Akeredolu Signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill Into Law

File photo of Ondo State Governor

 

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has signed the anti-grazing bill into law.

The governor signed the bill on Tuesday after it was earlier passed by the State House of Assembly.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo.

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According to the governor, the signage of the bill is in line with the resolution of the Southern Governors’ Forum at its last meeting in Lagos where September 1 was set as the deadline for Governors in Southern Nigeria to sign the Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law.

“This is worthwhile, and a very laudable development aimed at stemming needless instances of skirmishes, conflicts as well as infractions on the enviably peaceful disposition of the good people of Ondo State.

“It is very pertinent to aver and indeed, reiterate that the Law shall rather, engender a more cordial, mutually benefiting relationship amongst residents of the State irrespective of ethnicity, religion or creed. For emphasis, no particular group of persons is the target,” the statement read in part.

The state government, therefore, vowed to “pursue with vigour, through lawful means, to ensure strict compliance,” to the law.

Details of the new law will be made available to the public for proper information, more depth of understanding on contents as well as other relevant areas.

Plateau Attack: Akeredolu Calls For Calm

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

 

Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has appealed to residents of the state not to take laws into their hands over an attack on indigenes of the state in Rukuba village of Plateau State.

The Governor, in a statement signed by his spokesperson, assured them the situation is under control.

He also appealed to the people to refrain from any hasty colouration of the incident, maintaining that Ondo State indigenes living in Plateau State are not targets of any religion or ethnic crisis.

Some 25 persons had been confirmed killed and 14 injured along Rukuba road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State on Saturday morning.

The victims were attacked while travelling from Bauchi en-route Jos to Ikare in Ondo State.

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has reacted to the incident in a statement signed by spokesperson Simon Makut.

The Governor condemned the attack and warned troublemakers bent on fomenting trouble in the state to desist as the government will not allow any form of lawlessness to disrupt the peace of the state.

The Governor said that attacks on innocent citizens, no matter their background, will never be tolerated in the state and those who are found to be behind such attacks will be dealt with decisively to serve as a deterrent and restore public order.

The statement added that the Governor has also directed security agencies to swiftly identify and arrest perpetrators.

The spokesperson of Operation Safe Haven, a military task force set up to maintain peace in Plateau State, Major Ishaku Takwa, said 12 persons have been arrested in connection with the incident, while normalcy has been restored in the area.

ANTP Crisis: Baba Wande Sues For Peace Among Stakeholders

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Veteran Yoruba movie actor, Mr Kareem Adepoju, has called for peace among members of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP), after a court judgement on the crisis rocking the national body of the association.

Adepoju, who is popularly known as Baba Wande, said the judgement of the High Court sitting in Ejigbo, Osun State on March 28, 2017 that Mr Victor Asaolu should remain in office as the President of ANTP till February 2018, was not a solution to the crisis bedevilling the association.

He called on all stakeholders including the governors and royal fathers in Nigeria’s South-West region to intervene in the matter and save the ANTP, lauding the efforts of the Olowu of Owu kingdom, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, in resolving the crisis.

Speaking during an interview with Channels Television at his residence in Osogbo, Baba Wande appealed to all Yoruba film actors and actresses to come together and speak in one voice to develop the industry.

“Some of us feel that the tenure of the President of ANTP, Mr Victor Ashaolu has expired, but the man insisted that he has not finished his tenure and he took the matter to court instead of leaving the office.

“The man has been in the office as the ANTP President since 2010, whereas he was supposed to spend four years. The matter was brought to a court in Osun here and after several years of litigation, the court eventually ruled that Ashaolu’s tenure will end in February next year.

“As law abiding citizens of this country, we must respect the court and obey the judgement, unless anyone is interested in appealing the judgement in the higher court and that cannot be a solution to the problem we are battling with.

“I want to appeal to all Yoruba film-makers, actors and actresses to unite and speak in one voice in the best interest of all of us. This current crisis in the ANTP will not benefit anyone of us and the society.

“I also want to call on all stakeholders, especially the Governors of Osun, Mr Rauf Aregbesola; Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Lagos State, Mr Akinwumi Ambode; Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose and Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu to intervene in the ANTP leadership crisis.

“I’m also appealing to our traditional rulers in Yoruba land, especially the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, and the Awujale of Ijebu Land, Oba Sikiru Adetona, to wade in and help us settle the dispute so that we can be together.

“We are grateful to the Olowu of Owu kingdom, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, who has been making frantic efforts to resolve the crisis. We appreciate his efforts so far and we also want him to intensify efforts so that the crisis would be resolved while we unite to make our association great again,” the Yoruba actor said.

Recalled that leading members of the ANTP pulled out from the association and form a parallel association christened Theatre Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN).

Mr Adebayo Salami, also known as ‘Oga Bello’, Prince Jide Kosoko and Mr Dele Odule, who had a running battle with Mr Ashaolu over the leadership tussle in ANTP, formed TAMPAN in Lagos State.

Acting President Osinbajo Reschedules Trip To Ondo State

Yemi Osinbajo, OndoNigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has rescheduled his visit to Ondo State which was earlier slated for Friday.

A statement issued by the spokesman for the Acting President, Mr Laolu Akande, said the trip was in continuation of Professor Osinbajo’s tour of the oil-producing communities, which earlier took him to Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Imo States.

“Professor Osinbajo was already air-borne this morning when weather reports indicated dusty haze and very poor visibility at the Akure Airport and other alternative airports nearby.

“The presidential jet therefore had to return to Abuja, following which the weather condition was closely monitored until about 2:30PM when it became abundantly clear that the situation would not change on time for the Acting President to achieve the purpose of the visit.

“The visit has therefore been rescheduled for Monday, February 20, 2017,” the statement said.

The Presidency extended apologies to the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, the Governor-elect, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, traditional rulers and the people of the state who have been awaiting Professor Osinbajo’s visit.

Ondo: Akeredolu Inaugurates Committees For Proper Administration

Committees, Ondo, Rotimi AkeredoluOndo State Governor-elect, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has inaugurated a 158-member Strategic Development and Policy Implementation Committee (SDPIC) to develop a blueprint that would guide his administration’s activities.

Mr Akeredolu also set up a transition, as well as inauguration ceremonies committees ahead of the taking over of the administration of the state on February 24, 2017.

Inaugurating the committees in Akure, the incoming governor explained that the major responsibility of the SDPIC was to develop a detailed sectoral policy and programme document which would be called ‘A Blueprint to Progress in Ondo State (2017 – 2021)’.

He was optimistic that members of the committees were men and women that have distinguished themselves as the very best in their fields of endeavours.

The Governor-elect noted that the vision and mission of his administration was to lead a patriotic, highly inspired and competent team to rescue the ship of the state.

He added that by God’s grace, he intended to help rebuild the state’s economy, resuscitate damaged infrastructure, as well as restore hope and return Ondo State to a free and prosperous land.

Mr Akeredolu also revealed that he has invited some of the very best hands within the state and beyond to help develop the state.

He said the SDPIC is expected to submit its report by February 14, 2017 while the transition and inauguration ceremonies committees would submit theirs as and when due.

The SDPIC is chaired by a former Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Funso Kupolokun.

Mr Kupolokun assured the incoming governor that that the committee would deliver a solid blueprint for the government.

He stressed that the state needed a new thinking to generate revenue in a substantial manner on its own and ensure sustainable development, while it does not depend on the monthly allocation from the Federal Government.

OndoDecides: Akeredolu, Jegede Give Views On Election Process

eyitayo-jegede-and-rotimi-akeredoluThe candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, in the ongoing governorship election in Ondo State, have cast their votes, but have different views about the process.

Mr Akeredolu believes that apart from some minor hitches, the election has gone well so far.

He, however accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of working together with soldiers in a  town to rig the election in favour of the PDP.

“We have heard reports about one or two places in which I believe something has to be done urgently. That is, few to do with INEC where card readers are not working.

“I think they should deploy people there. I know that they have technical people for each local government and ward. They should be up and doing.

“In Oduaye, our Minister of State has to put a call across to me that in his own unit the card reader did not work.

“When you get to Idanre, I have heard complaints that the soldiers are not doing well in Idanre and that they are cooperating with the PDP, wanting to rig the election.

“We have put a call across to them and had called on the commanding officer to take steps,” he said.


On his part, the candidate of the PDP said that many card readers malfunctioned in his constituency.

Mr Jegede urged voters to insist that they must vote.

“In my own polling unit, very peaceful, but I understand from reports that I have received that in Akure South Local Government, the most populated Local Government, the local government that has the highest electoral strength, the card reader machine has not been function and I have reported to REC and I have informed INEC officials that they should please allow the persons who are on the queue to vote.

“The card reader’s machines are malfunctioning especially where they know we have a lot of strength.

“I urge our people to stay and insist on casting their votes. It is their right and they must vote,” he said.

Accreditation and voting had gone on simultaneously in the election that will produce a successor for Governor Olusegun Mimiko.

INEC says 1,659,186 voters are registered for the election but 378,606 persons did not turn up to collect their Permanent Voter Cards.

Earlier, the PDP, in an early report on the conduct of the election, had alleged that the APC was making attempts to rig the election, insisting that it had seen several irregularities that contravenes the Electoral Act.

Why Akeredolu Was Absent At Governorship Debate

Why Akeredolu Was Absent At Governorship DebateA group known as the Akeredolu Campaign Platform (ACP) has come out to defend the Ondo APC governorship candidate’s absence at the debate organised by Channels Television and Enough is Enough Nigeria in Akure, the Ondo state capital.

In a statement by its Secretary, Communications, Kunle Adebayo, the group stated that the APC flag bearer was not scared to ‎face the people of the state with his manifesto as insinuated by some persons.

The statement reads: “Akeredolu Campaign Platform (ACP) regrets the inability of Barr. Rotimi Akeredolu, the APC flag bearers to attend today’s Governorship debate organised by Channels Television.

“It is unfortunate that the debate is coming at a time when our grassroots rallies are at their peaks.

“As we speak, Akeredolu is tucked in the deep riverine communities of Ilaje Local Government most of which have no access to electricity to watch television.

“In view of the demand of this hectic campaign schedule, we therefore regret our inability to honour Channel TV’s call for debate within the remaining time.”

Reactions have continued to trail the absence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu at the debate.

The Debate

Candidates of the other political parties vying for Ondo State’s governorship seat on Monday reeled out their manifestos in the debate.

Channels Television’s political correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, asked questions relating to the state’s economy, job provision, source of campaign funding and security among others.

olu-agunloye-sdp-candidateGiving his opening remarks about why he should be voted for and his experience that would ensure proper management of the state, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Olu Agunloye, who was a onetime Minister of Power, claimed that he was the only Minister of Power that had produced the largest amount of power (4,539 megawatts) for Nigeria.

He said that his experience is an asset that makes him the best choice for Ondo state as he is armed with economic policies that would transform the fortunes of youths in the state.

He said he would “train the young people to be job providers and not job seekers”.

On the funding of his campaign he dismissed claims that a member of the party had received funds from former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, that is facing trial.

Similarly, the Alliance for Democracy, (AD) candidate, Mr Olusola Oke, was also faced with questions regarding the funding of his campaign.

He dismissed claims that his party was being sponsored by the leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu: “It stands against logic to be sponsored by the APC who I am in opposition to. The good people of Ondo state are the ones sponsoring me,” be stated.olusola-oke

He further pointed out that his mission was to create wealth by exploring the mineral and human resources, introduce transparency and create jobs.

Paying workers’ salaries in most Nigerian states has become a nightmare to most governors and the issue was raised at the debate, with demands for his decision about possible raise in wages, considering the economic recession that has triggered high inflation rate.

He said: “The minimum wage will remain as it is until we are able to solve the problem of salary arrears”.

On the economy of the state, he said he would ensure revenue leakages were plugged.

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, a business mogul believes that having managed his business empire, he would be able to handle the affairs of the state.

jimoh-ibrahim-pdpAsked if he would be able to shoulder the demands of his business and that of the governorship position, he said: “None of my businesses can conflict with my political ambition in Ondo State”.

On reviving the state’s economy and creating jobs for the unemployed, he said: “My leadership is to create wealth. In a recession, you do not drive the economy with taxes”.

“We are going to abolish personal income tax in Ondo state and I will increase minimum wage immediately I become Ondo Governor.

“I will abolish all taxes” and increase minimum wage. He says the least anyone working for him would earn is 75,000 Naira,” he added.

The debate has offered the candidates an opportunity to let the electorates hear their policies and they will be turning out to polls on November 26 to elect a successor for Mr Olusegun Mimiko the incumbent governor.

Candidates Reel Out Manifestos In Debate Ahead Of Ondo Election

ondo-governorship-debateCandidates of some of the political parties vying for Ondo State’s governorship seat on Monday reeled out their manifestos in a debate organised by Channels Television and Enough is Enough Nigeria. 

At the debate held in Ondo State, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu was, however, absent.

Moderating the debate, Channels Television’s political correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, asked questions relating to the state’s economy, job provision, source of campaign funding and security among others.

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Olu Agunloye says his leadership will boast of integrity, credibility and provide good governance

Giving his opening remarks about why he should be voted for and his experience that would ensure proper management of the state, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Olu Agunloye, who was a onetime Minister of Power, claimed that he was the only Minister of Power that had produced the largest amount of power (4,539 megawatts) for Nigeria.

On the funding of his campaign he dismissed claims that a member of the party had received funds from former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, that is facing trial.

On provision of jobs for the youths and other economic policies that he would implement to transform the fortunes of youths in the state, he said he would “train the young people to be job providers and not job seekers”.

The candidate of the SDP further promised to ensure that he eradicates the suffering pensioners go through to get their pay.

On his part, the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, (AD), Mr Olusola Oke, first dismissed claims that his party was being sponsored by the leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu.

“It stands against logic to be sponsored by the APC who I am in opposition to. The good people of Ondo state are the ones sponsoring me,” be stated.

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Olusola Oke said the APC where he defected from was a deceptive political party

On why he left the APC to the AD after he failed to get the support of the APC’s leaders in the primary election, he said the APC was a deceptive political party that has not been able to meet its promises of fighting internal corruption in the party’s primary election.

“I cannot be part of that deception,” Mr Oke stressed.

He further pointed out that his mission was to create wealth by exploring the mineral and human resources, introduce transparency and create jobs.

The AD candidate also highlighted that his state had the highest unemployment rate in Nigeria.

 

On whether he would accept the outcome of the election if he loses, he said: “If I happen to lose the election, I will congratulate the winner if the election was free and fair”.

Paying workers’ salaries in most Nigerian states has become a nightmare to most governors and the issue was raised at the debate, with demands for his decision about possible raise in wages, considering the economic recession that has triggered high inflation rate.

He said: “The minimum wage will remain as it is until we are able to solve the problem of salary arrears”.

On the economy of the state, he said he would ensure revenue leakages were plugged

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, a business mogul believes that having managed his business empire he would be able to handle the affairs of the state.jimoh-ibrahim-pdp

Asked if he would be able to shoulder the demands of his business and that of the governorship position, he said: “None of my businesses can conflict with my political ambition in Ondo State”.

Mr Ibrahim insisted that he was a very successful businessman and that his national honours were proofs of his qualification.

On reviving the state’s economy and creating jobs for the unemployed, he said: “My leadership is to create wealth. In a recession, you do not drive the economy with taxes”.

“We are going to abolish personal income tax in Ondo state and I will increase minimum wage immediately I become Ondo Governor.

“I will abolish all taxes” and increase minimum wage. He says the least anyone working for him would earn is 75,000 Naira,” he added.

Mr Ibrahim further promised to develop Ondo oil and build 10 gas stations.

The debate has offered the candidates an opportunity to let the electorates hear their policies and they will be turning out to polls on November 26 to elect a successor for Mr Olusegun Mimiko the incumbent governor.

Friends Raise Funds For Ondo APC Gov’ship Candidate, Akeredolu

Ondo elections, Akeredolu Warns Supporters Against External InfluenceEfforts by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to emerge victorious in the Ondo state governorship election got a boost as committee of friends converged to give him financial support.

A fundraising event held at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos and was attended by Akeredolu’s friends and associates across the country.

Chairman of the occasion, Akin Aruwajoye, who declared the event open, described Akeredolu as the best man for the job.

Aruwajoye said that even with no godfather, Akeredolu’s project was a divine work which has been completed by God.

One after the other, notable personalities at the event mounted the podium to give endorsement speech for Akeredolu.

Fund, rolling into millions of naira was raised for the APC candidate to help in his quest to become the governor of Ondo state.

The Ondo state governorship election hold on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

PDP Calls For Postponement Of Ondo Election 

PDP Calls For Postponement Of Ondo Election The Peoples Democratic Party faction led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi has called on INEC to postpone the Ondo state governorship election pending the determination of the suit before the Supreme Court, which necessitated the indefinite adjournment by the Appeal Court.

In a statement on Saturday, the party called on the federal government to avoid using organs of the government as a tool to subvert the will of Nigerians.

It asked Nigerians to hold the federal government, INEC, APC and the Jimoh Ibrahim group for any consequences of the Appeal Court decision.

The judgment slated for delivery on Friday, Nov. 18 was put off by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa following a motion filed at the Supreme Court by the Ali-Modu Sheriff faction of the PDP, asking the court’s panel to disqualify itself.

The Appeal Court adjourned indefinitely the case on the leadership tussle in the party between the factions led by Makarfi and Ali-Modu Sheriff.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says there is no going back on the date for the Ondo state governorship election that has been scheduled for November 26, 2016.

The INEC’s Director for Elections Monitoring, Mr Bala Shittu, gave the assurance at a conference with elections observer groups in Abuja.

According to him, INEC is ready for the conduct of the elections as scheduled even though it has one final stakeholders meeting in Akure, the Ondo state capital on Tuesday, Nov 22.

He also stated that the electoral body has done risk assessment for the state and has related its finding to security agents for proper security during the polls.

 

Ondo Election: I Will Not Be Partisan If Elected, Akeredolu Promises

rotimi akeredolu of the APCThe candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has assured the state’s indigenes that if elected he would not be partisan nor favour any religion over the other.

Mr Akeredolu made the promise on Friday at a meeting with the Muslim community in Akure, Ondo State.

He assured them that every resident would be given equal opportunity to exercise his religious right.

the meeting was part of the campaign strategy of the APC ahead of the election.

Received by ‎league of Imams and Alfas led by the Grand Mufti of Muslims in Ondo State, Mr Sheik Surajudeen Batuta, the Imams prayed for the APC flag bearer and urged him to give all religions equal right of worship.

They appealed to all parties not to see the election ‎as a do or die affair, urging them to eschew violence.

Mr Akeredolu had few days ago met with Christian leaders in the state and he also gave them the assurance that he would uphold their right to religion.

After the meeting with the Islamic clerics, the APC train moved on to Okeigbo/Ile Olumirin Local Government Area of the state where the entire town stood still as supporters trooped out in large numbers to receive ‎Mr Akeredolu.

After the campaign, the APC flagbearer was hosted the business community in Ondo State under the aegis of Sunshine Progressive Coalition (SPC).

At that meeting, technocrats, businessmen and academics from across the state tasked Mr Akeredolu on his vision for the state.

Mr Akeredolu told them his administration, if given the opportunity to rule, would focus on job creation and ensure that more local government areas are created.

Campaigns have heightened, as the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State draws closer. All parties involved are doing all that it takes to make their party the option of the electorate, but the APC is optimistic of winning the election.

Ondo Election: INEC Raises Alarm Over Security

Ondo Governorship Election, Ondo Governorship PollThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised security concern over the attitude of politicians in Ondo State ahead of the forthcoming governorship election.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, says the actions of some aggrieved politicians in the state since the political parties conducted their primaries is capable of undermining the security of the state.

“The mindset of the political class, especially the politicians that belong to the leading political party on what it takes to win elections usually involve violence and malpractices among their followers.

“There is an urgent need for the political class to change its do or die attitude to good conduct in politics and a political caution of violence has to be done away with in our political parties.

“Our political parties must imbibe the culture of sincere eternal party democracy in the interest of the nation’s democracy,” he said.

Mr Agbaje made the remarks on Thursday at a meeting with members of the civil society groups in Abuja, to assess INEC’s preparation for the elections.

‘I Will Resign’

On the sideline of the event, the senior INEC official also explained why the electoral umpire published the name of Mr

Recession, Jimoh Ibrahim, Ondo PDP
INEC-Recognised Ondo PDP Governorship Candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim

Jimoh Ibrahim as the Peoples Democratic Part (PDP) candidate for the polls.

 

The decision has led to massive protest in Ondo State, southwest Nigeria.

“It is the court judgement of that day that forced us to say it is this person and that means if another higher court comes with a judgement to say it is Eyitayo Jegede, (we will obey),” he noted.

Agbaje further revealed that he had made a commitment that INEC would obey the ruling of the Appeal Court if the ruling favours Jegede.

“If the Appeal Court says it is Eyitayo, the commission cannot say no, but if it does, I will resign my appointment as a commissioner,” he stated.

Ondo PDP, Eyitayo Jegede, Ahmed Makarfi
Mr Eyitayo Jegede

Meanwhile Mr Clement Nwakwo, who is a member of one of the civil groups, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, had a different view about the procedure of selecting candidates.

He advised the politicians to address issues of candidacy in-house, instead of approaching various courts for such decisions.

“I do not think that INEC has any major role to play in deciding who the candidates are (and) that’s why they have taken the decision.

“It is really for the political parties to sort out their mess for the court to really not become a theatre of deciding who candidates are, but the political party themselves making those decisions in line with their own process and the rule of law,” he recommended.

PDP Crisis Deepens

At least 1.6 million registered voters are expected to participate in the Saturday, November 26 governorship polls in Ondo State.

There has been crisis over the authenticity of candidates in some of the parties in the polls including the PDP, All Progressives Congress (APC) and Alliance for Democracy (AD).

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AD declares Olusola Oke as its candidate

While the APC and AD finally adopted Mr Rotimi Akeredolu and Mr Olusola Oke as their respective candidates, the controversy has deepened in the PDP.

Both factions of the party have continued to lay claim to having produced the authentic candidate of the party, although the Ali Modu Sheriff faction is backed by the court ruling which favoured Jimoh Ibrahim and which INEC has obeyed.

The PDP faction led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has equally been optimistic that “justice would be served” and called on all PDP faithful across Nigeria as well as the general public to remain calm and continue to support them.

In a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, the Caretaker Committee has reiterated its support for Jegede as the party’s sole flag-bearer.

President Buhari having a chat with Governor Lalong and Mr Akeredolu
President Buhari having a chat with Governor Lalong and Mr Akeredolu

On his part, APC candidate, Mr Akeredolu has made a mockery of the PDP, saying he would defeat both Ibrahim and Jegede if put together in the polls.

Briefing reporters after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, he boasted that he would emerge victorious at the poll.