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Adamawa LP Guber Candidate Fingers Fintiri Of Double Standard Against Atiku, Obi



By Tom Garba, Yola

The Adamawa State Gubernatorial candidate of the Labor Party (LP) Mallam Umar Mustapha Madawaki (Otumba) has alleged that the Governor of Adamawa State, Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is playing a double game with PDP alongside his party.

According to Otumba, Fintiri is jittery with the growing popularity of his party and the general acceptability of his candidature.

He said LP is becoming a phenomenon that has forced Fintiri into a double sworded game, rambling between his party’s Presidential candidate, Peter Obi’s name, and the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

He alleged that Governor Ahmadu has been telling Christians to vote for Obi at the presidential polls and vote for him at governorship poll, says a different thing at his campaign rallies where he has never mentioned Obi’s name.

“It is unfortunate to know that he came up with a certain political paradigm and abandoned his political party presidential aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

Otumba said Fintiri has promised to deliver Adamawa state to the Labour party knowing full well he does not have that capacity.

“I’m assuring you he is only being mischievous with the propaganda that is going to work for Peter Obi, campaigning to Christians in the state to vote for all elective positions in PDP and vote not the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku.

“All through his campaign trend Governor Fintiri has never mentioned Obi’s name even once. Also, he has never said in all his campaign trend that people should not vote for Atiku. Is that not a mischief?

“The Governor is just playing a double sworded game. He will tell Obi’s followers is working for him. When he goes to the other side of Atiku, he will tell them that anybody that will not vote for Atiku doesn’t need the person’s vote.

“He has no principles, his only political ideology is to come back to power. Knowing fully well that he has not done anything for Adamawa state that will warrant him a second term.

“I, therefore want to re-emphasize this that it is sacrosanct, it is a solid fact that the labor party has come to stay, it is a solid fact a revolution is in the oven in Nigeria. It is a solid fact we will win the presidential and the gubernatorial election.” Otumba said

Umar accused the Governor of delving into his party affairs on his own thinking is going to spoil the chances of LP to form the next Government, not knowing the party has a coherent structure, and consolidated all his Local Government structure to a giant of winning the election.

Otumba during an interview with Our correspondent in Yola said: “First and foremost, we are a coherent political party and we were up and doing. e Everybody in Adamawa knows the Labour party is the party to beat.

“We are a political party like any other, we are not devoid of internal wrangling. In our case, it emanated from incursion made into our party by the Governor of Adamawa state.”

He accused the Chairman of Adamawa State Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza, and the EYN President Reverend Joel Billy of hiding under the collar of religion to play tribal politics for their Brother, the Governor.

“Before now Governor Ahmadu has the feelings and beliefs that his kinsmen, Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza who happened to be the CAN chairman of Adamawa state, and the EYN President, Billy are the deciding leaders of all the Christians in Adamawa State.

“We heard them endorsing Gov Fintiri. But why are they endorsing him? The Governorship Candidate of YPP is a Christian, why can’t they support him? Why are they supporting a Muslim? It is the handy work of Dami Mamza who is now playing tribal politics in the name of religion. I can tell you in confidence there are a good number of CAN officials who are not with him because is using his political pranks of ethnic politics to favor Fintiri, his Brother in the name of religion.

“He did that in 2019 and got away with it now the Christians are better Enlightened with his tribal politics in the name of religion.

“He sees nothing good in any aspirant except Fintiri because is his tribal Man. Leadership is God-giving, you wouldn’t know who God anointed for that, but at least he should hide his interest. If it turns out that Fintiri didn’t emerge as the winner how are they going to work with the other person they rejected? There is no wisdom and common sense to what they are doing.

He however said Adamawa Christians are better informed now that the endorsement of Fintiri by Dami and Billy is not all about Christianity, but an ethnic agenda to make sure their Brother emerge as the next Governor of the state for the second term.

“The emergence of the Labor party has falsified that assertion because Christians in Adamawa adopted the party as their own. Fintiri realizes this is a danger that will throw him out of the Government House.

“Unfortunately for the Governor and the two Christian leaders that the Christians in Adamawa are becoming more aware that they have felt into a trap and the best option for them is to embrace the Labor party and did discard APC and PDP.

” I’m glad that the Christian community is beginning to realize this, and we will make them fully understand what Governor Ahmadu and his cohorts are planning to do against the people of Adamawa state,” Otumba stated

He revealed that Fintiri has been fighting him tooth and nail since he got the LP gubernatorial ticket, he realizes how the wind of change is blowing against him.

Otumba in his words reiterated that:

Ahmadu is the one fueling crisis in our party because is jittery about the party’s popularity and is what will cost him his office in the coming election.

“He was neck bent to scuttle my ticket and failed, he was adamant to remove my campaign office from where it’s, was not possible. Recently he ordered my posters and billboard be destroyed because is only the labor party that has became his political nightmare.

“Because is a sitting Governor he was able to convince some national party officials that are going to deliver Adamawa state to Peter Obi

“He has been using his adviser on security, General Sinabiji to fight me, to the extent of going to the headquarters of the Labor party in Abuja and furnished it. I can bet you the retired general doesn’t have the resources to furnish that office. We knew someone is behind, and no one else than the Governor.

“Why didn’t he furnish the PDP headquarters in Abuja or the PDP office in his state? He is trying to work himself into the hierarchy of the Labor Party in his effort to fight me.

“We have a whole lot of books on General Sinabiji. He has gone to the extent of setting up a labor office in Numan, a place believed to be a PDP stronghold, they are really late on this.”

Despite the glaring massive infrastructural development accrued to the government of Fintiri, Otumba washed it down by saying that:

“He has bedeviled the state with huge loans that we can’t pay. There is hardly any development in this state. Students are suffering. The Youth have no job, the education system is rotten, and the health sector is in dire need of services. Pensioners are just suffering from wants and poverty. He only pays pensions to those he has chosen to be paid. With all this baggage, he knows is going nowhere and that is why is coming with these evil machinations.

The Labor Party candidate draws the attention of all people, especially the Christians in the state to understand that:

“If you vote Obi, and you don’t give him senators, you don’t give him members of the house of representatives. Is going there as a minute president with APC, and PDP on his flanks and any action or inaction they don’t want is an impeachable offense. Much as we want to vote for Obi, we must also thrive to vote for his Governors, Senators.

“A labor vote must be a vote for everyone contesting in the Labor party. PDP man can not as ask us to vote for Obi and abandon others contesting, it’s not done anywhere like that.

Otumba has confidence that is going to be the next Governor of Adamawa state despite the strong presence of APC, PDP, SDP, and other political parties.

“I have a great number of the Christian community with me. Those who have realized that Governor Fintiri and Dami Mamza are playing the ethnic game. It is purely a tribal game it’s not even a Christian game they are playing because Fintiri is a Muslim.

“I have a great number of PDP and APC adherents who will vote for me not to talk of Labour party adherents. Who do you think will command the votes? Of course, it’ is me.

“We have all the 21 Local Government Areas intact, we are coherent. We are getting our people back on stage. We have concluded arrangements to begin our campaign soon. I’m sure by the special grace of God I will be the next Governor of Adamawa state and I will change Adamawa state for the better. Said Otumba

When our correspondent contacted the Director of Media and Communications of Governor Ahmadu, Mr. Solomon Kumangar commend to the allegations raised by Otumba, he described the assertion as laughable and dreaming. Solomon belittle Otumba as a candidate who does not exist in the imagination thoughts of Governor Fintiri.

According to him, Umar is never a candidate to join verbal words with because he does not have the political muscle to face Fintiri.

He recalled how Otumba failed woefully at the APC primaries and can never be regarded as a candidate that Fintiri is contending election with.

“Is Otumba a Gubernatorial candidate? Is never Fintiri’s political line opposition because he does not have what it takes to win an election.

“We didn’t fight Binani, is he a smaller figure Fintiri will fight? Please I can’t waste my time replying to a failure.” Solomon said

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“Nigeria College of Taxation and Fiscal Studies” Bill Passes Second Reading



A bill for an Act to establish the Nigeria College of Taxation and Fiscal Studies passed its Second Reading last week at the Senate.

The presentation of the Bill was made by Senator Abdullahi Aliyu Sabi CON on the floor of the Senate Tuesday last week, where he noted that the institution, if established would provide professional and academic training as well as certification for tax administrators, tax practitioners and tax professionals across the country.

In his presentation, Senator Sabi, who represents Niger North Senatorial District of Niger State stated that the College had become necessary given the important role that taxation is playing in the nation’s economy, and that this institution would help formulate and draft tax policy for the country while addressing human capital gaps in the country’s tax industry.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that diversifying the sources of government revenue to focus on sustainable sources is inevitable. This diversification puts taxation at the centre of the revenue mobilization discussion; the attainment of this laudable objective would require tax experts who have been properly and adequately schooled to formulate tax policy, draft and interpret tax legislation, carry on private tax practice, and administer taxation in the modern era.

“In view of the constant shift in the social, technological and business environment, with direct impact on the tax system, it is is important to have skills, competence, and adaptable personnel to man the tax system. There must be a conscious development of the field of taxation and fiscal policies in Nigeria to awake the society on the importance of taxation as a sine qua non to our development.

“Nigeria must go beyond the mere inclusion of taxation in the curriculum of educational institutions; instead the country must establish a modern system that facilitates the study of taxation via a well laid out academic curriculum, guided and focused by practical realities of Nigerian taxation and the revenue ecosystem,” he noted.

Senator Sabi further emphasised that the College would help in tackling the issue of lack of sufficient capacity of tax officers, which he noted has led to “the delegation of powers of revenue authorities to third parties, creating complications, multiplicity and uncertainty in the tax system,” and that it would correct “aggressive and orthodox methods for tax collection” while also carrying out a “regular review of obsolete tax laws that do not reflect modern realities.”

He noted that all these would help the country address its fiscal and revenue challenges and achieve the objectives of the National Tax Policy.

In his presentation, the distinguished Senator representing Niger North also cited that countries such as Kenya, Japan, India, Australia, Austria, Singapore, and Malaysia have established similar institutions for developing capacity in taxation, excise duty and customs and fiscal matters, and that this has impacted positively on their economy through significantly high tax-to-GDP ratios.

This College is expected to provide training for tax officials, including officers of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigeria Customs, sub-national revenue authorities, and even the general public. It is to consist of a main campus and 12 regional centres.

The Bill proposes that the College would be funded chiefly by the extant yearly subvention of the FIRS for training thus requiring no direct impact on government spending.

  1. Senator Adamu Aliero representing Kebbi Central District, Kebbi State, commenting on the Bill noted that the only sustainable source of revenue for the Federation was taxation, and that the proposed College would train tax officials who would be instrumental to widening the country’s tax net.

He also added that there is currently no institution in Nigeria that offers specialised training in taxation.

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By Ahmad Sajoh

The gubernatorial candidate of APC in Adamawa State is throwing a challenge to INEC. Review the election held in Adamawa state in 16 Local Government Areas or in it’s entirety if you so wish. We are ready for it. Every vote cast for Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani is a legitimate vote. Review the results, conduct forensic verification, do whatever you can to authenticate the results. You can only arrive at one conclusion. The votes scored by and recorded for Senator Binani are legit. But the other side cannot make the same claims. They do not have the courage or the audacity to ask for a review even in places they lost. Let a review be conducted and the manufactured figures recorded for PDP will fall like a park of cards. They are not legitimate votes. They are mostly ghost figures allocated by dubious officials mostly after our agents have signed the correct results.

There are a number of key areas we are challenging the figures cooked up for the incumbent PDP Governor and in all we have concrete proof that the votes purportedly allocated were not legitimate. We are not afraid of such verification catching us in any way. Let it be done whole sale in those we have identified. Let the review process affect whoever is concerned, if it doesn’t favour us so be it. Let the PDP come out openly and accept that a review be conducted in all those identifies areas we have listed in this write up. Clutching onto lies about the fracas in just one Local Government such as Fufore is not enough. We are challenging the legitimacy of the votes purportedly cast and recorded in 16 of the 21 LGAs. Let them accept the challenge and ask for a review as well.

The first and most important of the reviews required is the use of BVAS machines for accreditation of voters. In most of the Local Government Areas were bogus results are posted the BVAS machines were completely ignored. Voters were simply ferried from one location to another and made to queue and vote without any reference to the BVAS machine. We challenge INEC to compare the results posted with the BVAS accreditation reports. We are willing to concede if the two tally. If accreditation by BVAS is the basis for legitimizing the March 18th elections, then the exercise is totally illegitimate in most places in Adamawa State. We make bold to say the BVAS machines only went a tourism trip to many places in the state. They were not instruments for conducting legitimate elections. They were not used in most places.

Secondly there are multiple alterations on result sheets in many places. In most of the areas where outrageous results are posted, the result sheets bear glaring alterations often signed by someone other than our agents. Those alterations are often conducted in some backwater locations far from the polling areas. They simply connive with highly compromised officials including security personnel to change figures before taking them to collation centers. In fact they did it without any creativity or fear of God. For a figure 24 for example, they simply added a 2 before or a 4 after. Thus for them 24 could either be 224 or 244. It was so obvious that in some instances they forgot to change the over all total or the amount in words until at the collation center when further cancellations take place. We have many of such altered result sheets in our possession presently.

Thirdly they are to have ordered officials to write reports for polling units where no elections took place at all. This is the most annoying of all the fraud perpetrated. In many locations with serious security challenges the people had relocated long ago due to the activities of Boko Haram, yet INEC maintains a record of polling units located there. Such places had voters and are deserted. But elections were purported to have been held there. Humongous results of people voting was recorded without any proof of even INEC staff visiting the places. These are scandalous occurrences which need to be properly reviewed.

Another form of fraud peretrsted was result swapping. We have it on record that in many places results were swapped with APC results being recorded for PDP and the zero votes of PDP recorded for APC. These results being swapped and changes made to the originals is rampant and in favour of PDP. Sometimes all votes cast were simply recorded for PDP and something insignificant allocated to the APC that was the original winner in that polling unit.

One of the most worrisome of the fraud perpetrated is the changes made to figures at the collation center. Almost all totals at the collation centers are at variance with the totals obtained at the polling units. On several occasions we drew the attention of INEC but it appeared they are not interested in ensuring that the process is free, fair and credible. Now we are calling for a review. For the sake of the credibility of the process and the legitimacy of the outcome, we need a review please.

Perhaps it will be necessary to point at two other lapses that had seriously questioned the legitimacy of the election. One is vote buying and the other is voter intimidation using hired thugs. The security agencies either deliberately ignored such glaring cases of vote buying or that the cases were so rampant that there was no need objecting to them. We have pictures and videos of PDP operatives sharing materials and money in the presence of security agencies and other citizens right at the polling booths.

As for voter intimidation, the original plan was to scare away women from polling units. But when they realized that even men were afraid they sent all away including our agents. Getting such free space they committed many other atrocities including ballot box staffing and multiple thumb printing. There is a particular polling unit in Madagali where a relation of one of the gubernatorial candidates openly and forcefully took away the governorship box and went home to stuff it before bringing it back.

Part of the review we want is to also look at the serial numbers of the ballot papers. Since the ballot papers were allocated to locations in batches it is quite obvious that anyone of a different serial number may be brought there from other locations. How did they get there? Simply put we want a review and not to have all those anomalies swept under the carpet. Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani wants to win this election legitimately. She is not asking INEC to favour her. She wants to win or loose on account of legitimate votes not through dubious manipulation of the process and the allocation of unearned votes allocated by dubious officials. All we are asking for is that INEC should conduct a review based on the provisions of the electoral act. And whatever is discovered to have been done right we shall stand by it. However where glaring anomalies exist expunge them as required by law no matter who is affected by the existence of such anomaly. It is all we ask for, and it is within the ambit of the law. That is certainly not too much to ask.

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Tax Administrators Must Match The Pace Of Global Technological Advancements — CATA President



Tax administrators must keep up with the dynamics occasioned by disruptive new technologies of the 21st century, and arm themselves with the necessary skills, capacity and character for effective and efficient tax administration in the fourth industrial revolution age.

This was the position expressed by the President of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA), and Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Muhammad Nami in his charge to the 2022 CATA Senior Leadership cohort, during the closing ceremony of the programme held at His Majesty’s Treasury Headquarters, London, United Kingdom, on Friday.

Mr. Nami, in his remarks, highlighted that due to technological advancements in actualising human needs, fulfilling social interactions and conducting commercial activities, the way and manner of tax administration is constantly changing. He thus called for tax administrators to keep up with the times by improving on their skills and competence in line with these changes.

“The global tax arena is continually changing,” he noted. “The growing reliance on technology for much of basic human needs, social interactions and business dealings means that the tax-turf remains in a state of constant flux.

“The taxman is only able to match the depth and pace of the changes if equipped with relevant, adequate and up-to-date skills.”

The CATA President praised the Commonwealth association for its investments and contributions through its Senior Leadership Programme, which he noted has helped bridge the capacity gaps of tax officials in member countries.

“I am glad to note that CATA has, over the years, continued to organise the Senior Leadership Programme in order to meet the capacity development needs of tax officials in commonwealth countries. It has become a tradition for CATA to provide participants at this programme with top-notch tuition using case studies in a fun-filled environment.

“The 2022 edition did not depart from this tradition. The classes, according to reports, were very interactive all through the various sessions whether at home, in India or in the UK.

“Without doubt, the capacity of participants to lead themselves, to lead others, and to lead their functional units have been greatly enhanced.”

Quoting the renowned African philosophy of Ubuntu, “I am, because we are,” Mr. Nami urged the twenty (20) participants drawn from senior tax officials in commonwealth countries to put the knowledge and skills they have acquired during the programme into good use for the benefit of their countries, while further calling on the cohort to maintain and sustain the network of colleagues they have met during the programme.

The CATA Senior Leadership Programme is a yearly senior-level Leadership Programme delivered by His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on behalf of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators. It pools together senior leaders of tax authorities in Commonwealth countries to equip them with the requisite leadership skills to navigate their organisations in a dynamic and complex landscape. The programme recognises the importance of good leadership to result-driven tax administration in the 21st century.

The 2022 edition combined residencies in India and the UK, accompanied with virtual sessions, and work within the domestic tax authorities of participants.


Johannes Oluwatobi Wojuola

Special Assistant to the Executive Chairman, FIRS (President, CATA) 

(Media & Communication) 

March 20, 2023

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