Adamawa LG poll : APC flags-off campaign
By Baba Yakubu Yola
The All Progressives Congress in Adamawa has formally flagged up it campaign and mass mobilization of voters for Saturday Local Government Election in the state.
Addressing the crowd at the flag-off ceremony in Yola, the state chairman of the party, Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal, urged for unity to ensure the party’s victory in the poll.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustafa, represented by the former Deputy Governor, Alhaji Sa’ad Tahir, cautioned against rigging by the state led PDP government and tasked APC members to vote and protect their votes.
Former Gov. Muhammadu Bindow in his address, berated the Gov. Fintiri administration for embarking on mass retrenchment of government workers.
Bidow who is still challenging the victory of Fintiri in court said APC was hopeful of victory to reclaim the mandate and return the workers.
“I have hope of bouncing back as governor and urged the people of Adamawa particularly those marginalised by this PDP administration to pray for APC return.”
Bindow who was represented by a former Adamawa Speaker, Alhaji Hassan Turaki, urged APC candidates for the chairmanship and councillorship in the election to face the election with confidence, adding that the conflict in APC that led had been resolved by the party’s Reconciliation Committee.
Speaking on behalf of APC National Assembly members from Adamawa, Rep. Abdulrazak Namdaz, said national lawmakers from Adamawa would mobilize voters for the party candidates in the election.
He also warned PDP against rigging saying APC was adequately mobilized to contain all forms of electoral malpractices.
“One thing I want the electorates in Adamawa to know is that APC is fielding better candidates with experience, ranging from former lawmakers to commissioners.
“Dont allow anyone to intimidate you as we are set to checkmate any attempt to rig the election,” Namdaz said.
Also speaking on behalf of APC members in Adamawa House of Assembly, former Speaker Alhaji Kabiru Mijinyawa said members of APC in the state had learnt their lesson when they entered the last general election as a divided house, adding that they were now united and would go into the council poll as one family.
He said that the past administration of Bindow provided jobs, while Fintiri recent sack of workers would make the election a smooth ride for APC.
Other speakers including Mallam Nuhu Ribadu represented by Alhaji Uba Dan Arewa, party elders, Youths and Women leaders of the party, all spoke on the need to work together during the election for positive result
Highlight of the flag-off is the presentation of party flag to all the chairmanship candidates of APC in the 21 LGA of Adamawa.
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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