*says PDP in support of EndSARS protest
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus on Friday advocated comprehensive and holistic reform of the Nigeria Police Force by the Federal government
Prince Secondus made the call in Ibadan during a chat with newsmen after a condolence visit to Governor Seyi Makinde by the PDP NWC to commiserate with him on the death of his mother , Madam Abigail Makinde at the age of 80years
The PDP National Chairman who stressed that the party is in support of the on going EndSARS protests across Nigeria pointed out that there is the need for total reform of the Nigeria Police Force.
According to the PDP National Chairman, the Federal Government should as a matter of necessity, do a comprehensive and holistic reform of the police and that Federal Government should compensate those brutalised and killed during the protests, as doing so would go a long way in taking the protesting youths off the streets.
“We are concerned and we also called the President and the government of APC to do comprehensive and holistic police and policing reform that will return the country to the place that is right for protection and safety for our people”, he said.
Prince Secondus added, “it is also important to note that all those who are brutalised and killed, the government should give them compensation. We believe that if that is done, our youths will be off the street. A country where the rule of law will come to play,”.
Speaking further, the PDP National Chairman disclosed that the party’s national leadership has met with the PDP Senators on the need to consider the various ongoing situations across the country, saying, “PDP is really concerned about the turn of events in the country”,
“We were with the Senate leadership of our party yesterday (Thursday). We support the protest because they are Nigerian youths. We are concerned and we also called the President and the government of APC to do comprehensive and holistic police and policing reform that will return the country to the place that is right for protection and safety for our people. It is also important to note that all those who are brutalised and killed, the government should give them compensation”
Commenting on the visit by the PDP NWC to Governor Makinde, Prince Secondus stated that it was to condole with the governor and the family for the loss of their mother,.
“A time like this is the time you know those who care and those who are with you. Unfortunately, we have two situations on our hands. We lost the chairman of the party in Zamfara. Obviously, we divided ourselves; the Deputy National Chairman of the party left for Zamfara yesterday morning for the burial of our late chairman of the party. And I and the rest of us in the National Working Committee leadership decided yesterday to come to Ibadan today. We are here by the grace of God to console you and the rest of the members of your family. We have no other way to do it than to join you in prayers.”
Receiving the PDP NWC, Governor Makinde described his late mother as an epitome of love and humility, despite being a disciplinarian.The governor expressed gratitude to the PDP NWC for making it to Ibadan barely 24 hours after the demise of his mother, saying this showed the love they have for him.
Also, the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Edo, and Delta States, Alhaji Daud Akinola, Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheikh AbdulGaniyy Abubakri Agbotomokekere, the Grand Mufti of Ibadanland, Sheikh Abdul Fatai Alaga, Muslim leaders, the Oyo State Judiciary led by the Chief Justice of the state, Justice Muntar Abimbola, and the General Officer Commanding, 2 Div, Nigerian Army, Ibadan, Major General Anthony Omozoje, paid condolence visits to the governor on the death of his mother.