Ado-Ikere Ekiti Road Dualisation Reaches Final Phase

Ado-Ikere Ekiti Road Dualisation Reaches Final PhaseThe Ekiti state government has flagged off the last phase of the extension of Ado-Ikere Ekiti road dualisation project, with a promise to deliver the project by October 2017.

Governor Ayo Fayose, on Thursday flagged off the demolition of structures to pave way for the extension of the project; an exercise that signifies the commencement of the final phase.

It was a rousing welcome for the Ekiti Governor, as he returned into the ancient town of Ikere Ekiti months after he paid compensation to those whose structures would be affected as a result of the extension of the dualisation project.

The Governor on his arrival, addressed a mammoth crowd before proceeding to perform the formal flag-off of the demolition exercise.

Governor Fayose, while speaking to newsmen said that “the final extension of the Ado-Ikere Ekiti road dualisation project will cost the state government the sum of 8oo million naira”.

The people of Ikere Ekiti had words of appreciation for the Governor, promising to continue in their support for him.

Part of their requests was to remind him to pick his successor from the town, ahead of the 2018 governorship election.

Fayose, however, said that he would seek the face of God to choose his successor, assuring all aspirants vying for the office of the governor after his tenure under the PDP of a level playing ground.

“I will take my time to choose my successor because I don’t want any mistake, I am already seeking the face of God to give me a candidate that will have the interest of the state at heart,” he said.

He also told residents present at the event that his administration remained “committed to the infrastructural development of the state despite the financial challenges facing the state”.

Fayose Visits Aregbesola, Vows Never To Leave PDP

fayoseGovernor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State says the strength of any true democracy lies in the existence of a viable opposition.

He has therefore vowed that he would not defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) unless the party ceases to exist.

Governor Fayose made the remarks when he visited his Osun State counterpart, Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the government house in Osogbo, the state capital.

It was the first time the Ekiti State Governor would pay a visit to his Osun State counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola.

Being his first official visit to an APC governor, Governor Fayose arrived with an impressive entourage as he exchanged pleasantries with all.

While reiterating his resolve to remain in the PDP, the Governor said, “I remain in PDP to play the opposition role.

“In all of this, there must be fairness. There must be equity and the rule of law must be followed. We should remember that power as it was transient for the PDP, it can also be transient for the party in power now.

“For me, I don’t want to contest which party is dead now or which one is alive. Whether or not PDP is dead, time will tell.

“Opposition is the major ingredient of democracy and without opposition in a democracy, there will be dictatorship. Those promoting dictatorship in a democracy will end up in the stomach of the dictator.”

Although Aregbesola shared the views expressed by the Ekiti Governor, he expressed his desire to see him purse his political ideology in a progressive party instead of the PDP.

Fayose maintained that he was on the visit particularly because of his concern for the unity of the Yoruba race, an issue Governor Aregbesola agreed needed attention.

“I was moved by the historic visit of the Ooni of Ife to the Alaafin of Oyo and I am of the opinion that the Yoruba leaders must unite.

“The Yoruba nation must not be rubbished. Our leaders must not be rubbished irrespective of the political they belong to.

“I believe in the Yoruba race, the race comes first before the office of the governor. The race is eternal while that of governor is momentary. We must watch today to be guided by tomorrow. I am here for the unity of Yoruba as it affects the Oodua, the progenitor,” Fayose emphasised.

Demonstration of Maturity

In his response, Governor Aregbesola described the visit of Governor Fayose to Osun as demonstration of maturity.

He said, “Osoko has said that he is not going to leave his party, but I want my good friend and brother to know that PDP has exhausted its stay in Nigeria, it can no longer be revived, let us look at a political party that will give hope to our people.

“Opposition must be for a purpose, I stand by you on the unity of Yoruba land.”

He assured Fayose that he would stand by him in his effort to galvanise the people of the South-West for accelerated development.

As Governor Fayose prepared to leave, he told journalists that the story of his son’s arrest in Dubai was untrue.

2015: GEJ Picks PDP Nomination Form, Promises To ‘Move Faster’

PDP nominationPresident Goodluck Jonathan has picked a nomination form at the PDP Headquarters, Wadata House, in Abuja, to run for a second term under the People’s Democratic Party.

The ceremony attracted top government functionaries and party big wigs.

During his speech, President Jonathan thanked all those who contributed to the cost of purchasing the PDP nomination form, a total of 22 million naira, including the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), the National Executive Council, PDP Governors’ Forum and others.

At the close of his speech, which signalled the end of the ceremony, he proceeded to a closed-door meeting with the Party Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television’s Chukwuma Onyebusi, the President said that the event meant it was time “to do more”.

He noted that his and the party’s committment was to take the country to the next level. “We have set up the structure. We will never go back. We will move faster”, he promised.

Many supporters expressed satisfaction with the President’s decision to pick up the PDP nomination form, including newly elected Ekiti Governor, Ayo Fayose, who said that “Mr President is a party man. He believes in this party. He is living by example”.

Fayose Impeachment Allegation Is A Strategy To Divert Attention – Adedipe

Fayose ImpeachmentEkiti State House of Assembly Majority Leader, Churchill Adedipe, has again denied allegations of bribery levelled against the All Progressives Congress lawmakers by the People’s Democratic Party.

The APC lawmakers had been accused of making plans to impeach the newly sworn-in Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, having been purportedly paid huge sums of money by the APC leadership; a claim made by PDP lawmaker, Samuel Ajibola, during an interview with Channels Television.

Mr Adedipe, who spoke via the telephone on Politics Today on Channels Television, expressed disappointment in his colleague and PDP lawmaker, Samuel Ajibola, whom he said “lacked basic understanding” of how the impeachment process works, despite having been in the House of Assembly for about three years.

He said that although they (APC lawmakers) indeed visited Lagos for a meeting of their party, they did not collect any monies from the APC leadership and they never made plans of impeachment against Governor Fayose.

He noted that there was no law restricting them from holding meetings with their leaders, asking those who wished to know the goings on in the APC to join the party rather than peddle speculations against the APC lawmakers.

Adedipe said that the Fayose impeachment allegation was a ploy to divert attention from possible issues that might be more serious, asking the Ekiti people to look deeper into the camp of the people promoting the allegation, as the talk of impeachment just two weeks into Governor Fayose’s inauguration was suspicious.

He asked the Governor to also “look inwardly into that particular camp because they may have a target. They may want to act out a script which may not be known to Ekiti people presently.”

He further alleged that the PDP lawmakers making the allegations became suspicious because of a similar act of monies exchanging hands which led to the recent defection of some APC lawmakers in the state into the PDP.

He noted, however, that the lawmakers who left the APC would have no impact on their strength in the state as they still maintained their majority status in the House of Assembly.

He referred to their departure as “good riddance to bad rubbish.”

Re-Instate Me As Ekiti Governor, Oni Appeals To Supreme Court

Former governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni has asked the Supreme Court to re-instate him as the governor of Ekiti state.

The former governor filed an application at the apex court seeking to set aside the judgment of the appellate court which removed him as governor.

He also asked the court to set aside a ruling by the court which refused to reverse the decision of the Appeal Court Election Petition Tribunal, even after it made a case, following findings of alleged bias on the part of the former president of the court of appeal, Justice Ayo Salami who presided over the election appeal tribunal

The Counsel to the former governor, Joe-Kyari Gadzama, leading 45 other lawyers including four Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), while adopting his brief of argument on Monday at the Supreme court, Abuja asked the apex jurists for a consequential order that Mr Oni should be reinstated as the governor f Ekiti state by virtue of the tribunal judgment delivered on 5 May 2010.

Mr Gadzama, in an alternative, asked the court to order that the Speaker of Ekiti state House of Assembly to be made acting governor.

Mr Oni challenged his removal on the grounds that the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, who constituted and presided over the panel, wrote the judgment of the Appeals Court that sacked him from office had close affinity with former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu, the alter ego of the incymbent Governor Kayode Fayemi’s party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

According to Mr Gadzama, Justice Salami was biased and favoured ACN in the judgment and that such judgment should be set aside on the ground of judicial bias.

Mr Oni believes there are good reasons to subject the verdict to judicial review and therefore approached the Supreme Court alleging bias in the matter against the Chairman of the Court of Appeal panel and suspended President of the Court.

Mr Oni told the seven-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Tanko Mohammed that he has a fundamental right to fair hearing and there is judicial bias in Justice Salami’s judgment and if established, that judgment will be a nullity.