Ekiti PDP Ward Congress Ends In Crisis As Groups Disagree

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The ward congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has ended in crisis in Ekiti State, south-west Nigeria.

This comes as a group in the party led by the PDP Organising Secretary in Ekiti, Mr Ayo Oladimeji, accused the immediate past governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, and his loyalists of hijacking the process.

The exercise ended in crisis as the group besieged the purported location where they attacked vehicles said to belong to the former governor and his allies before the intervention of security officials.

The leader of the electoral team and Deputy Governor of Taraba state, Haruna Manu, could not be reached for comments before leaving the state.

Addressing reporters, Oladimeji alleged that the former governor compromised the electoral officers from Abuja by concocting fake results at a hotel in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

He said, “Those materials, the results; they didn’t go to those places they were meant to go to and those are the issues that generated problems.

“They went to hidden places which we’ve just discovered now, they wrote all the results which they were supposed to have collated on the field according to the directive.”


The Game Master

The organising secretary said he complained to the Taraba State deputy governor that some of the materials were hijacked.

He insisted that the electoral officers did not go to the respective local governments where they were directed to conduct the congress but stayed elsewhere to write the results.

In his reaction, Fayose’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka, faulted the allegations, saying the complainants were politically naïve.

Rather, he accused the group of “jumping the gun” by proceeding with the congress hours before the arrival of the designated electoral officers from the nation’s capital.

Olayinka said, “You don’t go into a contest like this if you don’t have your brain intact; if you are not in charge, if you are not in control. In this game, Ayo Fayose is a master of the game and he just showed to them that he is a master of that game.

He stated that according to the party’s constitution, the State Working Committee has no role to play in congress.

The former governor’s spokesman accused the group of setting up a “kangaroo committee” and going from one local government to the other.

Explosion Rocks Ado-Ekiti, Fayemi Visits Scene

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi inspects the scene of the explosion in the state capital on February 8, 2020.


Residents of Ado Ekiti were on Saturday shocked as an Explosive Ordinance Device rocked the state capital.

The scene of the explosion was the EOD office of the Nigeria Police Headquarters located on the Old Governor’s Road.

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Confirming the development to Channels Television, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Amba Asuquo linked the explosion to some bomb detection devices kept in the area which may have exploded by a technical occurrence.

“These demolition accessories, in case there’s a bomb blast and they want to rescue the bomb out of that place, they might have the need for it. So it was kept in their stock house and it must have exploded from there,” he said.

The state governor, Mr Kayode Fayemi, who had an on the spot assessment of the incident, however, declined to speak with journalists on the issue.

There were, however, no casualties as a result of the development, although the bang caused panic at areas where it was felt.


APC Clears All Chairmanship Seats In Ekiti Council Poll, PDP Calls For Cancellation



The All progressives congress APC has cleared all the 16 chairmanship seats in Saturday’s Local Government election in Ekiti State.

Returning officers across the sixteen local governments presented the results today at the head office of the State Independent Electoral Commission.

The election, peaceful to a large extent however recorded violence in ward 8, unit 2, Ikere Ekiti where the process was disrupted by thugs who attacked a building while scattering and mutilating ballot papers.

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A violent clash reported at another voting point in the town led to the death of a young man.

Reacting, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has kicked against the result, describing the election as one compromised by the party in power.

The opposition party called for the cancellation of the poll and prosecution of everyone culpable in the killing recorded.

Ekiti LG Polls: Seven Serving Council Chairmen Dump PDP For APC

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The camp of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has witnessed depletion barely 10 days to local government elections in the state.

This comes as seven serving local council chairmen of the PDP defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday in Ado Ekiti.

The vice-chairmen and councillors in the seven councils also defected along with their leaders.

They were received by the Chairman of the APC in the state, Mr Paul Omotosho, and the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who was represented at an event at the Fajuyi Park Pavilion in the state capital.

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The state chairman of the party described the development as a major blow to the PDP and a boost for the APC.

He said, “Let that right-thinking member from the opposition party come over now and tell me these are inconsequential people. The soul of PDP is here with us today.”

Omotosho added that the APC can now heave a sigh of relief with possible obstacles to electoral victories now crossing to its side.

Governor Fayemi, on his part, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Biodun Omoleye, assured the defectors of a good deal.

“We assure you that during this period that you are coming over, you will never regret.

“We also give you the honour that in as much as you represent leading lights in your previous party, you will be elevated to similar levels in our party,” APC chairman assured.

The defectors justified their decision while expressing confidence that their weights were heavy enough to give the APC a boost and swing victory to its side in the December 7 polls.

At Least Two Killed As Robbers Invade Bank In Ekiti


At least two people have been killed, after robbers invaded a commercial bank in Oye Ekiti, about one hour drive from the Ekiti state capital, Ado Ekiti.

The robbers who launched their operation at about the closing hours of bank operations reportedly blew the entrance door open with dynamite.

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The police public relations officer, Caleb Ikechukwu, who confirmed the incident could not confirm the number of casualties but photos which were taken by an eyewitness showed two bodies, a child and a man, lying lifeless on the floor within the banking hall, their bodies covered in blood.

Also, a burning van said to belong to the police, was seen on the road, after apparently being set ablaze by the criminals.

Nigeria’s First Female Science Graduate, Deborah Jibowu Dies At 95

A file photo of late Lady Deborah Jibowu.



Nigeria’s first female science graduate, Lady Deborah Jibowu, is dead.

She was aged 95 years.

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, confirmed this in a statement on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Olayinka Oyebode.

According to him, Lady Jibowu was reputed for being the first Nigerian female science graduate, having graduated from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom in 1947.

She was also a recipient of Member of the British Empire (MBE) honour in 1962 and Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) in 1965.

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Late Jibowu was also a member of the Local Government Service Commission, Western Region (1959-1971), Commissioner at the National Population Commission (NPC) (1981-1983), and Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, University of Calabar (1993-1997).

In the statement, Governor Fayemi commiserated with members of her immediate family and the Fasanmade family of Ido-Ile Ekiti on the passing of their matriarch.

He described Lady Jibowu as an illustrious daughter of the Land of Honour and a patriot who served her fatherland diligently and made Ekiti proud through numerous achievements.


A Huge Loss

The governor said the late nonagenarian as a frontline educationist, seasoned administrator and impactful community leader lived a life of service to God and humanity.

He noted that as National Commissioner, Girls’ Guide (1960-1980) and later Chief Commissioner ((1991-1997), the deceased invested her time and resources in moulding the lives of many young females across the country.

This, according to Fayemi, is in addition to coordinating many professional and civil society groups, including the Red Cross Society, National Council of Women Secretaries, National Youth Council and Education for All NGO Network, among others.

He said, “Despite her royal and privileged background, mama Jibowu invested her time, energy and resources on many laudable initiatives that impacted positively on the people, especially the girl child.

“For us in Ekiti, this is a huge loss. Mama Jibowu was an exemplar. She made a great impact in almost every aspect of life after setting the record as the first Nigerian female University graduate in the sciences in 1947. She remained a source of pride and inspiration to generations after her.”

“Though we shall miss her wise counsel and positive disposition, we are comforted by the fact this great nationalist lived a good life and left behind a legacy of honour.

“She remains our pride in Ekiti. Our prayer is that God will grant her eternal rest and comfort the family,” the governor added.

Meanwhile, the state government has opened a condolence register for the deceased at the Jibowu Hall of the Government House in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

Ekiti Govt Obeys Court Order, Relocates LG Headquarters

A file photo of Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.



The Ekiti State government has made a proclamation relocating the headquarters of Ilejemeje Local Council from Iye Ekiti to Eda-Oniyo Ekiti in the state.

The deputy governor of the state, Mr Bisi Egbeyemi, explained that decision was in obedience to the Supreme Court judgment delivered on December 14, 2018, which ordered the relocation.

He said, “The government of Ekiti State hereby proclaims that the decision of the Supreme Court of the land on the relocation of the Headquarters of Ilejemeje is sacrosanct and inviolable, and is binding on the government and people of Ekiti state.”

Eda-Oniya in Ilejemeje Local Government Area was the constitutionally recognised headquarters of the council when the state was created in 1996.

The first military administrator in the state had, however, relocated it three months after take-off by radio announcement to Iye Ekiti, adducing the action to administrative convenience.

The lengthy litigation over finally ended last year when the Supreme Court held that Eda-Oniyo was the authentic headquarters of the council.

In his reaction, the traditional ruler of the new local government headquarters, Oba Julius Awolola, said he was pleased with the decision of the government.

He recalled the painful efforts made by the town to achieve the aim.

“We are grateful to God, the governor, and his team. I am very happy, I laboured for this a lot and I thank God I am alive to witness this,” Oba Awolola said.

We Have Defrayed N31bn Inherited Debt – Fayemi


The Kayode Fayemi administration in Ekiti State says it has defrayed inherited debts to the tune of 31 billion naira since assumption of office.

The governor while making the state of the state address at the state House of Assembly as part of activities marking the first year in office assures civil servants that salary arrears owed them by the last administration will be paid.

“Our focus now is how to gradually offset the remaining backlogs of salaries, pensions, subvention arrears and contractual debts. To the civil servants, I want to restate again that your arrears are not bad debts.” Fayemi stated.

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The governor insists that critics have been proved wrong with the administration’s job creation drive as against the rumours that he was coming back to sack workers.

The Ekiti state helmsman highlights milestones recorded in his first year in office in the areas of agricultural development, international partnerships and industrial growth which will see the state dairy farm produce nine thousand litres of milk daily.

“Our moribund Ikun dairy farm is coming back to life with plans to produce nine thousand litres of milk daily over the next two years. Over the next one year we expect that there will be at least two major cassava processing plants and two major rice mills assembled in Ekiti ” Fayemi announced.

Fayemi Frees 17 Prisoners As Two On Death Row Get Life Sentence

A file photo of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi.



Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has released 17 prisoners serving jail terms for various offences in the state.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Ekiti, Olawale Fapohunda, revealed this in a statement on Sunday.

Fapohunda explained that the governor gave the order after accepting the recommendation of the Ekiti State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy to grant clemency to the inmates.

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The beneficiaries, according to him, are serving various prison sentences in the Nigerian Correctional Services facilities in Ado Ekiti, the state capital and Kirikiri Maximum, Lagos State.

Of those released, Governor Fayemi granted state pardon to one person, released 16 from prison while the death sentence of two other persons was converted to life imprisonment.

According to the Attorney-General, the Ekiti State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy considered 50 applications for clemency at its third sitting.

He said the applications of these beneficiaries were granted because they have individually demonstrated the potential to turn their lives around.

“On behalf of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, I congratulate all the beneficiaries,” Fapohunda added.

He affirmed that those granted freedom have been released from the correctional facilities.

The commissioner was also optimistic that the beneficiaries would make the best use of the second chance by being law-abiding and good citizens.

A breakdown of the names of the beneficiaries is highlighted below:

State Pardon

Abologbonrin Ojo

Release From Prison

Olowo Ajayi

Ojo Sunday

Sunday Fanimara

Olusuyi Dare Olaifa

Williams Sunday

Sylvanus Oferufega

Lucky Suberu

Babatunde Ogunjobi

Tope Ajayi

Lawrence Idowu Bamidele

Ogunboyo Richard

Ayodele Ayinde

Adebayo Ojo

Akeem Adebayo

Abirifon Julius

Abirifon Olabode

Commutal Of Death Sentence To Life Imprisonment

Tunde Abe

Adeniyi Owolabi

Fayemi Stuns Teachers, Announces Payment Of N30,000 Minimum Wage From October

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, addressing teachers at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado Ekiti on October 5, 2019.



Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has announced the commencement of the implementation of the new minimum wage of N30,000 in the state from October.

He made the announcement on Saturday at an event to commemorate the World Teachers’ Day in Ado, the state capital.

“The government has concluded plans to ensure we commence the payment of minimum wage of N30,000 with effect from this month (October),” the governor said.

The governor’s declaration took the teachers by surprise, a development that sparked loud celebration at the Ekiti State Stadium (Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado Ekiti).

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He premised the announcement on the need for an improved living standard for workers which would by extension motivate them to drive critical sectors with utmost zeal.

Governor Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, presented cheques of N500,000 each to the best teachers in the primary and secondary school categories, among other prizes and promises to the teachers.

The beneficiaries are Mr Henry Asubiojo of Amoye Grammar School; Mr Tajudeen Olaoye of Anglican Primary School, Esun Ekiti and Mrs Mojisola Ehinafe of Technical School, Ado Ekiti.

Police Officer Killed, Unspecified Sum Of Money Carted Away As Robbers Invade Bank In Ekiti

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Armed robbers have invaded a bank (Wema) in Ise Ekiti, killing a police officer and carting away unspecified amount of money.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti state, Mr. Caleb Ikechukwu who confirmed the incident said the gang broke the bank security door with dynamite to gain access.

He said men of the force are on the robbers’ trail and called on residents of the state not to entertain fear.

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

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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.