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Cargo Airport: Ekiti Pays N500m In Compensation to 700 Land Owners

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The Ekiti State Government on Monday paid financial compensation to the tune of N500 million to 700 land owners whose lands were acquired for the state’s Agro-allied Cargo Airport project.

The affected land owners, mainly farmers, were presented with checks of varying sums by the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi at the Conference Hall of the Governor’s Office, Ado-Ekiti.

The event coincided with the formal handover of the project site to the main contractor to commence the construction of the 3.2 kilometres runway.

Dr Fayemi said a total 4,017 hectares of land was acquired for the airport project, adding that his administration’s infrastructure and industrial development agenda was aimed at connecting the state’s agribusiness industry to global market through an agro-allied cargo airport.

The governor thanked traditional rulers in the affected areas for resolving, amicably, communal conflicts that would have arisen from the initial challenges encountered during the enumeration of crops on the acquired land.

While commending the affected land owners and communities for their cooperation with government officials during the enumeration, Dr Fayemi further solicited their continued support to ensure that the project, which is capable of generating thousands of jobs for teeming unemployed youth , is completed on time and without hindrance.

According to him, “The next fifteen months will be crucial for this project and as we all know, it is only in an atmosphere of peace and harmony that meaningful development can take place. It is imperative therefore that you shun any act capable of disturbing the prevailing atmosphere of peace and harmony in the project site and the state as a whole.

The governor urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the fund purposefully by using it to expand their farms saying Ekiti was an agrarian state with farming as the mainstay of the economy.

He noted that the state had not been able to maximize the potential of its comparative advantage on agriculture due the absence of the required infrastructure.

He said the desire to address some of these infrastructural deficiencies informed the decision of his government to make agribusiness a cardinal programme with the hope that the ongoing construction of rural access roads would facilitate the easy movement of farm produce to end users.

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“It is pertinent to restate here that the state government embarked on the construction of the Agro-Allied Cargo Airport to market the state’s potential and abilities in agribusiness, and to also improve the attractiveness of Ekiti as an investment destination.

The airport, when completed will positively transform the economy of the state, attract investment and create more job opportunities for our people. Agricultural products such as cassava, oil palm, cocoa, cashew, timber, rice, plantain and banana and others will be better marketed locally and internationally when the airport becomes operational.

“I urge our people to see the project as their personal project and protect it. I advise individuals engaging in the destruction of pillars and other infrastructure at the project site to desist from the dastardly act. There is legislation against wilful damage of government property, therefore, anybody caught in the act of vandalism will be made to face the wrath of the law,” the governor said.

Earlier, the Director General/Special Adviser to the Governor on Land Matters, Mrs. Olufunke Falodun had commended Governor Fayemi for providing leadership that had enhanced accelerated development in the state and for approving compensation to landowners.

Mrs Falodun highlighted the benefits of the airport to include boosting the untapped tourism potential of the state as well as accelerating the growth of the emerging health tourism and promote the movement of agricultural produce and products in and out of the state.

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Akpabio, Lawan Remain Disqualified From Senatorial Election – INEC

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Akpabio, Lawan Remain Disqualified From Senatorial Election - INEC

The senatorial ambitions of former Minister of Niger Delta Godswill Akpabio and Senate President Ahmed Lawan in 2023 may have irrevocably failed.

This is because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday denied altering electoral documents in favour of Lawan and Akpabio.

Names of the duo were missing from the list of successfully nominated candidates submitted to INEC by the 18 political parties in June.

Having lost out in their quest for the 2023 presidential ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Messrs Lawan and Akpabio have been making efforts to claim the senatorial tickets of the party for the Yobe North and Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial Districts, respectively.

While Bashir Machina and Udom Ekpoudom had emerged as candidates in the primaries supervised by INEC officials in their respective senatorial zones, the names of Messrs Lawan and Akpabio, who did not participate in the elections were instead forwarded to the commission as candidates.

The acceptance of names was justified by the Akwa-Ibom INEC REC, Mike Igini, but the ultimate decision currently rests with the court.

“INEC has no powers to reject names sent by political parties. Primaries are the sole prerogatives of parties. INEC’s responsibility is merely to monitor the primaries and make sure they abide by their own regulations, the Electoral Act & the Constitution,” Mr Igini said in a report.

However, a media report on Tuesday said INEC had backdated Certified True Copies of reports of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries “to accommodate” Messrs Lawan and Akpabio..

Although Akpabio had won a rerun held in the zone, there is no report of a similar election held in Yobe where Machina in Yobe emerged the winner.

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In a statement by its spokesperson, Festus Okoye, on Tuesday, INEC denied doctoring or certifying any document in favour of either of the two APC chieftains.

The commission said it had followed through its timetable and there was no point in its schedules where the names of the persons in question were published.

“The forms of the two personalities in question were not published by the commission. The decision of the commission triggered legal actions which are still ongoing. It therefore defies logic and common sense to go around and submit doctored documents purportedly recognising the duo as candidates when the matter is clearly sub-judice,” the statement said.

Okoye said the copy of the form uploaded on the online news platform as evidence, was not properly fact-checked and had thereby encouraged misinformation.

“As part of the ongoing case in court, a law firm requested the commission for a Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Form EC9 submitted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its candidate for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District which we are duty bound to oblige them under the law. The Form was certified on 15th July 2022. If minimum care had been exercised by the promoters of the story, they would have seen the two stamps of the commission bearing different dates on the form. It is this form that is now misconstrued as INEC’ s endorsement.

“For the record, the commission has not recognised either of the two personalities as a senatorial candidate,” Okoye further explained.

He called for responsible reporting of the development just as he described the story by the online platform as an unwarranted attack on the electoral body.

 

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Why I Quit APC – Buhari’s Nephew

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew Fatuhu Muhammed who left the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has given reasons why he took the decision.

Muhammed, son of Buhari’s elder brother, and the lawmaker, who represents Daura/Mai’Adua/Sandamu Federal Constituency of Katsina State in the National Assembly, failed to secure his re-election ticket after polling 30 votes, while Aminu Jamo, his rival secured 117 votes.

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Since the primaries, there have been clashes between the camps of Fatuhu and Jamo.

Muhammed said he left APC because his rival abused his father.

“I received an audio recording where their candidate (Jamo) called my father, Alhaji Mamman Dan Baffalo, by name and abused him. Alhaji Mamman Dan Baffallo and President Buhari are of the same father and mother.”

“Out of the 26 children born by their father, they are the only males that are from the same father and mother. So, abusing my father is abusing the president.

“So, I said since the issue has gone beyond politics to denigrating the dignity of my parents, I cannot take it any longer, and it is not binding on me to stay in the party, so I decided to leave,” he said.

 

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Trouble For Gombe Gov, Deputy As PDP  Seeks Their Disqualification

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Trouble For Gombe Gov, Deputy As PDP  Seeks Their Disqualification

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja was on Wednesday urged  to disqualify Gov. Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State and his Deputy, Jatau Manassah Daniel from contesting and participating in the 2023 Governorship Election in Gombe State.

The appeal came from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Gombe State Governorship Candidate, Muhammad Jibrin.

The duo alleged that Governor Yahaya and his deputy  submitted forged certificates to INEC when filing their documentations for the 2023 goveenorship elections.

This was contained in SUIT NO: FJC/ABJ/CS/1301/2022 between Peoples Democratic Party & 2 Ors v. INEC & 3 Ors filed on the 2nd August, 2022.

PDP prayed the court to disqualify  Inuwa and his deputy from contesting the election having submitted forged documents and certificates to INEC which were published on 22nd July, 2022.

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In an originating summons filed on their behalf by two Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Chief Arthur Obi Okafor, SAN and J.J. Usman, SAN, the plaintiffs submitted relying on a series of Supreme Court decisions that Inuwa and his deputy having deposed to FORMS EC-9, the said forms constitute certificates and making false statement in them amount to submitting forged certificates which is a disqualifying ground under Sections 177(d) and 182(1)(j) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended).

In court processes the plaintiffs alleged that Jatau bears multiple names in his certificates to wit:

Certificate of primary Education (ManassahJatau),

West African Examination Council School Certificate (Daniel Manassah J),

University of Maiduguri Certificate (Manassah Daniel Jatau),

National Youth Service Corp Certificate (Daniel Manassah)

without a deed poll and any valid change of name attached to his Form EC-9 submitted to INEC.

The Plaintiffs alleged that in 2022, Gov. Inuwa submitted FORM EC-9 (Affidavit of Personal particulars of Person seeking election into the office of governor of Gombe State) where he stated that he worked in Bauchi State Investment Company Limited in 1984, A.Y.U & Co. Ltd between 1985-2003 as against what he deposed to in 2018 as working in Bauchi Investment Company Limited in 1985, A.Y.U & Co. Ltd between 1980-1990.

That Gov. Inuwa in 2018 while presenting his personal particulars to INEC to participate in the Gombe State Governorship election stated in his INEC FORM CF001 that he worked with A.Y.U & Co. Ltd from 1980 – 1990, while in 2022, the same Inuwa stated in his INEC FORM EC-9 that he worked with A.Y.U. & Co Ltd from 1985 – 2003.

The governor by his INEC FORM CF001 has stated under oath that in 1980 -1990, he worked with A.Y.U. & Co Ltd, however, in 2022, the same Inuwa stated again on oath via his INEC FORM EC-9 that he worked with the same A.Y.U. & Co. Ltd from 1985 – 2003.

According to the plaintiffs, Inuwa’s deputy attached his Certificate of National Youth Service Corp dated the 31st July, 1980 which stated thus: “This is to certify that Daniel Manassah NYSC/Mad/79/6201 has satisfactorily completed one year of the national Service from 1st August 1979 to 31stJuly 1979 in accordance with section 11 of the national Youth Service Corps decree No. 24 of 1973.”

The plaintiffs further contended that the deputy governor who claimed to be working with the Nigeria Army from the period of August 1979 till July 1980 has submitted an NYSC discharge certificate that stated on its face that he commenced his National Youth service in August 1979 and completed same in July 1979.

The plaintiffs also contended that from the paragraph D of the Jatau’s INEC Form EC-9, he claimed that he worked for the Nigeria Army from July 1979 till August 1980 and his reason for leaving the Nigeria Army in July 1980 was for the National Youth Service.

The plaintiffs  contended further that in Jatau’s INEC FORM EC-9, he commenced his NYSC after he left the Nigeria Army in July 1980 but submitted an NYSC Certificate that stated he commenced his National Youth Service in August 1979 and ended in July 1979.

The plaintiffs argued that FORM EC-9 being an affidavit on oath, both  Gov Inuwa and his Deputy Jatau having made false statement therein, have committed forgery and are not qualified to contest the election which they have set themselves to do.

The plaintiffs urged the court to disqualify them. No date has been given for the hearing of the case.

 

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