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    Consensus Chairman Emerges in Bauchi State APC Congress

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    ADAMU Shehu

    Lists of Elected Executive belowHonourable Babayo Aliyu Misau has emerged as consensus Chairman for the All Progressive Congress APC Bauchi State Chapter after deliberations and consideration of all party guidelines by the national committee members during the state party Congress yesterday the 16th of October 2021 held in Bauchi.

    While declaring the winners of the agreed consensus arrangement by all party members in attendance the Secretary of the committee Honourable Aji Alkali Kolo, says they were mandated from the national party Secretariat to conduct a rancour free election exercise through election or consensus, which all state critical stakeholders opted for a consensus in all positions of the party state executive to helm the affairs of the party in the next four years.

    The Secretary maintained that any Congress other than what they are doing will not be accepted by the national body of the party, according to they were the authentic and recognized committee sent from Abuja to conduct the exercise in Bauchi State.

    Kolo, urged all party stakeholders and other members to maintain peace and stability of the party as they are ready to reclaim the state in the next general elections 2023, adding that Bauchi state is an APC state considering their members at national assembly and the state level as well.

    “As you all know all seven 7 members of the committee are here, all we are doing we are following the guidelines no division among us, that how we did in Ward and the locals government level and now the state is not an exception”, however, “what we are going to present at the national Secretariat that is what the will consider because the responsibility is on us, we did all we can to ensure hitch free exercise in Bauchi state” he stressed.

    Earlier, the chairman of the Congress committee Honourable Jibrin Sam called on all party members to take the results in good faith in the interest of all, and the progress of the party at all level.

    “The party chairman all other position have been duly affirmed through the process of consensus, and today being the 16th of October 2021, I Honourable Jibrin Sam unbehalf of the committee hereby affirmed the consensus that have been reached by critical stakeholders of the party following the executive members returned base on consensus, from the list we received from local government stakeholders”, He maintained.

    Shortly after declaring the results of the state Congress the Member house of Representatives Hounarable Musa Pali representing Kirfi/Alkaleri federal constituency acknowledged the exercise as free and fear, while answering questions from journalists on the tendency of other members for conducting a parallel Congress he explained that,

    “how can a member will go somewhere and do his own Congress and said that he is the state party executive, is not done that way, who supervised them, who will accept them, but at least you can look at how people are here mentioning one after the other, go and check where is there structure? Maybe somebody a PDP people can even sponsors to send those people, but there is no basis just one person to go and declare himself that he is the chairman of APC, so is not something possible” He expressed.

    The Secretary of the committee Honourable Alkali Aji Kolo, ealier declared all positions:

    1, Musa Babayo Misau – State Executive Chaiman

    2, State Vice Chairman -Mohammad Hassan A Tilde

    3, State Secretary – Mustapha Shehu Zurami

    4, Assistan Secretary – Haruna Hikaya

    5, State Legal Adviser – Barrister Rabiu Garba

    6, State assistant – Legal Adviser Auwal Umar Desina

    7, Assistan Treasure – Shuaibu Hadi

    8, State Financial Secretary – Dahiru Ibrahim Sulaiman

    9, Assistant financial secretary -Musa Adud Tsafe

    10, State Organizing Secretary – Abdullahi Gengen

    11, Assist Organising Secretary – Bappa Ajiya

    12, State Publicity Secretary – Adamu Aliyu Jalla

    13, Assitant Publicity Secretary – Sabo Kiso

    14, State Welfare Secretary – Aminu Abdulmalik,

    15, State Assistant Women leader -Aisha Shehu Hole to be

    16, State Youth leader – Umar Gambo

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    Democracy or Courtocracy? CP. Gumel perspectives

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    The Commisdioner of police, Kano state command Muhammad Usaini Gumel who was recently awarded the best advocate of Community policing by the Nigerian police force has presented a paper on the travails of Nigeria’s electoral process in the fourth Republic.

    The event was organized by the Mumbayya house in Kano.

    Below is his full unedited speech at the occasion.

    DEMOCRACY OR “COURTOCRACY”: THE TRAVAILS OF NIGERIA’S ELECTORAL PROCESS IN THE FOURTH REPUBLIC

    *REMARKS BY*

    *CP MOHAMMED USAINI GUMEL, FIPMA, psc*

    AT THE ANNUAL AMINU KANO MEMORIAL SYMPOSIUM HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 17TH APRIL 2024 AT MAMBAYYA HOUSE, GWAMMAJA, KANO

    PROTOCOL.

    It is my honor to address this distinguished audience at this occasion of the Annual Aminu Kano Memorial Symposium on the topic _”Democracy or ‘Courtocracy’: The Travails of Nigeria’s Electoral Process in the Fourth Republic”. I thank the Organizers for associating me, and by extension the Kano Police Command with this intellectual gathering.

    Now, from the topic, I presume that the intention is to examine the role of the Courts in our recent democratic evolution, particularly in resolving election disputes. This is something that has generated different views from analysts and pundits alike. Now, as a police officer, I do not think I qualify to make any bold points about the contest between legalism and politics. However, looking at the recent political events in Nigeria, I would agree with the saying that “Law is politics by other means”. The judicialization of our electoral process gives credence to this assertion.

    The fact is that there is a thin line separating politics and law. The philosophers have aptly made the point about laws being the instruments for political contests, the tools of the powerful in society, and the shield of the elite against the masses.

    *Elections in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic*

    From 1999 to date, Nigeria is said to be witnessing its fourth republic. It is the longest period of uninterrupted practice of democracy in the country. We have witnessed seven (7) electoral cycles from 1999; 2003; 2007; 2011; 2015; 2019 and 2023. In the process, we have also seen peaceful transitions from one civilian administration to another, and the transfer of power between parties in power and in opposition. Nigerians have therefore experienced governance under both incumbents and oppositions. It means *Democracy has gone full cycle!*

    Despite these transitions, elections have remained eventful: Hotly contested, and often settled in Courts. The role of election tribunals has gained currency in recent times. We have witnessed different judicial processes that produced outcomes for electoral contests, which leave many wondering if the Courts, rather than the people, have ultimately become the deciders of who wins or loses in an election. This, I believe, is what the organizers have in mind when they coined the concept of _“Courtocracy_ and speak about the _Travails of Nigeria’s Electoral Process in the Fourth Republic._ I find this interesting and intriguing. It is indeed ingenious, so I congratulate the Organizers for coming up with such catchy descriptions.

    *_Courtocracy_ and Security in the Electoral Process*

    While free and fair election is the hallmark of a democratic system, election malpractices and violence have been regarded as obstacles to the consolidation of democratic institutions. This makes the issue of security very crucial in all the phases of the electoral process: the pre-electoral, electoral, and post-electoral phases. The role of the security agencies is to safeguard the electoral environment and electoral process. For this reason, the security agencies are exposed to the machinations of political actors. To optimize the role of the security agencies, an Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) was established in Nigeria before the 2011 General Elections, which establishes the code of conduct and rules of engagement for the security agencies before, during and after elections. With this, all security men and women on electoral duty now have a common standard of reference for their actions. The security personnel contribute to the judicial processes of elections as they are responsible for protecting election materials, personnel, and arresting offenders. The security agencies also provide safe space for the conduct of the judicial proceedings, ensuring that there is no disruption. In this way, the security agencies’ role in _courtocracy_ is the provision of evidence and safe space, but not directly in determining the outcome of the Court proceedings, which I leave to our learned men and women to speak about.

    *Distinguish Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,*

    Let me conclude by saying that the term _”Courtocracy”_ has emerged to describe a situation where legal battles and court rulings play a significant role in determining electoral outcomes, sometimes overshadowing the will of the people expressed through the ballot box. This raises concerns about the integrity of the electoral process and the extent to which the rule of law guides our democracy.

    Nigeria, as a nation, has made significant strides in transitioning to democratic governance. Yet, the prevalence of electoral irregularities, political violence, vote-buying, and other malpractices has eroded public trust in the electoral system. This, coupled with the phenomenon of judicial interventions in electoral disputes, has led to a growing perception of courts wielding more influence than voters in shaping political leadership.

    For democracy to thrive in Nigeria, it is imperative that the electoral process upholds the principles of transparency, fairness, and accountability. Political actors, electoral bodies, security agencies, and the judiciary all have a crucial role to play in ensuring free, fair, and credible elections that truly reflect the will of the people.

    As the Commissioner of Police of the Kano Police Command, I urge fellow law enforcement agencies to maintain neutrality, uphold professionalism, and guarantee the safety and security of all citizens during elections. We must work tirelessly to prevent electoral violence, investigate electoral offenses, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

    The _Travails of Nigeria’s electoral process in the Fourth Republic_ underscore the urgent need for reforms that will strengthen democratic institutions, promote electoral integrity, and restore confidence in the electoral system. By upholding the values of democracy and the rule of law, we can steer our nation toward a future where the voice of the people truly shapes the course of governance.

    Thank you for your kind attention.

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    ACF hails Gov. Yusuf 50% slash down of school fees, says the move is exemplary

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    The Arewa Consultative Forum( ACF) has hail the 50% reduction of school fees for indigent students by the incumbent Governor, of Kano State, Abba Kabir Yusuf as exemplary and worthy to emulate by other governor’s.

    Gov. Yusuf has recently cut down 50% reduction in the registration fee for the 2023/2024 academic session for all Kano State indigenes studying regular courses at the Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education, Kumbotso, Audu Bako College of Agriculture, Dambatta and other state owned tertiary institutions accross the state to cushion  the worsening economic situation people have been going through. 

    While reacting to the governor’s initiative, the Chairman of the forum, Dr. Goni Farouk Umar  described the decision as both revolutionary and a hallmark of visionary leadership. 

    He noted with delight the Kano State government’s resolve to restore its foreign scholarship programme designed to sponsor 1001 best graduates which demonstrates the government compassion that resulted in the payment of N700million registration fees for 700 Kano State students at the Bayero University Kano. 

    The ACF leader noted that both the slashing of the fees in state owned institutions, and the off-setting of the BUK fees would go along way to ease the burden on parents and the students occasioned by the current economic hardship. 

    Dr  Umar who describe education as power, and pivot in society’s advancement, prayed for the successful implementation of the government’s pro-poor education policies.

     He also appealed to all sections of the community to support educational development in all facets. 

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    Women Rights Initiatives Congratulate Kebbi Governor-Elect Nasiru Idris

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    Women Rights Initiatives, (WORI), has felicitate with the governor elect of Kebbi state Dr Nasiru Idiris on his hard earned victory at the polls in the just concluded gubernatorial elections in the State.

    The group in a statement signed by the Executive Director program Solomon Liman stated that “your victory is by the special will of Allah making you the next governor of Kebbi state.”

    “The seemingly victory, denominated by series of political undercurrents, is a watershed among other things. It was a demonstration of the citizens trust in the administration of Senator Bagudu and more importantly their trust in your ability not only to build on the good works of the present administration but to raise the bar of governance in the state.”

    The group pray for Almighty Allah to give the governor-elect Dr. Nasiru Idris the requisite wisdom, temperance and above all the needed wherewithal, required to take the state to the greater heights.

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