Tribunal Strikes Out PDP’s Petition Challenging Al-Makura’s Victory

Nasarawa Is Not Owing N70bn As Claimed, Says Al-Makura
(File) Al-Makura

 

The National and State Houses of Assembly Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia, Nasarawa State, has struck out the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party challenging the March 9, 2019 election which returned Umaru Tanko Al-Makura as the Senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District.

Mr. Suleiman Adokwe, candidate of PDP in the election, had approached the tribunal challenging the victory of Al-Makura, who is the former governor of Nasarawa State and candidate of the All Progressives.

The PDP candidate who was a three-term Senator from the Senatorial Zone, argued that the declaration of Al-Makura as the winner of the election was unlawful, alleging non-compliance with the Electoral Act, intimidation of voters, unlawful cancellation of votes and malpractice in the election.

But the tribunal struck out the suit in a unanimous judgment on Friday.

Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice David Ugoh, asserted that the petitioner has failed to prove that the respondent did not score the highest lawful votes cast in the election.

Justice Ugoh added that the petitioner failed to prove his claim of non-compliance with the Electoral Act, and show how voters were prevented from voting, the illegal cancellation of results, and how malpractices were carried out.

Also, the judge said the petitioner has failed to provide witnesses from the various polling units to prove their allegation, but brought a witness who was not a polling unit agent.

Stressing that the burden of proof was with the petitioner, the Judge said the petition was lacking in merit, adding, “We, therefore, upheld the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission”.

Reacting shortly after the judgement, Israel Usman, Counsel to the petitioner, Adokwe, said they would study the judgement and decide on the next line of action.

Al-Makura Warns Perpetrators Of Violence In Nasarawa To Stop Or Face The Law

Herdsmen-Farmers Clashes: Solution Will Come Very Soon, Says Al-Makura

 

 

The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has warned those causing violence in the state to desist or be ready to face the law.

The governor stated this on Monday when he visited the troubled Uma’asha community in Toto Local Government area of the state.

His visit comes after the recent feud between the people of Bassa and Egbira, a boundary between Kogi and Nasarawa.

Governor Al-Makura expressed concern over the spate of violence in the state.

He blamed the stakeholders of both tribes and challenged them to broker peace amidst the government’s efforts.

Several houses burnt, properties destroyed and over 12,000 persons displaced as residents want more deployment of security operatives to the area to restore calm.

The governor has vowed to deal with perpetrators and law offenders no matter their status.

He said, “The law is no respecter of anybody whether you are a traditional ruler, whether you are a legislator, whether you are a commissioner, whether you have a lot of money as a businessman or a scholar.

“You are only respected when you respect the law. I would want to appeal to the people of Toto local government area not to take laws into their hands, once the law catches up with you and there would be no mercy on this”.

Al-Makura Hails Conduct Of LG Polls, Describes Process As Peaceful

Be Your Brother's Keeper, Al-Makura Tells Nasarawa Residents
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The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura has described the ongoing election holding in 13 Local Government Area as orderly and peaceful.

The governor stated this to journalists after casting his vote at the Lungun Wambai polling unit in Lafia, the state capital.

This is the second local government elections in the Governor Tanko Al-Makura’s administration.

The election has 22 political parties participating.

Al-Makura Describes Akwe Doma’s Death As Monumental Loss To All

Nasarawa Governor, Al-Makura

 

The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura has decribed the death of the former governor, Aliyu Akwe Doma as a monumental loss to everyone in the state and Nigerians at large.

He called on all residents in the state to emulate the good virtues of hospitality, leadership, integrity and patriotism exhibited by the former governor.

Governor Al-Makura made these remarks during his condolence visit to his family

The governor through his press secretary, Musa Elayo, commended the support he gave his government and the fatherly advise he rendered towards him.

He was accompanied by the wife of the Speaker, Maryam Balarabe Abdullahi and other government officials.

Nasarawa Govt Dismisses Allegations Of Herdsmen Attackers In State

Nasarawa Governor, Al-Makura

 

The Nasarawa State Government has once again reacted to the allegations levelled by the Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom of herdsmen meeting in the state before launching attacks.

During an interview on Channels Television’s Question Time, State Governor, Mr Tanko Al-Makura described the allegations as very unfair.

“It is not true at all, there is none that I know of any kind of bandits or militants lurking anywhere in Nasarawa State with the intention of attacking Benue or any other state,” he said on Sunday.

Last month, Benue State Government held a mass burial of over 70 victims of the herdsmen attacks that were killed in the state in the early hours of the New Year.

Following the development, the governor was forced to say that information at his disposal indicated that the herdsmen allegedly met in Nasarawa before inflicting mayhem in his state.

These allegations forced Governor Al-Makura to deny it, insisting that security report does not in any way suggest the existence of herdsmen attackers wanting to inflict harm on Benue State or any other state in the country.

He added, “One thing I can say categorically is that I have never had any report by administrative officers in Tunga and Awe, neither have I got any security report by security operatives, the presence of any kind of bandits staying anywhere in that area.”

While regretting the inability of security operatives, the governor believes that more personnel should be trained in order to effectively secure the territorial zones of the country.

Al-Makura also appealed for more military presence, especially in areas that are challenging for the police officers, so as to forestall a reoccurrence of such ugly incidence.

Al-Makura Signs 2018 Budget

Herdsmen-Farmers Clashes: Solution Will Come Very Soon, Says Al-Makura

The Nasarawa state governor Tanko Al-Makura, has signed the 2018 Appropriation Bill.

The budget which signed into law on Monday was tagged ‘Budget of sustainable development’ with a promise to ensure full implementation.

The budget which was N122 billion and reviewed to N125 billion by the lawmakers is to meet aspirations and yearnings of the people.

After the budget signing, the governor commended the lawmakers for expeditious deliberation on the bill and expressed optimism that the bill will go a long way in helping the people.

 

Herdsmen-Farmers Clashes: Solution Will Come Very Soon, Says Al-Makura

Herdsmen-Farmers Clashes: Solution Will Come Very Soon, Says Al-Makura

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, is hopeful that the herdsmen attacks that hit the country recently will soon be a thing of the past.

The governor, who addressed an expanded security meeting on Wednesday at the Council Chambers of the Government House in Lafia, said there would soon be a solution to the incessant clashes between the herdsmen and farmers.

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Those present at the meeting were heads of security outfits and traditional rulers as well as leaders of Tiv Development Association and the Miyetti Allah in the state among other stakeholders.

This comes two days after the Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), met with some state governors over the herdsmen attacks in Benue and other parts of the country.

“I am very optimistic that given the meeting we have had in Abuja at the instance of the Minister of Interior, and all service chiefs, a solution will come very very soon,” Al-Makura said.

“Our focus and attention is to ensure the immediate solution of these problems so people who are restive and are having so many challenges will be able to have some relief.”

According to the governor, the clashes between herders and farmers have displaced thousands of people from Benue into some borders communities of Nasarawa.

As a result, he said his concern was to ensure that the Internally Displaced Persons in his state are well protected and catered for so as to give them a sense of belonging.

Al-Makura said: “My worry and concern is to see the plight of the people that are migrating from Benue to Nasarawa state in search of protection to be fully protected, to be catered for, to take their welfare as a very critical priority.

“That is why I have decided to call all of you to see the contributions you can make with regards to brokering peace and ensuring the safety of lives and property of people that are within the borders of Benue, especially our citizens of the Tiv nationality. To me, that is the most responsible thing to do.”

“I will not go into any discussion or debate with matters of critical importance; all I want to do is to see that all the welfare of the people within the borders are taken care of and that is the aim and objective of this meeting,” the governor added.

Buhari Came To Rescue Nigeria From Hopelessness – Al-Makura

Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State says President Buhari Buhari “undoubtedly came to rescue Nigeria from the brink of collapse and hopelessness”.

Al-Makura said this in his goodwill message to the President on his 75th birthday.

The governor, who joined many across the country in felicitating with the President on Sunday, described him in a statement as a man of “uncommon credibility and integrity” and called on Nigerians to support him.

In the statement by his Chief Press Secretary Musa Elayo, Governor Al-Makura also commended the President for his effort and commitment to carrying out the much-needed cleansing of the country of corruption and other social vices.

He said the achievements recorded so far by the President reflect his vision for a better Nigeria.

As a result, he called on Nigerians to be patient with the President, stressing that though the road is rough and turbulent, the journey to prosperity and greatness that will ensure Nigeria takes her rightful place in the comity of nations sooner than later is on course.

Governor Al-Makura, who restated his unalloyed loyalty and faith in the
President’s change agenda, now and beyond 2019, wished the President “abundant wisdom, strength, courage, and sound health to continue to steer the affairs of the country to the promised land.

Al-Makura Reveals Plan To Improve Healthcare Delivery System

Al-Makura Commits To Peaceful Coexistence In Nasarawa
Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura

Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has revealed plans by the state government to improve the healthcare delivery system in the state.

Al-Makura, when he received members of the World Bank team on mid-term review at the Government House in Lafia on Thursday, said that modalities have been put in place towards mainstreaming the Nigeria States Health Investment Project (NSHIP) being piloted in the state.

According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Musa Elayo, the governor gave assurance of the sustenance of the project, even upon the expiration of his tenure.

The World Bank team leader, Mr Benjamin Loevinsohn said his team’s mission was to assess the NSHIP project which Nasarawa is one of the pilot states.

He explained that their visits to Primary Health Care facilities have revealed that the state has recorded tremendous improvement in services provided in primary healthcare delivery.

Loevinsohn thereafter called on the state government to adopt decentralised financing mechanism, in order to sustain the scheme.

According to him, the development will require half a billion-dollar investment in healthcare.

Al-Makura Presents N122bn 2018 Budget

Al-Makura Presents N122bn 2018 Budget
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Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has presented the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N122,820,943,284 to the State House of Assembly.

The bill, which is tagged ‘Budget of Sustainable Development’, has an increase of 34.25% which represents N31billion as against the 2017 budget which was N91billion.

While presenting the budget on Wednesday, the governor scored high the performance of the 2017 budget which he said focused on the completion of some ongoing projects.

They include markets development, completion of rural roads and bridges, intervention in education, improvement in healthcare delivery service, agriculture liberalisation, and mineral exploration among others.

The governor said the expected revenue accrual was N91billion but as of October, only N52billion was realised which was 56% of the expected revenue.

He also told the lawmakers that N24billion was spent on recurrent expenditure and N20billion on capital expenditure.

Al-Makura, however, said the focus of the 2018 budget would be on the completion of ongoing projects, encouraging and supporting agricultural production, creating a conducive environment for the participation of the informal sector in income generation, as well as improve synergy with security agencies to ensure the protection of lives and property among others.

He said the budget would be funded by alternative revenue sources with N71billion which is 57.81% of the total budget to be expended on capital projects and N45billion which amounts to 36.79% to be expended on recurrent expenditure while N6,624,000,000 is to consolidate revenue fund charges, pensions, and gratuities.

In the budget proposal, works, housing, and urban development gulped N37.3 billion as the highest allocation while women affairs and social development have the lowest with N285million.

Others ministries are agriculture – N2.39 billion, water resources and rural development – N3.93 billion, finance and investment – N10.03 billion, lands – N7.90 billion, information – N1.13 billion, education – N24.23 billion, health – N8.76 billion, youth and sports development – N1.08 billion, and environment – N1.14 billion.