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Adamawa 2019: ApC NWC’s Rescheduled Governorship Primaries; Floodgate Of Reactions



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.

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Borno Governor Visits Marte, Distributes Livelihood Support to Returnees



Borno Governor Visits Marte, distributes livelihood support to returnees

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Governor, Babagana Zulum of Borno State has on Sunday visited Garade, a community in Marte Local Government Area of the state and distributed livelihood support to the recently returned Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), to enable them meet up their needs.

It could be recalled that the first batch of the IDP who are indigenes of Marte returned from Dikwa, Monguno and Maiduguri on the 30th of November 2020.

2,870 returnees from 500 households constitute the first batch of citizens to take shelter from the rehabilitated Chad Basin Development Authority (CBDA) quarters, after a request to the Managing Director by Governor Zulum during his earlier visit.

The governor personally supervised the distribution of the livelihood supports and food items where each of the household heads received a bag of rice and one bag of maize grit.

The residents, most of whom returned recently and largely farmers that have not engaged in farming activities could not meet their livelihood needs.

The governor also discussed modalities for providing support to enhance dry season farming activities in order to strengthen livelihood capabilities of the returnees.

While in Marte, Governor Zulum also took time to visit a makeshift market established by the returnees and assured them of his administration’s support to boost their economic activities.

Zulum, during the visit, held closed door meeting with the military commanders in which issues concerning security of the returnees were discussed.

The Governor had earlier addressed thousands of returnees and had charged them to cooperate with security operatives by providing credible information about unlawful activities and movements.

Marte Local Government was one of the Boko Haram insurgents strong hold liberated by the Nigerian military and the Multinational Joint Taskforce.

Zulum led delegation comprising of a Senator representing Northern Borno, Abubakar Kyari, Member of House of Representatives representing Marte, Monguno, Nganzai, Mohammed Tahir Monguno, the Chief of Staff, Prof. Isa Hussaini Marte and relevant commissioners of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement and that of the Ministry for Local Government and Emirate Affairs.

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Hunger Threatens 4.4 Million People in Northeast, Nigeria – Kallon



Hunger threatens 4.4 million people in Northeast, Nigeria – Kallon

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Over four million people are threatened by hunger in the Northeast, Nigeria due to the 12 year long Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

Speaking at the Joint Planing Board JPB/NCDP meeting held at the Government House, Maiduguri, the United Nations Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr Edward Kallon said the United Nations will commence a new cycle of humanitarian programme planning for 2022 and beyond to reduce needs, risks and vulnerabilities of the
affected people and provide durable solutions where feasible and safe to do. This is happening against a backdrop of a combination of escalating conflict, displacement and loss
of livelihoods from COVID-19, and a looming food insecurity and nutrition crisis that is putting at
high risks as many as 4.4 million people threatened to face acute hunger at the peak of the lean season and well into the rainy season.”

The commissioners of the 36 states of the Federation and their permanent Secretaries, Security and Humanitarian actors and other stakeholders in economic sector were converged on Maiduguri, the Borno state capital on Tuesday for the 2oth Joint Planing Board (JPB) and the National council for Development Planing (NCDP) to chat a way to prefer sustainable solutions to the economic challenges facing the nation.

Mr Kallon represented by the UN Humanitarian, Deputy Head of Office in Maiduguri, Mrs Esty sutyoko said “I stand here before you to deliver this goodwill message on behalf of the United Nations Resident and
Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon who could not be here with you this morning at
the opening of this august occasion due to unavoidable circumstance.”.

“It is an honor and privilege to be invited to the opening ceremony of the National Council on Development Planning meeting in Borno State and I would like to begin by acknowledging the excellent collaboration we have with the Government of Nigeria, and the cooperation with the Federal
Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and the Governors of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States. We are working together to alleviate suffering and save lives of people affected by 12 years of conflict in the three states in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.”, Kallon added

He further said “this is the worst outlook in four years. Unfortunately, humanitarian needs are increasing as funding is declining. Allow me to acknowledge the generous contributions of our donors and the Government of Nigeria that has enabled us to deliver lifesaving assistance and protection services for millions of people including women, girls and children affected by the conflict in the Northeast. “

Also in his keynote address, the Secretary to the Borno (SSG) Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa said “”I am highly pleased and profoundly honoured to deliver the keynote address at the 20th meeting of the Joint Planning Board/National Council on Development Planning, with the theme “MANAGING THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN A CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT.” The theme is appropriately apt and couldn’t be more relevant, in view of the daunting economic outlook currently facing the country and the formidable challenges associated with its management. Obviously the challenges are multifaceted and varied, both in scope and depth, but equally have the same devastating effect on the socio-economic and political landscape of the country.”

“The most prominent and, by far, the most daunting of these challenges, is the issue of insecurity, largely characterized by the seemingly unending Boko Haram insurgency and the emergent criminal activities of banditry and kidnapping as well as socio-economic threats, such as mass unemployment, youth restiveness and deep rooted poverty”, he added.

Alhaji Shuwa said “the negative effect of insecurity is widespread and all encompassing and has not only adversely affected economic growth at the macro level but has also compellingly devastated the economic live wire of our people at the local level such as farming, petty trading and inter- state commercial activities, among others. Added to these is the excruciating phenomenon of Corbid-19, which has an emasculating and crippling effect on the overall global economic system. All these challenges have to be profoundly addressed and systematically overcome in order for any strategic plans to have any meaningful and tangible impact on the socioeconomic development of the country”.

He further said “this meeting of the Joint Planning Board and the National Council on Development planning provides a veritable avenue for highlighting most of the daunting challenges, the institutional inadequacies and other appalling socioeconomic and political encumbrances that have been considerably affecting the growth and development of the country, with a view to evolving a pragmatic and viable system to chart the way forward. This will also help in stimulating and sustaining public confidence and trust in the ability of governments at all levels to address the challenges of development. “

*It was the concomitant effect of the prevailing peace and security in various parts of the state that ultimately inspired and prompted His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, to launch the Borno State Twenty-Five year Development Plan and the ten-year Strategic Transformation Initiative as the bedrock for the sustainable growth and development of the state. This Development Plan serves as a beacon for the complete socioeconomic transformation and development of all sectors to their ultimate potentialities”, he further explained.

He said most of these challenges the , nation, is facing are undoubtedly daunting but not unsurmountable but what is required is collective resolve, relentless determination and total commitment to the course and talked for collective efforts.

In her opening address, the permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planing Mrs, Olusola Olauinka said this gathering is expected to provide sustainable solutions to the ailing economy of the nation and urged governors to do more in the areas of poverty reduction, especially at the rural level.

Also speaking in an interview with newsmen, the Borno state Commissioner for Finance, budget and Economic Planing, Alhaji Adamu Lawan said ” Borno state has always been on the news for negative reasons, the holding of this meeting here in Maiduguri is an indication that peace has return the state and will afford us the opportunity to showcase to the world the business opportunities we have, which will attract more investors to the state.”.

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Covid-19: UMTH Inaugurates Newly Equipped Isolation Centre



COVID-19: UMTH inaugurates newly equipped isolation centre

By Musa Askira, Maiduguri

The Chairman Board of Management of University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), Alhaj Hadi Ukasha, has inaugurated the hospital’s newly equipped COVID-19 Isolation Intensive Care Unit.

Speaking at inauguration ceremony on Friday, Ukasha landed Federal Government for the intervention which he described as timely in preparation for any eventually based on the much talked about third wave of the pandemic.

Ukasha who observed that for the past six months there was no admitted case of COVID-19 in the hospital, urged the public to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols as the best way to contain the pandemic.

Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Ahmed Ahijo, said the 36-bed capacity isolation unit comprising 10-bedded Intensive Care Unit was part of Federal Government COVID-19 intervention programme in all Teaching Hospitals and Federal Medical Centres.

Ahijo said with this development, the hospital now has a complete centre with more equipped isolation ward, personal protection equipments and others consumables.

Ahijo said that the hospital has also gotten two new additional testing machines.

“We have ventilators and virtually everything that you need in managing severe COVID-19 cases.

“There is also supportive facilities like the radiology and dialysis section in case of renal failure which is one of the challenges of COVID-19 patients,” Ahijo said.

Also inaugurated by the Chairman board of the Teaching Hospital is a Molecular laboratory.

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