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As 2022 Rolls in, Buhari Preaches Unity, Hope, Resilience, Forgiveness

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to welcome the year 2022 with hope and envisions a year of continued progress against combined challenges arising from security and socio-economic issues.

The President, in his New Year message to the nation, said the persistent insecurity in certain parts of the country might have threatened the incremental gains achieved in the real sectors of the economy and in the administration’s overall objective to position the nation on the irreversible trajectory of sustainable growth and progress.

According to him, the path to nationhood is often fraught with unpredictable difficulties and challenges, and most tried and tested nations often prevailed through dogged determination, resilience, concerted commitment to unity, and the conviction that the whole of the nation, standing together against all odds, is by far greater and would ultimately be more prosperous and viable than the sum of its distinguishable parts.

Buhari, while noting that the issue of security remains one of the priority areas that his administration had given utmost attention, said as a follow up to its promise to re-energise and reorganise the security apparatus and personnel of the armed forces and the police, his administration had invested heavily in re-equipping the military in line with upgrading the platforms and firepower required to tackle the current challenges being faced in the country.

The net results of these efforts, according to him, have been the number of insurgents and bandits who have willingly surrendered and continue to do so through various channels and the Safe Corridor created for that purpose.

The President said his government realised that victory on the battlefield was just one aspect of sustainable victory, “as to fully win this war, the government must also win the peace and real security lies in winning the hearts and minds of the affected citizens.”

To this end, he said his administration would be working with international partners and neighbouring countries, as well as deploy multi-faceted solutions that would be targeted at addressing human security at the grassroots, before it leads to insecurity.

Buhari lauded the courage and resilience of all Nigerians, which according to him, was evident in 2021 as the nation, like other countries of the world, faced significant challenges that occurred as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts to restore the global economy and social order.

He expressed gratitude to the gallant military, police officers, and other security agents who had lost their lives in the cause of protecting the territorial integrity of the nation against both internal and external aggressors, assuring their families that their sacrifices would not be in vain.

Buhari equally remembered and commiserated with Nigerians who had lost loved ones as a result of insecurity in different parts of the country, noting that every life matters and every single death caused by any form of insecurity is a matter of personal concern to him both as a citizen and as the President.

On the economy, he said his administration had shown a high level of resilience to record some significant achievements despite the turbulence that has characterised the nation’s economy and the global economy.

Buhari stressed that the major wins recorded could be clearly seen in Nigeria’s most recent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), with a 4.03% growth recorded in the third quarter of 2021, indicative of the recovery being recorded in the economy and the confidence that is being shown through the policies that his administration had put in place after the outbreak of the pandemic.

Buhari said, “We remain grateful to the Almighty God for yet another Year attained as a country, united by a common destiny and resolute in our determination to overcome the several challenges along the path to build the great and prosperous Nation of our dream.

“We have given the utmost priority to fighting corruption and other related offenses which have been a bane to the growth and prosperity of our dear nation. We have made major strides and breakthroughs through the innovative use of technology and forensics in the investigative and prosecutorial procedures with commendable results to show that the anti-corruption drive of our administration is succeeding.

“In the meantime, the accomplishments so far can be traced to the dedication of the nation’s anti-corruption agencies who have received the necessary support needed to effectively prosecute their duties. As we welcome 2022, let us, with hope, envision a year of continued progress against our combined challenges arising from security and socio-economic issues.

“As it is said, the past is but a story told, the future will still be written in gold. Let us be united in our fight to keep our nation united against all odds and with gratitude, celebrate life in this new epoch. I wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year.”

 

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Adamawa State Government Explains Delay In Payment Of June 2022 Salary.

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The Adamawa State Governor Rtd. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has asked for Understanding from Citizens as Payment of June Salary is delayed.

This Was Contained in a Statement signed by Mr.  Humwashi Wonosikou Press Secretary to the Governor and Made available to Newsmen in Yola.

The Governor Said that in keeping with It’s tradition of salary payment on 23rd or 24th day of every month, Government will not renege but explains that because of the upcoming SALLAH Celebration expected on July 10th, Salary will be paid at the end of the Month just in time for Sallah. “This is to ensure the people Celebrate Conveniently as SALLAH is around the corner, He Therefore, assure all that salaries would be paid by the end of this Month.”

While appreciating Civil Servants for their patience and understanding, Governor Fintiri said the delay is to enable them Celebrate SALLAH without any challenges.

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Taraba: Aggrieved PDP guber Aspirant file Suit against a declared Candidate.

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The battle for the Governorship ticket of the Taraba State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not yet over.

One of the Governorship aspirant, Professor Jerome Nyame had file a suite at the Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo seeking for justice to be done.

He has insisted that the party’s candidate did not purchase expression of interest and nomination forms and not screened by the screening committee in Bauchi State.

The Aspirant, Jerome Nyame (PLAINTIFF) suite against, The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, People’s Democratic Party PDP, Col. Agbu Dantala Kefas (Rtd), Hon. Kabir Bappa Jauro and Barr. Jacob Otorkpa (DEFENDANTS), seeking for justice.

In his Write of summon, the aggrieved aspirant averred that the 3rd defendant (Kefas Agbu) is actually the PDP chairman, who is not actually qualified to participate at the primary election.

Jerome Nyame (Plaintiff) said that the People’s Democratic party, PDP (2nd Defendant) primary election was held on 25th May 2022 at Jolly Nyame Stadium where the results were purported declared as follows, Col. Agbu Dantala Kefas 443 votes, Chief Victor Bala Kona (stepped down), Professor Jerome Nyame 24 votes, Dr. Hilkiah Buba Mafindi 2 votes, Sen. Joel Ikenya 11 votes, Professor Joseph Albasu Kunini 31votes and Ayuba Kotolo 0 vote.

He insisted that the Taraba PDP candidate did not obtain expression of interest and nomination forms code PD003/G, (EOI)Code PD002/G, before the 14th April 2022 when same was closed.

“The Plaintiff avert that the 3rd Defendant was not nominated by at least 45 party members from at least two third of the Local Government Areas of Taraba State as required by the Constitution and Guidelines.

“The Plaintiff avert that the 3rd Defendant has always given assurance to other aspirants that as the chairman of PDP in the State, he will be fair to all and give a level playing ground to all Aspirants and that he will not take side.

He prayed the court to stop the candidate from parading himself as the party’s guber candidate.

He vowed to go extra legitimate miles to ensure that justice is done.

He sought “an order directing the first defendant (INEC) not to accept, recognize, or howsoever deal with the 3rd defendant (Kefas) as guber candidate of the party for the Taraba State governorship election slated for March 2023 or any other such rescheduled date.”

According to him, the PDP candidate (Kefas), presided over the party’s screening exercise as the party’s chairman before joining the list of aspirants at the eleventh hour, he beckoned at the court to direct INEC to recognize, accept and issue him (Nyame) all the benefits and entitlements as candidate of the second defendant (PDP) for Taraba State.

Recall that in April this year, the PDP chairman, when ask by Journalists on weather he has purchased intention and nomination forms to contest for the Governorship seat under the party.

“The 3rd Defendant (Agbu Dantala Kefas) spoke with Punch Newspaper, Taraba Truth and Facts among other media organizations that he did not obtain the PDP expression of interest and nomination forms before 14th April 2022.

“The 3rd Defendant (Agbu Dantala Kefas), did not participate at the Governorship screening on 26th April 2022 or any other date at all.

“No I have not purchased a form and have no intention of vying for the Governorship seat of the State.

The Plaintiff avert that the 3rd Defendant was the person that prepared the delegates list which the 2nd Defendant PDP which he later emerged as the winner thereby making the Primary election not free, fair and undemocratic as he earlier promised.

According to him, Part II, paragraph 4(I), page 8 of the PDP Electoral Guidelines for the Party primary election 2022, the 3rd Defendant Agbu Dantala Kefas is the Chairman of the Special State Congress which make him a judge in his own case.

“The Defendant by his position as the State Chairman, he is responsible for compiling the list of all Ad-hoc delegates and statutory delegates for the primary election which gave him undue advantage over all other delegates.

“On the 18th May 2022, the 3rd Defendant as State PDP Chairman, held an interactive session with all aspirants under the platform of the party, assured them that he will provide a level playing ground to all aspirants and that he will not be a contestant or Aspirant for any elective office.

According to him, there was no announcement of total of accredited delegates before voting commence, no record of same was given to our client or his agent before the commencement of the poll despite protest from agents and even 1st Defendant”s official who monitored the exercise.

“The 3rd Defendant kept all delegates at various hotels away from the venue of the primary election including Pastoral Center, mile six and no single delegate was duly accredited by 12 noon of 25th May 2022 as required by law.

According to him, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Defendants brought in delegates to start voting without accreditation late around 3:45 pm which lead the election into night time and became difficult to ascertain who is who.

The Plaintiff said that 11 votes are unaccounted in that the total votes purportedly scored by all the aspirants is 511 which is more than the purported total number of delegates that purportedly voted at the election being 522 votes.

He pointed out that even after the purported election and declaration of result, copies of the result are yet to be given to him, his agent or any of the other aspirants as mandatory required by PDP Electoral Guidelines for Primary Elections 2022 all in bid to conceal or hide the irregularities and rigged the election.

He urged the 1st Defendant (INEC) to recognize and accept and issue him all the benefits and entitlements as candidate of the Party for the Governorship election schedule for March 2023 or any reschedule date.

Copy of the summons made available to our Correspondent, also gathered that more aspirants have also concluded plans to approach the court seeking for justice on the matter.

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PVC: Gov. Matawalle declares one-week public holiday

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The Governor of Zamfara State, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle has declared next week Monday to Friday, (June 20th to 24th, 2022) as work free week to enable the State’s public and civil servants to go to their respective localities and obtain their Permanent Voter Cards, (PVC).
The Governor directed all the commissioners, Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries, other public office holders, party officials and traditional rulers to monitor and supervise the ongoing Voter Registration exercise.

This was contained in a press statement signed and issued to newsmen in Gusau, the State capital by the State’s commissioner for information, Hon. Ibrahim Magaji Dosara.
According to the statement, every person above the age of 18 is expected to be part of the exercise, saying that it was their constitutional right to elect their leaders.

Governor Matawalle appealed to the general public to participate in the exercise so that they would not complain later.

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