Fayemi Elected As Chairman Of Nigeria Governors Forum

 

The Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has been elected as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum.

Fayemi was chosen by a consensus after he was nominated by Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, with Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa seconding his nomination.

The Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal will act as Fayemi’s deputy in the governor’s forum.

The announcement was made on Tuesday night by the Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari who is also the outgoing chairman of the NGF.

While thanking the governors for the trust vested on him, Fayemi promised to work for the overall interest of Nigerians.

 

PDP Slams Fayemi, Says Ekiti Workers’ Sack Is Wickedness

PDP Slams Fayemi, Says Ekiti Workers' Sack Is Wickedness

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has described the sack of ‘over 2,000 workers’ by the Kayode Fayemi led administration as an “act of wickedness against humanity”.

In a statement on Thursday by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Jackson Adebayo, the party said the All Progressives Congress (APC) government has proven to be an error in Ekiti.

It described Ekiti as a state where civil service job has remained the mainstay of a majority of homes and families.

It alleged that the sack of the workers was not only an ‘anti-people policy’ but an ‘attrition politics of an irresponsible government’.

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According to the PDP, the Fayemi led government has come to actualise the character of its party as being demonstrated by the sack of the workers.

It further accused the government of destroying the life of a generation who had hoped that by their employment, their lives and communities would benefit some level of progress.

The opposition party claimed that the APC has come to the state to play politics with human lives, not minding the result of its actions.

The statement read, “We want people to ask the government whether those they sacked didn’t purchase their application forms and got interviewed before their employment, or what other processes they didn’t pass through except the one the APC government in the state deliberately denied them.

“It’s on record that in the first regime of this same Governor Kayode Fayemi, plans were hatched to sack teachers and some workers which were vehemently resisted before he was booted out by vote in 2014.

“The sack of workers now is just the beginning of the actualisation of his first term agenda, hence all Ekiti people should understand that the Armageddon government has arrived.”

Fayemi Nullifies Employments Made By Fayose Since July 2018

Fayemi Nullifies Employments Made By Fayose Since July 2018

 

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has nullified all employments made by the administration of former Governor Ayodele Fayose from July 2018.

The commissioner for Information, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua, announced this at a press conference held on Wednesday in Ado, the Ekiti State capital.

According to him, the state government condemned the ‘last minute’ employments made by the past administration.

Olumilua that the employments lacked due process and were hurriedly done after Fayemi won the governorship election in the state last year.

“All appointments made after the governorship election of July 2018, an exercise found to have violated due process, are hereby cancelled and declared null and void,” he said.

The government also placed conditions on other employments dated before the election, saying they would be subject to review and availability of vacancy.

“All 272 officers employed by the former Governor Fayose led administration who are still on manual payroll shall be considered for absorption into the civil service, but on a case-by-case basis and absorption will be conditional subject to availability of vacancies,” the commissioner revealed.

He added that those employed during Fayemi’s first tenure, whose appointments were terminated by the Fayose administration, would also be subjected to same conditional consideration.

Olumilua explained that this was in line with an earlier warning by Governor Fayemi before his swearing-in that appointments made after the governorship election would be discarded.

Fayemi Blames Crime Rate On Impunity, Poverty, Idleness

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has identified impunity, poverty, and idleness among Nigerian youths as some of the factors responsible for the increased crime rate in Nigeria.

The governor in an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme said to eliminate crime in our society, the focus should not only be on crime but most importantly the causes of crime.

“We have to deal with it at the local level. Attorney Generals at the state level must find a way to bring together the commissioner of police; the prison controller and the civil society to ensure that access to justice is accelerated.

“This is the number one problem. If you commit a crime and you are not punished, there is no incentive for you not to continue to commit crime. So, we need to tackle that comprehensively.

“We need to not only be tough on crime, we need to be tough on the causes of crime,” he said.

The governor explained further that impunity breeds crime because it creates the impression of a lawless society.

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He said “crimes are not ethnic or religious,” adding that “there are provisions in the law of the land to deal with crime,” and therefore criminals must be brought to book and not allowed to go scot-free.

“The challenge that I have seen is not so much that these issues are proliferated, it is the extent to which we have been able to address criminality.

“When you resort to all manners of subterfuge to ensure that those who have committed crime are not brought to book, then you are sending a signal to the generality of people who have the tendency to do it, that they can do it and nothing will happen.”

The governor highlighted the second factor responsible for increased crime rate as demographic challenge.

“We have a lot of young able-bodied Nigerians that are idle and don’t see delayed gratification as the solution to whatever is happening to them.

“They want immediate, quick benefits and they see an example of people who have ‘made it’. This also creates the perception that it is ok to make it, either legal or illegal.”

“That is that poverty is violence. I believe that is why this government has tired as much as possible to address poverty from the bottom up,” he said.

According to him, the government is working to ensure that the most vulnerable of our population receive the greatest benefits of government.

Fayemi Calls For More Love, Sacrifice As Christians Celebrate Easter

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Kayode Fayemi, has called on Nigerians to show more love as Christians celebrate Easter.

The governor while felicitating with the people of the state, urged them to be tolerant and co-exist peacefully.

“Let us show more love and let us sacrifice,” a statement from his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, quoted the governor as saying.

He urged Christians to use the season as a period to reflect on their individual and collective roles, and noted that imbibing good values are necessary for development.

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According to him, the Easter period offers Christians and the entire people of Ekiti State another opportunity for sober reflection, while celebrating with one another, the joy of the season.

He also advised the people to celebrate with moderation, noting that the period is not for eating and drinking alone but to reflect on the past and hope for a better future for themselves and the state.

“The greatest legacy of Jesus Christ is love, peace and sacrifice and the best way we can carry on that legacy is to play our part by living in love, peace and harmony with one another.”

“Our society requires more expression of love and peaceful lifestyle in order to improve the quality of life of the people,” he stated.

He also asked the people to contribute to the development of the state, while wishing them a happy celebration.

Ekiti APC Primaries: I have No Axe To Grind – Fayemi

The Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has said he has no axe to grind with one of his predecessors, Mr Segun Oni for challenging his victory at the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary held last year.

Oni had challenged the eligibility of Fayemi to contest for the governorship election at the Court.

But the Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed that Fayemi was validly nominated by his party for the governorship poll.

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Fayemi in a reaction to the judgment said that undue litigations and frivolities should be done within the state and matters of progress should be accorded serious attention.

Both politicians have been involved in a series of litigations around governorship elections in Ekiti state over the past decade.

Court Upholds Fayemi’s Election, Dismisses PDP’s Appeal

 

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed the election of Mr Kayode Fayemi as Governor of Ekiti State.

A three-man panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal, led by Justice Stephen Adah, in a judgment delivered this evening dismissed the appeal filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olusola Eleka and the PDP for lacking in merit.

The tribunal in the judgment resolved all 7 issues raised by the appellants in favour of the respondents.

Respondents in the Appeal are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Fayemi.

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In dismissing the appeal Justice Adah described it as “unmeritorious”, and thereafter affirmed the July 28, 2019 judgment of the Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which had upheld Fayemi’s victory at the poll.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Fayemi and his party, the All Progressives Congress polled a total of 197,459 votes to defeated Eleka and the PDP who placed second with 178,121 votes in the July 14, 2018 election.

Dissatisfied with the announcement Mr. Emeka and his party approached the Ekiti state election tribunal which dismissed the petition.

Fayemi, Fayose Embrace After Years Of Disagreements

 

After years of trading accusations Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti and the immediate past governor, Ayodele Fayose put their differences aside on Wednesday.

Both politicians were seen happily embracing each other at the Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership which took place at Habour Point, Victoria Island Lagos.

They embraced after Fayemi delivered a speech in honour of the celebrant of the day and awardee, Chief Afe Babalola, who is the third recipient after nobel laureate professor Wole Soyinka and former president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki.

“There must be something about Ekiti that fully prepared Chief Babalola for this award. We are known as the fountain of knowledge in Ekiti,” he said while recognising the presence of the previous governor, Fayose.

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Prior to the event, both men have had bitter exchanges over who performed better as governor and who deserved to rule the state.

In an interview with Channels Television following his victory on July 15, 2018, Fayemi said he had unfinished business in the state which is why the people returned him to power.

According to him, “The clock of progress and development in Ekiti stopped in October 2014 (after his first term)”.

“(My) coming back is to restart the clock and get it back to the developmental trajectory. What we have witnessed in Ekiti in the last four years is arrested development,” he added.

Fayose, on the other hand, insisted that his party was cheated in the election.

He also claimed that the peoples mandate had been stolen, hence, “there was no jubilation in the state” after Fayemi was declared the winner.

Speaking further, he described the victory of the APC as pyrrhic, insisting that his party would not be silenced but would work tirelessly until they get the justice they deserved.

“We will reclaim the stolen mandate in the court by the power of God,” Fayose vowed. “As for me, I am Peter Ayodele Fayose, I hold with my head high.”

“I can never be suppressed. I don’t lose battles and I will not lose this. By the power of God, I will laugh last,” he said.

VIDEO: Fayemi Meets With Alao-Akala Over Oyo Elections

 

The alliance among political parties has continued to generate controversies in Oyo State, ahead of the governorship and state house of assembly elections scheduled for March 9.

This is accompanied by meetings of leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the south-west region with major members of the opposition parties.

The purpose is to mend fences and build a way forward to ensure the success of their candidates in the coming polls.

One of such meetings was that of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, and ADP governorship candidate and one-time governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala.

Both men briefed reporters on their stance and the support for the APC governorship candidate in Oyo, Mr Bayo Adelabu.

Although President Muhammadu Buhari the presidential election, the ruling party got fewer votes in the state compared to that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The party, in a bid to address the situation, has returned to the drawing board and already mending relationships with some of its estranged leaders.

Meanwhile, there have been claims and counter-claims from party faithful from both APC and the Action Democratic Party (ADP) over a reported alliance between the two parties.

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Fayemi Commends Conduct Of Polls In Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, casts his vote at about 11:25am in unit 9, ward 11, in his hometown in Isan Ekiti, Oye Ekiti Local Government Area of the state.

 

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has joined other residents of the states to cast his vote.

Governor Fayemi voted at about 11:25 am in unit 9, ward 11, in his hometown in Isan Ekiti, Oye Ekiti Local Government Area of the state.

The governor who spoke to journalists hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the conduct of the polls.

“Everything has been relatively smooth in my voting area, the card reader worked perfectly. So far things are okay. The officials were disciplined and voters orderly in their conduct,” he said.

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Although polls opened as scheduled, card readers however recorded failure in some areas which triggered anxiety among the people.

However, the INEC technical assistance team responded quickly to the situation in some of the affected areas including Unit 05, Ward B, Iyin Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area.

“I heard reports of card readers not working properly in a number of points across the state but I believe INEC was correcting that.

“We are not at the end of the process yet and it’ll be too hasty to give 100 percent pass mark to INEC,” the governor stated.

 

 

Ekiti Election Tribunal: APC Lauds Fayemi’s Victory As PDP Faults Judgement

Ekiti Election Tribunal: APC Lauds Fayemi's Victory As PDP Faults Judgement

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have reacted to the judgement of the Ekiti State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.

The reactions came hours after the Tribunal dismissed the petition of the opposition party and its candidate in the election for lacking in merit.

Deputy Chairman of the APC in Ekiti, Mr Sola Elesin, described as sound and exciting, the judgement which upheld the victory of Dr Kayode Fayemi.

He added that the petition filed by against the party’s victory by the PDP was baseless.

“It was a sound judgement delivered by learned juries and we are glad that we got justice at the end of the day,” Elesin said.

“We knew we won the election free and fair and we realise that these people are making frivolous claims.”

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He noted further the victory was “the beginning of good things to come”, saying the state was sure of better days ahead.

The party’s deputy chairman also assured the people of the state that Governor Fayemi would do his best to make Ekiti better than he met it.

On his part, the PDP Publicity Secretary in Ekiti, Mr Jackson Adebayo” faulted the judgement of the Tribunal.

He also revealed that the party would challenge the ruling of the Tribunal at the Court of Appeal.

“In Election Petition Tribunal, we have a very long space to go and we have about three stages. That is the first Tribunal,” said the PDP chieftain who noted that they still have the options of the Appellate Tribunal and the Supreme Court.

“Whatever (judgement) that is delivered at the lower Tribunal to an average politician is nothing to be joyous or sad about because it could easily be upturned at the other levels of the Tribunal.”

He explained that the PDP would challenge the verdict of the Tribunal at the higher level because “there were errors” in its judgement.

Dr Fayemi of the APC polled 197,459 votes to defeat his PDP rival and former deputy governor, Professor Kolapo Olusola, who got 178,121 votes in the keenly contested election on July 14, 2018, in Ekiti.

At its inaugural sitting in September 2018, the Tribunal had relocated to Abuja after all parties involved in the suit demanded a change of venue for security reasons.

But the Tribunal, at its resumed sitting today, upheld and affirmed the election of Dr Fayemi as the duly elected governor of the state.

Fayemi Signs N129.9bn Budget Into Law

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has signed N129.9 billion budget into law.

The budget tagged “Budget of Restoration” will be analysed by the Commissioner of Finance on Friday.

In the budget, N57.2 billion is earmarked for capital expenditure and N72.7 billion naira for recurrent.

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Agriculture and rural development gulp N8.4 billion, knowledge economy – N33.3 billion, social investment – N15.7 billion, infrastructure and industrial development – N40.1 billion, and governance – N32.2 billion.

The governor said that the budget would help to actualise the cardinal objectives of his administration listed above.

The governor put the debt profile of the state as at October 16, 2018, when he resumed office at N155.7 billion naira  where he frowned at borrowing to finance white elephant projects.