Why Akeredolu Was Absent At Governorship Debate

Why Akeredolu Was Absent At Governorship DebateA group known as the Akeredolu Campaign Platform (ACP) has come out to defend the Ondo APC governorship candidate’s absence at the debate organised by Channels Television and Enough is Enough Nigeria in Akure, the Ondo state capital.

In a statement by its Secretary, Communications, Kunle Adebayo, the group stated that the APC flag bearer was not scared to ‎face the people of the state with his manifesto as insinuated by some persons.

The statement reads: “Akeredolu Campaign Platform (ACP) regrets the inability of Barr. Rotimi Akeredolu, the APC flag bearers to attend today’s Governorship debate organised by Channels Television.

“It is unfortunate that the debate is coming at a time when our grassroots rallies are at their peaks.

“As we speak, Akeredolu is tucked in the deep riverine communities of Ilaje Local Government most of which have no access to electricity to watch television.

“In view of the demand of this hectic campaign schedule, we therefore regret our inability to honour Channel TV’s call for debate within the remaining time.”

Reactions have continued to trail the absence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu at the debate.

The Debate

Candidates of the other political parties vying for Ondo State’s governorship seat on Monday reeled out their manifestos in the debate.

Channels Television’s political correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, asked questions relating to the state’s economy, job provision, source of campaign funding and security among others.

olu-agunloye-sdp-candidateGiving his opening remarks about why he should be voted for and his experience that would ensure proper management of the state, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Olu Agunloye, who was a onetime Minister of Power, claimed that he was the only Minister of Power that had produced the largest amount of power (4,539 megawatts) for Nigeria.

He said that his experience is an asset that makes him the best choice for Ondo state as he is armed with economic policies that would transform the fortunes of youths in the state.

He said he would “train the young people to be job providers and not job seekers”.

On the funding of his campaign he dismissed claims that a member of the party had received funds from former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, that is facing trial.

Similarly, the Alliance for Democracy, (AD) candidate, Mr Olusola Oke, was also faced with questions regarding the funding of his campaign.

He dismissed claims that his party was being sponsored by the leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu: “It stands against logic to be sponsored by the APC who I am in opposition to. The good people of Ondo state are the ones sponsoring me,” be stated.olusola-oke

He further pointed out that his mission was to create wealth by exploring the mineral and human resources, introduce transparency and create jobs.

Paying workers’ salaries in most Nigerian states has become a nightmare to most governors and the issue was raised at the debate, with demands for his decision about possible raise in wages, considering the economic recession that has triggered high inflation rate.

He said: “The minimum wage will remain as it is until we are able to solve the problem of salary arrears”.

On the economy of the state, he said he would ensure revenue leakages were plugged.

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, a business mogul believes that having managed his business empire, he would be able to handle the affairs of the state.

jimoh-ibrahim-pdpAsked if he would be able to shoulder the demands of his business and that of the governorship position, he said: “None of my businesses can conflict with my political ambition in Ondo State”.

On reviving the state’s economy and creating jobs for the unemployed, he said: “My leadership is to create wealth. In a recession, you do not drive the economy with taxes”.

“We are going to abolish personal income tax in Ondo state and I will increase minimum wage immediately I become Ondo Governor.

“I will abolish all taxes” and increase minimum wage. He says the least anyone working for him would earn is 75,000 Naira,” he added.

The debate has offered the candidates an opportunity to let the electorates hear their policies and they will be turning out to polls on November 26 to elect a successor for Mr Olusegun Mimiko the incumbent governor.

Candidates Reel Out Manifestos In Debate Ahead Of Ondo Election

ondo-governorship-debateCandidates of some of the political parties vying for Ondo State’s governorship seat on Monday reeled out their manifestos in a debate organised by Channels Television and Enough is Enough Nigeria. 

At the debate held in Ondo State, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu was, however, absent.

Moderating the debate, Channels Television’s political correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, asked questions relating to the state’s economy, job provision, source of campaign funding and security among others.

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Olu Agunloye says his leadership will boast of integrity, credibility and provide good governance

Giving his opening remarks about why he should be voted for and his experience that would ensure proper management of the state, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Olu Agunloye, who was a onetime Minister of Power, claimed that he was the only Minister of Power that had produced the largest amount of power (4,539 megawatts) for Nigeria.

On the funding of his campaign he dismissed claims that a member of the party had received funds from former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, that is facing trial.

On provision of jobs for the youths and other economic policies that he would implement to transform the fortunes of youths in the state, he said he would “train the young people to be job providers and not job seekers”.

The candidate of the SDP further promised to ensure that he eradicates the suffering pensioners go through to get their pay.

On his part, the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, (AD), Mr Olusola Oke, first dismissed claims that his party was being sponsored by the leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu.

“It stands against logic to be sponsored by the APC who I am in opposition to. The good people of Ondo state are the ones sponsoring me,” be stated.

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Olusola Oke said the APC where he defected from was a deceptive political party

On why he left the APC to the AD after he failed to get the support of the APC’s leaders in the primary election, he said the APC was a deceptive political party that has not been able to meet its promises of fighting internal corruption in the party’s primary election.

“I cannot be part of that deception,” Mr Oke stressed.

He further pointed out that his mission was to create wealth by exploring the mineral and human resources, introduce transparency and create jobs.

The AD candidate also highlighted that his state had the highest unemployment rate in Nigeria.

 

On whether he would accept the outcome of the election if he loses, he said: “If I happen to lose the election, I will congratulate the winner if the election was free and fair”.

Paying workers’ salaries in most Nigerian states has become a nightmare to most governors and the issue was raised at the debate, with demands for his decision about possible raise in wages, considering the economic recession that has triggered high inflation rate.

He said: “The minimum wage will remain as it is until we are able to solve the problem of salary arrears”.

On the economy of the state, he said he would ensure revenue leakages were plugged

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, a business mogul believes that having managed his business empire he would be able to handle the affairs of the state.jimoh-ibrahim-pdp

Asked if he would be able to shoulder the demands of his business and that of the governorship position, he said: “None of my businesses can conflict with my political ambition in Ondo State”.

Mr Ibrahim insisted that he was a very successful businessman and that his national honours were proofs of his qualification.

On reviving the state’s economy and creating jobs for the unemployed, he said: “My leadership is to create wealth. In a recession, you do not drive the economy with taxes”.

“We are going to abolish personal income tax in Ondo state and I will increase minimum wage immediately I become Ondo Governor.

“I will abolish all taxes” and increase minimum wage. He says the least anyone working for him would earn is 75,000 Naira,” he added.

Mr Ibrahim further promised to develop Ondo oil and build 10 gas stations.

The debate has offered the candidates an opportunity to let the electorates hear their policies and they will be turning out to polls on November 26 to elect a successor for Mr Olusegun Mimiko the incumbent governor.

Court Strikes Out Appeal Against Taraba Governor

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Governor of Taraba State, Mr Darius Ishaku.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, today struck out the appeal of a governorship candidate, Mr. David Kente, against the governor of Taraba State, Mr Darius Ishaku.

The petitioner had gone to the appeal court to challenge the eligibility of the Taraba Governor to contest the 2015 elections, on the grounds that he did not contest the primary election.

Mr. Kente, who was a PDP aspirant, contested the primary in December 2014 and lost but later defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), to contest the same governorship election in 2015.

In her ruling, Justice Jummai Sanchi of the Appeal Court, Yola, struck out the case, stating that Mr. Kente has no locus standi.

Ogun SDP Denies Merger Ahead Of Governorship Election

SDPThe leadership of the Ogun state chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has denied any merger plan with any political party ahead of the governorship election.

Akin Odunsi, accompanied by his running mate, Segun Adesegun, and the party chairman, Olu Agemo, made this clear at a press conference held at Iwe-Iroyin, Press Centre, Abeokuta, the state capital, described the alleged merger as “malicious, unfounded, baseless and a wild imagination which could only have existed in the authors mind.

“Today, we wish to put the record straight on some wicked news items that rented the airwaves two days ago. It has come to our notice that some unscrupulous elements are out to damage our party’s credibility, image and integrity, hence, this press briefing,” Mr. Odunsi said.

“I state categorically and emphatically that our party has neither the intention nor plan to merge with any political party. So there is no iota of truth in the damaging news item which we in SDP describe as malicious, unfounded, baseless and a wild imagination which could only have existed in the authors mind,” he said.

He further stated that the party has the capacity to run against others in the election, insisting that they need no merger to wrestle power from the ruling government.

Suit On Legality Of SDP And UPN Adjourned Till December 9

NFFThe legal action challenging the legality of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has been adjourned till December 9 for mention.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole adjourned the case following the absence of the two parties in court, the parties were said not to be in court following the plaintiff’ inability, Richard Akintola, to serve the originating summon.

When the case was called counsel to INEC, who is the first defendant in the suit Ibraham Bawa, informed the court he was present in court as a mark of respect though he has not been properly served.

In the same vein, counsel to the plaintiff, James Abba, admitted that the political parties could not be served because of difficulties in locating there national secretariat, he then urged the court for a short adjournment to enable him do needful.

Justice Kolawole consequently adjourned the matter till December 9 fermentation.

Mr Richard Akintola had sued INEC and the two parties challenging the legality of their registration as political parties in Nigeria.

He contended that the 1984 Decree had proscribed the UPN, while another Decree of 1993 proscribed the SDP as political parties.

He further contends that that the two decrees must first be repealed before they can be registered as political parties and therefore asked the court to nullify the purported registration.