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S’Court Verdict: Taraba Erupts in Jubilation as Massive Crowds Gather for Rallies

S’Court Verdict: Taraba Erupts in Jubilation as Massive Crowds Gather for Rallies

Following the victory at the Supreme Court on Thursday, a massive crowd of supporters stormed Jalingo streets in anticipation of Governor Agbu Kefas triumphant entry into the state capital.

Although the governor could not make the trip from Abuja due to bad weather, the crowd nonetheless marched through streets chanting victory songs.

One of the supporters who gave his name as Salisu said he trekked from a neighboring community to be in Jalingo to demonstrate his solidarity.

Noticeably, as news from the apex Court filtered into the state, the local governments erupted in jubilation with street marches and solidarity songs.

A party stalwart from one of the local governments, Mrs Asabe, said they are prepared to wait for the governor’s coming no matter how long it would take. She said their joys knew no bounds as a heavy burden has been rolled away.
Thursday’s verdict by the Supreme Court brought to closure months of litigations and legal feud seen by many as a mere distraction. A legal practitioner opined that the courts must not entertain such frivolous suits next time as it amounts to a waste of time.

However, Governor Agbu Kefas, who earlier commented on the verdict praised the Judiciary and said it was a victory for democracy. He noted that the success stories recorded so far in the state would increase now that all distractions are gone.

Also commenting, many leaders across the state said the verdict aligns with the popular wish of citizens. Describing it as a referendum on the performance of the governor so far, they said Dr Kefas would now be free to do more for the state.

Meanwhile, commentators also continue to applaud the Judiciary for standing on the side of truth and fairness. They stressed that the landmark judgement has strengthen jurisprudence and boosted democracy.

– Emmanuel Bello
Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Digital Communications 

Taraba PDP Gets New State Chairman and State Organizing Secretary

Taraba PDP Gets New State Chairman and State Organizing Secretary

The New State PDP Chairman, Elder Nuhu Abe taking his Oath of Office.

The New State PDP Chairman, Elder Nuhu Abe taking his Oath of Office.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Taraba State chapter today carried out the swearing into office of Elder Nuhu Abe and Hon. Simon Bala as State Chairman and State Organizing secretary of the party respectively.

Elder Nuhu Abe is replacing the vacuum created by the resignation of the former PDP Chairman now the State Governor, His Excellency Dr. Agbu Kefas while Hon. Simon Bala will replaced the vacuum created by the subsequent resignation of former State Organizing Secretary of the party, Hon. Saviour Noku who was recently appointment Honourable Commissioner for Special Duties and Social Service.

Both nominees were unanimously endorsed by the State Executive Committee of the party to complete the tenure of their predecessors.

Hon. Simon Bala swearing to an Oath of Office as the State PDP Organizing Secretary.

Hon. Simon Bala swearing to an Oath of Office as the State PDP Organizing Secretary.

The 7th State Chairman of the party since the return to democracy in 1999 in his acceptance speech, Abe expressed gratitude to members for reposing confidence in him by entrusting the party in the state on his shoulders.

He pledged to enthrone a regime of justice, equity and internal democracy in the party and to also eschew politics of bitterness within party structures.

He further appreciated His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas, Governor of Taraba State for interpreting and gradually bringing to reality the party’s manifesto and campaign promises.

Leader of representatives of the party at the National Zonal level on his part the Zonal Secretary of PDP North-East, Kabir J. Bappa described Taraba as the bedrock of PDP in Northern Nigeria.

According to him, in all the 19 Nineteen Northern states, PDP has lost out in one way or the other except in Taraba.

He further noted that the North-East Zonal Headquarter of the party received a letter from the Taraba State Executive Committee of the party who are the main organ of the party saddled with the power to elect and replaced any vacant position within the party.

In the letter the State Executive Committee requested that Hon. Nuhu Abe and Hon. Simon Bala should be appointed as State Chairman and State Organizing Secretary of the party respectively to fill in the existing vacuum.

In obedient to section 47(6) of the PDP Constitution 2017 as amended which state clearly that “Where a vacancy occurs in any of the offices of the Party, the Executive Committee at the appropriate level shall appoint another person from the area or zone where the officer originated from, pending the conduct of election to fill the vacancy.”

In view of the above the leadership of the party at the North-East Zonal level was left with no any option than performing her duty by confirming the nomination of the duo and subsequent proper swearing-in in line with provisions of the Party’s constitution which is taking place today.

He concluded by officially presenting both Hon. Nuhu Abe and Hon. Simon Bala as the substantive State Chairman and State Organizing Secretary of the PDP in Taraba state to complete the tenure of the resigned officers thus starting from 2023 to 2024.

The ceremony ended with administering the oath of office and oath of allegiance to both Hon. Nuhu Abe, PDP Chairman Taraba State and Hon. Simon Bala, State Organizing Secretary, Presentation of Certificates of Returned and proper handing and taking over.

Among dignitaries present was the State Governor of Taraba State Dr. Agbu Kefas represented by his Deputy His Excellency Alhaji Aminu Alkali, SGS Chief Gebon Timothy Kataps, S. A. Political Affairs to the Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bawa.

Others were State House of Assembly members, Members of the State Executive Council, State Working Committee Members of the party, Party Executives, Stakeholders, Party faithfuls across the state e.t.c.

Habu Ardo,
S. A. Media and Publicity
PDP Taraba State.

Press Statement: Gov. Agbu Kefas Describes Tribunal Victory as Victory of the People’s Will

Press Statement: Gov. Agbu Kefas Describes Tribunal Victory as Victory of the People’s Will

His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas has described his victory at the Tribunal as a triumph of the people’s will.

He enjoined all citizens to accept the will of the majority and the work of God.

Dr. Kefas said this victory belongs exclusively to the Taraba people and all lovers of democracy.

He congratulated the Judiciary for standing true to their calling and upholding what is right and just.

– Emmanuel Bello,
Special Adviser, Media and Digital Communications.

Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission Fixes Date for Elections

Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission Fixes Date for Elections

Chairman, Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission, Mr Philip Duwe.

Chairman, Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission, Mr Philip Duwe.

The Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission in a statement on Tuesday announced that the local government election in the state will be held on 18th November, 2023.

The statement also requested political parties to submit names of their candidates at the commission’s headquarters in Jalingo.

Political parties have until 7th November, 2023 to indicate interest in participating in the election and to submit names of candidates, according to the notice signed by the Chairman of the Commission, Philip Duwe.

Mr. Duwe told newsmen that the commission has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ease the processes of the election.

He said the Commission deemed it necessary to liaise with INEC in terms of getting production of the electoral materials needed for the success of the polls.

“We are ready for the election but not absolutely ready, we must seek authority from INEC to get the materials they produce”, he said.

Mr. Duwe said that TSIEC wants to complement the vision of Mr Kefas, who is desirous of a local government system that is efficient and constitutional.

“The governor does not believe in Caretaker or Sole Administrator management which are not in the Constitution.”

Mr. Duwe, who said information was key, added that journalists are critical stakeholders hence the need to involve them in the course of what TSIEC is doing and disclosed that the commission have met with 18 registered political parties in the state where they agreed on a date for the conduct of the election.

“The leadership of Intra Party Advisory Council (IPAC) would be supervising the Political Parties on the entire processes, we have also issued a Time Table to guide them”.

On the electoral umpire’s assurance that votes of the electorates count, Mr. Duwe said election results would be declared at the polling units, then to the ward collation centres before heading to the local government collation centres.

He also revealed that about 2,000,000 registered voters would be participating in the polls, adding that the Commission has done an assessment based on the number of registered voters per senatorial district.

“There are 168 electoral wards with about 3,650 polling units across the 16 local government areas of the state”,

The SIEC boss, however, revealed that the commission wants to customise the ballot papers by senatorial district and if possible by local government to solve the problems of results and ballot papers’ diversion from one zone to the other.

Meanwhile, the notice of the election time table disclosed that 17th September, 2023 is the commencement of campaign by political parties, 25th to 30th October, 2023 is scheduled for holding of political primaries, 2nd to 4th November, 2023 will be for the sales of Forms.

In the same vein, 7th November, 2023 is the final day for the submission of nomination forms, 8th to 9th November, 2023 is for the screening of candidates submitted by parties for elections, 10th to 11th November, 2023 will be for the publication of screened candidates.

However, substitution of candidates, if any and screening of the same will be on the 12th to 13th November 2023, submission of names, passport photographs and address of party agent and polling units assigned will be on the 14th to 15th November, 2023. While the end of election campaign will be on the 17th November, 2023 and election hold on 18th November, 2023 respectively.

“PDP Will Retain Bayelsa On November 11th 2023” – Gov. Agbu Kefas Assures

“PDP Will Retain Bayelsa On November 11th 2023” – Gov. Agbu Kefas Assures

Gov. Agbu Kefas at a meeting with PDP stakeholders in preparation for Bayelsa Governorship elections.

Gov. Agbu Kefas at a meeting with PDP stakeholders in preparation for Bayelsa Governorship elections.

Governor Agbu Kefas of Taraba State and Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Council for Bayelsa governorship election, says the party will retain the state in the November 11 election, going by recent developments.

Kefas stated this at the meeting of the council on Thursday in Abuja.

“Our campaign is not merely a quest for power but a commitment to transformative leadership that fosters growth, equity and unity.

“Bayelsa’s potential is limitless and we stand at the crossroad of history waiting to shape a trajectory. Our Campaign will be driven by the voices of the people and our policies will reflect their aspiration.

“Governor Douye Diri promises to prioritise education, health care, infrastructure, job creation, youth and women empowerment and also sustainable development as the corner stone of his agenda.

“Our success will not be defined by victory at the polls, but by the trust we have built over time and the positive impact we have made in the lives of Bayelsa people,’’ he said.

Kefas tasked members of the council to work in synergy toward a successful outing at the poll.

“Let us remember that unity is our strength.

“Let us foster an environment of collaboration where innovative ideas flourish and define our strategies,’’ he said.

The incumbent governor and PDP candidate in the election, Diri who expressed confidence that the party would be victorious, said the factor or issue of federal might would not work in the election.

“I am not very sure that even the Federal might that we use to know of, I am not sure that there will be any federal might for a candidate that has been roundly rejected by the people.

“The federal government is also not a government that will be anti-democracy. The federal government will stand to defend democracy.

“We are in a democratic system and I believe that if we work well and do not take it for granted, we have already won. It is not over until it is over,’’ he said.

Diri said although Bayelsa was a PDP stronghold, the campaign council should not to undermine the threat by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

“But there is a popular saying in my place that when a blind man tells you that he is going to stone you, it means that he is standing on top of a stone.

“So let us not take our opponents especially of the APC for granted.

“In Bayelsa, I will like to let you know that this election is across party line. So, we are not going there to deride APC,’’ Diri said.

PDP Reconciliation Committee: Gov. Agbu Kefas Receives Report; Commits to Implement Recommendations

PDP Reconciliation Committee: Gov. Agbu Kefas Receives Report; Commits to Implement Recommendations

Dr. Agbu Kefas received the report of the PDP reconciliation committee led by the Chairman, Amb. Idris Waziri.

His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas received the report of the PDP reconciliation committee led by the Chairman, Ambassador Idris Waziri.

The committee Chairman expressed gratitude for the state’s new phase under the Governor’s leadership and urged him to remain focused, undeterred by rumors and distractions.

In a candid address, Ambassador Idris lauded the Governor’s achievements in such a short period and expressed confidence in witnessing eight more years of his visionary leadership. He called Governor Agbu Kefas “the light of Taraba,” urging him to shine even brighter, as they are proud of his remarkable endeavors.

The committee, consisting of dedicated individuals with the best interests of Taraba and the PDP at heart, offered their unwavering support, standing ready to assist in any capacity required.

Governor Agbu Kefas, visibly moved by the committee’s commitment, expressed his gratitude for their selfless sacrifice for the PDP. He acknowledged the unprecedented encouragement received from the elders, acknowledging it as a driving force for his administration.

In a show of unity and determination, the Governor promised to collaborate closely with the party and diligently implement the special committee’s reconciliation recommendations, paving the way for a stronger and more unified Taraba State.