By Ismaila Uba Misilli
…As Governor Inuwa Participates in Affirmation of Results of Consensus that Produced Party Executives in Jekadafari Ward
…APC National Team, Observers, Others Commend Rancour- Free Conduct of Ward Congress in Gombe
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya was earlier today at his Jekadafari Ward in Gombe metropolis where he attended and participated at the affirmation of the result of the APC Ward Congress conducted through consensus method.
Recall that stakeholders of the APC in Gombe State had adopted a resolution to hold the party’s congresses at ward, local government and state levels via consensus in line with the guidelines of the National Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee.
The exercise went simultaneously and peacefully across all the 114 wards of the state.
A team from the National Headquarters of the APC, under the chairmanship of Dr. Danjuma Dabo presided over the ward congresses and received results on behalf of the party.
Speaking shortly after being presented with the new Executive members of Jekadafari ward, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya praised the smooth conduct of the exercise in the ward, describing it a precursor for the emergence of credible leadership for party in the State.
He explained that exercise was in line with the APC guidelines which mandated States across the country to begin the process of electing Party Executives which can come through outright election or concensus method.
“Yes before now we had leaders in the APC at all levels in the State but base on the guidelines of the party, elections are expected to be conducted to give room for new crop of leaders to stir the affairs of the party for some years to come”.
” I am delighted with the conduct of our party men and women and I congratulate our new officials”.
The Governor noted that the peaceful conduct of the ward congress in Jekadafari was an indication that the people of the area are not only advocates of democracy but staunch allies of his administration, which was examplified and demonstrated in the event organised by Jekadafari Community Forum to honor him.
The Governor promised those that have been replaced through the ward Congress will continue to remain bonafide members of the party and relevant in scheme of things.
To the newly elected Ward Executives, Governor Inuwa Yahaya charged them to exhibit absolute loyalty to the party as the APC will not tolerate division and other actions that are inimical to its progress and development..
The team of APC officials, alongside some observers were also at the ward collation centres in Dawaki, Shamaki, Nasarawo and others to sample the outcome of the exercise.
In an interview, the Chairman of APC Congress Committee for Gombe State, Dr. Danjuma Dabo said the exercise was not only peaceful but conducted in accordance to APC guidelines, expressing satisfaction with the overall process.
The coordinator of the ward congress in Gombe Local Government, Barnabas Maspara Jessu expressed delight over the conduct of the exercise across the area, saying it was the choice of the people that emerged in process.
The Chairman of Gombe Local Government council, Aliyu Usman Haruna described the exercise in Gombe Local Government Area as peaceful and transparent which saw the emergence of the people’s choice.
Bandits Chase Residents Out Of Kaduna Village For Failing To Pay Tax
Residents of Kidandan community in Giwa Local Government area of Kaduna State were chased out of their ancestral homes in their hundreds over the weekend for failing to pay tax to bandits.
The bandits had raided their community for hours, shooting indiscriminately, resulting in the killing of many residents and abduction of many others.
Some survivors told reporters that the bandits, who had previously terrorized the community, increased their aggression after some farmers failed to pay the levies imposed on them.
The Kaduna State Police Command did not respond to the inquiries made about the incident, as the Command’s spokesman, ASP Mansur Hassan, promised to call our correspondent back but had not done so at press time.
A resident, who preferred anonymity, said: “For the past six days, bandits have been frequenting Kidandan. But this attack was particularly devastating. They instilled terror, stole belongings, and abducted our people.
“Every resident of Kidandan lives in extreme fear. Our women and children are leaving in large numbers. The sudden and unplanned exodus is striking. They seek safety, heading to Zaria and other seemingly secured areas to stay with friends and relatives.”
It was alleged that instead of a permanent security presence, patrols were the only form of occasional security in the community.
This, it was alleged, allowed the bandits to strike whenever they sensed the absence of security operatives.
The Kaduna Bombing Incident Will Not Be Swept Under The Carpet – Ribadu
The National Security Adviser (NSA) Nuhu Ribadu has visited the Tudun Biri village of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State to commiserate with the people over bombing incident.
While 85 persons were confirmed dead in the strike and scores were injured in the most recent military mishap, Ribadu and the lawmakers are commending the commitment of security agencies to reducing the security challenges in the region.
The NSA who was in the village on a fact-finding mission, assured that the bombing incident will not be swept under the carpet. He promised that a holistic investigation would soon commence to avert the recurrence of such an incident.
“We are here to physically see and also talk directly to the people, victims, and families and make an assessment for the Federal Government. It is a tragedy and misfortune. But it has happened. What matters is: how we move forward, what we going to learn from here, and what exactly we need to do,” Ribadu added.
He commended Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State for his display of maturity and leadership in handling of the unfortunate incident, particularly in providing relief materials and other logistics to the victims.
Kaduna Bombing: Northern Lawyers Vow To Sue FG
Lawyers, under the auspices of the Concerned Northern Forum, have vowed to institute legal action against the Federal Government, demanding the payment of adequate compensation for the victims of Tudun Biri bombed by the military airstrikes in Kaduna State.
Recall that over 120 villagers were killed while celebrating Maulud last Sunday night.
Speaking for the Northern Lawyers Forum, Barrister Nafi’u Abubakar, noted that the forum would ensure that the families that suffered irreparable loss as a result of this unfortunate incident get justice.
Nafi’u, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday, urged the Federal Government to take immediate and decisive action to ensure a thorough and independent investigation into this incident.
“It is imperative that those responsible are held accountable for their actions, and measures are put in place to prevent any recurrence of such incidents in the future.
“We also urge the Nigerian Army to reevaluate its rules of engagement and training procedures to prevent the loss of innocent lives during military operations. It is vital that the Nigerian Army, as a defender of the nation, exercises utmost caution to avoid any further instances of collateral damage and civilian casualties,” he said.
The forum, with over 600 members, extended their deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the tragic incident.
“We stand united with them in their grief and pledge our unwavering support in ensuring justice is served.
“The Concerned Northern Lawyers Forum will work tirelessly to pursue legal means to claim the compensation that is owed to the victims,” he said. Vanguard.
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