Kwara Government Drags PDP To Police Over Comments

PDP, APC, Imo, Election, Imo NorthThe Kwara State government has reported the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the Nigeria Police Force for what it called efforts to incite the public against the government through unsubstantiated allegation of fraud.

While the spokesman for the police in the State, Ajayi Okansanmi, on Tuesday confirmed that they had invited the opposition party for questioning, the PDP accused the government of the All Progressives Congress of trying to sniffle the voice of the opposition.

On Tuesday, members of the PDP arrived at the state headquarters of the police to honour an invitation.

Mr Okansanmi told reporters that the invited representatives of the party had been released after the nearly four hours interrogation.

Members of the PDP, after the interrogation, gathered at the office of their chairman to brief him on the outcome of the meeting with the police and most of them, who spoke in Yoruba Language, were bitter over the invitation.

The State Chairman of the PDP, Iyiola Oyedepo, accused the government of being intolerant to criticism.

He said that his party usually enlightens the public on the failure of the government to provide the dividends of democracy, wondering why they would be reported to the police as a result of that.

The State government, however, believes that critising the government is different from inciting the public.

The State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Kamaldeen Ajibade, told reporters that dishing out false information to the public through live radio programmes made the party report the opposition to the police.

On what would be the next line of action, he said the government would wait for a report from the police to determine what to do next.

The bickering between the opposition party and state government has been on for quite sometime, but it is expected that it would be resolved soon with police intervention.

Kwara PDP Factional Chairmen Trade Words Over Party Funds

Kwara PDP, CorruptionTwo factional chairmen of Kwara PDP have been accusing each other of corruption and embezzlement of state funds.

Since the last general election, the Kwara PDP has been engrossed in crisis as the two factional chairmen have been engaging in name calling.

The state factional Chairman, Mr Sunday Fagbemi, who was accompanied by a large number of supporters accused the other factional Chairman, Mr Iyiola Oyedepo while briefing journalists.

He stated that Mr Oyedepo had collected more than 700 million Naira during the last general election which he alleged was mismanaged.

He added that the mismanagement of money could be responsible for why the party failed woefully during the election.

He also stated that efforts had been concluded by Mr Oyedepo’s faction of the PDP to hand over the structure and machinery of the party in the state to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He urged those he called true members of PDP to resist the plan.

In his response, the other factional chairman, Mr Iyiola Oyedepo described the allegation of misappropriating funds as frivolous and baseless.

Mr Iyiola Oyedepo wondered why his accusers had not reported him to anti-graft agencies if truly they had facts about him.

He also spoke on the issue of planning to secretly hand over the party to APC in the state.

He identified various battles he has been facing to liberate Kwarans and ensure true democracy reigns in the state, compared with his accusers who he described as unpopular politicians.

Unpaid Teachers Tackle Kwara Government On Salaries

kwaraThe strike embarked upon by Primary and Junior Secondary School teachers in Kwara State has entered the third day, with no solution in sight.

The teachers union accused both the State and Local Governments of tossing them around over who owed them.

Reacting to the accusation, Kwara State Commissioner of Education, Musa Yeketi, claimed that it is the responsibility of the Local Government to pay the teachers, since they were employed by them.

The Commissioner also assured the striking teachers of plans of the state government to help in facilitating bank loans to offset the salary arrears.

Reacting to the issue, the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyiola Oyedepo, condemned what he called ‘usual practise of borrowing to offset salary arrears’.

Mr Oyedepo called for a stop in corruption in the Local Government, especially the over bloated staff and other vices which prevents the payments for months.

The state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, held a closed door meeting with labour leaders and Chairmen of the 16 Local Governments to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

At the end of the meeting, the state Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Abdul-Lateef Okandeji, briefed reporters, they resolved that the Local Governments should find way of growing their revenues and reduce their expenditures.


Kwara Proposed Bond: Government, Opposition In Disagreement

KwaraThe Kwara State government and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are in disagreement over a plan by the government to approach the capital market to obtain a 20 billion Naira bond. 

The opposition described the plan as an attempt to further impoverish the people of the state.

While the Governor of the State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, believes the money will be used to further develop the state with various projects, the opposition wonders why the government has not been saving for the rainy day, querying what has been done with the previous bonds obtained.

The State Commissioner for Finance, Demola Baanu, had earlier explained that the government had decided to obtain the 20 billion Naira bond to complete ongoing projects, citing dwindling federal revenue for the decision.

The little above one billion Naira allocation from the federal Government being collected now could barely pay salaries, he said, seeking the understanding of the people.

Not Being Prudent

On behalf of the opposition PDP, the state chairman of the party, Iyiola Oyedepo, wondered how the government could continue borrowing to run the affairs of the state.

He told reporters that nearly 500 billion Naira had been collected from 1999 to date without tangible projects or positive impact on the people.

He accused the government of not being prudent when the economy was booming and wondered why government officials complain now when they were supposed to save for the rainy day.

While swearing in the last batch of the state’s commissioners, the Governor warned politicians against politicising the bond issue, as it would not affect the fortunes of the state.

He explained that the state had the capacity to repay through the Internally Generated Revenue,

Governor Ahmed also reiterated that the bond would enable the government complete the suspended projects and begin new ones that would have impact on the people.

The executive arm of the government is waiting for the decision of the State Assembly on the bond proposal before any further action.

PDP Criticises Kwara Govt. Over Bond Issue

PDP Criticises Kwara Govt Over Bond IssueAs the Kwara State government intensifies efforts to obtain a 20 billion naira bond from the capital market, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has described the plan as an attempt to further impoverish the people of the state.

The Kwara State Commissioner for Finance, Demola Baanu, said that the government decided to obtain the 20 billion naira bond to complete ongoing projects, citing dwindling federal allocation.

He explained that the little above one billion naira being collected could barely pay salaries and called for understanding.

The opposition disagreed with this and queried what had been done with the previous bonds obtained.

The PDP Chairman in the state, Iyiola Oyedepo, wondered how the government could continue borrowing to run the affairs of the state, alleging that nearly 500 billion naira had been collected from 1999 till date without tangible projects or positive impact on the people.

He accused the government of not being prudent when the economy was booming as they failed to save for rainy days.

Meanwhile, Governor Ahmed, while swearing in the last batch of the commissioners, warned politicians against politicising the bond issue, stating that this will not affect the fortunes of the state.

He stressed that the state has the capacity to repay its loans through its Internally Generated Revenue.



APC Says PDP Planning To Unleash Terror In Kwara

Yobe apcThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of planning to unleash terror in the state.

Addressing reporters on Monday, the APC said the PDP was ‘fanning embers of crisis’ in the state, after it set up a War Committee.

The claims by the APC is the latest in the recent war of words between both parties in the state.

The Chairman of the APC, Balogun Fulani Ishola, told reporters that the  leadership of the PDP in the state had set up a 21-Man War Committee to unleash terror in the state.

Mr Balogun said that with the setting up of the committee, the PDP had declared war. According to him, the state has been witnessing political crisis since the committee was established.

However, in response to the APC’s claims, the state Chairman of the PDP, Iyiola Oyedepo, denied the accusation.

Mr Oyedepo said that the usage of the War Committee was symbolic to enable the party monitor the activities of another strategic committee set up for the elections and to make them see the importance of the task ahead.

Kwara PDP Unveils Governorship Candidate

Kwara PDPThe Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has officially unveiled Senator Simeon Ajibola as its governorship candidate for the 2015 election.

There had been wrangling on whether the National Working Committee would approve the candidature of Senator Simeon Ajibola or not but the press conference involving all the gladiators confirmed his acceptance by everybody.

Presenting the party’s candidate to the elders and other members of the party at the press conference in Ilorin, the Kwara PDP Chairman, Iyiola Oyedepo, noted that he had undergone a free and acceptable primary election.

He added that with academic records spanning several years, Ajibola stood the chance of winning the election in the state.

Senator Simeon Ajibola, in his response, commended his co-contestants for their courage and members of the party for considering him worthy to be the flag bearer.

He described their support and encouragement as the pillar of his strength, promising not to disappoint but to ensure the victory of the party during the 2015 governorship election.

Senator Ajibola, while commending other aspirants for their support, also surprised many people present when he announced Mr Yinka Aluko as his running mate.

Yinka Aluko, who until then had been the senatorial candidate for Kwara central, thanked the elders and stakeholders in the party for choosing him. He promised to be loyal and dedicated to the party.

Aspirants Seek Rerun After Crisis Mars Kwara PDP Governorship Primary

PDP22Aspirants in the Kwara State Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship primary election are demanding for a rerun after crisis erupted, disrupting the process and bringing it to an abrupt end.

The aspirants had heated arguments over the genuineness of delegates to the primary.

Eleven out of the 12 aspirants had accused one of them of trying to impose himself through illegal means which the man denied.

The aspirants in a joint press conference called on the leadership of the party to order a rerun of the election before Thursday to ensure a free and fair governorship primary in the state.

‘Fake Delegates’

The situation at the Stella Obasanjo Hall in Ilorin, venue of the accreditation exercise, could not be described as palatable because despite waiting several hours, they could not be accredited until late afternoon.

At another venue, where the election was to be held, the atmosphere was charged and the delegates threw punches and chairs at one another, as they alleged infiltration by what they called ‘fake delegates’ imported by one of the aspirants.

The ugly incident led to the cancellation of the primary election by the state chairman of the party, Iyiola Oyedepo, a situation which 11 out of the 12 aspirants in a press conference described as unacceptable, blaming the party leadership and others of conniving to install Dele Belgore by all means.

However, the 12th aspirant, Mr Belgore, who was not at the briefing and accused of importing fake delegates and fake accreditation, described the allegation as false, saying he is “sure of winning the primary anytime it is schedule again”.

He said that the people of the state were in support of him and alleged that most of the aspirants accusing him were moles implanted by opposition to disrupt the primary.

On his part, the state chairman of the party, Iyiola Oyedepo, denied tampering with accreditation tags or supporting any aspirant.

Mr Oyedepo said that if they had allow him to use multiple venues, the crisis that erupted would not have occurred.

He promised to liaise with the national leadership of the party on when the governorship primary election rerun would be held in the state.

National Leadership Of PDP To Reconcile Factions In Kwara

Kwara PDPThe Kwara State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has been undergoing rejuvenation to ensure the success of the party in 2015.

Since the emergence of the present executive, the party has been battling to reconcile aggrieved members and the situation led the national leadership of the party to send a reconciliation committee to visit the state to reconcile aggrieved members.

The State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Iyiola Oyedepo, after emerging as the head of the party at the state congress of the party, had affirmed the crisis and fractions within the party and promised to tackle it.

The national leadership, in its effort to ensure that no excuse is given for lapses in the state, then inaugurated the North Central Zone Reconciliation Committee, headed by the former national chairman of the party, Dr. Bello Haliru, to visit and reconcile members in the state.

The 15-man committee, which also includes the former Senate President, Adolphous Wabara, held several closed door meetings with relevant stakeholders and has pleaded with those aggrieved to sheathe their swords and not do anything that would affect the chances of the party.

They also applauded the state executive for its effort to ensure that the party remains relevant in the state.

The national leadership of the party had earlier held a big rally in Ilorin to express support for the members who did not defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC but decided to stay within the party.

The Metropolitan Square was filled with party faithful within and outside the state who promised to work for the success of the party.

Commenting on the alleged friction within the leaders of the party in the state, a party chieftain, John Dara, at the rally, agreed that there was rivalry but noted that there was no bitterness.

Another notable member of the party, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, had expressed belief that the PDP was well positioned and ready to wrestle power, adding that the harmonious relationship among leaders would ensure victory for the party in 2015.

PDP Members In Kwara State Protest Against Imposition By State Executive

PDP STAKEHOLDERS MEETMembers of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State have staged a protest against the leadership of the party in the state over alleged imposition and swearing-in of a factional Local Government Party Chairman in the Ilorin West Local Government Area of the state against court ruling.

The PDP members, in their hundreds, stormed a hotel in Ilorin where the state’s party executive members were holding a meeting, chanting abusive songs and carrying placards to express their grievance and opposition to the action of their leaders.

The popular hotel around Offa garage area played host to hundreds of angry members of the People’s Democratic Party who stormed the place condemning the imposition of one Amuda Olugbon as the Chairman of the party in Ilorin West Local Government Area.

Some of the party elders who came for the meeting had it rough with the angry members, as they had their caps and headgear removed, while those already inside peeped through the window.

It took the intervention of the proprietor of the hotel to prevent the mob from storming the meeting as they attempted to break the window without success.

In order to save the situation, policemen were drafted in to ferry the party elders out of the place but not without molestation and shouting from the aggrieved crowd.

Explaining his grievances in a press conference in Ilorin, the candidate who claimed to be the duly elected party chairman of the Local Government, Toyin Olosasa, stated his rejection of the swearing-in of Yusuf Olugbon as the PDP Chairman in the Local Government.

He alleged that the 15-member executive committee led by Olugbon was inaugurated clandestinely on Wednesday by the State Party Chairman, Iyiola Oyedepo. He described the inauguration of the Olugbon executive, despite a subsisting court order stopping same, as illegal and a rape of justice.

Reacting to the allegation, the State Chairman of the Party, Iyiola Oyedepo, noted that three executives emerged from different congresses who petitioned the National Secretariat.

He stressed that the directive and recognition from the national headquarter made him to swear-in the Amuda Olugbon executive and wondered why the members should complain or blame him for that decision.

Voters Registration: Kwara, Abuja Citizens Complain Over Irregularities

voters cardThere have been several complaints against the continuous voters registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission in Kwara State by voters and political parties.

They are complaining of inadequate personnel and faulty machines for the exercise, just as it is about to end on Monday.

The INEC, however, blamed the large turnout on wrong people who are not supposed to be there and insisted that two personnel are enough for a unit.

The state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyiola Oyedepo, noted that non preparation by the INEC could be responsible for the lapses of inadequate and faulty machines which he noted could lead to majority of Kwarans being disenfranchised.

He emphasised that the development had resulted in mass crowd of people being made to face rigorous and cumbersome registration with one machine.

He also lamented that the challenges had resulted into crisis and violence in some areas and urged the INEC to correct the situation by extension of the exercise and drafting of more police personnel to the centres.

In Abuja, residents of the nation’s capital trying to take part in the continuous voter’s registration are complaining about what they called lack of preparedness by the INEC.

Hundreds of residents, who trooped out to the few centres for registration over the past few days, have complained of inadequate equipment and personnel for the registration exercise.

They are demanding that the INEC should extend the registration process and release more equipment and staff to prevent many Nigerians from being disenfranchised in next year’s general election.

At the L.E.A. Primary School in Wuse Zone Two area of Abuja, one of the few centres in the city where residents of the nation capital city are expected to register and pick up their temporary voters’ cards, some eligible voters waiting to be registers expressed dissatisfaction with the process.

With one day to go, the crowd at the centre is overwhelming for the INEC ad-hoc staff and so are the complaints.

Besides the persistent system failure causing endless hours of queuing, the absence of adequate registration centres is also a matter of great concern as residents call for an extension of the exercise.

Reacting, the Deputy Director Voters Education and Publicity for INEC in Kwara State, Jacob Ayanda explained that the allegation of faulty machines should not arise. He explained that the equipment, though used some years ago, had been serviced with several back-up in case of breaking down.

PDP Vows To Capture Power In Kwara

abdulfattah_ahmedThe Kwara State chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party has vowed to capture power in the 2015 governorship election, expressing its readiness to provide good governance for the people of the state.

The State Chairman of the PDP, Iyiola Oyedepo, stated this while briefing journalists on the plan of the party to provide an alternative government to the people of the state.

He added that the party would provide a platform of unity, love, fairness and justice in the heterogeneous community of the state, while core values, integrity and selfless service would be accorded priority.

Kwara State is currently being governed by Abdulfatah Ahmed, who won the election on the platform of the PDP in 2011, and decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013.