Election Victory Significant for Nigeria, Kayode Fayemi

The governor-elect of Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said his victory in Saturday’s governorship election is very significant for the future of democracy in Nigeria.

“This was just not an Ekiti election, I want people to understand that this election has a lot of significance to the future of democracy in Nigeria.

” The fact that we have witnessed a free, fair and transparent election process has huge importance for similar exercises like Osun State next door to us and eventually the national elections in February 2019,” he said.

Fayemi spoke on Sunday while addressing the newsmen in Isan-Ekiti shortly after he was declared the winner of the governorship election.

He said: ” The victory of this election, I believe, is for reclaiming the land and restoring the values of our people.

“Our values in Ekiti are respect for our leaders, commitment to our people, non-brigandage, nor criminality and so on.

” This victory is a victory for all, it is not a victory for only Gov. Kayode Fayemi, it is a victory for all the Ekiti people.’’

The governor-elect thanked all the APC leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari, National Leader of the APC, Sen. Bola Tinubu, former governor of Ogun, Chief Segun Osoba, former interim Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, as well as party leaders in the state.

He also thanked his family members, especially his wife, Bisi, for their support during the election campaign.

Fayemi first became governor of the state in 2010, after a three year legal battle to reclaim his 2007 victory. He lost re-election in 2014 following massive rigging for his successor, Ayodele Fayose, by the Peoples Democratic Party.

(NAN)

Ekiti Election: Fayemi Declared Winner of Unit

Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Ekiti State Governorship Election, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has been declared the winner in his polling unit of Isan Ward 11 Unit 9.

The results, as released by the polling agents, are as follow:

APC- 186

PDP – 2

APA – 1

Unused papers – 145

Total registered voters – 345

Ekiti Election: Results may be Announced Earlier than Expected

Impressive turn-out of voters on Saturday was the hallmark of the governorship election in Ekiti state on Saturday and results may be announced earlier than expected as voting has been seamless in many polling units.

Many voters turned out at most polling centres across the 16 Local Governments and 177 Electoral wards in the state, despite initial apprehension few days to the poll. There were only a few hiccups with the card reader.

The elements also favoured the polls as there was no sign of rain in the towns and villages.

In every place visited, the voters formed long queues as security agents stood by, monitoring the exercise.

There was no complaint about late arrival of voting materials.

Some foreign observers during the poll
NAN reports that the only problem was controlling the crowd of voters who kept trooping to various voting venues.

However, there were incidents of altercations over open inducement of voters.

But none of the 35 participating parties owned up to the inducement allegation, as the parties traded blames.

NAN learnt that highest money doled out as inducement in some instances was N5,000, while the lowest was N3,000.

At Iyin-Ekiti, hometown of former Gov. Niyi Adebayo who is a newly elected Deputy National Deputy Chairman, (South) of APC, elections went on smoothly in the two wards in the town.

Voting was was peaceful also at Ise-Ekiti, hometown of a former Works Minister and a former gubernatorial aspirant under PDP, Mr. Dayo Adeyeye. Scores of eligible voters that trooped conducted themselves peacefully.

NAN reports tat Adeyeye, who came out to vote at about 9:30am, commended the voters, security agents and INEC.

Adeyeye switched to the All Progressives Congress after the PDP primary, accusing the incumbent PDP governor of hijacking the exercise.

NAN

Ekiti Election: No Security at Polling Centres

Thirty-four candidates from various political parties will on Saturday (today) contest for the Ekiti State governorship election.

There had been tension and apprehension during the electioneering, especially with the deployment of more than 30,000 security men by the police and other security agencies in the state for the poll.

According to records by the Independent National Electoral Commission, in the 16 council areas of the state, there are 177 registration areas; 2,195 polling units; and 256 polling points, with 913,334 registered voters.

However, out of the figure, 667,270 are accredited to vote, representing 73 per cent of the registered voting population.

Among those contesting to succeed Governor Ayodele Fayose are the Accord Party candidate, Jacob Aluko, 69; the All Progressives Congress candidate, Kayode Fayemi, 53; the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Kolapo Olusola, 49; and 43-year-old Aiyegbusi Oladele of the Socialist Democratic Party.

Also in the race are the Labour Party candidate, Sikiru Lawal, 59; Amuda Kazeem of KOWA Party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate, Ayodeji Ayodele, 62; and the Alliance for Democracy candidate, Ben Agboola, 49.

Meanwhile, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti State, Prof. Abdulganiyu Raji, has allayed fears that armed policemen drafted by the Inspector General of Police to the state for the election would harass the electorate.

More than 30,000 security personnel, as well as two helicopters, 250 patrol vehicles and five Armoured Personnel Carriers, had earlier been deployed in the state.

Expressing worries over the development, some voters said the heavy presence of armed policemen could scare them away from coming out to vote.

They said the state was rather too small for such a high number of policemen to have been deployed by the IGP, stating that it gave the impression that there was going to be war during the election.

However, Raji said there was no need to panic, warning those who have no Permanent Voter Cards to stay away from the polling units during the election. He noted that the Rapid Response Squad of the police would be stationed at strategic points in the state.

He also said the INEC gave enough time for registered voters to collect their PVCs and lodge complaints before the process was stopped on Wednesday.

He said, “INEC in Ekiti State is prepared for the election. We have 913,334 voters registered, out of which 667,270 have collected their permanent voter cards. This means that 667,270 will vote in Saturday’s (today) election.

“The Inspector General of Police has made public the number of security personnel drafted to the state. They are not harassing anyone. For each vehicle that went out to distribute election materials, we have a minimum of 15 armed policemen accompanying it.

“But on the day of the election (today), there will be no armed security men at the polling units. Election is a civil process, so no one will be intimidated.”

In preparation for the election, the REC said necessary measures had been put in place to ensure that there would be no delay in the commencement of the exercise.

He said, “All ad hoc staff and supervisors moved to all the registration area centres on Friday.

“By 5am on Saturday (today), the materials and ad hoc staff will start movement to the polling units. By 8am, we will start election.”

PDP chieftains go into hiding ahead of election

Meanwhile, some chieftains of the PDP in Ikere-Ekiti have gone into hiding as fear heightened among them that the police might clamp down on them in order to put their members in disarray ahead of the election.

One of our correspondents gathered that some of the party leaders in the town had however devised various means to evade the alleged planned arrest.

A former member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he had relocated to a hotel and would not go back home until after the election because the police were planning to arrest the chieftains of the party, including him.

When contacted on the telephone on Friday, the Public Relations Officer of the PDP in Ekiti State, Mr. Jackson Adebayo, told Saturday PUNCH that the planned arrest of the party chieftains on the instruction of the APC-led Federal Government had already started.

He said, “They arrested the deputy governorship candidate, they arrested Dr. (Samuel) Omotosho. They have arrested four persons now, but some have been released.

“They arrested some of our members last night (Thursday) and went in search of some this morning (Friday). They vandalised the houses of those they did not see. The security personnel shattered the house of Taye Fasuba. Those security men behaved like thugs.”

Calls put through to the APC spokesperson in the state, Mr. Taiwo Olatubosun, to seek the party’s reaction to the allegations were not answered.

However, an APC chieftain in Ilawe-Ekiti, Mr. Shina Awelewa, debunked the allegation.

Awelewa, a former Chairman of the Ekiti State Broadcasting Corporation, said the PDP leaders were making noise because they knew that security agencies had foiled their (PDP) plans to disrupt the election.

“The security agents are not arresting PDP chieftains. But, they are after the known PDP thugs who Fayose wants to use to cause violence during the election,” he said.

Denying the allegations by the PDP, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Caleb Okechukwu, said the police did not arrest anyone in connection with the election.

Ikere residents resist arrest of PDP candidate’s relatives

Meanwhile, a major crisis was reportedly prevented in Ikere-Ekiti on Friday evening when residents of the town prevented policemen from arresting Olusola’s relatives.

Armed policemen were said to have stormed the relatives’ house located at the back of a petrol station along Ado-Ikere Road, but found only those who were cooking.

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Some residents, who were suspicious of the movement of the policemen, were said to have mobilised others who resisted the planned arrest.

The confrontation with the police was said to have forced the security personnel to shoot into the air and fired tear gas to disperse the crowd, who refused to move.

Some of the people were reportedly arrested and taken to the Area Command along the College of Education Road.

The angry residents reportedly followed the arrested persons, while some of them were said to have been released after Olusola intervened in the matter.

Four out of those arrested were said to have been found with Indian hemp and held by the police.

However, Okechukwu said the police did not arrest any of the PDP candidate’s relatives.

Banks, govt secretariat, schools shut as workers shun offices, schools

As residents prepare for today’s election, banking operations in most commercial banks in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, came to a close as early as 12pm of Friday.

When one of our correspondents visited the banks on Adeyinka Adebayo Way, popularly known as Bank Road, there were notices pasted at the entrance of most of the banks, telling customers that they had closed, except for one which stated it would close by 2pm.

They however advised customers to make use of alternative channels such as the Automated Teller Machine points, mobile and internet banking.

One of our correspondents noticed as some of the bank customers were shocked on seeing the notices. As some lamented, others went to join the queues at the ATMs.

The notice by one of the banks read, “Dear esteemed customers, due to the governorship election taking place on Saturday, July 14, 2018, in the state, we shall close for business by 12pm today (Friday), July 13, 2018.

“Kindly visit our alternative channels. These are the ATM, POS, mobile banking and internet banking. Thanks for your usual cooperation.”

Similarly, some schools, including public and private, were shut throughout the day. A visit by one of our correspondents to some schools in the state showed that they didn’t open on Friday as their gates were closed.

Also at the state secretariat, a tour round the premises by one of our correspondents showed that many offices were shut while the expansive car park that used to be full of vehicles was largely empty.

A security man at the entrance of one of the buildings told one of our correspondents that most of the workers didn’t come to work on Friday while some came and left shortly after.

Even though there was no official declaration of public holiday by the state government, Saturday PUNCH learnt that the workers stayed away in order to travel to the towns where they registered to vote.

One of our correspondents approached one of the workers closing for work at the secretariat around 11:30am.

“I have to leave early so I can travel to my hometown in Otun-Ekiti and participate in the election,” she said.

Residents storm filling stations, ATM points, markets for last-minute shopping

In the meantime, Saturday PUNCH observed on Friday as scores of residents rushed to filling stations and markets in the state to make last-minute shopping ahead of today’s election.

There were long queues at filling stations as well as shopping malls.

One of our correspondents who visited Iworoko town and some other towns in the North Senatorial District of the state on Friday observed as many residents were in a hurry to shop.

One of the traders in Iworoko, who simply identified herself as Mama Dammy, told Saturday PUNCH that the market day in the town was supposed to be on Sunday (tomorrow), but because of the election and the uncertainty surrounding it, the market was opened on Friday.

Due to the early closure of the banks, Saturday PUNCH observed as scores of residents trooped to the ATM points to withdraw money as movement would be restricted on Saturday (today).

A resident, Mr. Remi Laoye, who came into the state from Ibadan for the election, said, “I exhausted the cash I brought from Ibadan and I need to withdraw some cash in case of anything. This is Nigeria, but I pray there will be no crisis.”

Population swells ahead of election

As residents vote for a new governor, several Ekiti State indigenes living outside the state have started returning to participate in the governorship election.

They said that they had to leave their bases to come home in order to participate in an exercise that would produce the next governor of their state.

One of them, Sir Michael Omodara, who resides in Ibadan, Oyo State, said his sons who reside in Ilorin, Kwara State, had also returned home to vote in the election.

One of our correspondents, who travelled from the state capital to Ishan-Ekiti early on Friday observed that there was a significant increase in traffic from the state capital to the North Senatorial District of the state.

At the New Garage, a central commercial motor park in the state capital, drivers confirmed that they had been experiencing an upsurge in the number of passengers entering the state from other states.

One of the drivers, simply identified as Kazeem, said, “We have a lot of people coming in from other states, especially from Lagos. We have been having more trips from Lagos and other states.”

PUNCH

Ekiti 2018: Will Fayemi Run?

Many partisan groups have been urging Minister of Solid Minerals and Steel Development Dr Kayode Fayemi to run for governor of Ekiti State. To them, the entry of the former governor into the race will alter geopolitical calculations and rekindle a fierce battle between the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Fountain of Knowledge. EMMANUEL OLADESU reports.

Many indigenes still remember the Fayemi years with fondness in Ekiti State. Although he failed to secure a second term in the 2014 poll, his legacies are evergreen. Party chieftains may have faulted his style of party management, his achievements speak for him. It is therefore, not beyond expectation that many leaders, individuals and groups are rooting for his second coming.

No fewer than 50 governorship aspirants are scrambling for the APC ticket in Ekiti. They include former Governor Olusegun Oni, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Senator Gbenga Aluko, Hon. Femi Bamisile, Isola Fapounda, Bimbo Daramola, Dr. Wole Oluleye, Aare Muyiwa Olumilua and Hon. Dele Faparusi. However, in the past few weeks, some groups have been urging Fayemi to join the race. The former governor is still largely perceived as one of the arrowheads of the party. In fact, it is generally believed that Ekiti APC has three leaders-Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, Oni and Fayemi. Already, Oni has thrown his hat in the ring. If Fayemi joins the race, the buck of leadership will now stop at Adebayo’s table. However, the former governor is silent on his next step.

Fayemi has spoken of an unfinished business in Ekitiland. The remark has been given two interpretations. Many felt that he was ousted from power in a controversial election, judging by the post-election confession of soldiers who alleged connivance among top PDP leaders and security chiefs in the power shift plot. The other interpretation is that the former governor is entitled to a second term if given the ticket. A source said the on-going probe of his administration by a panel is part of the agenda by the ruling party to a thrown obstacle on his way if he signifies his intention to run.

Fayemi is a household name, not only in Ekiti but also in Nigeria. Apart from serving the state creditably, he is also an asset to the APC. As a founding member of the party, he presided over its presidential nominations in Lagos. As a minister, he has been up and doing, traversing the country to establish the non-oil sector as another income-yielding sector in the country’s bid for economic diversification. A party source said if Fayemi had joined the race, many aspirants would not have shown interest because he commands their loyalty.

But, it is a most challenging time in Ekiti. The APC appears to be a divided party in the state. The activities of the contenders may have further polarised the platform. Also, some politicians have introduced zoning, which ordinarily has no basis in Ekiti politics, thereby creating a gulf between aspirants from the South Senatorial District and their counterparts in the Central and North.

In 2006/2007, Fayemi did not vie out of his own violation. He was raised as an aspirant in the image of his leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. The former governor of Lagos State rallied the party machinery behind him. At the primary, he defected other formidable rivals, including Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Ayo Arise and Paul Alabi. A post-primary crisis engulfed the party, leading to the defection of many progressive politicians to the PDP.

Although Fayemi won the election, Oni was declared a winner by the electoral commission. Tinubu threw his weight behind Fayemi during the protracted litigation. Later, he retrieved his stolen mandate at the Court of Appeal. However, between 2010 and 2014, a sort of gulf was said to have developed between the godfather and the godson. Indeed, during the ministerial nominations in 2015, Fayemi’s name was conspicuously absent from the list recommended by the ‘APC National Leader.’ Analysts have highlighted some of the factors that led to Fayemi’s failed second term bid. Sources said key chieftains were aggrieved about his style. Among them was Opeyemi Bamidele, who temporarily left the Labour Party (LP). Others said the scholar and pro-democracy activist-turned politician was arrogant. But, the defunct Ekiti Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)’s crisis resolution mechanism was also weak. Once there was conflict, reconciliation was difficult, if not impossible. Although observers have said the 2014 poll was not devoid of foul play, it was evident ACN went into the exercise as a divided house.

After the poll, Fayemi conceded defeat, until the confession of the soldier on electoral duty fueled the rigging controversy. But, party chieftains also started to trade blames. The party was polarised into four camps. The blocs were led by Fayemi (Isan Group), Ojudu, Bamidele and Oni, who defected from the PDP to become the APC National Deputy Chairman. The chairman of the party, Chief Jide Awe, fled the state for fear of persecution by the ruling party. The camps, sources said, started working at cross purpose as they gazed at 2018.

However, the rival camps have not been able to edge Fayemi out of his leadership role. He is a busy minister. But, he is also in touch with home. The former governor had wanted to unite the camps through the regular meetings he initiated, but some leaders have refused to cooperate with him. Today, he is the link between the Federal Government and Ekiti State. He is a trusted minister of government, held in esteem by the president. Almost all the federal appointments by President Buhari from Ekiti, except those of Ojudu, the presidential political adviser, and Emmanuel Adesoye of the Board of Ports Authority, had his blessings. Fayemi has attracted Federal Government’s presence to his far-flung state. Through his efforts, it appears that Ekiti will now be included in the Western Standard Gauge Rail Line. He will also take the credit for the construction of the Federal Secretariat in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. Following his complaints to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the agency has sent relief materials to victims of floods in Ekiti.

A credible source said Fayemi is interested in returning to the familiar terrain, but it is not a do or die affair. “The minister is holding forte in an important ministry. He is busy laying a solid foundation for the ministry in terms of creating a roadmap, solid minerals development, creating a synergy among the federal, state and host communities. He cannot resign abruptly to pursue a governorship ambition. It is a matter he has to discuss privately with the president before he dumps his portfolio for the governorship ambition,” he said.

According to the source, “it is not proper for the minister to no go and informs the president that he has a governorship ambition in Ekiti State as soon as the president returned from his medical vacation. The proper thing is to allow him to settle down, give an account of his stewardship and set a date for disengagement. If he does not obtain a clearance from the president, he cannot return to Ekiti.”

If Fayemi declares his ambition, the atmosphere of the contest may change. The race may be narrowed down to him, Oni and Aluko, who may lean on zoning. But, zoning has never shaped the governorship race in Ekiti, except that it may now become a strong factor, following the strategic decision of Governor Ayodele Fayose to endorse his deputy, Prof. Olusola Eleka, from the South. Olusola is also expected to pick his running mate from Ado-Ekiti.

APC governors; two from the Southwest-Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun and Rotimi Akeredolu(SAN) of Ondo-their northern counterparts and some ministers may build a wall of goodwill and solidarity around Fayemi during the preparations for the primary. Many of them want him to return to the Ekiti Government House to resume his unfinished business. But, since charity begins from home, the onus is on him to unite the party and rally its key chieftains, if he will run. It is most likely that some contenders may withdraw from the race, if he unfolds his agenda.

If Fayemi does not run, who will be back? At the primary, he cannot be neutral. Will the former governor back Oni, from who he retrieved his stolen mandate in 2010? Will he back Ojudu, who appears not to be on the same page with him? Or Bamidele who fought him with the LP arrow? Will he endorse zoning by supporting an aspirant from the South?

 

 

Source: The Nations

(BREAKING) Ekiti 2018: PDP To Get Consensus Candidate Today

 The Peoples Democratic Party ‎in Ekiti would adopt a consensus governorship candidate today for the 2018 governorship election.

Our correspondent learnt that party bigwigs are already in Ado Ekiti for an intervention meeting where some issues including ‎that of the governorship candidate would be discussed.

Among the frontline politicians for the PDP ticket are the deputy to Governor Ayodele Fayose, Prof. Olusola Kolapo‎, a former Commissioner for Works, Kayode Oso; a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Owoseni Ajayi; a former Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Omoyeni and the Publicity Secretary of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye.

 

Source: Punch

APC 2018: The Search For The Right Man

Hon. Olusoga David, a former Chairman of Moba Local Government Area, is a statutory member of  the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caucus in Ekiti State. Educated at University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) where he studied graphic design and the United States where he did his master’s degree in teaching vocational education, Olusoga cut his teeth in politics when he was elected the spokesperson for the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Moba LGA in 1993. A serial award winner as LGA Chairman under the Fayemi government in Ekiti, Olusoga was a receipient of the National Assembly Award for the Most Outstanding LGA Chairman, Kwame Nkrumah Award for Leadership and the Best LGA Chair in ICT in Ekiti, among others. In this interview, he speaks on the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State.

Let us look at the state of Ekiti today. What do you see? What is the situation?

If you do a survey across the state today, the aggregate opinion you are likely to get is that our governor is not trustworthy. This mindset arises from the various negative things he has been doing.

He keeps attacking President Buhari everyday but he does not tolerate even the smallest criticism of his administration. And that is a small part of his negative side. On the financial side, people have seen him as a bad manager of resources. With all the money he has collected outside of the huge funds that come from the Federation Account, by this I mean the budget support money, the bailout fund, he has not been able to pay workers’ salaries. The state government under him is owing workers almost seven months salaries. And he has a way of holding the leaders of the workers unions to ransom.

for example, he has just threathened to sack Mr. Ajomoke the NULGE chairman in Ekiti State for questioning the governor, the rationale behind spending huge sum of money to organize rally on international women’s day, while oweing workers salaries for several months.

Why should this happen  in a state that produced eminent Nigerians like Femi Falana, Afe Babalola, Wole Olanipekun?