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.”

Kebbi Boat Mishap: Fayemi, Tambuwal Visit Bagudu, Emphasise On Safety

NGF Chairman and Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi speaks to Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu during a condolence visit over the recent boat mishap in Kebbi.

 

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi and his Sokoto counterpart, Aminu Tambuwal have visited Governor, Atiku Bagudu over the recent boat mishap that claimed over 100 lives in Kebbi State.

They visited the northwestern state on Monday night alongside Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong who also serves as the Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum.

The three governors commiserated with the people and government of Kebbi state over the unfortunate incident in Warrah town.

While emphasising on the need to ensure compliance to all safety rules regarding all forms of transportations in the country, Fayemi said the search and rescue capacity of the national emergency agencies needs to be upgraded to meet the daily occurrence of emergency in the country.

READ ALSO: Over 100 Missing As Boat Capsizes In Kebbi

He also added that safety rules such as manifestos of passengers in all means of transportation should be adhered to.

“The search and rescue capacity of our emergency services really ought to be prepared for any eventuality of this type whether it is from the Air Force or capacity of the NEMA and our own state management agency should ensure that we are actually better prepared for this,” he said.

The NGF Chairman also announced a donation of N50 million to Kebbi State Government for the victims of the unfortunate development.

On his part, Governor Bagudu said 81 persons have been buried, adding that 22 persons were rescued alive in the boat said to have carried over 150 passengers.

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Pastor Adeboye Visits Fayemi, Says Prayers Will Help End Banditry

 

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has reiterated his belief in the power of prayer to rid the country of all forms of criminality.

Pastor Adeboye, who said this when he visited the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, also condemned the recent abduction of a traditional ruler in the state and the shooting of another monarch.

He said it is alarming that criminal elements now have no regard for traditional rulers and heads of sacred institutions.

“I want to assure you sir, that we are praying for the state,” Pastor Adeboye said. “We are praying for this state because we are concerned that even the institution of Obaship is no longer considered sacred by these bandits. For a Yoruba boy like myself, that is heart-rendering.

“And I can assure you that we are crying to the Lord of Hosts, the one who has never lost a war, that he will fight this battle for us and give us victory very soon.

“Because definitely we are fighting a war that we cannot win by human wisdom or human ability. Because the elders have a saying, that you can never be as wise as someone who has laid an ambush for you; because the one who laid the ambush must have studied your movement, knows your routes and routines. It’s only God that can rescue you. But there is a God who can ambush the ambusher.”

Meanwhile, Governor Fayemi described the visit as a blessing to Ekiti State, saying Nigerians place a premium on the intercessory prayers of righteous minds.

Presidency: Any Serious-Minded Politician Will Take The Shot – Fayemi


As Nigeria prepares to hold another general election in 2023, the top elective position in the country appears to be the target for most politicians.

Among those who have enjoyed the support of their people to contest for the highest office in the land is the Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi.

Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, is serving his second tenure as governor and his term will expire next year.

Although he has yet to declare if he is willing to run for president, the governor believes it is the dream of every politician to hold such an office.

He stated this when he featured as a guest on Friday’s edition of Channels Television’s Hard Copy, answering questions related to politics, national security, and other important issues.

“I get asked this question all the time; I don’t know anyone, any serious-minded politician who will have the opportunity to govern a country with the blessings that we have, in spite of the challenges, that will not give it a shot,” Fayemi said.

 

A screenshot taken on March 27, 2021, shows Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, during an interview on Channels Television’s Hard Copy.

 

– The Future Will Take Care Of Itself –

Amid the various conversations on the mode of selection by political parties to pick candidates to vie for the presidency, some prominent politicians have been endorsed to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari after the completion of his tenure.

Recently, members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, as well as some traditional rulers in the state, endorsed the governor to be president.

Others who have enjoyed such support from various groups included the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

Despite the endorsement by the people in his state, Fayemi insisted that the focus for him at the moment was to serve the people of Ekiti.

“I am considering finishing well in Ekiti in 2022; I have a job. Frankly, I am eternally grateful to Ekiti people for giving me the opportunity to govern the state twice and I still have a lot to deliver on that agenda.

“So, the future will take care of itself. I have no means of knowing what is going to happen but for me, the certainty is that I am the Governor of Ekiti State and that term expires in October 2022. That is the job I have for now,” the governor said.

Fayemi Condemns ‘Disturbing’ Election Violence In Ekiti

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

 

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has condemned the violence that marred Saturday’s bye-election in Ekiti East Constituency 1 of the State House Assembly.

At least two persons were killed as a result of the electoral violence, the police confirmed.

A statement signed by INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, said the “voters, election officials and security personnel” were attacked prompting the commission to suspend voting indefinitely.

“This violence is most unwarranted, and deeply disturbing,” Fayemi said, according to a statement signed by his spokesman, Yinka Oyebode.

READ ALSO: [Ekiti Election] Two Killed As INEC Suspends Voting Indefinitely

“I have instructed the police authorities to fish out the perpetrators and ensure they face the music.

“Our condolences to the families that lost loved ones and those who were injured.

“Government would not relent in efforts to always ensure safety of lives and properties.

“We shall ensure all purveyors of violence are brought to book.”

Meanwhile, the Ekiti State Police Command said the violence had been perpertrated by suspected thugs in Unit 7 ward 7 in Omuo-Ekiti “while eligible voters” were performing their constitutional duty.

“The Command, while sympathising with the families of those who lost their lives, wishes all the victims currently receiving treatment in the hospital a quick recovery, including a woman Police and a member of Nigeria Youths Service Corp(NYSC),” a police statement, signed by spokesman Sunday Abutu, said.

More Information Needed To Justify Port Harcourt Refinery Rehabilitation, Says Fayemi

Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi speaks during an interview on Channels TV’s Hard Copy in Abuja on March 19, 2021.

 

Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has said that more information is needed to justify the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery.

The Federal Executive Council had on March 17 approved $1.5 billion for the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery which is said to commence immediately.

Timpre Sylva, the Minister of State for Petroleum had told journalists in Abuja that the first phase will be completed in 18 months which takes the refinery to a production of 90 per cent of its capacity, the second phase will be completed in 24months, while the final phase will be completed in 44months.

But Fayemi who spoke on Friday during an interview on Channels Television’s Hard Copy, faulted the planned project, noting that a private refinery built by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote is underway.

READ ALSO: FEC Approves $1.5bn For Rehabilitation Of Port Harcourt Refinery

“I wouldn’t have taken that decision given the fact that we know that a big refinery, private-sector driven is coming on stream but I don’t have the information that led to that decision at first,” he stated.

“When you are outside a decision-making frame, there is some information that may not be available to you if you look at it at the pure face value. It may not be justifiable but we don’t have all the information responsible for that decision.”

The contractor approved by the Federal Government to repair tha ailing refinery is an Italian E and EPC company who won the bid to handle the rehabilitation project.

Channels Television gathered that the maintenance which is a recurring challenge for the nation’s refineries was elaborately discussed in the Federal Executive Council two days ago as the Federal Government intends employing a professional to manage the refinery after the rehabilitation.

#EndSARS: Ekiti Govt Begins Compensation Of Victims

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

The Ekiti State Government on Monday began compensation of victims of police brutality and abuses of human rights as an aftermath of the #EndSARS protests.

Though the panel has not ended its sitting, the state government said it must register its deep concerns and willingness to compensate victims without delay.

Governor Kayode Fayemi who presented the cheques of over seven million naira in total at his office in Ado Ekiti, said his administration remains committed to ensuring justice is ensured and enhanced in good time.

“Given the seriousness of the situation our administration decided not to wait until the end of the six months tenure of the panel before we begin to implement some of its recommendations,” Governor Fayemi explained.

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The Governor also apologised to the victims for the pains and losses recorded.

He said beyond the compensations, institutions must be strengthened for rights to be enhanced and protected.

“We have identified three major intervention areas in this regard. These are law reform, policy change, and institutional strengthening. My administration recognizes that enforcing the right of victims requires efficient institutions without which our laws and policies may not be sustained,” Fayemi noted.

The Chairman of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and Other Matters, Justice Christopher Akintayo, explained that some of the compensations go beyond monetary offers as some victims are recommended for employment based on their peculiar cases.

Akintayo stated that police officers were also on the compensation list as some fell victims of the #EndSARS protests.

24 petitioners were compensated in this first batch to the tune of seven million naira and more will come by the time the panel concludes its sittings.

Some of those compensated are relatives of departed victims, some who suffered physical injuries, police officers and journalists among others.

Fayemi, Other Governors Visit Bello Over Kagara Abduction, NSTA Passengers

 

Six Governors of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum have arrived Niger State to meet with Governor Abubakar Bello.

Chairman of the Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi is among those visiting the state.

Other members of the forum that have arrived are Governors Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq (Kwara), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto).

The reason for the visit is still sketchy, but it is not unconnected with the security challenges in Niger State, particularly the abduction of 41 persons from Government Science Secondary School Kagara and the release on Sunday of 53 passengers abducted from the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) bus.

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Governor Fayemi explained that their mission to Niger State was to commiserate with Governor Abubakar Bello over the abduction of the Kagara students and to commend him for the release of the 53 passengers.

Noting that the governors were not in the state to lament over the current national security, he said there is a need to come together as a people and leaders.

Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi leads other governors to Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello on February 23, 2021 over the security situation.

 

He also called for synergy among security agencies to find lasting solutions to the problem, stressing that if it requires dialogue and negotiations, it can be explored.

The NGF Chairman insisted there is no regionalization of the security issues or ethnic inclination, explaining that Nigeria can no longer play the ostrich and pretend about the issues.

He reassured his Niger counterpart that this difficult period will be over, saying all the governors in the country must put their heads together to solve the problem, which according to him cannot be fought in isolation.

According to him, the bandits terrorising the north are remnants of Boko Haram who have infiltrated into other parts of the country.

While attributing the security challenges in the country to factors such as poverty, illiteracy among others, Fayemi called for an adequate solution to the crisis in the North East.

On his part, Governor Bello lamented the break down in law and order in the country, stating that it portends a great threat to the future of the country as the future generation may be deprived of quality education due to insecurity

The governor also criticised the centralisation of security agencies at the federal level, which according to him needed to be addressed going forward.

He expressed hope that the lamentations of the residents of Niger and indeed other states will be attended to immediately.

The Niger leader noted that there are two phases of dialogue his administration is currently exploring.

First, he said, is to secure the release of the students of Government Science College Kagara abductees, while the second phase is to dialogue with the gunmen on their challenges and reasons for the attacks.

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Nigeria To Procure 140m Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines In Two Years – Fayemi

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

 

Nigeria is expected to procure a total of 140 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the next two years.

The Governor of Ekiti State and the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi disclosed this on Tuesday while delivering an address at the Chatham House Event, London, titled: “The role of Nigeria’s State Governments in recovery: responses to COVID-19 linked challenges”.

“We are working with the Federal Government to ensure we have vaccines available in the country. Just last week, the NGF invited experts to brief governors on vaccine procurement and administration. We had a National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, where the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) shared the plans around vaccines procurement,” the governor said.

“We expect about 80m doses of vaccines would be available in 2021 to cover 40% of the population, while another 60 million doses is being planned for 2022,” he added.

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This comes days after the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said Nigeria had secured an additional 41 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

However, the date of the vaccine’s delivery into the country remains unknown as vaccine manufacturers struggle to meet global demand.

“We do not have an exact date,” Dr Ehanire said during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today last Thursday. “The date it comes out depends on when the manufacturers are able to deliver, and that is not something that any country can enforce at this time.”

The government had said Nigeria was expected to take delivery of approximately 100,000 doses of Pfizer/Biontech vaccines by the end of January.

‘Alarmed’ Governors To Meet Over COVID-19 Second Wave As Schools Re-Open

A file photo of members of the NGF at a meeting in Abuja in January 2020.

 

The Nigerian Governors Forum on Monday said it will meet on Wednesday to chart a way out of the second wave of the pandemic as schools reopen across the country.

In a statement signed by its spokesman Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the Governors forum said it was alarmed by the intensity of the second wave of the global pandemic and the country’s “tardy commencement of inoculation”.

Nigeria’s number of new cases has skyrocketed in recent weeks, seeing the nation cross the 100,000-mark for total infections.

READ ALSO: We Do Not Need A National Lockdown Now – Prof Ihonvbere

On Sunday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reported 1,444 new cases and 15 deaths.

The NGF meeting will be the first for the Governors in 2021 and will be conducted virtually.

Other matters to be discussed at the meeting include revenue sharing and the water resources bill.

 

READ THE NGF FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

Press Release Monday 18/01/21

Alarmed by the intensity of the second wave of the Covid19 pandemic, and Nigeria’s tardy commencement of inoculation that is sweeping through countries globally, the 36 governors of the federation may finally come up with a definitive pronouncement, as they will be meeting on Wednesday January 20 to find the way forward for the country.

The meeting which will be the first this year, 2021, by the governors, will as usual, be virtual, in conformity with the Covid19 protocols. It is the 23rd of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum teleconferences. The meeting commences at 2pm prompt but Governors are expected to start logging on from 1pm.

The Governors’ PTF Committee, headed by Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, which is charged with the responsibility of liaising between the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid19 and the Governors’ Forum, will brief the Forum on what it needs to know on the vaccines and the way forward.

Governor Okowa is also expected to give a panoramic view of the second wave of the pandemic.

The Chairman of the Forum, and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr John Kayode Fayemi will brief the Forum on his meeting with the President as well as update the Forum on all pending matters that have remained inconclusive, flowing from the previous year’s meetings.

According to the invitation to governors issued by the Director General of the NGF Mr Asishana B Okauru, these matters include ALGON and FAAC deductions, external debts reconciliation (2002-2018), Stamp Duty collections in respect of the governors’ letter to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), and another response to the Ministry of Water Resources regarding the lingering Water Resources Bill among others. All disbursements of funds to states on the three tranches of PAYE will also be tabled.

Governors will also be updated on the States’ Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability program for results (SFTAS) for the preceding year, 2020.

As is customary, if time permits, there will be three presentations; The Water Resources minister will brief Governors on its World Bank Support; a feedback from the Federal Government on the Medium and Long Term National Development Agenda; and enhancing IGR through a harmonized Traffic Management System by Dimensions Information Technology, LLC, a non-governmental actor which is seeking the nod of state governors.

Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo

Head, Media and Public Affairs

Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat
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Governors Will Take COVID-19 Vaccine On Television – Fayemi

Governor Fayemi meets with Buhari at the State House in Abuja on January 8.

 

The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi, has announced that governors will take the COVID-19 vaccine on live television to demonstrate to their residents that the vaccine works.

Governor Fayemi made this known on Friday to State House correspondents after a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari where security, the economy and vaccine management were discussed.

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He also noted that the president has agreed to convey to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the need to use influencers such as religious leaders, entertainers, and athletes to engender the confidence of citizens at the state and local level.

This, according to the governor will help to address the cultural and religious concerns around taking the vaccine.