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.

PHOTOS: Buhari, Fayemi, Others Attend 25th Nigerian Economic Summit

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has attended the 25th anniversary of the Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja.

The President during the event spoke about how his administration plans to create more jobs in the country.

Also at the event was the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai among other government officials.

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The event with the theme, “Nigeria 2050: Shifting Gears”, special focus will be placed on the pillars of the nation’s 4th industrial revolution.

According to President Buhari, some of the sectors that will provide employment include Agriculture, Education, Health and Housing.

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Xenophobia: South African Leaders Must Take Convincing Actions – Fayemi

Ekiti Govt Receives N3.9bn Paris Club Refund, Pays Salary Arrears

 

The Chairman Nigeria Governors’ Forum Dr. Kayode Fayemi has called on South African authorities to do more to pacify keen observers of the Xenophobic developments in the country.

Fayemi recalled the roles played by Nigerians and Africans towards liberating South Africans in their days of struggle asking that such should be reciprocated.

“The South African struggle was a Pan African project. I recall what many parents did in Nigeria , everybody contributed. As a Young University student I was a volunteer in the ANC Chief representative office in Lagos, spending greater part of my youth involved in the struggle to free South Africa.” Fayemi recalled.

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He stated further : “Leaders in South Africa need to really demonstrate that they actually understand what Africans are saying to them. South Africa is not an Island.”

Fayemi stated that showing aggression and putting a uniform tag of criminality on all foreigners in South Africa is an error of judgement which smacks of ignorance and ingratitude.

But he calls for caution in the clamour by some protesters that Nigeria should sever ties with the Country as he highlights the peculiarity of international relations.

“Foreign relations is not handled in a precipitate manner, countries go through processes, I believe we haven’t got to the stage yet where we cut off relationship with South Africa.” Fayemi noted.

Buhari Congratulates Fayemi As Chairman Of Nigeria Governors’ Forum

File Photo of Governor Kayode Fayemi and President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

The President said that Fayemi’s choice was by consensus, indicating the degree of confidence reposed in him by his colleagues.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President urged the new chairman to see his election as a unique opportunity to forge a deeper harmonious and fruitful working relationship not only with the Federal Government but also with other arms and tiers of government.

READ ALSO: APC Congratulates Fayemi As Chairman Of Nigeria Governors’ Forum

Stressing that the “The focal objective of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum at all times ought to be the higher interest of the people of this country above partisan, political, religious or regional differences,” President Buhari expresses the readiness of the Federal Government to support the Forum to realise its laudable objectives.

He wished Governor Fayemi a successful tenure and commended his immediate predecessor, Gov. Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara State for his leadership as chairman of the NGF.

APC Congratulates Fayemi As Chairman Of Nigeria Governors’ Forum

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, for emerging the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

A statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, says, “The NGF’s unanimous election of Fayemi to lead the Forum till 2021 is indeed a right choice judging by Fayemi’s proven record of progressive leadership and experience as a development expert, minister, governor, among other endeavours.

“Since its establishment, the non-partisan Nigeria Governors’ Forum has been a strategic partner in deepening democracy and entrenching good governance in the country.

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“We are confident that the NGF under Fayemi’s leadership will continue in this best practice by cooperating and supporting the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration in delivering on the Change Agenda for Nigerians, particularly as the country gears up for the next four year of the administration’s renewed mandate”.

The party wished Fayemi a very successful and impactful tenure and looks forward to a cordial relationship between the NGF and the President Buhari-led APC administration.

“This undoubtedly will ensure the successful implementation of the Next Level plans for our collective progress as a country”.

Ekiti Election: Supreme Court Dismisses Suit Seeking Fayemi’s Disqualification

Kayode Fayemi

 

The Supreme Court has dismissed a suit filed by the former Ekiti State Governor Mr. Segun Oni, challenging the eligibility of Governor Kayode Fayemi to stand as a candidate in the July 14, 2018 governorship poll.

The apex court in a unanimous Judgment delivered by Justice Amirul Sanusi dismissed the suit on the grounds that it has become statute barred and a mere academic exercise.

In the verdict, the court held that Oni’s suit was caught up with section 285 of the 1999 constitution which makes it mandatory that all pre-election cases must be filed within 14 days the cause of action arose.

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Justice Sanusi said that from the available record at the disposal of the court the case of the appellant was filed 42 days after the cause of action arose thereby making the suit legally incompetent to be adjudicated upon.

Mr. Oni who was a governorship aspirant in the last primary election conducted by the All Progressives Congress for the nomination of the flag bearer had dragged Governor Fayemi to court praying for an order disqualifying him from participating in the last governorship election in Ekiti State.

The grouse of his appeal was that Fayemi did not resign as Minister of Solid Mineral three months before the election as required by law.

Mr. Oni also predicated his case on the report of a Commission of Enquiry set up by Ekiti State Government under former Governor Ayodele Fayose which indicated and prohibited Fayemi from holding public office for a period of 10 years.

But Justice Sanusi upheld the preliminary objection raised against the appeal of Oni that the suit has no life in it having been filed outside the 14 days required by law to be competent.

Court Upholds Fayemi’s Election, Dismisses PDP’s Appeal

 

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed the election of Mr Kayode Fayemi as Governor of Ekiti State.

A three-man panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal, led by Justice Stephen Adah, in a judgment delivered this evening dismissed the appeal filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olusola Eleka and the PDP for lacking in merit.

The tribunal in the judgment resolved all 7 issues raised by the appellants in favour of the respondents.

Respondents in the Appeal are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Fayemi.

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In dismissing the appeal Justice Adah described it as “unmeritorious”, and thereafter affirmed the July 28, 2019 judgment of the Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which had upheld Fayemi’s victory at the poll.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Fayemi and his party, the All Progressives Congress polled a total of 197,459 votes to defeated Eleka and the PDP who placed second with 178,121 votes in the July 14, 2018 election.

Dissatisfied with the announcement Mr. Emeka and his party approached the Ekiti state election tribunal which dismissed the petition.

Appeal Court Upholds Fayemi’s Election As APC’s Governorship Candidate

Winner of the Ekiti Governorship election, Kayode Fayemi

 

An Appeal Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital has upheld the judgement of the Federal High Court which held that the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Kayode Fayemi, was eligible to have contested the party’s primary.

An aspirant, Mr Segun Oni had appealed the lower court’s verdict, insisting the candidate violated electoral and constitutional provisions by not resigning 30 days to the party primaries and for contesting despite being indicted by a judicial panel of inquiry.

Oni who came second at the primary wanted the court to nullify Fayemi’s victory and nomination as the party’s candidate, and declare him the validly elected candidate of the party for its primary and the governorship poll.

But the appeal court judges unanimously held that Fayemi, though a public servant, was not an employee of the public service and thus not under compulsion to resign his position as Minister 30 days to the party primary.

The court also aligned with the lower court that Fayemi’s indictment by a Judicial panel of Inquiry does not amount to conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction and will be actionable in the case as determined.

The court, therefore, dismissed the appeal as lacking in merit and upheld the ruling of the lower court.

Fayemi Dedicates Tribunal Victory To Ekiti People

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Governor Kayode Fayemi (file)

 

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has declared that Monday’s judgement of the Ekiti State Election Tribunal affirming his election as the validly elected Governor of the State is a reaffirmation of the wishes of the vast majority of Ekiti people.

Governor Fayemi who hailed the judgement as another proof that the wishes of the people will always prevail said he is forever grateful to Ekiti people for electing him as governor for a second term and by standing by his government.

Fayemi’s statement was contained in a communique signed by Yinka Oyebode, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

” It is a victory for all Ekiti people. This is democracy at work. This is a reflection of the wishes of our people and I dedicate the victory to our people” said Fayemi in the statement by his Chief Press Secretary.

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The Governor also urged his main challenger, the PDP candidate, Prof Olusola Eleka, to join hands with him and the rest of Ekitis in taking the State to the next level of development and prosperity.

“It is a great day for democracy. And the judiciary has proven again that it is the last hope of the common man.

“We shall now continue with the task of rebuilding our state and restoring the core values of our people without any iota of distraction,” he said.

Dr Fayemi also urged his supporters to be magnanimous in victory and celebrate in moderation, saying that he remains the Governor of all Ekitis regardless of party affiliation.

“It is a victory for all of us and together we shall restore the state’s lost glory.

” Our desire is to bring back peace, progress and prosperity to Ekiti State. The journey has just begun.

” I call on the PDP candidate, Prof Olusola Kolapo, who is an illustrious son of the state, to join us in the efforts to take the State to the next level of development and prosperity”, the statement added.

PDP To Appeal Tribunal’s Verdict On Ekiti Governorship Election

 

The People’s Democratic Party in Ekiti state says it will appeal the judgement of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

Both the All Progressives Congress APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ekiti State have been reacting to the judgement.

The Tribunal had in a unanimous judgement upheld the victory of the candidate of the APC, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Deputy Chairman of APC in Ekiti State, Sola Elesin described the judgement as sound and exciting saying the petition against the party’s victory is baseless.

” It’s a sound judgement and we are glad we got justice. We know we won the election fair and square and the petition was just a frivolity” Elesin said.

READ ALSO: Ekiti Election Tribunal: APC Lauds Fayemi’s Victory As PDP Faults Judgement

But the PDP Publicity Secretary in the State, Jackson Adebayo has faulted the judgement, as it insists on appealing the verdict.

“We the have other stages in law. To us, this judgement has errors and we will definitely appeal and all of us will eventually end at the Supreme Court ” Adebayo stated.

The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal had at its inaugural sitting in September relocated to Abuja after all parties involved in the suit demanded a change of venue for security reasons.

Kayode Fayemi of the APC polled 197,459 votes to defeat the Candidate of the PDP prof Kolapo Olusola who got 178,121 votes in July the 14th, 2018 governorship election in the state.

PDP Confident Of Victory At the Court of Appeal

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged all its members, particularly in Ekiti State, not to despair over Monday’s ruling of the Ekiti Governorship election tribunal, which sat in Abuja.

This was contained in a statement made on Monday, by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP’s National Publicity Secretary.

The party says the judgment of the tribunal will surely be overturned at the Court of Appeal and victory handed to the PDP and its candidate, Olusola Eleka, who is the clear winner of the July 14, 2018, Ekiti governorship election.

The PDP holds that the Court of Appeal will consider the matter strictly on its merit particularly with the abounding evidence of rigging including violence, vote-buying, ballot stuffing and alteration of results perpetuated by the APC are still intact.

The PDP urged the Lord Justices to stand for justice by restoring the mandate freely given to the PDP candidate, Olusola Eleka, at the July 14, 2018 governorship election in Ekiti state.

The PDP noted that the entire nation and the international community had widely condemned the “manipulation” that marred the Ekiti governorship election and strongly believes that justice will be served at the end of the day.

Ekiti Assembly Confirms Two Commissioners

Ekiti lawmakers during the screening and confirmation of the commissioners

 

The Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday screened and confirmed two commissioner nominees.

Mr Dapo Kolawole, who was nominated as Commissioner for Finance, and the Attorney-General designate, Mr Wale Fapounda, were confirmed by the speaker and thirteen other lawmakers after fielding relevant questions.

Both nominees held the same offices in the first term of the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

In confirming them, the lawmakers said both men had performed well during Governor Fayemi’s first term.

They, however, both men to work towards attracting investment into the state and avoid imposing a heavy tax burden on the people.

Also, the Assembly backed the appointment of 10 special advisers by Fayemi.

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Fayemi Sworn In As Ekiti Governor, Promises Transparency, Accountability

Kayode Fayemi

 

Dr Kayode Fayemi has promised the people of Ekiti State that his government will be transparent and accountable.

Fayemi revealed this on Tuesday during his swearing-in as governor of the state, alongside his deputy, Bisi Egbeyemi.

The event which was held in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital had in attendance members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) including the former National Chairman, John Oyegun.

Fayemi who is a former Minister of Solid Mineral and Development was elected as the governor of the state on July 15, 2018, after defeating his opponent, Fayose’s Deputy and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Professor Kolapo Olusola, and over 30 others in a keenly contested election.

He was victorious in 11 out of the 16 local government areas of the state, polling 197,459 votes, and edging out his closest rival Olusola who got 178,121 votes by 19,338 votes.

In his inaugural speech, Fayemi said he was ready to transform the state in the areas of agriculture, tourism, infrastructure and education.

He noted that quality health care is important to the people especially the aged and called on residents to join hands with him in achieving the goal.

Fayemi emphasised that he is ready to reclaim the state to achieve greater heights.