INEC Releases Final List For Ondo Governorship Election

APC Candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu (R) will slug it out with PDP Candidate, Eyitayo Jegede (L), and 15 other aspirants in the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State.

 

 

Ahead of the Ondo State governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission has released the list for the exercise scheduled to hold on October 10.

In the list sighted by Channels Television on Friday, the electoral umpire published the names of 17 governorship candidates and their running mates with their political parties.

The parties include the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and 15 other political parties.

Of the 17 political candidates vying for the number 1 office in the state, APC candidate and incumbent Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu with his PDP contender, Eyitayo Jegede can be visibly seen.

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Also in the list is the age of the candidates, their academic qualifications and their gender respectively.

However, the list indicated that none of the candidates is disabled.

See The Full Names Of Other Candidates:

Rotimi Adeleye Akindejoye – Accord party

 

Joshua Oluwafemi Adewole -Action Alliance (AA)

 

Adeleye Adekunle Peter – African Action Congress (AAC)

 

Adelegan Adedapo Oluwaseyi – African Democratic Congress (ADC)

 

Martin Kunle Olateru-Olagbegi -Action Democratic Party (ADP)

 

Olowoloba Dele – All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)

 

Aminu Akeem Olanrewaju – Allied Peoples Movement (APM)

 

Adesanya Olaoluwa – Action Peoples Party (APP)

 

Okunade Taiwo – Labour Party (LP)

 

Ojajuni Joseph Eniola – New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP)

 

Funmilayo Jenyo Ataunoko – National Rescue Movement (NRM)

 

Babatunde Francis Alli – Peoples Redemption Party (PRP)

 

Fasua Peter Oyeleye – Social Democratic Party (SDP)

 

Ojon Dotun – Young Progressive Party (YPP)

 

Benjamin Jairus Olarotimi – Zenith Labour Party (ZLP)

 

The governorship election which is barely 10 weeks away will have Governor Akeredolu slug it out with 16 other candidates to actualise his second term ambition.

AD Candidate, Olusola Oke Decries Monetization Of Ondo Election

AD Candidate, Olusola Oke Decries Monetization Of Ondo ElectionThe governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Ondo State, Mr Olusola Oke has decried the heavy monetization of the election process which produced Mr Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governor-elect.

Oke who addressed the Press in Akure on Monday, congratulated Mr Rotimi Akeredolu on his victory and commended both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agents deployed to the state for being fair in the handling of their duties.

He, however, regretted that the open and free use of money to purchase votes during the election by the ruling party remains a sad commentary on the nation’s electoral process.

This development, according to him, required the urgent intervention by government if the much publicized anti-corruption agenda of the Federal Government must have meaning to Nigerians.

He said: “In the last seven years, the policy direction of the government of the day (in Ondo State) has resulted in the growth and circulation of poverty to our people.

“The resultant effect is the debilitating poverty that had made the people so vulnerable. Therefore, trading away dignity in the face of excruciating hunger during electioneering process requires little or no considerations for morals and values that defined us as a people.

“The open and free use of money to purchase votes, during the election by the ruling parties remains a sad commentary on our electoral process. This requires urgent intervention by government if the much publicized anti-corruption agenda of the Federal Government must have meaning to Nigerians.

“Offer of money for votes is worse than looting the government treasury. Apart from compromising the dignity of the people, it provides a fertile training ground for future looters of government treasury.

“The consequence of it is to render the anti-corruption fight a farce. There may be no economic matter more urgent, difficult to unravel and more sensitive to the pursuit of the average person in Ondo State than the current indignity foisted on the people by poverty, orchestrated by maladministration and priority misplacement by the current administration.

“We hope the incoming administration will address the problem of poverty so that the integrity of our electoral process will be restored.”

He noted that from the observation of the people of Ondo State, they appear confused and unsure of what would follow the immediate satisfaction from the naira handout received in consideration of the votes cast.

“They appear wondering whether the votes they delivered yesterday would restore light, revive dead industries, complete the uncompleted ones, give hundreds of thousands of unemployed graduates employment, pay arrears of salary to workers and guarantee regular payment of salary; whether their votes will make water to flow again in their unused and rusted water pipes, reduce dust on our roads, revive our education and health sectors and so on,” he stated.

Big Challenge

Oke, who recalled the event leading to his and his followers’ movement to the AD, said that the movement was necessitated by the need for “us as democrats and conscience of the people to shun the in-built perfidy and organized deception in APC as revealed during its primary election.

“We moved to AD less than six weeks before the gubernatorial election. We knew it was a big challenge and the greatest challenge was time. But we were determined in the pursuit of our dream.

“We know how bad the situation is and we are aware that the art of governance is difficult and complex, especially during trying times. The steep reduction in global oil prices from over 120 dollars per barrel to roughly 30 dollars and the huge debt profile of Ondo State present a hard challenge that requires a prepared mind and experienced hands in the saddle. We are convinced that we can no longer afford past practices.

“That was the compelling re-occurring issue that defined our struggle. We thank the people of Ondo State who believed in the struggle of Alliance for Democracy and its candidate, Chief Olusola Oke.”

He went on to give recommendations to the incoming administration: “Ondo State requires economic re-engineering, creative reform, materially changing the substance of its economic policy as well as the objectives of that policy in a way that the economic well-being of the people will be restored again.

“Therein lies the essence of progressive democratic governance and that is what our party, the Alliance for Democracy stands for.

“The incoming government therefore must urgently address the issue of ravaging poverty in the state through: Industrialization; Job/Wealth Creation; Rural Integration; Infrastructural Development; Security.”

He gave the assurance that as members of the opposition, the AD shall continue to contribute to the process of governance and would not hesitate to point, in a civilized manner, the attention of the incoming government to any area where the masses seem not to have been considered in the policy framework of governance.

“We shall voice our opinion whenever we believe any member of the incoming government strayed from the progressive calling required of the administration,” he posited.

He congratulated the governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu, and wished him success, praying to God to guide him as he directs the affairs of Ondo state.

Police Deny Alleged Nonpayment of Personnel’s Ondo Election Duty Allowances

Police Deny Reports of Nonpayment of Personnel’s Ondo Election Duty AllowancesThe Nigerian Police has described as entirely false and misleading, the reports in the media that policemen who participated in the Ondo governorship election have not been paid and have been protesting.

Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, released a statement on Monday, in reaction to media reports that Policemen were “on rampage in Ondo” protesting non-payment of the Saturday governorship election duty allowance.

The statement reads: “The Nigeria Police Force wishes to categorically state that the allowances for the officers and men of the Force that participated in the security operations for the election are being paid.

“The payments were done through the Banks into the account numbers submitted by the personnel in compliance with the policy of Federal Government on Treasury Single Account (TSA) to ensure transparency and accountability.

“The payments commenced few days to the election and most of the personnel confirmed receipt of payment alerts into their accounts before the election.

“However, those personnel who submitted incomplete accounts details and moribund account numbers have been rectified and they have started receiving their money.”

“The report is entirely false and misleading, the members of the public are implored to discountenance and disregard it as no policeman went on rampage or protested on the street in Ondo town over nonpayment of the election allowance.

“The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations for the election is currently in Ondo State and has debriefed the personnel after the election duties.

“The media as partner with the Nigeria Police Force in crime management are advised to always confirm their story before publication.”

PDP: Sheriff Faction Seeks Reconciliation With Makarfi Faction

PDP, Markafi, Sheriff, PDP leadershipMembers of the Ali-Modu Sheriff-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) say it is time for reconciliation with the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee in order to move the party forward.

This statement comes in the aftermath of the Ondo state governorship election which the party’s candidate, Mr Eyitayo Jegede lost to Rotimi Akeredolu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Modu-Sheriff faction have blamed the PDP’s failure in the Edo and Ondo governorship elections on impunity of its leaders and their lack of respect for the party’s constitution.

The faction’s vice chairman, Mr Cairo Ojougbo, told journalists in Abuja that leaders of the PDP have refused to learn, even though the party has been paying the price of impunity since 2015.

Agents of Darkness

Meanwhile, the Makarfi faction of the PDP has described the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the party as agents of darkness, insisting that the former Governor of Borno State is not the Chairman of the party.

In a statement on Monday, the opposition party said its attention had been drawn to “another set of garbage and tissues of lies put together by the discredited loyalists of Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff in the name of a press statement”.

The party stated that the ‘group’, which it described as non-PDP members, had in the statement tried to sustain it’s illegal claim to the leadership of the Party, but insisted that it would not leave them to continue to deceive Nigerians.

The party’s division became obvious when the former chairman of the party Ali Modu Sheriff was removed at a convention in Port Harcourt.

After that convention, the embattled leader secured several court orders that further scuttled unity in the party.

The extent of the division was further seen when the party produced two different candidates for the Edo State and Ondo State governorship elections.

In the latest election in Ondo, the party lost to the All Progressives Congress, a defeat that had been largely attributed to the division in the party.

Okorocha Congratulates Akeredolu On Ondo Election Victory

APC Governors, Progressive Governors, APCThe Imo State Governor and Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Mr Rochas Okorocha, has described the victory of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu in the just concluded Ondo State governorship election as a confirmation of the popularity of the All progressives Congress (APC) in the South-West.

He said that it also demonstrates the love of the people of the region for President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Governor Okorocha said that the margin with which the APC candidate defeated the candidates of other political parties showed that Nigerians understood the circumstances that gave rise to the current economic recession in the nation.

He added that those who thought that the current economic recession would affect the electoral fortunes of APC were wrong.

The Imo State Governor thanked the people of Ondo State for voting wisely and explained that the way they had voted only indicated how highly intelligent they were in interpreting political development and how richly they are endowed with wisdom.

He congratulated the people of Ondo State for what he believes is patriotism and also congratulated Akeredolu on his “resounding victory”.

He urged other candidates in the election to congratulate the winner without further delay.

OndoDecides: Votes Counting Ongoing Across Polling Units

ondo election votes counting ondodecidesOfficials of the electoral body in Nigeria have begun the counting of votes at different polling units in the ongoing governorship election in Ondo State to choose a new governor to replace Mr Olusegun Mimiko.

Voters who had cast their votes, parties’ agents and security agents are observing the counting process undertaken by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Voting ended at about 2:30 p.m. local time in most polling units in the election that started at about 8:00 a.m.

Accreditation and voting were held simultaneously.

Two of the four major contenders in the election have raised concerns over issues with card readers that had affected voting process in some polling units.

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, had after casting their votes urged INEC to address the issues.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) is going ahead with the exercise despite calls for its postponement.

According to the Ondo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, voters have been educated on what was expected of them.

He said that security had been beefed up to ensure smooth flow of the process.d

The Federal Government says 26,000 policemen and 15,000 personnel from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps have been deployed in the state to maintain law and order along with some army officers.

Channels Television’s correspondents say all over the state voters are indeed going about the process of choosing the next governor.

The poll took off peacefully as early as 8:00a.m. in Owo Local Government Area, a day after violence there left one person dead.

Although accreditation was slow to start in Okitipupa Local Government Area, electoral materials all the same trickled in.

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OndoDecides: The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede and his wife at a polling unit

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.

About 28 political parties and their candidates are taking part in the election.

However, only about four of the parties are top contenders.

Candidate of the PDP, Mr Eyitayo Jegede and that of the Alliance for Democracy, Mr Olusola Oke, have voted at their different voting units.

The new governor will be sworn in when Governor Mimiko’s tenure expires in February 2017.

The process leading to the election has been a peculiar one, with controversies over who the legitimate candidate of one of the political parties contending, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is.

Two factions of the party – Ahmed Makarfi-led faction and Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction – had emerged in the state and had held different primaries that produced two candidates for the election.

After the primaries, both factions wanted their candidate’s name in the list of parties’ flag bearers for the election.

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OndoDecides: Voting ongoing in Ondo governorship election

The controversy led to court cases.

A court order was obtained by one of the candidates, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim (of the Ali Modu Sherif faction), affirming his emergence as the candidate of the party, a court decision that made INEC added his name to the list.

Few days to the election an appeal filed by the other candidate, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, was heard and the Appeal Court gave an order for his name to be added to the list of the candidates.

The judgement led to the swapping of the name of the candidate of the PDP few days to the election.

After the court gave the ruling the electoral body said it had recognised Mr Jegede as the candidate of the PDP.

However, Mr Ibrahim pushed further to the Supreme Court in an attempt to get back the candidacy of the party, but the court ruled in favour of Mr Jegede.

After the Supreme Court’s ruling, on Thursday, Mr Jegede called for the postponement of the election to enable him campaign for the election, but the electoral body said it would not shift the election, as it had printed and initiated processes for the election.

The PDP was displeased with the refusal of the INEC to postpone the election, with the party saying it has no confidence in the electoral body or the process.

Ondo Election: One Killed In Owo Violence

ondo election, owo violence As preparation for the Ondo governorship election reaches climax, there are reports of an outbreak of violence in Owo, Ondo state, which has led to the death of one person.

An eyewitness account told Channels Television on Friday, that the fight erupted between supporters of two major political parties running for Saturday’s governorship election.

Several houses were said to have been burnt during heavy fighting also on Thursday night.

According to the All Progressives Congress, (APC), “the attack was meant to provoke violent reaction” from its members, “to cause break down of law and order, to give INEC an excuse to postpone tomorrow’s election”.

The People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), on the other hand, has accused the APC of championing the shooting and the killing, just to create the impression that the PDP is fueling violence.

Meanwhile the State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has again called on INEC to postpone the elections, saying that the candidate of the PDP, Eyitayo Jegede was only upheld as the party’s candidate barely 48 hours ago.

He also argued that the PDP’s agents selected for Saturday’s election are loyalists of Mr Jimoh Ibrahim and that they are reportedly working with the APC against the PDP.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, for INEC, Mr Segun Agbaje, earlier on Friday, re-iterated that the commission would go ahead with the Ondo governorship election, slated for Saturday, November 26, 2016.

Ondo Election: AD, APC Wrap Up Campaign

Ondo Election: AD, APC Wrap Up Campaign The Alliance for Democracy (AD) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have held their final rally ahead of the Ondo state governorship election holding on Saturday.

The Alliance for Democracy flagbearer, Mr Olusola Oke was in Ondo town where he expressed his gratitude to party members and supporters for their steadfastness throughout the campaign period.

It was a grand entry for the Mr Oke into Ile-Oluji and Oke-Igbo area of Ondo state and the residents rolled out the drums in solidarity with the AD candidate.

However, what started out as a peaceful campaign came under an attack which led to the destruction of a vehicle.

“This is just one of the series of attacks on our members across the state. Only yesterday we were told some of our members were maimed in Owo.

“Security forces must wake up to their responsibilities because all it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to keep quiet.

“I am appealing to my people to remain (peaceful) but there is a limit to which they can listen to me. Someone must be there to call them to order,” he said.

He also asked his supporters and other political parties to shun violence in the run-up to the poll.

For the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rotimi Akeredolu, victory of his party at the poll come Saturday is assured.

He said this during the rally to wrap up his campaign at his home town in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo state.

The campaign train moved through several towns to get to Owo where thousands of supporters were on ground to receive their man.

The APC candidate, again, rolled out his plans for the people. He maintained that his policies would cater for not just the people of Owo but the entire Ondo state.

Other leaders of the party also expressed their confidence that Akeredolu would emerge victorious at the polls.

Ondo Election: PDP Governors Hail Appeal Court’s Ruling On Jegede Candidacy

Ondo Election: PDP governors heal appeal court judgment on Eyitayo Jegede
Mr Eyitayo Jegede

Series of commendations are coming from Governors of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria after the Appeal Court gave a ruling expected to change the course of things in the forthcoming Ondo governorship election.

There have been controversy over the right person that will represent the PDP in the election after two factions in the state produced two different candidates – Eyitayo Jegede (Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction) and Jimoh Ibrahim (Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction).

After the two candidates emerged at different primaries, the judiciary was approached with suits to determine the right candidate that should be added to the electoral body’s list for the election that will hold in three days’ time, as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

A court had earlier ruled that Mr Ibrahim was the right candidate that should represent the party in the election. The ruling made the INEC documented his name as the PDP candidate in the election.

On Wednesday, however, an Appeal Court upturned the earlier ruling, making Mr Jegede the right candidate. The ruling has changed the situation of things, political analysts say.

Triumph Of Good

Showing their solidarity with Mr Jegede, some governors of the party have welcomed the decision of the appellate court.

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa hailed the ruling which declared Mr Jegede the authentic governorship candidate of the PDP for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.

Governor Okowa described the decision of the Court of Appeal panel led by Justice Ibrahim Salauwa, as a triumph of good over political bitterness aided by selfish interests.

Reacting to the unanimous judgment of the appellate court that Jegede was duly nominated as the authentic candidate of the party, Okowa
In a statement by his spokesman, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa urged the Sheriff-led faction of the party and its candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim to stop distracting the party and support Jegede to deliver for the party in the Ondo election.

He said: “I commend the Court of Appeal in Abuja for their unanimous judgement which restored Eyitayo Jegede as the candidate of our party. This ruling is very significant because the will of the people, clearly expressed, cannot be thwarted by a clique being propelled by political bitterness and selfish interests they want to promote”.

Call For Postponement Of Election

On his part, the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, commended the verdict, but pointed out that the time was against its party to be able to make a headway in the poll.

Fayose , who craved for the postponement of the poll, as done by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Edo State governorship election, alleged that the INEC in cahoots with the All Progressives Congress (APC) had succeeded in undermining the strength of the party through this unwarranted judicial impediment.

Governor Fayose said: “The judgement shouldn’t have been otherwise, because you can’t cover the truth. I have said it ab initio that charlatans in the PDP are colluding with INEC and APC to undermine our party.

“INEC has no reason in the first instance to change Jegede’s name. So, this mistake was caused by INEC. It was an INEC making and the best way to for it is for the election to be postponed. This is not the best of time for us in the PDP and the good people of Ondo State. This is not the best time this judgement should have come.

“But we are still looking for Nigeria of our own, I mean Nigeria where there will be fairness and equity. It is regrettable that some charlatans can be colluding with INEC and APC to destroy our party.

“This is very regrettable and unfortunate. But they will still be defeated.

“The commission has no reason not to postpone this election, because what the INEC did was a deliberate action to weaken our party.

“This judgement coming at this time is a major setback for our party, which I believe can only be cured if this election is postponed,” Fayose concluded.

Akeredolu Warns Supporters Against ‘External Influence’

Ondo elections, Akeredolu Warns Supporters Against External Influence The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has urged Ondo residents not to allow external influence deter them from supporting APC in the state.

Akeredolu said that those sponsoring the Alliance for Democracy see the people of the state as fools.

The APC flagbearer who noted that since the sponsors of the AD still have the APC government in their states, they are only taking the people of Ondo state for a fool for asking them to vote AD into government.

Akeredolu spoke at a rally in Obanla, Akure south local government in continuation of his local government campaign tour.

The APC candidate said “despite the fact that we have pleaded and also sent prominent people to appeal to them, some politicians in the southwest wanted to use the sunshine state as an object of political experiment”.

“Asking Ondo state people to vote for the AD while the sponsor states are still controlled by the APC is an insult on the sensibility of the people of Ondo state,” he said.

Akeredolu further said “if the sponsors of the AD candidate, Olusola Oke, are serious, they should first decamp to the AD in their respective states rather than stay under the guise of APC and continue to sponsor AD.

“The people of the state cannot be relegated into third citizens. The people of the sunshine state also deserve to enjoy the good of the APC in Lagos and Osun states,” he maintained.

Akeredolu charged the people not to be afraid and assured them that nobody can take away their rights.

He urged supporters and members of the party to embark on house-to-house campaign to enlighten the people on the need to stand against external influence.

The APC candidate said that the task to rescue the state and reposition it must be undertaken by all the good people of the state.

Earlier, Akeredolu took his campaign to the popular market along Oba Adesida raod, Akure where he was given a rousing reception by the market women.

He also visited Ilekun, Oda, Apomu, Isinka and Ipinsa where he addressed the traditional rulers on why they should support the APC.

 

I’ll Offer Leadership With Integrity – Akeredolu

Ondo elections, I’ll Offer Leadership With Integrity, Rotimi AkeredoluThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has said he is prepared to offer leadership with integrity that will move the state forward.

Akeredolu said the state is where it is because of lack of dedication by those at the helm of affairs of the state.

The APC governorship candidate spoke on Wednesday, November 16 at an economic summit organized by the Sunshine Progressives Coalition (SPC) held at the Adegbemile Cutulral center, Akure.

Akeredolu said if elected he would drive economic and industrial revolution into the state through foreign investors with federal government partnership.

The legal practitioner lamented the absence of industries in the state, and noted that the state was in dire need of investments.

He promised to run a government that would encourage investors to come to the state, as his government will not close its door to anybody who is willing to invest in the state.

Akeredolu also regretted that Ondo lost the opportunity to have Dangote Refinery sited in the state, and assured the cheering crowd that he would bring another refinery to the state.

He said the sunshine state, having the longest shore line and the deepest part of the sea in the country deserves a sea port.

The APC flagbearer said such developmental project is part of the reasons why the people of the state must vote APC into power so as to use the federal government advantage to accelerate the spate of the projects.

He said that the state is blessed with untapped natural resources which will attract lots of development.

He said “I can assure you, we will get refinery back to Ondo State. We will try to bring one that is bigger than the one Dangote wanted to bring here.

“But if we can’t get bigger one, at least we will get a refinery in Ondo state. We have the longest shore line in Nigeria, we have the deepest part of the sea, and yet, we don’t have a port.

“The only way we can get a port is through the Federal government’s support, even if we bring private companies to build ports, we will need the federal government to give license

“That is why we need to vote for a party that is in the center. We need investment in this state, don’t close your door to anybody, I will not close the door to those who are interested in investing in this state

“It is only in Ondo state today that we can grow rice but our government is lazy, up till today , we don’t have a programme about rice production and in North, some of the state have completed their programme. They have harvested, they have a lot to eat, sell to us and even import,” he stressed.