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Tiv/Jukun Conflict: Allow My People To Settle Down- President General Urges Wukari Residents

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The Taraba State President General of Tiv Cultural and Social Association, Chief Joshua Ayagwa has said that the only issue Tiv people are having in Taraba State is in wukari local government area.

Ayagwa who disclosed this in Jalingo while speaking to newsmen, appealed to the people of wukari to allow the Tiv people to go back to their ancestoral home to settle to enable them commence their farming.

” We are still doing some consultation with security agencies, the Chairman of the LG and all the stakeholders especially our Royal Father, the Aku Uka of Wukari. We are pleading that they should allow our people to go back and settle down, so that they will start their farming seasons.

The President General appealed to Governor Darius Ishaku to consider them as his son’s and daughters, adding that if they have done anything wrong to him, he should forgive them and grant them another chance.

“Because we have nowhere to go, like me i was born in Taraba for over 50 years, if you ask me to leave the state where i’m going?, i don’t have anywhere to go because i don’t have home in Benue, if I’m to go to Benue i will have to go and stay in the refugees camp.

“Most of our people that ran away because of the crisis are leaving in a refugees camps in Benue, so my appeal to His Excellency and is to consider us as his sons, daughters and father’s because we have elderly members that have even senior him, so he should have us at heart and use his good office to resolve this issue once and for all.

“Governor Darius Ishaku has been doing his best in making sure that peace and security is maintained and especially i have to commend him for setting up a reconciliation committee in wukari to make sure that the Tivs and Jukuns have come together to make peace and ensure that the issue of killings here and there is stoped.” Ayagwa added.

He also appreciated the Governor for creating a condusive environment for Tiv people to operate in the state, despite the fact that they are facing some challenges.

“Tiv people are leaving comfortably in Taraba State despite the fact that we are experiencing some hitches, because the Taraba is a state that has been peaceful for a long time but all of a sudden we have some bag eggs especially the influx from Benue that are coming to destroy the peace that the state has been enjoying.

“Most of the cases we are having is the issue of banditry, kidnapping and attacks that unknown gunmen are using to destroy the peace and stability of the state but the Governor is trying and i most commend him.

“The fact that a lot of people especially the Tiv we are looking at Governor Ishaku as some one who is only protecting the interest of his Jukun people but as a Leader of Tiv people in the state i not seeing that, because when the issue of attack that were carried out at Toriorshaer His Excellency called me immediately and asked me to go and see.

“I went there and reported back to him and he sent relief materials to the people and promised to look into the matter, so i appreciate him for that. Ayagwa reiterated.

According to the President General of Tiv Cultural and Social Association, Chief Joshua Ayagwa the crisis between the Tiv and Jukun has been lingering for a long time even before the coming of Governor Darius Ishaku and urged the governor to consider them as his sons and daughters, while he seek for forgiveness if they have wrong the governor in anyway.

“We are his sons and daughters, so my appeal to him is to consider my people to allow them go back to wukari and settle down and start their farming season and if we have done anything wrong to him, he should forgive us and give us another chance.

“As a Jukun Man and as Governor of the state and as a Tiv man if you say Darius is wicked, then most of our Tiv people would have find it difficult to operate but he gave us free hand. I want to also recommend him for appointing one of us as a Commissioner during the hard time of crisis in the state.

“Again, the governor appointed our people as Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants as we as Special Assistants, so Govenernor Ishaku has the Tiv people at heart. Said Ayagwa.

The President General of Tiv Cultural and Social Association, Chief Joshua Ayagwa however appealed to his people to remain calm report any suspected bad elements that are coming to destroy the existing peace in their areas to security agents.

“For example, last week in Donga LGA of the state, there was a report that some people were coming from Benue to Donga and His Excellency had already banned the use of motorcycle around the border areas but they are still coming in through Donga to course problem and run back to Benue, therefore, i urge my people to give peace a chance by exposing such bad element” Ayagwa stressed.

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Atiku Calls For Speedy Declaration Of Adamawa Guber Election Result

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Former Vice President, Alh Atiku Abubakar has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to release Adamawa State Governorship election results unfailingly today.

Atiku who is the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in this February Presidential election made the call during a press conference in Yola Monday.

He calls on Nigerians and International community to mount pressure on the INEC to announce what he described as the mandate expressed by the people Adamawa people.

“I’m reaching out to Nigerians and international community to put pressure on INEC to release our results in Adamawa State today unfailingly because as the more the delay, the more the tension.

“I personally spoke with the INEC Chairman last night couple of times and pleaded with him to allow the result to be announced as stipulated by law,” Atiku added.

He observed that the actions of INEC has caused serious tension in the state that has been peaceful, saying “we don’t know any violence and yet the attitude of INEC in the state least much to be desired.”

Alh Abubakar said Adamawa is a multi ethnic and multi religious state but the action of INEC was trying to destabilize the stability that has long been existed in the state.

“We thought that the processes are improving by every election but unfortunately with this election, we have not seen improvement that we expect from INEC,” he said.

He maintained that 20 out the 21 local government results were so far collated and it was only Fufore that they tried to alter the results.

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2023 Polls: Taraba Deputy Governor, Manu Commends INEC, Calls For Peace

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Taraba State Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu on Saturday commended the INEC for swiftly testifying the lapses discovered during the 25th February 2023 Presidential and National Assembly election in the state.

Manu who is also the Senator-elect representing Taraba Central, made the commendation while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after casting his vote for the governorship and state house of assembly election alongside his wife at Isa II Kofar Manu polling unit in Mutum Biyu, Gassol local government area of the state.

He said by rectifying the mistakes made during the first phase of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state, Tarabans will exercise their franchise without hitches.

According to him, from the information reached him, the election generally was going on peacefully, adding that people were allowed to vote for candidates of their choice without any threat.

The Senator-elect assured his constituents of quality representation at the Red Chamber and promised to ensure that the needs they highlighted for him would be achieved during his tenure.

Engr. Haruna Manu also expressed confidence that his party the PDP will win the governorship election and the majority of the state house of assembly seats in the state.

He appealed to the people of the state to remain calm, law-abiding, and embrace one another, as well as urged them to accept the outcome of the election in good faith when INEC finally declared the winners of the governorship and state assembly seats.

Our Correspondent gathered that the elections were conducted smoothly across the sixteen LGAs of the state besides Donga LGA where hoodlums destroyed ballot boxes.

He, however, observed a low turnout of voters in some areas, while in some polling units, the turnout was higher than in the Presidential and National Assembly election that took place last month.

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2023 Polls: You Are A Liar, Taraba CAN Chairman Tells Senator Bwacha 

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Hammed Abubakar, Jalingo 

The Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Taraba State Chapter, has faulted claims by the Governorship Candidate of the APC, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, that the Chairman of the association, Rev Dr. Isaiah Magaji Jirapye apologized to him over the endorsement of Col. Agbu Kefas, PDP Governorship candidate by CAN.

Jirapye said, “it was very unfortunate for the personality of Senator Bwacha to have lied on Channels Television that I, the CAN Chairman visited him secretly and apologized over the endorsement of Col Agbu Kefas by the CAN”.

He said that all that Senator Emmanuel Bwacha said about CAN during his interview with Channels TV should be regarded as baseless, adding that the embattled APC governorship candidate is busy chasing a white goose. 

According to the CAN Chairman, “the meeting between myself and Senator Bwacha after the endorsement of Col. Agbu Kefas was for him to take the endorsement in good fate since it was a  unanimous decision by CAN, but I am surprised to hear the Senator on Channels Television lying that I went to apologize to him over the endorsement. 

Jirapye urged Senator Emmanuel Bwacha to desist from dragging CAN in his desperation to govern the State for his selfish reasons. 

“CAN position on endorsement was a unanimous decision and not that of myself the Chairman alone so I  advise desperate politicians to desist from using my name for their selfish interests”.

CAN warns desperate politicians such as Senator Bwacha whom he said lack manners but called themselves Christians, and at the same time insult their spiritual leaders at will to trade with caution. 

CAN is shocked by the kind of outburst of cancerous anger from the Senator and pray God to deliver him from such a problem, saying People of Bwacha’s character should be watched carefully and never be entrusted with Leadership positions to govern the people. 

The Chairman noted that the endorsement of the PDP governorship candidate Col. Agbu Kefas by CAN was in the best interest of the people of the State. 

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