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APC Swears In EXCO, Says Court Case, Reconciliation Talks Continue In Taraba

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The All Progressives Congress APC, Taraba State chapter has sworn in the remaining thirty-five Executive Members apart from the state Chairman of the party, Barrister Ibrahim Tukur El-sudi who was inaugurated since.

The event took place at the State Secretariat of the party along Hamman ruwa way in Jalingo with Barrister Isa Buba who administered the Oath of office to the 35 Excos.

Speaking after the swearing-in, the state Chairman of APC, Barr. Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi in the whole of Taraba there was no Executive at the State level except him as Chairman because of the current court judgment that nullified the state Exco’s election.

He explained that the swearing-in ceremony became imperative because the legal department of the party has advised that the remaining Excos should be sworn in as enshrined in the party’s constitution since they have already filed an appeal seeking for the Court of appeal to nullify the judgment passed by Justice Simon Amobeda of the Federal High sitting in Jalingo.

“This has not indicated that the room for reconciliation has been closed, no, we will continue with the reconciliation talks, and also court case will continue but if our colleagues withdrew the case from the court, fine, but even the court of appeal says that if you filed an appeal seeking for nullifying a judgment, so, it is for temporary, that is why there no reason we will not carry out the swearing-in ceremony for the main time;

“There is no state in the whole of Nigeria that the Exco of the party has not been sworn in, therefore, we have to also do same as enshrined in the constitution of the party, but reconciliation continues because we need everyone for the success of the party, so, nobody should feel been overpowered, mucked, or disgraced,” El-Sudi stressed.

However, El-Sudi urged Exco members to put their interests aside and work as a team for the party to take over governance of the state come 2023, noting that every aspirant is welcome as their doors are opened but emphasized that Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha is the first person that came to the party secretariat to carry out a program.

“APC is for any person that has an intention to contest, nobody should think of these people are the boys of Bwacha, or DSK, or Saleh Mamman, or Sani Abubakar Danladi, or Yusuf A. Yusuf, no, everybody is welcoming, and anybody that wants to do a program here is to the benefit of APC, so, he is welcome.” Barr. El-sudi emphasized.

Meanwhile, an aspirant in the party and a serving Senator representing Taraba South at the National Assembly, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha has donated 16 vehicles to the sixteen local government branches of the party.

Presenting the vehicles, Bwacha who was represented by the Director-General of his Campaign Organization, Hon. Iliyasu Kirim said the vehicles were provided to enable the party officials to move from point to point, adding that it is just the first step as more are coming, adding that even the party Secretariat that was recently donated by the Minister will receive a boost because the party is a big one and need a bigger place among many other things.

On his part, the former Taraba State Deputy Governor, Hon. Ahmadu Uba Maigari commended Sen. Bwacha for the donation, and described him as one of the leading lights of the party, adding the gesture signified that it is not how long you have been a member of the APC but how well you are a member of the APC is very important.

“You will all agree with me that Sen. Bwacha as the chairman has rightly said Sen. Bwacha has just joined us, for all we care and I believed it goes the same with the Chairman, “you could have been a member of the party since inception without making any contribution it amounts to nothing, I’m wrong? If you join us today and make this contribution, you will be warmly welcomed;

“So, Distinguished Sen. Bwacha we welcomed you wholeheartedly. I will join my able Chairman in also adding that we will welcome all donors, the party needs assistance, we all know we are in the opposition, although workable in Taraba. it will soon be expired by the grace of God. We will mobilize our party members, deploy resources, and deploy logistics like these that Sen. Bwacha donated to all nooks and crannies of Taraba state to make sure that we sent the PDP parking in 2023. It is very evident that they have nothing to offer, they have wasted seven years and drowned us back 20 years behind in Taraba” Maigari alleges.

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2027 Elections: Stakeholders Charge INEC For Early Preparation, Sensitization

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By Ladi Dapson, Maiduguri 

Stakeholders have urged the Independents National Electoral Commission (INEC) to review its operations ahead of the next electoral cycle, saying there is a need for early engagement with grassroots to build trust and confidence in the electoral system.

They also urged the National Assembly to ensure the completion of the amendment of the Electoral Act and the review of the Constitution, at least two years before the general election.

The District Head Maisandari, Abba Bukar, speaking during a town hall meeting with the theme: Peacebuilding, Climate Resilience, and Indigenous Strategies in Borno State,” held in Maiduguri.

He maintained that a diverse group of stakeholders has come together to reflect on the outcomes and learnings of previous general elections, advocate sustainable peace, and strengthen democracy.

According to him, such moves would enable all stakeholders and citizens of the country to fully understand the changes made to the laws for effective implementation and compliance.

“Election play a crucial role in our democratic values, it is everyone’s business and INEC should review their approach so that we can have peaceful and acceptable elections,”

The Senior Programme Officer, National Orientation Agency (NOA) Borno State, Mohammed Bukar highlighted the need for early preparation and increased sensitization and awareness creation on voter education and the Electoral Act 2022.

“It has been over a year since the general elections in most Nigerian states took place. I think this kind of multi-stakeholder engagement seeks to reflect and share indigenous approaches deployed during the last election, key successes, and lessons learned for improvement in future elections.” 

The Consortium Manager, of SOS Children’s Villages in Nigeria, David Gabriel said the town hall meeting aimed to underscore the seriousness of SOS Children’s Villages for credible and transparent elections in the country.

“We want to review community strategies that worked during last year’s elections and to get their feedback as well as their observations, and that’s why we converged all the stakeholders in the place today. We have INCE, security agencies, traditional and religious leaders, market associations, women’s groups, youth groups, students, and Persons Living with disabilities.

“We want the future elections to be participatory, inclusive, and peaceful. The new things we should be expecting will see community-driven action, it is much better when community people drive the process. 

Based on the conversations that happened here today, you could see that before the elections, during after the elections each group had something that contributed to the conduct of the elections we have had.

Mr. David noted that the stakeholders expressed commitment to working closely with the relevant authorities to ensure the recommendations from the town hall meeting are incorporated into the ongoing efforts to strengthen electoral processes and promote sustainable peace and democracy.

“As they leave here today they would be working towards ensuring that they participate in the processes to get better results in their communities and the state at large,” David noted.

The project was funded by the European Union and implemented the European Union Support to Democratic Governance Programme in Nigeria (EU SDGN II) in collaboration with SOS Children’s Villages.

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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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