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The APC Lost Bauchi Again: Four Flaws Cost Us Our Domain

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By Saad Umar Esq.

The APC had everything: a stronghold; the right candidate; right policies; enough money – over ₦3 billion election war chest; and many foot soldiers ready to take on a vulnerable, beatable incumbent. Did APC really lose? If INEC is correct here’s my random thoughts.

In Bauchi, APC is the party of the little guy. APC wins if it runs a grassroots based campaign with the little guy at the centre of it. But there was alienation or its perception. The little guy wanted inclusion, he got exclusion.

So, when the big guys appeared ringed round the crown to lead the battle and began to prattle and tattle on who wronged them or belonged to their exclusive club, I prayed to avoid a conclusive drub. Alas, INEC results are out; the big guys got, on their mouth, a clout.
The little guy doesn’t like the PDP big guys either. All big guys are gluttonous, disloyal and covetous. Hence, when the big guys took center stage he hesitated to engage.

There was no way the PDP big guys would deliver for the APC. No way! They hit Qaura hard though, but it wasn’t a deathblow. To be honest, it’s fool’s errand to expect them to win it alone unless it’s not one man one vote.

However, historically the little guy has delivered in Bauchi. Few examples will suffice. Remember the then little known Qaura of the ANPP in 2007. The little guy helped him took on the big guy – Ahmad Mu’azu, then incumbent governor of Bauchi State – and knocked him out in their Bauchi South Senatorial bout.

And then there was late Malam Ali Wakili of APC. He too, like little Qaura before him, squared up to Malam Isa Yuguda, the governor then, as the underdog in the battle for Bauchi South Senatorial seat.

It was a fight between big malam and little malam. The little Malam was cheered by the little guy. The little Malam Ali prevailed via a unanimous decision.

And, following the death of Ali Wakili, Lawal Yahaya, with the little guy on his side, repeated the same feat against Yuguda in the 2018 Bauchi South Senatorial bye election. We can even go back to the 1999 governorship election where Ahmad Mu’azu beat the undisputed, unbeatable political colossus – deceased Ajiyan Bauchi Adamu.

Besides, the APC did not focus sufficiently on the election, it focused more on the campaign. The Party, in many precincts, lacked the necessary and sufficient resources and preparations for the election. Something as basic as agents’ mobilisation had glitches.

Some agents are yet to receive their allowances as I write. While some received reduced or mutilated sums.
The APC’s focus on the campaign had unintended consequence. The campaign sent chills down PDP’s spine. So much so that they overestimated the APC and over prepared for the election. PDP employed every means possible to win the election – morality, legality, and fair play gave way to violence, lawlessness and venality. For PDP, the election was one war to be won by hook or crook. That’s how the APC’s mandate got stolen. The APC must not capitulate, it must retrieve our mandate the PDP and Qaura arrogate.

Moreover, the APC had issues with the primary elections, particularly the automatic tickets it gave to certain aspirants who vied for House of Assembly. One party leader from Bauchi Central described it to me as a mistake on the election day! Unsurprisingly, only one of the beneficiaries of the automatic ticketgate won his reelection – Hon Bala Abdu Rishi – the rest lost and dragged down the governoship ticket.

Closely related to the above was the inability of the party to better manage the fallout from the governorship primary. As a result, many self-interested aspirants unconscionably left the party after losing the primaries even though they lost fare and square. Sore losers. In case they come back their actions warrant a commensurate accountability.

Further, there was the problem of the opportunistic, egotistical, hypocritical ‘party leaders’. They are APC in name only. They are in it for the benefit they get. Their true party is themselves. For those, it’s either their way or the highway. When their preferred candidates lost the primaries, they worked against the party or at the minimum refused to support it. Betrayers. Saboteurs. The enemy within. Their impunity calls for penalty.

Now, these flaws though not exhaustive need to be fixed. Else we’ll keep letting elections slip through our fingers. Our floored record can no longer be ignored.

From 1999 to date, PDP has won all the governorship elections. Only twice – 2015 and 2007 the APC and its predecessor prevailed. This trend must end.

Saad, a lawyer, is the Deputy Chairman of APC Publicity Committee, Bauchi State and former Director-General of BASEPA.

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The Essence Of Political Loyalty: A Pathway To Development

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By Usman Abdullahi Koli, ANIPR

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” This proverb aptly captures the essence of political loyalty and its potential to foster development. Democracy has granted citizens the freedom to express themselves and share their opinions regarding the activities of the government and its leaders. Such freedoms are not only for citizens but for leaders as well, who are entitled to enjoy these rights. Therefore, there is nothing wrong if a leader supports another leader whom he regards as his political role model.

Recently, the Speaker of the Bauchi State Assembly expressed his loyalty to the State Governor, a gesture that is both normal and beneficial. The mutual understanding between the legislative and executive arms of government will result in significant developments for the masses. If these arms are antagonistic towards each other, progress would be impeded. People and leaders should be allowed to express their minds and appreciate whoever they like, as long as it doesn’t prevent them from fulfilling their official responsibilities.

Honorable Abubakar Y. Sulaiman, despite being a leader in the State House of Assembly, has consistently delivered on the mandates he swore to uphold. The Speaker is gradually fulfilling the promises made during his political campaigns, with the people in his constituency attesting to this through the immense benefits they receive. His loyalty to the state’s foremost citizen, who shares the same political party, translates to driving developmental projects to his people. Ningi and its environs enjoy power and water supply, access to qualified health practitioners, standard schools, and a host of other amenities.

Being from the constituency of the Speaker, I can personally testify to the positive impact of his leadership. The improvements in infrastructure and public services have significantly enhanced the quality of life for residents. The alignment between the Speaker and the Governor has resulted in a seamless execution of policies and projects that cater to the needs of the populace.

Moreover, the collaborative relationship between the legislative and executive branches fosters a stable and progressive political environment. This unity not only accelerates development but also strengthens the trust and confidence of the citizens in their leaders. As a citizen of this state, it is reassuring to see our representatives working in harmony to achieve common goals that benefit us all.

The Speaker’s commitment to his constituents extends beyond infrastructure. He has initiated various social programs aimed at empowering youth and women, providing scholarships, and supporting small businesses. These initiatives not only improve the socio-economic status of the people but also create opportunities for sustainable development. His actions demonstrate that political loyalty, when aligned with public service, can be a powerful tool for transformative change.

Furthermore, the Speaker’s efforts in promoting transparency and accountability have set a high standard for governance. His dedication to open communication with his constituents ensures that their voices are heard and their needs addressed. This approach not only builds a stronger community but also reinforces the democratic values upon which our society is built.

Usman Abdullahi Koli,
mernoukoli@gmail.com

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Gov Fintiri Charges ANAN On Transparency, Accountability In Resource Management

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has charged members of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) in Adamawa to exhibiting transparency and accountability in the management of public resources.

The Governor who gave the charge when he granted audience to the state leadership of the association in the Government House, Yola Tuesday, appreciates the conducts of ANAN in the state.

Governor Umaru Fintiri noted with happiness that the members of ANAN in Adamawa stand for excellence and integrity which he described as the foundational cornerstones of his administration.

He promised continued support to ANAN in the state, asking the members to maintain the spirit of prudence, eschew corrupt tendencies and ensure effective management of resources at their disposal.

Earlier in his remarks, the State Chairman of ANAN, Mr Titus Obadia congratulated Governor Fintiri on his recent well deserved victory at the supreme Court, affirming the trust of the electorate bestowed on him.

As an association, the Chairman said the members of ANAN in the state will remain committed to contribute to the advancement of Adamawa and saluted Governor Fintiri for his considerable developmental strides.

He informed that Adamawa is set to host this year’s Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) of ANAN from first to third July in Yola and appeals for Governor Fintiri’s support towards holding a successful event.

SAHEL REPORTERS.

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Cyber Security Levy: Milking A Dying Cow

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By Mubarak Shuaybu Shelleng

The current situation in the country is quite complex and challenging, particularly for the common man. Many people find it difficult to cope with the current economic hardship and uncertainties that this country is facing. The policies implemented by the government have put many lives at stake, as people struggle to survive in the face of these harsh and unfriendly measures.

Unfortunately, many Nigerians have lost hope due to the government’s introduction of policies that have worsened the situation.
After the decision to remove oil subsidies, many businesses collapsed, leaving people with no hope. This government has continued to privatize almost everything and left people in a great dilemma.

The depreciation of the Naira currency has had a significant impact on many businesses. Unfortunately, the government has not taken any effective steps to address this issue, despite receiving recommendations from economic experts. This has resulted in the problem persisting and causing further harm to the affected businesses.

Also, the introduction of electricity tariffs was among the worst decisions made by this government as many parts of the country were incessantly experiencing what is tagged as the collapse of the National Grid. Many states especially here in the north can hardly have stable electricity for two days. Instead of addressing this issue to ensure a stable distribution this government decided to deepen their situation by introducing an electricity tariff.

In essence, the average person living in a remote village understands that Nigeria, as a country, possesses abundant resources that could be utilized to provide necessary social amenities for its citizens. However, the major hindrance to achieving this goal is the poor leadership system, which is characterized by leaders lacking in ideology. This impediment prevents the system from being equitable to its citizens.

Many students in Nigerian higher institutions have been deceived by a student loan scheme that has yet to be put into practice. They were made to believe that this government was the natural successor of the former. Additionally, workers have been struggling to make ends meet as their meager salaries can no longer sustain them for two weeks. They are left with the option to sit and watch the debate on the new minimum wage on television, which is yet to be agreed upon and implemented.

The recently introduced Cybersecurity levy is likely to push many Nigerians into poverty, as the levy will discourage many businesses that people depend on for their livelihoods.

Above all, politicians and stakeholders in this current administration should urgently bring the plight of Nigerians to the attention of Bola Ahmad Tinubu. The renewed hope agenda has now turned into renewed suffering and hardship for many Nigerians.

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