Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Abubakar Y Suleiman has formally tendered resignation letter from All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a letter addressed to the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Guda Ward of Ningi Local Government, the Speaker said that due to the factionalization of the Party at all levels in the State with every factions claiming the leadership of the party, coupled with litigations which led to court orders restraining any faction from claiming the leadership of the party, it becomes difficult for him to determine which of the factional leadership of the Party is legitimate.
He added that this is coming after series of persecution being meted on him and his supporters since his election as Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly in June, 2019 as against the wish of some vested interests in the Party.
The Speaker narrated that; “It’s a well known fact that getting Speakership position has been one of the lifetime dreams of my Emirate, Ningi. People of my Constituency gave me their mandate to represent them and subsequently asked me to pursue their dream of producing Speaker from Ningi. I can’t be bigger than my Constituency and no interest should be superior than that of my constituents. Thus, I pursued the dream of my constituents and as Almighty Allah willed it, we got it against all odds.
“Since my election as Speaker, the Party sidelined me from its activities and meted various forms of persecution on me and my supporters. Despite these, I remained loyal and committed to the Party and continued contributing financially to the Party and attending its functions and meetings even if they didn’t invite me. Sometimes I would only get notice of Party meetings from my Colleagues, but I would still attend.
“It reach to the level that I was removed as the Chairman of the stakeholders of the Party in Ningi Local Government and replaced with someone who barely knows the local government and the Party. Through that, they made sure any Party member loyal to me is edged out from the leadership or mainstream activities of the Party.
“I was called unprintable names by the Party Leaders and Stakeholders for their perception of the harmonious working relationship between the Assembly and the Executive Arm led by His Excellency Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammad as a threat to them, their political ambition and the Party. I always tell them, Bauchi State is bigger than any personal interest, unhealthy relationship between the two critical arms of Government would not only halt the development of the State but will affect the well-being of the people and bring instability in the State which will not augur well for all of us. But they ignored this patriotic disposition.
“Just recently, these vested interests in the Party worked against my inclusion as Member of the National Convention Planning Committee in which they made sure my name was removed. I tried my best to draw the attention of the Party leadership and its critical stakeholders to the injustice being done on me and my supporters but one of the major stakeholders talked to my face, that the Party won’t recognize any grievance from me and they resolved not to recognize anything that emanate from me even if it’s a document that contains my signature, because of my relationship with the Executive Governor of Bauchi Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammad. It further became clearer to me that I am no longer needed in APC.”
According to the Speaker, there has been intense calls on him from supporters, groups, party stalwarts and constituents to dump the Party due to the realities on grounds, hence he set up a Committee drawn from all parts of Ningi Central Constituency under the chairmanship of Alhaji Bala Gideru to make further consultations and recommendations.
Speaker Abubakar Suleiman further stated that the Committee after series of consultations and review of the situation, recommended that; “we should quit the Party and join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to consolidate on the unprecedented development being executed in Ningi Local Government and all parts of the State by the Executive Governor of Bauchi State His Excellency Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammad”
“Based on the recommendations of the Committee and due to the prevailing situation and the uncertainties and fractionalizations in the Party, I have formally resigned from the All Progressive Congress alongside my thousands of supporters.
“I thank the Party for the opportunity given to me to serve my Constituency and the State in general.” He declared.
Meanwhile, the Speaker obtained a membership card of his new Party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Guda Ward of Ningi Local Government and pledged to work for the success of the Party at all levels and consolidate on the successes of the adminstration of His Excellency Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammad in the State.
Rerun Election: Kallamu Lauds Appeal Court Verdict
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.
Forum Of Islamic Preachers Commends Gov Kefas For All-Inclusive Leadership
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.
Judgment: A Reflection Of APC’s Popular Acceptability In Nasarawa State- Douglas
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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