From Wole Balogun, Adorable Ekiti and Clement Adeyi, Osogbo
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, yesterday made good his promise to sell 80 percent of government house fuel to residents of the state at official price of N145.
He personally supervised the commencement of the selling of the product at Alade Filling Station in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The governor, again accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government of deliberately using fuel scarcity to browbeat Nigerians into accepting increase pump price.
He said though the Federal Government intends to increase the pump price, but it didn’t know how to go about it.
Fayose said he decided to sell government petrol to people at control price to alleviate their suffering.
“This is the sacrifice we have to make as a responsible government to alleviate the suffering of the people, because this is a black Christmas.
“It is time for Nigerians to take me seriously that the federal government wants to increase the pump price. Ordinarily, the N145 is too much for the people not to talk of increasing it. Today, I tell you that there is queue even at black market.
“This is also why I decided not to be part of the $1 billion Boko Haram funds because our needs vary. Not until Nigeria is run like a federation, we will only be wasting our time. People must decide the way forward for Nigeria.
“I have said it before that 2019 is an opportunity for Nigerians to make a choice, either to change the change or to continue this suffering,” he said.
Meanwhile, Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has called on fuel marketers to stop hoarding, profiteering and other unethical practices capable of making life more difficult for the residents of the state.
The governor also charged law enforcement agencies, particularly the police, Civil Defence Corps and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to take charge of fuel stations that are dispensing fuel to checkmate unruly and disorderly public conducts capable of disrupting free traffic flow.
In a statement yesterday by his Media Adviser, Sola Fasure, the governor urged residents and managers of fillings stations where fuel is available to be orderly and peaceful.
He insisted that there should not be more than a single lane of vehicles on the queue to prevent traffic congestion and accidents, noting that on no account must any road be blocked or made impassable as a result of fuel queue.
The governor added that filling stations must observe all safety rules to prevent accidents and fire outbreaks. (The Sun)
…As he welcomes Secondus, other national leaders to Ekiti LG election rally
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, who is also Chairman, Peoples’ Democratic Party’s Governors’ Forum, has said that those who have identified themselves as Fresh PDP ought to have been arrested, and jailed for disrupting the peace of the nation.
Governor Fayose was reacting to the development, in Abuja, on Wednesday, in Ado-Ekiti, while he played host to newly elected national Chairman of the PDP, Unche Secondus, who wasbin the state in company of other members of the party’s National Working Committee ( NWC) for the local government election rally coming up in Ado-Ekiti, on Thursday.
The event was well attended by a mamoth crowd from across Ekiti State.
While Secondus said the Fresh PDP are mere distractors, who should be ignored, Governor Fayose said they are miscreants meant for the prison.
Secondus said, “We are not distracted by elements of distractions, we are focused we know the enemies are at work, we know several things have been going on with some wanting to prevent our convention. But since we have had a peaceful convention they are not happy. We know these people, even those from outside and we will name them when the time comes.”
In a visibly angry mood, Governor Fayose said: “In a civilised society those parading themselves as fresh PDP should have been clamped into jail. They are simply charlatans. I won’t be surprised and we are doing investigations to know those who are behind them. In a society like Nigeria, where we need a virile opposition, we need to continually put the government of the day on its toes for them to know that Nigeria is greater than all of us, some miscreants would just make press statement and say they are splinter group or whatever they call themselves.
In a proper democracy, they are supposed to have been arrested and detained for breaching the peace of the society as their action is unwarranted and uncalled for.
But we are not going to celebrate such by making an issue out of it. Nigeria needs peace at all times. We are not going to go back to the days of Sherif and co, by giving attentions to those idiots making noise all over the place. This party will remain focused and move on.
“I urge Nigerians to ignore them. When I saw them on the Internet, they were faceless people I cannot recognise so they remains a set of jobless and miscreants.
Also reacting to aggrieved members who were defeated and pulled out of the convention, Fayose said: ” What is important about the convention is for the party to be transparent and we have done that. And the moment the party has put in place the necessary level playing ground, everybody defeated at that election should be honourable enough to accept it. There would be another opportunity tommorow. I am a consistent man, and don’t live a spoilers life.
” Let me tell Nigerians that the PDP has done our convention and we have our leadership and we are now more focused than ever and forging ahead and will reclaim the Villa and give Nigeria a befitting leadership.
The governor also reacted to those who have dragged the party to court demanding the cancellation of the convention. He said: ” I don’t mind if you go to court, it is different from some people going to the television and parade themselves as fresh whatever, are they dirty before.If you feel aggreived, ideally they have all signed undertaking to accept outcome of the convention. How can you who didn’t get a single vote now go to court over what? The apex body of the country’s judiciary has warned judges to be wary of politicians in the build up to the general elections in 2019. And I am sure no judge would want to put his jobs on the line by allowing jobber politicians who are looking desperately for money. We will not join issues with those from the latrine.” (The Sun)
Attorney General Of Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami
From: Godwin Tsa, Abuja
Sixteen local government chairmen in Ekiti State have sued the Attorney General of the Federation and governors of the 36 states over the approval of $1billion from the Excess Crude Account of the federation for the fight against insurgency.
The suit, No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1264/17 by the council chairman prays the Abuja division of the Federal High Court to declare that the approval of $1billion by the 36 state governors to purportedly execute the constitutional duty of the federal government, which has been sufficiently funded from the Federation Account, without the their consent is ultra vires, unlawful, null and void. (The Sun)
The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has criticised human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), over the allegation by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), linking the lawyer to a N1bn property on Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja.
Fayose said it was embarrassing, shameful, disgraceful that a man of Falana’s standing, reputed to be a human rights activist, friend of the masses, crusader of justice and defender of democracy, could be linked to such a scandal.
The embattled former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, had accused Falana of buying the building which was one of the properties he helped to seize from suspected pension thieves and handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Malami had while testifying before the National Assembly last week, echoed the allegation, saying the property was sold to a ‘Lagos lawyer.’
Reacting in a statement on Monday, Fayose said it was sad and shameful that Falana could be “cited in such an odious, obscene, and offensive conduct.”
He said it was not surprising that Falana had taken it upon himself to always defend the EFCC, even when the anti-graft agency acted lawlessly, since the lawyer was allegedly benefitting from the EFCC.
Fayose said, “Linking Falana to illegally-acquired properties seized by the EFCC is bad enough but the facts provided by Malami make the case against Falana even worse. This must be the real reason why Falana always fall head over heels in defence of the EFCC and Magu, not minding the vicious violations of the constitutionally-guaranteed rights, freedoms, and liberties of citizens.
“What we have always suspected has now been confirmed publicly and by no less a person as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
“Falana’s alleged unprincipled and disgusting defence of the EFCC and Magu’s penchant for disrespect of the rule of law and due process is for selfish reasons and personal gain.”
Fayose said the Federal Government must investigate Falana and not allow the matter be swept under the carpet.
But reacting to the call for his probe by Fayose, Falana, in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, lambasted the governor for failing to pay attention to his earlier explanation on his connection with the property.
He challenged Fayose and the AGF to approach the court to seek a forfeiture order on the N1bn property if they were sure it was proceeds of crime.
Falana said, “I stand by my earlier defence that I never bought the house from the EFCC and I challenge him (Fayose) and the Attorney General to show the evidence. I challenge the garrulous Governor of Ekiti State to prove the monstrous allegation that I bought a house from the EFCC.
He added, “Since Mr. Ayo Fayose has not paid attention to the fact and circumstances of the case, I advise him to study my explanation that the house in question is a subject matter of a pending suit before the Federal High Court and that the house has been forfeited to AMCON in the interim.
“The EFCC is not a party to the case. So, if Mr. Ayo Fayose wants to join the suit, he’s free, he is at liberty to approach the Federal High Court holding at Abuja to prove his allegation. But his is a case of Ajegbodo to nweni kun ’ra. (The one recklessly eating fresh yam will always want to co-opt others into the deal.) .
“As of today, he has already forfeited six houses to the government of Nigeria. So, if he is sure that that this is proceeds of crime, he should apply to have it forfeited. He should contact the Attorney General, Mr. Malami, to apply to have the house forfeited, if they are sure that the house is proceeds of crime.”
Falana said the governor had been looking for a way to attack him “since I pressured the state to charge Mr. Fayose and his armed goons with the cold-blooded murder of Dr. Ayo Daramola and Tunde Omojola.” (Punch)
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has laughed off insinuations of his alleged planned defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A former Chief Whip of the Senate and chieftain of the APC in the state, Gbenga Aluko, over the weekend, claimed that Governor Fayose was making moves to dump the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
But in a swift reaction to the claim, Governor Fayose said his reported defection to APC was a ruse. Fayose’s reaction was contained in a release issued by Governor Fayose Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, and made available to Daily Sun, thenEkiti State governor classified dumping PDP for APC as ‘living Jesus Christ for Satan.’
The statement reads, “The news going viral that Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose is making move to defect to APC, is false. It is a figment of imagination of the APC which manufactured the story.
“Joining APC is like leaving Jesus Christ for Satan. It is like wanting to die by taking Gamalin 20, or planning to commit suicide by jumping down from skye scrapper.
“Fayose will never join the APC, rather, he would welcome APC members to the PDP.
*When PDP was embroiled in leadership crisis, Fayose did not leave the party. Is it now when PDP is positioning itself to win back power in 2019.
Is it APC which merely exist only on pages of newspaper in Ekiti that Fayose will join? Fayose is too big for the APC to accommodate.
“Fayose is preoccupied with plan to transit power from PDP to PDP Ekiti in 2018.” (The Sun)
A group, the Northern Youth Group (NYG), on Thursday, declared Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, as their presidential candidate come 2019.
The group, which made their intention known while briefing newsmen at the secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State council said, they saw in Governor Fayose a man that would save Nigeria at this crucial time.
Co-chairman of the group, Musa Tukur Gombe, told newsmen that the NYG was not interested in which zone or region produces Nigerian president, but that they believed in the unity of the country as being displayed by the Ekiti State governor.
According to him, “Our mission here this morning is simple. We have come to declare our support for Chief Ayodele Fayose as our presidential candidate come 2017 Insha Allah.
“We know that the incumbent President is from the North but that should not stop any other Nigerian who has the love of the country at heart not to make his ambition known and seek support from his fellow men.
“In Fayose, we see vision, Focus and principles that can help this country a great deal. So, we really need to do more to help Fayose project what is embed in him to realise his dream in 2019.
“Though we have not met before, but we have heard him talking, criticising this government base on issues and not personality or propaganda. That is why it is difficult for anyone to accuse him. He has the right to pour his mind in any burning national issues from his own perspective with facts and figures.
“Like I said earlier, we need to talk about Nigeria and not the region we are coming from. President Muhammadu Buhari is today our president and not the president of Katsina or north or Fulani and that is the eye with which we look at Fayose.
“Now if we put all these and what have you together, it is clear, the man Fayose know what he’s doing and he should be supported to help us wake up from dreaming to actualising the dream as a people and as a country. That is why we are declaring our support for him”. (The Sun)
The full text of the address delivered by His Excellency, Dr Peter Ayodele Fayose, Governor of Ekiti State, on the occasion of his official declaration to contest the 2019 Presidential Election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Many good political pundits have seen this coming and it is no surprise that he declared to contest in the next presidential election.
But the question is, will PDP give him a ticket since there is a consensus that a Northerner is most qualified for the seat this time around due to the rotational plan agreed by the party, which Goodluck Jonathan violated, and cited as a reason he was abandoned at the poll.
Here is the address:
I welcome you all to this historic event, which is a landmark in the political landscape of our country, Nigeria.
Mine inviting you today, distinguished leaders of our party, is to inform you formally that I will be seeking the ticket of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to contest the 2019 presidential election. This is without prejudice to our party’s position.
However, I am a supporter of competence and capacity, especially now that this country needs young and able leaders that can take our country out of this present state of hopelessness.
Most importantly, despite that the party has zoned the presidency to the North, it may interest you that no one has come out in this manner to show interest and our party should not wait or beg anyone to fly its flag. Do we now say that if no one comes out from the North, the party won’t have a candidate?
Going down memory lane, in 1999 and 2003, despite that our party zoned the presidency to the South, the likes of Alhaji Abubakar Rimi of blessed memory and Chief Barnabas Gemade contested the ticket.
Also in 2007, some party members from the South did not only declare their intention to contest, they also showed interest and obtained nomination Forms. Those from the South were; Chief Victor Attah, Dr Peter Odili, Dr Sam Egwu, Dr Donald Duke, Dr Chimaroke Nnamani, Owelle Rochas Okorocha among others.
This, in itself, assisted in deepening democracy.
Our party must not lose sight that Nigerians at this period are desirous of a President with demonstrated capacity to change their fortunes. Furthermore, we must be mindful of the fact that our party needs a candidate like me, with a penchant for defeating incumbents.
Twice, I defeated incumbents to become the Governor of Ekiti State and I am confident that with your support as my party leaders and supporters, I will defeat the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, in a free and fair election.
Let me state that in Ekiti, God has used me twice for our party to regain power from the opposition and I believe the same feat will be repeated at the national level.
I do not stand before Nigerians today to present myself as one with the answers to all our national questions. Rather, I present myself as one with the required knowledge, understanding, competence and, above all, the political will to coordinate the human and material resources that we have in abundance to achieve national greatness.
Having served successfully as governor twice in a state with very meagre resources, I have by this garnered enough experience over time to prepare me well enough for the task of leading our country.
By the grace of God, I am the longest-serving governor in Nigeria today, having served under three Presidents – Obasanjo, Jonathan, and now Buhari.
Therefore, I can say expressly that I am well equipped in terms of knowledge, experience as well as physical and mental capacities to hit the ground running as soon as I assume office as President of Nigeria in 2019.
Today, our country is faced with a myriad of problems. Our economy that was the fastest-growing in Africa when our party was in power has gone comatose, with the present managers who are completely clueless.
The scarcity of food last experienced when President Buhari was Military Head of State between 1983 and 1985 has returned to the country, with Nigerians going to bed daily on empty stomach.
Regrettably, a bag of rice that was N7, 000 when PDP was in government is now N17, 000!
Allocation from the Federation Account to the three tiers of government has declined to such a level that most States can no longer carry out the basic obligation of paying workers’ salary.
Under the present government, our economy recorded its second worst investment inflow in 10 years. Exchange Rate that was N197/dollar in 2015 is now over N360/dollar.
In the area of security, which they leveraged on to come to power, despite claims by the government that Boko Haram was technically defeated; Nigerians are being killed by the insurgents while villages are being attacked in the North-East. Also, herdsmen are killing Nigerians and destroying farmlands with reckless abandon while kidnapping is now on the rise.
Most worrisome is the fact that our country is now more divided than ever before, with the unity of the country being threatened due to nepotism, religious bigotry and favouritism of the present government.
Unemployment has risen to an alarming level. Instead of creating three million jobs per year as promised, millions of jobs are being lost daily, with many companies folding up. This government has successfully wiped off the middle-class.
Like they lied to win the election, the APC government of President Buhari has been deceitful for over two years and an end must come to this deceptive government by 2019.
My party leaders, standing before you is Peter (The Rock) Ayodele Fayose, the man already destined by God to take Nigeria out of the present political and economic stagnation.
You are all witnesses to my commitment to this party in this difficult period, where I have demonstrated uncommon courage that makes me stand out as capable of leading our country at this time.
Our economy will be revived and returned to the path of progress that it was before we had the misfortune of having these clueless people in power. We will ensure diversification of the economy through agriculture, adequate supply of power and massive industrialization, thereby creating employment for our youths. We can do it, and we will do it.
With me as your President, you can be rest assured of a government that will be responsive to your needs. You are guaranteed a federal government that will relate with all Nigerians not on the basis of ethnicity, religion, political affiliations and the percentage of votes but on equity and justice as citizens of one nation, one people, and one destiny.
In Ekiti State where I am presently the governor, our success story in education is there for all to see. Ekiti State was number 29th in 2014 NECO examinations but within two years, we were able to move the State to number one in 2016 and again in 2017.
Also in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), Ekiti State’s performance, which was 25 percent in 2014, moved to 74.86 percent in 2017.
We were able to revive this sector because we placed our teachers in the driver-seat of our policies. We will do the same at the national level because we are mindful of the fact that education is the bedrock of the development of any nation.
As a governor, I encouraged my children to attend schools here in Nigeria and I have never travelled abroad for Medicare. This, I hope to sustain as president of Nigeria by making sure that our schools and health facilities are of international standard.
Our justice system will be such that judges will not be molested and the common people of this country will see our courts as truly their last hope while our security system will make all Nigerians feel safe living in their own country.
Our fight against corruption will not be selective but total.
My party leaders, I present myself to you as the needed vehicle for our party to move back to the presidency. I am doing so because I am confident that with God and all of you behind me, we can do it, and we will do it.
Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, on Thursday, submitted himself to serve the people of the country if given the opportunity to serve, saying ‘I am here for the taking.”
He said this while formally declaring his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election. Governor Fayose declared his intention at the Golden Hall, Chelsea Hotel, Abuja,
At the occasion, he also vowed to defeat incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari at the poll.
Governor Fayose, who said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) could not wait for the North to present a candidate if the there were no interested candidates from the region, maintained that he would seize the opportunity to govern if his party gave it to him.
He also said that once the next year’s presidential election was free and fair, he would defeat President Muhammadu Buhari and regain the seat for his party.
He said, “I don’t want to be a billionaire.I want to be president of Nigeria.I knowI have haters,they will not die. Fellow Nigerians, I am here for the taking. They will watch me enter Aso Rock. I am here to tell you that the hour of the lord has come for Nigeria.I have not lost any battle.
“This calling of mine is without repentance.God will not apologise to you for making me, president,”
“I challenge the North to come out and declare their intention to run for the seat of President of Nigeria. (The Sun)
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has challenged the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to name those “treasury looters” that he claimed were sponsoring the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), saying “it is high time Nigerians begin to hold the Information Minister accountable for his frivolous claims.”
Governor Fayose, who said the Information Minister was fast assuming the position of the “Liar-General” of the federation, having lied to gain power and still lying to sustain it, pointed out that;’ “more than 20 months after he claimed that 55 Nigerians stole over N1.34 trillion from the country’s treasury from 2006 to 2013, Lai Mohammed is yet to tell Nigerians who the 55 people are.”
In a statement issued on Tuesday, by the Governor’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, he described Lai Mohammed as “an embodiment of contradictions, who speaks from several sides of his mouth, turning himself into a vegetable while struggling to defend a government that has done more evil than good to Nigeria and its people.”
The governor called on Nigerians to prevail on the Information Minister to name the treasury looters sponsoring IPOB and provide proof of the sponsorship as well as the 55 people that he said stole over N1.34.
Governor Fayose said; “In the history of his lying career, if he (Lai Mohammed) is able to read through his past comments and juxtapose them with his present comments, he will realize the contradiction that he has become.
“On June 10, 2013, Lai Mohammed spoke against the proscription of Boko Haram, saying that it stifled the press and tampered with the fundamental human rights of Nigerians. He also spoke in support of true federalism and restructuring of Nigeria. But today, in defence of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, everything Lai Mohammed supported then, he is now against and what he was against then, he now supports.
“It is shameful that Lai Mohammed now runs speedily to defend the lion king and his autocratic government so that he won’t be devoured and in the process of trying to avoid being sacked, he is manufacturing lies like pure water.
Calling on the international community, especially the United Nations and the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the heinous crime being committed by the military against Nigerians in the Southeast, Governor Fayose said there was no law in Nigeria empowering the military to declare any organization as a terrorist and kill unarmed people. (The Sun)