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Lockdown: PRP Suggests New Strategies, Warns Government Against Extension

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The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has suggested some strategies to federal and state governments on how to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic.

The party also called on the government at all levels not to extend the ongoing lockdown.

The party made this known in a press statement signed by the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR and made available to newsmen Monday in Abuja.

“At the expense of repeating ourselves, we in the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) would want to again say that the continued lockdowns being ordered by Governments in Nigeria are not and would not in themselves be solutions to the Covid-19 pandemic. Even where we copied the lockdown strategy from, the Western world with all their sophistication and resources, they use lockdowns along with other strategies to achieve results. The continuous increase in the Covid-19 infections since lockdowns were ordered by some Government show that lockdowns have not prevented community infections. The increase in infections despite the lockdowns should inform our policy makers that lockdowns with attendant economic costs, are not working and need serious re-examination.

“Social distancing which lockdowns bring in the Western societies as well as elite settlements like Ikoyi Lagos, Anguwan Rimi Kaduna, Asokoro Abuja, as we have said in our earlier Press releases will not work in our towns and cities where over 90% of Nigerian population live. In such settings, tens of families stay in “face me I face you” rooms with one or two toilets and at times no running water. That is our reality which informed our stand in earlier press engagements.” The statement said.

The party further recommended making testing available to all and fair distribution of palliatives. It also stated that there is absence of meaningful exit strategy of the lockdown.

“We have pointed out in our earlier press releases that the lockdowns have some serious economic consequences. In the extension speeches we have so far heard,all we hear are extensions of the lockdowns as well the serious consequences of disobeying the orders with no mention at all of the exit strategies of the lockdowns.

“Yes, it is excusable out of panic to order for lockdowns on the assumption that it is the only way-out but it is inexcusable for Governments to lock down the economy for months now without examining the consequences of such lockdowns and how to ameliorate the consequences of such locdowns on our businesses: big and small. Small and Medium sized businesses are already dying because of the lockdown and agriculture which is the main stay of the economy and the biggest contributor to the Nigerian Gross Domestic Product is likely to suffer serious negative consequences, yet all the speeches we hear or read are just muscle flexing and show of power, lacking of how the economy will be revived.

“Mr President has ordered for emptying of the grains strategic reserve and the population itself is eating its reserve of 2019 production. The question here is how do we replenish the reserves we are eating when planting season has come and lockdown extension are being ordered? Agriculture in Nigeria is almost exclusively rain fed and the rains have started and plantings have not started and no one has come out to tell the nation how it will overcome this challenge as the concern of all is we should stay indoors.

“The Covid-19 strategies we have copied and pasted have exit strategies from their lockdowns so as to reduce the extent of the damage on their economies. Here, we have simply copied the lockdown strategies and abandoned how to exit from lockdown and its negative consequences on our economies.” The party added.

PRP has finally declared that if their views in respect of the lockdown are not considered, the party has no option but to approach court to know whether governments have the right to lock citizens up without feeding them.

“we urge that our three views be taken into account in rewriting the Covid-19 pandemic strategy which need urgent rewriting for the benefit of Nigerian Talaka and in the interest of Nigerian economy. As for providing sustenance to those locked up, we demand for such or else we will meet with all those tyrants that lock our citizens up without sustenance.

“Notwithstanding the futility of lockdowns as a solution to Covid-19 pandemic as opined by the PRP and some informed commentators, our Governments and policy makers are still insisting on that policy with greater draconian enforcement rules as we saw recently.” PRP said.

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PRP belongs to the downtrodden – Falalu Bello

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Alhaji, Falalu Bello, OFR, National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP)

The National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has disclosed that the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) was the party of the downtrodden.

The National Chairman made this known at the party national secretariat in Abuja today while receiving the party leaders and stakeholders from Kogi State.

The delegation led by the State Chairman of the party, Mr. Sunday Davis Ozomata had briefed the National Chairman about the progress and developments achieved, strategies and plans by the Kogi State Chapter of the party. They also appreciated the quality leadership and immense contributions being given by the National Chairman towards the development of the party in Kogi State.

On his part, the National Chairman has applauded the Kogi State Chapter of the PRP for the progress made and appreciated their level of coordination, unity and determination towards resuscitating the party in the state. He also urged them to put more efforts particularly on the areas of growing and strengthening the membership base of the party in the state as doing that will enable the party gain more grounds and win elections.

Recall that PRP makes a remarkable comeback to the Nigerian political arena with prominent Nigerians such as Prof. Attahiru Jega, Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed, among others already joined the party.

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Eid-ul-Kabir: PRP urges Nigerians to be brothers’ keepers

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The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has felicitated with all Nigerian Muslims on the occasion of Eid-ul-Kabir 2021 celebration.

This was contained in a press statement signed by the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Falalu Bello and made available to newsmen on Sunday.

Part of the statement reads: “the Eid-ul-Kabir festival symbolizes and promotes the spirit of self sacrifice. Therefore, the PRP uses this significant occasion to exhort Nigerians to continue to show love and mercy to one another.

“With the security situation in the country that is worsening by the day coupled with the gnawing poverty in the land, it is obvious that millions of Nigerians will not have the luxury of revelling in the season. Hence, the PRP considers it pertinent to call on the Muslims nationwide to fervently pray for the nation as they celebrate Eid-ul-Kabir for God’s urgent intervention.

“In addition, we call on the governments at all levels to come up with urgent and proactive strategies that would put an end to the myriad problems of general insecurity, banditry, unemployment, hunger, bad economy, among others.

“Finally, the PRP rejoices with Muslims nationwide at this festive time and wishes them a happy celebration. And as we celebrate, let us all recommit ourselves, individually and collectively, to make Nigeria a safer, equitable, progressive and more egalitarian fatherland for all irrespective of our ethnic, religious and/or cultural plurality,” the statement revealed.

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2021: PRP vows to win Anambra guber election

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The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has expressed its readiness and determination to defeat other political parties in the Anambra State Governorship election slated for November 6, 2021.

The Anambra State Chairman of the party, Hon. Mathias N. Aninwachukwu, in a press statement made available on Sunday, disclosed that the prospect of the party was high and bright considering the fact that their candidate, Dr. Nnamdi Nwawuo had been duly screened and given a clean bill of health by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last Friday.

Part of the statement reads; “in spite of the fact that this is the first time PRP is contesting gubernatorial election in Anambra State, the clean bill of health received by our candidate from INEC had indisputably shown that our candidate will participate in the November governorship poll and it is an indication that our party has the strength to win the election overwhelmingly.

“The above development has also exposed and terminated the activities of some imposters who are desperate to embarrass and tarnish the reputable name of our great party, the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).

“As the oldest surviving political party in Nigeria, PRP has good policies and programs for the Ndi Anambra with job creation, agriculture, industrialization, transformation of health sector, provision of basic and functional education as primary priorities.

“Finally, we use this medium to encourage our party members and supporters across Anambra State to continue working diligently, harmoniously and peacefully so as to ensure the party reach its deserved destination which is victory,” the statement revealed.

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