Akeredolu Removes Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu.

 

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has removed Adekola Olawoye from the position of Attorney-General of the state.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Segun Ajiboye.

Although no reason was given for Olawoye’s removal, Charles Titiloye has been appointed immediately as his replacement

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“Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has rejigged his cabinet.

“Following this, he has appointed front line human rights lawyer, Sir Charles Titiloye as his new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

“Titiloye is a human right activist and a renowned social critic. He was former Secretary of the Nigerian Bar of Association (NBA), Akure Branch.

“Mr. Governor thanks the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice that has just been removed for services rendered to the state,” the statement read in part.

Ajiboye added that Titiloye’s name will be forwarded to the state House of Assembly for confirmation.

Ondo Election: Jegede Challenges Akeredolu’s Victory At Tribunal

Candidate of the PDP for the 2020 Ondo Governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede, spoke to reporters on September 5, 2020.
Candidate of the PDP for the 2020 Ondo Governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede, spoke to reporters on September 5, 2020.

 

The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Ondo State election, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) has approached the Elections Tribunal to challenge the result of the October 10 election.

This was confirmed to Channels Television on Friday by the Spokesperson of Eyitayo Jegede campaign Organization, Gbenga Akinmoyo in Akure, the state capital.

Joined in the petition by Jegede are the Independent National Electoral Commission, the All Progressives Congress and the Deputy Govenor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

The PDP candidate is challenging the election on the grounds that the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation.

This comes three weeks after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the incumbent Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as winner of the election.

Akeredolu polled 292,830 votes to beat Jegede who garnered 195,791 votes and the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Agboola Ajayi who placed a distant third with 69,217 votes.

We Will Justify The Trust Reposed In Us, Akeredolu Reacts To Election Victory

 

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has promised to work in the overall interest of the people just after being re-elected for another term in office.

Addressing party faithful and journalists at his Owo residence on Sunday, Akeredolu said his administration will justify the trust reposed by the people.

“We will put in everything to justify the trust reposed in us. The people will continue to be the centre of all decisions as you note in our speeches,” he said.

“We will proceed with our administrative style which promotes transparency and accountability. We are determined to set our state on a progressive path of real development.”

The governor also reiterated his administration’s commitment to serving the people better via economic development, adding that “our state has no business with poverty.”

While thanking the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Akeredolu promised to provide purposeful leadership for the next four years.

He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his ideals to promoting democratic processes in the country.

“Let me thank Mr President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for the support and love. I salute his courage in the defence of the tenets of democracy.

“I also acknowledge my brother, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo for his support. Let me also acknowledge the unflinching support of our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Posterity will remember all of them for good,” he said.

Akeredolu also praised one of his main challenger for the post, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for his conduct during the election. He described him as “a worthy adversary.”

Akeredolu said Jegede has the love of the people in his heart, adding that Ondo State is privileged to have someone like the PDP candidate.

The incumbent governor swept to victory by winning 15 of the 18 local governments in the keenly contested election.

He got 292,830 votes beating Jegede and Mr Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party came second and third in the election with 195,791 and 69,127 votes, respectively.

‘The People Have Spoken In Clear Voice’: Buhari Congratulates Akeredolu On Re-Election

Akeredolu won on the back of a campaign in which he promised to provide composed and focused leadership. Credit: Rotimi Akeredolu/Facebook

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State following his re-election for a second term and believes the development is an indication of the people’s choice.

Akeredolu was on Sunday declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement on Sunday quoted his principal as saying “the people know the person and party that truly serves them, and have spoken in [a] clear voice and unmistakable terms.”

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The Nigerian President noted that Akeredolu’s win coupled with the number of votes he got, “show that one good turn surely deserves another.”

While calling on Akeredolu who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the poll to be humble and magnanimous in victory, he urged him to serve the people.

“When you serve with heart and might,” Buhari stated, “the people respond in like manner, and we can easily get to where we are headed as a country.”

 

File photo: President Muhammadu Buhari endorses Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as the APC candidate in the Ondo State governorship election in Abuja on September 4, 2020.

 

Buhari was equally full of praise for voters in Ondo State for conducting themselves decently, saying the development shows Nigeria is making progress in its electoral process behaviour.

INEC also received praises from the Nigerian leader. He lauded the electoral body for conducting a free and fair election, just as Buhari commended security agencies for enthroning and maintaining orderliness before, during and after the exercise.

A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Akeredolu won 15 of the 18 local governments to secure a second term.

He got 292,830 votes, while Mr Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party and Mr Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party came second and third in the election with 195,791 and 69,127 votes, respectively.

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu. Credit: Facebook/Rotimi Akeredolu

 

Akeredolu had campaigned on the basis of providing a focussed and composed leadership for the south-west state and his win capped off a dramatic electoral process in which his deputy – Agbola Ajayi – defected to the PDP.

Agbola, after a failed attempt at winning PDP’s ticket for the race to the top job in Ondo, pitched his tenth with the ZLP, the platform in which he contested for the governorship position.

Although there were 17 candidates on the ballot for the election, according to INEC, about 11 of them collapsed their structures and backed other flagbearers, just days to the exercise.

This left Akeredolu, Jegede and Ajayi as the major candidates for the second election conducted in the COVID-19 era in Nigeria.

 

 

Why Amotekun Security Network Will Never Fail – Akeredolu

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu

 

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, says the recently launched security outfit, Amotekun will address the security challenges in the state.

Speaking during a debate in Akure on Wednesday, Akeredolu said the outfit is backed by the law and has come to stay.

While expressing displeasure over the security architecture in the country, the governor called for multi-level security.

Explaining the rationale behind the creation of the agency, Akeredolu said the South-West governors came together to tackle the numerous security threats confronting the region.

“Amotekun security initiative can never fail. I am saying it boldly that it can never fail. The Inspector-General of Police was supposed to be there, some DIGs all of us participated. This is a product of that summit,” he said.

“I am not pleased with the security architecture in the country. I am one of the strong advocates for multi-level policing. The country is ripe for it.

“After the summit, we had gone into work in developing agenda for western Nigeria. We worked thoroughly over months.”

The governor explained that the state government has thoroughly trained operatives of the security outfit, noting that they will deliver in tackling the security challenges in the region.

Ondo became the first state in the southwest to launch the Amotekun outfit following calls for an urgent end to the security challenges in the region.

The governor who spoke during the inauguration of the network on August 12, 2019 expressed delight with the performance of the pioneer Amotekun Corps officers who just completed their training.

He urged them to put into good use all they were taught during training to ensure the security of life and property in the state.

While soliciting for more funding from the Federal Government to equip the police, governor Akeredolu said that the Amotekun Corps is designed to support the existing security framework in the state.

He stressed that with a workable synergy among the leadership of the security agencies and that of Amotekun, a water-tight strategy capable of arresting crimes even before they occur would be deployed.

OndoDebate2020: I Will Do More Than You, Jegede Tells Akeredolu

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ondo State governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), has said he will outperform Governor Rotimi Akeredolu when elected governor of the state. 

Mr. Jegede who was at the Ondo State Governorship debate put together by Channels Television told his counterpart from the All Progressives Congress (APC) that claims of having impacted the lives of the Ondo People in the last three and half years are not evident.

At the debate, Governor Akeredolu was given an opportunity to ask his opponent a question, asked Mr. Jegede if he hasn’t seen the impact of good governance after touring the state, a question to which the PDP candidate replied, “Unfortunately, I have not seen much”.

The former commissioner for justice and attorney general of Ondo State further looked the governor in eyes and said “all I can say sir is that I will do more than you”.

Mr. Jegede went on to tell Mr. Akeredolu that he will love to be in the governor’s shoes and have people compare his administration to that of the present government.

Reacting to Mr. Jegede’s claims, Governor Akeredolu said there is evidence of all developmental claims made by his government.

In trying to drive his point home, the governor boasted of delivering on his promises to the Ondo people citing various projects including the road leading to Mr. Jegede’s home in Akure, the state capital.

A more holistic and practical view needed

Earlier on in the debate, Mr Jegede told the viewing audience that it is time for a more holistic, honest, and practical view of governance.

Speaking on why he should be voted as governor of the state come Saturday, the Senior Advocate said his private and public sector experience makes him stand out from all other candidates.

Mr. Jegede further stated that his experience in both sectors has made him realise that at the moment things are not going well in the state, hence the need for a new face and a new positive change.

“I believe the time has come for us to have a more holistic, honest, and practical view at governance,” the PDP candidate said.

He revealed that his government if elected will grow the state’s economy and confront challenges in the health and education sectors.

We need very composed and focused leadership

On his part, Governor Akeredolu said the Ondo state needs a composed and focused leadership.

“All the time, I have always believed that Ondo State is blessed. We have everything, yet we needed a composed and focused leadership,” he said.

Governor Akeredolu vowed that if re-elected for a second term on October 10, he will turn around the economic fortunes of Ondo.

Speaking on the issue of security, the governor said he is confident that the recently launched security outfit, Amotekun, will address the security challenges in the state.

Explaining the rationale behind the creation of the agency, Akeredolu said the South-West governors came together to tackle the numerous security threats confronting the region.

“I am not pleased with the security architecture in the country. I am one of the strong advocates for multi-level policing. The country is ripe for it.

“Amotekun security initiative can never fail. I am saying it boldly that it can never fail. The Inspector-General of Police was supposed to be there, some DIGs all of us participated. This is a product of that summit.

“After the summit, we had gone into work in developing agenda for western Nigeria. We worked thoroughly over months.”

The governor explained that the state government has thoroughly trained operatives of the security outfit, noting that he is confident they will deliver in tackling the security challenges in the region.

We Need Very Composed And Focused Leadership – Akeredolu    

Ahead of the October 10 governorship candidate in Ondo State, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, says the state needs a composed and focused leadership.

He disclosed this on Wednesday during a governorship debate held in Akure, the state capital.

“All the time, I have always believed that Ondo State is blessed. We have everything, yet we needed a composed and focused leadership,” he said.

“With all respect without praising or trying to pick me and say I am the best. With all respect, I believe that we have learned in this direction,” he said.

Speaking on the economy, the governor revealed plans by his administration to improve on the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.

APC candidate and incumbent Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu speaks during a debate which held on October 7, 2020 in Akure ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

 

For Akeredolu, if re-elected for a second term on October 10, he will turn around the economic fortunes of the state and also expand the cocoa plantations in the state.

The debate is being organised by Channels Television, in partnership with the Civil Society Elections Situation Room and UK AID with support from UK foreign commonwealth development office.

As the people of the state go to the polls to choose the next governor for another four-year term, Akeredolu will slug it out with his main rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) among other contenders.

Ondo Election: Akeredolu, Jegede, Ajayi, Other Candidates Sign Peace Pact

 

Candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rotimi Akeredolu; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede; the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) Agboola Ajayi, and others, have signed a peace pact ahead of the Ondo State Governorship election slated for Saturday.

They signed the pact on Tuesday in the state capital, Akure, pledging to shun violence during the election and avoid actions that may undermine the peace accord.

The event, facilitated by the National Peace Committee (NPC), had the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu; and the Inspector-General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who was represented by the DIG Of Police, Research and Planning, Oyebade Adeleye, in attendance.

Others in attendance included the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, Executive Director, YIAGA Africa, Samson Itodo and traditional rulers from the state.

 

 

With the election drawing close, there have been claims and counterclaims about attacks from the two leading contestants, the candidates of the APC and the PDP.

In the weeks leading up to the election, the convoy of the PDP candidate, Jegede has been attacked severally – a situation which he credited to ‘hoodlums’ who according to him, escort the governor.

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“Why should hoodlums be following a governor?,” Jegede asked, in an interview on Channels TV last Wednesday, as he reiterated that it can only be because they are threatened by him.

The APC, on the other hand, has accused the PDP of attacking its party properties in Owo the hometown of incumbent Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

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They also accused some supporters of the opposition party of shooting at passers-by and damaging their vehicles, shops and other building in an attack.

While both parties have denied responsibility of the attacks, they have now signed the pact, agreeing to a violence-free exercise.

Jegede had contested in 2016 under the PDP and is hoping to secure a victory this time.

Also looking to secure a second term, Akeredolu on Tuesday, however, gave an assurance that the election will be peaceful, even as he urged INEC to ensure that the exercise is free, fair and credible.

Ondo Election: Akeredolu, Deputy In Counter Accusations Over Planned Owo Attack

A photo collage of Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and his deputy, Agboola Ajayi.

 

Ondo State Government on Monday evening raised the alarm over alleged plan by Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, to stage an attack on himself in the Owo hometown of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

The state government claimed that the planned attack was quickly abolished and the campaign to Owo cancelled after relevant agencies were informed.

The state Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo disclosed this at a briefing. He said Agboola (candidate of Zenith Labour Party) planned for it to be seen that the attack was carried out by supporters of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as he visited Owo as part of his campaign tour.

“He planned attack against himself at Owo. It failed because the government made the sinister. We find this curious and alarming. We are appealing to the security agencies to up their game as we get close to the election,” Ojogo said.

In its reaction, the ZLP refuted the accusation and raised concerns over the safety of its governorship candidate, Agboola Ajayi.

The Chief Press Secretary to the deputy governor, Babatope Okeowo, who spoke for the party said the party had to discontinue its campaign rally following a security report of an imminent attack in Owo.

“The Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) has conducted a clinical campaign across seventeen local government areas in the state without any blemish.

“We, therefore, urge our teeming supporters in Owo Local Government Area to continue with the house to house campaign and mobilisation,” the party announced.

The party also alleged that the party’s women leader and some party supporters in Owo were attacked.

PHOTOS: APC Governors, Others Storm Ondo For Akeredolu’s Re-Election Campaign

APC governors at the venue of the re-election campaign of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in Akure, the Ondo State capital on September 5, 2020.

 

Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State were filled with energy and excitement on Saturday as they welcomed party leaders from various parts of the country.

This comes ahead of the flag off of the party’s campaign for the incumbent governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, who is seeking re-election for another term in office.

APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, and Chairman of the APC National Campaign Council for the Ondo State Governorship Election, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, were among party leaders in Ondo to canvass support for Akeredolu.

Also in attendance included Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abubakar Bello (Niger), Simon Lalong (Plateau), and Babagana Zulum (Borno), among others.

Meanwhile, the National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, and one of the founding fathers of the party chieftain, Bisi Akande, were also in Ondo, but were not present at the venue of the campaign.

APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in Akure, the Ondo State capital on September 5, 2020.

According to a Facebook post by Governor Akeredolu, Tinubu was in the state to commission the new headquarters of the Ondo State Internal Revenue Service in Akure.

The flag-off of Governor Akeredolu’s re-election campaign held in Akure, the state capital a day after he got the endorsement of the President to represent the APC in the poll.

President Muhammadu Buhari who presented the party’s flag to the governor on Friday in Abuja was confident that the APC would with the election fairly.

He had, however, urged members of the ruling party to work diligently and ensure fairness in electoral processes.

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Ondo Election: Buhari Endorses Akeredolu, Says APC Will Win Fairly

President Muhammadu Buhari endorses Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as the APC candidate in the Ondo State governorship election in Abuja on September 4, 2020.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State.

He gave his approval on Friday when he met with the governor who visited him at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

While the meeting was ongoing, President Buhari presented the APC flag to Governor Akeredolu, as a sign of his endorsement.

He urged members of the ruling party to work diligently and ensure fairness in electoral processes, in their bid to return the APC’s governorship candidate for a second term in office.

The President noted that the reconciliation process in the state branch of the party had provided a solid ground for an easier clear victory for the candidate than he achieved in his first term.

He assured Governor Akeredolu of the party’s full support but stressed that a peaceful and fair election that reflects the will of the people must be uppermost.

L-R: Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor Mai Mala Buni, President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, and Governor Simon Lalong at the State House in Abuja on September 4, 2020.

 

President Buhari also urged party supporters not to get carried away with the election at a time when the country was fighting COVID-19 and adhere to the regulations of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

He described the party’s mechanism for resolving differences among aggrieved members as most effective.

The President also stated that the mechanism would be sustained to strengthen relationships and project the objectives of the APC as people-focused and development-oriented.

Governor Akeredolu was presented to the President by the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the APC, Mai Mala Buni, who is also the governor of Yobe State.

The meeting also had in attendance Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his Plateau State counterpart, Governor Simon Lalong, who respectively serve as the chairman and deputy chairman of the party’s National Campaign Council for the Ondo State Governorship Election.

INEC had fixed October 10 to conduct the governorship election across the wards in all local government areas of the state.

Akeredolu Kicks Against States Funding Community Police: I Don’t Think It Will Work

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu.

 

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has kicked against the idea of states funding community policing in the country.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, Akeredolu said the idea would not work.

He disclosed that his colleagues under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum will table the matter before President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention.

“The burden of states will keep increasing. We will be the ones that will fund community police. Where is the money going to come from?

“Except we devolve more money to the states, how will the states fund community police?  I don’t think it is going to work,” he said.

“I am sure that they are taking this thing too far (that) governors will have to pay. We have argued this. They started by saying it will be voluntary, they are not going to pay.

“They now shift the burden on the state governors again. Are you increasing their allocation? Which state governor will accept that?

“I don’t know if other states will pay but we will not pay. Let us be fair to ourselves, we are running a federal system. We will sit down and discuss this because we have a President that has a listening ear.”

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Reacting to his relationship with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, the governor said it is cordial.

He however maintained that the issue between him the Deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi is out of ambition, stressing that Ajayi decided to exit the ruling APC to “where he belongs.”

Governor Akeredolu is optimistic about victory in the October 10 governorship election in the state.

His remarks come two weeks after he inaugurated the pioneer officers of Ondo State Security network Agency Amotekun Corps.

While inaugurating the corps in Akure, the state capital expressed delight with the performance of the pioneer Amotekun Corps officers who just completed their training.

He urged them to put into good use all they were taught during training to ensure the security of life and property in the state.

While soliciting for more funding from the Federal Government to equip the police, governor Akeredolu said that the Amotekun Corps is designed to support the existing security framework in the state.