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FINTIRI BANS COUNCIL BOSS FROM UNNECESSARY TRIPS

Daniel Tabiyatiya

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has challenged sworn-in 21 newly elected local government chairmen to identify the peculiar needs of the people inline with his administration’s 11 points agenda and to desist from unnecessary trips. 

The Governor threw in the challenge at the swearing-in ceremony of the 21 elected local government chairmen at Mahmud Ribadu Square Yola.

Governor Fintiri commended the Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC) for conducting a widely acknowledged free, fair and credible local government election. 

“It is unfair to say that there won’t be no exercise without hitches but the ability to overcome the challenges ADSIEC demonstrated is what made the difference” he stated. 

He disclosed that “mischief makers and bad belle politicians made attempt to twist the truth about the election, labeling it as not free and fair when that could not be said about the previous local government election conducted under their watch”

Governor Fintiri while congratulating the 21 Local Government chairmen, said the landslide victory is a clear indication that the people are happy with the proactive agenda of his administration. 

Furthermore, he called on the people to rally round his administration as he provides them with the dividends of democracy. 

In his speech, the PDP state chairman Barr. A.T Shehu applauded the chairmen over their resounding victory at the just concluded polls. 

He challenged them to key into the 11 points agenda of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for the betterment of the society. 

The Secretary to the State Government, Bashir Ahmad who spoke at the event congratulated the 21 elected chairmen, said it is a well deserved victory. 

He described the election as the most credible free and fair local government election ever conducted in the history of the state. 

The SSG while commending Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for not interfering in the election process, described the Governor as a statesman who believes in electoral process and the rule of law. 

Responding on behalf of the newly sworn-in chairmen, Chairman Michika Local Government Hon. Micheal Shehu appreciated the Governor for not interfering with the election, described it as free and fair. 

While commending ADSIEC for providing a level playing ground for all aspirants, he also commended the electorates who excel used their franchise and voted the ruling party into power. 

Hon. Micheal further promised that the chairmen will make the government of the day proud by providing the needed dividends of democracy to the people.He mentioned that as they take over the affairs of the local government areas, he promised that they will discharge their duties diligently just as they have taken the oath of office.

The 21 local government seats were all won by the ruling PDP as declared by the Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC) in the just concluded December 7th local government polls.

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FINTIRI TARGETS 10,000 ADAMAWA YOUTHS FOR EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME

Daniel Tabiyatiya

10,000 youths are expected to benefit from the entrepreneurship programme of the Adamawa State Government under the leadership of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

This was disclosed by the Governor at the PDP campaign rally for local government elections at the Kurhaye Dishon Sanda square Guyuk local Government Area.

Speaking at the occasion, Governor Fintiri revealed that he has since directed the Commissioner in charge of Ministry of Entrepreneurship to train 10,000 young men and women in different field.

He mentioned that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow and as such needs the desired attention.

Furthermore he revealed that it was because of the love he has for the youths that made him to appoint youths into his government.

The Governor highlighted some of his achievements to which includes defeating insecurity, free education and the introduction of school feeding programme.

The campaign train also stopped at Shelleng local government areas where the Governor revealed to have directed the contractor handling Kiri-Shelleng road to mobilize his men back to site for the completion of the road contract.

He told the mammoth crowd that his administration is putting all formalities in place for the construction of a befitting hospital which will address the health challenges face by residents.

Governor Fintiri was then escorted to the  palace of Kwandi Nungurya Kurhaye Dishon Sanda and Anna Shelleng Abdullahi Isa Dassong by the PDP state chairman Barr. A.T Shehu, federal lawmaker representing Guyuk and Shelleng at the national assembly Hon. Gibeon Goroki, members of the State Executive Council and some party stalwarts.

While at both palace of the royal fathers, Governor Fintiri explained the purpose of his visit, where he reiterated his administration’s commitment to providing dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

In their separate response, the Royal Fathers while applauding Governor Fintiri for the giant strides recorded so far by his administration assured him of their unflinching support and loyalty.

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IMPOSITION OF CANDIDATES, A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY – Tabiyatiya

Daniel Tabiyatiya
The 2 major political parties in the state, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC) conducted their primary election at the weekend ahead of the scheduled November Local Government election in Adamawa State.

The primaries were rumoured to be full of irregularities in some local government areas as party faithfuls lamented over what they described as imposition by some top party officials.

The inability of most political parties in Nigeria to conduct free, fair and credible party congresses has made it extremely difficult for political parties to organize and conduct primary elections.

A political party does not belong to any individual or clique of individuals.

Imposition of candidates on the party has spelt doom for many political parties and even their candidates.

When imposition prevails, it will continue to scare credible people from coming into politics.

When the best are not in the arena, the quality of governance is deplorable and painful.

PDP slightly leads in the state, after having a Governor, 2 Senators, 5 House of Reps Members, and 13 House of Assembly Members, while the main opposition party, the APC has 1 Senator, 3 House of Reps Members and 11 House of Assembly Members, so they can’t be written off.

Just recently, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri in his zeal to support the growth of democracy told newsmen that his administration will not interfere in the upcoming elections, where he promised a level playing ground to all candidates and party’s.

Unlike other people who can’t keep to their words, Governor Fintiri is perceived to be a man of his words, who matches words with actions.

That statement alone has rekindled the hope of may candidates and party’s that the election will be free, fair and credible.

For a sitting Governor to abstain from meddling in election is a good sign that democracy will thrive but at the same time spell doom for the ruling People’s Democratic Party who wants to take control of the grassroots.

It is important to note that imposition of candidates cuts across all the political parties, even the main opposition, the All Progressive Congress (APC) were involved in imposition but they still have the chance to pull a stunt at the council’s election.

Already, the main opposition party in the state, the All Progressive Congress have 11 members of the House of Assembly which might be hard for the ruling party to win the LG elections in their constituencies.

They also have bigwigs like SGF Boss Mustapha, Halilu Modi, Sen. Binani, Felix Tangwami, Nuhu Ribadu, and FCT Minister Mohammed Bello.

Others are Dahiru Bobbo, Sen. Silas Zwingina, Sen. Ahmed Barata, Prof. Tahir Mamman and Sen. Binta Masi Garba who formed a reconciliation and reposition committee with a view to reclaiming the state back.

At the instance of providing a level playing ground, the ruling party might find it hard to win some local government areas unless they field in competent candidates.

The primaries might be a deciding factor at the polls, as internal crisis like nepotism and imposition is mostly the cause of party’s failure to win an election.

It was internal crisis that led APC to lose some seat at the 2015 general election in the state, it will be a bad omen for the ruling PDP to start having internal crises which can be avoided by conducting a rancour free primary elections.

For the ruling PDP to have total dominance at the grassroot level, they need to first and foremost conduct a free, fair and credible primary election in order to record success at the polls, but as it stands now there are people that have been shortchanged due to imposition of candidates.

For all intents and purposes, people begin to wonder why political parties that have made certain mistakes in the past would turn around to make the same mistakes instead of correcting them.


Recent experience has shown the tendency of this practice to cause the disintegration of political parties and to breed bad blood and discontentment in the rank and file of the parties.

It is therefore imperative for all political stakeholders to allow free and fair participations by all candidates so as to guard against negative eventuality which normally follows such unpopular decisions.

Politicians should learn from their past mistakes if truly they want to succeed.