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Crisis In Borno ApC As Loyalists to Gov Kashim Shettima, Modu Sheriff Clash

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Crisus in Borno APC as loyalists of Gov. Shettima, Modu Sheriff clash

By Modu Usman Borno  3/9!2018

All is not well with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Borno State as Governor Kashim Shettima and his erstwhile political godfather-turned arch-enemy, Ali Modu Sheriff, appear ready to fight dirty ahead the party’s primaries.

The party has of late demonstrated that the peace accord it signed to usher in founding members who defected but returned to the party, was a cosmetic arrangement.

State officials of the party on Sunday accused the former governor, Sen Sheriff, of carrying out “illegal registration” and issuance of membership cards across the state.

The APC state secretary, Bello Ayuba, described the alleged action as an insult to the party and the person of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Top amongst those the party welcomed back in Maiduguri early this year was the former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen Sheriff, who is also a former governor of the state.

Sen Ali Modu Sheriff left the newly formed APC in 2014 as a fallout of the acrimonious relationship he had with Gov Kashim Shettima, whom he brought to power in 2011.

On April 4, Sen Ali modu Sheriff made a grand return to the APC when he led some former members of the PDP back to his former party and was received by the governor and other party supporters at Government House, Maiduguri.

At the reception, Sen Ali Modu Sheriff said he was returning to the party for good and urged his supporters to queue behind the state government led by his successor, Shettima.

Soon after, the former PDP national chairman picked up the job of campaign coordinator for President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 reelection bid – a job on which he has since rolled out all his political arsenal to deliver at all cost.

Two weeks ago, the state governor had during a luncheon to mark the last Eid-el-Kabir celebration, delivered a speech that revealed a division within the ruling party. He accused those he called Abuja politicians of trying to undermine his authority especially as it concerns who would succeed him come 2019.

The governor urged the party stakeholders that are loyal to him to forge a more united rank in order to quash the plots of the so-called Abuja politicians whom he accused of trying to bring “political insurgency” to the state.

While the state is grappling with the governor’s new war path with the Abuja politicians, amongst whom is Modu Sheriff, the party on Sunday came up with the accusation of illegal registration of party members.

Those familiar with the budding conflict within the APC said the former governor was promoting the registration of new members ahead of the APC congress. He is being accused of trying to orchestrate the emergence through direct primaries of a governorship candidate not supported by the governor.

The party’s officers in the state insisted that the registration was illegal and capable of throwing the state into chaos and even undermine the reelection bid of Mr Buhari.

“The All Progressives Congress, APC, has uncovered an illegal registration of APC members and prospective voters by a suspicious group of persons in Borno State who are acting a hidden agenda that aims to undermine President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection bid,” the statement signed by the party secretary said.

“The APC is calling on all its members across the 27 local government areas to disregard any registration exercise for now because the exercise has nothing to do with the APC national headquarters and the state level.

“When the APC is ready to carry out a legitimate registration of members, the party will under normal circumstance.

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Borno deputy Governor commends orderly manners of electorates, as he cast his vote in Biu

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Borno deputy governor commends orderly manner of electorates, as he cast his vote in Biu

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Deputy Governor, Alh Umar Usman Kadafur has described the conduct of the local government election in Biu and other local government areas in southern Borno as the most peaceful and orderly.

Alhaji Umar Kadafur disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Biu, the headquarters of Biu local government area, shortly after he casted his vote at his polling unit Mbulamial primary school ,Zarawuyaku ward Biu local government.

The deputy governor commended the people of southern Borno for having confidence in this administration under the good leadership of professor Babagana Umara Zulum and the APC party ,this the deputy governor attributed to lack of opposition in this local government election.

He reiterated the determination of this administration to continue to provide the people with basic social amenities and called on them to remain peaceful loyal and law abiden citizens.

It could be recalled that this the first time local government elections is being conducted in the state for over a decade of Boko Haram insurgency.

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Borno LG elections: Governor Zulum commends voters turnout in Mafa, as voters cast their bites to elect their chairman, councillors

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Borno LG elections; Governor Zulum commends voters turn out in Mafa, as voters cast their bites to elect their chairman, councillors

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has commended the Borno State Independent Elections Commission (BOSIEC) and the voters for orderly and peaceful conduct of the Local Government Elections.

Speaking shortly after casting his vote at the Ajati 1 polling unit, Mafa on Saturday, Governor Babagana Zulum said ” I am impressed with the turn out and orderly manner exhibited by the voters and process of the elections organised by the BOSIEC”

Also speaking after casting his vote, at Maiduguri Clinic a member House of Representatives, representing Jere Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Engr Ahmed Satomi said ” I am satisfied with the turn out of voters and the orderly manner of the elections. You know people consider this election very important as the only government closer to the people”.

” With democratically elected leaders at the grassroots levels, the people would have access to their representatives, and forwards their needs for onward transmission to the state and federal government. So our people are happy for the opportunity of choosing the leader of their choice, after an over a decade of insurgency”, Hon Satomi added.

.He said ” with this elections the dreams of His Excellency, Governor Zulum of instituting civil authority at the grassroots levels and relocation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will be achieve in no distance time”.

Our correspondent who Monitored the elections within the Maiduguri metropolis reports that there was voters apparthy generally, as at around 10;00am only 7 voters out 503 registered voters casted their votes.at Waziri Ibrahim polling unit 2

The election was generally peaceful, as security operatives were seen at all the polling units and strategic places accross the the state.

In some polling units, however, there were delay in arrival of election materials due lack of transportation and other logistics.

A presiding officer at the Maiduguri polling Units, Bulama Ali said ” we are just coming because we had to wait for those who are far before attending to us. But we are here with all the materials. We have 3 units here and the others units are on their way’.

It could be recalled that the last time local government elections was held in Borno state, was in the year 2008 during the administration of former Governor Ali Sheriff.

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Borno Electoral Commission Assures all political parties of free, fair, credible LG elections

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Borno electoral commission assures all political parties of free, fair, credible LG elections

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Independent Electoral Commission (BOSIEC), has assured all political parties that fielded candidates for the elections that the commission shall remain neutral and unbiased and strongly appealed to the electorates to come out en mass and vote for the candidates of their choice without fear, intimidation, or harassment, as law enforcement agents will be on ground to avoid breach of peace during the polls.

Addressing a press briefing at the headquarters of the BOSIEC in Maiduguri on Friday, the chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abdu Usman said ” I want use this medium and opportunity to allay the fear of political parties that have fielded candidates for the elections that the empire body BOSIEC shall remain neutral and unbiased.

He said that all arrangements have been concluded for the tomorrow’s Saturday 28th November, 2020 chairmanship,, Vice chairman and councillorship elections for the 27 local government areas of the state, adding that the election will commence from 8;am to 2!pm across the 5,012 wards in the state.

“the Borno state Independent Electoral Commission has concluded all the necessary arrangements to ensure smooth, orderly, and hitch free conduct of the polls. Electoral personnel made up of Electrical Officers, Local Government returning Officers, presiding officers, have already been trained in readiness for the exercise”

It could be recalled that the last time election was held in the state was in 2008 during the administration of former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff due to the Boko Haram insurgency.

The commission chairman said the election is going take place in all polling units of 23 local government areas, while that of Marte, Abadan, Guzamala, and 8;wards of Kukawa local government will have theirs elections in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.

The elections in 21 local government areas are unopposed, while that of Askira-uba, Chibok, MMC, Ngala, Kwaya Kusar, Mobbar and Jere were been challenged by opposition parties..Two professors were also fielded for the chairmanship elections in Damboa and Gwoza local government areas

“Let me remind the general public and the good people of Borno state particularly the electorates that the chairmanship, Vice chairman and councillorship elections for the 27 local Government Areas of the state and 312 wards will take place this Saturday November, 28th, 2920.”, The commission’s chairman stated.

Alh Usman further said the commission has also made adequate security arrangements through the collaborative efforts with security agencies for maintenance of law and order in the entire state particularly the 5012 pilling units of the state, before, during and after the elections, adding that a total of 38 chairmanship, vice chairmen candidates respectively and 316 councillorship candidates are to participate in the elections

While expressing the commissions Gratitude to Governor Babagana Zulum for approving necessary funds for the successful and effective elections, Alhaji Usman expressed their appreciations to the security agencies for providing necessary peaceful environment for the conduct of the elections.

He also assured that the BOSIEC is committed to conduct free, fair and credible polls to the people of Borno state.

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