Court throws out Appeal against Kwara governor

The Court of Appeal sitting in Ilorin, Kwara state on Monday dismissed a suit challenging the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) primary election in Kwara State in 2011 that produced Abdulfatah Ahmed as a candidate of the party.

According to agency reports, the court ruled that the appeal was ‘unmeritorious’ and dismissed it for want of legality.
Justice Ignatius Agube, leading two others, unanimously resolved two issues raised for determination against the appellant. He said the respondents substantially complied with the PDP constitution and that “the article of the party gives no recognition to the appellants.”

A Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin, had last year dismissed the same suit filed by a PDP governorship aspirant, Bashie Bolarinwa, who had asked the court to nullify the result of the primary elections that produced the party’s governorship candidate, Mr Ahmed.

The High Court Judge, Justice Olayinka Faji had upheld the prayers of the defendants that the national secretariat of the party has a right to conduct primaries and raise panel to handle complaints thereof.

The suit, filed by Samuel Adedayo, a factional PDP chairman, against the national body of the party, has Mr Bolarinwa and two others as plaintiffs They said the primaries conducted by the faction that produced Mr Bolarinwa was the authentic one while that which produced Mr Ahmed was illegal.

Other defendants in the suit were the PDP National Secretary, Kawu Baraje; Acting National Chairman, Mohammed Bello Ahmed and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

House of Rep. condemns South Africa’s deportation of 125 Nigerians

The chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora affairs, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has condemned the deportation of 125 Nigerians by the South African government.

The lawmaker in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, condemned the act, describing it as “continuous unwarranted hostilities against Nigerians by the South Africa government.”

125 Nigerians were deported from South Africa on Friday over yellow fever vaccination card. 75 of them were aboard a South African Airways flight while 50 others passengers were with Arik air.

Mrs Dabiri-erewa described the South Africa government attitude as “degrading” and condemned the continuous hostility to Nigerians by the South Africans, saying it was “unacceptable.”

She urged the federal government to apply the rule of reciprocity to South Africans coming to Nigeria.

For alleged failure to provide genuine yellow fever vaccination documentation, South Africa Friday deported the 125 Nigerians.

The yellow fever vaccination was supposed to be administered by the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and other health centres in the local government councils which were supposed to issue yellow fever certification, but South African authorities argued that most of the Yellow Cards were fake.

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed Presents N91.7billion Budget to Kwara State House

Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed today presented his maiden budget proposal of N91.7billion to the State House of Assembly for consideration.

Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed

Presenting the budget proposal tagged, Consolidation and Development, on the floor of the House on Governor Ahmed said the Appropriation reflects a sharp increase of about 42 per cent over the total budget size of N64.1 billion for 2011.

A breakdown of the budget proposal indicates the sum of N60.9 billion as total recurrent revenue, N47.9 billion for total recurrent expenditure and N13.49 billion as total recurrent surplus which is to be transferred into the Capital Development Fund.

Proposed capital receipts and capital expenditure was each put at N43.9 billion in the coming financial year, which according to him, makes the 2012 budget a balanced budget.

A breakdown of the sectoral analysis shows Road Development as having the lion share of N11.5 billion; Water Supply N2.7 billion; Education and Human Capital Development N8.5 billion; Health N3.8 billion; Agriculture N2.6 billion; Sports and Youth Development N255 million; Housing N1.3 billion and Information and Communications N443.9 million, among others.

The main objectives of the 2012 budget, according to Governor Ahmed, is to ensure expansion of the productive base of the State economy through increased agricultural and industrial production, development of new infrastructural facilities, job and wealth creation as well as systematic implementation of his administration’s 7-point agenda.

He disclosed further that the focus of the budget was to consolidate on the achievements of the last administration in order to ensure continuity in governance, adding that the budget sought to use the identified successes as the framework for the integrated development of the State on a sustainable basis.

The State Government in the next fiscal year, according to the Gov. is to rehabilitate 11 Agriculture Area Offices and construct new ones across the 16 Local Government Areas while government will continue to make improved seeds available for sale to farmers for enhanced bumper harvest, to promote self-sufficiency in food production.

Alhaji Ahmed also disclosed that efforts will be geared towards the completion of all on-going power projects in the State and ensure the commencement of other key priority power projects to achieve improved power supply in the State in the 2012 financial year.

Similarly, injection sub-stations are to be upgraded while more communities would be connected to the national grid under the 2012 electrification project.

Alhaji Ahmed expressed his profound appreciation to the Speaker and members of the State House of Assembly for the cooperation they have extended to his administration and the smooth working relationship they have had together in the past seven months.

He, however, assured the people of the State that his administration would live up to their expectations and even exceed their aspirations for good governance by implementing people-focussed policies within the limits of available resources in all the key sectors of the economy.