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Jonathan shatters PDP’s hope

The fragile attempt by leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to reconcile the G-5 governors with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, may have finally collapsed, following former President Goodluck Jonathan’s refusal to mediate in the crisis.

The collapse has also been tied to new antics deployed by the five governors to stop supporters of Atiku from campaigning in Rivers, Oyo Benue, Enugu and Abia States, ahead of next year’s presidential election. A fortnight ago, Atiku, in company with some PDP leaders, had met with Jonathan at his Abuja residence, to ask for his support in prevailing on the five aggrieved governors to support his presidential bid. Few days after the visit, Wike revealed how Atiku’ in 2015, refused to support Jonathan, and also explained how the presidential candidate insisted that the ticket be relinquished by the former leader.

Since the revelation by Wike, Atiku’s camp has neither denied nor confirmed the allegations. Instead, the camp has maintained a loud silence. Beside Wike of Rivers State, other members of the G-5 governors are Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; Samuel Ortom of Benue State; Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State. Attempts to woo Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State into the group did not yield the desired fruit.

Saturday Sun gathered that allies of President Jonathan have advanced reasons for the former president’s apathy towards performing any mediatory role. A close ally to Jonathan, who didn’t want to be named, said the former president had yet to forgive Atiku for conniving with some governors in 2015 to humiliate him, despite his many appeals. He said though Wike might likely listen to Jonathan and soft-pedal, he noted that the former president feels slighted that his relevance was only appreciated by Atiku and his men every four years when the latter is running for elections.

The source revealed how Atiku snubbed Jonathan and refused to give any space to the people the former President nominated to serve as members of Atiku’s campaign organisation in 2019. He said Atiku only visited Jonathan before the primaries in 2019 and snubbed him thereafter as soon as he secured his ticket. The former president’s ally wondered why Atiku has suddenly remembered Jonathan to again help him in reconciling aggrieved governors of the party.

With Jonathan’s refusal to help mediate, Saturday Sun has gathered that Atiku has decided to move on without the G-5 governors and has also approved some measures expected to be taken in the coming days in weakening the rank and file of the governors. It was gathered that the first phase started during the week, with pockets of protests in Abuja by Atiku’s supporters, calling for the resignation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tajudeen Ariwoola, following a statement credited to him, wherein he allegedly took sides with the G-5 governors.

The second phase, it has been gathered, is to set up covert campaign structures in the five States of Rivers, Oyo, Benue, Enugu and Abia. The covert structures, it was further gathered, is to infiltrate the various communities and PDP leaders who are secretly rooting for Atiku. The source said any attempt by Atiku’s supporters to openly canvass votes in the five states being governed by the G5 governors might lead to a serious face-off that may not work out in their favour.

 

Source: The Sun

 

 

Pastor Jailed 3 Years Over Possession Of 2 Human Hearts In Ondo

A Magistrates’ Court sitting in Akure, Ondo state capital, has sentenced a 35-year-old Pastor, Solomon Bello, to three years imprisonment for being in possession of human parts. Bello was charged with two- counts charge of conspiracy and unlawful possession of human parts.

The Chief Magistrate, F.J Ajiboye, who sentenced the convict to 36 months in the Olokuta correctional facility, said the convict was found guilty of all the charges against him and said, “he is to serve the term as a deterrent to others of his kind that humiliate the dead.”

The Prosecutor, Abayomi Jejeniwa, while reading the facts of the case, said the convict, “on January 14, 2022, at about 7 am in Morayo Street Ayeyemi area of Ondo conspired with others at large to prepare a criminal charm with human parts.”

Jejeniwa also alleged that the convict unlawfully had in his possession some items which include; a transparent plastic container containing clean sliced pieces of human heart tissue which were from two human adults’ hearts, two bony structures of the human neck and the vertebrae colon. Also found in the convict’s possession was one wooden casket containing different criminal charms and kola nuts.

“The convict, when arrested, could not give a satisfactory account of how he came about it to the police,” Jejeniwa said. He said the offence contravene sections 213 (b) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap 370, Vol. I, Laws of Ondo State, 2006, proving his case, the prosecutor, called three witnesses and tendered the found items as an exhibit. The prosecutor prayed the court to punish him accordingly to serve as a deterrent to others who might be in a similar business.

The convict, in his defence through his counsel, S. Aliu, denied the allegations levelled against him and said the two hearts found in his possession were pigs’ hearts and bones he bought. He explained that the Pig’s heart looked like a human heart after soaking them in the water. But in his judgement, Ajiboye sentenced the convict to one calendar year in imprisonment for the first count and two calendar years for the second charge, without an option of fine.

 

Source: Tribune