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Santalin Lafia And the Second Phase of Rescue Mission in Nasarawa State, By Muazu Abari

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santalin Lafia and the second phase of rescue mission in Nasarawa State, By Muazu Abari

Since the restoration of democracy in 1999, until 2011 election, when the table have changed Nasarawa state, have always been a proud home of the Peoples Democratic party(PDP).As the party continued to won all manners of elections conducted in the state, at all levels which forced opposition parties to extinction .
This make PDP primaries in the state a tought  political battle more than,the general election,because it was believed that whoever emerged as the party flagbearers at all levels will won the general election without much stressed but these self illusion turned out to intoxicated and blindfolded the party into taking the electorates for granted perpetuating all forms of impunity and undemocratic tendencies that finally nailed the coffin of the party.

The inept leadership exhibited by the PDP administration of ex-Gov.Doma of blessed memory who failed woefully to lived up to the expectations of the people of Nasarawa state was a political master stroke that provided the people of the state with a golden opportunity to sent the party to its early grave in what most political analysts described as”The first political revolution or rescued mission in the history of Nasarawa politics”which swept away Doma to dustbin of history and ushered in immidiate past governor Tanko Almakura of the then CPC.

Amids these failure of governance Almakura emerged from the business world  to hit the politics of Nasarawa state like a thunderstone with the sole aimed to rescued the people of the state from the political bondage and stunted development.His decision to championed these worthy caused to salvage the state and its people  was not without paying the price especially when his popularity and acceptability evaporated beyond the thinking and understanding of his detractors and cynics.

Political prosecution and campaign of calumny was lunched against him and his roads projects frustrated  among other political vandaetta by the then government in connivance with the so-called political elites in the state who believed that,it is their birth right to always derermined the destiny of the state for their selfish interest and who initially described him as a joker, inexperienced and his ambition as death on arrival all in a bid to frustrated him but to their shocked Almakura refused to bend let alone break in his determination to freed the people of the state and with god and masses by his side he triumphed and put them to shamed to emerged as governor against their wish.

When he took over the state Almakura who came fully prepared armed with noble ideas and vision for a prosperous Nasarawa state promised to leaved the state better lthan he met it as stated in his inagural addressed tittled:A fresh start and a new deal when he said”Let it be said when the modern history of our dear state comes to be written when we are tried and tested we were not found lacking in moral fibre ,that we did not felter or even flench and that when finally we took our exit we left Nasarawa state in a far better form or shape than we find it or than anyone has ever dare to imagine”

True to this commitments despite intimidating challenges ,financial strangulation,decayed infrastructures and frightening debt profile Almakura succeeded to re-write the development history of the state and raise the bar of governance in Nasarawa state with his footprints scattered across all the nooks and crannies of the state in all sectors which have not only changed the development narrative of the state but also seen as unprecedented and the best ever since the creation of the state in 1996 which earned him his nicknamed of “The architect of modern Nasarawa state.

Dissappointedly Almakuras  decision to imposed  Sule  on the people of the state as his successor against more competend ,credible and popular aspirants  some of who  stood by him politically in favour of sule who has no political clouts nor popularity to win election on his own and seen as an alien to the people of Nasarawa  who is completely disconnected from the electorates having spend almost all his life time in US away from the reality of the state  and who is  blessed with enormous resources but known with a bad reputation for stinginess without any record of humanitarian gestures much more of contributing to the development of the state is Almakuras greatest political blunder and dis service to the people of Nasarawa

The last two and half years of sule administration in Nasarawa state is an unmitigated disaster and one of the darkest era in the history of the state synanimous with not having a government at all in the state with virtually nothing on ground to showcase as achievements or dividents of democracy which can be clearly seen,torched and felt  despite the huge resources that came into the coffers of the state and claimed of improvement on the state internally generated revenue which have not add any value to the people of the state.

 The administration have no vision nor sence of direction on how and  where to take Nasarawa to much more of executing any meaningful projects that will better the lives of the common man as witnessed during Almakuras era which can never be denied even by his arch political enemies.most of the projects handed over to sule  cannot be completed after over two years in office with only few that were handed over at almost completion stages  managed to be completed .Even the few meaningless projects embarked by the administration in its over two wested years have not been completed till date.infact ,what Almakura have achieved in 100 days surpassed what sule have done in his two and half years of wested leadership.

Amids these disappointing performance and ongoing efforts by the so-called political elites to re-imposed a failed government on the people of the state  for their selfish political interest and party consideration one man whose name continued to ring bells as the champion of this second phase of rescue mission in the state and the most suitable and credible alternative to sule who have proved incapable to give the state a deserving sence of direction come 2023 is Mallam.Gambo umaru yakubu santalin lafia and Danmadamin Azara 

Mallam.Gambo Umaru yakubu epitomises a new hope in the collective aspiration of the people of Nasarawa state to have a better and secured future  where development will flourish in all sectors of the state as envisioned by its founding fathers.Santalin lafia is a man of many parts,a phylanthropy,successful business man with business linkages across the globe ,an entrepreneur,proud and patrotic son of Nasarawa state who continued to lived for his people,God and humanity in his quest to make a difference on the lives of the people of Nasarawa state.

This promising,vibrant,energetic young man and committed democrat with great ability and strong moral courage came into Nasarawa politics with a defined mission ,determination and strong political will to salvage the state which is already on a life support waiting for its untimely death.He rosed from grass to grace through sheer dint of hardwork,commitments and dedication to duty to achieved greatness with enviable records of achievements and proud legacy of selfless service to humanity.

Despite not holding public office he continued to used his hard earned wealth to bring succour to the less privilaged through various humanitarian gestures  and supports to communities in various sectors  of the state which stamped him out as a golden fish that has no hidden place  with Clarion calls on him by the ordinary people of the state to vie for the gubernatorial seat of the state come 2023 gathering momentum by the day.

In Nasarawa state alone he has torched the lives of so many people in the state with his various intervations and kind gestures especially in the areas of community development, education,health,empowerment ,employment opportunity and business supports among many others using his personal resources.

In the area of Education Gambo yakubu build schools for the orphans and children of the less privilaged in his own native community of Azara where education is being given to them free of charged.He also sponsored education of the downtrodden through awards of schoolarships to citizens as well as payments of Waec,Neco and other National examinations.

Still on education he has also distributed  50,000 free exercise books to public schools in western senetorial district of the state which have 5 local governments with each of these local government gotten 10,000 exercise books and another 50,000 exercise book’s to the southern senetorial district which also have 5 local governments bringing the total numbers of free exercise books distributed so far to 100,000 with Northern zone of the state waiting for their turn any moment from now.
In the area of health aside off setting the medical bills of individuals and groups and less privilaged across the state he also  constituted a medical team where he is spending 4 milion naira monthly  to carried out free medical outreaches on less privilaged across the 3 senetorial districts of the state among other health supports.

Santalin lafia have also been providing emoyment opportunities to the teeming youths and women of Nasarawa state in both public and private sector  leveraging on his influences and connections which have changed the fortunes of so many people and family inaddition to,providing financial supports to the youths and downtrodden members of the society to enable them established and grow their business to make them self reliance and useful to themselves and the society aimed at reducing poverty and unemployment’s in the state.
He has also supported various communities with financial supports to enable them carried out community development services and in some instances directlly sponsored  so many development projects across various communities in the state inaddition to supporting religious organisations,renovations and constructions of worship centres among many other infrastructures out of his hard earned wealth.
It is therefore,not surprising that his candidature for shendam Road Government House lafia come 2023 continued to attract the supports,blessings and endorcements  of the ordinary people of the state who continuef to pont at his love for the common man,large heartedness,passion for development of the state,unwavering patrotism ,fear of God,simplicity, humility among other ebbulient qualities as some of his selling points.
Most people believed that his recent decision to revalidate his PDP membership registeration card in the ongoing E-registeration of the party coming after agreeing to vie for the gubernatorial seat of Nasarawa state come 2023 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) inline with the glarion calls by the people of the state marks the beginning of the second phase of rescued mission in Nasarawa politics started by sen.Haruna Abubakar of blessed memory and actualised for the first time by Almakura which Gambo want to build upon.aimed at resetting the state on the path of progress and development.

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APC National Convention: it is irresponsible To Call For Sack Gov. Buni Led CECPC

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APC National Convention: It is irresponsible to call for sack Gov Buni led CECPC

Yusuf Ali

It is irresponsible to call for sack of the well constituted and highly celebrated action-packed Governor Buni led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, All Progressives Congress over the planned national convention of the party. Uptil now, the CECPC has not told anybody that it is not going to conduct the party’s national convention after it has successfully conducted Ward, Local and State Congresses as it said that it is only embarking on nationwide consultations with Party leaders and stakeholders to prepare the ground for a rancour-free National Convention.

It is very wrong for anybody to say that Governor Buni is holding on to the seat to score political goals. For the avoidance of doubt, Buni is a sitting governor that has his second term fully secured in 2023 if he decides to run. The people of Yobe state who overwhelmingly voted for him in 2019 are extremely happy and ready to return him to consolidate on the solid transformation of Yobe state as truly the pride of the Sahel.

Let me say that this call for the sack of the Governor Buni led Caretaker Committee amounts to playing dirty politics, and it is cheap and irresponsible. In fact, Nothing can be more irresponsible and reckless, as such a statement. Nobody in his right senses will call for the sack of the focused and result-oriented Governor Buni led Caretaker Committee.

The Governor Buni led CECPC was legally constituted by the 8th resumed of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress APC which constituted the Caretaker Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee in place of the dissolved National Working Committee (NWC) of the party. It has performed tremendously well in rebuilding and repisitioning the party for greatness. No amount of hysterical calls for resignation will prevent it from carrying out its constitutional mandate. As a progressive governing party guided by its rules, the CECPC will continue to take the right steps and follow due process in carrying out its activities, in this case the planned national convention is sacrosanct. The APC as a party for all will continue to act on its words.

Let it be known that the Governor Buni led CECPC is not in anyway against the conduct of the all-important exercise as planned it only wanted a rancour-free national convention. If some of the pending issues related to fallout of the Congresses in some states are not amicably resolved it will further polarise the party during and even after the convention. The focus remains that achieving and sustaining the APC Caretaker Committee’s peace and reconciliation core mandate wrapping up with credible national convention is all the more gratifying.

Before the CECPC, the governing party is on the verge of collapse and disintegration. As the Chairman of the CECPC, Governor Buni has been a steady hand in troubled times, and that explains why leading the governing All Progressives Congress at a most turbulent period, he has managed the crisis to bring peace to the party and safe it from disintegration, and even set it on a trajectory of success for the coming national convention and ahead of the 2023 general elections.

For a large and governing party with so many crisis points and conflicting interests like the APC, Governor Mai Mala Buni has always toed the line of compromise, temperance and internal democracy as well as tackled internal squabbles when they have occured as a family affair. He is a stabilising factor and voice that is generally accepted and has successfully forged a common ground among all the interests in the governing party.

Governor Buni is well positioned to stabilize the party and ensure synergy between the party, members and the government. He has shown a capacity to steer the party to stability and remains a strategic political asset to the APC and government.

Buni is not a dictator. As the Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC, because of his background, he has listened, engaged, accommodated and gave a sense of belonging to every member of our great party.

As a principled leader, Buni has always exercised persuasive powers and negotiating skills in the execution of his responsibilities. It is this power of persuation, tact and diplomacy that endeared him to his colleagues (Governors), and all the leaders of the party across the country.

He has brought his natural abilities as a gentleman, peacemaker and a stabilizing voice to resolve many disagreement and Internal conflict in the party.

Hon. Mai Mala Buni has ensured that meeting of party organs under the CECPC are held regularly. It is only when the party’s leadership meet constantly that it will agree and disagree on issues and resolve matters in the interest of the party.

Buni has used his position to ensure a strong and progressive party institution that will continue to make Nigeria great and will continue to bring the party together becsuse he is focused and knows the issues.

Hon Mai Mala Buni has written his name in gold as he takes on the bold steps in rebuilding and repositioning APC ahead of the national convention and the 2023 general elections.

He has designed a medium, and long term development of our strategies and internal organization to support our public standing as well as our chances of electoral successes in all future elections.

Yusuf Ali Media Officer APC Headquaters Abuja

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Gov. Buni Leading APC To Victory

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Yusuf Ali

  1. Hon Mai Mala Buni is not a dictator. As the Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC, because of his background, he has listened, engaged, accommodated and gave a sense of belonging to every member of our great party.
  2. Hon Mai Mala Buni has always exercised persuasive powers and negotiating skills in the execution of his responsibilities. It is this power of persuation, tact and diplomacy that endeared him to his colleagues (Governors) and all the leaders of the party across the country.
  3. Hon Mai Mala Buni has brought his natural abilities as a gentleman, peacemaker and a stabilizing voice to resolve many disagreement and Internal conflict in the party.
  4. Hon Mai Mala Buni has prominent people from the North, South, East and West. It means he is a rallying point at the center.
  5. Hon Mai Mala Buni, the support he has flows from knowledge of the understanding of his person because he has been fortunate to work with his colleagues (Governors) and all the stakeholders, members and teeming supporters of the APC.
  6. Hon Mai Mala Buni has ensured that meeting of party organs under the CECPC are held regularly. It is only when the party’s leadership meet constantly that it will agree and disagree on issues and resolve matters in the interest of the party.
  7. Hon Mai Mala Buni has used his position to ensure a strong and progressive party institution that will continue to make Nigeria great.
  8. Hon Mai Mala Buni will continue to bring the party together because he is focused and he knows the issues.
  9. Hon Mai Mala Buni has written his name in gold as he take on the bold steps in rebuilding and repositioning APC ahead of the national convention and the 2023 general elections.
  10. Hon Mai Mala Buni has designed a medium, and long term development of our strategies and internal organization to support our public standing as well as our chances of electoral successes in all future elections.

Yusuf Ali Media Officer APC Headquaters Abuja

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Re: Buni, Malami Move To Block Convention, Governors Rise Against interim Party Chair

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RE: Buni, Malami Move To Block Convention, Governors Rise Against Interim Party Chair

By Yusuf Ali

These days, so many people are saying so many things; indulging mostly in sponsored attacks, and ficticious lies in the pages of Newspapers on the activities of Governor Buni led CECPC, and as spokepersons, we make the deliberate choice of staying out of the most part because it is not worth replying.

But it is hard to ignore the above publication in the Punch Newspaper of 12 January, 2022 which, according to the reports, a party leader who confided to their correspondents is making the false claims that Governor Buni and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami SAN are delaying the APC National Convention because he (Governor Buni) has a Vice Presidential ambition. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We are concious of the devilish plans being orchestrated by some mischievous elements to cause disaffection between our leaders and to distract the Governor Buni led Caretaker Committee from it’s national assignments of putting the APC family house in order ahead of the national convention.

It is important to note that, at the level the Governor Buni led Caretaker Committee is working, there should be no need to be doubtful about whether our great party, APC will be having it’s national convention after successfully completed the Ward, Local and State Congresses.

It will be recall that after the end of the year 2021 meeting of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) on Monday, December 20, 2021 and in the APC 2022 New Year Message, both signed by the Secretary, Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, there was confirmation that planning for the National Convention has commenced. Members and the general public have been put on notice that relevant committees will be setup. The only problem hindering the Governor Buni led CECPC to move to the next level is the unresolved issues of reconciliation in some states. Although the Senator Abdullahi Adamu led National Reconciliation Committee is working round the clock to meet it’s dateline, the reality is that it’s not advisable for the governing APC, a party with so many crisis points and conflicting interests to go for national convention with a divided house.

This is the truth of the matter and not the ficticious lies some people are dishing to misled gullible Nigerians.

For the avoidance of doubts, Governor Mai Mala Buni has not told anybody that he has a presidential ambition. These are mere speculations in the Newspapers. Governor Buni has accepted to serve as the APC Chairman Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) because of his love and loyalty to the party that promised brighter days for Nigeria and all Nigerians. He is contributing in this capacity to help develop a strong progressive party institution that can be impactful in the local, state and the national level. He has devoted his life, energy and time to be able to do that. When he is working rebuilding and repositioning the party, first thing comes first. We have to have a structure first. If people start with rebuilding a party today and deciding to become a presidential candidate tomorrow, actually you are trying to destroy the basis of rebuilding the party, because everybody will have ambition.

There are time for everything and Governor Mai Mala Buni has no ambition. As a practicing Muslim and faith in God, he knows that leadership belongs to Almighty God, He gives it whom He wills and takes it from whom He wills none has power to out pass His verdicts. But let it be known that Governor Buni has no ambition. He has not told anyone that he wants to be President or Vice President.

At this juncture, it is important to point out that Governor Mai Mala Buni is not an ambitious politician but a leader with all the qualities of leadership. It is on record that leadership positions and responsibilities was always entrusted on him because of his judgement and respected for his expertise, integrity, etc and hence followed and not because he hold a certain position. He was APC Chairman Yobe State, National Secretary and today by the special grace of God he is serving Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, positions that he has never aspired but entrusted on him because of his leadership qualities.

At this level and time, what the Governor Buni led Caretaker Committee needs is support from across party ranks to achieve maximum reconciliation for the governing party to go for the national convention as one united family ahead of the 2023 general elections.

We must also acknowledged the marvellous achievements of the Governor Buni led Caretaker Committee, attracting three serving Governors to APC and reconciling many aggrieved members that added to the strength of the party. APC is growing in leaps and bounds.

As the Governor Buni led CECPC prepares for the national convention, we appeal to every party member and supporter to seek above everything else the unity and peace of this great party. The party must remain a strong political entity before, during and after the convention.

We should not forget the bigger challenge ahead of us in 2023, the presidential election without Buhari on the ballot. We cannot go into it divided nor can we win the trophy in such a state. We should all uphold the ideas of the party and give it unflinching support for it’s affairs as we journey into the national convention.

Yusuf Ali Media Officer All Progressives Congress APC Headquarters Abuja

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