Gov. Fayose Flags Off Dualization Of Ijero Township Road

ayodele-fayoseThe Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose have flagged off the dualization of Ijero Ekiti township road, in line with his administration’s urban renewal programme, with a promise to do his best for the people of the town.

Fayose while flagging the dualization of the road said, despite the financial upheaval confronting the state, his government will not rest on its oars in fulfilling all its electoral promises.

He also seized the purpose of his visit to call on the teeming supporters of the PDP in the town to remain calm and focused, despite the outcome of the Appeal Court judgement of the PDP leadership tussle.

The Commissioner for Works in Ekiti, Funmilayo Oguns lamented that Ijero Ekiti which has a total of 14 towns under it, is the 11 local government in the state to benefit from the dualization of road project.

Fayose however addressed the people of the town that his administration remains committed to the infrastructural development of the state.

He also ordered the immediate rehabilitation of the road leading to the College of Health Technology, Ijero Ekiti.

FG Denies Withholding Statutory Allocation To Ekiti State

FInance Ministry, Ekiti State, Statutory AllocationThe Ministry of Finance has refuted claims by the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, that it is withholding statutory allocation to the state.

The ministry described the claims as incorrect while stating that it has not withheld any statutory allocation due to Ekiti State, or any other state in Nigeria.

A statement issued on Thursday by the spokesman for the ministry, Salisu Dambatta, said that the Ekiti State government failed to comply with the necessary requirements for participating in the Budget Support Facility (BSF).

Mr Dambatta explained that BSF was a conditional loan programme to state governments introduced with the view to enhancing fiscal prudence.

He added that the programme was also designed particularly to enhance transparency and efficiency in public expenditure and payment of salaries.

The statement read: “This is not the first time of non-compliance by the Ekiti State Government.

“His (Fayose’s) administration defaulted in meeting the conditions specified and agreed upon by the 35 State Governments that are participating in the programme, as contained in the Fiscal Sustainability Plan (FSP).

“The Ekiti State government was warned formally of its failure to comply with the full requirements via a letter on August 5, 2016, with reference number HMF/FMF/ASG/1/2016.

“The failure of Ekiti State Government to comply with the requirements and conditions for the Budget Support Facility (BSF) resulted in a letter sent to the Chief of Staff, to notify him of the suspension of BSF for Ekiti State and it was conveyed to Mr President before payment to the Ekiti State government was reinstated.

“The Ekiti State government and all the other participating states are aware of the consequence of failure to comply with the full conditions and it is not the first time that a state would be stopped from accessing the facility due to non-compliance.

“In the course of its normal duties, the Ministry of Finance has the right to query, suspend or withhold funds as part of the conditions of the Budget Support Facility.

“The process is for the Commissioner of Finance of any state or the governor having issues to contact the Federal Ministry of Finance and resolve the issues without resorting to the media, because such issues are of a financial nature and therefore, confidential; they are routinely resolved amicably by the parties involved.”

The Finance Ministry maintained that the Budget Support Facility is a conditional programme and that the Federal Government would not be intimidated in the discharge of its duties.

Rivers Re-run: Fayose Claims Plans Are On To Arrest Wike

Ayodele Fayose, Miyetti Allah, EkitiThe Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday raised an alarm over alleged plot to arrest his counterpart in Rivers State, Mr Nyesom Wike, before the Saturday’s rerun legislative election.

Mr  Fayose revealed that intelligence report from top security sources at his disposal, vividly confirmed that there was an alleged subterranean plan to place Governor Wike on House arrest commencing from Thursday, December 11, to give way for the rigging of the scheduled polls.

Fayose made the claim on Tuesday in Ado Ekiti after presenting 93.4 billion Naira appropriation before the House of Assembly for passage.

The governor said he had it on good authority that those plotting the nefarious act would not hesitate to kill the governor if he resists the plan.

“Democracy Is In Danger”

Governor Fayose further said that the alleged withdrawal of the Governor Wike’s Chief Security Officer on Monday was a prelude to the planned criminal intention of those he branded ‘as potential dangers to the country’s democracy’.

He said: “As governors, we have our own spectacular ways of gathering information and security information my disposal revealed clearly that there was alleged plot to put Governor Wike under house arrest on Thursday December 9over Saturday’s Rerun elections.

“And part of their evil plans was that, the plotters will not hesitate to deal with him (Governor Wike) if he resists the attempt. And let me say expressly that the FG [Federal Government] must be held responsible if anything happens to Governor Wike.

“Let me make it public now that the intention is to place him on house arrest commencing from Thursday to Friday and I can’t keep quiet over this serious issue.

“With this, it is evidently clear that democracy is in danger. We can all see that democracy is being muzzled. The Monday withdrawal of Governor Wike’s CSO, a man saddled with the responsibility of managing, protecting and keeping the governor goes to show that the governor’s life is under serious threat.

“As I speak to you now, anything can happen to Governor Wike before weekend and if anything happens to him based on this evil plan, Nigerians know who to hold responsible,” he said.

Ahead of the legislative re-run election in Rivers State, allegations and counter allegations have continued to emanate from the camps of the All Progressives  Congress and that of the Peoples Democratic Party and political analysts have said that both parties statement could heat up the polity.

Governor Wike had last week claimed that there was a plan to assassinate him, after he had alleged that he had a video of a plot to rig the election in favour of the All Progressives Congress.

He said that the police and the electoral body where in the video which he would make public at the appropriate time.

 

 

Ondo Election: AD, APC Wrap Up Campaign

Ondo Election: AD, APC Wrap Up Campaign The Alliance for Democracy (AD) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have held their final rally ahead of the Ondo state governorship election holding on Saturday.

The Alliance for Democracy flagbearer, Mr Olusola Oke was in Ondo town where he expressed his gratitude to party members and supporters for their steadfastness throughout the campaign period.

It was a grand entry for the Mr Oke into Ile-Oluji and Oke-Igbo area of Ondo state and the residents rolled out the drums in solidarity with the AD candidate.

However, what started out as a peaceful campaign came under an attack which led to the destruction of a vehicle.

“This is just one of the series of attacks on our members across the state. Only yesterday we were told some of our members were maimed in Owo.

“Security forces must wake up to their responsibilities because all it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to keep quiet.

“I am appealing to my people to remain (peaceful) but there is a limit to which they can listen to me. Someone must be there to call them to order,” he said.

He also asked his supporters and other political parties to shun violence in the run-up to the poll.

For the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rotimi Akeredolu, victory of his party at the poll come Saturday is assured.

He said this during the rally to wrap up his campaign at his home town in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo state.

The campaign train moved through several towns to get to Owo where thousands of supporters were on ground to receive their man.

The APC candidate, again, rolled out his plans for the people. He maintained that his policies would cater for not just the people of Owo but the entire Ondo state.

Other leaders of the party also expressed their confidence that Akeredolu would emerge victorious at the polls.

Ondo Election: PDP Governors Hail Appeal Court’s Ruling On Jegede Candidacy

Ondo Election: PDP governors heal appeal court judgment on Eyitayo Jegede
Mr Eyitayo Jegede

Series of commendations are coming from Governors of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria after the Appeal Court gave a ruling expected to change the course of things in the forthcoming Ondo governorship election.

There have been controversy over the right person that will represent the PDP in the election after two factions in the state produced two different candidates – Eyitayo Jegede (Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction) and Jimoh Ibrahim (Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction).

After the two candidates emerged at different primaries, the judiciary was approached with suits to determine the right candidate that should be added to the electoral body’s list for the election that will hold in three days’ time, as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

A court had earlier ruled that Mr Ibrahim was the right candidate that should represent the party in the election. The ruling made the INEC documented his name as the PDP candidate in the election.

On Wednesday, however, an Appeal Court upturned the earlier ruling, making Mr Jegede the right candidate. The ruling has changed the situation of things, political analysts say.

Triumph Of Good

Showing their solidarity with Mr Jegede, some governors of the party have welcomed the decision of the appellate court.

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa hailed the ruling which declared Mr Jegede the authentic governorship candidate of the PDP for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.

Governor Okowa described the decision of the Court of Appeal panel led by Justice Ibrahim Salauwa, as a triumph of good over political bitterness aided by selfish interests.

Reacting to the unanimous judgment of the appellate court that Jegede was duly nominated as the authentic candidate of the party, Okowa
In a statement by his spokesman, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa urged the Sheriff-led faction of the party and its candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim to stop distracting the party and support Jegede to deliver for the party in the Ondo election.

He said: “I commend the Court of Appeal in Abuja for their unanimous judgement which restored Eyitayo Jegede as the candidate of our party. This ruling is very significant because the will of the people, clearly expressed, cannot be thwarted by a clique being propelled by political bitterness and selfish interests they want to promote”.

Call For Postponement Of Election

On his part, the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, commended the verdict, but pointed out that the time was against its party to be able to make a headway in the poll.

Fayose , who craved for the postponement of the poll, as done by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Edo State governorship election, alleged that the INEC in cahoots with the All Progressives Congress (APC) had succeeded in undermining the strength of the party through this unwarranted judicial impediment.

Governor Fayose said: “The judgement shouldn’t have been otherwise, because you can’t cover the truth. I have said it ab initio that charlatans in the PDP are colluding with INEC and APC to undermine our party.

“INEC has no reason in the first instance to change Jegede’s name. So, this mistake was caused by INEC. It was an INEC making and the best way to for it is for the election to be postponed. This is not the best of time for us in the PDP and the good people of Ondo State. This is not the best time this judgement should have come.

“But we are still looking for Nigeria of our own, I mean Nigeria where there will be fairness and equity. It is regrettable that some charlatans can be colluding with INEC and APC to destroy our party.

“This is very regrettable and unfortunate. But they will still be defeated.

“The commission has no reason not to postpone this election, because what the INEC did was a deliberate action to weaken our party.

“This judgement coming at this time is a major setback for our party, which I believe can only be cured if this election is postponed,” Fayose concluded.

Ekiti Civil Servants Get Laptop Computers To Boost Service Delivery

Fayose's aide, EFCC, Abiodun AgbeleFour hundred accounting officers in Ekiti State Civil Service have been allocated a laptop computer each by the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, in order to improve the quality of service delivery in the state.

During the presentation at the Government House in Ado Ekiti, the state’s capital, the civil servants commended the Governor for the kind gesture.

Governor Fayose urged the officers to make effective use of the laptop computers to better the lot of the state.

He also explained that the distribution of the laptop computers was borne out of his commitment to resolving all challenges confronting workers in the state.

The civil servants commended Governor Fayose for the laptop computers, promising that it would be put to a good use.

Fayose Reassures Communities Of Basic Amenities

Fayose's aide, EFCC, Abiodun AgbeleThe Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has reassured the residents of the state of his administration’s commitment to providing basic socio-amenities to all communities in the state.

Mr Fayose gave the assurance in Igbaraodo-Ekiti Community when he paid a visit to the town to have a first-hand look at the resuscitation of pipe-borne water into the community, after several years.

The Governor told reporters that his administration would stop at nothing in making life more comfortable for its citizenry.

Water has been a major challenge faced by some communities in Ekiti State and Igbaraodo-Ekiti Community is one of these communities.

For several years the community have not had access to pipe-borne water and this had been giving the people of the town and their monarch a sleepless night, until Mr Fayose-led administration revived the water project.

On his way to Igbarado-Ekiti, the Governor stopped by at the palace of Arajaka of Igbraodo-Ekiti, Oba Edward Jaiyeola, to have a chit-chat with the people of the community.

At the palace, the Governor told the traditional leader that he was in the community to assess the infrastructural needs of the people.

After the meeting with Oba Jaiyeola, the Governor in company of Senator Iyiola Omisore and top members of his government visited some of the water points to assess the level of repairs or resuscitation needed.

The people of Igbaraodo, led by the monarch, thanked the Governor for putting an end to their sufferings.

With the resuscitation of pipe-borne water in Igbaraodo-Ekiti Community, the people of the town are hopeful that other basic amenities they asked for would be attended to as promised by the Governor.

11-Year-Old Ekiti Table Tennis Player Set For Morocco Championship

Denis Adeleye and Ayodele Fayose An 11-year-old Ekiti born table tennis player, Denis Adeleye, is set to represent Nigeria at the African Junior Championship that will hold in Morocco in October 2016.

Adeleye, who is passionately preparing for the competition, visited the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, on Thursday.

Denis Adeleye
Denis Adeleye says he is hopeful of returning victorious

Governor Fayose promised to support Adeleye within the limited resources of the State government.

In a press conference at the Government House after the meeting with young Adeleye, the young star said he would do anything possible to make Nigeria proud.

 

Ali Modu Sheriff Annuls Plateau State PDP Congress

Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP, PlateauThe former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has nullified the party’s congress in Plateau State.

The embattled PDP Chairman made the annulment when aggrieved members of the party visited him to ask for a fresh congress to elect a chairman in Plateau State.

The delegation led by a former member of the House of Representatives from the state, Mr Bitrus Kaze, alleged that the congress which was conducted in April was not credible.

In his response, Senator Sheriff told the gathering that a new committee would be inaugurated to conduct a fresh congress that would elect principal officers for the PDP in Plateau State.

In a related development, he had on Thursday set up another committee to conduct primaries for three PDP governorship candidates in Edo State, who have bought forms from his faction.

He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had sent the party their guidelines for the primaries, expressing preparedness to meet up with all the requirements set by the INEC for the September election.

Cripple The PDP
In a swift reaction to this, the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee condemned the move by Senator Sheriff, after Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu had emerged winner of the party’s primaries held on Monday.

MakarfiThey accused him of working with the enemies of the PDP to completely cripple the party in the interest of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The committee insisted that the Edo primary election and all the processes leading to it thereof, were properly conducted, monitored and observed by the INEC.

The emergence of the two factions of the PDP is a fall out of the party’s Governors Forum meeting where some leaders of the party removed Senator Sheriff and set up a caretaker committee.

However, the embattled Chairman told reporters when he was refused entrance into the PDP National Secretariat that he remained the chairman of the party until 2018.

Ali Modu Sheriff Takes Over PDP Affairs

Ali-Modu-Sheriff-former-PDP-ChairThe leadership crisis of Peoples Democratic Party is far from over as its former acting National Chairman, Ali-Modu Sheriff on Monday stormed the party’s secretariat with his supporters to assume the leadership of the party.

This comes a week after the party’s Board of Trustees handed over the affairs of the PDP to the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee, following the ouster of Ali-Modu Sheriff during the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt.

After several hours of battle with security men, former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, finally gained entry into the PDP headquarters in Abuja.

He told reporters that he remains the sole chairman of the party till 2018.

“I remain the authentic chairman (of the PDP) unless the laws of our land – if the courts make a pronouncement and say that Ali-Modu Sheriff is not the chairman, I will obey as I have always obeyed.

“But as of today, till year 2018, I am the National Chairman of the PDP,” he said.

Mr Sheriff had led his group to storm the Wadata Plaza national secretariat of the PDP but was initially prevented from going in by armed policemen.

Speaking with journalists outside the party’s headquarters, Sheriff said that the court does not recognise the constitution of a caretaker committee.

Senator Sheriff, who was at the secretariat with the party’s national secretary and national treasure, said: “As you may be aware, that we have been facing some challenges since we put off the national convention in Port Harcourt last month.

Police-PDP-Secretariat

“We, therefore, consider it the height of self-deceit for anyone to pretend that the PDP is not in crisis.

“But I want to assure you that we have been working round the clock to see how we can resolve the matter without being on the wrong side of the law.

“All the judgments that are available today recognise us as the sole chairman of this party.

“We have a court order in our hand to allow us to go into our office but the inspector general of police, after having a truce with him that nobody should be allowed until we have decided, he decided to take the law into his hands and allow the wrong people,” he told a gathering of supporters at the secretariat.

Mr Ali Modu Sheriff removed at a convention held in Port Harcourt in southern Nigeria on May 21, with a caretaker committee set up to co-ordinate the affairs of the party.

The Caretaker Committee headed by a former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, was mandated to elect a new National Working Committee for the party within three months.

After his removal, the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, said that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP, which Senator Sheriff led, was dissolved to save the party.

The opposition party is struggling to regain popularity after it lost power to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 presidential election.

Ali Modu Sheriff Refused Entrance Into PDP Secretariat

Ali-Modu-Sheriff-former-PDP-ChairThe ousted chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has been refused entrance into the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja by security officials.

Armed policemen were at the entrance of the secretariat on Monday, denying the former leader of the opposition party entrance.

Mr Sheriff led his group to Wadata Plaza National Secretariat of the PDP but was prevented from going in by the armed officials.

He told reporters outside the party’s headquarters, that he remained the chairman of the party until 2018 and decried the presence of policemen with arms at the party’s office.

To Save The Party

The former Senator added that the court did not recognise the constitution of a caretaker committee.

Senator Sheriff, who was at the secretariat with the party’s national secretary and national treasure, said: “As you may be aware, that we have been facing some challenges since we put off the national convention in Port Harcourt last month.

“We, therefore, consider it the height of self-deceit for anyone to pretend that the PDP is not in crisis.

“But I want to assure you that we have been working round the clock to see how we can resolve the matter without being on the wrong side of the law.

“All the judgments that are available today recognise us as the sole chairman of this party.

“We have a court order in our hand to allow us to go into our office but the inspector general of police, after having a truce with him that nobody should be allowed until we have decided, he decided to take the law into his hands and allow the wrong people,” he told a gathering of supporters at the secretariat.

Senator Sheriff also threatened to enforce his rights to the office beyond the blockade by the police.

“We will be law abiding, but Nigeria Police is made for Nigerian people to observe the rule of law.

“The law clearly stated that the Inspector General of Police should give us police to go into the office, but he brought platoon of police to block the office.

“We will go back because we do not want some miscreants to take the law into their hands.

“We will wait and take the mater beyond Nigeria Police Force,” he said

His prevention from entering the party’s secretariat is coming weeks after he was removed as the chairman of the party.

It is the second time that security personnel will barricade the entrance of party’s secretariat.

Members of the party had earlier been prevented from entering the national office days after the removal of Senator Sheriff.

He was removed at a convention held in Port Harcourt in southern Nigeria on May 21, with a caretaker committee set up to co-ordinate the affairs of the party.

The Caretaker Committee headed by  Senator Ahmed Makarfi, a former Governor of Kaduna State, was mandated to elect a new National Working Committee for the party within three months.

After his removal, the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, said that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP, which Senator Sheriff led, was dissolved to save the party.

The opposition party is struggling to regain popularity after it lost power to the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 presidential election.

Herdsmen Attack: Miyetti Allah Asks Fayose To Show Statesmanship

Miyetti-Allah, Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti, HerdsmenThe Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has asked Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to show statesmanship over the recent alleged herdsmen attack on a community in his state.

The Secretary General of the Association, Baba Ngelzerma, made the appeal on Wednesday while reacting to the Governor’s ban on public grazing and cattle rearing in Ekiti State in southwest Nigeria.

“The statement that the Governor issued, I think he has to exercise some restraint (and) he has to show statesmanship on solving this issue,” he said.

Mr Ngelzerma said on Sunrise Daily that the association was making efforts to meet with Governor Fayose, adding that the association was in contact with its branch in Ekiti State over the matter.

He admitted that there were bad ones amongst them but urged the public not to put blames on the herdsmen until an investigation was conducted.

“Like every other community in Nigeria, we have our own criminals too but then, you cannot jump to conclusion and just apportion blame on a particular group even before an investigation is conducted,” he said.

One-sided Dissemination of Information
The Miyetti Allah Secretary General disclosed that the association had convened a meeting last week, to look at ways of solving the lingering crisis between the herdsmen and various communities across Nigeria.

Ngelzerma stressed that the media had a major role to play in solving the crises while he commended Channels Television for giving them the opportunity to tell their own side of the story.

He condemned the one-sided dissemination of information to the public, urging other broadcast organisations to emulate Channels Television and balance their stories.