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Stop Parochial Splitting Tendencies, Allow Electorate Elect Their Leaders, Bishop Tells Govs



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Austy Ajayi I Yola

Northern pastors under the auspices of Arewa Pastors Forum for Peace (APFFP) has chastised governors championing zoning of the Presidency to the region.

The forum says such a quest is a parochial and splittist tendency which does not permit the general public to elect those they want to lead them in all elective position in the country.

National President of the Forum, Bishop Japhet Mbayor, who articulated the Forum’s position on Tuesday in a speech at a session of the National Ministers Conference Forum, with a theme ‘ Unity in the time of Insurgency’ holding at the Ahmadu Ribadu Square, Yola, said “every sector of Nigeria must have opportunity to produce Leaders at all level”.

According to Bishop Japhet Mbayor “the Arewa Pastors Forum for Peace takes a very dim view of the aphorisms and formulations of the governors which attempted albeit belatedly to exclude other sections of the Nigerian state from aspiring to the ultimate office of the President of the Republic,”.

He asserted that every sector must be given the sense and reality of participation in governance in tandem with the prescriptions of true federalism.

He advised Nigerian leaders to take a cue from the Swiss Confedral Republic which lets loose a participation dynamic that has yielded space to merit above parochial considerations.

He added that “there is no other credible alternative option in respect to the sustenance of the Nigerian democratic project than for the Governors to jettison such parochial splitting tendencies and allow the electorate to elect who they want “.

While urging christians to take their pride of place in the polity of the country,
he said “on the forthcoming elections in the country, the President maintained that “the church have embarked on an aggressive enlightenment campaign with all the geo consequential organizations to ensure that the defining 2023 elections and beyond are not only free and fair but devoid any form of malpractice “.

He opined that every sector of the Nigerian state must be given the sense and reality of participation in governance in tandem with the prescriptions of true federalism.

The Arewa Pastor’s Forum for Peace (APFFP), has appealed to the Ministry of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Management and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to carry churches along in the distribution of relief materials.

According to the APFFP, “the Ministry and the CBN needs to remedy the serious breach in the distribution of relief aid and materials to church organizations, particularly those who have been uprooted from their ancestral homesteads and households destroyed by insecurity”.

Bishop Ndarchang lamented that “we are in agony of conscience and pained that while most churches are yet to receive aids, other people have received double”.

He averred that the COVID-19 aids has not positively impacted in churches as expected, saying coordinating agencies are not doing enough for churches and faith based organizations to participate in the relief process.

The National Ministers Conference consists of all the 19 Northern States in Nigeria is expected to end on Thursday.

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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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