Sule Dismisses Claims Of Sacking Nasarawa LG Chairmen

A file photo of Governor Abdullahi Sule.



Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State says contrary to reports circulating on social media, his administration has no plan to dissolve the 13 elected local government chairmen.

The governor stated this on Monday while receiving the council chairmen at the Government House.

Sule who dismissed the report said that as a law-abiding citizen, he will not be found wanting by breaching the law.

“I saw a report that this administration was going to dissolve the local and institute new chairmen. The way you saw it was the way I saw it.

“I never heard of it, I never even thought of anything like that. It has never crossed my mind, nobody ever advised us on anything in that line. And I never dreamt of it and if the deputy governor dreamt of it, he never told me,” he said.

While calling on the council chairmen to ignore the claims, Sule assured them that his administration will not short-change the mandate given to them by the people.

Speaking further he said: “You are working with us as a team in order for us to work towards developing this state and taking this state to the next level. If the law said you are taking ten years, A. A Sule will allow you to spend your ten years.”

He, however, appealed to members and supporters of opposing political parties to avoid acts capable of breaching the existing peace in the state.

The governor warned that for the state to develop, the citizens must learn to accept outcomes of judgments from ongoing cases at the various election petition tribunal without recourse to acts that are inimical to peace.

Governor Sule’s remarks come days after the governor returned to the state after attending the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York as part of the delegation who accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari to the event.

Nasarawa Election: Tribunal Upholds Governor Sule’s Victory

A file photo of Governor Abdullahi Sule.



The Governor Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia, Nasarawa State has dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, David Ombugadu.

The PDP and its candidates had filed the suit to challenge the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Abdullahi Sule, in the March 9 poll.

They sought an order of the court for a fresh election in Nasarawa, alleging that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not comply with the accreditation requirements in more than 90 per cent of the polling units in the state.

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In its ruling on Saturday, the Tribunal dismissed the petition for lack of merit after over eight hours of a thorough review of proceedings.

The chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Abba Mohammed, upheld the election of Sule as the governor of the state.

He ruled that the first respondent (the governor) truly scored the highest votes cast and that the petitioners’ allegations of pervasive case of non-compliance with the Electoral Act (2010 as amended); over-voting, undue allotment of votes to the APC, disenfranchisement of voters, widespread irregularities, and violence cannot be seriously relied upon.

According to the judge, the petitioners were unable to provide proper proves and credible evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.

Reacting to the judgement, counsel to the respondent, Sherrif Mohamed, commended the ruling while that of the petitioners, Gambo Afiku, appreciated the ruling.

He, however, said the next line of action for his clients would be based on further consultations.

Ruga Scheme: Nasarawa To Implement Own Version, Says Sule

A file photo of Governor Abdullahi Sule.



Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, says his administration will implement its own version of the Ruga Settlement Scheme, although the project was suspended by the Federal Government.

He stated while hosting a delegation of Fulani leaders, associations, elders and Ardos from across the state that paid him a visit on Sunday in Lafia, the state capital.

Governor Sule noted that even the initial scheme put in place by President Muhammadu Buhari was voluntary, as there was no compulsion whatsoever to implement the project aimed at creating lasting peace between farmers and herdsmen in the country.

He added that while his colleagues heeded the advice to suspend the project, they agreed that they would embark on it in their various states.

The governor said, “Even though the Federal Government has suspended its Ruga project, some of us agreed to continue with the same project in our states, hoping that its advantage will become evident.”

He, however, denied claims that the suspended Federal Government Ruga settlement scheme was compulsory.

“Nobody brought Ruga project to me. I personally approached the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to learn more about the scheme and I was interested,” he added.

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Governor Sule who said that there will not be any meaningful development without peace commended President Buhari for his efforts geared towards lasting peace across the country.

He also commended the Fulani leaders for the visit, stressing the need for peaceful coexistence between herdsmen and farmers.

The governor asked them to carry their people along, saying, “As leaders, you don’t have any justification to cause division among your followers.”

He also used the opportunity to call on youths to desist from criminal activities such as kidnapping and cattle rusting, urging them to go back to school in order to help in nation-building.

Earlier, leader of the delegation and Sarkin Fulani Dangi, Senator Walid Jibrin, said the purpose of the visit was to discuss with the governor about the Federal Government proposed Ruga programme for herdsmen, and the willingness of the Nasarawa State government to adopt the project.

Senator Jibrin, who also doubles as the Chairman of Ardos in Nasarawa State, commended the governor over his recent peace proposals to his Benue State counterpart, Governor Samuel Ortom, with a view to sustaining the existing peace in the two neighbouring states.

According to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) BoT Chairman, the visit would go a long way in resolving the lingering crisis involving herdsmen and farmers not only in the two states but across the country.

Ruga: Nasarawa Governor Sule Urges Farmers, Herders To Embrace Peace


The Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has asked farmers and herdsmen across the country to embrace peace.

The governor made the appeal in a statement by his Director General, Strategic Communication and Press Affairs, Yakubu Lamai.

His call follows the Federal Government’s suspension of the Ruga programme aimed at tackling the recent clashes that have led to the loss of several lives and properties.

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According to the statement, the governor said he believes in peaceful coexistence, inclusiveness as well as embracing all citizens be they, herders or farmers.

He also promised to support initiatives by the Federal Government towards ensuring peaceful coexistence between herders and farmers.

Sule also stressed the willingness of his administration to assist the government in providing initiatives aimed at fostering peace, as well as nurture harmonious relationship between herders and farmers.

‘We’ll Reward Performance’, Nasarawa Governor Sule Tells Civil Servants


Governor Abdullahi Sule has assured civil servants in Nasarawa State thathis administration will reward outstanding performance as he plans to reform the service.

He stated this on Thursday at a meeting with permanent secretaries, Heads of Boards, departments and agencies at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

“We will reward performance and we set some system in place for retraining lack of performance and if possible, also punitive measures for people who just refuse to perform.

“The idea is not to look at punishing anyone, the most important aspect is to reward performance, but where we are not able to get the performance, we investigate what is happening and then we take appropriate action in order to do that, he said.

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According to the governor, competent hands will be assigned roles to perform as adequate training will be given and work tools provided in that regard to lay the foundation for actualising the set goals of his administration.

He also promised to apply some punitive measures on those who deliberately exhibit a lackadaisical attitude towards work.

Speaking on the training of the workers, Governor Sule said, “the state government will provide them with the proper training, and provide them with the tools that they require, then we set goals for them and then set up a reward performance appraisal system.”