Herdsmen Attack: Miyetti Allah Asks Fayose To Show Statesmanship

Miyetti-Allah, Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti, HerdsmenThe Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has asked Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to show statesmanship over the recent alleged herdsmen attack on a community in his state.

The Secretary General of the Association, Baba Ngelzerma, made the appeal on Wednesday while reacting to the Governor’s ban on public grazing and cattle rearing in Ekiti State in southwest Nigeria.

“The statement that the Governor issued, I think he has to exercise some restraint (and) he has to show statesmanship on solving this issue,” he said.

Mr Ngelzerma said on Sunrise Daily that the association was making efforts to meet with Governor Fayose, adding that the association was in contact with its branch in Ekiti State over the matter.

He admitted that there were bad ones amongst them but urged the public not to put blames on the herdsmen until an investigation was conducted.

“Like every other community in Nigeria, we have our own criminals too but then, you cannot jump to conclusion and just apportion blame on a particular group even before an investigation is conducted,” he said.

One-sided Dissemination of Information
The Miyetti Allah Secretary General disclosed that the association had convened a meeting last week, to look at ways of solving the lingering crisis between the herdsmen and various communities across Nigeria.

Ngelzerma stressed that the media had a major role to play in solving the crises while he commended Channels Television for giving them the opportunity to tell their own side of the story.

He condemned the one-sided dissemination of information to the public, urging other broadcast organisations to emulate Channels Television and balance their stories.

Fayose Bans Public Grazing, Cattle Rearing In Ekiti State

fulani herdsmenThe Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has banned grazing and cattle rearing in the state following the recent attack on the people of Oke-Ako in Ikole-Ekiti Local Government Area of the state by unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

He made the declaration during his visit to Oke-Ako community and the affected victims.

He asked that anyone interested in the cattle business should build a ranch.

Governor Fayose said that he was also declaring war against the gunmen for killing his people after destroying their farmland and that he would support in any way to protect the people.

Reports say the gunmen arrived Oke-Ako community at about 8pm and started shooting sporadically leaving two people dead and several others injured.

Governor Ayo Fayose arrived from a political trip to Port Harcourt and immediately decided to visit the community with top government officials to see the level of damage.

After visiting the victims and the deceased families, he said that he was left with no choice than to ban indiscriminate grazing and cattle rearing in the state, warning that any cattle found wandering in the state would be confiscated.

He added that a bill to make movement of cattle from one location in the state to another criminal would soon be sent to the State House of Assembly.


Traditional rulers have also condemned the incident and have called for President Buhari’s intervention.

The Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, Etop John-James, however, said that the situation was under control.

To the families of the deceased, Governor Fayose has released the sum of 2.5 million Naira and another 2.5million Naira for the local hunters to get all it takes to prepare for self-defence, including a patrol vehicle.

Security operatives have also been deployed to the community.

Jerry Gana Knocks PDP Over Crisis

Jerry Gana, PDPThe leadership of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP has received a knock from one of its own, a former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana

Professor Gana, at a forum in Abuja says the party is being run in the unhealthiest manner which is detrimental to the sustenance of the party.

The former minister wants key leaders of the party to wade into the current crisis rocking the party or else a worse crisis may hit the PDP.

“The bedrock of our democracy in the PDP is ‘Power to the People’. Let the people choose their leaders in free, fair and credible elections. We hate any manipulation and rigging of elections in any form.

“If the PDP is to be revived and remobilised for electoral victory by the grace of God, we must return to this wonderful principle of ‘power to the people’.

“We received painful reports of the poor and shamelessly undemocratic practices during the recently concluded party congresses in several states.

“After the shocking results of the last general elections in 2015, we had hoped that our leaders would have learned serious lessons to make them resolve never again to impose candidates, never again to practice impunity, never again to rig party elections, never again to take the people for granted.

“Yet we find ourselves, in our very eyes, returning to even worse things within our party,” he said.

Another chieftain of the party, Mr Bwala Inuwa, however disagrees with the former minister, saying he has little to add to the repositioning of the party, going by his recent actions.

“They seem to forget that their generation is no longer relevant to contemporary politics and that is why you did not see any politician of note amongst the gathering.

“That is why you did not see anybody coming from his constituency having gone for the party congresses because they cannot go (as) they don’t have anybody at home.

“Gone are the days of gun flaring politics, these are the days of grassroots mobilisation for support for the PDP,” he said.

Bode George Wants PDP Chairmanship, I Won’t Support Him – Fayose

Fayose, Bode George, PDPEkiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, says members of the PDP are tired of old men running the party as they are responsible for its fall from power in 2015.

Speaking on Sunday Politics, Fayose said that the controversies surrounding the party’s zoning arrangement is not an indication that they were in crisis but that the party is in a period when critical decisions are being made and interests must be protected.

According to him, the most important thing is for the party to get things right and this they are already doing.

A member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Bode George, had in an earlier interview described the PDP zoning as one capable of doing more harm than good and which would be resisted.

He was of the opinion that if the party zones its presidential candidacy in 2019 to the north, it is the right of the southwest region to have the party’s national chairmanship position.

The decision of the zoning committee to zone the the party’s national chairmanship position to the northeast did not go down well with him.

 

Chief George warned that the PDP lost in 2015 because of its disregard for the opinions of some elders of the party who are custodians of the culture of the party and its logic in making major decisions.

 

Reacting to this, Fayose said, “I have a lot of respected for Chief Bode George, he is our leader, we will continue to respect him but when it comes to the nitty gritty, where is the interest? You must find out the underlining factors.

“Chief Bode George told me personally that he wants to be national chairman of the party, I told him no I won’t support him.

“With all due respect to the elderly people in this party, they must take the backstage. People are tired of seeing the same old faces again.

“I have been hearing Ahmadu Alli since 1976 when we sang ‘Alli must go’ in secondary school. Chief Bode George has been governor of Ondo State almost 40 years ago. They are our leaders and we love them but they should take the backstage.

Fayose also disagreed with the notion that the southwest had been divided over the zoning, dismissing the meeting reportedly held to discuss the zone’s seeming disapproval. He argued that the absence of PDP’s southwest governors at the meeting showed that it did not represent the opinion of the southwest.

“Chief Bode George was the convener of that meeting. Most people that came to that meeting did not know what they were coming for. We are in very peculiar times when we need to address issues differently,” he warned.

He blamed the PDP founding fathers for the party’s loss in 2015. “The grandfathers of PDP lost it in 2015, it’s (now) a new beginning, and they should pocket those stories.”

The Governor insisted that the old members do not have the capacity to rebuild the party. He mentioned Dr. Doyin Okupe as one of those who have approached him on the position and whom he would not support.

Fayose threw his weight behind the PDP zoning arrangement and the possible emergence of incumbent National Chairman Alli-Modu Sheriff as the party’s chairman at the national convention.

He revealed that every member of the party’s zoning committee voted for the northeast to retain the position of national chairman.

On allegations that he betrayed the southwest region where he belongs, Fayose said, “I was the very first person to look out for Senator Bode Olajumoke (as national chairman) mentioning that it must come to the southwest.

“But how many of them came or publicly said ‘I want to contest’? You don’t give positions to unwilling horses.

He went head to declare his support for Alli-Modu Sheriff, “He is the incumbent and he is still going to win this election.”

PDP Zoning: Bode George Explains Why Southwest Should Be Chairman

Bode GeorgeA member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Bode George, has warned his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to let its zoning arrangement become another pitfall in the 2019 general elections.

George was the guest of Sunday Politics on Channels Television where he explained the controversies trailing the recent decisions made by the party’s zoning committee ahead of their national convention.

He warned that the PDP lost in 2015 because of its disregard for the opinions of some elders of the party who are custodians of the culture of the party and its logic in making major decisions.

“The moment you derail from what is expected to be, then you are heading to perfidy.

“This is why we are ringing the bell again; please let us correct the ills of the past, let’s move to a rational decision, democracy is about debating and discussing,” he warned.

The PDP has been attributing several reasons to its dismal performance at the 2015 elections and has vowed to bounce back to prominence in 2019 with its National Chairman, Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff also promising to reconcile members and consolidate ahead of 2019.

The party’s national convention is slated for May 21, 2016 where the leadership of the party is expected to launch its comeback, but the process to that ambition of the new leadership is not enjoying a smooth ride.

Some leaders of the party in the southwest had expressed the view that if the party zones its presidential candidacy in 2019 to the north, it is the right of the southwest region to have the party’s national chairmanship position.

But when the party released the zoning arrangement ahead of the convention, the national chairmanship position was zoned to the northeast.

This has not gone down well with some of the elders who believe that the move is capable of causing the party its peace.

Impostors

Olabode George, who is one of the elders of the party, noted that his main issue with the new arrangement is that the party had deviated from the concept of zoning which the party’s founding fathers created.

He noted that this is capable of doing more harm than good as the party puts efforts into winning back its relevance across the country and it would be resisted.

There are indications that members of the party from the southwest are divided over the matter as some have thrown their weight behind the zoning arrangement and the possible reemergence of the incumbent National Chairman, Ali-Modu Sheriff, at the national convention.

Chief Bode George would not consider such groups as leaders of the party. He dismissed meetings held to support the arrangement as those by impostors who do not really matter in the hierarchy of the party.

On the possible emergence of Ali-Modu Sheriff and Uche Secondus as the party’s national chairman and deputy national chairman, Mr George said that emergence of persons as leaders should be based on their impacts on the party and their acceptability from their zones.

Beyond 2017

Chief Bode George, however, said that this arrangement could be allowed but those elected at the national convention based on it should not be in office beyond March 2017.

He explained that this is to ensure that a new chairman emerges who would midwife the emergence of the party’s presidential candidate for 2019.

“The former Governor of Jigawa had come out to say he has a presidential ambition because of the report by Ekweremadu that the Presidential candidate will come from the north.

“So, he (Sheriff) cannot continue to be the Chairman. How can the north now midwife their own presidential ambition? It doesn’t work out.”

He said further that this would also ensure that the party has two years to prepare for the 2019 comeback plan without internal issues.

“It is when you have a stable platform that you can build,” Chief George said.

Governor Fayose Flags Off First Flyover In Ekiti

Governor FayoseGovernor Fayose of Ekiti State has flagged off the construction of the first flyover in Ekiti State.

Speaking at the ceremony on Tuesday, Governor Fayose explained that the flyover, which is going to be about two kilometers, would cost the State Government over 7 billion Naira.

The Governor, who flagged off the flyover in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, also assured the people of adequate supervision of the project as well as availability of fund.

The contractor handling the project, Paul Chamoun, has promised to complete the project within 18 months.

Governor Fayose conducted the flag-off along with his Deputy, Kolapo Olusola and other top government officials.

Traditional rulers as well as some party supporters also graced at the event.

Fayose Claims Army Probe Panel Report Is Politically Motivated

FayoseThe Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has condemned the just concluded and submitted army report set up to look into the roles played by some soldiers during the Ekiti , Osun, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States governorship elections.

Reacting to the outcome of the panel, Governor Fayose described it as politically motivated.

He further stated that the international communities had rated Ekiti 2014 and 2015 governorship election as the best so far in the country.

Governor Fayose appealed with the interested parties to allow peace to reign in the state.

A board of inquiry set up by the Nigerian Army to review allegations of unprofessional conducts by some officers and soldiers during the 2015 elections has recommended some sanctions for erring officials in its report submitted on Monday.

The Board set up by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, after a thorough job submitted its report to the Chief of Army Staff at the Army Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

I Didn’t Make Any Statement On Buruji Kashamu – Fayose

fayoseEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has dismissed the statement being credited to him on the travail of Senator-Elect, Buruji Kashamu in the hands of men of the NDLEA, saying he never made any such statement.

Fayose, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said the comment must have been generated by desperate political spin doctors to link him with what he knew nothing about.

The statement read; “Kindly disregard any press statement being circulated that I made on Prince Buruji Kashamu today.

“I have not made any press statement on the travail of Buruji Kashamu today (Saturday) both on Twitter and Facebook or any social media platform.

“Obviously, the comment being referred to was generated by desperate political spin doctors with ulterior motives and their motive must be to drag me into what does not concern me as a governor.

“For all intent and purposes, the issue relating to Prince Buruji Kashamu is not political and I as a governor does not have anything to do with it.”

Supreme Court Affirms Fayose’s Victory

fayose-The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the All Progressives Congress (APC), challenging the eligibility and election of the Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayo Fayose for lack of merit.

The court held that the impeachment panel was in breach of the constitutional requirement, adding that should impeachment be considered, it is not enough to disqualify anyone from participating from an election, except such a person is further arraigned and convicted before a competent court of jurisdiction or Code of Conduct Tribunal, he cannot be guilty of any crime as proscribed by section 182, subsection 1 of the 1999 constitution.

The court also ruled that the issue of falsification of the governor’s educational qualification is of material benefit to the case as it has been decided since 2004 in the case between the Alliance for Democracy and the governor.

The counsel to the APC praised the ruling as laying to rest the many confusion brought about by the interpretation of section 182 of the constitution as to what constitutes a guilty verdict, enough to decide the eligibility of a contestant in an election.

The APC had challenged the qualification of Mr Fayose’s qualification for the June 21, 2014 governorship election on the grounds of his impeachment on October 16, 2006.

The party also dragged Mr Fayose to court over alleged falsification of academic qualifications and Code of Conduct rules.

The Election Petition Tribunal had on December 19, 2014, upheld Mr. Fayose’s victory and dismissed the APC’s petition for “lack of merit”.

 

Fayose Says INEC’s Card Reader Will Mar Polls

INECThe Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has described the Card Reader Machines which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) intends to use to accredit voters during the March 28 and April 11 elections as “a fraud capable of scuttling the elections”. 

The Governor, on Sunday expressed doubt over the forthrightness of the INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, in handling the elections.

He said: “Unless INEC has an agenda that is different from conduct of free, fair and credible elections.Use of the card readers should be suspended for future elections so as to enable proper test-running of the technology”.

Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose, said he was not against the use of any technology to ensure credible elections. He said that the flaws recorded during the last Saturday test-run exercise were too fundamental to be ignored.

He pointed out that Jega was not being truthful on INEC preparedness for the election, saying: “Jega told us before February 14 that INEC was ready. He heaped the blame for postponement of the elections on security.

“However, the same INEC that Jega said was ready to conduct elections on Febuary 14 was testing card readers on March 7, meaning that all the flaws that characterised the Saturday exercise would have been witnessed on February 14. Wouldn’t that have been disastrous?”

Machines Failed

The governor said: “No right thinking person would want to experiment with major elections. INEC ought to have tested the card reader technology with at least, a bye-election before using it for the general elections”.

“From the Saturday exercise, it can be assumed that it would take an average of one minute for a card to be read. Given that accreditation of voters would start at 9:00am and end at 12:00 noon, the card reader would be able to read 180 voters cards in three hours. What would then happen in polling units with 500 voters or more?”

Speaking further, Governor Fayose said the machines failed to recognise Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in most of the States where the Saturday test-run took place while in some, the machines’ batteries lasted for less than three hours.

“For instance, in Ebonyi State, we were told that Card Readers didn’t recognise the fingerprints of voters who registered for the 2011 general elections.

“The State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Lawrence Azubuike, acknowledged that the authentication process by the Card Reader was very poor.

“In Taraba State, many voters complained that the card readers could not identify their fingerprints.

“Most importantly, it had been discovered that the card readers can be pre-programmed to reject PVCs. The card readers can also be pre-loaded, even without using the right PVCs.

“Therefore, Jega and his INEC must have to further convince Nigerians on their real intention for trying to use a technology that is yet to be tested and adjudged foolproof for a major exercise like the president election that is capable or making or marring Nigeria,” the Governor explained.

Osinbajo Demands Apology, 2bn Naira Damages From Fani-Kayode

Yemi-Osinbajo_APC_VP_CandidateThe vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Yemi Osinbajo, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to Mr Femi Fani-Kayode to apologise over “defamatory statements” against him.

In a letter dated February 28 and addressed to Mr Fani-Kayode, who is the Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples’ Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Osinbajo demanded for two billion Naira as damages.

He also demanded for an immediate retraction of the “offensive and derogatory” publication and an apology on four Television channels and national newspapers.

“Be advised that if we do not receive your formal retraction and apology and damages as demanded within seven days of receipt hereof, we shall proceed with our client’s instructions to seek appropriate legal remedies for your publication and dissemination of defamatory statements,” Mr Osinbajo wrote, through his lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, also a senior advocate.

“Misleading Defamatory Statements”

Mr Fani-Kayode, a lawyer, had on February 28, convened a press conference in Abuja, where he alleged that the APC’s vice presidential candidate had sworn an oath to vacate his seat should the party win the forthcoming election.

According to Mr Fani-Kayode, Senator Bola Tinubu, the APC’s National Leader, had nominated Mr Osinbajo as part of “plans to come to power through the back door”.

“Tinubu, according to our information, has compelled Osinbajo to swear to an oath that after six months in office, he would resign as the vice president, in the unlikely event that their party wins,” Mr Fani-Kayode said while addressing the press.

“The wicked plot, as laid out by them, is to force Osinbajo to resign for Tinubu to be nominated by Buhari as his replacement.”

Mr Falana said that the statement, wherein he labelled Mr Osinbajo as Mr Tinubu’s ‘stooge,’ hurt the vice presidential candidate, having been disseminated to millions of TV viewers, including on print and online media.

“As it were, the statement has now been published and circulated to an undetermined number of people in Nigeria, and internationally outside Nigeria,” Mr. Falana said.

“The direct meaning, imputation, purport and/or innuendo or insinuation of the false, misleading and defamatory statements is that: “Professor Osinbajo is deceitful. Essentially, you alleged that his motivation and pledge to serve as Vice President of Nigeria is inconsistent with his avowed desire to serve this nation with General Buhari, and work assiduously to deliver the benefits of his commitment, party and personal promises to the people”.

“Your characterisation of Professor Osinbajo as a ‘stooge’ in context suggests that he is complicit in a fraud against the Nigerian people,” he stated.

Mr Falana further said that Mr Fani-Kayode’s statements implied that his client lacked integrity and had engaged in a conduct incompatible with his faith and ethics as a pastor and respected lawyer.

“It is clear that the entire publication was a vicious, wicked and reckless ploy to impugn the reputation of our client and lower him in the estimation of right thinking members of the public,” Mr Falana added.

Meanwhile, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, has also demanded for five billion Naira from the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Lai Mohammed, as damages for a ‘defamatory publication’.

A solicitor to Mr Femi Fani-Kayode,  Mr Ahmed Raji, who made the demand on Tuesday, also asked Mr Mohammed to withdraw the statement made on its client’s mental state and published on the Nation Newspaper.

In a letter written to Mr Lai Mohammed, signed by Whyte Prokunomaa, the Firm noted that Mr Fani-Kayode denied in its entirety, the contents of the publication.

 

Fani-Kayode Demands 5bn Naira Damages From Lai Mohammed

Femi-Fani-Kayode1-450x300The spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, has demanded for five billion Naira from the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Lai Mohammed, as damages for a ‘defamatory publication’.

A solicitor to Mr Femi Fani-Kayode,  Mr Ahmed Raji, who made the demand on Tuesday, also asked Mr Mohammed to withdraw the statement made on its client’s mental state and published on the Nation Newspaper.

In a letter written to Mr Lai Mohammed, signed by Whyte Prokunomaa, the Firm noted that Mr Fani-Kayode denied in its entirety, the contents of the publication.

The firm stated further that every allegation against Mr Fani-Kayode in the said publication was false and defamatory of his person and character.

Mr Mohammed in a statement in Dubai, stressed that the APC had never and would never wish anyone ill-health.

He said: “No! We have never and will never wish anyone any ill-health.

“However, we are seriously concerned that Mr Fani-Kayode may have unhinged, perhaps as a result of a relapse into an unhealthy lifestyle of substance abuse.

“Our concern stems from the series of incoherent behaviours exhibited by Mr Fani-Kayode in recent times, which call into question his state of mental health.”

However, Mr Fani-Kayode’ solicitor demanded that Mr Mohammed should withdraw the said statement and render an apology to its client within seven days of the receipt of the request.

It also noted that the APC’s National Publicity Secretary was expected to enter into negotiation for damages, stating that it had firm instructions to claim five Billion Naira damages against him.

Meanwhile, the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Yemi Osinbajo, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to Mr Fani-Kayode to apologise over “defamatory statements” against him.

In a letter dated February 28 and addressed to Mr Fani-Kayode, who is the Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples’ Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Osinbajo demanded for two billion Naira as damages.

He also demanded for an immediate retraction of the “offensive and derogatory” publication and an apology on four Television channels and national newspapers.