Bala James Ngilari, the new governor of Adamawa State who was sworn in on Wednesday, has appointed Alhaji Chubado Tijani as the state’s new chief of staff.
Appointing the new chief of staff was Ngilari’s first duty as a governor after a brief speech in which he promised to be transparent in the running of the state’s affairs. He thanked people of Adamawa State, President Goodluck Jonathan, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and all those who stood by him until he secured victory in court.
Meanwhile, supporters of Ngilari were greatly jubilant in the state after their candidate who had served as deputy to the former state governor Murtala Nyako for seven years, was sworn as the substantive governor of the state by president of the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Audu L. Lagre, at the council chambers of Adamawa State Government House, Yola.
The whole drama started when a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday stopped the governorship election scheduled for Saturday in Adamawa state.
The court judgement had come when preparation among the political parties and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had reached its peak ahead of Saturday. While giving the restraining order, Justice Adeniyi Ademola had directed the acting Governor of the state, Alhaji Amadu Fintiri, to vacate office with immediate effect.
In his place, Justice Ademola had ordered “the Chief Judge of Adamawa State (or Acting Chief Judge, as the case may be) or the President of the Customary Court of Appeal to swear in Barr. Bala James Nggilari (the Plaintiff) Immediately as the substantive Governor of Adamawa State,” because the earlier reports of his resignation was declared controversial.
Twenty-four hours after his swearing in as governor of Adamawa state, Governor Bala Ngilari, on Thursday sacked all political appointees of his predecessor, Ahmadu Fintiri, including commissioners, special advisers and assistants.
The only set of officers not affected by the sack were heads of statutory commissions.
All those sacked by the new governor had been appointed by Fintiri and had barely spent three months in office each.
The sack of all those affected comes with immediate effect, according to a statement by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Chubado Tijjani, asking that all the affected office holders hand over all documents and other government property in their possession to permanent secretaries in their various ministries.
Fintiri was sacked by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday. He has since appealed the court ruling.
Meanwhile, Governor Ngilari on Thursday began what could be seen as a bid to unite all aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) together with a meeting he held with the party’s stakeholders at the state party secretariat on his first assignment outside the Government House.
The new governor explained that the purpose of the visit was to familiarise and meet with the state party executives and other stakeholders adding that his emergence as governor was the will of God, who gives leadership to whoever he wants at a time he wants.
He said: “my emergence as a governor today is a will of Almighty God, because he is the only one that gives power to whoever at a time he wants. So glory is to God.”
He described all the members of the PDP in the state as equal and important to him and the party. He therefore preached the need for all to unite ahead of the 2015 general election adding: “personally, I don’t have any grudges with anybody in my mind and for the sake of unity and peace of the state and the ruling party, I forgive anybody that directly or indirectly offended me.”
Culled from Ekekee
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