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“The Adamawa State Government has described as frivolous accusations in the social media that the Governorship campaign team of the State All Progressives Congress was denied the Ribadu Square for the flag off of its campaign.
For the records, Government had graciously approved Mahmud Ribadu Square to the national campaign team of APC for its Presidential campaign rally in Yola on the 18th of January, 2023 which will have the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari in attendance.
Every Adamawa resident can attest to the fact that Ribadu Square is undergoing renovation and the contractors are billed to return to site on the 7th of January, 2023 to complete work before the APC Presidential campaign after the Christmas and New Year break in order to make the venue most befitting for Mr President who is a State visitor.
Be informed also that this same Government had granted approval to the Social Democratic Party the use of the venue during its Presidential campaign rally sometime last year.
It is not in our character to deny any Party the use of Mahmud Ribadu Square having allowed other Political Parties the use of the Square and wonders where such allegations are coming from.
For the avoidance of doubt, the APC in applying for the use of the venue for their Governorship campaign flag off dated 27th December, 2022 which was a public holiday was received by the Adamawa State Urban Planning and Development Authority on the 28th and same was treated wherein a reply was dispatched on Friday 30th December intimating the applicants that the date suggested will not be available as the Government of Adamawa State had already commenced renovation works preparatory for the Presidential campaign of the APC billed for the 18th of January, 2023 as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces will be in attendance.
APC was therefore asked to pick another date after the 18th of January for its campaign flag off and instead the APC chose to sensationalize and trivialize the whole thing for sympathy shopping which is distasteful.
As it is customary, construction workers proceed on Christmas and New Year leave sometime around mid December and to resume first week of January, hence the availability of the venue within this period of their break which was utilized by the good people of Adamawa State and availed by the Government of the State contrary to the insinuation and cheap propaganda being peddled by some mischief makers.
The Government of Adamawa State under the leadership of the Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri remains committed to providing equal opportunities to all Political Parties in Adamawa State as it is believed every Candidate is passionate about the development of the State”. Wonosikou, Press Secretary to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri writes from Yola.
According to political pundits, persuasion hasn’t taken place because the message, even though having plural interpretations as understood, the believability is questionable; testing the conscience of the electorates.
“Why should the renovation have to take place at this material time?
“When did the renovation start, before or after 1st January, 2023 and/or whether or not it was suspended to allow the New Year gathering of the hip-hops granted the use of the venue.
“It’s about 9 days between January 9 and January 18, what is it that would not call for the suspension of the renovation to be continued after the Binani rally with a view to clear all doubts?
“Besides, arrangements and/or decorations of the venue remain the sole responsibility of the political party renting the venue, not the state government,” an electorate Simon philemon would argue.
ADAMAWA 2023: Bindow’s Commissioners Drum Support For Binani
The forum of former commissioners under the former Adamawa state Governor, Sen Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla, a.k.a Bindow have resolved to work for All Progressives Congress from top to bottom.
This was made known in a meeting hosted by the former commissioner of finance, Hon. Mahmoud Sali Yunusu at his residence when the Adamawa APC governorship candidate, Her Excellency Sen. Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed, a.k.a Binani engaged them to solicit their support for all APC candidates.
Speaking earlier, the chairman of the forum Engr Babangida Idrisu expressed happiness over the meeting, stressing that Sen. Binani’s visit indicated her willingness to unite and carry everyone along for the success of the party at the general elections. He assured the APC governorship candidate of the forum’s support any day and anytime.
Responding, Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed, a.k.a Binani thanked the former commissioners for their resolve to stay and work for the party, stating that it takes courage to remain steadfast and not look the other way.
While expressing happiness over their decision to campaign vigorously for the APC, Binani promised to run an all inclusive government if she eventually won the election.
NARRATIVISATION: First Lady’s Meeting With APC Adamawa Candidates, Stakeholders, One Event Two Stories
Reports on the meeting of Adamawa APC candidates and selected party stakeholders at the behest of the First Lady were presented to the public mostly via new media.
What is identified as unity about the report is that the meeting was held. The purposes of the meeting and the deliberations as reported are however varried.
There’s the presentation from the investigative angle that agrees with anonymous version, which disclosed the crux of the meeting as that intended to disenfranchise both Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed, a.k.a Binani and Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, a.k.a Fresh-Air from participating in the 2023 governorship elections in Adamawa state, to open a convenient space for Malam Nuhu Ribadu’s emergence. It is the version, the political pundits pointed out that instigated the feminist activist politician, Dr Najaatu Mohammed’s narrativisation, where she blamed women, based on the very act credited to the First Lady as the convener, for the disturbingly poor participation of women in politics, taking the meeting and Binani’s aspiration to have been collectively supported by women as case study.
There is the version that has taken a departure from the Binani denigration, by presenting a laudable report of the meeting deliberated on how the APC would retain the leadership at the centre and reclaim the governorship at the state level.
This version is given by the leadership of the Adamawa state chapter of the APC in a statement jointly signed by the Chairman, Hon Samaila Tadawus and the secretary, Dr. Raymond Chidama that “the purpose of the meeting was to congratulate the First Lady over recent happenings in the polity and especially her appointment as the chairperson of the Tinubu/Shettima Women Campaign Team.
“It was also meant to serve as a platform to discuss how Her Excellency could support the vision of the State Exco of the party to take our candidates to victory”.
Question is asked, who sought for the audience. Can a group be invited by a celebrant simply to be congratulated? Doesn’t it sound solicitous?
Hon Rufai Gombi flying the state assembly flag, Hon Abubakar Babazango flying the House of Representatives flag and Hon Abdulrazak Saad Namdas have in an interview with newsmen, separately commended the First Lady for convening what they could refer to as unity convention, convenient for the entire APC candidates, perhaps with the exception of Binani who was not invited.
Gombi and Zango denied that there was any denigration of Binani, the call to drop and superimpose Ribadu as favourite candidate, going by the excerpt below:
“The convener said Nigeria is not ripe for a female gubernatorial candidate or an elected female governor. That the maximum women should expect is a female deputy governor; that she asked Tinubu if he will allow a female governor in Lagos and he said no. She therefore said she will only allow them to have a female running mate but not a female candidate.
“…The key stakeholders at the meeting were forced to sign a document endorsing Nuhu Ribadu as the gubernatorial candidate and Ambassador Patricia, the current women leader, to be the running mate. All other gubernatorial Aspirants were assured a place in Tinubu’s government at the centre.
“…On the Court case at the Court of Appeal and several other cases such as the one for the southern Senatorial Candidate, the House of Representatives for Mubi, the first lady boastfully said she would invite the Attorney General of the Federation and the Judges in “order to direct them (ridiculously so) to make sure the cases go as follows;
“In the case of Nuhu Ribadu vs Binani, the court will rule in favour of a rerun election for the primaries.
In the case of the others, the courts will dismiss all the cases.
“…She also insinuated that she has influence on the Supreme Court and that should any of the cases reach the highest court of the land, she will make sure it’s dead on arrival.
“…In the case of the current governor coming up for judgement at the supreme court, the convention was made to believe that it’s almost a foregone conclusion that the governor will be disqualified from contesting and that he will be made to work for the Nuhu Ribadu/Patricia ticket.
“…The setting up of a committee made of serving members of the House of Representatives to mobilize funds for the financing of the campaigns in Adamawa State especially those of the state Assembly members.
“…The convener will directly take charge of all affairs of the APC in Adamawa State and once the cases are over and Nuhu Ribadu becomes a candidate she will roll out the campaign plans.
“…Certain individuals were instantly appointed directors of media, administration, mobilization etc of the Tinubu Campaign Council in Adamawa State which will in turn also be the driver of the gubernatorial campaign as well.
“Apart from the reckless statements on the judiciary which one or two persons tried to caution, the biggest bombshell was that the convener said she is in Talks with Atiku Abubakar with regards to the soon to be disqualified PDP governorship candidate in the state who is the incumbent governor.
“All attendees were shocked as to how a leading member of the APC campaign council will be in a political (not personal or family) talks with the candidate of the opposition”.
The point however as political pundits would observe is to have the denial registered from a higher source or sources.
Source: The Periscope Global Editorial
Announcement: APC Presidential campaign council slates 18th Jan 2️023 to hold Adamawa rally
A special announcement was made by the Adamawa state coordinator for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential campaign council, His Excellency, Rt Hon Martins Babale informing faithful members of the party and the general public that the confirmed date for the Adamawa APC Presidential rally is scheduled to take place on 18th January 2023.
According to him by this announcement all preparations to receive the campaign train and the presidential candidate, the vice presidential candidate in top gear.
Calling on party loyalists to take note of the date.
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