Ekiti Chairman Beaten up by Political Thugs

The Ekiti People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Delegates congress faced crisis on Saturday leading to an attack on a former Chairman of Ikere Local Gvernment, Mr. Mr Banji Aluko.

Aluko was beaten up by persons suspected to be political thugs over allegation that he was working against ‘Ikere Agenda’, fashioned by Gov. Ayo Fayose in support of his deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola.

Aluko , who led a group of youth to the secretariat of the party to register his protest over alleged subversion of the opposition’s will, was chased away from the congress.

The supporter of former works minister, Mr, Dayo Adeyeye, was beaten with canes and cudgels and his sparkling apparel heavily stained.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye said Aluko accused the Deputy governor and a member of the House of Assembly representing Ikere constituency 1, Mr. Wale Ayeni, as the masterminds of the attack.

“Our group won election at Ogbonjana ward 7 and we were rejoicing only for these thugs to pounce on me and started beating me.

“I have reported the case to the police and proper action will be taken against the sponsors,” he added.

The fragile peace brokered recently in the party broke down as the political gladiators squared up in virtually all the 177 wards, where elected delegates were expected to emerge, preparatory for the May 8 governorship primary.

The major gladiators are Governor Fayose; former Minister of Works, Mr. Dayo Adeyeye and Senator representing Ekiti south, Sen. Abiodun Olujimi.

They engaged in battle of wits in the delegates’ election.

While Fayose is backing his deputy, Olusola to succeed him in the July 14 governorship poll, the duo of Adeyeye and Olujimi were also contesting the same seat.

Adeyeye described the congress as a charade, calling for outright cancellation of the exercise to prevent anarchy.

Adeyeye said the election was “brazenly manipulated” in all the 177 wards , accusing the leaders of PDP Ad hoc committees sent to the 16 local governments of diverting the materials meant for the election.

Former Senate President, David Mark , led other top hierarchy of the party to conduct the congress.

The National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Uche Secondus and members of the National Working Committee, as well as Senator Mark, were in Ado Ekiti last Wednesday to mediate between the opposing camps.

Tension was particularly high in Ikere Ekiti, hometown of the Fayose’s deputy , as factions fought over the control of the Ikere local government delegates in all the eleven wards in the council.

Adeyeye, who spoke through his Media Assistant, Niyi Ojo, said: “There was no election anywhere in the state. Those loyal to Fayose sat somewhere and wrote the list of delegates.

“What really marvelled us was that the committees sent by the national headquarters to conduct the election didn’t go to the wards, they
diverted,” he alleged (NAN)

Herdsmen Attack: Ayodele Fayose Supports Wole Soyinka’s Call For Organized Resistance

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose has supported Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyika who recently called for an organized incursion of herdsmen in the country to stop the recent attacks.

Governor Fayose said: “The comfort our leaders enjoy from their office is momentary. But the suffering of the people may be permanent if the leaders continue to look away as if nothing is happening just because they are enjoying the comfort of their office.”

According to a statement, yesterday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said he was particularly happy that notable leaders in the country, especially Prof Soyinka heeded his call for all men of good conscience to speak up against the wanton killing of Nigerians by herdsmen, who are acting more like terrorists.

He said Ekiti State will further strengthen local hunters in the States by formally bringing them together under Ekiti State Hunters Association, EKSA, and equipping them to protect our people and their sources of livelihood.

Fayose, who said that the herdsmen menace has become a major security and economic threat in the country, added that it was clear that the federal government was not ready to do anything to stop killings of Nigerians and invasion of people’s farms by herdsmen.

The governor maintained that those approaching the herdsmen menace with ethnic and religious sentiments were not helping the country, saying; “What Nigeria is witnessing now is pure criminality. It is terrorism in the name of cattle rearing and anyone defending the killing of fellow Nigerians and destruction of farmlands is an enemy of this country.

“If our people have decided to embrace farming, how do we reconcile a situation where their farms are either being destroyed by cows or cruelly set ablaze by supposed herdsmen?

“Today, in many parts of the country, people are even afraid to go to the farm for fear of being killed by supposed herdsmen. How do we promote agriculture under this kind of situation?

“Therefore, I salute the courage of Prof Soyinka for speaking out, though late, but it is better late than never.

“Those armed herdsmen are nothing but another form of Boko Haram insurgents and they must be treated as such.”

 

Obasanjo’s Letter Makes Some Sense But The Writer Is Not Deserving Of The Letter- Ayo Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose has expressed his point of view on the open letter released by Former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Fayose according to a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary issued in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday described ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to President Muhammadu Buhari as belated and self-serving.

Fayose said, ” It is a face-saving letter after Obasanjo, who led the cabals that imposed Buhari, had seen that Nigerians have turned back from following the president.

“Damning as the Obasanjo letter was and although it makes some sense, the writer is not deserving of the letter. “Obasanjo is not the right person to write that letter” Fayose insisted “He was the leader of those who deceived Nigerians and lied to the international community to support Buhari. “Nigerians have already made up their minds to show Buhari the exit next year with or without Obasanjo’s self-serving letter “So Obasanjo should not take the credit. He should not reap where he has not sown.

“Nevertheless, President Buhari should heed ex-President Obasanjo’s advice and go home and rest. “President Buhari has overstayed his welcome”, he added “Obasanjo himself should heed his own advice to Buhari by also going home to rest. Both Obasanjo and Buhari are analogue in this digital age and have expired.

“We have been hearing of Obasanjo since we were in the primary school. “It is time for him to vacate the public political space. When Nigerians hear him speak nowadays, they hiss.”

Obsanjo The Most Corrupt President In Nigeria- Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has accused former President Olusegun Obsanjo of being the most corrupt President to have ever ruled the country.

He said this in a statement issued on his behalf by Lere Olayinka, his special assistant on public communications.

“Obasanjo that I know does not have morals rights to accuse anyone of corruption because he eats and sleeps with corruption,” he said.

“If anyone must accuse the church in Nigeria of promoting corruption, that person cannot be Obasanjo because he presided over the most corrupt government in the history of Nigeria.”

“Where did Obasanjo get the stupendous wealth he is parading since he was a pauper before he became president?” Fayose asked.

“Where did he get the trillions of naira that he deployed to his failed third term bid? How can Obasanjo, under whose tenure Nigeria witnessed Halliburton scandal be sermonising about corruption? Who introduced politics of Ghana-must-go bags to the national assembly?

“Who was the president when sacks of money were displayed on the floor of the house of representatives, as bribe money given to some reps members to impeach the then speaker, Ghali N’abba?

“Under whose administration was the out-of-court settlement in the ‎controversial $1.09 billion Malabu oil block initiated in 2006?”

This accusation was a retaliation to Obasanjo’s words to the Clergy  speaking on at the 2017 convention lecture of Victory Life Bible Church International, Abeokuta, Ogun state, on Saturday. He had accused church leaders of accepting gifts without questioning their sources.

Fayose Hails Osinbajo, to Host S/West Govs Monday

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has praised the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for sending the name of Justice Walter Onnoghen to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Fayose said this action saved the judiciary and Nigeria from unnecessary tension.

According to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said “On this one, Prof. Osinbajo has shown that he listens, unlike President Muhammadu Buhari that has ruled the country like a military dictator. I salute the Acting President.”

Meanwhile, Fayose will on Monday welcome South Western governors governors in Ado-Ekiti in continuation of their regular meetings aimed at ensuring regional integration.

Another statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday said the meeting would “continue to pursue a unified framework for tackling the development challenges of the region.

“At their last meeting hosted by the Oyo State Government in Ibadan on 21 November, 2016, it was resolved that the next meeting of the forum should be hosted by the Ekiti State Government.

“This meeting is expected to take some critical decisions in respect of the mission of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, for which all the state governments have declared their commitment.

“Governors from Ekiti, Osun, Ondo, Oyo, Ogun and Lagos are to attend the meeting,” the statement said.

Group Demands Prosecution of Ekiti Governor Fayose Over Arms Money

Some protesters under the aegis of “Patriotic Mothers Without Borders”, on Friday, January 20, 2017 stormed the EFCC Abuja headquarters calling for the “arrest, investigation and prosecution” of Ayo Fayose, governor of Ekiti State, over his involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal.

Chanting “Fayose must go”, the women numbering about 300 carried various placards and banners with inscriptions like: “EFCC Must Prosecute Fayose”, “Corruption is Corruption”, “Fayose is being tormented by the blood of innocent Nigerians slaughtered by Boko Haram”.

Convener of the group, Nnenna Jideofor, accused Fayose of stealing part of funds meant to equip the military in the fight against terrorism.

She said: “The gravity of the crime does not permit that we wait indefinitely for Fayose to leave office; he would have finished spending his share of the loot by then, and he has all the time to destroy evidence.”

While presenting its petition to Umar Mohammed, Deputy Director Operations, Abuja, Jideofor expressed discontent at the ruling of Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Ekiti, ordering the EFCC to de-freeze Fayose’s Zenith Bank account, that the agency earlier froze having been linked to the arms deal scandal.

“As mothers, we beg the EFCC to as a matter of urgency, investigate how much Fayose gave lawmakers of Ekiti State House of Assembly who we believe have lost their souls to an overlord,” she added.

Responding, Mohammed assured the “mothers with borders” that the agency takes all petitions seriously, and that of the women would be given adequate attention.

“We are not selective in our operations, and every petition received is thoroughly investigated, no matter how highly placed the person is,” he said.

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Fayose Storms Zenith Bank, Withdraws N5m Cash

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose on Thursday stormed the Ado-Ekiti branch of the Zenith Bank to make withdrawal from his hitherto frozen account following a federal high court order asking the bank to de-freeze the governor’s account.

Governor Fayose who made a withdrawal of N5 million in cash and thanked Nigerians for standing with him and against the recklessness of the EFCC.

Details later.

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Court Orders EFCC To Unfreeze Fayose’s Accounts

A Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to immediately unfreeze the accounts of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

Saying the action was against due process, Justice Taiwo Taiwo said the anti-graft agency did not follow the laid down regulations in freezing the accounts.

Justice Taiwo gave the order while delivering judgment in a suit filed by Fayose through his lawyer, Mr. Mike Ozekhome (SAN).

The commission had frozen Fayose’s accounts after allegedly tracing N4.7bn from the office of the National Security Adviser to the accounts.

The governor had approached the court through an ex parte order seeking a mandatory order de-freezing the accounts but the court ordered that the respondents be placed on notice.

Delivering judgment in the suit on Wednesday, Justice Taiwo said the EFCC’s action breached the governor’s fundamental rights to fair hearing, as the commission did not make him a party to the proceedings for the interim freezing of the account.

He said it was also the duty of any presiding judge to protect the constitution and its interpretations whenever the need arose.

Justice Taiwo described Fayose as “a genuinely deprived person who rushed to the court to seek constitutional protection.”

“The plaintiff is entitled to be heard before his property or money can be seized, doing otherwise will amount to denying him fair hearing and constitutional rights.”

The judge agreed with Ozekhome that the EFCC suppressed facts by not disclosing the identity of the plaintiff (Fayose) to the court that granted the interim freezing order that the two accounts that were frozen belonged to a governor  who enjoys total constitutional immunity.

Besides, he stated that the EFCC did not provide any credible evidence empowering it to carry out the freezing of the accounts.

The judge declared that being a person covered fully by immunity under Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution, no legal proceedings could be instituted against Fayose.

“I hereby give a mandatory order directing the respondents jointly or severally to immediately de-freeze, unblock and make operational both accounts belonging to the applicant,” the judge said.

However, the EFCC has faulted the order urging it to lift the restriction placed on Fayose’s  bank accounts.

The EFCC said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, that the order which was delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo was at variance with another order given by Justice M. B Idris, granting the EFCC permission to freeze Fayose’s accounts.

The commission said it would appeal the judgement soon.

Fayose Presents N93bn Budget To Ekiti Assembly

There was drama yesterday at the Ekiti State House of Assembly when Governor Ayo Fayose presented the 2017 Appropriation Bill.
The governor wore a black T-shirt, a camouflage fez cap and a camouflage pair of trousers.
Fayose said he dressed that way because “we are in serious wartime in Nigeria. We are at war in Nigeria”.
After concluding the abridged budget speech, he described himself as “the Speaker of the Assembly” and the Speaker, Kola Oluwawole, is his “representative”.
Fayose said: “I am the Speaker of this Assembly. Oluwawole is representing me here.
“I am the Speaker, he is the Acting Speaker therefore, if I say this budget will be passed by me, it will be passed.”
The governor lampooned the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for allegedly inflicting hardship on Nigerians.
He claimed that the November allocation for Ekiti has not been given any cash backing.
Fayose condemned the Federal Government for the alleged crackdown on Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
The “Budget of Consolidation” was N93, 456, 399, 143.40, which was aimed at completing ongoing projects.
He alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government plans to put Wike under house arrest by midnight Thursday ahead of Saturday’s National and State Assembly rerun.
Fayose promised that the Ado Ekiti flyover and the new Erekesan Market projects will be delivered December next year.
He said the new Governor’s Office, new High Court complex and dual carriage ways in Emure, Ise and the ones to be started in Ilawe, Ijero and the third phase in Ikere will also be delivered next October.
The governor pledged that there will be massive renovation of primary schools while attention will be paid to rural electrification.
Oluwawole and other lawmakers promised to give the budget speedy consideration.

Fayose Presents N93.4 Billion Budget To Ekiti House

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, on Tuesday, December 6, presented a N93.4bn budget for 2017 tagged, “Budget of Higher Height” to the state House of Assembly in Ado Ekiti, state capital.

According to the 2017 budget, the Recurrent Expenditure is ‎N55.02bn which is 59 percent of the budget, while ‎Capital Expenditure is N38.42 bn or 41 percent of the estimates. The total package is of the budget is 33 percent higher than the N70.5bn presented for 2016.

Fayose said that the increment was due to the economic recession and high exchange rate of dollar.

However, there was a mild drama during presentation when the governor said he was the one in charge at the assembly that Kola Oluwawole, speaker, was only holding brief for him. “I am the speaker, he (Oluwawole) is on that seat on my behalf. He is the acting speaker; therefore, he cannot be wrong.  If he is wrong, we will take it to the Government House and resolve it. Therefore, I will pass the budget myself.”

While appraising the 2016 Budget, Fayose said the state only recorded 89 percent performance due to unfavourable economic climate in the country, which according to him, negatively affected the state government. ‎He said out of proportional estimated revenue of N58.7bn for 2016, only N52.4bn was realised as actual revenue.

The governor also announced that he would go to the mountain on December 14 and return on December 21 with predictions for Nigeria.

He said that almost all his predictions for 2016 had come to pass, alleging that there were plans by the federal government to place Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State under house arrest on Thursday, December 8, two days before the legislative rerun elections in the state.

“There is a grand plan to put Governor Wike under house arrest and if he resists, his life will come to an end,” he said.

The governor, who was clad in a military camouflage, lamented that security challenges in the country had made things worse, adding that robbery and kidnapping had become the order of the day.

“It is quite horrifying; Nigeria is moving towards a one-party state. The disobedience against court order. It is shameful that the Federal government is sponsoring rally against court judgments. Today, the judiciary is blackmailed to submission.

“We beg the international community not to look away; Nigerians are suffering, human rights abuses are on the rise,” he said.

Fayose May Dump PDP

Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has hinted that he may have to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for another party in a build up to the 2018 governorship election in the state.

Fayose, who dropped the hint in Ikere Ekiti yesterday, while meeting with the members of the Suppliers’ Association of Nigeria, Ikere chapter, said “I don’t know the platform I will use for the 2018 election yet and at the appropriate time, I will tell you.“We are still studying the situation. We have to play the game left, right and centre and whoever we are going to use and the platform, you will all be part of the process because party politics is about the people”.

Fayose also said the victory of Rotimi Akeredolu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Saturday’s governorship poll in Ondo State does not in any way threaten the popularity and general acceptability of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Ekiti.

The Governor, who described Akeredolu’s victory at the poll as a contrivance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in cahoot with APC, added that the victory did not confer legitimacy on the poll or lent credence to the fact that Ondo electorate had voted rightly.
“You all saw how people sold their votes in Ondo state, I am confident that that will not happen in Ekiti. I am close to the people; you are the source of my strength.

Even if it requires just 48 hours to any election, if I tell you where to go, you will surely follow me there”, Fayose said.