Don’t Politicize Security Agencies – Gov. Wamakko Tells FG

News, Security

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto state has cautioned federal government against politicizing the nation’s security agencies.

He spoke in Sokoto on Thursday when he received the new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Salisu Abdullahi recently deployed to the state.

According to Wamakko, “The security agencies have no constituency. They should exhibit patriotism in their work to ensure the safety of lives and properties of Nigerian citizens.”

The governor also called on security agencies in the country to uphold their oaths of office by being diligent and fair to all at all times. “All Nigerians should be treated equally, irrespective of their religious, ethnic or political creeds,” he said adding, “This is crucial especially now that Nigeria is approaching another democratic transition.”

Wamakko promised to continue to assist the agencies in order to complement their efforts in saving lives and properties of all citizens.

The Police commissioner earlier commended Wamakko for his support to the Command and other security agencies. “We will provide level-playing ground for all political parties in the state,” Abdullahi said.

No Bail For Weapon-Holding Thugs – AIG Zone 10

News, Politics, Security

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Following political parties’ failure to prevail on their supporters to stop use of weapons at political rallies, the Zone 10 of Nigeria Police has vowed to grant no bail to any political thug that is arrested holding weapons during electioneering.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of the Zone that is comprised of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Mr. Bala Hassan made the declaration during a stakeholders’ meeting with leadership of political parties in Sokoto on Thursday.

“Henceforth, any thug arrested with a knife, cutlass or any other type of deadly weapon, will be summarily charged to the court,” adding that the measure was to ensure the protection of lives and properties before, during and after the rescheduled polls.

The new state Police Commissioner, Mr. Salisu Fagge also advised politicians to respect the rules of the game by obeying the laws of the land and the electoral act.

“The police will not allow anybody to trample on the public order act, constitute a breach of peace and unity of the state and Nigeria in general,” he warned.

While commending the police for convening the meeting, the State Secretaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Alhaji Aminu Bello and Alhaji Kabiru Aliyu, respectively corroborated in advising the Police:

“All the political parties should be treated equally by the police, while all their complaints must be treated fairly and equally.”

The peace accord could not be signed because the governorship candidates of the two major political parties, Sen. Abdallah Wali of the PDP and Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal of the APC were absent at the meeting.

Nigerians Do Not Trust The Military, PDP, Jonathan – UPN Says

News, Politics

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Following the postponement of February elections, the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) has said that Nigerians no longer have confidence on the Military,the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as well as President Jonathan.

A press statement signed and issued in Sokoto on Monday by the National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Abdullahi stated in parts that the reasons adduced to the poll shift were laughable, unacceptable and untenable.

It noted that it was only when the reason of voter disenfranchisement were tackled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and the PDP cooked up the security story.

According to the statement, Col. Sambo Dasuki first requested the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to shift the date of the election on “the assumption that 34 percent of Nigerians would not have collected their PVCs. But when INEC was about to achieve success by producing 96 percent and distributing same across Nigeria, the story changed to non guarantee of security for the polls.”

UPN noted that the Police are known to provide security during election and therefore, the participation of the military in election matters was a new thing. “By the way, the participation of the military in elections is a new thing in this country. What was the norm was that police requested for the deployment of the military in those areas that became volatile during elections.”

The party alleged that Nigerians did not trust the military and the PDP. “The Nigeria’s Military should know that, Nigerians do not trust them neither do they trust the leaders of the PDP. It was the military that told us they knew where Chibok girls were but up till now there is no trace of our girls,” it said.
UPN added that Jonathan could no longer be trusted if he claimed that he was not informed about poll shift, a matter that affected more than 60 million Nigerians.

“This shows that he is not in control. And since he is not in control, he does not deserve to be our president,” it stated.

Poll Shift: Forget Insinuations of Conspiracies, Bishop Kukah Urges Nigerians

News, Politics

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Bishop Hassan Matthew Kukah of Sokoto Diocese has called on Nigerians to regard the postponement of the elections as an act of God, which is aimed at retrospection.

He spoke at a town-hall meeting with the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate organised Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of Sokoto Diocese and held at Giginya Hotel on Monday.

Despite the anxiety and frustration generated by the poll shift, Kukah described the meeting as one of the unintended benefits.

“For those of us who are believers in the supremacy of the word and work of God, we believe that everything has a purpose in the mind of God.

“I therefore call on all of us as citizens to forget the insinuations of conspiracies, motivations and imputation of motif for this, to continue to work hard to ensure that our elections are peaceful and successful,” he said.

Kukah explained that the meeting was to serve as a bridge building effort as well as understanding one another properly.

“Sokoto prides itself as being a state where there are no indigenes and settlers. Let us take up this offer and go beyond seeing ourselves merely as Christians and Muslims or members of ethnic groups,” Kukah reiterated.

He called on the people to ensure that they collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

Electricity Supply: KAEDCO is Owed N36bn Monthly, Says MD

Business

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

The Managing Director (MD) of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KAEDCO), Engr. Garba Haruna has disclosed that the company’s customers in Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi state owe it N36 billion monthly.

The MD, who was on inspection tour of KAEDCO installations in Sokoto and Kebbi states addressed Journalists shortly after he inspected the ongoing Sokoto Independent Power Project (IPP) on Sunday.

According to Engr. Haruna, although the projected earnings of the company is put at between N3 and N4 billion monthly, only N1 billion is generated within the same period.

He added that of the company’s customers across the states, only 20 percent were metered. “Part of our major challenge is that of all our customers, only 20 and 25 percent have meters. This is why we are going to provide between 100,000 and 150,000 meters for distribution in the interim.”

On why electricity is heavily rationed, Haruna explained that although the zone requires between 600 and 700 megawatts on daily basis, only megawatts that fluctuates between 100 and 200 is allocated to the whole zone (comprising of Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states).

He underscored the importance of partnering with Sokoto state government in order to get additional supply of electricity from the IPP adding, “We will partner to maximize the utilization of the plant.”

Haruna listed poor infrastructure, personnel training and non serviceable transformers as some of the challenges of the company since it took over in December last year.

“KAEDCO must restructure in order to operate in tune with the international standards,” he assured.
Haruna also called on the media to assist the company in providing the desired service for the public.

APC WINNING AMBIENCE IN SOKOTO

Opinion

By Muhammed Kabir Hassan

The All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign trail in Sokoto gathered tumultuous reception of Sokoto masses. In every local government people line up enthusiastically to welcome the campaign team in appreciation of the development impacts of Governor Wamakko, the leader of the Party in the State.

The team includes known weights in Sokoto politics like Ummarun Kwabo A.A, Maigari Dingyadi among others that incorporate major businessmen who benefited from the business revolving loan of Governor Wamakko. At every point people eagerly join APC they believe shall bring positive change at all levels of governance in this country. There is ubiquitous hope for continuity in the line of the party’s government. It is a government that has provided basic necessities of life to reduce poverty. Farmers have enormously been empowered through provision of implement and input. They have been given loan to improve their capacity to increase acreage cultivation and production output.

The youth and women have been empowered through education and vocational skills. They are now major contributors to the growth of the economy. Governor Wamakko’s administration is credited as the most progressive in the provision of critical infrastructure that target the youth in all ramifications. A close look at the focus of development strategies of the government readily reveals projects that are modern oriented geared towards stimulation of youth vibrancy.

Education is very pivotal in employment generation for the youth who are future leaders. APC government in Sokoto has given piquant attention to this sector by establishment of tertiary institutions. These institutions include a functional university and rehabilitation of schools across the state. Efforts of the administration have boosted huge increase in school enrollment in the State to the chagrin of critics.

Governor Wamakko’s administration is an exception in allegation of non performing governors in the country. He exceedingly outpaced his predecessors in road construction, provision of electricity that includes 30 megawatts independent power plant (IPP), urban and rural water supply, massive housing provision, motivation of the civil service and teachers in every desirable aspect, welfare packages for the vulnerable, health care delivery services, including environmental management. Indeed, it is an administration that touched every aspect of human needs within available resources.

Governor Wamakko’s administration set a pace which the next governor, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal shall expand for more services. It’s a development template Sokoto electorate anxiously wait to vote for. They have seen, felt and trust the crop of leadership thick in APC. Undoubtedly, APC campaigns are empirically tailored. Issues prominent dominate marketability of the Party to the people. When a programme has mass appeal there is consequent conscientious conviction that material inducement is essentially inconsequential. The change chorus of APC is to reflect such exemplary performance of Governor Wamakko in Sokoto State at the federal level.

Sokoto political watchers affirm that APC shall coast to easy victory during the coming elections. PDP elements in their campaign of calumny descend to base issues that are laughable in content. They resort to personality disparaging and material inducement which elongate corruption character at the central government, soon to be tackled head on by the incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari whose victory is a done deal with the current nation-wide mantra for change through due democratic process. Under the co-ordinating capacity and capability of Governor Wamakko the entire northwest of the country is a sure delivery to APC. This is the phobia and finger biting desperation of PDP in this zone. Governor Wamakko shall rubbish arrogant boast of self-styled political strategists to ruffle the feathers of APC in Sokoto.

On every forum APC drums peace in spite of unnecessary provocation of PDP supporters. Reasonable people have often drawn appropriate attentions to that crude politicking that does not augur well for the development of democracy in Sokoto State. APC remains decorous in language articulation to focus on issues. It is expected PDP should muster civil means to showcase their programme if they are not impulsively vendetta wish. But the masses of Sokoto State are weary of personality cult that believes in ‘throw me corn’ or chickens and grains. They want leaders that provide competitive capacity and capability to fuse into the fast evolving world of the 21st century.

It is our strong resolve to continue to sensitize voters in the northwest zone to the importance and desirability to line up behind leaders that shall protect their values in effective representation and good governance. Such persons must be homely to grasp the yearnings of the masses. They must shun ambitious personalities that pitch their tent to places of personal comfort at the detriment of the development of their people. This is the change APC stands for.

Muhammed Kabir Hassan is of North-West Coalition of Professional Patriots, Sokoto

PDP receives 6,000 Defectors in Sokoto

News, Politics

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it received 6,000 people that defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Wamakko local government of Sokoto state on Thursday.

They were received by the state chairman of the party, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma.

Speaking on behalf of other defectors, Alhaji Abubakar Gedawa said that they joined the PDP in quest of “justice, equity as well as to ensure success of the PDP at all levels in the forthcoming general elections.”

Also speaking, former governor Attahiru Bafarawa called on the people of the area to massively vote for the PDP. “I did my best to develop the local government when I was the governor of the state and if elected, Wali will continue from where I stopped.”

While the governorship candidate, Sen. Abdallah Wali promised to ensure justice and equity amongst the people of the state if elected, the state party chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma vowed that the APC government would be voted out of office.

“The PDP will win the forthcoming elections across Nigeria,” Milgoma assured.

The Academia are better partners in policy formulation, Says APC Northwest

Education, News, Politics

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

The National Vice Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in charge of Northwest zone, Barr. Inuwa Abdulkadir has said that in formulating government policies as well as implementing its programmes, the academia is important.

He said this at the occasion of an interactive session of members of the academic community drawn from the Usmanu Danfodiyo University; Sokoto State University, The Polytechnic of Sokoto State, Sokoto State College of Education, School of Islamic and Legal Studies, etc with the APC governorship candidate, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal in Sokoto on Tuesday.

According to Abdulkadir, for any society to be developed, there must be synergy between members of the academic circle and policy-makers. “In the formulation of policies, the academia is important,” he said.

Abdulkadir added that the session was organized in order to rub minds with the intelligentsia to suggest ways by which meaningful development could be attained in Sokoto state.

Responding to contributions and questions, Speaker Tambuwal said that if elected as governor, he would ensure that public-trained manpower was put in place by working with the academia in the state.

He assured that his administration would “seek the understanding of bureaucrats to block leakages so that, other than a few individuals, the larger society would benefit from state resources.”

While saying that he would put emphasis on the development of agricultural potentials as a strategy to diversify from oil, Tambuwal further stressed the need to make Sokoto a hub for medical services by way of providing the best medical facilities as well as creating a faculty of medicine at the Sokoto state University.

We Have Tangible Reasons To Yearn For Change, Says UPN National Chairman

News, Politics

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

The acting National Chairman of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Dr. Manzo Abubakar has said that Nigerians have all it takes to effect change of political leadership in the country.

He told Newsdiaryonline in an exclusive interview in Sokoto on Sunday that the present leadership in the Peoples Democratic Party under President Goodluck Jonathan had failed the people of Nigeria in all aspects of socioeconomic development.

“The ingredients for concrete, tangible change are there for the people of Nigeria to work on for change,” Abubakar said adding that the technical and material conditions that warrant leadership change under a different political platform in this country now existed. “You can see that from the South, West, east and North, Nigerians are yearning for change.”

He commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the improved quality of electoral process but quickly warned that the electoral umpire must not bow to any pressure to postpone the February 14th election.

“INEC national chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega has substantially improved the quality of the electoral process. This will eventuate in checking the excesses of electoral officers and politicians.

“However, under no circumstances should INEC bow to pressure from some quarters for postponement of February election. It is disastrous for the country, especially that the international community was watching us with rapt attention,” Abubakar said.

He called on Nigerian masses, especially at states and local government levels to elect UPN candidates in order to ensure equity in the distribution of resources.

Kano UPN Condemns Clash Between Supporters

News, Politics

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

The Kano state governorship candidate of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Alhaji Yahaya Kyabo, has condemned recent political clashes between supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and those of the All Progressive Congress (APC), which took place in Kano.

Kyabo who spoke with Newsdiaryonline through a telephone conversation on Sunday said that the clash between APC and PDP supporters along Hadeja road in Nasarawa local government of the state was a deliberate attempt to destabilize democratic processes.

He added that if leaders of the APC and the PDP were not capable of controlling their supporters, “It means that it is disastrous to entrust power in their hands because they cannot control a simple group of irate supporters.”

Kyabo stressed that the used of weapons, including guns during electioneering is not for any political process. “The act is unrealistic, undemocratic and it sends dangerous signal to the future of this country.”

Alleging that the two parties had failed to provide democratic dividends in the state in the last 15 years, he called on the people of Kano state to elect candidates of the UPN in this month’s election.

Kyabo said that the UPN would will meet the expectations of the people by ensuring good democratic governance. “The party will create job opportunities for our teeming youths through skills acquisitions programmes.”

“The UPN will implement people-oriented programs that would enhance their well-being. Our party has humane agenda geared at improving our human lot.”