The Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, has supported some victims of recent flood disaster in his constistuency with N4 million.
Abdullahi (APC-), Toto Local Government Area of the state, provided the support at the palace of the Ohimege Opanda, Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, on Friday in Umaisha.
According to him, the money is meant to cushion the effects of the flood on the affected constituents.
“Last two weeks, the State House of Assembly came up with a resolution under Matters of Public Importance, calling on the state government to urgently assist our people that were ravaged by flood.
“The unfortunate incident did not only happened in Toto Local Government Area alone, but it also happened in Nassarawa, Doma as well as Awe Local Government Areas of the state and in some other states of the federation.
“So as a follow up, I am here today to sympathise with my people who were ravaged by this unfortunate flood incident.
“I have donated N4 million to them to enable them buy food stuff in order to cushion the effect of the flood,” he said.
The speaker added that the gesture would also the victims a sense of belonging.
Abdullahi however urged the beneficiaries to use the money for the purpose it was provided, adding that it is to put smiles on their faces.
The speaker assured the residents that the state government would soon also come to their aid.
“I want to tell you that the state government will soon come to your aid by way of providing relief materials.
“Already, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has donated relief materials to the state government through the state Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA).
“The state government has also purchased its own relief materials to be given to the flood victims.
“And very soon, the distribution of the relief materials will commence; Gov. Sule has given me that assurance,” he said.
He enjoined the residents to always adhere to government regulations and advices of not building on waterways to avoid flooding in the area.
“I am also reminding our people to always be guided and follow regulations and directives given by the government on preventive measures against flood.
“Residents should not build or erect illegal structures on the waterways.
They should live in safer environments in the interest of their health and for the overall development of the area and the state at large,” he urged.
The speaker also called on residents of the area to vote for Gov. Abdullahi Sule and other APC candidates in the 2023 general election.
Respodinge, the Ohimege Opanda of Umaisha, Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, commended the speaker for being their good representative at the state legislature and for always coming to the aid of his constituents.
Abdullahi informed the speaker of the material and financial support the residents had received from Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the APC National Chairman, Mr Shehu Tukur and Alhaji Ahmed Wadada.
He also acknowledged the financial support and donations of the APC and SDP Nasarawa West senatorial candidates, Aliyu Abdullahi Tasha, and the Chairman of Toto Local Government Council.
The first traditional ruler assured the speaker of judicious distribution of the items to the affected residents.
He however appealed to other well-meaning organisations and philanthropists to help the flood victims.
Responding on behalf of the flood victims, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, thanked the speaker for the donation and prayed God to bless him abundantly.
“We thank you very much for the assistance and we pray Almighty Allah to bless and reward you abundantly,” he said.
Abdullahi also told the speaker that the Ohimege Opanda had also supported the flood victims with N1.5 million.
The All Progressives Congress (APC), has disowned a letter purportedly written by the National chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, expressing dissatisfaction with the composition of the party’s campaign council.
Mr Felix Morka, the APC National Publicity Secretary, said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
The social media has been awash with a letter purportedly written to the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu by Adamu expressing dissatisfaction with the composition of the party’s Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).
But Morka said the letter was fake.
“To be clear, the draft letter did not emanate from the party, an unsigned letter that marks itself as a ‘DRAFT’ cannot and should not be attributed to its purported author.
“The National Chairman of our party and our presidential candidate maintain cordial and effective communication channels.
“They enjoy full liberty of open and frank conversations on matters of interest to the party and our presidential campaign.
“As such, an unsigned draft letter of the kind in circulation is patently unnecessary and of no qualitative value to engagement between the party and the PCC,” he said.
Morka said that the party would not be distracted by the wishes and actions of detractors who waited gleefully but in vain for some kind of crisis to erupt between the party and its PCC.
“We stand united, as a party, in our resolve and commitment to execute a focused and issue-driven campaign to persuade Nigerians to renew our mandate in next year’s general election,” he said.
A Constitutional Lawyer, Mr Kayode Ajulo, has warned Nigerian politicians and political parties against disobeying the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022, especially regarding the conduct of campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Ajulo reminded candidates contesting various positions in the forthcoming elections that by virtue of the Electoral Act provisions, a lot of restrictions have been placed to prevent the usual electoral malpractices that start even from the period of the campaign.
The lawyer in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja, urged political gladiators, parties and other campaign group to steer clear of campaigning in palaces of traditional rulers across the country.
He said that palaces are public funded place and must not be used as campaign ground, adding that such flagrant disobedience of the electoral law would come with consequences.
The constitutional Lawyer while quoting relevant section said: “Section 92 of the Electoral Act, 2022, provides for prohibition of certain conduct at political campaigns.
He said that certain conducts at political campaigns has been expanded to include political parties, candidates and even aspirants, who were previously not included.
This, he said include mandatory provision that a political campaign or slogan shall not be tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal or sectional feelings.
According to him, abusive, intemperate, slanderous or bias language or insinuations or innuendoes designed or likely to provoke violent reaction or emotions shall not be used in political campaigns.
He said that places designated for religious worship, police stations and public offices shall not be used for political campaigns.
Others include: rallies and processions; or to promote, propagate or attack political parties, candidates or their programmes or ideologies.
“By the above provision prohibiting the use of public offices for election campaigns, it is safe to submit that palaces of our traditional rulers that are maintained with public funds are categorised as public offices.
”He said that a credible election remained the basis for conferring legitimacy on any government in a democratic dispensation.
Ajulo said that Nigeria has had a rich history of severely blemished elections since the first post-independence general elections in 1965.He said since then, all elections in the country had been characterised by one form of stigma or the other, while urging political parties to play by the rule.
NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new Electoral Act 2022, on Feb. 25 repealing the Electoral Act 2010.Sections 92, 93, 94, 95 and 96 of the new Electoral Act have prohibitions with penal consequences for campaigns in places of worship, palaces, and places with public offices.
There are also consequences for intimidation, vote buying, rigging, forgery of ballot papers, ballot box snatching and other electoral malpractices.
Section 92(3) says, “Places designated for religious worship, police stations and public offices shall not be used for political campaigns, rallies and processions; or to promote, propagate or attack political parties, candidates or their programmes or ideologies.
”NAN also reports that Mr Festus Okoye, INEC Commissioner, Information and Voter Education had earlier, warned politicians against campaigning in Churches, Mosques and other public places.
The campaign train of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) comprises 325 members with Gov. Udom Emmanuel as the director-general, while the campaign team of the All Progressives Congress (APC) consists of 442 members with President Muhammadu Buhari as chairman.
Both Tinubu and APC national chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, are co-deputy chairmen.
As the campaigns, takes off, the stage is set for the parties and their candidates to take the battle to the territories of their opponents while making efforts to consolidate their foothold on their individual base.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has shifted the inauguration of its 422- member Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), earlier scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26, to Wednesday, Sept. 28. Mr Bayo Onanuga, Director, Media and Publicity, APC PC, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday night in Abuja.
“The APC Presidential Campaign Council wishes to inform all members nominated to serve in the various directorates to report at the campaign headquarters on Wednesday Sept. 28, 2022 at 8 a.
m. “Nominated members are expected to participate in the special prayer sessions marking the commencement of the 2023 presidential election campaigns,” Onanuga said.
He said that there would be a peace walk immediately after the prayers, saying that all nominees would be issued their letters of appointment on the same day.
He congratulated members of the campaign council, saying it was a call to serve the party with total commitment and sacrifice.
“We know this is a call to serve our great party that will demand total commitment and sacrifice from all of us.
“It is the council’s strong belief that all members will work hard to deliver a resounding victory for our great party in the 2023 presidential election.
“We also want to use this medium to express our profound gratitude to all support groups registered with the campaign council.
“We are aware you have been working assiduously to promote our candidates and the party across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),” he said.
He said that the APC and the candidates acknowledged their hard work and great financial and human resources that had been voluntarily expended.
Onanuga urged the support groups to continue their good work, adding that the PCC would work with the support groups as it moved along into the campaign season.
He encouraged other groups yet to formally register with the PCC to do so immediately for proper harmonisation.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that according to a list of members of the council earlier released by the party, President Muhammadu Buhari will head the council.
Sen. Bola Tinubu, the party’s 2023 presidential candidate and Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the party National Chairman, are to serve as Deputy Chairmen of the council.
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau is the Director-General with James Faleke as Secretary to the council.
Sen. Kashim Shettima, the party’s Vice-Presidential candidate is the vice chairman of the council and Adams Oshiomhole, former APC National Chairman is the deputy Director-General (Operations) while Hadiza Usman is the Deputy Director-General (Administration)
A Coalition of Civil Society Groups (CSOs) has commended the National Chairman, All Progress Congress (APC), Sen. Abdullahi Adamu for appointing Mr Ben Duntoye, a Special Adviser on Civil Society of the party.
This is contained in a statement jointly signed by some of the CSOs on Monday in Abuja.
Mr Charles Ibiang, the National Coordinator of the Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance said Duntoye’s pedigree, commitment to national development, credible records within the Civil Society space gave him the leeway.
He described Duntoye as a man with strong faith in the ideals of the APC, adding that this must have been responsible for his appointment.
Ibiang said: “Adamu is the first political party chairman in Nigeria to recognise the role of civil society in this manner, as a way of deepening democratic governance in Nigeria.
Mr Jubril Muregi, the National Chairman of the Arewa Young Leaders Consultative Forum (AYLCF), said Duntoye’s appointment was a clear demonstration of Adamu’s belief in the potency of the civil society According to him, Adamu deserves commendation for this historic and strategic appointment of a seasoned personality.
“The Civil Society Community sincerely appreciates him for his leadership and commends him for this gesture.
” He was quoted as saying.
” In a related development, a foremost Youth Leader, Mr Blessing Akinlosotun, President Nigerian Youth Congress, extolled the virtues of Duntoye, describing the appointment as “the right step’’.
He said that Duntoye was former President of Pan-African Youth Union (PYU) and a former President, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN).
He said Duntoye was a member of the Civil Society, Youth and Women delegation to the National Political Reform Conference 2005 and the head of the Youth Delegation to the National Conference 2014. He said Duntoye was equally one of the Civil Society Representatives in the Nigeria Vision 2020 Steering Committee and was a former Commissioner for Information and Communications in Kwara State.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate in 2023 polls, Sen. Bola Tinubu has donated N50 million to flood victims in Jigawa.
Tinubu announced the donation shortly after he commiserated with Gov. Muhammad Badaru, in Dutse on Tuesday.
The presidential candidate called for sustained prayers to end flood disasters in the state and the nation in general.
“Even though I have offered my prayers to the victims through your governor, but I felt coming in person to commiserate with you is important,” Tinubu said.
He was accompanied on the visit by Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau state, APC National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, APC National Women Leader, Dr Betta Edu and ex-Chairman of EFCC, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, among others.
Badaru, who received the presidential candidate said that his visit had brought succour to the flood victims.
“Tinubu had earlier called and commiserated with me when the first flood was recorded in Kafin-hausa, he again called when it happened in Hadejia, Gumel and Malammadori.
“Also, two weeks ago, when similar incident occurred in Birnin-kudu, Gwaram and Dutse, precisely Karnaya, Tinubu called again.
“And today, he decided to come in person in spite of his tight commitments to commiserate with our people over the recent tragic incidents of flood,” Badaru said.
Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, APC National Chairman, on Friday solicited the support of traditional rulers towards ensuring hitch-free 2023 General Elections.
Adamu made the plea during a courtesy visit on Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Iliyasu-Bashar, in Birnin Kebbi.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the APC Chairman was in Kebbi State to attend the wedding Fatiha of the two daughters of ex-Chief of Staff, Kebbi Government House and present National Organising Secretary of APC, Alhaji Suleiman Muhammad-Argungu.
Adamu said: “We are here in Kebbi for a wedding ceremony, but we felt it is necessary to pay homage on you as a father to all.
“We are here to seek royal blessings and at the same time plead for your support and cooperation towards a successful conduct of 2023 General Elections.
“As a father and highly respected individual in the society, who is always in contact with his people at all levels, it’s imperative to come and seek for support and cooperation.
”The chairman appealed to the Emir to use his position to counsel the youth on the need to conduct themselves peacefully before, during and after the general elections.
He called on youth not to be allowed to be used by selfish politicians to cause confusion, advising, “we should understand that Nigeria belongs to all of us.
” L-R: Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, APC National Chairman and Emir of Gwandu speaking during a courtesy visit on the Emir at Abdullahi Fodio palace in Birnin Kebbi on Friday.
Responding, Iliyasu-Bashar, appreciated the national chairman for the visit, advising politicians to caution their supporters against acts capable of causing violence during the forthcoming elections.
“Election is not a war, it is no a do or die affair, so there is need for politicians to caution their supporters against violence.
‘’People should be allowed to vote for whoever they think will take them to the promised land,” he said.
According to him, no meaningful development can be achieved in any country in an atmosphere of uncertainty and chaos.
The emir, who urged eligible voters to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before the elections, called for continuous prayers for peaceful elections in the country.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State and Chairman All Progressives Congress (APC) Media and Publicity Sub-Committee of its 2022 Special Convention Presidential Primary has submitted the committee’s report.
Sule while submitting the report to the party’s National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu at its national secretariat on Friday in Abuja, also returned N20 million unspent money to the party’s coffers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee’s Secretary, Sen. Bello Mandiya and its other members were present during the report submission.
Presenting an executive summary of the report, Sule said the committee was given N140 million for its activities, but only expended N120 million.
“Initially, we were given N30 million a day after our inauguration, thereafter, we got another N60 million.
In all, the party gave us N140 million.
“I am here with a draft of N20 million to present to the chairman of our party as the balance remaining from what we were given, because we did not spend everything,” Sule said.
Adamu in his remarks, said the level of integrity and commitment exhibited by the committee was appreciated.
He said the committee did a good job and was transparent and accountable to the extent of declaring some surplus which was a good example.
“The challenges were high, but you were able to deploy publicity to defuse tension and we were able to have a good convention.
“Not a single incident was reported and it was all because of the role your committee played by ensuring that everybody was carried along,” Adamu said.
The Federal Capital Territory Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, has pledged to work assiduously towards ensuring victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC) at all levels in the forthcoming 2023 General Elections.
The Coordinator, Satellite Towns Development Department of FCT, Mr Obinna Ogwuegbu, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said the minister gave the assurance at the inauguration of the North Central Youth Campaign Council of APC.
She said that the campaign council under her leadership would work daily to mobilise support for APC across the nooks and crannies of the North Central and beyond.
This, Aliyu said, was with a view to consolidating the successes of the party in 2023. Aliyu assured, ” APC is the party of the Nigerian people, for the Nigerian people and to the Nigerian people.
”The mammoth crowd at this inauguration was a testament to the strong voice of the people and a tonic for me to set to work and do what i know best.
” We will reach out to fellow countrymen, the owners of the party to once again come and let us continue to build the blocks of peace, development, unity and progress,” the minister said.
Earlier, the National Chairman of APC, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, urged Aliyu to deploy her wealth of experience ,political sagacity, motherly and conciliatory disposition to drive activities of the council towards a total consolidation of the party’s strength in the zone.
Adamu, who extolled the sterling and pragmatic qualities of the minister whom he described as his daughter, urged her to be unrelenting in her drive to improve service delivery in the FCT.
This, according to him, will further endear the party to the residents of the FCT.
” And as you further wear another hat as Chairman of the North Central Youth Campaign Council, you should continue and sustain your doggedness in your patriotic quests,”he urged.
The minister attended the event in company of FCT Mandate Secretaries ,Coordinator of the Satellite Towns Development Department, Senior Aides, Associates, supporters.
There was also a massive representation of party faithful from All the North Central States of Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa ,Benue, Plateau, Niger and the FCT.
APC debunks plots to remove its National Chairman APC debunks plots to remove The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday in Abuja, debunked reports of plots to remove Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, its National Chairman.
Mr Felix Morka, APC National Publicity Secretary in a statement, said the report was being sponsored by opposition political parties.
“The attention of the APC has been drawn to opposition-sponsored media reports on plots to remove the National Chairman of the party, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu.
“The reports are based on the imagination of its sponsors ostensibly unnerved by the remarkable achievements of Sen. Adamu since assuming office as the national chairman,” he said.
Morka said the APC and its leaders were currently focused on important task of building a strong and vibrant electoral campaign ahead and would not be distracted by ‘boring chirps of idle speculators.
’He said, ”the opposition PDP was quite welcomed to continue to dissipate its energies on innuendos and chasing after phantom plots in APC rather than concentrate on mending its broken and acrimonious house.
”The APC National Working Committee (NWC) remained united under Adamu’s leadership as the party’s national chairman, with the singular commitment to winNing 2023 General ElectionS.