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As part of efforts to review strategies for the improvement of peaceful coexistence and safety of lives and properties, the Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday commenced the 9th Conference of State Directors of Security (SDSeS), North East Zone 2022, the third quarter in Damaturu.

Declaring the conference open, Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni represented by his Deputy Idi Barde Gubana expressed appreciation to all the security agencies for the restoration of peace in Yobe State.

He recalled the period when Yobe State capital was deserted due to the disturbing activities of the insurgents “if we recall back, we are all fully aware of what we went through, Damaturu was that time mostly deserted and became refugees, by God’s grace with the efforts of Mr President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, peace has been restored”.

He welcomed the participants of the conference, describing it as timely pointing out that it will go a long way in improving the security situation of the Country against all forms of criminal activities.

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Speaking earlier, the Director of Department of State Services (DSS), Yobe Command Damaturu, Yunusa Abdulkadir said that the conference is aimed at discussing issues of security pointing out that the roles of stakeholders like the traditional rulers, religious leaders, academia, sister security agencies, vigilante group, the media are also critical stakeholders for the synergy to ensure peace and safety in the state.

The Director observed that some of the citizens having passed through trauma during the insurgency required psycho-social support to avoid further breakdown of law and order leading to another security challenge.

He commended the Yobe State government and its officials for the support and cooperation, which according to him enabled the success of their operations.

On his part, the Chairman of the Conference who is also the SDS Bauchi, Hassan Abdullahi revealed that the main objectives of the conference are to come together and share the experience together in the zone and profer solutions. He outlined kidnapping, banditry, cattle rustling, insurgency and political thuggery as some of the security challenges.

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Abdullahi appreciated Yobe State Government for the warm reception accorded to them as they visit the state. The DSS Boss used the forum to thank North East Development Commission (NEDC) for its support to the security outfits in the region.

On behalf of all the traditional councils in the state, His Royal Highness, the Emir of Fika and Chairman Yobe State Council of Traditional Rulers, Dr Muhammad Ibn Abali Muhammad Idrissa in a brief address commended the effects of the securities “on behalf of the traditional council, we wish to appreciate your remarkable efforts and achievements towards bringing peace to the State, in the past 13 years, the place has been under the Boko Haram but now there’s relative peace.

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The Royal Father assured that “we assure you that we will support you one hundred per cent, cooperate with you to succeed, we are wishing you fruitful discussions”.

Heads of other security agencies gave remarks; the Police, Army, NSCDC, FRSC, NIS, NDLEA, NAPTIPP, University Vice Chancellors, representatives of NEDC among other stakeholders.

The Chairman of the conference presented a plague of honour to the Emir of Fika and also to a representative of the Emir of Damaturu respectively.

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Saraki breaks silence on PDP crisis, states position on Atiku’s candidacy

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Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has responded to the PDP crisis that is roiling the party.

The former presidential candidate claimed in a post on his social media accounts on Saturday that he had been working quietly behind the scenes to ensure the party’s return to normalcy.

Earlier this year, following the party’s primary election, which took place on May 29 in Abuja, the main opposition party experienced an unusual crisis.

Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, and his supporters demanded the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu, the PDP National Chairman, on the grounds that he had orchestrated Wike’s demise.

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However, the crisis has worsened as a result of Ayu’s refusal to step down because Wike and his group have vowed to work against the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the upcoming election.

Recall that Wike and some PDP stakeholders a few days ago, pulled out of Atiku’s campaign council, insisted that Ayu must resign before the party could get their support.

But speaking on the developments, Saraki, who was also an aspirant during the primary election, said Atiku remains the best option for the country.

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He wrote, “I just returned from my annual vacation and went straight to Akwa Ibom to join the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the state’s creation.

“As I moved around the country in the past few days, I got the feeling that many people are concerned over my seeming silence on recent developments in our party, the PDP.

“My response is that there are times to speak and be heard and there are times when working silently behind the scenes is more productive. This is such a time.

“PDP and Atiku Abubakar remain the best option for Nigerians in the 2023 polls”!

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Pa Adebanjo backing Peter Obi with ‘Ohanifere’ for selfish interest: Tinubu

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council has criticised the leader of Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo, for using the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group to pursue a personal political agenda against the ruling party’s flag bearer, Bola Tinubu.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Bayo Onanuga, spokesperson for the APC campaign council, accused Mr Adebanjo of masquerading with Afenifere to canvass support for Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) candidate in the 2023 general election.

“We know for a fact that Baba has turned Afenifere into his personal estate as Acting Leader. We are also certain that there was nowhere Afenifere, as we know it, met and took a decision to adopt Mr Peter Obi as a candidate for the 2023 presidential election,” Mr Onanuga said.

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Mr Adebanjo, one of the revered leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, has openly supported Mr Obi in his presidential bid to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, who would be rounding off his eight years tenure on the seat.

The Afenifere leader has continuously shown his disdain for the person of Mr Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos, after the latter caused division in the pan-Yoruba group in the run-up to the 2003 election, causing its members to split in different groups.

Also, Mr Adebanjo has never failed to assert that his decision to support Mr Obi, who is from the South-east part of the country, was based on equity, fairness, and justice.

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The APC campaign council said Mr Adebanjo, although free as an individual to support any candidate of his choice in the election, does not speak for Afenifere.

“We respect the age of Baba Adebanjo but he can not turn Afenifere into his personal franchise for any political alliance,” the statement said.

The statement further, “We are very much aware that Baba Reuben Fasoranti, the real leader of Afenifere had stated clearly that Pa Adebanjo has always been speaking for himself on many national issues using the name of the group.

“It is our well considered position that Pa Adebanjo cannot appropriate Afenifere. Baba is just an individual who is free to support any politician of his choice. As an individual, he  cannot equate himself with the socio-cultural and socio-political organisation.”

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Saraki says silence best answer to Wike’s temper tantrum in PDP

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Former Senate President Bukola Saraki says he’s chosen to keep mum in response to the internal wranglings happening in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“As I moved around the country in the past few days, I got the feeling that many people are concerned over my seeming silence on recent developments in our party, the PDP,” the former senate president tweeted on Saturday night.

“My response is that there are times to speak and be heard and there are times when working silently behind the scenes is more productive. This is such a time. PDP and Atiku Abubakar remain the best option for Nigerians in the 2023 polls,” Mr Saraki added.

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A crisis is brewing in the PDP, spearheaded by Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike and supported by the southern caucus of the party including Oyo state governor Seyi Makinde and former deputy national chairman of the party, Bode George.

Mr Wike, who has insisted on the resignation of the National Chairman of PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, as a prerequisite to supporting the party towards the 2023 election, recently escalated his internal opposition through individual name-calling.

On Friday, he blasted Mr Saraki and others, accusing them of being partly responsible for the loss of former President Goodluck Jonathan at the 2015 polls.

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There seems to be no resolution to the crisis as Mr Atiku’s loyalists appear ready to move on with the elections whether or not Mr Wike and members of his group are onboard.

“Atiku left, the party survived. Ayu left, the party survived. If Wike leaves the party will survive. Obasanjo is not in PDP, it survived. You need to understand and know the limit of your operation and influence,” Mr Atiku’s spokesperson Daniel Bwala said on Friday.

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