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Cancel Jigawa congress, APC members tell Buni

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Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Jigawa have called on the national caretaker committee led by Yobe governor, Mai Mala Buni to cancel the congress in the state over the alleged non-compliance with the rules in electing party leaders.

This was contained in a petition dated October 30 which was addressed to Mai Mala Buni but seen by newsmen on Monday.

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In the petition, the APC members accused Jigawa governor, Badru Abubakar of hijacking the process.

The APC members — listed as Sani Ibrahim Taura, Hafizu Abubakar, Bala Idi Kazaure, Mutari Garba Garki and Saifullahi Muhammad Mudasshir — alleged that the governor “single-handedly” produced Aminu Gumel as chairman of APC in Jigawa and 35 other executive council members.

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“We, the undersigned and card carrying members of APC, being critical stakeholders of the party in Jigawa state observed with concern how due process and provisions of the constitution of our great party was strangled on 16th October, 2021, in the name of party state congress, Jigawa state chapter,” the petition reads.

“We are aggrieved with what was termed as state congress that produced Alhaji Muhammadu Sani Gumel as chairman on the following grounds:  There was no genuine consensus that produced the current leadership of the state executive council because not all stakeholders were carried along or contacted; no nomination forms were offered for sale to any member apart from those installed for consideration by governor of the state, Muhammed Badaru Abubakar.

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“There was no balanced consideration of interest groups that make up the party architecture in the state in sharing the leadership positions.

“In particular, interest groups from defined ANPP, CPC, and AC were not considered. The Governor hand-picked the exco and handed over the party affairs in the state to a crop of people who are not known as grassroot members.”

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They also alleged that access to the venue of the congresses was restricted in order to prevent them from exercising their franchise as party members.

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Senate passes enabling bill to establish Federal University in Taraba State

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The Senate has passed a bill to provide a legal framework for the establishment of the Federal Univerity, Wukari, Taraba State.

A statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Senate President (Press) Dr. Ezrel Tabiowo, stated that bill was passed Tuesday, after the upper chamber considered a report by the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND.

Senator Sandy Onuh, in a presentation on behalf of the Committee Chairman, Ahmad Babba Kaita, recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the establishment of nine universities across the six geo-political zones, which included the Federal University, Wukari.

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According to the lawmaker, the bill to establish the university seeks to develop and offer academic and professional teaching and research programmes leading to the award of first degrees, post-graduate degrees and diplomas.

He added that the presence of the university would “assist the host communities in increasing planning, production and processing; in addition to adaptive, technical, maintenance, developmental and productive skills in both social and management sciences as conventional university in Nigeria.

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Buhari commiserates with Jamaica’s envoy on father’s death 

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Amb. Maureen Tamuno, over the passing of her father, and family’s patriarch, Elder Clement Chepaka.

The President in a statement signed Tuesday by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina noted that Chepaka 93, would be sorely missed for his charity, kindness and leadership.

Buhari sympathized with family, friends and associates of the departed, urging them to find solace in his good works, especially at the Rivers State Ministry of Information and Broadcast, where he worked for many years as a producer and broadcaster.

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President Buhari prayed that the soul of Elder Chepaka will find eternal rest in the Lord.

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