Sokoto Assembly Passes Budget

The Sokoto State House of Assembly has passed the 2019 Budget of N169.652 billion as proposed by Governor Aminu Tambuwal.

The Appropriation bill was passed following a motion moved by the Assembly Majority Whip Alhaji Habibu Modachi representing Isa constituency.

The motion came after consideration of a report by the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation.

Presenting the report, the Committee Chairman, Alhaji Malami Muhammad, said that the amount proposed for both recurrent and capital expenditures remained the same as submitted by the governor.

Alhaji Muhammad said the sum of N70,468,519,058.00 representing 41.53 per cent is for recurrent expenditure while N99,184,252,425.00 representing 58.47 per cent is  for capital expenditure and both remained the same.

He also said based on the genuine request of the Sub-Committee, the Committee moved resources to accommodate some important demands and interest of the people.

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Sokoto Governor Declares Public Holiday To Pray For Shagari

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal has declared Monday, Dec. 31, as public holiday in the state to enable residents offer special prayer for the repose of the soul of former President, Shehu Shagari.

This is contained in a statement by the Governor’s Director General, Media and Public Affairs, Malam Abubakar Shekara in Sokoto.

Tambuwal said that the declaration followed consultation with the Sultanate Council.

“The state government therefore, requests Imams across Sokoto and the general public to dedicate the day for special prayers for the repose of the soul of the former President and for peace and progress of the nation at large.

“The government also directs all flags at public and private premises be flown at half mast in honor of the late former President, Shehu Shagari,” it said.

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NAF To Establish Additional Response Unit In Sokoto

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar, says  additional Quick Response unit will be established in sokoto for the success of the ongoing Operation Diran Mikiya targeting bandits at Dajin Rugu,Zamfara

Air Marshal Sadiq  Abubakar, stated this in Gusau while speaking to newsmen shortly after an assessment tour in Zamfara State .

He gave an assurance that more personnel and equipment would be deployed to Sokoto in order to support operations in Zamfara from Katsina and Sokoto axis.

The Chief of Air Staff also assured the government and people of Zamfara state that the activities of bandits would soon be a thing of the past adding that intelligence is the key in dealing with present security challenges.

According to him, smaller outposts would be created in Sokoto for fuelling and landing of Aircrafts.

The Acting Governor and Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Sanusi Garba Rikiji assured the security agents of the state’s support to end activities of bandits.

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We Have Lost Confidence In The Nigerian Police, Says PDP

Sokoto State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said yesterday that it has lost confidence in the Nigerian Police Force.

The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Abdullahi Yusuf Hausawa, stated this yesterday a press conference.

He said: “From all indications, they have become partisan, segregated and partial, by dancing to the tune of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), whose cards they play at will.”

Hausawa alleged harassment, intimidation, molestation, unlawful arrest and unwarranted detention of its esteemed members without arraignment in court for over one week.

According to him, the ill treatment being meted out by the police was at variance with the promise made by President Muhammadu Buhari on fairness, equality and justice to all Nigerians, without fear or favour.

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Re: Sokoto PDP Flag Off: Gainers And Losers. A Rejoinder To Abu Shekara, By Usama Dandare

I read with adore an article with the above caption published on Page 43 of Daily Trust of Tuesday, December 11, 2018, written by one Abu Shekara, the Director General, Media and Public Affairs to Sokoto State Governor, on the recent PDP flag off campaign launched in Sokoto last week. I initially intended not to respond to that academic suicide but for the emphasis education, I think it’s imperative to set the records straight.

In the said piece, Abu Shekara opined that the campaign rally left an impression that portend a number of implications for the political landscape of the Northwestern region and the nation as a whole. Which according to him gainers and losers emerged in the aftermath.

Like a clever monkey who always dances when given some banana, Mr. Shekara attributed the major gain to the PDP basking on the euphoria that a mammoth crowd stood at Kangiwa Square venue of the event for over six hours, wanting to catch a glimpse of the event. This in all ramifications is more or less a blatant lie, I was in Sokoto when the flag off campaign was held and didn’t notice any of such crowd that Abu Shekara was pointing at. In fact, I didn’t even knew there was an event of sort going on in the state until a friend of mine informed me that Atiku Abubakar was holding a campaign rally at Kangiwa Square. I quickly rushed to the said venue to see things for myself and to my dismay, all I saw were thugs carrying all sorts of weapons and destroying people’s vehicles who they perceived to be opposition members while others were busy selling hard drugs at the main entrance of the square. I had to parked my car at a nearby building belonging to FOMWAN for fear of being attacked and trekked several metres to the venue. And alas I saw, I saw an empty field with half filled canopies and some jobless youths roaming about while others were busy playing football. If what I saw was what Abu Shekara meant by “an unprecedented crowd”, then I am sorry but he need to see an ophthalmologist for cross-examination.

Mr. Shekara always cited Governor Tambuwal as an individual who stood to gain more from the gathering but unknown to him, Tambuwal only succeeded in blowing away his last remaining political goodwill by hosting a corruption tainted Atiku Abubakar in a state that’s yet to heal from the scores of perpetual corruption inflicted upon it in the last three to four years due a gross maladministration. The event also highlighted Tambuwal’s imminent political demise as he failed to galvanised support for his unmarketable commodity. His showing at the rally has indeed casted no doubt that he’s not in control of Sokoto politics as people are seen going about there daily activities while the rally was been held.
Over the last three to four years since Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal became Governor, not much can be said about his achievements as governor of the state. For the most part, until people began to complain, the Governor was always out of the state. The local governments today has been made moribund, and we haven’t seen or heard anything interesting going on in Sokoto State.

Another personality who Abu Shekara claimed to have gained more from the jamboree was Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, the former state governor who currently cannot deliver even his own local government. One would be left in doubt if Bafarawa received a rousing welcome at the occasion, this is someone with little or no electoral value, a man who in 2007 was overwhelmingly defeated despite the power of incumbency and a man whose greed made him to field his son as the PDP flag bearer for Isa/Sabon-Birni federal constituency in 2015 but was unable to secure the seat for him. If not for Abu Shekara’s lack of reasoning, how do you expect an expired politician who failed to impose his son on only two local governments to deliver 23 LGAs for the PDP. I think something must be wrong with this guy upstairs.

To Abu Shekara, APC is the main loser considering the fact that the Sokoto flag off was an exhibition of the kind of support and popularity the PDP is currently enjoying in the state which according to him can be measured with the mammoth crowd that greeted the occasion. I still wonder if Mr. Shekara really understand the full meaning of ‘mammoth crowd’ but however, the PDP outing can only be compared to the reception given to Sowore in Kano, as far as crowds go.

Abu Shekara ended his verbal masturbation with the usual attack on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, insisting that Nigerian masses are without argument, worse off in the last three years than they can ever recall. It’s baffling or sometimes laughable to see Governor Tambuwal or any of his foot soldier accusing the Buhari government of underperformance, it’s hypocritical and absolutely deceitful for any Tambuwal supporter to accuse someone of underperformance. This is a government that claimed to have spent over N400billion in the last four years without a single visible project to show on ground, a government that cannot pay tuition fees for students not to mention of any infrastructural development. No wonder, they called Tambuwal a ‘silent achiever’, a leader whose achievements cannot speak for themselves must be named a silent achiever.

Just like Abu Shekara said: “there is a limit to how far a people can be taken for granted.” We also the people of Sokoto State would not allow any unproductive politician to toy with our future again, we are patiently waiting for Tambuwal at the polls to hand him the greatest surprise of his life. A monumental electoral humiliation awaits him and his cohorts come 2019 general elections. Only a fool make same mistake twice and I believe the good people of Sokoto State are not fools and will never be.

Instead of testing his vocabularies on national dailies and writing blatant lies, it will be very logical for Abu Shekara to use that avenue to market his boss by telling us what they have done in the last three years and what they are planning to do for the future. Governor Tambuwal would not be judged by the number of crowd he rented to dupe Atiku but by what he has done for the masses.

Usama Dandare, a social commentator write from Sokoto.

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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.”


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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.


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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.


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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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