Kwara Governor-Elect Denies Submitting Fake WAEC Certificate To INEC

Kwara Governor-Elect, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq.

 

The Governor-elect of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has denied claims that he forwarded a fake WAEC certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the recently conducted governorship election in the state.

Defending Abdulrazaq at the State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Tuesday, his lawyer, Mr Lawal Jimoh, explained that the governor-elect graduated from Government College, Kaduna in June 1976, hence, the claims of possessing a fake document were false.

“My client attended Government College, Kaduna. And of course, he wrote his WAEC in 1976. The records are there, they are clear,” he stated.

A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Apado ward, in the Ilorin East local government area of the state, Adekunle Abraham, had challenged the authenticity of Abdulrazaq’s WAEC certificate.

Specifically, Abraham pointed out that the way the defendant’s name was written as “RASAQ A R” had raised some suspicious.

“From my personal experience, the West African Examination Council( WAEC) as a standard examination body in West Africa do not normally abbreviate names on the school certificates issued by it,” he said.

Furthermore, he said he knew for a fact the the defendant did not sit for the exams and was, therefore, not issued with the purported certificate.

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He, therefore, urged the court to declare that the APC candidate lied on oath and submitted forged documents to contest the gubernatorial elections.

Speaking with journalists after the court session, the claimant’s lawyer, Lawrence Ola, said the defendant’ lawyer was yet to file a defence but only filed a Memorandum of Appearance for his client.

“The defendant posted an affidavit that he got a WAEC certificate detailed 1976. And based on the findings of my client, we see that it is a cock and bull story. As a matter of fact, it is perjury,” he said.

But also speaking, the defendant’s lawyer who said that his client was served notice of the suit on May 2, 2019, added that appearance was filed immediately.

He also maintained that his client, got his WAEC result from Government College, Kaduna with full evidence of WAEC result obtained from the school in 1976.

In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Adenike Akinpelu adjourned the case to June 10, saying the defence was still within the time frame to file their statements.

We’ll Run A Just, Truthful And Transparent Administration – Dapo Abiodun

The Governor-Elect of Ogun State, Mr Dapo Abiodun, says his government will be built on truth and transparency.

He gave the assurance on Sunday at an interdenominational thanksgiving service which held at Saint James Anglican Church in his hometown in Iperu Remo area of the state.

While thanking the people of the state for believing in him, Abiodun promised not to betray the confidence bestowed on him by the electorate.

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He also pledged to implement policies and programmes that will be of great benefit to the people.

“I want to assure you that we will lead a just, equitable and a transparent administration which will provide quality and focused governance while creating an enabling environment for public-private sector partnership which is fundamental to the economic growth of the state,” he stated.

Abiodun emerged winner of the March 9 governorship election in the state after defeating his closest rival, Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

Ogun State Governor-Elect, Dapo Abiodun.

In the keenly contested race, he defeated the APM’s candidate who was backed by outgoing Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

Abiodun polled 241,670 votes as against Akinlade’s 222,153 votes.

Few hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him the winner, he called on other contestants to join hands with him to build the state for the benefit of the people.

He also assured residents of the state of a purposeful leadership hinged on transparency and accountability ahead of his inauguration on May 29.

Ondo APC Promises Better Days In 2017

Ondo APC Promises Better Days in 2017The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has promised the people of the state that 2017 would bring better days under the administration of the Governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu.

The party made this promise as it felicitated with the people of the state on the dawn of a New Year 2017.

The message signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Steve Otaloro, reads: “We admonish the people of Ondo State to keep hope alive in the face of the current economic quagmire in the state as there will be light at the end of the tunnel.

“Our state is blessed with enough natural resources and quality human power, but the inability of the government to harness these rare opportunities is the bane of the state development.

“We only focus over the years on funds accruing to the state from the Federation Account and unfortunately we do not make good use of it and diversify the sources of generating internal revenue.

“We (APC) are assuring you the good people of Ondo State that we are going to look beyond money from the central and explore all other resources we have through engagement of personalities with economic acumen and expertise in turning the fortunes of our dear state round for the benefit of all.

“Everyone, particularly those in the private sector would be provided the enabling environment to operate and cottage industries would be encouraged by the All Progressives Congress-led administration to create jobs and reduce poverty rate in the state drastically before long.

“We are calling on the people to prepare to key into various people-oriented programmes of Barrister Akeredolu’s government which would be rolled out on assumption of office in February, which promised to turn the economic situation in the state round.”

I Won’t Probe Past Government In Ondo, Akeredolu Says

I Won't Probe Past Ondo Government, Rotimi Akeredolu SaysOndo state governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu says his Ondo election victory was a manifestation of God’s power and he would like to focus on this mandate rather than probe the past government.

Reacting to the conduct and outcome of the election in Akure on Monday, the APC candidate said that he was surprised by the margin of votes between him and his closest rivals.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, declared the APC candidate, winner of the 2016 Ondo state governorship election.

He polled 244, 842 votes to beat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 150, 380 votes, while Mr Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) followed with 126, 889 votes.

“What has happened in this election is quite beyond my personal expectations but then it is a case of saying we cannot limit God – I want to believe it is God-given victory to the people of Ondo state.

“What was beyond my imagination was the magnitude – the number of votes we scored vis-a-vis what two other contestants scored. I never believed that the margin would be that wide,” Akeredolu said.

Therefore, on the issue of probing the state’s accounts, the Governor-elect said that this is a venture he would not embark upon.

“I don’t believe in probes. What I believe in is that I’ve been given a mandate to govern the state and when I come into office I will face the task.

“The past is the past and I am one person who believes that government is a continuum,” he said.

Party Support

Mr Akeredolu went into the election without the support of some key members of the his party and this further made his victory a surprise for many.

He, however, maintained that the support of the party is more important than individuals’ in an election.

“I believe that the party included everybody. So, the party gave us support and whether we like it or not, that will be larger than what an individual can give.

“If you have a national party behind you, it is larger than what any individual can give. So I believe that whatever individuals have done, they must have done through the party.”

Industrialization

Mr Rotimi Akeredolu promised during his campaign to bring back the industries in the states and he provided an explanation of how he intends to achieve this.

“I used the word revamp when I was talking about the educational infrastructures and co, but when it comes to the issue of industries, I have argued during my campaign that people use the word wrongly.

“They say to us some industries are moribund (but) most of these industries are dead. So, its not easy to wake up a dead person and just like an industry, you cannot wake them up.

“The important thing is that industrialization is important to us and we are going to have to get as many people as are interested.

“We have the sand for glass industry in the south. It is not necessary we have to go back to Oluwa Industry, the furnace there is already old and the technology there is no longer in use.

“So all we need is to have people come. We will provide the enabling environment for them and they can start another one. It might be in the same premises.

“We have industry on ceramics in Ifon. We are thinking about what we have on cement and I know that in the next few weeks, many more will come.”

He said that foreign investors have been approaching him to invest in the state even before the election and he was sure that with an enabling environment a lot of development would be achieved in Ondo state.

AD Candidate, Olusola Oke Decries Monetization Of Ondo Election

AD Candidate, Olusola Oke Decries Monetization Of Ondo ElectionThe governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Ondo State, Mr Olusola Oke has decried the heavy monetization of the election process which produced Mr Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governor-elect.

Oke who addressed the Press in Akure on Monday, congratulated Mr Rotimi Akeredolu on his victory and commended both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agents deployed to the state for being fair in the handling of their duties.

He, however, regretted that the open and free use of money to purchase votes during the election by the ruling party remains a sad commentary on the nation’s electoral process.

This development, according to him, required the urgent intervention by government if the much publicized anti-corruption agenda of the Federal Government must have meaning to Nigerians.

He said: “In the last seven years, the policy direction of the government of the day (in Ondo State) has resulted in the growth and circulation of poverty to our people.

“The resultant effect is the debilitating poverty that had made the people so vulnerable. Therefore, trading away dignity in the face of excruciating hunger during electioneering process requires little or no considerations for morals and values that defined us as a people.

“The open and free use of money to purchase votes, during the election by the ruling parties remains a sad commentary on our electoral process. This requires urgent intervention by government if the much publicized anti-corruption agenda of the Federal Government must have meaning to Nigerians.

“Offer of money for votes is worse than looting the government treasury. Apart from compromising the dignity of the people, it provides a fertile training ground for future looters of government treasury.

“The consequence of it is to render the anti-corruption fight a farce. There may be no economic matter more urgent, difficult to unravel and more sensitive to the pursuit of the average person in Ondo State than the current indignity foisted on the people by poverty, orchestrated by maladministration and priority misplacement by the current administration.

“We hope the incoming administration will address the problem of poverty so that the integrity of our electoral process will be restored.”

He noted that from the observation of the people of Ondo State, they appear confused and unsure of what would follow the immediate satisfaction from the naira handout received in consideration of the votes cast.

“They appear wondering whether the votes they delivered yesterday would restore light, revive dead industries, complete the uncompleted ones, give hundreds of thousands of unemployed graduates employment, pay arrears of salary to workers and guarantee regular payment of salary; whether their votes will make water to flow again in their unused and rusted water pipes, reduce dust on our roads, revive our education and health sectors and so on,” he stated.

Big Challenge

Oke, who recalled the event leading to his and his followers’ movement to the AD, said that the movement was necessitated by the need for “us as democrats and conscience of the people to shun the in-built perfidy and organized deception in APC as revealed during its primary election.

“We moved to AD less than six weeks before the gubernatorial election. We knew it was a big challenge and the greatest challenge was time. But we were determined in the pursuit of our dream.

“We know how bad the situation is and we are aware that the art of governance is difficult and complex, especially during trying times. The steep reduction in global oil prices from over 120 dollars per barrel to roughly 30 dollars and the huge debt profile of Ondo State present a hard challenge that requires a prepared mind and experienced hands in the saddle. We are convinced that we can no longer afford past practices.

“That was the compelling re-occurring issue that defined our struggle. We thank the people of Ondo State who believed in the struggle of Alliance for Democracy and its candidate, Chief Olusola Oke.”

He went on to give recommendations to the incoming administration: “Ondo State requires economic re-engineering, creative reform, materially changing the substance of its economic policy as well as the objectives of that policy in a way that the economic well-being of the people will be restored again.

“Therein lies the essence of progressive democratic governance and that is what our party, the Alliance for Democracy stands for.

“The incoming government therefore must urgently address the issue of ravaging poverty in the state through: Industrialization; Job/Wealth Creation; Rural Integration; Infrastructural Development; Security.”

He gave the assurance that as members of the opposition, the AD shall continue to contribute to the process of governance and would not hesitate to point, in a civilized manner, the attention of the incoming government to any area where the masses seem not to have been considered in the policy framework of governance.

“We shall voice our opinion whenever we believe any member of the incoming government strayed from the progressive calling required of the administration,” he posited.

He congratulated the governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu, and wished him success, praying to God to guide him as he directs the affairs of Ondo state.

Mimiko Promises To Facilitate A Smooth Transition To Akeredolu

Mimiko Meets Buhari, Says Jegede Remains PDP's Lawful Candidate,The Governor of Ondo State Olusegun Mimiko, of Ondo State has promised to facilitate a smooth transition from his administration to that of the Governor-elect, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

Mr Mimiko in a statement on Monday by his spokesman, Eni Akinsola, congratulated Mr Akeredolu, saying it behoves of him as the Governor of Ondo State to congratulate the Governor-elect and wish him success in the challenging task of governing the State.

The Ondo Governor said: “It is incumbent upon me as Governor to facilitate a smooth transition between my government and the incoming one. I will, to this end, provide the ambience for a smooth and seamless transition process”.

While promising to continue to provide leadership to the State till the takeover date, Mimiko expressed his appreciation to the people of the State.

“I use this medium to express my sincere appreciation to all our citizens for the very peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the election period. I will not waiver in providing needed leadership to our dear State till the last day of my term,” he promised.

Mr Mimiko further enjoined residents to strive to sustain the peace enjoyed in the State for the past seven years, promising to speak with them as occasion demands as his “eight year tenure inches to an end”.

Governor Mimiko of the Peoples Democratic Party will be handing over to Mr Akeredolu who is a member of the All Progressives Congress.

Mr Mimiko’s party has called for a cancelation of the election result, insisting that the election was fraught with irregularities and manipulated to favour the APC.

Youths In Kogi Rally Support For Yahaya Bello

Yahaya-BelloYouth and professionals in Kogi State, under the aegis of “Project Kogi First” have called on all the ethnic, religious and political groups to drop their differences and join hands with the incoming Governor-Elect, Yahaya Bello, to enable him work for the progress of the state.

They said that as youths, they were ready to work and support the incoming Governor rather than be used as means of destruction.

In a Press Statement, the convener of the group, Pharmacist Ojeje Onimisi, said that the group had recommended various practical economic policies that would lead to the actualisation of the collective dream of the people in the state

The group’s spokesperson called on the incoming Governor to embark on policies that would give birth to a new Kogi, immediately he assumes office.

He assured him of the group’s readiness to make relevant contribution that would make the state stand out among its equal.

Onimisi appealed to all aggrieved persons to channel their grievances to the appropriate quarters and desist from making inflammatory statements that could instigate violence and anarchy.

The Chief Strategist of the Yahaya Bello Campaign Organisation, Mr Edward Onoja, attributed the state’s backwardness to the existing leadership gap.

He, therefore, urged youths to set up ‘Kogi Treasury Watch’, to enable them checkmate the activities of their leaders.

El-Rufai Promises To Revive Textile Factories in Kaduna

textileThe Kaduna State Governor-elect, Nasir El-Rufai, has given an assurance that the incoming All Progressives Congress (APC) government is determined to revive all the collapsed textile factories in the state and other parts of the country as soon as it takes over power on May 29, 2015.

El-Rufai made the promise during his familiarization tour of some textile factories in Kaduna State.

During the tour, he lamented over what he described as the sorry state of infrastructure at the textile industries in Kaduna State, which he said had led to loss of jobs and revenue for the government.

As part of effort to turn around the textile sector, the former FCT Minister said that the APC government led by General Muhammadu Buhari would ensure the full implementation of the ban on smuggled textile materials into the country as well as giving the textile factories a lifeline to pick up again.

The leadership of the textile workers union said that the major problems facing the textile industry in particular and the manufacturing sector in general are infrastructural inadequacy, electricity supply, smuggling, counterfeiting and faking raw materials, as well as lack of local patronage, among others.

They said that all these problems call for strong interventions by the incoming government.

The United Nigerian Textiles Company Limited had over 7,000 workers in its payroll before 2007 when it was shut down and later re-opened in 2010. Sadly, despite having quality machines and manpower, the company has been producing at very low capacity with few staff due to low patronage.

While expressing optimism in the ability of the Buhari government to revive the textile sector, the workers also expressed willingness to partner with the incoming administration to reinvent the sector which has propelled newly industrialized countries in recent times such as China, India, Bangladesh and Indonesia among others.

According to a report released by the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), 26 out of the 36 states in the country grow cotton of both long and short stable lengths.

Nigeria has the potential of producing 1.2 billion meters of cloth per annum at 6 meters per capital. In the West African sub region, Nigeria is a natural textile destination point in the world. The industry has the potential to create 3 million direct jobs.

In the 70s and up to early 80s, Nigeria was the largest producer of different range of textile, garment and carpet products surpassed in production only by Egypt and South Africa.

Lagos State Governor-elect Thanks Residents, Party For Victory

AmbodeThe Governor-Elect of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday made his acceptance speech, thanking the people of Lagos and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress for his victory.

He promised that he will run an administration that will sustain the legacies of the two former governors of Lagos, Bola Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola and bring the best to bear in the administration of the state.

Mr Ambode also paid tribute to the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, pledging to work for the people.

Full Text Of Governor-Elect Akinwumi Ambode’s Speech

Fellow Lagosians, yesterday – election day – history beckoned. Courage stood tall and democracy blew its trumpet. You the people – the electorate – marched to a victory only you could achieve. You contested against the old and ancient devices of money and power that thwarted the sovereign will of the people. You proved that the collective voice remains the voice of Lagos.

The official announcement of INEC has come. INEC has declared me the fourteenth governor-elect of Lagos State. Only God crowns kings, and we thank God today. I may have won your vote, but it is you – the people – who have won the election. And therefore, I accept this victory on your behalf.

I must congratulate INEC for a job well done. I thank my oppositional candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje, who fought a tireless and tough campaign against me. I urge him and all his supporters to join hands with me to move Lagos forward.

The people of Lagos have spoken with one voice. They have chosen continuity over an uncertain future. Not even threats from opponents could stop you from the call of destiny. Our victory at the polls has sealed a pact with democracy and good governance. And therefore, I shall devote every fibre of my being to even greater prosperity, growth and development to each and every Lagosian.

I will bring the best of Lagos into my governance. I shall make you proud and glad that I should do the best for Lagos. Lagos has a common desire to enthrone good governance. Lagos – under my watch – will not discriminate. There will be no political victimisation.

History has been made this day. By affirming your faith in APC and in me, for the first time in sixty years, progressive state government has been married with progressive federal government – a victory for progressive democracy. For the first time, we have a state and federal government who will work in one vision, one mind and one accord.

I make it my mission to govern wisely, and not rudely. Joint infrastructure and employment programmes will help improve roads, schools, electricity, and other social services. And we will succeed because of the cohesion between state and federal government. Under my watch, Lagos will enjoy optimal growth guaranteed through enhanced policy harmony.

I thank Muhammudu Buhari, our president-elect, for providing his stature and help in this campaign. I look forward to working with Mr Buhari to move Lagos and the whole Nigeria forward.

I would also like to mention two people – whom without – this campaign would not have been possible. First: Governor Babtunde Fashola, who has been a tireless, selfless and inspiring campaigner. Second: Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the greatest political mind of our generation. Without his vision and dedication to a higher political purpose, this would not have been possible. He is the foremost hero of

Nigerian Democracy.

[Thanks Lagos Chapter, campaign team and family]

It is not possible to thank everyone who made this campaign possible. So forgive me for not mentioning everyone who assisted me. But I would like to thank you all for your continued support. We have turned our distant dream into an imminent reality. We had a campaign devoid of hatred. We embraced a paradigm shift in our democracy.

Even though INEC have declared my victory, this is no time for boasting or gloating. I am the Governor-elect for all Lagos. Today, we celebrate democracy. Tomorrow, we get back into work. You have voted for me, now I shall work for you. I will expand the process of development and growth in the state. It will not be an easy task; it will require creativity, wisdom and strength of purpose. But together we can make Lagos even greater.

Thank you! APC!

Ekiti Crisis: Court Invaders Must Be Brought To Book – Adegboruwa

Ekiti CrisisLegal practitioner, Ebun Adegboruwa, believes that the two sides in the crisis rocking Ekiti State deserve their rights to fairness but no one has the justification for invading the court and attacking the judiciary.

Speaking during a conversation on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the lawyer explained that while he agrees with the mandate given by the people in voting Mr Ayo Fayose as their Governor, he also feels that the legal process against the Governor-elect’s integrity should have been allowed to go on.

Adegboruwa noted that although he had no personal relationship with Mr Fayose and therefore could not speak on his character, he believed that the people of Ekiti State have voted him as their choice and he has fairly earned his victory.

He, however, also stated that the disruption of court proceedings out of fear of losing the case against him was unnecessary and should not be allowed to continue in Nigerian politics.

He said that there are several avenues to address issues if the Fayose supporters feel that their mandate was being threatened, asides resorting to violence and attacking the judiciary.

There had been an argument by a Fayose media aide earlier on the programme that the invaders of the court were people of Ekiti State who were aggrieved by the attempt to truncate the mandate they had given their choice leader.

Adegboruwa, in view of this, appealed to the people of Ekiti to accept the court as the final place for the resolution of disputes, as violence would only spell doom for the state and the entire nation.

He also berated the E-11 group for the inconsistency in their reaction to the Fayose election, saying they should have withdrawn their case based on logic.

The group had initially congratulated the Governor-elect after he was declared winner in the election, only to later head to court challenging his integrity and eligibility for the Office of the Governor.

You don’t play people by pranks. If you don’t accept the election on principle, you don’t accept it.

Once you have accepted it and you signed a statement congratulating him and saying ‘a winner has emerged, let the state move forward’ then you stand by that declaration andEkiti State ensure that you avoid things that will create tension.”

Validating his stance of not being on the side of either parties in the Ekiti crisis, the legal practitioner also berated the Governor-elect, Ayo Fayose, for his alleged utterances which he noted where not expected to come from a supposed “father” of the state.

He explained that there are times that judges, during the hearing of a case, might seem to be against a party and at the end still rule in favour of that party.

Using himself as an example of such unexpected victories, he said that there was no reason for the Fayose team to have assumed that the judge was against them.

Adegboruwa warned that the precedence being set by the group responsible for the disruption of the court proceedings and attack on the judge spells doom for the country as many groups might start taking advantage of such actions.

The action of those who feared that judgement may not go in their favour, taking laws into their hands, spells doom for all of us. 

There is no justification whatsoever, on the side of the E-11, or the PDP or the APC. Whoever is responsible for that action must be brought to book, we cannot keep it under the carpet and this is a responsibility for the Police.”

He further argued that if the court invaders are not punished, other violent groups like terrorists and armed robbers would start invading the courts and eliminating policemen who could testify against them in court.

He also stated that the status of the judiciary in Nigeria should be restructured, berating the situation whereby a judge is at the mercy of the Commissioner of Police for protection.

In the normal developed countries, the judiciary is entitled to a detachment of Police formation that is controlled by the CJ,” he said, arguing that the judge, in giving a decision, must be placed in such a way that he is unfettered.

He is not burdened that ‘if I give judgement this way people are waiting for me at home’ and that’s why you see the eye of the judiciary symbol closed. The judge is not supposed to know anybody, whether you’re APC or PDP.”

He also spoke about the need for better welfare for the judges, with reference to the Lagos State judiciary where he alleged that the salaries of judges have not been increased for seven years and they only got their August salary towards the end of September.

Adegboruwa challenged the President and the state governors on the need for the judges to be given more independence and properly armed security to enable them perform their duties.

Osun Election: Analysts Say APC Should Learn From Fayose’s Ekiti Tactics

Pol TodayNigerian politics and its democracy are beginning to favour the people as recent happenings have shown that the masses’ views were beginning to matter in the scheme of things.

This was a view shared by a Political Science lecturer at the University of Lagos, Dr. Kayode Eesuola on the Sunday edition of Channels Television’s Politics Today.

He made reference to the outcome of the governorship election in Ekiti and the friendly reactions that trailed the victory of Ayo Fayose over the incumbent, Governor Kayode Fayemi.

A political analyst, Chima Nnaji, who was also on the programme, referred to the move by Governor Fayemi as a good sign for the future of Nigerian politics. He noted particularly the timing of Fayemi’s concession as one that was crucial, as he was able to prevent a possible breakdown of law and order by aggrieved supporters.

With the Osun State governorship election approaching, it is expected that the opposition would be doing all possible to prevent another shocking defeat at the polls.

The APC National Vice Chairman, South, Segun Oni, had said earlier in the week that the Ekiti election was “a new dimension to rigging” and the party was not going to allow a repeat of the same outcome in Osun State.

Dr. Eesuola referred to Oni’s comments as proof that the All Progressives Congress lacked ideologies as the difference in his position with that of the defeated Governor Fayemi showed that there was no synergy of ideologies and there could be crises within the party.

On the claim that the election was rigged, he said it was a case of “the kettle calling the cooking pot black” as all the parties rely on the same strategy.

Mr Nnaji also referred to the statement as a wrong signal. He opined that at the moment “strategy should drive action”, adding that the party’s communication should have focused on moving on, and accepting what has happened in Ekiti as a way to learn lessons and prevent making same mistakes they made, as this would have been the dignified way of reacting.

“Give dignity to the electorates in Ekiti”, he said.

He cited the campaign approaches of the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Ayo Fayose, who rode very much on voter education by constantly appealing to his supporters to collect their voters’ cards and asking them to show same at his rallies. He said that he expected the APC to ask among themselves what Fayose did right that they could also do right in Osun.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) held a rally in Lagos with thousands of supporters and party leaders, including the Ekiti victor, Fayose, during the week and the party emphasized its resolve to go ahead, spurred by the Ekiti episode, to capture the entire South-West.

Another political analyst, Dr Idoko, however, noted that while the euphoria was understandable, it did not reflect the reality of things, as the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, was a different politician to Kayode Fayemi and therefore represents a different kind of opponent for the PDP.

He went down the history lane to relate the current situation to that of the South-West politics in the days of late MKO Abiola up till the emergence of former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, as a political bigwig. He maintained that the people had a good idea of what they want.

While he agreed that Ekiti was a good victory, he stated that Osun State would be very dicey for the PDP, adding that their quest to take over the South-West region might not come easy in those states except Oyo State.

He posited that Fayemi’s error in Ekiti State was that he did not play the politics of poverty but rather focused on the politics of development which according to him was not a bad thing but only did not mean much to the people. “You must meet the immediate needs of the people to be able to collect something from them”, he said.

He blamed Fayemi for losing the Ekiti State, and that the PDP should not assume that there was a major shift already as Fayose’s victory did not mean that the Ekiti people had made the right choice.

Ekiti Election: Fayose Visits Fayemi, Extends Olive Branch

fayose visits fayemiThe Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has asked the people of the state to be peaceful in whatever they do.

The Governor was speaking during a courtesy visit paid to him by the governor-elect, Ayo Fayose.

He said: “The duty that we owe our people is to ensure that Ekiti continues to progress, and anything that will make Ekiti progress is what I will be associated with.

“For now I think Ekiti is victorious, Ekiti has succeeded and we have shown the world, we have shown Nigerians that politics could be handled differently in a manner that is in the overall interest of our people.

“We may be one of the smallest states but it’s not by size that lessons are learnt or lessons are delivered, it’s by sincerity of purpose, it’s by sacrifice and leadership, it’s by commitment to our people and by compassion to our society. Since we are all Ekiti, I believe those are values we all share in the overall interest of our people.”

Mr. Fayose on his part sought reconciliation among all parties in the state, as he gets ready to take over from Governor Fayemi.

“Some came to my house yesterday singing all sorts of songs, I had to wake up and stop them. This is not the time to sing such songs, even when you (Fayemi) had not called me; it is the time for reconciliation and love.

“We learned from the past and it’s sure that we have a wonderful future ahead of us. This leadership calls for us to live according to rules of the game and ensure that tomorrow, we’ll be made accountable.

“Our supporters are looking up for leaders that would be able to ensure that there is peace in the state. Dr Fayemi has demonstrated it and I’m going to complement his effort, I’m going to take it up from wherever he stopped and make sure that even after office he still continues to enjoy the rights and benefits of a leader that served the people.”