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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.

Gov. Fintiri Mourns PDP Chieftain, Ahmed Song

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of late Alhaji Ahmed Song who died in Yola on Tuesday January, 12 2021 at the age of 75, describing his demise as a huge loss.
Governor Fintiri noted that “I received the news of the passing of Alhaji Ahmed Song with deep sadness and grief. He was a true patriot and forthright leader with a deep conviction who remained loyal to the end”.
The late Ahmed Song had served as Managing Director of the famous Savannah Sugar Company Numan, founding MD of Rico Gado an animal feed Company in Adamawa State and was the Chairman of Kelele Investment, an agricultural consulting firm which he founded.
The deceased during his lifetime also ran for the Governorship of Adamawa State under the defunct National Republican Convention party and was one time National Vice Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party North East.
While appreciating his sacrifices to the growth and development of the State, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri pointed out that “Ahmed lived a life of service to nation and humanity until he breathed his last. We thank Allah for giving him to us, his legacy and consistent belief in the Adamawa project will live on”.
Governor Fintiri extended his profound condolences to the immediate family, Song community, the People’s Democratic Party and the entire State, describing the death of the politician and elder statesman as “Sudden and shocking. I pray Allah to comfort the family and give them courage and hope”.
Rt.Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri disclosed that the “Government and people of Adamawa will surely miss him and his contributions to the development of the state and Nigeria at large”.

Humwashi Wonosikou
Press Secretary to the Governor of Adamawa State

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: 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.

Thanks for Rating Us Very High -A.T. Shehu Mocks APC

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The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa state, Attahiru Shehu, has hit back at the opposition party in the state, the APC, over its May 29th rating of the PDP led governmnent, saying the opposition has in its attempt to ridicule the party, mistakenly rated the Fintiri led governmnent very high, scoring it a 35% after just one year in office.
The PDP starlwart mocking the APC said, the party was naive to have thought that grading the party 35% after just one years was negative, but it was actually a remarkable feat for a government running a four year term.
He made the remark in an exclusive chat with Daily Sun over the weekend, in Yola, Adamawa state.
Shehu said, in APC’s myopic thinking and attempt to criticise the party, it ended up rating PDP’s first year in office as high as 35%, which actually means PDP has already done quite a lot within its first year and would be able to attain more than its eleven point agenda within its four year term.
Attahiru Shehu said, “APC though its secretary, Wafari Theman, held a press conference and claimed that the Fintiri led governmnent in its first year of four years in office performed up to 35%.
“In its myopic thinking, they thought they rated us very low, but when looked at critically, it means we have done too well to score 35% after just one year of a four year term.
“Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is a focussed governor and committed to keeping his campaign promises to the electorate and that is what he has been doing.”
Shehu said, “There is a paradigm shift with this government because we have decided to move away from the eye service style of governance of the previous administration who went about laminating roads in the city centers just for people to see but neglected people in the rural areas and the local governments.
“Because since from the time of Gongola, there has never been any governor that campaigned and penetrated the 226 wards of the state, criss crossing every area of the state.
“He listened to the people, took notes and outlined them into eleven point agenda, that would touch the lives of indigenes of Adamawa state.”
Explaining Fintiri’s focus in driving development from the grassroots upward he said, “I am glad that this government is not the kind of one that borrows to pay salaries but instead to fund sustainable development.
“The previous government was just meandering without focus but thankfully enough Fintiri has been focused and has not detailed from his goals and objectives.
“Because we are working on roads across the state, we are working on rural electrification projects, hospital renovations, among numerous other projects.
“So, this government is focused on moving the state forward, these projects are the direct result of the governor’s interactions with the masses during campaign and that is how politics should be, you listen to the people and design your agenda and government’s programmes to satisfy the people’s yearnings.”
He explained that, “Fintiri’s Commitment to the local government and the rural areas was born out of vigorous and intense interaction with the people of the Adamawa.
“During campaign and electioneering, Adamawa was a place of specific interest with the presence of the former and current SGF, a presidential candidate in the person of Atiku Abubakar, the wife of the president also an indegene of the state, so federal might was understandably focused on the state with the security agencies working hard to ensure that PDP does not win at the polls but as God would have it, the masses stood by this government and deliver us a win.
“So, as a party person, the grassroots is where the votes are and we have made promises to them and we are committed to keeping it.”
Speaking on the recent appointments by the state governor he said, “The list of appointees is timely because a governor cannot run government alone, because the list was a product of good synergy between government and the party, so we are positive that Adamawa would be made better by them.
“I assure you that very soon, those criticising this government would be ashamed because we would just spend most of our time commissioning projects across the length and breath of the state.
“I will like to appeal to the people of Adamawa to keep faith with us because we are changing Adamawa for the better.
“We are committing resources to putting structures on ground that would benefit the posterity, we are not thinking about now and today, we are talking of restoring the dignity of our dear state.
“Most of our projects are at the incubation period because funding have already been secured for most of them and work have already began or would soon be starting.
“With the UBEC funding recovered, the people of Adamawa should expect nothing less than one thousand new classrooms across the state and nothing less that about three thousand renovations across the state and this is just one aspect, expect a lot in other sectors.
“In the not too recent past, our local governments in the state were oppressed and deprived of their allocations, but that is not the case, security has also been improved compared to what used to be in the past.
“Those critisicing are people we know, they are political jobbers and would always try to use politics as a means of livelihood.”

Adamawa APC Issues Eviction Notice for Its Members on Fintiri’s Appointment List

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa, has threatened to expunge the names of its members from the party, if they accept appointments from the Ahmadu Fintiri led PDP governmnent in Adamawa state.

Citing article 9.5 of the party’s constitution, the Public Relations Officer of the party said, members who accept appointments from the opposition party forfeited their rights to be members of the party and would immediately be evicted from the APC.

He made this known in a statement issued by the state PRO of the party, Mohammed Abdullahi, and made available to NR Thursday.

Abdullahi said, “We refer to the recent appointments released by the PDP Government in the State that featured the names of some members of our Great Party and wish to draw the attention of the appointees to Article 9.5 of the APC Constitution which states that, any Party Member that accepts a political appointment from any political party or opposition Government ceases to be a member of APC.

“While we commend the loyalty and faithfulness of our Party members who rejected the appointments offered to them by the PDP Government, all those who accept the appointments will have their names removed from the Party Register.

“In conclusion, the APC is keenly watching the PDP government s fruitless efforts in trying to cause commotion and disunity within the APC family. This attempt has failed and will ever fail. We therefore urge our members to remain resolute and focused on supporting the Buhari Administration as we further unite to take over power in Adamawa State in 2023.”

Why Duhu Got it Wrong on “Missing Palliatives”

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“In Defense of Humanity”

Since the unfortunate outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, economies and global institutions have continued to cave in under the devastating impact of this ferocious disease.

As the strongest economies around the world battle to maintain a glimmer of hope in this dark days, governments world over have began to put in measures to provide shock absorbers for their country, its people and those mostly likely to be vulnerable by viciousness of the economic downturn.

It is reported that as a result of the novel COVID-19 pandemic, American businesses have imploded by 1000%, skyrocketing jobless claims into way over 16 million.

The government is reported to have advanced $3 trillion dollars economic stimulus packake to help companies and business maintain resilience and it is right now battling Congress to approve about $300 billion dollars, mainly for small scale businesses, not as a favour but because these are what governments do.

Similarly in Nigeria, the Buhari led government claimed to have expended trillions of naira in conditional cash transfer and some other mysterious palliatives, it is still labouring to explain.

While we await the details and the breakdown of how these monies reached “the most poor Nigerians,” we are aware that a substantial amount of some of these incentives are reported to have been domiciled with state governments and all over the country, the recurring decimal has been a tale of the complete failure to get the relief materials to the poor and those in need, who should be the target of such relief endeavour.

Understandably, that has been a matter of concern to well meaning Nigerians who continue to offer opinions on government’s efforts and most of them have been largely of criticism instead of praise.
One of such offerings was Umar Duhu’s narrative on relief effort in Adamawa, faulting Governor Fintiri’s coordination of the distribution of palliatives supposedly meant for the people of Adamawa state.

While Umar Duhu’s letter, “Adamawa Palliative: Duhu writes National Assembly, Taskforce on COVID-19,” seems like a “noble” letter in concern for the people of Adamawa state, a careful examination of its content suggests it is in fact a mischievous, ill-conceived and misguided article that underpins the fundamental flaw with some Leaders within our political circle and why the need for reorientation of some politicians in Adamawa state and probably Nigeria must be given a serious thought.

Let me take you through the supposedly “letter of concern” to the national assembly and the Presidential task force on COVID-19.

The letter which started by mentioning the less previleged once in its first three paragraphs and no more, except in passive reference to the masses as against PDP stakeholders, whom he portrayed as the beneficiaries of the 21 trailer load of 600 bags of rice each mean for the poor in Adamawa.

The poor was not in anyway, the center of this letter or in the picture of his complains, his party leaning was the heart of the letter.

The first three paragraphs of this epistle of greed, completely betrays every claim to concern for the poor or the people, the letter was supposed to protect.

Duhu’s concern was more about which party gets what rather than how many people in Adamawa really benefitted from the Palliatives!

Many people in Adamawa were not even aware of the entrance of such avalanche of resources into the state, including the press and how 21 trailers of rice were distributed to Adamawa indigenes in twenty one local governments of the state.
Based on Duhu’s submission, the trailers were actually sent to all the local governments, but his only concern was that his side of the party divide was not captured in the sharing of it. Seriously? Shouldn’t Duhu be more concerned about whether the people of Adamawa really got Mr President’s message? If a politician as notable as Duhu still thinks and commoditise people in his state as party products, then something must be really wrong with the way some of politicians think.

After elections and campaigns, we are just one people, Adamawa people from Guyuk, Mubi, Madagali, Maiha, not APC people from there or PDP people from here.

That is commoditisation of human beings. We are not some animals, we are talking about human beings, we cannot label who gets what on the basis of party, would we?

It is not a loot of war, it is relief materials for the needy not even for party people.
If there were 21 trailers of 600 bags of rice each that has been supposedly shared, our concern as citizens should be whether “our people” got it or was it diverted by the politicians within the PDP structure across the local governments?
The line of thinking Duhu is advocating for is the problem that has led us to where we are today, a struggling nation with no moral fabric, a struggle to grab public resources for person gains instead of being concerned with public good.

The bottom line should be regardless of which party is in power, Nigerians should get what rightfully belongs to them? The spirit should be the enquiry for accountability not of partisanship.

It should be whether Fintiri and his people have the fear of God and sense of responsibility and duty, to take the palliatives to all Adamawa indigenes regardless of party, ethnicity or religion?
Duhu’s further reference in his article to Guyuk and Lamurde, as a non APC voting local governments and could have been completely blacked out if party yardstick was the condition for distribution of resources is unfortunate and a passive suggestion to blackmail.
The question that Duhu would have to answer is how can he explain the politics of forty or so roads in Mubi but not a kilometer of road in Lamurde and other areas deemed PDP voting areas! Is that how politics is and should our politicians resort to such ethnic, or geographical branding?

To erroneously and mischievously brand the entire people of Lamurde and Guyuk, as “Political Enemies” of his party and they benefiting from any federal government intervention amounts to “feeding the enemy” and killing the party, is the most callous and reckless statement from a politician in a state as diverse as Adamawa state.

That’s what happens when leaders think that low and commoditise people they lead.
While that line of thinking is an underlying thought in electioneering and in the analysis of voting pattern but to stigmatise and brand a people because of how they vote and even contemplate and saliently suggest that they do not get or deserve to benefit from a relief material from the federal government just because of their voting behaviours is as lame as it is evil.
Bindow’s body language suggested he was surrounded much more by people who feed this line of thought pattern than those who do not and it is quite unfortunate and counter progressive for a progressive.
The article further suggested that if politics was the basis on which the resources was sent to Adamawa, Fintiri, being a PDP governor, would not have had access to these trailers of rice was another low side.
As strange as that narrative was, it however raises the questions of where and how our politics have missed the point and how politicians like this have found their way into the hallowed place of public service.

What comes to mind here is that if people, like Duhu have their way, they would have blocked the supposed trailers from coming to Adamawa just to make a point in their politics of APC and PDP?

At the center of every political struggle, the strategy for winning elections, designing government policies, laws, are the interest of the people and the committement to the service of humanity?

The APC politician should be in hot pursuit of human cause, and not chanting sectional and party slogan.

We are first and foremost, the people of Adamawa before we are either APC or PDP members, that is the message political leaders should champion, instead of flexing their political muscles in the midst of a pandemic just to lay claim to a party’s share in a pandemic relief material.

Duhu has forgotten that there is an ongoing pandemic that has crippled economies, destroying lives and that it is not a joke or an item on the table of his political chessboard.

Though there has not been any reported case of the virus here in Adamawa, the nationwide lockdown effect has grave and real consequences on real people and real lives.

Small scale businesses, like traders, retailers, artisans, among other daily workers, who earn their living by going out daily to work for a living, all these people have been languishing under the weight of the drastic measures taken by the federal and state governments to keep the curve flat here in Adamawa and halt the inter-state spread of the disease at the federal level.

Duhu has missed the point. The intent was to feed the hungry, help the weak and provide succour to the helpless, but Duhu’s submission, did not see much of the poor and weak, it is just about PDP and APC.

That opening, “With heavy heart” that the article started with, was quickly dissipated in Duhu’s machiavelian quest for his party’s share of the loot.

Instead of championing the cause of the poor, who should be the recipient of the relief materials, he was asking for what to get in the midst of the pandemic.

In reference to Edo state as a sharing model that should be replicated in Adamawa and after making a compendium of Adamawa APC big wigs that “Allowed” the palliatives to arrive Adamawa, Umar Duhu, was again wrong, because he must have come to conclusion that it was a favour not a responsibility.

Duhu’s kind of thinking, underlies the error in political thinking and how the sense of duty and responsibility have been eroded from some members of the political class.
That word “Allow” scares me. Allowed? Does government has any other essence other than to do something like this in time of crisis?
Politicians owe the people a responsibility to do this, it is not a favour, it is not allowed or given so that the people would come kneeling before the politician in joyful thanksgiving!

That is the singular most important job of the politician; to seek where these palliatives are, pursue them vigorously and deliver them to their people without party affiliations and without demanding for applause.

Duhu erred in thinking that a palliative is a tool for threat or reward, or a gift item in a politicians collections that can be given to the people as a reward for loyalty and withheld against perceived political enemies.
It is worrying and disturbing, as to where that kind of thinking emanates from. This should be the time when both APC and PDP, come together to provide succour for suffering households.

For those big names listed by Duhu, he should be mobilising them to send relief to their constituents, that’s what is needed at this time.

He should be leading the discourse and enquiry as to what has APC under the leadership of Ibrahim Bilal and the PDP under the leadership of AT Shehu done for the people in this trying time?
These political parties during electioneering, go to every length, comb every village to canvass votes and convince the people, of how much good they have in store for them.

Now is probably the best time to test their true political mettle, this is probably the best time to challenge our parties and politicians to deploy such endeavour and efficiency into good use and provide relief materials for our people who are hard-to-reach and change the negative narrative against politicians that they can only reach them during campaigns!

That’s what Duhu should be fighting everyone about, and not which party gets what!!!

The article in it submission offered a completely strange diversion and conclusion when he said, “I have now come to terms with what is wide the public domain in Adamawa and beyond that, Governor Fintiri has no regards and courtesy for our notable Leaders in and outside the State?”

I honestly don’t know what this has to do with his claims of diversion and hoarding of reliefs materials made for the people, don’t forget, the article started with one, “With heavy heart,” which supposed to suggest his sadness for the poor and those who have been negatively affected by the diversion of resources but somehow, this is playing politics with the pain of the poor, an attempt to play politics on the suffering of the weak?

In the letter, the emphasis was about the inclusion of APC in the procedure not necessarily how well or right the distribution was made, which was somewhat off the mark for me.

Personally, I think it would have been smart politics to have included APC members in the entire relief materials distribution exercise, seeing that it is an act of public good but they should be involved for the right reasons not because they want to get their share of a “national loot!”

For goodness sake, it was meant for the poor, for those who cannot help themselves now, and if PDP collected these items and shared it among party officials and failed to take it to the poor, it still would have been as wrong as the motive Duhu is putting forward for his party’s involvement.

His claim to partisanship distribution was based on party leanings and has nothing to do with a pursuit of a human cause.

His claims that the FG recently distributed N20,000 to 4,000 Adamawa indigenes, instead of clarifying issues, has raise more questions as varying figures pertaining this particular disbursement continue to circulate in the media.

Some account suggests that 16,000 Adamawa indigenes benefitted from it, but it is really not the point.
What should be looked into is how many of Adamawa indigenes were true beneficiaries of this important intervention?
It is pointless if we keep arguing about the numbers and forget about the real people behind the digits!

If Duhu was sure that 50 Trailer, each containing 600 bags of rice came to Adamawa and all he cared for was how his party was not involved, then I am ashamed of the person he has become and the cause he is fighting for.

Everyone familiar with the politics of Adamawa knows that even within his party, the APC, there a number of great people with good hearts and heads, that would not stoop so low to subscribe to this base and mundane narrative.

Amidst this Coronavirus pandemic, there are real people struggling, no food, no shelter, no means of livelihood, nothing!

We should all, as a people rise above, our petty sentiments and dividing lines and stand in defence of humanity and for the cause of the helpless.

Trouble for Adamawa CP As PDP Faction Drags Him to IGP Over Arrest of Chairnan, Lawyer, Others

News Rendezvous

The Adamawa faction of the PDP, Reformed Peoples Democratic party (r-PDP) has petition the Inspector General of Police, over the partisan conduct of the state Commissioner of police, Madaki Audu, after the police boss Friday sent a detachment of mobile Police Officers to Kojoli, about 125 kilometers away from Yola, to unlawfully arrest a factionional ward chairman, Phillip Buji, a lawyer, Husseini Guyuk, who went to the police headquarters bail him and also arrested one Adamu Abdulrahman, who went to deliver food to the detained persons.

The faction claimed that the CP has been behaving in a manner inconsistent with the conduct of a police officer, maltreating members of the faction and refusing to investigate officials complains filed in by the faction.
This is contained in a petition written to the IGP on behalf of group by one of its leaders, Umar Ardo, and made available to News Rendezvous over the weekend.
Ardo in a petition to the IGP said, “Yesterday, the police commissioner dispatched a team of mobile police that went to my hometown, Kojoli, and closed the factional office, removed the hoisted flags, arrested the factional chairman, Phillip Buji, and brought and locked him up in Yola.

“When today we sent a lawyer, Husseini Guyuk, to bail Buji, the lawyer was himself promptly detained.

“My PA, Abdulsalam Adamu, who took food to them is as well detained by the police.

“What is their offense, the police claims that a petition was written against us, which we were yet to be served, by the government factional chairman, one AT Shehu, accusing us of creating a faction.”
Ardo said, his faction has been a subject of constant harassment by the police leading to the destruction of six cars, vandalisation of his house and physical attack on members of his factional side of the party.
Complaining about the conduct of the CP he said, “We write to express our dissatisfaction and loss of confidence in the way and manner the Adamawa State Police Command under Police Commissioner Audu Madaki has been maltreating our members since we broke ranks with the PDP Chapter of the state last July.
“Wading into our party conflict, the CP started acting more as a politician than a police officer.
“A good policeman is supposed to be honest, thorough, firm but fair to all parties in the discharge of his duties. But not Mr. Madaki.”
Detailing the CP’s partisanship he said, “This is a man who superintends a command to which we formally filed a written complaint of physical attack on our factional group in my house by political thugs wielding dangerous weapons sponsored by the other faction while holding a political meeting penultimate February.
“Six cars were destroyed, my house doors, windows and roofs broken, and individuals hurt.
“On duly reporting the assault, police came and inspected the scene, took pictures and interviewed witnesses.
“We gave the police names, telephone numbers and addresses of some of the alleged perpetrators of the crime.
“In addition, the next day we went to the police headquarters along with witnesses and further explained in details the situation to the Police Commissioner himself in the presence of his Assistant Commissioners and other officers at which we were assured of justice.
“But to date, not a single person among those we named was even invited for questioning by the Adamawa State Police Command talk less of arrest.

“On the other hand, when we failed to agree on our differences and we wanted to inaugurate our own factional leadership at the Lelewal Hotel in Yola on 20th February, 2020, the police command went out of its way to seal the venue that we duly paid for to hold a legitimate political ceremony.

“Not taking into account that the Nigerian constitution section 69(1)(g) among other sections has given recognition to the right to faction in political parties, in addition to a litany of Supreme Court judgements on this matter, the police acted in this intimidating manner, claiming that our faction was not registered by INEC.
“Must a faction be registered by INEC before its members have right to meet?
“What are the requirements by INEC to register a political party anyway?

“Doesn’t it require among others opening offices and appointing interim leadership with which to approach the commission for registration?

“How can anyone attain the requirements if the police will deny the installation of leaders and closing their offices?

“On what law did the police ground its action against us? “
He accused the CP of using the police to run PDP’s errand saying, “By what Mr. Madaki is doing, is he not using the police to sabotage our lawful pursuits in alliance with Fintiri’s faction of the PDP?
“In truth the NWC of the PDP chaired by Prince Uche Secondus wrote and directed that we halt our then ongoing membership registration,which we complied.
“It then constituted a Conflict Resolution Committee under the chairmanship of the DNC (North), Sen. Nazif Suleiman, to look into the PDP issues in the state and come up with recommendations.”
The faction challenged the CP to resign his office and join active politics if he wants to take side, “If CP Madaki wants to support the government faction of the PDP in Adamawa state, let him remove the police uniform he is wearing and come to the field.
“He’ll be most welcomed. But he cannot be wearing police uniform and playing party politics in the name of the law.
“Under the present tense situation in the country, and in the state, occasioned by widespread crimes and insecurity, and the Coronavirus pandemic, the police in Adamawa is busy siding with political parties and driving over 125 kilometers to arrest a ward factional chairman. What is the interest of the police seeing that we violated no law?”
The faction call on the IGP to call the CP to order saying, “We respectfully call on the IGP to call the CP Adamawa to order and get him arrest those thugs that attacked us in my house, charge them to court, and either release the Yelli Ward PDP factional chairman, Guyuk and Adamu and sincerely apologize, or charge them to court as well.
“While we avail ourselves for further interrogations, we are appreciative of your prompt action, please.”
NR had earlier reported that the Adamawa state police command had earlier in March raided a hotel, a scheduled venue for the r-PDP’s meeting, with armoured tank and fully armed police officers, denying the faction access to the venue under the guise, that it confirmed with INEC that the group was not registered as a political party.
When contacted, the Adamawa state Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) Suleiman Nguroje, said his attention was drawn to the petition but he has not been officially briefed on it yet.