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.

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.

Fayose is a huge shame to the PDP – Sheriff faction

The two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South West region have rekindled the crisis rocking the party and the controversies over who controls the party leadership structure following a meeting called by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, on Monday.

Mr. Fayose convened a meeting of some leaders of the Ahmed Makarfi group in Ado-Ekiti, where it resolved to reject Ali Modu Sherif’s leadership of the party, and to back a Supreme Court appeal to set aside the Appeal Court judgment recognising Mr. Sheriff.

Mr. Fayose also used to occasion to disparage Mr. Sheriff, describing him as an impostor who pretends to lead the PDP, but hobnobs with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

“To me, the PDP is one under Ahmed Makarfi. I want you to be speaking out against President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, nobody can kill you,” Mr. Fayose had said.

“They said the PDP people are corrupt, but if you look critically, the PDP are mere petty thieves while APC members are super robbers. They are only interested in destroying and oppressing our members while the people groan in sufferings. Today, the country is under emergency situation.

“They said we should use political means to settle our differences, let me say that even if we reconcile there are some people I can’t be in the same party with. They are dirty and people like us can’t associate with them.”

But the regional PDP loyal to Mr. Sheriff condemned the meeting of the Makarfi faction held in Ekiti State on Monday, at the behest of Mr. Fayose.

The group in a statement by its Vice Chairman, South West, Makanjuola Ogundipe, said Mr. Fayose lacked the powers to call such a meeting.

He said Mr. Fayose was “the big shame” bedeviling the PDP family, especially in the South West.

“Fayose’s action in summoning a meeting he lacks the right to call at a time when well-meaning leaders and elders are calling for restraint and reconciliation is most despicable,” Mr. Ogundipe said.

“Otherwise, how do we describe his action and utterances under the guise of a non-existent and illegal South West PDP leaders forum?

“In what capacity did he call the meeting of South West PDP leaders? Can a Governor call a zonal PDP leaders meeting? Has he been able to call a full meeting of the PDP Governors’ Forum which he purports to lead?

“We thank God that most of the respectable leaders of our party in the South West shunned the illegal gathering.”

He said the governor had become a slave to his ambition, and so attempts to destroy a solid and responsible institution like the PDP.

“At the height of his executive rascality, Fayose would throw every rule of the game to the rubbish bag as long as he continues to dwell in his fool’s Paradise,” Mr. Ogundipe further stated.

“He denigrates the judiciary when a judgment or ruling does not favour. Yet, this same funny character seeks succour from the same institution that he vilifies with reckless abandon. It is only an unbalanced character that switches like this.

He called on leaders and elders of the party not to allow Mr. Fayose to do further havoc to the party before he takes his imminent exit.

“PDP is a party built on the rule of law. Therefore, all well-meaning and law-abiding leaders and members should not allow an impostor to destroy its fortunes,” he added.


Source: Premium Times

Fayose paid Ozekhome from his share of Dasuki’s loot – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has begged Justice Abdulaziz Anka of the Federal High Court in Lagos not to give Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) access to his account in Guaranty Trust Bank which has a balance of N75m.

The anti-graft agency claimed that the money, which was paid to Ozekhome as legal fee by the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, was part of the N2.26bn arms procurement fund, which a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), allegedly looted.

The EFCC claimed to have traced N1.22bn out of the N2.26bn Dasuki loot to Fayose.

The anti-graft agency claimed that Dasuki routed the money to Fayose through a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.

The EFCC said this in a counter-affidavit it filed in opposition to an application by Ozekhome seeking the unfreezing of his account.

Ozekhome’s GTB account, having a balance of N75m, had since February 7, 2017, been frozen by the EFCC on the order of Justice Anka.

But Ozekhome had approached the court stating that the EFCC misrepresented facts to obtain the freezing order and urged Justice Anka to lift the freezing order.

The SAN had contended that the action of the EFCC was unconstitutional, had no legal justification, and was a gross violation of sections 36, 37 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution.

In response, however, the EFCC, in a counter affidavit deposed to by one of its prosecutors, Idris Mohammed, lamented that though it had earlier secured an interim order from Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos to freeze Fayose’s account, the governor, through Ozekhome, went before Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Ado Ekiti Division of the Federal High Court to obtain an order to unfreeze the account.

The EFCC prosecutor said despite the fact that Fayose was aware that it had immediately appealed Justice Taiwo’s ruling, the governor still went ahead to dissipate part of the contentious funds, paying a sum of N75m to Ozekhome who helped him to secure Justice Taiwo’s unfreezing order.

The EFCC said Ozekhome ought to have “reasonably known that the N75m was transferred to him” from Fayose’s account, which the EFCC claimed was used to retain proceeds of crime and alleged kickbacks from some contractors in Ekiti State.

The EFCC urged Justice Anka not to unfreeze Ozekhome’s account.

Justice Anka adjourned till 7, 2017 for hearing in the case.



Ekiti PDP Senator ignores Fayose, declares support for Sheriff.

While the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, champions the movement against Ali Sheriff as Peoples Democratic Party chairman, a senator from his state has declared full support for Mr. Sheriff.

Mr. Sheriff has been recognised as PDP chairman by the Court of Appeal. But Mr. Fayose, who heads the PDP Governors Forum, and other party leaders have restated their opposition to Mr. Sheriff and vowed to appeal the judgement at the Supreme Court.

However, on Sunday, Fatimat Raji-Rasaki, who represents Ekiti Central Senatorial District said Mr. Sheriff was the authentic national chairman of the PDP.

She made the declaration on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti while speaking with journalists at the end of a three-day capacity building training on ICT she organised for 100 beneficiaries in her constituency.

Mrs. Raji-Rasaki’s declaration comes days after another senator from Bayelsa State, Ben Murray-Bruce also declared support for Mr. Sheriff saying there was no need for further litigations.

On Sunday, Mrs. Raji-Rasaki, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Trade and Investment, said the era of impunity was dead in the PDP.

She said that the Court of Appeal judgment which affirmed Mr. Sheriff as the national chairman of PDP had afforded the party an opportunity to put its house in order.

The lawmaker, who belongs to a rival PDP faction in Ekiti different from the governor’s, said the recent developments in Ekiti and at the national level, would enable the PDP prepare ahead of the 2019 general elections.

She described the Court of Appeal judgment as a “new lease of life’’ for members of the party.

The senator, who distributed free laptops to participants who attended the training, stressed that anybody that wants to make impact in today’s world must be empowered technologically.

She urged the beneficiaries to put into practice what they learnt at the training.

Mrs. Raji-Rasaki expressed sadness that impunity, lawlessness, violation of the PDP constitution and abuse of power by people whose names she did not mention, had negatively affected the party’s fortunes before the judgment.

She expressed hope that the PDP would emerge stronger from its crises to be a party that would allow equity, justice, fair play, adherence to due process and the principles of democracy to thrive.

The senator expressed satisfaction that the judiciary intervened and resolved the protracted crises rocking the party.

She lauded the Ekiti chapter of the party for affirming Williams Ajayi as the authentic state chairman.

She alleged that some individuals in the PDP had turned the party into their personal property where party congresses and primaries elections to elect candidates were hijacked.

She added that members of the party were not allowed to choose candidates of their choice.

She said: “Crisis in any political party is part of democracy because we disagree to agree.

“We, the authentic PDP, are being led by Ali Modu Sheriff and we thank God that the court judgment has put an end to impunity in our party.

“Impunity is one thing that destroys any organisation or association where people decide and subscribe to rules and regulations guiding them.

“It is a pity that some people turned the PDP to a place where one person will corner everything and turn it to PLC.

“A party is supposed to be where everybody has a say because we are in a democracy

“In Ekiti, the authentic executive has won in court as well, so in the PDP, we have no option than to obey the rule of law.”


Source: Premium Times

JUST IN: Police seals off Makarfi-led PDP’s meeting venue.

The police have prevented the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from converging on the International Conference Center (ICC) for a meeting.

Makarfi’s group chose the venue after the ruling of the appeal court which recognised Ali Modu Sheriff as the legitimate chairman of the PDP.

On Friday, an appeal court sitting in Port Harcourt ruled in favour of Sheriff and also declared the convention which produced the caretaker committee led by Makarfi as illegal.

In a statement on Monday, Makarfi’s group alleged that Sheriff in league with the federal government planned to stop it from holding its meeting.

The caretaker committee announced that the meeting had been moved to the Ekiti state government lodge in Abuja.

“Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in collaboration with the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led federal government has barricaded the International  Conference Center, ICC, venue of the scheduled stakeholders meeting of  the entire organs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),” the statement read.

“This is a very sad development in our democratic history where there is no longer free association and movement of citizens of this country.

“Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and his APC collaborators cannot stop the will of the people. Nigerians can now confirm that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is a mole in PDP to destroy the only strong opposition in the country.

“All invited members of the party for the scheduled  stakeholders meeting  are hereby directed to proceed to will the Ekiti State Government Lodge  on TY Danjuma Street, Asokoro, Abuja by same time, 2:00Pm.”

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.

One day after suing Fayose’s aide, Ekiti lawmakers summon Fayemi.

The Ekiti state house of assembly has asked Kayode Fayemi, former governor of the state, minister to appear before it on Tuesday.

The assembly said it decided to invite him over the alleged diversion of N850 million State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) counterpart fund during his tenure as governor.

Fayemi is currently the minister of solid minerals development. This will be the third time they will summon him.

During its plenary on Thursday, the Ekiti house said the former governor was responsible for the set back witnessed in the state’s education sector.

“The house is empowered by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Section 129, Sub section 6, to issue a warrant of arrest to bring him before the court,” Samuel Omotosho, a member of the house said.

Contributing to the debate, Ekundayo Akinleye, alleged that the “damage” done by Fayemi was responsible for the “high level of illiteracy in the state.”

On her part, Titilayo Owolabi said the former governor should be compelled to obey the summon as “nobody is above the law’’.

On Wednesday, Fayemi filed a N3 billion law suit against Omotoso and Lere Olayinka, spokesman to Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti governor.

The duo had alleged that Fayemi took N1.5 billion from Ekiti treasury and gave it to Muhammadu Buhari, the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (AP).


Source: The Cable

FG’s request for secret trial of Dasuki is undemocratic, says Fayose.

Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has described the Federal Government’s attempt to secretly try the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, by using mask-wearing prosecution witnesses as satanic and mockery of democracy.


He said, “It is becoming obvious that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government has something to hide on the travail of Col. Dasuki because if you were not afraid to call someone a thief in the market place, you should not be afraid to try such a person in the full glare of the public.”


The governor, who said Nigerians should ask the Federal Government why it was afraid of trying Dasuki openly, noted that; “Since names of the would-be prosecution witnesses have already been made public, what agenda is the government pursuing by insisting that its witnesses be given protection by the court by not allowing their names and addresses to be made public in the course of the trial.”


Fayose challenged the Federal Government to allow live television coverage of the trial so that it can tell the entire world how Dasuki actually stole the $2.1 billion arms money and Dasuki would also defend himself in the full glare.


Meanwhile, former Governor of Ekiti State and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, is claiming N3 billion as damages in a libel suit against Special Assistant on New Media and Public Communications to Governor Ayodele Fayose, Mr. Lere Olayinka and a member of Ekiti House of Assembly, Dr. Samuel Omotoso, over offensive statements made against him.


The minister’s action follows the failure of the defendants to retract the libelous statements and tender public apology as demanded by his counsel, Rafiu Oyeyemi Balogun, in a letter dated November 19, 2016.

Kayode Fayemi drags Fayose’s spokesman to court for libel.

Kayode Fayemi, minister of solid minerals development, has taken Lere Olayinka, spokesman of Ayodele Fayose, to court over “libellous” statements made against him.

Fayemi also sued Samuel Omotoso, a member of Ekiti state house of assembly.

On July 6, 2016, the duo during a live television programme allegedly said Fayemi took N1.5 billion from Ekiti treasury and gave it to Muhammadu Buhari, the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Olayinka also alleged that Fayemi spent the state’s funds to build a private university for his benefit in Ghana.

However, in a suit marked 6/577/2016 and filed at a high court in Abuja, Fayemi sought N3 billion in damages.

The former Ekiti governor also wants a retraction of the statements, a public apology to be published and aired on Ekiti state television and Channels television.

Fayemi said the comments of the duo exposed him to “public ridicule, odium, opprobrium, embarrassment and unprecedented disrepute”.

He described it as “incalculable and tremendous injury” to his image and personality as an “international figure”.

The minister prayed the court for an injunction restraining the defendants from making such kind of statements against him.

A date is yet to be fixed for hearing of the case.

Akpabio urges PDP governors to emulate Fayose, says 20 APC senators will soon defect

Godswill Akpabio, minority leader of the senate, has urged governors elected on the platform of the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to emulate Ayodele Fayose, their Ekiti state counterpart.

He commended Fayose for speaking for the PDP, and said some senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have made up their minds to join the opposition the party after the crisis rocking the PDP is resolved.

Akpabio said this at the expanded caucus and the 73rd national executive council (NEC) meeting of the PDP held on Thursday in Abuja.

He claimed that despite the defection of some PDP lawmakers, the party still had very significant number of lawmakers.

“There is no election that will be conducted in the former PDP 28 states that the party will not win. That is a matter of fact,” he said.

“As I speak, so many senators from the opposing party are eager to join PDP.

“All they want is return of peace to the party, once that is done I can assure that 20 senators are on their way to joining the PDP.

“Message to those who are thinking of defection is to retrace their steps because PDP is bouncing back to victory in 2019.”

Akpabio regretted that the PDP lost elections in Edo and Ondo states, and advised the party to put its house in order ahead of Anambra and Ekiti elections.

Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, said those who recently defected from the PDP to the ruling party had no electoral value.

“We should allow them get the contract they are looking for, to get employment they are looking for,” he said.

“At the appropriate time, we will know who is who in the south-east. There is nothing to worry about, we are completely in control.”

Fayose wondered why people were still defecting to the ruling party when Nigerians were tired of the APC, and “waiting for another change”.

He promised to keep speaking for the party urged other leaders to keep supporting PDP.


Source: The Cable

Conflicting Reports Trail Alleged Arrest Of Pastor Johnson Suleiman.

There are conflicting reports on the arrest of the General Overseer of an Abuja based church, Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman.


Meanwhile, a source says he was picked up by the DSS early on Wednesday morning, for allegedly asking his members to kill any Fulani herdsman that strays into the church premises.


The Chief Press Secretary to the governor of Ekiti state, Mr Idowu Adelusi told Channels Television on Wednesday, that the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, prevented the DSS from arresting the Pastor.


Governor Fayose With Apostle Johnson Suleiman


Apostle Suleiman has been very critical of recent killing of Christians in southern Kaduna by herdsmen during his sermons and has encouraged retaliation.


The Pastor was in Ado-Ekiti for a two- day crusade that was also attended by Fayose.


After paying a courtesy visit to the governor, he was trailed to his hotel room by the operatives of the DSS in Adebayo area of the state capital, who almost forced their way to his room but were resisted by security men of the hotel that insisted on knowing their mission.

Fayose lacks decorum & capacity to lead PDP Governors’ Forum – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State says Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State lacks decorum to function as the Chairman of Governors’ Forum of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).


APC made its stance known in a statement issued in Akure on Monday by its Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Adesanya.


“PDP is on a voyage of total destruction and abandonment with the emergence of uncultured governor like Mr Fayose that lacks decorum, whose past records, attitude and public utterance are seen as affront.


“It shows PDP is lacking in men and women of proven integrity with high level of mental alertness considering the enormous challenges facing our dear country as a result of the PDP’s 16 years of misrule.


“It is unfortunate that Fayose, who was alleged to have beaten up a Judge in his state, who is seen to be suffering from ‘diarrhea of the mouth’ could be allowed to lead PDP Governors’ Forum,’’ Mr. Adesanya said.


He said that the PDP was in comatose under the leadership of the outgoing Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, as the chairman of its governors’ forum


Mr. Adesanya advised the opposition party to criticise constructively in the interest of Nigerian democracy and to always propagate good leadership.


Source: NAN

Why Buhari was not invited for Trump’s inauguration – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the non-extension of invitation to President Muhammadu Buhari to attend the Donald Trump’s inauguration as a clear signal that the president does not enjoy international relevance any more.
The governor said that the development was a very clear signal that Buhari’s government would not enjoy tangible support from the new US government.
Fayose, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka, on Thursday said there is no doubt that Buhari is not in the good books of the incoming US government.
He argued that Buhari’s frequent visit to US during Obama administration and the romance was due to the tacit support given to Buhari by Obama to win the 2015 election with deception.
He said, “With Obama’s role in the emergence of President Buhari, it can be said that he (Obama) is a member of the APC in the diaspora.”
” In an important event like this in US, our president will be missing in action.”
The governor wondered why the same president, who was a regular visitor to the US under Obama, was today not part of the historic inauguration of a new administration.
“No doubt, something is fundamentally wrong because if there is hope of a future relationship between President Buhari and the new US President, they would have been celebrating his inauguration and would not have allowed Nigerians to hear any other news apart from Buhari going to America.
“Obviously, Buhari’s junketing to US that gulped $1m per trip, has come to an inglorious end,” he said.
The governor, who congratulated Trump for winning against all odds, like he (Fayose) won his own election in Ekiti in 2014, appealed to the new American president to do everything possible to save Nigeria from the wanton killings and horrid human rights abuses of the Buhari administration.
He enjoined Trump to use his good offices to look into the daily killings in Nigeria particularly in Southern Kaduna where over 1,000 people were slaughtered like goats and buried in mass graves.
Fayose reiterated, “The Southern Kaduna killings is a clear case of genocide that must be thoroughly investigated and unraveled.
“To make matters worse was the bombing of the Internally Displaced Persons camp by the military in desperation to cover up the corruption and mismanagement of affairs in the camp.
” We appeal to Trump to ensure that the voice of the opposition is not silenced in this country.
“We however appreciate the non invitation of Buhari because that will give him the much needed opportunity to face the problems he inflicted on Nigeria, especially the IDP bombing, which left over 100 hapless Nigerians dead,” he added.

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

Buhari sacked FRC boss because of his 2019 ambition – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described the sack of the Executive Secretary of the Financial Regulatory Council (FRC) of Nigeria, Mr. Jim Obazee, in connection with the implementation of the controversial Corporate Governance Code 2016 as an afterthought.

Fayose said the sack was a cover-up to stem the tide of negative public reactions towards the implementation of the controversial law that stripped the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye and others of their positions.

In a release issued in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday and signed by the governor’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said, “When they realised the implication of their action on President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 ambition, especially the personality like Pastor Adeboye that’s involved, they quickly sacked an innocent man who must have acted on instruction.

“Obviously, their attention is more on 2019, not on justice and any love for the sustenance of Christianity in Nigeria.

Mind you, they have only suspended the implementation of the regulation, they did not abrogate it. It is obvious that they have an agenda. And if you look at the president’s pattern of life, he is a sectional leader, whose appointments reflect sectionalism and nepotism.”

He said it was funny that a president that is over 70 years will be the one to implement a regulation limiting the age of General Overseer (GO) of Churches to 70 years, asking; “If men of God like Pastor Adeboye, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, Bishop David Oyedepo, Bishop Mike Okonkwo and others cannot be GO of their church beyond 70 years of age, how do we now justify a man like President Buhari who is over 74 and still willing to be president beyond 2019 that he will be 77?”

Governor Fayose, who described those defending President Muhammadu Buhari by claiming that the law was made when Dr Goodluck Jonathan was president as hypocrites, asked; “Even if the law was made before President Buhari assumed office, who is to blame for its implementation? Could President Buhari have implemented a law he does not believe in and could the sacked FRC boss that they have now used as the fall-guy have implemented the law without the consent of the President?”

He questioned the speed at which the President reacted by sacking the FRC boss, asking; “Why was there no such swiftness in his action on Southern Kaduna killings where a race was almost wiped out, with people killed like goats? Why didn’t the President react swiftly to the Senate indictment of the EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu?

“Obviously, it was an afterthought, which was aimed at dousing the negative outcry that greeted the action by using the sacked FRC boss as the fall-guy.

“This has further made it very clear and evident that Buhari is not a leader, he is ruler. He is a religious apologist that believes that he must silence anybody that does not believe in his line of thought either politically or religious wise.

“Sadly, all those things that we have forgotten and never thought will happen again in this country are now happening. The country is now badly divided more than ever before.

“Nigerians have been able to read through President Buhari in this short time to realise that all he is doing now is to destroy this country like he did in 1984, but God will not allow him.

Paris Club refund: I consulted labour leaders before spending N2.7bn – Fayose

The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has said he consulted labour leaders in the state before spending part of the N8.8bn the state received from the Paris Club loan refund, contrary to claims by “frustrated liars” that he diverted the funds.

“I’m somebody that whenever I received allocation or any money from the FG, I usually invite all the workers’ leaders to a roundtable to discuss on how the money should be used in payment of salaries and emoluments and other things,” he said.

“I do this so that whenever my enemies spread any falsehood, I advise the people to ask the labour leaders in the state and local government area so that they (labour leaders) can explain to them and let them know that I usually carry them along on how we use the allocations here. I have nothing to hide.”

According to Fayose, who said the state got N8.8bn; out of which N5.4bn was for the state government and N3.4bn for the local governments, the fund is being used in line with the agreement with the Federal Government.

He said, “Out of our own N5.4bn, we signed an agreement with the Federal government that 50 per cent of it would go to human capital development by way of gratuities, pensions and salaries etc. All that could be described as remuneration for the labour force.

Fifty per cent of our N5.4bn, is N2.7bn; we used that to settle one month arrears of every entitlements to public workers, civil servant pensioners in our institutions. That is the truth of it.”

He added that the remaining 50 per cent “is in the revenue consolidated account of the government” to meet other financial obligations in other sectors of the economy.

“So, the issue of money being diverted to other things doesn’t arise here in Ekiti. We do the needful at all times. When we receive any money, we call a meeting of the stakeholders and decide on what to do. We table all our obligations to all sectors and then we prioritise our actions,” he said.

The Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo, said N1.4bn of the amount was used for the payment of July salaries for ministries, departments and agencies; N1.4m for allowances of social welfare; N2.4 for maintenance of special schools in Ido; N855.6m for feeding and maintenance of special schools in Ikoro; N722.4m for July 2016 subvention; N323.46m for June 2016 pension.

OPINION: Why President Buhari, Pastor Adeboye Goofed – By Peter Inyali

I’m just wondering why a respected man Of God like Pastor Enoch Adeboye will allow himself to be used by politicians. Immediately I read his story advising other governors to be lousy like Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, I knew something was wrong. In fact, I knew there was more to the  story than catch the eye.

After reading how controversial the former FRC council is in today’s Sun Newspaper as well as his role in the ousting of Mallam Sanusi as CBN governor in 2014, I have no choice than to blame President Buhari and Pastor Adeboye for the controversy generated by the later resignation as General Overseer of RCCG.

I blame the President for deliberately allowing a man who played a pivotal role in the removal of Sanusi for daring to expose the theft and looting in Jonathan’s government to be part of his government for almost two years. From what I’ve read, there are not few than ten petitions on mismanagement of funds against Obazee, the ousted Executive Secretary of the organization. You cannot be fighting corruption while housing some corrupt officials like Obazee.

Investigation by National Daily Newspaper revealed that the Minister of Trade and Investment where the council falls under asked the FRC former boss to suspend that law before he announced the implementation in October last year but he flaws his orders.

Besides, Obazee is a strong ally of former President Jonathan. President Buhari had no excuse to have kept  this man in government. A man who was accused of sexual harassment should not be part of anti-corruption administration.

For Pastor Adeboye, I wonder why he needed a Fayose visit to obey the directives. With his experience and his position in the society, he would have handled the issue better. I’m beginning to believe that some powerful men of God also benefited from Jonathan’s loot and bonanza and therefore are doing everything to scuttle the Buhari administration.

Both President Buhari and Adeboye goofed. I have no doubt that there are many people like Obazee who were appointed by Jonathan and still in power working against Buhari’s policies. This should be an eye opener for the government and should serve as a compelling reason for the President to set up boards comprising of people who can help him to succeed.

The appointment of the CBN governor who was brought to cover the illicit activities Sanusi exposed should be reviewed. His inconsistent monetary policies are not working. If the APC led federal government is ready for any meaningful change, these people should all go starting from the CBN Governor.

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

Between Fayose, El-Rufai and Fulani Herdsmen – By Niran Adedokun

I can imagine the self-righteous indignation in the minds of many Nigerians at the attempt to draw a comparison between the two gentlemen whose names appear on this headline. I cannot say I don’t understand.

In the contemplation of the average Nigerian, having these two names in the same sentence would be akin to likening sleep with death. One man is suave, well-educated and representative of the progressive politics that we now look on to as harbinger of good governance that have eluded us forever. An archetype of the biblical Moses to deliver our country from the wilderness of stunted accomplishments resulting from the curse of recurring bad leadership.

The other man, to a lot of us, is the very example of the past that we would rather obliterate from our memories. Of no more than moderate educational attainments, sometimes garrulous and almost always impatient, even disrespectful of unpropitious constituted authority (It can be argued that the two men are similar on the last two fronts though), he is an ubiquitous memento of the 16 years of the “waste” signified by the Peoples  Democratic Party (PDP). Consequently, it wouldn’t be a struggle to understand the surprise of readers at the attempt to juxtapose these two.

But there is a sense in which both men stand out in the current scheme of things in Nigeria. In spite of the obvious divergence in their personalities, both were elected to govern their respective state of origin and are members of the elite club of the 36 governors of Nigeria’s federating states.

In this all important duty, there are also discernable differences mostly dictated by the personality types described above in their performances. Mallam Nasir el Rufai who governs Kaduna State in the North West Zone has displayed an alluring grasp of the idea of sustainable development. If you are a Nigerian in tune with trends that might define the future, you would love some of his initiatives.

Take his strides in taking children off the streets into the schools for instance, aside from incentives like a school feeding programme, which template now inspires the Federal Government stillborn identical policy, he has unprecedentedly chosen to enrol his children in public schools in the state. This step gives a measure of assurance of direct supervision of standards.

You cannot but love the man’s determination to industrialise his state, the steps he is taking to revamp the textiles industries that defined the economy of the state as well as his commitment to rebuilding health infrastructure.

The state recently signed a memorandum of understanding with global corporate giant, General Electric to equip 255 primary health centres and 23 general hospitals across the state. The programme includes the training of healthcare professionals and a three-year maintenance agreement for the equipment. The plan is to deliver at least one overhauled hospital in each of the 255 wards in the state. To abbreviate the narrative, el-Rufai has brought some sophistication to governance,

But same cannot be said of Mr. Ayodele Fayose, who governs Ekiti State in the South West of the country. This man could be called a governor on the streets. His stomach infrastructure philosophy, which comes across as dishing out fish to the citizenry instead of teaching them to fish had permanently  cheesed off a lot of Nigerians such that there can be nothing good about this two-time governor in their books. Directly awarding government contracts to peasant artisans, giving a stipend of N5, 000 to indigent people across the state and taking moments to feel the deprivations of the people, possibly in perpetual recollection of his humble beginnings further nauseates compatriots who would prefer that all governors were as dignified as el-Rufai.

In addition to what many consider as his pedestrian disposition to governance, Fayose has invited the interminable anger of lovers of President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress (APC) by becoming the loudest opposition voice to the national government.

As Nigerians mostly seem unable or disinclined to compartmentalise their assessment of the performance of public officials, it can be said that those who admire el-Rufai loathe Fayose and vice versa. Unfortunately, the former folks, even if one cannot definitely put them in the majority, clearly have the loudest voice with which they drown out contrary tunes.

This is the proclivity which the recent appraisal of Fayose’s by General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God; Pastor Enoch Adeboye exposed about us as a people.

Adeboye was quoted as saying the following about Fayose: “We thank God for your life, we thank God for your courage and your boldness. We thank God for your being willing to take risks so that your people can be protected. You are a governor who knows when to say enough is enough in defence of his people..,” Fulani herdsmen were perfecting the plans to attack defenceless citizens of the Southern part of Kaduna State.

As scurrilous attacks mounted from all quarters about Adeboye’s comments, bodies of children, women and men killed in the senseless attacks piled up in Kaduna. At a press conference last week, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) hinted that over 800 innocent souls were lost in the herdsmen conquest. Lands, homes and other possessions of the victims were also taken over with the smooth governor of the state sending contradictory vibes on the cause and effect of the killings.

While el-Rufai’s immediate response to the Christmas attack on southern Kaduna  smacks of one of incompetence or an reluctance to nip the issue in the bud,  his comments while explaining previous attacks can be said to have encouraged the marauders.

Earlier last month, the Kaduna Governor was quoted as owning up to having set up a committee that followed the lead of late Governor Patrick Yakowa and traced perpetrators of previous attacks to Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.  He thereafter sent a warm message of ethnic solidarity to the effect that a Fulani man like these criminals had become governor of the state as a likely form of appeasement.

The governor further suggested that these attacks were a revenge of  2011 post electoral violence in which some herdsmen lost cattle. He then indicated that he was considering compensating the aggrieved herdsmen by paying for cattle that they allegedly lost in 2011.

Now, aside from the opacity surrounding the killing and stealing of cattle six years ago, el Rufai’s disposition here shows the abdication of his authority and deference  to the dictates of  the same invaders who are killing the people he swore to protect. The people over whose wellbeing, the 1999 Constitution holds him accountable.

The governor would thereafter scamper to Abuja asking for belated assistance after he had laid a background for cross-country disaffection by alleging that the attacks were likely to be perpetrated by Niger Delta militants! Such duplicity would explain incessant herdsmen attacks in which innumerable lives have been over the past few months

Compare that to the reaction of Fayose, who after the death of two residents of Oke Ako in the Ikole Local Government Area of the state in May last year, initiated and signed the Prohibition of Cattle and Other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti, 2016, which regulates the operation of cattle herders. All of these were done within three months.

This law has been tested on at least one occasion and that has led to a meeting of minds between the governor and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN). Even if this does not provide an impeccable solution, no single account of life loss has been recorded in the state thence, lives have been safe and peace reigns in the land.

So while one governor is being apologetic to killers of his people, literarily validating their right to avenge cows that were killed or stolen six years ago, another is saying without equivocation that “the lives of 5000 cows cannot be equated with those of human beings killed daily by herdsmen…” Yet both governors are empowered by the country’s constitution to protect the lives of their people, without which every developmental initiative would be a waste.

Life is for the living and effective governance is fundamentally about protecting the lives of citizens. It is a lesson that all our leaders should promptly imbibe.

Happy New Year, dear readers


APC Plotting To Remove Me, Says Fayose.

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose yesterday raised the alarm that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is planning to remove him from office him before the expiration of his tenure in October, next year.

The governor complained to the Acting Chief Justice, Justice Walter Onnoghen, that the ruling party was planning to compromise a section of the Judiciary and muzzle democracy to oust him from office.

Fayose said the essence of the plot was to silence him as the voice of the opposition, following his “refusal” to defect to the APC.

Vowing to intensify his criticism of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, he said: “I refused to be silenced. I will never be silenced.”

The governor told reporters in Lagos that APC chieftains were making subterranean moves to manipulate and compromise some judges to remove him through the back door.

He said this followed their failure to displace him through the ballot box, the election petitions tribunal, the Appeal and Supreme courts.

Fayose listed the arrowheads of the alleged plot as Oni and the Minister of Steel and Solid Minerals Kayode Fayemi.

He added: “The duo had boasted that ‘there is no going back on the latest plans to subvert the will of the people of Ekiti freely given, wrest the governance of Ekiti from me at all costs before the expiration of my tenure in October 2018 through orchestrated but dubious legal process. They will thereby render nugatory the sacred mandate given to me when I won in all the 16 local governments while the then incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi recorded zero.”

The governor accused Oni and Fayemi, who he called governorship aspirants, of having the blessing of the Presidency.

Fayose said: “A concocted fresh suit is being rehashed. It is to be filed against me any moment from now on the same old allegation that have been trashed all the way from the tribunal to the Supreme Court. But, this time, the plotters plan to procure the service of a compromised or malleable judge to get self-serving Jankara and kangaroo judgment with the intention of having the Supreme Court reverse itself on the June 2014 Ekiti election.”

The governor said Oni and Fayemi also boasted that they had assurances from some judges on the proposed suit, which would be hinged on the report of “a useless, senseless and orchestrated military report not known to the electoral law”.

Describing himself as a leader at the receiving end of judicial irresponsibility in the past, the governor urged the Acting Chief Justice to “take note of judicial pronouncements by courts of concurrent jurisdiction and scathing remarks of appellate courts on how a judge had been used in the past by anti-democratic forces to endanger democracy and engage in deleterious miscarriage of justice”.

He said the Judiciary should not succumb to devious plots to undermine its independence and integrity while undermining its good name and hard-earned reputation.

Fayose urged Justice Onnoghen to ensure that judges are not enlisted into the “diabolical act” allegedly designed to harass and intimidate him as an opposition leader.

He vowed to remain an opposition voice, adding that a democracy without a virile opposition is a prelude to dictatorship.

Fayose said: “I express the confidence that Justice Onnoghen and the Judiciary would not only refuse to fall for APC’s cheap and pedestrian blackmail, but would also resolutely and confidently defend the hallowed grounds of the Judiciary and secure them from the desecration by the anti-democratic forces.

“I also have an unflinching faith in the Omnipotence of God, who rules in the affairs of men.  The battle, like the others before it, is not mine but God’s. He will fight for me, like he has always done and He will give me victory.”

Dr Fayemi’s Special Assistant on Media Mr Yinka Oyebode said he would rather not dignify Fayose’s ranting with a response.

Oyebode said: “It would appear that Governor Fayose wakes up daily in search of new controversies and make one spurious allegation after another. It does not really matter to him whether such allegations are reasonable, logical or sensible.

“This allegation is not only irresponsible, it is quite unfair to the two former governors of the state.

“One is not surprised at this because under Fayose falsehood has been elevated to the level of statecraft, sustained by machinery of state.

“My advice to him is: Let the governor go and honour the promises he made to the Ekiti electorate. Let him pay workers their salaries, take governance more seriously and make the state safe for lives, property and investments. If he can do these, then he needs not fear no one.

“However, this is certainly a poorly contrived alibi for his ineptitude and apparent low capacity for the serious business of governance.

“It is purely a cheap blackmail that will not fly.”

I won’t dignify your rantings – Fayemi

In his response, minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi has said that he would not dignify Ekiti state Governor Ayodele Fayose’s rantings with a response.

“It is simply a case of the wicked running when no one pursues,” Special Assistant on Media to Fayemi, Mr Yinka Oyebode, said.

“It would appear, Governor Fayose wakes up daily in search of new controversies and making one spurious allegation after another.

” And it does not really matter to him whether such allegations are reasonable, logical or sensible.

“This allegation is not only irresponsible, it is quite unfair to the two former governors of the state.

“And one is not surprised at this, because under Fayose falsehood has been elevated to the level of statecraft, sustained by machinery of state.

“My advice to him is: Let the governor go and honour the promises he made to the Ekiti electorate (IF HE EVER MADE ANY). Let him pay workers their salaries, take governance more seriously and make the state safe for lives, property and investments. If he can do these, then he needs not fear no one.

“However, this is certainly a poorly contrived alibi for his ineptitude and apparent low capacity for the serious business of governance.

“It is purely a cheap blackmail that will not fly.”

He is raising false alarm – Oni

On his part, former governor Segun Oni accused Governor Ayo Fayose of raising false alarm over allegations that he (Oni) is part of a plot to compromise the Judiciary to sack the governor from office.

Oni, who is the Deputy National Chairman (South) of All Progressives Congress (APC), described Fayose as a comedian who will not stop entertaining Nigerians with wild allegations.

The former governor said the governor’s latest allegation showed the deep-seated fear agitating his mind.

Speaking through his media aide, Ayo Akinyemi, the APC chieftain said he had the utmost respect for the Judiciary and would not bring it into ridicule and opprobrium.

Oni said the purported meeting where he and another former governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, boasted to APC members of the intent to use the Judiciary to sack Fayose only existed in the governor’s imagination.

He said: “Fayose himself knows that no Judiciary can remove him now because he enjoys immunity until the expiration of his tenure on October 15, 2018. He can only be investigated. So, what is Fayose talking about?

“Perhaps Fayose is afraid of facing the law after his immunity might have expired next year. That is why he is labouring to spill the beans in anticipation of his doom. He is a drowning man trying to clutch the last straw and smear anybody.

“In a normal setting, should Fayose have contested for governorship in the first instance? This is a man having corruption cases hanging on his neck and was facing trial in the court. This is a man accused of complicity in murder incidents that happened during his first tenure.

“It is unfortunate that our system allows a character like that to run for the exalted office of governor.

“With series of allegations coming out on how funds meant for the purchase of arms were diverted to his campaign, as revealed by his man Friday, Dr. Tope Aluko, and confirmed by Musiliu Obanikoro in his evidence before the court…

“Fayose should stop raising false alarm, even though he has a date with the law at the end of his tenure, to answer for the past crimes and the well documented ones he has committed in his present tenure.”

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.

Pastor Adeboye’s Endorsement Of Fayose And Its Contradictions – By Pastor Julius Oluwafemi

On December 24, 2016,  the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye paid a visit to Ekiti State. Since it was supposed to be a religious program the man of God held religious rallies at Ado Ekiti, Ilawe Ekiti, and Ogotun Ekiti. He also called on Governor Ayo Fayose who entertained him and gave him a “gift” on behalf of the government and people of Ekiti State. In appreciation of the gift, Pastor Adeboye prayed for the governor.  The governor later accompanied the Pastor to the palace of Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe. In his brief political remarks at the palace, Pastor Adeboye eulogized Governor Ayo Fayose for his “courage and boldness” and recommended his model of governance to other governors in the country.

Turning to Mr. Fayose the RCCG leader said, “We thank God for your courage, for your boldness. We are grateful to God for your being willing to take risks so that your people can be protected. You have been a governor who knows when to say enough is enough in defense of his people. And I am sure you know what I am talking about and I am sure the world knows. I don’t want to say more than that but be assured that we are praying for you and you will succeed in Jesus name. We wish all other governors who stand for their people, defend their people and know when to say enough is enough and we thank God for their lives.”

In his reply, the obviously elated Governor Fayose thanked the priest for pouring encomiums on him.  The governor was full of praise for Pastor Adeboye. While thanking the man of God for coming to Ekiti state to endorse his governance style Governor Fayose told the priest that “We need prayers that The Lord would make our year 2017 a meaningful one. We believe in God. We believe in you.” The governor had forgotten that he had predicted that 2017 would be a year of agony and disaster for Nigeria.

Since the politico-religious rally was concluded the Ekiti state radio and television stations have been airing the political endorsement of Governor Fayose by Pastor Adeboye. However, many of the workers who have not been paid salaries for six months have questioned Pastor Adeboye for not asking Governor Fayose to protect their interests. They wonder whether Pastor Adeboye is interpreting the insults daily heaped on President Muhammadu Buhari by Governor Fayose as evidence of “courage and boldness.” They also wonder why Pastor Adeboye did not join President Buhari in asking Governor Fayose to use the refund of the London/Paris Club debt to pay the arrears of salaries of workers in Ekiti state.

Instead of paying millions of naira to purchase political endorsement of religious leaders, Governor Fayose should realize that Pastor Adeboye is an inconsistent politician. Even though he supported and prayed in vain for the reelection of  President Goodluck Jonathan he has since switched his alliance and loyalty to President Buhari. After all, he prays for the success of the Buhari regime on the ground that Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice-President is a pastor within the RCCG fold. These days, he goes in and out of the presidential villa at Abuja to pray for President Buhari.

In asking other governors to emulate Governor is Pastor Adeboye asking them to loot the treasury of their states to purchase choice properties in Abuja, Lagos, and Dubai like Governor Fayose? In asking other governors to be “bold and courageous” like Governor Fayose, is Pastor Adeboye asking them to kill their political opponents? Or is Pastor Adeboye not aware that Fayose’s current spokesperson, Lere Olayinka once accused Mr. Fayose of killing the likes of Tunji Omojola, Ayo Daramola, Kehinde Fasuba, etc? Is Pastor Adeboye asking other governors to hire and fund thugs? Is Pastor Adeboye asking other governors to travel to China to execute fake projects like the poultry scam?

Pastor Adeboye should please set out those aspects of Governor Fayose’s governance style that should be copied by other governors. Otherwise, the other governors should ignore Pastor Adeboye and other prosperity pastors who have become defenders of the status quo and criminal politics. Very soon, he will join the likes of Bishop Hassan Kukah had asked President Buhari to stop the war against corruption because President Jonathan conceded victory when he lost the presidential election in 2015. Why are these fortune seeking pastors pretending to be winning souls for Christ when they are selfish  traders who are busy  exploiting the ignorance of worshippers?

Instead of visiting the poor in prisons, our fake pastors visit corrupt politicians who have stolen billions. Instead of identifying with the unemployed and the poor they pay courtesy calls on goverrnors who normally entertain them at public expence. Let the fake pastors go around deceiving the people. Did Pastor Ayo Ortsajefor not adopt President Jonathan as a model  of good governance? Pastor Adeboye’s endorsement of Governor Fayose will not save him when he will stand trial for stealing billions of naira from the office of the National Security Adviser and  the treasury  of Ekiti State.


Source: Sahara Reporters

“What concerns hungry Nigerians with tales of Sambisa?” – Fayose to FG

Although commendations have been pouring in for the federal  government over the military’s conquest of Sambisa forest, Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, is wondering the effect of the development on Nigerians who are hungry.

Describing statements made on dislodging of the sect from their stronghold as diversionary, Fayose asked the current administration to proffer solutions to the hardship in the land.

He alleged that the country had become “directionless”, and that Nigerians were more desirous of hearing about the defeat of hunger.

“It has become predictable that whenever Nigerians cry of the pains and sufferings they are going through, the federal government will come with stories like: ‘20 Chibok girls found’, ‘$1 billion found in Mr A, B or C bedroom’, ‘Boko Haram technically defeated’, ‘We have captured Sambisa forest’, etc just to divert attention,” Fayose said in a statement issued on his behalf by Lere Olayinka, his spokesman.

“What Nigerians are now desirous of hearing from the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government is the defeat of hunger and untold hardship ravaging the country and not recycled stories of defeat of Boko Haram insurgents, which is as usual, aimed at diverting the attention of Nigerians from the fact that there is ravaging hunger at this time of the year.

“It is painful that Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari has become directionless either due to the cluelessness of the president or his old age that has foisted a purposeless leadership on the country.

“This year’s Christmas is the worse in the history of Nigeria. People cannot afford to celebrate and enjoy themselves due to the hardship caused by the APC government. To make matters worse, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) also created artificial scarcity of cash, such that people could not access their hard earned money in the banks as most banks in the country do not have cash to pay their customers.

“Like I have maintained, the main issue confronting Nigerians now is hunger and hunger does not speak the language of political propaganda that is being used by the APC led federal government. It is therefore no longer about diversionary news, it is about preventing Nigerians from dying of hunger.”

Fayose said for the country to move forward, Buhari “must change his attitude from a vindictive military dictator to a civilian president of all Nigerians”.

He said the “cabal in the presidency has hijacked the president and his government”, and is now running the country aground

“The only solution to the myriad of problems facing the country is for those holding power in Abuja to face the sad reality that it was the hard stance of the president, his statements against Nigeria and its people both at home and abroad coupled with his demonstration of hatred against some sections of the country and desperation to crush his perceived enemies that led us to where we are today,” he said.

“It was the president that went to foreign countries to de-market Nigeria by calling all Nigerians thieves and dishonest people. He was the one who created atmosphere of economic and political instability in the country by his acts of nepotism and vindictiveness?

“They are not running the economy of Nigeria by the open participation of Nigerians but by some cabal, who see themselves as superior to others. By their failure to involve those who know more than them, they have succeeded in creating unemployment instead of three million jobs that they promised Nigerians per year. They have taken Nigeria back to the Stone Age and it will take several years for the country to recover, if it will ever recover.”

Alleged N1.219 Billion Fraud Trial: Fayose’s Aide Plotting to Abscond – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has alleged that Abiodun Agbele, an aide of Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, was plotting to abscond from his ongoing trial.

Agbele is being tried with three firms – Sylvan Macnamara Ltd, De Privateer Ltd and Spotless Ltd – on 11 counts of money laundering, involving about N4,685,723,000 allegedly taken by former National Security Adviser (NSA) from the account of the office of the NSA domicile in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The prosecution alleged that Agbele and others knew that the N4,685,723,000 formed part of the proceeds of alleged unlawful activities by Dasuki.

The prosecution claimed that on June 17, 2014, Agbele, Obanikoro and other suspects (said to be at large) took N1,219,000,000 from the total N4,685,723,000, when they “reasonably ought to have known” that the money was part of proceeds of Dasuki’s unlawful activity”.

The EFCC’s fresh allegation of Agbele’s alleged plot to abscond was contained in a notice of appeal it filed against a December 5, 2016 ruling of Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Agbele and others are being tried before Justice Dimgba, who earlier granted Agbele bail and ordered him to, among others, deposit his international passport with the court as part of the condition for bail.

Agbele, however, applied to the court for the release of his passport to enable him travel abroad on medical ground, an application Justice Dimgba granted in his December 5 ruling.

In the notice of appeal, filed before the Court of Appeal, Abuja by EFCC’s lawyer, Wahab Shittu, it was alleged that having been aware of the enormity of the case against him, with the commencement of trial, Agbele may not return to continue his trial.

“There are sufficient materials in the proof of evidence before the trial court confirming that the 1st respondent (Agbele) took custody of N1.219 billion, forming the subject matter of the case and providing sufficient ground for the 1st respondent to abscond from the on-going trial process.

“There is no undertaking provided by the 1ts respondent or his counsel to the effect that the 1st respondent will return to the country before the next adjourned dates of January 25 – 27, 2017.

“The allegations levelled against the 1st respondent are weighty, bordering on alleged corrupt practices running into billions of naira.

“There are sufficient materials before the court revealing that the 1st respondent may not return to the country to face his trial. Not less than 20 witnesses have been lined up, ready to give evidence against the 1st respondent.

“Trial has already commenced in the proceedings against the 1st respondent and others, which trial may be truncated permanently should the 1st respondent absconds from the trial by failing to return to the country.

“A consideration for the entire circumstances of the case, including the huge sums of money involved, including extra-judicial statements of the 1st respondent in the proof of evidence before the trial court, acknowledging receipt of the sum of N1.219 billion ought to have dictated the refusal of the 1st respondent’ application for the release of his international passport by the trial court,” the EFCC said.

He, therefore, urged the Appeal Court to set aside the December 5 order by Justice Dimgba allowing the release of Agbele’s passport.

No date is given yet by the appellate court for the hearing of the appeal.


Source : Nigerian Eye

Fayose’s N93bn budget gets a free pass through the state’s assembly.

The Ekiti state house of assembly has passed the 2017 budget presented to it two weeks ago by Ayo Fayose, governor of the state, without any alteration or amendment.

The assembly passed the N93.4 billion budget via an appropriation bill tagged: ‘Budget of Consolidation for Higher Heights.’

The 2017 appropriation bill recurrent was N55.02bn, which is 59 per cent of the budget, while capital expenditure was N38.42 bn or 41 per cent of the estimates.

The budget is 33 per cent higher than the N70.5bn presented for 2016.

Fayose had explained that the increment was due to the economic recession and the high exchange rate of the naira to the US dollar.

The house passed the bill on Tuesday after considering the report of its finance and appropriation committee.

During its presentation, Fayose had said he was the one in charge at the assembly and that Kola Oluwawole, the speaker, was only holding brief for him.

“I’m the speaker, he (Oluwawole) is on that seat on my behalf. He is the acting speaker, therefore, he cannot be wrong,” he said.

“If he is wrong, we will take it to the Government House and resolve it. Therefore, I will pass the budget myself.”

When the budget passed second reading, members of the assembly spoke on the policy thrusts as highlighted in the details of its estimates.

It was committed into the committee of the whole house, scrutinised page-by-page by the members and later passed.

Oluwawole said the budget had taken care of all areas that the administration would look into in 2017.

“I want to commend the committee of finance and appropriation and other members for a job well done”, he said before adjourning sitting till February 20.

“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.”

Fayose Withdraws N5m From Troubled Accounts

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose yesterday stormed the Ado-Ekiti Branch of Zenith Bank to withdraw cash from his accounts.

Fayose, who arrived at the bank’s premises on Onigari-Secretariat Road junction at 1.20 pm, was there for about two hours before emerging with two black bags, containing N5 million he withdrew from the accounts.

He served the branch manager, Mojeed Adekunle, the copies of a judgment which ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the bank to de-freeze the accounts.

Adekunle told the governor that his bank had received a copy of the judgment and would obey it. The processing of the cash  began after Fayose submitted a cheque.

A large crowd of residents milled around the bank. Some customers were temporarily denied entry by the bank’s security officials.

Fayose’s Chief Security Officer Gbenga Joseph engaged one of the bank’s guards in a shouting match for attempting to deny him  entry when his principal was inside.

The guard left his duty post for Joseph in protest. Mobile and regular policemen, outriders and reporters who accompanied Fayose stood outside the bank.  Their presence attracted a crowd.

The governor was in the bank till 3.20 pm. Speaking with reporters after the tranasction, Fayose accused the EFCC of “rascality”.

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Fayose withdraws N5m from troubled accounts

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.

EFCC vows to appeal court order unfreezing Fayose’s accounts

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday vowed to appeal an order by a Federal High Court asking it to defreeze the bank accounts of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti.

The court sitting in Ado-Ekiti and presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo had earlier in the day ordered Zenith Bank to immediately unfreeze Mr. Fayose’s two bank accounts.

The judge said the EFCC did not adhere to laid down regulations in ordering the bank to freeze the accounts.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the accounts were frozen on June 21 over suspicion that they were receptacles of crime proceeds.

The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said the commission had taken steps to appeal against the order.

Mr. Uwujaren said, “The EFCC has been drawn to the order by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti, state asking it to defreeze the accounts of Governor Ayo Fayose in Zenith Bank.

“While the commission awaits the certified copy of the ruling, it is important to point out that this order contradicts another order by Justice M. B Idris of the Federal High Court, Lagos.

“The first order gave the commission the nod to freeze the accounts pending the conclusion of investigation.
“This order from a court of coordinate jurisdiction was not set aside by Justice Taiwo.

“In spite of this, the commission has taken immediate steps to appeal against the order by Justice Taiwo”, he said.

Fayose: Buhari has destroyed Jonathan’s legacy of free and fair elections.

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state governor, says President Muhammadu Buhari has destroyed the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) legacy of free and fair election.

Fayose described Saturday’s rerun national and state house of assembly elections in Rivers state, as a “sad reminder of the level of destruction already done to the country’s electoral process by the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of President Mohammadu Buhari”.

“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 gun point,” he said.

He said it was worrisome that “the legacy of free, fair and credible election left by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been destroyed less than two years that the APC assumed power”.

“We thought that we had gone past this era of manipulated electoral process after the 2015 general election, which brought the APC and President Buhari to power, but the Buhari’s administration has taken us back to the Stone Age by merging his party, APC with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the police, military, and other security agencies,” he said.

In a press statement issued on Sunday by Lere Olayinka, his special assistant on public communications and new media, Fayose said what happened in Rivers on Saturday is a clear indication that Nigeria is under siege and that “only prompt intervention by the international community can save democracy in the country from this imminent collapse”.

“It is 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,” he said.

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

He described Buhari as “a pretender who has only paid lips service to the sustenance of democracy in the country”, adding that “any president that looks the other way while the rights of his people to freely elect their leaders is being snatched at gunpoint by his own party men is not worthy of being associated with democracy”.

He reiterated his call to the US president-elect, 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,” he said.

“The order of the day in Nigeria now is disobedience to court orders, abuse of human rights, extra judicial killings and mass burial of innocent Nigerians killed by the army.

“The reality we must all face is that should all these be allowed to continue, Nigeria faces imminent danger and the international community must not allow the country to get to that level of total collapse before it begins to call President Buhari and his APC to order.”

#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.

“Professor Soyinka’s Nobel Prize was rigged” – Fayose’s aide, Lere Olayinka claims

Lere Olayinka, Media aide to Ekiti State governor Ayo Fayose, has said Professor Wole Soyinka’s Nobel Prize was rigged. Olayinka has been a rabid critic of the playwright and Africa’s first winner of the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature ever since Soyinka grudgingly supported Muhammadu Buhari, over Goodluck Jonathan, in the 2015 presidential election which Buhari won.


Olayinka unleashed a twitter rant on Tuesday, alluding to Professor Soyinka’s recent outburst against Nigerians who criticized him for not ripping his American Green Card into shreds as soon as Donald Trump was elected the United States president last month. Soyinka, in protest for Trump’s campaign that was centred on racism and insults for all manner of groups, had vowed to leave America for good if the citizens made the mistake of electing Donald Trump. While he made the threat, most opinion polls showed Donald Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, leading and was going to win.


Soyinka was later subjected to mockery by majority of Trump’s supporters in Nigeria. And few days after he wrote a scathing essay pushing back against their harassment on Social Media, he confirmed to an AFP journalist in South Africa that he had made good his promise by tossing the Green Card away. Then, few days after, he described as an embarrassment the idea that he shares same country with the ‘imbeciles and morons’ who keep harassing him.


Olayinka reacted on Twitter by insinuating that Soyinka’s Prize was a rigged one. His tweet:




Earlier, he had also hinted at his disgust for Soyinka’s endorsement of Buhari during the presidential election. He tweeted;


Fayose will not decamp, even if APC consults oracle – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti state has declared that the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, will never decamp to the All Progressives Congress, APC.


The party made this remark while reacting to a recent statement credited to the APC saying Fayose is not wanted in its fold.


Ekiti PDP described the statement credited to the All Progressives Congress in the state as unfortunate, claiming that no reasonable Nigerian would want to join APC that has brought Nigeria to its knees within the short period it is in power.


In a statement issued by its publicity secretary, Jackson Adebayo, the PDP in Ekiti State insisted that even if APC consults an “oracle”, Fayose will not team up with the party.

According to Adebayo, “We want to say without sounding immodest that even if APC consult oracle from now till 2018 ,Fayose will not join them because nobody would leave city for the jungle to search for mansion”.


Recall that Fayose had recently hinted that he may decamp from the PDP  ahead of the 2018 governorship election in the state.


Fayose’s outburst led to insinuations in certain quarters that the Governor may likely defect to the APC.


He however, dismissed the claim, saying he has no plans to defect to the ruling APC.


Before the Governor’s statement, APC in Ekiti State, had while responding to the rumour, told him to look elsewhere and forget any hope of joining the party because he will not be needed.

I may dump PDP in 2018 – Governor Ayo Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said that he may seek another political platform to prosecute his succession battle in the 2018 governorship poll.


The governor said this on Wednesday during a meeting with the members of the Suppliers’ Association of Nigeria, Ikere Ekiti chapter.


He also argued that the victory of Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State did not in any way threaten the supremacy of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti.


Fayose said, “I don’t know the platform I will use for the 2018 election yet and at the appropriate time, I will tell you. We are still studying the situation. We have to play the game left, right and centre and whoever we are going to use and the platform, you will all be part of the process because party politics is about the people.


“You all saw how people sold their votes in Ondo State, I am confident that that will not happen in Ekiti. I am close to the people; you are the source of my strength. Even if it requires just 48 hours to any election, if I tell you where to go, you will surely follow me there.”


At a separate meeting with the junior members of staff in the state civil service, Fayose boasted that he would repeat the victory he got in all the 16 Local Government Areas when he defeated former governor Kayode Fayemi in 2014.


“The APC will be fooling itself if it thinks it will conquer Ekiti like it did in Ondo. Ekiti is a peculiar place and I am the man on the ground here. I want to assure my supporters and Nigerians that the APC won’t win a local government here in 2018, even if President Muhammadu Buhari moves down all the money in the Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account.


“Governor Olusegun Mimiko and Eyitayo Jegede must have lost in Ondo State, but that does not mean the people had voted rightly. In 2015, people clamoured for change and what have we got now? Nigerians are becoming poorer than ever.


“Today, I am the only one among the APC governors in the South-West. I am now like the nation of Israel surrounded by enemies, but I shall defeat and triumph over them.


“The APC has never defeated me in any battle, either political or legal. Whether they like it or not, I will win in Ekiti no matter the animosity, because I have the people behind me,” Fayose declared.


He promised that he would continue to do his best in the payment of salaries by opening the account of the state to them.

Fayose Hints He Might Dump PDP Come 2018

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, Wednesday November 30 hinted that he might choose his successor from another political party besides his party, PDP. Fayose gave the hint when he spoke with members of the Suppliers’ Association of Nigeria in the state.

According to him, the division within PDP led to the party losing Ondo State to All Progressives Congress, APC, in last Saturday’s governorship election.

“I don’t know the platform I will use for the 2018 election yet and at the appropriate time, I will tell you. We are still studying the situation . We have to play the game left, right and centre and whoever we are going to use and the platform, you will all be part of the process because party politics is about the people,”he said.


FG Wants To Tax Us To Death– Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has urged Nigerians to resist any attempt to impose new tax on them by the Federal Government.

Fayose in a press release issued in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, lamented that the body language of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress is that of who “wants to tax Nigerians to death.”

Wondering why government was always looking for more avenues for taxes, he asked, “Do they want Nigerians to pay with their blood.”

“If the only way the federal government believes it can take Nigeria out of recession is to impose obnoxious taxes that will further impoverish the people, the federal government is not being fair to Nigerians.”

“Under 20 months of Buhari’s government, petrol price was increased from N87 to N145 per litre, kerosene; diesel and gas prices were increased, electricity tariff was increased, N50 stamp duty was introduced on bank customers, 9% tax for the use of communication services like calls, SMS, MMS and data usage from telecommunication service providers; internet service providers and Pay TV Stations.

“It is also under this APC government that N65 levy was imposed on every withdrawal on ATM, various bank charges introduced, custom duties increased, increment of VAT from five per cent to 10 per cent contemplated, cost of vehicle number plate and driver’s licence increased, and now cost of internet subscription is to be increased too.

“Is this government out to tax Nigerians to death?”

While condemning the proposed increment in the cost of data, Fayose said it was strange that the federal government came with the idea less than three weeks after the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed complained about the damage being done to the image of the Buhari government by the social media.

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Alleged N4.7bn Fraud: Obanikoro To Begin Testimony Against Fayose Soon

A reliable source said, “Senator Obanikoro came to the EFCC office on Monday morning as part of investigations into the N4.7bn. Since he has confessed that he was the one who collected the N4.7bn and distributed it, he is in the best position to testify in court.


“The EFCC wants him to testify against Agbele which will also build a strong case against Fayose who currently enjoys immunity. Obanikoro has agreed and will be listed as one of the EFCC witnesses.


“If Agbele is convicted, it automatically means that Fayose will also be convicted once he is charged in 2018. So let Fayose continue to play games. Omisore and Obanikoro are cooperating and returning money. Their troubles will end soon while Fayose’s own will keep getting worse.”

Obanikoro agrees to testify against Fayose over alleged N4.7bn fraud.

A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, was at the Abuja office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday where he agreed to testify against Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and his aide, Mr. Abiodun Agbele.

A reliable source said, “Senator Obanikoro came to the EFCC office on Monday morning as part of investigations into the N4.7bn. Since he has confessed that he was the one who collected the N4.7bn and distributed it, he is in the best position to testify in court.

“The EFCC wants him to testify against Agbele which will also build a strong case against Fayose who currently enjoys immunity. Obanikoro has agreed and will be listed as one of the EFCC witnesses.

“If Agbele is convicted, it automatically means that Fayose will also be convicted once he is charged in 2018. So let Fayose continue to play games. Omisore and Obanikoro are cooperating and returning money. Their troubles will end soon while Fayose’s own will keep getting worse.”

When contacted, Obanikoro’s lawyer, Mr. James Onoja (SAN), said he was not aware that his client was with the EFCC but promised to find out.

“I have been in court all day so I was not aware that he (Obanikoro) was with the EFCC. I will find out,” he said.

However, a source said that the EFCC could still charge Obanikoro to court if he failed to cooperate with the EFCC.

He said, “Obanikoro has returned N104m and has pledged to return N480m in instalments every four months but if he cannot cooperate with the EFCC, then he and his sons may be charged along with the others.

“Plea bargain and negotiation are a standard practice in criminal justice across the world.”

Obanikoro had told the EFCC in his statement of oath that he received N4.7bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser under the leadership of Col. Sambo Dasuki in June 2014.

In his statement, the ex-minister told the EFCC that he handed N1.3bn to the then governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore; while N1.219bn was given to Fayose through his aide, Agbele, during the build-up to the Ekiti governorship election which Fayose won.

Obanikoro was said to have converted a remainder of the money into $5.377m and handed it to Fayose at Spotless Hotel, Ado Ekiti, in the presence of the then Ekiti State PDP Secretary, Tope Aluko, and other party stalwarts.

The ex-minister is believed to have kept about N785m for himself, an action which is said to have angered Fayose.

Agbele is currently standing trial before Justice Dimgba Igwe of a Federal High Court for allegedly receiving N1.219bn on behalf of Fayose.

At the last sitting, Mr. Alade Sunday, a manager and branch Head of Zenith Bank, narrated how the money was disbursed on the instructions of Agbele.

He had also said it took the cashiers about 10 days to count all the money.

Sunday had said Obanikoro flew the cash to Akure Airport and the money was loaded onto a bullion van.

He had said, “When we got to the airport, we waited for some minutes before the aircraft arrived. When the aircraft offloaded its passengers, one of them appeared to me to be Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and the other one appeared to be his ADC, Adewale.

“Agbele walked up to them and had a discussion with them. Thereafter, he signalled to me to bring the van. Bags loaded with cash were loaded into the van and Obanikoro’s ADC, Agbele and I drove back to the bank.

“When we got to the bank, we ‘bundle counted’ the cash and it was N724,500,000. Agbele told us that more money was still coming and then, Obanikoro’s ADC left for the airport immediately.

“In the evening, all of us left for the airport a second time. After the passengers disembarked, we offloaded the cash bags into our bullion van and drove back to the bank to ascertain how much the cash was. The second tranche was N494,990,000, bringing the total to about N1.219, 490,000.

“We headed straight to our zonal head office where instructions were given by Agbele on how the funds were to be credited to various accounts.”

Fayose accuses INEC of rigging Ondo election for APC

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has lamented the outcome of the Ondo State Governorship election, saying the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) connived with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its collaborators in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the election before it was conducted.

He said, “Just as I would have loved to congratulate the winner, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), because in every contest, there must be a winner and a loser, the role of INEC in awarding victory to him in the election left much to be desired.”

The governor, who reacted to the outcome of the election in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said INEC gave the APC victory by deliberately replacing the name of Eyitayo Jegede, the PDP candidate, thereby creating legal logjam that lasted till three days to the election.

He said the PDP went to the election with its hands tied to the back because of the actions of INEC.

He said political parties, except APC, are now contesting elections against INEC.

Mr. Fayose lamented that “to sustain the ‘see and buy’ strategy and legalise money politics, the APC-led federal government deliberately created poverty in the country so as to continue to enslave the minds of Nigerians with peanuts to get their votes on election day, saying; “Dibo ko sebe (vote and collect money to cook soup) was the slang used by the APC in the Ondo State election and that only worked because the APC federal government have put Nigerians in abject poverty.”

He said, “Even though INEC allowed what appeared like a free and fair atmosphere on the Election Day, the election had been won and lost before it was held.

“For instance, INEC that witnessed the PDP primary election that produced Mr Eyitayo Jegede succumbed to pressure from the APC cabal to replace him with Jimoh Ibrahim, who did not take part in any primary election known to the Electoral Act.

“What could anyone have done under 72 hours in an election that was heavily monetised by the APC?

“The whole process was a deliberate sabotage by INEC, which has totally bastardised the electoral process.

“Obviously, all these shenanigans are geared towards turning Nigeria to a one part state by weakening all opposition parties ahead of the 2019 general elections but I can assure Nigerians that this will not last because the people will always be defeat tyranny.”

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.

Sack Justice Abang, Fayose tells NJC

The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has called on the National Judicial Council to “save the judiciary by sacking Justice Okon Abang.”


Fayose, in his reaction to the Appeal Court judgment, which nullified Abang’s ruling of the October 14, 2016 and declared it as a fraud, said, “it is obvious that Justice Abang is representing the interests of some cabals.”


In a statement issued on Wednesday and signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said, “In the face of these indictments by the appellate court, the NJC must wade in and save the judiciary from Abang.”


Fayose added, “…Today again, three justices of the appeal court descended on Justice Abang, describing his judgments imposing Jimoh Ibrahim as the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Ondo State and the one affirming Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the PDP National Chairman as fraudulent.


“It should be recalled that in June, a five-member panel of the court of appeal led by Justice Morenike Ogunwumiju said Abang ‘raped democracy’ when he annulled the election of Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, and ordered INEC to issue a certificate of return to Mr. Uche Ogah without evidence of forgery against Dr. Ikpeazu. The court went on to say that Abang embarked on a wild goose chase and that he spoke from both sides of his mouth.


“These are clear indictments on Justice Abang and in a civilised society, he ought to have resigned without the prompting of anyone. Or how can a judge that has been adjudged severally as giving fraudulent judgments and acting like Father Christmas still sit in judgment over cases involving Nigerians?


“The NJC must do the needful by sacking him forthwith so that the bench can have a new lease of life.”


Fayose commended the Appeal Court for declaring Eyitayo Jegede as the candidate of the PDP for the Ondo governorship poll.


He, however, said it was late for the party to make a meaningful impact in the election.


In another interview, Fayose, who backed the call for the Independent National Electoral Commission to postpone the Ondo election, said that was the best thing to do in the circumstance.


Fayose said, “The judgement shouldn’t have been otherwise, because you can’t cover the truth. I have said it ab initio that charlatans in the PDP are colluding with INEC and the APC to undermine our party.”

Presidential Election: Fayose warns Ghanaians against voting for “Change”

As the December 7 presidential election in Ghana draws near, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has counselled the people of Ghana to be mindful of making the same mistake made by Nigerians in the 2015
presidential election by voting for change, which he said brought hunger, sufferings and economic recession to the country, such that even the entire West African sub-region is being affected.

He said “by buying into the All Progressives Congress (APC) message of change, Nigerians are now facing a kind of hunger and suffering never experienced in the country in the last 30 years and Ghanaians must not fall into that kind of trap.”

The Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday that Governor Fayose made the call while hosting some men of God from Ghana on Saturday.

The governor said, “Ghanaians should not succumb to the deceit of the opposition party that are calling for a change of government. Rather, they should return the incumbent President, John Mahama, who has no doubt done creditably well to deserve a re-election.

“Ghanaians should know that the change in Nigeria brought hunger, suffering, disregard for the rule of law as well as arrest and detention of Nigerians without trial and be mindful of those preaching change to them.

“Most importantly, the situation in Ghana at present is similar to that of Nigeria. Like President Mohammadu Buhari, opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo has contested the presidency two times. This is the third time he is contesting. He is also 74 year-old.

“In Nigeria, change is synonymous with economic recession that is even getting to the level of depression.

Even majority of those who brought the change are now regretting it.

“Therefore, tell your people in Ghana that Nigerians are already regretting the change they made last year, which has plunged the country into serious economic hardship. Tell them to learn from Nigerians and reject those preaching message of change to them. They should hold on to the government that they have now and beware of a change that will take their country to economic recession.”

Only Igbo can survive a divided Nigeria – Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has declared that in the event that the country is divided, only the Igbo nation can survive because of their resilience.

The Governor also boasted that there has been no politically motivated killing of anyone under his administration.

Fayose stated this yesterday when the Ndigbo Community in Ekiti conferred him with the traditional title of ‘Nwanne – De – Namba at the Olukayode Stadium, Ado Ekiti during the Igbo Cultural Day.

Fayose deployed those he called’ fake political leaders ‘ who are only accessible to the people when they are looking for votes only to buy bullet proof cars and erect artificial walls around themselves so that they would not be accessible to the people after the poll.

He said, “whatever anybody says, the Igbos are a unique people in the country. God forbid, if Nigeria should break, they are the only nation that can survive because they are industrious people.

” All the permanent structures found everywhere are owned by the Igbo people. Wherever you go in the country, you will find an igbo man there.

“No igbo man can vote for any other party in Ekiti State except the party I belong to because we are bonded with one another “, he said.

The Governor lamented that women have been relegated in the scheme of things adding that his administration would provide for them in
the 2017 budget of Ekiti State.

Earlier in his address, the President General of Ndigbo Community in South West, Chief Nathaniel Ezeonu said that the Igbo people in Ekiti State want to have their own market.

He added that the traders want to acquire an uncompleted market along poly road Ado Ekiti which the state government has pegged at N380 millions.

He pleaded with Governor Fayose to rescind the decision to shut down Fayose market believed to be populated by igbo traders selling phones and other accessories.

Ezeonu said that the the theme of the Cultural Day titled: Ndigbo and Socio-economic Reality in Nigeria, Which way Forward, was apt because the race have contributed more to the economic development of the country.

To mark the occasion, major shops owned by the Igbos in the state capital were under lock and key.

Those Present at the conferment of the traditional title on the Governor included the state Executives, local government Chairmen as well as traditional rulers in Ekiti and igbo land.

EFCC hunts for Fayose’s sister over N200m Abuja mansion

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is looking for Mrs. Moji Ladeji, the sister of Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, over a N200m house located at 44 Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja, a highbrow area in the nation’s capital.

According to court documents, the building, which has since been sealed off by the EFCC, was allegedly bought by Fayose from proceeds of corrupt practices but the title documents of the house bear the name of Fayose’s sister, a move the commission claimed was to cover the governor’s track.

Detectives said that Ladeji, who is based in the United Kingdom, would need to explain her role in the alleged scam.

A source in the EFCC stated, “We have been able to establish that the house was bought from the proceeds of corrupt practices. The house was, however, bought in the name of Fayose’s sister. We need to question her to determine her level of involvement.

“We know that she is based in the UK but she comes to Nigeria quite often. We want her to come and tell us her side of the story.”

Fayose had sued the EFCC for freezing his bank account following an allegation that he received N1.219bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser through a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, as well as kickbacks from state contractors.

However, in a counter-affidavit, deposed to by Mr. Tosin Owobo on behalf of the EFCC, the agency said Fayose used the N1.219bn as well as alleged kickbacks received from the Ekiti State Government contractors to buy houses in Abuja and Lagos.

The governor allegedly received kickbacks from about four Ekiti State Government contractors – Samchese Nigeria Limited, Tender Branch Concept Nigeria Limited, Hoff Concept Limited and Calibre Consulting Limited.

However, instead of receiving cash, the governor allegedly instructed the companies to buy houses for him in Lagos and Abuja.

The houses located on Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, are said to be worth about N1.1bn.

According to the EFCC, the houses were bought in the name of J. J. Technical, a company owned by Fayose and his wife, Feyisetan.

According to the EFCC, the houses in Abuja were bought with different names.

While the N200m house, located at 44 Osun Crescent, Abuja, was allegedly bought in the name of Fayose’s sister, another property, located on 32 Yedseram Street, Maitama, worth N270m, was bought in the name of a company.

The affidavit reads in part, “The applicant (Fayose) also used the name of one Mrs. Moji Ladeji (the applicant’s sister) to acquire a property situated at 44 Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja, from the proceeds of the alleged offences of receiving gratification and kickbacks.

“Apart from fraudulently retaining the sum of N1,219,490,000.00, being part of the N4,745,000,000.00, stolen from the treasury of the Federal Government through the Office of the National Security Adviser, the applicant (Fayose) has also received gratification in form of kickbacks from various contractors with the Ekiti State Government such as Samchese Nigeria Ltd., Tender Branch Concept Nig. Ltd., Hoff Concept Ltd. and Calibre Consulting Limited.”

We offloaded Fayose’s N1.2bn in 45 minutes – Witness tells court

Alade Oluseye Sunday, A witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has told the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja that it took just about 45 minutes to offload from the aircraft the N1.219 billion cash sent by former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro to then candidate Ayodele Fayose, ahead of the Ekiti governorship election.

Sunday stated this while giving evidence before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba in the case of money laundering by the EFCC against Abiodun Agbele, an aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.

Sunday, a manager and Head of Zenith Bank Plc, Akure branch, spoke today under cross-examination by Agbele’s counsel, Mike Ozekhome, SAN.

The witness had earlier testified that the disbursement of the cash, which took ten days to count was coordinated by Agbele.

According to Sunday, the cash, which was loaded in ‘Ghana-must-go’ and Diamond Bank tarpaulin bags, were delivered twice via an aircraft.

He added that, it took not less than forty-five minutes to off-load the cash on both occasions.

“In fact, I, Agbele and Abiodun Oshode (Regional Manager of the bank) were practically watching while the money was being offloaded,” Sunday said.

Answering another question from the defense, the witness insisted that the cash was bundle-counted and confirmed to be N1,219,490.00 (one billion, two hundred and nineteen million, four hundred and ninety thousand naira).

He added that, after ascertaining the amount, Agbele, Oshode and Adewale (Obanikoro’s aide) were handed a small sheet of paper which was taken to Oshode’s office where decisions were taken on how the fund would be disbursed.

NAN reports that further hearing on the case has been adjourned to January 25-27, 2017.

Agbele is facing an 11-count charge for allegedly diverting N4.6billion from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Fayose urges ICC, Amnesty International to investigate Shi’ites killings.

Governor of Ekiti Ayodele Fayose, says the killing of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) should be investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Amnesty International (AI), Daily Trust reports.


Fayose who spoke on Thursday through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said, “The murder of over 300 Nigerians, who are members of the IMN in one day and their burial in mass graves, as well as continuous murder of the Shi’ite sect should attract the attention of the ICC.”


He queried the use of firearms by the police during the recent clash in Kano, saying, “Under international human rights law governing the use of firearms during policing operations, the intentional use of lethal force is only permitted when strictly unavoidable, to protect life.”


Fayose said the detention of Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of the sect since last December as unacceptable.


“In a month time, it will be exactly one year since Ibrahim Zakzaky was arrested and detained without trial. This is unacceptable in a democratic society where there should be strict adherence to the rule of law.”


He added, “Democracy guarantees freedom of religion, movement, association, opinions and thoughts. It is, however, worrisome that inspite of these inalienable rights, members of the Shi’ite Muslim sect are still being persecuted and alienated.


“Therefore, the ICC, Amnesty International and other relevant international organisations must intervene in the killings of the Shi’ite Muslim group with the aim of bringing those found culpable to justice, thereby putting a permanent stop to the inhuman acts,” the governor said.

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.

We spent 10 days counting the N1.2bn cash collected by Fayose’s aide – Witness

Alade Oluseye Sunday, a witness in the case against Abiodun Agbele, an aide to the governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday said it took ten working days to count the N1.2bn cash collected from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

Sunday, who was the branch manager of Zenith Bank, Akure at the time, stated this during cross examination before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja.

Sunday, who is the first prosecution witness stated that the sum of N1.2bn was conveyed via two aircrafts and was handed over to him by the first defendant (Agbele).

“The money was mostly in N1000 notes while the rest were in N500 bills. Agbele gave us the instruction to transfer the monies to different accounts. Some were paid into De Privateer Limited, some into Spotless investment limited while some where paid into Ayodele Fayose’s account”, Sunday maintained.

The witness, while reading from exhibit AA1B stated that, N100m was credited to Spotless Investments; N219.490m was credited to De Privateer Limited; another N300m was credited to De Privateer Limited; another N200m was credited to De Privateer Limited; N200m was also credited to De Privateer Ltd; N137m was credited to Ayodele Fayose’s account and the balance N263m was taken by Abiodun Agbele to Ado Ekiti.

“I saw Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, come down from the aircraft to speak with Agbele”, he said.

Under cross-examination by Agbele’s counsel, Mike Ozekome, Sunday maintained that he had never met the first defendant and had never discussed any money matters with him prior to June 2014.

“I got worried when I saw the huge amount of money conveyed by the aircrafts that day. It took us ten working days to count the money and each day, the uncounted sum is stored in the strong room as ‘boxed’ cash”, said Sunday.

Asked whether he reported the transaction as suspicious to any authority, the witness said he did not because it was not his job to do so.

The case has been adjourned to November 17, 2016 for further hearing.
Agbele is facing an 11-count charge for allegedly diverting N4.6b from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Onnoghen may not be substantive CJN because he’s from South-South – Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has raised the alarm that Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen may not be allowed to become the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

According to Fayose, Justice Onnoghen’s appointment in acting capacity is “either a grand plot to deprive him of his well-deserved appointment as CJN because he is from the South-South region or those cabals in the Aso Rock Presidential Villa want to hold him in the jugular, using his confirmation as substantive CJN to get him to assist them to pervert justice.”

In a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said it was strange that despite the fact that the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended only Justice Onnoghen to President Muhammadu Buhari for appointment as the CJN since October 13, 2016, his name was not sent to the Senate for confirmation.

According to him, this is the first time Nigeria is having an acting CJN despite that Justice Onnoghen’s name was sent to President Buhari early enough.

“As at the time the NJC recommended Justice Onnoghen to President Buhari, it was 28 clear days to the November 10, 2016 retirement date of Justice Mahmud Mohammed.

“Why then was his (Justice Onnoghen) name not sent to the Senate for confirmation? Why appointing him as Acting CJN when his name should have been sent to the Senate between October 13, 2016 that he was recommended to the president and November 10, 2016 that Justice Mahmud Mohammed retired?

“Obviously, there is more to this acting CJN appointment than meets the eyes. In my opinion, it could be that President Buhari never wanted Justice Onnoghen as a substantive CJN because he is from the South-South or that they want to use his pending appointment as substantive CJN to make him do their biddings.

“They have subdued the National Assembly and are now in the last stage of muscling democracy by subduing the judiciary.

“If men of good conscience, especially leading lights in the legal profession refuse to raise their voices against this tyranny, they will all be consumed.”

Fayose, who said playing politics with the judiciary, especially at the CJN level, was dangerous to the survival of democracy, urged Justice Onnoghen to do his job without fear or favour, “bearing in mind that it is only God that puts people in positions.”

“I am sure those who made sure Onnoghen’s name was not sent to the Senate for confirmation until the tenure of Justice Mahmud Mohammed expired knew what they were doing. They obviously needed a situation where the CJN, being in acting capacity will be subservient to them, using his appointment as substantive CJN as bait.

“However, Justice Onnoghen must live above that temptation of wanting to be the substantive CJN at the expense of strict adherence to the rule of law and principles of democracy.

“He must resist any attempt to further gag the judiciary even if that will cost him his appointment as the substantive CJN,” the governor said.

US Election: Trump defeated those who imposed Buhari on Nigerians – Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, on Wednesday said the emergence of Donald Trump as the President-elect of the United State of America, USA, is “the beginning of a real change in Nigeria.

Reacting to Trump’s victory, the fiery governor said “it is an indication that those who imposed the present All Progressives Congress, APC, government on Nigerians had just lost out.”

According to Fayose, the US President elect will be able to call Buhari to order over his alleged human right abuses.

Fayose said, “Now that Trump has won, it portends hope for Nigerians that the excesses of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government will stop as the road has ended for those who conspired to impose Buhari on Nigerians.

“Trump presidency symbolises different things to different people and nations. It symbolises God at work and a clear departure from the old order.

“It is also a turning point for Nigeria and Nigerians, particularly those controlling the federal government that must have to change their ways as their allies who imposed them on us just lost out.

“Most importantly, President Barack Obama got what he did to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. God bless President-Elect Donald John Trump!”

“The US elections started and ended seamlessly. The electoral umpire never meddled; the military, police and SSS did not provide cover for ballot snatchers. No printing of doggy result sheets.

“I think Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and his INEC should learn from this for posterity. They should stop aiding unpopular politicians to rob the people of quality leadership,” Fayose added.

Recall that Trump, a Republican candidate, won the fiercely contested US Presidential election after polling 289 colleges, against Hillary Clinton’s 218.

Fayose Reacts To Trump’s Win, Says Obama Got What He Did To Jonathan

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has hailed the victory of the Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump in the United States of America (USA) election, describing it as “the beginning of a real change in Nigeria because those who imposed the present All Progressives Congress (APC) government on Nigerians just lost out.”

The governor said; “Now that Trump has won, it portends hope for Nigerians that the excesses of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government will stop as the road has ended for those who conspired to impose Buhari on Nigerians.”

Reacting to Trump’s victory, Special Assistant to the Governor of Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka quoted the governor as saying in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday that he believed that Trump will be able to tell President Buhari to respect rule of law and sit at home to solve the country’s economic problems instead of junketing around the world. The governor said: “Trump presidency symbolises different things to different people and nations. It symbolises God at work and a clear departure from the old order.

“It is also a turning point for Nigeria and Nigerians, particularly those controlling the federal government that must have to change their ways as their allies who imposed them on us just lost out.

“Most importantly, President Barack Obama got what he did to Dr Goodluck Jonathan. God bless President-Elect Donald John Trump!”

Describing the conduct of the elections as a lesson for Nigerians, Governor Fayose said; “The US elections started and ended seamlessly. The electoral umpire never meddled; the military, police and SSS did not provide cover for ballot snatchers. No printing of doggy result sheets. I think Prof Mahmood Yakubu and his INEC should learn from this for posterity. They should stop aiding unpopular politicians to rob the people of quality leadership.” Speaking further, Governor Fayose said the election of Trump signals the hope of a possible defeat of the APC government foisted on Nigeria by the USA influence.

The governor said; “I prayed to God that if Trump will be the one to save us from this present state of hopelessness, God should give him victory. I prayed that God should let Trump win so that another change can begin in Nigeria. I am happy that God answered my prayers and gave Trump a resounding victory.

“I am also happy that God has humbled those who conspired to impose the present APC government that has brought hunger, suffering, abuse of human rights and destruction of the Electoral system on Nigeria and its people.”


Ekiti governor, Fayose visits Fani-Kayode in EFCC custody

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose on Tuesday visited former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.


According to Punch, Fayose arrived the headquarters of the agency in Abuja at about 2:15pm and left at 4:30pm.


Recall that the EFCC had reportedly banned visits to highly placed individuals in its custody.


Details later…

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.

Fayose Meets Cattle Owners On New Grazing Law

Members of the umbrella body of cattle owners, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), will now be part of the patrol teams to enforce the new law to regulate grazing in Ekiti State.
Governor Ayodele Fayose gave the directive on Tuesday at a meeting with the leadership of MACBAN where both parties ironed out ‘grey’ areas in the enforcement of the Prohibition of Cattle and Other Ruminants Grazing Act 2016.
MACBAN leaders had requested to be part of the patrol of Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshals (EGEM) to enforce the law a request which was granted by Fayose who declared that he is not against the interest of Fulani people or any other ethnic group in the country.

The meeting, which took place at the Government House, had Ekiti State executive of MACBAN and representatives from across the local governments in the stat?e in attendance.

?Fayose said: “I have nothing against you or any other ethnic group. Nobody should bring politics into this matter. If a Yoruba person destroys your property I will defend you too.

“Leaders are not supposed to discriminate and as a leader, I don’t discriminate. The law of the land is not against anybody who obeys it but those who flout it. It is people destroying other people’s farms that are causing this problem.
“We have given lands to people to farm and they have paid, some for many years to use the lands and when somebody now comes and destroys their means of livelihood and make them suffer losses, we won’t allow that.?

“It ?is the bad people that make others suffer. If anybody says Fayose is after Hausa or Fulani people, that person has no sense. During my first term, I appointed a man from Malumfashi as a Special Adviser. This term too, I appointed Musa Kanga into the Pilgrims Welfare Board.

“In Oke Ako-Ekiti last May, two persons were killed, people’s wives raped by those hiding under the guise of rearing cattle. I have 83 cows too and I have told the person taking care of them that if he goes against the law and any of them is seized, he will be responsible for that.”

Governor Fayose also emphasized against rearing cows along major roads and city centres, saying that had caused fatal vehicular accidents in the past.
He explained: “If you have not been to London or America, I guess some of you have been to Mecca, did you see cattle breeders leading their cattle across city centres and major roads, with the cows defecating everywhere? This is not done and it is not that the people in those places don’t have cows they breed too.”

On the demand by the MACBAN leaders that they be part of the patrol teams to enforce the law, the governor acceded and commended their effort to support his administration in getting rid of bad eggs among the cattle breeders.
The Ekiti State MACBAN chairman, Alhaji Muhammad Nasamu, commended the governor for his frankness and openness.

Nasamu noted that the meeting had disabused the minds of his members about wrong information being circulated by some people about the governor and the state government.
He said: “Seeing you face to face and hearing from you has quelled all the strange stories we are hearing. Leaders from across the federation have been calling me saying where are you? and that they have been hearing funny stories from the state, but now we know the truth. Ekiti is my home and anybody who spoils the name of Ekiti is spoiling my name.
“Today that we have met, we are suggesting that farmers and Fulani rearers be part of the marshals who will patrol across the state. When that is done, there will no longer be any trouble. Those in the office don’t know what is happening in the bush and we will try and bridge the communication gap.”

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, Others Airlifted N1.2bn Cash For Fayose” – Zenith Bank Official

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday called its first prosecution witness before a Federal High Court in Abuja in the trial of an aide of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, Mr. Abiodun Agbele, who is being prosecuted for money laundering charges.

?The first prosecution witness, Oluseye Alade, who is an official of Zenith Bank Plc, gave a breakdown of how the sum of N1.2bn allegedly airlifted to Akure by a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro on June 17, 2016, was distributed by Agbele.

He did not disclose where the aircraft flew from.

But he said he was informed by a colleague of his in Ibadan to wait for the arrival of the aircraft.

The EFCC had on August 3, 2016 aarraigned Agbele before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High on 11 counts of money laundering involving about N4,685,723,000,000.

The money was allegedly taken by former National Security Adviser from the account of the office of the NSA domicile in the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The prosecution alleged that on June 17, 2014, Agbele, Obanikoro and other suspects (said to be at large), took N1,219,000,000 from the total N4,685,723,000,000, when they “reasonably ought to have known” that the money was part of proceeds of Dasuki’s unlawful activity.”

Led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Wahab Shittu, the witness who is the Branch Head of the Zenith Bank in Akure gave details of how the N1.2bn was disbursed on the instruction of Agbele.

He said the money was airlifted to Akure by Obanikoro and others in two batches.
He said the money was moved from the airport to the bank by a bullion van on the two occasions of the arrival of the aircraft.”

He said, “I first met Agbele on June 17, 2014. On that day, my zonal head, Abiodun Oshode, informed me that he recieved a message from Lawrence Akande, the Zonal Head of Oyo State Branch of Zenith Bank that a customer will be coming to the bank from the airport with cash. He said that I should arrange for our bullion van to be taken to the airport to convey the cash when it arrives.

“After about an hour, Oshode walked to me that the customer is in the bank and I followed him to his office where he introduced Mr. Abiodun Agbele to me as the customer.

“Agbele told me that they had security details and that I should not bother about policemen since they had enough. That was how I, my Zonal Head, the bullion van driver, Agbele and his team drove to the airport.

“When we got to the airport, we waited for some minutes before the aircraft arrived. When the aircraft offloaded its passengers, one of them appeared to me to be Senator Musliu Obanikoro and the other one appeared to be his ADC, Adewale.

“Agbele walked up to them and had a discussion with them. Thereafter, he signaled me to bring the van. Bags loaded with cash were evacuated into the van and Obanikoro’s ADC, I and Agbele drove back to the bank.

“When we got to the bank, we bundle-counted the cash and it was N724,500,000. Agbele told us that more money was still coming and then, Obanikoro’s ADC left for the airport immediately.

“In the evening, all of us left for the airport a second time. After the passengers disembarked, we offloaded the cash bags into our bullion van and drove back to the bank to ascertain how much the cash was.

“The second tranche was N494,990,000, bringing the total about N1.219, 490,000
“We headed straight to our zonal head office where instructions were given by Agbele on how the funds were to be credited to various accounts.

“However, because of the amount involved, we needed to detail-count before crediting the accounts the next day. All these are recorded in the statements I volunteered to the EFCC.”

The four statements earlier made by the witness to the EFCC were tendered by the prosecuting counsel and admitted by the court as exhibits.

Fight back, defend yourselves if herdsmen attack you – Fayose charges Ekiti people.

Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, yesterday exploded in anger in reaction to the threat of reprisal attack by the Miyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), an umbrella body of herdsmen who alleged that some of their cattle were killed recently.

While reacting to the governor’s inauguration of the Ekiti Grazing Law Enforcement , EGEM, recently, Miyetti AllaMarshalsh, had said in a statement on Saturday that the Federal Government must intervene in the inauguration of the marshals, which the herdsmen alleged had shot five of their cows, warning that: “before this incident develops into unquenchable inferno involving our members and Ekiti State government.”

In the statement signed by its spokesman, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, the group said: “Fayose unleashed the marshals against our members whose herds of cattle had gone to a stream at Agon bridge on Federal Polytechnic Road between the time of 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to quench their thirst on Friday, October 21 ,” claiming that “the vigilance group shot five cows and carted away the meat, but the herdsman was able to flee with the rest of his cattle.”

But Fayose dismissed Miyetti Allah’s claims as untrue and disclosed that the said five cows are alive and in custody of the state government.

Furious at the herdsmen’s threat, governor Fayose asked if the lives of cattle is more important than that of human beings, asking why did the group didn’t write the president when their colleagues were killing hundreds in Benue and Plateau states respectively. “Why didn’t Miyetti Allah that is now calling on President Mohammadu Buhari to warn me, the custodian of the mandate of Ekiti people warn its members when they were killing Nigerians and destroying farmlands? Are their cows more important than human lives?

“To us in Ekiti, lives of 5,000 cows cannot be equated with those of human beings that are being killed daily by herdsmen across the country. Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria should know that cattle farmers are not different from other farmers. If they want to rear cows in Ekiti, they should do so in accordance with the laws of the State. After all, law prohibiting sale and consumption of alcohol was made in Kano State and the law is being enforced while Sharia Law made in some States in the north is also being enforced.”

Fayose blamed the Federal Government on its silence on the development, saying: “Four days after this threat was issued against the government and people of Ekiti State by the Miyetti Allah, the federal government is yet to act in any manner that will disabuse the minds of Ekiti people, who believed that the federal government is in support of the threat.

“The silence of the federal government has no doubt further confirmed the insinuation that there is plot to give tacit support to the
herdsmen to invade some border towns and villages in Ekiti State and cause chaos in the State so as to justify the evil agenda of declaration of a state of emergency on the State.”

The governor who recalled the herdsmen’s killing of hundreds in some parts of the country in the name of same reprisal attack, further said

”Nigerians should be reminded that in May, this year, Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria said openly that the reason for the killing of over 1,000 people in Benue State was the killing of over 800 cattle by Tiv youths. In other words, Miyetti Allah boldly told Nigerians that its members (herdsmen) killed over 1,000 Agatu people of Benue State because their cows were killed!

” Up till today, no one has been arrested for the massacre in Agatu in Benue State and now, Ekiti State and its people are being threatened by this same Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, and the federal government has pretended as if nothing was wrong.

He continued: ” From the words and antecedents of the Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, it is clear that they have assurance beyond their personal minds from the federal government to kill Nigerians in place of their cows. If not, by now, the man who signed that press statement, threatening the entire people of Ekiti State ought to have been arrested and questioned.
” Therefore, in view of the above, we wish to tell Nigerians and the entire world that in the event of any invasion of Ekiti State by killer herdsmen, the federal government should be held responsible.

” The herdsmen and those urging them on should also be informed that any attack on one Ekiti person is an attack on all Ekitis and we shall not sit back and allow our people to be killed under the guise of cattle rearing.

”In the event of federal government’s security agencies refusal to secure the lives and properties of Ekiti people, the people will have no option than to defend themselves. Our forefathers did same in the famous Kiriji War and we won’t mind doing the same now!”

The governor challenged Ekiti people to be on alert against any attack by herdsmen, saying: “I am, therefore, using this opportunity to put Ekiti people, especially residents of border towns in the State on red alert. Ekiti people must be prepared to defend their land against these Philistines whose attributes and characters are extremism, violence, bloodshed and destruction.”

He also reiterated his resolve on the grazing law he signed in the state: “For the avoidance of doubt, the Prohibition of Cattle and other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti State Bill, 2016 that was signed into law on August 29, 2016 remains in force.

” Therefore, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria should rather tell its members to comply with this law by seeking from the government designated land for grazing ranch, which the government is always willing to give.

”It is strange that the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria kept silent when its members killed two people and injured several others in Oke Ako in Ekiti State. So strange that the same Miyetti Allah that defended the murder of over 1,000 Agatu people of Benue State and kept silent when herdsmen killed over 100 people killed in Enugu State and a traditional ruler was killed in Delta State suddenly found its voice when Ekiti State government decided to curb the murderous activities of its men.

Pulse: Obanikoro is going down, but he won’t do so alone.

The walls are closing in on Musiliu Obanikoro, former Minister of State for Defence.

Obanikoro has been singing his way deeper and deeper into trouble, sources at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have told Pulse.

Obanikoro surprisingly turned himself into the waiting arms of the anti-graft agency as soon as he touched down in Nigeria from the United States last week.

The former Lagos State Governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is being investigated for frittering N4.745bn.

The sum came from the $2.1bn meant for the procurement of arms but which was diverted to meet political ends by erstwhile National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, investigators say.

Obanikoro has been with the EFCC since October 17, 2016 and it’s quite the turnaround for a man who only said in June that his trial was a media one – a circus.

“Suggestions of an EFCC investigation have dwelt solely in the realm of rumours, over which I have sued several media organisations to court,” Obanikoro had thundered from his safe haven in the U.S.

“I cannot submit myself to such glaring witch-hunt, injustice and charade but I’ll fight it legally, with God and clear conscience on my side.

“Since EFCC opted to make this a media trial/circus, let them make public any document linking me or any of my children to any financial scam.

“The allegations are lies, not backed by fact or evidence but a burning desire to obliterate the opposition and keep Nigerians distracted. Rumours of extradition are also lies – false allegations cannot stand up to any decent legal inquiry in a civilised system such as in the US”, Obanikoro had barked.

EFCC operatives have told Pulse that it’s a different Obanikoro who has been cooling his heels in custody of the anti-graft agency since last week.

“He’s been singing like a canary. He’s mentioned Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose. He’s also mentioned Iyiola Omisore. You’ll recall that Fayose and Omisore were some of the voices in that Ekiti election rigging audio tape which became public in 2015”.

Obanikoro has confessed to handing over N2.3bn to Fayose; air-lifted through Akure in Ondo State, in two chartered aircrafts.

The money found its way into Ekiti in the run-up to the 2014 Governorship contest in the South West State.

Fayose won that election, unseating the incumbent, John Kayode Fayemi.

Obanikoro has also admitted that he transferred N1.7 billion of the sum to the 2014 Governorship candidate of the PDP in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore.

Unlike Fayose, however, Omisore came up short in Osun State. Rauf Aregbesola of the APC, nullified the billions making its way round the country at the time from the PDP, in his home State.

Obanikoro has also disclosed to investigators that he was disbursing the money following orders from Dasuki.

Dasuki was NSA to then President Goodluck Jonathan.

Another EFCC operative told the press:  “He (Obanikoro) admitted that he transferred N1.7bn to Senator Iyiola Omisire out of the N4.685bn paid into the Sylva Mcnamara’s account on the instructions of Col. Sambo Dasuki, the former NSA.

“He said a total of N3.880bn was transferred to Fayose and Omisore from the N4.685bn that was transferred to the company account of Sylva McNamara.

“The former minister told the commission that Tope Aluko (the then Ekti State Secretary of the PDP) and other PDP leaders were present when the dollars were handed over to Fayose, who took them to a room next to where they met.”

An EFCC operative who spoke to Pulse on the basis of anonymity because he had not been authorized to comment on the subject, said: “We have him (Obanikoro) exactly where we want him. The feeling we are getting is that he won’t go down without the likes of Fayose and Omisore”.

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.

Probe by EFCC won’t distract me – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has said he would not be distracted by the ongoing probe of his campaign fund by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He, however, advised the Federal Government to pay “attention to hunger and suffering ravaging Nigeria and its people and leave him alone.”

He said: “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 EFCC and its collaborators can keep running from pillar to post while I keep delivering good governance to Ekiti and its people.”

The governor, who dismissed the reported claim that former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, confessed to the EFCC that he received over N2 billion from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) under Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) to fund his election, said: “We have gone pass 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.”

According to a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said he was only reacting just to fulfil all righteousness because Nigerians are more interested in having food on their tables, adding that “those who arranged the dramatic and compromised return of Obanikoro to Nigeria obviously did so in continuation of their project ‘Fayose must be implicated at all cost’ but I am not bothered because my election was legitimately funded.

“However, if this is why they are intimidating judges and the Judiciary, it won’t work as far as my own matter is concerned as no one can play God.

“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.”

Obanikoro Makes Shocking Confessions To EFCC, Throws Fayose Under The Bus.

Former Minister of State for Defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro has disclosed how he gave Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, part of the N4.745billion made available to him by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

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The said cash was wired into the company, Sylva Mcnamara within seven months in 2014.

Obanikoro, who is still in detention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision, EFCC, said N2.23billion was transferred to Fayose. While $5,377,000 was given to Fayose in cash, N1.3billion was received by the governor’s associate, Mr. Abiodun Agbele.

He admitted that the N1.3billion was flown to Akure airport in two chartered flights for delivery to Agbele.

Obanikoro said he is not the owner of Sylva Mcnamara that was used to transfer the funds to Fayose.

A source told The Nation that “the sum of N2.2billion was transferred to Sylva Mcnamara for onward transfer to Mr. Ayodele Fayose on the instruction of the NSA.

“The sum of N1.3billion cash was brought in a bullion van by Diamond Bank on the instruction of the NSA.

“In addition, the sum of N60million was converted to dollars at the rate of N168 per dollar and altogether the sum of $5,377,000 was handed over in cash by me to Mr. Fayose while the N1.3billion was received by Mr. Fayose’s associate, Mr. Abiodun Agbele in the presence of my Aide-de-Camp (ADC), Lt. Adewale who also accompanied them to the bank along with the bank officials.

“I didn’t interact with the bank officials. I called Fayose before the funds were handed over to Mr. Abiodun Agbele. I spoke to Fayose with my phone at Akure airport.”

Obanikoro said he “took off with the first flight with part of the money while the second flight brought the remaining funds to Akure local airport and I directed that it should be handed over to the same person.”

The source added: “He told us that he is “ not the owner of the company in question but introduced the owner, Mr. Kareem Taiwo to the NSA, Mr. Sambo Dasuki when the threat of Boko Haram became more visible in Lagos.

“He said the government wanted to incorporate local input into the intelligence gathering and prevention of terrorist attack on Lagos and the South-West in general.”

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.

Why Governor Ayo Fayose led thugs to Access Bank.

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State was in his elements again on Monday, October 18, 2016, when he stormed an Access Bank branch with thugs and security detail.

He also threatened to shut down the bank.

It all began when the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) instructed the bank to detain Precious Fani-Kayode, wife of former Nigerian Minister, Femi Fani Kayode.

Ms. Fani-Kayode was in Ekiti as guest of Fayose and had gone to the bank around 3pm to carry out a transaction.

Matters got to a head when Fayose got wind of the development and stormed the bank in a fit of rage to secure Ms. Fani-Kayode’s release.

Ms. Fani-Kayode was carrying an eight-month old baby with her at the time of her ‘arrest’.

She told Punch that she had been dehumanised by officials of the bank and the anti-graft agency.

“I’m not a politician and that bank account had been dormant for about five years. I only activated it last month in Port Harcourt.

“I decided to go to Access Bank to make some withdrawals when I was detained on the instructions of the EFCC.

“They told me the account had been frozen and they were asked by the EFCC to arrest me on the spot.

“I have been operating the account since 2005 when I was a student in the university. They had earlier frozen my two bank accounts which they have not opened till today and I have been waiting for them to invite me, but up till today, they have not.

“The balance in the account is just N200,000; so, I don’t know what their interest is. I’m a private person. I have not received any political fund; so, why are they trying to starve my family?

“That account has nothing to do with politics. This is dehumanising. I had to call the Governor to inform him of the development.”

As you’d expect, Governor Fayose was less than amused. He warned the EFCC against persecuting any of his friends in the future.

Fayose also added that he won’t allow lawlessness by a federal government agency take place in a State where he calls the shots.

“They can’t try that nonsense in my state”, Fayose said, literally belching fire.

“If they try it, there will be a showdown. They are over-stepping their boundary. This is a country that operates a constitution. What kind of molestation is this, taking away the rights of Nigerians because you are investigating?

“Must they terrorise people because they are in opposition? I have demanded an apology from the bank. If it fails to do that, I’m done with them. This is lawlessness,” the Governor said.

Fani-Kayode who ran the Jonathan re-election publicity campaign, also used the opportunity to aim more darts at President Muhammadu Buhari.

Fani-Kayode is under investigation by the EFCC for corruption. He was only just granted bail by the courts.

The former Minister said if the EFCC wants to see his wife, it should have invited her over, not go after her in a bank.

“This government is sick and cowardly and so is the EFCC”, said Fani-Kayode. “If you have a problem with me, face me and leave my family alone.

“My wife travelled to Ado Ekiti to see my friend and brother, Governor Fayose, and his family. They were on their way out of town when they went to Access Bank in Ado Ekiti to get some money.

“They were illegally detained, brutalised and put under arrest on the orders of the EFCC at a bank in Ado Ekiti today.

“She has never had any business with me; she has never been formally invited by the EFCC or asked any questions about her transactions and neither has it written to her on any issue even though it is always sending letters to my house and sending people there.

“If Buhari wants to deal with me, why doesn’t he face me like a man instead of trying to harm and hurt my eight-month-old son and wife?

“Had it not been for the intervention of Governor Ayo Fayose, they would have taken them away and subjected them to all manner of harm and indignity simply because she is married to me.

“This is Buhari’s Nigeria and we will resist his wickedness and tyranny.”

Fani-Kayode also described the actions of the EFCC as “primitive and barbaric”.

His words: “They have no right to do this. If they want to see my wife, all they need to do is to invite her. We have nothing to fear. They do not need to be so primitive and barbaric to people.

“In an attempt to starve and harass me and my family, all my accounts and wife’s accounts have been frozen.

“Now, they are resorting to arresting people’s wives and children for no just cause.”


The EFCC has however given a different account of what transpired.

While Fani-Kayode’s wife said only N200,000 was in the account, the EFCC said the account had N2,307,712.82 in it.

That’s plenty of zeros in between. Someone isn’t telling the truth here.

“Contrary to the spin about the purported arrest of mother and child, a certain Chikwendu Sonia today attempted to withdraw money from an Access Bank account that had been placed on ‘Post No Debit’ Category, following the discovery of illicit cash flows into the account.

“She was intercepted by the bank while the commission was notified, but because it was late, the EFCC advised that the suspect be taken to the police station for processing and release on bail.

“They were arranging to take the suspect to the police station when Governor Ayo Fayose stormed the bank with thugs and his personal security and forcefully secured the release of the suspect, with claims that the EFCC had no power to detain anybody in his state. He also vowed to close down the branch of the bank.

“The said account, which had a balance of N2,307,712.82, was flagged following investigation into the PDP Joint Trust Fund when the commission traced N1.1bn to the Zenith Bank account of Fani-Kayode.

“It was discovered that the account had two biometric identification numbers, one for Fani-Kayode and the other (with BVN 2205597283) for Sonia Chikwendu. The same BVN is linked to two other accounts in Diamond Bank and 15 accounts in Guaranty Trust Bank.”

In 2014, Fayose slapped and supervised the beating of a Judge, Justice John Adeyeye.

Fayose had said the Judge was rude to him.

How Fayose Stopped Us From Arresting FFK’s Wife — EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has accused Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state of preventing the anti-graft agency from arresting Chikwendu Sonia, the wife of Femi Fani-Kayode, who tried to withdraw money from an account already red-flagged by the agency.
The woman and her 8-month old child were reportedly detained by the EFCC.

But the EFCC in a late statement Monday denied detaining any one, while also revealing the role of Governor Ayo Fayose in frustrating the arrest.

Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman said Fayose stormed the bank in Ado-Ekiti with thugs to stop the arrest.

“Contrary to the media spin about the purported arrest of mother and child, a certain Chikwendu Sonia today attempted to withdraw money from an Access Bank account that had been placed on ‘Post No Debit’ Category, following the discovery of illicit cash flows into the account.

“She was intercepted by the bank while the Commission was notified but because it was late, the EFCC advised that the suspect be taken to the police station for processing and release on bail.

“They were arranging to take the suspect to the police station when Governor Ayo Fayose stormed the bank with thugs and his personal security and forcefully secured the release of the suspect, with claims that the EFCC had no power to detain anybody in his state.

“He also vowed to close down the branch of the bank.

“The said account, which had a balance of N 2,307,712.82 was flagged following investigation into the PDP Joint Trust fund when the Commission traced N1.1billion to the Zenith Bank account of Fani-Kayode.

“It was discovered that the account had two biometric identification numbers, one for Fani-Kayode and the other (with BVN 2205597283)for Sonia Chikwendu.

“The same BVN is linked to two other accounts in Diamond bank and 15 accounts in Guaranty Trust Bank”.

APC: Fayose “lone enemy” of Buhari.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has praised President Muhammadu Buhari over the release of 21 of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State two years ago.

The party also commended the Nigerian armed forces, the international community and other non-governmental institutions, especially the Bring Back Our Girls Group for their persistent roles in the rescue of the Chibok girls.

It said the feat is a fulfilment of Buhari’s campaign promise to secure the release of the girls and reunite them with their families.

It urged the President to ignore Governor Ayodele Fayose’s “insincere and infantile” comments on the abduction of the girls, explaining that “the governor is on his own in his reckless criticisms of the Federal Government over fears of repercussions on his ceaseless infractions on the law”.

Fayose has been persistent in his claim that no Chibok girls were missing, saying that the Federal Government’s claim on their rescue was a distraction from the harsh economic reality in the country.

But reacting in a statement in Ado-Ekiti, Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, praised the President for keeping his electoral promise to rescue the girls. He urged the President to intensify efforts to secure the release of the remaining girls still in captivity.

Berating Fayose for choosing to make himself a “lone enemy” of the President, Olatunbosun said:
“It is unfortunate that the governor of a state known for decency and honour could utter such a horrible statement over a very sensitive national issue that borders on the lives of young school girls whose parents have been in agony in the last two years.

“Nigerians know that Fayose is a reckless talkative who plays politics with everything and anything but never in their imagination think he can be so heartless to say the girls were not missing.

“Now that the 21 girls were shown live on TV being reunited with their parents in an emotional ceremony, will Fayose still say it was stage-managed?

“Fayose is taking his pound of flesh from the Federal Government for his several infractions on the law over which federal agencies are investigating him and he believes that the best way to blackmail the Federal Government is ceaseless criticism so that he can accuse Buhari of witch-hunt when eventually the law beckons to account for his lawless conducts.”

While apologising to the parents of the girls and urging them to take Fayose for “who he is”, Olatunbosun regretted the governor’s “callous disposition” to the plight of the children and their parents, wondering if Fayose would have taken the same position if the girls were his daughters.

“APC, on behalf of the good people of Ekiti State, wishes to apologise to Nigerians, especially the agonised parents of the Chibok girls, over the insensitive outburst of Governor Fayose.

“Ekiti people are humane, decent and responsible people and the position of Fayose on the matter does not represent the collective position of Ekiti people on the missing Chibok girls.

“It is now crystal clear that Fayose is one of those who misled President Jonathan on the issue of the missing Chibok girls by insisting that the girls were not missing. He is jittery now that all the lies told by the Jonathan administration that the Chibok girls were not missing are exposed.

“We wonder if Fayose would have taken the same position if his daughters were among the missing girls,” he said.

Slamming Fayose for “always employing lies to cause social discontent to set Nigerians against the Federal Government in order to bring Buhari’s administration down, Olatunbosun said APC had been vindicated on its several warnings to Nigerians that “Fayose is a dangerous and pathological liar whose conduct is a threat to our democracy”.

“How else can we describe a governor who is always seeing black even when it is glaring to all that the true colour is white?” he queried, imploring Buhari to ignore Fayose’s tantrums and remain focused on securing the release of the remaining Chibok girls still in captivity while also continuing making efforts towards Nigeria’s economic recovery.

Release of Chibok Girls is only to divert people’s attention from the recession – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has faulted the celebration by the federal government over the release of 21 Chibok girl?s by the armed Boko Haram group, saying that such is not only diversionary, but that it can not take away the fact that Nigerians are suffering and they are yearning for relief.

He, therefore, called on Nigerians to engage in serious prayers for God to ameliorate their sufferings.

He said this in Iyin-Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state on Thursday while inaugurating a block of four classrooms built for the Erelu Angela Adebayo Children’s Home by his wife, Feyisetan.

“What they came out today to tell Nigerians that 21 abducted Chibok girls have been released by the Boko Haram group is diversionary. Nigerians have never had it so bad. People are very hungry. What they did today is just to divert attention from what they did last week by clamping judges and justices into detention. While no one is saying corruption should be condoned, but the due process must be followed.

“The Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government that they labelled as inept, did better than this. The exchange rate of the naira to the dollar is unacceptable. The situation has led to hyper-inflation where what people used to buy for N30,000 can not be bought with N100,000?. Look at the elections that have been conducted since they came to office, all the gains recorded by the previous government as far as democracy is concerned are being eroded,” he said.

Fayose, who urged the opposition in the state to see Ekiti as everybody’s project, opined that after election has been won and lost, the ideal thing should be to work together for the progress of the state.

The governor commended his wife for building on what her predecessor in office did instead of starting her own pet project.

“As you have done this, don’t worry, others will come to recognise you too and what is important is that we work for posterity to judge us. This is already on records and generations coming after us will know we made our impact while leading this state,” he said.

The governor donated the sum of N250,000 to buy clothing materials for the children of the home.

He also gave another N250,000 to buy food items for them, just as he gave automatic employment to a lady helping to take care of the children.

In her speech, Mrs Feyisetan Fayose, said it was an uncommon divine opportunity to be in charge of the state at this point in time.

She thanked the governor and others for supporting the project financially and otherwise.

Anti-Grazing Law: Fayose Personally Arrests A Cow At Ikole Ekiti (Pictures)

As posted by Governor Fayose’s Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media,  Lere Olayinka on his Facebook wall:
“As Governor Fayose was going to Ikole Ekiti today, he came across herdsmen along Afao Ekiti road, Ado Ekiti.
“The governor demonstrated the seriousness of the State Anti Grazing Law by personally seeing to it that one of the COWS was “arrested” by youths who chased the cows after the herdsmen ran into the bush upon seeing the governor’s security men. The remaining cows ran into the bush too.
“Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshall (EGEM) will start work in few days time.”



APC crisis: Fayose condemns attack on Tinubu

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has condemned the attack on Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying the “humiliation of Tinubu is as good as (the) humiliation of the Yoruba race.”

The governor said allowing the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress to be embarrassed like past Yoruba leaders would not be in the interest of the race.

Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said, “Even though I am not a member of APC and I will never be, I have elected to stand in defence of the Yoruba nation once again by saying no to the continuous dishonourable treatment being meted to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, having paid his dues.

“If Tinubu is allowed to be embarrassed and disgraced just the way our past leaders were humiliated by these same elements, the Yoruba nation would have been made to suffer for uprightness.”

The governor condemned the Tuesday sponsored protest against the APC leader at the party’s national secretariat.

Some youth groups had protested in Abuja to condemn Tinubu for demanding the resignation of the APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, over his role in the Ondo Governorship primaries that produced former Nigerian Bar Association President, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN).

Oyegun reportedly overruled the majority decision of the National Working Committee of the APC that voted for cancellation of the primaries.

Fayose said, “It is unfortunate that Tinubu is now being vilified in a party he invested heavily in; and his fellow kinsmen that he brought up politically are part of this conspiracy.

“In their desperation, they have even tried to set him against the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, by insinuating that he tried to prevent his (Osinbajo) emergence as President Mohammadu Buhari’s running mate. This is sad!

“When other tribes protect their own, it is becoming historically common among the Yoruba to allow themselves to be used against their leaders just for momentary political gains at the expense of the collective interests of the Yoruba nation.

“It should be noted that late Chief Obafemi Awolowo was sent to jail by the conspiracy and collaboration of some Yoruba with the external aggressors.”

Fayose argued that Tinubu is a prominent stakeholder and people should not watch while those he used his own sweat to make conspire with others to humiliate him.

“Most importantly, it is my position that irrespective of political affiliation, no leader of the Yoruba nation must be vilified unduly, especially by the same people who humiliated our past leaders such as Obafemi Awolowo, Adekunle Ajasin, Bola Ige, Bisi Onabanjo, Lateef Jakande, and others.

“To me, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu should not be seen just as an APC leader, but acknowledged as a major stakeholder in the Yoruba nation that we must all protect beyond politics.

”It should be recalled that these were among the issues that I raised when I visited Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State a few months ago on the need to work together beyond party affiliations.

“Here in Yorubaland, it is said that if a household is at peace, it is because the bastard child of the family is yet to attain the age of maturity and those people that Asiwaju Tinubu made, but are now being used against him, should watch it.

“I therefore condemn this conspiracy against Asiwaju Tinubu and I admonish those that are hoping to make political benefits from it to have a rethink.”

The governor, who called for greater unity among the Yoruba, added, “We are first Yoruba before becoming members of political parties. It is my opinion that our leaders must be defended and protected, not-minding the personal gains of today.”

Ekiti Assembly suspends member for alleged disloyalty to Fayose

The Ekiti State House of Assembly yesterday suspended the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Chief Olugboyega Aribisogan, for 180 legislative days over allegations of holding meetings with a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Abisogan was accused of associating with the Chief Williams Ajayi faction of the party, which is believed to have the backing of Senator Buruji Kashamu representing Ogun East Senatorial District.

The former chairman of the Information Committee was also accused of holding nocturnal meetings with the senator.

The decision to suspend Aribisogan was taken during plenary and a new Chairman, House Committee on Information, Samuel Omotoso was chosen.

Aribisogan was also barred from holding any position of responsibility on behalf of the House during his suspension.

He was also barred from coming around the premises of the Assembly complex.

Reacting to the development, Aribisogan said he would confer with his constituents on whether to seek redress in court over the matter.

He described the decision as a travesty of justice, adding that his suspension was a desperate attempt to emasculate him politically and deny the people of Ikole local council the opportunity to vie for the federal constituency election, which will be jointly held with Oye local council in 2019.

According to him: “This is a complete scam and I am not bothered in any way. I have been presumed guilty before I appeared before the panel, so I am not surprised. How can they force me to confess to an offence I didn’t commit?”

Meanwhile, the state government has started the payment of N5,000 to each of the 10,000 beneficiaries of its social welfare scheme.

The beneficiaries, who are indigent members of the society and cut across various sections of the society, started receiving the first payment through their bank accounts on Wednesday.

In a broadcast in Ado-Ekiti, Fayose announced that the money was being paid directly into the accounts of the beneficiaries.

The governor gave the assurance that despite the economic downturn, his administration would find ways of helping the people to live a comfortable life.

He said the 10,000 beneficiaries were the first phase of the scheme, adding that: “As soon as the economy of the state improves, another 10,000 people will be added.”

He added that beneficiaries were chosen among the physically-challenged, albinos, visually-impaired, the aged, among others.

He explained that by directly crediting the accounts of recipients, the state has eliminated fraud and ensured that the real beneficiaries got the money.

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.

EFCC Opposes Fayose’s Request For N5 Billion Damages

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has urged a Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti to reject Governor Ayo Fayose’s request for N5 billion damages over the freezing of his personal bank accounts at Zenith Bank.

The anti-graft agency through its counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, at the resumed hearing of the suit on Friday urged the court to strike out Fayose’s further affidavit in response to its (EFCC’s) affidavit filed without leave of the court.

The EFCC contended that “it is visible to the blind and audible to the deaf that the Applicant (Fayose) is extremely out of time and there is no extension of time to file a further  affidavit.

Fayose had through his counsel, Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate, urged the court to award him N5 billion damages against the EFCC for freezing his two personal bank domiciled at Zenith Bank.

Ozekhome, argued that the Interim Order obtained by the EFCC on June 24 and granted by Justice M.B. Idris upon which the action was based was “fundamentally irredeemably wrong.”

Fayose sued the EFCC and Zenith on the freezing of his personal bank accounts following Account Numbers: 1003126654 and 9013074033 on May 24 seeking an order to de-freeze the accounts.

The EFCC alleged that the accounts were used to launder funds from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) for the purpose of financing Fayose’s campaign in the 2014 governorship poll in Ekiti.

Ozekhome described the EFCC action of freezing or blocking Fayose’s accounts as illegal, irregular, wrongful, unlawful, unconstitutional, null and void.

Fayose’s counsel told the court that he had filed an Originating Summons dated 23rd June and filed the following day having 16-paragraph affidavit attached with Exhibit A, which is a letter from Zenith Bank freezing Fayose’s account.

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Governor Fayose thinks President Buhari is responsible for economic recession

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose said yesterday that President Mohammadu Buhari is responsible for the country’s economic recession.

Fayose added that president Buhari is the major problem of the country that Nigerians must solve.

“Our president, through his actions and inactions is destroying everything that makes Nigeria a country and well-meaning Nigerians must stand-up to be counted in the crusade to save the country from going under.”

The governor alleged that president Buhari went to foreign countries to demarket Nigeria by calling all Nigerians thieves and dishonest people.

“Which foreign investor will put money in a country of dishonest people? Who made investors to leave Nigeria if not president Buhari?

“Who created (an) atmosphere of economic and political instability in the country by his acts of nepotism and vindictiveness?”

The governor lamented that “president Buhari has not only taken Nigeria to economic recession, he has also moved the country to economic depression and nepotism has prevented him from engaging even the best hands in his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).”

In a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said president Buhari should realise that “Nigerians will not measure his government on the basis of what his predecessors failed to do, but, on what he does or neglected to do between May 29, 2016 and May 29, 2019.”

He said with the level of hunger in the country, Buhari should rather get serious and be innovative with governance and stop his blame game.

“No nation has ever attained greatness by its leaders engaging in blame game, nepotism and vengeance as being done by President Buhari and his APC government,” Fayose noted.

The governor added that “Nigerians must begin to speak out now before the country is totally destroyed by this one-man government which does not welcome any idea coming from those perceived as opposed to his government.

“As I said earlier, the main issue confronting Nigerians now is hunger and it does not speak the language of politics.

“It is, therefore, no longer about politics; it is about preventing hunger from killing Nigerians.”

Fayose, who said the Federal Government should stop deceiving Nigerians with stories of injecting funds into the economy, added that the economic problems facing the country have gone beyond talks of injecting N350 billion into the economy through execution of capital projects.

“Even if they inject N500 billion into the economy by paying contractors for capital projects, how does that affect the price of rice and other food items?

“How does it affect the price of basic drugs?

“Instead of unsustainable measures, what president Buhari should do is to bring economic experts in the country together, not minding their political and ethnic affiliations, so they can proffer lasting solutions to the country’s economic problems.”

Fayose to build new governor’s office, high court at N1.9 billion

The Ekiti State Government said on Thursday that it had set aside N1.9 billion for the construction of a new governors’ office and high court complex in Ado-Ekiti.

The Commissioner for Works and Transportation, Funmi Ogun, made this known during an open bidding for the two projects in Ado-Ekiti.

Mrs. Ogun said the projects were conceived as part of plans to give the state a facelift in terms of infrastructure development.

She said when completed, both projects would add to the existing “legacy projects” of the present administration in the state.

According to her, the consultants’ proposed bill for the construction of the new governor’s office is N687, 028, 630.63 million while that of the High Court Complex is N1, 299, 613, 897.60.

NAN reports that the contractors that bid for the new governor’s office project at the session included Vyouad Construction Company Limited, Tianjin Yuyang Construction Company and Goodek Ventures Limited.

For the construction of the proposed court complex, Grid Associates Limited and Fovak Construction Limited jostled for the job.

The commissioner said the open tender confirmed the transparency of Fayose’s government and its commitment to prudent management of the state’s lean resources.

“What we are doing today confirms the transparency of our government.

“It shows that Gov. Fayose is incurably committed to giving Ekiti a facelift and make Ado Ekiti capital city a real modern city.

“Ekiti will clock 20 years on Oct.1, 2016 and we have to embark on projects that will make Ekiti a developing state that can compete with other capital cities in terms of infrastructure.

“The High Court we are presently using was inherited from the old Ondo state and constructing a new one of our own will afford us the opportunity to put state-of-the-art equipment,” she said.

Herdsmen Reply Fayose Over Anti-grazing Law

Counsel to Fulani herdsmen in Ekiti State, Mr. Umar Imam has condemned the anti-grazing law signed into law on Monday by Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The herdsmen, through their counsel, said the House of Assembly has no power to charge erring members of the association with terrorism for carrying light weapons.
Imam, acting for the Jamu Nate Fulbe Association of Nigeria, a body of Fulani herdsmen, said herdsmen who carried light weapons like cutlasses, knives, catapult and arrows within the time stipulated by the new law could not be charged with terrorism, adding that the law contradicted the Anti-Terrorism Law as amended in the 1999 Constitution.
The law became effective on Monday following signing into law, a bill tagged: “Prohibition of cattle and other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti Bill, 2016 which prevented free grazing of cattle in the state and carrying of firearms by members as well restriction of grazing period to between 7.00am and 6.00pm.
The law specified that any herdsman found with arms during grazing would be charged with terrorism and be jailed for six months without an option of fine. The law also restricted grazing from 7.00am to 6.00pm and banned night grazing as well.
However, Imam said the Anti-Terrorism Law of the Federation stated clearly what constituted an infringement of the law and that carrying of lesser arms does not constitute offence under the provision.
“In my submission during a public hearing on the bill, I told them that these Fulani herdsmen used these lesser weapons for certain purposes to make grazing easier. I also told them that movement at night was to ensure that they don’t wreak havoc on the people during the day while relocating to other towns.  Banning them from moving at night may not help the situation, it will make their jobs difficult,” Imam said.
Seriki of the association in Ekiti, Alhaji Ahmadu Mahmoud, appealed to Fayose to amend the new law, to allow his members to carry lesser arms to ward off attacks during grazing.
Mahmoud, who aligned with the time for grazing, however, said outright banning of night movement would make their jobs difficult and create more confusion. “How can somebody who wants to carry his cattle numbering hundreds from Ekiti to places like Lokoja, Ibadan or Ilorin moves during the day?
“These places are densely populated and it will create traffic congestion and confusion everywhere government must look into all these,” he said

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Nigerians Are Suffering, Fayose Tells Buhari

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the cries of Nigerians and stop seeing those with different opinion from his as threats to his government.

The governor said that, “there is hunger in the land, Nigerians are hungry, they are suffering and the president should rather listen to those who are more knowledgeable than him in terms of management of the country’s economy instead of seeing them as threats.”

He added that the reactions of the president and his men to divergent opinions had become predictable.

“This style of sending the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, Department of State Services and other agencies of the federal government against anyone that offers suggestions on how to rescue the country from total collapse is not in the best interest of Nigeria and its suffering masses.

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Fayose Signs Bill To Try Herdsmen For Terrorism

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose yesterday signed a bill to regulate grazing, into law, with a warning that any herdsman caught with arms will face charges of terrorism.

The governor said the law would curtail activities of suspected herdsmen, who move about with firearms, unleashing terror on citizens.

According to the new law, any offender arrested and convicted is liable to six months’ imprisonment without any option of fine.

Grazing activities in designated places would take place between 7 am and 6 pm daily in Ekiti State.

The governor vowed that his administration will enforce the law, noting that the law was not targeted at any particular group but to ensure that the state does not descend into anarchy and senseless bloodletting.

Fayose signed the bill into law, with traditional rulers, community leaders and interest groups present.

He promised to convoke such a meeting once in three months to review the security situation and other issues affecting the state.

The governor earlier meet with the monarchs and community leaders at the Osuntokun Lodge of the Government House before giving his assent to the law in the open.

He said the bill became expedient to prevent a recurrence of an attack by suspected herdsmen on Oke Ako in Ikole Local Government, where two people were killed and scores injured on May 20.

The governor noted that by working with rulers, he would get a feedback on those plundering state resources, such as trees, farmlands and others.

Fayose said: “My government took the bill to the House after what happened in Oke Ako some months ago. The House has passed the bill and I have to assent it. It becomes a law from today that if you do anything to the contrary you will be punished by the law.”

Any herdsman caught with firearms or any weapon while grazing in Ekiti now will be charged with terrorism. I solicit your support for this government to succeed.”

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Fayose Berates Buhari Over Invasion Of Kwakwanso’s House

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has condemned Tuesday’s invasion and sealing off of the residence of a former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, by armed policemen.


In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication and Social Media, Lere Olayinka, on Wednesday, Fayose said the former governor’s residence was sealed off in order to prevent a mass wedding from taking place.


He alleged that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress and its supporters had turned President Muhammadu Buhari into a dictator by keeping silent in the face of perceived undemocratic acts.


Fayose said, “The fact that Senator Rabiu Kwakwanso is of the ruling APC should worry well-meaning Nigerians because it appears no one will be spared by these anti-democracy agents that have taking over Nigeria.”


Explaining that the invasion of Kwakwanso’s house amounted to an infringement on the right of association, the governor said there was no law in the constitution stipulating Nigerians to obtain a police permit before holding a wedding.


He added, “When they invaded the Akwa Ibom State Government House with armed men of the Department of State Services, I raised the alarm then and I did warn that Nigeria was being returned to 1984 when President Buhari ruled the country like a maximum ruler.


“When I said Nigerians, irrespective of their political parties, should rise in condemnation of President Buhari’s emerging dictatorship, many of our friends in the APC opted to keep silent.


Some even hailed the DSS when it invaded the Ekiti State House of Assembly and abducted a member of the House.


“Last week Wednesday, when the police sealed off the venue of the Peoples Democratic’s Party National Convention in Port Harcourt and blocked the road leading to the Old Presidential Lodge of the Rivers State Government House where I and other PDP leaders were accommodated, our friends in the APC kept silent. Some even hailed the police.


“However, as a Nigerian and an ardent lover of democracy and the rule of law, I have elected to, once again, condemn yesterday’s armed policemen’s invasion and sealing off of the private residence of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and I hope that this time around, our friends in the APC will realise that no one will be spared by the time this emerging dictatorship reaches its peak.


“Nigerians should realize that with the bullying of Kwakwanso, a two-term governor, former minister of defence and serving senator, it is now very clear that the APC government will even be intolerant of opposition within the party, not to talk of external opposition. Men of good conscience should prevail on President Buhari to caution the security agencies to be mindful of foisting a tyranny on Nigerians.”

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.”

Immunity Can’t Stop Fayose’s Prosecution- Aisha Buhari

The wife of the president, Hajia Aisha Buhari, has said that Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State cannot hide under the cover of immunity to avoid prosecution from several alleged criminal offences.
Her position is contained in her statement of claims filed before an FCT High Court in the defamation suit challenging Governor Fayose’s allegation linking her with the Harliburton bribery scandal in the United States.

Fayose’s counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), had in a reply to Mrs Buhari’s pre-action notice on July 8, stated that under Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution, no civil or criminal action may be brought against the governor while in office, advising her to wait till 2018.
But in the statement filed by her counsel, Ismaila Alasa and Mary Ekpere Eta, the president’s wife cited criminal charges on the murder of one Tunde Omojola, diversion of N1.2bn state funds in 2004 and the invasion of the Ekiti High Court with thugs who allegedly beat up a judge in 2014 as some of the governor’s ‘indiscretions’.
“The first defendant (Fayose) is a well-known coward who is scared of facing the consequences of his numerous indiscretions and sheer acts of criminality by timidly hiding under the cloak of immunity to want to evade prosecution,” she averred.
Meanwhile, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi has approved the service of the court papers to Fayose and his two aides- his chief press secretary, Idowu Adelusi and his special adviser on New Media, Lere Olayinka at the Government House, Ado Ekiti as the legal dispute proceeded in the week.
The judge directed service of the processes on the defendants by DHL courier service and publication in an online media platform.
Aisha Buhari, who has lined up 205 witnesses against Fayose, is seeking N5bn as damages over the statements.

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Court Orders EFCC To Pay N5 Million Damages To Fayose’s Aide

A Federal Capital Territory High Court has granted bail to Abiodun Agbele, an aide to the Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose.

Mr. Agbele was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on July 1 on allegations of fraud.

The EFCC said Mr. Agbele received huge public funds from a former defence minister, Musiliu Obanikoro, and delivered same to Mr. Fayose.

The judge, Olukayode Fadeniyi, declared that the failure of the EFCC to charge Mr. Agbele to court, since his arrest, amounted to an abuse of his fundamental rights.

He ordered the commission to pay a compensation of N5 million to Mr. Agbele.

The court also ruled that Mr. Agbele be admitted to bail with a bond of N50 million and a surety not below the cadre of a director in the civil service.

Alternatively, Mr. Agbele is required to provide a surety who is a responsible Nigerian citizen, with landed property in any part of Abuja.

“The surety shall depose an affidavit of means,” the court also ruled.

Mr. Fadeniyi also ordered Mr. Agbele to submit his international passport at the commission.

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EFCC Traces Three Mansions To Fayose’s Associate

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC) has traced three posh houses to an associate of Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The houses, one in Abuja and two in Lagos, are believed to have been bought with part of the N1.219billion pumped into the 2014 governorship election.  The cash believed to be from the office of the National security Adviser (NSA). Fayose has denied having any dealing with the office while Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) was in charge.

The cash, detectives believe, was from the N4.745billion allocated to a former Minister of state (Defence) Musiliu Obanikoro by the ONSA as a war chest to win the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states in 2014.

The EFCC has facts to believe that the associate allegedly acted as a front for the governor, who is under investigation.

The agency may seize the properties under the Interim Forfeiture Clause of the EFCC Act.

According to a source, investigators have established a link between the N1.29billion and the three mansions.

The source said: “We have been able to trace the three mansions in Abuja and Lagos to a key associate of Fayose. Our investigators have retrieved relevant documents, including the mode of payment for the houses.

“Part of the N1.29billion credited to Fayose was used for the acquisition of the mansions. We are suspecting that the associate allegedly acted as a front for the governor. We will certainly invoke the appropriate laws to seize the assets after conclusion of investigation.”

The Forfeiture Order in Sections 26 and 29 of the EFCC  Act reads: “Any property subject to forfeiture under this Act may be seized by the commission in the following circumstances- (a) the seizure is incidental to an arrest or search; or (b) in the case of property liable to forfeiture upon process issued by the court following an application made by the Commission in accordance with the prescribed rules

“Whenever property is seized under any of the provisions of this Act, the Commission may-(a) place the property under seal; or (b) remove the property to a place designated by the Commission.

“Properties taken or detained under this section shall be deemed to be in custody of the Commission, subject only to an order of a court.”

The EFCC is said to be probing clues on the governor’s alleged acquisition of a choice property in Dubai.

“We are looking at these clues and  exploring the Mutual Legal Assistance understanding between Nigeria and the UAE to authenticate the information at our disposal  and to take necessary legal action,” the source said, pleading not to be named “so as not to jeopardise the investigation”.

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Aisha Buhari Gives Fayose 5 Days To Apologize Or Go To Court

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari has described the statement by Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose which fingered her as an accomplice in the famous Halliburton bribery scandal that landed former U.S. lawmaker, Williams Jefferson in jail as “very wild and unfounded.”
She threatened to drag Fayose to court if the statement was not retracted within five working days. The letter emanated from the chamber of Mary Ekpere and Co.
The letter signed by Ismaila Alasa and Mary Ekpere was entitled: “Demand for unqualified retraction of the false statement published by you in various media on the 20th of June, 2016, and subsequent dates regarding our client, Her Excellency, Mrs. Aisha Buhari the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.
“The said statement which was caused by you and your agents to be widely circulated and published in various media platforms: print, electronic and online on 20th of June, 2016, contains very wild, unfounded and false allegations and imputations against the person of our client.
“Take notice that unless you and your agents meet our humble demands within five working days of the receipt of this letter, we shall take all necessary steps within the contemplation of the law to seek redress for our client.”
The governor had on Monday distributed a statement, which contained excerpts of court documents sourced from the United States Department of Justice Website allegedly indicting Mrs. Buhari in the sordid
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party and key participant in the bribery scandal, Oyewole Fasawe, described Fayose’s accusations against Buhari’s wife, as “fallacious, baseless, misinformed and defamatory”, saying she was not connected “in any way” to the transaction,
“We were the ones in government, and she was never a member of our party or my business associate. So, how could she have been involved in the first place,” Mr. Fasawe said.
Fasawe advised Fayose and his handlers to desist from “this unprovoked attack and unsolicited defamation to the person of Mrs. Aisha Buhari,” adding that “no one should hide behind immunity clause to trample upon the rights and reputation of others with impunity.”
He said he had a business venture with Mr. Jefferson  who is now serving a 13-year jail term in the US, which went awry “based on misplaced trust.”
“I was convinced the Triple Play Cable Television Network was the future of home entertainment in Nigeria. I invested considerably in the business – even having to approach my bank for further investments.”
Mr. Fasawe said he petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission under then President, Olusegun Obasanjo, at the time of the incident but no action was taken.

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APC Begs Fayose To Pay Workers’ Salaries

Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed to Governor Ayodele Fayose to pay Ekiti workers to stop untimely deaths among them.

The party said it was saddened that the governor who brands himself the friend of workers to justify and blame his inability to pay five months salaries owed the state civil servants on the state debts profile.

In a statement by the Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party claimed that six workers in the state were reported dead in recent times over their inability to pay their medical bills.

He said in a statement that the sad development was avoidable if the governor had made the welfare of workers a priority of his administration as promised during campaign.

Accusing the governor of employing misinformation and deceits to manipulate the people, Olatubosun said all the points raised in his allegations against Dr Kayode Fayemi were not new, arguing that, that would not vitiate workers’ demand for their wages after collecting 20 months federal allocations, including local government allocations and  N9.6billion bailout cash.

“We have read time and again all the allegations the governor raised through his media aide and we have not found any merit that can mitigate the feeling among Ekiti people that Governor Fayose has a clear agenda to enrich himself while Ekiti people suffer.

“With all the allegations that the governor raised through his media aide, can he say he did not collect 20 months federal allocations, including N9.6billion bailout cash, refunds on federal roads, Ecological Fund, micro credit cash, banks’ community social responsibility charges, suffocating taxes and the fresh N21.6billion loan the governor took that cannot be traced to any government’s account?

“Again, with all the manipulation of figures, do Fayose’s lies change the DMO’s figure putting Ekiti State’s debts at N18billion under Fayemi’s administration?

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Poor Economy Will Ruin Buhari’s Tenure – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said the poor state of the nation’s economy will continue throughout the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari and will lead to the collapse of his government.

He spoke during a thanksgiving service to mark the first anniversary of the Fifth Assembly of the Ekiti State House of Assembly at the Government House Chapel, Ado Ekiti, on Sunday.

Fayose said the All Progressives Congress-led government would fail woefully in addressing the economic problems.

According to a statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the Speaker, Stephen Gbadamosi, the governor claimed he decided to go on a solidarity strike with the workers in the state when it dawned on him that the Federal Government had failed and would continue to fail in revamping the nation’s economy.

“I am not a prophet of doom, but I must tell you the truth. It is this economic downturn that will pull down the Buhari-led government. Mark my word. The economy will improve, but it will be too late in the life of the Buhari-led government.

“God is angry with the Buhari-led government. It is shedding the blood of too many innocent people.

“Soldiers would enter the home of poor village people and gun them down in cold blood. There is too much of blood-shedding. Look at what they did to that innocent woman in Kano. I am telling you that God allowed them to get into government so that they would be exposed; so that everyone would see their inability and hypocrisy,” he said.

Earlier, the Speaker, Kola Oluwawole, explained that the principle of separation of power did not envisage bickering among the arms of government.

“When people say we are Fayose’s boys in the House, I just watch them display their ignorance. A journalist once asked me such a question. I just told him that God will make him a state governor one day, and that when he gets there, he should put his enemies in the Assembly.”

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Fayose Dares Buhari To Bar Him From Travelling Abroad

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, on Monday, dared the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to carry out the alleged plot of preventing him from travelling out of the country , saying, “under the federal system of government, State governors are not appendages of the President and as a leading opposition figure in Nigeria, I can’t be cowed by President Muhammadu Buhari and his agents.”

The governor, who reacted to reports that two governors, one from the Southwest and another from the South South have been placed on travel restriction on President Buhari’s order, in a press conference addressed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said; whenever he wished to travel out Nigeria, he will do so in the full glare of the public.


He said: “I am not surprised or disappointed by this latest plot of the Buhari’s government because the President Buhari that we know is a man without any atom of respect for the rights of Nigerians as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and this he demonstrated as a military dictator and now demonstrating as a democratically elected president.”


The governor said he was however amazed that “this dangerous dimension of compelling a sitting governor that enjoys Constitutional Immunity like the President to obtain clearance from the Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS) before travelling out of Nigeria can ever be contemplated.” He said President Buhari and his agents should be mindful of the fact that under a federal system of government, the states and national government both enjoy some autonomy, with sovereign power formally divided between the national government and the States such that each State retains some degree of control over its internal affairs.


Olayinka, who was flanked by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi said; “Few days ago, when Governor Ayodele Fayose was reliably informed that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed that he should be banned from traveling outside Nigeria, he simply took the information as mere rumour, concluding that disrespect for the constitution of Nigeria and Buhari’s dictatorship would not be extended to the most ridiculous level of preventing a governor elected just as the president from traveling out of the country. “The thinking of Governor Fayose was that even though the Buhari’s presidency was capable of even attempting to prevent those opposed to the President from breathing the air, it must still be sane enough to be conscious of the consequences of placing any Nigerian under travel ban without an order of the court, not to talk of a sitting governor that enjoys constitutional immunity like the President.


“However, when we read the story titled; “2 govs under watch, face travel ban” published on Sunday by two major national dailies, we have no option than to once again alert the public on President Buhari’s new dictatorial plot to infringe on the constitutional rights of Governor Fayose just because of his critical position on the President’s dictatorial tendencies. “The question is; if Governor Fayose has become a threat to the security of Nigeria just because he criticises President Buhari and says the truth about his mis-governance of the country, is this not a confirmation that the President hates dissenting views? “Section 35 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) provides that; “Every person shall be entitled to his personal liberty and no person shall be deprived of such liberty,” while Section 41 (1) provides that “Every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof, and no citizen of Nigeria shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereto or exit therefrom.”


“Article 13 (1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which Nigeria is a signatory provides that ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the border of each State’ while Article 13 (2) provides that ‘Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and return to his country,’ ditto Article 12 (2) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. “President Buhari and his agents should also be mindful of the fact that under a federal system of government, the states and national government both enjoy some autonomy, with sovereign power formally divided between the national government and the States such that each State retains some degree of control over its internal affairs. “Therefore, the President of Nigeria cannot lord himself over any State governor and President Buhari and his agents should accept this basic reality and stop behaving as if they own Nigeria in totality.


“President Buhari and his agents, especially his kinsman; Alhaji Lawal Daura of the DSS need to purge themselves of this blood of dictatorship running in their veins and be guided by the Constitution of Nigeria. “Even ordinary Nigerians do not require clearance from the DSS or any security agency to travel outside Nigeria unless travel restriction is placed by an order of the court, not to talk of State Governors that enjoy immunity just like the President and are not under the control of the President. “The president and his agents should know that this is not 1984 when General Buhari, as a military dictator prevented late Chief Obafemi Awolowo from travelling outside Nigeria for medical treatment, thereby leading to his (Awolowo) untimely death in 1987!


“They should also be reminded that the same way Buhari humiliated the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade; late Emir of Kano Alhaji Ado Bayero and late Obi of Onitsha, Ofala Akulalia Alphonsus Ogugua in 1984 by seizing their passports and restricting them to their palaces just because they travelled to Israel for business, he cannot restrict State governors from travelling outside Nigeria under whatever guise. “I therefore wish to state on behalf of Governor Ayodele Fayose that as an opposition figure, he cannot be cowed by this pettiness from the presidency. Governor Fayose, by this press conference is daring President Buhari and his anti-democratic agents to carry out this evil and shameful plot and let us all see how far it will take them.


“Anytime Governor Fayose wishes to travel out of Nigeria, he will do so in the full glare of the public and we await how he will be prevented from exercising his rights as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended) as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. “We also wish to inform the President and his DSS men that as they were disgraced when they invaded Ekiti State House of Assembly, arresting members of the House indiscriminately, they will be put to shame this time too. “Also, the National Assembly is being alerted of this new threat to the Constitution of Nigeria by those who swore to protect it.


Members of the National Assembly should by now begin to imagine what will be their fate if attempt is now being made to place travel restriction on State Governors. “It is our considered view that President Buhari should rather concern himself with the growing insecurity in the country and charge the security agencies, especially the DSS to perform their functions as enshrined in the constitution instead of running after petty issues. “The President should focus his attention on the economy of Nigeria that is almost collapsing and stop using his position to oppress other Nigerians. He should know that Nigerians are only interested in having food on their tables, not the number of people their President hounds into detention or oppress with his powers.”

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Fayose Stands By Letter Attacking Fed Gov’s $2 Billion Loan From China

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday reacted to the comments by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Odigie Oyegun, his deputy, Segun Oni, and senior lawyer, Itse Sagay, describing their criticism of his letter to the Chinese government as a “brazen display of political hypocrisy.”

He also said the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari did not sign any direct loan agreement with the Chinese government during his visit to China vindicated his position that the country did not need a loan from that country but a collaboration that would ensure the transfer of technology from China to Nigeria.

Frontline lawyer, Itse Sagay, had rebuked Mr. Fayose for his action, saying he had no business interfering in the federal government’s process of securing a foreign loan.

“I think Fayose has a problem. The way I see it is that the man, who is on the brink of destruction, has no restraint about what he does,” Mr. Sagay was quoted as saying.

” To start with, what is the business of a state governor about a loan that is being given to the federal government?”

It was Mr. Sagay’s view that provided the government could secure the loan, the governor had no business attempting to truncate the effort of the federal government.

But Mr. Fayose, speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, insisted he had right as a Nigerian citizen and stakeholder to speak out against the proposed loan.

“People like Oyegun, Oni and Prof Itse Sagay lack moral rights to complain even if President Mohammadu Buhari is called whatever names because they never complained when as a sitting president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan was called unprintable names by APC stalwarts and leaders,” he said in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti.

“Where were the likes of Oyegun, Oni, Prof Itse Sagay and others when APC promoted crude politics and anti-Nigeria posturing to an unprecedented level when Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in power?

“It is on record that APC wrote to the United States of America not to sell arms to Nigeria, reported the country to the European Union, United Nations and went to the bizarre extent of reporting the then Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, to the International Criminal Court (ICC), not for committing the kind of genocide committed against the Shiite Muslims in Zaria and Agatus in Benue, but for killing Boko Haram insurgents.

“It is also on record that instead of lending his voice to the federal government efforts to dislodge Boko Haram insurgents, President Buhari opted to describe the clampdown on Boko Haram as injustice against the North. He went on to accuse the government of killing and destroying houses of Boko Haram insurgents while the Niger Delta militants were given special treatment by the government.

“Even when Oni was the Ekiti State Governor as a PDP member, Action Congress (AC) as APC was then, wrote against his government move to obtain a N5 billion loan. Isn’t it then funny that because he is now in APC, the same Oni is now against Governor Fayose doing the same thing done against him by the APC elements in Ekiti State?”

Mr. governor since the federal government claimed it had recovered and still recovering trillions of Naira allegedly looted from the treasury, there was no need to borrow money from anywhere to finance the 2016 Budget.

“With the $200 billion they claimed is coming from Dubai, they said $700 million raw cash was found in Diezani Alison Madueke’s house, N3 trillion said to have been saved from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and N4.5 trillion the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) said it will generate this year, what then is the rationale behind the federal government seeking any loan?,” he said.

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Lawyers Chide Fayose Over Letter To China

More reactions have trailed Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose’s letter to the Chinese government, asking it to refuse President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for a $2 billion loan.
Chairmen of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos State and other lawyers yesterday condemned Fayose’s action, describing it as mere irritation and inconsequential.

A former chairman of the Ikeja branch of the NBA, Mr Onyekachi Ubani, described the letter as of no consequence, since negotiations had already been concluded.
“The letter by Fayose is similar to a situation of bringing a motion for a court injunction for a completed act. This letter is a mere irritation especially coming from a sitting governor. I will urge Nigerians and especially journalists to regard his letter as nothing, but a mere irritation.
“Negotiations are already concluded and the Chinese government are willing to release funds to Nigeria. Although, it is very disheartening that such a letter is coming from one of our governors, but I think it serves no purpose,” he told NAN.
Ubani, therefore, urged Nigerians to resist any act capable of disrupting the smooth running of government.
In the same vein, the Ikeja Branch Chairman of NBA, Mr Yinka Farobi, described the letter as “over stepping of one’s bounds.”
“Fayose was elected as a state governor and not as the president of Nigeria. His letter is clearly out of the purview of his powers and I seriously condemn it,” he said.
Farobi also urged Nigerians to be supportive of moves aimed at transforming the Nigerian nation for growth.
Again, the Ikorodu NBA Branch Chairman, Mr Dotun Adetunji, described the letter as a show of rascality.
He noted that although “there is a provision for immunity for a sitting governor, there must also be a limit on the activities of a leader.”
“There are 36 states in the federation and out of these states, only one governor has courage to write to a foreign authority, urging it to refuse funds to its federal government. To my mind, such action is really reprehensible and should be discouraged,” he said.
Mr Spurgeon Ataene, a lawyer, said: “If the loan being sought by the federal government is for the purpose of revamping the battered economy, then we should not have a problem with that.”
Another lawyer, Mr Ola Ogunbiyi, said Fayose’s action fell short of the status of his exalted office.
“Fayose is a ‘security risk’ working against national interest, I think he has too much freedom and should be cautioned all because we are in a democratic rule. What he said was wrong, we all know the loan is for our economic growth, for him to have written a letter to another country is wrong. The picture he tried to paint is that there is no unity, we have no united front by going to counter the action of the president,” he said.
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Anti-China Loan Comment: Fayose Is Ignorant, Says Odigie-Oyegun, Oni

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has criticised the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, and other opposition leaders over their comments on President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign trips, describing their statements as insensitive.

Odigie-Oyegun and the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the APC, Chief Segun Oni,   also said that  the governor’s letter to the Chinese government not to grant Nigeria a $2bn loan was a display of ignorance on issues affecting the country by Fayose.

Odigie-Oyegun, who stated this while speaking with journalists in Benin on Sunday, noted that critics opposed to the nation’s growth and development were bent on frustrating the efforts of the APC-led administration and the President to rescue the country from the ongoing fuel crisis and revitalise the ailing economy.

Fayose had last week written a letter to the Chinese government, asking it to shun President Buhari’s proposal to secure a $2bn loan for Nigeria.

The governor, in his letter to President Xi Jinping of China, said Nigerians were “totally opposed to increment of the country’s debt burden, which is already being serviced with 25 per cent of the Federal Government annual budget.

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Fayose Writes Chinese Govt Not To Give Loan To Nigeria

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has written to the Chinese government, seeking the stoppage of the $2 billion loan being sought by the federal government of Nigeria.

He wrote that “the government of China should be mindful of the fact that Nigerians, irrespective of their political and religious affiliations are totally opposed to increment of the country’s debt burden, which is already being serviced with 25 per cent of the Federal Government annual budget.”

In the letter dated April 12, 2016, with reference number EK/GOV/28/10, addressed to President Xi Jinping of China and delivered by Chief of Staff to the governor, Barrister Dipo Anisulowo in Abuja on Thursday, through the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie, Fayose said some of the projects for which the loan was being sought were not captured in the controversial 2016 budget, which has been sent to the President by the National Assembly for his assent.

Anisulowo, who was accompanied by Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Segun Adewumi, Chairman House Committee on Information, Gboyega Aribisogan, Chairman House Committee on Health, Dr Samuel Omotosho and Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said Governor Fayose, who is in China will also deliver a copy of the letter directly to the Chinese President.

The letter read in part: “I write as one of the major stakeholders in the project Nigeria, and a governor of one of the federating units making up Nigeria, to draw your attention to report that the Federal Government of Nigeria is on the verge of obtaining a $2 billion loan from the Export-Import Bank of China.

“This $2 billion loan is part of the N1.84 trillion the Federal Government of Nigeria has proposed to borrow to finance the 2016 budget, which is yet to be signed by the President, Mohammadu Buhari owing to unending controversies between the Executive and Legislative arms of government.

“According to reports, Nigeria desires to raise about $5 billion abroad to cover part of its 2016 budget deficit. This is projected to hit N3 trillion ($15 billion) due to heavy infrastructure spending at a time when the slump in global oil prices has slashed the country’s export revenues.

“While conceding that all nations, especially developing ones need support to be able to grow because no nation is an island, I am constrained to inform you that if the future of Nigeria must be protected, the country does not need any loan at this time.

“The government of China should be mindful of the fact that Nigerians, irrespective of their political and religious affiliations are totally opposed to increment of the country’s debt burden, which is already being serviced with 25 per cent of the Federal Government annual budget.

“It will interest the government of China to know that some of the projects for which the loan is being sought are not captured in the controversial 2016 budget, which has been sent to the President by the National Assembly for his assent. For instance, the Lagos – Calabar Rail project was not included in the budget proposal the President presented to the National Assembly and it was not included in the Appropriation Bill passed by the National Assembly.

“Most importantly, Nigeria is presently servicing debt with about 25 per cent of its annual budget and what will happen to the economy in 2017, when the country will begin to service the additional debt to be incurred this year is better imagined than experienced.

“The Chinese government must also be aware that some western nations approached by the Federal Government for loan diplomatically and cleverly declined.

“This must have been informed by the suspicion in the present government’s capacity to salvage the nation’s economy as well as the sincerity in the fight against corruption. More so that Nigeria’s Foreign Reserve, which is the only guarantee for foreign loan has declined to a very uncomfortable level.”

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Fayose Attacks Buhari Over Planned Increment Of VAT

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Sunday criticised President Muhammadu Buhari, over the planned increase of the Value Added Tax, VAT, by five per cent.

The governor, who was reacting to comments attributed to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Lagos, said the move would worsen the hardship already faced by Nigerians.

He described the plan as “wicked and insensitive” to the plight of Nigerians who are suffering from the bad economic policies of Mr. Buhari and the All Progressives Congress-led government.

Mr. Fayose who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said any increment in VAT or any other tax being paid by Nigerians would make life unbearable for the people.

“Nigerians are suffering and the little that they have, the federal government is planning to take back through VAT increment. This is wickedness,” the governor said.

“Under three months, electricity tariff was increased despite epileptic power supply, N50 stamp duty was imposed on bank customers for money received into their accounts via electronic transfer, cash and cheques; petrol is being sold for as high as N400 per litre and now they are talking about increasing VAT to 10 per cent, this is the height of insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians.”

Lamenting the increase in the cost of living which he said is occasioned by the bad economic policies of the federal government, Mr. Fayose said recent figures from the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, revealed that the prices of food have hit a record high while inflation is worsening.

“How can government be considering 100 per cent increment in VAT when businesses are folding up, prices of essential commodities have skyrocketed, millions of Nigerians are losing their jobs and those who are still employed are no longer getting paid regularly,” he said.

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North-East Youths Berate Fayose Over Comments On Chibok Girls

North-East youths under the umbrella of North-East Youth Peace and Development Empowerment Initiative, NEYPDI, have berated Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state over comments credited to him that over 300 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram sect were never abducted.

Alhaji Kyari Abubakar, President of the group, expressed surprise that somebody like Fayose who regarded himself as a democrat could make such statement to score a cheap political point. He said, “We are surprised that this statement is coming from someone who regards himself as a democrat, that statement suggest that he has no sympathy for the parents of the abducted girls and the pains they are currently passing through.”

Abubakar who advised Fayose to stop misleading Nigerians by his unsubstantiated comments urged him to take a trip to states like Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and see the extent of damages done by Boko Haram insurgency before reeling out information to the public.

He said, “He (Fayose) should not mislead the Nigerian public about the truth. The people of North-East cannot afford to tell lies on the abduction of their daughters, that incident is always fresh in our memory.

“His utterance is short of what we expect from an elder statesman like him. We advise him to concentrate on his poor governance of Ekiti state with his flamboyant city life and wastage of peoples’ resources.”

The youth leader urged civil society organizations campaigning for the release of Chibok girls to disregard Fayose’s statement and continue with their good works.

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#EkitiGate: Fayose, Aluko Reconcile [Video]

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and his estranged ally and state secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, Dr. Tope Aluko, seem to have put the past behind them.
This is as the two yesterday held a peace talk to end their feud of over a year.


Speaking to newsmen, Fayose said “I’m the father of all. For whatever that happened, I’m the father and I should accommodate everybody.
“Even if he has said anything, Aluko remains my boy, my son.

In a brief remark, Aluko affirmed all is now well between him and the Governor.


“There is peace. This is about peace,” he said.


Reminded he was said he was betrayed, Aluko replied: “Am I not standing with him (Fayose) now?”

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I Criticize Buhari As Most Senior Governor In Nigeria- Fayose

Describing himself as the most senior governor in Nigeria, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State yesterday said his attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari flowed from his sense of responsibility and not related to any 2019 presidential aspiration as alleged by critics.

Speaking at an interactive forum in Lagos, Fayose said tying him with Senator Ali Sheriff, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the 2019 presidential ticket was an attempt to discredit him, even as he urged those canvassing for a second term for Buhari to have a rethink. He said by 2019, the president, who he claimed is presently bogged down by age would have become too old to govern.

The governor at the interactive session also called on President Buhari to urgently devalue the naira to lessen the pains on Nigerians. In dismissing assertions of a 2019 presidential aspiration, he said: “Anybody flying the kite of Sheriff and Fayose is the deceit of the highest order. Again, even if it is the Senate, I am not going to contest.

Nobody contests the office of the Vice President you can only become the Vice President of Nigeria if God wants you to be. May I make it expressly clear that if Ali Modu Sheriff wants to contest as president of Nigeria in 2019, I will not support him, I am a man known for my words of honour. We must operate based on principle if our country is to move forward.” Besides, he faulted the move, saying

“This is cheap blackmail orchestrated to give people the impression that I have ambition that is why I am doing all these. I am the most senior governor in Nigeria and if I were to be in a party like the APC, they will be celebrating me everyday. They (APC) know I am critical of the bad policies of the APC administration.”

Frowning at efforts to project President Buhari for a second term in 2019, he said: “those ppromoting Buhari for 2019 should stop. I have told Nigerians that Buhari does not have the capacity now to govern Nigeria. What capacity will he display in seven years time? Currently as it stands, the President is challenged by age.”

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Fayose Wants Buhari Restrained From Foreign Trips

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has called on well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop his needless foreign trips, describing the president’s trip to the United States of America on Wednesday for the 4th Nuclear Security Summit while Nigerians are suffering at home as the “joke of the year.”

The governor said: “It remains a mystery what President Buhari that met power generation at 6,000MW and could not manage it such that power generation crumbled to 0MW yesterday, will contribute to the Nuclear Energy Summit in America.”

Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said: “it is shameful that while President Buhari was far away in the United States of America, attending a summit that does not have any bearing on Nigeria and its people, an unprecedented happened – power generation stopped completely for over three hours!”

He said the sufferings of Nigerians deserved the attention of the president instead of junketing around the world, wasting the country’s scarce foreign exchange.

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Fayose Slammed For Chibok Girls Comment

Criticisms have trailed the outburst of Governor Ayodele Fayose on the abducted Chibok schoolgirls

Fayose had said the abduction was not true, but a political instrument to vote out former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He spoke in Ado Ekiti while declaring open a two-day workshop on capacity building among female political aspirants from Ekiti, Osun and Ondo states.

The administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan had lived in denial up till three weeks after the news of the abduction broke, saying no schoolgirl was kidnapped in Chibok.

The senator representing Osun-West senatorial district, Isiaka Adeleke, said Fayose should put himself in the shoes of the schoolgirls’ parents, adding that even former President Jonathan later admitted that the schoolgirls were kidnapped.

Adeleke, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, said, “Fayose should not trivialise this touchy issue. The governor should use his time wisely and pray for the safe return of these girls.”

The senator representing the Osun-East senatorial district, Babajide Omoworare, called on the country’s security agencies to invite Fayose to tell Nigerians where the kidnapped schoolchildren are.

In a reaction on Thursday, Omoworare said his called for the interrogation of Fayose because the governor appeared to have classified information on the whereabouts of the girls.

He said, “Security agents must invite Fayose for us to know where the schoolgirls are. He is probably having classified information. However, if he is playing politics as usual, it is cruel to mock the girls’ parents and Nigerians who are daily in agony and hoping that someday, the girls would come back alive.

“The Buhari administration will do all it can to bring back the girls and end the mockery from people like Fayose.”

Also, a former member of the House of Representatives, Bamidele Faparusi, described Fayose’s claim as a threat to national security.

Faparusi, a chieftain of the APC in Ekiti State, maintained that Fayose by the statement had insulted the sensibilities of the families of the missing girls.

He called on the security agencies to invite the governor for questioning to shed more light on his claims.

Faparusi said, “Governor Fayose has given the whole country the lead that these girls were neither missing nor dead. All we need to do is to ask him to tell the whole country where they are being kept and nothing more.

“The world-renowned activist, Malala, came to Nigeria to visit Dr Goodluck Jonathan and begged that these children must be recovered. Even after the abduction, some of these girls escaped and were later reunited with their families when Jonathan was still in the saddle.

“Could it be inferred here that the former President who is also a member of Fayose’s party, had lied against his own administration?”

A former Executive Secretary, Ayedire Local Government Council of Osun State, Gbenga Ogunkanmi, said that Nigerians should not accord Fayose attention.

In a statement by his media aide, Ismail Usman, on Thursday, Ogunkanmi said Fayose had lost the sense of dignity and integrity.

He said, “It is shocking that a person occupying the exalted position of governor could open his mouth and gush out these insensible utterances. It shows how debased our political system is. It shows that something is wrong with how our political leaders emerge.”

Also, the Lagos State chapter of the APC slammed Fayose for describing the abduction of the missing schoolgirls as a political gimmick to pull down the Jonathan administration.

Speaking in an interview with our correspondent on Thursday, the state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Joe Igbokwe, said Fayose had subjected himself to public ridicule with his comments.

He said, “It pains me to no end that we are still providing a chance for world-class joker, Fayose, to continue to insult our intelligence. Fayose is an indictment on all of us, especially the educated people of Ekiti State.

“Fayose is a punishment to the people of Nigeria and Ekiti State. The people deserve the kind of government they get. Again, the relocation of Ekiti lawmakers to Oyo State is not unconnected with the house of fraud called Ekiti Government House. Nothing good can come out of Ekiti as long as Fayose is there. Out of nothing comes nothing. You cannot give what you do not have.”

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Buhari Quick To Condemn Côte d’Ivoire Attack, Mute On Agatu, Mile 12- Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has again attacked President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing him of focusing on issues pertaining to other countries, rather than dealing with the problems facing the Nigeria.

He urged the president to pay more attention to security and economic issues affecting Nigeria, describing his condemnation of Sunday’s terrorist attack on the Grand Bassam Resort in Cote D’Ivoire as “hypocritical and demonstration of insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians”.

“If President Buhari could afford to pick his phone and call the Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, immediately after the attack, Nigerians must ask the President why he kept mute for days over the Fulani herdsmen massacre of over 300 Agatu people of Benue State, the Mile 12 Lagos killings and wanton destruction of properties among others,” Mr. Fayose said on Tuesday in a statement signed by his Special Assistant of Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.

He noted that it was strange that President Buhari was more concerned with the killing of 16 people in Cote D’Ivoire than the Fulani herdsmen’s murder of over 300 citizens of Nigeria.

Mr. Fayose said it was alarming that even when former Senate President, David Mark, was attacked by the Fulani herdsmen last Saturday when he went on inspection of the eight communities destroyed by the Fulani herdsmen, there was no reaction from the president condemning the terror attack.

“From all indications, our president has abandoned governance. The only thing going on in the minds of those running the affairs of this country in Abuja is how to entrench themselves in power by crushing anyone perceived as capable of hindering them,” said Mr. Fayose.

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Fayose Suspends 16 Teachers For Child Labour

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has suspended 16 teachers at Elo High School, Ayetoro Ekiti, for allegedly using their pupils as labourers on their farms during school hours.

He has also ordered a full-scale investigation into the matter.

Fayose gave the directive in Ado Ekiti while receiving the report of a team led by the Deputy Governor, Dr Kolapo Olusola, that went to the school for a preliminary investigation.

According to a statement on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, the governor took the action following complaints from parents that their children were being made by some of their teachers to work on their farms during school hours.

The statement read partly, “Some of the affected students, who were brought to the Government House, Ado Ekiti, said under the guise of doing practical agriculture, their teachers took them to their private farms at least twice a week during official hours to work for at least 30 minutes.

“One of them, Oluyeye Femi, a JSS 3 pupil, said though the school has a farm where pupils are expected to work once a week, some teachers capitalise on that to take them to their private farms to weed and make heaps.

“A member of the National Youth Service Corps posted to the school, Miss Giredana Enogha, said when she got to the school last June, the situation was like a farm settlement. She added that the pupils were not encouraged to do any other thing than to go to farm all day.”

The governor, who was angered by the report, ordered at least 80 per cent of the teachers be transferred from the school.

He said, “This is sheer slavery. The teachers mentioned must be suspended immediately. The principal, who just got there two months ago, is exempted.

“But the former principal, who has been posted to somewhere in Ilasa Ekiti, must be investigated as well. Those that have taught in the school since 2012 must be investigated.

“Any teacher who uses pupils as farm workers will have himself to blame. That is slavery and I will tackle it. Pupils are taken to farms under the guise of doing agricultural practical. Those indicted will not go unpunished. This is not nice and it is uncalled for.”

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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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You Lied On Streetlight, Fuel Supply Cost Claim, APC Tells Fayose

The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ekiti State, has slammed Governor Ayodele Fayose over his streetlight fuel supply cost claim, saying he was deliberately inflating the figure, while spending less on public light supply to short-change the state.

The party raised the alarm on the heels of alleged increasing wave of criminal activities under the cover of the night in the state capital, saying the governor’s claim of spending N210million a month to power streetlights was a ploy to allegedly defraud the state.

Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun told journalists in Ado-Ekiti, on Wednesday, that the short period of light supply between 7p.m. and 10p.m. had encouraged criminals to terrorise residents at night.

According to him, “cases of car- snatching have increased, while residents lose their possessions to thieves on the streets at nights unlike during former Governor Kayode Fayemi’s administration when streetlight supply spanned 6.30p.m. to 6.30a.m. In the state capital.

“Ekiti people cannot continue in this reversal of fortunes since Fayose came on board. He said some time ago, during his monthly media chat, that he spent N210 million monthly on streetlights. This is a blatant lie, because the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) supply of diesel for streetlights have since revealed that only 10,000 litres of diesel are supplied monthly to power streetlights,” he said.

Accusing the governor of deceiving the public and passing over-bloated fuel supply cost to the government, Olatunbosun said the party had since discovered that three suppliers of diesel jointly supply 10,000 litres every month to power streetlights.

The APC spokesman added that even at that, Fayose was still owing the suppliers millions of naira, even though he would insist he paid N210 million monthly.

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Fayose Urges Buhari To Devalue Naira

Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to devalue the na­tion’s currency.
Fayose said: “With the gap between the official rate of N199 and open market rate of over N400 to one dollar, the naira has already been devalued.”
He said President Bu­hari should, therefore, stop deceiving himself and short-changing Nigerians, especially states and lo­cal councils in the country with his forex folicy.”
Governor Fayose, who said there was no time in the history of Nigeria that the gap between dollar of­ficial rate and open market rate was more than N200, pointed out that it made no economic sense for the Federal Government to be calculating the country’s revenue on the basis of the Central Bank of Ni­geria (CBN) official rate of N199 to a dollar, while states and local councils that are sharing the reve­nue with the Federal Gov­ernment run their busi­nesses at the open market rate of over N400 to one dollar, thereby causing business to be folding up by the day and prices of goods skyrocketing every­day.
Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media to the gov­ernor, Lere Olayinka, in a statement issued in Ado- Ekiti yesterday, quoted the governor as saying apart from breeding corruption through round-tripping or foreign exchange arbi­trage, Nigerians are also being duped and middle class Nigerians, the main people that grow the coun­try’s economy, are being decimated.
He said: “President Bu­hari has travelled to 24 countries in eight months, and will be spending 16 out of the 29 days in Feb­ruary outside the country, with over $500,000 being spent on estacode, while the presidential air fleet, which includes fuelling of the planes and allowances for crew is said to be in the range of $500,000.

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I’ve Learnt A Lot From Fayose —Abia Gov

Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, said he has learnt some political lessons from the Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, which are helping him in his political life and administration of his state.

Ikpeazu listed some of the virtues to include courage, identifying with the people, how to handle intricate political issues among others.

The Abia governor spoke at the weekend during the burial ceremony of his mother which Fayose attended.

In a statement in Ado-Ekiti yesterday by Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Ikpeazu noted that he had visited Fayose twice in the last seven months and gained some insight as far as leadership and occupying political position are concerned.

“Governor Ayodele Fayose is a courageous man, a voice for the voiceless, a defender of the weak and defenceless, a brother, a leader, a friend and a leader of the people. A consistent man, known for speaking the truth all the time. He told me few things that worked for me perfectly in the state. He is a man I love and respect so much and I salute his courage.

“He has been governor twice and he is far experienced. He has encouraged me in deed, character and in words. I pray that God will give me the opportunity one day to be able to show my appreciation to him and how I feel about him. He is a man I love and respect so much and I salute his courage,” Okpeazu said.


In his remarks, Fayose described the Igbo people as not only industrious, but dogged.


He said he named one of his sons Chukwuemeka many years ago to show how much he appreciated the Igbo people.
On the political situation in the country, he said nobody could silence him.


“The nation should resist dictatorship otherwise this democracy is doomed. Those that are applauding dictatorship now will soon end in the belly of the dictator,” he opined.


Fayose said he was certain of Ikpeazu winning at the Supreme Court and that he would return to Abia soon to celebrate with Ikpeazu.




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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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Halliburton, Siemens’ Scams: Fayose Wants Alleged Culprits Prosecuted

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has advised the Federal Government to disabuse the minds of Nigerians that its crusade against corruption is not selective by re-opening the Halliburton and Siemens corruption scandals.

Commending the Federal Government over its declaration that the case was not dead,   Fayose said it was not enough to tell Nigerians that a case like the Halliburton and Siemens, in which many people have been jailed in other countries, especially the United States and investigations concluded in Nigeria with those alleged to be involved questioned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was not dead, rather, those already found wanting should be prosecuted.

Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said; “As it still appears, the statement made by the Federal Government on the Halliburton and Siemens corruption scandals may not be more than another decoy to shift the attention of Nigerians from the selective nature of President Buhari’s fight against corruption.”

The governor described the publicised arrest of President Buhari’s associate and All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Jafaru Isa, and his reported refund of N100 million to the EFCC as the first trick used by the Federal Government in its attempt to deceive Nigerians into believing that the fight against corruption was not selective.

Why I Visited Aregbesola– Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has said that he visited Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, on Tuesday, as part of his efforts to foster unity among Yoruba leaders.

The governor, who said that he was not in Osun for any political reason, pointed out that he was not ready to abandon the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).


Governor Fayose stated that against all speculations from some quarters that he was coming to Osogbo to ask Aregbesola help him beg President Muhammadu Buhari, he was in Osun for the unity of Yoruba race.

He said that the Yoruba race was greater than any political office hence his belief in the development of the race.

The governor averred that the visit of the Ooni of Ife to the 45th coronation of the Alaafin of Oyo was instructive, hence the need for every Yoruba sons and daughters to see to the unity and progress of the race.

He said, “This is my first official visit to any APC state in Nigeria. I am not in Osogbo to ask Aregbesola to help me beg as being speculated in some quarters. We are all Yoruba, politics is like water, it can flow anywhere.

“I was moved by the historic visit of the Ooni of Ife to the Alaafin of Oyo and I am of the opinion that the Yoruba leaders must unite.

“The Yoruba nation must not be rubbished. Our leaders must not be rubbished irrespective of the political they belong to.

“I believe in the Yoruba race, the race comes first before the office of the governor. The race is eternal while that of governor is
momentary. We must watch today to be guided by tomorrow. I am here for the unity of Yoruba as it affect the Oodua, the progenitor” Fayose

While reiterating his ressolve to remain in the PDP, the governor said, “I remain in PDP to play the opposition role.

“In all of this, there must be fairness. There must be equity and the rule of law must be followed. We should remember that power as it was
transient for the PDP, it can also be transient for the party in power now.

“For me, I don’t want to contest which party is dead now or which one is alive. Whether or not PDP is dead, time will tell.

“Opposition is the major ingredient of democracy and without opposition in a democracy, there will be dictatorship. Those promoting dictatorship in a democracy will end up in the stomach of the dictator.”

Responding, Governor Aregbesola described the visit of Governor Fayose to Osun as demonstration of maturity, saying it takes a very matured human being to know that at the end of every public office, he will be left with humanity.

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Name Ex Gov Thieves, Others, In N1.34tr Fraud; Fayose Tasks Lai Mohammed

Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has challenged the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to make public names of the 15 former governor and 55 Nigerians that he claimed stole N1.34 trillion between 2006 and 2013 or keep his mouth shut permanently.

The governor, who also described as ‘disgraceful, bringing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh to court in handcuff’, said; “Even the masterminds of Mandala and Nyanya bomb blasts, Kabiru Sokoto and Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche were not handcuffed when they were arraigned in court.”

He continued, “The reality is that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government has destroyed the economy within eight months in power and rather than look for solutions to the problems facing Nigeria, Lai Mohammed and his cohorts are branding bogus figures about stolen money just to cover up their lack of solution to the country’s economic problems.”

The governor’s message was contained in a release issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.

Governor Fayose also said it was funny that close to one year after it won the presidential election, the President Mohammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government was still operating as if it was campaigning for votes.

The governor continued, “They are turning governance to Nollywood, such that when one movie is about to end, they release another one. As it appears that the $2.1 billion arms deal movie is getting to an end, Lai Mohammed introduced another movie titled; N1.34 trillion loot.

“Unfortunately for them this time around, Nigerians have become tired of watching the Federal Government movies, they now want reality. Nigerians are now aware of the scam in the $2.1 billion arms deal movie having seen that the amount those already charged to court were charged with is not more than N10 billion and $2.1 billion is over N600 billion.

“Therefore, Lai Mohammed must either tell Nigerians details of the 15 former governors and 55 people that he claimed stole N1.34 trillion, where the stolen money is kept and bring back the money or apologise to Nigerians for lying.”

Credit: DailyTimes

Wike, Fayose Hail Dickson’s Re-election

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and his counterpart in Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, have declared that the re-election of the Bayelsa State Governor,  Hon. Seriake Dickson is a victory  for  democracy  in the face of unrelenting external forces.
In a congratulatory message to the Bayelsa State Governor, following  his re-election  at the conclusion  of  the  supplementary governorship  election,   Wike  said    the  will of the  people  of  Bayelsa State has prevailed as they have resolved  to remain with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

A statement issued by  the governor’s Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu,  pointed out  that  the  people  of  Bayelsa State exhibited the true Niger Delta  spirit which abhors oppression and injustice.
He said  with the re-election  of Dickson,  a clear message  had been  sent to the dark forces of rigging  and electoral manipulation  that they will never find accommodation  in this geo-political zone.
Wike specifically  commended the good people  of  Bayelsa State for being vigilant all through  the governorship election process, saying  that their hard work and dedication  to  the  enthronement of democracy have been rewarded by the re-election  of a true Niger Delta  patriot.

The governor stated that the people of the Niger Delta remain dedicated  members of the PDP because  that is the only political  platform  that gives Niger Delta issues the priority they deserve,  while the others are only interested in the  pecuniary benefits  which flow from the area.
While rejoicing  with Governor Dickson,  the Rivers State governor expressed confidence  in  the  ability  of  the  Bayelsa Governor to consolidate  on the democracy dividends which he availed the Bayelsa people during his first term.
On his part, Fayose has hailed the re-election of the Dickson, describing it as a demonstration of the resolve of Bayelsa people to choose their own governor and resist imposition of a governor on them by the powers that be in Abuja.
The governor, who described the people of Bayelsa as “worthy heroes of democracy that stood their ground against agents of darkness that were prepared to short-change them by imposing a governor they do not want on them,” said Governor Dickson’s victory was another vindication of his prediction on 20 things to expect this year.

Credit: Thisday