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Tiv Day: Stakeholders Charge Electorates To Collect PVs In Taraba

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As the 2023 general elections are around the corner, stakeholders in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State, have called on electorates to ensure that they collect their Permanent Voters Cards from the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to enable them to participate fully in the general elections.

They made the call at the 22nd Annual Tiv Cultural Day Celebration and conferment of traditional titles on deserving Tiv sons of the LGA of the state, held at the Tiv Traditional Leaders Council Hall, Angwan Tiv Bali.

The leaders described PVC as the only powerful weapon through which the people could vote for candidates and political parties of their choice during the forthcoming elections.

The Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Bali Local Government Council, Hon. Micah Dakka, in an address, applauded the Tiv community for their unquenchable unity and love for one another

He urged them to collect their PVCs to enable them to vote massively for PDP candidates during the 2023 general elections.

The chairman who pledged to continue to cherish the tradition and cultural heritage of the Tiv people also advised the people of the area to continue to be security conscious and always liaise with security agencies to fish out unscrupulous elements who aim to disrupt the peaceful coexistence in the area.

Hon. Micah Dakka believed that the entire Tiv people are part and parcel of the current administration, and called on them to ensure that they collect their PVCs and play politics without rancor, hatred, or bitterness.

“I also want to use this opportunity to extend our gratitude and total loyalty to the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku for the opportunity he has given us to serve the good people of Bali Local Government Area”, Dakka added.

The Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party PDP, Col. Agbu Kefas (rtd), represented by an elder statesman, Elder Teghtegh Shaakaa, called on the Tiv people to sheath their swords, obtain PVCs and join hands with the PDP to mend the broken walls to restore the unity that had to keep the people of the state together for ages.

However, Hon. Micah Dakka challenged the Tiv Community to return to the old ways that they knew and to always seek the face of God in all their dealings to avert some of the calamities that the Tiv nation is passing through.

The President General of, the Tiv Cultural and Social Association, Comrade Joshua Ayagwa called on the Tiv community in the State to shun all forms of bitterness that are fast disuniting them and embrace forgiveness and love for one another to vote for candidates of various political parties.

On his part, the Chairman of, the Bali Branch of the Tiv Cultural and Social Association, Mr. Mathew Baki challenged voters who ignorantly refused to go out and follow the electoral processes on an account that their votes would not count, today and turn over a new leaf as the new electoral act had taken charge of such issues.

The chairman who congratulated the illustrious sons and daughters listed out for the conferment of traditional titles encouraged them to make good use of the honour done to them with the view to keep the Tiv Day a long life Celebration.

Recalled that Tiv Day, an annual event that had being celebrated for twenty-two years now, is a retreat aimed at showcasing traditional and rich cultural activities.

The event was also aimed at celebrating the progress that the Tiv people of the Bali Local Government area have made in their livelihood.

Our Correspondent reports that this year’s event featured a cultural display and presentation of traditional titles to deserving sons and daughters among many other Cultural displays.

Papers were also presented by Mr. Tersoo Mela on the topic “Harnessing the Tiv Socio-Cultural and Economic Potentials for a more Peaceful and Prosperous Nation, while Mr. Sylvanus Mokondo presented on Tiv Traditional Rulers as custodians of culture.

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Rivers Political Crisis: Northern Group Calls For Calm, Urges People To Be Law-Abiding

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By Sani Adamu Hassan

A Northern Group Sahelian Youths Forum for Good Governance and Advocacy has call on people of Rivers State to remain calm and law-abiding citizens in the face of the political crisis that has engulfed the state in recent days.

The call was made by the National President of the forum Comrade Aminu Harsanu Guyaba during a press conference held at the NUJ Press Center, Bauchi on Thursday.

According to the group, “Your governor is committed to your welfare and will continue to do everything possible to protect you and your properties. The SYFGGA stands in solidarity with you and assures you that we will continue to advocate for good governance and the rule of law.”

Comrade Aminu Harsanu Guyaba, National President, SYFGGA who addressed the Journalists on behalf of the group stressed that,”Let us all support Governor Siminalayi Fubara in his quest to build a better Rivers State. Together, we can overcome the challenges and create a brighter future for all.”

According to him, “We are gathered here to commend and show our immense support for His Excellency, Governor Siminalayi Fubara, for his recent bold and commendable decision to swear in local government caretaker committee chairmen. This decisive action was taken despite the attempts by former chairmen to cling to power even after exhausting their constitutional limits.”

The group stressed that,”Since assuming office on May 29, 2023, Governor Fubara has demonstrated exceptional leadership and an unwavering commitment to the progress and development of Rivers State.”

“His administration has been marked by numerous achievements that have positively impacted the lives of the citizens. From infrastructure development to healthcare improvements and economic empowerment, Governor Fubara’s dedication to serving the people of Rivers State is evident in every step he takes,” It added.

The group further stated that,”We appreciate Sir Siminalayi Fubara for his doggedness and resilience in the face of challenges. It is disheartening to see that some unscrupulous elements are working behind the scenes to distract him from the good work he has been doing.”

It added that,”These elements, having exhausted their own tenure, seek to continue exerting control over the state. This is not only undemocratic but also detrimental to the progress and stability of Rivers State.”

The Group called upon Mr. President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who himself served as a two-term Governor of Lagos State, to address the pressing issue because he understands the implications of external control over a Governor and the potential harm it can cause to the state’s governance and development.

“We urge Mr. President to use his good office to ensure that Governor Fubara is allowed to govern without undue interference,” It stressed.

The group added that, “Furthermore, we call on the National Assembly to urgently look into the matter in Rivers State. It is imperative that Governor Fubara is given the space to work diligently for his people and provide them with the dividends of democracy. Legislative intervention is crucial to maintaining the sanctity of our democratic processes and ensuring that the will of the people is respected.”

It stressed that,”As a Northern group, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to the newly appointed caretaker committee chairmen. We urge you to perform your duties diligently and to uphold the confidence that His Excellency has placed in you. Your role is pivotal in supporting the governor’s vision and ensuring the continued progress of Rivers State.”

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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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