INEC Declares Ayo Fayose Winner Of Ekiti Governorship Election

Ayo_FayoseThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Ayodele Fayose as the winner of the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State.

Mr Fayose, according to the electoral body scored 203, 090 number of votes to beat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Kayode Fayemi, who scored 120, 433 while the candidate of the Labour Party, Bamidele Michael Opeyemi scored 18,135 votes to come third.

“Ayodele Peter Fayose of PDP having certified the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected”, said the returning officer and Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Professor Isaac Azuzu.

Despite a number of political parties fielding candidates in the election, analysts had tipped the contest to be between the candidates of three parties– the incumbent governor, Kayode Fayemi of the APC, a former governor of the state, Ayo Fayose of the PDP, and a member of the House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele of the LP.

Earlier the candidate of the PDP berated the use of money to sway the minds of electorates during the election insisting that he has left everything in the hands of God.

Speaking to journalists after casting his vote, Mr Fayose said “money for me in this game will destroy so many things and will destroy our future. For me, I have been in my house and I have left everything to God. Whichever way it goes, I have taken it as every good gift comes from God almighty.

“I have put in my best during the campaigns and I have left everything in the hands of God”, he said.

The incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), also speaking after casting his vote noted that he had cause to speak to the Inspector General of Police after he failed to reach President Goodluck Jonathan.

He noted that he was compelled to reach them over the violation of the election procedure by the Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.

In his words “I haven’t been able to get Mr President or his Chief of Staff. I had cause this morning to speak to the Inspector-General of Police, not once, not twice, particularly about this minister of state who was violating the election procedure.

“I have also had cause to speak to the Chief of Army Staff about some untoward activities by his own men on the ground here”, he said.

He however noted that “it has not reached a stage where this should be escalated to the president yet but I will like to think that the president himself will not want a situation that throws Ekiti into jeopardy”.

Meanwhile, candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Bamidele Michael Opeyemi noted that “it feels good to participate in an election that will herald me into the office as the next governor of Ekiti State” insisting that “that is my fate, that is my belief and that is my conviction.

“I want to say that so far, the process appears reasonable and again my hope and prayer is that what I have witnessed here at my polling unit, will be the standard of what is going on in each and every of the 2,195 polling units being used by INEC to conduct this election “ he opined.

In all, 29 domestic and international observers were accredited by INEC to observe the election. The international observers include the UNDP/DGD, EU Delegation, British High Commission, United States Mission to Nigeria, Canadian High commission, Embassies of Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and France.

Ekiti State has three senatorial districts, six federal constituencies, and 177 registration areas spreading across the 16 LGAs.

There are 2,195 polling units and 2, 803 voting points in the state and about 7,941 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) were engaged as ad-hoc staff to man the booths.

The incumbent was hoping to break the jinx of state governors not being re-elected after a first term, as no governor of the state has been elected for a second term since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999 in the state.

Other parties that fielded candidates during the election fared thus: Accord-268, AA–146, AA–146, APC-120, 433, AD–843, CPP-967, LP 18, 125‎, KOWA –222, CPP–967, PDP-203, 09‎0, MPPP- 137, NCP–322, PDC–921, PPA–1050, SDP–65, UDP-67.

Accord-268, AA–146, AA–146, APC-120433, AD–843, CPP-967, LP 18125‎, KOWA –222, CPP–967, PDP-20309‎0, MPPP- 137, NCP–322, PDC–921, PPA–1050, SDP–65, UDP-67 – See more at:



Ekiti Election: Police IG Deploys Men, Equipment

Police SUAhead of the weekend’s governorship election in Ekiti State, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has deployed security equipment including surveillance helicopters, armoured personnel carriers, patrol vans and other law enforcement gadgets to the state.

At a brief ceremony at the Police Headquarters in Abuja, Mr Abubakar assured Nigerians of the readiness of the Police and other security agencies to ensure a hitch-free election.

Defying the early morning rain, the IGP sounded a note of warning to troublemakers and those not directly connected with the election.

He noted that his men had the express mandate of the Inspector-General of Police to ensure peaceful conduct of the governorship election in the state.

The Inspector-General also charged the policemen on election duty in the state to carry out their duties in line with democratic conduct, while ensuring that the state remains calm throughout the election and beyond.

The Inspector-General of Police solicited the cooperation of politicians in the state for the smooth conduct of the election.

The deployment comes as a reinforcement of other security measures already put in place by the Police.

APC Thugs Killed My Supporter And Wanted To Change His T-Shirt – Fayose

Ayo-FayoseThe governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (APC) in the June 21election in Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Fayose, on Tuesday accused members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of killing one of his supporters.

Mr Fayose made this allegation while speaking to State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan.

Fayose noted that the Sunday incident in Ado-Ekiti came up for discussion, claiming that trouble started when some supporters of the All Progressives Congress accosted some of his supporters who were returning from his campaign office and killed one of them.

He further claimed that the initial plan of the APC supporters was to remove the branded T-shirt on the deceased and replace it with APC uniform to give an impression that they were attacked.

He said “what happened on Sunday was that APC supporters went about sweeping the feet of the President, who on Saturday led PDP bigwigs to a mega rally in Ado-Ekiti. I don’t even have any objection to that because that is part of politics.

“There are some of my supporters who always sleep over in my campaign office. These people wearing my branded green T-shirts were returning home and the APC people accosted them.

“They macheted some of my supporters and even killed one of them. They were at the point of removing the deceased’s branded T-shirt and replacing it with APC shirt when the OC MOPOL arrived the scene.

“As he was trying to stop them, Fayemi drove in to block him. It was when they wanted to mob the police officer that he shot teargas into the air.”

Fayose boasted that despite attacks, his supporters would not be deterred and are still fully mobilised to vote for him in the forthcoming election.

Early Sunday morning, members of the All Progressives Congress led by some of their leaders including the Governor Kayode Fayemi were out on some form of campaign when they were allegedly attacked.

Residents say they heard gunshots, but details of the cause of the violence may still be sketchy at this time.

Policemen in the state were said to be around at the scene. A Channels TV staff at the scene got injured in the process of the skirmish.

The meeting was said to have centred on their preparations for the forthcoming governorship elections in their states.

Ekiti People Have Decided To Keep Fayemi – Daramola

Sunrise daramolaA Member of the House of Representatives, Bimbo Daramola, believes that the performance of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, guarantees his re-election in the coming polls in the state.

He gave this impression on Channel Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise, where he appeared alongside an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Lagos, Dr Derin Ologbenla, to discuss developments in Ekiti politics ahead of the June governorship election.

Daramola said that there were a number of things that have given Ekiti people hope and gives assurance that Fayemi would be fully supported by the people. He said that the question would be, “Wouldn’t you rather stick with a man that has come into governance with good track record?”Sunrise Ologbenla

Speaking on the ambition of former Governor of the state, Ayo Fayose to contest for the seat again, Dr Ologbenla said that Fayose’s chances were slim because of his antecedents during his first tenure which saw several crisis and killings in the state. He said that the Ekiti people were more educated to embrace his candidature.

He also dismissed the chances of Labour Party candidate and former member of defunct ACN, Opeyemi Bamidele; he said that he lacked the political structure to win the June governorship election in the state.

The Congressman representing Ekiti North, Daramola, noted that the Ekiti election would mirror what Nigerians should expect in 2015. He said that the readiness of the Independent national Electoral Commision, INEC would be very pivotal to ensuring that the people of Ekiti are given the rights to choose the leader of their choice.

He went further to reveal the several issues already witnessed in the voter registration process in the state, just after the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega had promised all political parties in the state that the commission was ready for a smooth process.

Ologbenla, however, noted that he believed that INEC would not go into an election without being ready but the problem was how the political parties play their game. He stated that any attempt to rig elections in the state would be attacked by the people and he called for the deployment of substantial security resources to maintain sanity during the election.

Daramola concluded by saying that he had no doubt that the Ekiti people have decided to keep Fayemi as their Governor.

PDP readmits Fayose

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday readmitted former Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose into the party.

The PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, who disclosed this in a press release sent to Channels Television, said the decision to readmit Mr Fayose was taken at the party’s National Working Committee’s (NWC) 315th regular meeting held on Wednesday 12th September 2012.

“The NWC ratified the readmission of His Excellency, Dr. Peter Ayo Fayose into the Party with effect from 14th September 2011. The NWC also approved a waiver for Dr. Fayose in line with the provision of Article 8(a) and Article 17.2 (g) of the PDP Constitution with effect from 14th September 2011.

“By this action, Dr. Fayose is cleared to enjoy all rights and privileges of a member of the PDP without let or hindrance,” the statement reads.

Mr Fayose is alleged to be interested in contesting the Ekiti State governorship election in 2014.

Mr Metuh further said that the NWC approved “the Constitution of a National Campaign Committee for the forthcoming Gubernatorial Election in Ondo State.”

According to him, “the 32 member Committee of eminent Nigerians has the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo, GCON as Chairman while the National Legal Adviser, Barrister Victor Kwon is the Secretary.”

Mr Metuh said the committee will be inaugurated by the party’s National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur in due course.

Nigerian lawyers are corrupt – former minister

A former minister of information, Chief Edwin Clark has called on the Nigerian judicial system to put its house in order, claiming that both the bar and bench have thrown away ethics of the profession.

The Ijaw leader made this known on Wednesday in Abuja, where he was the guest lecturer of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies’ (NIALS) annual lecture on the State of the Federation.

According to Chief Clark, “The Bench and The Bar have some questions to answer.”

“Both the bench and the bar are not doing anything to address corruption and if nothing is done about it, Nigeria will remain in the bottom list of corrupt countries in the world” he affirmed.

He made an example of an injunction granted the former governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili by a Court that prevents any possibility of him facing a trial in the country.

“Peter Odili was found to have stolen N100billion of Rivers state fund and today he is a free man and parading himself as a state’s man” he said.

Citing more complicities of judges and lawyers, Chief Clark named former governors such as Joshua Dariye, Ayo Fayose, Saminu Turaki, Uzor Orji Kalu, as some of the former governors whose trial on corruption charges are stalling in courts due to series of adjournments, and injunctions by their lawyers and judges.

“Their cases are adjourned and adjourned and nothing is happening” he stated annoyingly.

After alleging that former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode embezzled some funds, meant for the aviation sector, the Ijaw leader stated that “Femi Fani-Kayode is now parading himself as a moral icon, so why will people not steal” Chief Edwin Clark asked.

“If we don’t fix corruption in this country…we are going nowhere” he concluded.


Nigeria may collapse without a National Conference-Clark

As the National Assembly gears to undertake the fourth amendment of the 1999 Constitution, elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark, has enjoined the legislators to hold on for suggestions from a National Conference before going ahead with the task.

The Ijaw leader made this known on Wednesday in Abuja, where he was the guest lecturer of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies’ (NIALS) annual lecture on the State of the Federation.

On what to do with the 1999 Constitution, whether to amend or re-write a brand new Constitution, Chief Clark stated that “a Constitution must be written by the people”, adding that “but it is only an amendment of the Constitution that will be keep this country together because if a new Constitution is written it will only benefit the devils-the politicians.”

Speaking on the call for a Sovereign National Conference, the 85 year old stated that “what we need is a National Conference and not a Sovereign National Conference because the result of the sovereign national conference can go anyway.”

He welcomed the conveying of a National Conference “to and discuss the basis of our existence as a nation.” “We have never done this since Lord Luggard put us together in 1914 and a fiat Floral Shaw gave us the name Nigeria” he said.

According to the veteran politician “only a national conference can provide the basis for Nigeria’s unity.”

He appealed to the federal government to “convene a National Conference where we (Nigerians) can discuss the basis of our country, where we can discuss corruption, marginalisation and every other thing.”

“The suggestions of this conference will then be submitted to the National Assembly before the Constitution Amendment is carried out. This is the only way we can have a People’s Constitution”