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Adamawa 2019: Modi’s Move Humbles Bindow



Modi’s Bold Move Humbles Bindow

By Adam Muhammad Dodo 9/9/2018

The expression of intent under and the purchase of APC nomination form for Adamawa state gubernatorial race by Dr. Mahmood Halilu known as Modi, has apparently suffocated Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow’s camp to a discomfort level, which necessitated blabbering like speaking in tongues.

Intimidated by what a picture photograph could get to symbolise based on the window opening for different interpretations, the governor’s supporters who initially boasting that Bindow would be unbeatable owing to his impressive performances implying good governance, having been boiled to a decimal point, bursted with outrage, seemingly accusing President Muhammad Buhari of boosting Modi’s popularity, defining it as partiality against Bindow when it ought to be 4+4 to receive the blessings of PMB even when the directives of the latter to settle outstanding salaries of public servants in the state with the bailout and Paris club funds were not humbly honoured.

The picture photograph in which Modi the gubernatorial hopeful, holding his APC nomination and expression of intent form,
posed with President Muhammadu Buhari that went viral on social media, was to Bindow 4+4 group, suggestive of opened presidential support, counted as typical of nepotism.

Modi, the Bidow group noted, was a brother-in-law to Buhari. The group’s discomfort was said to have started when the APC’s NEC insisted on direct primaries in states where the party stakeholders have not thought it otherwise. This was contrary to the expectations of the APC Adamawa SEC, said to have comprised of entirely party members from the Bindow group charged with the responsibility to bring back Bindow, consolidating the philosophy of 4+4

Tension has had it extension connected to an uneasy attention for a cardiac arrest in election terms, capable of causing partial paralysis in politics terms, for a terminal ailment best understood in the vanquished register, when Modi purchased the nomination and expression of interest form indicative of his readiness to wrest the party’s ticket from the incumbent governor given the aesthetic interpretation to go for clueless in administration, which exacerbated after the said picture went viral.

The Hawks wrote that “Bindow’s supporters who were not happy with the development, found it expedient to ventilate their fury against what they glaringly inferred as partiality of the president against their principal despite the governor’s superlative performances in bringing dividends of democracy to the populace.”

In a piece constrained of beauty of form, starved of ethics and marred with bias intended to cause dissension with a rather mockery caption: “DZA ADA ROOM INFLUENCE ON PMB AND THE TRENDING MODI’S PICTURE” published in TGnews of September 8, 2018 floated by a governor’s special assistant claiming to be a journalist, blindly bulldozing devoid of professional boundary, Comrade Musa Usman Terreng one of the supporters of governor Bindow was quoted as saying:

“Well, I am certain that election is not holding in the villa, and Adamawa delegates are very much aware of the efforts of Gov. Bindow and why he deserves 2nd term. Even though am sure this is the handiwork of PMB’s other room custodian.

“But Modi and the PMB’s other room custodian should know that we as Bindows’ are not perturbed with that; and we expect formal Presidential explanations as regards to the trending picture of him and his brother-in-law on social media who is a Governorship aspirant in Adamawa State.

“Because, as far as PMB believes that his second term is timely and purposeful, thus geared towards Continuity for Consolidation then why not also Bindow too?! Or Is Bindow a prodigal Governor?

“To the best of my knowledge, PMB was a ruthless Soldier, and now a critically principled President that should have forecasted the implications of such picture before appearing which ought to have been snapped without Modi holding the nomination form or for PMB to rightly decline the snapshot.

“Anyway time shall tell, even though am optimistic that PMB has no personal interest attached to such picture, aspirant, and candidature as epitomized on his countenance.”

In another angry shot at the president, another supporter of the governor Dr. Gambo Alkali whose views were also published in TGnews indicated that he was pissed off by the presidential nepotistic disposition.

In the piece entitled, “Why president Buhari should be neutral in Adamawa Guber race,” Alkali noted with exasperation that, “I bumped into a very disturbing story and a picture on some news outlets this evening, which necessitated my will to write this piece and advise President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to be politically cautious of such actions.

“In the picture, President Buhari was in a ceremonious mood with his brother-in-law and Adamawa Guber aspirant, Mahmoud Halilu (Modi) after the later picked his expression of interest and nomination form to contest for the Adamawa governorship in 2019.

“Under contrary circumstances, there is nothing wrong with President Buhari taking such picture with his brother-in-law but it is a case of the in-law wanting to run against a man that is more like a son to the President himself, a man that has contributed so much to Buhari’s 2015 & 2019 aspirations, a man who is a loyalist of the President and a man that has transformed Adamawa into a progressive State – Senator Muhammadu Jibrilla Bindow.

“It is an established fact that Adamawa State Governor, Bindow is one of the very few governors in Nigeria who is wholeheartedly committed to President Buhari’s continuity course come 2019. Bindow has continuously worked for the success and progressive of Buhari’s ideals and politics in the state.

“Therefore, it is baffling that President Buhari will agree to such kind of picture with his brother-in-law which may be mistaken for a support stamp to Modi’s aspiration to the detriment of a loyalist like Bindow and all well meaning individuals in the APC will feel bad about that picture because as it is Modi is not even a candidate the President will want to be associated with.

“The relationship between Bindow and the President has always been warm and amazing. Bindow is known to be more like a son to the President for marital, political and many more reasons. Sani Zangon Daura, Bindow’s father-in-law is a long time and trusted acquaintance of President Buhari – when Buhari (seeked) the hand of Mrs Buhari’s for marriage, it was Zangon Daura who was his shield and pillar for the marriage.

“It is however a big shock that President Buhari will take such a picture with one family member – Modi, who intends to contest against another family member and the people’s choice – Bindow.

“But the warning signs of this misdemeanor came a while ago, when the wife of the president during one of her visits to Yola for a ceremony of her Future Assured Project uttered that come 2019 – ‘Naka sai naka’, which means ‘yours should be yours’. It is surprising how easily Mrs Buhari will forget her close acquaintances with Bindow’s family and In-laws to make such politically reckless statement in public.

“On this note, I wish to clearly advise the President to as a matter of urgency disassociate himself from Modi’s candidacy and clear the air on the circumstance of this picture. President Buhari should be a father to all aspirants close to him in his party, this is no time to tilt towards an aspirant especially an unpopular one like Modi – who is not even fit to win a councilorship seat in Adamawa State.

“Bindow is not perfect and he has his shortcoming as an administrator but the man’s achievements and contributions to the development of Adamawa state is part of the strongest points for his party’s campaign and still is a reference by the APC. His government was prided by many Nigerians as “the face of good governance in Nigeria.” His performance over the last few years won him many accolades.

“I also wish to state that despite the big political (witchhunt) and distractions from the opposition and some people within the party has not lost focus of the real essence of governance, especially in the area of improving the lives of the citizenry by ensuring delivery of infrastructural development that will affect the people both directly and indirectly in Adamawa State.

“Even in the midst of crunched economy, scarced resources and technical recession, Governor Bindow has improved the living condition of Adamawa people through laudable and human development oriented projects. If there is one man who deserves such an open tilt to his candidacy from President Buhari, it’s Bindow.

“Mr President, in politics, blood relations and marital acquaintances matters less, what matters most is the will of the people and what the voters want. It will be disastrous for your popularity and good name if you try to impose any candidate on the people in Adamawa State or any other State as at that.

“Once again, I wish to advise you disassociate yourself from Modi’s aspiration in Adamawa State and issue a clear up on that picture before more damage is done.
God bless you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

However, some political analysts have defined the arguments as creatively incoherent, constrained of political ingenuity and lacking of genuine intention rather than jejune for a trash can.

How could a constructive critic demand for explanation to the impression he submitted was untypical, of and was not the reflection of his criticism?”

A critic argued that the question of family was immaterial to politics where he said:
“Mr President, in politics, blood relations and marital acquaintances (matters) less, what matters most is the will of the people and what the voters want.”

Should this have any backing, why should the critic attach the family of his principal with that of the president? Could it be to attract the sympathy to the one-of-us-ness? It sounds so myopic enough to have political correctional lens recommended.”

Why should an achiever lean on a personality for a mandate rather than winning, without any help, the minds of the electorates with his achievements the composite of which defined good governance?

Buhari can’t decide for the electorates in Adamawa, their governor or representatives, as the sack meant for sak is stashed to capacity with sam, the critic has aged the point. However, why the fuse?

There are other gubernatorial candidates that are getting set for APC primary election, they have not seen this as anything intimidating, why should Bindow act at odd with his colleagues in the race ?

Any politician contesting for political office, making the integrity list, could pose for a snapshot with PMB, it shouldn’t have to be only Modi to have generated meaningless tension suggestive of humbling for a defeat

finally I rest my case.

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Buni: A tireless and resolute champion



Buni : A tireless and resolute champion 

By Haruna Yusuf 

His excellency, Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state and the chairman of the ruling all progressive congress (APC) caretaker/Extraordinary national convention.Buni is always known to be a game changer and it is believed he has whatever it takes to turn around the fortunes of his state to the best and also bring back sanity in APC.
Buni’s antecedents stem from the beginning of his political career as a ward councillor at a tender age and rose rather rapidly through the political atmosphere of Yobe to the National/Secretary, now caretaker chairman of the ruling all progressive congress. 

There are times when we make history and there times when history makes us, Buni’s main characteristics are resilience, consistency, knowledge, people -skill, motivational approach and leading by example..What really made him great is, his foresight, vision, strategic planning and ability to serve, a leader par excellence. 

Loyalty is something one should take very seriously, because loyalty is everything, whether it’s a  friendship, relationship or a boss as an example. Putting your trust in someone and being loyal to them is something that is rare this days and hard to come by, people are brought up in different ways based on culture and believes, but what made Buni genuine is loyalty, consistency and honesty at all times, he is brave in his thinking and daring in action, that’s why he accomplishes everything he stands for and this assignment of reconciliation and bringing back sanity in APC is not and would not be an exception.

Today everyone can see Buni’s report card, he has scored extremely well, he has shown prudence especially in the use of merger resources of his state and the assignment of bringing sanity back in the ruling all progressive (congress APC) as the caretaker chairman. He is quite, very peaceful, not a noise maker but delivering on the job he signed for. Even as a National secretary of the ruling party he towered above his contemporaries in being an astute manager of people, a discipline leader and someone to be trusted with the state’s lean treasury to perform miracle, that lends credence to why we should appreciate the courage and sincerity of purpose of this personality in rising to the sacred state and national duty. 

Gov. Buni has so far, proved to be the best in governance and service delivery mandate, a level headed leader who is beyond reproach, he comes as consensus builder and one individual who will never improve himself at the expense of the people of the state, he is known and certified to be an astute manager of people and All-inclusive leader at all times.

Buni before now, has maintained a constraint office of the ruling all progressive congress (APC) National secretary, a role that comes with high visibility, but average  authority, still when judged by how well he was able to operate within the ambit, his records are strong, exemplary, transparent and committed in resolving internal crisis, this offers good example of Buni’s leadership style before emerging the Yobe state Governor. 

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Gov. Buni Restoring Sanity in APC



Gov. Buni Restoring Sanity in APC 

By Haruna Yusuf Abuja 

The chairman of the ruling All progressive congress (APC) caretaker/Extraordinary National convention committee and the Yobe state Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni is an astute manager of people and an all inclusive leader who carries everyone along irrespective of tribe, religion or political inclination. On assumption of office as the caretaker chairman of the ruling all progressive congress, the first and bold step he took was to pay homage/consult to the party leaders, he first visited Bisi Akande who is also relevant in the party politics before meeting with the cofounder Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu to seek for support and advice on how to sanitize and bring back all the aggrieved members who left or stopped participating in the party affairs for one reason or the other.  

The APC caretaker chairman, in his inaugural address after members of the committee were inaugurated assured party members that his led committee would work tirelessly on both short and long term strategies to reposition and bring the lost sanity back to the party, but all he will need is the support and cooperation of the members in other to achieve the reconciliation exercise, all hands must be on deck. 

This is therefore another opportunity for Buni to bring complete sanity 
back in APC, with his courage of conviction and sense of purpose as the national secretary of the party for 5 years, it is time to show the world what he has achieved in the task to chart the critical path to total political and economic emancipation of the people from the grip of PDP in the 2015 general elections. 

With all modesty, one political truth about Buni, is that he is a man gifted with a high degree of intelligence, experience, charismatic leadership and steadfastness needed to fix and restore sanity in APC, with his political insight in the game. Hon. Mai Mala Buni is among those who ushered in the current political dispensation and was the pioneer Yobe state chairman of the Action congress (AC) and later the All Nigeria People Party (ANPP) who are both legacy of APC. 

No one can go back in time to change what has happened, so, let’s work on the present to make our party one united family and stronger, Buni said. politicians will always have one of their own because the National chairman of the ruling  All progressive congress (APC) Hon. Mai Mala Buni was Born and bred by politics, he became a councillor when the NRC and SDP were birthed. Records of Buni’s Journey through the maze of Nigeria politics indicates that though he may have been or still is the most charismatic and industrious servant, his sweetest dreams somehow always seem to evade him at the moment he needs them the most. 

Gov. Buni is one man you’ll always want in your corner during political battle s, his frankness on issues is second to none and always maintained his word. In his few days as the National Chairman of the ruling all progressive congress (APC) he demonstrated to party members and Nigeria as a whole that ” he who calls for equity must come with clean hands” making it clear that the party can contain all and sundry, also ready and willing to resolve all issues with every aggrieved member. That the door is always opened for negotiation and welcoming new members to the progressives. 

Mai Mala Buni is known as Mr “Fixer” on his assumption of office he has received Dogara Yakubu and Senator Isah Misau the two powerful political gladiators from Bauchi, Returnees from across the states and he reconciled Edo/Ondo and put in place machineries ahead of the elections.
He reconciled all the APC state chairmen and pleaded with all the aggrieved party members who left to come back and partake in the affairs of the party, that’s the beginning of the return of sanity in APC. 

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How Gov. Buni’s Giant Strides will Turn The Fortunes Of Yobeans Around



How Gov. Buni’s Giant Strides Will Turn The Fortunes Of Yobeans Around 

By Haruna Yusuf

Yobe state, a society with a rich history, with sons and daughters who have excelled and continue to excel in all fields of endeavour within the country and in many parts of the world; An agrarian state with huge economic potential has came to limelight in this led administration of Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the government is working aggressively to get Yobe back to reckoning by creating wealth and new jobs within different sectors, like training, infrastructure financing and access to skills and acquisition among others.

Yobe is becoming a shinning example of what governance should be about at all levels. Buni’s administration is a government that is dedicated to service and partnership with the people are engendered by trust, the government is open, transparent, honest and unpretentious all the time.

Since his assumption of office as the democratically elected Governor on 29may 2019, governance in Yobe has been tagged “promise made & kept”  because it has not been a pleasure ride as usual, it became serious business. Serious business doesn’t keep your shoes clean and the captain also doesn’t suffer his with such unnecessary pleasures he matches on, leading the change and never panting despite of the movements energized pace, no one cares to dare a tall man, you’d be left behind. 

The first achievement was on education, as education is the first priority of a child, been the fountain of knowledge that we are branded as, and education can become a means to an end, and can be deployed for economic growth and ensure it makes significant impacts in the life of the society.

The infrastructural sector in Buni’s government is one of a kind, in the course of giving dividend of democracy to the people. His administration keyed into projects that will impact directly in the life of the people, projects that enhance economic development and social stability in the state. The construction of Trailer Transit park and mechanic village in potiskum. The 3,600 housing units that cut across  the state, the Sunday market that is almost about completion to a modern standard, it will bring about revenue generation, empowerment of traders and also promote environmental sanitation. 

 Gov. Mai Mala Buni noted that the more reflects the policy of his administration to provide quality and affordable housing to the people of his state. inline with the united nations sustainable development Goals( SDGs) we believe that affordable housing is a key marker of social progress when people have comfortable accommodations, they are more likely to have right frame of mind to engage in meaningful socioeconomic activities. 

Buni triggered revolution on agriculture as Yobe is an agrarian state, thus, agriculture becomes a veritable engine growth, he distributed 108 tractors to the 17 local government areas and provide fertilizers at a subsidized price to ease farmers suffering. He also signed a pack with the kingdom of morocco to bring about modern mechanized system of farming and the production of high quality and value added products and also publicize the abundant hidden natural resources to the limelight of the world.

As part of Buni’s determination to institute a functional primary healthcare system, 178 healthcare facilities is ongoing in the 17 local government areas of the state and assigned the personnel required to manage them effectively. An MOU was also signed between Yobe Government, Bill & Melinda gates & Dangote foundations to carter for the state on primary healthcare services. Free Dialysis for kidney patients and free medical services for pregnant women till they give birth, medical service for accident victims irrespective of state, if you’re in Yobe or it occurred around the state.

Gov. Buni’s government empowers youths, women and less privileged through state emergency management (SEMA) and sustainable development Goals (SDGs) training and empowering them with necessary equipment and cash to takeoff. 

Buni’s frankness on issues is second to none, he says it as it is, to whoever it is, at whatever time matters come to a head, that’s why he is known to be a man with few words. Today everyone can see his record card, he has scored extremely well and shown prudence especially in the use of resources of the state. That lends credence to why we should appreciate the courage and sincerity of purpose of this personality in rising to the sacred state and national duties.

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