ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, HON. MAI MALA BUNI, YOBE STATE GOVERNOR -ELECT, ON THE OCCASION OF THE PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATE OF RETURN AS DULY ELECTED GOVERNOR OF YOBE STATE ON 28TH MARCH, 2019, AT INEC STATE HEADQUARTERS, GUJBA ROAD, DAMATURU.
Alhamdulillah, we give thanks to almighty Allah (SWT) for seeing us through the election period peacefully and successfully. Today, in this auspicious occasion, we are witnessing the climax of the election process with the presentation of Certificate of Return to my humble self as the governor-elect, My Deputy His Excellency Alhaji Idi Barde Gubana and our 24 members-elect of the state House of Assembly.
We are humbled with the peaceful conduct of the elections in the state which was generally rated by both international and local election observers as transparent, free, fair, credible and acceptable signifying tremendous improvement in the electoral process through the various reforms.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had no doubt enjoyed full scale independence and executed its duties free from interference and influence. The sufficient compliance to the provisions of the electoral law by the Commission, gave more credence to the elections.
The outcome of the election was therefore, a true reflection of the people’s verdict. It was also an account, that the votes of the electorate truly count.
I wish to seize this opportunity to commend INEC for being upright to its responsibilities during the elections and, I was more impressed with the swift measures taken by the commission to address emerging challenges by ensuring timely and adequate deployment of personnel, materials and equipment for credible and acceptable elections.
While celebrating your success in this election, l implore the commission to always be fair and just as you have done in this election, in protecting the peoples will and respecting their choice,. With these attributes, the business of conducting elections will always be easy, transparent and acceptable. You should also carefully study the election process over and over again, to identify areas that should be sustained and those that need improvement. By so doing, INEC will continue to improve to the admiration of all.
I want to specially recognize the important roles played by our security forces throughout the electioneering period for a safe, secured and peaceful elections. It is gratifying that there were no incidences of violence throughout the period. The civility demonstrated by the officers and men of the security outfits makes you good ambassadors of your various organizations.
To the good people of Yobe state, the confidence you reposed in us will be adequately justified. We shall strive to ensure continuity, consolidation and expansion of the achievements recorded under the leadership of His Excellency our Governor, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Gaidam Fcna, Fcpa, to make life more meaningful to every citizen of the state.
The commitment and fairness of the APC administration gave the electorate a sense of belonging and, this made elections across the state more peaceful and easier. The achievements recorded by the Governor Ibrahim led administration remain selling points for our party and the candidates at all levels, which translated into such a huge success.
I want to thank our traditional and religious leaders who always preached peace. I appreciate the election observers, monitor groups, as well as, the media who kept eagle eyes on the election process so to promote justice and fair play and, for our democracy to thrive.
I can not end this address without recognizing candidates from other political parties who appreciated our competence and willingly pulled out of the race to support us. Your goodwill is highly appreciated.
Let me make a special recognition of our brother, Ambassador Umar Iliya Damagum, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, who after putting a good fight, conceded and called to congratulate us. He has made his position very clear, that he will not be going to the tribunal to challenge the election.
Ambassador Umaru Iliya Damagum, by this singular act has truly earned my respect and confidence. He has by this action demonstrated statesmanship by showing that the interest of the State supersedes his personal interest.
Now with the elections over, we will in the years ahead concentrate on programs that are of collective interest and benefit to the people of the State. We will pay emphasis to policies and programs that will project the lives of the people.
I therefore urge all and sundry to join me in the task of moving the State forward. This is a collective project. It is the Yobe project.
Thank you all
APC holds peaceful ward congresses in Borno
APC holds peaceful ward congresses in Borno
By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri
The All Progressive Congress ( APC) in Borno state has peacefully held its ward congresses, as Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state joined others members of his ward , Mafa Central ward of Mafa local government area of Borno state where they elected 27 member ward executives of the party inline with the ongoing ward, local government and state congresses of the party
Addressing the delegates befoe throwing the question, the chairman of the APC Congress committee in Borno state, who is also former Deputy Governor of Taraba state, Alhaji Uba Amadu said ” we are here in Mafa on behalf of APC national headquarters, Abuja to witnessed and monitor the ward congress of our party. We are here to ensure that the congress were conducted in accordance with our party constitution”.
” Our party constitution has allow that the congresses should be done in 3 ways that is, through direct and indirect process, as well as consensus, It could be recalled that the state statutory delegates had last Wednesday agreed that Borno state has opted for consensus.. Today we are here to ensure that what you agreed on is implemented to the later.” Alhaji Anadu added
Those unanimously affirmed through voice votes, as the 27 man Executive of the Mafa central ward of the Mafa local government area were, Alhaji Ali chori, as chairman, Alh Gado Ka’ana as Vice chairman, Alhaji Gada sarki as secretary, Alhaji Babagana Kachalla, treasurer among others executives of the ward.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen in Mafa, shorty after the exercise , Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state called on the APC members in the state to conduct themselves peacefully and be united for the progress of the party, state and the country at large..
“I want to use this opportunity to thank you for conducting yourselves peacefully, we want to also thank the national , state and local government committee for ensuring peaceful congress in Mafa central my ward”, Zulum.
He said ” I want to assure you that APC administration in Borno state under my leadership will continue to provide more dividends of democracy to our people. We are going to establish additional secondary school here in Mafa for our children to go to school, we are also going to train our youths across all wards of the local government, so that they will be engaged “.
As at the time of filing in this reports the ward congresses were going on simultaneously and peacefully in Biu and Hawul local government, as well as other wards across the state
APC Congress: Buni Calls For Peaceful Exercise, Warns Against Sabotage
APC Congress: Buni calls for peaceful exercise, warns against sabotage
By Fannami Modu, Damaturu
As the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, warms up for its ward Congress on Saturday, the Chairman Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe State Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has enjoined party stakeholders and members to conduct the exercise peacefully.
In a statement signed Friday night by his Director-General on media and publicity, Mamman Mohammed, Governor Buni called on officials conducting the Congress to be fair and objective to all candidates contesting the election.
“As stakeholders of the party, we have a great responsibility to make the ward Congress in all the participating states successful.
“We should endeavour to place the party and members interest above personal interests,” Buni charged.
The chairman warned that the party would not hesitate to take decisive measures against anyone who deliberately sabotaged the Congress.
“We have come a long way repositioning the party, we have reconciled many groups and individuals, we must not allow personal interests in this election to divide us and draw us back,” he advised.
He expressed the commitment of the committee to entrench internal democracy and respect for the People’s choice.
Governor Buni further said adequate arrangements had been made by the party to conduct successful and acceptable congresses across the country.
Party Congress,APC Stakeholders in Borno Adopts consensus Process
Party congress, APC stakeholders in Borno adopts consensus process
By, Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Borno state has adopted a concensus method in the forthcoming state congresses of the party, with option for the the stakeholders to adopt any process at the ward and local government congress.
Moving the motion for the adoption of the consensus approach, the state Deputy Governor, Hon Umar Kadafur said ” I hereby move the motion for the adoption of consensus method in our forthcoming party state Congress”
Seconding the motion, the former member House of representative, representing Hawul/Askira Federal constituency, Hon Abdu Msheliza said ” I Hon. Abdu Musa Msheliza seconded the motion for the adoption of consensus in our state party congress”.
Earlier addressing the party statutory congress, the Borno state Governor Prof. Baba gana Zulum said “we call you here in respect of our party congresses which is scheduled to come up this coming Saturday, 31 July 2021.. Our party constitution has allow us to adopt either consensus, indirect or direct congresses or primaries. So we are here to throw the issue to the congress for you to decide which method for us to adopt.”.
“We have seen a situation where election are being nullified because of irregularities in the process of party primaries and congresses. So we are here to adopt one of the options for our party congresses”, the governor added.
Throwing the motion to the party stakeholders, the party chairman, Hon Ali Dalori said ” those in support of the motion, should yea and those against should say neh” . The stakeholders unanimously agreed on the consensus congress, with no descending voice.
Speaking in an interview with journalists shortly after the stakeholders meeting, former Borno state Governor, Senator Kashim Shettima said ” the bedrock of the party is the constitution, the APC constitution has allow us to adopt a process through which the party structure emerges. The whole things is to arrived at transparent, equity and just congress that is acceptable to all.. we resolved as a patty as a family, as a clan and as a team to adopt consensus”.
” We have also urge our party leaders at the local government levels to adopt consensus but in case they opted to adopt ballot or any other .so be it, it is welcome. .so that all segment of our party should have a voice as enshrine in our party constitution” he added
Also speaking in an interview, the Senator Representing Borno South, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume said ” all those you see here are statutory delegates and they came across all the local government areas. It is a boton up decision, you were there it was a unanimous decision, there were no descending voice. Our party constitution has allow for 3 options, that consensus, indirect and direct process of primaries and congresses”
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