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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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Binani Floors Ribadu As Apppeal Court Declares Her APC Governorship Candidate In Adamawa

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Binani Floors Ribadu As Apppeal Court Declares Her APC Governorship Candidate In Adamawa

Senator Aishatu Dahiru Binani is the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Adamawa State, an Appeal Court sitting in Yola, Adamawa State capital, has declared.

The court presided over by Justice Tani Yusuf Hassan set aside the judgement of a Federal High Court which nullified the governorship primary and declared that APC has no candidate for the 2023 governorship election.

A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, who contested but lost the ticket of the party had challenged Binani’s victory in court.

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He had filed a suit to seek nullification of the primary conducted on May 27. Ribadu, who hinged his suit on alleged votes buying, over-voting and delegate inducement, asked the court to disqualify Binani and declare him the candidate of the APC in the state.

He sought an order restraining APC from submitting Binani’s name to INEC as the governorship candidate of APC on the grounds that she had emerged from an invalid and unlawful exercise.

After the nullification of her candidacy, the senator challenged the ruling of the lower court at the appeal court.
APC and Binani through their counsel, Sule J. Abul and Sam Ologunorisa, filed a notice of preliminary objections and counter-affidavits.

While APC challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter, Binani in her preliminary objection argued that Ribadu’s suit was not properly constituted.

She described the suit as incompetent, contentious, rancorous and contained allegations of fraud, commission of a crime, and that it cannot be heard or determined by way of the originating summons.

In its judgement on Thursday, the Appellate court ordered that Binani’s name be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) immediately.

 

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PDP Crisis Worsens As G-5 Governors, Others Meet, Change Name

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PDP Crisis Worsens As G-5 Governors, Others Meet, Change Name

The agitating five governors of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) led by their Rivers State counterpart Nyesome Wike and others met on Sunday in Lagos.

They identified themselves as the Integrity Group .

They also promised to take a position on the crisis rocking the party.

Addressing newsmen before going into a closed door meeting, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State said the Integrity Group was the face behind the struggle within the PDP.

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Makinde said: “We are here this morning to hold a meeting of the Integrity Group within our party, the PDP. You’ve heard of the G5 that is the five PDP governors. The G5 is all about the Integrity Group.

“You can see us, five serving governors, as the face of this struggle but the leaders and elders of the party that you see here are the people behind those faces.”

 

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Akpabio Loses Senatorial Bid At Appeal Court As Ekpoudom Wins

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Akpabio Loses Senatorial Bid At Appeal Court As Ekpoudom Wins

The attempt by former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Godswill Akpabio to return to the upper legislative chamber has suffered a major setback.

The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal has set aside the judgment of Federal High Court Abuja which previously approved his status as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.

A three-member panel of justices read by Justice Danlami Senchi on Monday held that Akpabio failed to file a proof of arguments within the time provided by the rules.

The panel further ruled that Akpabio, being a presidential aspirant of the APC, could not participate in the valid primary of the party held on May 27 and monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which produced Udom Ekpoudom as a candidate.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had on September 22 asked INEC to reinstate Senator Akpabio as APC’s candidate, being the candidate nominated by the party in the second primary of June 9.

 READ ALSO: Court Orders INEC To Recognise Akpabio As APC Senatorial Candidate

The lower court had directed that INEC accepts the former Minister of Niger Delta as the APC flagbearer.

The court also ordered that INEC publish Akpabio’s name as APC senatorial candidate for Akwa Ibom North/West senatorial district in 2023, stating that the Commission acted illegally by refusing to accept and publish the former governor’s name when it was submitted to it by the APC as its candidate.

Justice Emeka Nwite who delivered judgment held that Akpabio was validly nominated as the Akwa – Ibom North/West Senatorial District candidate of the APC from the primary conducted by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) on June 9, 2022.

The trial Judge faulted INEC for electing to monitor the May 27 primary, conducted by an illegal faction of the party led by Augustine Ekanem as against the June 9 primary authorized conducted by the APC NWC.

 

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