Kanu’s lawyers ask court to order Buratai to produce Nnamdi Kanu; Ekweremadu & Other Igbo Senators Meet Buhari Over IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu; IPOB: Senate, South East Governors To Meet Buhari Over Agitations; We won’t abandon Nnamdi Kanu – South-East governors; Fayose, you can’t be our presidential candidate – PDP; 2019: Fayose to declare presidential ambition tomorrow Biafran government will banish Fr. Mbaka – BZF . . .
Leader of the proscribed IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has been declared missing by his team of lawyers. The legal team led by Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said it had on Wednesday filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja praying for an order directing the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce Kanu in court. Ejiofor disclosed this in a text message sent to PUNCH correspondent on Wednesday. “We just filed an application for prerogative order of habeas corpus commanding the Chief of Army Staff to produce Nnamdi Kanu in court,” the text message read. A draft copy of the motion which Ejiofor stated was filed on Wednesday stated that the Chief of Army Staff, was in the best position to produce Kanu in court.
This, the suit stated was because, Kanu was last seen after soldiers, on September 14, invaded the IPOB leaders house in Afara-ukwu Ibeku, Umuahia Abia State, “on a murderous raid, where life and mortar bullets were fired on unarmed and defenseless populace, leaving 28 persons dead and abducting many”.
Senators from the South East on Tuesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the tension generated in the region as a result of the activities of IPOB. Led by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu they said the South East zone was shortchanged by the current Federal Government. Addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Ekweremadu said they had fruitful discussion with the president over pressing issues affecting the South East. He said: “For us from the South East, we believe that dialogue is better than any other form of engagement. So, we decided to visit the President and present to him some of the concerns of the South East including the issues of roads, general infrastructure; the rail, airports and others. We also discussed the issue of security with him and of course the issue of IPOB. We had a good conversation and he promised to look into the issues.”
Reports say that the Senate leadership and governors from South East are to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on the crises of ethnic agitations. The senators’ resolve to meet with the executive was reached on Tuesday at its resumption after eight-week recess. Senate President Bukola Saraki read out the summary of the outcome of the meeting, stating that “At about 12.30 pm, we concluded our closed-door session. We deliberated on key national issues and resolved as follows that the unity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is non-negotiable. All groups or associations currently in agitations for one reason or the other should do so through the laws of the land.” Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, said the forum will soon meet Buhari. “I was able to hold a private discussion with our dear president. We have discussed all issues of agitations and Mr. President is going to further the discussions with South East governors. . .And Mr. President sends his regards to Igbo people.”
Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has explained why they won’t abandon the IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu. He said, “Our situation is different from Boko Haram situation. But if anybody believes that we will abandon those boys, it is not true . . .We will still be appealing to them to come back to their leaders, let us sit down and discuss. Kanu somehow raised awareness on this restructuring issue. We must give it to him . . . “There is no indigenous in this sense. It could be Igbo Youth Movement or association. . . So having proscribed. . .the federal government says it’s a terror group; we cannot dialogue with them under that name again. Umahi said Kanu and his team needed to rebrand before they would enter any dialogue with them.
The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told one of its governors to forget his presidential ambition. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, said Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti was wasting his time with his plan to seek the party’s ticket for the 2019 presidential election. The PDP has already zoned the presidential ticket to the north. Fayose is expected to formally announce his intention for the ticket on Thursday according to a statement by his spokesperson. Although the Ekiti governor is not eligible to be the presidential candidate, the PDP said, he is eligible to contest for the office of the national chairman of the party which has been zoned to the south.
Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose will tomorrow formally declare his intention to vie for the President of Nigeria on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019. The event will hold at the Golden Hall of Chelsea Hotel in Abuja at 11 a.m. The Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said Fayose, in a letter addressed to PDP leaders, noted that his ambition to be President was without prejudice to the party’s position but in its overall interest and Nigeria. The letter reads: “It is with deep sense of responsibility that I write to inform you of my intention to seek the ticket/mandate of our party to contest the 2019 presidential election. Considering your support and commitment towards our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), it becomes imperative to keep you informed and seek your support. . .”
A lawyer and the leader of the Biafra Zionist Federation (BZF), Benjamin Onwuka, has said the “Biafran government” would, when fully functional, banish the founder of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, from “Biafraland.” Speaking in Enugu on Tuesday, Onwuka said Mbaka and some other clerics were sabotaging the agitation for Biafra. He said his “Biafran government” would send such clergymen away from Biafra. “The Zionists are warning Ejike Mbaka that he is putting his Adoration Ministry on the line. All the clerics supporting these killings would be sent away from here by the ‘Biafra government’ and we will take over that his Adoration Ground . . . We have marked Mbaka as enemy of Biafra.”