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Adamawa PDP Crisis: Ardo sues A T Shehu’s led Leadership Congresses

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…Seeks dissolution, fresh Congresses

‘For now, there seems to be no end in the lingering crisis rocking the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa state as one time Gubernatorial Aspirant of the party, Dr. Umar Ardo, dragged the leadership of the party before Federal High Court Yola, seeking the dissolution of Exco at all levels.
Dr. Ardo and 2 others have filed an originating summons seeking for an order of the court dissolving the State Executive Committee led by Barrister A. T. Shehu, Local Government and Ward Executive Committees respectively, and the order compelling  the party to conduct fresh congresses.

The plaintiffs in a suit number FHC/YL/ CS/11/2020, filed on 14th October, 2020, joined PDP, Barr. A. T. Shehu, Ahmed Bazwei, Hamza Bello Madagali, Altine Daniel, Sabo Bamanga, Bala Buba Jada, Adamu Waziri Paka, Audi Ngete, Ayuba Teri, Shuaibu Audu and the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) as 1st to 12th defendants.

Dr. Ardo and others alleged that the procedure by which A. T. Shehu to 11defendants transmuted from being members of the Caretaker Committee to become members of the state Exco of the party contravenes the principles of equity and fairness, and breaches PDP constitution which renders the procedure to be repugnant of natural justice.

The Plaintiffs have asked Justice Abdulazeez. Anka led Federal High Court to declare that by the virtue of having held and /or still hold dual offices as stipulated in section 48 of the PDP constitution, created vacancies in all Ward and 21 LG Executive Committees to carry out the functions in Article 15(2) and 16(2) of PDP constitution.

In the originating summons, the trio have further prayed the Court to dissolve all the Exco at the State, LG and Ward levels, and direct the party to conduct fresh congresses within 30 days of the judgement to elect new Exco in accordance with the constitution of the party so as to function democratically and effectively.

Furthermore, they asked the court to order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to monitor the congresses and ensure compliance with the constitution of the party.

Already, the court presided over by Justice Abdulazzez Anka, has fixed 26th November, 2020, for mention.

 

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Senior Special Assistant to Gov. on New Media reply Adamawa workers for late payment of there salaries

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No doubt Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has changed the ugly narrative in payment of salary for civil servants in Adamawa. It is a fact that before coming to power, the previous administration withheld salaries for 3 to 5 months without payment.

It is rightly said that majority of Adamawa state populace depend on salaries while the state IGR can not pay the remuneration, depending on FAAC like other states do always.

The coming of Governor Fintiri has changed the narrative, the issue of salaries is no longer a problem. During 2019 political campaigns in the build up to election, Governor Fintiri’s ward to ward campaign outlined his 11 point agenda and salary is inclusive.

The Governor stressed that his administration is going to pay salaries to civil servants on or before 25th of the month and he has been fulfilling the promises since assumption of office only this month April 2021 that the payment has been delayed and the issue is not from the state rather from the federal government.

The commissioner of finance confirms that the FAAC meeting was held last week Thursday and all they are waiting is for the CBN to wire the money into the state government accounts across the states not only Adamawa.

Indeed, Governor Umaru Fintiri will never want to see his people suffer because he has been the first always to pay salary in Nigeria.

The Video trending online by the opposition APC showing how Governor Fintiri said during his campaign that it is unfair for a government to owe its people salaries for months is mischievous.

We must also understand that when the promise was made there was no Corona and the economic hardship biting hard. It is expected that people show understanding moreso that it has never happened. Trust Fintiri on this because he has kept faith with the people.

Many people have called and texted asking about the salaries, Please we should exercise patience, salaries are going to be paid soon let’s continue praying for our leaders and our dear state at large.

Muhammad B. Tukur Gcfr
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor
(New Media)
28th April 2020

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Aisha Buhari’s actions have redefined First Lady office – Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Thursday extolled the virtues of wife of the President Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, saying she has redefined the role of the office of the First Lady of the country.

Speaking at the public presentation of a book in her honour titled “Aisha Buhari: Being Different,” written by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Women Affairs, Dr Hajo Sani, held at the State House Banquet Hall in Abuja, Osinbajo said Aisha Buhari has been an unusual occupier of the office.

He said the First Lady has endeared herself to Nigerians by stepping outside the box of what used to be the personage and traditional roles in Nigeria’s presidential history.
He said she has also regaled Nigerians with many firsts, including keeping Nigerians updated with the activities of her office or how she feels on an issue via the social media outlets and connecting with the public in real-time.

“Dr Hajo Sani has written a most engaging book on an incredibly fascinating person, Her Excellency Aisha Buhari, Nigeria’s First Lady. It’s unlikely that any First Lady in Nigeria’s history has, in such a few short years, captured the imagination of Nigerians as profoundly as Aisha Buhari.
“She’s, of course, the first First Lady to be on Twitter, on Instagram, and other social media platforms, getting her unfiltered views across to the Nigerian people and she’s probably the first to receive, in real time, the opinions of Nigerians on her views.

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Gombe Government Distributes Relief Materials to Victims of Billiri Crisis, Targets 2000 beneficiaries

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Gombe state government has distributed relief materials to the people affected by the recent crisis in Billiri local government area of the state.

The relief materials distribution exercise was conducted by a special committee constituted by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya with the mandate to ensure a hitch free and fair sharing of the palliatives.

Speaking to newsmen during the distribution exercise in Billiri, Chairman of the Committee, who is also the Commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Hon. Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo said about 2000 beneficiaries captured in the committe’s register are being targeted.

He said the setting up of the relief materials distribution Committee by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya followed the destruction of property of some innocent residents in Billiri during the recent crisis over the appointment of new Mai Tangle.

“His Excellency Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya in his wisdom saw the need to bring succour to the victims of the recent crisis in Billiri through the provision of these relief materials pending the recommendations of the committee earlier set up to assess damages done during the crisis for eventual compensation”.

Hon Dasuki Jalo made it clear that his committee’s terms of reference is limited to distribution of the relief materials to ease the sufferings of the victims while compensation for the affected persons will be determined by the recommendation of the assessment committee.

“As you can see the relief materials being distributed to the affected persons include bags of rice, sugar, garri, cartons of indomie noodles and other forms of pasta”.

Expressing satisfaction on the conduct of the exercise, Hon Dasuki Jalo believes the food items will help to alleviate the sufferings of the affected persons and keep them strong in their life striving.

He lauded the commitment of stakeholders involved in the relief materials distribution exercise from across all strata.

Some beneficiaries who spoke to the press during the exercise, expressed their joy and gratitude to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s administration for the gesture.

The event held at the Billiri township stadium was conducted under close supervision of the committee members, officials of Billiri local government and security personnel.

Members of the Dasuki Jalo- led committee include Hon. Commissioner for special duties, Christopher Abdu Buba Maisheru, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Col Sani Adamu Dapsia (Rtd), Chairperson of Billiri Local Government, Margaret Bitrus and Chairman APC, Billiri local government.

Others are Director-General/ Coordinator Northeast Development Commission, NEDC in Gombe state, Shehu Yarima Abdullahi and Mrs Eglah Idris while the Principal Private Secretary to the Governor, Malam Usman Kamara serves as Secretary.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director-General
( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

Photo credit: Abdul No Shaking ( SA New Media)

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