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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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Party Dispute: APC North West Zone To Resolve Internal Issues




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By Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna

Following suspension of Party members and counter Suspension of Party members from party excos from national level down to ward level in the zone .

APC North West Stakeholders have held a meeting 19th May 2024 at the Murtala Square, under the chairmanship of the Coordinating Governor of the North West Zone, Senator Uba Sani.

In a Communique read by Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna state,the Communique read in part.

“The meeting took a critical look at the state of the party in the North – West, activated its internal dispute resolution mechanism to resolve pending issues, and charted the pathway to a more formidable zonal structure that will ensure victory for our dear party in future elections.

“The Meeting commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR for his steadfast commitment to the fulfilment of his campaign promises to the Nigerian people. The meeting noted the decisive steps so far taken by the President in tackling Nigeria’s multitude of security and developmental challenges, and the far-reaching reforms he has initiated to reflate the economy and combat soaring inflation.

“The meeting observed that Mr. President’s Development Agenda has positively impacted the North West Zone, especially in the areas of Human Capital Development, Agriculture, Education, Poverty Alleviation, and Infrastructural Development.

“The meeting equally commended the various security agencies working tirelessly to maintain and enhance security in the zone.

“The meeting further stated that in view of the enormity of the developmental challenges facing the North West, stakeholders from the zone will continue to seek the gracious support, assistance and intervention of Mr. President.

The communique furher read “In view of Mr. President’s undiluted support and assistance to the North West, stakeholders called for continued support for President Tinubu’s administration as he strives to steady the ship of the Nigerian State. The challenges are enormous, but Mr. President is tackling them with courage and uncommon commitment.

“The meeting commended the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Honorable. Tajudeen Abbas, Deputy Senate President, Senator Jibrin Barau, and Senators and Members of the House of Representatives for crafting and vigorously pursuing the passage of the North West Development Commission Bill. The meeting urged members of the National Assembly to give the bills expeditious consideration in the interest of national cohesion and even development.

“The meeting wishes to commend Mr. President for his commitment towards the speedy completion of key projects in the North West Zone, including the Abuja – Kaduna – Kano Highway, the Sokoto – Badagry Road Project, the Sokoto – Zamfara – Katsina – Kaduna Road Project, the Kano – Katsina Dual Carriageway, the Ajaokuta – Kaduna – Kano Gas Pipeline, the Lagos – Kaduna – Kano – Katsina – Maradi Rail Project. These projects have the potentials of boosting economic activities, mitigating poverty, enhancing security, and helping in the forging of understanding and friendship among the citizens of Nigeria.

“The meeting while acknowledging the efforts of the political leaders from the zone in promoting development in the region hereby calls on them to put more efforts to further enhance the political fortunes of the zone in order to maintain the political dominance of the zone in Nigeria’s political landscape.

“The meeting commended the National Leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for their sustained commitment to the ideals of democracy, with particular recognition to members representing the zone in the party’s national leadership.

“The meeting equally recognized the efforts of the Ministers, Special Advisers and Presidential Aides from the zone in supporting Mr. President to deliver on the Renewed Hope Agenda.

“The meeting further commends the commitment of APC faithfuls and the resilience of the populace in the zone and urges them to continue to support the government at all levels.

“The meeting commended the Coordinating Governor of the North West, Senator Uba Sani for hosting the Inaugural Stakeholders Meeting and demonstrating commitment to the unity and progress of the APC in the North West Zone.

“The meeting also commended Governors Dikko Radda (Katsina State), Umar Namadi (Jigawa State), Nasiru Idris (Kebbi State), and Ahmad Aliyu (Sokoto State) for their credible leadership in their respective states.

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YLN, LEAP Train Bauchi Student Leaders On Democratic Leadership, Gender Inclusion, Others




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Over 60 student leaders from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, Bauchi State University Gadau, and The Federal Polytechnic Bauchi have gathered in Bauchi for a 2-day Amplify Leadership Workshop from May 7 – 8, 2024, organized by Young Leaders Network and supported by LEAP Africa and Nigeria Youth Futures Fund.

Held at the American Spaces Bauchi, the workshop brings together a diverse group of student leaders who will engage in interactive sessions, group discussions, and hands-on activities designed to harness their potential and expertise.

The programme’s overarching goal is to bolster political engagement in Northeast Nigeria through a meticulously crafted program that fosters a formidable team of leaders dedicated to advancing and enriching the leadership acumen of student union leaders.

In his welcome remarks, the Programmes Manager Governance of Young Leaders Network, Moses Danjuma Kusko urged the participants to seize the golden opportunity to equip themselves with leadership skills that will enable them to make a positive impact in their communities and the country at large. Kusko, highlighted objectives of the programme to include empowering students’ Union leaders with democratic leadership skills, promote gender inclusion and equality within students’ unionism, strengthen political activism and engagement among youth and enhance democratic values and principles in student communities.

The workshop promises to be a life-changing experience for the participants, providing them with the tools, knowledge, and network to become effective leaders and change-makers in their respective institutions and beyond.

Through this initiative, Young Leaders Network demonstrates its commitment to empowering young leaders, while LEAP Africa and Nigeria Youth Futures Fund provide vital support to amplify the impact of the program and promote sustainable development in Northeast Nigeria.

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Hon. Gidado Of ADC, Laud Gov Kefas Over Payments Of Gratuity, Revival Of Festival 




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By Sarah Manya

Hon. Abdulrazaq Gidado (JAWAR), the candidate for the last Jalingo, Yerro, and Zing Federal Constituency by-election under the African Democratic Congress (ADC) platform in Taraba State, has commended Governor Agbu Kefas for reviving the Nwonyo International Fishing Festival in the State. 

In a press statement released on Saturday via his Media Adviser, Sulaiman Sani, Gidado praised the governor’s commitment to promoting cultural heritage and improving the internally generated revenue of the state, exemplified by his recent inspection of the ongoing projects at the festival site.

Gidado also expressed appreciation for the recent approval of N1bn for the payment of gratuity to retired civil servants in the state, as well as a monthly allocation of N200m for its sustainability. 

He lauded Governor Kefas for ending the era of gratuity being owed in the state and pledged to continue ensuring good governance thrives by constructively criticizing where necessary.

Additionally, Hon. Abdulrazaq Gidado thanked Governor Agbu Kefas for the appointment of board chairmen and Special advisers in the state.

Lastly, he congratulated all appointees and wished them success in assisting the governor in achieving his Moving Forward Agenda.

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