Alhaji Bello Goronyo, the Sokoto State chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has tasked party faithful in the state to ensure unity towards winning the 2023 general election.
Goronyo said this while receiving some All Progressives Congress (APC) defectors in Wamakko, headquarters of Wamakko Local Government Area (LGA) of the state on Wednesday.
He urged the defectors to be comfortable and feel at home, saying that the party would provide level play grounds for all members without discrimination.
He attributed the growing popularity of the PDP in the state to the numerous achievements of Gov. Aminu Tambuwal.
Goronyo thanked the defectors for their decision to join the party and advised them to work toward victory in the 2023 general election.
Earlier, Alhaji Isa Dundaye, the PDP Wamakko LGA chairman, said that no fewer than 6,322 APC supporters defected to the PDP at the ceremony.
Speaking on behalf of defectors, Malam Isa Shayi said the defectors were from Gwamatse, Kauran Kembe, Kamati, Kalambaina and Wamakko wards of the LGA.
He said that they defected from the APC, due to prolong neglect and unfulfilled promises.
Some dignitaries at the ceremony included the state’s Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Alhaji Bello Guiwa, the Chairman Wamakko LGA, Alhaji Halliru Gwuiwa, the state PDP Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Aliyu Muhammad and PDP zonal vice chairman, Alhaji Muhammad Dangwaggo.
Sokoto State Government, in partnership with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), on Tuesday begun the training of 100 youths on briquettes and stove fabrications.
The Commissioner for Energy and Petroleum Resources, Alhaji Balarabe Dandin-Mahe, said the training was aimed at improving climate-friendly stove fabrication and briquette production in the state.
Dandin-Mahe, who represented Gov. Aminu Tambuwal at the occasion, reiterated government’s continued efforts on addressing climate change and other environmental challenges.
The commissioner explained that briquette production techniques was a huge source of export which would increase income and revenue generation in the country.
He said participants would be exposed to entrepreneurial skills to enable them to run successful businesses in briquettes.
Dandin-Mahe, who also oversees the Ministry of Environment, said government would ensure annual tree planting exercise and production of at least two million tree seedlings each year for free distribution.
He added that 70 modern waste bunkers were constructed, beside multi million naira erosion control project at Mabera, along with recruitment of 700 environmental management workers.
According to him, the state government will liaise with some agencies to establish waste recycling plants and establish erosion and watershed management agency.
He said government ensured that workers attended international programmes on climate change, established schools orchard and distributed energy cooking alternative items to people.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to Gov. Tambuwal on SDGs, Alhaji Kabiru Aliyu, said similar training was conducted for 22 persons selected from ministries and departments in the state.
Aliyu described the programme as beneficial to citizens, especially rural dwellers adding that arrangement was under way to expand the efforts to other areas.
District Head of Gagi, Alhaji Sani Umar-Jabbi, stressed the importance of building the capacities of women in social entrepreneurship and renewable energy to drive climate change solutions in communities.
Umar-Jabbi commended the efforts and called for expansion of the scope of the training to encourage more participation.
He underscored the importance of equipping women with the needed information, knowledge and skills that would put them at the frontline of addressing environmental challenges and climate issues.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Alhaji Mu’azu Abubakar, said the five-day training would take presentations from experts drawn from relevant agencies.
Mu’azu explained that participants drawn from the 23 local government areas of the state were expected to step down the training in their various areas.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was attended by Muhammad Gimba, official from National SDGs office, Mr Munkaila Musa from the Federal Ministry of Environment among others.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State says governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were discussing coming up with solutions to the crisis rocking the party as soon as possible.
After hosting the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Tambuwal added that they engaged with the BoT, with the belief that they would come up with solutions to the problem facing the party.
“We have engaged with them and I believe that what they are likely to come up with will be a solution to the problem we have.
“Be rest assured that as governors of the party , we are also talking to ourselves on the way forward.
“Very soon the governors forum will meet and we will come up with what we feel should be the solution and the way forward for the party.
“We are all interested in working together for an objective and that objective is for the party and Nigerians of good will,“ he said.
Tambuwal said the PDP governors were working to take over power in 2023. “We must work together to solve our internal problems, forge ahead and prosecute the electoral battle and by the grace of God we will have victory,” he said.
He commended BoT Chairman, members and for its initiative as the conscience of the party .
“Whenever there are issues of this nature, the Board of Trustee steps in, it is part of their functions in the party, constitutionally speaking,” Tambuwal said.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of BoT, Sen. Adulphus Wabara, said that Nigerians would see a more united PDP before the commencement of campaign.
He said that the BoT was going round to find lasting solution to the problem dividing the party.
Wabara said that the BoT members were going to meet the party’s National Chairman, Sen. Iyorcha Ayu; the Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa on the way forward.
“Our aim is to get into the Aso Villa, for PDP to get into the Aso Villa in 2023, we need every body to come on board.
“We are still moving around, in six days time the campaign will be inaugurated.
We hope and pray that before then Nigerians will see a more united PDP.
“We are doing this not for us, not for the chairman of the governors forum or anybody, we are doing this for Nigerians.
“Nigerians are looking up to the PDP to deliver them from what we are experiencing with the ruling party as we speak.
He said that the BoT members had met with some governors of the party, but yet to meet Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State .
“We have also met with some of the governors.
We started from my state, Okezie Ikpeazu, we moved to Enugu to meet Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, from there we met Seyi Makinde of Oyo, we met with Jerry Gana, we are really digging around to find solutions.
“We are looking for solutions for all of us to come together and win the election in flying colours,” he said.
In response to the decision of Wike and his camp to pull out of the Atiku campaign council, Wabara said that they would speak with Wike after addressing the nation on Friday.
“After Wike’s address, tomorrow we will speak with him.
Wike is a member of the Board of Trustees.
We have made attempt to meet with him, but I believe he has been very busy,” he said.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has announced Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state as its interim Chairman.
Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, spokesman of the NGF, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
Bello-Barkindo disclosed that the forum Chairman Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State transferred power of the NGF to Tambuwal at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja.
“Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years.
“ Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City, where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
“The Sokoto State Governor will be holding fort until May 2023 when a proper election is conducted among the governors,” Bello-Barkindo said.
He quoted Fayemi before making the announcement as acknowledging the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support.
“Yes, we may be occasionally troublesome, coming from the forum of governors, and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation,” Fayemi said.
The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them.
In his response, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail, because he was “meant to, on behalf of the NEC commend Fayemi’s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years.
The service according to Osinbajo was enhanced by Fayemi chairmanship of the NGF.
“The NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation, not just in words but in deeds as well,” Osinbajo said.
The vice president prayed that Fayemi’s services both nationally and globally to development, and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves would continue.
Fayemi is expected to formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Tambuwal on Oct. 16.
Alhaji Sani Umar-Jabbi, the District Head of Gagi in Sokoto South Local Government Area, has called on Nigerians to embrace family planning in order to control the surging population.
Umar-Jabbi made the call during a campaign on peaceful coexistence awareness, organised by an NGO, Youth for Resolution and Peace Building Initiative in Sokoto.
”Without proper population growth control mechanisms, meaningful educational and economic empowerment planning for the population, efforts to overcome the present economic and security challenges will hardly be overcome.
”The country’s population is growing faster than economic growth while urbanization had taken over productive agricultural fields.
Umar-Jabbi noted that youths do not want to embark on creative and other productive businesses such as farming and other relevant jobs known in our communities, rather they always pursue government jobs to accumulate easy wealth.
”Such acts have led to breading of different forms of criminalities, including the worrisome banditry because pastoralists have to travelled far to obtain grazing areas.
”Most of them, along with our unemployed youths living on the streets are subjected to luxury living lifestyles which also attracted them crimes when the desired money are absent, ” Umar-Jabbi said.
He said that family planning control mechanism could be used as instrument to contain social and security challenges in the country.
”’ Family planning is the ability of individuals and couples to anticipate and attain their desired number of children, spacing and timing of their births, achieved through the use of contraceptives.
“It is widely recognize as one of the most cost-effective health interventions to save lives, improves maternal and child health.
“Family planning services allows individuals to achieve desired birth spacing and family size.
Economic hardship is affecting some families, especially those with many children that could not cater for them,” he said.
According to him, proper family planning system will enable families and authorities to check security challenges and ensure efficient resource management.
He called for increased investment in family planning services to deal with rising population indices and security challenges.
Another speaker, Mr Nuraddeen Bodinga, called for community support in tackling the lingering security challenges.
Bodinga urged each member of the community to be vigilant and always support efforts on safeguarding the nation.
The District Head of Kilgore, Dr Jabbi Kilgori, urged traditional chieftains to replicate his efforts where he partnered with financial institutions and other authorities in providing empowerment loans, educational classes and surveillance teams to people inorder to encourage them on productive living.
The NGO’s Coordinator, Malam Abubakar Mailato inaugurated NGO’s peace advisors to coordinate activities in three senatorial zones in Sokoto state and also presented Peace Ambassadors awards to Umar-Jabbi, Chairman Sokoto State Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Antine Kajiji.
Others were former Special Adviser to Gov. Aminu Tambuwal and Director General State Female Education Board, Hajia A’isha Maina and Alhaji Kabiru Sadaukin Gagi. ( NAN)
Alhaji Bello Goronyo, the Chairman of the Sokoto chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has lauded the achievements of Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, saying he has performed beyond expectations.
Goronyo said this on Wednesday in Sokoto when he interacted with newsmen.
He said that Tambuwal’s performances in governance and execution of projects were visible across the state.
Goronyo said that that administration had ensured timely payments of workers salaries as well as pension for retirees even with the COVID-19 lockdown which forced many states to slash workers salaries.
According to him, the transparency installed in utilising government resources has attracted national and international awards as well as global recognitions to the state.
The party chairman said that the construction of modern hospitals, state owned teaching hospital, schools, roads, flyovers and bridges by the government was commendable.
”Another interesting area is workers recruitment, in spite of economic challenges, the governor recruited teachers and healthcare workers.
”Gratuity payments were not left behind, as the administration ensured transparent method of first to retire, where frauds and favouratism experienced in the past was checkmated.
”As I am talking to you, I am a retired Permanent Secretary that completed my legitimate carrier in civil service and still waiting for my turn of gratuity payment,” Goronyo said.
He also said that the government also implemented some agricultural transformation policies, which resulted in growth and development.
Goronyo tasked journalists on ensuring adequate publicity for government’s projects, which according to him, has been under-reported.
He said that the PDP plans to collaborate with journalists toward showcasing the achievements of the government to the people.
Sokoto state government has revoked Dange General Hospital contract in Dange-Shuni local government area allegedly abandoned by the contractor after three consecutive variations of cost and fully paid.
The state Commissioner of Rural Development, Alhaji Isah Bajini- Galadanchi, made this known at the end of state executive council meeting on Tuesday in Sokoto.
Bajini-Galadanci said the contract was awarded in 2019, noting that the decision was reach in recognition of the premium placed on the project.
He said the project was conceived because of its significance to the people of the area, emphasizing that it would soon be re-awarded to another contractor.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that succur has also came to the people affected by floods in last two years as the state government awarded roads construction contracts.
Bajini-Galadanci said the awarded roads projects included; 66.8 kilometres Kagara-Goronyo and 32 kilometers Kebbe-Tambuwal road.
According to him, the sum of N1.3 billion will be spent on the construction of Romon Sarki-Gawon Gulbi road with a bridge washed away by flood in Tambuwal local government area.
He said an additional N3.5 billion was also approved for the reconstruction of Binji-Silame-Gande road and Wurno- Huchi road that also comprised bridge washed away by flood.
The Commissioner added that N520 million would be spent on the augmentation of urban infrastructures’ projects while the sum of N467 million will be expended on the procurement of drilling materials.
He explained the council also approved the sum of N218 for the provision of streetlights at the sites of the ongoing two flyovers being constructed at Runjin Sambo and Rijiyar Dorowa in Sokoto metropolis.
Bajini-Galadanci said more streetlights proposed for the completed intra-city Waziri Abbas and Maituta roads at the cost of N222 million and N80 million respectively.
Bajini added that the council approved the sum of N262 million as variation for the hitherto awarded contract of N475 million for the 14 km Tsaki- Lambo- feeder road, which total cost now stands at over N738 million.
“There was also a variation of N63 million on the Kwanar Kimba-Zamau road which was initially awarded at the cost of over N262 million but will now gulp over N376 million.
“Council also approved the purchase of drilling materials to facilitate the operations of the state’s three functional rigs, used for drilling boreholes across the state, at the cost of over N467 million.
The commissioner added that an additional N325 million has been earmarked for the variation of two rural infrastructures’ contracts.
NAN reports that the meeting was presided by Gov. Aminu Tambuwal while Bajini-Galadanci assisted during the press briefing by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Muhammad Ali Inname, Lands and Housing, Aminu Bala Bodinga and Local Government, Abdullahi Maigwandu.
The People Democratic Party (PDP) has released its 326-member 2023 Presidential Election Campaign Council list, with Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom as Chairman.
Council members were listed in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the party’s National Organising Secretary, Malam Umar Bature.
The council has Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State as the Director-General, Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State as Vice-Chairman (North) and Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as Vice-Chairman (South).
It has Sen. Liyel Imoke as Deputy Director-General (Operations), Prof. Adewale Oladipo, as Deputy Director-General (Administration), High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Deputy Director-General (Technical and Systems) and Okwesilieze Nwodo, Deputy Director-General (Research and Strategy).
Bature stated also that Mr Adeyemi Mayegun would serve as Administrative Secretary.
He advised all members of the council to be available at the International Conference Centre, Abuja on Wednesday, Sept. 28 for the inauguration of the council.
Prince Michael Ekamon, the 1st plaintiff in a suit filed in conjunction with Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers against Atiku Abubakar, has said that their lawyer, Wilfred Okoi, was not in court because he was indisposed.
Ekamon told Justice Ahmed Mohammed of a Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday, upon resumed hearing in the suit challenging Atiku’s emergence as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s candidate for the 2023 presidential election.
Okoi, who entered his name on the cause list earlier in the day, could not be found when the matter was called for hearing.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that though Ekamon was in court in person, Governor Wike was not.
NAN reports that Ekamon, a member of the party, and Wike are 1st and 2nd plaintiffs respectively in a suit marked: 78222 dated June 2 and filed on June 3.While the PDP is the 1st defendant, the Independents National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Atiku are 2nd to 4th defendants respectively.
Wike, in the suit, sought among other prayers, the court’s pronouncement declaring him the PDP’s presidential candidate for the 2023 election.
He had faulted the process that produced Atiku as the party’s candidate in the primary conducted recently.
But the PDP and others, in their application filed by their counsel, Adeyemi Ajibade, SAN, urged the court to dismiss the suit as it was unknown to law and not cognizable under a pre-election matter.
When the matter was called and Okoi’s whereabouts was not known, Justice Mohammed asked Ekamon why their counsel was not in court despite entering his name for appearance.
Ekamon said Okoi “ran serious stomach upset.
”According to him, he (Okoi) was in court this morning and he complained of running stomach and he has to be rushed down for medication.
“I insisted that he (Okoi) stays but he said we should rush him down,” he added.
“We wish him quick recovery.
We are all human beings and prone to getting sick at any giving time,” Mohammed saidThe judge then asked him what would be his prayer since his lawyer was not in court.
“I pray the court to give us a little time so that he can get well and continue with the matter,” he responded.
Counsel for the PDP and Tambuwal, Ajibade, who doubles as party’s National Legal Adviser, did not oppose the request.
“I have listened to the request of the 1st plaintiff.
The reason for the absence of his counsel borders on ill health.
“We don’t need to go verifying.
It can happen to anybody as my lord has said.
“But want the court to take notice because this is a pre-election matter of which time is of the essence,” he said.
Also, lawyer to Atiku, Mahmud Magaji, SAN, did not oppose Ekamon’s application.
NAN reports that no counsel appeared for INEC,Justice Mohammed had, on Aug. 31, fixed today for the hearing of the matter.
Atiku, Tambuwal and PDP had challenged the suit filed .
The trio, in a notice of preliminary objection marked: 78222 dated and filed on Aug. 5, sought an order striking out or dismissing the suit for want of jurisdiction.
They argued that Ekamon, who is the 1st applicant, having not participated in the primary election conducted by the National Executive Committee of the party lacked the requisite locus standi to institute the suit.
NAN reports that Wike came second behind Atiku in the party’s presidential primary election held in May.Tambuwal, who was also a presidential aspirant, stepped down for Atiku at the last minute.
Although Wike had recently denied filing any suit against the party and its presidential candidate, the matter is still pending in court.
The Presidential candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has pledged that he would meet the expectations of the party and Nigerians when elected president in 2023. Abubakar made the promise during his remarks at the PDP 97 National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja on Thursday.
He appreciated the NEC members for their support during the party’s convention in May where he emerged as the presidential candidate of the PDP.
“I cannot thank you enough.
My promise is that I will meet your expectations and the expectations of Nigerians.
“Let me also use this opportunity to thank our outgoing BoT Chairman for his services and sense of patriotism for our great party,” Abubakar said.
The former vice president also expressed his commitment to ensuring that the internal crisis in the party was resolved.
“Many speakers have alluded to family disagreement, family disagreements are normal even in normal families as well as political families.
“But what I can assure you is that we are determined to resolve those issues internally.
There are not really fundamental disagreements, it is normal,” Abubakar said.
He appealed to all party members to ensure that it’s challenges were resolved internally within the provisions of the party’s constitution.
“As a political party we have our constitution, our rules and our regulations.
“I want to urge that no matter the level of disagreement, it should be resolved within our constitution, within our rules, within our regulations.
“We have all what it takes to guide us to continue to nurture this political party, to provide a platform for all Nigerians to realize their collective and individual aspirations.
“Therefore, I wish to appeal to all members of our party to make sure that all our disagreements are resolved internally,” Abubakar said.
In his remarks, the former President of the Senate and acting Chairman of PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Sen. Adolphus Wabara urged party members to always control their emotions and ensure disagreements within the party were addressed internally.
“The PDP has an inbuilt mechanism to solve problems.
We have done it several times.
When people expect us to implode, that is when we become very glorious.
“I want to advise us that we should always deprive ourselves in-house no matter what the anger is; let us deprive ourselves in-house rather than playing to the gallery.
“We should watch and control our utterances because by and large, only God knows tomorrow.
“Because once you voice out something, it is always difficult for you to pick back what you voice out.
“My advice to use is that we should be mature enough to control our temper,” Wabara said.
Earlier, the party’s National Chairman, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, said he was happy that PDP is united and Nigerians were enthusiastic about the party in spite of the impression being created by some people.
“I am happy that the Nigerian people are interested in our party.
I am interested not because we disagree among ourselves, but in our capacity to deliver and when we take over power.
“We have done it before and I believe that people will also give us their mandates.
” Ayu urged the party to focus on the issues that worried Nigerians including issues of security, education, economy, health, national infrastructure that will help the country to move forward.
On his part, the Chairman, PDP Governors Forum, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, said that the forum was working to address the misunderstanding in the party.
He pledged that PDP governors would continue delivery of dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
Tambuwal commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and President Muhammadu Buhari for improving of the country electoral system, urging them to sustain it to make 2023 general elections free and credible.
“We must as people of goodwill, as believers and democracy encouraged President Buhari, indeed INEC and all security agencies to ensure that we have free, fair, transparent election in 2023. “In any case, that was what PDP presided over in 2015. So it’s only an improvement on the legacy of the PDP if that is done by the APC administration,” Tambuwal said.
The Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Chukwuka Utazi, said that the party Caucus in the National Assembly was united and indivisible.
Utazi, who pledged their support to the party in the 2023 general elections, urged all to work together for the success of the party.