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.

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“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.

Governors Not Objected To Financial Autonomy For Judiciary, Legislature – Fayemi

 

Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Monday said governors do not object to financial autonomy for the judicial and legislative arms of government.

The Supreme Court had on Friday struck out the N66 billion suit filed by the state governors against the Federal Government. The apex court, however, declared as unlawful and unconstitutional, Executive Order 10 (EO-10) on the funding of State Judiciary and Legislature.

Three days after the ruling, Governor Fayemi said although state governments are duty-bound to pay the allowances of judges, they are not duty-bound to pay their salaries as it is the responsibility of the National Judicial Council.

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“Governors have no objection to financial autonomy for the judicial arm of government or the legislative arm of government,” Fayemi said during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“However, it is clear that it is an autonomy that is based on the resources available to the state. It cannot just be an arbitrary autonomy in which you award funds without reason to any arm of government.

“For judges of the high court, the Sharia court, industrial court, and the state and federal high court, we are not responsible for their salary. The National Judicial Council is responsible for their salary.”

File photo of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

The governor also bemoaned the salary structure for judges, calling on the authorities to urgently review it.

Away from financial autonomy, the governor also spoke on what to expect upon the expiration of his tenure by October.

When asked if he intends to run for the presidency, Fayemi refused to categorically reply in the affirmative or negative.

Rather, the Ekiti governor said he is focused on delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of his state.

Ekiti Election: Fayemi Receives Fayose, Badaru, Udom At Govt House

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi with Governors Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa) and Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), and former Governor Ayodele Fayose at the Government House in Ado Ekiti on January 27, 2022.

 

Ahead of the June 18 governorship election in Ekiti State, Governor Kayode Fayemi received his predecessor former Governor Ayodele Fayose, and other dignitaries at the Government House in Ado Ekiti on Thursday. 

The Ekiti governor also received Abubakar Badaru and Udom Emmanuel, his colleagues from Jigawa and Akwa Ibom respectively.

Both serving governors are in the South-West state to conduct the primary elections of their political parties – the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in that order.

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Fayemi shared the photos of their meeting on his verified Facebook page, restating the need for politics to be played without bitterness.

“With Governors Udom Emmanuel and Badaru Abubakar and my predecessor in office, Governor Ayo Fayose in Government House this morning. Both Governors Udom and Badaru came to conduct gubernatorial primaries in Ekiti,” Fayemi said.

“This camaraderie demonstrates clearly that for us in Ekiti and indeed in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, it is politics without bitterness. After hot exchanges and political disagreements, it’s possible to disagree without being disagreeable.

“Politics should be about values and vision, not violence and viciousness.”

See photos from the visit below:

Removal Of Fuel Subsidy Isn’t Business Of Governors – Fayemi

 

Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday, said the decision to remove or retain fuel subsidy is not in the hands of State Governors.

Mr Fayemi made the remark during a press briefing after a meeting of the Governors.

The Ekiti State Governor said the forum has “concluded to engage the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress on how best to address this issue without causing any disaffection but with a view to salvaging the Nigerian economy for the Nigerian people.”

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However, he argued that the decision wasn’t one for the Governors to make.

“For us at the forum, it is a matter that is a going concern. We don’t have a definite issue on it because it is left to the Petroleum Industry Act. It is not for us. NNPC is now a private company and the company should decide what it wants to do with the price of its products. It shouldn’t really be the business of Governors.

“It is not up to sub-nationals to decide on what happens to PMS pricing. It is an entirely exclusive responsibility of the Federal Government.

“However, we are critical stakeholders and we are members of the National Economic Council, so we contribute to debates in the Council.”

The Federal Government has said it plans to discontinue the payment of fuel subsidy by June but the move has been rejected by several stakeholders, including the Nigeria Labour Congress.

Also on Thursday, former Head of State Abdulsalami Abubakar raised concerns over the removal of fuel subsidy.

General Abdulsalami, who was speaking at the 19th Daily Trust Summit in Abuja, said the country is facing challenges on multiple fronts and a fuel subsidy removal will only compound the situation.

“We all know when this happens, as the government has planned, it will push many millions deeper into poverty,” he said.

Fayemi Warns Ekiti Civil Servants Against Participating In Political Activities

 

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has warned civil servants against participating in political activities, saying it runs contrary to the rules governing the service.

Speaking during a meeting with senior civil servants on Tuesday in Ado Ekiti, Fayemi faulted those who abandoned their duties to play politics and vowed that they would face the consequences.

“The politicisation of civil service is something that I believe the civil service public rules actually is very explicit about,” he said. “So it’s a question of enforcement on the part of the leadership of the civil service and public service generally.

“I believe if the Head of Service chooses to deal with that, we would work with that to ensure that she achieves the objectives of maintaining a neutral civil service.”

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi speaks to senior civil servants in Ado Ekiti on January 12, 2022.

 

The governor hinted that his administration would elapse on October 15 and promised to continue working for the benefit of the people till then.

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Although he admitted that there cannot be complete neutrality in the civil service, he warned civil servants to desist from politics.

“Nobody is saying don’t be interested in what happens, but the problem I see is that it makes an existing government even more of lame-duck government once civil service switches off,” he said.

“If you are working with someone like me who will work till October 15, 2022, you are going to have problems because I am not a lame-duck and I refuse to be considered a lame-duck governor till I leave this office on October 15.

“Just bear with me, be ready to work. If I hear that you are doing politics behind the scene to the detriment of your work, the implication might not be palatable.”

Electoral Bill: ‘I Think All Of Us Should Be Happy,’ Fayemi Backs Buhari’s Decision

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

 

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi on Tuesday backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to decline assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, saying he thinks Nigerians should be happy with the development.

Speaking to State House correspondents after meeting with the President in his office, the Fayemi said it does not matter to the governors which mode is adopted for the conduct of primaries.

The governor, who is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, dismissed talks that the President was simply conceding to the wishes of the governors.

While noting that the President’s desire is to see that all options are provided for, there is an exaggerated expectation that direct primaries will resolve electoral challenges in the country.

“I think all of us should be happy with that we shouldn’t really dwell too much on there’s been this exaggerated expectation that direct primaries is going to provide all answers to whatever electoral challenges that we have faced,” he said.

The Governor noted that both direct and indirect primaries have unique challenges and called for options to be provided.

2023 Polls: INEC Should Determine When To Use Electoral Transmission Of Results – Fayemi

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

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should determine when to use the electoral transmission of results.

“Personally, I feel we should leave the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to handle and decide when or where to utilise the electronic transmission, not the principle of it,” he said during an interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight which aired on Monday.

The National Assembly had on July 15 deliberated extensively on the Electoral Amendment Bill with the House of Representatives passing the bill moments after opposition lawmakers walked out of the heated session.

While the House passed the majority of the 158 clauses of the bill intact including Clause 52 (2), the Senate only approved the conditional electronic transmission of electoral results and voted publicly along party lines over section 52(3) of the electoral act amendment bill, which deals with electronic transmission of poll results.

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Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, said the drama that trailed the passage of the bill before the parliament was unnecessary.

“I feel that the hullabaloo around this could have been avoided partly because I feel it is something that we must not over-regulate, particularly the activities of an independent commission.

“If I have the opportunity to have been asked, I would have actually argued strongly that we leave this matter for the electoral commission to handle rather than micro-manage the commission or bringing the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) as the final arbitral on what happens to the electoral commission,” the former Mines Minister added.

 

Ekiti Govt Raises Alarm Over Rising Cases Of Sexual Offences

File photo of  Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

The Ekiti State Government has vowed to prosecute anyone preventing legal punishment for sex offenders and confiscate any facility used for the rape of minors in the state.

In a release signed by the State Attorney General, Wale Fapounda, the government raised the alarm that more than 120 cases of rape are being heard in various courts across the state with a larger number of victims unwilling to toe the legal path.

“The Ministry of Justice is presently prosecuting 121 cases of Rape in various courts across Ekiti State. This number is particularly disturbing considering that this statistic only relates to victims or their relatives who are willing to support the Ministry in the prosecution of these cases as the number of unwilling victims is even more alarming,” the statement noted.

Consequently, the state government is sponsoring a bill in the State House of Assembly to criminalize any attempt to wield unlawful influence to discontinue certain criminal matters including Rape, Sexual Assault and Child Defilement.

“The punishment prescribed is 5 years imprisonment on conviction. Persons in the habit of writing letters of discontinuance in rape matters are specifically invited to take note, the Attorney General warned.

In addition, the state government is proposing an amendment bill to ensure the protection of whistle-blowers in cases of sexual violence.

According to Fapounda, any hotel or facility found to have been used for the rape of minors would be confiscated and the Certificate of Occupancy revoked.

He stated, “Similarly private residences that are found to have been used for the rape of minors will also be subject to possible confiscation by the Government of Ekiti State. The Ministry of Justice is currently working on a legislative proposal that will allow Government to revoke the Certificate of Occupancy of such properties with a view to converting them to rehabilitation centers for ex-convicts.”

Meanwhile, the state Ministry of Justice said it is aware of a complaint of rape against security personnel attached to the convoy of the Wife of the Governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, promising to support police investigation in the matter.

The commissioner explained that the case is now being handled by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), FCT Command Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, noting that the “state government will cooperate fully with the police investigation team to ensure the matter is investigated thoroughly. The victim is receiving extensive psycho-social and legal support to cope with the trauma, and seek justice, and her identity is protected.”