NAN) Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alh. Ibrahim Abdullahi, has harped on the need to keep historical records for the benefit of future generations.
The speaker stated this on Wednesday Lafia at unveiling and launching of the maiden 218 page compendium of the Assembly, which chronicled its journey since inception in 1999.He said that the publication titled “Nasarawa State House of Assembly Compendium 2022: The Journey So Far, 1999-2022” was a historical record of immense legislative values.
” This publication sets out to give a synopsis of the major activities, events and people that left indelible impacts on the journey of the state Assembly since its inception in 1999,” he said.
The speaker said that the idea of the compendium was borne out his obligation knowing that he owed it to posterity as a leader of the assembly.
He also said that the compendium was his modest contribution and attempt to tell the story of the institution as an organ of government.
” This effort is to serve as reference materials and working document not only for the House but for the State and the Country as well.
“So, in a nutshell, both the present and future generations as well as posterity will drink from the fountain of knowledge contained in this important compendium,” he added.
Abdullahi commended his Chief Press Secretary, Jibrin Gwamna, and his team that made the compendium a reality.
“I will enjoin the team that will come after us to maintain the records and to keep updating it, every tenure, or at most, the beginning of a new legislature.
He also appreciated and acknowledged the great efforts of the past speakers and members of the assembly.
Abdullahi called on the people of the state to continue to pray for, and support the Gov. Abdullahi Sule government to move the state forward.
He restated the assembly’s continuous support to Gov Sule, the State and Federal Government inorder to attain the lofty goals of the nation’s founding fathers.
In his remarks, Gov. Sule commended the speaker and the assembly for coming up with the idea of the compendium.
Sule, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, noted the importance of the compendium as a historical property and source of inspiration for future generation.
” I want to congratulate the speaker, principal officers and honourable members for putting these material together, ” he said.
He also appreciated the assembly for giving his administration all the necessary support and cooperation to succeed and called for its sustenance.
The governor attributed his administration’s achievements so far in the state to cordial working relationship and support from the assembly.
Also speaking, Dr Musa Ahmed- Mohammed, former Speaker of the third and fourth Assembly, lauded the incumbent Speaker for the compendium to serve as reference materials in the state.
He also appreciated both the executive and legislative arm for maintaining good and cordial working relationship in the interest of the people of the state.
Ahmed – Mohammed called for the sustenance of the healthy working relationship between the executive and legislature in the state for more dividend of democracy to the people.
In their goodwill messages, the Emir of Lafia, Retired Justice Sidi Bage represented by the ‘Odyong Nyankpa’ Mr Joel Aninge, Chief Judge of the state, Justice Aisha Bashir-Aliyu, Mr Abdulhamid Kwarra, former Majority Leader of the House, as well as the state APC Chairman Dr John Mamman, all commended the speaker for the compendium.
The Nasarawa State Women for All Progressives Congress (APC) group, has organised a one-day sensitisation meeting, with a call on their counterparts to participate actively in politics for good governance.
The Convener of the group and former Secretary to the Nasarawa State Government, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, made the call on Friday during a one-day sensitisation programme for women across the Nasarawa North Senatorial District in Akwanga Ahmed said that the event was aimed at sensitising women ahead of the scheduled 2023 general elections.
According to her, it has become necessary for women to take up the gauntlet and mobilise fellow women towards educating and enlightening them towards the successful conduct of the 2023 general elections.
She particularly emphasized the need for women to protect their voters cards from desperate politicians who might attempt to disenfranchise them.
” We cannot afford to fold our arms while women are relegated to the background politically, mostly as a result of their lukewarm attitude.
” Let’s all women come out enmass to participate actively in politics by voting and protecting their votes in 2023 general elections,” she said.
She disclosed that even the Nasarawa Women for APC group was founded barely two months ago and the group had since constituted its structure down to the 147 electoral wards of the state.
“The Nasarawa Women for APC has a state coordinator, three zonal coordinators, as well as 147 coordinators across the 147 electoral wards of the state,” she stated.
Ahmed thanked the Nasarawa North coordinator of the group, Hajiya Rabi Musa Abdullahi, for her prompt response and for mobilising women who turned up in their numbers to attend the sensitisation programme.
State Chairman of the APC, Mr John Mamman, appreciated the women for coming together to support the party by sensitizing women on their electoral rights.
Mamman, who was represented by the state Secretary of the party, Mr Aliyu Bello, described the programme as timely, especially with the 2023 general elections is approaching when unscrupulous politicians would employ strategies to confuse the voters.
“The efforts by the group is commendable and worthy of support.
The sensitisation is not only about the APC but for the women to understand how to appreciate the dividends of democracy,” he said.
The chairman said that Gov. Abdullahi Sule deserved a second term in office over his tireless efforts towards sustaining and maintaining peace in the state.
He equally called on the women to appreciate all the development strides of the governor, particularly his employment generation drive, which had paved the way for their children to be employed.
Chairman, Akwanga Local Government Area, Mr Safiyanu Isa-Andaha, said the Nasarawa North zone deserved an award for effectively mobilising such large number of women to attend the event.
Andaha said the high turn out by women was a demonstration of the love the people have for both the APC and Gov Sule as their son.
The chairman called on the people of the area and the state in general, to support Gov. Sule beyond 2023.
A group under the aegis of Nasarawa State Initiative for AA Sule 2023, has said that Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s records of achievements would earn him second term in office.
Engr. Moses Utondu, Chairman of the group stated this when he led others a courtesy visit to the state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Mamman on Tuesday in Lafia.
Utondu, who is also the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the governor on Security Matters, said the group comprised of political appointees and other APC stakeholders in the state.
According to Utondo, the achievements of the governor in the last three years have greatly impacted the people and improved the rating of Nasarawa State on several fronts.
He said the group has structures from the state level down to the polling units and saddled with the sole responsibility of sensitising the people to vote for Sule given his track record of achievements.
“It is one thing to perform and another for the people to know.
So, it’s our duty to preach about his performance to those yet to come to terms with his achievements,” he said.
Utondu noted that as political appointees, they were doing their best individually to propagate the achievements of the governor, but decided to come together to harness ideas for maximum impact that would ensure the reelection of the governor in 2023. Responding, Mamman, thanked the group for the efforts in trying to actualise the reelection bid of Gov. Sule. He said the group’s effort would go a long way to complement the party towards electoral victory in 2023. Mamman urged them not to relent in carrying the message to the grassroots in order to ensure an overwhelming victory for the the party in the general elections.
The party chairman noted that the governor’s achievements, especially in the areas of security, infrastructure and attracting investments for economic development of the state were glaring for all to see.
He, however, said that the party would not relent as electioneering campaign starts, to take the message to all nooks and crannies of the state.
Maman assured the people of the state that given the governor’s disposition, vision and commitment, he would leave the state far better than he met it for the benefit of the people.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has urged candidates of All Progressives Congress (APC) to close ranks with other members to ensure victory for the party in 2023 general elections.
Sule made the call on Monday in a meeting with candidates and members of the party in Lafia.
He said the meeting was to provide a platform for frank discussions among aspirants, candidates and other stakeholders following the outcome of the party primaries in the state.
“This meeting is to enable all of us talk sincerely on ways forward in order to ensure the victory of our great party, APC come 2023,” he said.
Sule while reaffirming the strength of the party, stressed the need for the members to remain resolute in their commitments towards the progress and success of the party.
He urged them to have faith and see reasons in working for progress of the party in the forthcoming elections.
The governor also re-assured of his commitment to the success of the party at all levels beyond 2023. Also speaking, Sen. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (APC- Nasarawa South) said the meeting provided a platform for truth and reconciliation to move the party forward in the state.
Al-Makura, a former governor of the state harped on the need for sacrifices and teamwork for the progress of the party.
He pointed out that members of the party must not relent in associating and wooing aggrieved members to further the chances of the party.
On his part, Speaker of the State Assembly and the APC flag bearer for Constituency, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, called for members to unite for progress of the party.
Earlier, the State APC Chairman, Dr John Mamman, appreciated members for their commitment to the party, adding that the meeting would go a long way to mend fences and to further strengthen their capacity ahead of the forthcoming general election.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that 94 out of the 161 persons who vied for the 33 seats cutting across the Governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly seats were in attendance at the meeting.
Hon. Ahmed Wadada, a former House of Representatives member and member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has withdrawn from the race into the Nasarawa West senatorial district.
Wadada confirmed his withdrawal in a letter written by his counsel, Garba Tetengi (SAN) and addressed to the Nasarawa State chairman of the APC, Dr John Mamman.
Copies of the letter were made available to newsmen in Keffi, Nasarawa State, on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that until his withdrawal, Wadada was a frontrunner for the APC ticket to be won at the party’s primary election on Sunday.
According to his lawyer, Wadada withdrew from the contest because of alleged alterations to the delegates list.
He alleged that certain elements within the party altered the delegates list to compromise the party primary election.
He added that the list was arrived at in strict compliance with the provisions of the party’s Constitution and the electoral guidelines and monitored by INEC.
“About seven local government areas out of 13 local government areas in the state were affected by the alteration.
“Three among the local governments are in Nasarawa West zone which includes Nasarawa Local Government, where names were altered in seven wards,’’ he stated.
He added that in Keffi Local Government Area the delegates list was completely altered and that Wadada would explore all available legal means at his disposal including the courts to seek redress.
“Against, this background, our client will not be part of any illegality and further intimates you about his withdrawal from the party’s primary election for Nasarawa West Senatorial contest,’’ he said.
With Wadada’s withdrawal, Labaran Magaji a lawyer and Shehu Tukur, an architect, are the two aspirants left to contest for the APC Nasarawa West senatorial district’s ticket at the primary election.
A Nasarawa House of Assembly aspirant for Nassarawa Eggon West Constituency, has alleged manipulation of the delegate list, citing it as reason for his withdrawal from the race.
Mr Peter Patrick-Enna, who made the allegation in a news conference on Saturday in Lafia, said that the list of delegates for the primary elections in the state was doctored by the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“I did not participate in the primary election because the process was compromised; it is not just and fair; the delegates list has been doctored.
“I have written and served the APC Returning Officer that will conduct the election.
“The Electoral Act is clear concerning the nomination of delegates for the primaries.
“The Chairman of APC in the state, Mr John Mamman, has rejected the delegates lists sent to the state by the National Secretariat of our party.
“The reason for the rejection is because the lists from some local governments were doctored,” Patrick-Enna also alleged.
He, however, urged his supporters to remain calm, continue to be law abiding and embrace peace for the overall development of the constituency.
“I want to use this medium to call on my supporters and well wishers to remain calm and patiently wait as events unfold.”
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the Nasarawa State chapter of the APC had on May 27, rejected the delegates list for the conduct of state and National Assembly primaries sent to it from the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
Mamman told newsmen in Lafia that the Nasarawa APC had discovered that the authentic list of the delegates was manipulated and doctored in some local government areas of the state.
Nasarawa State Assemblyman Muluku Agah has withdrawn his re-election bid over alleged doctoring of the state’s delegates’ list by the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Agah, member representing Nassarawa Eggon Constituency at the state House of Assembly, made his decision known at a news conference in Lafia on Thursday.
He said that he cannot participate in a primary election that the process was compromised; not just and fair.
“I have already written my withdrawal letter and served the APC Returning Officer that will conduct the election.
“To the best of my knowledge, the delegates list of Nassarawa Eggon East Constituency have been doctored.
“The Electoral Act is clear concerning the nomination of delegates for the primaries.
“Yesterday, the state chapter of the party, under the leadership of Mr John Mamman, rejected the delegates lists sent to the state by the National Secretariat of our party, APC.
“The state chairman of the party said that the APC in the state discovered that the authentic list of the delegates was doctored in some local government areas of the state.
“So, I will not participate in the election,” he said.
Agah, who is th Chairman, House Committee on Planning, Budget and SDGs, urged his supporters to remain calm and patiently wait as events unfold.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Nasarawa state chapter of the APC had on May 27, rejected the delegates list for the conduct of State and National Assembly primaries.
The state Chairman of the party, Mr John Mamman, told newsmen in Lafia that party in the state discovered that the authentic list of the delegates was doctored in some local government areas of the state.
Mamman however failed to name the affected local government areas. (www.nanews.ng)
Alhaji Ahmed Wadada, a frontline Senatorial Aspirant for Nasarawa West Senatorial District, has admonished members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to embrace peace and unity in the interest of the party’s progress and development.
Wadada gave the advice while delivering his address at the Nasarawa West Zonal valedictory meeting in honour of the National Chairman of the APC, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, held on Sunday in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
The former two-term member of the House of Representatives, emphasised that unity among APC faithfuls is a determinant factor for consolidating the successes of the party in the forthcoming 2023 General Elections in the state and the country at large.
The founder of Keffi Polo Ranch described Sen. Adamu as a political legend who made his mark in Nigerian politics, adding that Adamu has reached the zenith of his political career and is being admired by the younger generation.
Wadada said that the relationship between him and Sen. Adamu is harmonious in spite of their political differences.
“And that is why I tell whoever cares to listen that when you see any political issue between myself and Sen. Adamu, stay out of it.
“Whatever happens you will never understand what is in between us and above all as I mentioned earlier, there are two pieces of advice that he gave me in the past that was meaningful to me and shall continue to be meaningful to me.”
Earlier, the former Secretary to the Nasarawa State Government, Dr Zainab Ahmed Tanko, also extolled the virtues of Sen. Adamu, who she described as her mentor.
She commended Adamu for his contributions to the creation of Nasarawa State and his efforts towards ensuring that the state has a sense of direction since inception.
In attendance at the event were the serving and immediate past former Speakers of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Nasarawa State APC Chairman, Mr John Mamman, Local Government Chairmen of Karu, Nasarawa and Keffi, among other stakeholders.
Nasarawa state Police command says it has arrested 10 suspects in connection with the abduction of Mr John Mamman, Special Adviser to Gov. Abdullahi Sule on Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development.
Mr Bola Longe, Commissioner of Police in the state disclosed this to newsmen in Lafia on Wednesday.
Longe also confirmed that the special adviser had since been released by his abductors on Tuesday night following intense manhunt by the police.
Nigeria News Agency recalls that Mamman was abducted from his residence in Dari village of Kokona Local Government Area of the state by unknown gunmen on Saturday night, April 4.
According to Longe, the 10 suspects were arrested from different locations, all in connection with the abduction.
He explained that one of them was arrested at the home of the special adviser on the day he was kidnapped, while seven were arrested at Gudi community of Akwanga Local Government Area on Tuesday night as efforts were being intensified to release the governor’s aide when police gathered that he was held somewhere in the community.
He added that following intelligence, officers of the command also arrested two others on the outskirts of Doma Local Government Area on Wednesday morning after a gun battle, which led to one of the suspects being critically injured.
“We recovered N1,163, 500 from them and they are now helping us at the state’s Criminal Investigation Department. One was arrested at the house where he was kidnapped, then yesterday Seven were arrested, then this morning two others were arrested making it a total of 10 suspects,” he said.
Longe said the release the special adviser was achieved through operation between the police and local vigilante group.
He added that all the suspects arrested were currently assisting the police with information on the investigation.
“By the grace of God, criminal elements cannot be coming in to oppress and intimidate residents because the Nasarawa police command has the capacity to protect residents in every part of the state,” he said.
NAN reports that gov. Sule had recently assented to a bill, prescribing death penalty for anyone found indulging in kidnapping in the state.
The bill tagged: “Nasarawa State kidnapping Act Prohibition Law 2020” deliberated and passed by the State House of Assembly before being assented to by the governor, spelt out stringent punishment for perpetrators to include life imprisonment and death penalty.
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Mr John Mamman, Special Adviser (SA) on Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development to Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state has been released by his abductors.
Mr Saidu Kurki, the Executive Chairman, Kokona Local Government Area of the state made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Garuku community.
Kurki said that Mamman was released on Tuesday after four days in captivity and might go for medical check up soon.
“Yes, he has been released , it is true that he has been released.
“He is in Garaku, Kokona Local Government Area (LGA) right now but he may soon leave this place for medical check up,” the chairman said.
When contacted, Mr Ramhan Nansel, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nasarawa State Police Command, said he would get back to NAN Correspondent on the matter.
“Don’t worry, I said that you will hear from me. Be patient please, ” the PPRO said.
However, as of the time of filing this report, the spokesman had not replied.
NAN recalls that on April 4, the police in Nasarawa confirmed the abduction of Mamman
Nansel said at the time that the SA was abducted at night in his country home, Dari village in Kokona LGA.
The PPRO had said that based on the information available to the police, no fewer than 10 unknown gunmen had stormed the SA’s house at about 8p.m. on that fateful day and abducted him.
“The kidnappers stormed his compound and began shooting sporadically before whisking him away to an unknown destination,” the spokesperson said.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Emmanuel Yashim