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Tension in Nasarawa over delay in release of council election time table

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Tension in Nasarawa over delay in release of council election time table

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

The delay by the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) to issue notification and release of local government election time table two months to expiration of tenure of incumbent local government chairmen in the state is generating concern amongst stakeholders.

Stakeholders in the state have expressed divergent views while threatening legal action. They accused the state government of deliberate attempt to impose poverty and illegal leaders on the electorates despite Supreme Court judgments over local government administration.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the electoral commission Barrister Ayuba Wandai told the state assembly recently when he appeared before them that the commission is still within the time frame for the elections though some section of the electorates are not satisfied with the explanation as they want to see activities commence soon

But a constitutional lawyer in Lafia, Barrister Abdullahi Ubandodoma has indicated that failure to conduct election within the stipulated time will create anarchy in the state.

Barrister Ubandoma told journalists in Lafia that series of Supreme Court judgments have declared care taker at the local government level illegal

“It will be unfortunate if up to this time we have not had any development to the preparations or readiness by the electoral empire of what they have in place for the elections”.

He said failure to give people the opportunity to elect their leaders will surely create a crisis situation that might lead to anarchy.

“If you fail to give people opportunity to elect their leaders by implication you are creating analytical situation, bringing under development because Nigerians are becoming very wise unlike the past”

“The implication of not conducting elections will create hunger and insecurity and lack of confidence in the government by the electorates”.

Barrister Ubandoma threatened that he would be left with no options than to embark on legal action if the state failed in its responsibility to conduct election before the expiration of the tenure of the officials.

“It will be quite unusual and undemocratic and unconstitutional that up to this period of time the period is elapsing and the government is yet to take action on the conduct of elections is an abnormal process.”

The state people’s Democratic Party PDP chairman Francis Orogu also alleged that the process has already been faulted for not issuing notice three months to expiration of the tenure.

Francis said that the reason given by the independent electoral commission for shifting the election from the February date earlier schedule is a fallacy.

“They said because of corona pandemic they could not hold the election while they are holding political gatherings receiving so called decampees, if they fail to hold elections we will take appropriate actions”

The Nasarawa State chairman of inter party advisory committee (IPAC) Cletus Ogah said that they are yet to get any official communication from the state electoral commission.

“We are still expecting notification and circulars and up to now as I am talking to you we have not received any notification, because we have not received any notice we are not too sure because we need to have about two or three months to prepare”.

He said the body is carrying out its activities in accordance with the law and that the law stipulates three months notice before elections

The Nasarawa State Caretaker chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) John Mamman also called for the conduct of local government elections before the expiration of the tenure present leadership May 27th 2021.

Mamman said that the party APC is ready for the local government polls anytime the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission NAISEC releases the time table for the election.

Mamman said that his party, the APC has put in all machinery, and strategies in place to ensure that they win the polls

“We are ever prepared and we are ready to stand the test of rigor of elections, preparation is an internal democracy and the process is not a one day process, once the empire announces the day for election they will give us a timetable for every activity so we are waiting”.

The APC chairman equally demanded the conduct of the elections before the expiration of the tenure of the present leadership “In my own view election should hold before the expiration of the tenure of the elected officials”

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APC’s advocates forum backs Akpabio as ‘natural leader’ in Akwa Ibom

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APC’s advocates forum backs Akpabio as ‘natural leader’ in Akwa Ibom

A progressive forum of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) known as APC Advocates Forum has declared that former governor of Akwa Ibom and the Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, is the ‘natural leader’ of the party in the state being a serving cabinet member.

The group, however, called on APC’s National Caretaker Committee led by the Yobe state governor to call those sponsoring mischief against the Minister to order, adding that “the political sagacity of the former two-term governor can not be compared to any other person in the state.”

In a statement released to newsmen Monday in Abuja by the national coordinator of the APC Advocates Forum, Barrister Johnson Essien, threatened to expose those behind the crisis rocking the Akwa Ibom state chapter of the party.

The group described as ‘unwise decision’ for some chieftains of the party to contest the natural leadership God has bestowed on the Minister (Akpabio).

“The recent development in Akwa Ibom APC by a segment of the party denying Chief Godswill Akpabio as the leader in the state is unwise despite the natural role nature has bestowed on him as a former governor and a serving cabinet member from the state.

“We, therefore call on Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC National Caretaker Committee to look inward and call to order the enemy within the system causing bad blood in Akwa Ibom APC.”

They described “APC as a body without engine in Akwa Ibom state until Godswill Akpabio joined the fold in 2018.

“During his eight years as Governor of Akwa Ibom, the Hon. Minister changed the face of the State and touched lives like never before – earning himself the sobriquet Uncommon Transformer. On assuming office as Minister, he has been a stickler for performance, committing himself to ensuring the speedy development of the Niger Delta region in tandem with his Ministry’s mandate.”

The statement added that for any leader of the party or aspirant in the state to go far politically in 2023, such a person needs Minister Akpabio.

“We are using this medium to warn the crisis merchants to desist because the Niger Delta Affairs minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio is a force that will decide the fate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.”

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No APC supporter defected in Zamfara-Zannan Bungudu

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No APC supporter defected in Zamfara-Zannan Bungudu

A chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Zamfara Sate, Abdulmalik Zubairu (Zannan Bungudu) has described as “politically deceptive” the recent announcement by the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Tukur Danfulani that he received over 1000 defectors from APC in Bungudu constituency.

Zanna who spoke to journalists in Gusau on Sunday said PDP leaders in Zamfara led by Tukur Danfulani are using the tactics of receiving defectors to collect money from Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

He affirmed that Comrade Danda Bungudu is a known card-carrying member of the PDP and ahead of what he described as “film making event of Saturday” the posters of Comrade Danda Bungudu have been in circulation in Bungudu town and environs bearing PDP logo and tags.

He further explained that people like Mainasara Rimi, Nura Umar (NU) Sani Maidala Bela, Alh Yahoo Lawali (Yabo Minister), Kabiru B. Super Kwatarkwashi and Eng. Tsoho Mamman who accompanied Danda Bungudu to government house on Saturday are all card carrying members of PDP and they are known to every citizen of Bungudu local government.

He challenged PDP leaders in Bungudu to deny this claim made by him if they have counter fact noting that Bungudu has always been a stronghold of APC adding that, that political tempo would be sustained.

“There is no APC supporter from Yari or Marafa factions that defect to the PDP. I am a party stakeholder in the area and if their claim is genuine let them publish the names of the 1000 supporters for the entire world to see”.

“The few of them you saw in the picture are already members of the PDP and if they have received 1000 supporters of the APC why can’t they at least published their names for people to see and make judgement”.

Zanna added that, the new PDP Chairman in Zamfara is only playing a game of deceit and this is not politics because you have to be practical as a politician. We challenged PDP to publish the names of these 1000 people if at all they are serious”.

He assured that APC is intact in Bungudu and affirmed that Danda Bungudu and his co-travellers were at the Governor’s residence on Saturday for a monetary mission and asked that they most not hide under the APC before they can get their monetary mission accomplished.

He added that, APC leader in Zamfara Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar is doing well for the supporters of the party and that none would move to the PDP with the state of uncertainty that characterized its political operation.

He advised Governor Bello Matawalle to trade with caution as the majority of those he received as defectors are already members of his party but riding on the political tactics of the PDP Chairman to be extorting money from him.

Zanna also advised the Governor to instead of wasting money in the name of receiving defectors execute some developmental projects that would torch the lives of Zamfara people noting that, in the two years of Matawalle administration people of Bungudu have not benefited from infrastructural projects worth N10 million naira

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Over 1000 supporters of Yari, Marafa defect to PDP in Zamfara

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Over 1000 supporters of Yari, Marafa defect to PDP in Zamfara

Over 1000 supporters of Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Kabiru Marafa from Bungudu Local Government have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

A statement by Yusuf Idris Gusau, Director General, Media, Public Enlightenment and Communication to the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle indicated that the decampees were received earlier by the PDP State Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani Maikatako and later presented to governor Matawalle at his residence.

Leader of the decampees, Comrade Abdullahi Danda Bungudu said they were at the governor’s residence to register their support as they have already declared their defection earlier at the state PDP Secretariat and were received officially by the state Party Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani.

Comrade Danda further said, the reason why they defected from APC to PDP was as a result of the way and manner the governor handled the security situation in the state and the many laudable projects he is executing in less than two years of his being in office.

He observed that it is on record that before the coming of Matawalle’s administration, Zamfara was in a serious war which almost destroyed it to a failed one as all government machineries were not working .

Bungudu however averred that the vision and foresight of governor Matawalle and his style of leadership changed all that and convinced them to join the PDP from their former political party, APC .

Responding, governor Bello Matawalle said his administration is determined to bring development to the people of the state at all levels with a view of making the state more secured and economically viable.

He further said, as a leader, his primary responsibility is to protect the lives and properties of the citizens including their dignity for upcoming generations.

He assured them of equal treatment in the party and also commended their foresight and positive decision to join his party, the PDP for the purpose of developing Zamfara state.

Matawalle added that with people of their caliber in the party, he is sure that alot will be achieved.

Notable among those who defected were Comrade Abdullahi Danda Bungudu, Alhaji Adamu Abu Samawa and Alhaji Abbas Abdullahi Bela who was the current Vice chairman of APC in Bungudu Local Government.

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