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”