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Defection: What PDP, APC did to me, my family – Fani-Kayode

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Femi Fani-Kayode, has recounted his ordeals in the hands of the party and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Fani-Kayode, in a lengthy article he wrote at the weekend, in response to the reactions by many Nigerians to his rumoured plan to defect to the APC, said that most political leaders in the country have not been able to face hardship or deprivation and violation of rights he has experienced under PDP and APC governments.

He said this experiences have become the norm to people like him and they are used to them and have continued to struggle and fight the system regardless.

“Do you know that I have not been able to travel out of Nigeria for the last 13 years because my passport was first seized by a PDP government for eight years and then by an APC government for five years?” The politician said.

“Do you know that I could not even go for medical check-ups outside the country because of that?

Fani-Kayode also recounted how he was locked up with Boko Haram suspects but did not complain or stop speaking truth to power.

“Do you know I was locked up by both PDP and APC Federal Governments for no just cause?” He said.

“Do you know I was even locked up in Boko Haram detention centres with Boko Haram suspects?”

According to him, not many people being referred to as “relevant” and “great” leaders in the country can go through this without cracking.

Speaking further, Fani-Kayode his first wife, Regina and her daughter, Remi, were subjected to horrors by a PDP government and had “to go into exile and live abroad.

“Do you know what hell my ex-wife Precious and first son Aragorn were subjected to by the APC government?

“Yet leaders like me that make these sacrifices and speak the truth you describe as having no relevance, no consistency and you hate.

“You mock, ridicule, insult and believe the very worst about us at the drop of a hat. Some even have the nerve and effrontery to say we are not politicians simply because we have not run for elective office…”

The rumour of the PDP chieftain dumping the party for the APC, a party he had described in many unprintable words, has been in the news for weeks now with many Nigerians expressing shock.

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End SARS: Judicial panel disposes 23 cases in Osun

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The Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Related Extra Judicial Killings, on Friday said it has disposed of 23 cases out of 34 petitions before it.

The chairman of the panel, Justice Akin Oladimeji (rtd.), disclosed this on Friday in Osogbo while speaking with journalists.

He disclosed that it reserved its recommendations as part of efforts to ensure justice and adequate compensations for all.

The retired Justice said the panel reserved its recommendations in some of the cases already concluded in line with judicial procedure.

Justice Oladimeji, who reaffirmed the commitment of the panel to ensure fairness and equity in all the petitions brought before it, said members of the panel had been working rigorously to ensure adequate compensations to those with good cases.

“We struck out 12 cases out of 23 cases that we have concluded and 3 cases had reached the final address stage, while 8 cases are pending for hearing and further hearing,” Oladimeji added.

Asked why the panel has not been awarding compensations to petitioners with genuine cases, Oladimeji said, “It is conventional to complete all the cases before awarding compensations”.

A petitioner, Chief Jelili Adegoke Raheem, had voluntarily withdrawn his petition before the panel following his decision to settle the matter.

The petitioner had in his petition claimed that he was beaten to stupor by one Superintendent Dayo Ezekiel who allegedly punched him for no reason on October 2nd, 2020 while exiting a motor-park around Oke-Baale, Osogbo.

The Counsel for the petitioner, Barrister Michael Akinwande, in an application forwarded before the panel for the withdrawal of the case, said his client had settled the matter amicably with the accused person before the adjournment.

He said it was interesting to know that the erring officer had complied with the order of the superior police officer that had earlier charged him to formally apologise to his client before the case was brought before the panel.

The panel however adopted the final address written by the counsel for Mr. Ibrahim Olagoke who had petitioned the police for brutality.

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EPL: Tuchel names player to miss Chelsea vs Man United match

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Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that centre-back, Thiago Silva, will not take part in his side’s Premier League clash against Manchester United on Sunday evening at Stamford Bridge.

Silva had missed Chelsea’s last five games because of a muscle thigh injury.

The Brazilian international sustained the injury during Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.

However, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Tuchel revealed that the 36-year-old would return to his squad next week.

“He [Thiago Silva] did an individual session today, on the pitch, and felt it was big progress,” said Tuchel.

“It’s a big step ahead for him, so I hope he will join the group next week.”

Chelsea head to the game after beating Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The kick-off time for Chelsea vs Man United is 5:30 pm.

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APC has failed – PDP condemns kidnap of Zamfara schoolgirls

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has condemned Friday’s attack on Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State, where hundreds of schoolgirls were abducted.

The party in a statement on Friday, said the terrifying spate of abduction and acts of terrorism in the country validates concerns that the All Progressives Congress and its administration have become bereft of solutions to the escalated insecurity under their watch.

The party, while calling for full-scale investigation into the abduction, said it is alarmed by the current situation wherein outlaws have turned the kidnapping of innocent school children and other vulnerable citizens for ransom, into a lucrative business following the lethargic approach and compromises under the Buhari administration.

”Only last week, gunmen had a field day invading communities after communities in Niger state, killing and maiming our compatriots after which they descended on Government Secondary School Kagara where they killed a student and abducted 40 others alongside their teachers.

”In December, just two months ago, the nation was jolted when gunmen invaded President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state, Katsina, at the time he was holidaying in the state and abducted over 600 students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara.

”Indeed, our party weeps over the unfortunate situation that our nation is being plunged into by the incompetent, deceptive and uncoordinated APC and its administration that not only caused the escalation of acts of terrorism in our country but also failed to run an effective command structure to secure the nation.

”APC had earlier been alerted of a link between APC and the outlaws. It is unpardonable that the APC has failed to rein in their bandits, who they brought from neighboring countries to help them to muscle the 2019 election

”Instead, they had allowed them to continue to invade our communities and wreak havoc on our people.

The party, therefore, charges President Buhari to step out of the Aso Rock presidential villa and ensure the immediate rescue of the abducted students.”

It also empathized with the families of the abducted children and well as the victims of the worsened insecurity occasioned by the failures of the

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