Nomination, Expression Of Interest Forms For Ekiti, Osun Polls Cost N22.5m – APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced a total cost of N22.5 million for its nomination and expression of interest forms for members aspiring to contest for the party’s ticket ahead of the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States.

This was contained in the timetable and schedule of activities for the elections released by the National Secretary of APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), John Akpanudode.

“The party fixed the sale of the forms at N22.5 million,” the document obtained by Channels Television on Tuesday said. “While the nomination form costs N20 million, the expression of interest form costs N2.5 million.

“However, female aspirants and physically challenged aspirants are to pay 50% of the prescribed fees.”

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Akpanudode stated that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed June 18 and July 16, 2022, to conduct the elections in Ekiti and Osun States respectively.

He explained that the timeline approved by the APC leadership was released in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act and INEC guidelines.

See the breakdown of the activities, including the party’s primaries in both states below:

Ekiti State

Notice of Election to the State Chapter: Monday 15 November 2021

Sale of Forms (APC National Secretariat): Tuesday 16th November 2021

Last Day for Submission of Completed Forms and accompanying documents (APC National Secretariat): Tuesday 11th January 2022

Screening of Aspirants: Thursday 13th January 2022

Publication of claims and objections: Monday 17th January 2022

Screening Appeals: Wednesday 19th January 2022

PRIMARY ELECTION: Saturday 22nd January 2022

Election Appeal: Wednesday 26th January 2022

Osun State

Notice of Election to the State Chapter: Wednesday 17th November 2021

Sale of Forms (APC National Secretariat): Thursday 18th November 2021

Last Day for Submission of Completed Forms and accompanying documents (APC National Secretariat): Friday 18th February 2022

Screening of Aspirants: Tuesday 22nd February 2022

Publication of claims and objections: Friday 25th February 2022

Screening Appeals: Monday 28th February 2022

PRIMARY ELECTION: Saturday 5th March 2022

Election Appeal: Thursday 10th March 2022

Security Operatives Kill Kidnapper After Collecting Ransom, Rescue Victims

The security operatives were said to have laid an ambush for the kidnappers.

 

Operatives of the Ekiti State Security Joint Task Force have killed a member of a kidnapping gang and rescued two persons.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed this in a statement on Thursday, said the security team laid an ambush for the kidnappers.

He explained that the gang had kidnapped two persons and demanded a ransom as usual before they could be released.

But the security operatives, who got to know about the abduction, set a trap for the criminals and gave them a hot chase in the process of picking up the ransom of N2 million they had demanded on Wednesday.

The kidnappers were chased up to Eruku in Kwara State, where one of them was shot dead during a shootout that ensued after the security team caught up with them.

The body of the suspect killed during the shootout.

 

According to the statement, the team comprises personnel of the Nigerian Army, police, and Amotekun Corps, as well as local hunters and vigilantes in Ekiti.

“The corpse of the kidnapper, as well as all the exhibits recovered, were handed over to the nearby military checkpoint for onward transmission to the Ekiti State Police Command while the security operatives continued with their operation,” the statement said.

Items recovered from the kidnappers included one AK 47 rifle with 25 live rounds of ammunition, a cutlass, two mobile phones owned by the victims, and a cash of N210,000.

While the two abducted victims were rescued, the police said the team would continue the search for other fleeing members of the gang.

We Have Increased Ekiti IGR From N450m To N800m Monthly – Fayemi

Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi speaks during a summit in Ado Ekiti on October 14, 2021
Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi speaks during a summit in Ado Ekiti on October 14, 2021.

 

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi says the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) has increased from N450 million to N800 million monthly.

He disclosed this on Thursday during the Fountain Summit 2021 with the theme ‘Investment Attractiveness and Economic Development in Ekiti State’ which held in Ado-Ekiti.

Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), however, said his administration has plans to boost the IGR to hit a landmark N1 billion monthly.

As part of measures to achieve the target, the governor said the south-west state will “fully implement the autonomy of our internally revenue service to complement the digitization of revenue collection launched last year.”

“We have also focused on increasing Internally Generated Revenue significantly. When we retuned to government, the state was earning an average of N450 million per month which has now gone up by 45 per cent to N800 million,” he said.

“We now have a goal to attain N1 billion per month in 2021 which we have successfully achieved twice already.”

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If the N1 billion target is achieved, Fayemi explained that the state government would have more funds for capital projects while developing the state further.

While noting that his administration has just completed the Ekiti State Geographic Information System Infrastructure, the governor believes the move would enable the government reform its land and property administration process thereby leading to more increased revenue.

The Ekiti governor also gave an account of some projects ranging from roads to schools, healthcare facilities, embarked on his administration to better the lives of the people of the state.

According to him, the state government is also investing in security, building an independent power projects, tackling environmental and climate issues, water and sanitation among others.

He added, “Despite our lean resources, we have begun the implementation of the minimum wage in the state. In addition, we have kept our word to make salary and pension payments sacrosanct and we have not failed in this since our very first month in office.

“Our commitment is to continue the prioritization of staff welfare in development to ensure that the civil service which is the engine room of any government is well resourced to deliver optimal result.”

Ekiti Govt Reports Five Suspected Cases Of Cholera

A map of Ekiti, a state in South-West Nigeria

 

The Ekiti State Government has raised an alarm to keep residents on red alert after five suspected cases of cholera surfaced in the Moba Local Government Area of the state.

The cases were detected by community informants who reported the same to local government health authorities.

The Commissioner for Health and Human Services in the State, Dr Oyebanji Filani, highlighted the possibility of an outbreak of the disease in some other local governments.

“Given the risk of this outbreak escalating rapidly across the state, the Ministry of Health has commenced active case finding across all LGAs,” he said via a statement issued on Friday.

“State surveillance teams have been deployed to support the outbreak response at the LGA level. These teams are actively searching for and investigating suspected cases in health facilities, informal treatment centers, and within communities.”

Filani explained that the ministry has also intensified action to ensure a coordinated and effective response to a possible outbreak, through the provision of medical and laboratory supplies for case detection and management, rapid scale-up of risk communications, and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities.

He advised residents to be on guard, visit the nearest health facilities at the slightest symptoms, and report suspected cases to appropriate authorities.

“Considering the link between cholera, water sanitation and hygiene, a multi-sectoral team comprising of the state Ministries of Environment and Public Utilities has been set up with a meeting held among the ministries and commissioners on the 23rd of September 2021.

“This multi-sectoral team will support LGAs to ensure a coordinated and effective response to the possible outbreak. It is very important to visit a health facility if symptoms of cholera such as watery diarrhea and vomiting are observed,” the commissioner added.

“Cholera is a preventable and treatable epidemic-prone disease that is transmitted by eating or drinking contaminated food or water. The number of cholera cases tends to increase during the rainy season and the risk of death from cholera is very high when treatment is delayed.”

He asked members of the public to be aware of the risk of the disease and adhere to prescribed preventive measures.

PDP Releases Timetable For Ekiti Governorship Elections

The Peoples Democratic Party is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.
The PDP is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has released its timetable and schedule of activities in early preparation for the June 18, 2022 governorship election in Ekiti State.

PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said sales of expression of interest and nomination forms would commence on September 13 and end on September 30.

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Ologbondiyan noted that the party’s National Working Committee fixed the screening of aspirants for October 11, while appeals on the screening exercise are scheduled for October 25.

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has released its timetable and schedule of activities in early preparation for the June 18, 2022 Ekiti Governorship Election,” the statement partly read.

“In line with the timetable, the National Working Committee (NWC) has approved the Sales of Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms from Monday, September 13 to Thursday, September 30, 2021, with Tuesday, October 5, 2021 as the last date for the submission of forms.”

The PDP spokesman stated that the party’s congresses to elect the 3-man Adhoc Ward delegates have been scheduled to hold from January 7 to January 8, 2022, adding that the local government congresses to elect national delegates will take place on January 15, 2022.

Ekiti Govt Reinforces Restrictions Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

A file photo of a healthcare worker holding a COVID-19 test kit. TARSO SARRAF / AFP

 

The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has announced the reinforcement of COVID-19 restrictions, following the increase in the number of positive cases in the state.

Recently, the state recorded 85 cases in five days.

In a statement on Tuesday, Governor Fayemi was worried about the effect of the COVID-19 third wave. But he vowed that the state would not leave anything to chance.

“In the month of July, we recorded 95 cases, and we have now recorded 85 cases in the first week of August. 85 cases in just five days.

“We are obviously experiencing the third wave with more cases than we experienced in the second wave in March 2021,” the governor declared.

Consequently, he announced that all public gatherings should observe the previous rule of restriction to 50 people at most.

A screenshot taken on March 27, 2021, shows Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, during an interview on Channels Television’s Hard Copy.

 

“Our religious gatherings in the state would be with temporary restrictions starting from Friday, August 13, 2021, for Muslims and Sunday, August 15, 2021, for Christians,” the governor said.

“All gatherings must be held in strict and full compliance with the regulations regarding worship centres which include social distancing of six-feet between worshippers, hand washing, and face masks.”

He also spelled out the rules for other gatherings.

Fayemi said schools must be fumigated and gave an assurance that the government would take delivery of more doses of COVID-19 vaccines and intensify testing.

“I have also approved the sensitization and screening of teachers for Covid-19 upon resumption,” he disclosed. “All efforts to ensure safe school reopening will be put in place before school resumption.”

The governor asked all residents to adhere to the rules of hand washing, use of face masks, and other existing protocols as prescribed.

According to him, members of the state’s task force will go round to assess the level of compliance with a view to bringing defaulters to book.

Ekiti Govt Raises Alarm Over Rising Cases Of Sexual Offences

File photo of  Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

The Ekiti State Government has vowed to prosecute anyone preventing legal punishment for sex offenders and confiscate any facility used for the rape of minors in the state.

In a release signed by the State Attorney General, Wale Fapounda, the government raised the alarm that more than 120 cases of rape are being heard in various courts across the state with a larger number of victims unwilling to toe the legal path.

“The Ministry of Justice is presently prosecuting 121 cases of Rape in various courts across Ekiti State. This number is particularly disturbing considering that this statistic only relates to victims or their relatives who are willing to support the Ministry in the prosecution of these cases as the number of unwilling victims is even more alarming,” the statement noted.

Consequently, the state government is sponsoring a bill in the State House of Assembly to criminalize any attempt to wield unlawful influence to discontinue certain criminal matters including Rape, Sexual Assault and Child Defilement.

“The punishment prescribed is 5 years imprisonment on conviction. Persons in the habit of writing letters of discontinuance in rape matters are specifically invited to take note, the Attorney General warned.

In addition, the state government is proposing an amendment bill to ensure the protection of whistle-blowers in cases of sexual violence.

According to Fapounda, any hotel or facility found to have been used for the rape of minors would be confiscated and the Certificate of Occupancy revoked.

He stated, “Similarly private residences that are found to have been used for the rape of minors will also be subject to possible confiscation by the Government of Ekiti State. The Ministry of Justice is currently working on a legislative proposal that will allow Government to revoke the Certificate of Occupancy of such properties with a view to converting them to rehabilitation centers for ex-convicts.”

Meanwhile, the state Ministry of Justice said it is aware of a complaint of rape against security personnel attached to the convoy of the Wife of the Governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, promising to support police investigation in the matter.

The commissioner explained that the case is now being handled by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), FCT Command Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, noting that the “state government will cooperate fully with the police investigation team to ensure the matter is investigated thoroughly. The victim is receiving extensive psycho-social and legal support to cope with the trauma, and seek justice, and her identity is protected.”

Armed Robbers Kill Police Officer In Attempted Bank Robbery In Ekiti

 

Armed robbers have attacked a commercial bank in Otun Ekiti in Moba local government area.

Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti State, Sunday Abutu confirmed that a police officer was killed in the robbery attack which took place on Thursday at about five in the evening.

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Abutu explained that the group of armed men stormed the Otun bank and initially succeeded in breaking the bank security door before their mission was thwarted by the swift arrival of a combined team of police, military, and local security outfits.

He said an attempt to escape by the criminal elements triggered a shoot out which claimed the life of the officer while the robbers had to desperately escape via some routes on foot.

The police spokesman assured that perpetrators of the crime will be tracked and arrested, calling on Ekiti residents not to panic.

Ekiti Govt Stops Monarch’s Salary For Abandoning Duties

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The Ekiti State Government has stopped the monthly salary of a monarch,  the Obasaoye of Isaoye Ekiti, Gabriel Olajide, for abandoning his royal duties and residing outside the town for about 3 years.

The Deputy Governor Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi gave the directive on Thursday in Ado Ekiti during a meeting he held with the monarch, chiefs, and other stakeholders from the community who petitioned the state government over the monarch’s conduct.

A statement from the office of the Deputy Governor said the meeting was summoned following receipt of a security report from the Department of State Services (DSS) on the likelihood of violence over a conflict between the Oba and his chiefs who had accused him of highhandedness and disrespect for the town’s tradition.

The aggrieved chiefs accused the monarch of abandoning the community since ascending the throne in 2017 despite the government’s directive.

They also demanded his dethronement accusing him of sponsoring attacks on his subjects, violation of the town’s cultural heritage, destruction of the shrines and artifacts, using the police to harass his subjects, and refusal to participate in cultural and traditional practices which he claimed are against his faith.

The Deputy Governor expressed displeasure over the monarch’s conduct, wondering how he would collect salaries for services not rendered.

“You know I told you since 2018 that if you prefer your Police duty to the throne, the choice is yours, You were enthroned as the king of your town and you have not stayed in that town for the past three years”.

The Deputy Governor however declined the community’s request for Oba Olajide’s dethronement.

“You said you can’t perform sacrifices and participate in rituals. If you can’t do it, you will have problems with your people. This government does not want your town to dethrone you.”

In his short response, Oba Olajide reportedly admitted that he had abandoned his domain for the fear of the unknown.

One Die, Others Injured As Two Vehicles Collide In Ekiti

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A fatal accident involving two vehicles along the Ado – Iyin Ekiti axis has claimed the life of a trader identified as Mrs Betty.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti State, Sunday Abutu confirmed the incident to channels TV via the telephone on Wednesday.

The deceased was said to be driving from Iyin-Ekiti and heading to Ado the state capital when a bus coming from opposite direction ran into her.

The collision caused the woman’s car to go into flames thus killing her on the spot.

Occupants of the other vehicle also sustained serious injuries.

The son of the deceased who was also in the vehicle has been hospitalised at Iyin-Ekiti Specialist Hospital.

Men of the Federal Fire Service rushed to the scene after a failed attempt by road users to rescue the woman and took her lifeless body to the mortuary.

Police Storm Initiation Ground, Arrest Five Suspected Cultists

A photo released by the police on April 25, 2021, shows the suspected cultists arrested in Ekiti State.

 

The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested five suspected cultists who claimed to be students of the Ekiti State University (EKSU).

In a statement on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sunday Abutu, noted that the arrest was made during an initiation ceremony held in a bush behind the school campus.

He explained that the Police Rapid Response Team acted on a tip-off and burst into the initiation venue to stall the exercise.

Those arrested were Adeyeye Adeyemi (29), Adeyemi Tobi (25), Moyosore Onajobi (22), Dickson Godwin (23), and Olowosaye Martins (21).

“The information was received by the Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Ekiti State Command, that some members of the Black Axe (Aiye) secret confraternity were holding an initiation rite inside a bush behind the Ekiti State University (EKSU) Campus, Iworoko-Ekiti,” the statement said.

On sighting the police team, the command’s spokesman said the suspects shot sporadically but later bowed to the superior power of the security operatives, leading to the arrest of five of them while others took to their heels and escaped.

“Upon the receipt of the information, a team of the RRS Operatives, in synergy with the police personnel attached to Iworoko Divisional Police Headquarters swung into action and stormed the bush where the suspected cultists shot sporadically on sighting the police,” the statement added.

Items recovered from the scene included a small-sized locally made pistol, two expended cartridges, a gallon containing liquid drug, weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, and two motorcycles.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti, Tunde Mobayo, ordered a thorough investigation of the arrested suspects and asked the security operatives to ensure they apprehend the fleeing suspects.

According to him, the police will not give cult activities a breathing space in the face of other security challenges currently bedevilling the country.

Last week, about eight people were killed and many injured in Ikere Ekiti when two rival cult groups clashed.

Police confirmed the arrest of about 50 suspects in connection with the incident.

Ekiti Shuts Varsity Over Protest, Bans All Unions

Ado Ekiti
The entrance of the Ekiti State University in Ado Ekiti.

 

The Governing Council of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti has announced an indefinite closure of the institution.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Saturday by EKSU’s spokesperson, Bode Olofinmuagun, adding that the council banned the Academic and Non-Academic Staff Unions as well as Senior Staff Association and National Association of Academic Technologists in the university.

The action followed the recent protest by Unions in the University, who have been occupying the campus for days, disrupting all activities and insisting their unpaid salaries and other entitlements are met.

With the new order by the Governing Council, academic activities have been put on hold as students are expected to vacate the campus this weekend.

Specifically, the unions have been asking the state government to pay them three months’ salary arrears dated 2018, six years of earned allowances and unremitted cooperative deductions among other demands from the University Council and Management.

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They also condemned the disengagement of some duly employed staff of the institution and failure to reabsorb some disengaged staff who took the institution to court and won, a development they claimed has reduced the workforce unjustifiably, adding to the burden of staff.

When contacted on phone by Channels Television, ASUU Chairman in EKSU, Kayode Arogundade, said the Governing Council has no right to proscribe the unions.

He declined further comment until Monday when the national body of the unions must have taken a position.

Reacting, the Special Adviser to Ekiti State Government on Tertiary Education, Sikiru Eniola, explained that the unions walked out of a meeting with the EKSU governing Council where the bones of contention were being discussed.

“Unfortunately they had a meeting yesterday where they were supposed to discuss the issues but the unions walked out on council and management. The state government will be awaiting reports from the council and other stakeholders and will step in to ensure the crisis is resolved as soon as possible,” Eniola said.