I’m Still In Race For Presidency- Fayose

Despite the fact that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party has zoned the presidential ticket foe Elections 2019 to the North, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said that he is still in the race for the 2019 presidential election.

Speaking during an interactive session with teachers in public primary and secondary schools at the Government House in Ado Ekiti, Fayose said, “I am still in the presidential race. I am only waiting for the time the Ekiti governorship election will hold so I can have the time.

“Though I am making contacts and I am reaching out to the people that matter across the country, I have no role to play, only the NWC will present the delegates’ lists for them to elect the candidate. So, I won’t interfere despite my support for Prof. Kolapo Olusola.

“I have no regret supporting Olusola. If it were those people I had supported, they won’t be abusing me. But they remain our brothers and sisters and we are going to put our house in order at the right time so that we can be on the same page.”

Fayose appealed to the teachers to support Olusola the way they supported him in the June 21, 2014 governorship election, where he defeated Fayemi.

On the agitations of some aggrieved PDP aspirants that Fayose should be prevented from interfering with the primary, the governor gave an assurance that the state had no role to play in the primary election, saying it was the prerogative of the Chief Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee.

Some aggrieved PDP aspirants such as a former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye; Senator Biodun Olujimi, Owoseeni Ajayi and Amb Dare Bejide, had at a joint press conference on Monday advised Secondus to stop Fayose from playing any role in the primary.

The PDP has battled a series of internal fightings which political analysts suggest has weakened the party’s impact as a worth opposition and also dimmed its chances at the next polls.

Gbajabiamila Backs Fayose Over NGF’s $1billion ECA Approval To Fight Boko Haram

Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, the Leader of the House of Representatives, on Sunday said the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has the moral right to kick against the Nigerian Governors’ Forum decision to approve $1 billion from Excess Crude Account to fight Boko Haram.

Recalled that the state governors at a meeting of the National Executive Council announced they approved the withdrawal of $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account to be used to fight the insurgents.

In a swift reaction to the development, Mr Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State described the gesture as a surreptitious move by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government to fund President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in 2019.

He disassociated himself from the gesture, saying he doesn’t agree with the decision.

Reacting to Mr. Fayose’s criticism, Mr. Gbajabiamila in a statement said, “On whether Gov Fayose or any other Gov has a right to kick I believe he does.”

“The ECA I have always maintained is an illegal account and I instituted a court action against it during then Jonathan administration. Unfortunately until a final decision has been made by the courts the account is still operative,” the statement read.

“Where the governors have decided to ‘donate’ some of their funds from the ECA to fight Boko Haram, their state assemblies can kick against it that such was not appropriated by them.

“I do agree that due process wasn’t followed by the governors as they should have sought approval of their states before the donation. It is however not for the national assembly to complain on behalf of the state assemblies.

“This is part of the principle of separation of powers in a constitutional democracy. The national assembly can only discuss the portion of the federal government money spent if any.

“On whether governor Fayose or any other governor has a right to kick I believe he does.

“No matter how inappropriate if he does not accede to the request or deduction from his state’s portion there is no amount of consensus that can bind him as postulated by the chairman of the governors forum because such portion belongs to his state and not to the governors forum. So he may be entitled to a refund.”

Dokpesi, Adeniran Reject Outcome Of PDP Convention

The Peoples Democratic Party national convention has ended but the project which was fraught with crisis, controversies, internal squabbles and dramatic withdrawals by party big wigs has ended on the same controversial note despite the emergence of a winner.

Two Chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party , PDP, Chief Raymond Dokpesi and Prof. Tunde Adeniran have rejected the outcome of the party’s national convention in different media interviews even before results were announced.

Dokpesi said he rejected the elections following alleged distribution of a so-called unity list to delegates, describing it as a charade that may destroy the party.

Similarly, Taiwo Akeju, Director, Media and Publicity of the Adeniran Campaign, called for the cancellation of the entire exercise.

He also called on the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the party to takeover the affairs of the party until proper election would be conducted, since the National Caretaker Committee has been dissolved.

Adeniran accused Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers and Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti of being the masterminds of the unity list distributed to the delegates.

“We reject the entire electoral process. The election has been grossly compromised to achieve a predetermined end.

He said “The illegal unity list is prepared by governors Wike and Ayodele Fayose to foist on the entire delegates”.

EFCC Advises Fayose To Face Task Of Governing Ekiti And Stop Baseless Accusations

Following the accusation of the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose saying the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had given Femi Falana properties from the recovered pension funds, the commission has released a statement to address the accusation.

Read the full statement below;

‘The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) takes exception to the attempt by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to impugn the integrity of its Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, over the management of assets recovered from pension fraud suspects. The governor, who addressed the media today in Ado Ekiti, was quoted as saying that respected Lagos lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana, “was one of many highly placed Nigerians who allegedly were compensated by the EFCC and Ibrahim Magu with properties retrieved from corrupt government officials.’

‘This is the most irresponsible allegation, coming from a governor of a state. Will Fayose, in good conscience be able to name the “prominent Nigerians’, that the EFCC and Magu supposedly ‘dashed seized properties to curry their favors’?

‘The EFCC does not need to ingratiate discerning Nigerians to win their support. The Commission’s record and the uncommon commitment of Magu to the fight against corruption is the reason why patriots like Falana would openly identify with the Commission’.

‘Magu and the EFCC did not give out any property, being suspected proceeds of crime, to anybody. The Commission never received any property from Abdulrasheed Maina and could not be compensating people for what does not exist. If Fayose has evidence to the contrary, he is at liberty to call another world press conference to expose all the prominent Nigerians’.

‘Otherwise, he should face the task of governing Ekiti and the challenge of accounting for his stewardship as his tenure hits the homestretch’.

Court Orders Fayose To Pay N234m To Fayemi’s Appointees

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) has ordered the Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose to pay over N234 million to the chairmen for allegedly disengaging them without following due process and also members of statutory commissions appointed by former Governor Kayode Fayemi.

Members of fayemi’s  appointees that were sacked by the Ekiti State government are… State Independent National ElectoralCommission (SIEC), Civil Service Commission (CSC), House of AssemblyService Commission (HASC) and the Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) on assumption of office in October 2014 when their tenures were still subsisting.

Sequel to this, the officials through their lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), had approached the court to reverse their unlawful sack and reinstate them into the commissions.

The claimants said they had not served out their tenures by the time the governor sacked them.

The court gave the verdict while delivering judgment in separate suits filed by the sacked members of the commissions against the governor of Ekiti State and the Attorney General of Ekiti State.

 

 

Source: This Day

2019: CAN Endorses Fayose For Presidency

The Ekiti State governor Fayose’s presidential ambition has been supported by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

The Association believes that Fayose is the ‘man that can move Nigeria forward.’

On October 16, 2017, a letter signed by CAN National General Secretary, Rev. Dr Musa Asake, the group urged fayose not be deterred or distracted by people who have nothing to offer the country.

It read;

“Unarguably, you have done what many of our politicians; Christians in particular, do not have the courage to do. This is why I agree with you, hook, line, and sinker, when in your speech you said inter alia, ‘You are all witnesses to my commitment to this party in this difficult period, where I have demonstrated uncommon courage that makes me stand out as capable of leading our country at this time.

Your Excellency, because you are known to doing great in your leadership and that you will move this country forward, the enemies of progress are not happy with your declaration and are not sleeping well.

The devil will use many, even those who might be closer to you, to try to create lies, false accusation, spread rumors, just to distract people from seeing the good leadership qualities that are in you.

In times like this, if honest and courageous leaders like you are not careful, this can bring discouragement. Be assured that the Lord, who has led you in your leadership as the governor of Ekiti State at this time, will never let you down

Your critics have the right to say whatever they want, that is to be expected anyway. No leader should expect applause from his critics. The leader that Nigeria really needs is the one that shuns the cosmetic approach because he knows it is superficial and the ‘quick fix it’ approach because he knows it is temporary. The country needs a leader who has the courage to face problems honestly, the wisdom to understand them, the strength to do something about them and the faith to trust God to do the rest.”

“My Mercedes Gwagon Was Set Ablaze By My Enemies”- Fayose

The Ekiti state Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, has finally reacted to the fire accident that burnt his luxurious Mercedes Gwagon in Lagos.

Fayose speaking on a monthly Radio and Television Programme in Ado-Ekiti, Fayose, who said he would neither be swayed nor distracted by the incident, also thanked God for saving his life.

He said;

“Some people went and set fire on my car. Anyway, I did not want to go into the controversy now. I am leaving everything in the hand of God because where there is life, there is hope. Who says I cannot even buy a better car?

Fayose Offers N1m Reward For Info On EKSU Students Murder

The Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has promised a reward of one million Naira to anyone with useful information that can lead to the arrest of the cultists responsible for the murder of two students of EKSU.

Fayose said, “Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the cultists responsible for the murder of two students of EKSU will be given N1m.” Fayose wrote on Twitter.

He made the statement days after the headless body of Ayodele Temilade, an undergraduate of the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, was on Sunday night found at the university’s gate where it was allegedly dumped by cultists.

The discovery of the body came barely five days after the killing of Ojo Segun, a third-year student at the same institution by suspected cultists created panic within the university community.

Some students of the institution, who spoke under anonymity, said the corpse of Ayodele Temilade was discovered at the gate of the school on Sunday night around 10 pm. They, however, explained that they did not know how the corpse got there.

A close look at the corpse posted on the social media revealed that the head of the victim was severed and the body inflicted with several machete cuts. The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State command, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi, told newsmen that the command received the report of the incident yesterday morning and had since removed the corpse to the mortuary.

He said: “His name was given as Ayodele Temilade but we don’t know his course or level for now. We are treating the issue as a murder case until the investigation is completed.”

Also, the Acting Director, Information and Corporate Affairs of the institution, Ajibade Olubunmi, who also confirmed the incident, added that Temilade’s corpse was found at the gate of his residence contrary to earlier claims that the corpse was dumped at the school’s gate.

Ekiti Govt. Gives Job To 51 Physically Challenged Persons

Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has devised a strategy as a part of activities marking his third year in office, giving jobs to 51 physically challenged persons in the state.

Fayose also directed that additional 100 persons from among them be enlisted in the state’s social security scheme.

Among those given jobs is a university graduate.

He gave the directives in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday evening while meeting with the group.

Mr Gboyega Afolabi, a University graduate was offered automatic employment at the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti.

A statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, quoted the governor as directing the Vice Chancellor of EKSU to give Afolabi the job.

Afolabi is about concluding his mandatory one year National Youth Service Corps Scheme in the institution.

While reacting to the development, Afolabi described the governor as God sent to Ekiti.

“He is a peculiar person and kind hearted. He loves the people and he is very approachable. I never imagined that this great opportunity can come my way just like that. Governor Fayose is the leader we need in this country.

“I appeal to the people of the state to vote in somebody from the Fayose political family for these great works to continue. He is truly a leader and lover of the people,” he said.

He was among those who met the governor and only approached him about his plight during the meeting.

Meanwhile, the governor has also donated one million naira for the medical expenses of people with disabilities.

He has also directed the Chief Medical Director of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital to assess the health needs of the people and brief him.

Fayose’s Commissioners May Spend Holiday in EFCC Custody

The Ekiti State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo, and the Accountant General, Mrs. Yemisi Owolabi, may spend the prolonged holiday in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as a result of an alleged involvement in the diversion of N7bn, a part of the N11bn bailout fund which the Ekiti State government got from the Federal government.

Governor Fayose, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka, said it was obvious that “the hawks around President Muhammadu Buhari” were afraid of the governor’s declaration for the 2019 presidential election.

“The EFCC is obviously living up to its status as the attack dog of the All Progressives Congress government, but the Ekiti State Government, under Governor Ayodele Fayose, cannot be intimidated.”

Olayinka said the arrest was carried out with a view to embarking on another round of media trial against the governor and his government.