FCT natives still hopeful in Buhari —Aduda

The Senator, representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda, has said that he was still confident that natives of the FCT will be considered for ministerial appointment in the future.
Speaking in a telephone interview with Daily Trust, Aduda said if the section of the constitution that stated that the FCT should be treated as a state is properly interpreted by the Supreme Court, natives of the territory would definitely have a representation at the federal executive council.

The senator representing the FCT said the residents should love one another and work together so that the government will provide meaningful infrastructures needed in the community.
He said: “We should keep our differences aside. We are brothers and friends. We know each other because we grew up together. We should join hands with the newly elected chairman to move the council forward.”
Responding, the chief of Wako, Alhaji Ibrahim D. Usman, told the senator that he would continue to maintain peaceful coexistence among the people of his chiefdom.

FCT Council Polls: Senator Phillip Aduda berates APC, senior government officials

In the aftermath of FCT Council elections, Senator Tanimu Philip Aduda representing Federal Capital Territory has berated the All Progressives Congress (APC) for unimaginable violence despite the Independent National Electoral Commission’s proactive measures to avoid the ugly incident.

Briefing journalists at the National Assembly in Abuja , Aduda expressed disappointment on the Security arrangement preparatory to the Council elections, noting, that Security arrangement of the Federal Capital Territory was changed as manipulated by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“You will recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) initially fixed 29th March, 2016, but shifted it to 9th April, 2016 for reasons best known to them and areas declared inconclusive was to be held on Wednesday, 13th April,” he said.

“Despite the fact that the Commissioner of Police in charge of the elections was introduced and DPOs were changed surreptitiously all over the Federal Capital Territory, we told our supporters to be law abiding and be prepared to vote candidates of their choice,” he added.

Aduda explained that the inconclusive elections across the four Area Councils were marred by irregularities and violence where senior members of the contesting All Progressives Congress accompanied with thugs went to polling units and demanded for ballot papers and those ones not favour were destroyed.

“In Karu ward specifically, senior members of the All Progressives Congress came with thugs and destroyed ballot papers and asked their supporters to go on rampage,” he said.

What was worrisome, Aduda said ”was that after a total destruction of the ballot papers, the officer in charge of Independent National Electoral Commission at those polling units in Karu made replacements, but some Senior government officials surfaced and ordered their supporters to destroy them for the second time,” he said.

Aduda wants residents to support newly elected council bosses

Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda has urged residents of Wako community in Kwali Area Council, Abuja, to support the newly elected area council chairmen so that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) can move forward.
Addressing elders when he attended the wedding Fatiha of the daughter of Chief of Wako community, Alhaji Ibrahim D. Usman, at his palace on Saturday, Aduda advised residents to accept the results of the recently held elections. The senator representing the FCT said the residents should love one another and work together so that the government will provide meaningful infrastructures needed in the community.
He said: “We should keep our differences aside. We are brothers and friends. We know each other because we grew up together. We should join hands with the newly elected chairman to move the council forward.”
Responding, the chief of Wako, Alhaji Ibrahim D. Usman, told the senator that he would continue to maintain peaceful coexistence among the people of his chiefdom.