My Election Was Free And Fair, Al-Makura Lauds Tribunal’s Ruling

Nasarawa Is Not Owing N70bn As Claimed, Says Al-Makura
(File) Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura.

 

 

The lawmaker representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District, Tanko Al-Makura, has commended the ruling of the Election Petitions Tribunal which upheld his victory in the February 23 polls.

He spoke to reporters on Sunday In Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital in reaction to Friday’s judgement at the Tribunal.

The former governor said his victory at the Tribunal was a testimony that his election was free, fair and credible.

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“The painstaking presentation by my lawyers has carefully and convincingly proved beyond any reasonable doubt that my election was not only free, fair and credible, but it was in line with the constitution,” he stated.

Senator Al-Makura described the judgement as a two-in-one victory hinged to the fact that the petitioner could not prove his allegation and his lawyers proved his election was credible.

He was confident that his victory at the Tribunal would spur him to deliver dividends of democracy to his constituents.

The lawmaker said, “I believe this judgement will give me the impetus to continue to do the things that I have been doing and if given the opportunity, I will do much better now that the constituency has been reduced to one-third of the whole state.

“So, all the efforts I have put in the three constituencies before will now be concentrated on one senatorial district, notwithstanding the fact that I will also bring to bear, my contributions to other zones by supporting closely the efforts of the governor of the state.”

Tribunal Strikes Out Petition Challenging Al-Makura’s Victory

Nasarawa Is Not Owing N70bn As Claimed, Says Al-Makura
Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura

 

National and State Houses of Assembly Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital on Friday struck out the petition challenging the election of Umaru Tanko Al-Makura as the Senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District.

Suleiman Adokwe, candidate of PDP had approached the tribunal challenging the victory of Al-Makura, former governor of Nasarawa State and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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The PDP candidate, who was also a three-term Senator from the Senatorial Zone, was challenging the election over alleged unlawful declaration of Al-Makura as the winner of the election; non-compliance with electoral act; intimidation of voters; unlawful cancellation of votes and malpractice in the election.

The presiding Judge, David Ugoh, said the petitioner failed to prove that the respondent has not scored the highest lawful votes cast at the election.

He added that the petitioner has also failed to prove non-compliance with the electoral act, how voters were prevented from voting, the illegal cancellation of results and how malpractice was carried out.

He also maintained that 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.

The tribunal, therefore, affirmed that the petition was lacking in merit and upheld the election of Senator Al-Makura.

Reacting shortly after the judgment, Israel Usman, Counsel to Adokwe (Petitioner) said they are not happy with the judgment. He added that they will study the judgment and decide on the next line of action.

Nasarawa Attacks: Al-Makura Asks Affected Communities To Cooperate With Security Agencies

Be Your Brother's Keeper, Al-Makura Tells Nasarawa Residents
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Governor Tanko Al-Makura Of Nasarawa State has called on communities affected by recent killings in the state to cooperate with security agencies

While presenting the Staff of Office to some emirs in Keana and Awe Local Government Areas of the state, the governor believes a greater partnership will forestall further loss of lives and properties.

“I would like to see citizens participating in community activities, policing activities, reporting crimes and also ensuring that crisis does not erupt in any part of this state no matter how small,” he stated.

The governor’s call follows attacks that have left some dead, injured many and displaced others, some of which arise from ethnic clashes in March, April and May 2019.

The local governments have witnessed attacks and reprisals in over five villages with no fewer than 20 lives lost,  properties and food items worth millions of naira destroyed.

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Speaking to Channels Television, the Commissioner of Police in the state Bola Longe, said he has however developed a plan to help minimise attacks.

“We have constructed a template in Akwanga, Mada land and other areas as an instrumentality or mechanism to put a stop to constant crisis particularly recently between the Mada and Fulanis,” the CP stated.

Reacting to the recent attacks, a youth leader from Gwanje community, Umar Okigwe revealed that calm has been restored to the area, stressing that some residents have fled their homes and are seeking government intervention.

“Most of the women in Gwanje community run away, even some men too run away from the town because of the incident.

“We need the help of the government to intervene by bringing the security to curtail this challenges,” he stated.

Nasarawa Attack: Al-Makura Gives Security Agencies Seven Days To Arrest Perpetrators

Nasarawa Attack: Al-Makura Gives Security Agencies Seven Days To Arrest Perpetrators
(File) Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura

 

The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has given security agencies in the state seven days to fish out perpetrators of the recent attack on Numa Kochu settlement.

He gave the order on Tuesday, two days after gunmen killed at least 15 people in the village in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Al-Makura who visited the injured victims at the General Hospital in Akwanga condemned the attack.

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He promised that the government would treat the incident with all the seriousness it deserves, noting that the attack was unwarranted and worrisome owing to the fact that the state has enjoyed relative peace in the last three years.

The governor said, “This is something we are going to take seriously. We are going to have a Security Council meeting and I have already directed security operatives to ensure that they fish out these people and bring them to book.

“I need to know who are the perpetrators of this act and I have given about seven days maximum because we want to use that as a deterrent to any group of people who have this propensity for killing people unnecessarily,” he added.

As part of measures to avert further occurrences, Governor Al-Makura directed that a security base be stationed in the troubled area to give residents a sense of security.

He also promised that the government would be responsible for the medical and funeral bills of the attack victims, as well as provide succour to the villagers.

“Government is doing the best it can to ensure that the families of the corpses that are lying in the mortuary are given the necessary support for burial and for those that are in the hospital,” Al-Makura said.

“The government has taken full responsibility for Medicare. We have also packaged relief materials that will be taken to the village and the surrounding villages for the welfare of the people.”

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

Nasarawa Is Not Owing N70bn As Claimed, Says Al-Makura
(File) Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura.

 

The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has refuted online debt reports which indicated that the state is owing N70 billion.

Governor Al-Makura faulted the claims while speaking at the inauguration of the state transition committee on Wednesday at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

“One issue I will like to talk about is the issue that is now awash in the social media about debt here and there. I think we should disregard that as not something to rely upon,” he said.

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The governor added, “Those of you that are here know what efforts we have done in Nasarawa State to ensure the comfort of our people but very soon, by the time the committee of transition is done with its job, everything will be very clear to all the people in Nasarawa state.”

He countered the allegations, stressing that he has rather cleared inherited debt of about N40 billion between 2011-2016.

Governor Al-Makura insisted that his government has no debt to settle as they worked hard to deliver the dividend of democracy to the people.

He said, “Don’t forget that from coming in in 2011 to the end of 2016, my administration has been able to pay over N40 billion debts hanging on the neck of Nasarawa State.

“As I speak with you, I am not aware of any debt hanging on our neck by any financial institution that is beyond N500 million or thereabout.”

Al-Makura Asks Army To End Kidnapping Trend In Nasarawa

Al-Makura Asks Army To End Kidnapping Trend In Nasarawa
A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura.

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has challenged the Nigerian Army to tackle the rising tide of kidnapping in the state.

He made the call on Monday when he received men of the Operation Whirl Stroke led by its Commander, Major General Adeyemi Yekini, at his residence in Lafia, the state capital.

“I have come to the painful understanding that these kidnapping activities is not as merely as what we see; it is a highly sophisticated syndicate that is carried out by so many specialists,” the governor said.

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He added, “The security has a lot of work to do to unearth the intricacies of this and until that is done, I am sorry to say that this will be around for a long time because they are well connected.”

According to Governor Al-Makura, the kidnappers are getting a lot of money as they have highly sophisticated weapons and are deep into the hinterlands.

On his part, Major General Yekini gave assurance of a working synergy between the operation and other security agencies in the state to surmount the trend which he said was beatable.

He informed the governor that kidnapping has become a national issue and not just in the state.

“We have to work with the security units on ground in the state here to find out what they are doing so that we know where and how we can come in to support them,” said the commander.

“It is something that is beatable, something that we can achieve success in that regard. We will try our best but in conjunction with the security forces in the state.”

Al-Makura Displaces Serving Nasarawa Senator To Win Seat

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Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura

 

The Nasarawa State governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has won the Nasarawa South Senatorial District under the All Progressives Congress (APC), displacing serving Senator, Suleiman Adokwe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Al Makura polled a total of 113,156 votes to defeat Adokwe who got 104,595 votes.

The governor was declared the senator-elect by the Collation Officer and staff of the Federal University Lafia, Professor Ahmed Ashuku.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Gaza of the PDP has emerged winner of Keffi/Kokona/Karu Federal Constituency of Nasarawa State.

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The Returning Officer, George Ganyi declared that he polled 93,282 votes to beat his closest contender Jacob Okari of the APC who got 59,661 votes.

The results were announced at the Abacha Youth Centre, Lafia on Monday in presence of party agents, security operatives and observers.

Also, Senator Abdullahi Adamu of APC was declared the winner of the Nasarawa West Senatorial seat.

 

 

Nasarawa Govt Promises To Sustain School Feeding Programme

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

 

Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-makura, has promised to sustain the home-grown school feeding programme which the Federal Government recently launched in the state.

He gave the assurance on Thursday when he visited his alma mater, Dunama Pilot Primary School in Lafia, the state capital, where he had a meal with the pupils.

The Governor believes the initiative will increase school enrollments, hence the promise to sustain it.

“I want to assure the Federal Government that the social investment programmes especially the school feeding programme will be fully supported by Nasarawa State,” he said.

Also speaking on the benefits of the programme, the Headmaster of the school, Yusuf Maina, noted that barely two weeks since the introduction of the programme, some students who had dropped out in the previous session, returned to school.

“Those dropped out of the school are back to school. It gives a lot of encouragement. It gives room for pupils to come to school as early as 7:00/7:30 am unlike before that they come to school at will,” he told Channels Television.

Buhari’s Corruption War Yielding Fruits, Says Al-Makura

Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura

 

Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State says the corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is yielding positive fruits.

The governor during an interview on Channels Television programme, Roadmap 2019, noted that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has put in place mechanisms that are confronting corruption in the country.

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“There are certain mechanisms that this government has put in place that quietly corruption is given a retreat.

“Though in some cases, they may be fighting back. But there are more of others that are retreating than those that are fighting back,” he said.

The governor said further that President Buhari’s war against corruption has remained successful and received accolades from world leaders for his hard stance against corruption.

“I was privileged to be on the President’s entourage to America where we met Obama. One of the issues the President raised early in his administration was to see Obama’s cooperation and other world leaders to repatriate looted funds. Nigerians and other nationals have taken to that country.

“Obama decisively there and then gave the President some accolades and said he was going to cooperate with Mr. President to ensure that all looted funds that were stashed in his country will be repatriated.

“So the fight against corruption is holistic. It is in many facets but people have just taken maybe one or two issue that somebody was taken to the EFCC because he is from this party,” he added.

The governor also appealed to Nigerians to cooperate with the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu in the fight against corruption.

Al-Makura Visits Nasarawa Gas Explosion Scene, Victims

Nasarawa State governor, Tanko Al-Makura, on Tuesday visited the scene of an explosion at a gas plant in the state.

He also sympathised with and visited victims of the explosion who are receiving treatment at the national trauma center.

The explosion which occurred on Monday has led to the death of nine persons leaving 36 others severally injured.

Nasarawa State Chief Fire Officer, Ibrahim Dogara, and other top delegates in the state were on the visit with the state governor.

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Dogara told the governor that after the explosion on Monday, another explosion was averted by the firefighters after some gas cylinders found at the scene began to ooze smoke.

The governor then ordered complete cordoning off the scene to prevent reoccurrence and instructed that gas plants must be located 100 meters away from residential areas.

The governor after the visit to the scene of the explosion also

 

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Ekiti Primary: Al-Makura Says APC Has Learnt So Much

Ekiti Primary: Al-Makura Says APC Has Learnt So Much
Governor Tanko Al-Makura

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) has a lot to learn from its previous primary election in Ekiti State.

The governor, who is the chairman of the organising committee for the exercise, stated this on Saturday during an interview with Channels Television in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

The previous, election which held on May 5, was marred by violence and subsequently declared inconclusive by the committee which conducted the exercise.

The election was later rescheduled for Friday, but the APC shifted it to Saturday following further consultations between its National Working Committee (NWC) and aspirants in the poll and other stakeholders.

Speaking at the venue of the rescheduled exercise, Governor Al-Makura noted that the smooth nature of today’s exercise is traceable to a thorough review of the botched edition.

He said, “I feel really bad and disturbed that that (previous) exercise was disturbed at that point in time but to say the fact, we have been able to do what we could to ensure a seamless process.

“We have learnt so much from it and that is why we have decided that this time around, we wouldn’t allow agents to come close to where the voting process is taking place.

“We have also tried to ensure that the process is done in such as manner that nobody from anywhere can come and interrupt the process.”

Governor AL-Makura revealed that accreditation was conducted simultaneously in accordance with the senatorial zones while voting was done in a sequential order.

Responding to the complaints by some aspirants about the system of voting, he said the national secretariat gave a guideline which only considers the option of an indirect process (delegate primaries).

The chairman noted that although the party’s constitution allows for both direct and indirect voting processes and while the aspirants would wish it was a direct process, the committee has the mandate to follow the guidelines and the stipulations of the party’s leadership.

He also reacted to the withdrawal of Senator Babafemi Ojudu from the race on the grounds of envisaged violence, saying it was his decision as every aspirant has a right whether or not to continue.

Al-Makura, however, said Ojudu’s withdrawal has not been communicated to him officially, maintaining that 33 aspirants are still taking part in the process.

While there might be concerns in some quarters, he affirmed that the rescheduled exercise has been transparent, free and fair, as well as highly credible so far.

Be Your Brother’s Keeper, Al-Makura Tells Nasarawa Residents

Be Your Brother's Keeper, Al-Makura Tells Nasarawa Residents
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Nasarawa State Governor Tanko Al-Makura has called on the people of the state to be their brothers’ keepers and always ensure that they offer help to people who are in total emotional instability.

The governor made the plea in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Musa Elayo, on Friday in Lafia.

According to the statement, he spoke when he received in audience a former governor of the state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, who was on a condolence visit to the Government House in the state capital.

Governor Al-Makura reiterated the commitment of his administration to ensuring the safety of lives and properties of the citizens of the state.

He noted that security has been reinforced with mid-air surveillance on the flashpoints, as well as border communities where pockets of attacks were recorded in recent times.

The Governor further commiserated with the Nigerian Police authority over the death of three officers recently in the Southern part of the state.

He stressed that he would continue to visit the displaced persons’ camps, in order to ensure their well-being before their eventual return to their various villages and towns.

“I would also like to sound a note of warning to any group of people, spreading speculations, allegations and outright alarm with regards to this situation to desist from such acts,” Al-Makura cautioned.

He thanked Senator Adamu for coming to sympathise with him and the entire people of the state over the unfortunate incidents which took place in the Southern zone of the state recently.

Earlier, the former governor said he came to solidarise with Governor Al-Makura over the unfortunate incident that took place at Agwatashi which involved some displaced persons.

He, however, said he would continue to identify with the governor in his quest to ensure a stable and progressive Nasarawa for the present and future generations.

Adamu led a delegation of some eminent personalities to sympathise with Al-Makura over the recurring security challenges being witnessed in some parts of the southern part of the state.