A former Vice President, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, has called on the All Progressives Congress to prepare to accept its defeat to the Peoples Democratic Party in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State.
He advised the party to be ready to follow the concession of defeat by the PDP in the 2015 presidential election.
The former Vice President, who was in Ekiti State with the members of the PDP Governorship Campaign Council on Monday, expressed satisfaction with the level of the preparation of his party for the upcoming governorship election.
He said, “We are satisfied that the PDP is prepared for this election. We hope that the APC will accept the outcome of the election. They should be democratic for the first time. We have seen how democratic they are, but for the first time in 2015 we had an opposition party taking over from the ruling party, we expect them to do the same.”
Answering questions from reporters, Governor Ayodele Fayose said that the only thing the opposition APC was hoping to do to win the election was rigging.
“They (PDP leaders) are here because they know that PDP has won this election. Everyone is on the same page with us. The only thing the APC is holding on to is to rig the election. We have told the Independent National Electoral Commission that this is a pointer to the 2019 elections. They should save their image.
“The country is bigger than all of us. Let me tell them that if rigging has been tried elsewhere, it won’t work here. The people will defend the election. We are aware of the plans to bring thugs here to disrupt the election; the people will stand up to them.
“The PDP leadership is in the state today (Monday) to strengthen our hands and assured us of their support. I want to say that this election is about the people for the people and it must be so. Ekiti election is not only about Nigeria, the whole world is watching.
“We are looking forward to having observers from all over the world because I am the voice they want to suppress. We are prepared for the election and we are going to win.”
On the entourage were the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; a former Senate President, David Mark; a former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel; a former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, and Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, among others. (Punch)
Prince Dayo Adeyeye, an aspirant for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State, has defected from the party to the All Progressives Congress.
Adeyeye, a former spokesperson of the PDP, announced his defection and those of his supporters to the APC on Tuesday.
Adeyeye, who was former Minister of State for Works during the PDP regime of former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, lost the primaries of the party to the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka.
He accused Governor Ayo Fayose of having given undue advantage to Olusola-Eleka.
Adeyeye’s defection is coming despite his promise before the primaries to support whoever emerges as the candidate.
The promise was made to the reconciliatory team sent by the party and headed by former President of the Senate, Dr David Mark, to ensure harmony.
Fayose also said he had called Adeyeye twice after the primaries but was insulted by the former spokesman of the PDP.
One of the aspirants for the primaries, Senator Biodun Olujimi, had also pleaded with Adeyeye not to leave the party.
Olujimi, who stepped down for Adeyeye during the primaries, said this was the time for the PDP to bond together and give the APC a good fight.
Adeyeye said he left to support the candidate of the APC, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in the bid to rescue Ekiti State from the maladministration of Fayose. (New Telegraph)
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the last governorship election that produced the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, was characterised by “hanky-panky,” describing it as an unfortunate saga.
He, therefore, called on the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress to do everything possible to ensure that they did not allow any subversion of the will of the people again.
Buhari said this while hosting the members of the APC South-West caucus to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
All aspirants that contested the party ticket in Ekiti State with the winner, Dr Kayode Fayemi, were also present at the dinner.
Buhari said it was not in his character to interfere in the internal workings of the APC because it was the responsibility of the party to conduct primaries for elective positions.
He said now that the party had completed that assignment and a candidate had emerged, the job of party leaders was to build a united front that could propel the party to victory in the election that he described as all important.
Buhari said, “This is crucial because I remember the hanky-panky that attended the last gubernatorial election in Ekiti State in 2014. I recall the firsthand account I received from some of the dramatis personae in that unfortunate saga.
“We must do everything to ensure that we do not allow any subversion of the will of the people this time around.
“Now that the primary is over and we have a candidate, all hands must be on deck to achieve a positive result.”
Buhari expressed delight that Fayemi had started reaching out to his co-contestants with a view to working together.
He appealed to all the aspirants to see the election as a collective mission to rescue Ekiti and promote development, adding that it was important for the APC to win the July 14 election because it would serve as a pointer to subsequent elections in the country.
The President said forthrightness, candour and integrity that hitherto characterised the people of the state appeared to have been lost in the state currently being governed by the Peoples Democratic Party.
He said it was time for the APC to restore those lost values and return the state to the comity of states.
Buhari added, “I know Ekiti fairly well and Ekiti people are well known for their forthrightness, candour and integrity. All of these values seem to have been lost and we must restore these values and return Ekiti to its pride of place in the comity of states.
“As we approach the 2019 elections, the return of Ekiti into the fold of progressive states is important as the election of July 2014 is going to be a key pointer to subsequent elections.
“On my part, let me reassure you that you can count on my support. But charity must begin at home. I urge Ekiti leaders and the leaders from the South-West to take this assignment seriously so that the APC can laugh last in the July election. It is only then that we will all be beneficiaries of victory.
“Let us return to the field to work hard and deliver victory to our great party.”
A former interim national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that all party chiefs in the South-West would work for Fayemi’s success.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, were present at the dinner.
Governors at the meeting included Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, who was the chairman of the APC Ekiti Gubernatorial Primary Committee.
Some members of the National Assembly, ministers and stakeholders from the zone also attended the dinner.
Ekiti people will reject APC, PDP replies Buhari
Meanwhile, the Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation has described President Buhari’s statement that the APC must win the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State as “wishful thinking”
KOCO, which is the campaign group of the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State and the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, said Ekiti people would never allow their state to be added to the comity of states already infected with the plague of poor governance by the President and his party.
In a statement issued on Thursday, KOCO Director of Media and Publicity, Lere Olayinka, said “President Muhammadu Buhari should perish the thought of his anointed candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, winning the July 14 election and face the reality of his failed Presidency with a view to making amends before he is sent back to Daura next year.”
Olayinka challenged President Buhari to tell Nigerians what he had done for the state in the last three and half years.
He said, “Even in Isan Ekiti, Fayemi’s hometown, nothing has happened to the Clay Kaolin that is there in large quantity despite that their son is in charge of solid minerals.
“It is funny that the President said Ekiti must return to the fold of progressive states. Is he talking about the same so-called progressive states that are sacking workers in their thousands? Or the APC states where herdsmen are killing people in a gruesome manner on a daily basis is what he wants Ekiti State to join?” (Punch)
The forthcoming July 14 governorship poll in Ekiti State has taken an interesting dimension as many beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s N-Power scheme in Ekiti yesterday campaigned for the Deputy Governor Olusola Kolapo Eleka ahead of the election.
Eleka belongs to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the state and will square up against the All Progressives Party candidate in the governorship poll.
The deputy governor had a few months ago promised many of the N-Power beneficiaries in the state of permanent jobs and they anxiously expect him to fulfil his promise.
However, it was drama as two factions of the N-Power beneficiaries, those for President Muhammadu Buhari and others for Governor Ayodele Fayose and his deputy, Olusola, held campaign rallies in support of their respective benefactors.
While those who are supporting the APC, campaigned for Buhari and showed appreciation in the rally held in Ado Ekiti, many others also displayed placards with inscriptions such as: ‘Fayose leads, we follow’, ‘Olusola Eleka for governor, 2018’ and ‘Support continuity agenda’ among others.
The drama began as early as 8:30am, when beneficiaries of the N-Power, who were over 3,000, gathered in front of the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital along Adebayo Road, for the pro-Buhari and pro-Fayose rallies.
While some displayed placards advertising President Buhari and appreciating his gesture for the scheme, others displayed placards campaigning for Fayose and his deputy Olusola, saying Fayose had promised them permanent jobs and they firmly believed the governor that if Olusola should win the election, they would be offered employment because Fayose has been a promise keeper.
The development almost resulted into a clash between the two parties but the security men on the ground were on top of their game as they ensured things did not get out of hand while each campaigned for their respective benefactors. The beneficiaries marched from the front of the Teaching Hospital to the AB Event Centre in the area where accreditation exercise for the state’s N-Power beneficiaries took place.
Another drama occurred at the accreditation centre when officials of N-power wanted to prevent those loyal to Fayose from entering the venue, they were, however, overwhelmed by the huge crowd in support of Fayose who eventually forced their way in while the security officials ensured there was no physical exchange from either party
Explaining why the beneficiaries loyal to Fayose joined in the rally, Ajibade Segun, a beneficiary, who is among those that are campaigned for Fayose and Olusola Eleka, said: “A few months ago, Mr Governor, His Excellency, Dr Peter Ayodele Fayose invited us to the Government House and promised those of us who are N-Power beneficiaries in Ekiti that we would get permanent employment from the state government.
This is why we are happy and we are now coming out to campaign for the Deputy Governor Olusola Kolapo Eleka. We are here supporting the continuity agenda of his Excellency Dr Peter Ayodele Fayose and supporting Olusola Eleka for governor in the July 14 election.”
Speaking for President Buhari on behalf of his colleagues loyal to the president, another beneficiary, Adeosun Tayo Peter, said: “I want the people of Nigeria to know that we are not campaigning for Fayose or Eleka. It is Buhari that we know because he is the one who is feeding us. We have the banners bearing the image of Buhari and we are thanking him for this gesture.
“Thirty thousand naira for each of the beneficiaries every month is not small money. In 12 months, we know what that money amounts to. The beneficiaries of N-power in Ekiti in this first tranche are 3,400, and 8,337 will benefit in the second tranche, those of us here now are more than 3,000 that have come for accreditation today.” (New Telegraph)
The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Mohammed Sanusi II and the National President of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa, have commended the Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose for enacting anti-open grazing law in the state. They said the law would cater for the well-being of parties involved, especially the herders, farmers and host communities among others.
They spoke in Ado-Ekiti yesterday during a stakeholders’ meeting held at the Government House in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. The Emir, who is a patron of the MACBAN, was represented by a former Kano State governor and Sarduana of Kano Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau. Sanusi, who spoke through Shekarau frowned at a situation whereby some criminal elements would hide under grazing of the herd to perpetrate crimes.
He said: “My mission is not politics and it is about peace and peaceful coexistence of our nation. I am standing in here for the Emir and I am the Sarduana of Kano. The Emir mandated me to come over here with the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association and find out how we can work amicably.” But Fayose said “I also appreciate and commend our leader, Emir of Kano, and the Sultan of Sokoto.
They are lifesavers. I want all of you, irrespective of the tribe to trust us as leaders. “Part of the problem of Nigeria is lack of trust as a result of misinformation and distrust and sometimes politics we have been divided against one another. Let me tell you today when governors of any party see each other, we hug and drink together. Whenever Buhari and I see, we will remain friends, don’t die for politicians.
“If you have correct money, you will not be cattle herder. You would prefer living abroad. It is out of fate and condition of your families that make you this. To be a farmer is not easy, it involves a lot of hard labour. You have to be wise people and remember that you can do better than carrying arms. Any person or politician who has fear of God cannot carry arms to kill anyone. (New Telegraph)
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)
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)
By Adetutu Folasade-Koyi, Wole Balogun, Ekiti, Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitshaand Rose Ejembi, Makurdi
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, declared during a programme on national television, yesterday, that killer herdsmen are not terrorists.
He described them as “criminal gangs.”
There have been clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers across the country. Clashes between herdsmen and local communities, in Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Ekiti, Ondo, Delta, Edo, Kaduna states, among others.
Ekiti, Benue, Taraba states have enacted anti-grazing laws. In these states, herdsmen have rejected the law and vowed to challenge them in court.
Regardless, Shehu reiterated on Channels, yesterday, that the federal government did not declare herdsmen as terrorists because they are “only criminal gangs” and quickly added that security agencies are dealing with them, according to the law.
“There is a difference between a criminal gang, criminal activity and a terrorist activity; and, I think from the definition we are getting, yes, Fulani herdsmen are a criminal gang and they are being dealt with according to the law of the country.
“But, IPOB, like Boko Haram, has a territory they have carved out for themselves, as a sovereign state of their own. They have shown the willingness to invade neighbouring states. They have raised concerns in neighbouring Kogi and Benue states. They have said they are interested in taking over Bayelsa and Rivers…IPOB is a small group of people running
“That is exactly what Boko Haram has done; with a flag and taxation system. This is not acceptable to the law of this country.”
Last Friday, the Defence Headquarters declared IPOB a “militant terrorist” organisation.
South East governors followed suit and proscribed the group’s activities, after a marathon meeting.
On Wednesday, a Federal High Court, in Abuja, granted government’s prayer and granted an interlocutory injunction to outlaw the group as a terrorist organisation.
Asked whether the government knows the IPOB leader’s whereabouts, Shehu replied that the enquiries should be directed, instead, at those who signed his bail in April.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu’s counsel,had alleged that his client is missing, after security agents allegedly stormed his home in Umuahia, on September 14, 2017.
“I am surprised someone would ask this question. Look, some people went to court and obtained his freedom, they signed his bail. I believe that a high profile group including a Senator of the Federal Republic signed in a court of law and obtained his freedom.
“So, if you are looking for him, why don’t you ask the people who bailed him? Nobody has informed me that Mr Kanu is in the hands of any institution of government. But, if I were looking for him, I would ask the guy who bailed him because that was the deal he had with the court of the land,” said Garba.
When Daily Sun contacted Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to react to Shehu’s comments, he said the government was just being selective on who to label as terrorist.
“It is very clear that they are the one who determines who is corrupt and who is not corrupt. When Fulani herdsmen sack communities in broad daylight, like it happened in Benue and Plateau, they carry AK 47, maim and destroy people. What do we call them if not terrorists?
“If the government of the day says the herdsmen are not terrorists, we leave them to continue to be selective.
“The destruction that the herdsmen have wreaked on the soil of Nigeria is a far cry from the mere agitation and peaceful protests IPOB have carried out and yet, government proscribed IPOB.”
On his part, Chief Press Secretary to Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom, Terver Akase, insisted that what the herdsmen had done in the state amounted to acts of terrorism.
Speaking exclusively to Daily Sun in Makurdi, yesterday, Akase, who noted that unlawfully taking the lives of innocent people was not permitted anywhere in the world, maintained that such action is nothing but terrorism. “It is difficult to describe who is a terrorist and who is not but, what we do know is that whoever carries weapons to invade a community or a town and kill innocent people, if such person is not a terrorist, what he is doing amounts to an act of terrorism, because terrorism also seeks to destroy…That person may not be a terrorist but that act is an act of terrorism which herdsmen have been carrying out in Benue state,” the CPS said.
IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr Emma Powerful, dismissed Shehu’s comments and insisted that the group has the right to agitate for an independent state of Biafra.
“IPOB is fighting for our right, which is permitted by the law of the United Nations and are terrorists for being peaceful and harmless
“Fulani herdsmen are recognised as the fourth, deadliest terrorist group in the whole world. We maintain our non-violent approach, towards the restoration of Biafra.”
To the leader of the Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Mr Uchenna Madu, Shehu’s comments “has proved an earlier exposition that armed Fulani herdsmen, causing violent havoc in Christian-dominated regions are Hausa Fulani jihadist foot soldiers.
“We still insist that IPOB is not a terrorist organisation.” (The Sun)
While the tenure of Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose lasted in Ekiti State during his first term between May 29, 2003, and October 16, 2006, he was known to uniquely celebrate his birthdays in the church.
The governor would lay prostrate before the altar in fervent prayers to God in the name of Jesus Christ, and would only get up when he was certain he had been heard.
The beat seems to have changed, though; as Gov Fayose is seen here fully turbaned and offering prayers to Allah during the ongoing Eid-el-Kabir.
The venue was the Muslim Community Praying Ground, Odo-Ado, Ado-Ekiti on Friday.
Barka da Sallah, Your Excellency!
See the photos, as posted by the Special Adviser, Public Communications & New Media to Ekiti State Governor, Mr Lere Olayinka.