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Bauchi Speaker Tenders Resignation Letter From APC, Obtains PDP Membership Card

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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.

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Insurgents Are Again Responsible For Michika Blackout – Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Boko Haram insurgents have again vandalised the lines that generated power from Danboa substation in Borno State to Michika and environs in Adamawa State.

The State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri had in July, 2020 commissioned the rehabilitated power sub-station for Michika and Madagali local government areas at the cost of N283.8m.

Before the rehabilitation, it was Boko Haram insurgents that damaged the power lines and installations which cut off power supply from the national grid subjecting the people to a total blackout for over 6 years.

As if that damage was not enough, after the rehabilitation, the insurgents have again destroyed the power lines from Danboa substation.

Fintiri disclosed this at Madzi Development Area in Michika while canvassing votes for the PDP candidates ahead of the forthcoming February and March elections in the country.

Governor Fintiri told the residents that the military has assured him that normalcy has been restored in that area and has given go ahead to the Government to recconect the power lines, promising to act in that regard.

“We have rehabilitated electricity in Michika and Madagali. 2 years ago, Boko Haram insurgents have again destroyed the power lines, coming from Danboa.

“I spoke with Brigade Commander, he told me that they have taken over the bushes around Danboa from Boko Haram and we should send personnel to reconnect the lines,” he said.

In his remarks, Honourable Zira Wampa who spoke on behalf of the communities, assured Governor Fintiri their readiness to deliver him, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and other PDP candidates in next elections.

Meanwhile, Governor Fintiri has assured the people of Bazza Development Area that his administration will build roads in the area having constructed many in Michika town and environs.

Governor Fintiri who disclosed this when he takes campaign train of the PDP to canvassing for votes, reminded the people the giant strides of his administration in the areas of education, security, health and Infrastructure among others.

He asked especially the women folk to take advantage of the Government’s Health Insurance Programme and register for free medical services to pregnant ones among them, children from five years and below, the aged and displaced persons.

“I will continue to protect your lives and property. We achieve much in all sectors. We improve payment of pension and gratuity. We have commenced salary payment with minimum wage for workers at the local government level alongside gratuity,” he said.

Former Deputy Governor of the Defunct Gongola State, Barrister David Barau said the people of Bazza will no doubt support Governor Umaru Fintiri in the March election, because of his excellence performance and character worthiness.

“The reasons for our promise to support you are one; excellent performance, two;
Numerous dividends of democracy in the areas of security and health as well as your competence, capacity, knowledge and reliability,” said Barau.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Michael Zirra, Ayuba Fari and Captain Altine Inuwa among other speakers vowed to deliver Governor Fintiri and all PDP Candidates describing Bazza as a stronghold of the party.

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We’ll Soon Flag Off Michika-Kamale Road Project – Gov Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Friday announced readiness of the State government to award contract for road project from Michika to Kamale.

The Governor disclosed this in Garta, Michika local government area when he led campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to canvass for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.

The Governor said arrangements are in the pipeline to execute the road project with three bridges as according to him survey has already been conducted by the government.

“I want to assure you the people of Garta, we have commenced plans to award contract of this road. By the Grace of God, we will begin the work in the next one or two months,” said Fintiri.

On the request by the community for lifting of ban on the use of mortocycle in Garta and environs, Governor Fintiri promised to make consultations and see the possibility or otherwise of the issue.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Yakubu Tsala, former Managing Director Nigeria Sugar Council and former federal lawmaker, Adamu Kamale assured block votes of the people to Governor Fintiri and other PDP candidates.

Highlight of the rally was handing over of 18 seater bus to Governor Fintiri to help the PDP campaign train by Dr Williams Kamale among other gifts presented as well as various cultural dance.

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Michika Agog As Crowd Storms PDP Rally To Welcome Gov Fintiri

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In what many residents of Michika described as mother of all rallies, supporters of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday afternoon stormed the campaign gathering at the centre of the town.

Upon his arrival to Michika town from Garta, Governor Umaru Fintiri was received by the people who came out en masse from all conners and proceeded to accompany him in droves to the venue of the campaign rally.

Speaking at the event, Governor Fintiri appreciated the people for the show of love and solidarity, promising to continue to make them proud by working for their welfare and development of Michika.

“I will continue to work for you and make you proud. My administration has restored security and today we sleep with our two eyes close. We will continue to fight these miscreants,” said Governor Fintiri.

Fintiri added that, “we will continue to make education free. We’ll make sure that the children of the poor get quality and affordable education across the state.”

He called on the people to vote for Atiku Abubakar as next Nigeria’s President to end the current hardships brought upon on the citizens by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government.

“Let’s continue to fast and pray so that we will get a leader that will bring socour to us. Let’s pray and fast so that we’ll get a leader that will end killings of our brothers and sisters. We will never elect APC again,” he said.

The State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu has presented flag to Zakari Dauda Nyampa, and Moses Yarima as PDP candidates for House of Representatives and State Assembly respectively.

PDP Chairman in Michika, Emmanuel Simbus lauded Fintiri for executing road projects in the area and appointed their sons and daughters into key positions of government.

The Commissioner of Finance and Budget, Dr Ishaya Dabari, and Peter Salihu Gogura both said Governor Fintiri does not need to campaign in Michika as they are set to pay him back by voting him massively.

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