OndoDecides: Akeredolu, Jegede Give Views On Election Process

eyitayo-jegede-and-rotimi-akeredoluThe candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, in the ongoing governorship election in Ondo State, have cast their votes, but have different views about the process.

Mr Akeredolu believes that apart from some minor hitches, the election has gone well so far.

He, however accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of working together with soldiers in a  town to rig the election in favour of the PDP.

“We have heard reports about one or two places in which I believe something has to be done urgently. That is, few to do with INEC where card readers are not working.

“I think they should deploy people there. I know that they have technical people for each local government and ward. They should be up and doing.

“In Oduaye, our Minister of State has to put a call across to me that in his own unit the card reader did not work.

“When you get to Idanre, I have heard complaints that the soldiers are not doing well in Idanre and that they are cooperating with the PDP, wanting to rig the election.

“We have put a call across to them and had called on the commanding officer to take steps,” he said.

On his part, the candidate of the PDP said that many card readers malfunctioned in his constituency.

Mr Jegede urged voters to insist that they must vote.

“In my own polling unit, very peaceful, but I understand from reports that I have received that in Akure South Local Government, the most populated Local Government, the local government that has the highest electoral strength, the card reader machine has not been function and I have reported to REC and I have informed INEC officials that they should please allow the persons who are on the queue to vote.

“The card reader’s machines are malfunctioning especially where they know we have a lot of strength.

“I urge our people to stay and insist on casting their votes. It is their right and they must vote,” he said.

Accreditation and voting had gone on simultaneously in the election that will produce a successor for Governor Olusegun Mimiko.

INEC says 1,659,186 voters are registered for the election but 378,606 persons did not turn up to collect their Permanent Voter Cards.

Earlier, the PDP, in an early report on the conduct of the election, had alleged that the APC was making attempts to rig the election, insisting that it had seen several irregularities that contravenes the Electoral Act.

OndoDecides: PDP Presents Early Observations In Conduct Of Election

ondo-election-ondodecidesThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has presented series of what it called ‘early observations’ from the conduct of the Ondo State governorship election.

The ruling party in the state claims that there are several irregularities and poor preparations on the part of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as men and officers of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies.

A statement by the party’s spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, said that voters in several parts of the State had suffered several incidents of Card Reader failures.

“Despite the fact that INEC owns more than xxx units of Card Readers, in several locations there are no back up Card Readers. As such, many voters are already being deprived of the right to cast a vote for the candidate of their choice,” the statement read.

‘Plots To Rig’

Explaining further, the party claimed that the Polling Unit of Governor Olusegun Mimiko suffered Card Reader failure at his Polling Unit – Ward 7 Unit 20 Ondo West Local Government Area – that has prevented voters from casting their votes.

It said: “In Ward 2 of Akure South Local Government Area, Tunji Light-Ariyo, a known Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was recorded campaigning and canvassing for votes for the APC candidate – Mr Rotimi Akeredolu – at PUs 28, 29, and 30 in spite of the prohibition of such actions by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

“The recording of this event also clearly show several police officers and men of other security agencies standing by and doing nothing while this was going on,” the party further alleged.

According to the PDP the video shows that the policemen were providing security cover for him.

The party pointed out that the incidents were violations of the law and evidence of the plots to rig the elections in favour of Mr Akeredolu.

“We reiterate our earlier warnings that we will not stand by and watch anyone tamper with the democratic process and subvert the will of the Ondo people,” the PDP added.

Electorates in the state are voting in the governorship election to elect among 28 contestants a successor for incumbent Governor Mimiko.

The PDP and its candidate, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, had on Thursday called for the postponement of the election to enable their candidate prepare campaign for the election, but the INEC said it had made everything needed for the election ready and would go ahead with the election.

Ondo Election: Jimoh Ibrahim Hopeful Of Justice At Supreme Court

Recession, Jimoh Ibrahim, Ondo PDP
INEC Recognised Ondo PDP Governorship Candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim

One of the candidates in the list of the Independent National Electoral Commission in the forthcoming Ondo governorship election, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, whose candidacy has been upturned by a court, says he hopes to get justice in the Supreme Court.

Mr Ibrahim on Wednesday gave an indication that he would continue to seek the candidacy of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that has two factions in Ondo State.

He made the statement after a Court of Appeal nullified his candidacy and upheld the election of Mr Eyitayo Jegede as the candidate of the PDP.

Ondo State PDP factions – Ahmed Makarfi-led faction and Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction – had held two different primaries and produced two candidates for the election. Each faction wants its candidate to represent the party in the November 26 governorship election.

The division triggered law suits and a court earlier ruled in favour of Mr Ibrahim, a decision that made the Independent National Electoral Commission to add Mr Ibrahim’s name to the list of candidates in the governorship election.

But on Wednesday the tide changed, as the Appeal Court scuttled that ruling, now giving Mr Jegede the candidacy.

After the judgement Mr Ibrahim said: “I have read the decision of the Court of Appeal delivered today. We have nothing to lose as the Supreme Court seats on the same case tomorrow (Thursday).

“We shall get justice at the Supreme Court and if PDP wins Saturday’s election we shall have our four years’ mandate to rule Ondo State”.

He further advised his supporters not to “abuse anyone or fight over this one day ruling”, which he claimed was paid for from the state treasury.

Mr Ibrahim further told his supporters that Governor Olusegun Mimiko would not succeed himself with Mr Jegede.

“This is too sure. We will continue with our work and remain in our great party PDP.

“I love the great people of Ondo State and I thank you all for your continuous support,” he added.

Some Governors of the PDP had showed their solidarity with Mr Jegede, commending the court for the ruling.

Unpaid Salaries: Ondo State Legislators Intervene In Dispute

Ondo_SpeakerMembers of the Ondo State House of Assembly have intervened in the dispute between the workers and government over the non payment of five months salary arrears.

The workers have been on industrial action ‎for two weeks to compel the state government to pay their salaries.

Meanwhile, Governor Olusegun Mimiko has stated severally that there is no sufficient funds in the coffers of the state to pay the salary arrears that the workers have been demanding for.

In order to resolve the crisis and deliberate on the way forward, the state legislators invited labour union leaders in the state for a meeting at the legislative chambers in Akure, the state capital.

The Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Jumoke Akindele,‎ while addressing the labour union leaders, promised to relay all their grievances and demands to the government.

The labour leaders spoke one after the other lamenting about the agonies the workers and pensioners in the state have been going through.

They vowed to continue the strike until the state government pays at least three months salary arrears out of the five months they are being owed.

They compelled the state government to, as a matter of urgency, ‎mop up all funds in the accounts for capital projects and all other accounts to pay their outstanding salaries.

The current inability of many states in Nigeria to pay workers’ salaries has become an issue of serious concern, therefore compelling the state governors to demand for resource control and increase in the revenue allocation from the federal government.

Mimiko Urges Ondo Workers To End Strike

Ondo, Olusegun Mimiko, WorkersGovernor Olusegun Mimiko has appealed to workers in Ondo State to call off their ‎strike for the interest of the people.

Governor Mimiko made the plea on Thursday while addressing labour leaders at the entrance of the Government House in Akure, the state capital in southwest Nigeria.

He lamented that his inability to pay civil servants’ salaries was due to the present economic recession in Nigeria, which he said led to the drastic reduction of the monthly allocation of funds from the Federal Government.

Governor Mimiko promised ‎to pay up the workers’ salary arrears once the funds are available.

He appealed to the workers to endure and promised that the state government would not retrench any worker.

In her response to the Governor’s request, the Ondo State Chairperson of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Bosede Daramola, lamented that workers could not afford to come to work and were also tired of staying at home.

She insisted that the struggle would continue until the state government pays heed to their request, as the civil servants can no longer bear the sufferings.

This follows the indefinite industrial action embarked on by the entire workforce of Ondo State on Wednesday,  June 8, due to government’s inability to pay their five-month salary arrears.

Unpaid Salaries: Ondo Workers Begin Indefinite Strike

Ondo-State-workers-begin-strikeGovernment workers in Ondo State, western Nigeria, have begun an indefinite strike over five month’s arrears of unpaid salaries.

The workers fully complied with the strike, as all state government offices on Wednesday remained locked, with the whole offices vicinity deserted.

Leaders of the workers were seen going round government offices to enforce the industrial action.

The State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Bosede Daramola and that of the Joint Negotiating Council, Sunday Adeleye, told Channels Television that the workers in the state were in serious financial crisis, as most of them could not sustain their financial obligations to their immediate families any longer.

“We have waited patiently. We collaborated with government and participated actively in all the screening exercises to make sure that we have a very clean document to work with.

“At the last meeting we had with the government, they promised to pay us, they paid us the December salary and promised to pay on or before May 31 the outstanding salaries and pensions to our retired officers,” Daramola said, decrying the situation that had affected many of the workers financially.

According to them, they were ready to dialogue with the government but would not resume work until government fulfilled its promise.

Attempts to reach government officials to speak on the issue failed, as they were not available in their offices. Their telephone lines were also switched off.

Meanwhile, there are reports that Governor Olusegun Mimiko, who is presently out of the state, is expected to cut his trip and return to the state on Thursday to meet with the workers to resolve the crisis.

Ondo Celebrates 40 Years Of Existence, 7 Years Of Mimiko

On this edition of #Metrofile on Channels Television, we take a trip to Ondo State to celebrate with the government and people of the state during the dinner to mark the 40th anniversary of its creation and 7yrs of Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s administration.

FG Needs To Proffer Solutions To Nigeria’s Economic Crisis – Anyaoku

AnyaokuFormer Secretary General of Commonwealth of Nations, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, says there is an urgent need for the Federal Government to constitute an economic team that will proffer solutions to the present economic crisis in Nigeria.

Anyaoku made this statement while addressing a gathering at a symposium in Akure, the capital of Ondo State on the theme: “Curtailing Nigeria’s centrifugal forces”.

He disagreed with some individuals and groups calling for the devaluation of the naira.

The forum was organised by the Ondo State Government in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the creation of the state and the 7th anniversary of Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s administration.

Governor Mimiko expressed fear that the centrifugal forces militating against Nigeria is getting stronger by the day and prayed they do not end up dividing the nation.

He ‎insisted that Nigeria cannot make a quantum leap into the 21st century without restructuring.

Ondo To Partner NEPC On Cocoa Production

OndoThe Ondo State government is set to partner with the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) in the area of processing and export of cocoa and some other agricultural commodities.

The Chief Executive Officer of the NEPC, Segun Awolowo (Junior), was in Ondo State to meet with Governor Olusegun Mimiko and the relevant stakeholders in the sector towards realising the said objective.

Speaking at the meeting on Wednesday, Governor Mimiko called for partnership with the Federal government and corporate organisations in improving the production of cocoa and other agricultural commodities.

He emphasised the need to complete and put to use, the Akure airport which is a cargo airport ‎in handling commodities for export.

Cocoa is Nigeria’s second largest export product and Ondo State in Nigeria’s southwest region and the largest cocoa producing state in the country.

Hence, there is need to improve on its production and export, especially at the period where there is a fall in the price of crude oil in the international market.

PDP Governors Reject Secondus, Appoint Adewale As Chairman

pdpGovernors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have asked Chief Uche Secondus to step aside as acting National Chairman of the party.

The have also directed Professor Oladipo Adewale, who has been the party’s National Secretary to assume office as National Chairman.

Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, said that the governors condemn the action of Mr Ahmed Gulak, for invading the party’s secretariat in Abuja.

Governor Mimiko noted that the appropriate organ of the party would soon commence the process of electing a new National Chairman from the northeast in compliance with the December court judgement.

Mr Gulak and his supporters including Dr. Doyin Okupe, stormed the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja on Wednesday where he told a news conference that he was assuming office as the National Chairman of the party.

He claimed that he had a court judgement in his favour.

Ondo Flags Off Immunization Campaign Against Measles

MeaslesThe Ondo State Government has flagged off the 2016 campaign against Measles, a childhood killer disease.

The 3-day immunization exercise is targeted at children from the age of 9 months to 5 years.

The flag off ceremony was held at the premises of the State Specialist Hospital in Akure, the state capital.

Governor Olusegun Mimiko, who was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo, gave the assurance that all eligible children in the state would be immunized against measles.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dayo Adeyanju,‎ urged the gathering to be aware and as well spread the good news that measles is preventable, treatable and curable.

He also gave the assurance that deaths by measles can be reduced by 79%.

A Director at the Ondo State Primary‎ Health Care Development Board, Dr. Yetunde Olagbuji, expressed the readiness of health workers in all the 18 Local Government Areas in the state for the 3-day exercise.

The exercise organised by Ondo State Government, is to complement the National Immunization Schedule‎ by the Federal Ministry of Health.

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Seeks Collaboration From Ondo Govt.

Niger DeltaThe Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru, has called for the collaborative efforts of the Ondo State government in ensuring security in the oil producing areas of the state.

The Minister made this request while leading top officials of the ministry on a courtesy visit to Governor Mimiko ‎in his office in Akure, the state capital.

Uguru highlighted some of the projects being executed by the ministry in oil producing areas of the state.

He assured Ondo State of the commitment of the staff of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to the execution of the federal government mandate to bring about peace and development in the state.

In his response, Governor Olusegun Mimiko proudly referred to Ondo as the most peaceful state‎ in the Niger Delta region. He gave an assurance of the state government’s commitment to the sustenance of the peace.

He said that the state government was also undergoing some projects in the oil producing areas, calling for reciprocation from the federal government in this regard.