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In This Government, Transparency Or Corruption, is Zero Level- Bindow

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In This Government, Transparency Or Corruption, Is Zero Level – Bindow

* No Transparency, No Corruption In Governance! – Political Analyst

By Adamu Muhammad Dodo Adamawa 17/10/2018

Someone I could not tell who but certainly, one who conceived that Bindow was the best Adamawa could ever be blessed to have as a governor, even though the principal could be championing a move to weed the intellectuals “‘yan Boko” away from governance by paradoxically, deploying the services of some of the ‘yan bokos for a scheme to eventually turn against them, shared a ATV Yola’s 2,6 news report, more of a PR, aimed however, at marketing, to bring back Bindow in 2019.

“No doubt, Adamawa has every reason to once again support the governor to continue with the good work,” the news report concluded.

The lad or lady could be interpreting the Periscope Global Publishers reports as tough, without prior consideration of whether or not the criticisms of the government were constructive.

I however promised a deconstruction, a kind of non romantic view, while having the somewhat political report, rather romantic news review, published free of charge.

The Periscope global publishers – both the mainstream weekly and online publication – has never requested the government of Adamawa for payment of any kind of publication of its activities because, the latter is either yet to come out of financial recession or there has been misappropriation of public funds, such that public workers with LGAs, those with the primary healthcare centres, the medical doctors recently said to be employed by the health service management board of the state, the pensioners, the list could go on an on, are yet to be paid their outstanding salaries and other entitlements arrears, in spite of the bailouts and the Paris Club refund funds.

The counterpart fund, as was insinuated, could not get to be generated, even with the improved revenue drive, to be able to access the UBEC fund.

Therefore, the Periscope Global Publishers, generously resolved to cover by exposing, to report and reveal by capturing the government’s mood of the moment, without any prompting, as gratification is ethically criminal, without also any anticipation of commendation because, fair reportage, for the most part, seems to be displeasing to the subject of inquiry “thingified” by its inadequacies and imprisoned by ineptitude.

Lest I forget, last year, Adamawa Television Corporation ATV Yola, celebrated a 30th anniversary with its establishment. The television station that excelled with its exhaled rather, inexhaustible slogan of excellence.

I was part of the ATV Yola’s success story, having worked with the station as a volunteer professional for over two years without any allowance, from 2000 to 2003.

However, the most salient highlight of the anniversary, in my opinion, that earned governor Bindow a somewhat invisible ovation and comments of commendation was the recommendation of employment waiver, granted to the management of ATV Yola to regularise, convert by means of employing the artists and the volunteer staff whose contributions were certified by the public and the management of the television station, as worthy of commendation and employment.

However, the employment waiver, the Periscope Global Publishers would investigate, was yet to take effect one year after,

ABC Yola that was blessed with the similar employment waiver, was said to have received the signal for the waiver to take effect. It simply did employ new staff.

The question that is remained to be asked is, what went afoul with the ATV Yola’s employment waiver?

Employing the committed youth in ATV Yola, is in my judgement, worthier than employing SAs for the undefined allowances.

It would be of great benefit for the SAs, if they should be introduced into the technical skills acquisition schemes.

The news report below, would not blow the balloon leading to that angle for a slightest clue either.

It could be a human angle reminding the principal about the presumed forgotten obligation, as much as it could be declared a taboo, taking a political angle, marketing Emmanuel Bello or Ahmadu Fintiri or Abdulaziz Nyako or Nuhu Ribadu and/or Dr. Mahmood Halilu Ahmad Modi, at whatever amount, on ATV Yola, for a new beginning as could be free from any fee, relating to the political news for marketing “continuity” as that sent to me via WhatsApp below.

The following is the 2, 6 news:

It has been three years, the Muhammadu Jibrilla Administration continues to follow strictly, to the implementation of plan to improve on the various faced of developments, ranging infrastructure, agriculture, health, education and economic reform.

The state has now changed away from its bondage of underdevelopment.

For instance, it’s approach to health issues, which sought the renovations and constructions like Mubi general hospital, Ganye, Maiha, Numan as well as the specialist hospital in Yola as added to the rapt attention, primary healthcare agencies across the 22 wards of the state, which function 24 hours.

The development has greatly reduced spread of ailments, thus reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, placing Adamawa on the list across the country.

It is no longer news that Muhammad Umar Jubrilla has made its impact felt at 17 out of 21 LGAs who witnessed robust infrastructural drive, with over 379 new roads as well as several bridges constructed.

In Yola north and south alone, 117 kilometers roads were either constructed, reconstructed or rehabilitated, while rural areas like… Kiri-Shelleng road is gradually coming to an end.

“I just managed, prudently, with what I have.

“In this government, in terms of transparency or corruption, is zero level

“God has given me the opportunity that is very rare. I’m managing four million people.

“Is not because of my knowledge or anything that I have extra than any human being.

“Is just God has ordained me to be in this position. So is an opportunity to serve, “Bindow said.

Farmers and farming activities had also received a boost.

The procurement of over 150 tractors, distributed across Adamawa with prompt procurement of fertilizer every farming season. This has greatly improved yield.

On education, selected secondary schools were renovated to make learning process conducive for students, while relevant books and teaching materials were purchased and distributed to all the schools.

“You can see and can report… over 3000 bedding materials and other implements for the school,” Bindow said at a selected school the procured educational materials were presented.

And with the systematic approach to block leakages, which hitherto existing among those managing state finances, the revenue drives of Adamawa has now improved from from less than three hundred million naira a month to one billion naira.

“In this government, in terms of transparency or corruption, zero level,” Bindow said.

No doubt, Adamawa has every reason to once again support the governor to continue with the good work.

the news story concluded.

In another vein, an official in Adamawa government, argued that governor Bindow constructed 397 roads in 16 LGAs of the state. Reconstructed and rehabilitated 7 general hospital two of which were hitherto burnt down completely by Boko Haram. Revived 403 primary healthcare centres and over 400 hundred schools.

The achievements ought to have earned Bindow either the PMB like unopposed ticket for continuity with the change or a work over during the APC gubernatorial primaries.

However, governor Bindow has had tough challenge such that the party primaries would have to go rough as was alleged, that the contenders; Modi and Ribadu, would have to appeal to the national leadership of the APC, to nullify the election and to disqualify the purported winner, due to the way and manner in which the primary election was conducted. Alleging that the whole exercise has grossly violated the genuine guidelines. Therefore, it should be cancelled in the interest of justice, internal democracy and the progress of APC.

“If the process was genuine, we’ll be left with not option but to receive the outcome of the gubernatorial primaries in Adamawa.

“However, the process was fraudulent. The electoral committee comprised irregularities in a manner that results were announced where either a kind of kangaroo elections were nocturnally conducted or elections were never conducted at all,” a political analyst observed.

“The fraudulent manner in which the governor tolerated the conduct of the gubernatorial primaries to his favour, is metaphoric of the way he conducts his leadership; zero tolerance to transparency and corruption lacks any definition, other than zero.

“You talk of zero corruption when due process by contract and procurement standards, were not taken into consideration in awarding any of the said executed projects in Adamawa state.

“But for The initiatives of Dr. Abdullahi Dauda Belel the chairman Adamawa state healthcare development agency and the intervention of the World Health Organisation, primary healthcare in the state would have been in sorry state.

“Do you know that the money that accompanied the second best award in the federation won by the Adamawa state primary healthcare agency would have been used to offset some of the outstanding salaries of the primary healthcare workers? Don’t ask me where the money was diverted. Do you job to find out.

“Adamawa is indeed in financial quagmire with the alleged unaccounted for loan and there’s very little to show of how the loan was utilised,” a political analyst argued.

A reader asked why the Periscope Global Publishers hate Bindow?

Hate! Well, the following response concluded the piece.

We record activities. We don’t hate anybody.

Like Obama would say, he’s for everybody and for nobody.

We can’t say leadership is effective when it’s actually clueless.

We can’t say there’s quality education, when in reality, there’s rot about it.
We can’t commend the healthcare, when in reality, it is dysfunctional.

Skills acquisition, aged, youth and women empowerments at zero level.

When parents can’t pay school fees of their children, can’t put the hospital bills and can’t feed their families because, they are recklessly been denied salaries and pensions for some months, in spite of the bailouts and the Paris Club refund funds.

We can’t say there’s water everywhere, which ought to be but it isn’t the case.

We can’t say rule of law is being adhered to, when court order isn’t honoured.

You could go on and on.

Unless otherwise, you want us to degenerate into sycophancy or any form of dementia.

Mind you. We only report, we do not make news.

We help in strengthening the truth, lest our community reduced into the republic of liars as creatively articulated by Wole Soyinka in his “InterInventions: Between Defective Memory and the Public Lie – A Personal Odyssey in the Republic of Liars.”

A most read, if you asked me. Peace!

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Mai Mala Buni: Independence of Political Diplomat And Consensus Builder

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By Sadiya Shelleng Hussaini

Change presents humanity with a confounding paradox. Whereas change is constant and inevitable it forebodes a vague sense of unease. Fear of the unknown taunts the nerves of even the valorous of men. Men of destiny however prepare for change, meeting it at the doorstep with secure pace .June 25,2020 was Nigeria’s governing party –APC’s date with fate, a day of a dramatic change of baton and democratic transition of powers from the ruling Oshiomole led national working committee to Mai Mala Buni caretaker/convention planning committee.The date may have caught some clay footed but quite a handful had no illusion as their mandate was terminated through “doctrine of necessity ” to curtail the crisis that bedeviled the party.

The hype and political intrigues that have characterised the tenure of Adam Oshiomole led National Working Committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) would not come as a surprise to political pundits. Being the governing party and one which prides itself as the largest growing political party in Africa, the successful transition of the party to a new leadership portends a lot for the polity and the 2023 permutations.

Following the leadership tussle, that consumed the immediate past leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, leading to the constitution of a caretaker/convention planning committee under the leadership of Yobe state Governor Mai Mala Buni, as part of move ahead the party requires everyone amongst its members and supporters to reflects on what should be the best for the future of the party.

Taking cognizance of the renewed support for our great party from the ordinary citizens of Nigeria as evidenced in the recently conducted elections , massive membership registrations across the country and ward congresses with leaders of the party largely emerging through consensus. It has shown clearly that even Nigerians believe that our party, APC remains the only party that can restore the country to the path of sustainable peace, progress, national unity and economic prosperity.

Therefore, the party now more than any other time, requires a courageous, fearless, thoroughbred politician, committed party man and patriotic personality who understand the political history of the country as well as dynamics of the APC, its antecedents since its creation.

Yobe State governor ,Mai Mala Buni has put the party on sound foundation as demonstrated by his political pedigree and diplomatic approach in managing the party affairs. The history of Buni’s political struggle has proved his extraordinary tenacity in Nigerian politics.

Based on the foregoing, Mai Mala Buni standout based on his 14 months score card as the Caretaker Commitee Chairman of the party. Opinions across the country among party leaders and stakeholders indicate a thunderous applause on the APC CECPC for resetting the party back to glory days.

Depicting the sound attributes of a great leader, the two -time APC scribe a highly detribalized, humble, focused, amiable and thoroughbred personality with good sense of direction. These are the qualities he is applying now to take the APC out of the doldrums.

He is man that is naturally loved and admired by the people; a democrat and pivot of mass mobilization; a man who achieves greatness through assiduousness, self -will and sheer determination; a good listener; a man that remains unruffled even at the height of unwarranted intimidation and provocation; a man with critical thinking-skills. He is a strong advocate of unity, peace and progress of our great country, Nigeria. He believes in mega- changes in the social, economic and political sectors and theses must be driven by the current generation of Nigerians.

Within his 14 month on the saddle of the party, Hon Buni has clearly demonstrated to Nigerians that APC will certainly form the next government and entrench party supremacy, internal democracy, party cohesion and internal harmony among elected officials and the party.

There is no doubt that his legacies shall remain eternal source of inspiration for many generations to come. APC on his assumption as the Caretaker Chairman had 64 senators then now has over 70. He has also made three PDP governors throw away the umbrella and his broom. This is not the end on his yeomen duties he is working hard to bring in more serving and former governors, legislators and top party chieftains from the opposition.

President Muhammadu Buhari recently said the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been revived, energized and repositioned for its national convention and future elections, while commending the National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) led by Governor of Yobe State, Malam Mai Mala Buni.

Speaking at the APC CECPC meeting at the State House, the President said the fortunes of the party had been brightened by the re-organisation and reconciliation of members across the party, saying “with the work done by the committee the party has bounced back to life.’’

“I have listened with great interest the remarkable job you have done so far,’’ he said. “We are all witnesses to the crisis that engulfed the party leading to litigations and presented a picture of selfishness and division.’’

One cannot but wonder from which source he drives his rare aggressive energetic zeal and tenacity, in solving party matters within a snap of a finger. To borrow the words of the classical Greek writer Homer, he is both a speaker of words and doer of deeds. Despite the monumental achievement of Hon Mai Mala some forces are bent on dragging his name twist to a supreme court judgment to rubbish the achievement,let me warn them that the Yobe State Governor Hon Mai Mala Buni who doubles as Chairman National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) will have the last laugh and would hand over party affairs after a successful national convention .

Shelleng wrote in from Yola .

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Who is Afraid of Gov. Buni?

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Fatai Olagunju

For very obvious reasons, the successes recorded by the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress in repositioning the party and massive defection of prominent figures into the party mean different things to different people.

There are those who celebrated the party bouncing back to life, others didn’t like the giant strides of the committee, while others who feel threatened by the reconciliation and coming of new members also felt bad.

For the opposition party, it was its most trying moment  after loosing three serving governors to APC and still counting.  The Caretaker committee under Governor Mai Mala Buni, has remained PDP’s most terrible nightmare.

The interpretation of the Supreme Court Judgement on the Ondo state governorship election by the Hon. Minister of state for Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo, generated some arguments. However, Keyamo’s postulation now in public court, has attracted a lot of arguments in support and against.

The provisions of Section 183 of the Constitution as amended which forms Keyamo’s arguments, has been defined by other learned gentlemen clearing ambiguities.

Deputy Senate President, Keyamo’s kinsman and legal colleague, Senator Omo Agege, took time to define the said section 183 of the Constitution, making it clear, unambiguous, unequivocal and in explicit terms.

According to Omo-Agege, “From the explicit provision of Section 183 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), it is absolutely impossible and untenable to argue that the provisions of Section 183 bars a Governor from being a Chairman or member of a Caretaker Committee set up by his or her political party. More so, the position of the Chairman of a Caretaker Committee cannot by any sense of imagination, logic or simple common sense be classified as a being a salaried Executive office.

“There is no law under our legal jurisprudence that bars or prohibits a Governor who is a member of a political party and won elections under the political party from carrying out specific assignments on-behalf of his party. How this will amount to holding an Executive office is beyond every stretch of human comprehension.

“In the light of the foregoing exposition, it is humbly and firmly stated that Section 183 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) only bars a Governor from holding Executive positions like being a Minister, or any other executive positions for which he shall be paid for. It does not by any scintilla of imagination, render the appointment of Governor Bumi as APC Caretaker Committee Chairman incompetent and will not in anyway, affect the legality or competence of the APC scheduled Congresses” he argued.

Chief Adeniyi Akintola, Counsel to APC in a press conference opined “let me make this clear: this isn’t the first time we would be having minority judgements. A minority judgement has no value. You can’t cite it as the authority. It has no effect”

He cited “In 2008, Abubakar Atiku versus Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, there was minority judgements given by Justice George Oguntade, Justice Walter Onoghen and one other justice while Justice Niki Tobi delivered the majority judgement. So, there has always been precedence.

“There is no value attributed to minority judgement. So, what happened yesterday isn’t strange. So we are worried that some lawyers are attaching value to it”.

It is pertinent to note that, the APC constitution is very conscious of such critical circumstances and it made a clear declaration in  article 17 (iv) which states
“No officer in any organ of the party shall hold executive position office in government concurrently”. Therefore the party couldn’t have been careless in handling this matter.

However, in a very politicised country like Nigeria, other factors came in to define section 183 of the constitution.

MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION AND REVALIDATION EXERCISE

The membership registration and revalidation exercise of the party which has accommodated new and more members seem to have threatened others who are not comfortable with the new converts and returnees. They feel their positions would be taken over by the new converts. They opposed the registration, attempted sabotaging the process and now fighting the party leadership. The membership registration and revalidation exercise opened the party to many members who were hitherto refused membership. Prominent members who claimed ownership of the party lost the acclaimed ownership of the party.

PERSONALITY SUPREMACY 

Local politics between stakeholders of who controls the party in the state came into play. The conflict of  personalities between Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, Ministers and other stakeholders had also manifested in who controls the party in the state. Unfortunately those who lost out are blaming Governor Buni for their trivial and now fighting back. They also define Section 183 to mean “Buni must go”.

 For instance, the personality clash between Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo Agege and the Minister of state Labour Barr Festus Keyamo in Delta, Sen. Ngige and Sen. Andy Uba in Anambra, Zamfara state Governor Bello Mutawalli and former Governor Abdul Azeez Yari.

ALLIAMCE WITH PDP

Recent discoveries by the party revealed that some desperate party members seeking to contest positions are liaising with the opposition to discredit the leadership, the party structure and all other processes.

It is also worrisome if all the barrage of legal luminaries now interpretering the Supreme court judgement, could not realize any lacuna in the constitution of the Caretaker committee this all the while except now, 13 months after, then, something must be fundamentally wrong with their patriotism and commitment to serve the government rand the party, honestly and creditably.

PDP CRYING MORE THAN THE BEREAVED

PDP is crying more than the bereaved. The party seem to have developed more interest than APC members. They have temporarily forgotten their problems to fight on behalf of other members of APC. The reason for this poke nosing into the affairs of others, is not far fetched. The Buni led Caretaker committee in the last 13 months had deflated the PDP, subtracting three governors along with hundreds of thousands of their supporters from PDP. The Buni committee has no doubt made PDP very jittery and vulnerable.

 

 Who is afraid of Governor Buni?

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Tunji Disu: The Making of a New Super Cop

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By: James Bwala

Yesterday I posted a story from the Press Release issued by the Force PRO, CP Frank Mba. As I go through the story this morning, I said to myself indeed a chapter has closed never again would Abba Kyari come back to this position even if at the end of the matters that matter at this moment of his life and career defines him innocent of the allegations as indicated by the US agency – The FBI.

Kyari was a super cop who receives acculiat and praises from men who loves and hates him on the line of duty even as truth about their friendship is being exposed by the predicament he found himself whether guilty or not guilty. The Kyari saga has further plunge the unity of this country in questions with regional inclinations and expressions from the current situation butterfilling both the traditional and social media.

Nigerians massively are hypocrites. But there are still few ones who a still holding the truth as would a pastor and his Bible even if their position was a negative one. For the first time I came to agree 100 % with a senior colleague, Malam Yakubu Ahmed BK over his write up on DCP Abba Kyari. I mean without reservations – religious, regional, ethnic or when he falls on the political side. I had had reservations on most of his piece base on either of these but not this one.

Kyari has guffed. That is the right words but we are not bringing him into judgement knowing that to err is human and to forgive is devine as we said always in Nigeria. However, we do not know how the Americans defines this in their terms. Hushpuppi is caged and he is already vomiting. If he had been caged here in Nigeria, we have herbs that can stop him from vomiting but the white man has his laboratory to test, experiment and bring out result. So is the case with Kyari our one time super cop.

Whether as Nigerians we like what is happening or not the FBI has spoken. Our IGP has responded and Kyari is waiting for fate. If the gods have mercy on him, he may yet have some years to wear the uniform and redeemed himself in another capacity serving the nation, else a chapter on his career as a Police Officer is close and we salute him.

As I was going through my Facebook page, I come across a piece of writing where the writer was so exposing the sentiment of the southwest region over the suspension of Kyari and appointment of Tunji Disu. The write up reads in part:

“Patriotic Oduduwa blooded TUNJI DISU, takes over as head of IRT from Super cop Abba Kyari who was suspended for proper investigation.”

Patriotic was Abba Kyari when he was holding sway as every hand was clapping while he leads his team. These are the kind of songs Nigerians like to sing for occupants of dreaded and fearful position to do and to undo. If I were Disu, I will begin to count my enemies from this point because these same songs were sang by people like these ones to Abba Kyari and the same people are mostly behind the songs he is now hearing on his way to sit before the investigation panel.

It continuous: “Disu was respected/real national asset Jagaban’s ADC when he was Lagos state governor as such the blood that flaws from his professional veins is that of nationalism & patriotism.”

That is it! I now see the political game in play. Indeed as the writer says we shall
collectively, effectually and fervently offers prayers for Tunji Disu to succeed. But the questions is that, would Disu be Pariotic and Nationalistic in his dealings with Nigerians as head of Police Intelligence Team knowing the hand that has pushed his rising? would he be apolitical coming from the political strings? Indeed he needs much prayers but his first move will determine our prayers either to pray more lifting or cry to the Almighty to deliver Nigerians from the Pharaoh who place their moles in places as monitoring spirits over Nigeria.

  • James Bwala is a Nigerian Journalist and writes from Maiduguri

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