House of Representatives member, Bimbo Daramola, believes that only the court can determine the legality of House of Reps Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal’s defection from the PDP to the APC.
Speaking on Channels Television on Monday, Mr Daramola opined that Tambuwal must have consulted with his community before making the decision and he was sure that the defection was in line with the demands of his constituents.
“There’s no one politicians who would take any of his constituents for granted… I know too certainly.”
Reading from the laws governing the leadership of the House of Representatives, he stated that there were no rules stating that the Speaker of the House must be from the majority party or elected by numerical strength.
Highlighting the rules which further provides the procedure for the election of the Speaker, Daramola condemned the situation whereby “nobody has enlightened Nigerians in this direction, so people tend to moralise and sermonise” the defection.
On the argument that there were no divisions in the PDP to have warranted Mr Tambuwal’s defection, as recommended by the law, Daramola argued that the PDP in Sokoto State indeed had internal issues.
“Not less than 44 member have a subsisting case in court right now,” he said, adding that the current Governor in Sokoto State, having left the PDP while his Deputy has remained in the party was an indication of division.
He argued further, “There’s no provision that says you must convince the (House) members (on the reason for defection). The constitution just says that this is the only door that you can walk through.”
For those insisting that Tambuwal’s defection was not justified and therefore illegal, Daramola said that the court remained the best place to prove if Tambuwal’s defection was right or wrong.
Speaking on the demand by some PDP members for an honourable resignation from the Speaker, Daramola said, “I do not know of any Speaker who has earned the opulence of a honourable gentleman like him.
“We all know we are used to banana peels all over the place, (but) this man has chaperoned the House in three and a half years like no other.”
Daramola also took a swipe at the Federal Government, wondering why the Government was more interested in removing the Speaker instead of its primary purpose of providing security, with reference to the state of insecurity in the North-East and the rising number of Internally Displaced Persons in Adamawa State.
He also condemned the act of the Inspector-General of Police striping the Speaker of his security details, referring to it as illegal. He warned that it was about time for institutions in Nigeria to be more empowered and independent.
“No nation can be greater than the values espoused and believed by its leaders,” he said.
The chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ayo Arise, on Saturday, said that Governor Kayode Fayemi had lost his bid to be re-elected as the Governor of the state a year ago.
“It was only the APC people that did not see the handwriting on the wall. He had lost this election a year ago” he said while speaking as a guest on Sunrise on Channels Television.
Arise, who was holding forte for the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ayo Fayose, in Oye Local Government, added that “we don’t do governance by the newspapers or by propaganda.”
Sen Arise attributed the failure of Governor Kayode Fayemi to retain the trust of the people on a “policy that affected civil servants, that affected the teachers”, insisting that “those ones constitute the majority of opinion moulders in any election.”
He mentioned the Teachers’ Development Need Assessment as one of Governor Fayemi’s policy that affected his re-election bid, maintaining that the teachers “should have been trained to meet the standard” the Governor wanted for the teachers.
He commended the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting a free, credible and fair election in the state.
However, in a swift reaction, a member of the House of Representatives, Mr Bimbo Daramola, debunked the alleged ill treatment of teachers by the Fayemi-led administration.
“No government in (the history of) Ekiti has been as nice and kind to teachers like Kayode Fayemi”, he said, challenging the former senator to prove him wrong.
Mr Daramola said that the Fayemi-led administration approved several welfare packages for teachers in the state, including the 20 percent teachers’ rural allowance to “incentivize teachers deployed to rural areas”, 20 percent core subjects allowance, teachers’ housing scheme, first-ever loan scheme for primary school teachers, distribution of laptops to teachers, 27.5 percent Teachers Salary Structure (TSS) and capacity building training, which has produced the best teacher in Nigeria consecutively in 2012 and 2013.
He went further to challenge the governor-elect, Ayo Fayose, to “a step by step analysis of what Kayode Fayemi has done in three years and see whether Fayemi lost that election on the basis of his policies”. He added that “no government can be perfect”.
Congressman, Daramola, however, alleged that Governor Fayemi lost the election based on an “extraneous factor” and accused security agents of selective arrests.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the candidate of the 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 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 place third.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed concerns over the role of the military in Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State, following the arrest of the party’s leaders by soldiers on the eve of the election.
In a statement, Saturday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said armed soldiers arrested the Director-General of the Fayemi Campaign Organization, Hon. Bimbo Daramola, and the state Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Dapo Kolawole, on the eve of the poll.
It said both men were arrested in their country homes in Ire and Iloro respectively and whisked to an unknown destination.
“The role being played by the military in the Ekiti elections gives reason for concern, because an institution that is supposed to unite Nigerians has descended into the area of partisan politics and it is now seriously undermining democracy”, APC said.
“Whoever the misguided soldiers in Ekiti are working for, they should know that their actions can only destroy the nation’s democracy. We therefore call on the military hierarchy to defend the integrity of the institution by calling the partisan soldiers in Ekiti to order before it is too late. The consequences of a rigged election in Ekiti will reverberate far beyond the state”, the party said.
The opposition party reiterated its earlier warning that it would not accept the outcome of an election in which the military and other security agencies skewed the whole process in favour of a certain candidate, to the detriment of others.
“The APC seeks no favour from any individual or institution for Saturday’s elections. What we demand is a level playing field for all the candidates, and a conducive atmosphere for the people of Ekiti to cast their votes without harassment or intimidation”, APC said.
The Labour Party, represented by Bolanle Badekunle-Bruce on Saturday told Channels Television that it is the party to beat in the Ekiti governorship election, describing the Kayode Fayemi administration a government of billboards and publications.
Appearing as a guest on Sunrise, 20 days to the election, along with House of Reps member and leader of the Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Bimbo Daramola, Mrs Bruce claimed that there were 400,000 unemployed youths in the State, a figure which had given rise to political thuggery and violence.
She further claimed that inidigenes of the State were still practicing subsistence farming, attributing this to the non-performance of the current administration and noting that the LP was offering a new hope, new dawn, a government that would be unusual, real democracy and a government that would be accountable to the people.
“Right now in Ekiti State, we still practice substance farming,” she said, adding that the first love of the State was agriculture. Therefore the LP is also promising mechanized farming as well as youth empowerment to the 400,000 employable youths who are roaming on the streets.
The LP representative also took on the issue of Local Government elections in the state which had not been held and which she alleged to be a deliberate move by the APC administration to control the Local Governments.
However, Congressman Daramola, representing Ekiti North Federal Constituency, debunked the claims made by the LP representative,claiming that the Governor could not have conducted the elections because there was a case in court which arose from its previous attempt to conduct the elections.
After arguing his way out of allegations that the court case was an orchestration of the Government, who purportedly made a party member the head of the electoral body to provoke litigation, he went on to list the achievements of the Fayemi-led government.
“The only man who is coming to this election with a paid cheque is Dr. John Kayode Fayemi. His cheque is paid, not promissory notes. Every other person is coming on promisory notes,” he said, in defence of the Governor, although the Labour Party woman later refereed to it as “dud cheques”.
Presenting a newspaper publication containing the progress made in over 3 years, Daramola further stated that each one of the 131,000 villages and towns in the State had no less than 5 projects running.
He noted that Ekiti state had moved beyond subsistence farming 3 years ago and had gone further to set up the Youths In Commercial Agriculture policy.
In what turned out to be a fierce debate, with claims and counterclaims, Bruce alleged that all the achievements the Fayemi administration had publicized were not real.
She went ahead to state that the social security scheme for the elderly, put together by the State was merely a ruse to appreciate loyal supporters of the All Progressives Congress.
A 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?”
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.
In preparation for the forthcoming governorship polls, the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has appointed Mr. Bimbo Daramola as the Director-General of Fayemi Campaign Organization.
Dr Fayemi in a press statement said that the appointment was after a wide consultation from the party leaders and other members, so as to get things planned properly and also to help communicate to the grassroots as well as to the entire people of the state.
Daramola, who is currently representing the Ekiti North Federal Constituency 2 at the House of Representatives, while briefing newsmen in Ado Ekiti, said that the eight members at federal level are closely working together, including Ekiti sons and daughters who have committed themselves to ensure Ekiti does not retrogress.
He also stated some reasons why a governor who has done tremendously well in the state and had made poverty a history should be elected into office for a second term.
Stakeholders in the politics of Ekiti State have expressed confidence that the 2014 Governorship Election in the state would not have any form of confusion witnessed in Anambra State, as the performance of the State Governor guarantees success.
The Interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State, Jide Awe, alongside a House of Representatives Member from Ekiti State, Bimbo Daramola, made the declaration on Channels Television’s weekend breakfast programme ‘Sunrise’ where they discussed the 2014 election in the state.
Also on the programme was a member of the editorial board of The Nation Newspapers, Bolade Omonijo, who was unsurprisingly neutral, expressed fears about the coming elections, not just in Ekiti State but in Nigeria.
Citing the words of his lecturer back in the university, who likened Nigerian politics to a situation of warfare, Omonijo regretted that since then till 2014 nothing had changed, and that can be blamed on the leaders who have made people to lose confidence in the process having cast many votes that did not count.
Making reference to the Anambra State election of 2013, he said he hoped that the leadership of Ekiti State would make the difference to ensure that the Anambra state election scenario does not occur.
Referring to an earlier ‘Sunrise’ interview with the State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, where the Governor spoke about his antecedents and the value he has placed on integrity, Omonijo believed that the people managing Ekiti have something to offer and with their antecedents and pedigree they would be more mindful of the points they want to make to the people rather than get desperate at the polls.
Daramola, also towing the line of depending on personal antecedents and integrity as the tool for political success, stated that what his party, the APC, has going for them in Ekiti is their verifiable performances in all sectors.
Asides commending the State Governor for his performance, he also reeled out his activities as a Member of the House of Representatives, with emphasis on his commitment to service and his fulfillment of pre-election promise to do his best for his people as the driving force behind his confidence. He said: “I know the mandate I carry does not belong to me”
Daramola, speaking about Nigerian politics, decried the gap between the leadership and the followership; he stated that as long as the political leaders remain far away from the people they govern “we are always going to have issues…so we need to close the gap.”
He blamed the gap between both parties as being the reason why money becomes a major feature during campaigns. He explained that when the electorates are aware that they would not matter to a politician when he gets to office, they begin to have the mindset of grabbing what they can before the election when they seem to matter.
This, he said, is why politicians become desperate and willing to do anything to manipulate the elections, as they are aware that they do not have the support of the people. He however assured that the APC in Ekiti State would have no reason to become desperate as they have earned the people’s support.
He vowed that he would stand down from the House of Representatives if any of the developmental achievements claimed by Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, were found to be untrue.
Daramola also blamed the purported failure of the 2013 elections in Anambra and Delta states on lack of transparency from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. He posited that the struggle for power always leads to attrition which also leads to friction, but power means many things to different people and thus the approaches would differ, if only INEC could be fair in its duty.
The Interim Chairman of the APC in Ekiti State, Jide Awe, also corroborated Daramola’s views about the election.
He said that the aims and objectives of any political party are to participate effectively in elections, which is like the examination to assess their performance, assuring that as far as the 2014 was concerned “we are well prepared for the election” adding “this is not our first election.”
He said that what the Governor has done in the state has made the job easier for the party, so “we only need to mobilize people at the grassroots to pay back the government for the good job they have done, there is no way the opposition can override us.”
He said that the 3years of APC leadership in Ekiti State has been far better than the 7 previous years of the opposition in the state, boasting that “we are sure the people will reward us”, adding that for the APC to maintain its strength in the state, it would only need to maintain its current leadership.
Awe also expressed reservation about the electoral commission, INEC, but said that the APC is making efforts under the aegis of Congress of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP in collaboration with other agencies to ensure safe and fair elections in the state.
While Omonijo also expressed concerns about security, Daramola warned that the next 6 months would be the most important for Ektiti state to move forward. He appealed to the Chairman of the INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, to be transparent.
The Party Chairman, Jide Awe called on INEC, Police and the people to be open. He emphasized that INEC should ensure that voter registration is done well and the list of voters are displayed on time as experience should come to bear in this coming election.
Daramola sounded again that the election would be won on the basis of performance and Governor Fayemi has delivered that.
The Nigerian House of Representatives has mandated a joint committee to look into the government’s accounts to determine its true status.
The mandate also requires the joint committee on Finance, Appropriation, Loans and Aids to look into the economic situation of Nigeria.
A member of the House of Representatives, Bimbo Daramola moved the motion on Thursday.
“There is need for full disclosure of the state of the Federation Accounts and Economic situation of our country,” the lawmaker said.
The committee will meet with the Minister of Finance, Heads of Revenue Agencies, Debt Management Office and related organisations and have them present to Nigerians the full status of the Federation accounts and the current economic situation.
A motion which seeks to recall the 3500 soldiers deployed to Edo state for this weekend’s governorship elections has divided lawmakers of the House of Representatives. The motion was raised by opposition lawmaker Hon. Bimbo Daramola (ACN, Ekiti State), the bill sought to challenge the deployment of 3500 soldiers to Edo state for the forthcoming governorship elections in the state.
The matter appeared to have been settled only for the speaker to halt proceedings to admit to have made an error.
The motion, which came as a point of Constitutional Order, was defeated in a voice vote but the decision was challenged by the House Minority Leader, Femi Gbajiamila and this led to an apology by the speaker of the House, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal .
The speaker then ruled that a physical vote will be taken on the matter during plenary on Thursday. The vote will however be to determine if the motion should be considered or not.
A total of 3,500 soldiers have been deployed to ensure adequate security for the governorship election in Edo State.
Commander, 4 Brigade Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Obi Umahi said it was part of the decisions of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubike Ihejirika, to make the election peaceful.
60 vehicles have also been taken to the state to aid movement of the soldiers who will be positioned in different locations during the election to curtail any breakdown of law, order and electioneering rules.
Brig.-Gen.Umahi said the patrol trucks would be distributed to various local governments and constituencies in the state.