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The Adamawa APC has shown an outrageous act of civil disobedience to the measures put in place to curtail the spread of COVID-19 by wilful breaching and ignoring the state restrictions.

We condemn this act in its totality considering the efforts the State Government has and is still making to secure the freedom of the citizens as they implement successful public health policies in response to the COVID—19 pandemic.

To be clear: we all know in modern day politics in this part of the world, most crowds around desperate politicians are rented. But it should not be at the detriment of our lives and safety.

The truth is that only few politicians excite crowds to such a point where many would brave the odds and flock to rallies to listen to them. Gone are the days of speakers like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Bola Ige and maybe Tafawa Balewa. Gone are the myths that surrounded men like Awolowo and J.S. Tarka that made many troop out to come and see if it was true that they grew so tall while speaking that their heads reached into the sky.

Gone are the entertainers like Adegoke Adelabu who once drove his Volkswagen car to a political rally and allow crowds to enter in through one door and out the other to spite Awolowo whom he claimed was too elitist to permit such a thing. Politicians these days are too predictable, rhetoric too common and the only person I can think of who still draws huge crowds without mobilisation is Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

Now, crowds do not necessarily translate into acceptability or votes. Uncle Bola Ige in his book People, Politics And Politicians Of Nigeria: 1940-1979 said in relation to crowds that spectators will always be drawn to spectacles – people come to political rallies for different reasons and crowds are not always an indication of acceptance so I think the APC might be counting its chicks before they are hatched with the celebration of the carefully taken pictures of crowds they see at their political rallies. The desperation to make APC appear to many as an acceptable party in Adamawa may not be an exact reflection of what is actually on ground.

Now, crowds work in curious ways but usually in tandem with crowd mentality – a coinage from herd mentality where one goat jumps over a cliff and the rest follow – crowds tend to think in a particular dimension and here, I have a small concern for APC’s image in the mind of the crowds. They see the fanfare, they see the carefully sewn clothing and adornment but they also notice the fact that when they were in power, APC could not pay workers salaries, students couldn’t seat for WAEC and NECO, Hospitals were dilapidated, insecurity rising, gratuities increasing, education only for the rich, communal clashes always on the news, to mention but a few.

The crowds would notice that APC has nothing to tell them in respect to development because Governor Fintiri has now defined development in a way they can see, feel and touch.

A long shot to the way crowds think of course but then again: it’s called crowd mentality and it can work for or against a politician.

We hold that Adamawa APC should apologise to the government and people of Adamawa State for breaching and ignoring the state restrictions.

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Is Bindow In An Unholy Tryst With Fintiri?

By Ibrahim Aliyu

The 2023 elections seem far off but political pundits across the country are already making permutations on the possible outcome of the election that is about two years away.

It is a tradition that political parties hold their primary elections to elect whoever will fly the party’s flag at various levels before the general election.

Most political analysts say, it is the most critical stage in the survival of any political party. In Nigeria, most of the crisis witnessed by political parties is due largely to lack of entrenchment of internal democracy. The Adamawa APC witnessed serious intra party crisis in 2019 as a result of dissatisfaction by its members with the way former Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow emerged as the flag bearer of the party. This led to legal battles, massive anti-party activities by its members and subsequently loss of the control of the state to the opposition PDP.

Big players in the party like the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr.Babachir David Lawan, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Senator Abdulaziz Nyako, Halilu Modi, Engr. Markus Gundiri and so many other influential members of the party were actually not happy with the way and manner the party primaries were conducted.

The infighting in the APC did not only cost them the governorship seat but two senatorial seats and five House of Representatives seats as well.

Although the 2023 elections is still far, the APC in Adamawa appears to be making efforts to put its house in order as they strategize to take back power from the incumbent PDP government of Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who appears to be losing its popularity and goodwill by the day.

This is evident by the recent defection of former Governor Bala James Ngillari, Senator Ishaku Abbo, two former House of Representatives members; Nwagubi Fons and Titsi Ganama among others.

This is not to mention the speculations going round that very soon some members of the state House of Assembly and indeed his cabinet members will defect to All Progressives Congress (APC).

Dr. Umar Ardo, a former governorship aspirant of the PDP has severally expressed his dissatisfaction with the leadership style of the Governor Ahmadu Umar Fintiri to the extent that he led a splinter group of the party known as the r-PDP. Today Adamawa PDP is factionalise with one group led by Tahir and the other by Dr Ardo.

While the opposition APC is putting its house in order and loading its arsenals ahead of the 2023 elections, several party bigwigs have started indicating interests openly or secretly to run for the office of the Governor of Adamawa state.

Among them is former Governor, Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindow. Although he is one of those who has not publicly made his intentions known, it is, however, clear from his activities since his return to the state for the first time since he lost power to the PDP-led government that he is actually working to get back his office. While some of his supporters are indeed happy with the steps he has taken to reclaim his office, they are indeed sad with his utterances in respect to Governor Fintiri led government. The former governor did not speak like an opposition leader rather a senior member of Fintiri’s government.

For instance, during his first visit to the party secretariat after about two years since he lost power, Bindow asked party members not to criticize or attempt to sabotage the Fintiri-led government.

“Adamawa state Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is my younger brother, friend, and confidant. I will not be a party to anything that will spoil or portray his government in bad light and I will not encourage anyone of you to do so. The Governor is doing his best and needs the support of all citizens to succeed.” Bindow said.

These statements were not taken lightly by the APC leadership during the meeting. The party chairman Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal had in his response assured the former Governor they will not cease to criticize the PDP-led government because that is the role of the opposition in every democratic setting.

Bindow’s statements according to some party members are in a way giving credence to the allegationthat he is planning to team up with Governor Fintiri to defect to the PDP to run for the northern zone senatorial seat which he once occupied in 2011.

Analysts are worried as to why an opposition leader who just lost power to the incumbent drum support for the same person who took power from him? It has become clear according to some members that handing over the APC governorship ticket to Bindow is like adopting Fintiri for a second term in office. For APC to succeed in 2023 they need somebody that can challenge Fintiri with all seriousness.

With the return of Senator Abdulaziz Nyako to the party, and his subsequent alliance with former governor Bindow not minding what transpired in 2019, many thought the party will wax stronger but the utterances of Bindow Jibrilla on Fintiri has weaken a lot of APC members and in particular his supporters.

If Dr. Ardo who is from the PDP and Senator Abbo who just defected to the APC will be firing salvos at the incumbent Governor, one would only wonder why the opposition is instead calling for support for the same government who accused him of not building a single classroom while in government for four years.

Abbo had severally accused Fintiri of enriching himself and abandoning party loyalists who struggled to get him to power.

The senator in an interview in 2019 published in said, “as a result of Fintiri’s pettiness and dictatorship in governance and party affairs in the state, PDP is not only in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but on life support machine struggling for survival. The Governor is running the party like a gangster and I will never eat on the same table with dictators.”

Abbo said his exit from the PDP was as a result of the mismanagement of the party’s Adamawa state chapter by the state Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who he accused of causing an internal crisis.

While delivering his address when he and others were received by the APC at the Adamawa state party secretariat, the senator reiterated that he is not desperate about power.

“We are not desperate about power, but we are desperate about one thing, which is removing that thief (referring to Fintiri). We have come together to take over power from this kleptomaniac government of the PDP. We knew what Fintiri did in power when he was acting Governor for just 76 days in office, he nearly sold government house and the records are there with the EFCC. The situation now is that a thief was caught in a house, taken to court, and returned to the same house to be in charge. That is our unfortunate situation in Adamawa state,” senator Abbo said.

If people who were in the same party with the Governor and from the same zone will point out defects in the present administration and also leave the ruling party in the state to the opposition APC, one would only but wonder why Bindow, a former Governor who Fintiri snatched power from will want to play soft on the government. If Binow continues with this attitude, it will be better for APC to adopt Fintiri as its candidate.

This surely gives rise to a fundamental question bugging the minds of many, is Bindow having a tryst with Fintiri?

Ibrahim Aliyu is a public affairs commentator and he writes from Mubi.

2023: Adamawa APC is ReadyTo Send PDP Out of Govt—Prof. Mamman

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State says the party is highly motivated and is poised to clinch power from the ruling PDP government in the state and that all stakeholders in the party are working together to put the party on a solid footing to boot the failing PDP government out of office.

Tahir Mamman, dropped the hint at during the party’s stakeholders reunion meeting aimed at welcoming the leadership of the ADC into APC in Yola, Adamawa state, sequel to the agreement for the merger which was ratified in December 2020 to strengthen the base and capacity of the APC ahead of 2023 polls.

Tahir, a Member of the National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC said that, “We celebrate the return of PDP supporters across the state and we are ready and poised to clinch power from the PDP and bring development and progress to the people of our dear state.

Abdulazeez Nyako, the governorship candidate of the ADC in Adamawa state, who formally led his party supporters to the reunion meeting said his defection back to APC is a home coming because he was among the founders of the party.

Nyako, speaking at the occasion urged all stakeholders at the event to use the reunion as a platform to begin to work towards producing credible candidates to contest elective positions in 2023 polls.

He said, “As from today we are full fledged APC members.

“We want to see justice in APC as condition for our coming back.”

Nyako also lauded the Mai-Mala Buni led Caretaker Committee for bringing them back to the
the party they founded.

In his remarks, the caretaker Chairman of the party, Ibrahim Bilal, assured all stakeholders of equal and level playing field for all members.

Bilal said, mistakes of the past had been noted as he assured all of victory in the next elections.

2023: Adamawa APC Welcomes, Bala Ngilari, Emmanuel Bello, Nyako, Sen. Abbo

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The Adamawa state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has welcomed to its rank, former governor under the flag of the PDP, Bala Ngilari, two governorship candidates in the 2019 elections, Emmanuel Bello of the SDP and Abdulaziz Nyako of ADC, and the sitting Senator representing northern, Adamawa Ishaku Abbo, who recently dumped PDP for APC.

During a grand occasion tagged Unity forum, the party said the large crowd of political heavyweights thronging into the party suggests that the people of the state are disgruntled with the PDP led government in the state and are ready for change.

Speaking at the occasion, the state acting chairman of the party, Ibrahim Bilal said the assembly of the biggest politicians in the state coming into the party is a sign that the party is rising to reclaim its rightful place in the state and the people are waking up to do away with an underperforming government out of office come 2023.

Bilal said, “We have met with the leadership of the party at the national level and we have agreed to work in unity towards ensuring an APC government in Adamawa.

“There will soon be an ongoing comprehensive new registration of party members across the state towards building a new and strong membership base in order to give the party a new direction in the state.”

Billal explained that, “APC in the state has in its usual characteristics of fairness to all, has opened its doors to all members coming into the party to register afresh and take advantage of the equal opportunity the party offers all members with a view building a formidable front to clinch power at all levels.

“We are working to ensure that there would be no disparity between new members and existing members of the party.

“Our party ranks having been rising and we are being joined by every reasonable and well-meaning politician in the state.

“That suggests that we have been doing so many things right and the public have been seeing the transparency, honesty and sincerity in our party, so the public can easily relate to it.

“APC is the only party that is working from the national to the grassroot to address the social, economic and infrastructural challenges of the common man in the state.”

The party at its unity forum says its chance of defeating the incumbent governor has been made bright because its ranks have been bolstered by the entrance of high profile political figures into the state including, former Gov. Bala Ngilari, Senator Ishaku Abbo, from the PDP, the former senator representing Adamawa central and governorship candidate of the ADC, Abdulaziz Nyako, the governorship candidate of the SDP in the last elections and former member reprrsenting Gombo/Hong constituency, Emmanuel Bello,

BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP for APC

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I write to formally inform you Sir, the Senate and indeed Nigerians of my defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This is as a result of the mismanagement of the PDP by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri in Adamawa State which led to the crisis in the party that in turn led to the polarization of the party in the state (PDP and rPDP).
Today I join the APC and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhamadu Buhari to build the Nigeria of our dreams.
The journey may be long, but we are on the right track as I strongly believe that by the end of the tenure of Mr. President, Nigeria will be a better place.
My Senate President Sir, it is worthy of note that in the history of Nigeria’s Nascent democracy, specifically from 1999 till date, no President has paid attention to the welfare of Nigerian Citizens like President Muhamadu Buhari as it is evident in packages such as:
i. Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT);
ii. Homegrown School Feeding Program (HGFP);
iii. Trader Money;
iv. Market Money;
v. Farmers’ Money;
vi. nPower;
vii. Special Public Works Programme, currently employing 1000 persons from each of the 774 local Government Areas;
viii. National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA): Buhari Young Farmer’s Network;
ix. Artisans and Transportation Grants;
x. Guaranteed Off-take Scheme.
xi. CAC Business Formalization Scheme;
xii. Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) Grants among others.
Thus, in living up to the expectation of the good people of Adamawa North Senatorial District, I hereby defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) with effect from today being Wednesday, the 25th day of November, 2020.
Accept Distinguished SP Sir, the assurances of my highest regards.

POLITICS: Adamawa APC Members Regroup in Abuja – Strategise on the Way Forward

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Stakeholders of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State meet in Abuja to discuss to Strategise and chart a way forward for the Party in the State.

The meeting which was led by the Senator representing Adamawa Central, Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed, was attended all members of the house of representatives elected on the platform of the APC, including Yusuf Buba Yakub, Namdas Abdulrazak, Dasin, Ja’afar.

Other party stakeholders at the meeting include those formerly elected on the platform of the Party and some Party leaders and groups from the State.

The meeting is expected to evolve strategy to put the party in a strong position to challenge the incumbent governmnent PDP governmnent of Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, towards reclaiming the lost glory of the party in the state.

BREAKING: Obaseki Has the Last Laugh!!! Oshiomole Might Have Ended Ize-Iyamu’s Pitical Career

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is having the last laugh after he emerged winner of the fiercely contested Edo governorship election against Oshiomole’s backed opponent, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC, in Saturday’s election.

The results collated from all LGAs shows that Obaseki polled 307,857 while Ize-Iyamu polled 223,622 votes.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, announced the results from local government areas from its office in Benin City, Sunday.

Obaseki won in all the LGAs after INEC announced results from the remaining all Local Government areas.

Obasaki, who was a former APC sitting governor, left the party after a fallout with the then national Chairnan of APC and his predecessor in office, Adams Oshiomole, only to pick a ticket of the PDP as its candidate for the elections.

His movement to the PDP, forced Ize-Iyamu to cross carpet to the APC, and became the first Nigerian candidate to loose elections to the same candidate switching platforms platforms.

Ize-Iyamu lost to Obaseki as a PDP candidate and now lost again to the same Obaseki as an APC candidate.

Adamawa APC Poised for a Comeback As Boss, Babachir, Bindow, Modi, Ribadu, Others, Regroup

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A meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) senior party stalwarts in Adamawa state have resolved to shelve aside individual and group interest within the party with a view to forging a common front in order to address lingering contentious issues among APC stakeholders which according to them was responsible for imploding the party’s fortunes in the 2019 election in the state.

The meeting which was convened by the former SGF, Babachir David Lawal, agreed to form a formidable front across interest groups in the party towards restoring the party’s fortunes in the state and to also interface with both the federal government and the national body of the party in pursuit of party members interest at all levels.

This is contained in a communique issued by the Adamawa APC senior stakeholders and made available to News Rendezvous, Tuesday.

At the close of deliberations of the Adamawa APC senior stakeholders, the meeting resolved to set up a high powered committee to interface with the various groups within the party towards forming a united front against the divisive positions that ruined the party’s chances at the polls in the 2019 general elections and to pursue the party’s numerous interest nationally and within the northeast sub-region.

The communique which was signed by the former Adamawa state deputy governor, Martins Babale reads, “After an extensive deliberation, the following resolutions were made.

“All APC stakeholders should work together in unity to prevent the repeat of what happened in 2019, where stakeholders worked at cross purposes, which ultimately led to the loss of Adamawa State to the opposition.

“A powerful committee was set up with the mandate to liaise with APC national headquarters (Interim Management Committee, IMC) to especially ensure that the zoning of positions at mini or national convention at any moment favors Adamawa state within the geopolitical zone.

“To liaise with the National Interim management committee (IMC) on matters related to membership drive or any other issues in the event that there will be reconstitution of executive committees at the State, Local government and ward levels in Adamawa the State.”

The resolution of the meeting which was signed by the former Adamawa state governor, Martins Babale, also sees the former SGF, Babachir David Lawal, emerges as the team leader of the high powered stakeholders committee.

Other members of the committee strategically positioned to pursuit the party’s interest include the duo of the current SGF, Boss Mustapha and Mohammed Musa Bello, who would be interfacing with the federal government in pursuit of the interest of party members in the state, while Aisha Dahiru Binani and Abdulrazaq Namdas, would pursue the party’s interest from the national assembly.

Others stakeholders include the former Adamawa state governor, Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindow, the governorship aspirants from the party in the 2019 elections, Mahmood Halilu and Nuhu Ribadu and the former senator representing southern Adamawa, Jonathan Zwingina.

Added to the list of party stalwarts include, Ambassador Fati Ballah-Abubakar, Anna Sini, the Minority Leader at the Adamawa state house of Assembly. while Albert Atiwurcha, Abuzarri Ribadu provided secretariate service for the meeting.

The meeting of Adamawa State APC Senior stakeholders was convened by Babachir David Lawal, the former Secretary to The Government of the Federation, SGF) and was chaired by the immediate past Deputy Governor, Martins Babale.

APC’s chances at the polls in the 2019 general elections was marred by internal party squabbles and the Babachir led committee has set sight on putting to rest the internal wranglings within the party towards harnessing the various interests within the party to serve the overall interest of the party.

APC in for a Fresh Scandal Over Dissolution of Adams Oshiomole NWC

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Nigeria’s ruling party, the APC is slated for another round of scandal as one Kalu Agu, from Abia state has instituted a court action challenging the powers of the National Executive Council (NEC) from dissolving the National working committee and also praying the court to disregard the Mai Mala Buni led NEC.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which these days seems to be submerged in an Oshiomole orchestrated crisis is yet poised to be engulfed in a fresh legal crisis as an aggrieved chieftain of the party has filed a suit challenging the dissolution of the Adams Oshiomhole led National Working Committee ( NWC).

Kalu’ Agu, a youth leader of the party in Abia State is challenging the powers of the National Executive Council (NEC) to sack the national leaders barely two years into their constitutionally guaranteed four year term of office.

In the fresh suit with number, the plaintiff is praying for an order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, setting aside the dissolution of the NWC by APC’s NEC meeting held at the presidential villa last month.

He is also praying the court for an order restraining the National Caretaker Committee led by Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni, from parading themselves as national officers of the APC and from usurping the functions of the party’s NWC.

Plaintiff also prayed the court for an order restraining the National Caretaker Committee from putting into effect the resolution of the APC’s NEC meeting passed on June 25, 2020 and for another order against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognizing, dealing with or relating with the caretaker committee in whatever guise to usurp the functions of the NWC.

Similarly, Mr Agu also prayed for an order of mandatory injunction compelling Independent Natipnal Electoral Commission INEC to continue to recognise the Oshiomhole led members of the NWC as the authentic national officers of the party.

In the suit filed on his behalf by Ukpai Ukairo and dated July 8, the APC chieftain is asking the court to strike down Article 17 of the APC’s constitution which provided for appointment of officers into the organs of the party for being inconsistent with section 223 of the 1999 Constitution and section 85 of the Electoral Act of 2010.

In a 44-paragraph affidavit in support of the originating summons, the plaintiff claimed to be one of the foundation members of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) under which he contested for the House of Representatives in Arochukwu/Ohafia federal constituency of Abia State in 2011 and that after the 2011 general elections the party along with others merged in 2013 to form the present APC.

Plaintiff further averred that he is an accredited APC member and that he was elected as the Abia State Youth Leader in April 2014 during the state’s congress held at Umuahia, adding that the national officers of the APC were also elected in 2014 in accordance with the party’s constitution.

Insisting that the 1999 Constitution guaranteed four year tenure for party officials, Agu averred that in breach of the same constitution on June 25, 2020, APC’s NEC meeting at the presidential villa Abuja, passed an illegal and unlawful resolution dissolving the NWC and also setting up an illegal caretaker committee of the NWC.

Agu’s further grouse was that members of APC’s NWC had barely spent two years from their four years in office before they were purportedly dissolved by the NEC.

He is therefore praying the court to declare the dissolution of the NWC as unconstitutional, illegal, null and void and another declaration that the recognition accorded the caretaker committee is unconstitutional and illegal.

Plaintiff further prayed the court to declare that the setting up of the caretaker committee for APC by the NEC on June 25, is unconstitutional, illegal, null and void and of no effect.

Respondents in the case are INEC, APC, Governor Buni, Isiaka Oyebola, Ken Nnamani, Stella Okorete, Governor Sank Bello, Dr James Lalu, Senator Abubakar Yusuf, Akinyemi Olaide, David Leon, Professor Their Mamman, Isiaka Ahmed and Senator Akpan Udoedehe.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

Kevin Peter, A Deserving Adamawa Ambassadorial Nominee

By Martins Dickson

Hon. Kevin Peter hails from Mubi – North local Government area of Adamawa State. Fali by tribe, a Nationalist with strong patriotic antecedents, an astute politician and experienced financial expert.

His choice as an Ambassadorial Nominee from Adamawa State has been applauded by people across ethnic divides, religious lines and party affiliation.

Kevin Peter’s choice has been greeted with ovation across the state signaling that the Secretary to the federal Government, Barrister Boss Gida Mustapha and President Muhammadu Buhari have made a brilliant choice.

Hon. Peter is a man with a large heart, a detrabilized Nigerian who is practically putting into use what he has learnt in an area of his passion from several seminars both in Nigeria and outside the country, the Christian/Muslim relations.

Hon. Kevin Peter’s personality has endeared him to many People across the country, his simplicity has seen him relate with both the high and the lowly without discrimination. A trait that made him a People’s person, a political asset, a voice in his community and an enigma.

Hon. Kevin Peter holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) after been certified as a Senior Financial Manager in 1995.

Peter was also conferred with an Honourary Doctorate Degree (Phd) Public Administration by All Saints University of America (ASUA) in 2010.

In his sojourn as a politician Hon. Kevin Peter was first elected as Chairman Mubi-North Local Government Area in 1999, re-elected Chairman Mubi-North Local Government in 2009. He is also the Adamawa North APC Zonal Chairman, a position he holds from 2018 till date.

He has served his state of Adamawa meritoriously and also at the National level in various capacities:

– 2006, Kevin Peter was Chairman, screening committee, National Assembly Party Screening Committee for Ogun State.

– 2007, Administrator, Mubi-North Development Area.

– 2012, Special Adviser on Border Integration, Adamawa State Government.

– 2013 Mubi-North Local Government Coordinator, for the federal Government program, SURE-P.

– 2014 Member, Adamawa State Presidential Initiative Distribution Committee.

– 2014 Director General, Governorship Campaign, Adamawa State.

– 2017 Special Adviser on Special Duties, Adamawa State Government.

The good People of Adamawa State are praying the Senate, especially Senators representing Adamawa in the red chamber to facilitate a smooth confirmation for Hon. Kevin Peter.

Adamawa State can only thank the Secretary to the Government of the federation, Boss Mustapha and President Muhammadu Buhari for Nominating a dependable son of the state as an Ambassador.