The Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has distributed 70 vehicles to transporters across the state to improve their economic well being.
This is the second phase of the vehicle distribution and it includes 50 taxis and 20 buses, in which the beneficiaries expressed their readiness to ensure the victory of the Governor and all APC candidates at the polls.
The Governor had in 2014 launched the programme called ‘Soludero’, which means bringing life to a town, where 100 taxis were given to transporters in the state.
Governor Ahmed believes that the revolving micro credit scheme which cost about 75 million naira, would go a long way in transforming the lives of the beneficiaries positively.
The Governor also enumerated various intervention programmes to other sectors which include 2 billion naira Micro Credit to small business owners, over 200 million naira to market men and women, among others.
Governor Ahmed also solicited the support of transporters in the state to emerge victorious in the election, in other to elevate the state economically for the next 4 years.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Abdulrasheed Ariyo, expressed appreciation to the state government for initiating what he called “life changing programmes in the state”.
Ariyo promised that the beneficiaries would not default in the repayment of the loans, in other to allow others benefit from the scheme.
The State Deputy Chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, Abdullah Gilado, also praised the initiative of the Governor, which he believed had automatically earned him a second chance.
Representatives of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, on Wednesday gave different accounts of the altercation which occurred between their members on Sunday.
Appearing as a guest on Sunrise Daily, the Director General of Kayode Fayemi Election Campaign, Bimbo Daramola, said members of the APC had embarked on an activation programme, to “sweep away anything that does not align with what we believe in”, following a PDP rally which President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo had attended, to endorse Ayo Fayose, for the June governorship elections.
According to Daramola, the President had not said anything about the people of Ekiti and their challenges, and that his promise of “One Man, One Vote” was sin qua non.
“The people were wondering why he came to town if he had not been there in 3 years,” he said, noting that that led to the decision of the APC led government to “sweep away all what Sunday presented.”
It was a local activation, he said, and “when that finished, they were about turning away to disperse” but “they (the police) started shooting teargas at harmless, innocent people.”
“It got very riotous and the governor had to show up and he got tear-gassed.”
Asked if the Party had gotten permission from the police for the activity, Daramola stated they had policemen with them and they did not need to get permission, since “it was a peaceful activation, and not a rally”.
Asked if the governor would have showed up if PDP or any other party had been the one conducting the activation, Daramola said there had been no such incidence of violence, in 3 years.
Daramola also questioned the reason why the leader of the MOPOL would threaten to arrest the governor when we visited the scene of violence; following allegations that VP Sambo had said “elections in Ekiti would be war”.
Although the party had been asked to submit its diary concerning election campaigns, Daramola said the activity was as a response to the PDP rally.
On the other hand, Deputy Chairman, Media and Publicity, Ayo Fayose Campaign Committee, Leke Olayinka, who gave his account of the incident via telephone, said “it is the highest level of irresponsibility for some people to come out and say they want to sweep away the leg of the President and Vice President of Nigeria.”
He alleged that the APC group had attacked people wearing the Ayo Fayose campaign shirt, during their rally and over 10 motocycles were burnt by the group, noting that the affected communities were forced to retaliate.
He claimed that the governor had ignored honest advise of the Police to stay away but had gone ahead to provide security for APC thugs.
He also said the individual who got shot during the fracas, was shot in the head by an APC thug, called Agbara and had been covered with an APC shirt to make it seem that their member had been shot.
Olayinka disclosed that the victim, Taiwo Akinola, was on his way to work, from Church, when he met his maker unexpectedly.
“The okadaman (who was carrying Taiwo Akinola) escaped” and he had been the one to give details about the dead victim, he said.
He disclosed that Taiwo Akinola was on the way to the hotel where he worked as a security official and was not an APC member.
Daramola however countered Olayinka’s claim, noting that Taiwo Akinola’s father was a card-carrying member of the APC and had a political appointment at the ward level, in Odo Owa local government.
He denied that the APC shirt had not been worn on the corpse by supporters of the party.
The first Executive Governor of Osun State, Isiaka Adeleke, has officially dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to pitch tent with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
The defection of Senator Adeleke who was also on the governorship race for the PDP ticket few months back is seen as a major boost for the re-election bid of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
Welcoming Isiaka Adeleke into the APC fold in Osogbo the state capital, the Interim National Chairman of the Party, Adebisi Akande, Governors of Ekiti and Osun States all describe the APC as a party of positive thinkers, hence the defection of prominent members of the PDP to the Party.
They expressed optimism that with the people oriented programmes of Governor Aregbesola’s administration in Osun State more PDP stalwarts will still defect to the APC.
Former Governor Adeleke, who came along to the APC with the State PDP Deputy Chairman, Bashir Salam, some local government officials and House of Representatives members in the past PDP administration, described his defection as homecoming.
He promised to work for the victory of the APC in the August 9 Governorship election.
The House of Representatives has cleared the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) of wrongdoing, following the investigations into allegations of fraud.
Members of the House Committee on NDDC met with the management of the commission led by the Managing Director, Dr. Christy Atako in Port Harcourt, Rivers State to share their findings.
The meeting was also to provide the commission’s Acting Managing Director the opportunity to tell her own side of the story about the petition written by the commission’s contractors.
During her presentation, Dr Atako shared with the committee, the challenges that the NDDC under her leadership had to deal with, and the pro-active efforts she had made since the three months of her appointment to revive all abandoned projects for the benefit of the people.
The House of Reps committee after a brief discussion then proceeded to clear the NDDC and its Managing Director of the allegations.
The Deputy Chairman, House Committee on NDDC, Mohammed Garba, said: “The source of the petition is rather baseless and the allegations made were baseless, I regard this as an attempt to blackmail the Acting MD who is doing a very good job.”
The Chairman of the Committee, Nichola Mutu, said: “As a committee, we are very okay with her, we appreciate her, she is doing a wonderful job. We have come to realize that one of the challenges that the commission is facing is monitoring projects and she is doing that very well.”
Barely three days after the sack of the Anambra State All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) chairman, the deputy chairman and the assistant secretary the party has successfully held their congress peacefully at the Women Development Center , Awka under the full supervision of all the relevant bodies including the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The State governor, Mr. Peter Obi and his deputy, Mr. Emeka Sibeudu, legislators from both the federal and state levels, party stalwarts and Delegates from the twenty one local government areas of the state all gathered with excitement at the Women Development Center, Awka, to vote and elect for the first time, since the inception of the party, their executive members whose tenure will last for four years.
Accreditation started after eight in the morning after which the congress began by 10:15 am with delegates nominating candidates. Voting commenced at half past eleven. The governor who was also a delegate voted. He spoke alongside other party stalwarts on the essence of the congress.
Voting stopped at 2:20pm and thereafter counting started. Chairman of the congress committee announced the result in which Honorable Egwuoyibo Okoye, a former member of the state house of assembly emerged the winner as he was elected unopposed. The new executive officers were immediately inaugurated into office by the Acting Chairman, APGA Board of Trustee, Dr. Tim Menakaya.
Delegates reacted on the congress.
The party members say they cherish the stability of the party which the congress is one good step towards its achievement, it is therefore hoped that the new executive will also work in line with that vision ahead of the 2014 governorship election.