The family of Mr Moses Adeoye, the treasurer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, who was killed by unknown gunmen, has described the killing as very painful and demanded that the assailants are brought to book.
Adeoye was shot dead at about 9:00 pm on Wednesday at his residence in Otun Ekiti.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Caleb Ikechukwu, assured the family that the force is working to unmask the culprits.
The incident comes barely two months after another chieftain of the party in the state, Mr Bunmi Ojo, was also shot dead at a viewing centre in the state.
Ekiti State Government has condemned the murder of Mr Bunmi Ojo, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), urging the police and other security agencies to bring those behind the murder to justice.
The state government, in a statement signed on Saturday by the Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, called on security agents to be proactive and not allow the murder of the APC chieftain go unresolved.
“The manner in which Bunmi Ojo, a commissioner in the Federal Character Commission and strong ally of Chief Segun Oni was killed is a demonstration of the extent some devilish people can go to settle scores with their fellow men.
“The security agencies must not add this gruesome murder to the diary of unresolved murders in Nigeria,” the statement read in part.
The State Government also assured that all necessary assistance will be provided for the security agencies, to aide thorough investigation of the murder, and arrest of the perpetrators.
The State government also called for vigilance among Ekiti State residents and condoled with the families, friends and political associates of the deceased, praying that God will console and uphold his wife and children.
Ojo, a former Personal Assistant to ex-governor Segun Oni, was shot dead on Friday evening around a football viewing centre in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The running mate to the late Prince Abubakar Audu in the November 21 governorship election in the state, Mr James Faleke, has vowed to reclaim the mandate of the people of the state given freely to the APC during the election.
Faleke who has been picked as the substitute for the late Abubakar Audu, made this assertion while addressing hundreds of APC supporters in Lokoja on Monday.
Quoting a section of the constitution while picking Mohammed Audu as his running mate, he pointed out that attempts to snatch power from the reins of the APC in Kogi State were fruitless as the party is poised to chart a new course for the state.
He explained that there is no contention between him and the immediate political family of late Abubakar Audu and described the task ahead as a moral burden on him to fight on, till the victory of APC is accomplished.
Going back to the primary election conducted on August 28, 2015, he noted that he remained the only person holding on to the votes cast for the APC.
Some APC leaders from the three senatorial districts of the state were present as Mr Faleke made his decision known to his supporters.
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Audu Ogeh, has urged the senators-elect in the APC not to condone acts of corruption, but to assist the incoming administration in blocking leakages in the system.
Mr. Ogbeh who spoke at a retreat organised for newly elected senators of the APC, advised them to ensure that their relationship with the executive is not to the detriment of the masses who bear the brunt of bad leadership.
The party’s National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, lamented that it would take over 228 years to repay the debt, which they said was accumulated by the outgoing administration.
The expectations from the incoming administration are high and its legislators are not left out in this. Probably, this informed the meeting among the leadership of the APC.
In what seems like moral reawakening, the leadership is seeking the cooperation of the senators-elect in dealing with acts of impunity said to have eaten deep into the system.
It’s less than a week to the inauguration of the incoming administration and with the clamour for change in all sectors, it remains to be seen if the legislators would make good their promise and hit the ground running in the days ahead.
The political climate in Kwara state appears set for the 2015 elections following the formal declaration of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed to run for second term in office.
The ceremony which held in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital attracted a massive crowd of supporters as well as chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) from both the federal, state and local levels.
Among those present were the party’s presidential aspirants General Mohammadu Buhari, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and Governor Rabiu Kwakwanso.
Governors Adams Oshiomohole, Chibuike Amaechi, Aliyu Wammako, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, former Ekiti governor, Kayode Fayemi, governorship aspirant, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu, Senator Bukola Saraki, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and others also graced the occasion to support their colleague.
Ahmed recounted his administration’s achievements, noting that “in line with our commitment to continuity, we have leveraged on Shonga Farm experience and created a new generation of farmers, provided more food to our people and enhanced livelihoods through agri-business with the provision of 215 million naira involving micro-credit to out-grower farmers across the whole state”.
He further noted that he was not out to seek praise for doing his job but wanted another chance to do more for the people of Kwara state.
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has promised to build a campus of the University of Education in Igueben, the Capital of Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State.
Governor Oshiomhole, who said this yesterday at an APC rally at Igueben, urged the people to apply common sense and resist the temptation to defect.
While advising the residents to be wise and resist the temptation to defect to the People’s Democratic Party, he promised that he would not engage in politics of individuals but rather would focus on development.
Asides the promise of a university campus in their community, the Governor assured the people of continued development despite the defections to other party.
Igueben Village Square was packed to capacity as the All Progressives Congress members from all the wards turned up in mass for what they termed a unity rally, with banners of aspirants dotting the crowd.
A former APC Chieftain, Tom Ikimi, who hails from the Local Government, left the party for the PDP but the party leaders declared that his exit was inconsequential.
Chairman of the Party, Anselm Ojezua, told the gathering to remain strong and united.
Sometimes when prominent party members defect, the party in that location loses elections to the opposition.
The 2015 elections will either support or refute this theory in the case of Igueben.
The Chairman of the Cross River Independent State Electoral Commission (CROISEC), Patrick Otu, has denied allegations that he called APC chieftain, Obono Obla, to say that the PDP led state government was pressuring him to bar the APC from contesting.
Following protests by the All progressives Congress (APC) that the recently concluded local council election in Rivers State was ‘a sham’ and ‘mere charade’, Mr Otu has replied stating that people will always debate and argue about elections when they come.
“Merger of parties is a novelty in our political system and so no law contemplates the merger of parties” he said adding that CROISEC does not register parties.
Speaking about APC’s inability to contest in the elections, Otu stated that shortly after APC was registered, INEC “referred us to the electoral act, section 84(6), which states that a newly registered party shall only participate in elections after 90 days”.
CROISEC did not make the electoral act, he said, adding that “we cannot keep a party out of elections”.
On shifting the date of election, in order to allow the APC participate, the CROISEC boss said the commission can only shift elections “when there is an imminent breakdown of law and order”.
He also said only the State Assembly as well as the Chief Executive of the State can raise the issue of shifting elections. “That is what the law states,” he said.
Responding to allegations made by Agba Jalingo, who had observed the election process,Mr Otu denied calling APC chieftain, Obla, informing him of the pressure mounted on him by the PDP, to ensure that APC was unable to contest in the elections.
However, he admitted that the APC had applied for an extension of the election date, stating that “APC did not write to us to extend, referring to any law
Their letter was an appeal”.
He disclosed that NCP, PPA, APGA participated in the election.
A public affairs analyst, Agba Jalingo, who monitored the local government elections in Cross River state on Friday said that there was no election in the state as the electoral process was ‘a PDP affair” adding that police officers, PDP officials and members of the Cross River Independent State Electoral Commission (CROISEC) were caught thumb printing on ballot papers.
Controversies have trailed the recently concluded the local government elections in Cross River state and Mr Jalingo further fueled the controversy with statements he made while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
“Even though it was a one party election, PDP officials, the police including CROISEC officials – we caught them on video, thumb printing”
“They were thumb printing by themselves”.
Mr Jalingo, who said election did not hold in some parts of certain local governments, averred that people were unable to vote, due to violence and yet results were announced.
“There were few places in the mainland where people could not vote” he said.
At the Bakassi refugee camp, “there was uproar in the morning. The camp commander said they got some information that some politicians were going to come hire some people to go and do violence.
Ita Giwa came in the morning and move over a thousand of them to Day Spring Island where some of them actually voted.” Those who could not meet the voyage could not vote.
Mr Jalingo who was an observer at the elections said “it was a one party election”.
There are 18 local governments in cross river state and only the PDP featured candidates in the 18 local government chairmanship positions.
He said that State Independent Electoral Commissioner “is telling a lie”
The commissioner had said that almost all the other political parties pulled out of the race leading to PDP being the only party standing.
Mr. Jalingo faulted this assertion, adding that “if anybody said the parties pulled out, the person is telling a lie”.
According to him, there are 196 political wards in the state and “the PDP had all of them but seven”.
He disclosed that defunct parties such as ACN and PPA also had their logos on the ballot paper.
“APC, the new party that wanted to contest the election was disenfranchised by CROSIEC”. He continued by saying that the electoral body had called a press conference to say that APC does not qualify to contest because “the cross river local government elections electoral acts says that elections must be conducted 90 days before the expiration of the incumbent tenure and APC was registered later than 90 days”.
He also said that APC chieftain, Obono Obla had revealed that the CROSIEC boss had told him (Obla) via a telephone call that the PDP led state government was pressuring him to bar the APC from contesting.
The CROSIEC chairman, Patrick Otu, then told Obla that APC should write a letter demanding for an extension of time.
The letter was written, however, three days later CROISEC called the conference disqualifying APC from the election.
Mr Jalingo said Otuh, who is yet to confirm the allegation, has been unreachable.
Mr Jalingo stated that the said video is on crossriverwatch.com