The Supreme Court has this afternoon in an unanimous decision from the five man panel led by Justice Rhodes-Vivour thrown out an appeal by a leadership faction of the the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State which sought to regain control of the party structure in the state.
A five-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour has struck out an appeal by members of the sacked executives of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Ishola Balogun-Fulani.
According to Sahara Reporters, the Apex court in a unanimous ruling on Wednesday, held that the appeal was without merit.
In the lead ruling delivered by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, the court said since the appeal was on an interlocutory decision of a High Court in Ilorin, the record ought to be compiled and transmitted within 14 days as required under Order 7 of the Supreme Court’s Rules.
Justice Ariwoola thereby held that the appellants, having failed to comply with the court’s rules when they transmitted the record of appeal outside the 14-day period, rendered their appeal incompetent.
In December 2018, Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the APC, had dissolved the BalogunFulani-led executive, following the defection of Senate President Bukola Saraki to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and installed another state executive under the chairmanship of Bashir Bolarinwa.
Balogun-Fulani headed to court, insisting that the executive was constitutionally constituted.
As Amnesty Office Defends Award Of N88million Salon Contract
The Amnesty Office has insisted that the award of the N88million contract for the empowerment of Niger Delta youth in barbing and beauty salon business under the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), did not breach any legal conditions.
According to the Amnesty office, the contract, which was awarded to Messrs Tovo Vicks Nigeria Enterprises Limited, was part of efforts to provide skills for human capital development in line with its mandate.
A statement issued on Tuesday by Murphy Ganagana, Special Assistant (Media) to Professor Charles Dokubo,
Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, noted that the N88million contract sum for 22 beneficiaries was valued at N4million per beneficiary.
He broke down the cost as follows: Provision of refresher/entrepreneurial training course to prepare beneficiaries for effective management of their businesses; land acquisition or shop rent for use by the beneficiaries; business name registration, tax papers, account opening and branding; provision of mentorship/monitoring and evaluation for three months after successful setup process for beneficiaries; comprehensive documentation of empowered beneficiaries, among others.
The statement continued: “We wish to state that the contract was awarded in line with due process and the company, Tovo Vicks Nigeria Ent. Limited is duly registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, with RC 1150012.
“Therefore, Prof. Dokubo did no wrong by awarding the contract in furtherance of the mandate of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. However, it should be noted that the implementation of the contract is yet to commence.
“This clarification has become necessary in view of the post of a bromide of the contract award letter in the social media by mischief makers, thereby causing opprobrious remarks from undiscerning members of the public.
“Prof. Charles Dokubo will not be distracted by the antics of enemies of progress whose aggression to grab contracts at the Amnesty Programme and pocket funds meant for the training and empowerment of beneficiaries of the programme has been effectively checkmated. It is no longer business as usual.”
Source: Sahara Reporters
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