Adamawa State Governor, Admiral Muritala Nyako (rtd)
By Chuks Okocha and Daji Sani
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday summoned Adamawa State Governor, Admiral Muritala Nyako (rtd), over the crisis rocking the party in the just concluded local government election in the state.
The party won majority seats in the election.
But Nyako Wednesday presented N94,843,314,620 as budget for 2013 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly.
However, Nyako’s summon was the highpoint of the NWC meeting presided over by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
Addressing journalists at the party’s national secretariat, the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said nobody was bigger than anybody or group of individuals, stating that: “we must administer the party in line with the party constitution.”
Nyako is ecpected to appear before the NWC on Friday at 10 am.
THISDAY gathered that the summon is not unconnected with the decision by the NWC of the party that the list presented by the state chapter of the party should be reconciled and harmonised with all stakeholders in the state.
It was also gathered that the NWC was not happy that the election was conducted against a court order.
Former governor of old Gongola State, Ambassador Wilberforce Juta, leading other elders of the party in the state, including a former Minister, Dr. Idi Hong, Senator Jonathan Zwingina, Mediene Tekeene, Dr. Umor Ardo, and others had faulted the November 24 local government elections because of several court injunctions against the conduct of the election.
According to Juta, “Various court cases have been instituted against the primaries and the general election, obtaining court order injunctions restraining the state electoral commission from conducting the elections. These court orders are still subsisting and we call on the State Electoral Commission to obey the orders and desist from going ahead to conduct the elections, until otherwise decided by the courts.”
Juta had warned the state Electoral Commission (ADSIEC) that “any election conducted under the circumstance is unlawful, unconstitutional and despotic.”
Their grouse, he said, stemmed from the letter from the National Secretary of PDP, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, to ADSIEC to accept the names of candidates from the dissolved State Executive Council (SEC) led by Mijijuwa Kaugama, instead of allowing Ambassador Umar Damagun-led Caretaker Committee to conduct a fresh congress for the local government election.
Meanwhile, Nyako, while presenting the budget, said it was a product of extensive study and consultation with key stakeholders in the state.
He noted that the budget tagged: “Budget of Continued Delivery of Democracy Dividends” saw education taking the lion share.
He declared that the budget estimate was designed and articulated against the backdrop of the current economic challenges and realities.
Reflecting on the performance of the 2012 budget, Nyako disclosed said N87.911 billion was approved by the Assembly, of which 62 per cent of the revenue and revenue projection of N54.75 billion was realised and expended.
Nyako said if the budget is approved by the Assembly, it would help to consolidate the gains of the 2012 budget.
“The 2013 budget is designed to promote continuity of this administration’s efforts to transform the state economy for the better and to embark on mass development programmes,” he said.
According to him, the administration would ensure that basic social infrastructural facilities for primary healthcare delivery, electricity, potable water, for the rural population and the provision of quality education and technical and formal agricultural skills at vocational and trade levels to large number youths.
The budget proposal, he declared, would be derived from the statutory allocation of N43.30 billion Valued Added Tax (VAT) of N9.609 billion, petroleum subsidy of N2.664 billion, excess crude oil of N3 billion and capital receipts N28.79 billion.
The revenue he further added would be derived from N0.500 billion as well as from the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of N6.980 billion.
The summary of the budget indicated that N20.960 billion would be expended on personnel cost, N28,383 billion for overhead cost of N6.460 billion for consolidated revenue fund charges, while N39.040 billion was for capital expenditure.
The education subsection took the lion share of N7.769 billion, followed by N7.477 billion for general administration subsector of N6.688 billion for roads and transport sub sector for roads and transport sub sector and health sub sector of N3.919 billion.
In his response, the Speaker of the Assembly, Alhaji Umaru Ahmed Fintiri, commended the state government for early presentation of the budget, and urged for the commitment that would elicit transformation of the state.
He added that the Assembly would look beyond constitutional bureaucracy to ensure its quick passage.