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Reconstitute your cabinet in 2021 if you really want to take Nigerians out of hardship – Senator Ndume Urges President Buhari



Reconstitute your cabinet in 2021 if you really want to take Nigerians out of hardship – Senator Ndume urges President Buhari

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume representing Southern Borno at the National Assembly Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reconstitute his cabinet if he really wants to take Nigerians out of the security economic and other challenges facing the nation in the 2021.

Senator Ndume who is also former Senate Leader, disclosed
this in an interactive interview with newsmen in his Maiduguri Residence, yesterday said Buhari is a good leader, but quite a number of his cabinet members are not doing enough to reposition the country to a better as enshrined in Buhari’s Agenda, adding that some of the ministers are not even known in their local government areas

Ndume who is also the Chairman Senate Committee on Army lamented that some serving ministers do not even get in touch with their own people at their respective states, not to even talk of knowing the predicaments of their people or electorate especially those at the grassroots.

” I am very much impressed with the 2020 National budget performance which stood at about 90% execution or implementation, this feet has never been achieved in the history of Nigeria or by any government in power. Unfortunately, the impact of the implemented budget has not been felt at most places, especially in the north east due to poor representation from our topmost political appointees at the federal level”. Ndume stated.

On the increasing insecurity challenges such as insurgency, banditry and kidnapping that remained the order of the day across the country and the north east in particular, the Chairman Senate Committee on Army insisted that until the military were given sophisticated weapons, ending of Boko Haram banditry, kidnapping and other criminality would be far from over and unrealistic, despite promises made by President Buhari and the Service chiefs that the year 2021 would be free from attacks and other criminality.

Ndume while commending the efforts and sacrifices by troops and other members of the Civilian Joint Task Force/Vigilantes in fighting insurgency in the north east especially Borno, said that the federal government should do the needful by providing new weapons to replace the old ones used by troops in the theatre, if really there is seriousness on the side of the government to end the over decade insurgency.

While commenting on the Amnesty International allegations against the Nigerian Army of killing innocent civilians or violating human rights during operations, the Chairman Senate Committee on Army said, Amnesty International should desist from unsubstantiated claims, or sitting at the comfort of their offices and write rubbish against Nigerian Army, pointing out that, the best people to comment on killing innocent civilians or human right violations, if any should be resilient Journalists who have been covering the entire Borno or the north east since the beginning of the Boko Haram crisis, and not Foreign organizations like Amnesty International.

Presenting his score cards from 2009 to date when he was elected as Senator for the fourth time, Ndume said, he has consistently stand high on seeing to the smooth implementation of his agenda which is ‘Water, Health and Opportunity’ (WHO), adding that in each of the nine (9) Local Government Areas of Southern Borno senatorial District, he had drilled more than 10 functional boreholes, in addition to women and youth empower and sponsorship of over 1000 students of southern Borno extraction who are studying in various high institutions in the country.

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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

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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.

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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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