The reinstated Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Alhaji Garba Gadi, has promised to cooperate with Governor Isa Yuguda to ensure that the electorate reap the dividends of democracy.
Gadi who made the pledge in Bauchi on Wednesday while addressing newsmen after resumption of duties following the June 25 court judgment in his favour, said however that he would contest against Yuguda in 2011 elections if he won the people’s mandate to be the ANPP governorship candidate.
Yuguda and Gadi jointly won the gubernatorial election in 2007 on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), but the former later defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) along with members of the state House of Assembly, leaving Gadi in the lurch.
The lawmakers consequently impeached Gadi, forcing him to seek redress in the court, which ruled that he remained the deputy governor on the ANPP platform.
Gadi did not mince words when he told newsmen that “If it is the collective wish of the people of the state, then I will contest the governorship election in 2011”.
According to him “in as much as I cooperate with the governor and government, Iwould not need to defect to the ruling PDP, which was the point of our initial disagreement. “I will remain in the ANPP and do my work as directed. I will attend all government functions, including the State Executive Council and other meetings.
“But I will not attend any political meeting other than those organised by my party, the ANPP,”.
He reiterated that in spite of the various cases pending before the courts, he was the deputy governor of the state until there was a counter court order.
The deputy governor said that as a law-abiding citizen and promoter of the rule of law, he would comply with any order issued by the law court.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Danlami Yar’Adua, had told journalists that “we have restored all his security aides, including full police escort, based on the advice of the Force Legal Department.
Yar’Adua gave assurance that the police would continue to protect lives and property of innocent persons, and warned political hangers-on to desist from causing trouble.
He said that anyone caught disrupting public peace would be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land.
The commissioner refused to comment on the status of Babayo Gamawa, the man who had replaced Gadi before the reversal by the court.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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