We deliver your news brief for Tuesday, October 5, 2014.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have responded to calls made by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop trying to take credit for the containment of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria.
The APC had released a statement yesterday saying the Ebola Virus spread was halted by the co-operation of all Nigerians and cannot be attributed to the efforts of the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, however, released a statement in a Abuja today describing the APC as frustrated because Nigerians are happy with President Jonathan.
Following the attacks on court in Ekiti State on September 22 and 25, some lawyers have petitioned the National Human Rights Commission, accusing the state’s governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose, and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, of violating their rights to practise their profession.
The lawyers added that the attacks on the court allegedly led by Fayose’s supporters and the PDP, constituted a threat to their lives.
The petitioners are two Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Norrisom Quakers and M.J. Onigbanjo, who are lawyers of the litigants that are challenging Fayose’s eligibility to contest in the June 21 governorship election which he won.
The Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has called on the people of the state to vote out the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government in the 2015 election to secure their future.
Amaechi said the PDP had nothing to offer Kalabari people and maintained that the only way for the people to regain their lost oil wells and benefit from democratic governance was to vote out the PDP.
The governor spoke at the weekend in Degema Local Government Area of the state after commissioning an 8,000 capacity football stadium complex built by the local government.
Tunde Olatunji, the Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), in Osun State, has declared that members of the party in the state will not emulate the recent defection of Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, to the Peoples Democratic Party.
Olatunji made the statement on Friday, 3 October, in Osogbo, where he said that members of the party in Osun would not hop aboard the PDP train, because Mimiko was not the reason they joined LP.
He said, “We are not joining the PDP. No way! We came to the LP on our own. We didn’t join the LP because of Mimiko. We came to join the party and not to join Mimiko. His exit from the party does not mean everybody will follow him to his new party. We have nothing to do with the PDP or the APC. We remain in the LP. And nothing is shaking us.”
Sixteen governorship aspirants from the northern senatorial district of Cross River State on Friday presented their blueprints to a gathering of supporters and the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party caucus of the zone.
The meeting, which held at the Ogoja Council Hall in Ogoja and lasted for several hours, was initially meant to be an interactive parley with the aspirants seeking to be the party’s candidate in the 2015 election.
At the event, which attracted large turnout from supporters, 16 aspirants honoured the invitation while eight others could not make it.