Ondo Elections: Akeredolu Promises To Focus On Road Rehabilitation

Ondo elections, Akeredolu, Road RehabilitationThe All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, has promised to focus on rehabilitating roads in rural areas, if he is elected.

While visiting some communities including Ajegunle, Laje, Orisumbare, Satiday, Ajebambo in Ondo West one and two, on the second day of his campaign, Mr Akeredolu assured the people of better living conditions.

He also promised to create more local government areas to bring development closer to the people.

Akeredolu has in previous times expressed confidence that irrespective of the current challenges of the party, the APC would form the next government in the state.

The APC governorship candidate had also made a mockery of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying he would defeat the party’s factional candidates if put together in the polls.

Also, the National Chairman of the APC, Mr John Oyegun, had asked members of his party in Ondo State to mobilise for the governorship candidate of the party, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, in the November 26 election in Ondo State.

He had opined that wrestling power out of the hand of the current government was not an easy task.

He then urged supporters saying: “for the APC to win the poll, dedication and hard work are major requirements needed from its members”.

AD Suspends Three National Officers For Alleged Anti-Party Activities

alliance-for-democracy-adThe leadership of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) has suspended its National Deputy Chairman, North, Mr Shehu Musa and two others for alleged anti-party activities.

The other suspended officers are the party’s National Legal Adviser, Mr Kehinde Aworele and the National Organising Secretary, Mr Abdallah Ibrahim.

AD National Chairman, Mr Joseph Avazi, made the announcement at the end of a National Working Committee meeting of the party in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said that the principal officers were suspended for convening an illegal meeting in Ondo State, with the aim of undermining the chances of the party in the November 26 governorship election.

In a communique read after the meeting, the AD mandated its National Secretary, Zonal Chairman (Northeast) and the Deputy Chairman (South) to take stock of states due to hold their congress with the aim of notifying the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The party’s leadership has affirmed that Mr Olusola Oke remains its authentic flag bearer for the forthcoming election and INEC has since recognised Mr Oke as the candidate for the polls.

The electoral umpire also listed Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the PDP candidate and Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as the APC flag bearer.

Ondo Election: AD Says Olusola Oke Remains Its Candidate

Olusola Oke, AD, Ondo ElectionThe Alliance for Democracy (AD) has affirmed that Mr Olusola Oke remains the authentic candidate of the party for the November 26 Ondo governorship poll.

The National Vice Chairman, North-east, of the party, Magaji Kwairanga, stated this at a news conference in Akure, Ondo State capital.

This is contrary to a Friday communique in which leading party members had denounced Oke’s candidacy.

Kwairanga said: “It is a known fact that Dr. Akin Olowokere handed over the gubernatorial ticket of AD voluntarily to Oke. It is also a truism that the state chapter of AD, our great party, was involved and also consented to the candidature of Oke.

“Therefore, the national chairman and secretary of the party are constitutionally empowered to forward the name of Oke to INEC considering the constraint of time.

“Let us also state that the NEC has no issue and if there are issues relating to NEC meeting, which is internal affairs of the party, the issues will be handled internally. As we speak here, Oke’s name has been duly submitted to INEC as the candidate of our party.”

The news conference was also attended by the National Vice Chairman, North-west, Alhaji Sulaiman Aliyu; the Deputy National Treasurer, Sagir Ahmed Ali; the National Organising Secretary, Abdulahi Ibrahim; a National Ex Officio member, Saadatu Bello, seven states chairmen and other national officers.

Oke, who contested in the September 3 primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC), dumped the party for the Alliance for Democracy (AD) to actualise his ambition.

Mr Oke announced this decision to his political associates and supporters from across the 18 local government areas of the state at his residence in Akure the State capital.

Oke, who was candidate of the PDP in the 2012 governorship election in the state, lamented that some undemocratic forces had hijacked the APC at the federal level.

He commended all the leaders of APC who have condemned the primary election and said that he decided to step aside in order to actualize the aspiration of the people of Ondo State.

INEC had few days earlier announced the decision of AD to replace the name of its candidate, Akin Olowookere with that of Olusola Oke.

Ondo Election: Olusola Oke Dumps APC For AD

Olusola Oke, AD, Ondo ElectionOne of the governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State who contested in the September 3 primary election of the party, Olusola Oke has dumped the party for the Alliance for Democracy (AD) to actualise his ambition.

Mr Oke announced this decision to his political associates and supporters from across the 18 local government areas of the State at his residence in Akure the State capital.

Oke, who was candidate of the PDP in the 2012 governorship election in the state, lamented that some undemocratic forces have hijacked the APC at the federal level.

He commended all the leaders of APC who have condemned the primary election and said that he decided to step aside in order to actualize the aspiration of the people of Ondo State.

INEC had few days earlier announced the decision of AD to replace the name of its candidate, Akin Olowookere with that of Olusola Oke.

Mr Olusola Oke scored 576 votes to emerge third in the APC primary election which held amid tight security in Akure.

A former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Rotimi Akeredolu emerged as the governorship candidate of the party.

Mr Akeredolu polled 669 votes as against his closest rival, Olusegun Abraham who polled 635 votes.

A total of 24 aspirants contested the governorship ticket of the APC for the election scheduled to hold on November 26, 2016.

Ondo APC Primaries: Three Aspirants Condemn Oyegun’s Decision

Three Aspirants Condemn Oyegun's Decision on Ondo APC Primaries:Three aggrieved aspirants in the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Ondo State have condemned the decision of the party’s National Chairman, Mr John Oyegun, on the primaries.

The aspirants decried the alleged rejection of the recommendation of the panel of enquiry set up to investigate the outcome of the election by the National Chairman of the APC.

The panel had recommended that the election result should be cancelled and a fresh primary election conducted.

The three applicants, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, Mr Olusola Oke and Dr. Olusegun Abraham, had petitioned the APC leadership on the result of the election which produced Olurotimi Akeredolu as the party’s flagbearer in the November 2016 governorship election.

They claimed that the election was characterised by fraud, as many non-delegates voted.

However, Mr Oyegun decided to uphold the result of the election.

The aggrieved APC members said the decision prompted them to address a press conference at the press centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Akure, Ondo State’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

Senator Boroffice, who spoke on behalf of the aspirants, criticised the APC National Chairman for ratifying the election result, as against the opinion of other members of the National Executive Committee.


He said that as good citizens of Ondo State, they were ready and willing to abide by the decision of the people of the state, adding that they would make public their next line of actions at the right time.

On his part, Mr Oke dispelled the rumour that he had dumped the APC to contest for the election on the platform of another party.

He equally emphasised that his next move would be as a result of consultations from the people of the state.

However, Dr. Abraham was absent at the conference but his colleagues stated that he sent his apology.

Rotimi Akeredolu Emerges APC Governorship Candidate In Ondo

Rotimi Akeredolu, APC Governorship Candidate,OndoA former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Rotimi Akeredolu has emerged as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state.

The Chairman, Primary Election Committee of the party and governor of Jigawa state, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, announced Mr Akeredolu as the winner of the poll, which held amid tight security in Akure, the state capital.

Mr Akeredolu polled 669 votes as against his closest rival, Olusegun Abraham who polled 635 votes. While Former PDP candidate in the 2012 governorship election in the state, Mr Olusola Oke scored 576 votes to emerge third.

A total of 24 aspirants contested the governorship ticket of the APC for the election scheduled to hold on November 26, 2016.

Bayelsa Poll: Sylva Refutes Dickson’s Allegation Of Irregularities

SylvaThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Mr Timipre Sylva, has discredited the allegations of electoral irregularities made against him by Bayelsa State Governor.

The PDP candidate, Governor Seriake Dickson, had alleged the involvement of national institutions such as the Police, Department of State Service and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in partisan politics.

While addressing a world press conference at the Government House Banquet Hall in Yenagoa, he also alleged that known perpetrators of violence were not being called for questioning by the security agencies.

Mr Sylva refuted the claims that these institutions were working to ensure the electoral victory of his party the APC.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate added that every talk of the use of federal might was the figment of the imagination of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Also in his reaction, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, who was also indicted in the press briefing by Governor Dickson, said that the only violence recorded in the December 5 and 6 elections in Ekeremor Local Government Area was the violence meted out against him.

The trade of words between the two politicians is coming after INEC fixed January 9, 2016 for the supplementary election in Bayelsa State.

Kaduna Police Assures Of Security During Elections

kadunaThe Kaduna State Police Command has restated it’s preparedness to ensure peaceful conduct of Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections across the state.

Addressing Divisional Police Officers (DPO) and Area Commanders at the Police Officers Mess in the state capital on Wednesday, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, assured that the command was ready to provide round the clock security, before, during and after the elections.

While assuring residents of their safety, the Police Commissioner reiterated that the command is adequately prepared for the elections, and has also concluded arrangements to deploy its personnel to the 23 Local Government Areas and 255 wards across the state

Mr Shehu called on the officers to double their efforts and ensure that there is no breakdown of law order during the polls.

He also warned hoodlums and political thugs not to cause trouble, adding that anyone caught will be dealt with accordingly.

 

Lagos Residents Will Pay Fair Taxes – Jimi Agbaje

Jimi-AgbajeThe Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje, says Lagos residents (Lagosians) will not pay heavy or light taxes, but will pay fair taxes instead.

Jimi Agbaje, spoke at a debate expected to have been attended by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and PDP Lagos State governorship candidates, organised by Channels Television in collaboration with the Enough Is Enough Nigeria (EIE) on Sunday.

The APC governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, was absent.

Mr Agbaje stressed that the government had always depended on tax for development, but that if elected, his administration would ensure Lagos residents (Lagosians) pay fair taxes.

He said the present administration was taking advantage of regulatory agencies, noting that it was generating tax in the wrong means.

He further said that he was called a tax invader due to politics. Agbaje said his company was not owing any tax.  “I got a letter from the state government, inquiring how I have been paying my land use charges.”

On his plans to ease the traffic situation in the state that had continued to eat into man hour, he said he would address the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) implementation issues, which he pointed out was not at its best.

“We will look at the implementation and see how we can strengthen it and make it better. Portholes are the major causes of traffic in the state. We will patch them to ease free flow of traffic in the state,” Mr Agbaje siad.

He also said new bus stops should be created where necessary.

The Lagos PDP governorship candidate, who described water as a faster means of transportation in the state, said Lagosians were scared of the small boats, which were in use.

He pointed out that his administration, if elected, would provide bigger boats to ensure passengers’ safety.

On his role in the party, Agbaje stressed that ‘he is not a typical politician’, saying ‘see me as I am. I will no say what I will not do’.

He further explained his relationship with Olabode Goerge, saying Mr George is his party leader.

“If a man is charged to court and sentenced for a crime and a superior court frees him, then he is not guilty,” Agbaje said.

He, however, urged the people of Lagos state to go out and vote so as to discharge their civic duties.

APC Holds One Million Man March In Lagos

APCMembers and supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday took to the streets in what they termed a one million man march.

From Maryland area to the Surulere area of Lagos mainland and stopping at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, party leaders sought more support at the polls.

Supporters of the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and members of the APC chanted and gyrated to political songs in praise of the APC candidates.

As the marchers made a final stop at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, the leaders seized the opportunity to address the crowd on the forthcoming elections.

The march may be a form of exercise, nevertheless, it was largely a political statement; especially in a strategic state like Lagos where, not only number matters, but the commerce makes the decision of voters and leaders significant.

Among notable members who led the march were the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu; the APC governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; and Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji and others.

Give Account Of 136bn Naira SURE-P Largesse, PDP Tells Fashola

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The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the State Governor to account for over 136 billion Naira SURE-P largesse allocated to Lagos State.

The party claims the money was collected by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola.

In a statement issued by the Lagos State PDP spokesman, Taofik Gani, the party noted that the amount was enough to build at least 100,000 low cost accommodation and adequate hostels on all the state’s tertiary campuses.

“In spite of the huge state internally generated revenue (IGR) and the over 136 billion Naira SURE-P largesse over the years, Lagos residents are still lacking many ordinary social services.

“Where they are available, Lagosians (Lagos residents) pay exorbitant to enjoy such,” the party stated.

According to the statement: “even the APC governorship Candidate’s campaign jingles, posters and other messages are clear vote of no confidence in the services rendered by Governor Fashola.

“This is because Mr Ambode has himself declared emergency in virtually all the sectors of governance in the state by proposing trust and emergency funds in the sectors.”

The Akinwunmi Ambode is the Lagos State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PPD re-emphasised its confidence in defeating the APC in the coming general elections.

“We are good to go and defeat APC in the coming elections. Fashola was able to cajole Lagos residents for some years with pseudo and momentary projects, while neglecting areas of governance that affect the masses most,” the party said.

The PDP, describing the Governor as a mediocre in governance, said it would capitalise on the flaws of Governor Fashola’s administration to defeat of the APC in the state.

 

Imo Tertiary Students Unions Endorse Governor Okorocha For Second Term

Imo-state-Rochas-OkorochaThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha and the APC governorship candidate on Wednesday received endorsement and support from students under the aegis of the National Union of Imo State Students, comprising of all the seven higher institutions in the state.

The students in their thousands gathered at the freedom square in Owerri, the Imo state capital, to show solidarity to the incumbent Governor.

They maintained that the Governor had done a lot for the students in the area of education especially the free education programme presently enjoyed by students in all the state owned tertiary institutions in the state, urging him to continue with his developmental strides in the state.

Governor Okorocha promised the students that if elected into office, he would consolidate on the existing programmes initiated by his administration.