Some notable Buhari support groups converged at the Sir. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Tomb in Bauchi, Bauchi State, Nigeria on the 16th January, 2021 and birth a new unifying group to be known as the National Coalition For Progressives (NCP).
The persons who founded the Coalition are Comrade Samaila Ali, Alh. Kabiru Aminu Kuda, Malam Muwaffiq Faizu Sale, Comrade Khalid Ibrahim Angale, Malam Mukhtar Jibrin, Musa Yakubu Yashi, Ismaila Alhassan Musa, Barr Idrees S. Gambo and Comrade Ahmadu Manaja.
The groups take came together to form the new Coalition (NCP) draw membership from other Buhari supports organizations which includes; the Buhari New Media Center (BNMC), the Coalition of Buhari Support Organizations in Nigeria (COBSON), Initiative For Public Progress Advancement (IPPA), Bauchi Frontiers Movement For Buhari (BFMB) and etc.
The choice of the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Tomb for the meeting and the date of 16th January, 2021 is very significant for the new struggles when put into a historical perspective.
The National Coalition For Progressives (NCP) is still open to the public and other interested groups who wish to share in the progressive ideals of NCP.
At the meeting a three man steering committee was nominated with Barr Idrees S. Gambo as the Chairman, Comrade Samaila Ali as the Secretary and Malam Muwaffiq Faizu Sale as the Publicity Secretary.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says the average price for refilling a five-kilogramme cylinder of cooking gas increased to N1,949.75 in December 2020 from N1,947.47 in November.
The bureau said this in its “Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas) Price Watch” for December 2020.
The NBS said the price for refilling 5kg cylinder of cooking gas increased by 0.12 per cent month-on-month and decreased by -3.41 per cent year-on-year in the period under review.
According to it, states with the highest average price for refilling 5kg cylinder for cooking gas were Bauchi at N2, 489.12, Borno at N2, 396.69 and Adamawa at N2, 392.88.
It said that states with the lowest average price for refilling 5kg cylinder of the product were Enugu at N1,563.75, Imo at N1,678.89 and Oyo at N1,691.67.
“Similarly, average price for refilling a 12.5kg cylinder for cooking gas increased by 1.75 per cent month-on-month and decreased by -0.52 per cent year-on-year to N4,082.97 in December from N4,082.97 in November.
“States with the highest average price for refilling a 12.5kg cylinder for cooking gas were Delta N4,838.46, Cross River/Sokoto N4,800 and Akwa Ibom N4,614.49.
“States with the lowest average price for refilling a 12.5kg cylinder for cooking gas were Kaduna N3,191.67, Zamfara N3,462.5 and Niger N3,500,” it added.
It said the various prices were collected across all the 774 local governments in the country, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), from over 10,000 respondents and locations.
The Bauchi Local Government Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Malam Ibrahim Jaja in an interview with the Daily Watch Press yesterday, 8th December, 2020 has confirmed receiving the letter of expulsion of the self acclaimed State Chairman of the party, Barr Ahmed Umar Farouk (Gwadabe).
The Chairman said: “The letter of expulsion which was dated 1st December, 2020 was served on me and I wish to communicate same to the State Chapter of the party any time soon, after deliberation with the Bauchi Local Government Executives.”
The Chairman failed to make further comments on the matter, insisting that their position will be known any time soon.
The content of the letter which reads in full as follows: “
In accordance with the provisions of our constitution following the meeting of Hardo Ward Executive Committee meeting on the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee at its meeting held at No. B341 Wunti Street, Bauchi on the 29th December, 2020, in which a lot of allegations of conspiracy and creation of unnecessary tension in the party, were leveled and confirmed against Barr Ahmed Faruq Gwadabe after given him an opportunity to defend himself in line with the principles of fair hearing as enshrine in the party’s constitution but to no avail. His inability to defend himself gives Hardo Ward Executive Committee no option than to uphold the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee as follows:
Impose Article 6(a), (b), (c) and (d) of the People’s Redemption Party Constitution (As Amended), we therefore regret to inform you that you are hereby expel from the People’s Redemption Party with immediate effect.
The letter dated 30th November, 2020 has been forwarded to you accordingly.
The general public and our teeming members should take note of this and be guided appropriately.”
The letter was duely signed by the Ward Chairman and Secretary, Muhammad Sa’adu and Buhari Musa Gar respectively.
The PRP Family in Bauchi State has today received the resignation of Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi from the party without an iota of surprise or disgust.
This public statement wouldn’t had been made, if not because of some issues that Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi raised in his resignation letter which we consider inimical and injurious to the image and long-lived reputation of our cherished party.
The departure of Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi from PRP is a conspicuous gain that heralds the future growth and development of the party as has now created a space for all persons with progressive ideals and ideas to join the redemptive bandwagon – the PRP.
Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi had joined the PRP in 2019 after being tactically trashed from the APC by its leadership which he went back to meet now. He affirmed this in his resignation letter copying the APC Chairman by stating: “I am sure you will recall that my departure from the APC was not as a result of my resignation from the party. It was a result of my total exclusion from the affairs of the party by the leadership of the party”.
The PRP, due to its accomodating nature, accorded him all privileges including giving him the opportunity to steer the activities of the party at Bauchi State level. Even though a number of voices had objected the then decision of the party citing as justifications some unprintable incidences that characterized his existence in his former parties – ANPP, CPC, and APC.
The resignation and total departure of Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi from PRP has saved a lot of energy and time from being wasted as there were already moves by some patriotic party members to effect his removal due to the stagnant condition which the party found itself since his assumption of its leadership almost two years ago. In this regard, the Bauchi State PRP family members did commend Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi here for making their work short, brief and accomplished.
Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi has mentioned in his resignation letter that a conflict in PRP was what majorly moved him to resign. At this juncture, we deem it important to specifically point out that there’s no any political party on earth that exists without one problem or another. It is a natural culture of politics and a part and parcel of human existence. Like any other political party in Nigeria, the PRP cannot be totally perfect and has its own issues that cannot be called crisis if compared with the crises that rocked and continue rocking the party he was going to – the APC. Was it not a crisis that paralyzed and polarized the APC to the extent that they dissolved their National Leadership and formed a Caretaker Committee? Was it not a crisis that destabilized and decapitated the APC to the extent that they arranged to hold extraordinary emergency convention as part of desperate measures to address the lingering and ravaging crises? Was it not the crises in APC that made some of its state governors like the former of Governor of Imo, Senator Rochas Okorocha and others to declare 2023 as its expiry date?
Therefore, citing a crisis that does not exist as a basis for his resignation cannot and will never hold water. We have no problem if Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi joined the ruling APC in anticipation of appointment, renewal of appointment or any other promises that might be made to him because doing that didn’t start with him and will not end from him in Nigerian politics. But our problem was his intentional action of citing a non-existent problem that would dent the image of our party as his basis for resignation.
In addition, we consider it pertinent to bring to the attention of the general public that there is no any form of conflict among the PRP National Executive Committee (NEC), National Working Committee (NWC), and Board of Trustees (BOT) of the party as alleged by Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi in his resignation letter. These organs work in synergy and harmony with one another. Recent successes and achievements recorded by the party, particularly at the National Level serve as an indisputable attestation to that.
PRP remains intact and united. Therefore, we urge well-meaning Nigerians, particularly the inhabitants and indigenes of Bauchi State to join the redemptive wagon of Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) now so as to move Nigeria forward and salvage Nigerians.
We thanked Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi profusely for all his services and contributions to the PRP during his sojourn in the party. We equally hoped he would get what he’s after in the APC sooner rather than later. We pray that they won’t ‘totally exclude him from the affairs of the party’ this time around as they did previously.
Signed: Comrade Muhammed Ishaq, For the Bauchi State PRP Family. 20/10/2020.
The State Secretary of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Bauchi State Chapter, Alh. Sani Garba Agogo has warn the Chairman, Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC), to be careful with the instructions or directives of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) given to the Commission in a letter dated 8th September, 2020, titled: “Declaration of Assets by Officers Contesting for Elections. The PRP letter reads:
“Sequel to the letter from Code of Conduct Bureau, dated 8th September, 2020, which your enviable office forwarded to the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) among others for our information and compliance, we wish to state as follows:
That this letter is the most unfortunate single but shocking event that confront us since the beginning of this exercise.
That we expect the Commission to reply the Code of Conduct Bureau without forwading same to political psrties as the issue raised is a very clear one that the CCB is only trying to interfare with this long awaited election simpliciter without any legal basis but, perhaps, trying to test the will abd resolve of the Commission.
That even going by the provisions of the Part I of the Third Schedule, paragraph 3(a) of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) the Code of Conduct Bureau wish to rely on, there is no where it can refer to contestants as Public Officers, as the Schedule only provides thus: “3. The Bureau shall have power to: (a) receive declarations by public officers made under paragraph 12 of Part I of the Fifth Schedule to this Constitution; (b) examine the declarations in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Conduct or any law; (c) retain custody of such declarations and make them available for inspection by any citizen of Nigeria on such terms and conditions as the National Assembly may prescribe; (d) ensure compliance with and, where appropriate, enforce the provisions of the Code of Conduct or any law relating thereto; (e) receive complaints about non-compliance with or breach of the provisions of the Code of Conduct or any law in relation thereto, investigate the complaint and, where appropriate, refer such matters to the Code of Conduct Tribunal; (f) appoint, promote, dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over the staff of the Codes of Conduct Bureau in accordance with the provisions of an Act of the National Assembly enacted in that behalf; and (g) carry out such other functions as may be conferred upon it by the National Assembly.”
That on the question, who is a public officer under the Constitution in relation to the Code of Conduct Bureau. Our position is simply that if you look at the Part I of the Fifth Schedule, the word ‘Public Officer’ was interpreted to mean: “public office” means a person holding any of the offices specified in Part II of this Schedule; and “public office” shall not include the chairmanship or membership of ad hoc tribunals, commissions or committees”
This takes us to the Part II of the Fifth Schedule where the list of persons who should be referred to as Public Officers for the purposes of the Code of conduct is given as follows:
“1. The President of the Federation.
The Vice-President of the Federation.
The President and Deputy President of the Senate Speakers and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Speakers and Deputy Speakers of Houses of Assembly of States, and all members and staff of legislative houses.
Governors and Deputy Governors of States.
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justices of the Supreme Court, President and Justices of the Court of Appeal, all other judicial officers and all staff of courts of law.
Attorney-General of the Federation and Attorney-General of each State.
Ministers of the Government of the Federation and Commissioners of the Governments of the States.
Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff and all members of the armed forces of the Federation.
Inspector-General of Police, Deputy Inspector-General of Police and all members of the Nigeria Police Force and other government security agencies established by law.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Head of the Civil service, Permanent Secretaries, Directors-Generals and all other persons in the civil service of the Federation or of the State.
Ambassadors, High Commissioners and other officers of Nigeria Missions abroad.
Chairman, members and staff of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Chairman, members and staff of local government councils.
Chairman and members of the Boards or other governing bodies and staff of statutory corporations and of companies in which the Federal or State Governments or local governments councils.
All staff of universities, colleges and institutions owned and financed by the Federal or State Governments or local government councils.
Chairman, members and staff of permanent commissions or councils appointed on full time basis.”
We therefore, wish to call the urgent attention of the Commission (Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission) to be very vigilant in preventing any attempt by any authrity or persons from interfaring with the smooth conduct of the Local Government Council Elections in Bauchi State.
We finally urge the Commission to demand the immediate withdrawal of the directive given by the Code of Conduct Bureau and demand an apology on behalf of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), or we will be left with nothing but a possible alternative of taking the most appropriate action against you.
Najeeb Sani, a correspondent with the Blueprint newspapers and the Financial Secretary of the National Union of Journalists Bauchi State Chapter, has declared interest to contest for the Bauchi Local Government Chairmanship position under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the forthcoming polls in the state.
Najeeb made the declaration on Tuesday when he picked the Chairmanship nomination form for Bauchi Local Government Council.
In a press statement issued to reporters in Bauchi, the young journalist said his decision to contest for the chairmanship position is to carry the not too young to run cross. Where he said: “I wish to inform you that I have purchased a form to run for Bauchi Local Government Chairmanship in the forthcoming 17th October, 2020 Election.”
Where he pointed rightly that it is high time for the youth to take their destiny into their own hands.
“We should not only advocate youth involvement in governance but should be bold enough to run for elective offices. And I decided to join one of the major parties. I am contesting under the platform of the APC. I solicit your support and prayers”, the statement read in part.
According to him, many people who contest for local governments offices in the country are not well enlightened and do not know what leadership is all about emphasizing that local governments are important tiers of government that need people with ideas to lead them.
He commended governor Bala Mohammed for deeming it fit to conduct local governments elections considering that the last LG Elections in Bauchi State was conducted in 2008.
Sani, condemned the practice of appointing caretakers to rule over the Local Government and urged Governor Bala to insure that the polls is not to rigged in favour of his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
A report from Bauchi State shows that as part of its renewed commitment towards sensitizing citizens of Bauchi state on all the protocols against infection with the novel coronovirus, the State Task Force on COVID-19 through its Risk Communication, a sub committee has on Sunday evening conducted a mega rally in Bauchi metropolis.
The Chairman of the Risk Communication Committee and State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Honorable Garba Dahiru led the rally alongside SSA Media to the state Governor, Comrade Muktar M. Gidado, State NUJ Chairman, Comrade Umar Saidu as well as other Chairmen of various unions.
Garba Dahiru said the committee is working assiduously to reduce the spread of the coronovirus (COVID-19) across the state.
According to him, the sensitisation rally is to enlighten the citizens on the protocols against infection with the coronovirus especially the use of hand sanitizers, wearing of face masks and maintaining social distancing at public gatherings.
Garba Dahiru also said the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed has provided the enabling environment for the total eradication of the virus in the state.
” I am highly delighted to address you today at the occasion of our mega rally in Bauchi metropolis, we organised this in order to tell the citizens that, COVID-19 is real and we must work together to curb its spread in our society.”
“This rally will afford us the opportunity to sensitize communities of Bauchi metropolis on the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative effect to society.”
” As you are aware, Bauchi State Government under the leadership of His Excellency, is working round the clock to eradicate the virus
As COVID-19 is yet to be over, the Chairman of the Risk Communication Committee insisted that virus is real and stressed the need for people to comply with government’s directives of tackling the disease.
Honorable Garba Dahiru therefore assured that, the committee with the support of the state government, will not relent in mitigating the scourge of COVID-19 in the state.
” I thank all the stakeholders for supporting us towards ensuring the success of this important rally.”
On his part, the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the State Governor, Comrade Muktar Gidado emphasized the need for people of the state to ensure total compliance with the protocols of NCDC against COVID-19 infection.
” As citizens, we should ensure adherence to the COVID-19 protocols, the virus is real and we must protect ourselves against infection.”
The mega rally witnessed large turn out with the participation of critical stakeholders.
Buying cars for former governors, which was reportedly done by Senator Halliru Jika of Bauchi Central, is wrong, unreasonable and unjustifiable. But we should also remember that taking 3.5 billions to purchase exotic cars for some state government and party officials by the Bauchi State Governor was abysmal, reprehensible, and equally irrational!
As true and sincere citizens, our criticisms should be characterized with air of balance, justice, and unbiased sentiment! We should not consider ourselves scrupulous if we can condemn one person and spare another for similar actions that both committed.
Buying exotic cars for federal lawmakers and party officials with the resources of Bauchi State citizens which the Bauchi State Governor did recently was more terrible and ludicrous and should had been condemned in stronger terms than buying cars for just three former governors which Senator Halliru Jika did, even though both actions are wrong, inconsiderate and irrational!
The position of PDP chairman is not part of the Bauchi State Government but the chairman was among the beneficiaries of the exotic cars purchased by the Bauchi State Governor through the ADDA Nigeria Limited! Is this not more disreputable and morally odoriferous???
But you kept quiet when all these ignominious and unconscionable deals took place!
Perhaps the conscience of Musa Azare was asleep or in hibernation when all these execrable and opprobrious incidents happened.
Or maybe you were observing ‘table manners’. Right?
Anyway, my advice is that our dealings should not be laden with blatant double standard and brazen selectivity!