PHOTOS: Fulani Herdsmen Take Traditional Oath In Ekiti

Fulani herders in Ekiti and South West have taken a traditional oath binding on them to assure the host communities in Ekiti, and by extension, the South West Nigeria, that they would no longer behave unruly, kill or allow their cows to stray into farms.


The traditional oath, revealed to be an effective cultural sanction on herders as its violation is believed to bring tragedy on the culprit, was administered by Alhaji Ardo Mairero, the Sarkin Fulani of Kwara State during the peace meeting of all parties involved in herdsmen challenge in the state who include Alhaji, Ibrahim Shekarau, Alhaji Mohammad Leewa, National President, Miyetti Allah , Mohammad Kiruwa, Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti Deputy Governor, Olusola Kolapo, Secretary to State Government, (SSG), Modupe Alade, Chief of Staff, Dipo Anisulowo, Agriculture Commissioner, Kehinde Odebunmi and Miyetti Allah national and zonal leaders.

Photos: Fulani herdsmen?take traditional oath to assure Ekiti State residents of peaceful co-existence

Also, a communique, co-signed by governor Fayose, Alhaji Shekarau, representative of HRH Muhammad Sanusi 11, Emir of Kano, Mrs. Alade, (SSG) , Alhaji Kiruwa, National President ,Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association and Alhaji Mohammad Kabir, Zonal Chairman,South West, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association and witnessed by Alhaji Nasamu Muhammad, Chiraman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Ekiti State, was released through the office of the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Fayose, Mr . Idowu Adelusi.


Adeslusi said: “of most significance of the peace meeting of February 19 by the stakeholders was the traditional oath taken with kolanuts as agreement that the herdsmen in Ekiti will not behave unruly any longer, kill or allow their cows to stray into farms. It was administered with kola and sharing of the kola , which is a Fulani tradition that is binding on the initiators. With this oath, issues of robbery, killing, damaging of farms and kidnapping among others being allegedly perpetuated by Fulani herders are over in the state. The meeting and signing of the memorandum by all parties lasted for two hours between 11pm on Monday 19 to 1am of Tuesday, February 20, ” he said.


The communique, released to newsmen yesterday in Ado Ekiti,state capital, reads in part: ” A truce meeting, initiated by the Emir of Kano and the Governor of Ekiti State over pastoralists menace was held on Monday, February 19 , the Governor, His Excellency, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, deputy Governor, His Excellency, Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau, former Governor of Kano State representing the Emir of Kano HRH Muhammed Sanusi 11, Traditional rulers in Ekiti State, President and leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association ( both National and South west). Members of Ekiti State Executive Council, Members, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Security Chiefs and all key stakeholders in Ekiti State.

Photos: Fulani herdsmen?take traditional oath to assure Ekiti State residents of peaceful co-existence

” The representatives of Emir of Kano,Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau, conveyed the concern of the Emir over broken down relationship between herdsmen and host communities that has led to loss of lives in Ekiti State and other parts of the country. The Emir commiserated with the families of those whose lives have been cut short due to the attacks, and reprisals of herders and associated consequences”. It went further to say: ” Similarly, the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association and patrons condemned in strong terms any form if killing that has taken place.


The Emir,through his representatives stated and it was uniamously agreed that henceforth; All herders must obey the anti-grazing and relevant laws of the land.”


The communique further gave the following resolutions: “.That herdsmen must stop attacks on any member of the host communities, any herder that breaches the peace should be prepared to face the wrath of the law, and Ekiti people should not provoke the herdsman or kill their cattle.”


It concludes that : “It is therefore agreed that pastoralists / farmers crisis and killings,under any guise must stop immediately. The meeting supports the anti-night grazing stand of the law because it protects the interest of all parties,and the law taken its course in the violation of letters of these resolutions. Similarly, the meeting describes Governor Fayose as a peaceful leader who represents hope for all.”

Herdsmen Attack Pregnant Woman In Ekiti

A woman, said to be from Benue State, has been shot dead in a farm settlement at Orin community in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

This is coming barely 24 hours after Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State summoned a peace meeting between the Fulani and Benue people in Ekiti State, where he warned against retaliatory attacks which may result in deaths within the state.

Community sources claimed that the attack which took the life of the woman, was retaliatory, after a Fulani man was murdered in Oke-Ako, recently allegedly by Tivs.

Governor Ayodele Fayose, had on Tuesday, met with representatives of the Fulani and Tiv communities in the state, where he warned against reprisal, which he preached at the meeting.

Fayose had called for peace among the citizenry of the state, whereas the meeting had agreed that more stakeholders would be invited to ensure peace.

But reports from the community claimed that the alleged Fulani attackers had attacked the farm settlement at night and had shot the woman, said to be eight-months pregnant.


Ekiti APC Governorship Aspirant Gives Account Of How He Escaped Death

The APC Governorship aspirant of Ekiti State Bayo Babalotin gave an account of how he narrowly escaped being killed by gunmen on Tuesday Evening.

Speaking with Our Reporters in Ado- Ekiti on Wednesday he gave a break down on how the incident occurred and the time it took place at about 6: pm in the evening of  Tuesday on the outskirts of Erio-Ekiti in Ekiti West Local Government Area, not far from a police checkpoint.

Mr. Babalotin said he was travelling to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital in his Nissan Pathfinder SUV when three armed men emerged from the bush and opened fire on him.

He said the police officers at the nearby checkpoint fled during the attack only to return after the gunmen had left.

According to him, these attackers were in police uniforms and bullet-proof vests, adding the gunmen were out on a mission of assassination attempt.

Mr. Babalotin further revealed that a Toyota Tundra pick-up van had trailed him from Iyin-Ekiti before he reached the spot where he was attacked.

“The attack happened immediately after the police checkpoint on the outskirts of Erio,” he explained. “As I was trying to reverse the vehicle, three more members of the gang, all of them wielding AK-47 rifles came out and they were shooting simultaneously.

“My Nissan Pathfinder jeep was shattered with bullets, the body, the windscreen and tyres. The vehicle was abandoned at the scene and my brother and I ran into the forest where we hid for about 30 minutes.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, Alberto Adeyemi, who confirmed the attack on the politician when he was called on the telephone, said it was a robbery attack. He said police officers were mobilised to the area while the robbers fled.

He noted that Erio-Ekiti had become the gateway for kidnappers and armed robbers in the state, resulting in increased police surveillance in the area.

“I spoke to the DPO in the area and he confirmed that there was a robbery attack yesterday (Tuesday) evening and the robbers shot at one Nissan jeep driven by one Babalotin,” Mr. Adeyemi said.

“As soon as the police heard the gunshots, they immediately mobilised to the area, and the robbers fled.”

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.

‘Ekiti South Should Produce Next Governor’

All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State Chief Muyiwa Olumilua spoke with ODUNAYO OGUNMOLA in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on his mission in politics and the blueprint for the development of the state.

What are you vying for governor?

I am Michael Olumuyiwa Olumilua; I was born on 23rd January 1969 to the family of Evangelist Bamidele Isola Olumilua, the former Governor of old Ondo State and Mrs. Theresa Gbesi Olumilua in Ikoyi, Lagos. I started my primary education at St. Charles’ Hultz School, Ottawa, Canada before proceeding to United Nations International School, Manhattan, New York, United States. I also had a stint at Our Lady of Apostles School, Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos before finishing my primary education at Omolere Nursery and Primary School, Akure, Ondo State where I was awarded the prize of being the best pupil in the statewide Ondo State Primary Schools Competitive Examination in 1979. I was admitted to Federal Government College, Idoani, Ondo State on National Merit for my secondary education.I attended Ondo State University (now Ekiti State University) where I bagged a B.Sc (Hons) in Estate Management in 1990 where I also obtained a master’s degree in Business Administration (specialising in Finance) in 1998. I had my National Youth Service in Sokoto State and at the conclusion of my service year, I joined the firm of Alonge, Ogunmoyero and Co. Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Ikeja, Lagos as an Estate Surveyor. I am currently Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Keshlink Investment Limited, Real McCoy Energy and Principal Partner at Muiwa Olumilua and Associates, a form of Estate Surveyors, Facility Managers and Auctioneers.

What of other responsibilities and political offices you held in the past?

I am the current President, Certified Institute of Auctioneers, Nigeria (CIAN) Abuja Chapter, a member of International Facility Managers Association (IFMA), Houston, Texas, United States. I was appointed a UNESCO Ambassador in 2016. Pertaining to my political experience, I was appointed a Senior Special Assistant on Project Monitoring to the Governor during the tenure of Dr. Kayode Fayemi between 2010 and 2012 and later as Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Integration and Intergovernmental Relations between 2012 and 2014.

Why are you in the governorship race?

I believe I can do it and turn around the fortunes of our dear state for good and I believe that the APC is the right vehicle to achieve that objective. But we have to bring sanity into the system because governorship is not a thing of a joke. This is a project we have to take with all seriousness because before you can vie for this type of office, there are some criteria you must meet. One of the reasons for the decline in the lives of our people is that we have not been choosing rightly. But it is unfortunate today that governorship is now for the highest bidders; it is the richest that win party tickets and governorship seats which are not supposed to be. It was not so during my father’s time as governor unlike now that if you don’t have up to close to a billion Naira, you cannot run for such an elective position.

What in your opinion, should be the criteria to select governorship candidates?

Let us always look at the quality of persons coming out, let us look at their experience, quality, pedigree and programmes and everybody must submit to party supremacy. We must put our party on a strong footing to win the next election so that there can be consistency and stability in governance. When we select the right candidate and our party wins, I believe that with the diligent implementation of party manifesto and quality policies, our party will remain in power for a long time and there will be stability in government. Lagos State, for example, has been ruled by members of the same political family for the past eighteen years.

What is your agenda for the development of Ekiti State if you become the next Governor of Ekiti State?

I have an eight-point agenda for the development of Ekiti State which I have envisioned to give our people a new lease of life. The first one is Development and Empowerment of the Youth, the need for youth empowerment is critical to the future of Ekiti. Our planned programme of action will improve their access to resources that will enhance their knowledge, skills and attitude. Our planned line of action also includes making capital available to youths that have business ideas. Development of Rural and Urban Area Infrastructure is the second agenda on our manifesto. Infrastructure goes beyond opening up and construction of roads. Though we intend to invest massively in the areas of road construction and rehabilitation, we intend to take infrastructural development some steps further. Rural development presents opportunities for economic essentials in forms of goods and services that cannot be generated in an urban context. Number three is Education Sector Resuscitation and Advancement; we are strong advocates of the return of our public schools to what used to exist in years past. We will reintroduce skills and crafts and student apprenticeship, in order to ensure that graduates at secondary school level are empowered with skills for contributing to society’s good.

Our Agenda Four is Agriculture mechanisation and Agro-Allied Industry. Ekiti, as we all know, is an agrarian society but is a pity that Ekiti can hardly feed its people successfully, not to talk of having enough for trade with other states. Agro-business professionals and global investors will be attracted to the state through an incentive programme to be unveiled. Our Agenda Five is Maternal and General Healthcare which is predicated on the need to give our women and children the support they need at critical moments and by extension, give the families more healthcare reliefs. Generally, a major focus in healthcare delivery is a self-sustaining healthcare system that will serve not only Ekiti State but will serve neighbouring states as a viable means of revenue generation as well. Others on our development agenda are Bridging the Gender Gap, Innovation, ICT and Technology Development and lastly, Growth in the Areas of Technical Skills and Artisans Development.

You are from Ekiti South Senatorial District which is clamouring to occupy the governorship seat. What is your take on this agitation?

Agitations are allowed in a democracy and democracy involves consensus building. Although aspirants from all zones that are qualified are free to vie for the governorship seat, the fact that nobody from Ekiti South has occupied the office since the state was created in 1996 is fuelling the agitation his time around. Ekiti South has quality aspirants, illustrious sons who are eminently qualified to be governor. But, we are not folding our arms expecting that power will be served to us like that. For the sake of equity, justice and fair play, Ekiti South should produce the next governor I have been selling the manifesto of the party and my eight-point agenda to party delegates and members and the result has been positive. I believe I am qualified to be governor and I believe that by the grace of God, I will win my party’s ticket and ultimately the governorship seat. This is about our people who have been suffering in the hands of a rudderless government for the past three years. I am here to bring succour to our people through my agenda and the South will make history this time around through my humble self. I will serve my people diligently and with Muyiwa Olumilua as Governor, Ekiti future is assured, Ekiti will be in trusted hands.

Source: The Nation

Ekiti Youth Resist Endorsement Of Fayose’s Deputy

The Governor of Ekiti Ayodele Fayose has made a selection for who will be his succeed him in the soon coming election in 2018, where he chose his deputy to help fill in space.

Some youths in Ekiti East Local Government Area of Ekiti State have said they will resist the alleged imposition of deputy governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, on the electorate.

Rising from a meeting on Saturday at Omuo-Ekiti, headquarters of the local government area, the youth condemned the adoption of Olusola as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) “sole candidate”.

They said the plan was masterminded by Governor Ayo Fayose.

Acting under the aegis of Ekiti East Youth Forum (EEYF), the group called for the conduct of a free, fair and transparent primary in which all aspirants would participate and eligible delegates allowed to elect a candidate of their choice.

Ekiti East is the home base of another PDP governorship aspirant and Senate Deputy Minority Whip Biodun Olujimi.

The senator has fallen out of favors with Fayose over her governorship ambition.

In a statement after the meeting, EEYF President Joel Rotimi and its Secretary, Oluwatimilehin Stephen, said the decision by a section of the PDP to adopt Olusola among several other aspirants was against the principle of fairness and justice.

The statement urged the national leadership of the PDP to intervene in the matter.

It said the crisis thrown up by the “surreptitious adoption” was capable of damaging the chances of the party in the 2018 governorship poll.

The statement reads: “The purported adoption of Olusola, even before the party releases its guidelines and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lifts the ban on a political campaign, was a pure charade and illegal. It will not stand.

“The action was masterminded by Governor Fayose to cover up his illegalities. It is a ploy to continue to rule Ekiti because he knows that the deputy governor is weak.

“It was unfortunate that Governor Fayose, who singlehandedly fought against consensus, is now imposing a candidate.

“We commend leaders, like Senator (Biodun) Olujimi, representing Ekiti South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, for opposing the move and we urge her to take steps to stop the illegal action.”

The adopted sole candidate, Prof. Olusola, has said he was not afraid of going into a primary election with other aspirants, expressing confidence of winning the party’s ticket at a shadow poll.

Ekiti Indigenes Rally In Support Of Buhari’s Return

The Ekiti Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC and a coalition of civil society groups, on Monday marched through the streets of Ado Ekiti, the state capital, to celebrate the return of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigeria after 103 days of medical vacation in London.

The coalition also knocked the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, over his attacks on the president since he left the country on May 7.

Mr. Fayose had alleged that the president was on life support since June 6, insinuating that the reports of his recovery were false.

The APC supporters, civil society groups, artisans and commercial motorcyclists, formed a huge crowd with marched from Oke Iyinmi to the party secretariat, chanting various songs to deride Mr. Fayose and the Peoples Democratic Party.

The procession also created traffic along Ijigbo and Ajilosun area, making vehicular movements difficult.

Addressing the rally, the party’s Acting Chairman in the state, Kemi Olaleye, said God had shamed those wishing the president dead. He said Mr. Buhari’s return would rekindle the war against corruption, insurgency and secession.

Mrs. Olaleye appealed to Mr. Fayose to make good a threat he reportedly made that he would commit suicide if President Buhari returns to Nigeria hale and hearty.

“Mr. Fayose has turned himself to propaganda-in-chief, but we are happy that God has shamed those who thought President Buhari won’t return alive. With this rally, the end has come to Governor Fayose’s reign in Ekiti,” she said.

“The good people of this state are not in support of Fayose’s action, because we are cultured and compassionate people.

“Look at the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike, he went to Abuja to welcome the president back to Nigeria. That was a show of maturity, why was our governor not learning from this?

“We are solidly behind President Buhari even beyond 2019. And we are pleading with Nigerians to discountenance whatever Fayose has been saying against the president. He was not speaking for us, he only spoke for himself.”

Mrs. Olaleye added that Ekiti was tired of ‘one day, one trouble’ under Mr. Fayose, saying the next poll would mark the end of the governor’s dominance in the state.

The state chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, Tunji Ogunlola, speaking on behalf of the civil society groups, praised Nigerians for praying for Mr. Buhari’s quick recovery.

He said prayers by Nigerians helped the medical team to achieve success in the treatment of the president.

“Nigeria’s collective destiny cannot be aborted by a tiny group of crooks whose survival depend on the looting of our commonwealth,” he said.

“It is on this strength that we believe the President’s return presents a fresh hope for the accomplishment of our collective dream for a great nation as hr settles down to work.

“Our hope to tackle corruption and grown the nation’s through economic transformation that will create jobs for our teeming youths have been rekindled with Buhari’s return.

“It was gratifying that those who wanted Buhari dead has been put to shame and we warn that this new sheriff that just returned to town will as usual has no patience for looters and conmen in government.”

Also, the APC in Ondo State, in a statement by the Director of Publicity, Steve Otaloro, rejoiced with Nigerians on the return of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“You shall live to see part of your elaborate, long-term, prosperous plans and solid foundation for national growth,” he said.

“Our hearts are gladdened, our hopes are heightened, our fears are smoothened, our thoughts are sharpened, our beliefs are strengthened and our future is brightened. Nigeria has a destiny which is success and development.

“We thank God that you are back to our motherland. Nigerians are overwhelmingly happy. There were wild jubilations across Nigeria, In cities and villages across the country.

“With the return of Mr President, certainly, many will be frightened. Some would be traumatised. Many would be shamed. Others will surely but secretly apportion blames.

“Some will overtly trade blames and excuses because of their stance and statements of playing God over your health. We (APC) however, have been vindicated. Ultimately, our country will be redirected, refocused and revived.”

Ex-Deputy Gov Dumps PDP

A former deputy governor of Ekiti State, Abiodun Aluko, has resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, accusing Governor Ayo Fayose of turning the party into his personal estate.

He also alleged that the governor was harassing prominent leaders in the state.

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Oni On Re-Election Bid For Ekiti’s Redemption

Governorship Aspirant of All Progressives Congress, Chief Segun Oni, says his re-election bid is a redemption mission and urges every progressive-minded person to be partaker.

The former Governor of Ekiti State is currently seeking nomination by APC to contest the 2018 governorship election in the state.

Oni, who is also the Deputy National Chairman (South) of APC, in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday advised doubting ‘Thomases’ to be patient and be watchful.

“My re-election as governor of the state is on a mission of redemption and I urge everyone who sees himself as a progressive to join the train and be a partaker.

“And for those who are yet to fathom how it will manifest, I will advise that they should be patient and be watchful because this is an assignment God has perfected and which no one can undo.

“Blackmail can’t undo it. Let’s work together and face the task ahead to free the state from the stranglehold of its captors.

“It is still strange to me that some people in APC believe that just any aspirant would do.

“The correct position is that Ekiti State is hugely populated by residents of voting age and when we employ strategic thinking and approach, our party would regain power in the state.

“We have a very good opportunity this time around and we must work together to get to our Uhuru.

“Enough of anonymous newsletters and pamphleteering to disparage my person.

“If they are yet to come to terms with the reality, with all intents and purposes I will be the next governor of Ekiti State by God’s grace.

“Today, the popular candidate wins election, most especially in this our Ekiti.

“The people can now see clearly and think wisely to decide who they want as their governor. Today, the electorate votes for one with the best name, integrity and image,” he said.

The former governor, however, queried attacks on his person.

He said, “I am a factor in the APC, I’m not surprised at the daily attacks on my person. You cannot be the leading aspirant and expect not to be attacked.”

Oni was governor in Ekiti between May 29, 2007, and Oct. 15, 2010, under the Peoples’ Democratic Party when the Court of Appeal in Ilorin nullified his election.

The court affirmed Dr Kayode Fayemi of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria as the genuinely elected governor.

Olumilua Speak On His Confidence In Developing Ekiti State

Olumuyiwa Olumilua  is the son of Evangelist Bamidele Ishola Olumilua, former governor of Ondo State. The Ikere-Ekiti –born politician was Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Project Monitoring, Integration and Intergovernmental Relations to former Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi. The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant spoke with Emmanuel Oladesu on his vision for the Fountain of Knowledge.

Why are you interested in governing Ekiti State?

Firstly, as an Ekiti man, I have keenly watched the economy, the social and political scenarios in the state, and I discovered that things are not as rosy as they should be. Secondly, as a bonafide politician and member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ekiti State Chapter, I need to contribute my quota to the development of the state, most especially in the areas where the state is lagging behind. In terms of infrastructure, good roads, equipped hospitals, tourism, qualitative education, etc, I believe I have what it takes to resuscitate the economy of the state. To take the educational level of our children to the highest echelon, and also to put food on the tables of our people. With the inborn passion in me and the cooperation of the Ekiti people, I believe things will get better.

What do you intend to do differently, it elected in next year election?

Being an observer gives you the advantage of seeing things from a clearer perspective without the burden of bias. When you are on the hot seat, you tend to overlook some things that are crystal clear to someone looking critically, without the pressure of the occupier of the seat. I have keenly observed the governments of some truly great men; Governor Niyi Adebayo, Governor Ayo Fayose, Governor Segun Oni and Governor Kayode Fayemi, who happened to be my boss at that time. I have a compilation of their giant strides, their successes, and where people believed they could have done better. As an experienced politician who knows the how the party should be run, party supremacy will be the hallmark of our administration. Presently, this does not exist. Hence, it is the party that gives birth to Governors, Governors are supposed to be answerable to their parties. This will surely be corrected by our administration to achieve the desired result, and make government closer to the grassroots.

How would you describe politics in Nigeria when your father was governor and now that you are an aspirant?

When my father was a governor and now that I am an aspirant, things are miles apart. Money has always been a factor in politics, but the use of money in determining candidates these days is totally obscene. Unfortunately, everybody is to blame for this; the leaders, my fellow politicians and the followers. It is really heart breaking. It has robbed the process of the ability to select deserving, good quality, well meaning aspirants.

Now, it is a game of how much money you can afford to spend on elections. Thus making it possible for charlatans, mediocre and criminals to throw their hats into the ring, and actually, win elections. It is most unfortunate, but I believe that it is never too late to retrace our steps. There has to be a reversal of this trend, or this country will be lost completely.

What is your advice to other aspirants and the people of Ekiti State?

I will advise other aspirants to do a soul search, and see if they truly have what it takes to rescue Ekiti State from the precipe we are dangling from. We need serious-minded people in government, not clowns.

Governance is serious business and should be left to serious-minded people. It involves the lives and well being of millions of people. It should not be joked with.

The good people of Ekiti State should learn to discern between aspirants who mean well, and who have the capacity to actualize the “EKITI DREAM”, and those who are just along for the ride. They should not let cheap money and gifts of food sway their judgment.

As a youth, what plans do you have for Ekiti youths when you become governor?

Development and empowerment of the youth is at the core of the Dream Big Ekiti Agenda.

The need for youth empowerment is crucial to the future of Ekiti State. Our planned programme of action will improve their access to resources that will enhance their knowledge, skills and attitude.

The gains from these development and empowerment programs will result in financial literacy, citizen responsibility and duties, skill acquisition, as well as education, to propel the Ekiti youth to their rightful place as next generation leaders. Our planned line of action also includes making capital available to youths that have business ideas that are bankable.

It is insufficient to teach them skills without giving them the necessary support to bring the acquired skills to the point where they will solve the problem of crushing poverty within the state, and amongst the youths especially.

When you become governor, what becomes of the LCDA’s created by the Kayode Fayemi’s Administration?

We will by the grace of Almighty God, revisit the LCDA issue when we get to government, just like it is being operated in Lagos State.

The reason the present administration of Governor Ayodele Fayose jettisoned the LCDA is not far fetched, it is because he does not belong to our political party.

The LCDA’s in Lagos State have been enjoying patronage by successive governments because the same political party that created them has been occupying the Governorship seat. We will sustain them, and make a success of the objective of their creation.


Source: The Nations

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Attitude Towards Me Is Insulting – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has not spoken with President Muhammadu Buhari in the last two years.

Fayose, who has been critical of the President, especially on his state of health before the election and after his inauguration, said he refused to speak with the President’s security chief to whom his calls to the Presidential Villa were diverted because he considered it an “insult”.

He also spoke on ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Third term bid, how the late President Umaru Yar’Adua was picked as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in 2007, among other issues, in an interview published by The Interview magazine.

He said: “Well, we met twice or so during the Council of State meetings. There is nothing personal. I represent Ekiti State, he represents Nigeria. That is the basis of our interaction. Nothing personal.

Asked if he had said as much as ‘hello’ to the President, Fayose added: “No.”

“For me, during our meeting, whenever any issue arose and I felt I should make a contribution, I raised my hand and spoke. That is it.

“I remember I tried to call him several times before he took ill. Then, there was this day I called again and the switchboard told me that any call from me must be diverted to President Buhari’s Chief Security Officer (CSO). And I felt that was very insulting.

“The CSO to the President is an ordinary policeman, who I assume, is just a little over and above my own CSO. I am a governor, a governor of a state. I felt that was an insult to the people of Ekiti State I represent.

“Yes my calls to him (the President) were diverted twice to the CSO. I refused to talk to the CSO because I consider it insulting.”

On the aborted Third Term agenda of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Fayose said bribed were offered.

He said while the principal officers of the National Assembly in 2006 got N100million each, the other lawmakers were given N50million each.

He alleged that the former President knelt down for the late Libyan leader Mouamar Ghaddaffi to seek his backing for Third Term.

He also said Obasanjo knew about the ill-health of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua before he was picked as PDP candidate.

Fayose said: “Yes it is true. The people I am going to mention here, two of the key players are now dead. That position of Presidential Selection Committee that I headed was set up by all PDP governors. Initially, they wanted Dr. Olusegun Agagu. Then, the majority insisted that they wanted Fayose. So, since the majority wanted me, Baba (Olusegun Obasanjo) invited me to Ota and encouraged me to go ahead. I remember the committee was made up of Governors Danjuma Goje, Ahmed Makarfi, Bukola Saraki, James lbori, me and one other person who I cannot remember now. I want to tell you that, at some point, the majority of the committee was more disposed to having Markafi as the presidential nominee. l and one other person were the only dissenters

“So, as a loyal Obasanjo boy then, I went to Obasanjo and told that this committee that was set up, everybody seemed to prefer Markafi except me and one other person and we were in the minority.

“Five out of seven governors wanted Makarfi. Then Obasanjo pointedly told me that Markafi was too smart and would not be easily controlled by him and, therefore, I must ensure that Markafi did not emerge the presidential candidate. He mandated me to be briefing him often about the way things were going.

“He confided in me that whether it was Markafi or anybody that he was not prepared to leave. At that time, the Third Term agenda had begun to unfold in Abuja. I can tell you that l was co-opted into the secret committee that was behind it. In that body, we had had this senator from Plateau, Ibrahim Mantu, Senator Andy Uba and many others. We were the key players. Let me tell you the truth: at that time, I did not have a choice. l was just a young man without experience.

“…The Senators started at about 11am in the morning and by 1 pm each senator was asked to stand up and say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ before live television coverage whether they supported Third Term or not, and the majority had their way. So Obasanjo’s dream of Third Term was shut down. Thereafter, he called a national meeting of PDP, termed reconciliation meeting and denied that he asked or worked for Third Term.

“Meanwhile, before that time, N50 million was given to every federal lawmaker to support Third Term. The majority collected the money and still voted against Third Term. Principal officers got N100 million each. Where did that huge sum of money come from?”

Fayose opened up on the politics behind the choice of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua as a presidential candidate of PDP.

He said the current Chairman of the PDP, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi was sidelined in favour of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

He added: “Let me now come to the Yar’Adua issue. Obasanjo now called me and said, ‘Now that Third Term has failed, you should go ahead with the PDP committee. And in order for me to check those rooting for Markafi, I should go and sound Yar’Adua out on the ticket. He told me, ‘Don’t tell him I asked you to come. You psyche him up’. So, l met Yar’Adua in his lodge in Katsina. I met Yar’Adua in the company of Yakubu Tanimu (who became his influential chief economic adviser) and his police orderly.

“I remember that while our interaction lasted, the orderly knelt down close to Yar’Adua. I acted as directed by Obasanjo, but the man told me expressly that he was not well enough to aspire to be Nigerian president; that the job would be too rigorous for him.

“After much persuasion, he then told me the only condition under which he might consider running was if all stakeholders would sign up and reach an agreement to pick him as the consensus candidate because he did not want any hassles.”

He said: “ I remember, before then, Yar’Adua was hardly attending Council of State meetings because of his health. So, l went to tell Baba what Yar’Adua told me. On the issue of Yar’Adua’s ill-health. I remember Obasanjo told me, ‘Don’t worry about his sickness; government money day to manage his ill-health.’ Baba told me to go and put the outcome of my interaction with Yar’Adua in writing.

“Then Masari became the first loser; because, until then, Bello Masari as the Speaker of House of Reps was very loyal to Baba and did all the dirty jobs Baba wanted him to do, with the promise that he would be made the next Katsina governor after Yar’Adua. But once Yar’Adua became anointed as PDP candidate, he preferred Shema to be his successor. That was one of the conditions he listed. That was how a wedge came between Yar’Adua and Masari.

“That was the genesis of the rift between Shema and Masari up until today. Shema was then the deputy national chairman of PDP. That was how Masari defected to CPC. What I am trying to say is that Obasanjo engineered all the bitterness that exists in Katsina politics today.”