Adamawa 2019: Battle of 4 Giants
By Yakubu Uba Yola 11/12/2019
There is this saying that when the talk is about animals that have horns the snail should be counted out. Adamawa have 28 candidates of various political parties ready for showdown for the governorship seat of the state in 2019, but four of the candidates clearly stand out as potential winners of the duel.
The four Giants build for the kill are: incumbent Gov. Muhammed Bindow of APC, former Speaker and Acting Governor- Ahmadu Fintiri of PDP, serving Senator Abdulazeez Nyako of ADC and former House of Representatives member- Chief Emmanuel Bello of SDP.
To start with, Gov. Bindow nicknamed action governor by his many supporters is very visible. His large followers said his programme “Bindow for Social Change (BSC)” has ensured steady delivery of dividends of democracy to the people like never before in the history of Adamawa.
Bindow also said that he has fulfilled most of his campaign promises and need not even campaign because his many works are speaking for him.
Bindow won the last governorship election with a landslide that was never recorded before in the state; the gab was so large that the total votes of his other 11 opponents in that election put together didn’t catch up with his votes. He is mobilizing to repeat the same feat in 2019 contest seen by his constituency as “a contest between Bindow and others”.
Fintiri of PDP made waves when he served as acting governor in 2014 following the impeachment of former governor Murtala Nyako. Fintiri’s brief tenure was full of activities like roads construction and settlement of workers outstanding entitlements. Workers call him ATM and always remember his tenure with nostalgia.
Fintiri campaign slogan is “Fresh Air” and his teeming supporters who feel “one good turn deserves another” see him coming back as one with the people’s goodwill and capacity to sack a sitting governor.
“I present myself again to your service; I have come back to ask for another opportunity to repeat my past performance and invite all and sundry to collectively join hands in tackling the enormous task of restoring our dear state,” Fintiri said when flagging-off his campaign. To his many supporters who can’t wait for the Election Day, it’s a matter of happy days are here again.
Senator Abdulazeez Nyako who defected from APC to ADC where he emerged the gubernatorial candidate is the “brain box” of his father’s (former Gov. Nyako) political empire known to be so formidable in the state and played vital role in the victory of Gov. Bindow in 2015 despite move by Atiku’s group to stop Bindow’s candidature.
Abdulazeez popularly known by his supporters as “Commander” is the former Youth Leader (Sarkin Matasa) of Adamawa Emirate and had used that position to reach out to youths across the state.
He is believed to have tentacles across the state which saw to the acceptance and rapid growth of ADC in the state. ADC is known as the “save heaven” of many aggrieved APC members in Adamawa that have the capacity to rock the boat.
“We have a big job ahead of us as the people of Adamawa are now highly distressed and need to be rescued,” AbdulAzeez said when addressing a crowd of his supporters after his emergence as ADC candidate.
Chief Emmanuel Bello of SDP is another crowd puller whose entry into the party from APC restored the lost glory of SDP in the state. SDP displaced PDP as the runner up in 2015 governorship election in Adamawa, and this time around supporters of the growing party which attract support from many minority groups in Adamawa have hope in Bello’s ability to harnessed it appeal to minorities and aggrieved groups in clinching the first position.
“I will like to commend all the leaders of our party in the state for working tirelessly, sometimes for many days without sleep to mobilize our teeming members into the massive movement that our party has become today in Adamawa state..
“I urge you all to gird your loins for the major battle ahead, remembering all the time that protecting your votes is essential to victory,” said Bello in his acceptance speech as candidate of the party.
Bello who is campaigning on five point agenda is perceived by many as a potent force to reckon with in Adamawa political chess game where a united minority can change the balance of power.
One fact is however certain in Adamawa the land of beauty, the fact is that, all the four leading parties have presidential candidate and the presidential election will come before governorship election; the gubernatorial candidate of any party that won the presidential election will surely have an advantage of a step or more over other candidates in the fight for Dougirei Government House.
The die is cast. As Lydon Irving said, “No leg’s too short to reach the ground”.
Covid -19; Borno Electoral Commission Suspends LG Elections indefinitely
Corona Virus: Borno electoral commission suspends LG elections indefinitely
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Borno State Independent Electoral Commission, (BOSIEC) has suspended the proposed Local Government Elections 2020 till further notice, as a result of the banned on public gathering inline with the federal government directives in its efforts to curb the spread of the Corona virus.
The chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abdu Usman while briefing journalists at the headquarters of the BOSIEC Maiduguri on Wednesday, said ” taking note of the advised of the Federal and state government committees on the control of the Corona Virus and the banned on gathering which involves more than 50 people, the commission has hereby indefinitely suspend the proposed local government election 2020″
He said ” the BOSIEC had on the 9th of Match 2020 issued a notice of Election into the 27 local government councils in Borno state. The notice of the election started on the 10th of March,2020 to 13th June, 2020 which is shefuled dates of the preparations and elections into the local councils of the state”.
“Taking into cognisance of the fact that the next activty in the tine table which is primaries elections of the political parties involves large gathering, whuch will go against the directive on the pendermic corona virus, the commission has decided to suspend all the remaining sctivitues n the time table indefinayrly inline with section 26 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). The rescheduled time table will be released as soon as the situation is brought under control”, he added.
The chairman said ” so far the commission has roll out the election time table, met with the political parties, what remains is the primary elections of the political parties which is scheduled to take place between 8th April, 2020 to 15th Aptil 2020. But however, all activities relating to the election is hereby suspended till further notice”.
While regretting the inconvenience the postponement would cause all political parties in the state and the general public, Alhaji Usman said “the commission wishes to appreciate the cooperation and support of all stakeholders and good people of Borno state
Covid -19 ; IBDFM suspends MCPD, Inductions, investitures
COVID-19: IBDFM Suspends MCPD, Inductions, Investitures
The Periscope reporter
The Governing Council of the Institute of Business Diplomacy and Financial Management IBDFM Tuesday, announced the indefinite suspension of the Institute’s programmes.
In a press release issued by the Institute’s Registrar and Secretary of Council Mr. Sukana Danjuma Tusha, the suspension of the programmes was to mitigate the risk of Corona Virus Diseases; COVID-19 global pandemic.
“The 26th and 27th MCPD Programmes, Inductions and Investitures of Fellowship earlier scheduled for 28th March and 4th April 2020 at FCT- Abuja and Gombe state respectively, stand postponed.
“Meanwhile, the President and Chairman of Council of the Institute, Prof A.A. Aminu has advised all members of the Institute to adhere strictly to the health and safety tips laid down by medical and health professionals on social distancing, respiratory hygiene (when sneezing or coughing) and regular washing of hands with soap and clean water as well as applying alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
“Aminu further advised the members to report any suspected case of Coronavirus to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) whose mandate is to prevent, detect and respond to threats of infectious diseases across the country.
“Members can contact the NCDC through their connect centre as follows:
Toll Free Number: 08009000010
WhatsApp: +234 (0) 7087110839
SMS Number: +234 (0) 809555577
Call: +234 (0) 7036708970
“While regretting any inconvenience this decision might cause our esteemed members across the country, be assured that it was taken in the overall safety and well-being of the entire members of the Institute,” the registrar said.
The registrar has assured that the resumption of all the programmes of the Institute would be announced as soon as the Coronavirus would have been contained.
Boko Haram ; Borno Governor Convenes Strategic Security Meeting With Borno’s retired Generals, Police, DSS Paramilitary Officers
Boko Haram; Borno Governor convenes strategic security meeting with Borno’s retired generals, police,SSS, paramilitary officers
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
Charting a lasting solutions to the lingering solution to the Boko Haram insurgency, Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum of Borno state , is to cinvene a strategic security meeting retired Generals in the Nigerian Army and tjeir counter parts in the air force and navy, as well as retired senior officers of the Police, the state security service and the paramilitary, of Borno extraction to With a view to find means of fast tracing lasting peace and rebuilding of the state.
Governor Zulum, announced this on Sunday when he hosted the first, in a series of subsequent consultative meetings, with Borno citizens working at different federal establishments within the FCT, as well as other stakeholders. The Governor was particular about citizens who held operational positions in security.
The meeting which held at the banquet hall of Kanem suits in Abuja, explored ways Borno citizens in the ranks of chief executives, permanent secretaries, directors and deputy directors at federal ministries, departments and agencies could contribute to addressing challenges of security, recovery and development of their home state.
The Governor’s invitation to retired senior security personnels,, according to a statement issued by his spokesman was in response to comment by a retired Brigadier General from Borno state, who at the meeting, offered to contribute with strategies that could help the government in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram.
“The givernor said he hopes to meet the retired senior security officers as soon as the meeting can take place, at a suitable location”, Gusau said .
Beside the issue of security, the statement further said Governor Zulum challenged all participants to make contributions through other means that can help the state and its citizens on different areas of development.
“All of us coming together in trying to rebuild our state will not be something new. Our forefathers did the same thing in bringing back what is now Borno state, after turbulent times. They fought to rebuild communities. We need to be united. Lets forget about 2023 and unite for Borno’s sake. Each of us should see how he or she can contribute to our search for peace, to resettling our brothers and sisters that ate internally displaced, to education, healthcare, jobs creating and generally our economic recovery and development ” Malam Isa Gusau quoted Governor Zulum.
In response to the Governor’s passionate call,participants took turns to make insightful suggestions and to highlight existing and potential opportunities in the federal establishments they work and how Borno can maximize some benefits.
“At the end, the meeting created thematic working groups through which participants were requested to choose the areas they can best contribute, taking into account their areas of specialization and positions they currently occupy that can accelerate the development of Borno state and its people.”, the statement further e see
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