PDP Crisis: Reconciliation Committee Presents Recommendations To Sheriff

Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP, Jerry GanaThe reconciliation committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is making frantic efforts to reunite aggrieved members of the party.

The reunion is part of efforts to put things in place ahead of the proposed PDP national convention.

The Chairman of the reconciliation committee, Professor Jerry Gana, was briefing journalists after a meeting with the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the party on Friday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He says the committee hopes to reconcile all warring factions before the party’s convention.

Professor Gana hinted that the committee had presented its recommendations to Senator Sheriff’s faction and expressed optimism that it would promote reconciliation if implemented.

At a separate meeting with party members from the northeast, Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, asked members to be cautious of the decisions to be taken by various leaders of the party to avoid plunging it into another round of crisis.

The PDP Youth Leader in Kaduna State, Ahmed Maiyaki and federal lawmaker, Tony Nwulu, insisted that the youths be carried along in the process.

The party has been struggling with its leadership crisis since it lost the presidential elections in 2015.

In May, some members of the party at a convention in Port Harcourt removed Senator Sheriff as its Chairman and set up a caretaker committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

After, his removal, Senator Sheriff continued to carry himself as the leader of the party, insisting that a court order had nullified the convention that led to his removal.

The situation brought a divide in the party, that led to the setting up of the reconciliation committee by the PDP Board of Trustee saddled with the responsibility of reconciling the factions.

Senator Sheriff is expected to study the recommendations of the committee ahead of a bigger meeting with the contending factions before the proposed convention.

Ethno-Religious Crisis: Army Tasks Leaders On Unity Among Subjects

Army ethno-religious crisisReligious and traditional rulers have been advised to instill the spirit of unity and togetherness among their followers and subjects.

The General Officer Commanding One Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, gave the advice while speaking at a conference organised by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Kaduna State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

According to Major General Oyebade, such promotion of unity would stop the continuous ethno-religious conflicts that have ravaged many parts of Nigeria.

Describing the sectarian crises that have rocked Kaduna State recently as the cause of the slow pace of development in the state, he stressed the need for people to see religion and tribe as instruments of unity and peaceful co-existence, rather than being sources of discord and conflict.

The Army officer called on Nigerians irrespective of religious differences to move the country forward in terms of infrastructural development and cordial relationship, as being practiced in other parts of the world.

He also appealed to media practitioners to sensitise the public on religious and ethnic matters in order to achieve a sustainable ethno-religious harmony in Nigeria.

On his part, Mr Chris Umar, a representative of Governor Nasir El-Rufai, said that his administration was committed to promoting peace and security in Kaduna State.

The guest speakers at the event, the Secretary General of Jamaátu Nasril Islam (JNI), Dr. Khalid Abubakar and a former General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State, Reverend Joseph Hayab, identified insincerity on the part of religious leaders as a contributory factor to ethno-religious crisis in Nigeria.

According to the clerics, there cannot be economic prosperity and development in Nigeria in an atmosphere of widespread violence and breakdown of law and order.

They also tasked religious leaders on the importance of telling their followers the truth whenever they go wrong.

In his speech, a former spokesman to former Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Maiyaki, tasked journalists to use their profession to promote peace and unity and focus on issues that could enhance peace and development.

Osinbajo Receives Over 5,000 Defectors From PDP In Kaduna

osinbajoOver 5,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State are said to have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections.

The defectors were received by the Vice-President-elect, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

A statement issued by the spokesman of the APC Governorship Campaign Organisation in the state, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, noted that the defectors were received in the southern part of the state by Prof. Osinbajo during a stakeholders meeting ahead of the election.

The statement quoted Prof. Osinbajo as saying the “PDP government did great harm to the nation, using religion and playing divisive politics during its 16-year rule”.

Prof. Osinbajo also urged the people to work hard in order to bring about a rebirth of a new Nigeria where freedom of religion, law and order will be entrenched for collective good.

Prominent among the defectors are a former member of the House of Representatives, Mrs Ruth Jummai Ango, former Commissioner and Attorney General in the state, Zakari Sogfa and 114 immediate past councilors from 8 local government areas of the zone.

Meanwhile, the PDP has denied that it lost some of its members to the APC.

Spokesman for the Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Maiyaki, in a statement said that no single PDP member has left the party after the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections, adding that the APC fabricated the story which is aimed at deceiving the electorate ahead of Saturday’s governorship election, because of fear of the growing popularity and acceptability of the PDP in the state.

Kaduna, Kwara Governors Felicitate With Christians At Easter

Kaduna State Gov Yero- ChristianThe Kaduna State Governor has congratulated the entire Christian community in the state on the occasion of the Easter Celebration which marks the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In a goodwill message signed by Governor Mukhtar Yero’s Director General of Media and Publicity, Ahmed Maiyaki, he called on the Christians to forge greater unity irrespective of religious or ethnic differences.

Governor Yero also urged them to use the Easter period to praise God for the peaceful conduct of the presidential election and to pray for peaceful conduct of the remaining elections.

He stressed that the Easter celebration is an opportunity for Christians to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice done for the sake of salvation of mankind, as well as human love and peace by Jesus Christ.

He urged Christians to use the occasion to intensify prayers and devotion for God’s intervention on efforts by the people of Nigeria to surmount current challenges in order to evolve a peaceful and progressive nation.

The Governor also called on Christians and Muslims to forge greater unity through prayers for national peace and stability.

The Governor of Kwara State, on the other hand, urged the Christians and other Nigerians to use the Easter season to pray fervently for peace, enduring stability in the country and divine guidance for the incoming President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, who made the call in an Easter message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, noted that such prayers by Nigerians would help the President-elect to run a purposeful governance.

The Governor further urged the Christians to imbibe the enduring lessons of forgiveness, selflessness and perseverance that the 40 day Lenten, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter preaches.

Governor Ahmed wished all Christians and Nigerians a happy Easter celebration.

Governor Yero Creates Over 14,000 Jobs In Kaduna

yeroGovernor Muhktar Yero’s administration in Kaduna State says it has created over 14,000 jobs and spent over N17 Billion for the payment of pensions and gratuity since inception in 2012.

Addressing a news conference in Kaduna, Spokesman for the Governor, Ahmed Maiyaki said that the measure was in fulfillment of the promise by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government to provide more jobs in the state.

He stated that 2,000 graduates had been trained under the Subsidy Re-investment Programme (SURE-P) while 1,000 youths were trained and empowered in small scale businesses by the state government in partnership with the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SEMDAN).

Mr Maiyaki also disclosed that the Yero administration has initiated a special intervention in the education sector which informed the recruitment of over 1,800 primary and secondary school teachers and another 2,000 academic and nonacademic staff spread across all the state owned tertiary institutions.

He also explained that 10,000 teachers were undergoing training at the National Teachers Institute (NTI), aimed at building their capacity for optimal result.

Another measure which Maiyaki said the State Government has adopted in creating employment and generating revenue, is the re-opening of the Ikara Food Processing Factory which was shut down for over 25 years, while the State Government plan to revive the Kachia Ginger Company and Zaria Pharmaceuticals Company under a private partnership arrangement.

While stating that over 187 schools have been constructed by the Yero administration in the state, Mr Maiyaki told reporters that civil servants are paid their salaries every month while promotion and payment of leave grants and other allowances are also paid regularly.

Yero Dismisses Allegation of Inciting Supporters Against APC Members

YeroKaduna State  Governor, Mukhtar Yero, has debunked allegations that he is asking his supporters to attack the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Mallam Nasir El-rufai.

The governor, was quoted as telling his supporters in Hausa Language during a political rally last week to revenge any attack from APC members.

“If you are born of a woman, please pelt us with stones, when we go out for campaigns. We dare you to destroy or burn our vehicles. Burn our House,”, adding that “I swear by Allah, anyone who does any of these things, we will revenge.”, he allegedly said during the rally.

But in a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesman, Ahmed Maiyaki, the Governor said he could not have uttered the statement attributed to him.

In the statement, the governor’s spokesman said “it has come to their notice that some persons seeking to score cheap political points have resorted to ascribing negative meanings to the recent call by Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero on supporters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State not to succumb to blackmail and intimidation ahead of the next general elections”.

He explained that those carrying the story are those who “misconstrued the Governor’s appeal on PDP supporters to brave the storm ahead of the polls to mean a call to violence

Mr Maiyaki added that “Governor Yero never and will never call for violence in a State that he has the privilege of being Governor in the last two years”.

He appealed for calm before, during and after the forthcoming elections, adding that, as an advocate of peace right from his early years, his prayer is that people should conduct themselves peacefully and be allowed to vote for persons of their choice without intimidation or force.

He added that People should be free to support candidates of their choice no matter the part of the state that they may reside.

Kaduna Fire: 300 Shops Razed In Sabon Gari Market

Kaduna fireNo fewer than 300 shops worth over 300million naira were destroyed following a fire outbreak at Sabon Gari Market in Sabongari area of Zaria in Kaduna State on Saturday.

Our correspondent reports that the fire, which lasted for over seven hours, started at about 11:30 on Friday night and continued till the early morning of Saturday before it was put out by men of the fire service and sympathizers.

Although the cause of the fire incident was yet to be ascertained, some traders at the market said it could be an electric fault.

An eye witness account confirmed the timing of the Kaduna fire which lasted till the early hours of Saturday, destroying the roof and goods belonging to the traders .

The witness identified as Musa Garba said that the fire affected mainly the provision and butchers’ section.

He appealed to the Kaduna State Government, State Emergency Management Agency and the National Emergency Management Agency to come to the aid of the affected traders.

When contacted, the Spokesman for the Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Maiyaki, said that Governor Muktar Yero sympathized with the affected traders at the market.

He added that the Governor would visit the market on Sunday to ascertain the level of destruction by the fire incident.

Yero Dismisses El-Rufai’s Claim of Underperformance

KadunaThe Kaduna State Government has faulted the statement made by the Former Minister of Federal Capital Territory and governorship aspirant of All Progressives Congress(APC), Mr Nasril El-Rufai that the present administration in the state has not provided any infrastructural development to the people since its inception despite the huge allocations accrued to the state.

The former FCT minister had during his declaration of intention to contest for governor of Kaduna State, accused the Governor Mukhtar Yero led administration of running the state with a few clique of individuals who are siphoning public funds, while roads, schools and hospitals have fallen into disrepair.

He also alleged that poverty and unemployment has become more pervasive under the present PDP government in the state, adding that only an APC government will restore the state back to its glory.

However reacting to El-Rufai’s allegation on Wednesday, the state governor, Mukhtar Yero, who spoke through his Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Ahmed Maiyaki dismissed El-Rufai’s allegation, saying that the former FCT minister lacks the knowledge and idea of what is going on in the state, having left the state for too long.

In an interview with Channels Television, Maiyaki said it is laughable that the former minister is not aware of the steady improvement that has been recorded in all sectors of the economy within the last 23 months and challenged the APC governorship aspirant to visit the 23 local government areas of the state and see things for himself before coming out publicly to accuse the government of non performance.

The governor’s spokesman said El-rufai’s “antecedents as a selfish public officer, who allocated lands to his family members and associates without due process when he was FCT minister, disqualifies him from speaking about good governance or even seeking for any other public office”, he said.

Kaduna Govt. Constructs 45 Primary School Blocks, Recruits 1,800 Teachers

KadunaThe Kaduna State Government has completed a total of 45 primary school blocks and 50 additional ones at various stages of completion while old ones have been rehabilitated.

This is according to the Spokesman for the Governor, Ahmed Maiyaki, during a news conference on Sunday.

Speaking on behalf of the State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, disclosed that the 45 newly completed primary schools, scattered across the three senatorial zones in the state, were part of efforts by government to provide qualitative education in the state.

In addition, he disclosed that the State Government has also recruited 1,800 qualified teachers in order to fill the missing gap in academic curriculum in the state’s secondary schools.

The Governor’s spokesman further disclosed that the State Government has also spent the sum of 150million naira for the training of medical students in Uganda, while additional 54million naira has been released for the construction and rehabilitation of grazing routes and reserves for Fulani herdsmen.

He explained that the aim is to reduce the frequent clashes between the herdsmen and local farmers especially in the southern part of the state.

Yero Reassures to End Killing of Innocent People in Southern Kaduna

YeroGovernor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State has reassured indigenes of southern part of the state of his administration’s determination to end the incessant attacks on communities in the zone.

The Governor also refuted allegations by some group of people from the zone that his administration is sleeping over the incessant attacks of southern Kaduna people

In a statement issued on Monday through his spokesman, Ahmed Maiyaki, Governor Yero faulted the allegation by some religious bodies over the weekend indicting him of not doing enough to tackle the upsurge of attacks in southern Kaduna,describing it as misleading and an outright mischief aimed at bringing his name to disrepute.

The Governor however absorbed himself and his government of not having any hand in the killing of innocent people in Kaura, Sanga and other parts of Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone.

The Governor said that he has introduced several intervention measures aimed at bringing the insurgency to an end, and had also visited the affected communities severally to commiserate with the affected people.

Part of the statement reads, “For the avoidance of doubt, the Governor has consistently demonstrated through words and action, his commitment to evolving lasting peace and security in all parts of the state.

It is on record that Governor Yero has personally visited Southern Kaduna on several occasions to commiserate with victims of such mindless attacks and to also meet with stakeholders from the area on the need to collaborate in fighting those bent on afflicting the people with mindless killings.

During these visits, the Governor supported the victims by providing them with emergency relief, while also calling the attention of relevant security agencies to take adequate measures to forestall re occurrence.”

Yero Denies Receiving Intelligence Report On Kaduna Bombings

yero3Kaduna state governor, Mukhtar Yero, has denied security reports by the Department of State Security which said that the governor was  forewarned of the July 23 twin bomb attacks  that occurred in the state capital, which almost claimed the life of General Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement issued on Wednesday  by his media adviser, Ahmed Maiyaki, Governor Yero stated that he didn’t  receive any  security report from the Department of State Security (DSS) or any of the security agencies warning of an impending bombing in the State.

He noted that as a leader committed to the security of lives and properties of the entire people of Kaduna State, he will never treat such piece of information with levity and this has been demonstrated in his handling of sensitive issues since assuming office as Governor.

The governor  therefore viewed the so called security report on the bombing as another plot by mischief makers not only to bring his person  to disrepute but also to throw Kaduna State into confusion. The governor has also  challenged what he described as the so called ‘anonymous source’ of the report to provide proof, if any, of the purported letter written to the Governor by the Director of Department of State Service in the State.

He called on  media organizations to uphold the basic principle of journalism hinged on balance and factual reporting by demanding to see a copy of the letter and also seek clarifications from relevant authorities before rushing to the press.

Governor Yero has also asked the entire people of Kaduna State to disregard the  report and go about their lawful businesses without fear as the State Government is ever committed to protecting their well-being at all times.

Southern Kaduna Youths Protest Frequent Kinsmen Killings

kogi_election_protest-300x181The aggrieved youths from southern Kaduna senatorial zone on Friday staged a peaceful protest in Kagoro town of Kaura Local Government Area of the state over the frequent killing of their kinsmen and destruction of property by unknown gunmen.

The protesting youths who go by the name, ” concerned southern Kaduna Youths” made a passionate appeal to both Kaduna State  and the Federal Government to urgently curb the spate of further wasting of innocent souls and bring the culprits to book.

The Youths however, revealed that in the wake of the  attack over 3000 people were killed across the communities in Kaura, Sanga, Jaba, and Kachia Local Government Areas of the state since 2012 till date.

The group further said that, over 150,000 people were rendered homeless and that the recent attack in Sanga, a week ago, recorded about 200 casualties and over 10,000 displayed.

The youths, who marched along some major roads in Kagoro town around 10:00am local time, carried placard with different inscriptions conveying their feelings and lamenting their ordeal.

“Since the bloody attacks in the area increased  a year ago,  the state government has not shown much concern or intensified effort to stop the killings,” they said. According to them, the frequent attacks have afflicted pains and severe hardships on the affected families and the entire Southern Kaduna, owing to lack of adequate security presence in the affected communities.

The angry youths therefore marched to the palace of the traditional ruler of Kagoro where they presented their protest letter for further presentation to the governor of the state and President Goodluck Jonathan.

The leader of the group,M. Vincent Badmos, who presented the letter, called for state of emergency in Kaduna State to stem the tide of invasion by armed Fulani herdsmen who always wreck havoc on the people and their belongings.

The youths likened the situation in southern Kaduna to what is happening in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States in the northeast, currently under the state of emergency declared because of the increasing attacks on villages, churches, mosques and schools.

They, however, advocated for the formation of a vigilante service to boost the ‘lean effort’ of the military in tackling the security challenges facing the Southern Kaduna people.

In a swift reaction, the State government denied the allegation of negligence and lack of concern in protecting lives and property of the people.

The spokesman of the Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Maiyaki, told Channels Television  that the government had released funds for the resettlement of displayed persons in the areas affected and was rehabilitating former grazing site to avoid the frequent clash between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers.

The protesters, however, urged the State and the Federal Government to show serious commitment to the plight of the people and stop further killing in the area.