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Borno ApC: Sen Ndume Explain Why He Move The Motion against Indirect Primaries



Borno APC: Ndume Explains Why He Moved Motion For Indirect Primaries

BY Haruna Yusuf Maiduguri 5/9/2018

Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume representing Borno South Senatorial District has said that he moved the motion for endorsement of Indirect Primaries for all elective positions on the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) during critical stakeholders meeting in Maiduguri on Tuesday, because, the prerequisite conditionalities needed to conduct Direct Primaries was absolutely absent in the state.

During the meeting, the State Secretary of APC, Bello Ayuba called on the stakeholders to raise a motion for the endorsement, in which, Senator Ndume quickly moved a motion for adoption of the indirect primaries, and incidentally, his motion was seconded by Hon. Dr. Asabe Vilita Bashir, representing Damboa/Chibok/Gwoza federal constituency, and both from the same Local Government Area (Gwoza).

This development according to political pundits would draw a political battle between former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction who want ‘Direct Primaries’ and that of governor Kashim Shettima who chose to go contrary.

Addressing journalists at his Maiduguri Residence on Wednesday, Ndume said, even though he is an advocate of Direct Primaries, lack of proper online registration of APC members, Paucity of funds, security situation among other reasons in the state could not guaranty the party to go for the Direct Primary option.

On the increasing cases of killings and bombings, especially the recent boko haram ambush in Northern Borno villages where over 40 Nigerian Soldiers were allegedly killed, and the attacks in Pulka, Gwoza Local Government Area, the former Senate Majority leader said, it is a very worrisome development, which if not curtailed, such situation will have direct negative effect on the conduct of elections in the state.

His words: ” I am one of the advocates of direct Primaries, but here in Borno, almost all the requirement needed to conduct Direct Primaries on the platform of our great party, APC are not there. We found out that if we go for Direct Primaries, most of our members have not registered their membership online, lack of funds, security situation and so many reasons forced us to opt out of Direct Primaries and Unanimously endorsed Indirect Primaries.

“Although, people know that I stand a better chance if we are to go for Direct Primaries, because my senatorial district is relatively peaceful except one or two LGA like Gwoza and Damboa which there are some pockets of Boko Haram attacks.

“Direct Primaries is the best that fit our Democracy, but all of you know that here in Borno, is not going to be visible. All of you know the realities on ground, so that was why I opted and concur with the Indirect Primaries which we all endorsed yesterday (Tuesday).

” I want to also correct the impression that it was the Governor, Kashim Shettima that sponsored us to endorse Indirect Primaries….. No, because the governor is not that kind of person that can impose his wish on our teaming supporters. With Direct or Indirect primaries, the governor and all of us in positions are not deterred, as we are sure of winning all elective positions in a free and fair contest come 2019 “In shaa Allah”. Nduma said.



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Lone Yobe PDP Legislator Returns Home to APC



Lone Yobe PDP Legislator Returns Home to Apc

By Daily Hint Damaturu

Hon Lawan Sani Inuwa, the only member of the PDP in the Yobe State House of Assembly, has decamped to the APC and was received by H.E Gov. Mai Mala Buni at the Government House, Damaturu today.

Hon. Lawan Sani Inuwa hails from Nguru Local Government and represents the people of Nguru Central at the House of Assembly.

The legislator was accompanied by the State Party Chairman Alh. Adamu Chilariye, party secretary Alhaji Abubakar Bakabe and others at his meeting with the governor.

H.E Governor Buni welcomed the House of Assembly member for returning home, saying he and the member have always maintained contact and communications.

H.E Governor Buni also praised the lawmaker for his decision to move to the APC. He said it’s a decision that reflects the thinking and tendencies of the people of his constituency.

The governor urged political stakeholders in Nguru to embrace Hon. Lawan and all his supporters wholeheartedly, saying the APC family in Yobe is one family sharing common bonds of solidarity and support for one another.

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Gov. Buni visits Maiduguri to commensurate with Zulum Over the attack on his convoy



Gov. Buni visits Maiduguri to commensurate with Governor Zulum over the attack on his convoy

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Yobe state Governor, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni was in Msiduguri to commensurate with the Governor, Babagana Zulum of Borno state, the government and people of the state over the recent Boko Haram attack on his convoy that resulted to the killing of over 12 gallant security operatives.

While commensurating with Governor Babagana Zulum at the Government House, Maiduguri on Tuesday, Governor Buni said ” I am here on behalf of myself, the government and good people of Yobe state, I am here to commensurate with you over the recent unfortunate attack on your convoy where many gallant security operatives were killed.”

” We are with you in prayers. I want to assure you that you have the prayers and support of all Nigerians. This is a trail, as a leader one must face such challenges from time to time,. You should not be detected , your efforts in ensuring peace and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs) will surely succeed”, he added.

He urged him not to relent , as Nigerians are with him in support and prayers and that surely the insurgency will soon be a thing of the past.

Governor Buni said ” I believed one thing one cannot take away from you is your commitment to the service of your people. Borno was the epicenter of Boko Haram insurgency at time Borno experienced bomb blast more than two to three times a day but thank God this is over. By the grace of God very soon all these will be thing of the past”.

Responding, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state thanked the governor for the visit, saying that ” I want to use this opportunity to convey our deep appreciation to you, the Executive Governor, of Yobe state for coming to commensurate with us at this trying moment”..

” The relationship between Borno and Yobe state cannot be over emphasized. Any time there is an event or happening in this state you always identify with us. I want to assure you that the government and people of Borno state will always identify with you in what ever you are doing we will support you in whatever you are doing both at state and national levels”, Governor Zulum added.

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Gov. Zulum’s Convoy Attack, Borno National Assembly Members Visits Maiduguri to Condole Him



Gov. Zulum’s convoy attack, Borno National Assembly members visits Maiduguri to condole him

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Borno National Assembly members were in Maiduguri on Monday on a condolence and solidarity visit to commiserate and sympathized with Governor Babagana Zulum over the recent Boko Haram attack on his convoy near Baga where 8 policemen and 3 members of Civilian Joint Taskforce CJTF were killed.

While speaking, at the Government House, Maiduguri on Monday the leader of the delegation who is also a Former Borno state Governor, and Senator representing Borno central, Senator Kashim Shettima said ” we are in Maiduguri to show our solidarity and commiserate with the governor, government and people of the state.”

Senator Shettima said ” I urge the people of Borno state to continue to be resilience and endour these, by the grace of God endouring peace will sure come. I believed the people of Borno have the resilience and the courage to see that enduring peace is enthroned in our father land.”

“Much importantly we urged the people to give the maximum support and cooperation to government and the military establishment to see that peace is established in Borno,” he added..

The Former Governor said ” I have the confident and believe that Governor Zulum’s commitment to ensure enduring peace in the state.”

While responding, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state thanked them for the visit and assured his administration commitment to rerun all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back to their homes safety and dignified manner.

” We have to do something to address the security challenge in the state before it further deteriorates. The situation in the state is very dicey, obnoxious and will not be allowed to remain like that otherwise the insurgents will take over Maiduguri,, the governor stressed

He further said that “there is need for us to stamped our resilience with a view to build peace and stability,” .

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