Doyin Okupe Joins Accord Party

Doyin Okupe, PDP

A former special assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan on public affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has joined the Accord Party.

Dr. Okupe took the decision three weeks after he announced his resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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He explained in a Facebook post on Tuesday that the move followed various consultations with political associates, family and friends, adding that his decision was based on deep reflection on who he is and what he wants from politics.

“To me, politics does not begin and end with winning or losing elections. It’s not about big or small parties either, it’s also beyond personal relationships or endearing associations or friendships. There exists in our communities several platforms on which such affiliations and sentiments can be sufficiently gratified. To me, Politics is about service to the people, policies and ideologies that will serve the best interests of the greater majority of the society, forthrightness and accountability, honour and integrity.

“I am not desperate to be anything anymore, but I am desperate to find and work with other Nigerians especially, our young and vibrant upcoming politicians to establish a political incubator to breed a new generation of leaders who will do things right, maintain high ethical standards and abhor greed, avarice, selfishness and impunity,” said the former presidential aide.

He claimed that majority of the national parties were put together with a false sense of national spread.

“Irrespective of how they came to power, they end up being inequitable and manifestly exist to serve the interests of a minority few and/or that of a tiny section of the country. I want to belong to a political party that will be able to publicly state its position on troubling national issues like requests for self-determination by a section of the country, resource control, federalism and restructuring, religious intolerance, atrocities of Fulani herdsman, unequal standards in national university admission policy, and much more.Any political party that does not have an openly stated position or stand on these issues is a mere association of elites coming together only to feather their own nests or at best a deceptive political contraption put together by a few to seize power for a few and for the benefit of a few,” Okupe added.

“Any political party that does not have an openly stated position or stand on these issues is a mere association of elites coming together only to feather their own nests or at best a deceptive political contraption put together by a few to seize power for a few and for the benefit of a few,” Okupe added.

He, however, noted that an official date of declaration by him and his supporters in Ogun State would be announced shortly.

Accord Won’t Allow Rigging Of Oyo LG Polls – Ladoja

We Won't Allow Rigging Of Oyo LG Polls – LadojaA former governor of Oyo State and national leader of Accord Party, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, has said his party will strongly resist any attempt to subvert the will of the people in the February 11 council election should the election hold as scheduled.

Ladoja, who is the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, spoke at the inauguration of Agbongbon-Odo Okun Bridge located in Ibadan South East Local Government Area of the state and constructed by Accord lawmaker from the area, Honourable Fatai Adesina.

The former governor, who was represented by the administrative secretary of the party, Bola Akinyemi, described council election as an opportunity for the people at the grass roots to take their destiny into their own hands by freely electing leaders of their choice.

He charged the people of the state to vote and protect their votes whenever the election is held, assuring them Accord would present those who would put balm on the wounds of the common people as chairmanship and councillorship candidates.

He tasked aspirants from the council area to emulate Adesina and Akeem Ige by making the well-being of the people their priority, adding that only Accord lawmakers were doing projects despite the economic situation which others had used as excuse.

He described the bridge as one that would save lives and make living bearable for the people of the benefiting communities who had been completely cut off when the bridge was washed away by erosion.

On the suits filed by those he called disgruntled elements challenging the legality of the Wahab Oyelade-led executive of the party, Ladoja said “the paid agents were fighting a losing battle, Accord in the state remained one indivisible entity”.

He tasked the media to be wary of the antics of those masquerading as members or leaders of Accord, particularly in the coverage of the proceedings in the suits, adding that no internal or external force could uproot Accord already planted and rooted to provide succour for the people in the state.

Don’t Lose Hope On Economy, Ajimobi Urges Nigerians

Don’t Lose Hope On Economy, Ajimobi Urges NigeriansThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has called for a renewed hope from the country’s citizens on the ability of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government to salvage the country from the pervading economic challenges.

The Governor made the call in his New Year message issued by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, in Ibadan.

Although the Governor said he was not unmindful of the telling effect of the recession on the populace, he, however, said they should continue to trust in the Federal Government’s ability to put the economy back on track judging by the ongoing rejigging efforts.

While expressing happiness with the success so far recorded by the military in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East, the Governor appealed to the Niger-Delta militants to sheath their swords and allow peace to reign in the zone.

Ajimobi saluted the gallantry of the country’s army and other security agencies, calling for prayers and support for the families of officers and soldiers who paid the supreme price or lost limbs in the patriotic fight that culminated in liberation of the dreaded Sambisa forest.

The Governor said: “The economic recession currently staring us in the face in Nigeria called for concerted efforts on the part of all and sundry to play the roles expected of us to ensure that the country survives these trying times.

“Part of these efforts is for the restive Niger-Delta youths to cease fire and allow peace to reign. They should stop the sabotage of oil installations and embrace dialogue. They should realize that it is only in an atmosphere of peace that the desired development can be achieved.

“To the good people of Oyo State, I want to assure you that with your cooperation and support, the administration under my leadership will continue to work towards the recovery of our economy.

“Recall that in my budget speech on Thursday, I reported how much work had been done to enhance our revenue base by expanding the tax net; by blocking financial loopholes, fixing leakages and institutionalizing prudence in all spheres of the administration.

“May I, therefore, urge you to play your part in this direction.”

The Governor thanked the people of the state for maintaining peaceful co-existence and for their commitment to the growth and development of the state.

He, however, restated his warning that any attempt to plunge the state into chaos and lawlessness would be crushed with the full force of law.

Ajimobi said that his government would not relent in its efforts at ensuring the sustenance of the ongoing infrastructural revolution and economic re-engineering aimed at improving the general wellbeing of the citizenry.

Ajimobi Presents N207bn Budget Of Self-Reliance In Oyo

Ajimobi Presents N207bn Budget Of Self-Reliance In OyoThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi has presented a total budget of N207.671 billion for the 2017 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly, which represents an increase of 19.13% over the 2016 budget.

The Governor, while presenting the budget titled “Budget of Self Reliance”, explained that the recurrent expenditure will cost N126.87 billion which is 61.09% of the budget while the capital expenditure will take N80.80 billion or 38.91%.

Governor Ajimobi stated that Personnel Cost, made up of salaries, allowances and promotion arrears stands at N56.04 Billion or 26.99% while overhead cost accounts for N20.04Billion which is 9.75%, adding that N50.79bn or 24.45 is meant for the Consolidate Revenue Fund Charges to sum up the total Recurrent Expenditure of N126.87 billion.

Ajimobi said that the budget has been designed to be Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) driven, emphasizing that N107.23bn or 51.64% of the proposed N207.671 billion Budget is to be funded from IGR, N66.49bn or 32.01% from Federation Account while N33.97bn or 16.35% is expected from capital receipts, which is restructuring and reallocation of funds to priority areas.

The Governor stressed that the state’s restructured Board of Internal Revenue was poised for enhanced performance to ensure a realistic budget tenure adding, “in the face of the challenges in the outgoing year, arising from almost complete reliance on Federal Allocation which has grave consequences, as Federal Statutory Allocation itself is dependent on extraneous factors, this budget has been designed to be Internally Generated Revenue driven.

“In the Informal sector, the Board is targeting 20% of the population which is presently pegged at 6million individuals with presumptive tax rate of N3000 per annum.”

Governor Ajimobi noted that the government anchored the 2017 budgetary proposals on Infrastructure, Agriculture and its value-chain framework, Education and Health, pledging that other sectors would be given adequate attention in order to ensure that the budget achieves it theme as budget of self-reliance.

He reiterated the conduct of the local government elections in the state in 2017, saying, “I wish to reiterate and remind us, that February 2017 is around the corner when we shall all have the opportunity to elect our leaders at the grassroots level.

“The leaders that are expected to emerge are those that will be able to key into and consolidate our developmental agenda.  I, therefore, solicit your support for the successful conduct of the elections.”

The Governor gave the assurance that the government would pursue projects and programmes that will “attract Assistance and Sponsorship from Development Partners, Promote Public-Private-Partnership initiative as a vehicle in the delivery of infrastructure and services, Stimulate Citizens’ interest in Micro, Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurships as well as Efficient and Effective Utilization of Resources through rigorous monitoring of the implementation and evaluation of the impact of projects and programs on the citizenry”.

While lamenting the poor revenue of the state in 2016, Governor Ajimobi said that as at September 30, 2016, the overall budget performance was 46.09% or N79.939bn out the N173,429bn approved estimates for the present fiscal year.

“It is no gainsaying that the laudable “Agric-Oyo” programme implemented in 2016 has raised the level of food production in the State by 27.5% and GSP by 1.5%.

“Consequently, Government will extend “Agric-Oyo” activities to the remaining Local Government Councils that have shown a willingness to collaborate with the state Ministry of Agriculture,” the Governor pointed out.

Responding after the Governor’s presentation, the state House of Assembly commended the Governor Ajimobi for ensuring that there is a cordial relationship among the arms of government in the state.

In his remarks, the Hose of Assembly Speaker, Micheal Adeyemo said that the 8th Assembly has enjoyed great support from the present administration as expected, calling for the urgent need to review the rates and taxes in the state to ensure that the government realizes its vision of funding the budget through IGR.

In his own words, Hon. Oyebamiji Joshua, an Accord Party member, representing Akinyele 1 described the Governor as a courageous person, adding “despite not being in the same party with you, I commend the governor for his vision.

“Only those with vision will have mission. This budget proposal has shown that despite the low revenue, the governor is ready to ensure that Oyo is setting the pace again”

The Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Joshua Olagunju Ojo representing Oriire State constituency commended the Governor for providing adequate security for the people, for his infrastructural development insight as well as creation of Local Council Development Areas to bring government closer to the people.

Edo Election: Pedro Obaseki Emerges Accord Party Candidate

Pedro_ObasekiMr Pedro Obaseki has emerged the candidate of the Accord Party for the Edo State governorship election.

Mr Obaseki, who is the sole aspirant, was unanimously adopted by delegates at the party’s convention held in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

Mr Obaseki said his nomination is a call to duty and that he would embark on door to door campaigns.

He said he has unveiled the Edo agenda, which covers empowerment, development and opportunity for the people of the state.

The election is slated to take place on September 10, 2016.

PDP Wins Ife Central State Constituency Election

Ife PDPINEC has declared the PDP candidate, Dipo Eluwole, as the winner of the bye-election into Ife Central State Constituency in the Osun State House of Assembly.

The Returning Officer, Dr. Francis Oladimeji, made the declaration while announcing the results of the election in Ile-Ife, Osun State in Nigeria’s southwest region.

Dr. Oladimeji said that Eluwole of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 5,504 votes to defeat Segun Fanibe of the Accord Party who scored 4,790 votes and Adetilewa Sijuwade of the APC who got 4,587 votes.

Six political parties; Accord, APC, CPP, MPPP, NNPP and PDP participated in the election which took place in 168 polling units of all 11 wards in the Ife Central Local Government Area of the state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier declared the election inconclusive on Saturday following the cancellation of election in two units as a result of election violence.

Ife Central State Constituency seat in the State House of Assembly had been vacant since December 27, 2015 following the death of Mr Oladejo Makinde of the PDP.

With this victory, the PDP now has two members in the Osun State House of Assembly while the All Progressives Congress (APC) has 24.

10 Lagos Governorship Candidates Step Down For APC’s Ambode

AmbodeAs the race for the governorship seat gets intense, ten candidates in Lagos State have withdrawn from the contest.

The ten governorship candidates also declared support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Akinwumi Ambode, in the presence of their party Chairmen.

According to them, this action is to allow progress and stability of governance in the state.

The candidates had a joint press conference on Friday, where they said they have decided to join hands with Mr. Ambode to give Lagos a deserving government.Ambode

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and three other political parties were not part of this coalition.

As the first stage of the postponed 2015 general elections in Nigeria has been conducted, the electoral body is set for the final stage which will hold on April 11.

The ten candidate who withdrew from the governorship race are:

Adeshina Buruji – Accord Party
Obadia Akinola – Independent Democrats
Ishola Aregbesola – Action Alliance
Babatunde Sarumi – Allied Congress Party of Nigeria
Abiodun Oyegunle – African People’s Alliance
Victor Adeniji – KOWA Party
Adeshina Olayokun – All Progressives Grand Alliance
Sesan Olatunde – New Nigeria’s People Party
Sylvester Eze – the Citizens Popular Party
Pauline Ojochide – Progressives People’s Alliance

Oyo APC Reacts To Election Results, Opposition Protests

APcThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has advised followers of the Governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Accord Party and the Labour Party, Senator Teslim Folarin, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala to jump out of what it called their “sinking ship” ahead of the April 11 governorship election.

The APC, in a statement issued in Ibadan on Monday by its State Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare, said that the dismal outing of the PDP, Accord and Labour Party candidates had clearly shown them as paperweight politicians.

The APC thanked Oyo residents for keeping faith with the party, as demonstrated by the overwhelming victory of the party during the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on Saturday, March 28.

The party also counseled the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr. Seyi Makinde, to join the winning team in order not to mortgage his political future.

The statement further said that the voting pattern of the last elections had clearly shown their belief and support for the APC led administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi, as well as their political sophistication.

APC said that the showing of Akala-led Labour Party in some parts of Ogbomoso out of the five zones of the state was a further attestation to the party’s position that the Ex-governor was only a local champion that lacks general appeal in the political matrix of the state.

According to the party, the palpable and remarkable achievements of Governor Ajimobi in the last four years in social and physical infrastructure, welfare, environmental sanitation and urban renewal, are enough to vote him in for a second term.

Some of the political parties in Oyo State protested the results declared by the electoral body for Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

The governorship candidate and leader of Accord, Rashidi Ladoja and his PDP counterpart, Teslim Folarin, at separate interviews alleged malpractice, calling for the cancellation of the polls.

As a way of registering their displeasure, members of the Accord and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) marched to the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, chanting songs amidst very tight security.

Accord Violence: Culprits Will Be Brought To Justice – Oyo CP

AccordThe Oyo State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Katsina, has stated unequivocally that the sponsors of the attack on Accord party members on Sunday March 1, in Ibadan would be brought to justice no matter how highly placed.

Mohammed made the declaration while reading a riot act to politicians during a meeting with representatives of major political parties at the State Police Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

The Police said 8 people had been declared wanted while about 10 arrests had been made in connection to the brutal killing of at least 4 people.

The State Commissioner of Police told the parties’ representatives during the emergency meeting that investigations still continue and warned all parties to appeal to their members to shun violence or face the wrath of the law.

He vowed to bring the case to a logical conclusion not minding whose ox is gored.

The leader and the governorship flag bearer of Accord, Rashidi Ladoja, who had to cut short his trip to commiserate with his party members on their loss, had asked the Police to ensure that the murderers are caught and prosecuted.

He paid a visit to the man whose faith still hangs in the balance, as some bullet fragments would stay permanently in his head.

He also visited the relatives of the deceased at Elekuro, where he consoled them and promised to get justice by exposing the culprits.

Reacting to allegations that APC members were responsible for the attacks, the APC Chairman in Oyo State, Mr Akin Oke, denied any involvement of his party, claiming it was an internal wrangling within the Accord that led to the chaos.

He also called on the Police to expedite investigations and bring culprits to book.

Ibadan Accord Party Violence: Four Dead, Several Hospitalized

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Accord Leader and Governorship Candidate, Rasheed Ladoja

The death toll in the violent attack on members of the Accord party in Oyo State has risen to four as at the early hours of Tuesday.

The Director-General of the Ladoja Campaign Organisation, Adeolu Adeleke, disclosed that one of the two victims rushed to the University College Hospital (UCH) on Monday died at dawn, with the bullet still lodged in his brain.

Trouble started when hoodlums numbering about 50 stormed the venue of the Accord’s ward meeting at Odinjo, Ibadan with sophisticated weapons, unleashing terror.

Adeolu had fingered members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the mastermind of the heinous attack on their members.

The Director-General of the Goodluck Campaign in Oyo State, Kehinde Olaosebikan, also shared the same view that the APC is responsible for the attack.

He condemned it in its entirety and called for serious investigations and prosecution of the murderers.

In a swift reaction, the APC Director of Media and Publicity, Wale Sadare, denied the involvement of his party members, saying it was a case of dogs eating dogs.

Meanwhile, at least seven arrests have been made and the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina, has vowed to fish out the murderers and punish them with the full weight of the law.

A brand new pump action rifle, cartridges and charms have also been seized. The suspects, however, denied any involvement.

The Oyo State Police boss said that investigations were still on, while measures were being taken to forestall future occurrence.

CP Katsina had warned politicians that the old Oyo story of the ‘wild wild west’ was no longer acceptable. He reiterated his command’s commitment to zero tolerance to violence.

Accord Party Rally Disrupted In Oyo State

Accord-rally-in-IbadanA violent clash at the Accord party rally in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, has left three dead and at least 12 others critically injured.

The incident took place at Odinjo, Ibadan South-east Local Government Area of Oyo State on Sunday.

While the really was on, some thugs descended on supporters of the Accord Party, a Channels Television’s correspondent reported.

The thugs were said to have stormed the rally and opened fire on the gathering while the supporters rushed away from the scene with varying degrees of injuries.

A team from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) led by a police Inspector, reportedly arrived at the scene and made an arrest of three suspected thugs with pump action rifles.

Speaking in an interview with journalists at the Police State Headquarters, Eleyele in Ibadan, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of zone 11, Mr Ikemefuna Okoye, described the latest violence as unfortunate, noting that thorough investigation would be done to bring the culprits to book.

Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Musa Katsina, also confirmed the violent attack and casualty figures.

However, he sounded a serious warning to politicians that zero tolerance for violence was not just a memorandum on paper, stressing that it would be put into action in the state.

Leaders of various political parties also condemned the attack, calling for decisive action on the part of the police in the state.

Accord Candidate Says PDP, APC, Labour Party Candidates Responsible For Unrest In Ekiti

Kole AjayiThe Governorship Candidate of Accord in Ekiti State, Kole Ajayi, on Saturday, accused the candidates of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, All Progressives Congress and Labour Party of being responsible for the political unrest in Ekiti State.

Speaking on Sunrise, he insisted that the acts of violence recorded in the state were as a result of the discord between the three candidates who he insisted were on an “ego trip.”

He however commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and other organisers of the elections including the Commissioner of Police, Director of the SSS for doing a good job of enlightening the political parties on their activities toward the governorship election which will hold in June.

The agencies, he said, had been holding regular meetings with all the political parties where they gave account of their activities concerning the elections, voter registration, eligible voters and security strategies put in place as well as “their fear on the recurring violence, that is being recorded among the three parties fighting,”

Mr Ajayi noted that the Accord was not among the quarreling parties as their belief is that “Ekiti should be in one accord, so we are for peace. It’s not supposed to be a do-or-die affair.”

He stated that the three parties are peaceful in nature but “the problem we have, if you trace it historically, you realise that it’s an ego problem. It’s a personality problem among the three candidates of APC, PDP and Labour.

He insisted that all three candidates were on an “ego trip” and wanted to get revenge for past betrayals. “Everybody is on a vengeance mission, so that is the problem we are having in Ekiti.”

He went further to say that peace would be restored to the State if all three candidates are changed.

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser, Legislative and Allied Matters to Ekiti State Governor, Oladapo Karounwi, disagreed with the governorship aspirant saying “the context is all about issues. It has nothing to do with persons because we have various political parties fielding different candidates for this election.”

He further debunked claims that the Ekiti election was a three-horse race but stated that other political parties in the race were “just there to make names.”

He stressed that the Labour Party did not have any history of winning elections in the State, while the PDP and APC had been in power for 7 and a half years each. He went further to state that the PDP had produced 7 governors in those years while former governor Fayose succeeded in having three deputy governors, three speakers, three Chief Judges, while he was in office.

On the flip side, “the 7 and half years of our party has recorded tremendous and remarkable peace in Ekiti,” he said, maintaining that the citizens would have to choose between two orientations.

On his part, the Chairman, House of Assembly Service Commission, Ekiti State, Femi George-Ojo, said Mr Ajayi had exaggerated the level of violence in the state. “There are some minor skirmishes here and there,” he said, adding that the Accord was an unknown party.