Akeredolu Wins Ondo APC Guber Primary

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu.



Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has emerged the winner of the Ondo State All Progressives Congress (APC) Guber primary which took place on Monday.

Akeredolu polled 2458 votes to defeat other nine aspirants in the election.

Two aspirants, IfeOluwa Oyedele and Olusegun Abraham had earlier stepped down for Akeredolu in the election.

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The chairman of the election, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state announced the result after voting, sorting and counting of the votes.

In his acceptance speech, Governor Akeredolu thanked the Chairman and the committee members for conducting the election in a free and fair manner.

He also appreciates President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu and other leaders of the APC for their support.

The Governor also commends the state leadership of APC as well as all the delegates.

Akeredolu expressed assurance that come October, 10th 2020, APC will carry the day.


Gov Akeredolu Appoints Temitayo Oluwatuyi As New SSG


Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has appointed Hon Temitayo Oluwatuyi as the new Secretary to the State Government (SSG). 

The Governor announced this in a post on his Facebook page on Monday, following the resignation of Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde.

“Today, I announced the appointment of Hon. Temitayo Oluwatuyi “Tukana” as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) to resume immediately following the resignation of Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde,” he said.

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Earlier on Monday, Abegunde had resigned as the Ondo SSG but did not give any reason for his decision.

The former SSG said he would make his next line of action known soon and thanked Governor Akeredolu for the opportunity to serve the people of the state.

Abegunde, an indigene of Akure, the Ondo State capital, was appointed by the governor as the SSG in March 2017.

He had also represented the Akure North/South Constituency in the House of Representatives between 2003 and 2007.

His resignation comes two weeks after the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, resigned his membership from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ajayi, who has since joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), however, ignored calls that he should resign as the deputy governor of the state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed October 10 to conduct the governorship election in the state.

Akeredolu Sacks Aides Of Deputy Governor 

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu


Ondo state governor Rotimi Akeredolu has sacked six aides of the deputy governor Mr. Agboola Ajayi. 

The aides relieved of their appointments include the deputy governor’s special assistant, special duties Mr. Olomu Bayo, special assistant on photography Olawale Mukaila and deputy chief press secretary Mr. Babatope Okeowo.

Others are the deputy governor’s personal assistant, Samuel Ogunmusi, special assistant to the wife of the deputy governor, Omotunmise Tokunbo, and
photographer to the wife of the deputy governor, Mrs. Erifeyiwa Akinnugba.

A statement from the governor’s spokesman Mr. Segun Ajiboye advises the affected aides to submit all government’s properties in their possession to the chief of staff.

Meanwhile, the deputy governor has reappointed all the sacked aides as his personal staff.

Amotekun: Laws Are Not Made In AGF’s Office, Akeredolu Replies Malami


Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has responded to the comments attributed to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, declaring ‘Operation Amotekun’ as an illegal outfit.

Mr. Akeredolu in an exclusive interview told Channels Television that it is clear laws are not made in the office of the AGF, but he can interpret the laws and advise the FG on matters relating to the law.

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“One thing is clear, laws are not made in the office of the Attorney General; he can only interpret the laws and give positions of government on matters relating to the law.

“When he comes out with relevant portions of the law on the matter, we will consider it and respond adequately as the law stipulates.”

The Governor who alongside his colleagues from other Southwest states, last week, launched Amotekun in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, added that the governors from the region are yet to meet since the pronouncement from the office of the AGF.

“We have not met, but I can assure you that when we meet, we will adequately respond to the position of the AGF.”

Akeredolu Praises Security Agencies For Kidnapped Judge’s Freedom

Rotimi Akeredolu, Supreme Court
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The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), expressed gratitude to God for the release of Hon. Justice Abdul Dogo from his abductors.

Governor Akeredolu says the abduction of the Federal High Court Judge indeed marked another disturbing moment in the perennial cases of kidnap that have pervaded the country.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Ojo Oyewamide, says the development, undoubtedly heightened fears and almost created uncertainty. But the early measures deployed by the Police, DSS and the Army on the heels of the ugly incident further rekindled hopes and confidence.

Governor Akeredolu, therefore, wishes to thank the security agencies for the professional manner they handled the incident without fatalities.

He said they deserve our collective commendation and encouragement at all times even as every Nigerian has a responsibility to be part of the intelligence-gathering process to combat crime and criminality.



Akeredolu Presents Staff Of Office To Traditional Ruler

Rotimi Akeredolu, Supreme Court
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Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has presented a Staff of Office to a traditional ruler, Oba Ajayi Oduyi (the Alapaka 1 of Kiribo Kingdom) in Ese-Odo Local Government area of Ondo state.

The stool became vacant on February 13, 2013, following the demise of Oba Fredrick Omosegbon, the Niyon of kiribo.

Presenting the new monarch with the Staff of Office and Instrument of Appointment at the Methodist Primary School playing field, Kiribo, Akeredolu congratulated him on his ascension to the throne of his ancestors.

The Governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Ifedayo Abegunde, wished the monarch many years of peaceful reign over his subjects.

He also asked the people of Kiribo at home and in the diaspora to give their maximum support to Oduyi, in order to achieve success during his reign.

In an interview with newsmen, the Deputy Governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi, urged his fellow indigenes to cooperate with the new monarch for a successful reign.

He appealed to the people to maintain the peaceful co-existence enjoyed in the town.

In his acceptance speech, the new monarch appreciated Akeredolu for ensuring fairness all through his installation process and promised to support the government to achieve success.

Akeredolu Commiserates With Tinubu Over Death Of Son

Tinubu A Shining Star In Nigeria's Political Firmament - Ajimobi
file photo: APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu

Ondo State governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has condoled with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over the death of his son, Babajide Tinubu.

The governor described Babajide’s death as painful and unexpected, and a huge loss to the Tinubu family and the larger family of progressives in the country.

A statement on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Segun Adeboye said the Ondo’s Chief Executive labelled the death of any young and promising son as an irreparable loss to the father while praying that the good Lord will grant Asiwaju Tinubu and his family the strength to bear the loss.

“Babajide, a promising young Nigerian, departed this sinful world when he is expected to join other people of like minds to serve their father’s land,” he said.

While asking Nigerians to continue to pray for the Tinubu family, Akeredolu asked the APC national leader to take solace in the fact that God giveth and God taketh.

Governor Akeredolu further begged the Almighty Allah to console Asiwaju Tinubu over the death of Babajide and for Allah to grant him eternal rest.

What I Discussed With President Buhari – Obiano

President Buhari Meets With Obiano, Others

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met with Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Governor Obiano said President Buhari assured him of a free and fair governorship election in Anambra State.

“He’s (Buhari) reassured free and fair election, that’s what should be important to me,” he told State House correspondents.

The governor also said the president is happy with states governors who are committed to delivering democracy dividends to the people.

He said, “He likes governors like me. (Governors) who are hardworking, who are delivering on what people can see, who are bringing dividends of democracy to their people, that’s what the president wants.”

“He doesn’t care about your party, he wants to know that you are doing well in this area, in that area, and that’s how a president should work.”

On his party’s preparation ahead of the governorship poll in Anambra, Obiano said the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has no intention to rig the election.

“We do not believe in rigging, APGA has never rigged an election. All we want is for the umpires to be unbiased – free and fair election – and you will get the result,” he said.

Meanwhile, the President held a separate meeting with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and the Minister of Solid Mineral Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

At the meeting, Governor Akeredolu made a case for Deep Seaport in Ondo State for easy export of abundant mineral resources from the state.

Dr Fayemi, on his part, briefed President Buhari on the Ajaokuta Steel Company with a view to bringing it back on stream quickly.

Akeredolu Asks Muslims To Pray For Buhari’s Recovery

The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has called for prayers for the quick recovery of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari.

Akeredolu made the call, during an Iftar programme (Breaking of fast) with Muslim Communities in the state, held at the International Culture and Event Centre (The Dome) in Akure.

He urged the Muslim faithfuls to use the period to pray for the well-being of the President.

Akeredolu who expressed his belief in the efficacy of prayers, urged people of the state to continually pray for the success of his administration.

“It is prayers that brought us to the position of power in the state and we will continue to pray to God for our sustenance and for the betterment of the state”

Speaking further, Governor Akeredolu reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensure that the welfare of Muslims in the state is given a priority and assured to redeem his promise in ensuring that there is an equation balance among the religions in the state as well as running an all-inclusive government.

He expressed the challenges of government, pointing particularly to low allocation which he described as a limitation to solving some issues, but assured that things will improve for the better.

Earlier in his goodwill message, Chairman, League of Imams and Alfas in Ondo State, Alhaji Ahmed Aladesawe, applauded the Governor for returning back the hajj camp earlier converted to infectious disease hospital by the immediate past administration.

Aladesawe, who doubles as Chief Imam of Owo, also applauded the governor on the recent appointment of Tutor-General in the state, in person of Alhaji Kareem Aminu Adesina who is a Muslim, appealing to the Governor to balance the equation as promised during his electioneering campaign.

According to him, the ratio of 60 percent to 40 percent as the case may be should be met in all ramifications, stressing that Muslims are still expecting more to ensure that they are not marginalised.

He said muslims have trust in him and believed in God that Akeredolu will be the one to bring Muslims to limelight”.
The Chief Imam of Akure, Alhaji Abdulhakeem Yayi-Akorede, in his message, prayed for the quick recovery of President Mohammed Buhari and the revival of Nigeria’s economy for the betterment of its citizenry.

Praying for Ondo State and the Governor, State Missioner, Ansar-Ur-Deen Society of Nigeria, Alhaji Abdulkareem Jetimiodara, prayed for continued peace and development in the state.

He prayed for more knowledge and understanding that will enable the governor deliver on his promises and wished him an eventful tenure.

Guest Lecturer and Grand Mufti of Ondo State, Alhaji Sirajudeen Shehu Batuta, in his lecture titled; ‘Importance of Fasting’, described Islam as a religion of peace.

He noted that Ramadan which comes up once every year is filled with blessings and admonished Muslim faithful to always endeavour to honour the holy month.

Batuta urged Muslims to be prayerful, remain faithful and always exhibit moral conducts, during and even after the fasting period.

He thanked the governor for his care for civil servants in the state and urged him to continue in such direction.

In his welcome speech, the Chairman of the Muslim Welfare Board, Alhaji Khaleel Fawehinmi , appreciated Akeredolu for approving the hosting of the Iftar in spite of the economic recession all over the world.

Fawehinmi, while thanking him for been present at the event, appealed that the event be sustained throughout the tenure of his administration.

Dignitaries who attended the Iftar programme included; former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, Acting Chairman of APC in Ondo State, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, Speaker of the State House of Assembly. Rt. Hon. David Oleyeloogun, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale, Olukare of Ikare, Oba Akadiri Momoh, Zaki of Arigidi, Oba Yisa Olanipekun, Chief Imam of Akureland, Alhaji Abdulhakeem Yayi-Akorede and the Chairman of Progressive Muslims in APC Alhaji Nureen Akorede and many others.

Akeredolu Signs N170.8bn Budget, Promises To Improve Capital Expenditure

Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu,
Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has resolved to depart from the practice of expending a disproportionate percentage of budgetary allocations on recurrent expenditure.

He made the resolution in Akure while signing the 2017 Appropriation Bill into law at the Governor’s Office in Akure. The budget totals N170.85 billion.

He said the huge deficit in various sectors needed to be tackled, hence the administration tried to reduce the embarrassing imbalance between recurrent and capital expenditure.

“This bill has a provision of N170, 846, 580 billion broken into debt service (principal) N8.127 billion, statutory transfers N8.374 billion, recurrent expenditure N95.159 billion, and capital expenditure N59.187 billion.

“These fiscal estimates have been scrutinised meticulously to capture the aspirations of this administration on real development.

“It is important to state that the government has initiated special intervention strategies on agriculture, job creation, infrastructure, education, technology and rural development.

Akeredolu, however, expressed determination to improve fiscal circumstances substantially through revenue generation.

He said, “This administration is not unmindful of the dire challenges faced by it, with regards to Budget implementation, mainly due to the paucity of funds.
“We are, however, determined to improve our fiscal circumstances substantially, through revenue generation. We shall devise means of plugging loopholes exploited by unscrupulous elements to deny the State of deserved revenue.

“We shall expand our tax base aggressively. This administration requires the cooperation of all concerned in ensuring that all revenues accruable to the State are realised with minimal stress,” he said.

The Governor thanked members of the House of Assembly for promptly scrutinising and passing the 2017 Appropriation Bill.

Earlier, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, David Oleyelogun, appreciated members of the House for their cooperation and commitment towards making the budget a reality.

The Speaker noted that the Governor sent the appropriation of N169, 720, 580 000.00 to the House.

“After justice was done to the appropriation bill, some additions and subtractions were made in certain areas, after which the difference of N1,126,000,000 occurred to take care of tertiary institutions in the state”, he stated.

Fayose Blames INEC For PDP’s Loss In Ondo Election

INEC Rigged Ondo Election In Advance For APC - Fayose
Mr Ayo Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has lamented the outcome of the Ondo State Governorship election won by Mr Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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

He said that the PDP went to the election with its hands tied to the back because of the uncharitable actions of INEC, “which has no doubt become an arm of the APC”.

He maintained that apart from the APC, political parties in Nigeria are now contesting elections against INEC.

“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,” he said.

Dogara Congratulates Akeredolu on Ondo Gov’ship Election Win

Dogara Congratulates Akeredolu on Ondo Gov’ship Election WinIn a statement issued on Sunday, by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, Dogara maintained that the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election is a proof that the party is still loved by Nigerians.

“I would like to congratulate my learned colleague on his victory at the poll, and also commend our great party, the All Progressives Congress, for a thorough and successful campaign”, the statement read.

The Speaker urged all stakeholders to come together and ensure that the incoming APC government in Ondo delivers on the mandate given by the people in line with the party’s manifesto.

“As a party, we must take our victory in Ondo seriously since the people have placed enormous trust in us.  We must, therefore, deliver on policies that will improve their standard of living.”

While commending the people of Ondo state for keeping the election process peaceful and coming out to perform their civic duty, Dogara also praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and security agencies for ensuring a hitch-free exercise.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, declared the APC candidate, winner of the 2016 Ondo state governorship election.

Akeredolu  polled 244, 842 votes to beat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 150, 380 votes. Mr Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) follows with 126, 889 votes.