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2023: Eschew Politics Of Bitterness – Taraba Elders Forum Tells PDP Aspirants

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Ahead of the 2023 general elections, aspirants vying for the office of the governor from the Northern Taraba Zone have been called to close ranks and work assiduously in harmony, eschew politics of bitterness, and ensure mass mobilization that is devoid of rancor for the success to ensure that one of them clinch PDP Ticket in the State.

The Chairman, Elders Forum of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Taraba Northern Zone, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Musa made the call during a Press Conference held on Monday 14th March 2022 in Jalingo.

Musa, who was the pioneer Taraba State PDP Chairman in 1998, also implored all atatutory and ad-hoc delegates from the zone and indeed the central and southern zones, participating in the party nomination exercise to always refer to the rotational governorship arrangement agreed upon ahead of 2023 Election and vote only for any northern Taraba aspirant of their
choice.

He said the forum has observed the increasing disquiet and continuous onslaught on the
sensitivity of loyal members of the Party, particularly those that are the founding fathers and kept faith with the Party since its formation twenty-three (23) years ago, occasioned by the wild allegations making the rounds about some ulterior plans to jettison the rotation of governorship arrangement established by the state chapter of the party.

Musa added that “while it may be convenient to wave the allegations as spurious as they come, the Northern Zone Elders Forum is deeply worried about the implications of silence on this matter which fast causing disaffection among members of the PDP and unnecessarily overheating the polity with all the attendant consequences on the success of the Party in the forthcoming 2023 Elections.”

“Taking a queue from the famous quote by American President, Thomas Jefferson, that “evil triumphs when good men do nothing”, the forum decided to step forward and do something.

“Viewing these allegations as
ill-motivated handiworks of ‘agent provocateur’ and moles within the PDP who are bend on reversing the twenty-three years’ success story that the PDP in Taraba State has become unrivaled by any other states in the entire northern part of Nigeria,” Said Musa.

According to him, the Forum has resolved to draw the attention of the leadership of the party in the state to what it called “uncanny and sinister motives of certain elements within the PDP to cause disaffection among members and undermine the party by attempting to jettison the already established arrangement, which senior stakeholders, members of the State and National Assembly were signatories.”

Alhaji Abdulrazaq Musa noted that the zoning facilitated the election of Governor Darius Ishaku in 2015 and his re-election in 2019 foreclosing the party’s ticket to all aspirants from any zone other than the south, including the immediate former Governor of the State.

However, the Northern Taraba Elders Forum pledged its loyalty to the administration of Governor Darius Ishaku, and acknowledged his remarkable strides in the development of the State, while they prayed that his successor will continue to build on the structures put in place.

“We acknowledged and appreciate the exemplary and a wonderful
demonstration of selflessness, fairness, solidarity, equity, and togetherness
exhibited recently by certain Groups from Southern and Central Zones clling on the Party to demonstrate integrity and respect the laid-down arrangement.” Musa concluded.

Our Correspondent observed that representatives of all the elders in PDP from Northern Taraba Zone including the leader of Taraba Northern Select Group and former Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Simon Shimpu was at the conference.

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

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

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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Just In: Adamawa Govt Set To Construct Modire Road In Yola

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State says the government will soon flag off construction of Modire Road in Yola South LGA to ease the hardships of motorists and the community.

The Governor announced this when he led the campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to Yolde Pate in Yola South LGA to canvass for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.

He said survey of the road will soon be conducted for commencement of the project by the contracting firm, Triacta Nigeria Limited.

The Governor equally reminded the people how his administration built Nyibango – Yolde Pate road, saying that of Lakare – Bole project is still ongoing and will be completed in the next 3 months.

“We have so far delivered on our 11- point agenda and in the second tenure of my administration, we will pursue on 8-point agenda for continued reformation of all sectors in the state,” said the Governor.

The Executive Chairman, Yola South LGA Council, Engineer Mohammed Hamidu commended Governor Fintiri for executing People’s oriented projects in the area and assured him massive votes of the residents.

In their separate remarks, Mohammed Yahaya Marafa and Madam Salome Nelson thanked Governor Fintiri for constructing Lakare – Bole road among other giant strides such as payment of Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations.

Meanwhile, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri had earlier assured the people of Yadim and Ukituki Wards of Fufore LGA of continuity towards Improving security, and education among other sectors if re-elected.

The Governor who was in Yadim on the political campaign announced the readiness of the Government to asphalt the rural road leading to the area constructed by his administration adding that more projects will be deployed to the community.

In his remarks, the State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu while receiving decampees into the party, assured them fair treatment while urging them to mobilize votes for the party in the forthcoming elections.

Speaking at the event, PDP Candidate for Verre Constituency, Mr Japhet Hammajabu said Yadim and Ukituki wards supported the Governor in 2019, and will indeed double their votes for him and other candidates of the party in the forthcoming elections.

The Sarki Tsabta Adamawa, Alhaji Hamman Adama Ahijo who recalled how bad the road leading to Yadim was before the coming of the present administration, thanked Governor Fintiri for constructing it and assured him bloc votes of the community and environs.

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We’ve Included Jimeta-Mayo Ine Road Project in The Budget – Gov Fintiri

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—We’ll Begin Payment of Scholarships Next Week With 50% Increment

By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Adamawa State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri Friday said arrangements have been concluded by the government to begin payment of scholarship allowances to students of institutions of higher learning next week with increment of fifty percent.

Similarly, Governor Fintiri has announced that the State Government has already included Jimeta-Mayo Ine road project in this year’s budget and arrangements are in the pipeline for commencement of work.

The Governor made this known during a campaign rally in Mayo Ine, Fufore LGA as part of his tour to seek for re-election and canvass votes for other candidates of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming general polls.

Governor Fintiri said his administration has taken Infrastructure delivery with utmost priority and it will continue in that trajectory, assuring the people continuity of good governance on 8-point agenda if re-elected.

“If you give us another mandate we will work on eight point agenda to build on the progress made so far. Government will continue with free education, payment of WAEC and NECO and Scholarship allowances,” said Fintiri.

“Before we come on board, you don’t sleep with your two eyes close because insecurity was threatening your peace. Today we achieved absolute security in this area and the state as a whole. The State is now enjoying prevailing peace.

“Also, before, it was our parents that used to buy chalks in our schools. You laboured hard to pay your children school fees. Most of our schools were in a state of shamble. But we have now changed the narratives,” says Governor Fintiri.

He called on the Stakeholders in the area to bury their differences and unite for the common purpose of mobilize massive votes for all PDP candidates in the forthcoming elections for the good of the state and the country.

The State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu after receiving hundreds of decampees into the party noted with appreciation how electorates of Mayo Ine turned out en masse to receive them describing the area a PDP stronghold.

In his remarks, a stakeholder in the area, Alhaji Halilu Lamu revealed that Mayo Ine district created in 1903 had never had it so good than now as Governor Fintiri has renovated their schools and relieved parents the burden of paying their children school fees.

Salihu Aliyu Kabillo eulogized Governor Fintiri for not only appointing their sons and daughters into key positions of government but ensured retirees get their entitlements as an when due while people across the state get dividends of democracy.

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