BREAKING: Thugs attack office of Sheriff-led PDP faction in Ekiti

People suspected to be political thugs on Tuesday attacked the office of a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) loyal to Ali Modu Sheriff in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State.

They vandalised the property and tore the flags erected at the premises, which is the office of a leader of the party, Chief Williams Ajayi at Nova road, Adebayo area in the city.

Speaking to journalists on the incident, the Deputy Chairman of the group, Olasunkanmi Ogunbiyi accused the Gboyega Oguntuase-led faction, allegedly loyal to Governor Ayodele Fayose and Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi as masterminding the attack.

The Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti in a judgement delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo on January 24 this year declared Ajayi the authentic chairman before the Court of Appeal ordered a stay of execution of the ruling.According to Ogunbiyi: “The assailants scaled the fence and destroyed all the flags and shattered the windows of our office. We suspect that Oguntuase’s people are behind this and we need prompt action from the security agencies.”

Reacting to the allegation, the Publicity Secretary of Oguntuwase-led PDP in the state, Jackson Adebayo, said the claim was part of the plan to tarnish the image of the party in the state.

Meanwhile, the party has described the former governor of the state and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi as a bad loser who is seeking power through the backdoor.

Reacting to a newspaper interview granted by Fayemi, where he described the 2014 election, which he lost as an “unfinished business”, the state chairman of the party, Gboyega Oguntuase in a statement advised the former governor to “bury the thought that he could achieve through the backdoor what the people of Ekiti denied him in a free, fair and credible election.”

“Fayemi and his cohorts went to court after the 2014 election and lost all the way from the tribunal through the Appeal Court to the Supreme Court. He is now boasting that he will cause the Supreme Court to reverse its judgment on the Ekiti election, but he will fail,” Oguntuase said.

Fleeing Boko Haram Members Arrested In Ekiti, Other States – DSS

The Department of State Service has arrested a suspected Boko Haram kingpin, other members of the fleeing insurgency group in some states across the country.

The agency made the arrest during a recent operation carried out in Ekiti, where the suspected Boko Haram kingpin in was nabbed, with other members of the group caught in Nassarawa, Kogi, Yobe, Kano, Bauchi, and Kaduna States.

According to the spokesperson of the DSS, Tony Opuiyo, in a statement released stated that some alleged notorious kidnappers in Niger and Kaduna states have also been nabbed.

“On March 20 2017, a suspected Boko Haram kingpin, Adenoyi Abdusalam was arrested in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State by a Joint Military/DSS Operation Team.

An Ak-47 rifle was recovered from the suspect who is presently undergoing investigation. Abdusalam was on the final stages of kidnapping some high level targets in Ekiti, not only to raise funds but to terrorise communities in the State.

“Prior to this arrest, several other Boko Haram suspects had been apprehended in various parts of Northern Nigeria especially the States of Bauchi, Yobe, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Kogi.

“Typical cases of arrest include that of 29 year Boko Haram member, Usman Ladan Rawa (a.k.a Mr. X) on 17th March 2017 at Lafia, Nasarawa State. Rawa was discovered to have rented accommodation at Lafia for Abdullahi Isa, known for his notorious terrorist actions.

His plan was to establish an effective base to conduct terrorism, kidnapping and robbery operations in Abuja, Minna, and other adjoining States.

“On 15th March 2017, Nasiru Sani (a.k.a OSAMA) was arrested at Ahmadu Bello Way, Bauchi. He is a Boko Haram top commander, and discovered to have escaped from Bauchi Central Prison in October 2010 and hid in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Similarly, on the same 13th March 2017, at Jeka-da-Fari Market, Gombe State, Adamu Jibrin was arrested.

He operated under the pseudo name of Dantata Sule and served as a middleman for Boko Haram members and their commanders especially the one simply identified as Kanumbu.

Suspect affirmed his membership of the sect.

“On 1st and 2nd March, 2017, at Ngalda Town of Fika LGA, Yobe State and Nagazi area of Adavi LGA, Kogi State, Abdulazeez Umaru and Nuhu Usman a.k.a Okadigbo were respectively arrested.

Umaru, who has confessed his membership of the Boko Haram sect was arrested by the Service in concert with the local vigilante.

Preliminary investigations have revealed the participation of Usman in several deadly insurgent attacks in Kogi State.

“While the Service has ensured a relative peaceful environment in the month of March, it is instructive to note that it recorded many successes in the month of February as can be seen from its operations during the period.

“On 2nd February 2017, one Suleiman Yahaya, who had been on the wanted list of security agencies was arrested during a raid in Potiskum LGA, Yobe State, for his role in several terrorist attacks in Borno and Yobe States.

Similarly, on 7th February, 2017, in Kumbotso LGA, Kano State, Mohammed Isyaka (a.k.a Maikwano), was also arrested for his complicity in Boko Haram attacks in the North East.

“Meanwhile, on 9th February, 2017, at Ayingba, Dekina LGA of Kogi State, the trio of Uwais Abubakar, Abdullahi Umaru and Mukhtar Suleman who are Boko Haram terrorists, were arrested by the Service’s tactical team.

Suspects were actively involved in series of attacks on select targets in Kogi State such as the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State University and the newly constructed Kogi State Revenue House, Lokoja.

“Ali Bukar and Mustapha Umar were also arrested on 17th February 2017 at Zaria Road, Kano State for their involvement in Boko Haram activities.

Abdullahi Isah, an indigene of Isari LGA of Yobe State was equally arrested at the Lafia Modern Market, Lafia, Nasarawa State for gun-running to raise funds for Boko Haram operations. He was a suspected armourer of the sect”.

In furtherance of sustaining its operations against Boko Haram during the month of February, the Service on 28th February, arrested a Boko Haram Commander and food supplier, Ibrahim Fulata and his associates – Shamsudeen Aliyu, Zaharadeen Ibrahim and Suleiman Abubakar at Zaria Clinic, Dustsen Tanshi area of Bauchi LGA of Bauchi State.

Determined to sustain the prevailing peace and stamp out all cases of kidnap in various States where it is taking root, the Service staged vigorous operations which recorded successes.

The duo of Ibrahim Sule and Bello Shehu were arrested on 13th March, 2017 at Nasarawa town, Nasarawa LGA of Kaduna State for their suspected involvement in the kidnap of two (2) German nationals – Dr.Peter Breuning and Johannes Brehinger– on 22nd February, 2017 at Pahkogo, Kagarko LGA, Kaduna State.

They are being questioned to establish other possible members of the network.

“On 9th February, 2017 at Umuahia, Abia State, Tochukwu Prince Johnson and Madubuike Christopher Iromaka were arrested for alleged threat to abduct two (2) prominent businessmen in the State namely: Obioma Okorie and Chidozie Ohabuchiro.

Also on 12th February, 2017, a notorious local bandit, Saidu Musa was arrested in Makarfi LGA of Kaduna State for terrorizing people of the area. On arrest, a pump action gun and twenty three (23) cartridges were discovered in his vehicle, Toyota Carina KRD 523 EZ (Lagos)”.

In another development, on 3rd February, 2017, Ashiru Abubakar, a suspected kidnapper, was arrested at Maraban Jos Junction, Igabi LGA of Kaduna State.

He was a member of the notorious gang that kidnapped eleven (11) travelers along Kaduna-Abuja road, where they extorted several millions of naira from them to buy their freedom. The Service also arrested some kidnappers in Kaduna, Kogi, and Plateau States.

While Bingel Mohammed, Kabiru Lawal, Dahiru Lawal and Shagari Usman were arrested in Maigiginya Village, Igabi LGA, Kaduna State on 4th February, 2017, Lawal Abdullahi, a notorious kidnap kingpin was also arrested on 6th February 2017 at Elka, Ohizenyi Okehi LGA of Kogi State.

“On 24th February 2017, at Bosso LGA, Niger State, Abubakar Mohammed a.k.a Baba Dogo, a notorious kidnapper/cattle rustler was arrested. On the same date at Ankpa Town, Kogi State, thirty (30) year suspected kidnapper, Mallam Idris Baba was shot dead while trying to evade arrest.

“Earlier on 28th January, 2017, in Wudil, Wudil LGA, Kano State, the Service arrested Ahmed Muhammed a high profile Boko Haram terrorist, who kept custody of many persons abducted by sect members during their operations.

On 31st January, 2017, one Yusuf Hayatudeen, a suspected terrorist was arrested by the Service at Oziokutu Adavi LGA, Kogi State. He had threatened to bomb a Radio House in Okene, Kogi State before his apprehension.

The arrests, according to the agency, were made possible by members of the public who volunteered information.


Source: Channels TV

Group Condemns Governor Fayose’s Anti-Business Policies

An Ekiti based socio-political group, The Trueface of Ekiti (TFoE), has condemned in strong terms the policies of Governor Ayodele Fayose led administration that has sent more than five private business organizations out of the shores of the State under three years.
In a statement signed by the group’s Chief Operating officer (COO), Prince ‘Tosin Jegede, it alleges that more than five private enterprises have been shut down by Governor Fayose between October 2014 and March 2017.
Jegede said “the first organisation affected by the Governor Fayose’s draconian action was Coca-Cola depot that was shutdown about a year ago. The next was the shutdown of all Ecobank Plc branches in Ekiti State over an issue that can be resolved amicably between the bank and Ekiti state government. In fact, the Governor personally padlocked one of the bank’s branches in Ado – Ikere Road. Two weeks ago, GtBank was shut down by the Governor not minding the effects of such actions on the citizens of the state”.
Continuing , the group COO said “ On Monday 20th  March 2017, again the good people of Ekiti woke up to see all gas stations under locks in protest against another draconian decision from the state government. The gas station owners alleged that the CofO of some of their members were revoked by a fiat of the Governor and that arbitrary taxes were imposed on them”.
The group said it is not against government improving on its revenue drive but condemned any action of Government that tends to increase the hardship of the citizens beyond what they are currently experiencing. “It is important we restate clearly that we are not against government responsible approach towards improvement of internally generated revenue. However, we seek an approach that will lead to harmonious relationship between government and private investors in Ekiti, thereby generating jobs for our teaming unemployed youths.
Clearly, Ekiti state government, under the leadership of Governor Fayose, has failed in its responsibility to the workforce. One will expect a conscious drive by the government towards encouraging private sector investments in the state and not embarking on policies that will further increase unemployment and plunge  the citizens into more hardship”
“Our investigation shows that over 5000 citizens of Ekiti lost their sources of livelihood directly and indirectly in the last two years due to government’s clamp down on businesses. We also noticed that the administration of Governor Ayo Fayose has not attracted any major direct private or public investments into the State since he assumed office as the Governor of Ekiti October 2014. Rather, he had sent many established businesses out of the state for various flimsy and personal reasons”
The group appealed to the administration of Governor Fayose to consider the citizens of Ekiti in his dealings with private investors for the overall interests of the state. He pointed out that every action of government that leads to the closure of business has direct adverse effects on the citizenry.

Noncompliance with disbursement rules reason why FG blocked Ekiti’s fund – Minster

Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has confirmed that the Federal Government indeed withheld allocations due to Ekiti. She cited non-conformity on the part of the state government with regulations regarding disbursement of such funds by the ministry.

A statement by the Director of Information in the Ministry of finance, Alhaji Salisu Na’Inna Dambatta, said the action was taken because it had become the habit of Ekiti State not to obey rules set for disbursement. The statement further said the claims by the Ekiti State Government were spurious.

“The Ekiti State Government failed to comply with the necessary requirements for participating in the Budget Support Facility (BSF), which is a Conditional Loan Programme to state governments introduced with the view to enhancing fiscal prudence and designed to enhance transparency, efficiency in public expenditure and payment of salaries.

It further stated that failure of Ekiti State Government to comply with the requirements and conditions for the Budget Support Facility (BSF) resulted in a letter sent to the Chief of Staff to notify him of the suspension of BSF for Ekiti State and it was conveyed to Mr. President before payment to the Ekiti State Government was reinstated.

Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Nigeria [CBN] has denied reports that its governor, Godwin Emefiele and some top management staff have been queried by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) over the sale of foreign exchange.

Acting Director of Corporate Communications, Mr. Isaac Okoarafor, said in a statement yesterday that the apex bank observed that while it was perfectly normal for any agency of government to seek clarifications on any matter from other agencies of government, it wishes to clarify that neither the governor of the CBN nor the Director, Legal Services Department, received any communication with regard to the issue.

The CBN said as a responsible government institution, the third currency transactions should be in line with the prevailing forex rate range in the interbank market, when properly examined.

Why we blocked Ekiti funds – Nigerian government

The Federal Government on Thursday said the January allocation from the Budget Support Facility, to Ekiti State was suspended because the state failed to comply with the basic requirements for participating in the facility.

A statement by the Ministry of Finance signed by the Director of Information, Salisu Dambata, said the BSF is a Conditional Loan Programme to State Governments introduced to enhance fiscal prudence, transparency, efficiency in public expenditure and payment of salaries.

Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, had on Tuesday accused the Federal Ministry of Finance of withholding the state’s statutory allocation for January for political reasons.

“In the last three, four weeks, after the Federal Allocation Committee meeting, it is sad that Ekiti Federal Allocation for January has not been released,” Mr. Fayose told journalists in Ado-Ekiti.

He said efforts by himself and other government officials to get explanations from the ministry yielded no results.

He alleged that the ministry of finance was victimising the people of Ekiti State for his criticism of the policies of the federal government.

The ministry said the Ekiti government failed to comply with the required conditions for the payment, and was not the first state to be denied the funds on such grounds.

It denied the claim that the ministry of finance withheld any statutory allocation due to Ekiti State, or any other State in the country.

“This is not the first time of non-compliance by the Ekiti State Government,” the statement read.

“His administration defaulted in meeting the conditions specified and agreed upon by the 35 State Governments that are participating in the programme as contained in the Fiscal Sustainability Plan (FSP) and the Ekiti State Government was warned formally of its failure to comply with the full requirements vide a letter on August 5, 2016, with reference number HMF/FMF/ASG/1/2016.

“The failure of Ekiti State Government to comply with the requirements and conditions for the Budget Support Facility (BSF) resulted in a letter sent to the Chief of Staff to notify him of the suspension of BSF for Ekiti State and it was conveyed to Mr. President before payment to the Ekiti State Government was reinstated.

“The Ekiti State Government and all the other participating States are aware of the consequence of failure to comply with the full conditions and it is not the first time that a State would be stopped from accessing the Facility due to non-compliance.

“In the course of its normal duties, the Ministry of Finance has the right to query, suspend or withhold funds as part of the conditions of the Budget Support Facility.”

The Ekiti government described the explanation as an afterthought meant to mislead the public.

The Special Assistant to the governor in Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said the state signed up for N14.4 billion and had received funds monthly in the last seven months from the ministry of Finance .

“So when did they realise that Ekiti State did not meet the conditions? Mr. Olayinka queried. “Or did they send the allocations in the last seven months in error?”

He also argued that there was no warning letter or notification from the Ministry of Finance before the governor raised the alarm, else there would have been no need for the governor to write a letter to the ministry demanding for explanations on the non-release of the funds.

“If the sent any letter, maybe they sent it today, because the governor was there yesterday and before then no one knew the reasons why the funds were not released,” Mr. Olayinka said.

“As I am talking to you, we have not received any letter from the ministry, if they sent any letter, maybe they sent it today. This explanation is an afterthought.”

Mr. Olayinka also said he was aware that the funds was earlier sent to the Central Bank of Nigeria along those of other states, but was later recalled and the name of Ekiti State removed from the list of 35 states.

Man arrested with fresh human head in Ekiti State.

The Ekiti state police command on Wednesday announced that it had arrested a suspected ritualist with the head of a 12-year-old child.

Alberto Adeyemi, the state police public relations officer, said David Oluwatosin and Tosin Oluwatosin, brothers of the same parent were behind the act.

Adeyemi said David is currently at large, but that Tosin was nabbed in Ifaki Ekiti, Ido/Osi local government area, following an intelligence report.

“One of the suspects is on the run, the victim is about 12 years old but we are still looking for the severed body and we are also on the trail of the one at large, after investigation, the suspects will be charged to court,” he said.

Adeyemi lamented over incessant cases of beheading in the state, saying the police would also investigate if the two brothers were behind the worrisome trend.

This is the third time in three weeks that the state would record an incident of beheading. The first two happened in the heat of a land dispute at Ayede-Itaji.

INEC promises credible polls in Ekiti, Osun state.

The Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, has pledged to conduct credible elections in Ekiti and Osun in 2018.

Adedeji Soyebi, the INEC National Commissioner for South West Zone, made the pledge while speaking with journalists on Wednesday at the Zonal Strategic Plan Retreat for field officers of the commission in Ibadan.

Mr. Soyebi said the previous polls had been successful, adding that “any election conducted this year or other time will not be an exception.”

“It will based on the principle we have used in conducting elections.

“INEC will build on its various achievements in the conduct of free, fair and credible elections and make sure that there is tremendous improvement in the future elections,” Mr. Soyebi said.

The commissioner said the Zonal Strategic Plan was aimed at generating ideas and inputs from electoral officers on the field before embarking on any national plan in readiness for the 2019 elections.

“At the end of the retreat, a synthetic report will be ready which the commission will present at a national stakeholders meeting involving political parties, civil society organisations, security apparatus and other stakeholders in the conduct of elections,’’ he said

Mr. Soyebi urged the participants to make meaningful contributions that would play vital roles in assisting the commission to be more effective.

Earlier in his address of welcome, Ariyo Ayoola, the Acting Administrative Secretary of INEC in Oyo State, said the commission would develop a new strategic plan.

According to Mr. Ayoola, the plan is expected to lead the nation to another successful general election in 2019.

He commended the commission for taking the retreat to the states to elicit local content, noting that the move was an attempt at ensuring collective ownership of the final copy of the strategic plan.

Mr. Ariyo, who said the shared experiences of the participants would enrich the outcome of the 2017-2021 strategic Plan, urged participants to make rich inputs.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants were drawn from staff of INEC in all the South West states.


Source: NAN

Herdsman remanded for grazing on N25m farmland in Ekiti

An Ado-Ekiti  magistrate court on Thursday ordered the remand of Abubakar Usman, a 30-year-old herdsman, for grazing on a cassava farmland “valued at N25 million”.

Bankole Olasunkanmi, the prosecutor, told the court that the accused and others at large, committed the offence at Iyemero farm settlement camp ?in Ikole-Ekiti, sometimes in December.

Olasunkanmi said Usman unlawfully permitted his cattle to graze on the 70 hectares cassava farmland property of Bunmi Akingba.

He said the offence contravened section 2 (i) and punishable under section 7 of prohibition of cattle ?and other ruminants grazing, Ekiti state law 2016.

The prosecutor also said the accused and others at large, had in their possession offensive weapons contrary to Section 4 (1) of the prohibition of cattle and other ruminants grazing of Ekiti and punishable under section 11 of Ekiti state kidnap and terrorism (prohibition) law 2015.

Olasunkanmi told the court that he had forwarded the case file to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

No plea was taken

After ordering that Usman be remanded, Idowu Ayenimo, the magistrate, adjourned the case till March 3 for mention.


Source: The Cable

Court throws out EFCC’s appeal on Fayose’s bank account

The Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti division, has dismissed an appeal filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for a stay of the judgment delivered on December 13, 2016, ordering the agency to unfreeze the accounts of Governor Ayo Fayose.

The EFCC had on June 21, 2016 placed restrictions on two accounts of Mr. Fayose with Zenith Bank in connection with funds traced to former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dansuki.

Mr. Fayose challenged the action in court, insisting that the accounts had nothing to do with funds from the former NSA’s office.

The judge, Taiwo Taiwo, on December 13, 2016 had ruled against the EFCC on grounds that the EFCC’s actions contravened Section 308 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended.

Subsequently, the court ordered the agency to unfreeze the governor’s accounts “with immediate effect.”

Mr. Fayose later withdrew N5 million from the accounts on the strength of the judgment.
But the EFCC’s lead counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, opposed the ruling, and filed a motion for stay of execution of judgment to among other reasons, allow the anti-graft agency preserve the funds in the accounts.

But Justice Taiwo, while dismissing the appeal on Monday, held that the appeal was made in bad faith.

“The ruling is functus officio, so the EFCC application was instituted in bad faith. Initially, there was a suppression of facts particularly in the way the plaintiff brought in judgment of other courts on the issue,” he said.

“If you examined critically, no proof of facts that appeal has been entered, and again, proceed of crime not a subject matter in the substantive suit, coupled with the fact that the matter was not instituted as a criminal suit.

“The court can’t go on voyage of discovery to fish for fact to grant equitable remedy when the respondent averred that he has defendants and ready to refund the money if found liable at trial after his tenure.

“The court can’t stay a judgment already executed and the whole exercise in freezing the governor’s accounts amounts is a breach of the provisions of Section 308, 1999 CFRN (amended),” he ruled.


Source: Premium Times

Unpaid salaries: Civil servant commits suicide in Ekiti

A senior civil servant with Ekiti State Government, Mr. Tope Afolayan, has committed suicide over alleged unpaid salaries and his inability to pay his huge debt, a reliable source confirmed.

Afolayan, a native of Oye- Ekiti, the headquarters of Oye Local Government Area of the state, worked in the Office of the state Accountant-General.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Afolayan, a level 10 officer, who died on Thursday, was survived by a teacher wife and three children.

The source added that Afolayan was found hanging from the ceiling of his house, located on Peace Avenue, Olorunda, Ado-Ekiti.

The source said the deceased was a final year student of Law at Ekiti State University (EKSU) and an interpreter in a branch of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Ekute area of Ado-Ekiti.

The source said Afolayan, who had been buried, did not leave any suicide note.

The source added that the deceased had consistently complained to friends about the non-payment of his accumulated salary arrears.

He was said to have attributed his inability to pay his debts and perform his financial responsibility for the upkeep of his immediate family on the non-payment of his salary.

“Although he didn’t leave any suicide note before hanging himself he had been very moody and heartbroken for a couple of weeks before the incident happened.

“He had been complaining about the debts he owed which he was unable to defray because of non-payment of the arrears of salaries.

“In fact, he was among the last batch of applicants for car loan given by government last year but his name did not come out.

“We are shocked by Afolabi’s death because nobody thought he would go to that extent, we are still mourning his death,” the source said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP. Alberto Adeyemi confirmed the incident.

Adeyemi said that the incident was reported at New Iyin Road Police Station in Ado Ekiti.


Source: PM News

Fayose Allegedly Diverts N8.877bn Paris Club Refund, Fails To Pay 8 Months Salary.

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, may have run into fresh trouble with the Federal Government after it was found that he collected the sum of N8.877 billion from the N388.304 billion released to 35 states as refunds from over-deductions on London-Paris Club loans but only paid one out of the eight-month salary arrears he owed workers in the state.

Fayose was also said to have paid a curious 13th month salary as bonus while the arrears of seven-month salaries owed the workers were left unpaid.

A reliable source in the Presidency, who spoke in confidence with one of our correspondents yesterday, said President Muhammadu Buhari has lived up to his pledge to ease salary crises in all the states by releasing N388.304 billion to 35 states but many of the states failed to abide by the agreement they had with the President that they would give preference to settling arrears of workers’ salaries.

The Presidency source said: “The agreement between the Federal Government and the state governors was very clear.

“While 50 per cent of the amount released was to be used to offset outstanding salary and pension arrears, the remaining 50 per cent would be used for the payment of other obligations.

“Some governors have however reneged on this agreement.

“Security reports available to the Presidency showed that Governor Ayodele Fayose paid only one month out of eight-month salary arrears.

“The same governor went ahead to pay a curious 13-month salary to Ekiti workers. Yet, he got N8.877 billion refund.

“Instead of accounting for what he used the loan refund for, he has the temerity to attack the Federal Government on hardship in the country.

“The relevant agencies are monitoring development in Ekiti and some states.”

Reacting to the allegation on the telephone yesterday, Ekiti State Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo, admitted that the state got N8.8 billion from the Paris Club refunds.

But he said that the state’s share of the money was only N5.3 billion, which he said could barely pay one month out of the arrears of salaries owed the civil servants in the state.

According to him, the wage bill for a month stands at N5.2 billion.

He also said that workers in the local government sector could only get one month from the arrears of salaries owed them.

The Federal Government had released the sum of N388.304 billion out of N522.74 billion

to 35 states as refunds of over-deductions on London-Paris Club loans.

Topping the list of states with the hugest reimbursements are states controlled by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), contrary to their claims that they were being financially oppressed by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The biggest earners include Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Katsina, Kaduna, Lagos, Imo, Jigawa, Borno, Niger, Bauchi and Benue states.

But the reimbursement profile has shown that some governors fed their states with wrong figures of the sums given to them.

Investigation conducted by our correspondent revealed that 35 of the 36 states benefitted from the refunds of N388.304 billion.

Although most of the governors have begged the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, not to make the list of reimbursements public, The Nation was able to source the breakdown of the reimbursements exclusively.

The document indicated that all the 35 states were credited with their shares of the N388.304 billion as at December 27, 2016.

Our correspondent obtained the names of the bank, the account and the account numbers where each state’s share was remitted.

Only Kano State and the FCT have so far not benefitted from the reimbursements.

According to the list, Kwara State got two types of refund totaling more than N9.188 billion.

Kwara’s shares include N5,415,167,236.97 refund to the state government and N3,773,082,953.54 for its 16 local government areas.

Findings also confirmed that Ondo was only paid 50 per cent of its refunds (N6,513,392,932.28) because of leadership change in the state, which will soon lead to the inauguration of Chief Rotimi Akeredolu as the new governor.

A breakdown of the list of top beneficiaries of the refunds is as follows: Akwa Ibom, N14,500,000,000.00;  Bayelsa, N14,500,000,000.00;  Delta, N14,500,000,000.00; Kastina, N14,500,000,000.00; Lagos, N14,500,000,000.00;  Rivers, N14,500,000,000.00; Kaduna, N14,362,416,363.24; Borno, N13,654,138,849.49; Bauchi, N12,792,664,403.93; Benue, N12,749,689,453.61; Sokoto, N11,980,499,096.97; Osun, N11,744,237,793.56; Anambra, N11,386,281,466.35; Edo, N11,329,495,462.04; Cross River, N11,300,139,741.28; Kogi, N11,211,573,328.19 and Kebbi, N11,118,149,054.10.

The document said: “Ondo payment represents 50 per cent of the refund due to transition of leadership in the state. Further instructions are being awaited on balance payment.

“Adamawa, Kwara 22b on the list, Oyo and Taraba payments represent the portions due to the respective local governments.”

But the Presidency was uncomfortable with the attitude of some state governors to the management of the refunds.

Responding to a question, another source in government said: “It is unfortunate that some state governors under-declared the refunds made to them.

“Some of them were also discovered to be giving spurious analysis in order to cover up the actual figures.

“In fact, some states changed the agreement overnight.

“A state said the President asked states to use at least 25 per cent of their London and Paris Club refund to offset salary arrears.”

Investigation showed that about N134.44 billion out of the approved N522.74 billion will soon be paid as refunds to some states.

The top government source added: “Yes, as at December 27, 2016, all the 35 states had received the N388.3 billion refunds. The balance of N134.44 billion will soon be accessed.”

Following protests by states against over-deductions for external debt service between 1995 and 2002, President Muhammed Buhari had on December 2, 2016 approved the release of N522.74 billion to states as refunds pending reconciliation of records.

Each state is entitled to a cap of N14.5 billion being 25 per cent of the amounts claimed.

But the government has raised a team to scrutinise claims by states and reconcile with available records.

These developments were contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Special Adviser on Media to the Minister of Finance, Mr. Festus Akanbi.

The statement said: “The Federal Government has reached a conditional agreement to pay 25% of the amounts claimed subject to a cap of N14.5 billion to any given state. Balances due thereafter will be revisited when fiscal conditions improve.

“Mr. President’s overriding concern is for the welfare of the Nigerian people, considering the fact that many states are owing salaries and pension, causing considerable hardship.

“Therefore, to ensure compliance with the directive that a minimum of 50% of any amount disbursed is dedicated to this, funds will be credited to an auditable account from which payments to individual creditors would be made. Where possible, such payments would be made to BVN linked accounts and verified.”

But any state paid refunds in excess of its outstanding claims might suffer deduction from its monthly allocations from the Federation Account.

It said: “Due to the fact that reconciliation is still ongoing and the final outcome might show an under or overstatement of claims, an undertaken has been signed by state governors, declaring that in the event the amount already paid exceeds the verified claim, the surplus would be deducted directly from the state’s monthly FAAC allocations.

“The total amount approved by the President is N522.74 billion and is to be paid in batches. The first batch of N153.01 billion is currently being processed for release to 14 state governments.

“The release of these funds is intended to support the fiscal stimulus programme of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to provide direct stimulus through government spending. It is particularly aimed at boosting demand at consumer level and reversing the slowdown in economic activity.”

Source: Abusidiq

God will shame my husband’s enemies in 2017 – Mrs Fayose

Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose, wife of Ekiti State Governor, on Tuesday, January 3, wished shame on her husband’s enemies in 2017.

She prayed that enemies posing as friends of her husband’s government will be exposed in the new year.

The Ekiti First Lady stated this during this year’s edition of inter-religious Thanksgiving service organised by the office of Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Matters, Pastor Seyi Olusola, in Ado Ekiti.

“Every enemy pretending as friends, close to the government of Ayo Fayose and working against the government, the Lord will expose them with shame this year. Enough is enough,” she said.

She urged the people of the state to disregard negative predictions against the Fayose administration, noting that God has assured her not to fear anything in 2017.

“Don’t listen to whatever prophesies you are hearing from anyone. Anybody can say whatever they, but God has given all power to turn every  negative utterances to your favour. Confess positive things about Ekiti and it shall be so, no matter what anyone says.

“The Lord said He will help us and we should fear not. I pray the Lord will give us the grace and enablement to hold these words and confess them daily.”

The First Lady added that God granted her family victories over their battles in 2016.

“My testimony is unending because God has been good to me gracious and wonderful to my family. I will lose count in tabulating them; in all families, He favoured my family, favoured my husband and me among all men and women, It is not to say we are the most perfect or wonderful it is just because He has chosen to love us,” she said.

Governor Fayose’s Defense Of Corruption – By Tayo Adeleke

Ordinarily, a criminal suspect like Mr. Ayo Fayose, the governor of Ekiti state should be ignored by decent people. I actually began to doubt the mental sanity of the governor when he said that the Chibok girls were never abducted and that their parents were pretending. Since then I have learnt to pity and pray for the governor while sympathising with Ekiti people who have the misfortune of being ruled by such a lousy character. But because he has been left by President to continue to fool himself, the likes of Pastor Addboye are being recruited to sing the praises of the very corrupt governor.

Mr. Fayose has just condemned the anti corruption fight of the federal government. As far as the governor is concerned, President Buhari is not fighting corruption but his political foes. But  Mr. Fayose has failed to point  to any corrupt person arrested by the anti graft agencies under the present administration without any evidence of corruption and fraud. Even though Governor Fayose is presently enjoying constitutional immunity his agents who were arrested have  admitted that they collected N2.5 billion from ex-minister of state in the ministry of defense, Musiliu Obanikoro.

The former minister who initially ran to the United States of America has returned to Nigeria. In his comprehensive statement to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Obanikoro confessed that he collected the sum of  N2.5 billion for Mr. Fayose from the office of the National Security Adviser under retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki. That was part of the $2.1 billion set aside by the federal government to buy military weapons to fight Boko Haram and other terrorists.  Instead of denying the serious allegation of corruption Mr. Fayose has been parading himself as an ‘opposition leader.’ This fellow must think that Nigerians are fools to be hoodwinked by a vagabond in power like himself, apology to the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

A permanent secretary has just been arrested with 47 SUVs and 100 motorcycles bought from the sum of N27 billion stolen from the retirement entitlements of dead PHCN workers.  Others have confessed that they stole money budgeted for building hospitals, roads and schools for our children. And Fayose wants Nigerians to overlook such wicked crooks and heartless criminals. Does the governor know how many people have lost their lives in our abandoned hospitals and on our dangerous roads? What of the millions of our children that are out of schools? Just because  the limes of Fayose stole the billions of Naira for equipping hospitals, fixing roads and building schools.

Was it not under People’s Democratic Party’s Presidents that all former governors including Mr. Fayose were charged to court for stealing billions of Naira. In his own case Mr. Fayose was charged to court in 2006 under President Olusegun Obasanjo for stealing N1.2 billion through a poultry scam. Was he not also charged to court by the police for the killing of Dr. Ayo Daramola, Tunde Omojola and others in Ekiti state during his first term as a governor? Has Mr. Fayose forgotten that Mr.  Lere Olayinka, his current Media aide called the police to arrest and prosecute Mr. Fayose for assassinating innocent people in Ekiti state?

Since the memory of the  highly corrupt governor is very short we wish to remind him that the over 20 former governors who are standing trial in many courts were charged to court by the previous regimes. Even under President Jonathan,  former governors like Silva, Ladoja, Daniel and others were charged to court. Was it not under President Jonathan that former governor of Delta state, Chief James Ibori escaped from Nigeria only to be arrested in Dubai and deported to London for trial? Was it not President Jonathan that pardoned his former boss, Chief DSP Alamieyesigha who was jailed by the Obasanjo government?

In all the cases I have mentioned were we not told by the likes of Fayose that the big time crooks were charged to court  for political reasons even though none of them tried to defend the billions of Naira stolen by them? Let Mr. Fayose continue to deceive himself. Unlike when he ran away after his impeachment in 2006 we Ekiti youths will not allow him and his fellow corrupt elements to escape this time around. All those who have stolen public fund must be tried and jailed with orders to return out stolen wealth.

Now Enough is enough.

Fayose’s Empty Stomach Infrastructure! – By Tope Michael

As usual Governor Ayo Fayose has condemned President Mohammadu Buhari for the rate of hunger in the land including Ekiti state. Does this guy think at all before blaming President Buhari for the problems that other governors are solving?

Ekiti state was once a proud producer of Igbemo Rice. Incidentally, Igbemo Ekiti is the next town to Fayose’s village, Afao Ekiti. So he should tell Nigerians why his government of stomach infrastructure has failed to revitalize the Igbemo rice factory which was once a pride of the Ekiti people.


Has the governor of Ebonyi state not increased rice production to the extent that the state is selling rice to other states right now?  Is the lousy governor of Ekiti state not aware that the government of Governor Akin Ambode of Lagos State decided to partner with Governor Bagudu of Kebbi state for the production of rice? Is Mr. Fayose not aware that the partnership has created opportunities for Lagosians to buy a bag of rice in Lagos at N12,000 while it is sold at N20,000 in Fayose’s  land of empty stomach infrastructure?


Incidentally, Mr. Fayose is one of the governors who have been campaigning for true federalism. Can we have true federalism when an agrarian state like Ekiti has to depend on the federal government to feed its people? Simply because  Governor Fayose is bereft of ideas of good governance? In any case,  if Mr. Fayose seriously wants the federal government to feed the Ekiti people let him refund the N2.5 billion traced to him through the ex-minister of defense, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro.


From that sum, the federal government can invest N1 billion in agriculture in Ekiti state.

“The masses will rise against APC-led government in 2017”, Governor Fayose predicts.

Ekiti State governor Ayodele Fayose has predicted a tumultuous 2017 for Nigeria, noting that the year would see an uprising against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its government due to economic hardship.

“2017 will be a defining year for Nigeria as there will be major revolution and uprising against the Federal Government because of economic hardship,” Fayose said in a statement on Friday.

While he acknowledges the government’s effort at boosting agricultural sector, Fayose said: “there will be no solution to power problem as power generation will drop to all time low.”

Fayose warned against trifling with his ominous projections for 2017, especially since up to 9% of what he predicted for 2016.

“I predicted 20 things that will be experienced this year 2016. Almost 90 percent of what the Holy Spirit led me to predict came to pass,” he said.

According to the governor, $1 would exchange for N600 at some point next year. He also said the “APC-led Federal Government will still not have a solution to the economic problems of the country as the economy will move from recession to depression.

He claimed about four ministers will be sacked and that there will be more pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele.

Other predictions as offered by Fayose are:

  • Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) will absolve Senate President Bukola Saraki.
  • Crisis in the APC will deepen as former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will officially show intention to leave the party and declare his intention to vie for the office of the president in 2019.
  • A former Head of State/President may pass on.
  • A new (major) party that will wrestle power from the APC will emerge.
  • More Shi’ite Muslims will be killed and Federal Government will not release the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
  • Disobedience to court order and abuse of human rights will continue.
  • Hardship will be more as poverty will continue to ravage the country.
  • The academic community will further lose confidence in the APC-led Federal Government approach to the country’s economic and political challenges.
  • Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano will be re-elected.
  • $29.9 Billion Loan: Federal Government will find it difficult to source the loan.
  • Magu may face prosecution.
  • There will be boost in agriculture.
  • Haliburton gate may still be revisited.
  • Performance of the Federal Government 2017 Budget will be the worst in the history of Nigeria.

Angry Ekiti traders destroy government, police property.

Traders and street hawkers in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on Wednesday resisted attempts by officials of the Ministry of Works to restrain them from displaying their wares along the roads.

Having prepared well to make huge gains in the ongoing yuletide, the traders considered the action of the task force a “disturbance,” and an attempt to deny them of their season’s profit.

They also engaged in street protests, burn fires, and even vandalizing the office of the Commissioner for Works, Funmi Ogun.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that trouble began when early on Wednesday morning, officials of the ministry, popularly called “Dagrin,” prevented street trading in the city by arresting and seizing wares of many who had displayed them on the streets.

The move angered the traders who reacted by vandalizing properties in sight, shattering windows and doors of government offices.

Ms. Ogun was said to have narrowly escaped the wrath of the protesters, who were obviously looking out for her.nigerian_police_703745209

“The task force should realize that this is festive period, Christmas is just four days while new year is less than two weeks,” one of the protesters who would not want his name mentioned, explained while speaking to journalists.

“And it is at this time that selling, especially on the streets booms. So, they ought to allow us to do our business now.

“Many of us have market stalls in the demolished markets and are awaiting spaces in the new Oja-Oba market under construction.

“We cannot afford to go and get shops now as that would be too expensive. So they should pardon us for this time. At least, we have obeyed them all along before now.

Anti-riot policemen were, however, dispatched to the scene of protest to ensure calm. They fired tear gas to disperse the protesters.

Three of the aggrieved traders were also arrested by the police.

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, also went to the scene to see things for himself.

Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor
Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor

He appealed to the protesters to stay calm as the government would look into the cause of the problem.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Command, Alberto Adeyemi, told PREMIUM TIMES that the suspects were not arrested for protesting, but for vandalizing government property.

“They vandalised government properties and mashed government vehicles,” he said.

“Even the police van that was sent to curtail their activities was also destroyed, so we are investigating the matter.”

He however said the situation had been brought under control and residents were freely going about their businesses.

“I am God’s anointed, come at me at your own peril”, Fayose tells EFCC.

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has described himself as “God’s anointed”, warning the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to come after him at its peril.

Fayose said as things are currently, the anti-graft agency cannot prosecute any meaningful fight against corruption.

“If they have studied me very well, they would have stopped running after God’s anointed,” read a statement issued on Fayose’s behalf by Lere Olayinka, his spokesman.

“The more they run after me, the more they hit their heads on the Rock of Ages and get themselves fatally injured.”

He also commended the judiciary for “standing firm against the EFCC’s tyranny”, saying the way and manner the commission had been going about “shopping” for court orders against Nigerians should concern lovers of rule of law in the country.

Fayose expressed delight over the court order that asked EFCC to release all his property.

“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, knowing that the judge himself is fraudulent as established by the court of appeal 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.

“Justice Dimgba gave interim orders on July 20, and reaffirmed on August 3, and the orders were made to last for 45 days to enable EFCC carry out its investigations. Instead of going back to the same court, the EFCC ran to Justice Abang, a judge already adjudged to be fraudulent by the Appeal Court to obtain another order.

“Should we now say that 45 days was inadequate for the any meaningful investigation to be carried out by the EFCC if indeed the commission was interested in investigating anything? Didn’t EFCC carry out its investigation before going to court to seek order to seize the property?

“The EFCC and its collaborators should stop running after me as if I am the only reason they were employed. They should keep their gun powder dry and wait till the end of my tenure, and I can assure them that they will be defeated as I have always done, that is if they are still around then.”

Corpse of senior police officer in Ekiti found 24 hrs after kidnap

Idowu Taiwo, superintendent of police attached to Ekiti state police command, has been murdered by unknown persons.

The deceased was reported to have been initially kidnapped at a relaxation spot on Sunday night.

His corpse was later found on Monday in a car in Ado Ekiti, capital of the state, after a search for his whereabouts.

Until his death, the deceased was the officer in charge of finance, commonly called OC MSS in the force’s parlance.

The motive for his murder is yet to be ascertained.

NAN quoted a source as saying he was at a relaxation joint not far from a police station at Ologede area of the state capital when the assailants stormed the place and took him away.

He added that the corpse of the deceased was discovered in a car with cuffs on his hands.

Alberto Adeyemi, the command’s public relations officer (PRO), has confirmed the incident.

“I confirm that the deceased was officer ‘OC MSS,” he said.

“His name is SP Idowu Taiwo; he was taken away fromOlogede area and was later found dead at Ajebamidele area in Ajilosun area of the state capital.

“After he was murdered, they abandoned his body in a car in Ajebamidele area of the town.

“Investigations have begun to arrest the perpetrators, but no arrest has yet been made.”

Why Fayose’s Account Cannot Be Unfrozen – By Johnson Adebayo

One Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the federal high court sitting at Ado Ekiti State is reported to have ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to defreeze and return to Mr. Ayo Fayose, the governor of Ekiti State the sum of N300 million traced to the Zenith bank. Mr. Fayose had claimed that the money was part of the campaign fund donated to him by the management of Zenith bank. The cock and bull story of Mr. Fayose was vehemently denied by Zenith Bank. To corroborate the denial of the bank, the EFCC has revealed how the sum of N1.2 billion was taken to the Ado Ekiti branch of the zenith bank from the office of the National  Security Adviser under the retired  Col. Sambo Dasuki.


Since another federal high court presided over by Justice Mohammed Idris sitting in Lagos had authorized the freezing of the same account the order of Justice Taiwo Taiwo is illegal and ought to be ignored by the EFCC. In the course of the proceedings before him, it was disclosed to  Justice Taiwo Taiwo that the N300 million was part of the N1.2 billion traced to Mr. Fayose from the Dasukigate. Apart from Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro who has admitted that he handed over, he said the sum of N1.2 billion to Mr. Fayose the criminal trial has commenced in respect of the stolen fund. Since Mr. Fayose currently enjoys immunity and cannot be arrested his agent, Mr. Abiodun Agbaje is now standing trial for keeping part of the loot. Why then was Justice Taiwo Taiwo in a hurry to transfer the proceed of crime to Mr. Fayose? Did he establish the legitimate ownership of the money?


With the facts of the Dasukigate which are within public knowledge, what was the basis of the order of Justice Taiwo Taiwo to the effect that part of the loot be returned to Mr. Fayose? Was it meant to destroy the evidence of the proceed of crime so as to exonerate Mr. Fayosr? Since Justice Taiwo Taiwo is not unaware of the illegality of his order, he has set out to destroy the evidence of Mr. Fayose’s criminality so that upon leaving office he cannot be tried.  Unfortunately for Justice Taiwo Taiwo all the agents of Mr. Fayose including Abiodun Agbaje have implicated him. Mr. Obanikoro has also nailed him. In fact, the former minister has refunded part of his own share of the loot. Mr. Iyiola Omisore has equally made a refund of part of the N1.3 billion traced to him from the same illicit transaction.


Some human rights organizations have challenged Justice Taiwo Taiwo for converting his Court to a Court of Appeal over another federal high court which had ordered that the disputed account be frozen. Once again, the federal high court presided by two judges have given conflicting orders on the Fayose loot. Justice Idris had earlier ordered the freezing of the account. Justice Taiwo has now ordered that the same account be defrozen!  Since the order of Justice Idris was tendered before Justice Taiwo Taiwo it is clear that he deliberately set out to ridicule the Nigerian judiciary which is currently enmeshed in corruption. The National Judicial Council should investigate the circumstances surrounding the issuance of the order of Justice Taiwo Taiwo .


Furthermore, Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN,  the lawyer of Mr. Fayose should be asked to explain why he engaged in forum shopping by filing a fresh suit before Justice Taiwo Taiwo instead of taking steps to set aside the order of Justice Idris or appeal against it to the Court of Appeal.  This lawyer should be disciplined for setting the two courts of coordinate jurisdiction against each order. The disgraceful conduct of Justice Taiwo Taiwo and Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN should be not be allowed to go unchallenged. We just cannot continue to expose the country’s judiciary to avoidable embarrassment for pecuniary interests.

#RiversRerun: Governor Fayose asks Donald Trump to intervene.

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the Rivers National and State Houses of Assembly election rerun as disgraceful, asking the United States President-elect, Donald Trump, to quickly intervene in the affairs of Nigeria.

Fayose said this in a statement by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, on Sunday.

The governor said President Muhammadu Buhari had compromised the Independent National Electoral Commission and taken Nigeria backward.

The statement read in part, “He (Fayose) reiterated his call to the United States of America’s President-elect, Mr Donald Trump, to focus his attention more on Nigeria, with a view to saving the country from disintegrating, saying; ‘God forbid, if Nigeria disintegrates, the entire continent of Africa will disintegrate’’’.

Fayose described the elections as a sad reminder of the level of destruction already done to the country’s electoral process by the All Progressives Congress.

He added, “Free, fair and credible election is dead in the country and that whatever victory that is recorded by any political party in the Rivers State election will be nothing but victory at gunpoint.”

The governor lamented that it was worrisome that the legacy of free, fair and credible election left by the Peoples Democratic Party had been destroyed less than two years that the APC assumed power,saying; “We thought that we have gone past this era of manipulated electoral process after the 2015 general elections, which brought the APC and President Buhari to power, but the Buhari administration has taken us back to the stone age by merging his party, APC with INEC, the police, military and other security agencies.”

The governor said it was sad that snatching of ballot boxes, hijacking of voting materials and electoral violence which had become a thing of the past have now become part of our electoral process.

“It is even more worrisome that despite the fact that votes are counted openly at the polling units, voters are no longer sure of the results of elections until announcement by INEC, which has become an organ of the APC,” the governor said.

Court summons Ekiti Speaker for disobeying order to swear in member

A Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday ordered the Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole, to appear before it on December 7 to explain why he should not be committed for contempt after he refused to obey an order by the court to swear in a member-elect, Toyin Obayemi.

The Judge, Taiwo Taiwo, ruled that the Speaker must comply with his order to inaugurate Mr. Obayemi as member representing Ado Ekiti Constituency 1, which was delivered on July 4.

He said failure to comply with the order would result in appropriate steps by the court to protect its integrity and powers.

Mr. Obayemi is preferring a contempt charge against the House Speaker, for
disobeying the court order that he be sworn in.

Mr. Obayemi is expected to replace Musa Arogundade who was removed by the
court. The court ordered Mr. Arogundade to refund all salaries and allowances collected since June 5 when the Fifth Assembly was inaugurated.

The court, while annulling Mr. Arogundade’s election, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to issue Mr. Obayemi a Certificate of Return.

“The Speaker must obey the order of this court, the proper things should be done,” the judge said.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Speaker should consult with his counsel against the next adjourned date most especially as court record shows that he has been served.

“I will never be intimidated by anybody, somebody was here before. Even if I die the Bench lives on.”

He subsequently adjourned the case till December 7 for further hearing.

Earlier, the counsel to the member-elect, Olayinka Sokoya, told the court that he received a letter from the law chambers of a Senior Advocate, Mike Ozekhome, dated November 18, a day after the last day of sitting.

Mr. Sokoya explained that Mr. Ozekhome, who is seeking to take over the defence
of Mr. Oluwawole, is praying the court for an adjournment of the case.

Ondo election: INEC already prepared the results – Fayose

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  has planned with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the Ondo governorship election.

In a statement on Friday, Fayose said INEC staff already have the result they will be announcing to Nigerians.

The governor also wondered why the Returning officer and other key staff are being made secret by the commission.

The statement read; “At the early hours of today, information came in that the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof Kayode Soremekun, who was the INEC Returning Officer in the recently concluded Edo State governorship election that is still a subject of litigation, will also serve as the Returning Officer for the Ondo State election.

“The questions that came to my mind were; is Prof Kayode Soremekun the only Vice Chancellor in Nigeria? Is FUOYE the only federal university

in Nigeria? Is Ekiti the only State where INEC can find Returning Officers?

“Definitely, INEC is up to a sinister game on the Ondo State election and it is obvious that the electoral commission is working with the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“This belief was further made manifest by the response of Prof Soremekun to a SMS and a call, saying that he was only being used as decoy by INEC.

“This was further corroborated by the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ondo State, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, who said on television that identities of those to be used as Returning Officers are being kept secret.

“Obviously, it is clear beyond any doubt that INEC is only trying to make a volte-face, after its sinister motive of using the same people it used to rig the Edo State election was exposed.

“Electoral process should an open book that anyone can read. Sadly, less than 24 hours to the Ondo State election, INEC is telling Nigerians and the entire world that identities of those to serve as Returning Officers are being kept secret.

“Why should those that will conduct election be hidden from Nigerians? Is election now a secret affair?

“The sad reality confronting the electoral process in Nigeria today is that apart from the APC, other political parties are now contesting elections against INEC.

“It is clear that the Returning Officers already have fake results that they will announce to Nigerians as they did in Edo State.

“Evidently, democracy in Nigeria has suffered a serious setback and it will take the insistence and resistance of the people of Ondo State for their votes to count tomorrow.

“Furthermore, to sustain the planned rigging, names of some judges seen as trusted enough to give the APC favourable judgment have been compiled to be used as members of the Election Petition Tribunal. In other words, the election tribunal has been constituted even before the election is held.

Ekiti State Government orders indefinite closure of Fayose’s market over violence

Ekiti State Government has ordered the indefinite closure of the popular Fayose market in Ado Ekiti.


The State Commissioner for Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives, Hon. Michael Ayodele who made this known, explained that the development followed an attempt by some unruly traders in the market to cause a breakdown of law and order.


Hon. Ayodele stressed that government can no longer tolerate any form of lawlessness, adding that all stakeholders must be ready to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of business in the market.


The Commissioner emphasized that the market would remain shut until the traders express readiness to stop obstructing access roads and work-ways with their goods.


He condemned the attack on officials and members of the task force responsible for maintaining law and order in the market.

Governor Fayose pays surprise visit to APC’s Segun Oni.

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, at the weekend paid a surprise visit to former governor Segun Oni at his Ifaki Ekiti country home.

According to a press statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Fayose, said it was a mere courtesy visit and proper for him as a governor and leader.

The visit which took place around 2.30pm had the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, on the entourage.

The governor who went with only three vehicles in the convoy said he and Segun Oni had a useful discussion claiming that a governor is the leader of all, saying “leadership comes first, Ekiti comes first and leadership is about sacrifice to make for the purpose of unity. That is exactly what I am doing”

He said further, ” there is a difference between leadership and politics. To me, Ekiti comes first, every leader willing to make Ekiti first, I will visit him.

“I am the governor of the state and everybody is my subject. My visit to Segun Oni has nothing to do with politics. When it comes to how to move Ekiti forward, we must firstly remove our political garment.”

Segun Oni who warmly received Governor Fayose said that he was overwhelmed with the visit which he claimed was brotherly.

His words, “It is a brotherly visit, I am happy for that. It is welcome development and good for Ekiti State. We are both leaders of the state.”

Shortly after he came to office, Fayose restored the portrait of Segun Oni which was removed by former governor Kayode Fayemi from the Governor’s Office.

Fayose also restored all his benefits as former governor of the state.

Ekiti INEC Secretary Kidnapped

Unidentified gunmen, on Thursday evening, kidnapped Dr Muslim Omoleke, the Administrative Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ekiti State.

The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that Omoleke was kidnapped at Iwaraja community, near Ilesa in Osun State.

He was said to have been driven away in his car into the forest of Ijesaland, by his abductors, together with his son and driver.
A source at INEC disclosed that the abductors later released Omoleke’s son and the driver, along with the car.

The spokesperson of INEC in Ekiti State, Alhaji Taiwo Gbadegesin, confirmed the incident.

He said a report has been made to security agencies in Ondo, Osun and Ekiti States.

Gbadegesin said the administrative secretary was returning to Ekiti state from official visits to Ondo and Osun States when he was abducted.

The abductors are yet to make contact with the INEC and the victim’s family, Gbadegesin said.

The State Police Command also confirmed the kidnapping of the INEC Administrative Secretary in the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Alberto Adeyemi,told NAN on telephone that the INEC chief was kidnapped “but not in Ekiti State”.

According to him, the victim was kidnapped in Osun state, which is outside the jurisdiction of the Ekiti State Police Command.

Credit: NAN

Ekiti INEC Secretary Kidnapped

gunmen on Thursday kidnapped the Administrative Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Ekiti State, Muslim Omoleke.

It was gathered that Omoleke was kidnapped at Iwaraja, a town near Ilesa in Osun State, at about 4pm.

A source revealed that he was abducted and driven away into the forest of Ijesaland, along with his driver and his child.

“They later released his child and the driver along with the vehicle and took him away. We have not heard anything since then,” the source added.

When contacted, the spokesperson of INEC in Ekiti, Alhaji Taiwo Gbadegesin, confirmed the incident and said security agencies in Ondo, Osun and Ekiti states had been contacted.

Gbadegesin said Omoleke had gone on visits to Ondo and Osun States.

He added that the abductors had not contacted the family and the commission.

3 wounded as Ekiti Nigerian Union of Teachers’ election turns bloody.

No fewer than three persons were reportedly wounded during the election into Ekiti State Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Teachers in Ado Ekiti on Thursday.

Two other persons were said to have been arrested by men of the Department of State Service during the violence which broke out when a group of teachers protested against alleged manipulation of delegates list.

The victims, who were loyalists of a chairmanship candidate, Mr. Taiwo Adu, were reportedly beaten by men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the DSS.

Adu, who later addressed journalists, said those wounded had been taken to hospitals for treatment.

He explained that violence broke out when the outgoing executive refused to address a petition raised by his support group – the Progressives – which queried the delegates list.

He accused the outgoing chairman, Samuel Akosile, and the secretary, Olugbenga Ajibade, of doctoring the list to favour his rival, Mr. Olusegun Olugbenga.

“Instead of 87 delegates for Ado Local Government, we were given 35. We submitted petitions to the state and the national body of NUT but received no response.”

Adu said the security men invited by the secretary shot sporadically into the air to scare his supporters away.

He added, “Three of us were wounded by the members of the other group -The Possibility- and two of us detained in DSS custody. The election should be cancelled.”

But reacting, the Ekiti NUT secretary denied the allegation that the delegates list was doctored.

According to him, the delegates were carefully chosen in line with the NUT constitution and based on financial strength of the local governments.

Ajibade said nobody was beaten by security agencies, clarifying that security men were only there to maintain the law and order.

“Before the election, the issue was taken to the state executive council and all the representatives from the 16 local governments were present. At the meeting, the numbers allotted to each council was read and nobody raised an objection. So, it was wrong for them to come and raise the issue on election day.”

FG threatens to revoke Ekiti federal varsity building contracts.

The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Government Projects has threatened to revoke some contracts awarded at the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, in Ekiti State.

The committee issued the threat after inspecting some ongoing projects at the institution.

The team, led by the Deputy Director of Procurement in the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Musa Odiniya, particularly warned Tripod Nigeria Ltd. and Dumaco Best – the contractors handling the Central Administrative Block and the University Library projects, respectively.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, who conducted the team round the project sites, expressed disappointment at the slow pace of work on the two projects.

He said, “The larger story is that some of the critical projects have been abandoned. The contractors handling the construction of the library and the Central Administrative Block have been lackadaisical.’’

Soremekun said that he stopped the payment of N50m to a contractor because there was nothing to show for the N23m he had earlier received.

“What is the guarantee that he will not abscond again? The effect is that Nigerian students will study with substandard facilities. If these structures were put in place, Nigerians would generate foreign exchange because people from other countries would enroll their children here.”

The VC blamed the attitude of the contractors on impunity within the system, saying, “Some people believe they can do things without consequences. I hope there would be consequences this time. The implication is that you are killing the future of Nigerian youths that are supposed to be using the facility.”

The committee noted that the contractors did not show that they had the funds to handle the job even after 85 percent payment to one of them.

N40bn fraud: Fayose’s antics to deceive Nigerians – APC

All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state has described the allegation of fraud against former Governor Kayode Fayemi by the House of Assembly, as an attempt by Governor Ayodele Fayose to shift attention from his alleged crimes to blackmail the federal government and put the former governor in bad light.

It said Nigerians were not deceived by such antics to take attention from the “flurry of confessions in courts” exposing how Fayose allegedly participated in frauds to win his election.

The House of Assembly members had last Thursday approached the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with a copy of a petition alleging that Fayemi misappropriated N40 billion in projects execution between 2010 and 2014.

But reacting in a statement at the weekend by the Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party said it was too late to divert attention from the revelations on alleged fraud perpetrated by Fayose to fix his election.

Accusing Fayose of being desperate to divert attention from his investigation over alleged election fraud and the same time put Fayemi in bad light, Olatunbosun wondered why it took more than two years before the governor realised that the House of Assembly was the vehicle through which he could transmit a petition to the EFCC.

He also slammed the members of the House of Assembly, accusing them of “ineptitude, mediocrity and slave boys of a reckless and lawless governor.”

He said: “The lawmakers does not having constitutional powers to act as petitioners in matter that concerns only the executive arm of government, majority of the members do not possess educational qualifications that can prepare them for the duties they were elected to perform, hence their directionless conduct and acting as tools of the governor while they suffer in penury.”

DasukiGate: “My story will be like that of Jesus Christ” — Fayose

Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose has debunked the claim by former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, that he gave him (Fayose) part of the money he got from ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Fayose said the claim by Obanikoro, who is currently in EFCC custody, that he collected some money from him, was a clear indication that he was drowning and looking for someone to go down with him.

Speaking with Sun, Fayose said despite the myraids of allegations leveled against him, he would come out pure.

He compared his current situation to the Biblical Jesus, who despite many trials, came out victorious.

He said, “I wouldn’t want to join issues with EFCC or Obanikoro. But I remembered very well that Obanikoro was firing very serious salvos at the EFCC before now.

“I remembered all his statements in the press, but this dramatic return, he did not stop at the airport and there was a clear entrance straight to the EFCC custody; it simply shows that there is a hand of Saul in the voice of Jacob.

“I’m used to all these conspiracies and the fact remains that in all these, Jesus is Lord, in all these, victory is sure, in all these, I’ve not lost any battle and I’ll not lose any. Let me believe that Obanikoro did not say all these because whatever you say, you would have to prove it in court.

It is not enough to just say it. If he’s saying all these to get out of trouble, it is just a drama of the moment. I know he is looking for ways out of the quagmire as his house was seized, his bank accounts were frozen and all that. May be, my brother and friend, Obanikoro is looking for easy way out so they have to heap everything on Fayose.

“I’m used to all these. In the meantime, I am busy as governor of Ekiti delivering good governance to my people. What they wanted during their conspiracy at my first tenure was to stop me politically forever. They didn’t want me to rise politically again; that was what all the first poultry allegation with EFCC in 2006 is all about but I won.

“Today, I can adjudge what would happen tomorrow by the victory of yesterday. So, their fear is my rising profile: their fear is – where is this Fayose going?

“Don’t you forget that in the Bible, the three wise men who came to greet Jesus Christ and who saw tomorrow about Jesus Christ just as the then King Herod too, saw tomorrow about Jesus Christ and he told the wise men to come back to him and reveal where Jesus was so that he could go and kill him.

“But the wise men didn’t go back that way. So, they saw my tomorrow and knew that I was rising. I’m going to be among those people that would take over from them. I have a future, I have greatness ahead of me and no greatness comes without a battle and struggle.

“So, they should keep their gun powder dry, behave like a responsible organization whose strength is in their coded investigation. They should stop messing themselves up. You see, nobody knows what would be the situation in two years time, but when we get to the bride, we would cross it.

“Again, if Obanikoro says he gave me such huge money, where did he get it from? Why will he take such huge cash like that? Why will an honourable federal minister of the country be saying that he took cash like this and gave to me?

“You can now see how EFCC operates, but we will talk about that when we get to court. They are only looking for ways for nexus, to link me at all cost, to destroy me at all cost.

‘It is just like in the Bible when they asked the people should we replace the thief with Jesus for the punishment but the people said no, it is Jesus we want.

“So, it’s Fayose that is all they want in all these drama, I hope that by now, they would have released all Obanikoro’s confiscated assets and property.”

How Obanikoro Hid $5.37 Million in Military Trunk For Fayose – Aluko

A former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Dr. Tope Aluko, has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of how a former Minister of State for Defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, handed over $5.377m cash to Governor Ayo Fayose.

He said the cash, which was put in a green military truck by the ex-minister, was given to Fayose in the presence of nine PDP elders.

He listed those who witnessed the collection by Fayose as a former Secretary to the State Government, a senator, two members of the House of Assembly, a former Director-General and others.

Aluko, it was learned, had one-and-a-half hours hostile encounter with Obanikoro.

Upon receiving the large suitcase (box) and a key to open it, he said, Fayose and Obanikoro retired into an inner room of Spotless Hotel for a brief discussion.

Aluko made the revelation during a grilling by the EFCC team against the backdrop of the ongoing probe of how the ex-minister shared the N4.745billion wired to a company linked to him by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

The N4.685billon was transferred to Sylva McNamara Limited out of which N60million ($5.377m) cash was personally given to Fayose by the ex-minister.

Obanikoro, however, told the EFCC team that he gave Fayose the cash in the presence of PDP elders including Dr. Tope Aluko.

According to a source, Aluko told the detectives: “The ex-minister brought the $5.377million cash to Spotless Hotel for Fayose in a green military trunk. He was accompanied by four military men.

“Obanikoro handed over the trunk and a key to Fayose in the presence of nine eminent PDP elders in the state.

“Holding a piece of paper, Obanikoro later entered into an inner room in the hotel for a brief discussion with Fayose. Maybe the paper was for Fayose to acknowledge the receipt of the cash.

“Upon coming out, Fayose opened the trunk with the key and we all saw it was filled with dollars. We had a list of how we wanted to use the money but we had not expended the Naira cash at hand.

“Fayose, who asked me to call other PDP leaders, later took the trunk to his room at the hotel for safe keeping. That was the last we heard about the cash.”

Another source in EFCC claimed that Aluko and Obanikoro had about “one-and-a-half hours of unfriendly encounter” before interrogators.

The source said: “Both Obanikoro and Aluko were brought to the interrogation room by EFCC detectives. They asked if Aluko had ever met the ex-minister, the ex-PDP Secretary in Ekiti State said: ‘Obanikoro was the liaison personnel between the Presidency and Fayose.

“He confirmed that he had met with the ex-minister at a meeting in Abuja before the delivery of the money.

“Aluko also admitted that he was present when Obanikoro brought the over $5.377m cash to Governor Ayo Fayose.”

The EFCC had uncovered how Sylva McNamara, which was incorporated in November 2011, was used for the slush funds from ONSA.

Fulani Herdsmen: Confiscated cows to go for ‘stomach infrastructure’ – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has declared that any cow confiscated under the State Grazing Regulation Law will be slaughtered and shared to the people as part of the “Stomach Infrastructure” policy of his administration.

The governor who disclosed this on Thursday in Ado Ekiti during the inauguration of Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshals (EGEM) said herdsmen caught grazing their cattle beyond the 6.00 pm risks six months jail while their animals will be confiscated.

Fayose explained that the setting up of the EGEM force was a further step to nip the killing of innocent people and destruction of their means of livelihood by armed herdsmen in the bud.

The EGEM men thrilled the audience with their parade while local hunters also performed at the ceremony. Some of the marshals displayed placards some of which read “No To Terrorism By Herdsmen”, Fayose Is Working, Ekiti Is Moving”, among others.

Fayose who were an olive green long sleeve shirt with a camouflage fez cap to match explained that the marshals are not to carry arms and therefore would collaborate with security agencies empowered by law to carry arms to tackle armed cattle rearers.

He said: ?”We have a right to life and to survive and holding things for our survival especially peasant farmers, whose means of livelihood are taken away by cattle feeding on their crops.? If the gains of peasant farmers are taken away in a jiffy, that is condemnable.?

“We will bring to a permanent end, the situation whereby some people take away the means of livelihood of others.

“On August 29, 2016, the Anti-Grazing Bill was passed by the House of Assembly and the bill was signed into law by me on August 30.? Some people go as far as grazing in the night when farmers are no longer at their farms.?

“Any cattle found grazing after the time stipulated by the law will be confiscated by the government.Such cattle will be sold or killed on the spot ?and shared to people as part of our Stomach Infrastructure programme,” he said.

The governor had Wednesday last week personally stopped open grazing along Afao Road and supervised the “arrest” of a cow on his way to commissioning projects in Ikole Ekiti.

Fayose contended that 10, 000 cattle could not compensate for the life of the human being lost to a conflict between herdsmen and local farmers.

While frowning at cattle rustling by some people, Fayose added that the law was in the interest of cattle rearers too, as their operations would be streamlined.

The governor added that the phone numbers of the marshals would be made public and warned the marshals against going beyond their mandate.

“This is not an opportunity to harass or intimidate innocent people. You are to enforce the law and not to break it. Anybody found going beyond his bounds would be dealt with accordingly,” he stressed.

In her opening remarks, the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Modupe Alade, said the law had helped in curbing incessant attacks on local farmers by herdsmen and feasting on crops by cattle.

The Chairman, Hunters Association, Ikole Local Government, Joseph Osasona, commended Fayose for the initiative.

Osasona recalle?d that it was the prompt intervention of the governor in Oke Ako-Ekiti early in the year when some armed herdsmen attacked the people, that sent a strong signal to lawbreakers to stay away from the state.

He noted that it was inhuman for anybody to jeopardise the lives and means of livelihood of others because he wants to rear cattle.

Ekitigate: Fayose tackles Obanikoro over ex-minister’s confessions.

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the voluntary return of ex-minister Musiliu Obanikoro to Nigeria as “dramatic and compromised,” following the latter’s alleged confessions to the anti-graft agency, EFCC.

Mr. Fayose said he will not be distracted by Mr. Obanikoro’s reported confessions that he transferred N2.3billion to the Ekiti leader from the Office of the National Security Adviser to fund his 2014 governorship election.

The governor, in a statement on Wednesday signed by his Special Adviser on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said the report was a plot by the Federal Government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to implicate him “at all cost.”

Mr. Obanikoro, who turned himself in to the EFCC on Monday, has been in EFCC custody since then facing interrogation on allegations of corruption and receipt of funds from the Office of the National Security Adviser without contract awards.

The former minister of state for defense arrived Nigeria on Monday after leaving the country in 2015 amid the corruption allegations. He was alleged to have facilitated the disbursement of the funds to Mr. Fayose in the build up to the 2014 election in Ekiti through Biodun Agbele, an associate of the governor.

A report by Punch Newspaper on Wednesday said Mr. Obanikoro had owned up to the EFCC on the transfers.

A source close to the former minister also confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Obanikoro was “cooperating” with the anti-graft commission and had written at least two statements to that effect.

But Mr. Fayose dismissed the report, saying it was the commission’s usual media trial.

“This project ‘Fayose must be implicated at all cost’ will definitely not put food on the tables of Nigerians and for all I care, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and its collaborators can keep running from pillar to post while I keep delivering good governance to Ekiti and its people,” he said.

“We have gone past this stage of media trial, EFCC should rather keep its gun powder dry, when we get to the bridge, we will cross it. They said more than this in the 2006 poultry scam blackmail, despite that, I am the governor today.”

While noting that his reaction to the report was only “to fulfill all righteousness,” the governor said “those who arranged the dramatic and compromised return of Senator Obanikoro to Nigeria obviously did so in continuation of their project ‘Fayose must be implicated at all cost.”

He however said he was not bothered because his election was legitimately funded.

“As far as I am concerned, I am busy here in Ekiti attending to the welfare and well-being of my people. I won’t be distracted,” the governor said.

He said the EFCC should also beam its searchlights on the funding of APC elections.

“Since we are now in the era in which financial assistance from Nigerians to fund elections is being criminalised, the international community, especially those funding EFCC must insist that the commission probes the funding of APC elections before further funds are released to the commission,” he said.

FFK’s Wife, Precious Chikwendu, Speaks On Her Detention At Access Bank In Ekiti

All along I’ve been mute in the face of tyranny and political madness dished out on my husband @realFFK and family from this government and @officialefcc becos it’s not my fight to lead but this stops today as I am getting in the ring as well. Since 3/5/2016 I’ve been in ur custody and in all your stupid investigations I was not accused till today?

Haba mbok fear God! This account was opened in 2005 while I faces while u had my husband in ur custody and in all your stupid investigations I was not accused till today?

Haba mbok fear God! This account was opened in 2005 while I was in the university and has been dormant from 2013 till early last month when I had to activate it cos you froze my other accounts with no explanations or invitation, yet this account holds nothing but 200k. So because of 200k my son Aragon and I were subjected to detention in a bank with the police and efcc waiting like sharks.

Thank God for Gov. Fayose and the people of Editing becos if they had not been there they would have bundled me and my son like animals and subjected us to God knows what. Had it not been for them there would have been no word out on this matter.

What a shame!! This government and @officialefcc are shameless to bring in women and children to the ring of their vendettas and fights. I’m not a politician or a contractor. I’m the apple of God’s eyes so underate me at your
peril. Meanwhile I’m here and as strong as titanium.

Illegal polytechnic uncovered in Ekiti by EFCC

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday arraigned in a Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti an illegal polytechnic operator.

The alleged illegal operator, Johnson Babatola, was arraigned before Justice Taiwo Taiwo on a seven-count charge bordering on Advance Fee Fraud and operation of illegal Polytechnic.

Babatola, a former Principal Manager of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Ado-Ekiti branch, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The EFCC said that the suspect was arrested following a petition from the National Board for Technical Education in Kaduna, alleging that he was operating an illegal Polytechnic named Teedek Polytechnic at Ilogbo, Ekiti State.

The board said that the accused had allegedly extorted gullible students, who were not aware of the status of the institution.

The petitioner further alleged that some of the students of the Polytechnic had earlier reported the institution to the board and they had published the school as an illegal institution in some National Dailies.

It said that the accused failed to stop the fraudulent act and as such continued to fleece innocent students through the Polytechnic.

The petitioner said that Babatola had sometime between August, 2013 and March 2015 intended to defraud Adakeja Thomas Olusola at Ilogbo Ekiti within the jurisdiction of the court.

The accused had intended obtaining the sum of N118,000 from Adakeja, having falsely represented that the money was tuition fees.

The EFCC said that the accused had told the victim that money was for the award of National Diploma Certificate by Teedek Polytechnic.

The offence contravened section 1 and punishable under section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.

His counsel, Clatus Nachata, applied for his bail, which the prosecuting counsel, Sanusi Galadanchi, opposed.

The Judge after listening to the argument of both counsel, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum.

Taiwo said that one of the sureties must be the traditional ruler of Ilogbo-Ekiti and the second surety must be one of those sureties during the administrative bail earlier granted him by the EFCC.

He said that both sureties shall depose to an affidavit of means and all the documents verified by the EFCC during his administrative bail shall be deposited with the registrar of the court.

The accused person shall deposit his international passport with the court and be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of his bail conditions.

Taiwo adjourned the case till October 18, October 24 and October 27 for hearing.

Governor Fayose donates cars, N50m to teachers in Ekiti

Governor Ayodele Fayose has donated N50 million to teachers in Ekiti State. He also gave two brand new cars to best teachers in public primary and secondary schools.

Fayose, who spoke during the commemoration of this World Teachers’ Day in Ado-Ekiti, said it was to appreciate them for making the state to emerge first in the 2016 National Examinations Council (NECO).

He promised to increase the incentive to N100 million next year if the teachers could sustain the feat, adding that his government would continue to treat them with dignity and celebrate their competence to help the future of the state.

In another development, Fayose urged President Muhammadu Buhari to stop blaming past leaders, particularly his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, for the current economic recession.

He said what Nigerians voted for in 2015 was a change and Buhari should live by that acronym, failing ‘which Nigerians will change the change’.He said: “ What we voted for in 2015 was plenty and bountiful blessing and not economic recession. Today, Nigerian teachers can no longer afford three-square meals a day.

“Nigerians are not begging for too much. What they wanted is to change their fortunes for better. President Buhari must stop complaining. He must address this recession that is killing Nigerians.”

Meanwhile, the Deputy National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Peters Adeyemi and Deputy National President, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr. Kelvin Nwankwo, have pleaded with states owing teachers’ salaries to pay up to cushion the effect of the hard-biting economy on the people.

The duo, who commended Fayose for honouring their colleagues, called for an upward review of teachers’ retirement age from 60 to 65 to arrest premature retirement from the service.

Also, the founder of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola, and a former governor of the old Ondo State, Bamidele Olumilua, praised Ekiti teachers for their patriotic and unwavering zeal for the development of education in spite of the economic challenges.

Olumilua said: “Though Nigeria is tough, but Ekiti is lucky to have a governor that has been doing what is necessary. The recession we are passing through is not something unusual, but what we need is a man that is connected to God and who can do what is necessary and we have it in Governor Fayose.

“If you can see, Ekiti is making progress because we have a man that is committed to the well-being of the populace and he is ready to listen to you to make your future great.”

We’II resist Fayose’s membership – Ekiti APC tells Aregbesola

The visit of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State to Ekiti State has drawn the ire of the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, with the party saying such a visit was a slight on the party and contempt for the party’s leadership in the state.

Aregbesola was in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend on the invitation of Governor Ayodele Fayose for the 20th anniversary of Ekiti State.

At a public forum broadcast live on the state media, Aregbesola described Fayose as “omoluabi” and a hardworking governor who had turned around the fortunes of his state in terms of infrastructure.

Scolding the visit in a statement by the Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party stressed that Aregbesola’s visit signposted the contempt in which the party and its leaders were held by the Osun governor after Fayose had caused severe pains in the lives of APC members, some of whom had been languishing in jail for about two years for the offences they did not commit.

“Aregbesola’s visit to Fayose praising him as ‘omoluabi’ and for the achievements by APC-led government is not only embarrassing but also awful in the face of sustained attacks on APC members, some of whom are still languishing in jail for about two years over trumped-up charges by Fayose.

“It is shocking that Aregbesola as a governor and one of the leading lights in APC in the South-west and indeed the nation would be visiting Ekiti State without putting the leaders into confidence, more so on a visit to a man who once wished the President dead and had done unbelievable things both in Nigeria and abroad to bring Buhari’s government down.

“Worse still, Aregbesola was praising the man who will stop at nothing to bring APC-led federal government down after several years of failed attempts by the progressives to win the presidency of Nigeria.”

Olatunbosun also frowned at alleged misappropriation of APC’s authority with the Osun governor promising realignments of forces with Fayose “sooner than later,” saying such “unbridled” trading off of APC in Ekiti State to Fayose would never stand in the face of the governor’s molestation of APC members over the years.

Warning that the state leaders would resist any attempt to draft the governor into any realignment with APC in the state and foist him on the party, Olatunbosun noted that Fayose had done enough damage to the integrity of Ekiti people, saying that now was the time for the real “omoluabi” in Ekiti to join forces to rebuild the ruins into which Fayose’s administration had plunged the state.

Ekiti Court Sentences Herdsman To Two Years Imprisonment For Grazing

A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has sentenced one Ali Haruna to two years imprisonment for taking his cows for grazing in a farmland and destroying crops.

The Magistrate, Idowu Ayenimo, in his judgement, said the accused was arraigned in his court on Jan 22, 2016 over a two-count charge of wilful and unlawful damage of farm crops at Ago Aduloju in Ado-Ekiti.

The 18-year-old Haruna was confirmed by the four prosecuting witnesses to have been caught in the midnight grazing his cow in the farm belonging to Abdulahi Yaho and Bello Mohammed.

The cash crops said to have destroyed by the cows in the farm included cassava, maize, okro and pepper, all valued at N3 million.

In his defence, the defendant had told the court that the owner of the cows lived in Ilorin, Kwara.

The magistrate said that the court did not believe Haruna’s defence as it was not credible.

He held that the police prosecutor, Mr Olasunkanmi Bankole, had proved his case beyond reasonable doubt.

He thereby convicted the defendant as charged without option of fine.

The magistrate ordered that sentence should run concurrently, explaining that the term was minimal because the offence was committed before the Grazing Law was promulgated in the state.

The defence counsel, Mr Chris Omokhafe, had prayed the court to be liberal in the dispensation of justice, saying that he was a first offender.

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Governor Fayose Loses Bid To Stop EFCC Investigations.

An ex parte order sought by Governor Ayo Fayose administration to stop the investigation of the finances of the state by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been declined by an Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti.


The court, presided over by Justice Cornelius Akintayo refused to grant the order on grounds that all the defendants in the case should be put on notice to prepare for their defence at the court.


The judge consequently adjourned the suit to August 23 and ordered all parties in the suit to appear before him when the Motion on Notice would be heard.


The Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, OwoseniAjayi, had filed the suit to stop the anti-graft-agency from investigating the accounts of the state government.


The plaintiffs also sought the relief on an order stopping the arrest of the Commissioner for Finance, Accountant General and the managers of the affected banks.

Ekiti 2018 Gubernatorial Elections: PVCs To Be Distributed Today – INEC

In preparedness ahead of 2018 gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) is set to commence the distributions of Permanent Voters Cards.


Speaking at the interaction session with stakeholders in Ado Ekiti, the Administrative Secretary of the Commission, Dr Musilim Omoleke, who represented the Resident Electoral Commissioner, said the purpose of the meeting is to demonstrate transparency and fairness of the commission.


He stated that the commission still has 224,840 uncollected PVC.

He appealed to all political parties to help educate their supporters and party members on the importance of the PVC.


Meanwhile, the representative of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Taiwo Olatubosun, who is also the party’s Publicity Secretary, said the commission should ensure adequate awareness of the PVC collection exercise.


The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ekiti State, Mr Gboyega Oguntuase, said his party is ready to support the commission in achieving a free and fair election come 2018.

Obanikoro’s Ex-Aide Reveals How He Helped Transport N4.7bn Election Funds

An officer of the Nigerian Navy, Lt.-Cdr Olumide Adewale, has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that he helped his former boss, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, to transport money, which was flown to Akure and later handed over to Abiodun Agbele on the instructions of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.


Adewale, who was the Aide-de-Camp to Obanikoro when the latter was the Minister of State for Defence, said this on Wednesday when he was grilled by detectives of the EFCC.


According to the anti-graft agency, the money was part of the N4.7bn that was paid into Obanikoro’s sons’ company account, Sylvan McNamara, on the instructions of the embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).


Adewale, who was in charge of Obanikoro’s security for about a year, told the EFCC that everything he did was under the strict instructions of his boss.


He told investigators that on June 16, 2014, barely a week to the Ekiti State governorship election, he, alongside Obanikoro, departed the ex-minister’s Park View home in Ikoyi, Lagos, and headed for the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.


The naval officer told detectives that on getting to the airport, he met Obanikoro’s son, Gbolahan. He said Gbolahan and the former minister had a brief meeting after which a bullion van arrived at the private wing of the airport.


Adewale told the EFCC operatives that Gbolahan then directed some men at the airport to offload the money from the bullion van and load it unto the aircraft.


The entire activity was said to have been captured on CCTV.


A detective of the anti-graft agency quoted Adewale as saying, “The flight was delayed for about an hour. Later, a bullion van pulled into the hangar where the chartered flight was. Shortly after, Gbolahan ensured that some bags were offloaded unto the plane. I later boarded the flight with Obanikoro and his friend, Dr. Tunde Oshinowo (a PDP chieftain and a mutual friend of Obanikoro and Fayose).”


The EFCC detectives said that on getting to the Akure airport, Obanikoro was welcomed by Mr. Abiodun Agbele, Fayose’s ally, who had since been arrested by the commission.

Adewale confirmed that Obanikoro was welcomed at the airport by a politician.


He told investigators that he did not know the name of the person but could recognise the person.


The naval man was further quoted as saying, “On arrival at Akure, the minister had a discussion with political friends. A bullion van was driven to the tarmac. The bags were offloaded unto the bullion van and the minister directed that we escort the van to a Zenith Bank branch in Akure.


“On arrival, the bags were offloaded by bank workers under the supervision of a civilian who had come to meet the minister at the Akure airport. I don’t know the man facially but I can recognise him.”


Meanwhile, Fayose has said the EFCC is on a wild goose chase in Ekiti State.


The governor stated that the anti-corruption commission had shifted attention to the finances of Ekiti State after what he claimed to be the failure of the commission to link him with the diversion of arms funds at the NSA’s office under Dasuki.


Fayose, who spoke on Orange FM station in Akure, Ondo State, on Thursday, said the EFCC had started harassing banks in Ekiti State, seeking for records of government finances, on allegations that the contractors gave him (governor) kickbacks.


“They are on vendetta mission. They said I collected money from Dasuki and I have told them that I did not collect a dime from Dasuki. I have N300m in my fixed deposit account in Zenith Bank and I declared it in my Asset Declaration Form.


“I have challenged them to publish the statement made to the EFCC by Dasuki where he said he gave Senator Musiliu Obanikoro money to give me or where Obanikoro himself said he gave me money.’’


Fayose called for proper restructuring of the country in line with the report of the 2014 National Conference.


“Nigeria has not been properly structured and that’s why we are facing all these problems. Remember it was those in power now that clamoured for restructuring when they were in opposition. Now that they have the federal powers and they are using the powers to oppress the people, they are against the restructuring of Nigeria,” he said.

“EFCC Is After Me”, Fayose Cries Out.

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose alleged yesterday that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has shifted attention to the finances of the state.


According to him, this followed the failure of the agency to establish any link between him and the funds from the Office of the National Security Adviser under Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd).”


He said the EFCC had been harassing banks in Ekiti, seeking for records of government finances and chasing contractors, claiming that the contractors gave him kickback.


“They are on vendetta mission.They said I collected money from Dasuki and I have told them that I did not collect a dime from Dasuki. I have N300 million in my fixed Deposit Account in Zenith Bank and I declared it in my Assets Declaration Form.


“I have challenged them to publish the statement made to the EFCC by Dasuki where he said he gave Senator Musiliu Obanikoro money to give me or where Obanikoro himself said he gave me money.

“Since they have seen that the Dasuki money issue won’t offer them the implication of Fayose that they desperately needed, they are now harassing contractors in the State. But I can assure them that their efforts will come to nothing,” the governor said.


The governor, who declared that he had no personal scores to settle with President Muhammadu Buhari, said; “I am not attacking Buhari, I am only telling him the truth. I was 24 year old when Buhari became military head of state, we queued then before we could purchase essential commodities, this is the same way things were difficult.”


He reiterated his call to the federal government to declare emergency on agriculture, saying; “It is not enough to say people should go back to farming. The government must provide necessary farming equipment because you don’t expect the present day farming to be done with hoes and cutlasses.


“Again, apart from the north, where do we have functional irrigation system? If our people must go back to farming, especially in the Southwest, we need the federal government assistance on irrigation.”

Niyi Akinola: Ekiti And The Federal Government School Feeding Program; Where and How Did We Miss the Participation?

The True Face of Ekiti is a non partisan movement of Ekiti Sons and Daughters seeking to protect the interest of the common Citizens of Ekiti. You will agree with us that there is an urgent need to re-write the Ekiti story just the way we want others to view us. Our beloved state has been in the news for so many wrong reasons in recent past, this has misrepresented us as a people both on the national and international scene. We cannot continue with this negative identity and expect to see our dream State emerged overnight.

The value system of an average Ekiti was ideal until corroded by external influences. Ekiti was known for Integrity, honesty and sincerity. The True Face of Ekiti seeks to ensure the restoration of the lost value system of an ideal Ekiti. Our strategies include packaging and rebranding our image as a people. We need to tell the Ekiti story in the right perspective. We intend to address the fundamental issue that has divided us so much as a people; politics. Our approach shall be scientific, practical and pragmatic.

Towards ensuring our objective of protecting the interest of our people, we have followed the controversy trailing the exclusion of Ekiti State from the Federal Government school feeding program with keen interest and we are disappointed with the uncaring posture of the political actors. It is unfortunate that politics as far as Ekiti State is concerned has never been about the wellbeing of the downtrodden masses of Ekiti but to massage the ego of very few opportuned elites that has held our people in the jugular over the years. After riding on the back of the masses to political stardom, they have continually neglected those birds that laid the golden eggs. They are busy cutting the fingers that procured for them their various enviable positions in government.

In a statement issued by the Ekiti State Government yesterday in an attempt to cover its regrettable negligence, government claimed it received the invitation to the lunching of the school feeding program late.

According to the state government spokesperson, Lere Olayinka “For a programme that was held on June 9, 2016, mail was sent by one Titilola Adeyemi to the State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Hon Gbenga Olajide on June 8, 2016 at exactly 3:56pm, asking that list of participants from Ekiti State be sent before the close of business that same day. No prior invitation was received.”

He said; “the commissioner sent a mail on June 9 requesting clarification on the mail sent by Titilola Adeyemi but up till now, no response has been received. How could Ekiti State have participated in a programme held on June 9 when invitation was only received on June 8 at 3:56pm?”

The True Face of Ekiti can’t but wonder why the state government only concerned itself with clarifying why the state wasn’t represented at the flag-off ceremony but tactically ignored the exclusion of the state in the school feeding program. Well meaning indigenes of Ekiti should be interested in knowing why our state was the only state not listed among the benefitting states and not why our delegates were not sighted in Abuja for the funfair. We are aware that a process must have led to the eventual flag off of the programme, the big question is, was Ekiti State represented in this build up towards the Launching of the School feeding program in Abuja? If not, why?

We do not buy the State Government excuse that the Federal Government deliberately shutout the state from this programme for political reasons. Over time, the present administration in Ekiti has proved to have a way of sniffing out information from the Federal authority, why was this particular one missed? The Ekiti Government owe her citizens some explanations on why the State refused participating in a National programme that was alleged by Senator Babafemi Ojudu to have been in its planning stage since last year September.

According to Ojudu, a Senator in the 7th assembly and presently the Political adviser to the Vice President, “The program in question has been in plan for nine months, all the States of the Federation nominated contact person who have been working hard in conjunction with officials of the Federal Government. My findings revealed that all attempt to bring our people aboard either by letters or visitations have been rebuffed. I am sufficiently educated to know the implication of our non participation in such a program. No blackmail will therefore stop me from crying out. Let those who are Fayose’s drum major continue to lie, blackmail and insult me,  it will never stop me from protecting Ekiti interests wherever I find myself”.

Good as it may seem that our Ekiti born Senator of the 7th assembly has decided to cry out now, one can’t but wonder why it took him nine solid months to realize how important this programme is to the people of Ekiti. Why choose to cry out now that the name of Ekiti was finally omitted from a programme being financed by the Federal Government using our Commonwealth? We would have viewed the Senator’s cry as being patrotic if it had come months earlier, when it would have saved us this national embarrassment; why crying when the head is already off? Why wait until again we are in the news for yet another wrong reason? What was the efforts of the Minister representing Ekiti State in the Federal cabinet towards ensuring that Ekiti pupils are not deprived of their right to this free daily meal? What about other prominent Ekiti Sons and Daughters holding several vantage positions in the federal government, why did they all turned the other way?

We sincerely would have avoided commenting on this particular issue for we do not believe in crying over spilled milk but we couldn’t hold back when we read a statement by Senator Ojudu that all hope isn’t lost after all. According to him “If he sends a team today it is not to late. Let him (the Governor) send his men to meet with those in charge and work out the logistics. We are the only state that is not showing interest”.

Why wait if the wrong can still be remedy?

1. Let State Government through its Ministries and Parastatals act now and make the benefitting pupils the winner.

2. It is important to call the attention of all Ekiti Sons and Daughters in position of authority both in Ekiti and Abuja that they are on those seat on the behalf of the people of Ekiti. It is therefore mandatory that they serve the interest of the people of Ekiti and not political party interest. Our political diversity as a state should be to us an advantage and not an element of deprivation.

3. We urge the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose to urgently meet with notable Ekiti citizens in the Federal Government and the ruling APC and ensure that what is needed to be done is done and our pupils do not miss out of this national cake.

4. We also urge the Minister for Mining and Solid Minerals, the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the APC Deputy National Chairman South, Engineer Segun Oni also a former Governor of Ekiti, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, the Political Adviser to the Vice President, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, the first civilian Governor of Ekiti State and other notable Ekiti citizens to please join hands with the State Government to ensure the success of this effort.

5. Let us all put the interest of Ekiti above every other and be The True Face of Ekiti in whatever capacity we are placed to serve the nation.

Ekiti a gbe a oooo. Utesiwaju Ekiti li jemi logun.

‘Niyi Akinola
Interim Director, Publicity and Public Communication.
The True Face of Ekiti.

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of nor its associates

Ekiti Court Remands Two Herdsmen Over Oke-Ako Mayhem

A Chief Magistrate’s court in Ado Ekiti yesterday remanded two persons, who were suspected to be responsible for the May 20 attack on Oke Ako in Ikole Ekiti Local Government Area of Ekiti State. Two persons died from the attack while three others were severely wounded and are currently receiving treatment in separate private hospitals in Ikole Ekiti and Ado Ekiti. The two suspected killer herdsmen, Usman Salihu, 50, and Abubakar Auta, 52, were arraigned for murder and causing grievous bodily

Two persons died from the attack while three others were severely wounded and are currently receiving treatment in separate private hospitals in Ikole Ekiti and Ado Ekiti. The two suspected killer herdsmen, Usman Salihu, 50, and Abubakar Auta, 52, were arraigned for murder and causing grievous bodily arm by the police. They were consequently remanded in prison custody till September pending legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution. The development was confirmed by state Police Public Relation Officer, Alberto Adeyemi. Meantime, a resident, Grace Olofin, told newsmen that peace had returned to the town. She confirmed that security agencies were still on

They were consequently remanded in prison custody till September pending legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution. The development was confirmed by state Police Public Relation Officer, Alberto Adeyemi. Meantime, a resident, Grace Olofin, told newsmen that peace had returned to the town. She confirmed that security agencies were still on ground keeping watch over the town. It was learnt that one of the victims, Ayo Abejide, in whose head a bullet pellet was lodged  has been transferred to an undisclosed teaching hospital. Also, the councillor for Ipao-Oke Ako-Irele ward, Mr. Segun Kehinde, appealed to the people to return to the town.

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Reps To Investigate Alleged Herdsmen Attack In Ekiti

The House of Representatives has resolved to constitute an ad hoc committee to investigate the remote causes of the recent attack by alleged herdsmen on Oke-Ako Community in Ekiti State.

The House during plenary on Wednesday directed the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase to deploy police personnel to the affected areas to avert likely reprisal atacks.

The House further urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials to the affected community.

These resolutions by the House followed a motion of urgent public importance entitled; “the fatal invasion of Oke Ako Ekiti community by suspected herdsmen” sponsored by Rep. Emmanuel Agboola (Ekiti-PDP).

Moving the motion, the lawmaker said that the attacks if not curbed, would lead to reprisal attacks and imminent guerilla warfare.

Agboola expressed concern that the ‘back to farm’ slogan of the current administration to diversify the economy may not see the light of day, as farms were being destroyed by “uncoordinated grazing” in the country.

“Lives are randomly lost in these incessant attacks and sometimes in a dimension that is similar to genocide, just like the one at Oke Ako in Ekiti state.

“Certain states have already taken steps to stem the tide in a manner that suggests that the Federal Government is seemingly insensitive to this very worrisome development,’’ the lawmaker said.

The House unanimously adopted the motion after it was put to a voice vote.

The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara also urged the Police Service Commission to hasten the process of recruitment of more personnel into the force.

The ad hoc committee is to report its findings back to the House within six weeks for further legislative input.



Ekiti NMA Buries Three More Doctors, Driver Amidst Tears

Emotion ran high on Thursday during the commendation/funeral service for three more medical doctors from Ekiti State and their driver at the Nigerian Medical Association’s secretariat on Ado-Iyin road.

The four were among six doctors and a driver that died on Sunday along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway on their way to the Annual Delegates Meeting of the NMA in Sokoto.

Those given the last honour were the late Dr. Atolani Adeniyi, Senior Health Officer with the Ekiti Hospitals Management Board; the late Dr. J.B. Ogunseye, who served as Senior Dental Officer at the General Hospital, Ifaki; the late Dr. Olayiwola Olajide who until his death was the President of the Association of Resident Doctors, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, and a driver of the NMA, Mr. Olowookere Ajibola.

Ogunseye and Olajide were buried at the premises of the NMA secretariat while the remains of Adeniyi and Olowookere were conveyed to their communities for interment.

The remains of two other victims, the late Dr. Alexander Akinyele, who was a Resident Doctor, Community Medicine, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, and the late Dr. O.J. Taiwo, a consultant, Anatomic Pathologist at EKSUTH, will be buried at a later date.

A consultant General Surgeon at FETHI, the late Dr. Tunde Aladesanmi, had been buried on Wednesday after a funeral service held in his honour at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Life Fountain Cathedral, Ado Ekiti.

It was learnt that Taiwo’s burial was delayed because he died barely 24hrs after the death of his mother.

The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola, represented Governor Ayodele Fayose at the event which was also attended by the House of Assembly Speaker, Kola Oluwawole; the Head of Service, Dr. Gbenga Faseluka; Chief of Staff, Dipo Anisulowo, and other top government officials.

The House Committee Chairman, Dr. Samuel Omotosho, said the governor had given approval for automatic employment of the wives of Akinyele and Olajide.

Emotion heightened during the dust to dust rite when Ogunseye’s wife, Omolara, who had been crying all day started shouting “don’t go, don’t go.”

Olajide’s wife also insisted that the casket be opened for him to see the face of her late husband. “That’s him, that’s him,” she shouted breaking down in tears again.

Pastor Olurotimi Sanya, in a sermon entitled, “Teach us to number our days,” described human life as very short and ephemeral.

Urging the audience to always prepare for the day of death, he added that everything had its time.

The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, the Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye, offered prayers for the families of the deceased and also urged the people to fulfil all the promises made to them.

“To lose one’s husband, brother, friend and confidant is enough trauma. Please, don’t let the widows suffer. The properties left behind, they worked together as husband and wife. I will appeal to you, don’t let them suffer.”

Olusola urged the families of the deceased to take heart during the period of grief, pledging the support of the state government to them.

He said, “When God says it is time, it is time. When your own day comes, what will people say about you. And when my own time comes what will the people say about me?

“We all have our own today and tomorrow but the greatest tomorrow is the one that will meet us at the feet of Christ. Let us learn from our departed brothers. They died in active service, they were hardworking and diligent.”


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Court Fines SSS N5million For ‘Illegal’ Arrest, Detention Of Ekiti Lawmaker

The Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti Division, on Wednesday fined the State Security Services, SSS, N5million for illegally arresting and detaining a member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Afolabi Akanni, who represents Efon Constituency 1.

Mr. Akanni was whisked away on March 4 by SSS operatives who invaded the House of Assembly complex for alleged breach of security regulations. He was eventually released on March 22.

Mr. Akanni was not in court on Wednesday.

His counsel, Obafemi Adewale, told the judge, Taiwo Taiwo, his client could not be physically present because he was still receiving “post-traumatic” treatment in a hospital outside the state.

Delivering his  judgment, the judge, noted that the Respondent, SSS, had all along failed to either deny or defend the position, facts and allegations of the applicant.

He said in the eyes of the law, “there is no basis for the court to believe that all that the applicant had alleged against the DSS were not true.”

According to him, Mr. Akanni’s fundamental rights as a citizen of Nigeria, as specified by the principles of the Rule of Law and the African Charter on the Rights of individuals, had been violated by the SSS in illegally arresting and continually detaining him for 18 days.

The court also granted three out of the four reliefs sought by the applicant’s counsel, which are, “whether the applicant’s unlawful arrest and detention is justified , whether the said intimidation, torture and continued detention is not a violation of his fundamental human rights and a violation of the Rule of Law, and whether the applicant’s is not entitled to damages”.

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Ekiti Lawmakers Storm Abuja, Want Arrested Members Released

Members of the Ekiti state House of Assembly yesterday stormed Abuja the federal capital territory and asked President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Department of State Services (DSS) to release four of their members detained by the service since last Friday.


The DSS operatives had reportedly invaded the state House of Assembly complex in Ado Ekiti and whisked away the four members to Abuja and said to be acting on the order from above.


Briefing newsmen at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, the Chairman, Ekiti House Committee on Information, Honourable Gboyega Aribisogan, said the call for the president to direct the release of the detained legislators has become imperative because the DSS would not embark on such action without presidential approval.


According to him, “Like we have maintained plotters of evil against the government of Ayodele Fayose and by extension the people of Ekiti State will not get our support.


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Fayose Threatens To Sack SSS Officials From Ekiti Government House

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said he will have to reconsider the presence of operatives of the State Security Service at the Government House and other establishments in the state following the alleged invasion of the state House of Assembly on Friday.

He said the SSS under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari was now operating outside its constitutional mandate.

Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Mr. Fayose said he and the people of the state would not be intimidated by one million armed men of the SSS.

“The government of Ekiti State may have to reconsider the usefulness of men of the DSS in the government house and other institutions of the State government,” Mr. Fayose said.

He said the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government was pursuing a clandestine agenda of truncating democracy in Ekiti State and other Peoples Democratic Party-controlled states like Rivers and Bayelsa.

“If Buhari likes, let him relocate all DSS men in Nigeria with the entire ammunition in their armoury to Ekiti, the will of Ekiti people can never be broken,” he said.

“They will only try, and like they have always done, they will fail because dictatorship has never triumphed over the people.

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Court Orders The Arrest Of Tope Aluko, Ex Ekiti State PDP Secretary


This is the official press statement…

A Chief Magistrate Court in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital has ordered the State Commissioner of Police to arrest of former State Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Temitope Aluko over alleged perjury. Chief Magistrate Adesoji Adegboye gave this order today, upon a Motion Ex-parte number MAD/10cm/2016, filed by the Ekiti State Government against Mr Aluko and the State Commissioner of Police,

pursuant to Section 117 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap C16, law of Ekiti State 2012, Section 79 of the Ekiti State Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2014 and Section 23 (D) of the Magistrates’ Courts Law 2014.

In the Motion, which was filed and moved by the State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mr Gbemiga Adaramola, an order of the court was sought to issue warrant of arrest against Mr Aluko to be executed by the State Commissioner of Police for the purpose of committing him (Aluko) for trial for the offence of perjury. Chief Magistrate Adegboye said the order was granted as a means for the first defendant (Aluko) to attend the court for defence.

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The matter was premised upon an application to the State Attorney General by a lawyer, Mr Sunday Olowolafe, calling for the prosecution of Mr Aluko for alleged perjury. The legal practitioner said; “I hereby apply to your office that Dr Temitope Kolawole Aluko be arrested and sued for perjury in view of the interview recently granted on Channels Television by 8:00pm on Sunday 31 January, 2016.

“The said Dr Temitope Kolawole Aluko now recanted the evidence he gave in the cause of the hearing of the Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition as a star witness even up to the Supreme Court. The Certified True Copy of the State on Oath, evidence of Dr Temitope Kolawole Aluko in Court on the 12/11/14 and Nigerian Tribune and The Punch newspapers of Monday, 01/02/2016 that reported the interview granted are hereto attached. “It is to be noted that this if this act (Perjury) is not looked into, it will definitely defile the cause of justice and consequently rubbished the judicial proceedings.”

In the affidavit filed in support of the motion ex-parte by Special Assistant to the State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, he said Mr Aluko, who was a witness before the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sworn to a Statement on Oath on August 4, 2014 wherein he stated that the Election was not only free and fair, but devoid of violence, thuggery, hooliganism, snatching of ballot boxes, and related forms of electoral disorderliness.

Olayinka further averred that Mr Aluko tendered and adopted his Statement on Oath on November 12, 2014 and further gave evidence under cross examination.

He stated that all what Aluko said on Channels Television on Sunday, January 31, 2016 were contrary to and opposite in direction to his evidence before the Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal. Issuing the warrant of arrest against Mr Aluko, Chief Magistrate Adegboye said since the court had the power to grant the order and it will serve the interest of justice, the State Commissioner of Police should arrest Aluko for the purpose of investigating and prosecuting him.

Aluko Revelation: Read All He Said On #Ekitigate

A former secretary of the Ekiti State chapter of the governing Peoples Democratic Party,  Tope Aluko, on Sunday revealed how former President Goodluck Jonathan gave the then candidate of the party, Ayo Fayose, large sums of money and military support to help rig the governorship election held in the state in 2014.

Mr. Fayose however reacted swiftly, describing the claims by the former PDP secretary as simply a new distraction from the APC in Ekiti State.

The governor said Mr. Aluko deserved no response from sane minds.

Speaking on a political programme, Politics Today, on Channels Television, Mr. Aluko narrated how the state’s chapter of the party convinced Mr. Jonathan to part with huge sum of money and direct the military and other security agencies to cooperate with the PDP and ensure the party wins the election at all cost.

“Before the primaries, we had this believe that because Jonathan was coming out for second term and because we are going to be the first election in the south-west, at a meeting, we told him (former President Goodluck Jonathan) that north-east, north-west and north-central may not be too sure for him because the Hausas are clamouring for presidency and that you now have south-east and South-south, you must manage the South-west”.

“It was on the basis of that that we told him that he must manage South-west.

“Because of his interest, even before winning the primaries, we did so many security reports to tell Mr President then that he must make sure that we manage South-west zone and it was because of that that he gave us the head of security agencies,” Mr Aluko said.

The PDP chieftain was also quoted as telling reporters in Abuja that Mr. Jonathan actually gave Mr. Fayose $37 million (N4.7 bn) which was used to rig the election.

The then incumbent governor, Kayode Fayemi, conceded defeat after the Independent National Electoral Commission, declared Mr. Fayose winner of the election.

Before the election, security operatives from the State Security Service, acting as a “Strike Team” arrested some chieftains of the APC, including then spokesperson of the party, Lai Mohammed and others.

Troops of the Nigerian Army also blocked all roads leading into the state, and the planes of some APC governors, including those of Rivers and Edo States, were denied landing rights.

Mr. Aluko on Sunday said the then Minister of  State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, and that of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, were made to give attention to the election because “we know that APC was everywhere in the southwest and we must naturally capture part of southwest if we want to balance what our brothers in the north were likely to bring on”.

He also revealed that there was an agreement to take out some members of the APC to ensure that they do not give adequate support to their members.

“There was a strike team, a mixture of the SSS, military, the mobile police… that is about all.

“We had a meeting at Aso Rock on security and funds. We were given security and funds.

He listed the persons at the meeting to include Mr. Jonathan; the then national chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, Governor Fayose; and himself (Aluko).

“At the meeting President Jonathan agreed that if he needed Ekiti, he would support us to ensure that we delivered.

“At the second meeting we had Obanikoro, Jelili, Omisore… It was a combination of Osun and Ekiti people and they were discussing how we were going to move to take the South-west.

“Before the primaries, His Excellency, Ayodele Fayose, said that we can only win using the military,” he said.

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PDP Sweeps Ekiti Council Polls

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP won all the 16 chairman­ship and 177 councilorship positions contested for in the local government elec­tions that held in the Ekiti State on Saturday.

The PDP candidates emerged victorious in the election conducted by the State Independent Elec­toral Commission, SIEC, which said five political parties indicated interest to participate in the poll.

The elected chairmen are expected to be inau­gurated today by the state governor after they might have received their Cer­tificates of Return from SIEC.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Idowu Adelusi, said all the new chairmen, party leaders, traditional rulers and guests of the chairmen were expected to attend the occasion.

This was as the gover­nor said the successful con­duct of the council election by his administration “is a promise made to the people that has been kept”.

The governor, who spoke in Afao-Ekiti yes­terday, described the use of caretaker committees to run local government system as an aberration, saying “the hallmark of a genuine democrat was al­lowing people to express their choice on who gov­erns them”.

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World Bank To Spend $50 Million On Water Projects In Ekiti

World Bank says it will expend $50 million (about 10bn naira) on water projects in Ekiti State.

The leader of the World Bank team on the water project, Mr Pier Mantovani stated this when he led a delegation to the Governor’s Office in Ado Ekiti on Thursday.

Mr Mantovani said that state government would contribute $5 million as counterpart fund towards the project and such project, if fully completed, would give people access to portable water.

Responding, Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose described the project as a welcome development, calling on the World Bank team to carry the state government along while executing the project.

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Nigerian Army Sets Up Panel To Probe General Over 2014 Ekiti, Osun Guber Polls

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday set up “a high powered” Board of Inquiry to investigate alleged malpractices and involvement of its personnel in the 2014 Ekiti and Osun States governorship elections.

In February, SaharaReporters posted audio recordings and transcript of meetings of some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with some army officers on how to use the military to rig the gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun States in 2014.

“The audio recordings and affidavit were provided by Sagir Koli, a Captain in the 32nd Artillery Brigade stationed in Ekiti State, who has since fled the country for fear of retaliation.

“Capt. Koli recorded the conversation on 20th June 2014 when he was asked to accompany his Commanding Officer, Brigadier General Aliyu Momoh, to the meeting. The venue was Spotless Hotel in Ado-Ekiti,” said the website.

Since the exposé, there had been calls by the then opposition APC and civil society organisation for the federal government to investigate the matter and prosecute the actors.

But the spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, said on Tuesday that the board would investigate the alleged unprofessional and unethical conduct of some Nigerian Army personnel during the two elections.

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Fayose Asks Ekiti Senators To Support Fayemi’s Ministerial Nomination

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has asked Ekiti state lawmakers to ensure his predecessor and ministerial nominee, Kayode Fayemi have a hitch free screening exercise at the floor of the senate come 13th October 2015 when screening of the country’s ministerial nominees will commence. Fayose made the call while speaking with student leaders of Ekiti origin at the conference hall of the governor’s office yesterday October 7th.

 “Ekiti is my number one priority, I called all the house of reps and senators that went to Abuja from here, some people petitioned the national assembly, stating how Fayemi sunk Ekiti into heavy debt, I have told the members not to do that.
It is God that judge people, not we. You must support him there. If a child would die, it shouldn’t be from the mother. They should not go to the house and oppose Kayode Fayemi, NO, they must never do that. An Ekiti man is an Ekiti man. I appeal to everybody, you must support him. All former ministers from here in the time past practically really have nothing to show because we pull one another down, we pull one another down… We must not pull them down. If they are behaving like that, we must live a better life. Promotion does not come from man but from God Almighty”he said.

Workers, Students, Others Protest In Ekiti, Ondo, Osun

Protesters deplored the plight of students, workers and other suffering people in Ekiti, Osun and Ondo states yesterday.

At the federal level, reactions, mostly critical, have trailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s Independence anniversary speech with Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) frowning at his silence on agitation for the reform of the Nigeria Police Force.

The group, in a statement by its National Co-ordinator, Mr. Emmanuel Onwubiko, particularly criticised the President’s failure to use the occasion to unveil his government’s programme on comprehensive police reform.

HURIWA said an occasion such as the 55th Independence anniversary should have provided the opportunity for the Nigerian government under the new dispensation to provide clear guidelines and evidence-based programme of police reform given that armed kidnapping has proven to be one of the greatest national security threats after terrorism.

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Ministerial Slot: Ekiti APC Stakeholders Back Falana

Stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State have said that rights activist, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), is qualified for the office of minister based on his antecedents as advocate of good gover­nance and defender of hu­man rights.

The APC stakeholders from Ekiti South-West Council Area of the state, who threw their weight behind the nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari of Falana as min­ister, said appointment of the rights activist, who they described as a “com­pletely neutral person, is the best thing that can happen to the party in the state for now as the legal luminary would be in the best position to rally all factions for success in fu­ture elections”.

They described as “mis­chief makers”, those who wrote petitions to chal­lenge his nomination on grounds that he was not a card-carrying member of the party on Ekiti State.

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Ekiti Herbalists Woo Private Investors

Ekiti State chapter of the National Association of Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP) has called on private investors to key into Governor Ayo Fayose’s agenda to propel cultural tourism in the State through huge investments in the sector for rapid expansion of the state’s economy, for more revenue earnings.

Speaking in Ado Ekiti last weekend, the Chairman of the Association, Chief Jacob Orisamika, described tourism, particularly cultural festivals, as a critical sector that can change the economy of the State, if well harnessed.

Orisamika expressed happiness over the promise made by the governor to liaise with the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) on the need to upgrade some major festivals in the State to national status, particularly the Udiroko annual festival in Ado Ekiti.

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Fayose Appoints 72-yr Old Carpenter As Council Boss

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State Friday appointed a 72-year old Carpenter and illiterate, Mr Olatunde Afolayan as the caretaker chairman of Moba Local Government.

Fayose, also sworn in members of the State Independent Electoral Commission, headed by a retired Chief Judge of the State, Justice Kayode Bamisile , to be able to conduct local government elections before the end of the year.

After administering the oaths on the appointees, Fayose told President Muhammadu Buhari to remove Mrs Amina Zakari as the Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral
Commission, while also urging him to be  equitable  in appointing the National Electoral Commissioners.

Afolayan, who was sworn-in as caretaker chairman of Moba local Government , was inaugurated alongside Mrs Omolara Bayode Ayeni and Mr Owolabi Ajewole, who were to superintend over Ikole and Ijero Councils respectively, following resignation of those that had earlier appointed by the governor.

Ekiti Appoints 13 Executive Secretaries

Ekiti State Gov­ernment has approved the appointment of 13 Ex­ecutive Secretaries in the State public ser­vice. They are among the 105 substantive Directors that par­ticipated in the ex­amination and inter­view organized by the state government last month.

A statement from the Office of the State Head of Service, Dr Olugbenga Faseluka, listed them to include Mr Ale James Agbelu­si, Mrs Owoeye Mope­lola, Mr Jeje Abiodun, Mr Akinola James, Mr Longe Abayomi, Mr Olatilu Olubunmi, Mr Akinbolawa Tai­wo, and Engr. Adeola Johnson. Others are Pharmacist Adewole Abike Olutope, Mrs Boluwatife Juliet, Mr Alokan Tokunbo, Mrs Wale-Awe Bolanle and Dr Adeniyi Ilesanmi.

The new Executive Secretaries would be in charge of the activi­ties of Bureau of Chief­taincy; Fiscal Respon­sibility Commission; Education Endowment Fund; Pension Com­mission; Bureau of Tourism, Arts and Cul­ture; Boundary Com­mission; and Office of the Public Defender.

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Ekiti Ex-Speaker Rejects Governor Fayose’s Appointment

A former factional Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Dele Olugbemi, has rejected his nomination by Governor Ayodele Fayose as a member of the House of Assembly Service Commission.
Olugbemi shunned the screening and confirmation of nominees on Wednesday but the four other nominees were confirmed by the Assembly.
Those whose nominations were confirmed are a former Speaker, Olatunji Odeyemi (Chairman), Bode Ajewole, Mrs. Lanre Fajuyi and Muyiwa Fadahunsi.
The Leader of Government Business, Olatunji Akinyele, moved the motion for the amendment of the House of Assembly Service Commission Law 2003 (as amended) “to accommodate nominees from

the three senatorial districts.”

It was the fourth amendment to the Ekiti State House of Assembly Service Commission Law.
This, according to the House, “is to ensure fairness to all the districts and to ensure equitable distribution of positions.”
Reacting to Olugbemi’s non-appearance and rejection of the appointment, the Speaker, Kola Oluwawole, said a nominee could not be forced to accept an offer.
Oluwawole said, “If you offer somebody an appointment and he says no, there will be a replacement because there are so many people yearning for this opportunity.
“People who are very intelligent and qualified are looking for this opportunity and government will ensure that another replacement is made.
“We stepped it down (on Tuesday) because we wanted to ensure that there is a balance in representation on the commission.
“It had to be stepped down to do some necessary adjustments to ensure equity and fair play because every segment of Ekiti State should be made to feel a sense of belonging.
“It is a development we have to address and it has nothing to do with the fact that somebody declined the offer.
“If I am offering you an offer and you say no, you cannot be compelled to serve in a particular agency or commission, it is a matter of choice.”
Akinyele also said, “It’s no big deal at all, we are to clear the House of Assembly Service Commission board nominees.
“The members have to be five and we are having four nominees now, the fifth person is going to be included so that the confirmation will be done at the same time. That is just the simple reason.”
On why he rejected the appointment, Olugbemi said his action was based on principle.
He added that he was shocked about the manner his appointment as a member of the commission was announced in the media without Fayose first consulting him.
He said, “I’m a member of the appointment committee. I was shocked to hear my name announced on the radio as being appointed as a member of the commission without my knowledge.
“The governor’s action was against the ethos of democracy and he is simply running a one-man show. Since he came into office, he has been operating without regards to the party.
“I gave so much to defend his mandate but he has shown me no respect at all. I was still wondering about the appointment when he sent a message to me that some people were interested in replacing me in case I reject the offer. Since he had decided to preempt my decision, I did not find it difficult to reject the appointment.
“All I did to defend him during the impeachment plot was to prevent the state from plunging into chaos so I have no regret.”
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We Won’t Run To APC – Ekiti PDP Exco

Aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party’s State Working Committee on Friday denied rumours that they were planning to defect to the All Progressives Congress because of Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The Acting Chairman, Mr Tunde Olatunde, who spoke on behalf of the 51 members of State Executive Committee and 11 of the 14 SWC to deny the report, however, admitted that there were issues to be resolved with the governor.
The SWC recently suspended the Chairman and a loyalist of Governor Ayodele Fayose, Chief Idowu Faleye, for allegedly failing to convene a meeting since he assumed office last year.
It then appointed Olatunde who was the Vice Chairman (North), as the Acting Chairman pending ratification of his appointment by the National Executive Committee of the party.
Speaking with journalists in company with the State Secretary, Dr Tope Aluko and Auditor, Mr Tunji Olanrewaju, Olatunde said they would not leave the party for the governor.
He said, “We have laboured for the PDP. Fayemi was there for four years. We could not get any dividend of democracy. We worked hard to install Fayose, why must we now leave the house we struggled to build?
“Though there are issues to settle with the Governor, but we are settling it and we will get out of this crisis stronger. We have been reaching out to those who have been maintaining siddon look, I mean the aggrieved ones. We have reached about 40 people, particularly those who are not on the same page with the party.
“If we are working hard to build the party and bringing the aggrieved in, then why can we leave?  What is the APC now that we want to go and share? This story is meant to tarnish our image, it was a blatant lie and it is absolutely rejected.

“We believe it was wicked that somebody can say we want to leave, leave for what? We Have produced the governor, three senators,  six Reps and 26 Assembly members. So, we cannot leave the House we built by our own sweat,” Olatunde said.
The Acting Chairman, said it was wrong to make Faleye, who is not a registered member of the PDP the State Chairman.
“He is the chairman of the party in the Government House. It is unconstitutional for an unregistered member to become the chairman.
“The constitution stipulated certain conditions that you must meet before you can be a State Chairman of our party.
“He is from Ido Osi  Ward I, that had produced the Youth leader. So, It is unconstitutional for a ward to produce two exco members and for non-registered person to be elected an officer of a ward,  let alone a whole State.”
Aluko added that the party would continue to forge ahead to woo aggrieved members back to the party and ensure party supremacy.

Suspected PDP Thugs Batters APC Witnesses In Court

Thugs suspected to be loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State on Tuesday beat up witnesses who testified for the All Progressives Congress before the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal.

The tribunal is hearing a petition filed by the APC senatorial candidate for Ekiti Central, Gbenga Olofin, against the return of Senator Fatimat Rasaki of the PDP.

Olofin on Tuesday closed his case at the tribunal after calling eight witnesses while his opponent, Rasaki, opened her defence by being the first witness to testify in support of her election.

Punch reports that, the Tribunal Chairman, Justice A. N. Erabor, admitted the voter register in evidence after listening to a counter-argument between the petitioner’s counsel, Yemi George; and respondent’s lawyer, Jude Ogodi.

But the hoodlums, who had waited outside the courtroom during proceedings, unleashed terror on the petitioner’s witnesses and supporters as they came out of the courtroom.

The thugs also laid ambush at the gate of the court complex for the APC members and supporters, most of whom fled in different directions immediately they spotted the hoodlums.

The riot policemen attached to the tribunal had to smuggle the witnesses out of the premises in a Golf car to an unknown location.

Such lawlessness.

Workers Salary: APC Should Stop Being Shameless – Ekiti Govt

Read the press statement below…

Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, who reacted to the APC’s claim in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, said over 1,000 fake workers have already been discovered on the payroll that ought not to be receiving salary. He said; “over 250 workers that are already dead have been receiving salary through the e-payment system introduced and contracted to a Lagos based company by the immediate past APC government.”

The governor’s aide, who urged the APC to first remove the timber in its eyes before aspiring to remove the toothpicks in other people’s eyes, said the party should prevail on its governors in neighbouring States to pay workers that are owed as much as right months salary. He said; “We commenced workers verification exercise last month and we have kept faith with our covenant with the workers by paying the April salary of those already cleared.

“As at today, we have discovered more than 1,000 people that were receiving salary fraudulently, out of which over 250 are dead. “The over 1,000 fake workers have now been deleted from the payroll and the exercise is still ongoing.”

On the claim by the APC that the State government received N22 billion from the federal government as refund for construction of federal roads in the State, Olayinka said; “Only a demented mind would believe that a refund of N22 billion was made by the federal government on N11 billion road project. “For instance, Ado-Iworoko-Ifaki Road on which they claimed federal government refunded N22 billion was awarded by the Engr Segun Oni government for N7.4 billion.

In 2013, the APC government of Dr Kayode Fayemi increased it to N11 billion, claiming the increment was to ensure quick completion of the project.

“So, How could federal government have refunded N22 billion on a N11 billion road project?

“These people just love to tell lies, hoping that they can again lie their way into the hearts of Ekiti people, but the people already know them and their stock in trade.”

PDP Fears Alleged Plans To Destabilise Ekiti

The Ekiti State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has raised alarm at alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to destabilise the region by burning some petrol stations. It is alleged the APC is planning to commit the crime before the end of the week.

Jackson Adebayo, State Publicity Secretary of PDP, alleged such plans were hatched in a meeting of the leaderships of the APC, which lasted into the early hours of Tuesday.

The PDP spokesman said the meeting was held at the house of one of the leaders of the APC in Ajilosun area of Ado Ekiti.

He maintained that the decision of the APC to kick start the agenda to destabilize the state was to prevent the state government under the leadership of Ayo Fayose from settling down so that he would not be able to commence the development plans he had for Ekiti.

Adebayo noted some of the hoodlums that were assigned carry out the act were already monitoring the state. “We want to, in this respect call for vigilance in the part of petrol dealers in order not to fall victim while warning some of them who might conspire with the APC to commit this crime to stop forthwith because we in PDP will do everything possible to expose them,” Adebayo said.

“We also call on all the security agencies to come to the aids of the people of the state in order to avoid the destructive agenda being orchestrated by the leaderships of APC,” he added.

There have been tensions in the state where some APC legislators are challenging the election of Fayose last year, citing alleged vote rigging.

Comment could not be obtained from the party.

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Stop Branding Fayose As ‘God-Anointed’, Ekiti APC Tells Reps-Elect

The Ekiti State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has dismissed the statement issued by members-elect of the House of Representatives from the state on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, saying they should stop branding Governor Ayodele Fayose as God-anointed.

The Ekiti State APC said the Reps-elect were shying away from the issues raised by the party.

In a statement by its publicity secretary, Mr Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party argued that “It is surprising that PDP in its reaction did not fault any of our claims on the quality of the membership of the House of Assembly as presently constituted, but went on a puerile, petulant and inane attempt to shift attention from our main argument that Ekiti House of Assembly is having the worst membership composition in history in the hallowed chamber to protect the governor instead of quality membership with courage and education to understand the serious business of law-making for the benefit of all Ekiti people”.

The party, however, said that “instead of faulting us, PDP confirmed the fears we raised when it called on the new members to be loyal to Governor Ayodele Fayose to avoid the 19 APC lawmakers’ experience”.

Besides, APC wondered when it has become a norm for the “lawmakers to be loyal to the governor before the executive and legislature can work in harmony”.

Faulting remarks by the Reps-elect, the party said “it is particularly shocking that PDP’s reaction is coming from the House of Representatives members-elect, which seems to compound our fears that Ekiti State will be represented at both state and national levels by clueless individuals who owe allegiance to Fayose and not the people that elected them”.

“We advise that PDP should stop branding Fayose as God-anointed. The whole world knows and understands the process that produced him”, the APC stated.

Only Few Members Of New Ekiti Assembly Worthy Of Exalted Position Of Legislators – APC

The newly inaugurated Ekiti State House of Assembly? is a contraption by Governor Ayodele Fayose to protect his personal interest, instead of working to restore hope for the state’s development, the All Progressives Congress in the State has alleged.

The party noted that such selfish agenda held no promise for the growth of the state and political? development of the people.

In a statement issued Sunday by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, the APC said the profile of new members in the new Assembly had revealed that many men and women lacking skills in tedious business of law-making were “selected” to be members of the Assembly above eminently qualified Ekiti sons and daughters.

This, the party pointed out, Mr. Fayose did to advance his personal interest.

“Only few of them are worthy of the exalted position of legislators. We all saw the intrigues that characterised the primaries that returned the new members. It was ballot snatching and violence on massive scale. The same for April 11 Assembly poll”.

Olatubosun said, “Fayose just selected his cronies across the state above well-educated members and imposed them on the party.  Most of them are miscreants and school drop outs, who Fayose compensated as honourable members.

“Fayose’s public declaration of political death for any member who works against his interest points to where Ekiti people are headed in the business of lawmaking in the next four years.

“We saw the first public declaration of loyalty by the Assembly members on the day of inauguration when they all prostrated for Fayose in the chambers, stating he is their father”.

But the PDP in a statement by its Acting Publicity Secretary, Jackson Adebayo, said the new members of the Assembly were better in all ways than candidates presented by the APC at the poll.

“Although we know that APC is talking from a frustrated position which they find themselves after their failed evil plots to remove our Governor, Ayo Fayose, but they should also be made to know that there is nothing they say now that would change the toga of failure which has been attached to their name permanently”, the statement said.

Roads Leading Into Ekiti Blocked By Thugs As Crisis Between Fayose And APC Lawmakers Continue #Photos

Major roads leading into Ado-Ekiti, the state capital have been blocked since yesterday with heavy duties vehicles by some residents of the state as the crisis between the state Governor, Ayo Fayose and 19 APC Lawmakers continue.

The roads, according to reports, were blocked to ensure that the 19 APC lawmakers who are currently at loggerheads with the Governor and are lodged at the Sonap Hotel in Osogbo in Osun state, do not gain entrance into the state to carry out their planned impeachment process against Governor Fayose.

Governor Fayose and the Lawmakers are now fighting over their unpaid entitlement since November 2014 when they were “impeached” from the state House of Assembly by PDP lawmakers.

According to Governor Fayose who spoke on Channels TV, he said he had a meeting with the aggrieved Lawmakers last week where they told him that the issues will be resolved after he pays them their salaries which backdates to November 2014.

Governor Fayose said because he craved to have peace in his state and avoid breakdown of law and order, he consented to their wish and immediately released Cheque for their salaries to be paid. Cheques of N2 million and some fraction was given to the lawmakers each but they refused to accept the Cheque, saying their salaries cannot be only N2 million when calculated from November 2014.

Here are copies of the cheques with which Ekiti APC lawmakers were paid.

I’m A One-man Army Against APC – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose yesterday boasted that he was a one man army who cannot be overwhelmed by the outgoing legislators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State House of Assembly.

Fayose, who spoke while receiving national officers of the PDP in his office, insisted he was firmly on ground even as he warned that the country must not be turned into a one party state.

The assertions came amid reports of the abortion of the planned movement into the state by the 19 APC legislators yesterday.

The buses conveying the legislators were turned back at the Igbara Oke boundary between Ondo and Ekiti States yesterday, according to reports.

Welcoming the PDP national leaders to the state, Fayose said the people of the state, who voted him as their governor on June 21, 2014 are solidly behind him.

Acting national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, while speaking earlier, denied ever appealing to the 19 APC lawmakers not to impeach the governor.
He said the PDP only advised the lawmakers to follow due process and the rule of law in their engagements towards the governor.

Fayose is expected to inaugurate the State’s new House of Assembly on Friday. All seats in the House are occupied by the PDP.

Tension In Ekiti Over Impeachment Move Against Fayose

There was tension in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, yesterday, following the rumour that the 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers were allegedly planning to storm the state to begin an impeachment process against Governor Ayodele Fayose.

All roads leading to the state House of Assembly complex were cordoned off by armed policemen to prevent those not on official duties at the State Secretariat located within the same axis from gaining entry.

Patrol vans, Armoured Personnel Carrier as well as combat ready anti-riot policemen were on guard at the assembly complex to forestall a breakdown of law and order.

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), supporters of the governor as well as commercial motorcyclists were seen in groups along Secretariat and NTA roads, while human and vehicular movements were prevented by the mounted barricades.

Such barricades were also reportedly mounted on roads connecting Ekiti to other neighbouring states.

Addressing newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on the matter, Fayose insisted that all the entitlements of the APC lawmakers have been paid as part of the agreement reached in the meeting held in Akure penultimate week, contrary to Speaker Adewale Omirin’s claim that they were yet to be paid.

The governor who flaunted copies of the Skye Bank cheques dated May 26, 2015, issued to the lawmakers to corroborate his claim, said he brought the issue to the knowledge of Ekiti people to avert a major crisis in the state.

One of the cheques, which bore the name of Boluwade Bolie Kehinde, was received on behalf of the lawmakers and had a sum of N2, 149, 052 .37 on it.

The governor said any impeachment proceeding against him by the APC lawmakers would be tantamount to illegality in view of the ruling delivered by Justice E. S. Chukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which ordered that status quo as at April 23 be maintained pending the determination of the motion on notice.

The PDP factunal speaker, Hon Dele Olugbemi and six other lawmakers had in a suit number FHC/ABJ CS/361/2015 filed at the Federal High Court sought an interlocutory injunction among other reliefs restraining the APC lawmakers from commencing impeachment process against Fayose.

“They have been dropping the name of President Muhammadu Buhari as giving them the backing to impeach me. How can an Assembly, whose tenure will wind up on Thursday be planning this? I wonder why the issue of the past should be allowed to come to play now.

“As at the date the court gave the order, I mean April 23, Hon Adewale Omirin was not the speaker. It will be wrong for the Court order not to be respected. This is illegality and I want to raise this for the public to know.

“Omirin has gone to court to challenge his impeachment and later withdrew such, which means he accepted he had been impeached and a cost of N100, 000 was awarded against him.

“So, he is not the speaker. I am calling on well-meaning Nigerians, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Mahmoud and President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in this matter,” Fayose said.

On how, when and where the payment of the salaries and other benefits to the lawmakers was made, Fayose said: “They came to collect the cheques in Ado Ekiti in company of the commissioner for finance, Mr Toyin Ojo.

“The issue would have been discussed publicly during the peace parley, but they insisted that it should not be discussed openly because they didn’t want the leaders of their party to know,” Fayose said.

PDP Warns Outgoing Ekiti APC Lawmakers

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned outgoing Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers against causing confusion and mayhem in the state in their bid to secure political control of the state.

The party in a statement issued by the national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh yesterday, said it is aware that the outgoing lawmakers are desperate to wreak havoc in the state before the end of their tenure on Thursday.

PDP warned that its members will be fully mobilised to stiffly resist the scheme and the mission to unseat Fayose.

The party warned the lawmakers to watch their steps and not to take its civility for granted, saying it would not hesitate to defend the governor with all means allowed by the law.

“We wish to state in very clear terms that we would not condone any more move by the rejected APC lawmakers to subvert the will of the people of Ekiti State as expressed in the mandate freely given to Governor Ayo Fayose.

“These outgoing APC lawmakers whose mandates have already been withdrawn by the people should watch their steps and not in any way take our civility and Governor Fayose’s deportment for peace, unity and harmony for granted.

“We issue this as a final warning. Our members and supporters in Ekiti State are able, willing and ready to defend our mandate using all available instruments granted by the law , We have the capacity and will have no other option unless the APC lawmakers retrace their steps and embrace peace. Enough is enough,” the PDP said.

The party noted that the position of the Federal High Court on the status of the lawmakers and proceedings of the house regarding the odious plot to impeach Governor Fayose is clear, adding that it would not in any way “condone or tolerate any move by the APC lawmakers to subvert the course of justice.”

Lauding the people of Ekiti State for their courage in standing by Governor Fayose, the PDP urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call the lawmakers to order, especially given the olive branch already extended to them by the governor in the interest of peace and development of the state.

The party charged security agencies to be on high alert and ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order in the state.

Tension In Ekiti As APC Lawmakers Move To Resume, Impeach Fayose

A fresh crisis is brewing between Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, and the 19 All Progressives Congress lawmakers, following fears that the lawmakers may forcefully regain entrance into the State House of Assembly and commence legislative business on Monday.

The lawmakers, emboldened by the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari as President, threatened to resume sitting, prompting panic within government circles in the state.

People close to the two camps told PREMIUM TIMES the lawmakers planned to gain access to the house on Monday, and then make the impeachment of the governor their main business of the day.

Although security agencies had since sealed the Assembly complex, residents say trucks-full of security operatives were were Monday drafted around the building, with some mounting checks at strategic places in the tension-soaked state capital.

There are also reports that supporters of Governor Fayose have blocked some major entry point to the state – including the Iitawure-Efon-Ado Road – to stop the APC lawmakers and their supporters from gaining access to the state capital.

There were also claims that some thugs, believed to have sympathy for Mr. Fayose, invaded the residence of Senator Babafemi Ojudu (APC- Ekiti Central), Sunday night, threatening to burn the place down.

A resident who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES the movement of security personnel around the city portends danger to the fragile peace within the city.

Governor Fayose had earlier promised to pay all the entitlements of the lawmakers up to date, debunking claims by the lawmakers that they were still being owed by the administration.

The Chief Press Secretary to Fayose, Idowu Adelusi, told PREMIUM TIMES Monday that the security men deployed around the Assembly complex were drafted to enforce a court order barring the APC lawmakers from carrying out any impeachment.

“There is a subsisting court order which says status quo should be maintained and that court order has not been vacated,” Mr. Adelusi said.
“It is the duty of security operatives to ensure law and order and that is what they are doing. ”

Although the lawmakers were yet to make good their threat at the time of filing this report, Mr. Adelusi said “the people” were prepared to protect the government they enthroned.

“We hear that they are coming to impeach the governor, but the people that voted him into office say they are waiting for then, ” he said.

The spokesperson of the Ekiti state Police Command could not be reached for comments at this time.


Don’t Deny It! Your Salaries Have Been Paid-Fayose Fires Back At APC Lawmakers

The Ekiti State government has fired back at the 19 All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers after they claimed their withheld salaries had not been paid as reported by the media..The government described as falsehood the lawmakers’ position, adding that the legislators duly acknowledged their payments last week.
Part of the statement released by the aggrieved APC lawmakers reads

‘’It is shocking that those behind the media report chose not to believe us but overzealously believed the purported sources that thrive in falsehood, lies and propaganda while working for the government.  In fact, as at Saturday night, the alerts we received from our bank were deficit alerts and so we wonder where the reporter got his story. It is unfortunate that just because the reporter wanted to file an exclusive report for his paper, he went ahead to report this falsehood motivated by blackmail.’’

“Let us even agree without conceding that we were paid our lawful entitlements, what favour does the governor do to us by that after illegally cutting short our tenure by seven months and putting us in harrowing inconveniences in addition to his brazen rape on the constitution of Nigeria? Must payment of our legal entitlements prevent us from defending the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which we swore to protect?

“Where are the indications of payment when embargo is placed on our accounts by the governor? Even those who should know in government are wondering where the reporter got his story because there is never any payment to the lawmakers. This is irresponsible journalism at its worst and it is unfortunate.’’

However, the government in a statement issued yesterday by the State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo said:

“We would have remained silent in deference to the agreement reached at the last Monday meeting in Akure that all parties should maintain silence on the outcome of the meeting, especially because the lawmakers said they do not want their leaders to know the outcome of the meeting.

“However, since the lawmakers have chosen not to abide by this agreement by first issuing press statement to deny and reveal what was discussed in the meeting, and now going to the press to say that they have not received any payment, the government does not have any other option than to tell the public the truth and set the records straight.
“The government is by this press statement putting the records straight since the money paid to the lawmakers belong to Ekiti people.The payment was made in cheques because the lawmakers pleaded that their accounts should not be credited directly so as to avoid the banks from making deductions for loans taken from the banks.

Saying that they have not been paid is quite unfortunate and unbecoming of honourable members of the State House of Assembly and this is sad.We will want to keep our fingers crossed and we wish to caution the lawmakers to adhere strictly to the spirit of the agreements. Governor Fayose’s good gesture, aimed at ensuring peace in the State should not be abused.

Fayose Lifts Curfew On Ado-Ekiti

Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti on Sunday lifted the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on Ado-Ekiti on May 22, following a civil disturbance.

The governor stated this in his broadcast to the people of the state in Ado-Ekiti.

He described the crisis between the Hausa community and commercial drivers in Ado-Ekiti that led to the imposition of the curfew as unfortunate.

He urged residents to be law abiding and conduct their activities in manner that would not cause further break down of law and order.

Fayose said that the state government lifted the curfew after security agents had restored peace in the state.

He expressed regret for the inconveniences the curfew might have caused the residents of the town.

He said the state government had also placed N2 million-ransom for anybody that could provide information which could facilitate the arrest of those that kidnapped 11 people in different parts of the state recently.

He said that kidnapping was strange to state warning that the state government would fight it.(NAN)

APC Lawmakers’ Abduction Claim Wicked, Insensitive – Fayose

APC-FayoseThe Ekiti State Government has described as “evil, wicked and insensitive”, claims by the All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the state that the ‘stop and search’ operation ordered by the State Security Council to stem the increasing tide of kidnapping was an orchestrated plot by Governor Ayo Fayose to track them for kidnapping and consequently stall the impeachment plot against him.

The government said such unwarranted allegation coming from the runaway 19 APC lawmakers was a clear exposure of the party’s culpability in the abduction of Ekiti citizens.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration in the state accused the APC lawmakers of “betraying their guilt by simply telling Nigerians that they want the kidnapping of Ekiti residents to continue”.

According to the Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, “The Fayose-led government will do everything humanly possible to protect lives and properties of Ekiti people”.

The aide said what is expected of genuine lovers of the state is to join hands with security agencies and not politicize every efforts of the government.

The government said, “For the avoidance of doubt, the introduction of strict security measures and check points in strategic places across the state, prohibition of the usage of tinted classes, frequent hotel checks, with a call to hoteliers to monitor their customers and offer information to security agents on any suspected person and seal up of any hotel linked to criminals were resolutions of the Ekiti State Security Council meeting that took place on Monday.

“Only wicked and evil people, whose agenda is to make Ekiti State ungovernable will kick against these measures that are aimed at securing the lives and properties of the people”

Fayose’s Ekiti Turns Kidnappers Den? Before Land Of Honour Becomes Dishonour (1) By @eniola_opeyemi

Fayose, Ekiti labour Leaders’ Conspiracy Won’t Stop Impeachment – APC

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has said the conspiracy between labour union leaders and Governor Ayodele Fayose won’t stop the impeachment proceedings, if the lawmakers decide to carry out their constitutional duties.

The party said it was vindicated over the alarm it raised that the state labour leaders had joined forces with the governor to stall his impeachment by the 19 members of the House of Assembly.

The Ekiti APC in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, on Friday, said that the governor’s latest directive that workers should fill verification forms that would last for one month before he could pay workers’ salary was a confirmation of its allegation.

He alleged that the provocative action was in the full knowledge and cooperation of labour leaders who had been deceiving the state workers in a scheme clearly against their interests while the labour leaders smiled to the banks.

Olatubosun said the labour leaders were aware of the governor’s new initiative to fill verification forms.

“The exercise is billed to end on May 19 after which there will be a report to be submitted at the end of May.

“This will make workers angry and the labour leaders will pretend that they are unhappy. They will then mobilise workers for an indefinite strike to stall the governor’s impeachment”, he explained.

Olatubosun advised workers to be take their fate in their own hands as no amount of strike could stop the impeachment if the lawmakers wanted to carry out their constitutional duties.

“The lawmakers are not civil servants. The constitution does not say lawmakers cannot sit when workers are on strike. It is a pity that workers are facing their current challenges because they have a lawless, deceitful and uncaring governor”.

The APC spokesperson stated that the governor would have short-changed beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme of the Millennium Development Goals instrument by N70,000, if not for its prompt outcry in the media.

“This morning, the governor quickly instructed that the remaining N40, 000 to the beneficiaries, who may start receiving their alerts any moment from now, be paid”.

The APC spokesperson asked that “if Fayose was not planning to pocket the balance of N70,000 per head totalling N155.7m, why didn’t he pay at once when the money had already been released by the MDGs office in Abuja more than five months ago?”

Meanwhile, the state government said it had commenced the payment of N100, 000 to each of the 2,250 beneficiaries of the CCT scheme, which will be released to their wallets accounts in four tranches on daily basis, starting from next Wednesday.

APC Youths Denounce Ojudu Over Ekiti Impeachment Plans

Youths aligned to the All Progressives Congress (APC) have accused Senator Babafemi Ojudu, representing Ekiti Central senatorial district, of fueling the crisis in the state by planning the impeachment of Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The youth, under the aegis of Ekiti APC Youths Congress (EAYC), alleged  Ojudu recruited people from Lagos to speak in his defence in his roles in the current impeachment move against governor Fayose.

“If the ultimate beneficiary of Fayose’s impeachment will be someone like Senator Babafemi Ojudu, we the youths in the APC will wash our hands off it,” read a statement signed by Convener and Secretary, Tope
Ogunkuade, and Tunji Adeleye, respectively.

Some APC politicians are behind the move to impeach Fayose for alleged  human rights violations while it is claimed his election last June was characterised by irregularities.

The pair claimed Ojudu had not assisted any youth in the APC. “Even his father’s house in Ado-Ekiti, he left it in dilapidated form. Apart from fighting against governors in the State and pulling their governments down, Ojudu cannot point to one single benefit that he has brought to Ekiti before and now that he is a senator.

“We even wonder why he (Ojudu) is not ashamed that he had to recruit faceless civil rights groups from Lagos to defend him, instead of youths in Ekiti State rising up to defend him,” the statement read.

The youths also reiterated their warning to Ojudu to stop leading the rebellion against former Governor Kayode Fayemi.

“Fayemi is the only leader of the APC in Ekiti State that we know. Ojudu and his Action Group can go and form their own party if they want a party which will be controlled by someone like Ojudu that cannot win
election even in his own father¹s house,” the youths added.

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Fayose Is Embarrassing All Of Us In Ekiti- Speaker Omirin

Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr Adewale Omirin’s speaks on the issues with Governor Ayodele Fayose, the threats against him and his colleagues and the alleged impunities of the governor. Excerpts:

WHat is the situation of things in Ekiti State following the row between Governor Ayodele Fayose and the 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) legislators?

The situation is still as it was since November 17, 2014. We have not been allowed to come to the state by the governor. Each time we say we are coming to the state, he goes on radio announcing to the people that we are bringing thugs and then to the Commissioner of Police to inform him of all these things and before you know it, the state capital is filled with soldiers and police men.

Have you contemplated storming the state with the military, policemen and thugs?

I do not have soldiers and thugs. I am a legislator and a medical doctor, I was not trained along that line. There is no time we planned of bringing anybody to the town. We are elected to lead our people and make laws for the good people of Ekiti state and that is exactly what we wanted to do. As at the time we were driven out of the House of Assembly, we had passed 72 bills in three and half years, which is unprecedented in the history of the state. We have done very well for the state and that is what we were elected to do.

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Fayose Plans To Lock Us Up Until June 1st-APC Lawmakers Reject Peace Meeting

APC lawmakers in Ekiti have rejected the latest peace move by Chief Afe Babalola (SAN).The respected lawyer convened a meeting between the lawmakers and governor Ayo Fayose,but they failed to show up..Giving reasons in a statement by Speaker Adewale Omirin’s Special Adviser on Media, Wole Olujobi,they claimed it was a setup to arrest them and reliable sources said Fayose was planning to have them locked up till June 1.

They also gave new conditions for a peace truce and said the meeting should be held on a neutral ground.,,stating that though Afe’s motives were pure as he promised 200 policemen were on ground to protect them, Fayose could not be trusted

“We cannot hold any meeting on the basis of monetary settlement in isolation of the consideration of the constitutional breaches by the governor. It is amazing that the truce terms will not include resumption of our duties?, but just to settle us monetarily and escorting us out of Ekiti State,”

“Our Government House sources are always credible and reliable.Fayose was popping champagne in the Government House last night after supervising petrol sale at a filling station along Ilawe road. His loquacious lifestyle gave him away as he sat with his aides celebrating the end to his impeachment moves, boasting that two of the lawmakers would be arrested and kept in detention until June 1, thereby depriving APC lawmakers the needed quorum for his impeachment,”

 Listing their truce terms, they demanded restoration of the constitutionally recognised Speaker (Omirin), and other principal officers illegally impeached back to their lawful positions; and the G19 should be allowed unfettered access to and from the Ekiti State House of Assembly to perform their legislative duties until the expiration of their tenure on June 6, 2015. Immediate removal of all illegal structures that aid the activities of thugs and miscreants in and around the Ekiti State House of Assembly premises; They said the governor should facilitate these demands between now and May 4, 2015.

But Fayose at the meeting promised to shift ground on contentious issues if that would return peace to the state.
The governor, who said his gesture should not be taken for cowardice, also debunked allegations by the lawmakers that he had connived with security agencies to arrest them if they appeared for the meeting.

“Within the ambit of the laws, I will respect the views of all of them. If there is anybody who should be evasive, it should be me because their time has almost expired. The guilty are afraid.
“They said I sent police to arrest them, where will I keep them after arresting them? We should stop playing to the gallery in a matter like this. I’m ready to shift ground. I’m ready to ensure they depart and finish their tenure successfully and whatever is due to them, I’m ready to pay. That is not an act of cowardice.
“I’m prepared to make peace and work in the overall interest of the state. I’m ready to submit myself to this meeting as many times as possible.”

 The lawmakers proposed that the meeting be moved to Ibadan office of the senior lawyer while members on the committee must be non-partisan? elders.?

Governor Ayo Fayose Withdraws Lawsuit Against APC Lawmakers

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, yesterday withdrew the suit against the 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) members of the state House of Assembly from impeaching him and his Deputy, Kolapo Olusola.

In the suit, the plaintiffs, including speaker of the House of As­sembly which is oc­cupied by the Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) factional Speaker, Olugbemi Joseph Dele; Ekiti State House of Assembly, Fayose and Olusola through their counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN), had approached the court seeking to stop im­peachment moves against the governor. The suit however had already been struck out by Justice Ahmed Moham­med.

When the matter was called for hearing yesterday, counsel to the plaintiffs, Raji, informed the court of his client’s inten­tion to withdraw the case. The plaintiff’s counsel did not give any reason for the with­drawal.

Court Halts Impeachment Moves Against Fayose

A Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday halted all actions and activities of the embattled Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr Adewale Omirin and the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers from November 21, 2014 till date, including the purported commencement of impeachment proceeding and notice alleging misconduct against the Stare Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose and his Deputy, Dr Olusola Eleka.

Justice E. Chukwu gave the ruling on an Exparte Application in Suit Number FHC/ABJ/CS/361/15 filed by the factional Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Dele Olugbemi and six other Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers.

Olugbemi and six others had filed the suit, seeking an order of the court declaring the seats of the 19 lawmakers vacant having abdicated their functions since November 21, 2014 and also an order restraining the police from aiding, abetting or assisting the lawmakers from carrying out any illegal act.

Joined as defendants in the suit are the Inspector General of Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Chukwu adjourned hearing of the motion on notice till May 13.

The sentence makes the efforts of the 19 lawmakers to impeach Fayose futile. After a couple of back and forth, the governor had expressed readiness to reconcile with the lawmakers. “I am not opposed to anything that can bring peace; peace cannot be wished away. I’m ready to accommodate everybody. Whatever they want, we can sit down and talk.

Impeachment: Tension In Ekiti As Okada Riders, Drivers Move To Defend Fayose’s Mandate “With The Last Drop Of Our Blood”

Tension is building up in Ekiti State as Governor Ayo Fayose asked the people to defend the mandate they gave to him following the impeachment process initiated by the All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the state assembly.

Already three groups, the Okada Riders Association, Road Transport Workers Association of Nigeria and National Union of Road Transport Workers have put their members on notice to look out for the APC lawmakers apparently to forestall their impeachment.

The 19 APC lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly had two weeks ago served a notice of impeachment on Mr. Fayose, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, who was sworn into office last October.

The lawmakers were away from the state until recently, following the victory of the APC in the presidential election. During their absence, seven PDP legislators were performing legislative duties which many consider illegal.

Mr. Fayose, who sounded conciliatory after the Supreme Court affirmed his election last week, made a live television broadcast on Sunday asking Ekiti people to defend their mandate from the APC lawmakers, who he claimed were invading the state to impeach him.

He urged drivers and okada riders in particular to move out en masse to defend his mandate, saying: “My mandate is your mandate and you must defend it.”

The governor made the broadcast about twenty minutes after leaving a church service where a clergyman advised him to embrace peace and reconcile with the APC lawmakers by restoring their salaries and other benefits to enable them do their jobs.

Shortly after leaving the church, two statements emerged on the state radio as public announcements that were being broadcast intermittently.

A public announcement by the Chairman of the Okada Riders Association, Niyi Dahunsi “All Okada riders in Ekiti State are enjoined to be on the look-out for strange faces in the state from tomorrow. This is because it has been gathered that APC lawmakers working with Dr Adewale Omirin are planning to truncate the peace of the state by planning to invade the state with armed thugs.

“All Okada riders in the state should be mobilised to the House of Assembly by 6am tomorrow. Governor Fayose’s mandate is the mandate of okada riders. We must defend it with the last drop of our blood.”

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Ekiti APC Lawmakers Vow to Go Ahead with Fayose’s Impeachment

The 19 All Progressives Congress lawmakers in Ekiti State House of Assembly have vowed to go ahead with the impeachment proceedings against Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The embattled Speaker, Dr. Adewale Omirin, has forwarded a notice of gross misconduct to the governor and his deputy, Dr. Olusola Eleka.

Omirin has also requested the Chief Judge of Ekiti, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, to raise a seven-man panel to investigate the two over allegations of impunity, violence and stalking, among other
constitutional breaches levelled against them.

Omirin confirmed to The PUNCH on Wednesday that the impeachment plot was still in top gear and
would be followed to the end.

But the governor has warned the lawmakers against continuing with the plot, saying their action will boomerang as the people of the state will resist it.

The labour unions comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and Joint Negotiating Council also planned to host a solidarity forum for the governor on Thursday (today) and Friday.

Omirin, who spoke through his media aide, Mr. Wole Olujobi, said:

“The impeachment process will proceed; we are expecting the Chief Judge to act soon on our letter asking him to set up a seven-member panel. There is no going back on the process. The matter is set for the next stage.

It is about the governor breaching the Constitution. We are guided by the Constitution. There are laid down rules and regulations that guide the conduct of public office holders. Once you commit an infraction, you have to face the consequence.

The governor has to answer the allegations; the Assembly will give him a fair hearing. We will follow every step.”

Omirin countered claims that the governor had not been served the impeachment notice.

“If he was not aware, why did he go to court to try to stop the impeachment plot? What is the basis if he was not served? As far as we are concerned, he has been served. We’ll resume very soon. At the appropriate time, the Speaker will reconvene the Assembly.”

But reacting, Fayose, who said he was not shocked by the decision of the APC lawmakers to continue with the impeachment plot, described their action “as an idea that is distant to common sense.”

Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the governor said that the plot was not a war against him but war against the people of Ekiti State and God.

Ekiti APC Rejects House Of Assembly Results

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has rejected the results of the state House of Assembly and vows to challenge at the tribunal.

In a press statement issued by the party secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, The All Progressives Congress said that the election was full of irregularities.

The People’s Democratic Party has won 25 constituencies out of 26 in Ekiti State House of Assembly polls.

Ilejemeje constituency is still on hold over the crisis resulting to ballot snatching and the attack on the officials of INEC.

#PAUSIBILITY: The Day Of Reckoning Is Here. by Adebayo Coker

It will be gubernatorial elections tomorrow. No doubt, I will urge everyone to go out en masse, just as we did during the Presidential Elections, and cast our votes for any candidate of our choice. Nobody is going to drown especially if you take caution and do not go near the lagoon if you cannot swim.

Please and please, stop degrading the palace of The Oba of Lagos. We all have failed to realize that there is no superhuman. What happened was just an act of the gods as it occurred to me that someone had been sharing in the drink of the deities for a long time but the day in question was just the day of reckoning.

The task before us is to make a choice of who will govern our states. And I wouldn’t want us to be carried away by any side attraction or distraction.

If I were to choose I will look at who is just kidding and who is not. I will check the pedigree of the candidates before me: the kind of company they keep, as we all know “birds of a feather flock together”, their utterances since the beginning of this whole political hullabaloo, their disposition to the continuity of the good things that are happening around us and their readiness to align with a genuine change that has been activated on March 28th. I will not just cast my vote because I want to register my protest to what someone said or did not say. I will not allow my sense of good judgment to be clouded by some unsubstantial swaggering of a kidder.

I must doff my hat for all of you that defended what is right in the #OneSidedLagos on twitter, regardless of your party affiliations or interest; you have proven that your parents really took time to show you the difference between white and black. For those that would want to subvert the truth, I give kudos to you as well, as I can categorically tell that your parents are/were classically decadent in their duties and responsibilities in bringing you up. Truth is truth. It can’t be subverted. Only if you are an enemy of progress will you put an elephant and a donkey in the same cluster. Fashola o kii se egbe baba won. Fashola is a peerless achiever. I am not even sure anyone around will equal his record. Enough said, don’t go vilifying me like you did to Eleko. I have only spoken proverbially.

When I wrote #Pausibility: Ekiti, A Glimpse of More Kiti kiti To Come, few months ago, little did I know that Fayose will be impeached so soon. I am sure you wonder why I said he will be impeached so soon?

When Fayose was going about town like he loved GEJ so much that he could even give him his mother to wife if Mama Peace wouldn’t cause wahala, I told someone that this guy didn’t like GEJ one bit but was only acting in self interest just as many other thieves that castrated the President’s virility for good.

He knew he rigged himself into the Office of the Governor of Ekiti State, even when we all had thought it was his stomach infrastructure that won him the seat(even at that, it was crass). The #Ekitigate tape proves otherwise and revealed his usual crooked low. Fayose realizing that the only way he could continue to perpetuate himself in office is only when PDP ( because the letters PDP are laced with corruption) remains in power and that was why he went on his hyper-support/campaign for GEJ. But now that the people have voted out his failed party at the centre, which inadvertently subdued his crudeness to an extent, and also gave the nineteen lawmakers which he had hitherto sacked and ostracized( in his habitual agbero manner) from the state with the help of his corrupt party, the boldness to come back to take their rightful position, and taking their rightful position means Fayose would be treated deservingly and tossed into the gutter where he always belong, he went haywire (typical of him) and was ready to bring the Fountain Of Knowledge to its knees. I am sure the many Professors in that state will not allow an ‘illiterate’ (by Ekiti standards) to trouble their lovely state.

If not now, Fayose WILL NOT finish his term as a governor, as I strongly foresee that he will fallout with the good people of Ekiti once they realize how much of a toughie they have as a governor, and they will march on the legislators to have him impeached.

I want this impeachment ONLY because I would not want any part of this lovely country of ours to secede just as he had threatened amongst his many other vituperations.

To those clamoring for clemency, let me admonish you never to make a mistake of trying to domesticate a wolf that lived all his life in the jungle; his penchant for flesh can never be subdued by any level of sophistication. If you try it, you will be his immediate meal when his quest calls. But we can make Fayose a happier man by allowing his name to be imputed in the Guinness Book Of Records.

This is just his reckoning.


Adebayo Coker is a wordsmith. Societal Fragments, A Man Like Me: Noteography Of A Father To His Son, and Wobbled Words are his published works. He just finished writing Quarantined Vanity and working on What Suzzie Wants(a compendium of women’s plights). adebay_c

Impeachment: Ekiti Traditional Rulers Beg Lawmakers To Spare Gov. Fayose

The Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers on Thursday called on both the state governor, Ayo Fayose, and the All Progressives Congress members of the House of Assembly who recently served him notice of impeachment, to sheath their swords.

The call was contained in a communiqué issued by the Council at the end of their emergency meeting.

The monarchs made the call the same day 19 APC lawmakers said on Thursday that they had directed the Chief Judge, Ayo Daramola, to commence the process of probing allegations of gross misconduct against the governor and his deputy, Ojo Eleka.

However, the Chief Registrar of the Ekiti State Judiciary, Obafemi Fasanmi, was quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria as saying the Chief Judge had not received any directive from the lawmaker to set up an impeachment panel.

In their communiqué read by its Chairman and the Onitaji of Itaji-Ekiti, Oba Adamo Babalola, the traditional rulers said the face-off between the executive and the legislative arms of government had been on since Mr. Fayose was sworn-in on Oct.16, 2014.

The Council said efforts made by the council to broker peace between the feuding political gladiators had consistently been stalled.

“The position stalled all further deliberations and efforts to find an amicable settlement of the matter,” it said.


Ekiti Justice Forum Battles Fayose, Asks INEC To Shift Poll

The Ekiti Justice Forum has urged Governor Ayodele Fayose to respond to the impeachment notice served on him by the 19 All Progressives Congress lawmakers with maturity and all sense of responsibility instead of creating tension.

The forum also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to postpone the House of Assembly election in the state because the atmosphere was not conducive for a free and fair election.

Fayose’s supporters and Peoples Democratic Party members had on Monday and Tuesday engaged in wild protest over the impeachment notice where eight impeachable offences were listed against the governor.

In a statement by the Chairman, Chief Sesan Fatoba; Secretary, Dare Owotomobi and Director of Publicity, Ojo Andrews, the group advised the governor to know that no amount of impunity can solve any constitutional crisis.

It said, “The political tension created in the last few days by the move of the 19 Ekiti State House of Assembly members to commence impeachment process against Governor Ayo Fayose has been made worse by the negative response of the Governor.

“The majority of the Ekiti State House of Assembly members being hunted by Governor Fayose are candidates in the April 11, 2015 election.

“None of these candidates have been allowed to go to their constituencies to campaign for votes for fear of being harassed, arrested or even killed by agents of Ekiti State government whereas the governor has been crisscrossing the State canvassing for votes for PDP candidates.

“This to us does not give equal chance to all the candidates to excel in the election. The present political atmosphere is heavily skewed against one of the major parties in the contest.”

The forum urged the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to consider the issue and shift the election for peace to reign and for the commission to achieve a free and fair election in the state.

Ekiti Impeachment Plot: Mother Of Late Olaiya & Widow Seek Justice

The impeachment plot against Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose assumed a new di­mension yesterday with the governor urging Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba to investigate the killing of a protester, Modupe Olaiya on Tuesday. This is even as the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) threw its weight behind Fayose.

Olaiya was killed when Speaker Ad­ewale Omirin, was leading 18 other All Progressives Congress (APC) mem­bers to Ekiti to continue the impeach­ment plot, aborted by Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) loyalists. Mother of the deceased, Mrs Ag­beke Olaiya, yesterday revealed how she lost her 32-year-old son. She is de­manding justice.

She and Olaiya’s widow, Yinka, were at the Government House, Ado- Ekiti, wailing over their loss. Madam Olaiya said: “My son was 32-year-old. It happened at Fabo, at Efon Alaye’s Junction on the way to Ijebu-Ijesha. I was told a serving APC member of the House of Assembly shot him. He is an indigene of Efon.

“They said he was coming with some Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), members from Lagos. They made a de­tour in Osun, but they were coming to Ekiti through Ijebu-Ijesha…”

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Ekiti People Own My Mandate And They Will Defend It – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has called on the leadership of All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state to respect the sovereignty of the people and emulate the President,Dr Goodluck Jonathan who have conceded defeat to his opponent,Major General Mohammadu Buhari Fayose who in apparent response to the impeachment threat by the 19 All Progressive Congress (APC) lawmakers in the state House of Assembly against him,warned the legislators and other leaders of the APC in the state that any attempt to undermine the sovereignty of Ekiti people, using whatever instrument will be resisted by the people themselves

“Because power belongs to the people and they have handed it to whom they desire to exercise till October 16, 2018.

“Ekiti people who are the owners of my mandate will defend it against political usurpers, whom they had rejected twice in the last nin months.”

According to the statement issued in Ado Ekiti yesterday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, to stand by his words of not
allowing the use of the judiciary to change the outcome of elections.

The governor who described the noise of impeachment and pending Supreme Court judgment being made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a plot
to distract him from concentrating on governance and the coming Saturday’s House of Assembly election, called on members and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State not to be distracted from their goal of delivering all the 26 Assembly seats in the State to the party.

“Instead of respecting the wish of Ekiti people, which they again affirmed on March 28 and will further affirm on April 4, the APC people that were rejected in two free and fair elections have been trying all tricks to return to power through the back door.

“They filed several cases in their bid to stop my inauguration as governor and even committed murder in the process.”

Speaking further, Fayose said; “The Speaker of the State House of Assembly then, Dr Adewale Omirin was assured of assuming office as Acting Governor and that informed his non-attendance of my inauguration, as he was still hoping that even on October 16, 2014, a court order would be gotten to stop my inauguration.

“Their evil plots against the mandate of Ekiti people failed then, but up to now, they are not relenting.

“Today, even though Omirin has been duly impeached, he still believes he can be Acting Governor while Dr Kayode Fayemi that was roundly rejected by Ekiti people is also boasting that he will return to power through the instrumentality of the court.

“However, let me warn the APC as a party to respect the wish of Ekiti people like the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan respected the wish of Nigerians on the election of Major General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd).

“Any attempt to undermine the sovereignty of Ekiti people, using whatever instrument will be resisted by the people themselves because power belongs to the people and they have handed it to whom they desire to exercise till October 16, 2018.

“The APC gladiators in Ekiti should therefore emulate President Jonathan and the PDP by waiting till 2018 to try their luck again.

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Police Shut Ekiti House Of Assembly To Block APC Lawmakers

The same police that “interpreted” the law to withdraw Speaker Aminu Tambuwal’s security are now finding it hard to understand that 7 members can not be greater than 19 members in Ekiti State.

There was tension in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday as the 19 APC lawmakers stormed the Ekiti State House of Assembly to resume their legitimate legislative duties.

Their return caught workers and the seven PDP lawmakers loyal to Governor Ayodele Fayose unawares and created tension as officials of the Assembly hurriedly vacated their offices.

The return of the lawmakers followed Tuesday’s directive by the state secretariat of the APC asking them to resume legislative duties as impunity has been defeated in the country.

But over 100 soldiers and police operatives promptly took over the Assembly to maintain peace while the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, ordered its immediate closure.

The 19 APC lawmakers had been on self-exile since November 20, 2014 when the seven PDP lawmakers illegally removed the Speaker, Dr. Adewale Omirin with the help of the police in the state.

Mr. Dele Olugbemi, an ally of Governor Fayose, was installed as the Speaker by the faction and had been presiding over the Assembly.

The Speaker Omirin-led lawmakers arrived at the Assembly in a convoy of 14 vehicles at around 12noon and hurriedly went into parliamentary session which started with praise and worship, as well as prayer said by Mr. Folorunso Ogundele, representing Efon constituency.

The session lasted for 10 minutes and the lawmakers emerged from the Assembly and briefed the pressmen, who had patiently been waiting outside.

Omirin, who spoke on behalf of members, said they were in the assembly to begin their legislative duty.

As they emerged from the Assembly, some of them chanted ‘Sai Buhari Sai Baba’ – the political slogan of the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.

“Why are you surprised that we are here? I don’t expect you to express surprise that we are in our offices because we were duly elected as members of the state House of Assembly.

“This is my office and I shouldn’t be asked why I am here. Though we have instituted a case against the seven lawmakers for the fake impeachment against me, but that would not prevent us from doing what we are supposed to do,” Omirin stated.

But the Commissioner of Police said he took the action to prevent violence in the state, saying the police must be proactive to prevent Ekiti from being plunged into crisis.

Come Back To Your Duty Post – APC Tells 19 Ekiti Lawmakers

The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has asked the 19 APC lawmakers in the state to return and commence sitting, noting that the victory of General at the president poll has ended the reign of impunity.

“Buhari’s victory marks the beginning of sanity in the polity wracked by lawlessness, corruption and impunity. All democratic institutions will operate unfettered within the ambit of the law.

“On this note, we urge our 19 members in the House of Assembly to return to work immediately and take control of the affairs because a new era of law and order has returned”, the party said on Tuesday in a statement by its publicity secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun.

The party also congratulated Nigerians for the way they conducted themselves peacefully in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections that returned Buhari as the winner, telling residents of the state to defy the curfew imposed on the state by Governor Ayo Fayose.

It also commended its members and supporters for recording remarkable votes despite provocations, inducements, harassments and infractions on their rights by the state government.

Describing the imposition of curfew on the state as sheer wickedness, the APC said it was meant to prevent the people of the state the opportunity to celebrate the victory of General Buhari, urging the police not to allow themselves to be used as “anti-democratic agents to unleash terror on Ekiti people
and APC members.”

The party said: “Our party has asked its members to defy order barring them from celebrating their party’s victory because it is their legal right. We are not fighting; we are celebrating.

“Fayose should remember that he urged Ekiti people to defy Governor Kayode Fayemi’s curfew order when there was
apparent threat to peace in the state. This time, there is no threat to peace and so there is no authority that can bar Ekiti people from celebrating our liberty and this victory. End of impunity has come.

“It is not only victory for Ekiti people, but victory for Nigerians for a successful transition from one civilian administration to another.

If Fayose Provokes Us Further, We’ll Respond In Kind – Ex-Govs Adebayo, Oni, Fayemi Warn

Former civilian Governors of Ekiti State on Friday reacted to the alleged reign of terror being unleashed on members of the All Progressives Congress as well as members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the state opposed to the political philosophy of incumbent Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The ex-governors said it had come to their notice that a team of hoodlums in three unmarked Hilux vehicles went round the State, armed with guns, machetes and other dangerous weapons to the houses of Mr. Fayose’s perceived opponents, leaving them ‘severely bloodied’ in the process.

In a press statement jointly signed by the former governors – Niyi Adebayo, Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi – they alleged that the hoodlums, in their most recent operation in Ijero Local Government, created mayhem, beat and tortured the 90-year old father of the Commissioner for Finance under the Fayemi administration. They also alleged that the hoodlums destroyed shops and properties including cars belonging even to PDP members because of their perceived opposition to Fayose.

According to the statement, the attack came barely 48 hours after the former governors visited the State Commissioner of Police as well as the State Director of DSS on the security situation in Ekiti.

The statement noted that Messrs Adebayo, Oni and Fayemi had called on the security chiefs to prevail on Governor Fayose to put an end to the ongoing impunity, thuggery, brigandage, political rascality and torture.

“We had warned that if push comes to shove, the Party and all well-meaning people in the State will result to self-help to protect themselves, their assets and their rights guaranteed under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, the statement said.

The statement recalled other acts of violence against the APC in the state, warning that these unwarranted attacks would no longer be tolerated.

“During the visit of the Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Ekiti on Monday March 23rd, 2015, members of APC riding to the reception venue in Buhari/Osinbajo and APC branded vehicles were attacked in Ado Ekiti. They were shot at and several of their vehicles, including those belonging to Hon. Mrs. Bunmi Oriniowo, APC House of Assembly candidate and Amb. Olofin, the APC Ekiti Central Senatorial candidate, were destroyed by the hoodlums.

“We want to state unequivocally that we will no longer tolerate any further unprovoked attack on and willful destruction of APC branded vehicles and assets in the State.

“Keeping calm thus far is not out of weakness or incapacity to respond. We are only mindful of the lessons of history.

“Please recall that the First Republic ended with the ‘Operation Wetie’ political violence that erupted in Ekiti when similar situation of political rascality as we have now became prevalent in the West. We do not want this to happen again.

Man Beheads Vehicle Officer For Seizing His Phone

A 25-year-old man identified as Wale Ede has allegedly decapitated a 50-year-old Vehicle Inspection Officer, Joshua Fagbola in the Iro quarters of Iyin Ekiti in Ekiti State.

The incident occurred at about 8pm on Friday, March 20, 2015 after Fagbola, a patrol assistant with the Directorate of Road Traffic Service, otherwise known as the Vehicle Inspection Officer, in Ado Ekiti seized the cell phone of the suspect.

It was learnt that Ede attacked Fagbola, a father of seven in the middle of the row when he was about to zoom off the venue with his motorcycle. The deceased had on Thursday reportedly seized the cell phone of his suspected killer when he failed to supply the brick block for which he had been paid.

A witness said the incident said Ede, on sighting the VIO at the wake, had rushed home to fetch a machete with which he attacked the deceased from behind. The suspect was subsequently arrested by the police operatives in the state and ha been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department for thorough investigation after which his fate would be decided.

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Police Arrests Three APC Members For Placing Posters in Ekiti

Three members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ijero area of Ekiti State who were pasting campaign posters, were on Thursday apprehended by the police. The men are John Monday, Ebenezer Ogunleye and Tunbosun Adeluyi.

However, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi, the Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, affirmed that the men were apprehended for allegedly destroying campaign posters belonging to a certain political party.

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Jonathan Using Confab Report To Sneak Into People’s Hearts – S’West APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, faulted a statement credited to President Goodluck Jonathan that the implementation of 2014 National Conference report was dependent only on his re-election.

According to the party, Jonathan’s statement was illogical and unreasonable and meant to earn cheap popularity from the South West marginalised by his administration.

“The lopsided nature of the federation his (Jonathan) administration inherited about six years should have swung into action immediately and put necessary mechanisms in place to equitably and fairly restructure Nigeria for the benefit of all,” a statement by the National Vice-Chairman (South West) of the party, Chief Pius Akinyelure said.

“Jonathan is using the report of the 2014 National Conference as a political weapon to sneak into the hearts of South-West people, whose his administration has not been fair to despite their overwhelming support for the president in 2011.”

“President Jonathan should stop appealing ethnic sentiment in order to score cheap political marks.

“A President, under whose watch the Ekiti election was rigged, cannot restructure Nigeria. A president that grant hardened amnesty to ex-convicts cannot evolve equitable Nigeria.”

The party also urged the people of South-West and Nigeria in general, not to take the President seriously again, noting that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had no idea on how to move Nigeria forward.

“Stop deceiving innocent people. Stop destroying Nigerian unity on the altar of ethnic politics. Stop fueling division among groups that make up Nigeria,” the party said.

According to the party, its flag bearer, Muhammadu Buhari, and his running mate, Prof. Oluyemi Osinbajo, once elected, would initiate action “to amend the Nigerian Constitution with a view to devolving powers, duties, and responsibilities to states, in order to entrench true federalism and the federal spirit.”

Obanikoro Confesses Participation in Ekiti Poll Rigging Meeting

Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has admitted that there was indeed a meeting between himself, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekit State, General A.A. Momoh, Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan and some top officials of the People Democratic Party on how to rig the June 21 governorship election in favour of Fayose.

Obanikoro confessed to some senators that he did participate in the meeting on the orders of President Goodluck Jonathan. Obanikoro’s confession is part of the move to lobby the Senate to give him a pass during his upcoming nomination hearing.

Prior to admitting his involvement to the Senators,  he had met with President Jonathan to discuss the tape and his role in the whole saga. Obanikoro had in the past vehemently denied his involvement in any meeting to help Fayose win the election.

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Fayose Allegedly Buys PVCs From Defected Party Members

Governor Ayodele Fayose has been alleged to be buying PVC’s belonging to members of the All Progressive Party in Ekiti State and have now defected to the People’s Democratic Party.

The governor is alleged to be targeting people who are desperate for money such students of higher institutions and artisans, whereby they sell their voter cards in exchange for money.

He has been visiting numerous colleges where he deceives the younger population into buying their voter cards for money and the act has been described as uncalled for by the APC.

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No Apologies Over Advertorial- Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose stated his no apology response through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, and said that the truth can never be covered indefinitely, insisting that the All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, General Buhari was too old and sick to be president of this country. Read Statement below:

” I wish to refer to the late President Umaru Musa Yar; Adua who former President Olusegun Obasanjo claimed was hale and hearty to lead this country and subsequently took ill and died. “I must assure all those who have expressed genuine concerns,unlike the APC that is playing cheap politics over the issue -that my intention is not a death wish to General Buhari but a factual postion that APC is covering.

“My consideration for the advertorial in the midst of alleged ill health of the late president is the need for the nation not to forget the crisis we were thrown into in 2010 but saved by the National Assembly which had to invoked the Doctrine of Necessity after protests by the Save Nigeria Group ( SNG) “It is in defence of fairness that I called attention to the potential crisis we may face God forbid that the health of the general becomes a hindrance if he was president and his Vice who is from the South West would have to step into the saddle not too long after Obasanjo eight years in office. ” I wish to draw attention to the lead story in the Sunday Tribune of January 18, 2015,?entitled, ” Buhari’s planned visit to US causes furore.”

” The story revealed that arrangement had been concluded to fly Buhari to US for a medical check up. That Buhari has been stressed from effects of the rigours of presidential campaigns across the country and he is definitely in need of medical attention, adding that age was a factor as rigours of the campaign was? getting at him”. Fayose therefore adviced Buhari to be sincere with himself and step down for a younger and more vibrant person..again,I say it that Buhari is too old and spent to lead nigeria.

The Governor added, “The health of all of us who have stepped into the leadership space is nothing personal to us anymore as it has implications on the polity.” Fayose said that he was certain that time will vindicate him, calling on all Nigerians to vote enmass for the vibrant and energetic President Jonathan to avoid a repeat of history.

Buhari is Tinubu’s candidate, North will decide its own in 2019 — Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Mohammadu Buhari, would not win the next month presidential election.

The governor said Buhari was ‘handpicked’ by Tinubu and would not get the support of the Northern Nigeria at the polls in February.

He called on those clamouring for shift of power to wait until 2019 after Jonathan had completed his tenure.

 Fayose, who said four years was not too much for the North to wait for the return of the presidency to the region, added that “the unity and stability of the country should be paramount and no Nigerian must be made to see himself or herself as inferior to others as a result of tribal or religious inclination”.

The governor described Buhari as Tinubu’s stooge, saying; “Buhari has already handed over his presidency to Tinubu, his financier by going cap in hands, begging him (Tinubu) to nominate his running mate.

“By 2019, the presidency will go to the North, and it will be the choice of the leaders and stakeholders in the region to choose whoever they want among the arrays of patriotic Nigerians that abound in the region.

 “As it is today, Buhari that is going about presenting himself as representing the North is just a mere stooge of Tinubu, and I am sure Northern leaders will not want Tinubu to use their slot by proxy.
 “That Buhari is not the candidate of the leaders of the Northern Nigeria was made manifest during the APC presidential primaries, when Northern delegates gave their votes to Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, with Buhari getting his own delegate votes from South-West, South-South, South-East and part of North-Central.”

“The North-West delegates voted for Kwankwaso while those from the North-East voted for Atiku, meaning that Buhari was imposed on the North as their candidate by delegates controlled by Tinubu and it was in appreciation of this that Buhari gave Tinubu the sole responsibility of picking his (Buhari) running mate, a ticket Tinubu tried to give to himself but failed and ultimately conceded to Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Tinubu’s surrogate”.


God will Intervene in Ekiti – Adeboye, Kumuyi

Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi, the General Superintendent,Deeper Life Church,  have predicted  a brighter future for Ekiti State, saying God will intervene in the various problems confronting the state, otherwise known as the Fountain of Knowledge

Pastor Adeboye and Pastor Kumuyi  who were in the state on evangelical visit during the  Christmas celebration prayed that Ekiti State would witness a breakthrough and total transformation.

Pastor Adeboye was at the Governor’s Office, Ado Ekiti, yesterday ,where he had prayed for the state governor, Mr Ayo Fayose and some members of his cabinet.

Adeboye who was in Ekiti , for the programme, ‘Let’s Go A-fishing ‘ said that it was not in his character to visit governor’s in their offices , except on invitation ,  prayed that his visit to Ekiti  State would herald good tidings and bring rapid transformation in the coming years.

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Fayose Treating Ekiti People Like Beggars – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has chastised Governor Ayodele Fayose for making the electorate like beggars.

In a statement by APC State Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, the party said the Governor had turned Ekiti people to beggars by giving them handouts in form of, “kwashiorkor-infested chickens not bigger in size than ailing pigeons.”

The statement reads: “Ekiti people have now seen the deceit of a man who says he is a friend of the common man with his callous attitude to the people he claims to love during the period the people are supposed to be happy.

“Governor Fayose gave two ‘congos’ of rice and miserable palm oil not up to 1 litre, all totaling N700 to each worker that the governor had earlier deducted N2,000 from their salary for Christmas gift.

“This is in contrast to Governor Kayode Fayemi, who empowered the people through agriculture, cooperative and employment and apprenticeship schemes involving over 2,000 youths, which helped the people to earn a living and made them happy for four years as against Fayose’s tokenism as Christmas gifts.”

Olatunbosun said instead of Fayose building on those laudable schemes, he had cancelled all the programmes, rendering the youths jobless while he had also cancelled many promotions in the civil service and dismissed many workers for the offences they did not commit.

“Fayemi last year paid civil servants 30 per cent of their salary as Xmas bonus. He also paid their leave bonus while their December salary was paid on December 18. In contrast, Fayose has refused to pay civil servants their September salary even though he had collected September allocation from the Federal Government. Civil servants are yet to be paid as at December 22.”

“Last year, apart from 30 per cent bonus and leave bonus, all offices in MDAS were given gifts but all these have gone under Fayose as workers are now praying for their September salary let alone December salary or Xmas or leave bonus.”

The APC spokesman said Fayose had worsened the conditions of Ekiti workers by making it plain that he had no money to pay December salary even though he had received December allocation, describing the governor’s action as “callous and insensitive”.

“Governor Fayose should ask Ekiti citizens how Fayemi added value to their lives for four years. He didn’t wait till Xmas period to pay N10,000 to over 20,000 youths in volunteer services for four years. He didn’t wait till Xmas before he paid N5,000 to 20, 000 elderly people in his social security scheme for four years in addition to feeding them with both cooked and raw food all year round.

Source – Daily post

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning #NewsBits

Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:

1. As the strike by Nigerian oil workers gets into its second day, the Federal Government through the Federal Ministries of Labour and Productivity as well as Petroleum Resources will be meeting today with the oil workers to possible end the strike. The meeting has been fixed for 11 am in Abuja.

2 The crisis in the folds of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Oyo State took another dimension yesterday as one of its aggrieved leading governorship aspirants, Seyi Makinde dumped PDP to pick the governorship ticket of the Social Democratic Party, SDP. He alleged lack of free and fair election in the PDP, saying it was the reason for his defection.

3. Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has taken over the case of Ejeh Smith and his wife, Grace, who were allegedly tortured by a policeman, Dada Ogunsanya, an officer attached to the Ikoyi Police Division. According to the Activist, charges would be pressed against the police on behalf of the couple over the abuse of their fundamental human rights.

4. A meeting of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress aiming at picking a running mate for General Muhammadu Buhari ended in the early hours of today with no consensus reached on the matter. The meeting which started at about 10.30pm on Wednesday, ended at about 1.58am on Tuesday without results.
5. Report says some Peoples Democratic Party senators behind the alleged plot to impeach the Senate President, David Mark had a meeting for several hours in Abuja on Monday to strategize on how to kick the Senate President out of power.
Report further revealed that the meeting held in one of the five-star hotels close to the Apo Legislative Quarters.

6. The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose on Monday presented N80.774bn as 2015 budget to the Ekiti State House of Assembly. During the budget presentation, the governor boasted that the opposition All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the state who are attempting to overrun the state would be dealt with by the people.

7. Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, has compared Jonathan with Jesus Christ, saying there is no difference between the responsibility of Jonathan for Nigeria and that of Christ for Christians.

8. Report says about five persons have been killed and several villages destroyed in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State in a fresh attack carried out on the local government by suspected Fulani militia.

9. Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has predicted that the economies of some states would collapse if the decline in the price of crude oil in the global market continues for another three months. While speaking on Monday in Minna during the inauguration of the Niger State chapter executives of the Quintessential Business Women Association, the governor said that some states were already finding it very difficult to pay workers’ salaries.

10. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Senator Bukola Saraki, has denied his involvement in the plot to impeach the senate President, David Mark. He said he was shocked by the said report.

Source – Daily Post Ng

Financial Implications Brought About Cut Down Of State Ministries – Gov Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has downsized ministries in the state from 36 to 26.

Fayose said he took the action because of the dwindling finances of the state that could not accommodate 36 ministries.

He stated this at the swearing-in of the new Head of Service, Gbenga Faseluka, four permanent secretaries and one special adviser to the governor

Those appointed as permanent secretaries are Ademiloye Ojo Fasikun, Lawrence Babatope Ojo, Ayodeji Ajiboye and Olabisi Akindele, while the former Head of Service (HoS), Bunmi Famosaya, was sworn-in as Special Adviser, Governor’s Office.

Fayose said: “There are 36 miniseries in Ekiti when I came in but I have to reduce them to 26 because of finance.

“The recent fall in oil price is worrisome and indicates that tough days are ahead.

“Our source of revenue is nose diving and this calls for careful measures.”

Fayose explained that he made the appointments as a way of rewarding loyalty, adding that his government would continue to reward loyalty, which he said is the hallmark of his administration.

Source – Daily independent

Fayose Lied Over Traditional Rulers’ Vehicles – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has denied the allegation by Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose that former governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi bought vehicles for traditional rulers in the state on credit.

According to the APC state Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, the governor is on a familiar terrain of deceit, regretting that the governor had chosen lies and propaganda as a state policy.

He said: “The traditional rulers themselves can find out from the suppliers of the vehicles, Coscharis, if these vehicles were not fully paid for. Let Governor Fayose show to the whole world documents showing that the cars were not paid for. This is a challenge.

Source – Daily Post NG

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning #NewsBits

Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:

1. The Senate yesterday in a closed-door meeting, questioned service chiefs for about eight hours over the insurgency situation in the north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. Those who appeared before the Senate were Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Adesola Amosu; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah; and the Director of the Department of State Service, Mr. Ekpeyong Ita.

2. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has cautioned the opposition-APC to stop attacking President Goodluck Jonathan and his office, else the party will be forced to take a drastic action against it. PDP Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh handed down the warning in a statement yesterday.

3. Report says over 60 people were killed yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital when two suicide bombers believed to be Boko Haram member detonated some explosives in the city market. Report says 97 people were equally injured in the explosion.

4. In an effort to confront the falling oil prices at the International market, the Central Bank of Nigeria has further devalued the naira by 13 naira. Naira now exchanges for 168 per 1 dollar. CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele disclosed this while briefing journalists shortly after the MPC meeting at the bank’s headquarters in Abuja.

5. An ex Police Commissioner of Lagos State, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, on Tuesday ‘blasted’ both the police and the Department of State Security over their disagreement on the prosecution of the Nyanya blast suspect, Sodiq Aminu Ogwuche, leading to the striking out of the case for lack of prosecution. He said the disagreement between the two agengies raises fundamental questions.

6. Report says salaries of the missing 30 mobile policemen in Borno State would be stopped by April next year, if the men did not show up at their squadron units before then.

7. The Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers has asked Governor Ayodele Fayose and the embattled Speaker of the House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin, to stop the ‘cat and dog’ fight for the interest of peace in the state. The Council lamenting that a domestic matter had been taken outside the state, warning that both parties in the state be called to order.

8. A final year student of Rivers State University of Science and Technology, RSUST, was yesterday arrested by the Police during a cult initiation ceremony at the back of the university. Police Spokeman in the state, DSP Ahmad Muhammad, said a graduate of Cross River State University was also arrested during the ceremony. Items recovered from the cultists include a Beretta pistol and three rounds of 9mm ammunitionam

9. Members of the House of Representatives have listed at least 50 impeachable offences against president Goodluck Jonathan, insisting that Jonathan must be removed as President.
Report says impeachment proceeding will commence against the president as soon as the lawmakers reconvene next week.

10. Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu Tuesday said Nigeria was been drawn backward by insurgents activities, saying the situation was only temporary as very soon, the country would overcome its travails.

 Source – Daily Post

Seven PDP Lawmakers Impeach Ekiti Speaker

In what may pass for a world record, Seven Peoples Democratic Party, PDP members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly may have impeached the Speaker of the of the assembly, Rt. Hon. Adewale Omirin, according to reports reaching DailyPost.

Omirin and Governor Ayodele Fayose have been at loggerheads since the swearing-in of the governor.

Fayose has accused the speaker and other All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in the House of frustrating his government by rejecting the list of Commissioners sent to the Assembly

But Omirin described the governor’s action as blackmail.

Gov. Ayodele Fayose is billed swear-in Caretaker Committees in the 18 local government areas of the state this morning without the approval of the House.

Reporters  further gathered that the seven PDP legislators have also installed one of their own Dele Olugbemi as the acting Speaker.

The PDP has seven members in the house while APC has 18, excluding the speaker.

Source – Daily post

My Name Would Have Made A Bible Story ,Gov Fayose

General Superintendent, Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor Williams Kumuyi, yesterday counseled the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose to be God-conscious in his four-year stewardship.

Kumuyi in a letter to Governor Fayose read during his Thanksgiving Church Service at the weekend urged him to imbibe timeless tenets of “integrity, openness, transparency and prudence in the discharge of his duties”.

The cleric represented by Pastor Jeremiah Asemota, expressed appreciation for the Governor’s choice of the church for the programme, noting that leadership whether spiritual or temporal was divine with attached responsibilities.

Speaking at the occasion during what was tagged “Testimony session”, Fayose vowed to resist attempts by sycophants to mislead him regarding the management of the affairs of the state.

He however noted that he had forgiven all his detractors and those who worked against him in the struggle.

He said: “Having a second chance is very rare. If this time has been in Bible days, my name would have been one of the names to be recorded as those who God gave a second chance. My return to government is not common in history. It is a rare miracle

Rotimi Amaechi Rubbishes President Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda programme

Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi has said the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan has no positive impact on the lives of Nigerians.

Amaechi stated this yesterday while inaugurating the ultra modern Pharmacology/Biochemistry building of the Medical School in Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti.

Amaechi, who hailed his counterpart in Ekiti, Governor Kayode Fayemi and the management of EKSU for practical management of resources, called on Jonathan to rejig his transformation agenda to meet the people’s need.

He said, “This transformation agenda has not in any way reflected in the lives of Nigerians. Go everywhere, there is poverty and wanton neglect. So what are we now transforming?

“Some of the members of TAN are those that benefited under the subsidy fund and who ought to be prosecuted and jailed. But I am sure that the All Progressives Party as a party will bring to bear more pragmatic agenda that would meet their yearnings”.

Speaking, Fayemi said he had met EKSU as a glorified secondary school during the inception of his government.

He said, “I have never regretted my commitment to intellect because of the fact that some people are desecrating the sector, saying that that is not what they are going to eat.

Rich Kids, Poor Kids: States And The Pot Called Federal Allocation – Ogunyemi Bukola

Yesterday budget and public data analysis platform BudgIT shared how much in total each state in Nigeria received as Federal Allocation in 2013. The list was divided into two. The top ten earner states:

Top 10 States

And the bottom ten:

Bottom 10 States

So this morning I decided to dance around the data a bit and see if numbers could talk. Here’s what numbers said:

My analysis is centred on the Top Four, and Top Six, states (the rich kids), and the Bottom Four, and Bottom Six, states (the poor kids). Figures are approximates.

The Top Four states (Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, and Bayelsa) received a total of N928.2 billion in Federation Allocations in 2013. This is 5 times the total allocation of the Bottom Four (Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi) who received N176.6 billion.

The Top Six states (Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Lagos and Kano) received a total of N1.1 trillion in Federal Allocations in 2013. This is 4 times the total allocation of the Bottom Six (Kwara, Gombe, Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi) who received N272.4 billion.

Bayelsa’s N182.5 billion is more than the combined allocation of Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi (bottom four) – N176.6 billion. The N237.8 billion Rivers got is more than the combined allocation of Gombe, Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi (bottom five) – N223.1 billion. While top earner Akwa Ibom got N293.5 billion in 2013, the bottom six of Kwara, Gombe, Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi got N272.4 billion combined.


It gets even better.

Akwa Ibom got 7 times the total allocation of Ebonyi. This means Akwa Ibom got in one year what Ebonyi will get in 7 years if rates are fixed. Rich Kid Bayelsa got 4 times the allocation of Poor Kid Osun.

Numbers wouldnt stop talking so I went online to get the population data of the Rick Kids, and the Poor Kids. Here’s what I found:

Top 6

What did numbers say?

The Top Four earner states have a combined population of 17.5 million (2011 projection figures), add Lagos and Kano to that and the population more than doubles, to 39.3 million. Divide the total allocation received by population and you realize the Top Four got about N53,ooo per citizen. This figure comes down to N28,000 per citizen when Lagos and Kano are considered.

Let’s see what the poor folks are up to:

Bottom 6Bottom Four total population is about 11.5 million, this goes up to 17 million when Gombe and Kwara states enter the fray. N15,000 per citizen is what you get when total allocation of bottom four states is divided by the total population, this goes up to N16,000 per citizen when all six states are considered.

For individual states, Akwa Ibom: N64,000 per citizen is what Akwa Ibom got, Bayelsa is N93,000 per citizen, more than 5 times the N17,000 per citizen for Ebonyi.

A quick look at the map of Nigeria shows that Top Four states are from the oil-rich South-South region. That is not surprising. What is surprising is that only one state from the North, Nassawara (North-Central), is in the Bottom Four, with two from South-West (Osun and Ekiti) and one from South-East.

Numbers started speaking French when I compared the data with primary school enrollment figures, state GDP, WAEC pass rates, health reports etc.

Instead of having all 36 come to him every month, one wearing Louboutins, the other rubber slippers, to give one money for private jet back home and the other just enough to board a train, why cant Big Daddy just let the mothers of these kids take care of them?


Ogunyemi Bukola (@zebbook) writes from Lagos.

#JKFeedback: Why Kayode Fayemi should continue his N549,000/month job in Ekiti – zebbook

John Kayode Fayemi

John Kayode Fayemi

The Nigerian social media space is a volatile and very unpredictable community and those who saw N549,000 trending on the afternoon of Saturday 8th February would have had a hard time knowing where that figure came from. However, trending alongside this figure were the hashtag #JKFeedback and the official twitter handle of the Ekiti State Government @ekitistategov and keen observers were able to connect the dots.

#JKFeedback was an interactive session between Ekiti State Governor, John Kayode Fayemi, and prominent bloggers and activists from across Nigeria. Ogunyemi Bukola used the opportunity of the no-holds-barred discussion to ask the governor how much his salary is, and for the first time in Nigeria’s history, an elected public official declared his earnings. JKF, as he’s popularly called, said he earns N549,000 monthly without allowances as he lives in the government house and enjoys all the amenities for free.

That declaration threatened to overshadow other happenings at #JKFeedback, but what turned out to be the first truly independent assessment of any government by the Nigerian public was much more than that.

I got the email invite to participate in #JKFeedback from Funmi Ajala of the Digital Media Unit of Ekiti State. Taking bloggers and activists from across the country to Ekiti to assess JKF’s works initially sounded inappropriate. The people of Ekiti voted him, not us, and as such they should have the final say on whether their governor has performed well or not. The people of Ekiti do have the final say on this matter, but not the only say. Indeed, part of our job in Ekiti was to sample opinions of the people there on how well they think JKF has performed.

We got to Ikogosi Warm Spring and Resorts on Thursday, 6th February, and if anyone said you shouldn’t blow your own trumpet, Fayemi has not heard, or does not agree. Right there on the bed in each room were bags containing print materials detailing the achievements of his three and a half year old administration. On Friday, we went on a tour of Ekiti State, visiting 12 out of the 16 local governments in the state. We were taken to sites of completed and ongoing projects embarked upon by the administration, visiting schools, hospitals, dams and farms while assessing the quality of the roads and other infrastructure across the state. Saturday was the discussion proper, and the governor came three hours late and left earlier than he should have.

At his inauguration on October 16, 2010, Kayode Fayemi promised the people of Ekiti State to “democratize governance, modernize agriculture, improve on infrastructure, promote free and qualitative education towards the development of functional human capital, provide free health and social security to the disadvantaged sectors of the state, ensure industrial development, promote tourism and sustainable development and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment”. This 8-point agenda forms the basis of my assessment of his administration.

On the democratization of governance, two things stand out for me. One, Ekiti State senators pool their constituency project funds, N200 million each, to finance specific projects in the three senatorial districts of the state. N600 million every year for the past three years has ensured the execution of projects in tourism, agriculture and water provision, one of which is the provision of 1,700 hectares of irrigated land in conjunction with UNDP and FAO. I have not heard of any other state in Nigeria in which this is happening. Also, I am impressed by how diligently local governments have kept to the governor’s mandate of constructing at least 5km of roads every year. This has ensured the construction of at least 15km of local roads in each of the 16 local governments in Ekiti State since Fayemi became governor. Also, from our tour guide on Friday, to the commissioners who briefed us on Saturday, everyone had insight into the vision, and facts and figures on the achievements, of Fayemi’s administration.

On the modernization of agriculture, Fayemi said his vision is to “revive cocoa plantations to make Ekiti again a world leader in cocoa production; make agriculture contribute 50% of internally generated revenue; have 20,000 Ekiti youths trained and employed in mechanized agriculture by 2014.” I did not see a single cocoa plantation in Ekiti during my stay there, but records have it about 860,000 cocoa seedlings are being cultivated across the state. I visited cassava plantations and according to the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Egghead Odewale, the Youth Commercial Agriculture Development (YCAD) programme is in full swing but we were unable to get to any of the farm sites in which 250 young people under the scheme are employed. Agriculture equipment worth N57 million distributed to rice farmers, purchase to 20 tractors at N150 million, provision of micro-credit facilities to over 200 farmers are initiatives executed by the government.

On improvement of infrastructure, 902 federal, state and local government roads have been rehabilitated, each local government has constructed 5km of road every year for three years, and the state government has constructed about 1200km of roads since 2010. I should add that Ekiti State has arguably the best road network in Nigeria and in our tour of 12 local governments, we didn’t come across more than 3 bad patches of road while massive construction of bridges is ongoing in different parts of the state to replace the narrow and dangerous ones inherited by the Fayemi administration. Also, 100 transformers have been distributed to communities and N600 million have been goven to 176 communities to execute different projects.

On the promotion of free and qualitative education towards the development of functional human capital, Governor Kayode Fayemi’s administration has renovated all the 183 secondary schools in Ekiti State and has procured and distributed over 30,000 Samsung solar laptops to students and 18,000 to teachers of senior secondary schools in the state. Also, Ekiti has the best pay package for teachers in public service in Nigeria while those in the rural area get 20% of the basic salary more. Bursary funds for students of higher institutions of the state has been increased from N5,000 to N10,000.

On the provision of free health and social security, we were able to visit the site of the new general hospital in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital and the Cancer Diagnosis Centre built in honour of Mrs Funmilayo Olayinka, the late Deputy Governor of the State. About N100 million has been spent on medical assistance to needy patients, and another N38 million on indigent patients and physically challenged people.

On tourism and industrial development, I first visited Ikogosi Warm Spring in 2006 as a 200 Level OAU student before going back there last year and then over the weekend, and I am impressed by Kayode Fayemi’s vision and tenacity in turning what was essentially a bush into one of the most exotic holiday places in Nigeria at a cost of N1.5 billion. We were not opportuned to visit any industrial site in Ekiti State during our tour.

On the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment, it was refreshing to know that under Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State has made strict laws against domestic abuse and violence against women, the state has halfway houses, a family court and other support systems for victims of rape and other forms of abuse, while the rights of widows and the girl child are protected. Ekiti State is also the first, and perhaps still the only, state in Nigeria to maintain a register for sex offenders.

However, much more needs to be done. I am unimpressed by the state of primary health facilities in Ekiti and I would have expected Governor Fayemi to issue a mandate to local governments in this regard as he did with roads. I have it on good authority that a single doctor oversees 6 primary health facilities in Erijiyan and Ikogosi, and that doctor is there on youth service. There are cracks in the walls of the Funmilayo Olayinka Cancer Centre which was opened in October last year, suggesting shoddy work by the contractor.

Also, Governor Fayemi was defiant on the effective execution of his laptop initiative, but as Opemipo Adebanjo noted, there is a school in Erijiyan where the laptops are gathering dust in the principal’s office and the teachers claim they weren’t trained on the use of these gadgets, and the students do not know how to use Microsoft Word.

In agriculture, the development of irrigation sites at Ero, Egbe and Itapaji dams should be given more attention. More needs to be done about the vision of making Ekiti one of the world’s leading producer of cocoa. Also, more attention should be given to the production of cash crops like oil palm and cashew through YCAD. This should then roll into the industrial development agenda through the establishment of processing plants for agricultural produce. There are only 6 women in the 29 member state executive council, in a state where women are the majority. This is totally unacceptable and I hope the governor makes good his promise to Rinsola Abiola on correcting the imbalance in his second term.

I am not swayed by Governor Fayemi’s attempt at turning my purely economic question on the disparity between the state’s IGR and monthly salary expenditure into an ideological battle between socialism and capitalism. While I commend his efforts at increasing IGR by more than 400%, from N140 million in 2011 to about N600 million in 2013, I am worried that he has failed to balance welfarism with economic sustainability. The sad truth is that Ekiti State cannot pay its workforce and finance its welfare and social security programmes until Abuja credits its account with the monthly N3 billion allocation. I hope Governor Fayemi’s efforts at attracting investments into the state through the provision of tax breaks and other initiatives as stated in the Agusto Report yield positive results over the next couple of years to enable the state attain financial independence.

Egghead Odewale wouldn’t agree with me that Kayode Fayemi’s administration has focused more on infrastructure than any other item on its 8 point agenda but that is the reality I observed. I will take the positives from that by saying Fayemi, by the provision of good roads, has opened up Ekiti for economic development, especially through agriculture and tourism.

I am impressed by how prudent and transparent Kayode Fayemi has been in the execution of projects in Ekiti State. Contracts are awarded at very modest and verifiable amounts, an example being the laptop project in which each unit costs about N60,000. Also, while I await the confirmation of his pay slip, I salute his bravery in openly declaring his salary and that of his commissioners. And I hope he has not joined the league of corrupt Nigerian politicians who eat their yam with palm oil from public pots. It would be heart-breaking for some of us who see him as an exemplary leader in the rot prevalent in Nigeria’s political space.

Kayode Fayemi has done well over the past three years and I urge the good people of Ekiti to give him a chance to continue the good work he has started by voting him as their governor for a second term. I urge them to be vigilant and hold him accountable at all times. As he goes about his campaign, visiting cities, towns and villages in the state, he will make promises and commitments, and they must hold him to these from day one of his second tenure.

My name is Ogunyemi Bukola (@zebbook), and I endorse John Kayode Fayemi for a second term as governor of Ekiti State.