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Adamawa LG Election: Electorates Salute PDP For Producing Popular Candidates



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While it was conceived to have been marred by mixed feelings in some, Maiha and Song in particular are among the local governments whose electorates expressed satisfaction with the activities of delegates during the PDP primaries for the local government chairmanship election as having duly reflected the interest of the teeming populace in the local governments.

This report will start with Maiha then song before other local governments. The reason isn’t far-fetched. The present Maiha local government caretaker committee chairman has proven himself long-overdue-worthy, as much as having the executive approval of the appointment of district head of Jalingo-Maiha as declared by courts judgements. Song local government was undoubtedly blessed with the achiever, the best local government chairman in Adamawa state who worked the talk than talking the meaningless work and the electorates cajoled him to come back and continue by improving from the concrete foundation he constructively constructed.

Electorates in Maiha local government have commended the PDP delegates for producing popular, generally accepted and acceptable candidate in Maiha local government.

Speaking with the Periscope reporter Wednesday, some of the elders and youths cut accross the five districts of the local government expressed satisfaction with the show of development-solidarity by those referred to as ‘delegates with critical conscience’ during the PDP primaries, preparatory to the local government chairmanship and other elections, reflected in the landslide victory earned by Hon Abubakar Mustafa, popularly known simply as Habu, making in character, the characteristics associated with his name as trustworthy.

The elated electorates and community elders as stakeholders in peace building for mutual coexistence are agreed that in Maiha it is not the popularity of a political party but the personality a party showcases determines the victory.

The electorates were impressed with the maturity exhibited by Hon Tijjani Maksha for withdrawing his interest in joining the LG chairmanship race.

Maksha was once-upon-a-time elected chairman of Maiha local government. He served in other different political capacities in almost all the elected governments in the state; prominent among which was the Commissioner of agriculture under Admiral Nyako led administration. He is currently serving as one of the advisers to the state governor.

The poll for the chairmanship primaries in the ruling party in Maiha, with Maksha’s withdrawal, was reduced to two candidates; Hon Abubakar Mustafa Habu and Hon Hassan Ahmadu.

“Hon Habu is the current caretaker chairman of the local government. He was in fact the most popular candidate, during what can be described as tough PDP LG primaries in Maiha two years ago, the result of which would have to be resolved at the government house in Yola, where Habu was made to surrender the baton to Hon Idi Aliyu Aminu, there after he was appointed as board chairman of a parastatal in the state before the latest appointment.

“Hon Habu remains a bonafide, no shaking PDP member. He has had no record of defection whether or not PDP retains the victory status.

“Having the slightest opportunity to join in Romans with those at the corridor of power, some politicians in the LGA are known for speaking ills against some constituents with a view to deny them benefitting from any favours. It’s one of the reasons for suspension of trust, for the mutual suspision between and among stakeholders; Maiha would have recorded progress than she is today if the philosophy of empowerment, support and backing rather than barking at each other is inclined to.

“Some are given the opportunity to serve but what legacy have we gained from their stewardship? What development have they impacted? How many empowerment projects have they initiated?

“Habu remains a unifying candidate who holds no Malice against any group and doesn’t backstab. He nurses the spirit of having Maiha local government and the people in general to go beyond the rural stagnation and stigmatisation. This is exemplified by the achievements recorded within few weeks into his interim appointment.

“We attribute the success to his patience and living with the electorates in Maiha, even though he has the capacity to relocate to Yola or Abuja and/or any other state capital.

“Hon Hassan Ahmadu held some political appointments at the local level, the latest being one of the advisers to the immediate former LG chairman. He was later relieved of the appointment, the reason wasn’t however clearly given. Ahmadu is said to have been sponsored by some group in the local government area to participate in the race. The question to have asked was whether or not the group has political structure with the winning spirit.

“It was indeed a landslide victory in favour of Hon Habu who got 205 votes, against the 18 votes in favour of Hon Ahmadu.

“Hassan Ahmadu did not get a single vote cast from Tambajam, Sorau A, Sorau B, Belel and Konkol wards. His 18 votes came from Maiha Gari, Mayo-Nguli, Manjekin, Pakka and Humbutudi wards.

“The delegates eventually acted upon the interest of the people of Maiha. With the credible results resulting from the free and fair PDP primaries, We assure you that, it’ll simply be a walkover come the main LG elecion,” the electorates in Maiha would analyse.

The nobility and the aristocracy in Maiha, represented by Prince Umar Farooq Abubakar – Sardaunan Maiha – have commended PDP as party, the executive members, the delegates from Maiha and the entire people of Maiha local government for the mandating one of the ruling family members to contest under the ruling party in the state. The ruling family uged the electorates to support Habu with their votes that will harmonise peace, unity and development.

Sardaunan Maiha writes, “I want to use this medium to on behalf of the Royal family of maiha express our profound gratitude to almighty Allah SWT and to the PDP Excos in maiha local government for using their mandate to bring in a credible candidate in person of Abubakar Mustafa to fly the party’s flag in the forthcoming local government election.

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Rerun Election: Kallamu Lauds Appeal Court Verdict




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The Candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) for Mayo Belwa constituency Adamawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Musa Mahmud Kallamu, has hailed the verdict of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal on the constituency election.

Hon. Kallamu expressed hope that the appellate court’s judgement will lead to the return of his stolen mandate during the re-run election ordered to be conducted very soon, and congratulated his electorate for the victory at court.

The appeal court on Thursday, upheld the decision of the National/Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal which invalidated election of Hon. Musa Ibrahim Italiya, at 7 polling units and subsequently ordered for re-run election.

Hon. Italiya, who is incumbent member representing the constituency under the All Progressives Congress (APC), appealed the judgement but lost out at the appellate court where his appeal was dismissed.

The court had while affirming the nullification of his election, declared that the lawmaker’s appeal constituted an abuse of court process, and ordered him to pay the sum of N500,000 to Hon. Kallamu.

While reacting on the judgement on Friday, Hon. Hon. Kallamu welcomed the judgement, saying that the truth has finally unveiled itself in the matter, saying that no doubt, their seat at the hallowed chamber will be reclaimed very soon.

He conveyed his appreciation to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for standing behind him, his electorate and ensuring truth prevails at the end of the day.

He thanked God Almighty, his teeming electorate as well as the judiciary for demostrating the fact that it is the last hope of the common man and for ensuring that his votes did not go in vain.

He disclosed that he has the mandate of Mayo Belwa constituents and knows what went wrong during the election more especially at the affected polling units where election was rigged.

According to him, his electorate, who were overwhelmed with the outcome of the judgement, are really prepared to finish what they started, assuring that he is very optimistic of reclaiming his mandate because the units are PDP stronghold.

The affected polling units include: unit 013, Model Primary School, unit 021, Yelwa Primary School, unit 039, Model (IV) Primary School, unit 047, Wuro Mana Islamiya Primary School, unit 004, Chukkol Joda G.D.S.S., unit 009 ,Wuro Aminu Kofar Jauro and unit 018 Wuro Mana I.

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Forum Of Islamic Preachers Commends Gov Kefas For All-Inclusive Leadership




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The Taraba State Forum of Islamic Preachers has applauded Governor Agbu Kefas for his all-inclusive leadership style.

The State Chairman of the Forum, Mallam Usaini Isma’il made the commendation during a press briefing in Jalingo.

He mentioned equal representation as the watchword of the governor, noting that the just concluded Local Government Council’s polls proved the inciting Islamic Preachers both within and outside the state wrong, as Muslims were carried along.

“The masses both Muslim, Christians, and idol worshipers came out during last Saturday’s LG election and unanimously voted for PDP in the whole sixteen (16) LGAs and it was done fifty-fifty, which shows that Governor Agbu Kefas is not a religious and tribal bigot.

“The good people of Taraba State have trust and belief in the PDP, that was why they voted for candidates of the party for all the sixteen local government council’s chairmen and councilors, and they are also satisfied with the leadership style of Dr. Agbu Kefas because he gave the Muslim equal opportunity with the Christians in the election.

“Dr. Agbu Kefas did not come to steal the resources of Taraba State nor not to divide the people, instead, he came to transform the state as everyone can see from the developmental projects he embarked on. Go to the Taraba State College of Nursing and see the kind of projects that are going on, and also go to the State Specialists Hospital and see how it was renovated.

 “Also the same thing you will see if you go to the Kefas Palliative Market where food items would be sold at a subsidized rate for Tarabans, the Government House Juma’at Mosque was also renovated, courtesy of Governor Kefas,” Isma’il stated.

Malam Usaini Isma’il reiterated that the just concluded LG election proved to incite Islamic Preachers within and outside the state wrong, as Muslim Ummah were carried along, adding that the governor has again proved that his administration is carrying everyone along irrespective of religion or tribal inclination.

He expressed dismay over the way some Islamic Preachers always only talk about the negative and neglect the good deeds of Governor Kefas’s administration which he described as unfair.

“We know how Governor Kefas is assisting Islam by giving huge amounts of money to those Islamic Preachers but you will never for one hear them appreciating him and telling their followers the good gestures he is doing for the Muslim Ummah in the state.

The Chairman who quoted a verse in the Holy Qur’an said” Anybody who doesn’t appreciate someone for a good gesture, will never appreciate Allah (SWA) and called on those intending to jeopardize the developmental plans of the present administration to have a rethink and support the governor to succeed.

He further pointed out that both Muslims and Christians alike benefited from the N30,000 minimum and the free education in the state.

Malam Usaini Isma’il, however, appealed to their followers and the people of the state at large to sustain prayers and fasting for Governor Kefas and others in positions of authority to enable them to execute the people’s orientated programs and policies of their administrations.

Commenting on the awaiting Appeal Court judgment filed by the aggrieved NNPP Gubernatorial candidate, Prof. Muhammed Sani Yahaya, Malam Isma’il urged all politicians and the relevant stakeholders at the National level to disregard those Islamic scholars that are going around lobbying to interfere in the case and collect the people’s mandate of leadership given to Dr. Agbu Kefas of PDP, saying that it is uncalled for.

“Everybody knows that the people of Taraba State have massively came out during the governorship election and voted for Dr. Agbu Kefas, therefore, we are optimistic that the court will vindicate our mandate that we gave Dr . Kefas as the Tribunal did.

“As leaders of the Muslim Ummah in the state, we know those Islamic scholars that are going around meeting people at the National level and telling them lies about the governor just for their pockets. We know and they also know the monies that Governor Kefas is giving them, even recently he gave them money besides the previous ones including during the Maulud period but they have never come out and told the world what the Man is doing for the Muslim Ummah,” Isma’il revealed.

He equally urged the judiciary to carry out its mandate according to the laid down rules.

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Judgment: A Reflection Of APC’s Popular Acceptability In Nasarawa State- Douglas




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By Moraki Aliyu, Lafiya 

The All Progressives Congress APC Nasarawa State Chapter Says, that the Appeal Court decision which reversed the earlier nullification of its mandate at the lower court headed by Justice Ezekiel Ajaiyi’s Governorship Election Petition Tribunal Panel is a well-deserved victory for the entire People of the State. 

In a Statement issued to newsmen in Lafia by the APC Publicity Secretary, Mr. Otaru Douglas said the triumph has again, validated and reaffirmed the overwhelming support of the Party and its candidate Abdullahi Sule during the March 18 Governorship Election. 

The Statement explained that the judgment which is a reflection of APC’s popular acceptability in the State is also a big win for democracy and a victory for the good people of Nasarawa State.

According to the Statement, the resounding victory at the Appeal Court is a testament to the trust and confidence the citizens of the state have in the APC-led Administration and the unwavering commitment of the Governor to the progress and development of Nasarawa State. 

It also, urges the APC supporters to celebrate with all sense of responsibility, therefore calling on the opposition People’s Democratic Party PDP, and its candidate Dr. David Emmanuel Ombugadu to put aside all differences and rally behind the administration of Governor Abdullahi A Sule to move the State forward, promote egalitarianism and ensure a peaceful state for all.

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