Adamawa 2019: APC NWC’s Rescheduled governorship Primaries; Floodgate Of Reactions
* Aisha Buhari wants to do in Adamawa what Patience Jonathan did in Rivers – Bindow supporters
* Modi moves to modify the mode of mandate from impunity to transparency in democracy with sanity – Modi supporters
* Victim turns villain, prey turns predator – Literary critic
* Ribadu wouldn’t, Modi must be listened to – Political analyst
By Adam Muhammad Dodo
The electorates would have been served, for a desired choice, the gubernatorial aspirant under APC, just like PDP and SDP Monday, packaged their candidates for the contest.
However, owing to the alleged sharp practice defined as unpalatable to the philosophy of change nurtured by the APC, the National Working Committee was proactive in responding to the complaint of anomaly reported by one of the aspirants who was said to have abhorred lies and deceit, the twin pillars of corruption in government, as totally untypical of a worthy leader, as much as remaining aloof, without challenging it, could be counted for either complacency or incapability of the trusted to stand in defence of the electorates and the state against being reduced to mere republic of liars.
The first whistle-blower was being identified as Hon. Abdurrahman Abubakar a lawmaker representing Mubi South local government area in the Adamawa state House of Assembly.
Hon. Abdurrahman who called on delegates to vote out governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow for annihilating the economy and subjecting the state into bankruptcy is the chairman Committee on Budget and Appropriation.
Hon. Abdurrahman defected from APC to ADC because of what he would describe as fantastic impunity in APC Adamawa party supported by Oyegun, the then national chairman of the party.
Abdurrahman has earlier accused governor Bindow of diversion of public finds to bribe the delegates who could be having defective memory, or simply, moronic to have suddenly forgotten the neglect, the use and dump and how not to be in tune with the critical thinking that they would be played with like yo-yo, while the beneficiaries would eventually be chanting “oyoyo”.
The delegates who elected Bindow for the 2015 gubernatorial election, were reported not to have been provided any window for political a ventilation. Some of them were said to be suffocated with deceit and the Bindow window of democratic dividends were defined as mirage.
The next allegation of irregularities coming from the Modi campaign organisation was that, delegates were lured with N100,000 each to do the Bindow bidding, blocking any window for the wind of integrity to change the mode for the mood of the moment, the impunity Modi would not leave unchallenged for modification.
However, hearkening to the moral call, the national working committee of the APC, eventually, stopped and rescheduled the governorship primaries in Lagos, Enugu and Adamawa states.
That of Lagos was shifted to Tuesday. While that of Enugu and Adamawa, were not only rescheduled for Thursday, the mode of the primaries has also been modified from indirect to direct primaries.
The development was analysed as being distasteful to governor Bindow’s camp that would interpret the disappointment they would not disenfranchise even if disenchanted, as the appearance of a joker, when every arrangement would have been made for a winning game; actualising the James Hadley Chase’ fictional thriller.
The arrangement that seemed not to be comfortable for Malam Nuhu Ribadu the anti corruption tsar, who wrote withdrawing, from the race and Dr. Mahmoud Halilu Ahmed known as Modi a gentleman with the spirit of social welfare who nurtured the philosophy of change from the old ways of shortchanging the electorates to the refined way of instilling moral sensibility and transparency, thereby sanitising the political system in the state as much as he would restore public confidence in governance as a governor.
The Bindow supporters, reacting to the development, were alleged to reduce their misfortune as the political plague caused by Modi, whom they claimed, was enjoying the backing of the presidency, the APC leadership and the Fulani hegemony, the allied forces who were bent on weeding by throwing Bindow out of the window of Adamawa government house.
Others cheaply reduced the fear as a repeat of the Rivers 2015 experience in which Patience Ebele Jonathan, using presidential might superimposed Wike for governorship.
“Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, using presidential might, is planning to superimposed Dr. Mahmood her brother as governor.”
That should this happened, they would be left with no option than to lean on Fintiri of PDP. Some of them were reported to have said that they would opt for Emmanuel Bello of SDP.
However, political analysts have interpreted the somewhat dry rather flat threat or understanding, as consequent upon either defective memory or chronic masochism; a disorder in which one derives satisfaction in being inflicted with pain and suffering.
“With the unpaid salaries, no pension in spite of the bailouts and the Paris Club refund funds, indigenous contractors sidelined, dysfunctional healthcare system, educational rot, no women and youth empowerment, skills acquisition centres left to ruin, rural areas rendered to rust owing to neglect with unaccounted for LGA monthly allocations, disrespectful of the court order and the legitimacy and integrity of the monarchies, you could go on and on listing the disappointments. How could it be easily forgotten?”
The attack on Modi, a literary critic argued, was aimed at giving a dog a bad name to hang it, by reducing a victim to villain or a prey to predator, to bring down the popularity of the protagonist, deploying the service of political might the state could muster.
Few days to the primaries, there were insinuations that Ribadu, like Gundiri, both from the central senatorial zone of the state, has withdrawn from the race to join formidable alliance with a view to getting Bindow out of Dougirei Hill.
The insinuations were however debunked by the members of the Ribadu campaign organisation.
The Newshawk Sunday, reported two angles of the reasons for Ribadu’s withdrawal from the race.
One group, the Newshawk reported, said that Ribadu’s withdrawal from the race was to reinforce support for governor Bindow, because, as the group alleged, Ribadu was betrayed and abandoned by those at the national level who earlier encouraged him simply because of the younger brother of Aisha the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has signed in to the race.
While in another report, the Newshawk carried the contrary view of the other group of his supporters that Ribadu would be withdrawing from the race to join formidable alliance with Modi against Bindow.
However, the Periscope Global Investigate has got wind of the correspondence. The letter dated September 30, 2018, addressed to the chairman APC governorship primaries Adamawa state signed by Malam Nuhu Ribadu notifying withdrawal from the party primaries read thus:
“I write to inform you of my decision to withdraw from the governorship primaries for Adamawa state holding today.
“I took the decision out of my own volition and in consultation with my campaign directorate and teeming supporters.
“I wish you successful assignment and nice stay in Adamawa state.”
On his part, Dr. Mahmood Halilu Ahmed Modi simply wrote to the APC national secretariat against conspiracy and the complexity associated with complacency in silence or inaction, with the heading: “Protest Against the Conduct of Gubernatorial Primary Election in Adamawa.
Modi’s letter also written on September 30, 2018 addressed to national chairman, APC headquarters Abuja and copied to the chairman, Adamawa state gubernatorial primary election committee read thus:
“We write in respect of the above caption to intimate the national chairman and members of the national working committee of the APC on the observed travesties, preparatory to the conducts of the gubernatorial primary election in Adamawa state on September 30 2018
“Whilst we confirm that all necessary avenues and options were considered in the meeting held in respect of the state gubernatorial primary elections, to enable the conduct of free, fair and acceptable outcome, we hereby wish to notify your office of the following violations against the internal democratic process of our party – the APC.
1. The delegate tags were printed by the state government.
2. The delegate list as at 8pm were not available for our scrutiny and confirmation.
3. The venue of the primary election is not well secured, illuminated and it’s raining heavily.
“Contrary to the directives of the national working committee of the party, which suspended the state executive committee for 6 months, it is to our greatest dismay that some of the suspended state executive committee members are parading themselves in acting capacity and were constituted by the state governor as the local organising committee in which the interest of other candidates were not considered as directed by national working committee.
“Finally, it is worthy of note that all of the above issues were presented to the primary election committee but are not taken into consideration as they were blatantly ignored. It is therefore our candid observation that this election cannot be conducted properly. Neither will this exercise be free fair and credible. We therefore, call on the good office of the national working committee to immediately reconstitute the Adamawa state gubernatorial primary election committee, unless our observations are properly addressed, we cannot continue to participate in the process of the primaries.”
The NWC could be quick realising that should the impunity go unchecked, APC would loose Adamawa to the opposition party.
This could be described as matured and brilliant way of addressing democratic impunity devoid of any violence. (Harkan ‘yan boko kenan).
However, with the announcement of the rescheduling of the APC governorship primaries to Thursday by the NWC and the modification of mode of primaries from indirect to direct for Adamawa and Enugu states, the Nuhu Ribadu campaign organisation issued a new statement, which was corroborated by Ribadu himself, that he would be in the race for Thursday. This was described as a painful U-turn now that anomaly has been redressed.
“What happened or what will happen to the Nuhu Ribadu’s letter of withdrawal from the race?” A critic asked.
“Ribadu wouldn’t be listened to if he should’ve complained. He probably would’ve been reminded of how he was being superimposed in 2015 to contest under PDP without any consideration of due process. He’s really acted wisely with the silent withdrawal. Now that NWC has responded to Modi’s, though painful but not shameful, Ribadu could withdraw his withdrawal letter from the race,” A political analyst remarked.
Gov. Buni Mourns Emir of Zazzau
Gov. Buni Mourns Emir of Zazzau
Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker/Extraordinary National convention committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has commiserated with the government and people of Kaduna state over the death of the Emir of Zaria, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
Governor Buni described the death as a loss of a nationalist who dedicated his life to the service of Nigerians.
The late Emir was a bridge builder who threw the doors of his domain open, accommodating all Nigerians irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious differences.
“Late Shehu Idris built a mini Nigeria in Zaria where everyone lived and freely pursued their legitimate means of livelihood.”
He will be remembered for providing conducive environment to host numerous educational institutions and, making Zaria a citadel of learning in Nigeria.
Governor Buni prayed Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and to grant him Aljannatur Firdaus.
The Governor also prayed Allah to give his family, Zaria emirate, government and people of Kaduna state and, Nigerians the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
DG Press and Media Affairs to Gov. Buni.
Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80
Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Kuthi (Emir) of Biu, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu has died at the age of 80 .
Confirming the death, the Borno state government through the commissioner of Information, Home Affairs and Culture, Hon. Babakura Abba Jatau said “Inna Lillahi wa innah ilayhi rajiun his royal highness the emir of Biu Mai Umar Mustapha Aliyu has answered the call of Allah Subuhanahu wa Taa La””
“Appointed June 1989 the late emir died this morning at the age of 80. He will be laid to rest in Biu by 2pm today Tuesday, 15 September, 2020 according to palace source may his soul rest in perfect peace.,” The statement added.
An emirate source told our correspondent that the Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu died at the Federal Medical Centre Gombe at about 8;45 pm on Monday night after a protracted illness.
“As I am talking now (10;35am) we just received the corpse of the Late Kuthi and the funeral prayer is scheduled to take place by 2;00pm today”, the source added.
The Late Emir who succeeded his father Alhaji Mustapha Aliyu was appointed in June 1989 and has spent 31 years as the Kuthi of Biu.
Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu was the 28th Emir of Biu and started his career as vetinery officer in Biu with Borno state government and was appointed the District head of Biu in 1975 and later appointed Emir of Biu in June 1989.
FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods gets to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast
FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods get to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
Worried by the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in inaccessible areas, the Federal Government through the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee has adopted an air drop strategy to ensure that foods get to the IDPs in the hard to reached communities in the Northeast
While speaking to newsmen shortly after the ascimilation exercise demonstrated by troops of the Nigerian Air Force the Air drop strategy at the Maiduguri International Airport during the weekend, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk said “we are adopting this strategy to ensure that our IDPs in hard to reached areas are benefited. The Air drops strategy which in collaboration with the troops of the Nigerian Air force is not a new strategy, it has been used in 2018 in Kala- Balge local government” and we adopting to ensure effective and efficient delivery”.
“the issues around inaccessible areas, areas where humanitarian aid workers cannot access. We are collaborating with the Nigerian Airforce to support us with air drop of food items to communities and areas that are not accessible. We have identified four areas which includes Rann, Mary’s, Damboa omang other communities, we are here to see the ascilmilation exercise of the air drop with a view to see how it will work and If there is any challenges, we will go back to the drawing board and correct it “, the minister added.
The Minister further said “the Air drop distribution is targeted at 26,067 households, totaling 156,402 individuals.. We are going sit-down with the Borno state government this night with a view to see how best all the hard to reach areas can be reached.”.
Hajiya faruk said “the government has.put in place measures to.ensure that the food items doesn’t get into the hards of insurgents through air surveillance and identification of real beneficiaries. The foods to distributed I Clyde’s 26*067 22.5kg of rice, 26,067 2.5 kg of beans, 26,067 12.5kg of maize and Millet, 4,394 packets of 20 grammes iiofizef salt, 2,604 of 29 litres vegetables oil, 4,345 cartons if superghetti and 2,173 cartons of seasoning cubes “
Earlier, the Air Taskforce Commander, Air commodore Precious Amadi said “the purpose is in case for any reason the foods cannot transported by road,, we will use air drop strategy to take food to the people by ayur. The Nigerian Aurforrce has the capacity to drop foods to people in inaccessible areas. We will do it whenever we are call to do so”
While on a courtesy call to the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, the Minister said ” we are here on behalf of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the National Humanitarian Coordination.committee to see how we can ensure no one is starve by ensuring food get to those in.hsrd to reach areas.”
Hajiya Faruk said “at a meeting held with the Vice President on 4th September 2020, it was discussed that accessibility issues faced by INGOs operating in
the NorthEast due to insecurity, floods or terrain, could be mitigated with the support of the security services and as outlined in the joint CiSEC Communique signed at the end of the 3 day Civil Security Cooperation Workshop held in Maiduguri from 6th–8th November 2019.The Communique highlights the need for Civil Security Cooperation to ensure the conduct of seamless humanitarian
” Your Excellency, the CiSEC structures provide the relevant platform for the essential dialogue and interaction required between humanitarian\civilian and security actors that it is necessary to pursue common goals which protect and support persons of concern affected by emergencies created by wars, armed conflicts,and terrorism;
natural and secondary catastrophes; and technological and environmental disasters.”. She further stressed.
She stressed that “however,to ensure that we are able to provide adequate support, I wish to request that the State Government provide the
necessary information required to enable collaboration with the
Nigerian Airforce to drop food and non-food items in locations that
have been made inaccessible due to insecurity or the recent floods.”
She said ,the Managing Directoror NorthEast Development Commission NED and the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA will work with the Borno state team to ascertain and provide the NHCC with the required information to
ensure that the interventions provided are prioritise,and the needs and are
sufficient for the identified vulnerable communities”
Responding the Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Zulum represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said “we are working hard to see that we resettle all IFPs in the state volunteraliy , because they eager to go back to their communities. We have even commenced resettlement of our IDPs with the returned of the IDPs from.Auno, Ajiri, Kawuri and very soon we are going to resstlle the people of Baga, Ashigashiya and Ngoshe”.
Whe thanking the Federal Government for the support that have rendering to the IDPs in the Northeast, Governor Zulum assured that the Borno state government will work closely and support the Federal government to ensure all the food items get to the beneficiaries and no IDPs is starved.
The minister accompanied by the Borno state Deputy Governor, Alh Umar Kadafur, the Managing Director, NEDC Alhaji Goni Alkali, the DG NEMA Alh. Mohammed T Mohammed and others dignitaries inspects the food items at the NEMA store in Maiduguri.
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