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PDP Set To Resolve Plateau Crisis

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Chairman, Board of  Directors of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Chief Ebitimi Banigo (left) listening to an explanation by the Regional Manager of Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Mr Uche Nwanguma, when the FAAN board visited the airport, recently.

Chairman, Board of Directors of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Chief Ebitimi Banigo (left) listening to an explanation by the Regional Manager of Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Mr Uche Nwanguma, when the FAAN board visited the airport, recently.

The existing factions in Plateau State Chapter of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) may soon cease to subsist as the National Secretariat of the party has concluded plans to investigate the allegations/grievances of the Chief Emmanuel Mangni-led faction (PDP II), The Tide reliably gathered. The Tide gathered that the party’s plans to investigate the allegations/grievances of Chief Mangni faction; dissolve the leadership of the factions and set up a caretaker committee in the state PDP, to steer the party’s ship in the state, pending when election (state congress) will be conducted. Meanwhile, The Tide learnt that Hon. Michael Dapalong, former speaker of the State legislature is likely to head the caretaker committee. A reliable source told The Tide that the PDP II faction had levelled about 25 allegations against governor Jonah Jang and the Prof. Shown-led state PDP, and submitted same to the Chief Vincent Ogbulafor-led National PDP. It will be recalled that the aggrieved members of the political party-led by Chief Mangni group, had earlier submitted a catalogue of grievances, which were believed to have been treated with levity. Consequently, the group broke away from the Prof. Shown-led party, describing its faction as the “authentic PDP”. A source which told Our Correspondent that the group was at the party’s Wadata close/street, Abuja to submit their “letter of catche”, and lobby, alleging that the National Chairman was not straight-forward in handling the issues. According to the source, “today he will say one thing, tomorrow he says a different thing”. One of the grievances of the Mangni group is that Jang is too highhanded, and never consulted with party members before taking decisions. But the state commissioner for Information and Communications, Hon. Gregory Yenlong recently fired back at the PDP II, saying that “Jang’s crime is that he was not ready to share money. He was reacting to the grand civic reception organized for Chief Joshua Dariye, the immediate past governor of the state, by the Mangni faction. Prof. Shown had also reacted to the reception, saying that no political party can use Dariye to win any election. The factional leader, who descried himself as second most experienced politician in the state, just next to Chief Solomon D. Lar, stressed that Chief Dariye was not “marketable”. Meanwhile, Dariye, whose suspension from the party has been lifted is believed to be fine-tuning his plans to go to the senate, an ambition that earlier generated the frosty relationship between him and former deputy senate president, Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu. While Dariye planned to run for the senate after his governorship tenure, Mantu wanted to be in the senate for the third time. In the mean time, the two are in PDPII, as Mantu also has an axe to grind with Jang. Both politicians are from Plateau Central Senatorial District.

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Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov

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Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.

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LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN

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Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.

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Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities

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The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.

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