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Atiku’s loyalist installed as Jada district head amid protest

A loyalist of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Umar Ardo, has been appointed as the new District Head of Jada District amid protest from the…

A loyalist of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Umar Ardo, has been appointed as the new District Head of Jada District amid protest from the communityý.
 
The ceremony was performed at the Palace of Gangwari on Monday after a combined team of security men had been deployed to Jada in anticipation of possible uprising. 
 
Sources at the palace indicated that Governor Muhammad Jibrilla who is also a loyalist of Atiku had directed the installation of the candidate.
 
Twenty four associations in Jada community had petitioned the Gangwari Ganye, Alhaji Umaru Sanda over alleged attempts to impose Umar Ardo. Similar petitions were sent to the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Kabiru Mijinyawa and the Lamido Adamawa, Dr. Barkindo Aliyu Mustapha.
 
The groups urged the traditional ruler to respect the choice of the six village heads who were the legal kingmakers as well as the aspiration of his subjects in Jada by appointing Muhammad Chubado, the eldest son of the immediate past district head. 
 
Some of the residents interviewed said that kingmakers  were prevented from performing their legal function of electing  a new district head because the state government had a predetermined motive to install the candidate of Atiku.
The Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh said the state government had no direct role in the appointment of district heads as it was the business of village heads to take a decision on who to recommend to the ruler.
Paul Ibe, the media aide to Atiku, said Atiku had no interest in the contest and those making the allegation had no evidence.
 

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