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UMAR MUSTAPHA MADAWAKI, Otumba, Slams a N10b libel suite against Emmanuel Fashe, 7 Others

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The Labour Party, LP, gubernatorial flagbearer in Adamawa state, Alhaji Umar Mustapha Madawaki, a.k.a Otumba of Ekiti has instituted a ten billion naira suit against the Emmanuel Fashe led group under the Organized Labour, OL, Adamawa state platform and an online media for libelous publications.

The OL leaderships have in a joint press release, accused Otumba of being a political impostor, parading himself as LP gubernatorial candidate in Adamawa state, for which they distanced themselves from, in addition to the allegation of betrayal of trust and financial infraction against the Organized Labour, said to be before the court of law and the anti graft agency.

The writ of summons, was on behalf of Otumba claimant, issued to eight persons as Defendants, in the Federal High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, in the Abuja Judiciary Division holden at Abuja, issued by Jeph C Njikonye, SAN of Jeph C Njikonye, SAN & Co. on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

The 8 Defendants led by Emmanuel Fashe include, Dr B Nyakas, Nasiru Babale, Yilse Tanko Elam, Usman Babbada, Farouk Tarfa, Michael Bulger and Ninchi Services Ltd, publishers of the Gazette online.

Stating the claim, the summons described Alhaji Umar Mustapha Madawaki as “a natural person, an accomplished entrepreneur, a selfless and popular politician with a profound sense of humility, modesty and sound moral rectitude. He is a well-respected man in the society, within his state of origin (Adamawa), community and beyond. The claimant’s titled name is Otumba of Ekiti.

“The claimant contested and won the ticket of the Labour Party as its gubernatorial flagbearer for the upcoming 2023 general elections. Consequently, he was issued a certificate of return for the primary elections dated June 9, 2022, by the Labour Party, Adamawa state.

“The claimant’s election as gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party is a reflection of his popularity and good reputation among members and non-members of the Labour Party, Adamawa state and beyond.

Shortly after the claimant was issued a certificate of return as the Labour Party gubernatorial candidate in the upcoming general elections in 2023, the 1st – 6th Defendants published and circulated nationwide and internationally, via several online and offline media against the claimant…”

The summons commanded the Defendants “that within 30 days after the service of the writ on you inclusive of the day of such service, you do cause an appearance to be entered for you in an action as the suit of the claimant and take notice that in default of your so doing, the claimant may proceed therein and judgement may be given in your absence”.

The summons explained that “the Defendants may enter appearance personally or by legal practitioner either by handing in the appropriate forms, duly completed at the Registry of the High of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja in which the action is brought or by sending them to the Registry”.

The summon has spelt out the claimant’s prayers to include:

1. A DECLARATION that the two written publications titled: “Mr Umar Mustapha Madawaki Cannot Be The Labour Party Candidate In Adamawa,” published and circulated by the 1st – 6th Defendants and “Breaking: Otumba Again, Denied Ticket For Labour Party In Adamawa,” published and circulated by 7th and 8th Defendants have lowered the claimant in the estimation of reasonable and right thinking members of the society and therefore, libelous of the claimant in their ordinary meaning and innuendo.

2. The sum of N5,000,000,000.00 (Five billion naira) jointly and severally against the Defendants as aggravated damages for libel

3. The sum of N5,000,000,000.00 (Five billion naira) jointly and severally against the Defendants being general damages for libel

4. AN ORDER of injunction restraining the Defendants by themselves, servants, agents, privies or howsoever described, from further publications of the libelous matters against the claimant.

5. AN ORDER mandating the Defendants to publish APOLOGY TO THE CLAIMANT AND RETRACTION OF THE LIBELOUS MATTER IN TWO NATIONAL DAILIES CIRCULATING IN NIGERIA

6. Cost of Action

7. Statutory interest of 10% per annum of judgment sum from the date of judgment until judgment debt is fully liquidated.

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Hon Zailani holds SDP ticket to go for Michika/Madagali HoR, urges electorates to vote out incompetence

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The Party leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Adamawa has considered Honourable Zailani Sunusi Michika as the best bet to win the federal constituency seat of Michika/Madagali House of Representatives (HoR).

The business tycoon Young politician has equally got the endorsement of his constituents, describing him as the man that will break the camel’s back in ousting out the People’s Democratic Party’s candidate.

Sunusi while appreciating SDP for considering him worthy of the noble task of service to humanity, he said both PDP and APC are popular parties that a common man does not feel the impact of democracy in a real sense.

Zailani in an interview with our Yola correspondent reiterated that he came up with a blueprint of the laws that will transform the entire Michika/Madagali constituency if voted to be in the national assembly.

He vowed to change the narratives sooner than expected of the ineptitude representation and give a most revamped stewardship to his people who are in dare need of one.

According to him, his wealth of experience as an international businessman and a grassroots politician whose passion is to serve humanity will no doubt give the federal Constituency an edge over others in the state.

Alhaji Aminu Abubakar who is an SDP card-carrying member has during a meeting strategizing a way forward to winning the 2023 election with the Michika/Madagali as the crux of the discussion, he extolled Sunusi’s good leadership qualities and said the party had this time around presented a sellable candidate.

He said the personality of Sunusi is already being seen as the right man who came with the mindset of serving the people in all honesty.

According to him, their paths were crossed when Zailani became succor to so many women and youth in an empowerment program organized by him to alleviate the harsh economy that is biting harder on so many people of Michika

He is hopeful that giving the ticket to him will no doubt bring winning for the SDP and is going to be a celebration galore to the people of the constituency.

He said the celebration is going to be an anticipation of good representation and hopeful, purposeful, and people-oriented leadership.

He called on the people of Michika/Madagali to look inward and never waste their votes on parties that are known to exist in the place of authority for many decades without adding value to humanity.

“If we want better representation we have no choice but to vote for Hon Zailani Sunusi Michika, the Young Man is after humanity and to uplift the standard of our people through laws that will benefit us in the area.

” He has been doing it, it’s just a matter of doing it much more in another way, especially in the area of making laws,” Aminu said

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Bauchi NUJ Frowns at Intimidation, Molestation of Journalists by Security Personnel

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Bauchi NUJ Frowns at Intimidation, Molestation of Journalists by Security Personnel

The Bauchi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists has expressed dismay at the way and manner in which some politicians connive with security operatives to intimidate and harass its members through various forms of threats and harassments.

This was contained in a press statement issued by the State Secretary, Isa Garba Gadau stressing that, “the union is particularly worried over the recent arrest and detention of the publisher of WikkiTimes, Haruna Mohammed and his reporter Kamal Idris based on a petition by a member of the National Assembly from the state, Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi”.

The council further pointed out that, “The union wishes to reiterate its determination to ensure that Journalists in the State work according to best practices and by adhering strictly to the Code of Ethics for Nigerian Journalists.

“However, the Union will not tolerate a situation where politicians who have issues to hide use security operatives to perpetrate acts of impunity against Journalists.

“It is in this respect that we condemn in the strongest of terms the arrest and detention of the two Journalists in question because of their professional work.

“The union is willing at all times to engage aggrieved individuals or groups in dialogue to resolve any perceived acts of professional breaches by members of the Union in a manner that will be acceptable to both parties.

“We therefore call for the immediate and unconditional release of the two journalists to enable them to continue their professional work without let or hindrance”, the statement said.

Source: Daily chronicle

 

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ADAMAWA 2023: Titsi Ganama, Leading Candidate As Binani’s Running Mate – Findings

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The selection of a befitting running mate to facilitate the victory in either the presidential or governorship election is what can be considered fundamental in a viable election.

The Adamawa All Progressives Congress, APC, gubernatorial flagbearer, Her Excellency, distinguished Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed a.k.a Binani is well aware of this as much as the leadership of the party, which defined what the amazing amazon could construe as accollective undertaking; carefully shopping for the able, capable and competent candidate with capacity to run a befitting cabinet, hence a selection committee was set for the screening of the nominees, to pick the most one, from the chosen ones.

The first consideration was the zoning, Binani coming from the central senatorial district and the ruling party to wrestle power from, having a deputy governor from the southern senatorial district, it takes critical thinking and strategic planning to zone the running mate to the northern senatorial district, effectively checkmating the incumbency.

It is said that more tens of capable candidates have indicated interest. The selection committee’s earlier screening settled for three, whose names are given as Titsi Ganama, Mr. Tapa Sirumtu and Mr. Vanje Bitrus.

The Periscope Global survey can reveal that of the three, Hon Titsi Ganama is the top most preferred running mate, based of his socioeconomic contributions, political participation and representational and leadership experiences, as the electorates’ poll in the northern zone and more particularly, in Michika local government, where he hails from can reveal.

Incidentally, the grassroots politician, electorates mobiliser and worthy ambassador, Ganama served with Binani as House of Representatives member in the 7th national assembly.

The made in Unimaid intellectual, Ganama holds a Bsc and Msc in Geography. Contributing in nation building through education, he served as a lecturer with the then College of Preliminary Studies, CPS Yola in the defunct Gongola state, the present State Polytechnic Yola, Adamawa state.

Ganama left government services to gain experience in private sector, particularly the commercial sector where he rose by ranks to a branch manager with Allied Bank Plc in Ibadan, Jos and Abuja. He was also a Branch Manager with the Loin Bank Plc Kano Branch and the Head of Human Resources in the Bank’s Headquarters Abuja.

Ganama also held the office of a Principal Manager, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, Abuja Area Office.

NSITF is a proactive and employee dedicated government institution committed to the welfare of employees in the event of work related accidents and injuries.

Ganama also served as S.A to Hon Minister of Labour and Productivity the Late Sen Uba Ahmed.

At the state executive level, Hon Ganama held the office of the Hon Commissioner with the Adamawa state ministry of Finance during the Boni Haruna led government.

Ganama as a Hon Member, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria 2011 to 2015, representing Madagali/Michika Federal Constituency, has served in several committees.

The list of contributions, experiences and achievements, which placed Ganama over and above other candidates for a running mate, in the opinion of the electorates from the northern senatorial district, would seem endless.

“The amazing amazon, Her Excellency Distinguished Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani, our governor to elect and the APC, will do us great, give us the confidence at the poll, having Hon Titsi Ganama as her Deputy Governor,” the electorates at the background, in more of participatory selection would say.

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