
“Another question is what was the Camp Commandant doing at the National and State Assembly aspirants screening exercise on April 27th, 2022 and also at the Governorship screening on April 28th, 2022.
“However, a law abiding Federal Lawmaker, who was not at the PDP’s Party Secretariat for the National and State Assembly aspirants screening exercise, because he was a Governorship aspirant, could be whisked away by the Camp Commandant at the venue of the PDP Governorship screening exercise in Port Harcourt without any arrest warrant.
“We are also aware that Governor Nyesom Wike is not unrelenting in his persecution goals. He is trying to further set up Hon Dagogo with other trump up charges of Murder, bunkering and other nefarious activities, having seen his first plan failed woefully. Hon Dagogo is a refined gentleman, a Federal Lawmaker of high repute with untainted integrity.
“This is for the attention of all lovers of democracy. Hon Dagogo is fully aware of the massive show of love and solidarity, he is emphatically grateful and humbled.
“This is a fight between light and darkness. Rivers people and Nigerians have chosen the path of light.
“These are clear crude moves to take him out of the Governorship race and make him emotionally and psychologically distressed with all these manifestly unjustifiable clampdown
“Hon Dagogo remains unshakable in his Governorship pursuit and more than resolved to continue speaking against injustice and tyranny. He is facing all this travail because he picked up the Governorship Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms.
“He was at the State Assembly, he is now a Federal Lawmaker but on receipt of the Governorship form, he is now being termed ‘sponsor’ of cultists.
“This also speaks volume of the dictatorial tendencies of Governor Nyesom Wike who does not welcome dissenting views.”

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Obi, Otti, LP Lawmakers to storm Akure for Ondo guber election campaigns

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***Party Receives Boost From Aggrieved Aspirants from APC and PDP

The Chairman of Labour Party (LP) Governorship Primaries in Ondo State, Mr Olusola Ayodele has declared the resolve of Party to take back Ondo State in the forthcoming coming Governorship elections of the state billed for November 2024 by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC)
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, quoted Olusola Ayodele to have made the declaration when he Addressed the Southwest Leadership of the Party on Friday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

Ayodele who conducted the Ondo State Governorship Primaries of the LP in Akure a fortnight earlier stated that all preparations by the Leadership of the party to win the Ondo Governorship elections have been concluded with the formation of a proposed Southwest Task Force on the Ondo Governorship elections .

According to him, the Task Force being put together comprises key leaders of the party in the Southwest, who have been charged to mobilise a high-powered National Campaign Team of the Party for the Governorship elections to reenact the LP – Mimiko victory and 8 years good governance of Ondo State

He said, “To lead the Ondo National campaign committee is Mr Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party and Mr Alex Oti, Governor of Abia State. They are to be supported by all LP Senators, Reps Members, State Lawmakers and other key leaders of the Party in the country with formidable solidarity from key members of the Obidient Movement in diaspora.”

While clarifying the rumour about the possibility of the party conducting a substitution primaries for the Governorship candidacy of the party, Ayodele said “this would only happen, if the current governorship candidate of the party decides to withdraw from the race during the substitution window created by INEC and if the National Working Committee, NWC of the Party also finds governorship aspirants who have the required competence and capacity as possible replacement to fly the governorship ticket of a mega party like the Labour Party, especially, a party which has ruled Ondo State for 8 years before”

Ayodele said although some aggrieved frontline governorship aspirants, especially from the APC and PDP are already discussing the possibility of crossing to Labour Party with the Committee, it is only the National Working Committee of the Party that can sanction such discussion before the close of the substitution window of INEC. He however applauded the youths, students and the masses of the people in Ondo State for remaining steadfast with the Party.

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Obi visits Atiku, Saraki, Lamido in Abuja over State of the nation

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Apparently worried about the state of the nation and the increasing uncertainty in the living conditions of the poor and underprivileged, the 2023 Presidential flag bearer of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi has consulted some top opposition leaders to chart a way out.
Among those Obi consulted with were Former Vice President, and PDP Presidential Candidate in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, the Former Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki and the Former Governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido.
A statement Spokesperson Dr Yunusa Tanko indicated that his visit to the leaders is in continuation of his determination to live up to his expressed commitment to the peace and progress of the nation. “His abiding devotion has always been for the emergence of a Nigeria that works for all its peoples where the people are quickly pulled out of poverty.
“At the center of discussion during each of these visits was the state of the nation and how to reduce the suffering of all Nigerians irrespective of class and location.”
The statement explained that the desperate condition of the downtrodden in in the country was particularly highlighted.
“Of particular interest and emphasis in these discussions was the worrisome situation in the Northern parts of the country”

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Dan Nwanyanwu insists, no remedy for 27 Rivers lawmakers that dumped the PDP

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The National Chairman of the Zenith Labour Party, Dan Nwanyanwu, has insisted only fresh election can reinstate the 27 lawmakers from Rivers State who who dumped the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to him by voluntarily switching political allegiances, the lawmakers have effectively relinquished their previous seats, with no avenue for reinstatement.

Despite directives to INEC to refrain from taking action, Nwanyanwu argued that delaying elections merely prolongs the inevitable outcome.

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In an interview with Arise TV, he remarked, ”I agree with Wike that nobody will remove the 27 lawmakers but they have removed themselves.

They have on their own volition decided to leave the state assembly. And I want to say without mincing words that nothing will bring back the 27 lawmakers to their seats unless another election is conducted and they emerge victorious in the election.

As of today, any lover of democracy and laws would know that the constitution has written it clearly that if on your own, you decided to join another political party, there is no provision that you want to come back.

I’m aware that there are plethora of cases and INEC has been told not to do anything. But you see, they are just postponing the day of the election.

These lawmakers are no longer recognized members of the state assembly. I’m a lawyer and most lawyers are unanimous on this matter. When a law is clear and unambiguous, you don’t need to give it any strange interpretation.

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