PHOTOS: Lawan Swears-In Olujimi As Senator

Senate President Ahmed Lawan on Thursday swore in Senator Biodun Olujimi as the Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

Olujimi is replacing Senate spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye.

She was sworn-in by the upper chamber, following an oath administered by the Clerk of Senate, Nelson Ayewoh, at exactly 10:40 immediately after the commencement of plenary.

The swearing-in follows the court ruling that declared her winner of the 2019 Senatorial election.

The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal, which nullified the election of Adeyeye, upheld the tribunal judgment which declared Olujimi and the candidate of the PDP as winner at the 2019 National Assembly elections to represent Ekiti South.

See photos from the swearing-in below…

 

Senate Swears In Olujimi After Defeating Adeyeye In Court

The Senate on Thursday swore-in Biodun Olujimi as the Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

Olujimi is replacing Senate spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye.

According to a statement signed on Thursday by Ezrel Tabiowo, spokesperson to the Senate President, Olujimi was sworn-in by the upper chamber, following an oath administered by the Clerk of Senate, Nelson Ayewoh, at exactly 10:40 immediately after the commencement of plenary.

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The lawmaker, who was the Minority Leader in the Eighth Senate, was last week declared winner of the 2019 Senatorial election by the Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal.

The Court which nullified the election of Adeyeye, upheld the tribunal judgment which declared Olujimi and the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as winner at the 2019 National Assembly elections to represent Ekiti South.

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, after the lawmaker was sworn-in, called for unity among all members of the upper chamber.

He added that Olujimi’s victory brings the number of Female Senators to eight in the upper chamber.

“Let me congratulate the Minority leader in the eighth Senate. With this, we now have eight very solid female Senators.

“We pray that this addition will bring additional productivity and stability to the Senate.

“I call for unity and of course, we should remain focus and do those things that will make our country great”, Lawan said.

Appeal Court Sacks Senate Spokesman, Adeyeye

Adeyeye To Dump PDP, Blames Fayose For Loss At Primary
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The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal has nullified the election of spokesman of the Senate, Senator Dayo Adeyeye.

The Appellate Court subsequently upheld the tribunal judgment which declared Senator Biodun Olujimi and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party as winner of the Ekiti South Senatorial election held on February 23.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Dayo Adeyeye of the All Progressive Congress as winner of the February 23 , 2019 National Assembly election , but Mrs Olujimi challenged the result at the tribunal on the grounds that she scored the highest number of votes cast.

READ ALSO: Ekiti South: Tribunal Sacks Senate’s Spokesman Adeyeye, Declares Olujimi Winner

In her petition, Senator Olujimi asked the tribunal to nullify Adeyeye’s victory on the grounds that the election was marred by massive irregularities .

In her written address, the petitioner claimed that the election was not conducted in substantial compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Acts, having been allegedly fraught with all manners of irregularities. The tribunal in its judgment nullified elections in some polling units and declared Mrs Olujimi the authentic winner of the polls.

Dissatisfied with the tribunal judgment, both Adeyeye and His party, APC filed a petition at the court of appeal asking it to set aside the ruling of the lower court.

However, while delivering a unanimous judgement on Wednesday in Kaduna state, , Justice Uzor Anyanwu upheld the judgment of the tribunal and ordered INEC to issue fresh certificate of return to Senator Biodun Olujimi.

Ekiti South: Tribunal Sacks Senate’s Spokesman Adeyeye, Declares Olujimi Winner

Olujimi Steps Down For Adeyeye In Ekiti PDP Primaries
Senator Abiodun Olujimi                                                                                           Senator Dayo Adeyeye

 

 

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti has nullified the election of the Senator Dayo Adeyeye.

Delivering the judgement on Tuesday, the three-man Tribunal led by Justice Daniel Adeck nullified the victory of Senator Adeyeye as the winner of the Ekiti South senatorial district election which held on February 23, 2019.

It nullified elections in some polling units and declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, as the winner of the poll.

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The Tribunal also anchored its verdict on the recount of the ballots by the contending forces as granted by the court.

Senator Adeyeye, who is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, contested the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Reacting to the ruling, counsel to the Senate spokesperson, Rafiu Balogun, faulted the judgement.

Balogun, however, said they would challenge the judgement of the Tribunal at the Court of Appeal.

Adeyeye To Dump PDP, Blames Fayose For Loss At Primary

Adeyeye To Dump PDP, Blames Fayose For Loss At Primary
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A former Minister of Works, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, has revealed his plan to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following his loss at the party’s governorship primary in Ekiti State.

Adeyeye, who is also a former PDP National Publicity Secretary, disclosed this while addressing reporters on Thursday at his campaign office in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

READ ALSO: Fayose’s Deputy Wins Ekiti PDP Governorship Primary Election

This comes two days after thousands of delegates from all 26 local government areas of the state participated in party’s governorship primary election.

The former minister contended with two other aspirants in the exercise – the present deputy governor of the state, Kolapo Olusola, and the lawmaker representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Senator Abiodun Olujimi.

Hours into the exercise, Senator Olujimi stepped down for Adeyeye, but this was not enough for the former PDP spokesman to win the primary.

Adeyeye lost to Olusola who has been the choice of the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, although the governor had promised a level-playing field for aspirants in the poll.

Reacting to his defeat, the former minister accused the governor of failing to keep to his words, claiming he was monitoring the delegates at the exercise.

He, however, maintained that he would give his best to the state, noting that the party interest cannot supersede the interest of the people.

Olujimi Steps Down For Adeyeye In Ekiti PDP Primaries

Olujimi Steps Down For Adeyeye In Ekiti PDP Primaries
Senator Olujimi and Mr Adeyeye

 

The lawmaker representing Ekiti South in the National Assembly, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, has stepped down for the immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dayo Adeyeye, in the ongoing primary election of the party in Ekiti State.

Following Senator Olujimi’s withdrawal from the race on Tuesday, Adeyeye, who is also a former Minister of Works, is left to compete with the third aspirant and present deputy governor of the state, Kolapo Ishola.

READ ALSO: Ekiti PDP Holds Governorship Primary Election

The primary election is being conducted across all the 26 local government areas of the state amid heavy security presence.

Ekiti PDP Holds Governorship Primary Election Today

More than 2,000 delegates are said to be participating in the exercise as the accreditation process commenced earlier underway.

The delegates are made up of 1,585 statutory members of the party, and 547 National Ad-Hoc Committee Members.

However, 1966 delegates were said to have been accredited when voting started at about 2:14 pm.

EKITI 2018: Senator Olujimi Condemns Fayose’s Endorsement Of Deputy

(File photo) Senator Biodun Olujimi

Senator Biodun Olujimi and Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirants in Ekiti have condemned Governor Ayodele Fayose’s endorsement of his deputy, Kolapo Olusola, to succeed him.

According to aggrieved members of the party, the governor’s action can destroy the PDP in the state.

Senator Olujimi, who represents Ekiti South Senatorial District, told Channels Television that the adoption of Olusola as the sole governorship candidate of the PDP for the 2018 election is a charade which will not stand the test of time.

Governor Fayose

She called on the National Caretaker Committee of the PDP, led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, to intervene in the matter before it is too late.

“The party has a constitution and it must be followed. I will describe yesterday’s adoption by some members of our party as a child’s play. We shall all contest in the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State,” Senator Olujimi said.

“The leadership of our party will look in to this development to avoid more problems in the state.”

On their part, some governorship aspirants of the party led by the former minister of state for works Dayo Adeyeye, former commissioner and attorney general Owoseni Ajayi, Ambassador Dare Dejide and others want the leadership of the party to call Governor Fayose to order, as his actions currently portends danger for the party in the state.

Anti-Sheriff Protesters Storm PDP Secretariat

Protesters Storm PDP Secretariat Over SheriffSome protesters loyal to the Senator Ahmed Makarfi Caretaker Committee, have stormed the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, calling on the police to stop the National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, from entering the secretariat.

The Spokesperson to the Ahmed Makarfi group, Dayo Adeyeye, at a press conference, also asked the police to stop the national chairman from accessing the party’s secretariat.

Senator Sheriff moved into the national secretariat of the PDP on Friday, relying on the Court of Appeal judgement that declared him as the authentic chairman of the party.

He said the reopening of the party’s secretariat would enable him and the National Working Committee to work towards returning the party to its status in 1999.

The group of Makarfi loyalists, have however insisted that the national chairman must wait for the supreme court judgement over who should actually be the party’s chairman.

Meanwhile, the National Deputy Chairman of the (PDP) Mr Kairo Ojougbo, has described both the protests and the call to stop Sheriff as illegal.

The secretariat was reopened on Friday, exactly nine months after it was sealed by the police.

For almost two years, the battle for the soul of the PDP has raged on, defying every seeming solution proffered by its members.

In 2016, PDP had described the Sheriff-led faction of the party as agents of darkness, insisting that the former Governor of Borno State was not the Chairman of the party.

Even after the ruling by the court in Port-Hacourt, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, described the reinstatement of Senator Sheriff as a rape of democracy.

OndoDecides: PDP Presents Early Observations In Conduct Of Election

ondo-election-ondodecidesThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has presented series of what it called ‘early observations’ from the conduct of the Ondo State governorship election.

The ruling party in the state claims that there are several irregularities and poor preparations on the part of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as men and officers of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies.

A statement by the party’s spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, said that voters in several parts of the State had suffered several incidents of Card Reader failures.

“Despite the fact that INEC owns more than xxx units of Card Readers, in several locations there are no back up Card Readers. As such, many voters are already being deprived of the right to cast a vote for the candidate of their choice,” the statement read.

‘Plots To Rig’

Explaining further, the party claimed that the Polling Unit of Governor Olusegun Mimiko suffered Card Reader failure at his Polling Unit – Ward 7 Unit 20 Ondo West Local Government Area – that has prevented voters from casting their votes.

It said: “In Ward 2 of Akure South Local Government Area, Tunji Light-Ariyo, a known Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was recorded campaigning and canvassing for votes for the APC candidate – Mr Rotimi Akeredolu – at PUs 28, 29, and 30 in spite of the prohibition of such actions by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

“The recording of this event also clearly show several police officers and men of other security agencies standing by and doing nothing while this was going on,” the party further alleged.

According to the PDP the video shows that the policemen were providing security cover for him.


The party pointed out that the incidents were violations of the law and evidence of the plots to rig the elections in favour of Mr Akeredolu.

“We reiterate our earlier warnings that we will not stand by and watch anyone tamper with the democratic process and subvert the will of the Ondo people,” the PDP added.

Electorates in the state are voting in the governorship election to elect among 28 contestants a successor for incumbent Governor Mimiko.

The PDP and its candidate, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, had on Thursday called for the postponement of the election to enable their candidate prepare campaign for the election, but the INEC said it had made everything needed for the election ready and would go ahead with the election.

Ondo Election: PDP Passes Vote Of No Confidence On INEC

Ondo Election: PDP Passes Vote Of No Confidence On INECBarely 24 hours to the Saturday, November 26 governorship elections in Ondo state, the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has no confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducting free and fair elections in the state.

Spokesperson to the party, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, told journalists in Abuja that the party lost its confidence in the electoral body after it substituted the name of Mr Eyitayo Jegede before it was reinstated by the Appeal Court on Wednesday.

He insisted that the electoral body had no reason not to postpone the elections to another date so as to compensate their candidate for the time lost in his campaign while the court cases lasted.

“As far as am concerned, under this circumstances, INEC is no longer independent. Its name should now be called partial national electoral commission – PNEC.

“It’s no longer independent because it seems to me that there is a cabal dictating to them everything they want to do.

“The national commissioners that are deployed to Ondo state, we have no confidence in them. They are the same people sent to Edo state to rig the elections. They rigged the elections in Edo state. So we don’t have confidence in them going to Ondo state.

“The other issue is the Ondo elections. We called on INEC severally to postpone the elections because they are part of the problem that we are facing. If they had not substituted Jegede’s name illegally, we would not have had this problem.

“I say they substituted the name illegally because they monitored the primary, the name was submitted, you accepted it and you published the name as the candidate of PDP. Then suddenly the court order came and you have two court orders. You choose the one you obey.

“And you know INEC has a panel of legal advisers who work for them; legal consultants made up of SANs. They normally refer these matters to them and they give them advice. And to the best of my knowledge, that panel gave them advice to retain Jegede’s name.”

Jegede Demands Postponement 

Ondo state governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Eyitayo Jegede, on Thursday called for a postponement of the election.

Mr Jegede said that he had been left with no chance of campaigning as the campaigns ended at midnight on Thursday and it was time for INEC to prove that it was indeed interested in giving all candidates equal opportunity.

Alongside the leadership of the party in Ondo state, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, on Friday stormed the INEC office to press home his demand but INEC said that it would go ahead as planned.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Segun Agbaje, insisted: “We have passed that stage. No postponement. We are going ahead on Saturday.”

The PDP man expressed disappointment: “We are asking you to give us the same opportunity and now you say it is expensive. We say give us a level playing ground, you say it is expensive.”

Speaking later on Channels TV’s Politics Today, Mr Jegede argued that by the Electoral Act, INEC ought to display the names of candidates for 30 days.

Therefore, with his name “unlawfully removed” on October 27 and later reinstated to be displayed for only two days, it would be unfair to proceed with the election which saw other candidates’ names duly displayed for 30 days.

Buhari Instigated Post 2011 Election Violence – Adeyeye

adeyey_dayoThe Minister of State for Works, Mr Dayo Ayeye on Sunday blamed the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) General Muhammadu Buhari for the violence that occurred after the 2011 general elections.

“I want to say without any fear of contradiction that that violence (post 2007 election violence) was instigated by the candidate of the CPC then and now the candidate of the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari”, he said on Politics Today.

Mr Adeyeye further noted that prior to the election “he (Buhari) had said that if he did not win, he will make Nigeria ungovernable and his supporters keyed into that and immediately their man did not win the election, they started to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens”, he said.

He also noted that despite several calls made to General Buhari to calm his supporters during the post election violence “he refused and so the mayhem continued”.

Presidential candidates of all the political parties in Nigeria signed an accord to prevent electoral violence before, during and after the February 14 elections, but Mr Adeyeye remained adamant that the candidate of the APC will not respect the accord if he loses the election.

“I do not believe that General Buhari and his co-travelers in the APC will keep faith with that document” adding that “it is one thing to append your signature to a document and another to act on the tenets and wordings of the document”, he said.

He maintained that comments credited to the opposition APC that they will “form a parallel government is treasonable” insisting that members of the PDP “will never talk like that”.

The Minister maintained that “it will be difficult for General Buhari to wash himself clean from the violence in 2011, because it is so glaring that prior to that election, General Buhari made inflammatory statements that virtually encouraged people to be violent.

PDP Is Resolutely Confident

Mr Adeyeye also said the ruling PDP is not not “jittery” but “resolutely confident and very assured that we are going to win the election”.

He hinged his party’s resolute confidence on the performance of President Goodluck Jonathan.

“President Goodluck Jonathan has performed creditably very well in the past four years”, he said adding that “I believe since the beginning of this democratic dispensation, he has done better than any other person”, he maintained.

He also accused the APC of not believing in democratic processes, citing the office of the party raided by the Department of State Services, alleging that the APC is trying to clone Permanent Voters Cards.

The Worst Military Ruler

Mr Adeyeye, who lambasted the APC presidential candidate for being on the side of “dictatorship during the trying time of Nigeria’s political history” further added that General Buhari is the worst military Head of State Nigeria has produced.

“We have had many military leaders in Nigeria, but I will say that the worst of them all is General Buhari.

“Point to one single project that General Buhari executed during his two years in office” adding that he was “rather concerned with flogging Nigerians who are queuing for rice” he said.