Akeredolu Distances Self From 2023 Presidency

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

 

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has distanced himself from activities suggesting that he will contest the presidential election in 2023.

The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, in a statement on Wednesday said his principal had nothing to do with the pseudo campaigners.

“Undoubtedly, the development is no less a needless distraction,” Olatunde said in the statement. “Even though Mr Governor’s constitutional right, qualification, and competencies are not in doubt, this particular campaign does not represent in any manner, his immediate political disposition.

He stated this in reaction to campaign posters and fliers that surfaced recently on social media, asking the governor to contest the next presidential election.

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One of the posters had depicted a joint ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Governor Akeredolu and Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, who is also the Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee.

“For emphasis, Governor Akeredolu who has just been re-elected wishes to be left to focus on deepening good governance in Ondo State,” Olatunde said.

“He, therefore, advises all involved to be guided just as he holds the firm view that only God can put men in position.”

Akeredolu Distances Self From Yoruba Nation, Declares Support For A United Nigeria

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

 

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has denied the claim that he is in support of a Yoruba nation.

He, however, declared his commitment to a virile, united, and indivisible Nigeria as demanded by the Southern Governors’ Forum.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Richard Olatunde, made Governor Akeredolu’s position known in a statement on Sunday following a rally in Akure, the state capital.

According to Olatunde, some group of persons who participated in the rally held on Saturday claimed to have had the governor’s support for the march in which they were calling for Yoruba nation.

He explained that the governor’s action of acknowledging the right of individuals and groups to hold peaceful rallies was misconstrued to mean support for the secessionist agenda, stressing that it was far from it.

The governor’s aide stated that his principal’s opinion on the rally in Akure was only to prove that he was not opposed to any civil protest that does not breach the laws of the land.

He insisted that Governor Akeredolu, who is also the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, never supported the quest for Yoruba nation outside of Nigeria, adding that the secessionist promoters do not enjoy any backing of the governor.

At the rally, a Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, was reported to have said Governor Akeredolu was aware and in support of their agitation for Yoruba nation.

Read the full statement from the governor’s aide below:

Yoruba Nation Agitators On Their Own – Akeredolu

It has come to the knowledge of the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, that some group of persons who held a rally under the cover of what they term ‘secessionist agitations’ in Akure, on Saturday, May 22, 2021, erroneously claimed to have had his support for the rally.

Governor Akeredolu wishes to state clearly that while he acknowledges the right of individuals and groups to hold peaceful rallies, it must not be misconstrued to mean support for secessionist agenda and or balkanisation of the nation. Far from it.

Unequivocally, the Governor’s opinion on the Akure rally or any other of its ilk, is only to the effect that he is not opposed to any civil protest which is not in breach of the extant laws of the nation.

He neither believes nor supports the quest for the Yoruba nation outside of Nigeria in the manner canvassed.

Governor Akeredolu stands by a virile, united, and indivisible Nigeria as demanded by the Southern Governors’ Forum.

Therefore, the vigour, zeal, leadership, and candour displayed by Governor Akeredolu for a just and fair Nigeria is altruistic and borne out of patriotism for the nation, as well as love for his people, the Yoruba ethnic nationality.

It is important, therefore, to state without any equivocation that the Yoruba nation secessionist promoters do not enjoy any lending hand in Governor Akeredolu.

Signed:

Richard Olatunde

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.

COVID-19: Ondo Govt To Enforce No Mask, No Entry Policy

File Photo: Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu

 

As part of measures put in place to contain the second wave of COVID-19 in Ondo State, the state government has declared that henceforth, only persons wearing face masks will be allowed entry into all government offices in the state.

The special adviser on health to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Dr. Jibayo Adeyeye, announced this on Tuesday while addressing newsmen at the cocoa conference hall of the governor’s office.

Adeyeye expressed concerns that a larger percentage of people in the state are not complying with the simple precautionary measures against the virus, noting that government will begin to enforce the measures.

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He noted that large gatherings should be avoided, adding that if there must be any gathering, everyone must use the face mask and also ensure that social distance is kept.

Speaking about the issue of insecurity, the Commissioner for Local Government and chieftaincy affairs, Omolola Fagbemi re-emphasised the one-week ultimatum given by the government to all the herdsmen illegally occupying the state’s forests.

Ondo Govt Asks Residents To Expose Criminals, Bans Vehicles With Unauthorised Tinted Glasses

A file photo of a police van on patrol in Akure, Ondo State.

 

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has called on residents to support the government in ensuring the security of the lives and properties of the people.

He made the call in a statement on Friday by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation in the state, Donald Ojogo, while reacting to the spike in crime rate across the state.

The governor urged the residents to take responsibility by exposing the criminals within their environment and issued some directives to check the increase in crime rate.

He banned all vehicles with unauthorised tinted glasses from plying the roads in the state, saying such vehicles without a duly certified permit issued by a relevant security agency should be impounded.

Governor Akeredolu also directed that all commercial motorcycle operators, otherwise known as Okada, should operate within the hours of 6am and 6pm.

He warned that no commercial motorcycle must operate beyond 6pm, stressing that anyone found flouting the directive would have his motorcycle impounded.

A file photo of residents at a market in Akure, Ondo State.

“The Ondo State Government has noted with concern, the worrisome spike in crime rate across the state, and in particular, security reports at the disposal of government are considered signs deserving of serious attention.

“Specifically, the last one week witnessed an unimaginable upsurge in robbery, kidnapping and in some cases, murder. This is no doubt, condemnable,” the statement said.

The state government, therefore, urged all security agencies to come out and confront the challenge, assuring that every necessary support in terms of human and logistics aids would be provided to ensure the safety of residents within the state.

It explained that as a government, one major responsibility was the provision of security, as well as protection of lives and property, stating that it was important to put measures aimed at achieving such goals in place.

According to the government, it is pertinent to reiterate that security enhancement and the war against insecurity must be the responsibility of everyone.

“While the government and the security agencies play their parts, it is expected that the citizens also support by way of collaborating with the relevant agencies of government.

“In this regard, residents of the state are urged to provide useful information about crime, criminal elements, and activities in their immediate environment. Let’s collectively keep our State safe; expose criminals,” the statement added.

Akeredolu Tests Negative For Coronavirus

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

 

 

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Ondo, Donald Ojogo, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

According to him, the governor took the test after one of the people he came in contact with was confirmed to be positive for the disease.

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Governor Akeredolu, the commissioner said, appealed to the people of the state to remain vigilant and adhere strictly to all regulations to curtail the spread of the virus.

The statement read,

This is to officially announce to all residents of the State and indeed, the world that the result of the test carried out on the Governor of Ondo State Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu Aketi, SAN, is out. IT’S NEGATIVE.

Recall that Mr Governor willingly offered to be tested on Wednesday morning after one of his earlier contacts had been confirmed to be positive.

Mr. Governor encourages all to continue to be vigilant and adhere strictly to all regulations put in place to see this debilitating pandemic.

Ondo State shall remain safe throughout this trying period.

Donald Ojogo

Hon. Commissioner for Information and Orientation.

Akeredolu Constitutes Committee To Recover Govt. Vehicles

Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu,The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has set up a five-man committee on recovery of state government vehicles from unauthorised persons and locations.

The committee has the state’s former Commissioner for Natural Resources, Solagbade Amodeni, as Chairman and Mr Lawrence Akintunde as Secretary.

Other members are the Senior Special Assistants (SSA) to the governor on security matters; Mr Jimoh Dojumo, Mr Yusuf S. and Mr Odunayo Kolawole.

The committed, which has six weeks to submit its report, has been directed to recover all government vehicles within and outside the state.

In a statement signed by the Chief of Staff to Governor Akeredolu, Mr Olugbenga Ale, the state government expressed worry over the number of vehicles in the possession of unauthorised persons.

“A number of government vehicles are in possession of unauthorised persons and locations, contrary to the rules and regulations guiding the use of government vehicles.

‘To this end, the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has approved the constitution of a Committee on Recovery of State Government Vehicles from unauthorised persons and locations,” the statement read.

The committee is expected to carry out its responsibility with the support of security agencies, in the case of those who may not want to release the vehicles voluntarily.

“The committee will employ all legal means, including the use of minimal force where necessary to recover government vehicles.” the statement added.

Ondo Govt. Set To Rehabilitate Facilities Of NYSC Orientation Camp

The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, said his administration is determined to upgrade the facilities at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare Akoko.

Akeredolu said the state government is embarking on a massive rehabilitation of the infrastructure on the camp to make it a befitting edifice.

According to him, the government will be reconstructing the perimeter fence round the whole camp while new hostels will be built and old ones renovated.

The Governor expressed displeasure over the state of facilities at the camp describing it as grossly poor and not benefitting the status of the state as an oil producing one.

Akeredolu made this known through the Secretary to the State Government, Ifedayo Abegunde during an inspection tour of facilities on the camp.

Governor Akeredolu who was represented by the Secretary to the state government charged the corps members to use their coming together to learn about the ideals and diverse culture of Nigeria and make new friends, get a better understanding of the country and devote time to reflect their plans for both the service and post-service years life.

He also assured them of the peace loving and accommodating the life of the good people of Ondo State as well as government’s determination to make their stay in the Sunshine State a memorable and interesting one.

The governor also charged them to live up to the scheme’s objective of fostering national unity, love, harmony and productive integration across the country.

In his address at the occasion, the Acting Chairman of NYSC Governing Board in Ondo State, Mr Emmanuel Adelayi, assured the new corps members that the state government is giving a top priority to their welfare and safety.

Adelayi also assured them that the Governing Board will ensure that they are posted to areas where their services will be most needed.

He, however, implored them to make humility, discipline, and commitment their watchwords.

On his own, the State Coordinator of NYSC, Mr Sunday Robert Aroni requested the assistance of the state government in the renovation of the camp to bring it to a standard level.

He also called on local governments in the state to make their presence felt in the camp by erecting structures which will be named after them.

We Will Miss Adeleke’s Political Expertise – Akeredolu

We Will Miss Isiaka Adeleke's Political Expertise - Oluwarotimi AkeredoluOndo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has described the first civilian Governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke as a consummate gentleman whose brand of politics endeared him to many.

Governor Akeredolu, who paid tribute to the departed lawmaker in a statement, said his death was a great loss, not only to his family, but the Yoruba race and Nigeria in general.

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He consoled with the family of the late politician, saying Senator Adeleke’s deep reservoir of knowledge about the politics of the country would be missed by all.

“Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke was a perfect gentleman who will be missed by all. He was a peacemaker who believed in the principle of justice and fair play.

“I pray that God Almighty will grant the family and indeed our great country the fortitude to bear this great loss,” the Governor said.

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Ondo LG Dissolution: Akeredolu Withdraws Case From Court Of Appeal

Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu,The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has withdrawn the appeal filed by his predecessor in office, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, before the Court of Appeal in respect of the judgment of the state’s High Court, barring the governor and the state House of Assembly from dissolving the Local Government Council.

Counsel to Governor Akeredolu, Charles Titiloye, informed the Court of Appeal that the governor has reviewed the case and found out that the case was based on mere speculations.

According to him, the appeal was a grand plan by his predecessor in office to ambush the new government with an unfavourable judgment of the Court of Appeal on the local Government issue.

Consequently, Mr Titiloye filed an application before the High Court, Akure, urging it to set aside the Judgment of the said court delivered by Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi.

The application, according to him, was based on the grounds that the trial court lacked constitutional jurisdiction to hear the case and proceed to give judgment on mere speculations when there was no dispute between the former administration of Governor Mimiko and the council Chairmen.

The Legal Practitioner noted that the Local Government suit is a gross abuse of court processes arranged by the Governor Mimiko Government to create problem for the new Government led by Akeredolu.

He therefore urged the court to set aside its judgment and strike out the suit for want of jurisdiction.

Ondo PDP Suspends 22 Members For Anti-Party Activities

Ondo PDP Suspends 22 Members For Anti-Party ActivitiesThe Ondo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), under the leadership of Mr Clement Faboyede has suspended 22 chieftains of the party for anti-party activities in the just concluded governorship election in the state.

This was included in a statement made available to journalists in Akure by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Banji Okunomo, who said the decision was taken at the State Working Committee (SWC) meeting of the party.

He said, “In line with Section 57 of the constitution of our great party and the inherent task conferred on the State Working Committee of the party, the following members are hereby suspended from the party with immediate effect for gross anti-party activities.”

The suspended members are:

Mr. Biyi Poroye, the sacked State Chairman of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction;

Senator Omololu Meroyi,

Ebenezer Alabi, the defunct state party chairman and running mate to Jimoh Ibrahim in the 2016 election;

Dr. Bakkita Bello, the former State Assembly Speaker and

Dare Emiola, the former Deputy Speaker of the State Assembly.

Others are:

Chief Sola Ebiseni, the former Commissioner for Environment, who aspired for the 2016 governorship candidacy in the Sheriff faction,

Dr. Olu Ogunye,

Chief Mrs Yemi Ajonibode and 14 others.

Mr Okunomo explained further that “by the virtue of the Court of Appeal judgment, Biyi Poroye did not only seize to be executive as he claimed, but they have also turned out to be ordinary members of the party”.

He disclosed that the suspended members were expected to appear before the disciplinary committee of the party on Monday December 5, 2016.

OndoDecides: PDP Rejects Election Results, Accuses INEC Of Complicity

ondo-election-votes-counting-ondodecidesThe Peoples Democratic Party has called for the cancellation of the result of the Ondo Governorship election won by Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, saying it was ‘a charade’ and not the true reflection of the will of the people of Ondo State.

The political party in a statement by its spokesman, Deji Adeyeye, said that the election was blatantly manipulated from the beginning to the end to favour the All Progressives Congress (APC).

It claimed that the actions of INEC in collaboration with the APC-led Administration left the PDP no time to campaign and sell its candidate and party manifesto to the electorates in Ondo State.

The name of the candidate of the PDP in the election was added to the list of candidates 48 hours before the election, something a member if the party said deprived their candidate the chance to campaign or submit his agents names to the INEC.

Due to the short time before the election, the PDP had asked for a postponement of the election.

“Our persistent call for the postponement of the Election which was backed and supported by more than 20 other political parties were all rejected by INEC which were acting the script of the APC.

“It was a carefully planned and well-orchestrated strategy to rig the Election well in advance by preventing the PDP from planning and campaigning for the Election. The APC has hereby introduced a new formula of rigging Election in Nigeria,” the PDP claimed.

It further said that INEC had graduated from Inconclusive Elections as seen in Kogi, Bayelsa, Osun, FCT, Imo, Nassarawa and some other previous By-Elections in the Country to ‘Advanced Election Rigging’, as in the case of Edo and Ondo States Gubernatorial Elections.

“Charlatans In PDP”

The PDP also alleged that “agents of the APC openly bought votes of the electorates in the full glare of security operatives who did nothing to prevent such dastardly violation of the Electoral Law”.

“It is not surprising that the electorates in Ondo state became so vulnerable to the corruptive influence of the APC because of the hash economic situation in the Country inflicted on Nigerians by the APC Administration which have indeed made all Nigerians virtually beggars in their own Country.

“Nigerians will recall that we had persistently called for the postponement of the Election before Saturday, for at least two weeks to enable our Party Campaign and prepare properly for this Election as a result of the setback orchestrated by Justice Okon Abang and the charlatans in PDP who allowed themselves to be used by the APC to destroy our chances in the Ondo State Election,” the opposition party highlighted

The PDP further rejected the results of the November 26, governorship election, insisting that the election and all actions leading to it fell short of laid down principles guiding conduct of elections in Nigeria.

“We have instructed our Candidate and the Ondo State Chapter of our Party to proceed to the Tribunal to challenge the outcome of the election.

“We call on the Judiciary to redeem Nigeria’s image on this matter, as we request for the Total Cancellation of the Election in Ondo State,” the statement read.

It also congratulated its candidate, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, for his gallant performance at the Poll, despite what it referred to as ‘severe injuries’ inflicted on the party, before, during and after the Election.

The opposition party, however, advised its members and teeming supporters nationwide and Ondo State in particular to remain calm and continue to work with the leadership of the Party to move the PDP forward.

Ondo election: ACN says it is prepared to concede defeat if …

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on Monday said it is yet to decide on whether to challenge the victory of Olusegun Mimiko of the Labour Party in the October 20, 2012 governorship poll in Ondo State.

The party in a statement by its National Chairman, Bisi Akande, said it was conducting “an accurate but swift assessment of the entire election” and would decide at the appropriate time whether to head to the tribunal or not.

Mr Akande, who issued the statement at the end of the party’s national leadership meeting in Lagos, said it was under pressure from some quarters to challenge the election results while some interests were urging it to accept the outcome in good faith.

He however said the party was more concern with the provision of efficient leadership rather engaging in activities that will slow the pace of democracy.

Below is the full statement issued by the ACN National Chairman on the Ondo election:

“1. Last week I issued a temporary statement on the reaction of my party, the Action Congress of Nigeria, to the outcome of the Ondo State election. Then I promised that the party will come back with a more detailed position after a careful interim review of the conduct and outcome of the October 20, election in Ondo State by the party leadership.

2. The Governorship election in Ondo State is over and the ballots received by INEC have been tallied. Some people have urged us to reject the INEC results outright because they do not favor my party. This we shall not do. We refuse to cynically treat our democracy as a thing to be discarded when its processes do not favor us. We believe in the long-run, the genuine processes of a genuine democracy shall favor all of us, even the loser of an election.

“We are prepared to lose elections if the contest is free and the process is fair and transparent. We know that in this manner our democracy is strengthened.

“No one race or political contest is worth damaging our democracy. We would rather lose the race and gain democracy than win the race and lose democracy in the process.

3. On the opposite side of the spectrum, other people are trying to pressure us to concede defeat as if all was perfect with the election. They do so not because they love democracy but because they are the political opponents of our progressive party. Their interests are not in justice but in appearing to be concerned about justice.

“They have never exercised any degree of political conciliation or bipartisanship in their exercise of public affairs. It stands as exceedingly hypocritical that they seek from us a gift they would never give. Thus, we see no reason to entertain their counterfeit expressions and the motives behind them.

4. This is our position. We believe in the right of the people of Ondo State to determine who leads them. For us in the Action Congress of Nigeria, the Ondo State election is a battle in a larger war; the war of deepening democracy and ensuring accountability in our country.
“We are therefore resolved to put the elections behind us whilst pursuing the task of providing leadership to our people effectively.

5. However, we have started an accurate but swift assessment of the entire election, from the vote count to the many and several irregularities and instances of thuggery and violence that occurred.

“Should we find ultimately that the misconduct and lapses were not sufficiently material to alter the outcome, we shall do the honorable thing and respect what has been announced. Should we find ultimately that the irregularities and wrongful actions materially altered the result, we shall contest the transgression as is our right and duty in a democracy.

“As leaders of a party and of people who trust the democratic process, we have a solemn obligation not to be swayed by emotion on one side or by intimidation on the other. We owe a duty to ourselves, to the people of Ondo State, and to this nation to vigorously protect the integrity of the process both during and immediately after an election.

6. We wish to state categorically that we would protect and defend members of our party from the unconscionable harassment and intimidation currently going on in Ondo State against our party members and communities that voted against the Labour party.

We take this opportunity to thank our candidate, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, and the entire party for a valiant, dedicated and inspiring effort. We have nothing but accolades for what they did in Ondo State. They fought a good fight. As a party, we shall remain true to our pledge to resist any attempt to thwart the democratic process in Ondo State or any other part of Nigeria.”