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JUST IN: Court Sacks APC Rep For Bauchi, Orders INEC To Issue Certificate Of Return To PDP Candidate |RN

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By Unini Chioma

An FCT High Court has nullified the election of Omar Tata of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Zaki Federal Constituency in Bauchi state.

The court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue certificate of return to the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Jatau Muhammad Auwal, who came second in the elections.

The FCT High Court, presided over by Justice Bello Kawu, declared as null and void the publication of the name of Mr Tata of the APC as winner of the seat in Zaki Federal Constituency.

The court also ruled that the APC “does not have and cannot sponsor any candidate for Zaki Federal Constituency of Bauchi State for 2019 National Assembly Election.”

The judge further declared that the votes scored by Mr Tata in the election was null and void, and consequently ordered INEC to issue Certificate of Return to the candidate that come second in the election.

The court order followed an application filed by the PDP candidate in the election, Mr Auwal, who had challenged the emergence of Mr Tata as the winner of the election.

Mr Auwal had told the court that APC did not conduct any valid primary election through which Mr. Tata’s name was submitted to INEC as the flag-bearer for the party. (Nigerialawyer)

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Bauchi Re-run: What Next For Abubakar After Losing At The Poll, Court Case? |RN

Chinedu Asadu

Mohammed Abubakar, governor of Bauchi state, has suffered three defeats in the space of two weeks — with another one looming.

The governor, who is seeking reelection under the All Progressives Congress (APC), was first defeated during the March 9 governorship poll. He garnered 465,453 votes to come second to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) Bala Mohammed who got 469,512 votes.

He then got a temporary reload when a federal high court in Abuja granted his request, suspending the collation of the remaining results of the election until the determination of a suit he filed. But for how long?

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) continued with the supplementary election in the state and  Abubakar was again defeated. The PDP candidate polled 6,376 votes to leave the governor following closely with 5,117 votes.

Back to the court case, at its sitting on Monday, the federal high court struck out the governor’s application seeking to stop the collation of the remaining result — in Tafawa Balewa LGA.

Although the result of the remaining LGA has not been announced, there is a slim chance Abubakar is going to survive the process.

Tafawa Balewa has a total of 22,759 registered voters, according to figures released by INEC and the sum of the votes in the two elections show he is losing with a margin of 5,318. Will the governor escape by the skin of his teeth or is disaster looming for him?  (The Cable)

 

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Four Lawmakers, Four National Assembly Aspirants In Bauchi Dump APC |RN

               

Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi

 

Four members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, including the Deputy Speaker, Abdulmumini Fanti, have dumped the All Progressives Congress for the Peoples Redemption Party.

Two senatorial and two House Representative aspirants also dumped the APC.

Member representing Bauchi Constituency, Mr. Abdullahi Shehu, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Bauchi on Sunday evening.

Shehu claimed that he and his colleagues left the APC with over 300,000 of their supporters.

He said, “Three members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly and I have left the APC for good. The party’s injustice and mandate theft in the direct primaries conducted on October 7 are some of our reasons for dumping the party.

“Our people chose us to be candidates while the party leadership denied us the mandate. The next option for us is to opt out of the party.”

He listed other lawmakers who left the party with him to include Fanti, (Alkaleri Constituency); Ibrahim Katagum (Katagum Constituency); and Auwal Hassan, (Shira Constituency).

“Two aspirants who contested Bauchi South and Central senatorial tickets under the APC, Lawan Ibrahim and Bappah Misau, have also joined the PRP.

“Two ex-lawmakers (who are House of Representative aspirants), Abdulmumini Ningi and Dayyabu Chiroma have also defected to the PRP.

“We defected along with 300,000 supporters to the PRP to salvage the state from the APC,” he added.

The state Chairman of PRP, Alhaji Shehu Ningi, confirmed to journalists that the former APC members had joined the party after they were “cheated and denied tickets” in their former party.    (Punch)

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By-elections: Kogi, Katsina PDP Reject Results As APC Wins In Three States

Olusola Fabiyi, Armstrong Bakam, Gbenga Odogun and Olaide Oyelude

The Kogi and Katsina chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party have rejected the results of the Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency and Katsina North Senatorial Zone by-elections, which held on Saturday in the states.

The Chairman, PDP Kogi State, Mr Sam Ohuetu, made the call on behalf of the party at a news conference in Abuja on Sunday.

Ohuetu alleged that the election was neither free nor fair, insisting that it was marred by violence, snatching of ballot boxes and vote-buying.

He also alleged that appointees and key officials of the Kogi State Government who were not indigenes or voters in the constituency were seen intimidating and harassing the electorate with thugs and personnel of security agencies.

The PDP chairman said, “Accredited voters were not allowed to vote as armed thugs shot sporadically into the air after accreditation, forcing the electorate to flee. This was widespread in Osuku in the Kotonkarfe area of the federal constituency. ”

Ohuetu alleged that during the build-up to the by-election, there were credible and reliable reports of the movement of thugs and hoodlums into Lokoja and Kotonkafe local governments from other local governments within the state and from adjoining states into the constituency.

Ohuetu added that the PDP was already drafting a petition to be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Katsina State Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Salisu Majigiri, on Sunday, in a telephone interview with The PUNCH, said the opposition party would challenge the results.

He said, “We reject the results of the by-election in its totality. The election was fraught with vote- buying, using of government officials to coerce traditional rulers and all sorts of discrepancies that we shall disclose at election tribunal.

“What happened at the by-election was like what happened during the Ekiti State governorship election and all these do not augur well for the development of democracy in Nigeria.

“We are challenging the results at the tribunal as we cannot allow all these to happen in the 2019 general election.”

The Independent National Electoral Commission had on Sunday morning, declared The All Progressives Congress candidate, Ahmad Babba-Kaita,  as the winner of   Katsina North  Senatorial  Zone by-election.

INEC Returning Officer for the election, Prof Hudu Ayuba-Abdullahi,   said Babba- Kaita scored 224,607 votes, while his elder brother of the Peoples Democratic Party, Kabir Babba-Kaita, scored 59,724 votes.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has congratulated the winner of the just concluded by-election, Alhaji Haruna Isah.

In a statement on Sunday, the governor charged the winner to remember that the people who chose to vote for him did so believe that he would represent their interest at the National Assembly.

The statement added, “Governor Bello also extended his goodwill message to the winners of the by-elections in Bauchi South Senatorial District and Katsina North Senatorial District, Alhaji Lawal Gumau and Alhaji Ahmad Kaita respectively.”

INEC had declared Isah, who polled 26, 860 votes, the winner of the election.

The Returning Officer, Prof. Rotimi Ajayi, announced that the PDP candidate, Bashir Gegu, polled 14,845.

The candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Alhaji Mohammed Mabo, came third with a total number of 2,984 votes while former Speaker, Umar Ahmed, of the Social Democratic Party, polled 2,916.

In a related development, the candidate of the APC in Saturday’s Bauchi-South senatorial by-election, Lawal Gumau, has been declared the winner of the election.

Gumau scored a total of 119, 489 votes to beat his closest rival, Ladan Salihu of the Peoples Democratic party, who got 50,256 votes.

The Returning Officer of the election, Prof. Ahmed Fagan, of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, announced the results on Sunday.

Isa Yuguda, the immediate past governor of the state who contested the seat for the second time, came third with 33,079 votes.

In his address at the commencement of the announcement of the results, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ibrahim Abdullahi, charged the winner and the losers to accept the results in good faith.

Abdullahi commended the electorate for the peaceful way and manner they conducted themselves before and during the elections.

In the election, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, lost his local government area to the PDP.

Dogara, who hails from Bogoro LGA and represents Dass/Tafawa Balewa/Bogoro federal constituency in the House, has been rumoured to be planning to defect to the PDP.

The PDP candidate, Ladan Salihu, won in Dogara’s local government by polling 8,420 as against the APC’s 3,992 votes.   (Punch)

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Be Careful With People Around You, Bauchi APC Chieftain Tells Buhari |RN

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FILE PHOTO: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

Paul Orude, Bauchi

A defeated contestant in the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election for Bauchi South senatorial district bye-election, Alhaji Ahmed Shuaibu, has described  the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Bauchi to canvass votes for APC  for the senatorial district as ‘unfortunate.’

Shuaibu made the assertions while reacting to the development within the party, in a press conference, he addressed at the NUJ Press Center, on Friday.

He advised the President to be careful with politicians around him who are deceitful and could lead him to destruction.

He warned President Buhari not to allow his credibility and integrity built over the years to be wasted by those he described as political jobbers who are only interested in their selfish ego.

“I appalled by the level of hypocrisy to such a good gentleman who has earned the respect of Nigerians home and abroad. Buhari was misled to come and clean their own appalling situation.

“The Governor of Bauchi State connived with the APC national chairman to come to Bauchi for the flagging off campaign for the candidate of the APC knowing full well that I have written dated July 26, which I addressed to the National Chairman of our party.

“My petition is against the conduct of the primaries which was duly acknowledged by the national chairman”.

He alleged that the party primary that produced Lawal Yahaya Gumau as the candidate of the APC was full of fraud, manipulation and politics of hatred against him accusing Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of openly showing his preference for a particular aspirant over others.

The politician added that he had it on good authority that the delegates were directed to give him only seven votes representing the seven local government areas that make up the Bauchi south senatorial district saying, “but to my surprise, I got 8 votes during the primaries which are a demonstration of sabotage against the Governor’s directives as it relates to his person.

He further alleged that the governor was planning to have a stooge who he can easily be displayed at the end of his tenure to pave way for him (the Governor) to be able to go to the Senate.

Though he declared that he remains a member of the APC, he, however, said he would  ensure that every injustice within the party was fought no matter what it will cost him saying that, “since I left the PDP with former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar to form the defunct ACN, I have not moved elsewhere and I don’t intend to move out of the APC”.

Ahmed Shuaibu who broke down in tears while answering questions from journalists said that if President Muhammadu Buhari did not take precaution, he would be misled to take actions that could jeopardise his credibility and political antecedents.

On the insinuations that he lost the primaries because of his political irrelevance in the state, he reacted by saying that, “In all the places I have served, I have never been found wanting. I am politically relevant not in Bauchi State alone but all over the country. I have worked so hard to earn my credibility over the years”.          (The Sun)

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Buhari Weeps In Bauchi |The Republican News

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President Muhammadu Buhari was, on Thursday, in Bauchi State, moved to tears by the devastation caused by the fire incident that gutted no fewer than 750 shops in the central market in Azare.

President Buhari, who visited the state, said he was in the community to see things for himself and assess the damages suffered by traders in the area.

His words,  “I am here to personally sympathise with traders in Azare in the aftermath of the unfortunate fire incident in the market last week,” he said.

The President noted that the fire incident was a natural disaster, and expressed federal government’s sympathy for the victims.

He assured that the federal government will critically look into the matter through NEMA with a view to assisting the victims.

“Federal Government is committed to economic development and the market fire disaster is a great setback to our genuine commitment to economic recovery.”

On his part, Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar and Emir of Katagum, Alhaji Umar Faruk,  described President Buhari’s visit as ‘ very timely’.

According to them, the president’s visit demonstrated his concern to the citizenry of the state especially victims of fire disaster in Azare market.   (The Sun)

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The Igbo In Bauchi Dissociate Selves From IPOB |The Republican News

 

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FROM: PAUL ORUDE, BAUCHI

The Igbo community in Bauchi State has disassociated itself from the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) saying that they believe in the indivisibility of Nigeria as a country.

This was made known by the President-General, Igbo Community in Bauchi, Rev. Dominic Nkwocha, at a press conference held at the Secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Bauchi, on Saturday. Nkwocha who was in company with the Secretary-General of the group. Patrick Onuorah and other Igbo leaders residing in the

Nkwocha who was in company with the Secretary-General of the group. Patrick Onuorah and other Igbo leaders residing in the state said that God did not make a mistake by bringing several ethnic groups together under the Umbrella of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We wish to dissociate ourselves from the activities of the so-called

The Independent People of Biafra,” Nkwocha stressed. He explained that the Igbo community in Bauchi, “Wish to commend the press conference released by the joint sitting of South-East Governors Forum, Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo and South-East Senators” The Igbo Community Bauchi President-General said that, “We shall continue to respect the law and constituted authorities and will go about our legitimate duties with our host community”

“We shall continue to respect the law and constituted authorities and will go about our legitimate duties with our host community”

They commended the Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar “for the peaceful co-existence which Bauchi has continued to enjoy due to unalloyed security outfit in place in Bauchi State”

The President General appealed to Igbos in the state to continue to remain law-abiding and go about their legal businesses.

He said: “We will not relent. Bauchi remains our home. We have found peace in Bauchi. We will continue to take advantage of the peace, go about our businesses, respecting the law and remain peaceful and law-abiding. We are very much safe we are told in Bauchi, so no Igbo should be afraid because the leadership under the governor has been security conscious and the security apparatus has been wonderful”

Fielding questions from journalists, on hate speech, said the Emir of Bauchi has played a father love to unite everybody hence the love among all ethnic groups”

On the declaration of IPOB by the Defence Headquarters as a terrorist

The organisation, Nkwocha said that “a kingdom that is divided against

itself cannot stand so the declaration by the defence headquarters is in order.”  (The Sun)

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ICPC Seizes 220 Flats, Four Guns, Ammunition From Isa Yuguda’s Aide

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Eniola Akinkuotu and Armstrong Bakam

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission has seized 220 flats, located in 20 estates, allegedly belonging to one Sanusi Mohammed, a former aide to ex-Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State.

It was learnt that 165 rounds of ammunition, a pump action rifle and other weapons were found in some of Mohammed’s properties located at GRA, Bauchi.

A source in Bauchi told one of our correspondents that the ICPC made the discovery following a tip-off by a whistle-blower.

He said, “About 10 days ago, we received a tip-off from a whistle-blower about the lifestyle of one Sanusi Mohammed, a former aide to former Bauchi Governor, Isa Yuguda.

“We traced 220 flats in 20 estates to him. The houses range from two-bedroom to three-bedroom flats. Inside some of the properties, we discovered four sophisticated guns with 165 rounds of ammunition, five exotic cars and 15 new air conditioners. “We believe the air conditioners were donated to the Bauchi State Government by China.

“We also recovered some cash as well as 25 designer watches and 20 bales of brocade.”

It was learnt that Mohammed was arrested by the ICPC and quizzed but was later released on administrative bail.

One of our correspondents visited the residence of Mohammed, a former Senior Special Adviser on Special Duties to Yuguda, twice but was told he was not at home. He was told that the ex-special adviser said he would call him but had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.

When contacted on the telephone, the spokesperson for the ICPC, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, said she could not speak on the matter.

She said, “According to the ICPC Act, we are not allowed to divulge details of investigation. I cannot deny or confirm any story. In any case, anyone who is under investigation is presumed innocent until proved otherwise.”

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which is also investigating Yuguda, had sealed his multi-million naira mansion at Sir Kashim Ibrahim Street, GRA, Bauchi.

A committee set up by the current Bauchi State Government to carry out forensic audit of all major contracts awarded by the past administration from June 2007 to May 2015 in the Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board, Ministry of Local Government Affairs, Bauchi Specialist Hospitals, Ministries, Departments and Agencies, had, in January, asked Yuguda to account for over N212bn expended by his administration within the period under review.

Over N100bn was alleged to have been mismanaged by permanent secretaries, commissioners and aides to the former governor.

Yuguda appointed 20 Special Advisers, 94 Senior Special Assistants and 810 Special Assistants.                     (Punchng.com)

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Restructuring Nigeria Not Inviolable, Says Bauchi Governor

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Bauchi State governor, Mohammad Abubakar

 

Jide Charles, Makurdi

Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, has said the agitation for the restructuring of the country is not sacrosanct.

Abubakar spoke with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday after inaugurating his five-point health agenda called “Lafiya Garkuwa”.

The governor was asked to give his opinion on whether restructuring would solve many of the problems currently plaguing Nigeria.

He said, “One of the problems of Nigeria is that the elites choose to pick on certain terms and they latch on to them and keep on repeating them. One of such terms is restructuring. You see, one of the most beautiful systems of governance is a constitutional democracy, particularity the type with a written constitution being operated by Nigeria.

“All the parameters have been stated therein. So, if you need to do any adjustment, you can do that adjustment within the same constitution.

“I am certain that all those people agitating for the restructuring of Nigeria if the amendment of the constitution that is being attempted now would look at the exclusive legislative list contained in the constitution and do a little adjustment of that list, it would serve all these agitations for restructuring.

“So, there is nothing sacrosanct about the word restructuring; we have a constitutional democracy, we have a scheme provided by that constitution for the amendment of the constitution itself. And thank God, as we are talking, there are efforts now in place by the two chambers of the National Assembly to amend the constitution.

“I think what Nigerians should be agitating for is to ensure that this attempt looks at the exclusive legislative list with a view to releasing those functions that are co-state functions such as the areas of population. For example, agriculture happens in the states only. The Federal Government has no land where they would do agriculture. So, if you tinker with the exclusive legislative list, I think it will satisfy the agitation for restructuring.”

The PUNCH reports that a former Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University and a member of the Northern Elders Forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, had said the component units of the federation should find it convenient to go their separate ways if Nigerians found it difficult to live together.  (Punchng.com)

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