The Constitution Does Not Prohibit Us From Running Operation Amotekun, Says Gov Akeredolu

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The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, who is also the Chairman of the Southwest Governors Forum, has said that the nation’s Constitution does not prohibit the governors from running with the ‘Operation Amotekun’.

According to him, the primary purpose of the government is to protect its people and consequently, it is the responsibility of governors to decide on how to go about it.

Akeredolu said this on Wednesday, during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.

“The Constitution does not prohibit us from doing what we are doing” he said.

His comments come a day after the Federal Government declared the exercise as illegal.


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‘Going Ahead’

When asked if consequently, it will be stood down, the governor said they are yet to reach a conclusion on what next to do.

He, however, noted that although it is not in the place of the Attorney General of the Federation to interpret laws, the southwest governors have chosen not to be confrontational over the matter.

“If the Attorney General made a statement, we will not go and say we want to be confrontational but after our meeting, we will take decisions as to what we will do.

“We don’t want any confrontation as such but we know that it is not in the place of the AGF to interpret laws. It is for the court.

“We are elected as governors to protect our people and that’s why we are the chief security officers in the state. So, it is for us to determine what we want to do for our people and we have taken that decision.

“Amotekun is going to go head, but like I said, we will meet and get back to you”.

The security body was recently launched by the governors of the Southwest states to tackle kidnapping and other criminal activities in the zone.

But the Federal Government maintained that “the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has established the Army, Navy and Airforce, including the Police and other numerous paramilitary organisations for the purpose of the defence of Nigeria”.

Consequently, it says no other authority at the state level, whether the executive or legislature has the legal authority over defence.

APC Lifts Suspension On Okorocha, Amosun, Akeredolu, Others

Rochas Okorocha      Ibikunle Amosun         Uguru Usani                  Osita Okechukwu      Rotimi Akeredolu

 

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has lifted the suspension on Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, as well as Senator Ibikunle Amosun and Senator Rochas Okorocha.

It also lifted the suspension on Osita Okechukwu and Pastor Uguru Usani.

The National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party, Mr Lanre Issa-Onilu, announce this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Monday.

He explained that the APC National Working Committee (NWC) took the decision in line with the party’s deliberate policy of fairness and actions targeted at ensuring harmony within the party across the country.

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“Through the suspension, our party has shown the capacity and willingness to implement its own rules and enforce discipline when there is an infraction.

“We have also shown that no individual is above discipline and that the party would always apply equity and justice in the day to day running of the party,” he said.

Issa-Onilu advised the concerned party members to seize the opportunity to fully reconcile themselves with their ward, local government, and state party structures.

He also asked them to key into the party’s activities and continue to make their contributions to the growth and stability of the APC.

“We urge them to also take steps to reconcile with groups and individuals that are important to ensuring a lasting solution to any conflict that may exist in their respective states,” the APC spokesman said.

Akeredolu Presents Staff Of Office To Olowo Of Owo

 

The Olowo of Owo, Ondo State, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, has been presented with the staff and instrument of office from the state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

The ceremony which took place at the premises of the king’s palace on Saturday attracted dignitaries from far and wide who came to felicitate with the Olowo.

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Speaking while presenting the staff of office to Oba Ogunoye, governor Akeredolu stressed that the people of the town will enjoy a reign that will witness peace and development.

He stated that after wide consultation, the choice of Oba Ogunoye is a collective one and the healing process for the town has just commenced.

“The presentation of an instrument of appointment and staff of office to my king Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, as the Olowo of Owo Kingdom, enjoys the approval of God; he enjoys the approval of our ancestors and other aspirants who contested against him.

“This choice no doubt has set the stage for a reign which promises to witness unprecedented peace and development in Owo.

“I know all your concern; I have had discussions with you overtime since you came into this office; I’m sure you are interested in the development of this town and adjoining towns and villages; the healing process has commenced in a town which has experienced a serious crisis in the past.”

Oba Ogunoye in his speech urged the youths to venture into agriculture and address the challenges facing the town collectively.

“I must inform you that these activities were put in place to proffer solutions to the challenges facing the kingdom; Infrastructural provision, lack of unity, unemployment, illiteracy, and lack of skills among our people, prevalent cult activities particularly amongst our youths, abandonment of agriculture, lack of interest in business activities within the kingdom.

“We thank God that unity is being restored in the land and we must consolidate on that. We must encourage ourselves, particularly the youths, to go back to the farms.”

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Akeredolu’s Wife Calls On Igbos In Ondo To Be United

Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has called on Igbos in the state to remain united, indivisible and focused in their sojourn in the Sunshine State.

Mrs Akeredolu stated this in her message during the inauguration of the Igbos in APC, Akoko north east chapter, Ikare Akoko.

The first lady stated that with unity of purpose, Igbos will definitely be in the fore front of socio-economic development in the state.

She advised the group to work hard in getting more people of Igbo origin to join the APC and strive to be part of all activities in the party.

Mrs Akeredolu whose message was delivered by the state secretary of Igbos in APC, Mr Alex Uka, charged them to avoid division.

The caretaker chairman of Akoko north east local government, Mr Rafiu Eniayewu who posited that Igbos have been supporting Akeredolu for long, implored them to feel free to mingle with other party members in the council area.

Eniayewu who assured the Igbos of no discrimination said whatever the tribe of its members, the APC is one and therefore enjoined them to go all out and woo more Igbos to the party.

He, further, assured them of equal treatment in the party saying that with their unity, Igbos could contest for elective posts in the council.

The Akoko northeast APC chairman, Bolatito Babalola charged members of the group to abide by the constitution of the party and cooperate with all party officials.

Bolatito also charged them to go home and invite all people of the Igbo tribe to the party.

On his part, the state coordinator of the group, Arinze Okafor called on indigenes to see Igbo APC members as their own and not a threat.

Okafor posited that Igbos are coming into the party not to take over the party but to give their support.

“They are not coming to take over. They will serve as a bridge between the party and the indigbos.” he stated.

Ondo Governor Akeredolu, Appoints SSG Others

Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu,The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has approved the appointment of Honourable Ifedayo Abegunde as the Secretary to the State Government, and Mr Olugbenga Ale as the Chief of Staff to the Governor.

The approval was disclosed in a statement issued on Monday from the office of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

According to the statement, Governor Akeredolu approved the appointment of seven others which he said takes immediate effect.

Mr Jones Ogunmusire was appointed the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Administration and Policy Planning, Honourable Taofeek Olawale Abdusalam as the SSA on Legislative Matters, and Mr Kunle Adebayo as SSA on Research and Documentation.

Other appointments include: SSA on Infrastructure, Mr Raheem Olayiwola Aminu; SSA on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr. Doyin Odebowale; Chief of Protocol, Tosin Ogunbodede, and Deputy Chief of Protocol, Bola Alabi.

Cleric Advises Akeredolu To Run Government Like Awolowo, Ajasin

Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu, Sam Olu-Alo, Obafemi Awolowo, Adekunle AjasinThe Ondo State Governor-elect, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has been advised to follow the steps of some past leaders in ensuring good governance.

The Coordinator of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Oke Erio, Ekiti State and founder of CAC Grace of Mercy Prayer Mountain (GMPM), Prophet Sam Olu-Alo, asked Mr Rotimi to take a cue from the late Premier of Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo, and late former Governor of Ondo State, Adekunle Ajasin.

Prophet Olu-Alo, who said the two late elder statesmen executed life-transforming projects, programmes and policies that people still benefit from, tasked the awaiting governor not to fall short of such when he assumes office in February.

The cleric made the call during the three-year anniversary thanksgiving of CAC GMPM (Adamimogo Outreach) in Akure, the Ondo State capital which climaxed its nine-day ‘open air crusade’ at the GMPM grounds.

He urged Nigerians irrespective of class and status to embrace God with a view to getting Nigeria out of its present condition.

The clergyman also tasked President Muhammadu Buhari and the 36 state governors to execute people-oriented projects that would outlive them.

Put God First

“They should implement projects and policies that (would have) positive impact on the land and people which will speak for them long after they might have left office or even dead.

“That is how they can always be remembered and fulfil the purpose (for which) God put them in office.

“The Governor-elect of Ondo State should come to office with that mind and work for the good of the people.

“He should put God first and do the will of God who made his electoral victory possible. He should embrace all without discrimination,” Prophet Olu-Alo said.

Nigeria Needs Prayers

The cleric said CAC GMPM Adamimogo Outreach came into being to ensure restoration of the souls that had wandered away from God, to deliver the oppressed, to reveal God’s mind to human beings and let them know that God still answers prayers.

He urged Nigerians of all classes and status to be determined to return to God.

“For instance, when you look at America; it is not as if the people don’t (commit) sin but they fear God. They value human lives.

But here (in Nigeria), there is no value for human lives; even murderers are being celebrated.

“There is no fear of God; there is need for repentance, then prayers and love. Nigeria needs prayers.

“This is why I still reiterated the need for a day to be set aside for men of God across different denominations to gather to pray for the country”.

Ondo APC Promises Better Days In 2017

Ondo APC Promises Better Days in 2017The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has promised the people of the state that 2017 would bring better days under the administration of the Governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu.

The party made this promise as it felicitated with the people of the state on the dawn of a New Year 2017.

The message signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Steve Otaloro, reads: “We admonish the people of Ondo State to keep hope alive in the face of the current economic quagmire in the state as there will be light at the end of the tunnel.

“Our state is blessed with enough natural resources and quality human power, but the inability of the government to harness these rare opportunities is the bane of the state development.

“We only focus over the years on funds accruing to the state from the Federation Account and unfortunately we do not make good use of it and diversify the sources of generating internal revenue.

“We (APC) are assuring you the good people of Ondo State that we are going to look beyond money from the central and explore all other resources we have through engagement of personalities with economic acumen and expertise in turning the fortunes of our dear state round for the benefit of all.

“Everyone, particularly those in the private sector would be provided the enabling environment to operate and cottage industries would be encouraged by the All Progressives Congress-led administration to create jobs and reduce poverty rate in the state drastically before long.

“We are calling on the people to prepare to key into various people-oriented programmes of Barrister Akeredolu’s government which would be rolled out on assumption of office in February, which promised to turn the economic situation in the state round.”

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.

I Won’t Probe Past Government In Ondo, Akeredolu Says

I Won't Probe Past Ondo Government, Rotimi Akeredolu SaysOndo state governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu says his Ondo election victory was a manifestation of God’s power and he would like to focus on this mandate rather than probe the past government.

Reacting to the conduct and outcome of the election in Akure on Monday, the APC candidate said that he was surprised by the margin of votes between him and his closest rivals.

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

He polled 244, 842 votes to beat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 150, 380 votes, while Mr Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) followed with 126, 889 votes.

“What has happened in this election is quite beyond my personal expectations but then it is a case of saying we cannot limit God – I want to believe it is God-given victory to the people of Ondo state.

“What was beyond my imagination was the magnitude – the number of votes we scored vis-a-vis what two other contestants scored. I never believed that the margin would be that wide,” Akeredolu said.

Therefore, on the issue of probing the state’s accounts, the Governor-elect said that this is a venture he would not embark upon.

“I don’t believe in probes. What I believe in is that I’ve been given a mandate to govern the state and when I come into office I will face the task.

“The past is the past and I am one person who believes that government is a continuum,” he said.

Party Support

Mr Akeredolu went into the election without the support of some key members of the his party and this further made his victory a surprise for many.

He, however, maintained that the support of the party is more important than individuals’ in an election.

“I believe that the party included everybody. So, the party gave us support and whether we like it or not, that will be larger than what an individual can give.

“If you have a national party behind you, it is larger than what any individual can give. So I believe that whatever individuals have done, they must have done through the party.”

Industrialization

Mr Rotimi Akeredolu promised during his campaign to bring back the industries in the states and he provided an explanation of how he intends to achieve this.

“I used the word revamp when I was talking about the educational infrastructures and co, but when it comes to the issue of industries, I have argued during my campaign that people use the word wrongly.

“They say to us some industries are moribund (but) most of these industries are dead. So, its not easy to wake up a dead person and just like an industry, you cannot wake them up.

“The important thing is that industrialization is important to us and we are going to have to get as many people as are interested.

“We have the sand for glass industry in the south. It is not necessary we have to go back to Oluwa Industry, the furnace there is already old and the technology there is no longer in use.

“So all we need is to have people come. We will provide the enabling environment for them and they can start another one. It might be in the same premises.

“We have industry on ceramics in Ifon. We are thinking about what we have on cement and I know that in the next few weeks, many more will come.”

He said that foreign investors have been approaching him to invest in the state even before the election and he was sure that with an enabling environment a lot of development would be achieved in Ondo state.

Ondo Could Not Have Made A Better Choice – Saraki

Ondo Could Not Have Made a Better Choice - SarakiSenate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has congratulated the Governor-Elect of Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, over his victory in the governorship election in the state, describing him as the best choice for the state.

Saraki, in a statement by his media aide, said Akeredolu’s victory did not come to him as surprise going by his excellent credentials and years of preparedness for the business of governance.

He urged the Governor-elect to be magnanimous in victory by ensuring that he works with all relevant stakeholders in the arduous task of moving the Sunshine State to the next level.

He specifically urged Akeredolu to fully deploy his wealth of experience in private legal practice in running the affairs of the state.

He lauded the security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the peaceful conduct of the elections and thanked the people of Ondo State for voting for the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the elections.

“The people of Ondo have made a clear choice by voting for the APC. I can only assure the good people of Ondo that the APC and its flagbearer have all it takes to wipe away your tears and provide you the dividends of democracy that have hitherto eluded you.

“With Akeredolu on the saddle of governance, I have no doubt that the state will soon witness unparalleled development both socially, economically and politically.

“Ondo could not have made a better choice than Akeredolu. Welcome on board,” he stated.

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.

Mimiko Wishes Akeredolu Success Ahead Of Tenure

mimiko, akeredolu,Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has sent his congratulatory message to the Governor-Elect, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN).

Mimiko in a statement signed on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola, said “it behoves of him as the Governor of Ondo State to congratulate the Governor-elect, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, (SAN), and wish him success in the challenging task of governing our dear State.”

The Ondo Governor said “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,” he said.

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

He said “I use this medium to express my sincere appreciation to all our citizens for the very peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the election period.

“I will not waiver in providing needed leadership to our dear State till the last day of my term,” he promised.

He enjoined residents to strive to sustain the peace enjoyed in the state for the past seven years, promising to speak with them as occasion demands as his “eight year tenure inches to an end.”

Buhari Says Akeredolu's Ondo Election Victory Was 'A Huge Win'

Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari, in a congratulatory message, also described the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, as “a huge win“.

Akeredolu, emerged as winner of the Ondo state gubernatorial election, held on November 26, 2016.

In his acceptance speech, the governor-elect stated “there has been obvious neglect of people in the rural areas, and his government will focus more on grassroots development.

He then promised to go straight into work, to bring about improvement in all aspects of the state’s economy.