You Are Not INEC, Ondo APC Tells Mimiko

Ondo Election: Mimiko Condemns INEC's Candidates' List APC reactsThe All Progressives Congress has reacted to a comment by the governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will not take part in the governorship election if Mr Eyitayo Jegede’s name is left out as the candidate of the political party.

Governor Mimiko had insisted that Mr Jegede was the right candidate of the PDP in the state and not Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, whose name was in the list Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released as the candidate of the party.

The decision of the electoral had sparked protests within the state in an electoral process that shows the divide that is in the party.

The electoral body had said that its decision was based on an order from the Federal High Court in Abuja, presided over by Justice Okon Abang.

After several protests could not force the INEC to change its decision, Mr Mimiko said the PDP would not participate in the forthcoming election if the verdict of a panel set up to look at the issue does not reinstate Mr Jegede as the flagbearer of the PDP.

But the APC is not happy with the statement. The party says it will not fold its hands and allow any political party to play games with the future of Ondo people.

The Deputy Director General of Akure Central ‎Senatorial District of the APC, Honourable Ifedayo Abegunde, told reporters in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, that they would put in all efforts to ensure that the November 26 governorship election is not rigged by any political party.

“‎I want to say that the governor is frustrated. He is frustrated because of what has happened to him, regarding his candidate Eyitayo. It is not an easy pill to swallow. If someone is in that state of mind, you have to excuse whatever he says. He is not INEC so who is he to say the election will not hold?” he questions.

“As far as we are concerned, this election will hold on the 26 November and by the grace of God. The APC and its flagbearer, Akeredolu, will surely win that election,” he boasted.

On the wrangling within the APC which led to the emergence of the AD in the state, he said: “The AD, is insignificant.  To build the structure of a party ‎is not a day’s job. The AD used to be in government in Ondo State as far back as the days of Adefarati, but as it is today, nobody knows AD. The people of Ondo State are ready for change and going by our Slogan, We Say “Otun, Otun” meaning “think anew and act anew”.

He expressed hopes that the administration of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, if elected, would lead the people out of economic stress and rejuvenate the state’s economy.

“People of Ondo State are ready for him and we believe the victory will be ours.

“We are committed to doing the right things with this election. We will not allow anyone to rig nor cause chaos before, during or after the election. It will be a peaceful one,” he told reporters.

Also, the Senator representing Akure Central Senatorial District, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, said the APC had been in the opposition for the last eight years, stressing that it is time for the party to move to the mainstream in the state’s polity.

“Our people are responding very well and we are sure of victory. We are not deterred by the movement of some members out of the party to AD, but we are working hard to ensure that everything will be fine for our party.

“There are no wounds, when there is any contest. Some people will feel disgruntled, some will accept the result of the election. I contested and I accepted the result of the election and here I am today working with the candidate of the party.

“I am a party man and I will work for my party and not sabotage it in any way and I believe that by the grace of God, we will achieve the result we all pray for. APC will definitely get to the Government House,” he said expressing optimism on the outcome of the election that will hold on November 26.

Senate Demands Oil Production Sale Report

senateThe National Assembly has asked the Department of Petroleum Resources to begin a daily reporting exercise of oil and gas production and sale to the senate.

According to the Senate Committee on Petroleum, the records are to be submitted on a monthly basis.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, said the data would give an opportunity to have deeper knowledge of activities in the petroleum sector.

The demanded petroleum industry activities will include, data on seismic activities, crude oil production, lifting and allocations as well as exports by destination.

Other details are receipts, gas production, utilisation, sales, transmission and exports.

Governor Ayade Wants Foreign Contractors Paid In Naira

Ben Ayade-Naira-DollarsCross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has advocated for payment of contractual fees and charges to multi-national companies in local currency.

Governor Ben Ayade made the recommendation when he received the Chairman and other members of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources Upstream during a 3-day workshop in Calabar, the state capital.

As part of effort grow the local economy, he said that it was by so doing that the emphasis on dollars would be less and the value for Naira better appreciated.

The Governor pointed out that the activities in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria, which allowed for the sale of crude oil in dollars while the dollar would not return to the CBN, was another issue that should be tackled under the Local Content Law.

While noting that Nigeria is blessed with abundant mineral deposits such as bitumen, gold, iron, among others, he stressed the need to convert these resources into foreign reserves in material terms and bring the Naira to increase its value.

Governor Ben Ayade urged the Federal Government to take a deliberate policy and ensure full implementation of the Local Content Act, to strengthen the Naira.

He also advised that all Liquefied Natural Gas shipment sales out of Nigeria be paid directly to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

In an earlier statement, the Chairman of the visiting committee, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, said that the choice of Calabar for the workshop was not misplaced.

According to the lawmaker, Cross River State has over the years distinguished itself as the preferred destination in Nigeria because of its ambiance and serenity.