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INSECURITY: PDP tasks Buhari on state of emergency on security

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Mr Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday commissioned developmental projects executed by the administration of Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state. Speaking at the ceremony in Sokoto,Secondus lauded Tambuwal for striving hard to execute the projects, in spite of limited resources. He said that the execution of the projects has demonstrated the commitment of the governor towards fulfilling his campaign promises to the people. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the projects included rural water supply scheme, teaching hospital, diagnostic centre and roads. Secondus said that the provision of the teaching hospital and modern international diagnostic centre would help reduce medical tourisms in Nigeria. “Nigerians spend about N4 billion annually on medical treatments abroad, am optimistic that the 950 bed capacity Sokoto State University Teaching Hospital would help reduce the figure,” he said. Secondus also commissioned the General Hospital, Wamakko, Girls Science Secondary School, Wamakko and the 500 housing units in Gidan Salanke. Speaking, Tambuwal said that his administration placed great premium on people’s oriented projects towards improving the quality of life of the people. He thanked Secondus for the visit, stressing that it would motivate him for better performance. Some dignitaries at the event included national and state PDP executives, National and State lawmakers and Commissioners.

By Olayinka Ajayi

The National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has called on the need for President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security nationwide.

Speaking during the party’s condolence visit to Odumakin’s widow, Dr Joe Okei Odumakin in Lagos, Prince Secondus described late Yinka Odumakin as a national voice lost in a time of crisis.

According to the PDP Chieftain: “He’s one of Nigeria’s golden voice. As he stood for devolving power to the people which everyone called Restructuring because the peoples vote matters. Nigeria will be a better place if they (the ruling party) will take into account all that they stood for. We believe that he’s one strong, credible voice that the nation has lost at this time of crisis.

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“We will continue to carry the banal of the truth and exemplary life of our dear friend and brother. No one should rejoice that he’s gone because they too will go. Your husband is a lost for Nigeria because many people are in pain.”

Reacting to the call for secession by some groups, Secondus said: “There’s nothing like secession. Yinka believed in one Nigeria. He also believed that power should return to the people by way of Restructuring.

“The concentration of power to the centre no longer works. As we are over 200million people. People must be strengthened to carry out economic activities.

On the call for the removal of the Minister for communication, Dr Isa Pantami, Prince Seconds explained that his party, “PDP, urged the federal government to do a thorough investigation, and if they confirm it, he should be shown the way out.

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“The most painful is that the security architecture of our country has broken, the country is in dire serious crisis. We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a national state of emergency on security. People are dying and we don’t even know their numbers. Why must we continue to lose our people?

On his part, the Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, in his condolence message described the late Odumakin as a voice lost during perilous times of the nation.

According to the Edo State governor: “Yinka, I miss you especially in a time when we are looking for a voice to speak during perilous times in our nation. You played your part, you spoke up to me as you did for many others that were oppressed and disadvantaged Nigerians.”

Responding, Odumakin’s widow thanked the PDP team for coming, said: ” I know he’s here. He may not be with us physically but he promised to be with us”.

Vanguard News Nigeria

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