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Breaking: Supreme Court sacks Adamawa Reps member, dismisses case against Ihedioha’s election in Imo

July 30, 2019 Editor 0

Mustapha Usman, an All Progressives Congress (APC) member who was declared winner of the House of Representatives 2019 election for Yola South/Yola North/Girei Federal Constituency of Adamawa State has just been sacked by the Supreme Court. The court judgement delivered by upheld an appeal court judgement. The Supreme Court held that it was found that Usman forged his credentials, he Read More

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Adamawa governor-elect vows to probe Bindow

May 27, 2019 Editor 0

Ahmadu Fintiri, Adamawa Governor-elect has said he’s ready to step on toes to address injustice against the people of the state by the outgoing administration of Gov. Jibrilla Bindow. He made this known on Saturday in Yola while receiving report by a 67-man State Transition Committee. He said findings by the committee revealed a lot of breeches and mismanagement of Read More

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Adamawa incumbent governor passes ‘strong’ verdict after Fintiri’s victory

March 29, 2019 Editor 0

The outgoing governor of Adamawa state, Jibrilla Bindow, has reportedly conceded defeat and congratulated Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the winner of the state governorship supplementary election, held on Thursday, March 28. Bindow congratulated the governor-elect and further wished him a successful term of office in a state broadcast on Friday, March 29. “In view of the outcome and declaration of the Read More

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Adamawa governor-elect gets INEC’s certificate of return, less than 24 hours after supplementary poll

March 29, 2019 Editor 0

The governor-elect of Adamawa State, Mr Ahmadu Fintiri, has immediately been issued certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) less than 24 hours after his election victory. After the event on Friday at the INEC office in Yola, Fintiri commended INEC for conducting what he described as a peaceful, credible and fair election in the state. He Read More

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At last, INEC declares Fintiri winner of Adamawa governorship poll

March 29, 2019 Editor 0

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Adamawa State governorship election, Ahmadu Fintiri, has been declared the winner of the poll. Fintiri had acted as governor of the state. Returning officer for the election, Andrew Haruna who made the declaration at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Yola, the state capital, on Friday morning said Read More

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Live – Supplementary election: Security beefed up in Adamawa as ballot sorting begins after voting

March 28, 2019 Editor 0

Scheduled governorship supplementary election in Adamawa has already begun. Blueprint Correspondent reports that voters lining up at various polling centresdesignated for Thursday’s poll in Yola and parts of the state. It was also learnt that All Progressives Congress (APC) is taking part, barely 48 hours after the party declared it won’t participate. Live: Supplementary elections begins in Adamawa, APC makes Read More

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#Live: Supplementary elections begin in Adamawa, APC makes u-turn, participates

March 28, 2019 Editor 0

Scheduled governorship supplementary election in Adamawa has already begun. Blueprint Correspondent reports that voters lining up at various polling centresdesignated for Thursday’s poll in Yola and parts of the state. It was also learnt that All Progressives Congress (APC) is taking part, barely 48 hours after the party declared it won’t participate. Security beefed up in Adamawa as ballot sorting Read More

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Breaking: After Court verdict, INEC picks new date for Adamawa guber supplementary poll

March 26, 2019 Editor 0

The independent National electoral commission (INEC) has fixed Thursday March 28, 2019 for the gubernatorial supplementary  election in Adamawa state. This followed the decision by Yola high court presided over by Justice Abdulazeez Waziri to vacate its earlier injunction restraining INEC from going ahead with the election initially slated for last week Saturday. The rerun election will take place in Read More

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Breaking: Court orders INEC to conduct supplementary poll in Adamawa

March 26, 2019 Editorial II 0

A State High Court sitting in Yola, Tuesday vacated it’s earlier order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting the governorship supplementary election in Adamawa. The court presided over by Justice Abdul’Aziz Waziri has also ruled that it has the jurisdiction to adjudicate on the case filed before it by the political party Movement for the Restoration and Read More

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Breaking: Like in Bauchi, INEC complies with Court restraining order on Adamawa guber supplementary election

March 20, 2019 Editor 0

Three days to the conduct of Adamawa governorship supplementary election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared it would abide by court decision which had retrained it from going ahead with the re-run exercise. An Adamawa State High Court in Yola has issued an injunction restraining the Independent Electoral Commission from conducting the supplementary election scheduled for March 23. Read More

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Breaking: Finally, INEC schedules supplementary elections for Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau, Sokoto

March 12, 2019 Editor 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Saturday March 23 for 2019 supplementary elections in states where governorship elections were declared inconclusive. According to the Commission in a statement on Tuesday by Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Barrister Festus Okoye, the Returning Officers in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue. Kano, Plateau and Sokoto States declared the governorship elections inconclusive. Read More

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2019: Atiku can’t win own LG in Adamawa – Presidency

December 5, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Tope Sunday Abuja The Presidency over the weekend described the former President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as a politician living on past glory, adding that he had lost his political weight many years ago. Featuring on ‘Sunday Politics’, a Channels’ Television Political programme, monitored in Abuja, the Personal Assistant to the President on Social Media, Mrs Lauretta Onochie, said come Read More

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2019: Adamawa South yearns for Sen Bent

November 17, 2017 Editorial IV 0

No doubt, it is more than seven years that she was a senator serving the Adamawa Southern Senatorial zone comprising eight local governments of Adamawa state. Now, the people of the senatorial zone are yearning for the return of Senator Grace Folashade Bent, to the Senate to serve them again in 2019. The people of the zone are making a Read More

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Atiku has hijacked Adamawa PDP  structure, Chieftain cries out

November 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

A former Special Assistant to Vice President Atiku Abubakar and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Umar Ardo has advocated for the cancelation of the results of last Saturday ward congresses in Adamawa State. Dr. Ardo made the plea Tuesday shortly after submitting a petition to the Adamawa State PDP Congress Appeal Panel in Abuja. He said the Read More

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Adamawa politics: A dicey 2019 for Gov Bindow

October 14, 2017 Editorial IV 0

  The political permutations as at now, in Adamawa state, is so dicey for the incumbent Governor, Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindow, and this from all indication would be the situation in 2019. Happenings on ground in the state are so dicey for the incumbent governor. The loyalists of former Governor Murtala Nyako are poised to be the stumbling block for Read More

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Of politics, governance and loyalty

September 22, 2017 Blueprint 0

It baffles me to note that in Nigeria everything is about the next “election” rather than the governance issues. Let’s insist on good governance for the existing mandate. In my understanding, there is diff erence between “politics” and “governance”. According to Section 99 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended the period for electioneering campaigns is 90 days before Read More

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Adamawa: Bindow returning government to the people

June 21, 2017 Blueprint 0

How has he fared in the last two years? n the word of former US President, George W. Bush “use power to help others for we are given power not to advance our own purposes, not to make a good show in the world, not a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve Read More

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Atiku and the politics of Waziri Adamawa

June 20, 2017 Blueprint 0

Zayyad I. Muhammad The lifetime ambition of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is to be the president of Nigeria and to have absolute control of Adamawa politics. Atiku’s pursuit of this super-ambition dates back to nearly 34 years. When a typical Nigerian politician rises to a new position of traditional power and eminence, he or she becomes more ambitious and Read More

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Adamawa: Jimeta’s comments and politics of 2019

April 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

The dust raised by the comments of Abba Jimeta, Chief of Staff (COS)  to Governor Jibrilla Bindow, is yet to settle, having polarised the state chapter of the ruling APC, still threatening unity in the party ahead of the 2019 general elections. IBRAHIM ABDUL’ AZIZ, reports Already the political temperature in Adamawa known to be one of the complex states Read More

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Adamawa politics and December 16

December 14, 2016 Blueprint 0

Yakubu Uba Almost everybody knows December 25 of every year is Christmas day, in Adamawa, this coming December 16 is going to be “the Christmas before the Christmas” simply because it is that date that the  Supreme Court fixed for a judgement that’s a source of concern to most politicians that matter in the state politics. The judgement has to Read More

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Politics didn’t harm my relationship with Buhari – OBJ

October 4, 2016 Blueprint 1

 Atiku explains absence at book launch Gowon, Tinubu eulogise president By Abdulaziz Abdulaziz and Abdullahi M. Gulloma, Abuja Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, said his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari remains cordial in spite of political differences and upheavals over the years. Obasanjo, who described President Buhari as forthright and gentlemanly, spoke at the launch of a book: “Muhammadu Buhari: Read More

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Politics of adoption, consensus in PDP North-east congress

May 20, 2016 Blueprint 0

The North-east zonal congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), took place Saturday, May14, in Jalingo, Taraba state and adopted Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as its national chairman. STEPHEN OSU writes on the behind the scenes story. The beginning Before the zonal delegates congress proper, the state congress took place Tuesday, May10, but before the state congress,  there were that Read More

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In all these years, I was told, there was never a Christmas that Lawal did not visit my parents. He always enquired how I was doing and was in awe of all the places he was told I had been at. We got to meet in 1995 when I was first home on holidays after almost a decade. I observed that my friend had changed a lot. His parents had passed away, and Ori too. All the cattle were gone. After decades of wandering across the vast millennial savannah, by now married with grown up children, Lawal had moved into the neighbouring town and had virtually become a ‘Fulanin gida’ (home Fulani). But I could see that something was amiss – the magic and spark were gone. Lawal, I was told, had taken to too much alcohol. Mother Dearest — ever observant, with a great power of intuition — sadly noted that what Lawal was up to was ‘more than just alcohol’. I brought him gifts from abroad – shirts, a watch and things like that. Lawal quietly reminded me that our friendship – our ‘zumunci’ — went beyond any material things. He held the gifts disinterestedly with a sad, distant smile. Lawal passed away the following year after a brief illness. He is a friend and brother that I will cherish for all eternity. Today, a new breed of Fulani are on the rampage throughout our country. They have killed and maimed and wiped away entire villages in what amounts to a genocidal war. From the Jos Plateau, to Southern Kaduna, Nasarawa, Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Kogi and as far down as Delta and Ondo, they have left nothing but dead bodies and ashes on their trail. Gurara Forum is a gathering of young men and women — most of them students – from Southern Kaduna. With their own limited resources, they have tried to document all the Fulani atrocities in Southern Kaduna. Their website provides a grim picture gallery of some of the recent killings committed by the herdsmen. Viewer discretion is counseled in visiting the site (http://www.guraraforum.org/gallery/). These mercenaries have been armed with the most sophisticated weaponry imaginable while their victims are not allowed to carry even bows and arrows in self-defence. Nobody has been arrested or convicted for these crimes. When, recently, they went on another killing spree in the village of Agatu in Benue State, all we heard are plaintive promises that grazing land will be carved out for them, with grass to be imported from Brazil. From the statistics that we have, possibly a 40,000 souls have perished under these herdsmen of our doomsday apocalypse. Rural livelihoods have been destroyed, with a looming food crisis rearing its ugly head for the first time in the Middle Belt, which remains incontrovertibly the bread basket of our country. Many reasons have been adduced from this unfortunate turn of events. There are those who blame the devastating impact of climate change – desertification — and the lot. There is also the Malthusian demographic nightmare of population increasingly geometrically against dwindling water and other natural resources, including land space. I would also point to the factor of politics. In our political era, politicians have been known to import mercenaries and millions of illegal immigrants to boost their potential voting blocs and also to use them to settle differences by the barrel of the gun. Some crypto-communist pseudo-intellectuals have whitewashed these atrocities as anodyne problems of ‘cattle rustling’ and ‘rural banditry’. And anybody who expresses anger and outrage is committing ‘hate speech’. To my mind, those who implicitly deny the sanctity of human life while covering up diabolical atrocities in meaningless intellectual abstractions are the real purveyors of hate, not we, the victims. Nobody has been held to account for any of these killings. Probably more souls have perished from these genocidal killings than from Boko Haram. The recent attempt to conflate Boko Haram with the marauding herdsmen is nothing short of sophistry at its worst. Boko Haram and the marauding herdsmen are different species of the same rampaging Jihadist tiger. But they are not interchangeable, even if they belong to the same ruling spirit of violence and death. They may well be part of the overall strategy of conquest and subjugation by force of arms. The Middle Belt are what they are because they were never defeated by Jihad. What their forebears could not achieve, their misguided progenies of today believe they can by chicanery and sheer wickedness. Those who live by the sword will surely perish by the sword. I humbly submit that most of these so-called ‘herdsmen’ are mercenaries from outside Nigeria. They cannot be relations of my late friend and brother Lawal or my uncle Mallam Baanni. They are foreign mercenaries imported into our country to kill, overwhelm and colonize. Whose ancestral land is going to be handed over to foreign marauding mercenaries who have committed murder on such a scale? For me, the only prudent way of tackling this menace is to for the Nigerian military to restore the dispossessed people back to their villages and to enforce the rural piece across all the troubled areas. We need a proper census of all the Fulani herdsmen and their cattle. Those of them who are not bona fide citizens should be repatriated to Mali, Niger, Chad, Cameroon or wherever they are supposed to have come from. The Government of Ghana, ever more efficient and more vigilant than ours, recently repatriated over 50,000 Fulani herdsmen and their cattle, with a terse warning that they would never be permitted to get away with the kind of violations they have perpetrated in Nigeria. I am not opposed to the idea of grazing reserves. The idea, which goes as far back as the days of Ahmadu Bello, the first Premier of the Northern Region, has never proven successful. In the far-North, it was tried without much success. Indigenous Hausa-Habe farmers were much opposed to it. The Fulani themselves could not be forced to reinvent themselves as sedentary people. In Kachia, in my own homeland of Southern Kaduna, a huge grazing reserve was carved out for Fulani communities some thirty years ago. Until today, none of the indigenous communities have been compensated for the forcible dispossession of their land and the turning-over of ancestral to an alien people. Not only have these Fulanis been involved in violent killings of local people, they are now claiming autochthonous usufructuary rights to the land and are asserting their entitlement to a separate chiefdom. As far as I know, this amounts to an act of colonisation by theft and gerrymandering subterfuge. This is not to say that grazing reserves should not be revisited. I would encourage such reserves to be created in the States of the core North where the Fulanis naturally belong. Land for such purpose should be negotiated with local communities and properly gazetted on 99-year leaseholds, with adequate compensation by the States and the Federal Government. Such reserves can also go with the grass importation proposition that Agriculture Minister Audu Ogbeh is coming up with. For more than a century, the Enclosure Movement in England was provoked by the same problem of relentless clashes between farmers and herdsmen. The rural communities were so fervent in their campaign that the British Parliament had to pass the Enclosure Act 1773. By this act, herdsmen were required to keep their cattle within bounds. Until today, any animal that trespasses into the farmland of an Englishman ipso facto becomes his property. It has brought peace and prosperity to the glorious English countryside. We in Nigeria need to borrow such a piece of jurisprudence. Peripatetic cattle rearing is not only primitive; it is irksome to the common peace. Cattle that travel up and down lose half of their economic value compared to those that are kept in one place. I believe our government owes responsibility to promote the development of the Fulani as a community. When I was an undergraduate of Ahmadu Bello University, our then Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Abubakar told us a deeply moving story about his upbringing. He lived in rural Adamawa as a Fulani shepherd boy. While tending the cattle he would eavesdrop a classroom to hear what was being taught. He was captivated with arithmetic. The teacher, noticing his curiosity, enquired about his parentage. His father was approached to allow the boy to join the school. After much persuasion, and with the greatest reluctance, young Iya Abubakar was allowed to join the class. He turned to be a mathematical prodigy. After a brilliant performance in elementary school he gained admission into the prestigious Government College, Zaria (now Barewa College). He distinguished himself in Zaria and was admitted into University College, Ibadan, where he graduated with First Class Honours in Mathematics. From there it was on to Cambridge University in England where he bagged a brilliant doctorate in Applied Mathematics. Iya Abubakar became a professor of mathematics at ABU Zaria at the uncommon age of 27. A consultant to NASA, he is one of the world’s greatest living mathematicians. I believe there are more Iya Abubakars among the Fulani youths tending cattle all over our country. Instead of them being armed with AK-47s and fomenting trouble everywhere, we should nurture them to bring out their talents and genius. A more sedentary lifestyle might have to be enforced as the Brits did with their Enclosure laws at the end of the eighteenth century. This madness must stop.

May 16, 2016 Blueprint 0

In all these years, I was told, there was never a Christmas that Lawal did not visit my parents. He always enquired how I was doing and was in awe of all the places he was told I had been at. We got to meet in 1995 when I was first home on holidays after almost a decade. I observed Read More

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No rift in Adamawa APC, says party elder

April 13, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz Yola An elder in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa state, Ahmed Song, has dismissed speculations of a split in the Adamawa State APC chapter, describing the rumours as a product of mischief designed to pit the former Vice President against President Muhammadu Buhari. Ahmed Song, a two-time gubernatorial aspirant in the state, said in a Read More