Mimiko Advises Akeredolu To Sustain Peace In Ondo

Mimiko Advises Akeredolu To Sustain Peace In OndoOndo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has appealed to governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu ‎to be tolerant in power in order to sustain the peaceful atmosphere in the state.

Governor Mimiko stated this while the governor-elect paid him a courtesy visit at the governor’s office in Akure, the state capital. .

On his part, Mr Akeredolu said that the essence of his visit is to work with the government in preparation for ‎the transition.

Mimiko had promised to facilitate a smooth transition from his administration to that Akeredolu.

“It is incumbent upon me as Governor to facilitate a smooth transition between my government and the incoming one. I will, to this end, provide the ambience for a smooth and seamless transition process”.

While promising to continue to provide leadership to the State till the takeover date, Mimiko expressed his appreciation to the people of the State.

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Ondo state Governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu

Akeredolu had also promised that there would be no inter-party division during his administration.

According to him, “my victory at the polls is not for me or for my party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), but for the entire people of the State, no matter their political divide.

While the governor-elect describe his victory as a manifestation of God’s power, he also stated that he would like to focus on the mandate rather than probe the past government.

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.

PDP Calls Ali Modu Sheriff, Others ‘Agents Of Darkness’

Sheriff, Ali Modu-Sheriff, PDP, Makarfi,The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria 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 statement by the spokesman for the party, Dayo Adeyeye, read: “The National Caretaker Committee, which has been confirmed severally by the Courts as the authentic body saddled with the responsibility of providing leadership for the Party pending the hosting of an elective Convention, would have ignored the ranting of these men of dishonour but leaving them to continue deceiving Nigerians at this time would not be in the interest of democracy.

“First and foremost, we wish to state categorically that in consonance with Judgement of various Courts, which Ali Modu-Sheriff and his team of confused travellers have not bothered to appeal, the former Borno State Governor is not the Chairman of our Party, the PDP.

“His consistent claim to the Office is a continuation of the plans to cause mayhem in our Party but nature and fair justice has taken care of his desperation”.

Non-PDP Members

The PDP further stated that “it is amusing that these musketeers could be accusing the National Caretaker Committee of being the reason why the Party is facing challenges in terms of unfavourable election results especially in Edo and Ondo States when it’s not a secret to all Nigerians that these group of non-PDP members were the ones who frustrated the Party on all fronts.

“It is common knowledge that Mr Jimoh Ibrahim whom they pushed as front at the Ondo Poll before the Appelate Courts reversed the anomaly, openly campaigned for their Party, the APC.

“We are also aware of the various claims made in the Statement wherein the agents of darkness, used by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to cause confusion and frustrate our campaign for the Ondo Election, accused the Caretaker Committee of impunity”.

Enemies Of Progress

The PDP pointed out that “what they have done and are still doing is the worst form of impunity, lawlessness, greed and avarice.

“No matter what they say, we are determined as a political Party to forge ahead, and put our house in order even without their inputs.

“The National Caretaker Committee have not called for their expulsion against the claims they are making, the time for that has not come,” the party said, warning that the rain of vengeance will not hang forever in the clouds,” the party said.

It further urged its loyal members to keep the faith as the Appellate Courts would do justice to the various appeals pending before it at the appropriate time “to put an end to the antics of these enemies of progress masquerading as members of our Party”.

The party’s division become 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.

 

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: Former Opponent, Jimoh Ibrahim Congratulates Akeredolu

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Mr Jimoh Ibrahim

One of those in the governorship race on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the earlier period of the campaign, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, has congratulated Mr Rotimi Akeredolu on his victory in the Ondo governorship election.

He also went on to endorse him as one who will make a good governor.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, declared the APC candidate, winner of the 2016 Ondo state governorship election.

Ibrahim, at a time, was the candidate of the PDP in the race, after the final candidate, Eyitayo Jegede had his name replaced by that of Jimoh Ibrahim by INEC, in obedience to a court judgment.

Although, the Appeal Court later disqualified Jimoh Ibrahim and reinstated Eyitayo Jegede as the rightful owner of the PDP ticket, the ruling came just few days to the election which INEC refused to postpone.

There was also a call by the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, for a postponement of the election owing to his inability to campaign but the electoral body insisted that it would not shift the election, as it had printed and initiated processes for the election.

Jegede went on to lose the election, coming second behind Akeredolu.

Akeredolu  polled 244,842 votes while Eyitayo Jegede polled 150,380 votes. Mr Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) follows with 126, 889 votes.

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In congratulating his former rival, Mr Ibrahim warned the governor-elect to avoid his fellow PDP member and the outgoing Governor Olusegun Mimiko when the baton of leadership eventually gets to him.

He also said that the accounts of Ondo state require urgent audit, advising the governor-elect to do so quickly.

INEC Declares APC’s Rotimi Akeredolu Winner Of Ondo Governorship Election

Ondo Governorship Election, INEC, Rotimi AkeredoluThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, winner of the 2016 Ondo state governorship election.

Returning officer, Professor Ganiu Amali made the announcement at about 12:50PM on Sunday.

Akeredolu  polled 244, 842 votes to beat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 150, 380 votes.

Mr Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) follows with 126, 889 votes.

Results from all 18 local governments were announced, including that of Ilaje Local Government Area which had delayed a bit.

Grassroots Development

Jubilation erupted in Akure, the Ondo state capital, with the announcement of Mr Akeredolu as the governor-elect of the state.

With this victory, he is expected to take over from the incumbent Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of the PDP.

The governor-elect has described his victory as a clear demonstration of the will of the people of Ondo state.

He believes that “the people have spoken and have indeed spoken well”, as he would go straight into work, to bring about improvement in all aspects of the state’s economy.

According to him, “there has been obvious neglect of people in the rural areas, and his government will focus more on grassroots development.

This is the second time he would be contesting to be governor of Ondo state.

He lost the first time to Governor Olusegun Mimiko of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Violence Free Election

The election which many had feared would be characterized by violence, given the tension that preceded the exercise, has however been adjudged peaceful.

Although violence erupted a day before the polls took off, leading to the unfortunate killing of one person, the Federal Government ensured the deployment of 26,000 policemen and 15,000 personnel from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, to avoid a further breakdown of law and order.

There was also a call by the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, for a postponement of the election owing to his inability to campaign due to INEC’s initial removal of his name as PDP candidate.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), had dropped Mr Eyitayo Jegede and published the name of Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the PDP candidate, forcing Jegede to head to the Court of Appeal to retrieve his ticket.

It was only few days to the election that the Court of Appeal announced Jegede as the rightful candidate of the party, after a go-ahead by the Supreme Court.

The electoral body, however insisted that it would not shift the election, as it had printed and initiated processes for the election.

Ondo Governorship Election: INEC Presents Results

Ondo governorship election, INECCounting of votes, is finally over and officials of Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) have reeled out a summary of the results, collated from all 18 Local Government areas of Ondo State.

Results from all 18 local government areas have been announced, including that of Ilaje Local Government Area which had delayed a bit.

Results announced:

ONDO EAST LGA:
AD: 2742, APC: 4253, PDP: 7317, SDP: 48

ILE-OLUJI/OKE-IGBO LGA:
AD: 4525, APC: 10,681, PDP: 8306, SDP: 144

AKOKO N/E LGA:
AD: ‎5367, APC: 13645, PDP: 6496, SDP: 2478

IFEDORE LGA:
AD: 4629, APC: 10,958, PDP: 6747, SDP: 162

IRELE LGA:
AD: 6710, APC: 11,138, PDP: 5,907, SDP: 68

ONDO WEST LGA:
AD: 7154, APC: 10,672, PDP: 17, 382, SDP: 236

‎OSE LGA:
AD: 4272, APC: 13,454, PDP: 6520 SDP:‎ 158

AKURE NORTH LGA:

AD: 4,123, APC: 10,710, PDP: 6,498, SDP: 177

AKOKO SOUTH EAST LGA:

AD: 2,270, APC: 6,384, PDP: 4,239, SDP: 378

AKOKO SOUTH WEST LGA:

AD: 9,359, APC: 19, 892, PDP: 7691, SDP: 515

AKOKO NORTH WEST LGA:

AD: 4,831 , APC: 13, 048, PDP: 6,049, SDP: 4,032

OKITI PUPA LGA:

AD: 16, 294, APC: 14, 930, PDP: 8,031, SDP: 186

OWO LGA:

AD: 2,469, APC: 32, 988, PDP: 4,241, SDP: 181

IDANRE LGA:

AD: 4,836, APC: 10,981, PDP: 7,575, SDP: 58

ODIGBO LGA:

AD: 8,187, APC: 17, 581, PDP: 8,668, SDP: 276

AKURE SOUTH LGA:

AD: 12, 270, APC: 25, 797, PDP: 25,005, SDP: 689

ESE ODO LGA:

AD: 3,562, APC: 10, 700, PDP: 8,701, SDP: 202

ILAJE LGA:

AD: 22, 789, APC: 7,030, PDP: 5,007 SDP: 159

Total:

AD: 126,889

APC: 244, 842

PDP: 150, 380

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: Appeal Court Declares Eyitayo Jegede PDP Candidate

Ondo election, appeal court, Eyitayo Jegede,A final verdict has been given by the appeal court, declaring Mr Eyitayo Jegede, as the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP), political candidate for the Ondo governorship election holding on November 26, 2016.

In a lead judgement by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, he confirmed that the lower court erred when it replaced Eyitayo Jegede with Jimoh Ibrahim.

The justice nullified the proceedings of October 14, when Justice Abang ruled in favour of Ibrahim.

He has also nullified the primary election that produced Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, describing it as an “illegal contraption”.

Earlier on in November, the court of appeal in Abuja had reserved judgment in an appeal filed by Eyitayo Jegede, challenging the judgment of the lower court that recognised Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the upcoming election.

The recent development is coming 24 hours after the supreme court, gave the Justice Ibrahim Saulawa-led panel of the court of appeal, the go ahead to deliver its judgment on the tussle between Mr Ibrahim and Mr Jegede (SAN), for the Ondo state governorship candidate of the PDP.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), recently dropped Jegede and published the name of Mr Ibrahim as the PDP candidate, forcing Jegede to head to the court of appeal to retrieve his ticket.

Mr Ibrahim, who lost his interlocutory application at the Court of Appeal, at the last sitting had his recent application thrown out, when his counsel Jadegoke Badejo, informed the court about his intention to “withdraw himself from the matter”.

Mr Badejo had earlier asked the court for an adjournment, for him to return the case file to his client because he was no longer interested in the matter, looking at how rowdy it had turned.

A wild jubilation has erupted in major cities and towns in reaction to the judgement.

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.

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).

Olusola Oke, AD, Ondo Election
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.