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‘Prostitution’ Of PDP Governors, Legislators Destroying Democracy – HURIWA



'Prostitution' Of PDP Governors, Legislators Destroying Democracy - HURIWA

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) is worried about the danger to democracy of incessant cross-carpeting into the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) by mostly elected governors and legislators.

The rights group also condemns cross-carpeting across party lines by political office holders as unconstitutional and unethical.
Calling it unbridled political prostitution and lawlessness, the rights group said it was miffed that even the National Assembly that ought to be custodians of the national Grund Norm has become a nest of crooks going by the frequency of financially induced cross-carpeting of elected PDP members into the APC.

According to HURIWA, it is worrisome that the APC that leads the country and represents her and the good people of Nigeria at global fora by virtue of the fact that it is the political party that produced President Muhammadu Buhari is gradually turning its political platform into the rehabitation platform for alleged corrupt politicians who now see the APC as the refuge of sinners and crooks.

“Clearly what is at play in these irritating defections by the bunch of unprincipled political office holders, is the lack of decency and total disregard to the unambiguous provisions of the Constitution which prohibit these kinds of defections and political prostitution as can be seen in the exact wordings of the Constitution in section 68 (1) (a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended).”

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HURIWA said ” a plethora of other provisions as it concerns elected holders of executive tenured offices are found in the constitution.”

The group quoted Section 68(1) (a) of the constitution as stating thus: “A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if – (a) he becomes a member of another legislative house.”

HURIWA in a media release by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, said President Muhammadu Buhari had violated his constitutional oath of office by welcoming decampees from the opposition party especially governors and legislators elected under a different  political platforms especially because Buhari just like the unethical cross- carpeting politicians who swore oath of allegiance to the constitution which they now violate with reckless abandon.

HURIWA  then posed this question thus: “What exactly is our president showcasing to young people of Nigeria? Is it that it is right to breach the oath of office and the ethical codes that are binding on politicians which oblige them to remain loyal and faithful to the political vehicles they were driven to win political offices? This is political profanity at its apogee”.

To even note that a former National Chairman of APC was quoted as saying that APC would forgive corrupt politicians the moment they cross over to APC from PDP and indeed he spoke the mind of President Buhari who has welcomed many accused corruptly enriched politicians from the other side whose cases surreptitiously develop snail speed.

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“Pure and simple the act of politicians crossing over from their political parties to the ruling political party because of pecuniary purposes is to put it very mildly, pathetically roguish and absolutely absurd. It is an act of egregious political corruption which should interest both the EFCC and ICPC if there are independent bodies, ” the group said.

HURIWA expressed worry that the impartiality and independence of both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission have been eroded by the fact that the president directly interferes with the workings of these bodies to influence them on when to stop prosecution of cases involving PDP office holders who decamp suddenly to the party in power at the centre.

HURIWA suggested the creation of a three-man independent task force to enforce the relevant provisions of the law on political defection to save the imminent collapse of constitutional democracy in Nigeria.


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Arrest Interim Govt Plotters Now – Governors



Tambuwal Emerges Chairman Of Governors' Forum
Governor Tambuwal

Governors of the 36 states have asked the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest and prosecute those involved in a plot to put in place an interim government as part of moves to truncate the nation’s democracy.

Condemning the move, the governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum assured of their commitment to continue in the defence of Nigeria’s democracy as elected leaders.

In a statement on Friday by NGF Chairman and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal at the end of the 4th meeting of the Governors, he warned the DSS against issuing statements without arrest as that amounts to heating the polity.

Tambuwal said, “The Forum deliberated extensively on the alleged plot by some unscrupulous elements to install an interim government, as contained in the recent statement issued by the Department for State Services (DSS). Governors condemned in the strongest terms, any unconstitutional means of regime change and pledged its commitment to continue to defend Nigeria’s democracy as elected leaders.

“In addition, the Forum believes that issuing statements without arrests is akin to heating up the polity and causing unwarranted tension in the country. It called on the DSS to do its job by immediately arresting and prosecuting all those involved in the plot as a matter of urgency.”

Recall that the DSS had on Wednesday confirmed rumours that a section of the political class was planning for an interim government in order to truncate the result of the recently-concluded general elections.

The Spokesman for the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya in a statement said that the agency had identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria but did not give the names of the masterminds.

The agency had said that the planners of the interim government had already held several meetings, during which they weighed many options to actualize their plot including sponsoring endless mass protests across Nigerian cities, securing a warrant to declare a state of emergency or a court injunction to stop the inauguration of the executive and the legislature at the federal and state levels.

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BREAKING:Lagos Govt Arraigns Chrisland School, Principal, Others Over Death Of Pupil Whitney Adeniran



Chrisland pupil Whitney

The Lagos State government has arraigned Chrisland School, Opebi, its principal, vice principal and two other employees over the death of one of the school’s pupils, 12-year-old Whitney Adeniran.

On Wednesday, the government of Lagos State had filed charges against Chrisland School and four others over the death of the 12-year-old pupil, Whitney Adeniran.

The school and its workers were accused of involuntary manslaughter and reckless and negligent acts.

The workers who were arraigned before Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja include Ademoye Adewale, Kuku Fatai, Mrs Belinda Amao, Nwatu Ugochi Victoria and Chrisland School Limited.

The school principal, Mrs Belinda Amao, broke down in tears while in the dock as the court and counsel tried to agree on a date for the commencement of the trial.

Whitney died during the school’s inter-house sports competition at Agege Stadium in Lagos on February 9.

Blessing Adeniran, her mother, had accused Chrisland of negligence over her daughter’s death.

The school’s management, however, dismissed insinuations that there was foul play in the death, saying she slumped in public.

Chrisland also argued that Whitney complained about “not-too-buoyant health” a few days before she died.

However, an autopsy conducted at the Lagos State University Hospital (LASUTH) confirmed that the deceased died from “asphyxia and electrocution”.

In the charges filed on behalf of the state government by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Babajide Martins, who disclosed that their negligence killed Whitney because they failed to ensure her safety.

The charge also disclosed that they all acted in a reckless and negligent manner that endangered human life.

The offences are contrary to Sections 224 & 251 of the Criminal Law, C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015

If found guilty, the offences carry a penalty of life imprisonment and two-year jail terms respectively.

On Tuesday, the state government granted access to Chrisland High School, Opebi branch, to open for physical learning ahead of the school’s forthcoming examination after parents’ appeal.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had ordered that the school be shut down on March 3, 2023, following the investigation into Whitney’s death.

Sanwo-Olu through the state Ministry of Education said the closure of the school would pave the way for unhindered investigation and afford all stakeholders, including parents, students, staff and friends of the deceased, time to grieve.

The reopening followed an appeal by the Parents of all Chrisland School Units who visited the Ministry of Education on Monday to seek the government’s understanding for “the sake of 500 plus students some of whom also have terminal examinations.”

The management of the school had tendered an apology over Whitney’s death.

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BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies




Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.

His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.

Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.

Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.

He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha

The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.

“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.

“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”

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