Adamawa Receives Relief Material For Internally Displaced Persons

FintiriThe Adamawa State government has received relief materials from the Federal Government (FG) for thousands of Internally Displaced Persons occasioned by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.

Taking delivery of the materials, the Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Mr Ahmadu Fintiri, said the efforts being made by the FG to cushion the hardships faced by the displaced persons, were indications of the government‘s commitment to ending the insurgency.

Governor Fintri said that the pronouncement by President Goodluck Jonathan that the Federal Government would do everything humanly possible to end the Boko Haram crisis bedevilling Nigeria particularly the north-east part of the Country.

President Jonathan is widely quoted to have promised that by next month the insurgents, who have embarked on an uncontrolled killing across the country with devastating effect mostly around the three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, would have been rooted out.

The Internally Displaced Persons are residents of Madagali, Gulak, Michika and Bazza and environs from three Local Government Areas of the state.

He called on the people of the State to accord the President the required support and cooperation, and praised security agencies for their gallantry in the search for lasting peace in the north-east and the country as a whole.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party stakeholders in the state have resolved to get things right by ensuring the party wins the gubernatorial bye-election slated for the October 11.

At the stakeholders’ forum, Governor Fintiri said the President’s sincerity and patriotism to the development of the country motivated him and other Governors to endorse his candidature in the 2015 general elections.

The acting governor thanked the Stakeholders and assured them that everything would be done by his administration and the party to hand-over power in 2015 as promised.

Former Presidential Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Mr Ahmed Gulak, pledged that with the emergence of Fintiri as the flag-bearer of the party ahead of the state gubernatorial poll, all other aspirants that lost out in the primaries had thrown their support for the candidature of Governor Fintiri for the success of the party.

Another member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Jibrin Aminu, said that the Acting Governor had started performing and commended his efforts in reducing the State’s debt profile.

Professor Aminu proudly concludes that; “Adamawa State is a PDP State and will remain so now and in 2015”.

Adamawa Governorship: Ribadu, Seven Others Step Down To Contest In 2015

RibaduEight of the fourteen aspirants jostling for the Adamawa State Governorship election under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have stepped down from the race in the early hours of Friday.

Following the impeachment of the former Governor, Murtala Nyako, October 11, 2014 has been fixed for election to get a substantive governor for the state.

The PDP primary election billed for Saturday in the state was heading for crisis until the intervention of the Senate President, Senator David Mark, and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party in Abuja.

After about four hours meeting with the aspirants, starting by 9.06P.M on Thursday and ending around 1.00A.M on Friday at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Mark along with other officials of the party were able to reach a compromise with the aspirants and pruned down the number of those contesting to six.

The six aspirants still in the race for the party’s ticket on Saturday are Ahmed Gulak, Buba Marwa, Ahmed Modibbo, Dr. Umar Ardo, Acting Governor Umaru Fintiri, and Jerry Kumdisi.

Those who have withdrawn from Saturday’s primary election include Nuhu Ribadu, Auwal Tukur, Aliyu Idi Hong, Andrawus Sawa, James Barka, Gen. Aliyu Kama, Markus Gundiri and Abubakar Girei.

It was agreed at the closed-door meeting that the six aspirants contesting for the party’s ticket on Saturday would not contest for the position in 2015.

The meeting also agreed that only those stepping down now can contest for the party’s governorship election ticket in 2015, with more consideration in 2015 for Adamawa Central that has never produced a governor.

Any aspirant who fails to win the party’s ticket in Saturday’s primary election, the meeting also agreed, must support the party’s flag bearer towards the October 11 election.

Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Chairman of the Adamawa State chapter of the party, Joel Madaki, said: “Fourteen aspirants contesting for the position earlier has now reduced to six aspirants due to this meeting. It is a very welcome idea. Nobody was forced to step them. Those who stepped down did so voluntarily in order to wait to contest for the position in 2015.

“The six aspirants contesting this election are Ahmed Gulak, Buba Marwa, Ahmed Modibbo, Dr. Umar Ardo, Acting Governor Umaru Fintiri, and Jerry Kumdisi,” he added.

Also, the former Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Ahmed Gulak, who is contesting for the ticket on Saturday, said: “The outcome of the meeting was fantastic. We met as family members of PDP, even before coming here all the aspirants in Adamawa have unanimously resolved that after the primaries, in a free, fair primaries, anybody that emerges will get our support.

“Today, in this meeting, the number of the aspirants have been drastically reduced to six, which is manageable. I am contesting, Gen. Marwa is contesting, Ahmed Modibbo is contesting, Dr. Umar Ardo is contesting, Hon. Jerry Kumdisi is contesting, and Acting Governor Fintiri is contesting.

“And we have resolved to go into the primaries without rancour, without acrimony and to come out of it as peaceful co-existing members.

“And at the end of it all, anybody that emerges, we will all queue behind him. And if I emerge as the candidate, they will all queue behind me. It is going to be a family affair and there will be no losers.”

On his chances of getting the ticket as Ribadu and others are now out of the race, he said, “Nuhu Ribadu or not, you know I prepared for this election. Even, if 14 of us are going into this election, I am confident of my ability, of my capability, of my mobilization, of my sensitization that the delegates will select me.”

Aliyu Idi Hong, who is among those who withdrew from the race, said, “Peace-building, negotiation, give-and-take, everything went well. We have been given a caveat and one thing we have succeeded in extracting from this meeting is that the meeting started with a preamble that whoever is going to contest and if he happens to win as a governor, he will not have the right to contest the 2015 election.”

“Some of us think that our aspirations, our ambition, our vision for Adamawa is a long term and more articulate vision.”

Presidency Terminates Gulak’s Appointment As SA On Political Matters

sd_ahmed_gulak_on_developments_in_the_pdpThe Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media & Publicity, Reuben Abati has announced that Mr Ahmed A. Gulak’s appointment as Special Adviser (Political), has been terminated.

In A statement, Abati said President Jonathan thanked Mr Gulak for his services to the present Administration and wished him success in his future endeavours.

“A replacement for Alhaji Gulak will be announced in due course,” the statement read.


Six-Year Term: Presidency Criticises Limitation Of Election

The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, has condemned the planned restriction of Governors serving their first term from contesting elections as suggested by the Senate committee on constitution amendment.

Speaking on Channels TV Sunrise Daily, the President’s aide claimed that “such governors or the President will be short changed.”

“Their right to contest or be elected as stated by the 1999 Constitution has been abridged if this amendment goes through” he stated.

He added that “my quarrel with this proposed amendment is that those governors that are running for their first terms, by 2015 they would have completed their first term, which is four years. Is the amendment proper to short-change them, when they were elected under a constitution that allowed them a second term?” he asked without making any inference to the President who is also serving his first term.

The Senate Committee led by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekeweremadu, had recommended that the President and Governors who are on their first terms should not benefit or partake in elections after the six-year term policy is passed.

Mr Gulak suggested that “it would have been okay if the first term governors are allowed to participate (in elections post the six-year term law passage) and after 2019, anybody coming in now, will know that he is going to be elected under the amendment constitution.”

He admitted that the President Goodluck Jonathan initiated the six-year term policy and still stands by it, but warned that “the difference is clearly that the amendment is targeted at some individuals.