SDP Lagos State Chairman.
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has expressed sadness over the death of a former governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa.
Weetalknaija.com.ng reports that the former National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) died early Wednesday and was buried in the evening according to Muslim rites.
In a statement signed by the Lagos State SDP Chairman who also double as Lagos IPAC Chairman, Hon. Femi Olaniyi (Ferrari), the SDP said it is deeply grieved by the death of the elder statesman.
Femi Olaniyi described Balarabe Musa as an outstanding democrat.
The party said the former Kaduna governor’s death is a huge national loss given his steadfastness, patriotic contributions and zeal in fighting for the unity, stability and development of our nation.
According to the SDP, Balarabe Musa was a forthright leader, an embodiment of ideals, who spent a better part of his life championing the entrenchment of justice, equity, fairness and rule of law in every sector.
“Our party commiserates with the Balarabe Musa family, the government and people of Kaduna state, as well as his friends and associates even as we pray that the Almighty God grants eternal repose to his soul and fortitude to the family and the nation at large, to bear this irreparable loss.” The statement said.
#EndSARS: Lagos IPAC Tells INEC To Postpone Bye-Elections Over Protest
Following the nationwide peaceful protest against police brutality, which have virtually put on hold most activities in the affected states, the Lagos State chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) and the chairman of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Hon. Femi Olaniyi (Ferrari) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Lagos Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) to as a matter of urgency postpone all bye elections in country, including the Lagos East Senatorial and Kosofe Constituency 11 MHA Bye election slayed for October 31, 2020.
In a press released issued by the IPAC chairman, INEC should postpone all bye elections nationwide by two weeks, because all political parties could not campaign as required due to the #ENDSARS protest nationwide.
“No political party has been able to go out and campaign since the eruption of #Endsars protest, so we are appealing and calling on the INEC and Lagos REC to as a matter of urgency postpone all bye elections”.
Read full speech below:
Ladies and Gentlemen of the press.
In view of the present on goings in the country generally, we hereby request as follows:
1. INEC should postpone all bye elections nationwide by two weeks, because all political parties could not campaign as required due to the #ENDSARS protest nationwide. Going ahead with the election on 31st October will be a bias action against the new and upcoming political parties that needed to create more awareness. This is the first election in Lagos after the de-registration of some political parties and campaign can only be done during election period to make known to the public the current registered parties.
2. We also call out and appeal to all protesters to keep as peaceful as it could ever be.
The conveners should not allow hudlums to hijack the protest from them to commit crime or attack people.
3. We also condemn the attack on police vehicles conveying men of the force to their duty post at Ebute Metta by hoodlums. We are only calling for police reforms to remove the bad eggs among them, and not to eradicate them.
We appeal to the commissioner of police in Lagos to keep the men calm and handle the matter with utmost descret and understanding.
Finally, we appreciate Governor Sanwo-olu for ordering students to stay at home during the period of this protest for their safety. It’s a right move in the right direction.
We urge parents and guidians to keep their children and wards under control and not be involved in any criminal activities.
Hon. Femi Olaniyi (Ferrari)
Lagos IPAC Chairman.