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.

Fayemi Threatens To Sue Two Of Fayose’s Aides For Libel

Kayode-FayemiFormer Governor of Ekiti state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has given a seven-day ultimatum to two aides of the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to retract libelous statements made against him.

The duo of Ekiti State House of Assembly member, Dr Samuel Omotoso, and Special Assistant on Public Communications to the state Governor, Mr Lere Olayinka, had during a live programme on the Ekiti State Television (EKTV), on July 6, 2016, alleged that “Dr. Fayemi illegally took 1.5 billion Naira from Ekiti treasury and gave it to President Muhammadu Buhari, while contesting the presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC)”.

They also alleged that Fayemi looted Ekiti treasury, alleging fraud in the
purchase of vehicles for traditional rulers and illegal withdrawal of
852 million Naira SUBEB money.

According to Olayinka, “Fayemi paid Ekiti 852 million Naira into
SUBEB account at Access Bank, and now this is the fraud he committed:

“It is this money that qualifies Ekiti to receive Abuja’s N852m SUBEB money,
but immediately the money dropped into Ekiti SUBEB account, Fayemi just
withdrew the state counterpart fund from the SUBEB account and Abuja SUBEB
caught them red-handed in the fraud game, just like 419.”

The House member also said that Fayemi illegally collected five billion Naira from Ecobank in the name of Fountain Holdings for purported road construction.

He also alleged that the ex-governor borrowed money on behalf of the state to build a Government House for his wife and children.

Furthermore, he stated that Fayemi had spent the state’s funds to build a private university for himself in Ghana.

According to him, he refused to pay pensioners, but was “acting like an armed
robber and carted away Ekiti money”, adding that he was not “just saying it
for fun that Fayemi stole Ekiti money, but he went away with Ekiti money and destroyed the economy of the state”.

In a letter presented to newsmen on Thursday, Fayemi had complained through his counsel, Chief R.O. Balogun, that their utterances during the programme, portrayed him as a very corrupt public office holder and fraudulent person who siphoned public funds at the detriment of Ekiti citizens while serving as governor.

He then asked both Omotosho and Olayinka to make a retraction and public apology, which “must be given equal prominence like the offending statements and utterances, otherwise they would be sued for criminal defamation of character”.

He also complained that he was exposed to “public ridicule, odium, opprobrium, embarrassment and unprecedented disrepute”, arguing that the duo had done “incalculable and tremendous injury to his image and personality as an international figure”.

They are also expected to pay Fayemi 100 million Naira for the “offending statements” within the period, failure of which he promised to file an action against them in the law court.

Balogun has also emphasized that if within the said number of days the defendants refuse to comply with the demands, his client would have no choice than to drag them to court to ventilate the grievances.

Fayemi Hails Osinbajo’s Choice As Buhari’s Running Mate

Kayode Fayemi 1Former Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the National Convention Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi, has hailed the choice of legal luminary, Prof Yemi Osinbajo as the running mate to General Muhammadu Buhari, 2015 presidential election.

Fayemi, whose committee conducted the APC convention and presidential primary that produced General Buhari as the party’s presidential flag bearer, said in a statement in Lagos on Thursday that Prof Osinbajo’s choice has further reinforced the party’s determination to effect the change which Nigerians have for long clamored for.

Describing Osinbajo as a renowned teacher, legal expert, administrator and a reform-minded technocrat, who embodies the virtues of honesty, integrity, selflessness and dedication to the overall good of the society, Fayemi said the university Don remains a strategic partner to General Buhari in the onerous task of driving the change.

“Every time pundits come up with their doomsday predictions of APC’s imminent collapse, APC comes out stronger right from its founding. The choice of Osinbajo is also leaving us much stronger for the task ahead. I commend General Buhari and other party leaders for arriving at a choice that is bound to strengthen our ticket”, Fayemi said.

Fayemi added that regardless of what skeptics are saying the APC is set to run an issue-based campaign and carry along every segment of the society in the electoral process that would culminate in APC emerging victorious at the 2015 presidential election.

He added that the choice of Buhari as Presidential candidate and Osinbajo as running mate has re-defined the 2015 contest and become a concern to the ruling party.

Fayemi urged Nigerians to support the APC in bringing about the change which the country and its people so urgently need, by voting massively for the party at the coming polls.

APC Presidential Primary Will Foster Greater Bond Between Members – Fayemi

FayemiFormer Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has described the Presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as “the product of careful planning” which will bind party members together through its openness and transparency.

Appearing as a guest on Sunrise Daily, Fayemi responded to critics who had lambasted the party for the pro-longed primary which had lasted for 24 hours and also stressed that although the five candidates contesting for the party’s presidential ticket were important, the process itself was important.

“For us, the process is as important as the product that eventually emerges from this because Nigerians are carefully watching us” to see if we are going to be the same or the new party for the new Nigeria, he said.

“We envisaged that we were going to spend a considerable length of time to undertake this exercise” he said concerning the prolonged primary, noting that “we believe that we are going to be much stronger for it and the party will be more united after this, because the process has been transparent”.

According to him, the time the process had taken was not a surprise as 8,000 delegates had to participate in the process for a winner to emerge. He highlighted the different stages of the process, including accreditation of delegates and the actual voting.

The process has been reported as peaceful, except for a skirmish involving delegates from Delta State during accreditation.
“That was resolved amicably and voting continued in due course”.

Speaking on allegations that some candidates had been asked to rest their ambition for the others, Fayemi insisted that no candidate was more important than the other as the party had agreed that if a consensus candidate was to emerge, the candidates themselves would be the ones to make the call.

Ekiti: Fayemi Gets Nomination For Re-Election

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Ekiti State has nominated incumbent governor of the state, Mr Kayode Fayemi as its candidate for the 2014 governorship election in the state.

The declaration was made at a general meeting of the party at the country home of former governor of Ekiti state, Niyi Adebayo at Iyin Ekiti.

The former governor said he is solidly behind Dr. Fayemi in the forthcoming election scheduled for 2014.

Mr Adebayo added that it was a unanimous decision of the party leadership as he further solicits the support of every indigene of Ekiti state for the party’s candidate.

Reacting to the early endorsement, the state government welcomed the move but noted that there is still more to done ahead of the governorship election. “We are only half way” he stated.

Mr Fayemi ran for the Ekiti State governorship election in the 2007 elections on the platform of the ACN but the People’s Democratic party PDP’s candidate, Mr Olusegun Oni was declared winner.

But after a three and a half years legal tussle the Appeal Court on the 15th of October, 2010 declared Mr Fayemi, the duly elected Governor of Ekiti State.

EFCC re-arraigns Ayo Fayose for embezzling N1.2 billion

The former governor of Ekiti state, Mr Ayo Fayose, has been re-arraigned at Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, by the Economic and Financial crimes commission (EFCC) for allegedly misappropriating N1.2 billion, while he was in office.

The former governor who has been standing trail over the misappropriation was arraigned for 27 count charges before Justice Adamu Hobon.

The presiding judge adjourned the case to January 24th 2013

During the court proceedings, journalists were prevented from entering d court by police officers until d intervention of State Police Public Relation Officer.