Ibrahim Idris Has No Right To Direct Us- Benue, Taraba And Ekiti Govs

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris had, last week, advised state Governors to establish cattle ranches before implementing anti-grazing laws to avert conflict between farmers and herdsmen.

The Governors of Benue, Ekiti, and Taraba states, which are currently implementing anti-grazing laws in their states, have said the IG, has no right to direct them on how to make the legislation work.

Governors Samuel Ortom (Benue); Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti) and Darius Ishaku (Taraba) asked Idris to implement the law instead of giving them lectures on how to pacify the herdsmen.

Ekiti won’t provide ranches for herdsmen – Fayose

Fayose, who is the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum, specifically said the IG had no power to order state governors around.

He also said the IG was under an obligation to obey and ensure compliance with laws made by any state’s House of Assembly.

The governor, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, insisted that the state would not heed the advice of the police chief.

He said, “The Inspector-General of Police has no choice than to obey the laws made by any state. It is the duty of the police to enforce the law. Cattle rearing is regarded as a private business and it is not the duty of the governors to provide land for the herders.

“The real cattle owners are rich people who can afford land; they are not the nomads you see following cattle from the North to the South.”

Our pilot scheme ranches not to pacify herders – Ishiaku

Speaking in a similar vein, the Taraba State governor maintained that his anti-grazing law was not the cause of the killings being perpetrated by the herdsmen in the state.

Rather, he said the law remained one of the solutions to end the unwarranted massacre of law-abiding people in the state.

Ishaku, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Emmanuel Bello, said the law in Taraba State was promulgated to put a stop to incessant attacks and killings by the herders.

He said, “We have already enacted a law, but we are still prepared to listen to any good idea that brings about peace and mutual understanding among stakeholders.”

Bello explained that the state government was planning a pilot scheme on the creation of ranches to demonstrate that the global practice was also achievable in the country.

Go and challenge our law in court, Ortom tells IG

Similarly, the Benue State governor, who spoke through the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Lawrence Onoja Jr., challenged Idris to approach the court if he was not comfortable with the implementation of the law.

Onoja said, “Ibrahim Idris’ directive to state governors to establish ranches before operating grazing laws is totally against the Nigerian constitution and the act that established the Nigeria Police.

“It is not his duty and he does not have power to direct governors. The police are not to interpret the law but to enforce it. Therefore, it is not for the IG to determine whether a law is right or wrong. It is the duty of the judiciary to interpret laws. If a law is passed and the IG feels it is not good enough, the best thing to do is to challenge the law in the court for interpretation”.

The commissioner maintained that ranching remained a lucrative private business and that it would be wrong for anyone to advocate that government should establish ranches for herdsmen or whoever that is venturing into such a business.

(Punch)

Letter: Why Fayose Can Never Forgive Obasanjo

By Tunde Odesola

(Published in The PUNCH of Monday, January 29, 2018)

Have you ever seen a governor jump on a table, roar and spit fire? I saw Governor Ayodele Fayose do these during the public hearing on constitution review in February 2006. The venue was the Osun State House of Assembly, Osogbo, where delegates from South-West states converged to discuss the modalities for a review of the country’s constitution.

Before the hearing chaired by the then Deputy Senate President, Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu, took place, an ominous cloud of suspicion hung over the country. The cloud was thick and sinister. Members of the Mantu-led senate committee on the proposed review had been accused of receiving N50m each from the President Olusegun Obasanjo-led executive. Clairvoyants who saw beyond the evil cloud disclosed that they saw an old; black, wily hand writing on a wall. What did the hand write? ‘Third term’, they said. The cacophony generated by the invisible handwriting greeted the government’s decision to hold the public hearing nationwide, thereby, setting the Osogbo venue for a war between pro and anti-third term interests.

Expectedly, Fayose led the Ekiti State delegation to the venue just as the host governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, and all other South-West governors, except Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of Lagos State, were present at the event. Delegate after delegate spoke. Some submitted memoranda. Everything was going as scheduled until the late Bamidele Aturu turned up.

Flashback: Aturu came to national limelight in 1988 when he, as a National Youth Service Corps member, refused to shake hands with the then Military Governor of Niger State, Col. Lawan Gwadabe, during a ceremony in which he was honoured as one of the best-serving corps member in the state. The young law graduate cited human right abuses by the military as the reason behind his action.

Back to Osogbo: There was a grand design to bar anti-third term activists who had travelled from far and near from gaining access into the hallowed chamber. Aturu fooled the sentries at the gate and door with his dove-like mien as he produced for scrutiny his lawyer ID card and memoranda for the hearing.

The parliamentary chamber was filled beyond capacity. Many of those who stood in the gallery and hallways were, literally speaking, in straitjackets; they couldn’t see their feet if they decided to look down. Those who thought the anti-third term forces in the chamber had brought a knife to a gunfight soon discovered they were wrong. They brought plenty AK-47. Aturu gave it raw to the Mantu-led committee, which had the late Senator Uche Chukwumerije, among other eminent senators, in attendance. In unmistakable terms, Aturu described the hearing as a kangaroo contraption designed to fetch Obasanjo a third term, warning that Nigerians would resist the plan with their blood. The hall erupted. Some people tried to shout Aturu down, but no, he wouldn’t budge. Other activists rose in support of Aturu. Bedlam overtook reason; confusion break bone: uproar, chaos, madhouse!

To Fayose, loyalty is 100%, not 99.9%. Legend has it that Fayose’s word is his bond. Was it his promise to support the constitutional review hearing that he remembered? Or was it a realization and fear that the third term agenda was under threat? Something in Fayose snapped! He must take a decision in the ultimate protection of an unseen political interest? Like an angry tiger, the Oshokomale, in the majesty of his height, agilely climbed a table and lambasted Aturu and his cohorts, ordering the Ogbagi-Akoko-born lawyer to be thrown out. Who is this irritant? What nonsense! Enemies of progress! Mmttcheeeew!

Call it comeuppance or ingratitude, Fayose was impeached eight months later over allegations of corruption and a state of emergency was declared in Ekiti. Obasanjo appointed his kinsman, a one-star army general, Olutunji Olurin, to take over as the sole administrator of the state. However, the Supreme Court, in April 2015, eventually set aside Fayose’s impeachment, saying it lacked due process. Since Obasanjo left power in 2007, Fayose has told the world that the Owu farmer truly schemed to get a third term in office. The governor had never missed an opportunity to attack Obasanjo just as he had asked for a refund of the N10m he donated to the presidential library built by Obasanjo in Abeokuta – with interest. In December 2010, Fayose, publicly and physically, insulted Obasanjo in Okuku, Osun State, when both of them were guests to Oyinlola during a thanksgiving service, calling Baba Iyabo the father of bastards. But not a few see Fayose in the same mold with Obasanjo; like father, like son, they say.

When the news of Obasanjo’s letter got out earlier in the week, I looked forward to Fayose’s reaction and, was I disappointed in the response from the Ifaki-Ekiti-born governor? Characteristically, Fayose attacked Obasanjo over the admonition letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it was belated and self-serving. Fayose said that Nigerians were already poised to boot Buhari out of office, maintaining that Obasanjo’s letter amounted to playing to the gallery after ‘deceiving’ Nigerians to vote for Buhari in 2015.

A careful look at a recent video clip of Obasanjo dancing with his wife seems to buttress a general belief and Fayose’s description of Obasanjo as perpetually labouring to attract attention to himself at all times. In the video, Obasanjo, in blue ‘buba’ and ‘soro’, is seen dancing with his wife while some acquaintances – in tow – watched in expected admiration. Visibly in a good mood, Obasanjo, holding in his left hand something that looks like a bean cake (akara), digs into the food with his right hand and eats while he gyrates to the instrumental music. Enjoying every bit of the moment, Obasanjo enthusiastically moves about, boogieing and leaving his wife behind to do some catch up. She eventually catches up with Baba Gbenga, only for him to shuffle away towards the buffet while the beautiful wife trails in the distance. Obasanjo ate all through one minute, thirty-eight second video.

In contrast, a video clip of a former US President, Barack Obama, in his very inaugural dance with his wife, Michelle, shows a man who doesn’t want his better half to live in his shadow. The video shows a couple in love and apparently happy in the presence of each other. As the couple swayed in warm embrace to the song by Beyonce, they both enjoyed and savoured the great occasion together. In another video showing Barack and Michelle dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the former president did not attempt to ‘outdance’ his wife or draw attention to himself. At every opportunity when both appeared in public, Barack treated Michelle with utmost respect and affection.

Despite being controversial, incumbent US President, Donald Trump, in his inaugural dance, described his wife, Melanie, as his number one supporter, adding that it was ‘a wonderful honour to have the dance with Melanie’. All through the dance, Donald did not abandon Melanie to engage in any other thing.

The timing of Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari and the previous ones he had written to other Nigerians depicts a man who knows when to strike. His timeliness brings to mind the tale of Okolo in the Old Oyo Kingdom. Okolo was a slave, who was derided and overlaboured with work. His entreaties to be treated fairly fell on deaf ears and he vowed to strike at the appropriate time. “Talo mo Okolo e l’Oyo? (Who knows you, Okolo, in Oyo?),” the young and old taunted him. He complained no further but bid his time. One night, Okolo torched all the houses and farms belonging to his master, and fled into the darkness. “Eeehh! Calamity! Who torched the houses and farms?” “It is Okolo o!” Thus Okolo became known throughout the old Oyo Kingdom and beyond.

The Balogun of Owu is no slave; he won’t flee from battles. And may he write more letters in good health. While I pray for more ink to the quill of the Ekerin Balogun of Egba, I wish the Humpty-Dumpty Buhari administration would see the sense in the weighty letter and wake up to truly serve Nigerians for the remainder of the tenure.

Fayose and his colleague from Rivers, Nyesom Wike, are not the biggest challenges militating against Buhari’s second term bid, kinsman Atiku Abubakar and a formidable number of northern elements would hold the Sword of Damocles on the threshold of 2019. Sai Baba, remember also that the South-West are going to vote their minds. Nigerians won’t forget the naked corruption within your government, your clannish appointments and the enthronement of herdsmen.

• Odesola wrote in from the U.S. via [email protected]

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.