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Former Minister Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan aka ‘Mama Taraba’ Dies, Aged 61

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Former Minister for Women Affairs and ex-Governorship Candidate in Taraba State, Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan,  is dead.

According to media reports she died in a hospital on Friday in Cairo, Egypt at the age of 61.

Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan popularly known as ‘Mama Taraba’, Ms Alhassan was born on September 16, 1959 in Jalingo, Taraba State.

She was the first female to be appointed Taraba Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice and also the first woman to be appointed as Secretary FCT judicial council on 17 December 2003.

She was appointed in 2015 to the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari after his election.

Mama Taraba

Mama Taraba resigned as the Minister on July 27, 2018 after the ruling APC screening committee disqualified her from the 2019 governorship primaries.

She was unanimously declared as the candidate for March 2019 Taraba State gubernatorial election under UDPafter the other candidate stepped down in her bid.

She is widely known as “Mama Taraba”, because of her increased influence in the politics of her state.

She actively supported the Taraba State Football Association.

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Atiku Endorsement: Dogara, others on their own – Middle Belt Leaders

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A group of northern leaders under the aegis of The Southern and Middle – Belt Alliance (SaMBA) has described a purported endorsement of the Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by former Speaker of House Representative, Yakubu Dogara’s group as self serving.

In a statement released today, SAMBA said the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum (NLCF) is on a self serving and selfish mission.

The statement signed by SaMBA Spokesman, Prince Rwang Pam Jnr in response to the reported endorsement of Atiku Abubakar by “a toothless platform” said that the group was manipulated by some politicians who had benefited and still benefiting from the old order from the Presidential candidate of PDP.

The middle belt group wondered how millions of Middlebelt and northern Christian voters benefitted from Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who in recent history deleted his tweet condemning the killing of Deborah Yakubu in Sokoto by alleged Islamic extremist. SAMBA noted that the former Vice President is yet to condole with the affected family, six months after.

The statement reads, “Our attention have been drawn to the purported endorsement of the Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar by a toothless Northern Leaders Consultative Forum (NLCF), coordinated by former Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who by this action has lost favour amongst his MiddleBelt family.”

“We want to state categorically that the Communique by Rt. Hon. Dogara’s group is self serving and does not remotely or substantially represent the interest of Middlebelters who occupied approximately 300,000 Sq km of the Northern region that is about 50%”

“Also, it is on record that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who declined to speak publicly against the gruesome murdered of Deborah Yakubu in Sokoto will not defend the interest of Middlebelters and Christians living in the north. Atiku who had been vice president between 1999-2007 belongs to the old order. He will not be able to restructure Nigeria to satisfy the yearning of Nigerians.

“Therefore, the endorsement of the Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by this group cannot stand and will not stand. Their lame excuse that the Presidential candidate of Labour Party , Mr Peter Obi does not have a structure is false. Progressive Nigerians are the structures and Dogara’s Middlebelters remained solidly in support of Mr Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed”

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Hundreds of APC Members Defect to PDP in Kogi

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Over 130 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party in Abejukolo Ward 11, in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The defection ceremony took place at Echa/Ogoh Nursery and Primary School, Abejukolo on Sunday.

Hon. Johnson Ataboh Ebeto, a former councilor on the platform of the PDP who had defected to the APC during 2015 election, said the ceremony was a homecoming for him and his supporters to ensure that PDP wins the forthcoming general elections.

Hon Ebeto, expressing regrets on his earlier defection from the PDP, described his experience in the All Progressives Congress(APC) as harrowing.

He said, “Now is the right time to discard such habits and choose PDP as the only option for liberation”.

Honourable Salisu Akpa, who is the Ward 11 PDP chairman and other PDP stakeholders, urged them not to see themselves as joiners but bonafide members of the party.

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2023: I Stand With the Youths,The Old Ones Should Fade Away – Abdulsalami Abubakar

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Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has expressed reservations about the continued domination of political activities by the older people, saying it is time to create space for the younger generation.

“I think the right thing for the country is that old ones should fade away gracefully and allow young people to take over,”

“What we can do as former leaders is to mentor and tutor them in whatever way we can in order for them to lead the country.

“As a matter of fact, this is the time Nigerians should begin to support young, vibrant, and visionary leaders that would steer the country on the path of glory”

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