UN official advocates dialogue to end land disputes

Aanya Igomu, Abuja


A United Nation’s official and Taraba state governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Aliyu Umar says dialogue between local tribal, religious and community leaders is the way that land disputes can be ended in Nigeria.

Mr. Umar stated this while addressing journalists at the All Progressives Congress, APC National Secretariat in Abuja.

Mr Umar was at the APC headquarters to submit his Expression of Interest and Nomination form.

13th September is the last day for submission of forms for party members aspiring for the governing party’s ticket to run for a political office and many aspirants have been trooping in and out of the APC headquarters.

Mr Umar who is also a surveyor said if a committee of local tribal, religious and community leaders are formed in all communities across Nigeria and they meet constantly to eat and  dialogue, the issue of land dispute would be a thing of the past.

“I think the main thing as we say in surveying is you can work in part to whole. That means you start from the grassroots. You make small committees made up of these warring communities whether they are tribal or religious. 

“And then you make use of the local, religious leaders, opinion and traditional leaders and whoever it is that is the leader of the community. And once you can bring them up together and let them seat down be in constant touch with one another, eat all the time i think when you do that in the smaller communities with the whole at the end of it all. Until you have dialogue with everybody i think peace will come” he said.

Meanwhile another aspirant and serving Senator John Eno who is aspiring for the APC governorship ticket for Cross River state returned his forms as well.

Niger-Delta Support
While addressing journalists at the secretariat he said that APC is gradually gaining support in the Niger Delta region (south-south) of Nigeria.

The south-south zone in Nigeria which is made of six states used to be dominated by the opposition People Democratic Party, with APC just having one Governor in that zone.

Senator Eno said that the south is usually aligned with the political party in the centre.

“I think everybody will also appreciate that the south-south zone is increasingly repositioning, if you look at the various movements that have occurred in that zone since after the 2015 election, state by state you will appreciate that the south-south zone in the history of the politics of this country has always been part of the Centre. In 2015, the south-south had a candidate that came from that zone and therefore it was understandable that the APC that had a candidate from outside that zone did not do as well. But in 2019 the south-south zone will not have one of its own running, that’s number one.

“Number two, state by state you can mention the kind of political gladiators that have had to defect from the PDP to the APC. I serve in the senate, I was elected on the platform of the PDP at inauguration, in APC, the south-south zone had just one serving senator today the number is about seven.

“I make bold to say that the president of this country, President Muhammadu Buhari who incidentally is going to be the candidate for the presidential election for the APC is going to perform to perform excellently well in all the states of the south-south and especially in Cross River state” Senator Eno said.

The APC National Secretariat has been a beehive of activities since 5th September because party members aspiring for the Party’s ticket to run for various political offices in 2019 have been trooping in along with their supporters to pick and return their Expression of Interest and Nomination forms.

The APC primaries are supposed to start on September 25th when some states would either use the direct or indirect primary system to elect their flag bearers.

So far the APC has only President Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential aspirant.