We Have Reasons To Believe Fayose Did Not Win Ekiti Election – APC Member

FayoseA member of the All Progressives Congress, Funsho Ologunde, says Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has only exposed his own ignorance and inadequacy by criticizing the former Governor of the state in his inauguration speech.

Speaking on Channels TV, Ologunde said that the allegation that the state accounts had been emptied by Fayemi were uncalled for as it would be foolish of a leader to keep monies sitting in state accounts when the state was in dire need of development.

He said that Fayose with his speech at the inauguration, has told Ekiti people that they should be prepared for more of such reckless statements during his tenure, adding that supporters of the former governor were not embarrassed by these statements.

On whether the APC could have provoked the kind of inaugural speech delivered by Ayo Fayose, owing to recent crisis in the state and the decision of the party to challenge an election it appeared to have initially embraced, Ologunde said that there was no way the APC could be held responsible for Governor Fayose’s utterances.

Former Governor Fayemi had initially conceded defeat to Ayo Fayose in the Governorship election only for there to be court cases challenging his victory and this act, Mr Ologunde was determined to defend.

Mr Ologunde explained that although Fayemi had his rights as a Nigerian citizen to the decision he made, he noted that the former Governor did not consult with the party before embracing Fayose.

He noted that Nigerians need to understand that candidates do not go into elections on their own as the All Progressives Congress, APC, was the organisation that contested the election for the governor, according to the Nigerian constitution.

He said that the power to protect the rights of its members and candidates have been given to the party and that it took seriously on the Ekiti matter, irrespective of Fayemi’s concession of defeat.

While he admitted that Fayemi acted in a commendable manner, he said that the party had seen enough reasons to challenge the election as it discovered loopholes INEC’s execution that showed that Fayose did not win the Ekiti governorship election.

The APC member also noted that Fayose’s reversal of some of the decisions made by Fayemi, especially the creation of new Local Governments, was unfortunate as this was based on the Ekiti people’s demands which Fayemi had promised to accede to.

He added that as Ayo Fayose continues his tenure as Governor, the Ekiti people would be the judge at the end of the day.

Federal Allocations: APC Governors May Drag FG To Court

Rochas OkorochaGovernors of the All Progressives Congress (APC), may be heading to the court to ask the federal government to explain the several deductions from their federal allocations.

Speaking to journalists after a meeting of the governors in Abuja, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, who is also the chairman of the forum, said that some states in the last few months have had about 40 per cent of the allocations deducted.

He described the deductions as illegal and that every constitutional means will be explored to ensure the deductions are stopped.

Other governors who attended the meeting include Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state, Governor Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe state and the Deputy Governor of Borno state, Alhaji Umar Mustapha.

On the proposed National Dialogue, the governors said that the Party will make its stand known at the end of their National Executive Committee meeting, which is on-going at the Party’s National secretariat in Abuja.

APC Governors Warn National Assembly Against LG Autonomy

State governors on the platform of the newly registered mega party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday cautioned the National Assembly against legislating on any aspect of the local government administration in the country; saying that such an action will tilt the country towards a unitary state.

This was part of the resolutions of the APC governors at their maiden meeting held in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital on Wednesday.

In attendance at the meeting were Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa State), Governor Kashim Shettima (Borno ); Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti ); Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (Osun); Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos); Senator  Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo); Governor Abdulazeez Yari ( Zamfara),and  Senator Ibikunle  Amosun ( Ogun State); Comrade Adams Oshiomhole ( Edo) and Governor Rochas Okorocha ( Imo State, represented by his Deputy, Prince Eze Madumere). Governor Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe State could not attend following his trip to the lesser Hajj.

Reading the communiqué after  the 4-hour long meeting, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said the governors extensively discussed constitutional amendment and resolved that the issue of local government administration is a matter within the purview of the federating unit and that federalism is the basis of the nation’s  sovereignty.

The Governors added that any attempt by the National Assembly to legislate on any aspect of council administration will undermine and weaken the fundamental principles of the Nigerian federalism.

Fayemi also said that the Forum deliberated on revenue allocation and noted that in spite of recommendations made to the Presidency, no effect has been given to the extant proposals on the need to give more funds to the states and local governments because that is where the citizens reside.

PHCN Privatization: Introduce the National decentralized grid system in Nigeria – Advocacy group

On the privatization of the power sector as a form of reform in Nigeria, the radar was on the Benin PHCN distribution companies as it faced serious criticisms from governors Oshiomhole, Fayemi and Uduaghan all echoed their dissatisfaction as the entire process was not transparent, an allegation the technical committee chairman of the National Council on Privatization; Peterside Atedo was quick to respond to.

Looking the issues surrounding the Disco bidding process, the President of Nigeria for Energy and Advocacy Group; Joseph Inyang said his group has been pushing for the country to get a national decentralized grid like what the United States is presently running on, as it will allow both government and others to be participants.

Mr. Inyang who was a guest on Channels Television’s business programme ‘Business Morning’ said the governors will be midwives in the delivery of power to their people in the different states as each states will have their management agencies if the national decentralized grid can be introduced.

 

Watch the interview for more details.

Ekiti Education Reform: State teachers to undergo competency assessment

The Ekiti state governor has denied the rumours of sacking some principals that failed the examinations conducted for teachers last year.

Governor Fayemi stressed that the teachers’ development assessment programme is to improve the education sector which the state is renowned for.

He also emphasized that rather than sack the teachers, most of them have been elevated but others have been encouraged to give their best to raise the standard of education.

Ekiti Governor buries mother in style

Dignitaries from within and outside Ekiti state joined the Governor of the State; Dr. Kayode Fayemi and sibling to bid their mother; Mrs. Dorcas Fayemi goodnight.