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2011: Shekarau Guns For ANPP Ticket

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As the 2011 Presidential election draws closer, the Kano State Governor, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau has formally expressed his intention to run in the election, if given the ticket by the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).

Governor Shekarau made the declaration to contest the 2011 Presidential Pool during an interactive session with editors of state owned newspapers.

This declaration has finally put to rest speculations on Shekaran’s future ambition after vacating office at the end of his second term in office as governor as he declared “if my party decides to field me as the presidential candidate, I would have no choice than to accept the offer.”

Shekaran stated that everything about his ambition for 2011 largely depends on the position of the party, which gave him the mandate in 2003 and 2007 as governor of Kano State. “I still believe strongly that it is this same party that will determine my futue moves,” he said.

The governor further stated “I wait for my party’s reaction, my party’s decision, if it is the collective decision of my party, then I have no quarrel with that, and I will not turn down my party’s offer as a loyal party man, I will continue to serve in whatever capacity the party decision necessary.”

The peoples governor accepted that there have been intense pressures from friends, political associates, and well wishers on him to contest the presidency, come 2011, and requested those backing him for the race to pray for Allah’s guidance, so that the party makes the best decision in this matter.

He also stated that who ever emerges the party’s candidate enjoys the party’s support for the race.

On the future of the party’s involvement in the government of National Unity, (GNU), Shekaran revealed that the GNU was a creation of the presidency, pointing out that in 2007, president Umaru Musa Yar’dua invited political parties to join hands with his administration, to work together and move the country forward.

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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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