Ekiti Election: Fayose Accuses Police Of Shielding People Inducing Voters With Cash

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has raised an alarm over the conduct of governorship election in the state.

The governor after voting at the polling unit 1 in St. David Primary School, Afao, told journalists that police officers shielded some persons allegedly distributing cash to electorates to induce votes, at some polling units.

“What they call see and buy money politics is thriving everywhere (in Ekiti) with the police and civil defence giving signs to people sharing the money so that they can pay the voters.

“This is a national disaster,” he said.

Governor Fayose’s deputy, Olusola Kolapo Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is one of the major contenders at the governorship election.

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He also raised an alarm over alleged arrests of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains in the state, including the Chief of Staff to the state governor.

Fayose said he had earlier given an alert over electoral violence which he claimed is ongoing in the state.

“I raised this alarm (earlier) that this election will be marred by violence and this is exactly what is going on now.

“In almost all local governments, PDP chieftains are being arrested. Council chairmen, House of Representatives members, the majority of my people are been arrested. My Chief of staff is in detention, he was arrested about an hour ago. This is a national disaster.

Fayose also stressed that having the wrong people in authority is the worst thing that can happen to a nation.

Meanwhile, police have earlier arrested some persons in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital for allegedly distributing money for votes at Ajilosun area of Ado-Ekiti in front of Jonathan Memorial School.

The suspects were later taken away in a police vehicle.

Killings: Fayose Calls For Foreign Intervention

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose

 

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose on Wednesday called on the international community to step in and help unravel the mystery of the unending mindless killings in Nigeria.

He claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is not swift and practical in its handling of the twin menace of Boko Haram and herdsmen attacks in Nigeria as he described Mr President’s visit to troubled areas as belated and political.

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”The killings in Benue State is particularly worrisome. Mr President is merely using a cosmetic approach. It is not believable that Nigerian soldiers cannot tackle the developments that have claimed lives and unsettled communities” Fayose lamented.

He called on President Buhari to play his roles as the Commander in Chief of the armed forces and justify the mandate given him by the people.

‘The Ekiti State governor also claimed that the incessant killings is an issue of internal aggressors and not external and that therefore, President Buhari should be able to get to its root.

FG’s Anti-Corruption War, A Tool To Cripple Opposition Parties – Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has accused the Federal Government of using the anti-corruption war as a tool to cripple the opposition political parties.

Governor Fayose was reacting to the cash discovery at an apartment in Osborne towers in Ikoyi, Lagos state, by the Economic and Financial Crimes, Commission (EFCC).

The governor questioned the recovery, while urging the government to declare the owner of the money.

“If the President is not aware, the EFCC is not aware, the NSE is not aware, then there is more to it. I want to enjoin Nigerians to let us continue to ask questions; this drama is becoming one too many.

“Again up till today, the EFCC is yet to tell Nigerian the identity of the owner of the shop, and Nigerians are asking whether or not the LEGICO shopping Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way Victoria Island Lagos, is not owned by anyone and the owner of the Plaza won’t be able to  identify his or her tenants. We would keep our fingers crossed because we cannot be fooled forever,” the governor said.

EFCC Appeals Unfreezing Of Ozekhome’s Account

EFCC Appeals Unfreezing Of Ozekhome's AccountThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed an appeal against the court ruling that unfroze the Guaranty Trust Bank account of a senior lawyer, Mr Mike Ozekhome, which contained 75 million Naira paid to him by Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

In his ruling on Monday, Justice Abdulaziz Anka held that though it was not in doubt that the 75 million Naira came from Governor Fayose, Mr Ozekhome could not be held liable because there was no restriction on the Governor’s account at the time the money was paid to his law firm.

Justice Anka added that the freezing order earlier obtained by the EFCC in respect of Fayose’s accounts had been lifted by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti.

At the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal on Tuesday, the anti-graft agency, however, alleged a miscarriage of justice and premised its appeal on three grounds.

One of the grounds was that “the learned trial judge erred in law when he set aside his own order of interim attachment before the expiration of 120 days granted to the EFCC to conclude its investigation”.

The Commission argued that at the point of granting its ex-parte application, the trial judge directed the Manager of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc., to attach the Statement of Account of the senior lawyer’s chamber with the bank for a period of 120 days, pending the determination of investigation and possible prosecution.

The EFCC said it was, however, dismayed that before the expiration of the 120 days, and while investigation was ongoing, the interim order of forfeiture was vacated by Justice Anka.

Fayose Raises Alarm Over Plans To Unseat Him

Fayose Raises Alarm Over Plans To Unseat HimEkiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has once again raised an alarm over alleged plots by a former governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, in collaboration with other top shots of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to unseat him before the end of his tenure.

Governor Fayose, who made the allegation on Monday at a press conference in Ado Ekiti, said the APC bigwigs plan to unseat him by using the judiciary.

He, however, expressed confidence that the judiciary would uphold justice, stressing that the minority would always have their say.

“They have concluded plans to go to court to reverse my election. I’m sure we have noble men at the Supreme Court who will not allow their image to be smeared.

“Nigeria is bigger than all of us, the APC-led Federal Government cannot win every state and cannot win in all states. In a democracy, majority will have their way, minority will have their say.

“I want to state very clearly that we will not allow this democracy to be destroyed, we will resist every attempt to bastardise it,” he said.

In a phone interview with Channels Television, spokesman to Dr. Fayemi, Mr Yinka Oyebode, described the allegation as false.

“He (Fayose) said the Honourable Minister has approached the Supreme Court for a reversal, I am not aware of that.

“He makes allegation without being able to substantiate it. So for me, no comment,” Mr Oyebode said.

Court Unfreezes Ozekhome’s Account

Arik Air Takeover: Court Fixes May 15 For RulingThe Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has lifted the order freezing the Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) account of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Mike Ozekhome, into which the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, allegedly paid him legal fees of 75 million Naira.

Justice Abdul Aziz Anka in his ruling held that though it was not in doubt that the 75 million Naira came from Gov Fayose, Mr Ozekhome could not be held liable because there was no restriction on Governor Fayose’s account at the time the money was paid to his law firm.

Justice Anka also noted that the freezing order earlier obtained by the EFCC in respect of Fayose’s accounts had been lifted by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti.

He said he would not allow himself to be lured into sitting as an appellate judge over the counter-decisions of Justice Mohammed Idris, who initially froze Fayose’s accounts and Justice Taiwo who later reversed the order.

Fayose Signs Ekiti 2017 Appropriation Bill Into Law

Fayose, Ekiti, Education Support Project.Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has signed into law the state’s 2017 Appropriation Bill, with a promise to consolidate on all his administration’s achievements in the last two years.

The bill was signed into law on Wednesday after it  was passed by the lawmakers on Tuesday.

It was jacked up by the lawmakers from its earlier 93 billion Naira to 94.4 billion Naira, with the lawmakers saying the adjustment was made to accommodate other key sectors of the state.

The signing into law of the 2017 Ekiti State Appropriation Bill by Governor Ayodele Fayose is coming barely one week after it was presented to the State House of Assembly.

After signing the bill into law, the governor said: “I assure the people of the implementation and to offset some of the ongoing project in the state”.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole and other members of the House pledged their continued support for the Governor, saying they will defile all intimidation from the Federal Government.

Ekiti state is the first state in the country to sign into law the 2017 Appropriation Bill.

I Won’t Join APC For Ekiti 2018 Poll, Fayose Insists

I Won't Join APC For Ekiti 2018 Poll, Fayose InsistsEkiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has vowed that under no circumstance would he join the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Although he said earlier in the week that he was yet to be clear about the platform he would use to fight the 2018 succession battle in the state, Fayose said he remains constant and unshaken with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the platform he used to win the governorship polls twice.

The Governor had on Wednesday in Ikere Ekiti, at a meeting with the members of the Suppliers’ Association of Nigeria, Ikere chapter, said that he may not use PDP platform to present candidate for the 2018 poll.

Fayose’s comment might be informed by the polarization of the party into the Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu Sheriff factions, which led to the failure of the party’s candidate, Eyitayo Jegede in the just concluded governorship poll in Ondo State.

But speaking at the palace of Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe while being conferred with the honour of ‘Outstanding Achiever of Our Time’ by Ado Progressive Union, he said he will never dump the PDP for APC under any guise.

“I will never dump PDP for APC. I remain strong and unshaken for the PDP. I can’t jump the boat, even if I want to jump, I won’t jump into the red sea.

“Why should I leave the PDP and join a party of hunger like APC? Ekiti is different from Ondo. By the grace of God, there will be a repeat of history here in 2018, I shall repeat the 16-0 that I gave them in 2014.

“I operate like the biblical Elisha because those with us are greater than theirs. The God of Israel that conquered Philistines shall be on our side.”

Fayose Flags Off Rehabilitation Of Link Road To Ado-Ekiti

ayo-fayoseEkiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has flagged off the rehabilitation of a federal road, linking Efon Alaaye to Ado-Ekiti.

Speaking during the exercise which took place on Thursday in Aramoko-Ekiti, he urged the federal government to stop blaming past administrations for the nation’s challenges and rather take up its responsibilities as government at the centre.

Fayose who frowned at the deplorable condition of the road, assured residents of the state of his administration’s commitment to making life easier for them.

”Over the years this road has been neglected, the federal government should wake up to their responsibility as a government at centre, the people are hungry, we have not seen the change that we voted for,” the Governor stressed.

He also called on residents to cooperate with the contractor to ensure speedy completion of the road.

The traditional ruler of the Aramoko-Ekiti community, Oba Olu Adeyemi, who commended the “good work” of the Governor, said that all complaints sent to the federal government had fallen on deaf ears.

“We have sent several letters to the federal government over the poor state of the road with no positive results,” he said.

With the recent commencement of rehabilitation work however, residents have renewed hopes that the high rate of accident on the road would reduce drastically.

Physically Challenged Persons In Ekiti Get Government’s Priority Attention

Fayose, Ekiti, Education Support Project.The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, said on Tuesday that all persons with one disability or the other in the state, especially the literate ones, will henceforth enjoy priority attention of the government.

The Governor spoke at a ceremony marking his 56th birthday at the Government House in Ado Ekiti.

He said he deliberately chose to mark the day with the persons with disability from across the 16 local governments because of his passion for the downtrodden and the disadvantaged in the society.

“I feel fulfilled celebrating the day with them, believing that such a development would instill hope in the hopeless,” he told reporters.

According to him, every member of the society must be given equal opportunity and be made accessible to government’s facilities.

Consequently, he announced that persons with disabilities will be included on the protocol list of the government while invitations to public functions would be extended to them through their various associations.

Governor Fayose said the special gestures would include adequate funding of schools for the handicapped, provision of pensionable employment, offer of political appointment as well as inclusion of a reasonable number of them on the list of those to be paid monthly stipend under the Social Security Programme of the state.

Earlier in an address, the state chapter chairman of National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Mr Omotola Ezekiel, expressed gratitude to the Governor for lifting the gates of the Government House for his members to have unfettered access.

He disclosed that though a total of 10 persons with disabilities had so far been employed by the Fayose administration, more still needed to be done, as no fewer than 500 members with NCE certificate and over 1,000 below NCE were still yearning for gainful employment in the state.

Plane Aborts Landing After Cattle Runway Obstruction

Cattle rustlingA fully loaded Air Peace Plane, narrowly escaped tragedy on Thursday, after noticing the runway had been invaded by a bunch of cattle, just as it was about to land at the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri.

A passenger aboard the flight, Mr Richard Akinnola, gave account of the incident, saying the pilot was forced to hover around the airport until the runway was cleared by the airport security.

The passengers, who initially thought the pilot deliberately aborted landing, applauded him after being told that a major disaster was averted.

The Port-Harcourt International Airport runway has once been invaded by cows while an approaching Air France plane was reported to have collided with some of the cows.

Anti-Grazing Bill

Herdmen have in recent times been warned to desist from public grazing of cattle, as it is observed to interfere with normal human activity.

The Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, had in August signed an Anti- Grazing bill into law in a bid to curtail the alleged inordinate activities of herdsmen.

Fayose-Aluko-PDPThe Governor described as “shameful” the practice of herdsmen rearing cows in cities, including the nation’s capital, Abuja

Governor Fayose also threatened to charge any cattle rearer found in the state carrying arms while grazing, with terrorism.

According to him, the state government is already working with local
government officials for the allocation of portions of land for grazing to all
local government authorities in the state, an initiative the government hopes will curtail the illegal grazing of cattle.

The Anti-Grazing Law also provides that any herdsman caught with firearms or other weapons during grazing activities would be charged with terrorism and their cattle confiscated.