The Caucus of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Senate yesterday held a crucial meeting and stated that with the emergence of Coalition for United Political Parties (CUPPs), the opposition will certainly wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The meeting was held at the National Assembly behind closed doors and attended by all PDP Senators, after plenary on Thursday.
The crucial meeting, it was learnt, hinged on the strides of the CUPPs to oust the APC and on the recent alleged assault on the governor of Ekiti State by security operatives.
Briefing Journalists after the meeting, Senate minority leader and chairman of PDP Senate Caucus, Senator Godswill Akpabio, explained that the meeting became necessary to discuss the giant achievement of CUPPs which, he said was a major way forward.
According to Akpabio, “The unity of purpose by the coalition for united political parties will greatly enhance power recovery in 2019 so as to enhance national growth, stability and rapid development.”
This is just as the Senate PDP Caucus condemened in strong terms the recent assault on the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose by security operatives.
Consequently, the Senate PDP Caucus has constituted a five-man committee to quickly visit Ekiti State and console with the governor and the people of the area.
The Senators unanimously faulted the maltreatment on the governor and said action violates the immunity clause of the governor.
They however, called on the federal government to thoroughly investigate the matter and proffer satisfactory answers.
Akpabio said, “The matter should be thoroughly investigated because it violates the governor’s (Fayose) immunity clause and we are urging the federal government to set up a panel of inquiry to invetiagte the matter so that the culprits be brought to book in order to clear the battered name of the country to the international community.”
On the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State, Akpabio said it would be a litmus test for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the 2019 general election.
While calling on INEC and relevant security agencies to remain fair and impartial towards seeing a credible and free election, Akpabio further urged the electoral umpire and the police to not interfere in the electoral exercise so as to allow the Ekiti people choose leaders of their choice.
Meanwhile, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus yesterday led the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to the National Assembly to protest against the alleged assault by men of the Nigeria Police on the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose .
Among those who showed up for the protest were a former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara; former minister of Health, Prof ABC Nwosu; a former national woman Leader, Josephine Anenih; and former majority leader of the Senate, Mulikat Akande-Adeola, among others .
The protest was held at the main gate into the National Assembly Complex.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus explained they were on demonstration to demand a free, fair and credible governorship election in Ekiti on Saturday, as well as condemn the assault on the Ekiti governor by men of the police.
The protesting NWC was received by the Deputy President of the Senate , Ike Ekweremadu, in company of other PDP senators.
Ekwerrmadu however assured that no matter the amount of assault and intimidation from the government and it’s security agencies, the PDP will emerge victorious in the forthcoming Saturday governorship election.
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