The Bauchi State Chapter of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has elected Barrister Ahmed Umar Farouq Gwadabe as the new State Chairman of the party following the exit of Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi who defected to APC.
The state chapter of the party also reiterated its satisfaction and confidence in the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party under the National Chairmanship of Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR for repositioning and taking the party to greater heights.
These were contained in a communiqué signed by 11 members of the State Executive Committee including the State Vice Chairman, Ibrahim Sambo, and released to newsmen after a meeting held on Friday in Bauchi.
The communiqué explained that 11 out of 16 members of the State Executive Committee voted in favour of Barrister Ahmed Umar Farouq Gwadabe.
Part of the communiqué reads: “After comprehensive and fruitful deliberations on all the issues tabled before the meeting, the members of the State Executive Committee have resolved as follows:
“That the State Executive Committee has accepted the resignation of the former Chairman of the party in person of Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi from the position of Bauchi State Chairmanship of the party and wished him success in his future endeavors.
“That the State Executive Committee has appointed Barrister Ahmed Umar Farouq Gwadabe as the new State Chairman of the party pending convention.
“That the State Executive Committee of the party, on behalf of the Bauchi State Chapter of the party, has reaffirmed its loyalty, satisfaction and confidence in the leadership of the Party’s National Executive Committee [NEC] under the Chairmanship of Alh. Falalu Bello for repositioning and taking the party to greater heights.”
Bauchi PRP Exco pass vote of confidence on Gwadabe
Members of the Bauchi State Executive Committee of the Peoples Redemption Party have passed a vote of confidence in the Chairmanship of Barrister Ahmed Umar Farouk Gwadabe.
This was contained in a communique issued at the end of their State Executive Committee Meeting held on Saturday in Bauchi.
The communique, which was signed by 12 out of the 16 Executive Committee Members, has appreciated the efforts and commitment of the State Chairman towards resuscitating the party in the state.
Earlier, the State Chairman, Umar Farouk Gwadabe has expressed sadness over the demise of the Board of Trustee Chairman of the party and former Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa. He also commiserated with family of the deceased and the National Leadership of the party.
According to him, “the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Bauchi State Chapter is deeply saddened by the demise of an exceptional patriot, elder statesman, one of the pillars of the PRP and former governor of old Kaduna state, Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa.
“Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa’s passage is a colossal loss to the People’s Redemption Party and the whole Nigeria considering his admirable qualities and excellent contributions towards the survival and development of PRP and Nigeria at large.
“Throughout his life, Baba Balarabe had exemplified a life that is worthy of emulation. He made sure, either as a governor or party leader, that he lived well above board. He was spartan, simple and ideologically grounded and would be remembered for always standing for justice, equality, and democracy.
“While preparation for formal condolences is in top gear, we heartily commiserate with the National Leadership of our great party under the Chairmanship of Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR, Alhaji Balarabe Musa’s family and PRP members worldwide as we pray that the Almighty God grants perpetual repose to his soul and fortitude to the family and the nation at large, to bear this great loss.”
PRP mourns Balarabe Musa
The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has expressed deep sadness over the demise of its immediate National Chairman and former Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa who died today, Wednesday in Kaduna.
The party in an obituary signed by its National Chairman, Malam Falalu Bello, OFR described Balarabe Musa as ‘an indefatigable warrior in the battle for the liberation and upliftment of the common man’.
The full statement reads: “With deep sadness but in total submission to the will of the Almighty Allah, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) hereby announce the death of Alh. (Dr.) Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa CON, the former National Chairman and till his death today 11th November 2020, the Chairman; Board of Trustees (BOT) of our great party.
“An indefatigable warrior in the battle for the liberation and material upliftment of the common man, Alhaji Balarabe, throughout his life never left the trenches of the struggle. He stood to the very end with the oppressed multitudes, against all manner of harassment, deprivations and provocations, truly a colossus in the struggles for Nigeria’s emancipation. The best tribute we can pay to his memory is to rededicate ourselves to the struggle he committed his life to.”
Failure of governance begets youth unrest, says PRP
The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has disclosed that the ongoing youth unrest is an expression of failure of governance.
This was contained in a statement signed by the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Falalu Bello and made available to newsmen on Thursday.
The full statement reads, “For about two weeks now the streets of our cities have become ungovernable spaces occupied by rival gangs of young (and not so young) men and women protesting against one aspect or another of the actions and in-actions of governments. A discontent which started initially on social media as a protest against police brutality has now snowballed into peaceful – and not-so-peaceful – agitations against a myriad of issues ranging from demands for the abolition of the notoriously brutal Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) of the Police Force to issues of Restructuring, Electoral Reforms and even hoisting of pro market economic policies on Nigerian Population and lately the resignation from office of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The largely nonplus and incompetent handling of the agitation by the Government has not helped matters. The decision to succumb to the pressure mounted by the protestors by agreeing to scrap SARS only to immediately replace it with a so-called SWAT not only demonstrated official duplicity but the Government’s lack of faith. Similarly, President Buhari’s failure to come out openly to address the nation on the specific demands made by the protesting youth has only demonstrated the absence of any articulate or coherent response to the challenges posed by the young men and women demanding for greater accountability from the present political leadership. In the circumstances, the latest attempted violent clampdown by the authorities (which include the imposition of curfews, and the sponsoring of rival gangs of pro-government thugs, etc.) can only worsen an already very dicey situation.
“One fact is critically clear in all the chaos, destruction and blood-letting that has attended the ongoing dissent of the youth. The upheaval is a direct consequence of the utter failure of governance in the country – a failure which may not have originated with the present APC Administration, but which this Administration has undoubtedly done little or nothing to assuage; and which, in many instances, it has even worsened. This is as true of the worsening insecurity in the country as it is of the increasing poverty, unemployment, crime and infrastructural decay, to mention just a few.
“The PRP does not believe that the present APC Administration, or even the ruling class of which it is part and parcel of, has what it takes or even the will or credibility, to assuage or mollify the legitimate anger of our protesting young citizens. However, there is need to do something in the interim to calm down frayed nerves and to prevent the agitations from degenerating into ethnic, religious and regional mayhem and antagonisms along the traditional fault lines of Nigeria prebendal elite politics. Some of the measures that Government must consider taking immediately with a view to calming down the frayed nerves of our agitated youth must include the formal inauguration of a Marshall Plan-like programme that would provide employment for our youth, a declaration of a State-of-Emergency in the education, skills acquisition and manpower development sectors with guaranteed increased funding, and the initiation of a short and medium-term massive public works programme, particularly in the provision and rehabilitation of infrastructural facilities and social services at both federal and state government levels. Some of the massive foreign loans being acquired by Government should be devoted to these projects.