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APC Congresses: We Are Against Micro-Zoning, Consensus In Taraba- Hon Ade

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Hon. Audu Ade, All Progressives Congress, (APC) Chieftain in Taraba State has lamented over the refusal of the Local Government Congress Appeal Committee to come to Taraba State to listen to the grievances of members of the party who were not satisfied with the consensus method.

Ade who in an interview with journalists in Jalingo, the capital city of Taraba, North-east Nigeria on Saturday said this was despite the claim by the leadership of the party in the state that the ward and local government congresses were held based on a consensus method.

He alleged that both the wards and the local government’s so-called consensus were one-sided because there are members of the party who purchased forms with their money including him but nobody contacted them to even discuss and dialogue for consensus.

“Our major problem is that there are some people that purchased this form to contest for various positions at the local government level but they were denied given the right to contest, for example, we have cases in Takum, Jalingo, almost all the sixteen local government areas we have cases;

“Some people that purchased form with their money and they have been denied even to see where the consensus took place, that is our main problem, therefore, so we are calling on the National Caretaker Committee under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Maimala Buni who is a principle man with high integrity to come to the aids of APC members in Taraba to ensure that justice prevails;

“They said after Congress an appeal committee will come, but up till this moment that I’m talking you the journalists there is no single appeal committee member from the national secretariat that come to Taraba in regards to that matter, so we are calling the attention of the national secretariat to please come to Taraba and make sure that they look into our problems.

“What mean by consensus? it means if you buy the form and I also purchased from you have to call me and we sit together and discuss then if I understand with you, then I most have to go into agreement with you so that we arrived at a consensus but they did not carry us along with we that purchased the form with our money”. Ade expressed dismay.

Hon. Audu Ade, however, revealed that they will exhaust all the internal mechanisms as enshrined in the APC constitution to fight for their rights which if the national secretariat did not take necessary action they may have no option other than to drag the party to court to seek for redress.

“I’m not even praying for this matter to reach that level of going to the court because I so much have confidence in the national caretaker committee under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Maimala Buni because he is a man of his words, a gentleman man with high integrity whom we so much respect and believed that he will ensure justice among all members of our great party, APC.

” We want him to allow everybody that purchased form to contest on various positions to partake by going for election and ensure a free, fair, and credible election so that anyone that wins or lost will take it with good faith and continue working for the party to ensure victory at all levels but if that is not done, I assure you they will destroy the APC in Taraba State, all what we want is justice because what they did was undemocratic” Hon. Audu Ade threatened.”

Reacting on the matter, the state Caretaker Committee Chairman, Barr. Ibrahim El-Sudi who debunked all the allegations leveled against the appeal committee by the aggrieved members said the committee came to Taraba on the date it was slated but up to the date of the closing of entertaining complaints, nobody brought any petition and a noticed was placed all over the social media and also at the party’s secretariat in Jalingo.

“So the committee which was under the leadership of Ambassador Abdulrashid came and finished their assignment and left after spending days here in jalingo” El-sudi emphasized.

On the threat of going to the court by the aggrieved members, El-sudi said: “Is their right to go to court, but we have internal mechanisms of solving problems. ”

Should the members in question fail to exhaust “those internal mechanisms” he said “then, they are in trouble because there are certain disciplinary measures that can be taking against them” stating that “but it is the constitutional right to every Nigerian to go to court. “

Our correspondent observed that still there are skirmishes between some stakeholders of the party in the state as many including Hon. Sani Abdullahi Tullu rejected the consensus method and left the venue during the last wards and local governments congresses.

It could be recalled that on Friday 3rd of September 2021 while briefing members of Taraba APC at the party’s state secretariat, the Chairman of local government congresses in the state, Senator Clever Ikisikpo assured of providing a level playing field for all.

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Adamawa Govt Approves 16.6km Roads Network At 1,000 Housing Estate Malkohi

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Adamawa State Executive Council at its first 2023 meeting has approved 16.6km roads network at the 1,000 Housing Units Malkohi in Yola South Local Government Area at the cost N3.744b.

According to the resolution of the council meeting presided over by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the project was awarded to Messrs Jodas Salamu Global Nigeria Limited.

State Commissioner of Works and Energy, Alh Adamu Atiku Abubakar revealed this to newsmen after the council meeting that held in the Council Chambers, Government House, Yola Monday.

Abubakar added that the road network project which is to be completed in 12 months, is inline with the policies of the present administration to ensuring rural and urban renewal.

The Commissioner further said the Council after deliberations has approved construction and renovation of 12 lots of classroom blocks, laboratories and library in Government Secondary School Fufore.

He said the project awarded at N151m is being spread across 12 independent contractors adding that work will soon commence.

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Gov Fintiri Mourns Apostle Hinjari, Calls For Arrest Of His Killers

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has expressed sadness over the gruesome murder of Apostle Jerry Hinjari at his residence recently, describing it as a colossal loss. “I am heartbroken and devastated by this senseless loss.”

Governor Fintiri in a statement by his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou noted that , “Apostle Hinjari while on earth led a purposeful and impactful life. He was an ardent preacher of the word, a passionate soul winner, a transformational leader and a builder of men.”

Though young at heart, the Governor said “He stood tall and had never wavered in continuously delivering messages of hope, talking about boisterous relationship issues and good Christian conduct that found ready expression with the youths. Adamawa community has lost a true soldier in the army of Christ.’’

The Governor who described as wicked the act of his assailants assured that on no account will Government allow enemies of progress have their way and directed security agencies to rise to the occasion and unearthed the killers of the popular preacher.

“Going into elections, we as a Government will do everything humanly possible to ensure criminals have no hiding place. We have worked hard to restore the peace of the State and will not allow hoodlums turn the wheel of progress of Adamawa State.”

He stated that the Preacher will be remembered for his life-changing messages and that the church and indeed the Christian community is elated that he left a worthy legacy behind.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has also expressed sadness over the death of Abdullahi Duda a former Chairman of Madagali Local Government, describing as shocking the news of his passage.

“Honestly, I lack words; I got confused when I got the message and could not recover, but I had to sum up my courage and strength.”

Abdullahi Duda who was the Interim Chairman before the present leadership in Local Government Councils of the State died on Saturday at the age of 55.

“Abdullahi’s contribution to the development of the state will not be forgotten in a hurry. He was an astute politician who was very loyal. He continued to contribute his quota to the development of the state.”

“On behalf of the government and good people of Adamawa State, I want to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and Madagali community on this great and irreparable loss. He surely paid his dues and the State and Madagali community will always remember him.”

“The State Government under my administration will continue to ensure that the ideals he propagated while alive will continue to be upheld and improved upon,” the Governor said.

The deceased who returned from treatment in India on Thursday died Saturday night.

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Work On Gyawana-Opalo-Hoki Electricity Project Will Begin Soon – Gov Fintiri

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has announced that work on Gyawana-Opalo-Hoki electricity project in Lamurde Local government area will commence soon.

The Governor who revealed this when he led the campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to canvassing for votes in Gyawana, Lamurde Local Government Area ahead of the forthcoming elections said Government will begin connection of the remaining communities without light to the national grid.

He told the people of Gyawana, Opalo Ngbakowo and Dubwangun wards that his administration has constructed 4km in Lamurde town, 11km of rural road and built 60-bed capacity hospital among others in the local government area.

Governor Umaru Fintiri while noting how his administration turned around the education sector, said he has given local government council chairmen approval to employ more qualified teachers into primary schools to enhance teaching and learning in the state.

On the tussle between host community/workers and management of Dangote Sugar Refinary Numan, Governor Fintiri told the electorates how he asked Alhaji Aliko Dangote to pay compensation among other things to the victims.

He called on the people to support his re-election bid and vote for all PDP candidates in the forthcoming general elections from top to bottom for better Adamawa and Nigeria as a whole.

After the Gyawana rally, Governor Umaru Fintiri alongside top government officials has commissioned Lecture Hall at College of Agriculture Ganye Satelitte Campus Gyawana in Lamurde Local government area.

Meanwhile, Governor Umaru Fintiri in Suwa, Lamurde LGA for the campaign has reassured his commitment to maintain the diversity of Adamawa people and provide equity and fairness to all tribes in the state for peace and tranquility.

Governor Fintiri told the people of Suwa, Sabon Layi and Waduku Wards that the government would continue to protect their lives and property to the best of its ability urging them to vote for PDP candidates in the forthcoming elections.

According to the Governor, It is only quality and affordable education that will bridge the gap between the rich and the poor and therefore reiterates his continued commitment to provide free education in the state.

He promised to drill borehole in Suwa and directed the State Ministry of Rural Infrastructure and Community Development to connect the area and Waduku to the national grid with immediate effect.

Governor Fintiri has during the rally sympathized with the people over the death of PDP Youth Leader in Suwa Ward, Hon. Mairiga Yohannah who was being laid to rest today (Saturday) in Lamurde and prayed to God to grant him eternal rest.

An elder statesman in Suwa, Mr Gabriel Yakubu commended Governor Fintiri for his free education Programme among other giant strides of his administration and assured him and other PDP candidates massive votes of the community.

While on a stop over in Timnu in the Local Government Area, Governor Umaru Fintiri has promised to procure brand new additional transformer for the community for improved electricity as requested by leaders of the community.

The Governor asked the electorates to continue to maintain peace among them as according to him government on its part will not relent until the citizens sleep with their two eyes close across the state.

The State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu while presenting flag to Hon. Pawikai Bauna as the party’s Candidate for State Assembly Member Lamurde Constituency in Gyawana urged the people to maintain their support for the party.

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