Atiku Is The Man That Can Bring Food To The Table – Saraki Tells PDP Supporters

Senate President Bukola Saraki says the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is the one capable of bringing food to the table.

Saraki said this on Monday during the launch of the 2019 PDP presidential election campaign in Sokoto.

His words: “The man that can bring food to the table, the man that can fight security, the man that can unite Nigeria is Atiku Abubakar.”

He added that the PDP has come to make situations better and uplift the life of Nigerian citizens.

“Now, they will deceive you to say that this election is about Atiku Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari. But, the election is not between the two of them. The election is about you, it’s about you women, it is about you, the young people of Nigeria. It is about every Nigerian citizen who is suffering untold hardship on account of lack of leadership.

“So, we want to review a lot of things. For instance is your lives better now than in 2015? Is security better now than it was in 2015? Are we more united now in Nigeria than we were in 2015? So, these are the things that are on the ballot paper.

“It is not a contest between Atiku Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari.”

 

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2019: NBC Warns Politicians Against Hate Speech

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has advised Nigerian politicians to guard against hate speech and negative behaviours that might affect the outcome of 2019 general elections.

Its Board Chairman, Mallam Ikra Bilbis, gave the advice at a two-day workshop for broadcast media organisations on Monday in Sokoto.

He identified some of the challenges that could mar peaceful elections to include hate speech and attacks on personality of contestants rather than issue-based political campaigns.

Prof. Jubril Ibrahim, in his presentation on“Presentation of Tapestry Hate Speech Research”, urged NBC to review the laws to guard against hate speech.

Ibrahim urged media organisations against spreading hate speech as it could destroy the election and the country if not well checked.

Prof. Umar Pate, who delivered a paper on “2019 General Elections: Divisive Rhetoric and Use of the Broadcast Media”, said media organisations should be watchful and not air or participate in the spread of hate speech.

The Sokoto State Commissioner for Information, Mr Bello Goronyo, praised the media for playing vital role in the continued unity of the country.

“I appreciate your cooperation and encourage you to continue to be the watchdogs for success of the forthcoming 2019 general elections,” he said.

The theme of the workshop is ‘Media coverage of 2019 elections: challenges, regulatory framework and the way forward for a more democratic society.”

NAN

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2019: Tambuwal Appeals To PDP Supporters To Abstain From Gossips, Idle Talks

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has urged supporters of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state against gossips and idle talks.

Tambuwal spoke on Thursday night during a PDP stakeholders’ meeting in Sokoto.

The governor said that avoidance of gossips and idle talks by the PDP members was necessary in order to consolidate the recent popularity attained by the party in the state.

“Our meeting today was convened to dispel insinuations of an imaginary rift among the party leaders in the state.

“Such rumors were being circulated by the opposition in order to create doubt in the minds of the people of Sokoto state against the PDP.

“I therefore wish to generously clarify that the leaders and the leadership of PDP in Sokoto state are united and focused,” Tambuwal said.

He said that his administration was committed to running an open door policy and welcomed constructive suggestions, pointing out that this could lead to the party’s victory during the 2019 general elections.

Earlier the former governor of the state Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, reaffirmed that the party remained united in the state.

Bafarawa explained that there was no misunderstanding between him and Tambuwal, adding that rumors of such a misunderstanding were false and baseless.

He appealed to the people of the state to continue to support the governor in his efforts to preposition the economy of the state.

NAN

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Tambuwal Swears-In New Commissioners

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Friday swore-in 26 new commissioners in the state and urged them to work towards meeting the expectations of the people.

Recall that Tambuwal had on July 4, dissolved the State Executive Council.

Speaking at the ceremony, the governor said the new cabinet had great role to play in meeting the desire of the people of the state.

“We will ensure that we work together as a team in order to achieve the objectives set aside by the present administration in the state.

“We are in the last quarter of the administration, as such we will concentrate more to ensure that more successes are recorded,” Tambuwal said.

He called on politicians in the state to play the game by the rules and within the ambit of the law and avoid any mischief that would destruct the peaceful nature of the state.

NAN reports that some of the commissioners include Malam Abdullahi Maigwandu, Malam Abdulkadir Abubakar, Alhaji Sa’idu Umar, Hajiya Aisha Madawaki, Alhaji Sulaiman Usman and Alhaji Abubakar Tambuwal.

(NAN)

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Between Bafarawa And Wamakko: A Tale Of Two Homogeneous Politicians, By Usama Dandare

For a brief preamble, I am not going to dissipate your precious time going around the mere allotment of revealing to you all you need to know about the tragedy waiting to befall the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the upcoming 2019 gubernatorial election in Sokoto State. Ahead of the party’s primaries scheduled for today September 30th, about four candidates (Senator Abubakar Gada, Engineer A.A Gumbi, Alh. Ahmed Aliyu and Faruk Malami Yabo) have been intensifying their consultations and lobbying to clinch the party’s ticket, but a major setback is hindering the entire political processes within the APC family.

Senator Aliyu Wamakko who’s the state’s party leader is trying to dominate the entire process and install, against all odds, a less popular candidate at the detriment of whatever nemesis. Akin to a similar move that impaired the political career of former governor Attahiru Bafarawa.

The same arrogance that ended Bafarawa’s political dynasty is the same arrogance that’s presently hunting Senator Wamakko. In 2007, Bafarawa thought he was immortal and his reign is imperishable, he simply overrated his importance and at same time thought he can dictate the future of Sokoto politics.

Basking on the euphoria that his choice is sacrosanct for all Sakkwatawa, Bafarawa went on to present an unpopular candidate, Maigari Dingyadi, as his gubernatorial candidate under DPP against the wishes of all and sundry. ALAS, Bafarawa and his anointed candidate were overwhelmingly defeated in the electoral humiliation of April 14, 2007, in a political hurricane that swept across the entire nooks and crannies of Sokoto state.

Not enough to be a lesson for a man who comfortably rode on the crest of that political hurricane. Senator Aliyu Wamakko is now hell-bent on stepping into Bafarawa’s shoe, he’s hours away from ended his own political dynasty with his own political arsenals. Wamakko today hold a sentiment that he’s a minor deity, a mortal who’s indispensable in the politics of Sokoto State and a demigod who can dictate the choice of Sakkwatawa.

The once masses friendly Wamakko has now developed a reputation for rudeness and intellectual arrogance, to an extent that his effrontery and lordliness has pushed him into believing he owns Sokoto APC and everyone in the state must be answerable to his command. This was exactly who Bafarawa thought he was when he fielded Maigari Dingyadi in 2007, and surprisingly, the same arrogance is now pushing Wamakko to field a very frailed Ahmed Aliyu, a political underdog who lacks all the moral and intellectual capabilities to be a leader.

Albeit he was a two term commissioner during Wamakko’s regime and the incumbent spare tyre to Governor Aminu Tambuwal, yet, he’s still the weakest and the most unsound among the four candidates jostling for the APC gubernatorial ticket. He lack charisma, composure, experience, civilization and the moral values required for leadership. He has no track record of service, no history of credibility neither that of integrity, all he has is his tight relationship with Senator Wamakko which obviously is for a reason known to all.

As sensible and erudite he is heaving in sight, Wamakko need to immediately ponder on the possibility of changing his mind about imposing Ahmed Aliyu. Else, he is substantiating the widely speculated notion that his notorious red chamber colleagues (Bukola Saraki & co.) defected to the PDP and left him to completely destroy APC before returning to his former den. He is undoubtedly on a mission to hand PDP a last minute penalty kick in the race to Lodge Road.

If truly Wamakko is out for the good of APC and the state not for his vested interest as widely speculated, then fielded a wrong and a more weaker candidate where there are more stronger ones should be out of his sight. It’s completely astonishing to how he failed to understand that he’ll be in a very hot soup if PDP return to power in Sokoto, and any slight selfishness will result to that. It’s for his own good not to give PDP a soft challenge, else, he should cry not for his political demise for he might never have a befitting burial.

Usama Dandare, a social commentator write from Sokoto.

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Tambuwal Visits Nasarawa, Promises To Tackle Farmers/Herdsmen Crisis

The Presidential aspirant under the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said that government would developed the solid mineral sector in Nasarawa state and other parts of the country.
Speaking when he met with delegates and leaders of the PDP in Akwanga, Nasarawa state Friday night, Tambuwal described the state as a “strategic state with the best human and mineral resources” and promised to implement policies that will help  achieve her potentials,if elected president of Nigeria.
A statement by Tambuwal Campaign Media Office, Saturday, signed by Spokesman, Dr. Okey Ikechukwu, said the aspirant promised not to pay lip service to the development of the solid minerals sector.
“The time has come to convert the proximity of Nasarawa state to the seat of the Federal Government, Abuja, into real economic and developmental gains for the people of the state.
“I am here today to tell you that the privilege of proximity to the seat of power will give you the reward of deserved gains under my leadership”, Tambuwal assured.
The presidential contender, who is the immediate past Speaker House of Representatives told the PDP delegates that his administration will bring comprehensive and lasting solutions to the menace of farmers/herdsmen violence in the Nasarawa/Benue axis if given the opportunity to serve as president by adopting a specific framework for the area that will identify the root of the challenges and deal with them comprehensively.
He noted that the framework that would work in Nasarawa  may not work in Zamfara or any other state, adding that his government will not adopt a “one solution approach of the current government,”which he said has failed to bring lasting peace.
Tambuwal said if elected President, “Nigeria will have a leader that will make the her proud in the comity of nations, “a leader that has the credential of togetherness, visionary leadership, bridge-building and a leader that will not take decisions shrouded in ethnic and religious biases.
“From my experience and exposure and broad world view, and having visited and interacted with people in all the 360 federal constituencies, as Speaker, I have full understanding of the complexity of Nigeria’s unique diversity. And I know that our strength is in our diversity. But we need a leader that has the ability, understanding and willingness  to unify this great nation and bring her to the path of peace and progress because Nigeria has never been this polarized along ethnic and religious lines. We must say no to clannishness. Nigeria belongs to all and everyone has the right to live and prosper in any part of the country without fear.”, Tambuwal said.
Responding on behalf of the delegates, one of Tambuwal’s former colleagues in the House of Representatives, who hails from Nasarawa,  Hon Mohammed Onawo  Ogoshi, extolled Tambuwal’s leadership credentials, describing him as a credible leader.
On his part, the Nasarawa state PDP chairman,  Hon Francis Ino Kila, also disclosed that Nasarawa State hosts 90 percent of the federal workers in Abuja,  said “your antecedents recommend you for national leadership. Your former colleague here has confirmed that you are one dependable Nigerian who always seeks the common good and our collective national interest”.
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Ex Sokoto Gov Vows To Remain In PDP If He Loses PDP’s Presidential Ticket

A former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa on Friday said he would remain in the party even if he failed to clinch the PDP’s presidential ticket.

Bafarawa spoke in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, when he visited former President Goodluck Jonathan to seek his advice, support and blessing.

Bafarawa said: “I am here (Bayelsa) because former President Goodluck Jonathan is a democrat of Africa, not only in Nigeria. I believe that anybody who is aspiring for anythng in the political arena in this country must come and seek his advice, his support and his blessing.

“That is why I am here. He is a democrat; he knows what it takes to run the government of this country. He is a peaceful and godly man, so there is no way we can run away from coming to seek his blessing.

“I am a democrat. I see politics as a game. Just like Jonathan, he has not been defeated but because he needs peace of the country he accepted a defeat to allow peace to reign. So, I did not join politics for the sake of personal interest, so that if I lose I will leave the party.

“I have been in politics for the past 40 years and I have been in high positions, so I am not here to make money but I think I am a democrat to serve the people. So, I will remain in PDP because PDP is not a limited liability company like the All Progressives Congress.

“Our common objective is to get President Muhammadu Buhari out of power. Therefore, any serious political party in this country is determined to see that in 2019, Buhari has left office so that we will move our country forward.”

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252 Aides To Gov Tambuwal Resign

Two hundred and fifty two  Special advisers and Special assistants appointed by Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state have resigned their appointments.

And they have returned to the All Progressives Congress, instead of working under a PDP government.

Alhaji Ibrahim Haske, a special adviser to the governor and spokesman for all the aides, announced this at a news conference in Sokoto on Sunday.

He said their decision followed  Gov. Tambuwal’s defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“Our appointment is based on the position that APC is the political party governing the state and now that the government belongs to PDP, we have no option other than to resign.

“We are bonafide members of APC and our position has always remained same; we, therefore, resign voluntarily from the PDP government,” Haske said.

Haske, who was a former Sokoto South Local Government Chairman, further explained the decision was based on their desire to support APC to deliver on its mandate after the  2019 general elections.

Alhaji Abdullahi Sokoto, also a special adviser to Tambuwal,  restated the former aides’  commitment and dedication toward ensuring the success of APC across the state.

“We will continue to remain in our party APC and as such, we sacrifice our political appointments to clarify people’s doubt and show our stand on party supremacy.”

He restated the group’s loyalty and support to the policies and programme of the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of APC.

In his reaction, the APC Chairman in the state, Alhaji Sadiq Achida, commended the former aides to Gov. Tambuwal for their demonstration of loyalty to the party.

He said, “the sacrifice of the Special advisers is highly recommended and will surely be rewarded by the people and APC in future.”

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Sokoto PDP Chieftain Leads Thousands Of Supporters To APC In Tambuwal Local Govt

A Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman in Sokoto State, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu-Tambuwal, has led about 10,000 supporters to decamp to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Tambuwal Local Government Area of the state.

Addressing a crowd of supporters on Sunday in Tambuwal, Shehu-Tambuwal said they made the decision freely based on their concern to participate in politics that would facilitate good development.

He said they were convinced to join the party because of the viable policies and projects of the APC-led government, stressing that leadership and democracy should be about enhancing infrastructure and ensuring development for the people.

Shehu-Tambuwal is also a former Commissioner for Education in the state.

Alhaji Umar Maitafsir, the Chairman of APC chapter in Tambuwal Local Government Area, said no fewer than 100,000 people from Yabo, Kebbi, Tureta, Dange/Shuni, Bodinga and Shagari local government areas had also decamped from the PDP to the APC.

Maitafsir described the decamping as a landmark in the political history of Sokoto South senatorial district, attributing the move to Shehu-Tambuwal’s credibility and political contribution in the zone as well as the state.

Speaking while presenting the APC membership card to each of the new members, the Chairman of the state chapter of the APC, Alhaji Sadiq Achida, assured the defectors of a level-playing ground.

Achida said President Muhammadu Buhari’s APC-led government would continue to address the challenges being faced by Nigerians through various projects and policies and urged the people to support the party to succeed at all levels.

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21 Die In Boat Mishap In Sokoto

No fewer than 21 persons lost their lives while 12 others were rescued by local divers, when a canoe carrying 33 people capsized in a river in Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

The Director-General, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Sokoto, Ibrahim Dingyadi, who confirmed the incident to journalists in Sokoto, said the passengers were Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and victims of bandits’ attacks in the area. Dingyadi said the incident occurred as a result of overloading of the canoe. He said as soon as officials of Rabah Local Government Area informed the agency about the unfortunate incident, rescue arrangements were immediately made to save the victims.

“The victims left the camp on their own without informing the officials of the local government council that they are going back home. “In fact, the canoe capsized in the middle of the river while local divers swiftly intervened to save the lives of the 12 other passengers,” he said.

He further said the 21 deceased persons were mostly women and children, adding that they had been buried in accordance with Islamic rites. While warning residents against overloading of passengers on boats, Dingyadi urged the local government officials to sensitise the people on the importance of using safety jackets on boats.

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21 Die In Boat Mishap In Sokoto

No fewer than 21 persons lost their lives while 12 others were rescued by local divers, when a canoe carrying 33 people capsized in a river in Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

The Director-General, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Sokoto, Ibrahim Dingyadi, who confirmed the incident to journalists in Sokoto, said the passengers were Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and victims of bandits’ attacks in the area. Dingyadi said the incident occurred as a result of overloading of the canoe. He said as soon as officials of Rabah Local Government Area informed the agency about the unfortunate incident, rescue arrangements were immediately made to save the victims.

“The victims left the camp on their own without informing the officials of the local government council that they are going back home. “In fact, the canoe capsized in the middle of the river while local divers swiftly intervened to save the lives of the 12 other passengers,” he said.

He further said the 21 deceased persons were mostly women and children, adding that they had been buried in accordance with Islamic rites. While warning residents against overloading of passengers on boats, Dingyadi urged the local government officials to sensitise the people on the importance of using safety jackets on boats.

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Tambuwal Set To Join PDP Today

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State will, on Wednesday, officially declare his defection from All Progressives Congress (APC), to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

A source hinted that all APC ward leaders had been directed to mobilse their members to Sokoto, the state capital, before 12 noon, on Wednesday for the grand rally.

“It is true that all our members across the 23 local government council will converge in Government House tomorrow (Wednesday). In fact, three 18-Seat bus have been allotted to each ward to rally support for our Governor,” the source said.

Meanwhile, a member of the State Assembly, Hon. Sani Yakubu representing Gudu Constituency of the state, had last weekend, debunked speculation making rounds that the entire House would be joining the governor, if he eventually defected to PDP.

In a post shared on the social media platform, Sani stated “Following a Publication of a newspaper of 26th July 2018 stating that the Sokoto State Governor Rt. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and the entire members of the Sokoto State House of Assembly had decamped from the APC to PDP.

“In view of this development I deem it imperative to clear the air on behalf of the 13 Hon. Members of the State House of Assembly and inform the general public especially the good people of Sokoto State that we are still members of APC and remain committed to the course and ideology of the party.

“Therefore the public are to take note not to be deceived by the political prostitutes and misguided elements. We are Buharist.

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