Katsina PDP Files Petition Against Gov Masari’s Election

The katsina chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its governorship candidate senator Yakubu Lado have filed a petition before the governorship election petitions tribunal sitting in the state.

A member of the legal team and senior advocate of Nigeria Gordy Uche who led others to file the petition said, his clients are challenging the victory and educational qualifications of the governor-elect, Aminu Masari of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

With Monday, April 1, 2019, as the deadline for filing petitions challenging the conduct and results of the just concluded governorship elections before the tribunal, the PDP in Katsina state has complied by beating the time.

Speaking shortly after filing the petition on Saturday night, a member of the petitioner’s legal team, Gordy Uche said, they were able to beat the deadline due to the huge evidence on the ground.

He said more lawyers will be joining the team to solidify their grounds when the hearing commences.

For the PDP governorship candidate, Senator Yakubu Lado, he is hopeful of victory at the end of the day as the party has gathered a solid legal team.

Also speaking, the deputy governorship candidate and state chairman of the party, Salisu Majigiri, while calling on their teaming supporters to be law abiding, urged them to pray for the party to emerge victoriously.

The PDP is challenging the conduct of the March 9 governorship elections with governor-elect Aminu Masari, the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the independent national electoral commission, INEC, as respondents before the tribunal headed by Justice H. Kereng.

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Three Abducted INEC Ad-hoc Staff In Katsina Regain Freedom

The three Independent National Electoral commission’s (INEC) adhoc staffs that were abducted on Saturday have regained their freedom.

According to a police report, the three were released at about 9 pm Sunday night.

They have since being reunited with their families.

The Katsina police Command in a statement said they have been taken to Danmusa hospital for medical checkup.

The terse statement reads: ” Today 10/03/2019 at about 21:00hrs, the 3 abducted INEC ad hoc staff were released by their abductors. They have been taken to Danmusa Hospital for medical checkups and later rejoined their respective families. Investigation is top gear with a view to arrest the  hoodlums. I will continue to keep you posted.”

The Nation

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Armed Bandits: Masari Cries Out, Says Katsina Under Security Siege

Governor Aminu Bello Masari says Katsina state is seriously under security siege following the influs of armed bandits from neigboring Zamfara State.

Gov Aminu Masari was speaking during an extra ordinary security meeting held at presidential banquet hall, government house, Katsina.

The Governor told participants at the meeting drawn from eight front line local governments with neighbouring Zamfara state that kidnappings, armed robbery and banditry are rampant.

He said the meeting was therefore called to find ways and means of curtailing criminal incidences in state.

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Katsina APC Rep Defects To PDP

A member of the House of Representatives from Katsina State, Ibrahim Murtala, has defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Murtala, who is representing Matazu/ Musawa Federal Constituency, announced his defection in a letter read by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, on the floor of the house on Tuesday.

In the letter, Murtala said that he wished to inform the house and the general public that he was no longer a card-carrying member of the APC.

The lawmaker said he would from now pursue his political career under the umbrella of the PDP.


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APC’s Victory In Katsina, Kwara And Bauchi By-elections, A Divine Instruction To PDP – Eze

Last Saturday’s Federal House of Representatives by-elections held in Katsina, Kwara and Bauchi States have been described as an indicator to the popular acceptance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the rejection of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by Nigerians.

Making the analogy in a statement issued and circulated in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital on Thursday, a chieftain of the APC in the State, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, also pointed out that the outcome of the by-elections was a parable to the duo of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, that their political reign had come to an end.

Eze, who is also a former ally of the duo National Assembly leaders, noted that the by-elections, held on the eve of the upcoming general elections, was a divine instruction, intended to emphasize that the APC had come to change Nigeria for good, also to stamp the fact that those who used to determine the destinies of millions of Nigerians negatively will no longer have access to public offices as the people are now free to reject them without consequences.

It would be recalled that the by-elections were held on Saturday, November 17, 2018, in Katsina, Kwara and Bauchi; the home states of President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon Yakubu Dogara respectively and the polls were all cleared by the APC. It would also be recalled that Senator Saraki and Hon Dogara had defected from the APC to the PDP earlier in the year.

“Most importantly the APC success in these states signifies the general acceptance of President Muhammadu Buhari as the true leader of our present generation and eclipse of the political careers of some political heavyweights like the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Barr Yakubu Dogara who recently decamped from the ruling APC to PDP whose notoriety and looting of our common patrimony with impunity led to most of the economic challenges currently facing Nigeria.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) convincingly won the by-election into the Kankiya/Kusada/Ingawa federal constituency seat of Katsina State; Toro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State and that of /lrepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero federal constituency of Kwara State while in Katsina, the APC candidate Abubakar Kusada polled  48,518 votes beating his closest rival, the PDP candidate, Abdussamad Abdullah, who polled 20, 193 votes. APC also through Alhaji Yusuf Nuhu, won the by-election in Toro Federal Constituency of Bauchi having scored a total vote of 22,317 to lead his close rival of the PDP candidate, Alhaji Shehu Buba who polled 18,235 votes to come second. In  Kwara the APC’s candidate Olawuyi scored 21,236 votes to beat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Saheed Alatise who polled 18,095 votes.

“This demonstrates, not minding all the PDP propaganda, that the electorate was still enthusiastic about APC and the President Buhar’s administration. What the people of Bauchi and Kwara have done to both Barr Dogara and Dr Saraki respectively is that they are going to be politically buried come February 2019 and I am sure that both Saraki and Dogara would be politically retired by the good people of Kwara and Bauchi for having poorly represented their people and frustrated most of the good programs of the APC administration”, he said.

He, however, congratulated the people of Katsina, Bauchi and Kwara states for once again demonstrating that there are truly patriotic Nigerians, saying “kudos to the Minster of Information and the current political leader of Kwara State, Lai Mohammed and the entire Kwara people for freeing themselves from Saraki who have enslaved them all these years, mis-mismanaged their economic and political rights over the years.

“I urge Nigerians to continue to support and keep faith with the administration of President Buhari as he is on a divine mission to make Nigeria the great nation that God has destined her to be”.

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Customs Seizes N120m Contraband In Katsina

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Zone ‘B’, Kaduna has arrested six persons in connection with seizure of 51 vehicles and contraband valued at N120,686,000.00 between October and November 2018.

Displacing the seizures before journalists on Monday in Katsina, the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Comptroller, Sarkin Kebbi Mustapha, said the seizures were based on credible intelligence gathering by officers of the Service on patrol within the period under review.

He enumerated the seized items to include 1,534 bags of rice, 3,130 cartons of spaghetti, 86 bags of sugar, 145 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 50 bales of second-hand clothing and the 51 vehicles used as means of conveying the smuggled items.

Mustapha said: “Presently, we have about three defendants that are under detention here. In our Kaduna headquarters, we have three defendants as well.

“Normally, when we arrest them, we ask them to get a lawyer and a surety so that we can give them administrative bail pending the time we need them for prosecution.”

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APC Ahmed Kaita Wins Katsina North Senatorial Bye-Election

Alhaji Ahmed Babba Kaita of the All Progressives Congress (APC ) has been declared the winner of the bye election conducted in the Katsina North Senatorial District.

The  returning officer of the Independent National  Electoral Commission (INEC) in Katsina  Prof  Hudu  announced the result at 4:42 am  in Daura on Sunday.

Prof  Ayuba-Abdullahi said Kaita who is a member of the House of Representatives scored 224,607 votes, while his elder brother and a retired customs officer,  Alhaji Kabir Babba Kaita of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  scored 59,724 votes

Abdullahi said the total number of registered voters was 864,046.  The number of accredited voters was 308,500.

According to him, the total votes cast was  294,050, out of which  287,155 votes were counted as valid  and 10,891 rejected.

Six political parties contested for the seat, which became vacant after the death of Senator Bukar Mustapha.  Apart from the APC and PDP, the other parties that took part in the election were Democratic Alliance (DA),Green Party of Nigeria (GPN),  Masses Movement of Nigeria(MMN)  and MPN.

GPN scored 1056, DA  796, MPN  633 and  MMN 343 votes.

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Vice President Osinbajo Promises To Compensate Victims Of Katsina Flood Tragedy

The Federal Government has promised to compensate families of victims of the flood that ravaged communities in Katsina State on Sunday.

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), who paid a condolence visit to the state on Tuesday, said government will collaborate with the state and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to compensate the victims.

He arrived at Jibia Local Government Area, where 10 communities were affected  in company of the state governor, Bello Masari, on Tuesday.

No fewer than 45 persons were reported killed after a downpour wreaked havoc in the communities.

More than 1,000 houses were also destroyed with over 250 livestock confirmed killed in the heavy rain which started around 11:00 pm on Sunday and lasted till the early hours of Monday.

The Governor described the incident as sad, noting that the state will take measures to prevent a recurrence.


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Capsized Boat Kills Four In Katsina

A boat has capsized killing four teenage girls in Malumfashi Local Government area of Katsina State.

The victims were locals from Unguwar Dan Zango in Kankara Local Government Area who usually went to fetch vegetables across Malumfashi dam.

Confirming the incident to Radio Nigeria, local authorities explained that five girls boarded the boat but one of them was successfully rescued by residents of Malumfashi town.

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President Buhari Arrives Katsina, To Hold Talks With Togolese President

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday arrived Katsina, for a two-day official visit.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the presidential aircraft carrying him and some aides landed at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport, Katsina at about 9.56 a.m.

The President was received by Gov. Aminu Masari, cabinet Ministers, State’s and Federal Government officials.

He also inspected a Guard of Honour mounted by a joint team of the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force at the airport.

Pres. Buhari is billed to hold bilateral talks with the visiting Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbe Eyadema while in the state.

He will also pay sympathy visit at the palace of Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumuni Usman where he would address traditional, community and religious leaders as well as stakeholders in the state on national issues.

The President will use the opportunity to condole the government and people of the state over the recent flood disaster occasioned by windstorms and heavy downpour.

About six persons died during the disaster which also resulted in damage to over 530 houses in the state.

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Governor Masari Bags Tunisian Award Of Science, Technology

The Tunisian Association for Future of Science and Technology, has presented special award of excellence to the Katsina state governor Rt honourable Aminu Bello Masari.

Presenting the award on Saturday at the Tunisian city of Monastir, the association said the award was based on governor Masari’s immeasurable outstanding support in the development of innovation in science and technology.

Ibrahim Explained that the award was received on behalf of the governor by Musa Abdu Dankama, the director education resource center in the state ministry of education on behalf of the education commissioner Prof Badamasi Lawal Chiranci.

Our correspondent earlier reported that the day wing of government college Funtua represented Katsina and Nigeria at the just concluded international festival for science and technology held in Tunisia last week.

The contingent swept the competition with 3 bronze medals, on presentation of their original project tittles Multi purpose thermal solar collector system showcased at the festival .

The DG Media recalls that the Katsina state took the first position during the preliminary festival held in Abuja last month.

Ibrahim M Abdullah
Director General
Katsina Media and publicity

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Electoral Amendment Bill Is PDP Agenda, Katsina Lawmaker Alleges

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim has insisted that the Electoral Act Amendment 2018 which sees to reverse the order of elections is Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agenda aimed at frustrating the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the 2019 election.

The Katsina South lawmaker, who spoke in Abuja, insisted that those plotting to override the President’s assent on the Bill will fail.

According to him, it is practically impossible for those plotting to override the assent of the President to secure two-third majority on the floor of the upper chamber.

Ibrahim described the adoption of the conference report which placed presidential election last in reordered sequence of elections as an afterthought that will be defeated on the floor of the Senate.

He said: “I am sure there is no way we can override the President on the floor of the Senate. They cannot get the two-third required to override Mr. President. I am against the Bill. You cannot just come now and say you want to change the election sequence. I will not for vote for it. I will stand up to oppose it even if it is only me alone. I will oppose it. I am from Katsina State. Whatever happens, I will oppose it.”

“Even if the National Assembly has the power to reorder election sequence, it remained an afterthought coming when it did.

“The PDP has no president, APC has. From the totality of the Bill, this Bill is working for the PDP, not APC. The Bill is PDP agenda.”

On the legal advice which dismissed the premise upon which President Buhari withheld assent to the Bill, Ibrahim noted that whatever the legal advice might be, it will still come to the floor of the Senate for consideration.

Ibrahim asked Nigerians not to worry about the Bill since “it will die a natural death”.

Nigerians, he said, should rather worry about the inability of the National Assembly to pass the 2018 budget months after it was presented.

He also said that Nigerians should be worried about the inability of the Senate to confirm many nominees forwarded to it for consideration and approval.

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