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Kebbi – New Nigerian Politics http://newnigerianpolitics.com A New kind of Politics Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:37:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.16 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/logo_new_draft_April23_NNP-50x50.jpg Kebbi – New Nigerian Politics http://newnigerianpolitics.com 32 32 FG selects 6 states for pilot Open Schooling Programme http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2020/02/18/fg-selects-6-states-for-pilot-open-schooling-programme/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2020/02/18/fg-selects-6-states-for-pilot-open-schooling-programme/#respond Tue, 18 Feb 2020 17:34:45 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=54103 By Philomina Attah

The Federal Government has selected six northern states for the pilot phase of its Open Schooling Programme (OSP).

OSP which was launched in early 2019 is an open learning programme aimed at reducing the high number of out-of-school children in the country.

The beneficiaries, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kano, Adamawa and Niger, are among the 10 states which, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), are worst hit by the problem.

According to UNICEF, eight million children are out of school in the 10 endemic states, which include Bauchi, Zamfara, and the FCT.

OSP is a collaborative effort between the government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), an educational development platform of The Commonwealth.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a five-day workshop for OSP Content Developers and Centre Managers opened in Abuja on Monday.

Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, said the intervention was informed by government’s concern about the high number of out-of-school children in the country.

Represented by Mr Edwin Jarummai, the UBEC boss said the programme was designed to last for two years with an option for expansion.

He added that UBEC would not relent in its series of effort aimed at curbing the challenge.

“UBEC, as part of its statutory responsibility in the Act 2004 to put in place measures that will address the Out-of-School-Children (OOSC) initiative, enter into collaboration with COL to introduce the OSP in the country.

“To this effect, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between UBEC and COL in July 2019, and the agreement is for the programme to last for two years with an option to extend, “he said.

The UBEC boss added that 51 content developers had been selected for the programme to run in 58 learning centers in the six states.

Bobboyi said: “Fifty-one content developers have been selected for the programme.

“The selection was made by the states in conjunction with relevant stakeholders like NERDC, SUBEBs, Education Resource Centers, National Teachers Institute and universities,” he said.

Dr Tony Mays, Consultant COL said that the whole idea was the importance of e-learning and to help children get back to school.

“We hope at the end of the training, everybody who is part of the workshop will be able to develop some content which will be based on Nigeria schooling curriculum and will be freely available as open education resources.

“We also hope that the results of this initiative will be available for no fewer than 10.5 million out-of-school children back to school in the country.”

Hajiya Khadija Jibo, Head of Unit, OSP, thanked UBEC and COL in putting together the building blocks for the implementation of the initiative. (NAN)

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Diezani’s poll cash :Ex-Gov. Dakingari, 2 others remanded in EFCC custody http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2018/12/07/diezanis-poll-cash-ex-gov-dakingari-2-others-remanded-in-efcc-custody/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2018/12/07/diezanis-poll-cash-ex-gov-dakingari-2-others-remanded-in-efcc-custody/#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:53:52 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=51606 Bernin Kebbi – The Federal High Court sitting in Bernin Kebbi, the Kebbi State capital,on Thursday remanded the former governor of the state, Usman Saidu Dakingari, Sunday Dogonyaro and Garba Rabiu Kamba, in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes over their alleged receipt and use of the sum of N450 million from a former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison Madueke to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election in which the PDP lost.

The three men, were reported to have received the cash, which they outht to have known was part of procceds of crime and which they should have rejected.

For collecting and using the cash, the EFCC slammed them with 13 counts of charges bordering on conspiracy and money laundering, which it presented before Justice Basse Onu of the Federal High Court sitting in Kebbi.

One of the charges reads: “Usman Saidu Dakingari on or about the 27th March 2015 at Kebbi within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court made a cash payment of the sum of N49.6 million to Alhaji Haruna Haruna without transacting through a financial institution and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under section 16 (2)(b) of the same Act”.

The defendants however pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

Counsel for the prosecution, Jonson Ojogbane, requested a date for trial in view of the plea of the defendants.

But counsel to the dependents moved applications for bail on behalf of their clients and urged the court to admit them to bail.

Ojogbane opposed the bail applications with counter affidavits urging the court to refuse the application of the 1st and 2nd defendants.

Ojogbane, however, did not oppose the bail application of the 3rd defendant who has been constantly reporting to court since the first time the case came up of arraignment.

The first and second defendants on the other hand had initially refused to appear before the court even after the court threatened to issue a bench warrant for their arrest.

After listening to the arguments exchanged between the parties, Justice Onu adjourned the matter to December 10th , 2018 for ruling on bail application.

The defendants were ordered to be remanded in EFCC custody pending the outcome of the ruling on bail application.

-Vanguard

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15 traders die in Kebbi auto crash http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2018/11/27/15-traders-die-in-kebbi-auto-crash/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2018/11/27/15-traders-die-in-kebbi-auto-crash/#respond Tue, 27 Nov 2018 12:16:16 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=51527

Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin-Kebbi

Fifteen cow traders from four different villages in Maiyama Local Government Area of Kebbi State were feared dead in an auto crash on their way to Lagos State.

READ ALSO: Newlyweds die after helicopter carrying them from own wedding crashes

Daily Sun gathered that the traders, who hailed from Andare, Katenga, Maiyama and one other village, were heading to Ibadan, Oyo State and Lagos State to sell their cows to their respective customers when the accident occurred.

It was gathered that the driver of the truck in which they loaded about 20 cows yesterday, lost control of the vehicle along Maiyama-Koko road, veered off course and it tumbled inside the bush.

A witness, Mallam Garba Maiyama, told newsmen yesterday: “Fifteen of the traders died in the accident and they have been buried in their respective villages immediately because they are Muslims.

“The most unfortunate part of the incident is that a family in one village has about three or five victims. We don’t really know the main cause of the accident for now.”

While contacted, the Police Public Relation Officer in Kebbi State, DSP Danjuma Possi, toldDaily Sun that the incident had not been reported officially.

Also, the Public Relation Officer (PRO), Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), Kebbi State, Ibrahim Kangiwa, could not give details about the incident.

-Sun

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Councillors impeach council boss in Kebbi over alleged diversion of N26m, hajj slots http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2018/08/20/councillors-impeach-council-boss-in-kebbi-over-alleged-diversion-of-n26m-hajj-slots/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2018/08/20/councillors-impeach-council-boss-in-kebbi-over-alleged-diversion-of-n26m-hajj-slots/#respond Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:40:01 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=50990

Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin-Kebbi

Councillors of Koko Besse  Local Government  of Kebbi State have impeached the Council chairman, Umar Musa Besse, over alleged diversion of funds N26 million meant for traditional rulers in the area as well as diversion of hajj slots.

Speaker of the Council, Yusuf Gobir, who confirmed this while addressing newsmen in Birnin-Kebbi on the resolution taken by the Councillors, disclosed that the impeachment letter was signed by 10 of the 12 Councillors August 17.

Gobir explained that the  chairman was accused of eight  impeachable offences by the Council Parliament ranging from gross misconduct and embezzlement of public funds.

According to him, “Hon. Besse diverted 30 tons of rice donated by Kebbi State government for distribution to various communities as assistance during the concluded fasting period. Diversion of funds totaling N1,700,000 meant for support on the exercise of voter’s registration exercise.

“Others includes diversion of 4 hajj seats allocated to the local government council, misappropriating salary meant for the office of Vice- Chairman to the tune of N1,300,000, misappropriating N26 million Sallah assistance meant for traditional and religious leaders, politicians and youth leaders as well as engaging in anti party activities.

“In view of the above allegations which we humbly considered so serious and having regards to our earlier warning and opportunities afforded to you to respond to our allegations, and your continue refusal to reply within the 14 days notice, which have since elapsed on 7th August, 2018.

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“We hereby exercise our powers and rights under the inherent powers vested on the local government council for impeachment; accordingly you are hereby impeach by the majority of 10 out 12 elected local government council of Koko Besse today dated 17th, August, 2018.”

The spokesman concluded by saying that copies of the notice of impeachment had already been sent to Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Ministry for Local Government and security agencies in the state.

-Sun

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Young woman, 25, becomes Argungu city leader in Kebbi http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2016/09/23/young-woman-25-becomes-argungu-city-leader-in-kebbi/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2016/09/23/young-woman-25-becomes-argungu-city-leader-in-kebbi/#respond Sat, 24 Sep 2016 04:23:31 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=46837  

 
Hindatu Umar Image copyright .
Image caption Hindatu Umar assumed the position after the tenure of the local chairman expired

A 25-year-old woman has taken over as the head of a local authority in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria.

Hindatu Umar is the first woman and the youngest person to hold the position in Argungu city, in the north-western state of Kebbi. She is also the city’s first unmarried local leader.

The BBC’s Abdullahi Kaura in Nigeria says her appointment is unprecedented.

Some residents have complained, telling the BBC that Ms Umar “lacks experience and boldness”.

She had been the deputy chairperson and was promoted when the tenure of the local chairman expired.

 

Our correspondent says that women in northern Nigeria usually remain in the background and rarely hold political office.

Argungu city is one of the biggest and oldest councils in northern Nigeria and is famous for its annual fishing festival.

-BBC

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El-Rufai, 4 other govs meet over dreaded Kamuku forest http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2015/06/28/el-rufai-4-other-govs-meet-over-dreaded-kamuku-forest/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2015/06/28/el-rufai-4-other-govs-meet-over-dreaded-kamuku-forest/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2015 02:15:28 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=41970

FROM NOAH EBIJE, KADUNA

Governors of the states bordering the dreaded Ka¬muku Forest of Kaduna, where series of criminal activities have been on¬going for years met yes¬terday with Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to find solution to rising fears of being a future nest for Boko Ha¬ram insurgents.
According to El-Rufai, “the forest which is in the centre of Kaduna, Niger, Katsina, Kebbi and Zam¬fara has been of serious se¬curity concern. So, we need to address it because that forest is capable of breed¬ing future Boko Haram.”
The five Governors of Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, Zamfara and Kebbi met and brainstormed on ways of addressing the security threats posed by the evil forest.
Though, the resolution of the meeting was not disclosed after the meet¬ing which was held behind closed doors at the Kaduna State Government House, the host Governor Nasir El-Rufai told newsmen that, their discussion was mainly about security of their states.
El-Rufai said, “So, we have just met to brainstorm with a view to fashion¬ing out a coordinated ap¬proach in tackling the secu¬rity challenges in our states. This has become necessary to avoid spill over.
“We met with security chiefs in charge of our re¬spective states so that, we can as quickly as possible bring an end to the loss of lives, cattle rustling and loss of property”, El-Rufai said.
He, however, disclosed that, the five state gover¬nors have the full support of the federal government in their move to secure the states.
Governor El-Rufai who had earlier addressed his first Town Hall Meeting reiterated his government’s commitment to devote the state resources to people oriented projects.
According to him, “The new government of Ka¬duna State has declared that the resources of the state will be devoted to serving the public, with schools, hospitals and roads; aiding our farmers and doing our utmost to create jobs.
“To do that, we must cut the cost of running govern¬ment. Ours will no longer be the state that has too lit¬tle left for the needs of the majority of the people. That is our guiding principle as we reduce costs. And we have taken concrete action in this regard.
“We have restructured our ministries from 19 to 13. We have also decided that we will have only 13 commissioners, 10 special advisers and 12 special as¬sistants. You all remember that the previous govern¬ment had 24 commission-ers, 41 special advisers and about 400 special assistants. But good governance is not about recruiting vast num¬bers of political appoin¬tees. It is about the smallest number that can provide the quality of service that is re¬quired. ” He said.
El-Rufai while further lamenting the condition he found the state, how¬ever promised that, he shall never use that as an excuse for non-performance. He added that, “It is our duty to do our best always. That is why we are finding cre¬ative, even if difficult ways to deliver on our promises.”

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Jonathan vs Buhari: How they stand in 36 States, FCT http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2015/03/22/jonathan-vs-buhari-how-they-stand-in-36-states-fct/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2015/03/22/jonathan-vs-buhari-how-they-stand-in-36-states-fct/#respond Sun, 22 Mar 2015 13:49:11 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=40797 goodluck_buhari_1

State-by-state projection of their chances

With the presidential election just around the corner, our correspondents write that the battle, which is a straight one between President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari, may spring some surprises

As Nigerians, nay the world, wait for the March 28 presidential election and the 10 competing political parties putting finishing touches to their strategies, the actual contest, political watchers have submitted, is between the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party and Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) of the All Progressives Congress.

How would the scenario look like in the country’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, when the battle is fought, won and lost?

Abia

President Jonathan of the PDP is expected to win the presidential poll in Abia State as his party remains the dominant one there. The PDP’s strong base in the state coupled with the position of Governor Theodore Orji as the Coordinator of Jonathan’s Campaign Organisation in the South-East zone has further boosted Jonathan’s chances at the poll. Abia parades an army of people and accomplished Nigerians who are of the PDP family and they have been working assiduously to deliver their various localities to the President. Some of them include: Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Canada, Chief Ojo Maduekwe; former PDP National Chairman, Vincent Ogbulafor; former Senate President Adulphus Wabara; Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Gen. Ike Nwachukwu ( retd); among a host of others.

Jonathan’s marital tie with Abia State is also expected to boost his chances. The mother of the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, hailed from Abia and the state enjoys a very warm relationship with the First Family.

Abuja

Abuja, the seat of power, should ordinarily be the star on the crown of the eventual winner of the Presidential elections. However, the territory which some refer to as a city of civil servants is likely to be almost evenly split between Jonathan and Buhari.

Senator Philip Aduda (PDP) is expected to lead other public and political office holders to mobilise votes for the President because the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed; would be required to go back to Bauchi where he hails from to join the governor and the party’s national chairman, Adamu Mua’azu to campaign for the President. Aduda, however, has to contend with a former political opponent, Adamu Sidi-Ali, who apart from contesting for a Senate seat is also mobilising support for Buhari and the APC. That Abuja is where the President has lived for six years counts for a lot but the large number of northerners in the city is also a plus for Buhari. Verdict: It’s too close to call.

Adamawa

It is a state of political gladiators and all of them will want to make a point. The state boasts of ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the APC; Buhari’s wife; former Chairman of the PDP, Bamanga Tukur; ex-EFCC Chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, among others.

It would have been an easy ride for the PDP, but for the Boko Haram menace that has claimed many lives.

The opinion of political analysts in the state is that despite the successes recorded in Mubi and many other towns, many indigenes are not impressed because they believe that the President launched the late war on the insurgents to score a political point.

Hence, it looks like a tight race between Buhari and Jonathan despite the fact that PDP won the state in 2011.

Akwa Ibom

Both the PDP and the APC are popular in Akwa Ibom State. Each of these two political parties exercises dominance in some sections of the state.

The people of Oro ethnic nationality (the largest ethnic group in Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District with five local government areas) are mainly against the PDP.

The people, who embrace APC hold that if Oro continues to remain in the PDP, the probability for them to produce a governor in the next 40 years will be slim.

Other areas with strong support APC base are Uruan; Ibeno; Ikot Abasi; Esit Eket; Abak Federal Constituency otherwise known as Abak Five; Itu; Ini; Ikono. The party has also encroached into areas like Ikot Ekpene; Essien Udim, where the PDP has strongholds.

However, Governor Godswill Akpabio who is an ardent loyalist of Jonathan is expected to deliver the state to PDP coupled with the South-East support for Jonathan.

Anambra

In 2011, President Jonathan of the PDP polled 1,145,169 million votes or 98.8 per cent of the total votes cast in Anambra State.

From the statistics, Anambra gave Jonathan the highest proportion of votes in the country. His closest rival was the Congress Progressives Congress candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, who polled 4,223 votes.

The situation on the ground shows that Jonathan still has an edge over Buhari and will very likely win the presidential election in the state.

The sentiments that worked well for Jonathan in 2011 are still very much around. But the party has lost a lot of followers, who though may not move over to vote Buhari, may remain indifferent.

The factors playing in favour of Jonathan include the incumbency factor. The party in power in the state, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, has also adopted Jonathan as its presidential candidate.

This adds to the advantage of Jonathan being the official candidate of the biggest opposition party in the state.

Jonathan is likely to win but with a diminished margin as against the result in 2011 when he scored 98 per cent of the votes.

Bauchi

With the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed and Governor Isa Yuguda, President Jonathan should expect to garner a substantial number of votes or at least 25 per cent of the votes. However, this can only happen if the three resolve their differences and decide to work together. Buhari’s popularity among the ordinary folk in the state is unlikely to wane before the March 28 election. Buhari is most likely to carry the day.

Bayelsa

In Bayelsa, the home state of President Jonathan, it is almost a taboo to mention any other political party except the PDP.

The emergence of the rival opposition political party, the APC, has yet to change the people’s perception about the PDP. Also, the APC has yet to entrench itself as a formidable party in the state. Observers believe that in Bayelsa, the general election is fait accompli for the PDP as the party has formidable structures in the state compared to the APC and other political parties.

Benue

Here the two candidates’ chances stand at 55 per cent for Jonathan and 45 for Buhari. Though a PDP controlled state, the people of the state complain endlessly of non-payment of salaries which they say has been the bane of the government. The state is agrarian with a high dominance of civil servants in the elite class.

Having the civil servants objecting to any government spells near defeat for such administration. This is what has put the PDP on the path of declined popularity. However, Jonathan still stands slightly higher than Buhari in the reckoning of the people. Also, Senate President David Mark will want to make a good showing in his state.

Borno

In Borno, Buhari has been a political factor since the first day he declared his ambition to contest the presidency of Nigeria in 2007. He has always come first while his opponents, Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua and the current one, Jonathan, came a far second. He is idolised by the people of the state, it can even been said that he is more loved in the state than in his home state of Katsina because he lost there to Umaru Yar’Adua in 2007. He has never lost any election in Borno where he is seen as a role model and anyone that seeks political office has to come via him.

The love for Buhari was said to have started when he was the military governor in Maiduguri, which was the then capital of the North-East state and till date, he is still loved as if those days were moments away.

As it stands today, Buhari will get a landslide victory over Jonathan in Borno.

Cross River

In Cross River State, it is obvious where the pendulum will swing in the March 28 presidential election. This is so because it is one of the few states in the South-South region that is completely controlled by the PDP.

Candidates of the ruling party won the entire senatorial and House of Representatives seats in the 2011 election. The party also produced the governor and 24 out of 25 members of the state House of Assembly. It also has in its kitty, all the 18 Local Government Area chairmen and 196 councillors.

Apart from an almost overwhelming victory for the PDP presidential candidate, votes based on ethnic sentiment might also go in favour of President Jonathan because the electorate thinks that the two-term tenure of a candidate from the region must be upheld.

Delta

In Delta, President Jonathan stands head and shoulders above his closest rival, Buhari.

A number of factors are playing in favour of the President in the state and one of them is the fact that he is from the South-South geopolitical zone. The people of Delta, would rather vote their own than support someone else from another geopolitical zone.

According to Bunor Agbomedarho, a former banker and House of Assembly aspirant, the people of Delta State will not throw away their son for whatever reason. “He is from here and we will give it to him naturally,” he said.

In addition to that, the coastal areas of the state, where block votes usually emerge from to determine eventual winners of most of the presidential and governorship elections are peopled by Jonathan’s Ijaw ethnic group.

Apart from the ethnic factor, those who now control affairs in the coastal areas, fall among the ex-Niger Delta militants that have benefitted heavily from the Federal Government under Jonathan.

Another factor that plays in favour of Jonathan is the incumbent factor in Delta where his party, the PDP, is ruling.

Ebonyi

This is another South-East state where the PDP and its presidential candidate, Jonathan, have an edge over the opposition.

The attempt to impeach Governor Martins Elechi, who has a strong support at the grassroots, at some point threatened to undermine Jonathan’s re-election campaign in the state. There were indications that most of the governor’s supporters would have voted against the President in protest, had Elechi been impeached before the elections.

The dark cloud has, however, cleared after the Ebonyi State House of Assembly reportedly suspended the impeachment process.

Edo

Edo has a total of 1,779,738 registered voters. But the APC currently holds sway as the ruling party in Edo State, having defeated the PDP in the 2007 and 2012 governorship elections.

Like in other states in the South-South, ethnicity is considered a major factor, which would attract support for the PDP and Jonathan in the March 28 poll, as it did in 2011, when it secured the majority votes in the state, irrespective of the political parties.

Since the inception of the opposition party, Buhari has become seemingly popular across the state, compared to 2003, 2007 and 2011 presidential elections, where his campaigns were more pronounced in Auchi, an area largely dominated by Muslims. Also, Governor Adams Oshiomhole has a large following and can swing votes Buhari’s way. The Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, who is from the state will want to prove that he is a chairman indeed despite the political sagacity of Chief Tony Anenih who is a force to reckon with.

Ekiti

Events in Ekiti recently suggest a tilt in the balance between the popularity of the ruling PDP and the opposition APC. Although Governor Ayodele Fayose has continued to enjoy the support of the grassroots, it is observed these days that his large following in the state is fast depleting in ranks. This may not be unconnected with the squabbles over the primaries of the party conducted in December last year. The division in the State House of Assembly is also a minus for the PDP as the legislators who are anti-Fayose are not keen on getting their supporters to vote for Jonathan.

The opposition seems to be gathering momentum especially with the return of the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Opeyemi Bamidele, to the APC.

Bamidele who declared support for Buhari has deployed his political platform, the Ekiti Bibire Coalition, for the mission.

The talk in town is that this general election is different from the governorship election when people mobilised and voted Fayose. It is a common trend to see people shouting ‘sai Buhari’ on the streets of Ado Ekiti.

Enugu

In Enugu, President Jonathan is expected to get more votes than Buhari and other presidential candidates.

This expectation is based on the fact that, among the 36 states in the country, Enugu is arguably one of the states where the PDP has the strongest followership.

There is hardly any prominent politician that is campaigning against Jonathan in Enugu at the moment — even some ‘aggrieved’ former PDP members who joined other political parties in order to realise their political ambitions in the 2015 polls are including the President’s pictures in their campaign posters.

The politicians with the largest support bases in the state are all campaigning for Jonathan — these include Governor Sullivan Chime, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, former Senate President Ken Nnamani, and a former governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, among several others.

Gombe

This is likely to be one of the most keenly contested states in the North because just as General Buhari, enjoys a large following, the state Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, the Minister of Transportation, Senator Idris Umar and the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling PDP, Abdullahi Jalo, who are ardent supporters of President Jonathan, have a point to prove. They will be up against a former governor of the state, Senator Danjuma Goje who is a stalwart of the APC.

Imo

Like other South-East states, President Jonathan waxes strong in Imo. The fact that he has been adopted by main Igbo socio-cultural groups has made him stronger in this state. In Imo, it is Jonathan, even though Gov. Rochas Okorocha of the APC, who is the only South-East governor in the party, will want to show his might and popularity.

Jigawa

Here, there is an impressive followership for Buhari. Many political analysts have submitted that it would not be difficult for Buhari to coast home with victory in the state. However, Gov. Sule Lamido of the PDP will not allow himself to be put to shame.

President Jonathan is looking up to him to deliver the state and he will do everything not to disappoint the President. As a founding member of the PDP, he has a point to prove. Whether he can convince the northern electorate to vote for Jonathan remains to be seen.

Kaduna

This is the state of Vice-President Namadi Sambo, who the President expects to deliver the state. The Secretary of the PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin, said, “It is the quality of crowd that matters in a rally.”

It was a veiled reference to the scanty crowd of supporters that greeted the PDP Presidential Campaign Train to Kaduna State on January 31,2015.

In that rally, the main bowl of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, was half-filled, thereby sending signals that President Jonathan may find winning the 2015 presidential race, in the state difficult.

But Jibrin allayed the fears as according to him, the PDP as a party believed in a ‘quality crowd’ and not ‘quantity’ which, he argued, characterised the opposition APC presidential campaign.

However, the antagonistic disposition of the people of Northern Kaduna zone, who are pre-dominantly Muslims, will certainly work against the President and be an advantage to the APC candidate. But, Jonathan may get votes from the southern part of the state, a predominantly Christian dominated area. This area has consistently voted en bloc for the PDP since 1999. Buhari won the state with 1.3 million votes in 2011.

Kano

It is an open secret that the presidential candidate of the APC has his strongest support base in the North.

Even before the defection of Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, from the PDP to the APC, most of the eligible voters in Kano were ardent Buhari loyalists.

A lot of factors appear to be working in Buhari’s favour in the state. The PDP is yet to deal with its internal conflicts while the state governor, and a majority of members of the National Assembly members are members of the APC. The emergence of Lamido Sanusi Lamido as the Emir of Kano seemed to have sealed Jonathan’s fate. The Emir is not a fan of Jonathan and he doesn’t hide it.

It will be safe to say, Buhari will beat Goodluck Jonathan.

Katsina

There is no lenghty expalanation for this. Charity, they say, begins at home. The home state of Buhari is overwhelmingly for him. Though the state is ruled by the PDP, the residents are not leaving their own unsupported.

Kebbi

Carved out from the old Sokoto State, this state has produced governors and members of the National Assembly from both the ruling party and the opposition. It started off as an ANPP state in 1999 but has been under the control of the PDP since 2007. The turmoil within the state chapter of the PDP is likely to cost the party and its candidates dearly. Even without such a conflict, the Buhari phenomenon which has swept most parts of the North is unlikely to change there.

Kogi

In Kogi, the contest according to political observers will be a keen one.The state has been ruled by the PDP for the 16 years of the current democratic dispensation. Though there had been attempts to wrest power from the PDP in the state, such had so far proved futile making the party to record either substantial or landslide victories during elections.

But the scenario appears to be changing with the reported defection of some political juggernauts from the ruling PDP to the APC.

Also with the reported inroad of Buhari into the minds of many people in the northern states, and Kogi being a state near Abuja appears to be catching the bug.

It may not be quite easy for one to accurately predict whether Jonathan or Buhari will convincingly win in Kogi in the March 28 presidential election given the political dynamism of voting, but that Jonathan won there in 2011 is a plus.

Kwara

The PDP had lost the Kwara State to the APC following the defection of former Governor Bukola Saraki and his followers. Those who defected with him to the APC included another former governor and who is also now a senator, Mr. Shaaba Lafiagi; all the members of the House of Representatives, the current state governor, Mr. Abdulfatah Ahmed and his political appointees; the Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly and 19 other legislators.

While Saraki and his followers give the impression that the APC will trounce the PDP, it may not be that easy because of alleged federal might and the perception that Kwara residents are yearning for a change from an alleged Saraki oligarchy.

Buhari is, however, expected to coast home with about 70 per cent of the total votes cast.

Lagos

The APC candidate is tipped to win the election in the state based on the fact that it is the stronghold of the major opposition party since 1999. According to political watchers, even though the ruling party, the PDP, won the presidential poll in the state in 2003 (the main opposition party did not field any presidential candidate that year), 2007 and 2011, the political dynamics had since changed.

Although Buhari is from the North, he is expected to win the state under the platform of APC also because his deputy, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is Yoruba. The choice of Osinbajo has been a hit in the South-West states. Lagos is also home to Senator Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the APC and of course Governor Babatunde Fashola one of the highest rated governors in the country.

Recently, the PDP Governors Forum at its meeting in Lagos said the party would win elections in all the states in the South including Lagos.

Overall, Buhari is expected to win Lagos on Saturday.

Nasarawa

While many may have concluded that Nasarawa State is for Buhari, a political analyst who pleaded anonymity in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH in Lafia, said: “The only thing that might affect the chances of the presidential candidate of Buhari, in the state is the inability of his party to handle the recent crisis that engulfed it in some part of the state in recent times.”

Though controlled by the APC, Jonathan won by 408,997 votes in 2011. The PDP has also suffered major cracks in the state that might affect its chances on March 28.

Niger

The presence of two former Heads of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar who are reportedly opposed to a Buhari government will make the state a tough one for APC to conquer. It is controlled by the PDP even though it is on record that President Jonathan has never won outrightly there. Also, Governor Babangida Aliyu who wants to run for President in 2019 sees this election as a litmus test. However, Buhari won Niger in 2011 and this is significant.

Ogun

In Ogun, the ruling APC has engaged in robust campaigns across the 20 local government areas and the 236 wards. And the campaign has always been led by the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

The APC presidential candidate, Buhari, has more following than the governor, though. The emergence of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as APC vice-presidential candidate, who is from the state has been termed a ‘technical knockout.’

The three-day warning strike by the civil servants under the Joint National Negotiating Council, has affected the rating of the governor.

However, Buhari’s touted aura, integrity and upright lifestyle are working for him in the state. The artisans, taxi drivers, and many market women are rooting for him.

With this going on, the PDP is struggling to patch up the cleavages created by the power blocs in the party. There is the Buruji Kashamu camp working in tandem with the Adebayo Dayo-led state executive of the PDP; the former Speaker Dimeji Bankole’s camp and another power bloc, Jubri Martins-Kuye.

These political cleavages had really polarised the party, and slowed down its wheel of progress.

Ondo

Before the rescheduling of the election, there were obvious signs that Jonathan might lose the polls.

Jonathan, at his campaign rally, faced with the obvious facts of PDP’s house in disarray, raised the alarm, warning that the raging conflict could cost the party the much needed victory at the polls.

When he visited the state, Buhari’s change message was brief to Ondo citizens who thronged the Democracy Park and waited patiently for his arrival. Buhari’s following remains unprecedented in the history of the state since he started his quest for Aso Rock in 2003. The whirl of supporters sent jitters down the spine of the PDP, an ally of the Labour Party. But, time, seems to be turning things around for the PDP, with an additional six weeks, the party has taken the campaign to a new level, going great lengths to weigh down the opposition. Hence, Buhari and Jonathan may be in a neck-and-neck race.

Osun

The presidential election in Osun State is a straight fight between President Jonathan and Buhari but Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s stake in the poll is probably higher than that of other state governors especially in the South-West.

However, the PDP is coming up stronger with the earlier postponement of the polls and declining popularity of the APC among the civil servants and lecturers of the state due to the non-payment of their five months salaries and issues with non-remittance of their pension deductions.

The visit of Jonathan to some monarchs in the state has been described as a good strategy to sway more people’s support to his side during the presidential poll.

But, most of the notable politicians in the state are in the APC and this makes Buhari’s job very easy among voters.

Oyo

With two weeks to the former date of the presidential election, the Buhari presidential campaign train hit Ibadan on January 29 with unarguably more than a million people trooping to the venue of the campaign on Mapo Hill.

But with the six weeks extension, Jonathan has succeeded in bringing all the former PDP politicians together under his fold with the help of Governor Olusegun Mimiko. The list includes another former governor in the state, Rashidi Ladoja of the Accord Party, Adebayo Alao-Akala of the labour Party and Seyi Makinde of the Social Democratic Party. They do not have to leave their new parties; all they were asked to do is to support the presidential ambition of President Jonathan while they can afterwards pursue their individual political ambitions.

It is important to note that Buhari may not poll the huge votes that he would have recorded if the election had been held on February 14, 2015.

Plateau

In Plateau, though the majority of the people may want to loathe the PDP candidate, President Jonathan, they are not for his APC counterpart, Buhari, either.

The reasons may not be farfetched. Plateau has been a traditional PDP state and the people have voted overwhelmingly for the party in the 2011 presidential elections. Indeed, the PDP garnered over one million votes from Plateau then. But the reality is not so today as the party could well be struggling to get the required 25 per cent. Governor Jonah Jang, who is the leader of a faction of the PDP Govenors’ Forum, has the task of delivering the state to Jonathan. Hence, it is not clear if Buhari can pull off any magic.

Rivers

It is a tough call between Jonathan and Buhari in Rivers State as both are popular and they will likely share the votes. Any of them who wins in the state will not do so with a wide margin. Analysts have, however, given it to President Jonathan though it will not be in a landslide like in 2011 when he got about two million votes. This is because the APC has gained a lot of ground in the state.

President Jonathan may win in Rivers as a result of the sentiment that the PDP presidential candidate is from the Niger Delta. Voting along ethnic and religious lines will be pronounced in the state during the presidential poll. The Patience Jonathan factor cannot be ignored. She and Governor Amaechi, who also has a large following, have drawn the battle line and many cannot wait to see the result. The popularity of the PDP governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike, will also be tested.

Sokoto

The seat of the caliphate as it chooses to be called is unmistakably one of the strongholds of the APC in the forthcoming presidential elections. The state started off under the control of the now defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party. So strong was its influence that the PDP had to ask its then flag bearer, Murktari Shagari, to hand his ticket over to Aliyu Wammako who was then candidate of the ANPP to stand for the 2007 elections.

During the PDP primaries of 2011, party delegates from the state voted massively for Atiku Abubakar, when he failed to get the ticket, they cast their votes for Buhari who stood on the platform of little known Congress for Progressives Change. The fact that the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) hails from the state is unlikely to change anything.

The APC governorship candidate, Aminu Tambuwal, who is also the Speaker of the House of Representatives has a huge following in the state.

It’s Buhari.

Taraba

Predominantly Christian, this is another state where it’s tough to predict who will win. The christian factor will be working for Jonathan. However, the northern factor is working for Buhari as northerners feel that they must not fail to seize this opportunity to elect their own. Jonathan won here in 2011. However, PDP is not as strong as it used to be in the state.

Yobe

This is one of the few states that have never fallen into the hands of the ruling party at the centre since 1999. Just like Borno, Yobe has remained the stronghold of opposition politics at all levels.

During his tenure as the military governor of the state state before he was moved to the Ministry of Petroleum in 1976, Buhari built bridges beyond his native Katsina State and perhaps that is his greatest strength today. The people of Yobe State have continuously queued behind him and no matter the strength of his opponent, they have never shifted ground. Even when the governor of the state then, Bukar Abba Ibrahim, tagged Buhari a political liability without shelf value, the people of Yobe were proud to be associated with him.

Hence, in Yobe, it is Buhari.

Zamfara

Zamfara, like Yobe and Borno states, has remained one of the few states in northern Nigeria which is the traditional playground of the opposition. This has remained so even when a one-time governor of the state, Mamuda Shinkafi defected from the then ANPP to join the PDP. His decision to dump the ANPP to join the PDP at the centre did not save him from electoral defeat. When it comes to the question of the presidential election, irrespective of party affiliation, the people appear united in their support for Buhari.

-Punch

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Look beyond the North for the sponsors of Boko Haram —Ex-Governor Aliero http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2014/06/25/look-beyond-the-north-for-the-sponsors-of-boko-haram-ex-governor-aliero/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2014/06/25/look-beyond-the-north-for-the-sponsors-of-boko-haram-ex-governor-aliero/#respond Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:17:03 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=37566 -Punch

*Chibok: ‘Asari’s statement puts govt in bad light’
Alhaji Adamu Aliero is a former governor of Kebbi State. He was also a Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and a senator. He is currently a delegate to the National Conference in Abuja. In this interview, he speaks on the state of the nation, especially the Boko Haram terror activities.
By Levinus Nwabughiogu
Many people believe the country is at the crossroads presently. There is insecurity, high unemployment rate, corruption and all that. Do you share the same view?

Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh and President Jonathan
Well, it is true that we have insecurity, we have unemployment, we have poverty all over the country. But we are determined to overcome all these problems. It is part of nation-building and a process all nations have to go through.
What is important is our determination, our zeal to overcome them and this National Conference is poised to come out with solution to virtually all the problems and, hopefully when all these recommendations are presented to government, they will be implemented.
The problems will get exacerbated if nothing is done to implement our recommendations. Some of us who work day and night to come up with the recommendations will be pained because the hard work, determination and devotion we have shown during the work and even the plenary will be in vain if they are not implemented.
But we are optimistic that the recommendations will be implemented because government has given us guidelines that before any resolution can be accepted, it must have at least 70 percent of delegates supporting it and it is even suggested to us that we should work on consensus.
It is only when consensus cannot be achieved that we can resort to getting 70 percent; if they came up with this guideline, certainly, they are going to implement everything we recommend to them. I believe that for them to come up with the formula; even the National Council of State accepted the formula, it means they are serious about implementing it.
So, I want to allay the fear of delegates and even Nigerians at large that, from all indications, government is poised to implement our recommendations.
Let’s go back to the issue of insecurity. More than one month after the Chibok girls’ abduction took place, government is yet to find them. What does that tell of this country?
It is a very sad and ugly development in our history. For 270 girls to be abducted and for them to stay for over 40 days without being rescued, it tells a lot about our preparedness to handling terrorism. Actually, what happened was that, initially, we never took the issue of terrorism serious. It was limited to two states.
Later on, it spread to states like Kano, Kaduna and eventually Abuja. It was only then that government started taking the issue seriously and even then enough measures were really not taken and the whole thing keeps on exacerbating.
However, we are happy that some of the measures taken have worked and for over a year now before the Nyanya incident, the insurgents were limited to Borno and Yobe states. Unfortunately, of recent, they started coming back to Abuja.
If you remember, there were bomb blasts here in Abuja before serious measures were taken to push the terrorists out of Abuja and they went back to the Northeast. Even though a lot has been done, a lot more still needs to be done in order to stem the tide of insurgent attacks in the country.
We have lost so many people. We have lost a lot of properties. We have lost a lot in terms of commerce and industry. And it is really, very, very sad that the insurgency has taken us about 20 years back. I pray that with the assistance of the international community and our determination to solve the insurgency, Nigeria will be a better place.
Certainly, insurgent attacks are condemnable and; contrary to the belief in certain quarters that some politicians are the ones pushing this insurgency, they are not. No responsible politician will support the killing and maiming of innocent people in Nigeria; after all if it is the very people you aspire to govern, then how can you sponsor their killing, crippling the economy, causing untold hardship to them?
It is my belief that the insurgents have no local support. It started in 2009 when the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was the president and we know that the killing of their then leader caused the escalation of the insurgency. The whole thing was wrongly handled.
If government had handled it properly, we wouldn’t have reached the stage where we are today. So, there is a lot of misunderstanding and some people are making misleading statements about the insurgency. It is my belief that politicians are not behind it.

Adamu Aliero
My belief is that they collaborated with Al-Qaeda and El-Shabab in the Middle East and also east Africa, Somalia in particular and they got training from there and even funding. Certainly, it is not Nigerians that are supporting them. It is not Nigerians that are arming them. And if they are Nigerians, why can’t the security agencies expose them?
They have all it takes: intelligence gathering, investigations to expose them. So, why don’t they expose them so that we know them? I don’t want a situation where Nigerians will keep on getting wrong information, getting influenced by propaganda.
The true position is that the insurgents are acting on a wrong ideology which is not Islamic and Nigerian. It is foreign based. They got indoctrinated and they are inflicting heavy injury on our national psyche.
Government should do all what is humanly possible to control the situation. I also agree with the fact that the communities, state governments, local governments, traditional rulers, political leaders have a role to play particularly in influencing them.
An Islamic cleric came out to condemn the actions of these insurgents, two weeks after, they killed him. There is another one in Zaria, a very famous cleric, very knowledgeable and forthright. He came out to condemn them and said he should be used as an example.
He was a cleric and yet he received education to the extent that he got a master’s degree in electrical engineering and was determined to get his Ph.D. Two, three weeks after he delivered his sermon, they did not only kill him, they also killed his wife and child.
This shows that anybody who opposes them, they can spend 2 to 3 months following him until they hit their target and, unfortunately, the security agents are also not doing enough to give protection to some of these clerics.
Right now, there is fear and crisis of confidence even among the Ulamas. They fear coming up to condemn what the insurgents are doing because they know there is no protection. At any time, they can come and kill them and that is exactly what is happening in Borno and Yobe. Many Islamic clerics were killed simply because they came to preach against them.
But that notwithstanding, we will keep doing what we are supposed to do as politicians. Leaders from the community level to the local government level to the national level, we will continue telling the people that this is the right thing to do.
Islam is a religion of peace. Islam abhors the killing of any human being whether Christian or Muslim, therefore anybody who does that should be condemned.
There are different views on the Chibok girls’ abduction. Many people think it is fiction. One of those people is the former Niger-Delta activist, Alhaji Dokubo Asari, who says it is a scam and that some politicians and powerful people are behind it. How do you respond?
Anybody who makes that kind of statement is irresponsible. He doesn’t have the feeling of the people. These are young schools girls between the ages of 15 and 16. Some of the parents, that’s all they have- one daughter or two daughters-and to them, there is nothing that can be done to get them comforted if they don’t get their children back.
So, this kind of statement is irritating and grossly irresponsible. I for one will never subscribe to that view. There is no question of saying that these girls were not abducted. They were really abducted. They were shown on TV. Their parents came crying. Government is doing all what is humanly possible to bring them back.
The community even went to search for them in the forest without water and food and they had to come back because they were helpless. So, for anybody to come and make that kind of statement, it is either he is mad or he doesn’t know what he is doing or some people are behind him to make this kind of statement that will irritate some of us who feel very bad about this situation.
The international community is very much concerned and that kind of statement is painting government in bad light and the security agencies should take note of that. If they don’t, it means whatever he says government is behind him. I am sure that if somebody made a similar statement from another part of the country, he would have been arrested.
El-rufai made a statement that was even milder and he was invited by security agencies. Why not invite this man who is making this stupid statement. I feel pained if people are making this kind of statement. I am a parent, I wouldn’t want my daughter to be abducted and I will do anything possible to bring these girls back.
By my stature and position, I am not supposed to respond to what Asari Dokubo said because I regard him as somebody who has no standing whatsoever in the society. But I am responding to this issue simply because I have heard so many people talking in this vein that these girls were not abducted.
It was only after the international community came to talk about it and offered to give assistance; the video clip was shown. BBC went and even took pictures, CNN also went to Chibok that some of these people who are making this statement started to believe that it is true. Ordinarily, it would have gone just like.
And let me tell you, there are several incidences that happened in that area that went unnoticed. After the abduction, there was one attack where over 300 people were killed. And nobody heard about it. The governor himself was in Gambaru Gala with a BBC correspondent where an international market was destroyed beyond recognition.
And this is a market where people from Chad, Cameroon, even from Central African Republic, Niger buy goods and take it to their countries. It was razed. And no body heard about it. Billions of Naira was lost. A lot of people were killed. So, this kind of statement is adding salt to injury. And to be honest with you, it is driving the nation further down.
I want Nigerians to see what is happening in the Northeast as a national problem. It is not a problem that should be limited to the Northeast and this is why Mr. President has sent troops to see what can be done in order to stem the tide. But for people to make statements that are irritating, statements that are irresponsible, they are not helping matters.
Now, with the wave of violence and the proliferation of arms and ammunitions around the country, do you think that the 2015 elections should hold in this kind of atmosphere?
I believe that elections will be conducted. We can’t afford not to conduct the elections. It will amount to giving up to what the insurgents are doing. I will not support the postponement of the elections even by one day.
Even in the Northeast?
Even in the Northeast. It is not the entire Northeast that is affected. When you talk of the Northeast, you are talking about six states; you are talking about Taraba, Gombe and Bauchi where there is no attack whatsoever. Even in Borno, the efforts of government have started yielding results. One can say that Maiduguri is relatively calm and secure.
The insurgents are now operating in the forest and the borders. With what we are doing now, by the grace of God, within the next four months, we will be able to overcome them. There is no justification whatsoever in postponing the elections.
We should go ahead and conduct the elections. And remember, we have 36 states in the federation and it is only three states that are presently involved in the insurgency attacks and that is where the emergency rule is imposed. The remaining 33 states are not affected. So, it is wrong to postpone elections simply because we have insurgency.
Now, let me take you away from insurgency to National Conference. The Committee on Finance which you chaired recommended the separation of the Office of Accountant-General of the Federation from the Ofice of the Accountant-General of the Federal Government. Why?
We didn’t make this recommendation without basis. There was a very strong foundation in making the recommendation. We considered the views of the revenue collecting agencies and the revenue administration agencies.
And from the preponderance of the views expressed by them, it became quite clear that it is more desirable to separate the Office of Accountant-General of the Federation from that of the Federal Government. If you do that, there will be more transparency and accountability in the revenue collection and also in accounting for the revenue collection and even in the distribution of the revenue.
States and the local governments have been crying for this. The Governors Forum has been asking for this.
The NNPC too recommended this to us, even the Budget Office of the federation. We contacted so many agencies and from the views they expressed, it became inevitable for us to make the recommendation.
We believe it will go a long way in boosting the revenue going into the Federation Account because the Accountant-General of the Federation will monitor all what is supposed to go into the Federation Account which belongs to the three tiers of government. And any kobo that is supposed to go there but not going there, he will do all he is supposed to do to make sure it goes there.
The Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, whose responsibility it is to monitor the accruals of all revenue going into the Federation Account, will also be assisting him. So, any agency of government that collects revenue will have to remit it into the Federation Account based on Section 162, Subsection 3 of the 1999 Constitution.
This is quite different from what is happening now. If you have the Accountant-General of the Federation, agencies like the NCC, Immigration Service, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigerian Maritime Administration Authority, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and all these agencies that collect money and keep will now be forced to comply with the constitutional provision and remit such collection into the Federation Account.
The Accountant-General of the Federal Government will only be concerned with what belongs to the Federal Government. At the end of the FAAC meeting, whatever is for the Federal Government will be handed over to him and he will disburse to the ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government accordingly.
If you do this division of labour, definitely, there will be more transparency, more accountability and every kobo collected will certainly be accounted for and it will boost the revenue going into the tiers of government because there will be no diversion. No tier of government will short change the other tier.
Right now, the governors are complaining that the Federal Government is taking money from the Federation Account, spending it without complying with the constitutional provision.
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Pregnant housewife raped for listening to “offensive” Islamic sermon http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2013/01/20/pregnant-housewife-raped-for-listening-to-%e2%80%9coffensive%e2%80%9d-islamic-sermon/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2013/01/20/pregnant-housewife-raped-for-listening-to-%e2%80%9coffensive%e2%80%9d-islamic-sermon/#respond Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:50:06 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=28060 Birnin Kebbi – The Police in Kebbi on Saturday arrested three men accused of raping a pregnant housewife for listening to an “offensive” Islamic sermon.

The suspects, Yusuf Ahmed, Muazu Mohammed and Bawa Ibrahim, were nabbed for raping a housewife (names witheld).

The offence was committed in Ula-Ira town in the Ngaski Local Government Area of the state.

Alhaji Garba Saleh, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, told NAN in Birnin Kebbi that the accused had been charged to a Magistrates’ Court for theft, criminal intimidation, rape and criminal tress pass.

He said the victim was raped over an offence ostensibly committed by her husband, stressing that she identified the
rapists, who also said they wanted to teach her husband a lesson.

Saleh said that one Bawa Ibrahim had complained to the district head of the area about the “offensive” sermon of Malam Maiguduma, played by Muhammad Dantillo, the husband of the victim.

The accused felt offended that Dantillo defied their demand for him to desist from playing the sermon to public hearing.

He said that one of the accused (Bawa Ibrahim) confronted and threatened “to deal” with the husband of the rape victim.

The accused utilised the departure of Dantillo on a fishing expedition to abduct and rape his wife.

The deputy commissioner said the accused also dispossessed their victim of N150,000 cash. (NAN)

– Vanguard

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A’Court reinstates Kebbi gov …as Wamakko congratulates Jonathan http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2011/12/29/a%e2%80%99court-reinstates-kebbi-gov-as-wamakko-congratulates-jonathan/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2011/12/29/a%e2%80%99court-reinstates-kebbi-gov-as-wamakko-congratulates-jonathan/#respond Fri, 30 Dec 2011 03:29:03 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=16117 Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto yesterday quashed the judgment of the Kebbi State Governorship Election Tribunal, which nullified the election of the incumbent Governor, Usman Dakingari of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and made an order for fresh elections in 90 days. In his ruling, Justice Amiru Sanusi, ruled in favour of Dakingari and set aside the earlier judgment of the tribunal.

He maintained that the cross appeal was dismissed because of lack of merit and ruled three of the five issues, which were the grounds of the appeal in favour of Dakingari while two were ruled against him. Earlier, the cross appeal of the respondents led by the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and its governorship candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Malam asked the court to declare Malam as the duly elected governor of the state, which was also ruled against. The counsel of the appellant, Mr. Yakubu Mai-Kyau (SAN) accepted the verdict of the court.
However, the counsel of the CPC, Mr. Ogene Nero rejected the judgment, stressing that they would appeal against it at the Supreme Court.

Kebbi State Chairman of the CPC, Alhaji Suleiman Nasiha, appealed to supporters to remain calm, assuring that the party would appeal against the ruling at the Supreme Court within the 21 days specified by the law. Meanwhile, Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko has congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo on their victory at the Supreme Court while appealing to opposition parties to partner with the President Goodluck administration to further enthrone democracy in Nigeria.

The governors expressed belief that politics should not be a do-or-die affair and commended the Nigerian Judiciary for showing that it was truly an impartial arbiter and a strong pillar for the growth of democracy and social justice.
In a statement signed by the Special Assistant on Press Matters to the Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Muhammad DanGusau and made available to Daily Sun in Sokoto yesterday explained that the essence of governance was to provide the needed social services to the people.

He maintained that the ruling by the apex court did not come as a surprise for he believed that victory would be on the side of the PDP. He therefore felicitated with Mr. President, the entire members of the party family and indeed the entire Nigerian nation on this historic landmark judgment.

-Sun

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