Ekiti Government And Herdsmen Sign Peace Agreement

Ekiti Government And Herdsmen Sign Peace AgreementThe Ekiti state government has signed a peace agreement with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria on the anti-grazing law.

The State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose said there is no going back on the law as he insisted that government’s responsibility is to ensure the safety of the lives and property of Ekiti citizens.

The south-west chairman of the association, Alhaji Kabir Mohammed promised that the herdsmen will do everything to ensure peace prevails in the state.

The operations of the Grazing Enforcement Marshall, established to enforce the Ekiti State Government’s Anti-Grazing Act was suspended on Tuesday after issues were raised by the herders’ association, claiming that some of the animals were killed by the officials.

Governor Ayodele Fayose said they would stay suspended for few days to enable the state address issues raised.

“They have demanded that I should allow them three days for them to move some of these cattle to permanent areas where they will be grazing. So, I have suspended the activities of the marshals for the next five days,” he saidd.

Governor Fayose expressed happiness that the leaders of the of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder’s Association, decided to contact the state government instead of listening to rumours being peddled around by the opposition.

He, however, debunked the claims that cattle were killed by the marshals.

“The marshals are not armed. There is total misinformation about killing of cows, shooting of cows. It is pure political and misinformation,” he said.

The Ekiti State Government’s Anti-Grazing Act prohibits herders from indiscriminate movement within the State with their animals at specified time.

Ekiti Election Saga: Indicted Army General Retired

Ekiti electionThe last is yet to be heard about the 2015 governorship election in Ekiti State, as one of the indicted officers, Brigadier General Aliyu Momoh has been retired.

Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Umar, confirmed to Channels Television on Monday that the Army officer was retired in line with the recommendation of the Army panel set up to look into allegation of professional misconduct against him in connection with the conduct of June 14, 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State and the 2015 general elections.

A board of inquiry led by General Officer Commanding One Division of the Nigerian Army, led by Major General Adeniyi Oyebade indicted the senior officer and others recommending various degrees of sanctions for them.

Controversies have trailed the role of the military in the alleged rigging of the election since the emergence an audio said to have been recorded by a military officer who was at a meeting where election rigging plans were discussed.

The Nigerian Army then set up the Board of Inquiry (BOI) to investigate the alleged malpractices and involvement of its personnel in the Ekiti and Osun States’ governorship elections.

The Spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said at the time that the Board of Inquiry would investigate the “alleged unprofessional and unethical conduct” of some of its men who had been mentioned in the controversy.

Perceived Militarisation Of Process

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had in November 2015 also told the Nigerian Army Panel that soldiers indeed connived with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the election.

At the One Mechanized Division Headquarters of the Nigerian Army in Kaduna State, North West Nigeria, venue of the panel, the APC alleged that military officials were involved in misconduct during governorship elections.

The APC also alleged that there were perceived militarisation of the electoral process, as that was aptly demonstrated by the restriction of movement, arrest and harassment of many of its members by soldiers on the election day.

The party also claimed that some APC governors were barred from entering the state for the final rally of the party on June 19, 2014.

The APC Chairman, Mr Olajide Awe, who testified on behalf of his party, narrated to the panel how soldiers, acting on the orders of the Brigade Commander, General Momoh, seized money meant for logistics from APC leaders on the eve of the election.

The party urged the military authorities to properly investigate the allegations, with a view to sanctioning its personnel and advising them on how to be civil when monitoring future elections.

It also asked the Federal Government to punish perpetrators of such illegality.

Aluko’s Account

In January 2016, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Dr. Tope Aluko, also came on Channels Television’s Politics Today tendering evidences on how he claimed the election was rigged in favour of Governor Ayodele Fayose with the help of INEC officials and the military.

He referred to the audio which was leaked on the internet, saying it was genuine and not doctored.

“For the military to indict its members because of the election of a state you will know that what I am saying is not a lie,” Mr Aluko said, adding that some monies in hard currency were giving as the funding for the Ekiti governorship election.

Ekiti Election Probe: APC Alleges Army Connived With PDP To Rig

Ekiti-Election-DayThe ruling All Progressives Congress has appeared before the Nigerian Army Panel Investigating the Ekiti governorship election, alleging that soldiers connived with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the election.

At the One Mechanized Division Headquarters of the Nigerian Army in Kaduna State, North West Nigeria, venue of the panel, the Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman, Mr Olajide Awe, testified on behalf of his party.

He alleged that military officials were involved in misconduct during governorship elections that was held more than a year ago.

Perceived Militarisation Of Process 

The APC also alleged that there were perceived militarisation of the electoral process, as that was aptly demonstrated by the restriction of movement, arrest and harassment of many of its members by soldiers on the election day.

The party also claimed that some APC governors were barred from entering the state for the final rally of the party on June 19, 2014.

The party urged the military authorities to properly investigate the allegations, with a view to sanctioning its personnel and advising them on how to be civil when monitoring future elections.

It also asked the Federal Government to punish perpetrators of such illegality.

The witnesses were 15 in number; 14 from the APC and one from the PDP, as they gave their individual accounts of what transpired before, during and after the Ekiti State governorship election.

When the first witness came to the dock, the Secretary of the Panel, Colonel Danladi Salihu, administered the oath before the commencement of the probe.

The President of the panel and General Officer Commanding One Mechanised Division, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, set the ball rolling by intimating the visitors the purpose of the sitting.

He told them that the panel was for fact finding and aimed at investigating the allegations of misconduct levelled against some army personnel during the election.

Major General Oyebade also assured them that the army authorities would not harass anyone of them during the course of their testimony and interrogation, hence the need for them to feel free to make their presentations.

With the remark from the President of the panel, the Ekiti APC Chairman was the first to testify.

‘Not Free And Fair’

Although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on 22 June, 2014, declared Mr Ayo Fayose of the PDP the winner of the Ekiti governorship election held on 21 June, 2014, he said the election was far from being free and fair.

The APC chairman claimed the events before, during and after the election indicated that it was not free and fair, alleging that the election was rigged in a manner the country had never witnessed before.

He also stated that many APC leaders from different local governments and communities were allegedly arrested late at night before the election and were released without any charges brought against them after the announcement of the results of the governorship election.

He equally narrated to the panel how soldiers, acting on the orders of the Brigade Commander, General Momoh, seized money meant for logistics from APC leaders on the eve of the election.

After making his submissions, members of the panel did not allow the APC chairman to go without asking him questions.

They asked him if he had photographs or video clips to substantiate his claims.

They also asked him why the APC accepted the result of the election even with such heavy allegations.

In response, the Chairman explained that the decision to accept the result was taken in order to avoid breakdown of law and order as directed by the then Governor, Kayode Fayemi, who was also the party’s governorship candidate in the election.

The second person to appear before the panel was the Ekiti state PDP Secretary, Dr Tope Aluko, who refused to make his submission in the presence of journalists.

Instead, he insisted that he would make his presentation behind closed door for the safety of his life, a request that was granted to him by the President.

The Nigerian Army authorities had on November 9, 2015 inaugurated a five-man panel of inquiry to investigate and make appropriate recommendations on alleged partisanship of some soldiers and officers during the 2014/ 2015 general elections across Nigeria.

With few days to the end of its sitting, it is expected that more of those who were aggrieved with the roles played by the military would appear before the panel which would end its sitting on November 20.

According to the President of the panel, all findings and recommendations would be forwarded to the Chief of Army Staff where actions would be taken in line with military tradition.

EFCC re-arraigns Ayo Fayose for embezzling N1.2 billion

The former governor of Ekiti state, Mr Ayo Fayose, has been re-arraigned at Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, by the Economic and Financial crimes commission (EFCC) for allegedly misappropriating N1.2 billion, while he was in office.

The former governor who has been standing trail over the misappropriation was arraigned for 27 count charges before Justice Adamu Hobon.

The presiding judge adjourned the case to January 24th 2013

During the court proceedings, journalists were prevented from entering d court by police officers until d intervention of State Police Public Relation Officer.