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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ekiti state government has sealed up illegal hospitals across the state in its drive to check quackery in the medical field.
The government said it is worried at the existence of medical outfits run by quacks in the state and set out on a shutdown operation of the illegal facilities.
At the facilities sealed in Ado the state capital and Ilawe Ekiti by officials of the state ministry of health the doctors in charge took flight apparently on a tip off and the attendants met at the facilities have no clear explanation on the status of the facilities and personnel.
The chairman of the Ekiti state Medical Anti Quackery Committee Dr. Adesoye Olusanya lamented the danger posed by unqualified personnel.
He said tabs will be kept on quack medical personnel in the state in the interest of public health.
“These people are not qualified, somebody who didn’t go to an appropriate medical school calling himself a doctor. The most surprising thing, by the time we got there, they’ve all run away. A qualified doctor will not run away in that circumstance.” Dr. Olusanya pointed out.
The team proceeded to brief the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti state, Asuquo Amba after the operation and the force underlined the need for them to push for prosecution if the mission will be meaningful.
“You must be willing to prosecute suspects. You can’t just hand them over to the police and go to bed. If you go to bed I’ll release them but if you make a case they’ll be charged to court.” Amba noted.
The story of a clergyman in Ekiti State who allegedly planned his own kidnap, to compel members of his congregation to pay a ransom of N3 million, took residents and all who read the headlines by surprise.
While the man has since been arrested along with an accomplice, the situation leaves many puzzled about the motive behind his action.
Below is a video in which both the police and the clergyman speak about the ordeal.