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Taraba LG Polls: Why I’m Contesting For Jalingo Council Chairmanship- Hon. Hassan

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By Sani Yarima, Jalingo 

The immediate past Caretaker Committee Chairman of Jalingo Local government Area in Taraba State, Honorable Aminu Jauro Hassan on Saturday said that he is contesting for the Chairmanship of Jalingo Local government ahead of the November polls to complete the works he started in tackling insecurity and entrenching good governance.

In a statement issued in Jalingo, Hassan said that through an all-inclusive security alert system that he introduced, incidents of kidnapping and other security challenges were greatly checked and it was important to continue and entrench the system for sustained impact.

He noted that his enormous experience and firsthand knowledge in governing the local government has made him most suitable for the job, and urged the people to throw their weight behind him to win the election and work towards actualizing the dreamed Jalingo.

“I write to formally declare my intention to contest for the Chairmanship position of Jalingo Local Government in the upcoming November 2023 Local Government Election in Taraba State, under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). 

“I present myself as a dedicated and committed candidate who is passionate about serving the people of Jalingo Local Government Council, believing that my experience, leadership qualities, and vision can contribute significantly to the development and progress of our dear local government.

“My decision to contest for the Chairmanship position is driven by my unwavering commitment to improving the lives of the residents of Jalingo Local Government through strategic planning, efficient resource management, and targeted development initiatives. 

“I am determined to address key issues such as security, education, healthcare, infrastructure, agriculture, youth, and women empowerment.

“Furthermore, I recognize the importance of community participation and will work tirelessly to ensure inclusive governance that reflects the aspirations and needs of our diverse population. I am dedicated to working closely with the party leadership, members, and stakeholders in the Jalingo Local Government Council.

“I am fully aware of the challenges that lie ahead, but I am prepared to face them head-on with your support. And when the time is due, I will be committed to running a transparent, accountable, and issue-based campaign, focused on engaging with the electorate, understanding their concerns, and proposing practical solutions.

“I kindly solicit your support and votes in the upcoming council elections. I am confident that, with your backing, support, and cooperation, I will effectively represent the party’s values and work tirelessly to uplift the lives of our people” Hassan said.

Alhaji Aminu Jauro Hassan is reputed to have brought about more stability and development to the local government in a short period since the creation of the local government three decades ago.

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Hon. Gidado Of ADC, Laud Gov Kefas Over Payments Of Gratuity, Revival Of Festival 

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By Sarah Manya

Hon. Abdulrazaq Gidado (JAWAR), the candidate for the last Jalingo, Yerro, and Zing Federal Constituency by-election under the African Democratic Congress (ADC) platform in Taraba State, has commended Governor Agbu Kefas for reviving the Nwonyo International Fishing Festival in the State. 

In a press statement released on Saturday via his Media Adviser, Sulaiman Sani, Gidado praised the governor’s commitment to promoting cultural heritage and improving the internally generated revenue of the state, exemplified by his recent inspection of the ongoing projects at the festival site.

Gidado also expressed appreciation for the recent approval of N1bn for the payment of gratuity to retired civil servants in the state, as well as a monthly allocation of N200m for its sustainability. 

He lauded Governor Kefas for ending the era of gratuity being owed in the state and pledged to continue ensuring good governance thrives by constructively criticizing where necessary.

Additionally, Hon. Abdulrazaq Gidado thanked Governor Agbu Kefas for the appointment of board chairmen and Special advisers in the state.

Lastly, he congratulated all appointees and wished them success in assisting the governor in achieving his Moving Forward Agenda.

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Dr Bunovolki, The Rising Political Figure Fit To Lead The Masses

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A Coalition of Adamawa Youth Movement under the leadership of Mr. Mohammed has observed that Dr Mourice Bunovolki is no doubt the rising political icon in the state fit to lead in the masses.

Mr Mohammed who revealed this to Sahel Reporter said their group will no doubt rally round Dr Bunovolki in whatever leadership position, he may contest in the future political contest.

He expressed confidence in Bunovolki’s capacity to address some of the obstacles bedeviling the people, considering his vast experience and knowledge in various sectors of human development.

The youth group, according to Mr Mohammed observed Dr Bunovolki’s competence, commitment, and dedication towards positive development of Adamawa State.

He explained that “Bunovolki has immensely contributed towards the development of the old Numan Federation and Adamawa State as a whole” hence the need to give him political office to do more.

He described Dr Bunovolki as a leader with vision and listening ears to all and therefore, getting him leadership position will benefit people tremendously.

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Feasibility Of Elections In Fostering Democracy In SADC

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By Favour Wali Ezra, Victorino De Almeida Gracia

Elections are widely regarded as a fundamental component in promoting democracy in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

However, the success of elections in advancing this objective is subject to several factors. One of the primary considerations is the level of impartiality and transparency in the electoral process. 

Free, fair, and credible elections must be held to ensure a peaceful transfer of power and reflect the public’s will in the administration.

Several SADC countries have raised concerns about electoral anomalies, such as voter intimidation and the lack of independence in electoral authorities.

These factors have the potential to undermine the integrity of the election results and weaken the public trust in the democratic process. 

Another crucial element in the efficiency of elections in promoting democracy is the level of political rivalry and participation. In some SADC countries, dominant ruling parties have retained power for extended periods, making it difficult for opposition parties to compete on an equal footing.

Additionally, voter turnout in some countries indicates a lack of engagement and trust in the election process.

The media and civil society’s role in monitoring and reporting on the election process is another critical factor to consider. Free and independent media can help hold the government and electoral institutions accountable by informing the public and raising awareness about potential anomalies or abuses during the election. 

Similarly, civil society organizations can play a significant role in increasing voter education, monitoring election results, and advocating for electoral reform.

Socioeconomic gaps and inequality in the SADC area can also limit marginalized groups’ ability to participate in elections and have their voices heard. 

Limited access to knowledge, information, and resources can make it challenging for vulnerable populations, including women, youth, and rural areas, to participate in the political process and make informed decisions.

Despite these limitations, there have been several encouraging examples of SADC elections successfully promoting democratic consolidation. 

For instance, South Africa’s 2019 elections were universally regarded as free and fair, resulting in a peaceful transfer of power and reinforcing the country’s commitment to democratic governance.

While elections can be a powerful tool for fostering democracy in the SADC region, their feasibility and effectiveness depend on several factors. 

These factors include the transparency and fairness of the electoral process, the level of political competition and participation, and the role of the media and civil society in promoting free and fair elections. 

It is also imperative to emphasize that elections alone cannot guarantee democracy. Other critical components include an independent judiciary, a free press, and respect for human rights.

To ensure that elections remain an effective tool for promoting democracy in the SADC region, it is crucial to safeguard democratic values and institutions continually. 

Efforts to reform electoral processes, promote openness and accountability, and empower marginalized people are critical to furthering democratic principles and creating political transformation in the region.

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Favour Wali Ezra  (ezraf@africau.edu

Africa University –Department of International Relations and Diplomacy, and Victorino De Almeida Garcia (garciav@africau.edu) Africa University-Department of International Relations and Diplomacy. 

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