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Adamawa APC Primaries: Bala, Ex-attorney General and others appeal Court judgment against Engr Adamu’s Senatorial ticket

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  • Adamawa APC Primaries: Bala, Ex-attorney General and others appeal Court judgment against Engr Adamu’s Senatorial ticket

The Judgment of Hon Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court Abuja on 31st October, 2022 against Senator Grace Bent, Senator Abubakar Ahmad Moallayidi, Dr Briget Ziddon and Alhaji Sani Jada (Plaintiffs) over the conduct of Adamawa Southern Senatorial District Primary election of the All Progressives Congress , APC, in favour of Engr Adamu Ismaila Numan (defendant) was appealed by the plaintiffs.

Recall Justice Emeka in his ruling said the plaintiffs challenged that Whether the primary election conducted by the 1st Defendant (APC) on 28th and 29th May 2022 wherein vote-buying,fraudulent accreditation of delegates and violence by the 1st Defendant were allowed by the 1st Defendant was conducted in compliance with the provisions of the
Electoral Act 2022, the Constitution of the last Defendant and the Guidelines for the Nomination of Candidates for the 2023 General Elections issued by the 1st Defendant? Having suspended the holding of the primary election.

The High Court Judge in his ruling also said having regard to the provisions
Of Electoral Act 2022, Article 20 (iv) Constitution and Clause 18 of
Guidelines for the Nomination of
Elections imposing an obligation
conduct primary election for the
of Section 84(2)and (B) of the
of the All Progressives Congress
the All Progressives Congress
Candidates for the 2023 General
on political paties in I{igerla to
nomination of its candidates for the general election , whether the primary election conducted by the 1st Defendant on 28th and 29th may 2022 wherein the Plaintiffs were aspirants along with the 2nd Defendant was conducted in compliance with the provisions of the Act, the Constitution and the Guldelines of the political party?

Justice Emeka ruled that:

“I am of the considered view and I so hold that the alleged disenfranchised
registered voters have no capacity or numeric strength to influence the
outcome of the said primary electlon conducted on the 29th May,2022.7 so
hold.

“On the whole, this case lacks merit and it is accordingly dismissed.” He ruled

The decision of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, sitting at Abuja contained in the Judgment of Hon. Justice Emeka Nwite delivered on the 31st day of October 2022 made Grace Bent, Senator Abubakar Ahmad Moallayidi, Dr Briget Ziddon to approached court of appeal to seek for redress.

The Appellants being dissatisfied with the Judgement hereby appealed to the Court of Appeal upon the grounds set out in their submission in paragraph 3 and shall at the hearing of the appeal seek the reliefs set out in paragraph 4 of this Notice.

Where it stated that:

“The learned trial Judge erred in law in failing to nulliFy the Adamawa South Senatorial primary Election of the 1st Respondent held on 25th May 2022 having found as a fact that
there was non-compliance with the 1st Respondents.Guidelines during the conduct of the said primary election.”

“The learned trial judge erred in law in holdlng that the 1st Respondent’s failure to comply with its timelines for accreditation and voting in its Guidelines, was not a ground to nullify the primary election as there was no miscarriage of justice against the Appellants nor did the failure to obey the said provisions of the Guidelines impact on the outcome of the
primary election.”

Taraba PDP receives 11,800 defectors at  Gov Ishaku senatorial campaign launch -Chairman

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Taraba PDP receives 11,800 defectors at  Gov Ishaku senatorial campaign launch -Chairman

 

Alhaji Inua Bakari, the Taraba Chairman of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) on Sunday announced that the party received 11,800 defectors from other political parties in Wukari and Ibi Local Government councils.

Bakari disclosed this while welcoming the defectors at the official flag off of Gov Darius Ishaku senatorial campaign in Wuakari, Taraba.

According to him, the defectors, led by Dr. Joshia Kente, a former Speaker of Taraba assembly comprises 10,000 from Wukari and 1,800 from Ibi.

Gov Ishaku, who is the  Senatorial Candidate of the PDP enjoined the  people of southern Taraba to consolidate on the foundation of good the works he has done by coming out massively to vote to send him to the National Assembly.

The governor assured the defectors and supporters of able representational,stating that the Senate was a place meant  for experienced and vocal leaders like him.

He noted that with his worth of experience, he was  optimistic that his presence at the red chamber would bring home the desired development.

“I am overwhelmed with the show of support for my senatorial ambition by the people of southern zone especially the close to 12,000 people who joined our party today.

“I can assure you that if voted into the Senate, I will use my worth of experience to bring home the desired development for the good of all,” he said.

Lt. Col Agbu Kefas rtd, the Taraba PDP governorship candidate called on the people to vote massively for Ishaku and other PDP candidates for a better future.

Kefas also commended the defectors for identifying with the good works of the PDP led government in the state and coming to join hands to do more.

Earlier, the  leader of the defectors, Dr. Kente noted at the occasion that they decided to join the PDP having seen over the years that it was the only platform that would guarantee development in the state.

2023: Atiku’s daughter allegedly holds secret meeting with southern kaduna clerics

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2023: Atiku’s daughter allegedly holds secret meeting with southern kaduna clerics

 

By Israel Bulus, Kaduna

 

The Daughter of the Presidential candidate of the People Democratic party (PDP), Maryam Atiku Abubakar has on Thursday allegedly held a closed-door meeting with a group, under the auspices of “Christian Vanguard for ATIKU”

The meeting was said to have took place in an undisclosed venue in the Southern Kaduna region which was aimed to mobilise massive votes for her Father, Alh. ATIKU Abubakar ahead of the 2023 general elections.

PUNCH reports that Southern Kaduna remained the strong hold of the opposition party in the entire North-west Zone, hence the interest of the Presidential daughter.

A source who pleaded anonymity said the meeting was centred on unity and forge a common front ahead of the 2023 general elections.

” This meeting is to set agenda to effectively articulate the interests of our region within the context of prevailing today’s political and economic realities.

He said the group formed to project the candidature of Atiku and Isa Ashiru the Kaduna State PDP gubernatorial candidate.

Another source maintained that Atiku remains the best candidate that would entrench true democratic values and respect the rule of law.

He said as clerics in the Southern part of the State, they’ll engage and close ranks to ensure massive support for our Presidential candidate who has shown capacity.

Empowerment: NB Plc train 119 Kaduna  youths in skills acquisition, donate start up tools

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Empowerment: NB Plc train 119 Kaduna  youths in skills acquisition, donate start up tools
In a bid to sustain its long standing Corperate Social Responsibility policy, the Nigerian Breweries Plc Kaduna has graduated 119 youths in skills acquisition Program and also donated assorted start up tools.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony today in Kaduna, the Managing Director Nigerian Breweries Plc Hans Essaadi represented by Kaduna Brewery Manager Osasu Oviawe maintained that, “this year, we are graduating 472 youth and women from 6 locations nationwide.
Specifically for Kakuri, Kaduna state, we are graduating 119 participants who have completed the 12 weeks of training and acquired skills in one of the following vocations:
Fashion Design and Interior Decoration
Hospitality and catering
Plumbing and Pipe Fitting
Hairdressing, Make up and Gele
Perfume and Cosmetology
GSM Repairs
Electrical Installation
AC and Refrigerator repairs
Shoe Making
Solar Power and Inverter installation
Web and Mobile Apps creation
Auto Mechanic”
He said “we are equally honoured at this opportunity to give back to our own people, who have supported us since we commenced operations 76 years ago.”
Essaadi revealed that, ‘this year, the NB empowerment program was held in 6 locations – Lagos, Abuja, Ota, Kaduna and Awo-Omamma to support a total of 472 women and youths in 20 skill areas with training and provision of start-up tools. This initiative drives home our corporate philosophy to Win with Nigeria by supporting our youth and women on their journey to entrepreneurship, employment generation and financial independence.’
Earlier the Ciroman Zazzau and District Head Makera HRH Shehu  Tijjani
lauded the Nigerian Breweries Plc for empowering the Youths of his district. He said skills are very important in Nigeria now irrespective of the University degrees stressing that the graduands must not sale off the starter tools but utilize them for wealth creation.
Also speaking, Corporate Affairs Manager North, Nigerian Breweries Plc Mr. Kabiru Kassim commended host Communities, the royal fathers and indeed Kaduna State Government for always ensuring Clementine business atmosphere for the business to grow stressing that the business will continue to partner relevant stakeholders in the state for human development.

Ahead of 2022 World Diabetes Day, 1700 patients gets  free medical services from National Eye Centre Kaduna.

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Ahead of 2022 World Diabetes Day, 1700 patients gets  free medical services from National Eye Centre Kaduna.
As the world prepares to mark World Diabetes Day for year 2022, National Eye Centre Kaduna yesterday delivered free medical services to over 1700 residents of Kaduna through its diabetes care unit National Eye Centre Diabetes-Militus Care Initiative.
Speaking at the Kaduna Central Market, venue of the free medical care, Dr. Paulinus Unung head Pathological Department said ” after some years of interaction with patients, there should be a platform different from the regular course to take care of diabetes.
 Ahead of 14th November, World Diabetes Day, we  started the program in central market, the platform is a volunteer group with the Chief Medical Director Dr. Mahmoud Alhassan as the team leader”
‘The projection is 2000 subjects, yesterday we attended to over 600 subjects and today we got almost twice. I came here with 29 staff and am happy that so far we have done more than 60 percent of our projections.  The choice  of the market is because people come here in the morning and some times spend the whole day here so it’s easy to come  out for screening” Dr. Paulinus added.
The team commended the Chief Medical Director Dr. Mahmoud Alhassan stressing that “when  the platform was formed the Chief Medical Director was able to quickly employ a consultant endocrinologist and consultants chemical pathologist to assist in addressing endocrine issues.
On reaching out to the rural areas, Paulinus reveaz that the platform is training Health workers and intends to form a sub platform for the rural areas.
Speaking on diabetes statistics in Nigeria, Dr. Paulinus said that for  every 10 persons on the streets two or three will be diabetes.
Hassan Abdulamid a 40 year old patient who benefited from the free diabetes medical care lauded National Eye Centre for giving him free medical services saying he believe his eye challenges will be resolved.
Also speaking,  Yemi Abdullahi a beneficiary maintained that ” I heard of National Eye Centre though the distance always discouraged me from going to Centre, but now that they are here in central market am happy to come for the free medication.”

THE CANDIDATES: Prince Adewole Adebayo drafts SDP among six leading political Parties in Nigeria

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THE CANDIDATES: Prince Adewole Adebayo drafts SDP among six leading political Parties in Nigeria
As political parties and their respective Presidential candidates vie to lead Nigeria’s next administration by winning  the 2023 Election, ‘The Candidates’ presidential town hall series, an original Daria Media concept, supported by the MacArthur Foundation, NTA and YouTube, launches on the 17th of November, 2022 and will be live on NTA, FRCN, Radio Now, DSTV, Youtube, Facebook and more.
The Candidates, is a  two-hour live televised town hall meeting series, of the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates of the six leading political parties. These parties were selected using a combination of editorial judgement, aggregated polls  by the Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, occupation of elective offices and presence across the country.
Kole Shettima, the Africa Director of the MacArthur Foundation says “ the foundation is privileged  to support an opportunity for Nigerians to interact with the leading  Presidential candidates in the 2023 general elections.”
The Candidates’ Presidential town hall will take place as follows:
Prince Adewole Adebayo and running mate, Alh. Yusuf Buhari, of the Social Democratic Party – 17th November, 2022
Mr. Omoyele Stephen Sowore and running mate, Barrister Haruna Garba Magashi, of the African Action Congress Party –18th November, 2022
Sen. Rabiu Musa Nwankwaso and running mate, Bishop Isaac Idahosa, of the New Nigeria Peoples Party -19th November, 2022
Mr. Peter Obi (CON) and running mate, Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, of the Labour Party – 21st November 2022
Alh. Atiku Abubakar and running mate, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa of the People’s Democratic Party – 22nd November, 2022
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and running mate, Sen. Shettima Kashim of the All Progressives Congress Party – 23rd November 2022
Kadaria Ahmed, a leading Nigerian broadcaster and journalist, will moderate each town hall. She has been moderating Presidential Debates and town halls since the 2011 elections. ‘The Candidates’ this year is produced by Obi Asika, Ceo Cabal Ent who has produced several major live events, festivals, tv shows, reality formats and has been at the forefront of media production for decades. He and his team will seek to bring that quality to The Candidates.
Obi Asika, CEO of Cabal Entertainment and Executive Producer of The Candidates says, “ I am hugely excited to be working with Kadaria Ahmed, one of Nigeria’s most distinguished journalists and broadcasters with a long and impressive track record in print, tv and radio. We hope to deliver a town hall series that will make all Nigerians proud regardless of which candidate they support and we want to enable the best possible platform for all the leading candidates to come and share their best plans for Nigeria with Nigerians.”
The Candidates will be a live streaming and live broadcast production, providing a unique platform for direct interaction between the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates of the leading political parties in Nigeria and her citizens. In the Candidates Presidential Townhall series we are delivering six presidential townhalls and 7 pundit shows with leading national commentators hosting these conversations before each town hall. Each edition of the series also has 6 remote locations in Nigerian universities with live interactive audiences in Maiduguri, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Kano & Abuja who will be part of the live townhall series.
There will be an audience of 100 people for each town hall, including CSOs and the Diplomatic Corps, It will be an opportunity for Nigerians to hear directly from the aspirants and to ask them questions on governance and nation building. The Candidates has partnered with Zikoko Citizen to distill the conversation for the young, social media engaged audience, and with Africa Fact Check to ensure accuracy and accountability.
The Candidates, will be broadcast across Nigeria on all platforms: live on NTA, and over 30 FRCN radio stations, other partner TV stations, as well as streamed online on YouTube and social media platforms to enable Nigerians in the diaspora to participate.

SDP Presidential Candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo Promises Reform In Pharmaceutical Industry

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SDP Presidential Candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo Promises Reform In Pharmaceutical Industry
The Social Democratic Party(SDP) Presidential Candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo has promised a reform in Nigeria’s Pharmaceutical industry if elected into power.
Prince Adebayo spoke during the 95th Annual National Conference of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria on Thursday 3rd November in Jos, Plateau State.
The SDP presidential candidate says his party will create a stable environment in order for the pharmaceutical industry to be able to conduct research that will benefit the health sector and the economy.
He said, “You need a stable environment, the country has to be secure, then the business environment has to be protected and the regimes have to have policies that are stable so that your investments don’t go to waste.
“The first thing we will guarantee you is stability; your neighborhood will be safe. There will be no riots, no unrest, and no boundaries, no kidnapping. You will be able to set up concerns from possible research to production, even to dispensation where you have your pharmacies across”.
Speaking further on his plans to enhance the health sector, Adebayo said, “I will ensure that public hospitals, including public dispensaries, are well-stocked and they are up to date.
“I would ensure that professionals when they finish from school, the first point of call before they go into private practice is a strong public health sector so that you will have spent a number of years using government money to do government resources, to do facilities before you go out to major on your own. The best health care people should be retained by the government.
“Thirdly, we will stabilize our currency. I’m not saying I will give you 1 naira to $1, no, I am saying that for planning purposes, if you have 500 naira to the dollar in year one you have 500, not a dollar.
“The last thing which I will do is that we should have a system for the retention of our manpower in this country”.
He also noted that the economy needs to be kept stable because a lot of the components for the health sector, like medicine manufacturing, has foreign trade component to it.
Adebayo further disclosed that his party will take care of poverty, create nutritional balance for Nigerians by making sure there’s food supply, provide housing and create adequate access to healthcare.
“In our government, we will take care of poverty, and to take care of poverty, you need to do five things.
“First, you need to know that the revenue coming into the country has to be preserved for the people of that country; second thing we will do is that we need to give nutritional balance to our people; then housing which is very important to health and to instability; then we deal with general issue of accessing health care.
“The fifth component is that we need to give education to our people; education is what differentiates you from your cousins who are bricklayers, carpenters and whatever”, he said.
Prince Adewole said his government will support the pharmacy profession so that it will be self-regulating and have the highest standard of professional training given to pharmacists within the country and internationally.
He said, “Because pharmaceutical field is also an employment both in the public and private sector, we will ensure that you have living wages and people who practice pharmacy do not automatically sign the oath of poverty”.
The SDP presidential candidate was accompanied by former minister of sports, Solomon Dalung, Sen Ugochukwu Uba, Pastor  Ade Alabi, Godwin Osigbeme.
Other persons present at the conference were Omoyele Sowore of AAC, representatives from other parties includes, Labour Party Plateau State Youth coordinator and  Nentawe Yilwatda, APC Plateau State gubernatorial candidate.
The theme of the conference was: “Synergizing Healthcare Professionals For Effective Delivery: Nigeria Post 2023 In Context”.

One year Anniversary: It’s Service to a nation of great people -Youth Leader Salutes Bugwam Kurmi

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One year Anniversary: It’s Service to a nation of great people -Youth Leader Salutes Bugwam Kurmi

 

It is exactly one year today since the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai appointed the Paramount ruler of Kurama Chiefdom, Mr. Yakubu Iliya Sauri, the Bugwam Kurmi the III who was recently handed the staff of office in Yarkasuwa, Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna.

Climaxing the journey with a people-focused leadership of an ordained Priest of the Kurama Land, the Youth Leader of the Federated Akurmi nation, Mr. Peter Garba felicitated with the King, the Kingmakers, and all his throne cabinet members for paying a good price for the journey of 365 days.

Mr. Garba Saluted the Chief of the Akurmi people, Mr. Yakubu for bringing another fresh idea into the traditional ruling council of the land.

Garba in a statement issued to our reporter said Iliya is another wisdom that came at the nick of time to liberate the entire Akurmi nation.

This giant’s strides according to him are seen in his one year of selfless service to the entire kingdom.

He reiterated his appreciation to the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Elrufai for giving the Kurama people a both God’s and people-desired leader who is always ready and willing to give his best for his people.

He assured that the Youth of Kurama under his watch will continue to support him in his policies and principles of peaceful co-existence among the many ethnic nationalities in Lere.

He vowed to lead the Youth of Kurama for the return of peace in not only Lere Local Government but the whole of Kaduna state.

He praised the government of Nasir Elrufai for making sure that peace is returned in many communities of Birnin Gwari, Kajuru, Kaduna South that bandits and kidnappers have been terrorizing with their menace attacks.

While Congratulating Mr. Sauri on his one-year enthronement as a king for bringing Unity among the Kurama people, the Youth leader prayed for more excellent wisdom, vigor and strength of mind, divine health and harmony, peace, and progress to permeate him and his kingdom from now till the end of time.

Again, Kaduna NUJ Chair Bags Leadership Award

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Again, Kaduna NUJ Chair Bags Leadership Award

 

Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna Council, Comrade Asma’u Yawo Halilu has again bagged ‘Leadership Award’.

The Icon of Hope award was in appreciation of her outstanding performances towards uplifting the journalism profession and her contributions to nation building.

The ‘Leadership Award’ came in less than two months after she was honoured with an award as the ‘Most Transformational NUJ Chairman of The Year 2022.

While presenting the award, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the AIACCESS Contractors, Abubakar Ismail Kankara, averred that the patriotic contributions of the NUJ Chairman to the growth and development of the union was the reason for honouring her with the special award.

“It is obvious that the new leadership of the NUJ is doing great, and we are proud of them for the transformational strides towards consolidating on the achievements of the past leaders who had also contributed to the development of the union in their various capacities,” the CEO said.

In her reaction shortly after receiving the award, the NUJ Chairman thanked the organisers of the event of deeming it fit for recognizing the contributions of the NUJ towards nation building.

“No doubt, this award is an energiser that will spur us to do more towards uplifting our union, its members and the nation at large. As leaders, our resolution is to see that our members have a conducive environment to operate and to also ensure their unity” Asma’u emphasised.

Also speaking, the Vice Chairman of the Council, Comrade Daniel Duniya, applauded the organisers for recognising the leadership of the union, adding that the success recorded would not have been made possible without the support of the members.

NGO partners UN Women, WPHF, train 80 women in Taraba, Adamawa on agribusiness 

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NGO partners UN Women, WPHF, train 80 women in Taraba, Adamawa on agribusiness

 

A non-governmental organisation, Iwuese Multipurpose Cooperative Society (IMCS) in partnership with UN Women and Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) has commenced the training of 40 women in Agribusiness in Taraba and Adamawa State.

Addressing participants at the opening of the Training on Agribusiness Development and Market Value Chain linkages in Jalingo, the Executive Director of IMCS, Ms. Ritdimwa Orga told beneficiaries that

the training was aimed at transforming their lives through economic empowerment.

“We are working as a consortium of three women led organisations in promoting Early Recovery for Women and Girls in Adamawa and Taraba States, especially in communities affected by conflicts.

“I want to thank UN women and WPHF for their funding and technical support to ensure that this intervention impact positively on families and communities at large. Without their funding and technical support we would not have been here.

“Our target is to provide support to you the women sitting here and beyond as well as transborder refugees and people with disabilities to ensure that your lives are transformed for the better.

“I urge you all to take the training seriously and participate actively so that our intervention will succeed when we go to your communities to support you with inputs and small agribusiness ventures.”

Orga added that a similar joint training on agribusiness was held in Mubi North and South in Adamawa State a few days.

Some of the participants drawn from Jalingo and Gassol local government areas of Taraba State who spoke to our correspondent including, Enudi Emmanuel, Sharifa Abubakar, and Stella Mbateren  all appreciated IMCS for the training noting that the knowledge gained will help transform their lives.