Ekiti Assembly Crisis: Fayemi Working With Lawmakers To Impeach Me – Speaker

 

The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Gboyega Aribisogan, on Sunday, alleged that the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, was working with members of the state legislature to oust him. 

This comes days after security operatives sealed off the assembly complex on the suspicion that mayhem could be unleashed on the facility, following Aribisogan’s emergence as Speaker on Tuesday.

But the Speaker placed the blame at the foot of Fayemi, querying the former governor for failing to acknowledge him since his election as Speaker.

“The majority of members of Assembly voted for me but few of them who felt perhaps I did not follow the directive of the former governor, Dr Fayemi, thought that they would make the state ungovernable for even the administration,” Aribisogan said during a live appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

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“I didn’t have any quarrel with him. I sent a message to him even last night asking, ‘What is happening? Am I no longer one of your loyalists? Why did you not congratulate me?’

“Up till now that I’m speaking with you, he has not done anything. Otherwise, he has been going around calling our members to go and impeach me tomorrow. That is the truth.

“As I’m speaking with you, seven of our members are locked up in Fem Guest House in Ado Ekiti, planning on how to impeach me tomorrow in cahoots with some of his former aides like the former commissioner for justice.”

However, Chief Press Secretary to Ekiti State Governor, Yinka Oyebode, dismissed the allegations as an in-house conflict among the legislative officials which he believed would be resolved amicably.

“What is playing out in the state House of Assembly is purely legislative affairs. I want to believe that the leadership of the house and also the leadership of the party will resolve it amicably.

“The information we have and that the police reported about the locking up of the place is that some hoodlums were about burning down the place a couple of days ago and because of that, some of them were even chased away while some jerrycans of fuel and cutlasses were recovered from them,” he said.

Oyebode noted that the executive arm of government did not have much to do with the matter as the House of Assembly members were elected representatives of the people of their constituencies.

“They are there to make laws for orderliness in the state. I believe they are up to the task to resolve it amicably among themselves,” he said.

“The stance of the governor is that he’s a democrat and he’s the head of the government. He also believes there is separation of power and every arm of government has a measure of independence.”

‘First Plane’ Lands In Ekiti As Fayemi Commissions Airport, Exits Office

Governor Kayode Fayemi commissioned Ekiti State's first airport on October 15, 2022.
Governor Kayode Fayemi commissioned Ekiti State’s first airport on October 15, 2022.

 

Ekiti State on Saturday witnessed its first plane landing as Governor Kayode Fayemi commissioned an airport.

The NAF 930 aircraft conveying the Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, and his team landed on the runway at 20 minutes past 10am.

Speaking after the landing, Sirika described the airport as a bridge that will connect Ekiti State to the world and also engender national growth.

The airport commissioning is expected to be one of Fayemi’s last acts as Governor as he steps down for Governor-Elect, Biodun Oyebanji.

Fayemi said the project is standard and was borne out of resilience.

He expressed confidence it will positively affect the state in many ways.

The airport is expected to accommodate cargo and passenger services.

It “is of a world-class standard,” Fayemi later said in a series of tweets. “Being a category 4E airport, this means we can accommodate large cargo – Aircrafts. The Cargo Apron 155m x 128m can conveniently accommodate two 747-400. The passenger apron 137m x 100.5m can also accommodate three Boeing 737.

“The runaway length is 3.2km, the width is 60m (45m full strength and 7-5m each at the shoulders). The terminal building is built to operate and process international and domestic passengers.”

 

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Governor Kayode Fayemi commissioned Ekiti State's first airport on October 15, 2022.

Governor Kayode Fayemi commissioned Ekiti State's first airport on October 15, 2022.

Governor Kayode Fayemi commissioned Ekiti State's first airport on October 15, 2022.

Fayemi Introduces Abiodun As ‘Eleyi Of Ogun State’ At Ekiti Rally

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, was all smiles on June 14 after he was introduced as the 'Eleyi of Ogun State' at a political rally in Ekiti State.
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, was all smiles on June 14, 2022, after he was introduced as the ‘Eleyi of Ogun State’ at a political rally in Ekiti State.

 

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday introduced Dapo Abiodun as the ‘Eleyi of Ogun State’ at a political rally in Ekiti State.

The title is a play on Bola Tinubu’s reference to Governor Abiodun during the former’s presidential campaign visit to Ogun State earlier this month.

Speaking in Yoruba, Tinubu had referred to Abiodun as ‘eleyi’, a term that could be interpreted as derogatory.

Tinubu had touted how instrumental he was to Abiodun’s election as Governor.

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The ‘Eleyi of Ogun State’ later became a meme to mock the Governor on social media.

 

But it appears he has taken ownership of the title, as evidenced by Tuesday’s events.

“I have just been informed that I did not introduce Governor Dapo Abiodun properly as the ‘Eleyi of Ogun State’,” Fayemi said to loud cheers. “The Eleyi of Ogun State is here.”

When the camera panned to Abiodun, he was beaming, in company of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The rally was held in Ado-Ekiti as part of efforts to campaign for the All Progressives Congress’ candidate in the upcoming Governorship election in the state, Biodun Oyebanji.

No Evidence Has Linked Owo Church Attack To ISWAP – Fayemi

 

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has described the claims linking the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) to the church attack in Owo as mere speculation.

He stressed that no evidence has confirmed that the terrorists were responsible for the attack which claimed many lives and left several others injured.

“I am not going to go into any speculation,” the governor said on Monday in response to a question regarding the position of the Federal Government during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

“As far as I’m concerned, the statement that ISWAP or Boko Haram or whatever other institutions are responsible for this (attack) is purely speculative at this stage. I haven’t seen any evidence that concretely puts this in the corner of any of these rogue elements that we have.

“And really it doesn’t – at this stage – matter, they have committed this crime, they have demonstrated the capacity to cause maximum damage to our people.”

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Scene of the St Francis Catholic Church, Owo where scores of worshippers were killed in Ondo State on June 5, 2022.

 

At least 40 people were killed and many injured when gunmen opened fire on worshippers at St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, the headquarters of Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The incident sparked widespread condemnation with various individuals and groups calling on the government to ensure the assailants were arrested and brought to justice.

Amid controversy over who was responsible for the incident, the Federal Government linked the killings to the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP).

Fayemi, who doubles as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), believes the position of the Federal Government is speculation.

According to him, governors, as the chief security officers of their states, are privy to all manners of intelligence but not all of them are actionable.

He explained that they have a responsibility to pass such intelligence to the relevant institutions who are expected to take necessary actions.

“I don’t want us to jump the gun as far as this is concerned and that is why I am not going to go into any detail as to what intelligence we had and at what point we had it,” said Governor Fayemi.

“Our duty as security officers is to ensure that this does not occur again and we go after elements of this nature, whichever organisation they may represent within our domains.”

‘Long Distance Runner’: Fayemi Congratulates Tinubu On APC Presidential Ticket

A photo combination of Ekiti State Governor and APC presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
A photo combination of Ekiti State Governor and APC presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

Ekiti State Governor has congratulated former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his emergence as Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 general election.

Fayemi also congratulated the party leadership and the convention planning committee for the successful conduct of the special convention and presidential primary, as well as President Muhammadu Buhari for superintending over a free, fair, and credible process as national leader of the party.

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In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi said Tinubu’s emergence represents the collective wish of the vast majority of members of the APC, adding that the former Lagos State Governor has proven his dedication and competence to lead the country at such an important time in history.

Fayemi, who stepped down and endorsed Tinubu at the convention, described the APC flagbearer as a “long distance runner”, who has the capacity to lead the country to greater heights come 2023.

“It is a great moment for our party,” he said. “I congratulate Asiwaju Tinubu for the well deserved victory and the leadership of the party as well as the convention committee members for a great job.

“Collectively, we shall move from this convention venue with greater determination to strengthen the party and work assiduously for the success of the party in the 2023 elections.”

Fayemi Suspends Presidential Campaign, Pays Condolence Visit To Owo

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi visits victims of the Owo church attack in Ondo State.

 

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has visited Owo, Owo Local Government Area where scores of Christian faithful were killed and many others injured during service on Sunday.

Fayemi, a frontline presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), suspended his campaign on Monday in honour of the victims of the attack.

He also paid a condolence visit to the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu as well as to the victims at the hospital.

READ ALSO: Many Feared Dead As Terrorists Attack Catholic Church In Owo, Ondo

Thereafter, the Ekiti leader proceeded to the Palace of the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye, and the Catholic Bishop of Ondo Diocese, Bishop Jude Arogundade.

After the meeting, Fayemi summoned Ekiti State security chiefs for an emergency Security Council meeting.

The Ekiti governor also plans to convey a meeting with religious leaders in the state in a bid to effectively secure lives and properties.

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‘I’m Favourably Positioned,’ Fayemi Denies Stepping Down As Presidential Aspirant

The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Mr Kayode Fayemi

 

A presidential aspirant and Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has denied stepping down in favour of another contestant, saying he is favourably positioned to clinch the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket.

In a statement issued on Friday, the spokesman of the Fayemi campaign organisation, Femi Ige, debunked reports that the governor had withdrawn from the presidential race.

While describing the report as “absolute rubbish”, the governor said there was no way he would drop his ambition as he has the backing of those he described as APC’s real stakeholders.

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“[It is] absolute rubbish. No meeting took place between us and any aspirant about stepping down. We are undoubtedly among the leading aspirants for the position and one to watch in the race,” the statement reads.

“Our candidate has deep trust and respect among political leaders in the party and also from fellow governors who form a critical mass in the decision-making process.”

The spokesman said no amount of late-night demarketing will work against the Fayemi presidential project.

Meanwhile, one of the aspirants and incumbent Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, was said to have met with the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, and five governors of the ruling party.

Although his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, has yet to confirm this, the meeting was reportedly held on Thursday evening at the official residence of the Vice President in Abuja.

Another presidential hopeful and Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, wants the party’s delegates to consider the future of Nigeria and a candidate who will deliver in the nation’s best interest while voting in the primary next week.

He urged the delegates to set aside monetary incentives and seriously consider what was for the greater good of the country.

Lawan, while wooing the delegates, asked them to consider him critically, saying he would offer himself, his heart, integrity, and dedication to ensure that the dream of justice for all and a dream of uniting to fight the nation’s foes, were achieved.

He urged them to scrutinise the past practices of all aspirants to elicit what behaviours, avarice, and rapacity his co-contenders have exhibited in the past.

2023: ‘Presidency Not An Inheritance’ – Fayemi Denies Betraying Tinubu 

File photo of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, during an interview on Channels Television

 

A presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday denied betraying Asiawju Bola Tinubu, saying the office of the President is not an inheritance.

Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), spoke in Abuja during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Tinubu, APC National Leader had on January 10 declared his intention to become Nigeria’s President after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa.

But the Ekiti State Governor, who is seen by many as being a beneficiary of Tinubu, said the ambition of APC presidential aspirants is to make a difference in the lives of Nigerians.

READ ALSO: Fayemi Officially Joins 2023 Presidential Race

“The Asiwaju that I know and have interacted with will not subscribe to demonising anyone. I don’t believe that he would use terminologies like betrayal,” he said. “This is not an inheritance; it is not a traditional title that we are seeking.”

“The office that we are seeking is to make a difference in the lives of Nigerians. It is about Nigeria which is the commonwealth of all Nigerians,” he added.

Earlier, the governor explained that he believes his entry into the race will rebirth a new Nigeria.

‘After careful consideration of where we are as a nation…I believe that my entry into the race will offer Nigerians the opportunity to examine competing visions for national rebirth,” Fayemi said.

He said it has been his singular honour to have been an active part at various times with other committed compatriots labouring from various works of life, labouring with determination towards rapid and sustained national progress.

“Dear compatriots, it is in the spirit of this abiding faith in our country and the promise of its unfinished greatness that I stand before you today in total humility and in all sense of responsibility solemnly declare to all within our party and Nigerians at large my decision to accept my name to be put forward for consideration by the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership and membership as our party’s standard-bearer in the upcoming contest for a successor to our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari,” he added.

Level Of Tax Evasion In Nigeria Is Scandalous – Fayemi

 

Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has said the level of tax evasion in Nigeria is scandalous.

The governor said this when he made an appearance on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Wednesday.

He made the comments just hours after he officially declared his intentions to run for president.

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Fayemi lamented that “rich hardly pay taxes” and so if he is elected, he will ensure that the rich pay more taxes.

Former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, also shares the same sentiments.

Addressing members of the press on Wednesday in Abuja, after he declared his intention to run for the seat of the President, Oshiomhole said he will appropriately tax the rich to provide amenities for the poor.

“It is in the interest of the rich to pay that tax so they can enjoy their wealth,” he said saying that he will purchase the All Progressives Congress (APC) nomination and expression of interest forms in the next few hours.

 

My Agenda For Women If Elected President In 2023 – Fayemi

A file photo of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, during an interview on Channels Television’s Hard Copy.

 

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has outlined his agenda for women in the country if elected as the next President of Nigeria.

Ahead of the general elections, the governor officially declared to join the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari after the polls next year on Wednesday at an event in Abuja.

He will be contesting for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) alongside some bigwigs within the ruling party who are also eyeing the highest office of the land.

Governor Fayemi outlined some of the efforts of his administration to improve the lives of women and girls and to promote female participation in Ekiti State, saying he would replicate same and even more should he win his presidential bid.

“What will be my agenda for women? I think the best way to judge my agenda for women is to look at what I have done in my almost eight years as governor, and in my capacity as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), coordinating the activities of my brother governors in the 36 states,” he said during a question-and-answer session at the event.

“Well, in Ekiti State, women have attained the pride of place, and we have done that through a range of measures – law, policies, and programmes. In my first term, we had a law in place to address a matter that was really very fundamental to all of us, but particularly to women; sexual and gender-based violence in our society and we were the first state to have a register of convicts on gender-based violence.”

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‘First Female Governor’

According to the governor, Ekiti went a step further when he returned for his second term in office by starting a ‘name and shame policy’ for those involved in sexual and gender-based violence.

“It is not enough for you to be convicted by a law court for gender-based violence; because our people are more concerned about the shame done to them within their communities than simple conviction in a law court, we name and shame those who have been convicted and put this information right around their communities.

“And when you know the way a typical Ekiti community is and the pride with which we exude, character and integrity, that is something that has activated moral suasion, not just legal punishment,” he said.

Beyond that, Governor Fayemi explained that his administration took further steps against female genital mutilation, including the signed of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act.

He revealed that the NGF declared an emergency against sexual and gender-based violence in all the 36 states of the country on June 20, 2020.

At the time, the governor said only 14 states had signed up to the VAPP Act while the number has increased to 30 as of May 2022.

“In Ekiti State, the parliamentary worked with us and passed the law granting 35 per cent positions – both appointment and elective; that’s a tough call in politics,” he said of women’s participation in governance.

“It’s still not where we want to be, but it is a significant step if you consider the difficulty our national parliament has had in putting the same law in place. My successor in office, by God’s grace, is going to have a female deputy governor. So, we are on our way to having the first governor in Nigeria who is female in Ekiti State.”

Governor Kayode Fayemi’s Declaration For Presidency

The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi on Wednesday officially declared his intention to run for President.

Governor will be joining seven other aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who have declared their intentions to run for the same position.

The major highlight of today’s event is unveiling his agenda which he has themed, “Unveiling my Agenda for Nigeria”.

Kayode Fayemi declares his intention to run for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

 

2023: Fayemi Joins Presidential Race, Unveils Agenda

Fayemi is the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF). Photo: [email protected]

 

Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi will formally throw his hat in the ring to contest the position of President of the country on Wednesday in Abuja.

As indicated in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, the Wednesday’s declaration, tagged “Unveiling My Nigeria Agenda”, is the climax of the Governor’s extensive consultations across the geo-political zones in the last six weeks.

“Dr Fayemi, had after discussing his plan to run for the number one office with President Muhammadu Buhari last month, sought counsel, guidance and support from traditional and political leaders across states in the federation” the statement read.

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The governor had touched a number of places to meet with key traditional rulers, political actors and statesmen ahead of the declaration.

“Remarkably, Dr Fayemi kick-started the consultation in Owo, Ondo State, where he met with the Olowo of Owo, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye. Owo is renowned as the seat of progressive politics in the country, being the birth place of the defunct Action Group (AG) led by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo” Oyebode noted.

Others consulted by Fayemi included Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, elder stateman Chief Olu Falae, the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe; the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar and some state governors.