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PDP Govs Lament Worsening Sociopolitical Tensions In Nigeria

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Governor’s of the People’s Democratic Party have again appealed to the federal Government to exercise power with restraint.

This is contained in a statement released by Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, Press Secretary to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State.


Rising from its one day meeting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital on Monday, they condemned the wanton destruction of lives and property, describing it as a threat to democracy and stressed the need to secure the nation from mindless killings of innocent citizens.


The meeting reiterated the need to decentralise the operations of the security apparatus of State even within the existing legal framework to ensure the input of local operators in State and Local Governments in policing and security.


According to the communique read by the chairman of the PDP Governors’ forum and Governor of Sokoto state, Waziri Tambuwal, the Governors took a swipe on the APC Government over what it describes as the opaque manner the Nigerian oil company NNPC is carrying out its operations.


The forum decried the organisations decision not to make its statutory contributions to the federation account, thereby starving the States and Local Governments and all Nigerians of funds needed for development and general well-being, noting that as trustee to the People they are running against the spirit of the 1999 Constitution, while other revenue generating agencies must also ensure they make contributions into the federation account.


The PDP Governors said going forward the federating States should have a say in determining operating costs to ensure transparency and accountability.


While also frowning at the rising debts and what it describes as uncontrollable debt profile, the meeting regretted that the gains under the Obasanjo administration where Nigeria exited its foreign debt obligations has been destroyed, warning that going by the borrowing spree of the APC Government if unchecked could lead the nation into bankruptcy.


The Governors also expressed support for the implementation of judicial and legislative autonomy in the federation and States.


It wants more involvement of States in mining and geophysical activities within their States to diversify the economy and compliment oil as a foreign exchange earner for the nation.


The People’s Democratic Party Governors who requested the President to review the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria in the national interest, urged the Government to think outside the box and find solutions to the problems facing Nigeria.


On President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment to Governors to find solutions to security challenges, the Governors wondered if the Chief Security Officer of the Country is unaware of his responsibilities under the Constitution over security organisations, adding that though they play a critical role in complimenting the Government at the centre, which they are doing, the President must rise to his responsibilities.


While commending Governor Udom Emmanuel for bringing prudence, innovation and competence to governance, the Governors reiterated their earlier call to the National Assembly to pass the Electoral Act and Constitution amendment to ensure restructuring and decentralisation of governmental powers and functions.


Thirteen out of the fourteen PDP Governors Were in attendance, while the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State Mahdi Mohammed representated Governor Bello Mohammed Mutawalle.

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Insurgents Are Again Responsible For Michika Blackout – Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Boko Haram insurgents have again vandalised the lines that generated power from Danboa substation in Borno State to Michika and environs in Adamawa State.

The State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri had in July, 2020 commissioned the rehabilitated power sub-station for Michika and Madagali local government areas at the cost of N283.8m.

Before the rehabilitation, it was Boko Haram insurgents that damaged the power lines and installations which cut off power supply from the national grid subjecting the people to a total blackout for over 6 years.

As if that damage was not enough, after the rehabilitation, the insurgents have again destroyed the power lines from Danboa substation.

Fintiri disclosed this at Madzi Development Area in Michika while canvassing votes for the PDP candidates ahead of the forthcoming February and March elections in the country.

Governor Fintiri told the residents that the military has assured him that normalcy has been restored in that area and has given go ahead to the Government to recconect the power lines, promising to act in that regard.

“We have rehabilitated electricity in Michika and Madagali. 2 years ago, Boko Haram insurgents have again destroyed the power lines, coming from Danboa.

“I spoke with Brigade Commander, he told me that they have taken over the bushes around Danboa from Boko Haram and we should send personnel to reconnect the lines,” he said.

In his remarks, Honourable Zira Wampa who spoke on behalf of the communities, assured Governor Fintiri their readiness to deliver him, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and other PDP candidates in next elections.

Meanwhile, Governor Fintiri has assured the people of Bazza Development Area that his administration will build roads in the area having constructed many in Michika town and environs.

Governor Fintiri who disclosed this when he takes campaign train of the PDP to canvassing for votes, reminded the people the giant strides of his administration in the areas of education, security, health and Infrastructure among others.

He asked especially the women folk to take advantage of the Government’s Health Insurance Programme and register for free medical services to pregnant ones among them, children from five years and below, the aged and displaced persons.

“I will continue to protect your lives and property. We achieve much in all sectors. We improve payment of pension and gratuity. We have commenced salary payment with minimum wage for workers at the local government level alongside gratuity,” he said.

Former Deputy Governor of the Defunct Gongola State, Barrister David Barau said the people of Bazza will no doubt support Governor Umaru Fintiri in the March election, because of his excellence performance and character worthiness.

“The reasons for our promise to support you are one; excellent performance, two;
Numerous dividends of democracy in the areas of security and health as well as your competence, capacity, knowledge and reliability,” said Barau.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Michael Zirra, Ayuba Fari and Captain Altine Inuwa among other speakers vowed to deliver Governor Fintiri and all PDP Candidates describing Bazza as a stronghold of the party.

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We’ll Soon Flag Off Michika-Kamale Road Project – Gov Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Friday announced readiness of the State government to award contract for road project from Michika to Kamale.

The Governor disclosed this in Garta, Michika local government area when he led campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to canvass for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.

The Governor said arrangements are in the pipeline to execute the road project with three bridges as according to him survey has already been conducted by the government.

“I want to assure you the people of Garta, we have commenced plans to award contract of this road. By the Grace of God, we will begin the work in the next one or two months,” said Fintiri.

On the request by the community for lifting of ban on the use of mortocycle in Garta and environs, Governor Fintiri promised to make consultations and see the possibility or otherwise of the issue.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Yakubu Tsala, former Managing Director Nigeria Sugar Council and former federal lawmaker, Adamu Kamale assured block votes of the people to Governor Fintiri and other PDP candidates.

Highlight of the rally was handing over of 18 seater bus to Governor Fintiri to help the PDP campaign train by Dr Williams Kamale among other gifts presented as well as various cultural dance.

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Michika Agog As Crowd Storms PDP Rally To Welcome Gov Fintiri

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In what many residents of Michika described as mother of all rallies, supporters of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday afternoon stormed the campaign gathering at the centre of the town.

Upon his arrival to Michika town from Garta, Governor Umaru Fintiri was received by the people who came out en masse from all conners and proceeded to accompany him in droves to the venue of the campaign rally.

Speaking at the event, Governor Fintiri appreciated the people for the show of love and solidarity, promising to continue to make them proud by working for their welfare and development of Michika.

“I will continue to work for you and make you proud. My administration has restored security and today we sleep with our two eyes close. We will continue to fight these miscreants,” said Governor Fintiri.

Fintiri added that, “we will continue to make education free. We’ll make sure that the children of the poor get quality and affordable education across the state.”

He called on the people to vote for Atiku Abubakar as next Nigeria’s President to end the current hardships brought upon on the citizens by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government.

“Let’s continue to fast and pray so that we will get a leader that will bring socour to us. Let’s pray and fast so that we’ll get a leader that will end killings of our brothers and sisters. We will never elect APC again,” he said.

The State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu has presented flag to Zakari Dauda Nyampa, and Moses Yarima as PDP candidates for House of Representatives and State Assembly respectively.

PDP Chairman in Michika, Emmanuel Simbus lauded Fintiri for executing road projects in the area and appointed their sons and daughters into key positions of government.

The Commissioner of Finance and Budget, Dr Ishaya Dabari, and Peter Salihu Gogura both said Governor Fintiri does not need to campaign in Michika as they are set to pay him back by voting him massively.

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