NUT President Defeats Senate Majority Leader, Clinches APC Governorship Ticket In Kebbi

 

The National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and Deputy President of NLC, Dr. Nasir Idris has been elected Governorship Candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kebbi state.

Nasir Idris garnered one thousand and fifty five (1055) votes to defeat two other contestants at the party’s primary election in Birnin Kebbi.

The chairman of the APC Kebbi governorship primaries (National Secretariat), Hon. Idris Yahuza Ya’akub, declared the outcome of the election in the early hours of Friday.

Senate Majority Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi who was one of the contestants, scored zero vote while the third aspirant, retired Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs, Abubakar Mallam secured thirty five votes.

In his acceptance speech, the APC governorship candidate, Dr. Nasir Idris, commended Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for making it possible for the party to conduct the primary election, smoothly, peaceful, hitch free and transparent.


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Dr. Nasir thanked all delegates, APC Members and people of Kebbi State for entrusting him with the leadership position which will entail steering the affairs of the state if elected governor.

He pledged to build upon the foundation of societal progress already laid by Governor Bagudu.

In his remark, the chairman of the state’s committee for the primary election, General Muhammad Magoro, thanked the governor for providing the necessary moral and material support that led to the success of the exercise.

Similarly, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, described the elected APC governorship candidate as a person with the ‘ability and capability’ to excel.

The minister commended other contestants for their spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the result of the primary election.

Abubakar Malami also thanked Governor Bagudu for being a pillar of democracy in Kebbi State and Nigeria, noting that he has helped to strengthen APC as a political party.

One of the gubernatorial aspirants, retired Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs, Abubakar Gari Mallam, while accepting the results in good faith, was of the opinion that God gives power to who he wills.

Gari who is the Shattiman Gwandu, was full of praises for the governor, and thanked him for making the process peaceful, credible, transparent and democratic.

He congratulated the winner Dr. Nasir Idris, pledging to give him the necessary support to secure victory at the 2023 elections.

Addressing the gathering, Governor Bagudu thanked all those who made contribution or played an active role in the peaceful and hitch-free conduct of the governorship primary election.

Bagudu said the the process portrayed Kebbi State as a shinning example of democracy, tranquility and togetherness.

The governor specifically thanked the Minister of Justice, the state’s main committee led by General Magoro, and the monitoring committee from the APC National Secretariat led by Barrister Idris Yahuza Yaakubu.

He also thanked the INEC officials present, the security agencies, and Kebbi State APC Executive members led by the chairman, Abubakar Kana. The media and delegates were not left, as the governor thanked all for striving to make the event a huge success.

Governor Bagudu while speaking to the elected APC governorship candidate, told him that leadership is a burden which demands perseverance, goodwill and absolute service to humanity.

Bagudu described Idris’ election as the will of God.

He affirmed his commitment to working towards the victory of Dr. Idris as governor and the triumph of the APC in all forthcoming polls.

Abdullahi, Abaribe, Others Inaugurated Into Senate Committee On Security Challenges

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, with other senators during the inauguration of the Senate ad-hoc committee on Nigerian Security Challenges in Abuja on February 4, 2020.

 

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has inaugurated an ad-hoc committee of the Senate to look into the current security architecture of the country.

At the inauguration ceremony held on Tuesday in Abuja, Senator Lawan asked the 18-member committee to recommend ways to improve the nation’s present security situation.

This comes one week after the Senate had exhaustive deliberations on the security situation in the country and resolved to set up a committee on ‘Nigerian Security Challenges: Urgent Need To Restructure, Review and Reorganise the Current Security Architecture.’

In his remarks, the Senate President asked the committee members to be rigorous in their assignment in order to “deepen the understanding of the nature of the security crisis.”

He urged them to have a realistic assessment of the problem and proffer workable solution, stressing that the Constitution guarantees protection of the life and property of every Nigerian and the government’s commitment to upholding same.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during the inauguration of the Senate ad-hoc committee on Nigerian Security Challenges in Abuja on February 4, 2020.

 

Lawan said, “It is well known that Security Sector Governance (SSG) aims at elaborating rules that set standards for state and human security by applying the principle of good governance to the security sector.

“This makes security provision, oversight, and management more effective and more accountable, within the framework of democratic civilian control.”

“The Legislature also further seeks a Security Sector Reform (SSR) that will transform the security sector and assign roles and responsibilities in a manner that is consistent with democratic norms and the principles of good governance.

“These principles include respect for the rule of law, transparency, accountability, and public trust,” he added.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, with other senators during the inauguration of the Senate ad-hoc committee on Nigerian Security Challenges in Abuja on February 4, 2020.

 

According to the Senate President, Nigeria must initiate the process to formulate or re-orient the policies, structures, and capacities of institutions and groups engaged in the security sector.

He believes this will make them more effective, efficient, accountable, and responsive to democratic control and to the security and justice needs of the people.

Lawan also charged the security agencies to give all the necessary cooperation for the committee to discharge its duties effectively.

He said, “We don’t want a situation where security agencies will hoard information from us. What we are trying to do is to support our security agencies to function optimally.”

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, with other senators during the inauguration of the Senate ad-hoc committee on Nigerian Security Challenges in Abuja on February 4, 2020.

 

In his remarks, the chairman of the committee and the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, said despite the challenges of limited time and funds, the committee would strive to lay the desired solid foundation for peace and security.

Members of the committee include the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe; Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Sabi Abdullahi; Senator Mohammed Ndume, Senator Aliyu Wammako, Senator Dauda Jike, Senator Kashim Shettima, Senator Ibn Na’Allah, Senator George Sekibo, and Senator Ibrahim Gobir.

Others are Senator Suleiman Kwari, Senator Kabiru Gaya, Senator Gershom Bassey, Senator Stella Oduah, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Senator Abba Moro, Senator Abubakar Yusuf, and Senator Abdullahi Adamu.