Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has slammed the Independent National Electoral Commission, security agencies, especially the police for their “roles” in the Edo and Rivers states’ elections.
Fayose, who is also the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum, also on Wednesday, inaugurated the Osoko Mass Movement in Ikere Ekiti to start registration of members in the state.
He said revelations coming from the Edo State Governorship Election Tribunal were a pointer to the open display of support for the All Progressives Congress.
He said, “We have seen the police and INEC going back and forth on the Rivers State rerun elections and I wish to ask the police; what happened to that suspect, Christian Chukwuemela Ekikeme, who reportedly confessed to the complicity of some APC top-shots in the murder of DSP Mohammed Alkali? Shouldn’t the police be more interested in bringing those who allegedly killed its officers to justice?
“Also, what has happened to that Yobe State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission established to have (allegedly) received the N15m bribe to rig the Yobe State election?”
The governor warned that any attempt to rig the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State would be resisted by the people.
Meanwhile, loyalists and supporters of Fayose, as well as members of the PDP have launched a political group ahead of the 2018 governorship election in the state.
The Osoko Mass Movement was launched in Ikere Ekiti on Wednesday to start registration of members in the South Senatorial District.
The event was attended by members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, local government chairmen, political appointees and youths.
There are speculations that the movement might be an exit plan by the governor from the problem-laden PDP.
But the Director of Media and Publicity of the movement, who is also a member of the state assembly, Mr Adedayo Akinleye, said it was not.
He said, “We are telling the whole world that wherever Fayose goes anytime from now we will follow him en-mass.
“It is all about sustaining the Ayo Fayose legacy beyond 2018 and particularly to tell the whole world and in particular, Ekiti people, that wherever Fayose is going in 2018, we are going with him.
“Whoever Ayo Fayose and our people pick in 2018 for the governorship race, we will support.”
Akinleye said the court case rocking the leadership of the PDP in Ekiti could not in any way affect the party’s chances of winning the governorship election in 2018 “because many of us who are part of this movement are lovers of Fayose and we cut across political parties in the state.
“We just love Fayose and want a continuation of his legacy in the state. That is why wherever Fayose goes, we are following him, if Fayose leaves the PDP today, we will follow him.” (Punchng.com)
Kamarudeen Ogundele and Ramon Oladimeji
The Governor of Ekiti Stte and Chairman of the Governors’ Forum of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has knocked the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police for planning to stop a protest for good governance by a musician, Mr. Innocent Idibia, a.k.a. 2 Face.
Also, a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has said nothing, including the police, can stop the planned peaceful rally being organised by the musician.
The rally, which 2face planned to lead in the Lagos metropolis next Monday, is to protest against the current economic hardship being faced by the masses.
2face had since last month began the campaign, urging Nigerians to keep a date with him as he took to Lagos streets to protest against the manner the government was handling the economy.
Earlier in the week, the musician, in a video posted on his Facebook page, explained the idea behind the rally and the need for Nigerians to join him in the peaceful protest.
But in a statement on Thursday, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said the police would not allow the rally to hold, because it could easily be hijacked by miscreants.
“We know that 2face does not have the capacity to contain such a crowd and we will not fold our hands and watch while things go out of hand,” Owoseni said.
But Fayose said that the police’s stand was a ploy to stop a legitimate civil act.
In a press statement issued by the Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, the governor said, “Leadership is about accountability. To be accountable, leaders must listen to public opinion either by civil and peaceful protest.
“The court of appeal’s judgment in the ANPP vs IGP allows for such protest or gathering without police permit or interference as in advanced democracies. The protest is said to be for and about good governance. So, who is afraid of the protest? Who do the police represent in this issue?
“Nigerians are hungry and angry, our currency is above N500 to a US dollar.
“Nepotism, extrajudicial killings, disobedience to court order and human right abuse must stop. The conscience is an open wound and the guilty is afraid.”
Adegboruwa, who had earlier said he would join the 2face rally, also said the police did not have any legal backing to stop the protest and urged the police CP to study his copy of the Nigerian constitution before coming out to make such a statement.
Adegboruwa said Owoseni’s statement was an attempt to intimidate Nigerians who wish to partake in the rally, adding that it could never deter “we, veterans, and indeed the deprived, oppressed and hungry people of Nigeria.”
The lawyer said, “For the information of the police commissioner, Nigeria is a democratic country governed strictly in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.
“Section 39 of the constitution grants freedom of expression, including the right to be heard and to disseminate information and ideas.
“Section 40 grants the right to associate and gather together. Section 38 grants the right to freedom of movement and peaceful assembly.
“I believe that Mr. Fatai Owoseni has a copy of the constitution, to guide his actions and utterances on this matter, instead of threatening innocent and law-abiding citizens, who are responsible for his salary.
“The issue of police permit for citizens to gather freely, expired with the coming into force of the 1999 Constitution and we cannot now go back to the military era of shutting up citizens from legitimate expressions.”
Vowing that the rally could not be stopped, Adegboruwa urged “the good people of Nigeria, especially those who reside in Lagos, to join us en mass at Ikeja, for the rally on February 6, 2017.
“We cannot be intimidated in our own country, by the same people who are paid to protect us.
“…So, come rain or shine, we shall hold the rally on Monday, as scheduled, because it is illegal for the police to seek to ban a lawful assembly.” (Punchng.com)
KAMARUDEEN OGUNDELE and BAYO AKINLOYE
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has prayed for Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, to succeed in standing up for the masses.
According to a statement issued on Saturday by Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the cleric said the prayer during a visit to the state as part of his nationwide tour for the RCCG’s annual ‘Let’s go a-fishing’ programme.
Adeboye, who was received by Fayose and the Ewi of Ado, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, was quoted in the statement saying, “We thank God for your life. We thank God for your courage and for your boldness. We thank God for your being willing to take risks so that your people can be protected.
“You have been a governor who knows when to say enough is enough in defence of his people. And I’m sure you know what I’m talking about and I am sure the world knows. I don’t want to say more than that. But be assured that we are praying for you and you will succeed in Jesus name.”
The RCCG leader also prayed for other state governors.
“We wish all other governors who stand for their people, defend their people, and know when to say enough is enough, success. We thank God for their life,” he said.
Fayose in the statement, said he was sure all Ekiti people were blessed by Adeboye’s visit.
“I know what it means for you to go around (the country). We pray that the almighty will continue to be with you as you traverse the length and breadth of the world spreading the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have longed and waited for your coming. We appreciate your coming because we know what it means.
“You have been an inspiration to many people. We need prayers that the Lord will make 2017 a meaningful year. We believe in God; we believe in you. The Bible says if we believe in the prophet, we’ll have the benefits of the prophet and the benefits of God,” the governor stated.
Adeboye, whose grandmother hailed from Ado Ekiti, told the Ekiti monarch that he could not resist his invitation to call at his palace even though his schedules were tight.
He said, “Kabiyesi, this is my home as my grandmother hailed from here. Many have been waiting for me in all parts of the state and I have to visit all of them. That is why I haven’t been here. But I promise to specially visit you someday.”
In his response, the monarch said, “You have come to your source. By coming to bless the palace, you are by extension, blessing all the palaces in Ekiti State and also all the people of Ekiti.” (Punchng.com)
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as unfit to fight corruption because it is “an irresponsible and corrupt organisation.”
The governor, who commended the judiciary for standing firm against the “EFCC’s tyranny,” said the way and manner the commission had been going about shopping for court orders against Nigerians should concern lovers of the rule of law in the country.
He said this in reaction to the Monday’s Federal High Court, Abuja, judgment ordering the EFCC to release all his properties that were attached based on the order of the court made on July 20 and August 2.
Fayose, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said, “It is the height of irresponsibility and fraud for the EFCC to have approached Justice Okon Abang for a similar order and concealed the fact that the order obtained from Justice Dimgba elapsed on September 3 and had failed to approach the same court for an extension.
“The EFCC and its corrupt elements fraudulently approached Justice Abang, …and the same EFCC has even moved to the Federal High Court, Akure in search of another order, ostensibly because they have realised that the judge in the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti won’t play ball.” (Punchng.com)