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Six hoodlums arraigned for disrupting PDP EXCO inauguration

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PDP NEWS: November 2, 2016

Six men believed to be political thugs, who allegedly conspired with others still at large and invaded the inauguration venue of the Peoples Democratic Party Executive Committee to cause mayhem, were on Wednesday released on N300,000 bail on the order of an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.

The accused are Tunde Edward, 53; Chika Ekwugha, 26; Mojeed Salami, 51; residents of Ifako-Ijaiye; Hakeem Odunewu, 57; Lukmon Laguda, 53, a resident of Iju-Ishaga, a Lagos suburb, and Isaac Adepoju of Oke-Ira, Ogba in Lagos.

They are facing charges of conspiracy, possession of dangerous weapons and breach of public peace.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Babaji Ishaku, said the accused with 20 others still at large invaded a PDP inauguration venue with some dangerous weapons.

Ishaku said the offences were committed on October 14 at about 4.30 p.m. at Block 61, Flat 5, Ifako-Ijaiye Housing Estate, Pen Cinema, Agege.

He alleged that a man, Laguda Lukmon, who is still at large, mobilized the accused persons armed with broken bottles, stones, sticks and a substance suspected to be an acid harassed and threatened PDP members at the venue.

He said, “The PDP members and the complainant, Kehinde Koku, were holding meetings and inaugurating the state executive committee of the party at his residence.

“Suddenly, the accused persons invaded the venue of the inauguration, harassing and threatening the party members with some dangerous weapons.

“The party members fled the scene and reported the incident to the police which led to the arrest of the accused persons.”

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The offences contravened Sections 166, 327 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The six accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty.

Section 327 prescribes six months for unlawful possession of dangerous weapons, while Section 409 stipulates two years imprisonment for conspiracy.

The Senior Magistrate, Mr. J.A. Adegun, granted each of the accused persons bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties each in like sum.

He adjourned the case to Nov. 4 for mention.

Source: Punch News Paper


Makarfi meets PDP state chairmen, begs for support

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 PDP NEWS: November 2, 2016

According to punch report, we were made understood that one of the factional Chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, met with some state chairmen of the party in Abuja on Tuesday.

They included that, sources at the meeting, which was held at the faction’s secretariat of the PDP located at Wuse 2, said that the former governor of Kaduna State begged for the support of the state chairmen.

Makarfi and a former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, are currently in court, fighting for the leadership of the party.

It was gathered that the Makarfi faction also briefed the state chairmen on the crisis in the party.

Specifically, he was said to have appealed to them to stand with the faction and its candidate for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN).

One of the state chairmen, who was at the meeting and spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity because he was not officially permitted to speak on the issue, described the atmosphere at the meeting as sober.

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He said, “It was a very sober meeting. We were briefed by the chairman on the crisis in the party and all that.

“Apart from begging us to keep supporting him, he also asked us to support Jegede for the governorship election in Ondo State.

“He also briefed us on how the peace talks with the Sheriff faction failed and all that. But in all, we left the meeting in a sad mood because we don’t like what’s happening in the party.”

The spokesperson for the faction, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, however, stated in a statement that the meeting deliberated on topical national issues.

He said that the meeting was convened at the instance of  Makarfi and other members of the National Caretaker Committee of the party.

He said the former governor of Kaduna “briefed the state chairmen on the developments in the party and some certain decisions taken by the leadership.

“The meeting also received reports from the state chairmen on the state of affairs in their various states.

“The meeting equally was optimistic that justice shall surely be served and therefore, both teams reiterated full support for the party’s candidate in the Saturday, November 26, 2016 governorship election in Ondo State, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) as the standard bearer of the party.”

Adeyeye called on members of the party nationwide, its supporters and the general public, and especially Ondo people, to remain calm and continue supporting the Makarfi-led faction in moving the party forward.

Source: Punch Nigeria News Paper

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