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SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT: BETWEEN GOVERNOR FINTIRI, HIS TRADUCERS AND THE TASK AHEAD – TAKING ADAMAWA OUT OF THE DOLDRUMS by George Kushi

At last the Adamawa State governorship tussle has been resolved by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The Apex Court in its ruling again reaffirmed the mandate of Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri as elected Governor of Adamawa State. All said and done, the amount of pressure and attempts to truncate the People’s mandate has prove abortive.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has again proved himself an indomitable overcomer that has survived several machinations to put down his political career. He weathered the storm of being Acting Governor twice.

When it became clear that Fintiri would be Governor in 2014, he was suppressed and prevented from vying for the office. The story of Fintiri did not end there. During the Presidential campaign of Dr Goodluck Jonathan, at the mention of his name, the crowd was ecstatic.

On later occasions when the name ‘Fintiri’ is mentioned, the response of the crowd further revealed how he has captured the hearts of Adamawa citizens. It therefore did not come as a surprise that having endured the vicissitudes of the political clime that did not seem to favour him he was returned as the Governorship Candidate more than four years after. The ” INDOMITABLE OVERCOMER ” by the will of God and Adamawa people became Governor of Adamawa State.

But things that should have been kept to rest did not work out that way. Technicalities and political mumbo Jumbo were put in his path.
It began with the MRDD a party relatively unknown under the mentorship of the then administration under erstwhile Governor Bindow became hell bent on distracting the normal electoral processes that were taking place to propel him to the Governorship position.

The challenge of the ommission of the MRDD then could be faulted on many grounds . For one, they pretended not to notice the ommission when the list of Governorship contestants was published by INEC, instead they waited until the election was declared inconclusive ( even when Fintiri was leading) before approaching the court to have the election cancelled. Once again Fintiri was vindicated following the subsequent litigation at the state High court where the case was dismissed.


It is instructive to note that this particular case roused the ire of Adamawa electorates who visibly voiced their angst in homes , streets, markets, work places etc…it was an AGONISING MOMENT then.

Not to let matters rest, a case was file at the Governorship petitions tribunal after his leading opponent former Governor Umaru Jibrilla Bindow congratulated him on his electoral victory. What would have been an end to the electoral process proved yet abortive as the APC took the case to the tribunal and lost out for lacking in merit.


The APC threafter took the case to the Appellate Court whereby Ex Governor Bindow was persuaded to apply and join join in the suit seeking to oust Governor Fintiri and declare him ( Bindow ) as duly elected . The suit was again thrown out.

Things would not rest again as the APC proceeded with the case to the Apex Court ( The Supreme Court of Nigeria). Beside being the Supreme Court at the helm of Affairs, the normal JAW JAW that is frequent in Nigerian politics and legal manipulations , word was abroad that the powers that be would manipulate the judgement of the Supreme Court to deny Fintiri’s mandate, but the votes of the people and their prayers could not give the ” manipulators ” their desired results.


It is pertinent to note here again that the tension and anxiety that gripped the minds of Adamawa electorates while awaiting the final judgement of the Supreme Court was EXCRUCIATING!! This is because while the Adamawa APC guys were relishing in the confidence of” grabbing back the power”, PDP supporters were genuinely in prayers and living with a realization of uncertainty as to ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. Especially, bearing in mind the way IMO case was decided.

It could be recalled that before the Adamawa ruling, the case in Imo state in a much debated fashion that continues to hover round Nigerian political discussions created furor over interpretations.

Only after 2019 General elections did Nigerians wake up to learn a new phrase called ” inconclusive “. The word inconclusive to many Nigerians practically means being denied! Having agreed on anything, when you loose out the result is inconclusive “. So it was inconclusive in Imo when arose the claim that results from over three hundred units were ” inconclusive ” that made it possible for the number four position in an election to be declared winner.

This created fear in the hearts of those that voted for Fintiri , while the hawks of the APC became confident and were even publicly boasting that the people’s mandate will be snatched by a manipulated judiciary to hand over and ” underserved victory” to the people that have been rejected by popular votes and wish of the people. This of course did not happen.

The judiciary has proved that all said and done, it could stand up to its duties.
And now that the mandate of Governor Fintiri has been affirmed by the highest court of the law in Nigeria, he is saddled with the task of delivering what he promised the people and this is no easy task .

His pronouncement at the victory Rally which held in the state capital of checking the fraudulent activities that preceded him will not endear him to the people that soiled their hands in defrauding Adamawa citizens of what rightfully belongs to them. This is one aspect our Governor must pay attention to.

The Governor should be wary of people that would appear to be friends while in reality they mean him and the people of Adamawa no good.

The travails of Governor Fintiri might not have been over, his traducers will not rest and the people of Adamawa must continue to watch carefully how attempts would be made to hinder his government from achieving what was promised the people.

What transcends in the public domain might be unknown to him but his grassroot connection that has kept him will not be forgotten. He is set to work and will deliver on promise made to the people.

For Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, he knows that the act of governance is not easy. He has been there, at the bottom up to the top.

Governor Fintiri knows what the people are , how they can change behaviour and under what pressure they would bend.

Adamawa has suffered a lot. Her resources has been plundered over the years and her future mortgaged in debts. It is high time the opposition, the fence sitters and traducers alike join hands in helping the FRESH AIR Governor to take the battered state out of the DOLDRUMS!!

George Kushi is the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor of Adamawa State

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ADAMAWA SENATOR UNFOLDS SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME FOR CONSTITUENTS

The Senator representing Adamawa Southern Senatorial Zone Sen. Binos Yaroe has disclosed that very soon, people of his zone will soon have a cause to smile as plans are underway to roll out a scholarship scheme for tertiary institution students in his senatorial district. 

The Senator made the disclosure when he received the leadership of the Youth Wing of Bwatiye Community Development Association Abuja Chapter on a solidarity visit at his office.

While assuring the group that he is working round the clock to introduce ‘skills acquisition training’ to boost self-employment among the youths, a ‘scholarship scheme’ will soon be introduced so as to address the educational needs of the constituents. 

He mentioned that the role of the youths in nation building is enormous and as such, they should be accorded the right ingredients to succeed. 

“The youths are the leaders of tomorrow, in fact they are the leaders of today because they are currently the majority in the country, I’m not helping them by introducing the skills acquisition training or even with the scholarship, that’s what they voted me for, to work for them and I will continue to do just that for as long as possible” he stressed. 

He equally pledged to use his influence as a Member, Senate Committee on ‘Solid Minerals Development’, and include the exploration of the ‘much talked about’ Guyuk Cement Factory in the 2020 fiscal budget. 

The Chairman of the group who led the delegation , Mr Lofty Tahula congratulated the Legislator on his well deserved election to the Red Chamber, and subsequent victory at the tribunal and appeal courts. 

While commending the legislator for the laudable people- oriented programmes he has initiated so far, they have no doubt that he will take the constituency to the Promised Land before the end of his first tenure. 

He also lauded the Senator for initiating the free medical services months back, stated that the project has helped changed the lives of citizens in the constituency. Mr. Lofty the I used the opportunity to plead with the Senator to influence ‘federal projects’ like schools and industries to Numan Federation and indeed the Southern zone, to ameliorate youth restiveness in the society.

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PDP HAILS ADAMAWA GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION TRIBUNAL VERDICT

Daniel Tabiyatiya

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the affirmation of the election of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa by the State Governorship Election Tribunal, as victory for democracy and a triumph of the will and aspiration of the people.

In a press statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, the victory did not come as a surprise, as it affirmed the mandate of the people.

While rejoicing with the people of Adamawa state who have been jubilant over the verdict, the statement stated that it marks the consolidation of their aspiration for a purposeful, transparent and result-oriented government for greater cohesion, stability and productivity in the state.

“Unarguably, Governor Fintiri was elected because of his manifest patriotism and dedication to duty as already evinced in his zeal towards the development of the state, empowerment of the people as well as peaceful coexistence in the state” it reads.

It also stated that “Already, Governor Fintiri’s fervor towards the rapid development of the state in various sectors, including agriculture, infrastructure, education, health care, rural development, industrialization and other critical areas of life, stand him out as a leader devoted only to the good of the people”.

While commending the judiciary for upholding justice, public officials elected and appointed on its platform are urged to continue in their selfless service to the people; for which the party is known across the country and beyond.

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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.

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ATIKU PENS DOWN HEARTWARMING MESSAGE TO NIGERIANS

Former Vice President and the Presidential aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election took to social media to pen down a heartwarming message to Nigerians who supported him at the polls.

Dearly beloved citizens of Nigeria,

I write to personally thank you for your support for our shared common goal and the solidarity I enjoyed from all walks of life and every strata of society, right from July 21, 2018, when I informed you, the good people of Nigeria, that I would contest the 2019 Presidential election, to Wednesday, September 11, 2019, when the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal rendered its verdict.

Nothing good comes easy, and hard as the task to rid Nigeria from the forces of fascism, and be an instrument for the full restoration of the rule of law and democracy in Nigeria is, your support makes the struggle worthwhile.

I owe so much to this great land of Nigeria that took me from the streets of Jada, where I sold firewood, to the heights I have attained, by God’s benevolence, in the civil service, in corporate Nigeria, and in public service.

If I do not play my part in making it possible for other orphaned children, indigent youths and the less privileged, to replicate and even surpass my path to significance, I would have failed my Maker. If I do not ensure that the ladder I climbed remains accessible to those at the bottom, middle and top tiers of society, I would not have fulfilled my purpose.

And only by ensuring that democracy is not just done, but seen to be done, can Nigeria and Nigerians have a sense that this our dear land is indeed a land where Unity, Faith, Peace and Progress reside.

It is for this, and other patriotic reasons, that I am pursuing this judicial route: To ensure that the votes of Nigerians count and are counted.

Yes, those who do not want this as Nigeria’s reality, will use every trick in the book to undermine, discourage, misinform and mislead, but with God’s help and the support of Nigerians, we will ensure that Nigeria makes a course correction away from tyranny and towards democracy.

We must return to being Africa’s bastion of democracy, where the rights to Freedom of Speech and Freedom after the Speech, are guaranteed. We must stand together to pursue this just cause all the way so that our judiciary is not afraid to do their jobs and have to be wary of blackmail, intimidation, and victimisation.

I note the immense outpouring of goodwill from ordinary Nigerians in every nook and cranny of Nigeria and from all regions, religions and relationships. Once again I thank you all for your support. I also thank the governors elected on the platform of my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, as well as the National Executive Committee, for their unanimous and unambiguous support for the judicial phase of this struggle, especially after it was announced that we would go on to appeal.

I urge all Nigerians to continue their support for this recourse to constitutional order via the courts. Even if there is little or nothing you can do to ensure that justice is done in Nigeria, just believe that it will happen. Let us never underestimate the effect of our belief in Nigeria.

Finally, I say to all concerned, that we will all die and give an account of our lives to our Creator.

Thank you and may God bless Nigeria.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar