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El-Rufai advise Christians to embrace the good in Xmas.

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El Rufai has asked Christians to embrace the values of Christmas, appealing to all state residents to pray for the Kaduna and the entire country, and for peace and harmony in their various communities.

This was contained in a Christmas message signed by Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, the Special Adviser on Media and Communication.

El-Rufai stressed that the people should uphold each other and embrace the lofty values that Christmas signifies.

Governor El-Rufai congratulated the Christian faithful and celebrated with them on the occasion of Christmas.

“This joyful festival marks the birth of Jesus Christ, famously described as the Prince of Peace. Christmas is a profound moment of hope and goodwill, and I congratulate the Christian community on this special occasion,’’ he added.

“Jesus Christ and His message are the core of the Christian faith. From the humble moment of His birth in Bethlehem, His example, teachings and sacrifice have moved men and women across the world to aspire to be better persons and to accomplish great deeds of faith and service.’’

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai wishes everyone in Kaduna State, Nigeria and the rest of the World a very Merry Christmas. He prays that the peace and blessings of this season shall abide with all,’’ the statement added.

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Breaking – El Rufai set to renovate Ahmadu Bello’s Stadium.

The Adoption Campaign initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, which was introduced by the sports minister Sunday Dare in Lagos on Monday appears to be gaining momentum with public and private individuals keying into the campaign.

The initiative, which has Adopt-an-Athlete, Adopt-a-Pitch and Adopt-a-Sports Center as the core of the campaign, has had private individuals and government officials signing up to be part of it.

Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Dare expressed appreciation to the Governor of Kaduna State Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai for making a commitment to fix several important areas of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in the State.

He said, “Following our visit and inspection of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium and our meeting with Governor El-Rufai and the technical report sent to him from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, identifying key areas that need quick renovation and upgrade, the governor has written through its Ministry of Sports, Kaduna conveying to the Ministry that his government would fix the following; the main bowl pitch, the training pitches A and B, the players dressing rooms 1 and 2, the players entrance to the pitch, the main bowl terraces and the cover terrace, the public address system, the TV compound and three number port cabin for the TV port”.

The Minister thanked the Governor of Kaduna State for this partnership and his commitment to Youth and Sports Development. “The governor has a bug for youth in sport and digital skills development and the facts are there for any one to check” Mr. Dare said.

The Minister assured that significant progress was being made to fix Nigeria’s sports infrastructure around the country. “We are gaining ground, he assured. “Abuja is secured, Kaduna is secured, Lagos is looking good and I think we are making progress and we are happy about it”, Mr. Dare concluded.

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Dangote assure job, employment opportunities

…as governors visit his refinery

Africa’s richest man and President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on Friday promised more jobs for Nigerians as he hosted 10 governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum at the Dangote Industrial Complex in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

The Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, led other governors on the facility tour of Dangote Refinery, Dangote Fertiliser, port and jetty around the Lekki Free Trade Zone.

Other governors that were present were Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State; Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State; Simon Lalong of Plateau State; and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State.

Others were Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State; Godwin Obaseki of Edo State; Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State; and Abdulfatai Abdulrazaq of Kwara State.

Fayemi, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, described the visit as inspiring, while encouraging public officials, especially those associated with the industry, to endeavour to also visit the industrial complex so they could offer support in ways they could.

Fayemi said, “We have been inspired by your vision, hard work and sense of possibility. You have made us to appreciate that Nigeria can go places if only we are visionary and determined.

“We want to use the opportunity to thank you for all the support you have rendered to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum alongside your friend, Bill Gates, particularly our recent trip to Washington to which you contributed a great deal and which your foundation continues to work on human capital development, primary health care development.”

On behalf of the governors, Fayemi, who described the project a pride to Africa, presented a letter to Dangote and his foundation, urging him not to relent in giving hope to Nigerians.

When asked if the governors had come to invest in Dangote’s refinery or to offer support to him, Fayemi said government did not have to invest but to provide an enabling environment for businesses to succeed and thrive.

“The value government will add to projects like this is to have the right policy and the right incentive,” he said.

In his remarks, Dangote thanked the governors for the visit, saying, “We will continue to make you proud, invest in Nigeria, create jobs and invest where we belong. We promise we will spend more money going forward. You can see the challenges we are facing here but as soon as we finish, we intend to assist a lot of Nigerians by pumping money into health, education and capital development.”

Sanwo-Olu expressed delight with the project, saying, “Part of the things we will be doing here is new infrastructure. There will be road connections straight to Epe, Ijebu Ode and one back to Lagos.

“We realise that once this project is completed, they will need to transport their products.”

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Lagos: Sanwo olu, 10 other Nigerian governors visit dangote refinery. (What’s the plan?)

Eleven state governors today paid a visit to the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals in Lekki, Lagos to have on the spot assessment of the massive project.

The governors included Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq (Kwara), Prince Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Babagana Zulum (Borno), Simon Lalong (Plateau) and Bala Muhammed (Bauchi), while the governor of Cross Rivers State, Benedict Ayade was represented by his deputy, Ivara Esu.

The state governors who were led on the visit by the Chairman, Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Dr. Fayemi, described the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals as a pride to Nigeria and Africa that would contribute immensely to the continent’s economy and help attain food security when fully operational.

“This is an inspirational initiative by the President of the Dangote Group, Mr Aliko Dangote. It demonstrates the possibility where government provides the enabling environment the way the Lagos State government has done for individuals that are serious-minded and has what it takes to excel. This an individual that has put together a $12 billion project that we have toured almost through out the day and had to cut it short to be able to attend to other businesses.

“This is a pride to Africa and not just to Nigeria. I don’t know anywhere in Africa you will find a complex such as this. I don’t think that there are many places in the world where you will find a complex as comprehensive and extensive as the one we have been privileged to tour.

“We are all looking forward to the products that will come out from this place. The plastics, the oil from the refinery and the fertilizers for our agriculture,” he said.

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Photos: 11 Nigerian governors visit Dangote

Photos: 11 Nigerian governors visit Dangote

Photos: 11 Nigerian governors visit Dangote

Photos: 11 Nigerian governors visit Dangote

Photos: 11 Nigerian governors visit Dangote

Photos: 11 Nigerian governors visit Dangote

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Court affirms Makinde, Sanwo-Olu, el-Rufai, others’ election

…apex court upheld the submissions of Olanipekun

The Supreme Court in separate judgements on Wednesday affirmed the election of Seyi Makinde, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Nasir el-Rufai and Udom Emmanuel as governors of Oyo, Lagos, Kaduna and Akwa Ibom states respectively.

In a unanimous judgment, a seven-panel of justices led by Justice Mary Odili, held that the various governors were lawfully elected as governors of their respective states.

In affirming Makinde’s election, the Supreme Court agreed with the submissions of Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, that the majority judgment of the Court of Appeal which nullified the judgment of the Oyo State Election Petition Tribunal was flawed.

In a four-to-one majority judgment the Court of Appeal had voided the tribunal’s judgment on the grounds that its decision was perverse because the petitioner, Adebayo Adelabu, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was denied fair hearing in the matter.

However the apex court upheld the submissions of Olanipekun that the tribunal’s judgment was in order and that no party was denied fair hearing throughout the period of the hearing.

Justice Ejembi Eko, who delivered the lead judgment, agreed with the senior lawyer that the majority judgment was not in line with the position of the law, unlike that of the minority judgment which he said was more sober.

Justice Eko, therefore, set aside the judgment of the lower court and restored the decision of the tribunal as prayed by the appellant.

Makinde had appealed the judgment of the Court of Appeal which had set aside the judgment of the tribunal which upheld his election as governor of Oyo State.

In another judgment, the Supreme Court upheld the election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.

A seven-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili affirmed the governor’s victory at the March 9, 2019 election after dismissing two separate appeals challenging the outcome of the poll.

Justice Paul Galinje, who delivered the lead judgments in the two appeals held that the appeals lacked merit.

One of the appeals dismissed by the court was filed by Prof. Ifagbemi Awamaridi and his party, the Labour Party.

The other was by Chief Owolabi Salis, and his party, the Alliance Democracy.

In the Katsina case, the apex court upheld the submissions of Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN, that the first respondent, Bello Masari, was eminently qualified for the March 9 governorship election.

The court also agreed with Fagbemi that the appellant did not challenge the basic qualification of the governor, other than mere allegations of submitting false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for his clearance for the said election.

Justice Mary Peter-Odili, while delivering the lead judgment held that the appeal by Senator Yakubu Lado, was devoid of merit and substance, and accordingly upheld the concurrent judgment of the tribunal and Appeal Court which upheld the election of Masari as governor of Katsina State.

Others whose elections were also upheld, were those of Governor Nasir el-Rufai and Governor Abdullahi Sule of Kaduna and Nasarawa states respectively.

The apex court in its unanimous judgment held that the appeal filed by Isa Hashiru, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 9 governorship election challenging the victory of el-Rufai of the All Progressives Congress (APC) lacked merit.

Similarly, the challenge of another PDP candidate in Nasarawa State, David Ombugadu, against the election of Governor Abdullahi Sule of the APC was also dismissed for lacking merit.

According to the judgment of the apex court, the appellants in the two different appeals failed to substantiate their claims of irregularities and substantial non-compliance with the electoral laws.

The judgment also noted that the two appellants did not show evidence to warrant the setting aside of the concurrent decisions of the tribunal and Appeal Court.

The Supreme Court accordingly upheld the election of both el-Rufai and Sule as governors of Kaduna and Nasarawa states respectively.

Others whose elections were also affirmed were those of Ogun, Lagos and Ebonyi states.

#Newsworthy…

Women in Kaduna acknowledge El rufai.

…as he appoints 6 female commissioners.

Women in politics (WIP) including the Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development in Kaduna State, Hajiya Hafsat Baba have commended Governor Nasir El-Rufai for appointing six women out of his 14 commissioners but demanded for more in elective positions.

The six sensitive Ministries currently headed by women in Kaduna Stat are Human Services and Social Development, Housing and Urban development, Public Works and Infrastructure, Justice, Health and Agriculture and Forestry.

Hajiya Hafsat Baba, who stated this at the weekend during the reflection meeting on the implementation of Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) policy facilitated by Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women (LANW) supported by National Democratic Institute (NDI) said, efforts are ongoing to support more women to vie for elective positions even before 2023.

She said, “We thank LANW and NDI for the good work they are doing especially with regard to issue of gender inclusion in Kaduna State. Definitely we may not be there yet, but we are not where we were years back.

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Obasanjo visits Kaduna governor, romance and pass good commentary about Rufai.

…says he is a near genius

Strong indication emerged on Wednesday, that Former President Olusegun Obasanjo may be supporting the much talked about 2023 presidential ambition of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.

Former President Obasanjo in an usual manner of relating with his former subordinates visited Governor El-Rufai in Kaduna, passing good commentary about him.

Obasanjo though was not categorical about 2023 presidency in his statement, said, people of Kaduna state have a good leader to work with, adding that, “We need a character like this (El-Rufai).”

The former president whom El Rufai had served as Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), pointed out that the governor of Kaduna state is “one of the best persons to work with. He is a near genius.”

While going down memory lane, Obasanjo recalled El Rufai’s spat with the senate, maintaining that the former FCT Minister was asked to apologise but ‘’he refused to write a letter of apology to the senate.’’

“We need a character like this, a man that you know where you stand with him. Any job given to him will be well done,’’ the former president further explained.

He said the people of Kaduna state that they ‘’have a good leader to work with.”

The former president also described El Rufai as a good student because he copied gender inclusiveness when he served in his administration, adding that ‘’I made women to matter in my government. He has done the same in Kaduna. He is a very good learner.’’

He described Kaduna town as a melting pot of all the ethnic groups in Nigeria and commended the pan-Nigerian character of Governor Nasir El Rufai’s cabinet.

The former president who was in Kaduna on a private visit to Governor El Rufai described himself as a son-of-the soil having lived in Kaduna from 1959 to 1967 and built built his first house at the Makera area of the town.

According to the two-time Nigerian leader, he was at the Mogadishu Battalion in Kaduna between 1959 and 1967, adding that his visit to Kaduna is like a home-coming.

Chief Obasanjo further said that the battalion was the first to be Nigerianised and it had soldiers from all over the country. He expressed happiness that El Rufai has recreated the Kaduna of old because his State Executive Council reflects a mini Nigeria.

Governor El Rufai in his remarks described former President Obasanjo as a mentor, adding that he learnt many public service skills from him when he served in his government as minister.

The governor of Kaduna state further thanked Chief Obasanjo for finding time to come to Kaduna to see things for himself.

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I have no thought of stopping EFCC from investigating me – Nasir El Rufai.

Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state has said that, he had never at any time prevented the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) from performing its functions as widely misreported.

The Governor in his reaction to widely reported news and comments which misrepresented Justice Binta Nyako’s reaffirmation of an earlier declaratory judgement, said, he rather went to court to clear his name.

In a statement issued by El Rufai’s counsel, A.U Mustapha (SAN), the governor of Kaduna state said that he approached the court in 2009 to clear his name when he was being smeared by the anti-graft agency.

Mustapha (SAN) reiterated that, ‘at no point did Malam Nasir El-Rufai seek to stop the EFCC from performing its statutory functions. He went to court in 2009 to defend his reputation against an EFCC that was leaking and smearing, not investigating.’’

According to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, ‘’EFCC sustained a media campaign that N32bn was missing, compelling Malam El-Rufai to approach the court for a declaratory judgment which has since been given in his favour.’’

The Senior Advocate reminded that, it was this declaratory judgement that Justice Nyako reaffirmed in her ruling, reiterating that the declaratory orders in favour of the former Minister of Federal Capital Territory(FCT) subsist.

El Rufai’s counsel also argued that, a clarification becomes necessary because of ‘’the false and abjectly misleading reportage of the judgment of the Hon. Justice Binta Murtala Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja delivered on 29thNovember 2019.’’

The statement recalled that as Minister of FCT, El-Rufai allocated plots in Abuja to more than 27,000 Nigerians and presided over a transparent process that sold government houses and earned the Federal Government a whopping N32bn.

El Rufai’s counsel recalled that an intensely politicised EFCC had allowed itself to be suborned into smearing people.

He equally argued that, ‘’no decent man would permit slurs on such a stellar record. Therefore, Malam Nasir El-Rufai approached the court and the court agreed with him that there is no missing N32bn proceeds of sale of government houses.’’

‘’The court also held that the proceeds of the sales of the government houses were properly accounted for and audited. He joined in the action the audit firm, the Central Bank and many other agencies, public and private,’’ the statement added.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria recalled that El Rufai had approached the court to determine three cogent issues.

‘’Whether the Applicant, as the then FCT Minister/Chairman, Federal Capital Development Authority, complied with the guidelines approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT (SOGH) between May 2005 and May 2007.

‘’Whether the proceeds of the Sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT between May 2005-May 2007 were properly accounted for or not in accordance with the Federal Executive Council mandate and guidelines to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).

‘’Whether the sum of N32 Billion (or any sum whatsoever) is missing from the proceeds of the Sale of Federal Government Houses in the FCT between May 2005 and May 2007.

Thereafter, Mustapha further said, that El Rufai had sought seven reliefs from the court, which include ‘’a declaration that the Sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT was conducted in accordance with the Federal Executive Council mandate to the FCTA through the Ad-hoc Committee for the sale of non essential houses in Abuja’

‘’A declaration that the proceeds of the Sale of the said Federal Government houses conducted by the Ad-hoc Committee on SOGH in Abuja between 2005 and 2007 were properly accounted for in accordance with the mandate and guidelines approved by the FEC;

‘’A declaration that the Audit Report prepared by the 12th and 13th Respondents on the Sale of Federal Government Houses in the FCT confirm that the Sale of Federal Government houses in FCT complied with the approved Guidelines for the Sale of Federal Government properties in FCT and the proceeds were properly accounted for.

‘’A declaration that the proceeds of Sale of Federal Government Houses in FCT between May 2005 and May 2007 were properly apportioned and accounted for in accordance with the approved Guidelines as confirmed by the Audit Report of the 12th and 13th Respondents, dated 20th July 2007.

‘’An order of this Honourable Court directing the 3rd Respondent to disclose the exact amount of money remitted to the 5th Respondent as the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT between May 2005 and May 2007.

‘’An order of this Honourable Court directing the 5th Respondent to disclose the exact amount received from the 3rd Respondent as the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT between May 2005 and May 2007.

‘’A declaration that the sum of N32 Billion (or any sum whatsoever) from the proceeds of the Sale of Federal Government of Nigeria Houses in FCT between May 2005 and 2007 is not missing.

El Rufai’s counsel reiterated that ‘’the fact remains that the court granted all the reliefs sought by our client, and we are satisfied with that.’’

The statement lamented that’’ some reporters will choose to twist the judge’s statement, made orbiter, that the EFCC could not be prevented from performing its functions, thus making it look as if this suit was about stopping or restraining the EFCC from the performance of its statutory duties.’’

According to the SAN, ‘’what has happened is that Malam El-Rufai got justice from the court and protected his reputation against those peddling injurious and malicious falsehood.” He said.

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There is no court that will shield you from EFCC investigation – Court tells El Rufai.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday said Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna Stare cannot stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from investigating him.

Justice Binta Nyako said this while delivering judgment, in a suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/60/09 filed by El-Rufai.

The governor was seeking the court’s determination whether as the then minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), he had complied with the guidelines approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the sale of Federal Government houses between May 2005 and May 2007.

While El-Rufai was the applicant, the defendants from 1st to 13th include: EFCC, FCT minister, FCDA, AGF, CBN, Oceanic Bank, Access Bank, Intercontinental Bank, Aso Savings and Loans Ltd, Union Homes, Akintola Williams Deloite and Aminu Ibrahim & Co.

In the originating summon brought pursuant to Section 302 of 1999 Constitution and Section 3 and 18 of the FCT Act 1990, El-Rufai also sought court’s determination: “whether the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT between May 2005 – May 2007 were properly accounted for or not in accordance with the FEC mandate and guidelines to the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA).

“Whether the sum of N32 billion (or any sum whatsoever) is missing from the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government Houses in the FCT between May 2005 and May 2007.”

The Kaduna State governor also sought the court’s relief on “a declaration that the sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT was conducted in accordance with the Federal Executive Council mandate to the FCTA through the Ad hoc Committee for the sale of non essential houses in Abuja.

“A declaration that the proceeds of the sale of the said Federal Government houses conducted by the Ad hoc Committee on SOGH in Abuja between 2005 and 2007 were properly accounted for in accordance with the mandate and guidelines approved by the FEC.

“A declaration that the Audit Report prepared by the 12th and 13th respondents on the sale of Federal Government Houses in the FCT confirm that the Sale of Federal Government houses in FCT compiled with the approved guidelines for the sale of Federal Government properties in FCT and the proceeds were properly accounted for.

“A declaration that the proceeds of sale of Federal Government Houses in FCT between May 2005 and May 2007 were properly apportioned and accounted for in accordance with the approved guidelines as confirmed by the Audit Report of the 12th and 13th respondents, dated July 20, 2007.

“A declaration that the sum of N32 billion (or any sum whatsoever) from the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government of Nigeria Houses in FCT between May 2005 and 2007 is not missing.

“An order directing the 2nd respondent to disclose the exact amount remitted to the 5th respondent as the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT between May 2005 and May 2007.

“An order directing the 5th respondent to disclose the exact amount received from the 2nd respondent as the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT between May 2005 and May 2007.”

Justice Nyako had earlier, in her judgment, granted El-Rufai’s prayers.

Media reports that in the Friday judgment, the judge noted that the EFCC had called the court’s attention to its counter-affidavit in objection to the prayers.

The anti-graft agency, in its counter-affidavit, had submitted that the motive of the applicant was to stop the commission from investigating him in order to cover up the alleged fraud perpetrated when he was FCT minister.

Justice Nyako, who held that the earlier judgment delivered still stands, however, declared that no court would stop the EFCC from investigating anyone in line with its constitutional mandate.

“No court, including this one, will allow itself to be used to shield anybody from being investigated by the 1st respondent,” the judge held.

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