Appeal Court Affirms Bello’s Election As Niger Governor

Easter: Governor Bello Challenges Residents On Nation Building
A file photo of Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello

 

 

A Court of Appeal has affirmed the election of Mr Abubakar Bello as the duly elected governor of Niger State.

The court gave the affirmation on Saturday in a unanimous judgment delivered by a five-man panel of justices, while ruling on the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the March 9 poll, Umar Nasko.

It held that it lacked the jurisdiction to enter judgment against Mister Bello as the appellants failed to conclude their petition within 180 days, as stipulated by Section 294 Sub-section 2 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Justice Oyebisi Omoleye, who read the lead judgment, insisted that election matters must be concluded within the 180 days prescribed by law.

The judge held that having failed to do that, the appeal filed by the PDP and its candidate has failed and was subsequently dismissed.

Tribunal Dismisses PDP’s Forgery Case Against Governor Bello

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,
Niger Governor, Abubakar Bello

 

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Niger State has dismissed the petition by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Umar Nasko against Governor Abubakar Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC)

The PDP and its candidate are challenging the Bello’s victory in the recently held governorship election stating that he submitted forged certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The tribunal, led by Justice John Igboji, while dismissing the petition said it constitutes an abuse of court process because it had been heard and decided by a Federal High Court.

Consequently, the Tribunal upheld the Preliminary Objection of the 2nd Respondent (APC) against the Petition of Umar Nasko and the PDP on the allegation of Certificate Forgery made against Governor Abubakar Bello, saying for the same reason.

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Easter: Governor Bello Challenges Residents On Nation Building

Easter: Governor Bello Challenges Residents On Nation Building
A file photo of Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello.

 

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has called on Christians in the state to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ who dedicated his life to the cause of mankind.

In his Easter message on Sunday, the governor asked the people to be committed to rebuilding the nation.

“I enjoin Christian faithful to remain dedicated and to live according to the will of the Almighty,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Jibrin Ndace.

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He added, “I felicitate with our Christian brothers and sisters as they celebrate Easter.

“In the spirit of the season, I urge all Christians to live up to expectations of the Christian faith by living an exemplary life as Jesus Christ did.”

Governor Bello urged Christians in the state to live a Christ-like life by making sacrifices that would ensure growth and development of the state.

He noted, “Jesus Christ lived a life of dedicated and selfless service, tolerance, love, peace, simplicity, humility and sacrifice.

“It behoves on all Christians at this crucial time to emulate these virtues that are necessary ingredients for the growth and development of our dear state and the country.”

The governor then urged civil servants and all stakeholders to be dedicated to their duties for a better Niger State for the benefit of all.

He also enjoined them to continue to pray for leaders at all levels and for peace, progress and stability in the state and country.

Governor Bello gave assurance that he would continue to ensure good governance and development in all sectors of the state.

Abubakar Bello Re-Elected Governor Of Niger State

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Abubakar Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been re-elected governor of Niger State.

The APC governorship candidate polled 526,412 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Umar Nasko of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled a total of 298,065 votes.

The Returning Officer, Professor Angela Miri, announced the result at the INEC collation centre in Minna, the state capital, saying Governor Bello was declared the winner and returned elected having polled the highest votes in the election.

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Earlier, there was a mild drama at the collation centre as some PDP women supporters numbering about 20 stormed the centre to demand that the results be canceled.

They described the results as a scam, alleging that the figures had been manipulated to favour the ruling APC. They accused the APC of stealing their mandate and insisted that justice must be done.

They also asked the PDP State Chairman, Tanko Beji, to reject the results by refusing to append his signature to the final result sheet.

In what looked like a response to the protesters’ demand, Mr. Beji who had been on the ground to monitor the process left the centre without signing the final result sheet.

Meanwhile, results presented by the various local government electoral officers showed that the APC won all the 25 local government areas in the governorship election.

The party also won 21 state House of Assembly seats declared, with the winners of the remaining 6 seats yet to be announced, at the time of filing this report.

Confusion In PRP As 21 Political Parties Back Gov Abubakar Bello

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,
Niger Governor, Abubakar Bello

 

A total number of 21 political parties under the aegis of the United Political Parties in Niger State have endorsed Governor Abubakar Bello for a second term.

They declared their support at an event put together by the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s secretariat in the state on Wednesday.

Presenting the endorsement letter jointly signed by the political parties, the leader of the group and state chairman of the Democractic Peoples Party (DPP), Mohammed Babakashi, said the move was based on the governor’s performance since assumption of office in 2015 and is for the progress of the state.

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The decision, however, appears not to go down well with the governorship candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Yahaya Daudu, whose running mate was among those who endorsed governor Abubakar Bello.

Contrary to the claims of the running mate, Daudu believes the party’s hierarchy was not duly consulted.

Speaking to Channels Television at his office in Minna, he stated that the party is not aware of his decision and therefore, accused him of engaging in anti-party activities.

Governor Bello Vows To Track Down Those Behind Attacks On Niger Communities

Governor Bello Vows To Track Down Those Behind Attacks On Niger Communities
A file photo of Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello.

 

The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has vowed to bring to justice those who carried out attacks on communities in Rafi and Shiroro Local Government Areas, which led to the death of at least five persons.

The governor made this promise on Wednesday during his visit to the camps set up for persons displaced as a result of the attacks in Rafi Council.

He described the incident as unfortunate and called for collaboration between security agencies in Niger, Kaduna and Zamfara states to end the activities of armed bandits in the border villages.

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Gunmen reportedly numbering over 30 invaded the communities in the two councils on Thursday last week, but the information did not reach the authorities until this week.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Ibrahim Audu, about 4,000 persons were displaced as a result of the attacks.

Mr Audu added that they are taking shelter in temporary camps provided by the state government at Kagara Central Primary School and Pandogari Primary School, in Rafi.

He said that the state government had provided some palliatives in the form of food items and sleeping materials.

“NSEMA has activated the temporal camps with profiling of the affected persons and Health personnel have been deployed to the two camps,” the emergency agency’s spokesman revealed.

“The state government has directed provision of all requirements for camp operation,” he said.

The attack is believed to have been carried out by armed bandits suspected to be fleeing Kaduna State which shares borders with the two local government areas in Niger.

2019: Resign Now, Gov Bello Tells Appointees Seeking Elective Offices

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,
Niger Governor, Abubakar Bello

 

The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has ordered political appointees aspiring for elective offices to resign their appointments forthwith.

In a statement by the Information Officer to the Secretary to Niger State Government, Lawal Tanko, the governor’s directive was given at the weekly meeting of the State Executive Council which was held at the Government House on Wednesday.

The governor decided to relieve the appointees of their positions to enable them to pursue their ambition ahead of the 2019 general elections.

He, however, appreciated them for their tremendous contributions to the growth and development of the state.

Governor Bello Warns Against Jungle Justice, Anarchy

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello has again, cautioned citizens against taking laws into their hands or carrying out vengeance against their fellow beings.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Jibrin Ndace, Governor Bello noted that his administration has invested heavily on security to protect the lives of its people and would, therefore, not fold its arms and watch some miscreants undermine law and order in the state.

The Governor said peace and security are not just a top priority of the administration, but appropriate steps have been taken to ensure safety of lives and property.

“We have been consistent in our support for security agencies in the state in discharge of their responsibility. We have also taken proactive measures in mitigating security challenges such as provision of motor-cycles for vigilantes in Local Government Areas in the state.”

This is coming on the heels of a recent breach of peace and security which resulted in the unfortunate death of about 20 people in the village of Epogi in Mokwa Local Government Area of the state.

Bello, who described the Epogi massacre as callous and dastardly, warned that his administration would never tolerate lawlessness, assuring that the incident will be investigated and the culprits brought to justice.

“We are not unmindful of the recent upsurge in security threats across the state, but government together with security agencies shall continue to protect the lives and property of our people.”

The Governor, who emphasized that security was a collective responsibility, called on all stakeholders to support government and security agencies in their efforts at providing a safe and secured environment for all citizens.

The Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ketso, had earlier, visited the village of Epogi where he commiserated with the people, presently taking refuge in Kpata Katcha Local Government Area and assured them of government’s intervention.

Also with the Deputy Governor were Niger State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu; Director General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Inga; Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Jonathan Vatsa; Special Advisers and other political appointees.

Niger Governor Signs 2017 Budget Into Law

Niger Governor Signs 2017 Budget Into LawThe Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, on Wednesday signed the 2017 Appropriation Bill of the state into law.

Presenting the approved copy of the N116 bn budget for the governor’s assent, the Speaker of the State Assembly, Honourable Ahmed Marafa, said the lawmakers tinkered with the proposed budget and increased it by N8 bn.

Details of the budget approved by the Assembly showed that N67 bn was for capital expenditure while the recurrent expenditure gulps N48 bn.

The Speaker commended the governor’s foresight in preparing a budget whose capital expenditure profile is higher than the recurrent expenditure.

He said the governor has shown commitment to actualising the restoration agenda of his administration and pledged the continued support of the lawmakers.

Signing the bill into law, Governor Bello said his findings at the ongoing ‘Mid Term Project Assessment and Meet the People Tour’ of the local governments would form the bedrock of 2018 budget.

He declared that henceforth, budget preparation in Niger State would be determined by the needs of the people.

“Our past budgets have been copy and paste. Our budget should be what the people want and not what we think they want. Findings from the ongoing tour will be used to prepare 2018 budget,” Governor Bello said.

Police Clamp Down On Rustlers, Others In Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Police Command has signed a new partnership with some stakeholders in the state, aimed at ridding the state of criminals.

The Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Bello, who disclosed this to Channels Television said a special operation launched by the Command has led to the arrest of 40 suspects apprehended for terrorising Mararraban Udege and Agwada areas in the state.

He noted that the rate of crime especially kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling has been on the rise in the areas, with hoodlums using the hills there as hideouts.

Mr Bello added that the trend propelled their decision to form a special crack team comprising of members of vigilante and Miyetti Allah groups, with the aim of clamping down on criminals.

“We have now started collaborating with the vigilante and members of the Miyetti Allah association, in order to get to the roots or places where these kidnappers hide on top mountains around Udege, Mararraban Udege, Udege Mbeki, Agwada and others. We got an information that this is where the criminals stay, they periodically come down to commit crime.

“This time around, with this collaborative efforts, it paid us very well because we launched a special operation with a special team which took about two weeks and during that two weeks, we were able to storm those mountain areas and chase some of them out and recover about 500 rustled cows, and also we made arrests of some of the hoodlums, about 40 of them,” he said.

In spite of the success recorded, the Police Commissioner assured the people of Nasarawa State that the operation would be a continuous exercise, until the rate of crime was reduced to the barest minimum.

“We are going to be on their trail to make sure that we get them and I believe with this exercise that we have started, we are going to have relative peace in those areas,” he avowed.

During the operation, the Police recovered 500 cows, 13 motorcycles and one AK-47 rifle with live ammunition among others.

Niger Govt. Claims N6bn Found With Ex-commissioner

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello says the six billion Naira found in the account of a former commissioner in the state by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), belongs to the state government.

The EFCC had weeks ago announced the discovery of two bank accounts containing two billion Naira each with the funds suspected to be the proceeds of crime.

The governor told journalists in Abuja that an additional two billion Naira had been traced to the ex-commissioner, bringing the total amount discovered to six billion Naira.

According to the governor, the funds are believed to have been siphoned through inflated Hajj subsidies offered by the state government to pilgrims.

The governor, who commended the EFCC for its efforts in recovering stolen funds, promised that the funds would be deployed to developmental projects.

The EFCC has since declared the ex-commissioner wanted.

Supreme Court Affirms Bello As Niger State Governor

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,The Supreme Court on Friday in Abuja upheld the election of Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello.

The court declared that the case by a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mustapha Babangida, lacked merit.

In the judgement delivered by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, the appellant did not participate in the election, even though he is an APC card-carrying member.

Mr Babangida had asked the apex court to nullify the election of Governor Bello and called for a fresh election.

He earlier dragged the APC to the Federal High Court in Minna, claiming among other reliefs that the party was biased and that the governor’s emergence as the APC flag bearer was null and void.

Ruling on the case with Suit No. FHC/Minna/255/2015 and dated February 3, 2016, Justice Onnoghen said after considering the issues, citing the case of Audu and Nyako and Section 87 sub-section 9 of the Electoral Act, 2010, the appellant did not participate, neither did he fail in the elections.

The CJN prepared the lead judgement and mandated the presiding judge, Justice Kumai Bayang Akaahs, to read the judgement, saying the appellant had no right to take the matter to court.

Counsel to the appellant, Mohammed Mohammed, called for an amendment of Section 87 of the Electoral Act which denied his client the right to sue, while counsel to the respondent, Yunus Usman, hailed the ruling of the apex court.

Briefing journalists on the judgement, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Nasara Danmallam, said the legal battle is over.

The commissioner further called on Mr Babangida to join Governor Bello in moving Niger State forward.