Ekiti Workers Lament Reversal Of Salary Paid Into Bank Accounts

Government workers in Ekiti State have decried the withdrawal of their salaries, few minutes after most of them received bank alerts of payment on Friday.

The workers, many of who are owed three months arrears, had celebrated on receiving the alerts of payment of two months arrears.

Their joy turned “sour” when they received another alert reversing the payment.

The development forced many of them to make phone calls to their colleagues to confirm if they had the same experience.

Some of the workers, who pleaded for anonymity, expressed shock with the development which they said has dampened their morale and exposed them to ridicule.

A Grade Level 13 officer said: “I was very happy when I received alert that my account has been credited with two months salaries and I started calculating how I would spend it but I was shocked to receive another alert within an hour withdrawing the money paid into my account.”

Commissioner for Information Lanre Ogunsuyi said the government was sorry for the inconvenience which he attributed to “an error by the firm  handling the computerisation of accounts”.

Ogunsuyi said: “We are aware of the development and I want to say that government is sorry for the inconvenience this might have caused our workers. Today, everybody will get one-month pay.

“It was an error by the firm that handled the computerisation of accounts, it was an error by our service provider.”

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned Governor Ayo Fayose to stop deceiving workers.

In a statement yesterday by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the APC warned Fayose against persecuting union leaders for demanding for workers’ rights.

Olatunbosun described the action of crediting workers’ accounts only to withdraw same after media hype as “callous and highly fraudulent”.

He warned Fayose to “stop playing games with the lives of workers”.

According to him, Fayose’s inconsistent figures on the state debts and non-transparent manner in the conduct of government’s business were enough for workers to lose faith in him.

He said: “This is not the first time the governor is doing this to workers. He did it to primary school teachers last year when he learnt that they were to embark on strike.

“That is what he did last week after learning of strike plan by teachers after they refused to help him in a solidarity rally to save him from Ekitigate probe.”

“The governor who said the state was broke suddenly paid two months salary after learning that the teachers were bent on protesting the non-payment of their salary arrears, even though he quickly reversed a month salary from their accounts after workers were celebrating payment of two months arrears.

“As we speak, Fayose is threatening labour leaders for legitimately asking for the rights of workers.

“He has relocated government business to Afao- Ekiti just as he did when he was about to be impeached in 2006.”

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Aluko’s Planned Arrest, Invitation To Anarchy, APC Warns

The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned Governor Ayodele Fayose against unjust arrest of the State Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Tope Aluko, saying such a plan is capable of stoking anger among the citizens, APC members in particular, to cause a breakdown of law and order as Fayose wanted to assume the role of a judge in his own matter.

The state Publicity Secretary of the party, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said in a statement on Thursday that it was regrettable that the court was so much in a hurry to grant a warrant of arrest request by Fayose who once stormed the court with thugs to assault a presiding judge sitting over his own perjury case.

“The impression being created by the court that Governor Fayose is a law unto himself or that he has the court in his pocket, is worrisome against the backdrop of the prostrate attitude of the court when the same man that is slamming a perjury case against an official of his own party stormed the court with thugs to sack the court sitting over his own perjury case.

“In that instance, Fayose led thugs to sack the court and beat up a judge, tearing his coat before heading to the Chief Judge’s office to tear into shreds court records in his office and then beat up the Chief Judge’s secretary.

“We are worried that the court that went to sleep during that national embarrassment suddenly became alive to deliver a ruling on a warrant of arrest request against the governor’s opponent within minutes, even though the same court was handicapped when the temple of justice was sacked by the same man now in need of court’s protection from investigation into the treasonable offence that brought him to power, ” he explained.

The party spokesman said the court should not be seen as protecting a governor who said on Captain Sagir Koli tape that he collected INEC soft copies and got them printed to win election.

“The court should be at the fore-front of efforts to get to the root of how Fayose got these INEC soft copies, including finding out how the results of election held on June 21 could be collated on Thursday June 19 at Efo-Alaaye as revealed by Fayose’s voice in the Capt Koli’s audio tape,” he said.

Olatunbosun described the hurry with which the court came to the aid of the governor as provocative, saying the impression was that Fayose’s bid to block transparency and truth in the investigation of the election fraud in the state was being backed by the judiciary’s assistance to hound Aluko into jail to prevent him from further expose on the election fraud.

“We would have expected the court to ask for the evidence of perjury in what Aluko said on Channels television because to our knowledge, he did not speak on oath on the television programme.

“Conversely, if it is on the basis of Aluko’s testimony at the tribunal where he swore on oath that he is being hounded for arrest, we can then assume that his testimony at the tribunal is not true and so he must face a perjury case.

“Even though we know that the problem between Fayose and Aluko is purely an internal problem of PDP, it is nevertheless an attempt to cover the truth in the investigation of the election crime that deprived our candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, a victory in the June 21, 2014 governorship election,” he explained.

Warning that APC would resist any conspiratorial attempt to block transparent investigation of the election fraud, Olatunbosun said if Aluko must be investigated for perjury, then other PDP members that testified at the tribunal, including the governor, must submit themselves to the charge of perjury since they presented the same evidence at the tribunal.

“By PDP’ s action, the party has admitted that Aluko lied at the tribunal but spoke the truth on Channels and so he must be charged with perjury based on the statement on oath at the tribunal, but others who presented the same evidence at the tribunal must also be deemed to have committed perjury and must be charged as well.

“Attempt to arrest Aluko while leaving out other people that presented same evidence  at the tribunal appearances will be considered as a witch hunt being encouraged by the court to hound Aluko into jail to block transparency in the investigation of Ekiti poll fraud that brought Fayose to power.

“We hereby sound a note of warning that never shall we allow Fayose a free reign as he did when he was using thugs to commit illegality, including hounding 19 APC lawmakers out of Ekiti State for six months and the judiciary closed the courtrooms for months to deny APC that had several cases in courts justice.

“Our party will respond with equal measure if any attempt is being promoted to block transparency in the investigation of the crime that denied our candidate a deserved victory while the man at the centre of criminally using the military and illegal printing of INEC materials to win election is being unduly protected by the same court that could not defend itself when Fayose spat at the wigs and gowns and desecrated the entire temple of justice,” Olatunbosun concluded.

Stop Conning Ekiti Workers, APC Tells Fayose

The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked Governor Ayodele Fayose to stop deceiving workers over payment of their salaries and entitlements, saying persecuting union leaders for demanding for workers’ rights is a needless provocation that can rupture peace in the state.

It warned that sending security agents after union leaders was fascist conduct capable of forcing citizens to an act of rage for a slide to anarchy.

The state Publicity Secretary of the party, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said in a statement at the weekend union leaders had a responsibility to the work force and they had acted constitutionally in defence of workers.

Warning the governor against his fascist conduct, Olatunbosun said his inconsistent figures on the state debts and non-transparent manner in the conduct of government’s business were enough for workers to lose faith in the governor.

He described Fayose as a serial liar, slamming the governor for crediting workers’ accounts with their salaries only to withdraw the money after a heavy media hype.

Citing last week payments of two months salaries into workers’ accounts and later withdrawing payments, the party accused the governor of fraudulent conduct to sustain his grip on the “thoroughly abused” people of Ekiti people.

He said: “This is not the first time the governor is doing this to workers. He did it to primary school teachers last year when he learnt that they were to embark on strike.

“That is what he did last week after learning of strike plan by teachers after they refused to help him in a solidarity rally to save him from Ekitigate probe.”

Accusing Fayose of playing games with the lives of the workers, Olatunbosun said:

“The governor that said the state was broke suddenly paid two months salary after learning that the teachers were bent on embarking on protest over failure to pay their salary arrears, even though he quickly reversed a month salary from their accounts after workers were celebrating payment of two months arrears.

“We  reliably gathered that the money he used to pay workers last week was part of the cash he could not allegedly ferry to Dubai when President Muhammadu Buhari came visiting.

“This is besides the fact that the teachers salary for Sept 2014 was captured in the bail-out cash, yet he refused to pay the hapless workers who are barely surviving the harsh economic condition imoposed on them by his anti peoples’ policies while his own family lives in opulence abroad.

“As we speak, Fayose is threatening labour leaders for legitimately asking for the rights of workers. While doing this, he has relocated government business to Afao- Ekiti at exorbitant cost just as he did when he was about to be impeached in 2006 while his wife is in Dubai in the last three weeks on the bill of Ekiti State even as his children live in opulence abroad riding about in exotic cars while Ekiti workers can’t afford to pay their children school fees.

“We understand that the money used to pay workers’ salary was the money for the aborted Dubai trip when it became apparent that it would be difficult to ferry the money to Dubai after Buhari signed agreement with the Middle East country on financial crimes,” Olatunbosun explained.

Court Orders Arrest Of Self-Confessed Ekiti Election Rigger

Chief Magistrate Adesoji Adegboye of the Ekiti state judiciary on Wednesday issued a court warrant of arrest against self confessed election rigger and former secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Dr. Temitope Aluko, for alleged perjury.

In the motion, which was filed and moved by the state Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mr Gbemiga Adaramola, an order of the court was sought to issue warrant of arrest against Aluko to be executed by the Commissioner of Police with the aim of prosecuting him (Aluko) for trial over alleged perjury.

When contacted on telephone, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Alberto Adeyemin said the police was not aware of the arrest warrant.

Chief Magistrate Adegboye said the order was granted as a means for the first defendant (Aluko) to attend the court for defence.

A lawyer, Mr Sunday Olowolafe, had filed an application to the state Attorney General calling for the prosecution of Aluko for alleged perjury.

Aluko, who was the PDP witness at the court when the All Progressive Congress (APC) took Governor Ayodele Fayose to court over the 2014 governorship election had last week recanted.  Speaking at press conference in Abuja, the election was rigged by Governor Fayose with support of then president Goodluck Jonathan and some military officers.

Why We Couldn’t Rig In Osun, Election Robber Confesses On Live TV

Self-confessed election robber employed to rig election in the south west, Dr. Temitope Aluko, an operative of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has revealed why they could not steal the people’s mandate in the state of Osun.

Speaking on a ChannelsTV programme Politics Today monitored by Osun Defender, Dr. Aluko stated that they couldn’t utilize the same system adopted in Ekiti to rig elections in Osun because of the sagacity of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

He said Ogbeni Aregbesola made so much noise exposing most of their plans, a move which rendered their rigging plan ineffective.

Asked why he was exposing the operation, Aluko said “Before the election, Fayose, Femi Bamishile and I jointly swore with the Holy Bible on a sharing formula after we must have won the election. We agreed that Fayose would be governor, Bamishile his deputy and I, Chief of Staff.

“But the moment he got into office, Fayose reneged on the agreement and left me in the lurch. More worrisome is the fact that Fayose has derailed from the original Ekiti project we envisaged”

On how the election was rigged, the PDP operative stated that, “There was a strike team, a mixture of the DSS, military, the mobile police… that is about all.”

“We had a meeting at Aso Rock on security and funds. We were given security and funds.”

He listed the persons at the meeting to include the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces the former PDP chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, Governor Fayose and himself (Aluko).

“At the meeting President Jonathan agreed that if he needed Ekiti, he would support us to ensure that we delivered.”

“At the second meeting we had Obanikoro, Jelili, Omisore… It was a combination of Osun and Ekiti people and they were discussing how we were going to move to take the south-west.”

“Before the primaries, His Excellency, Ayodele Fayose, said that we can only win using the military.”

“Then we came up with a plan about May,” he alleged.

Before now, Dr. Aluko, had testified in camera before the military panel that investigated the role of the military in Ekiti and Osun states elections. He stated during the ChannelsTV interview that he gave the same testimony before the panel.

How Fayose Received $37m From Goodluck Jonathan To Rig Ekiti Polls

More details have emerged on how Ekiti State Governor Mr. Ayo Fayose, received $37 million cash from former President Goodluck Jonathan to rig the June 21, 2014 governorship election in the state.

A member of the ring, who is in the know revealed how the cash was delivered by former defence Minister, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro to Ekiti for onward disbursement.

Revealing this on live Channels Television during its Politics Today programme monitored by Osun Defender, former Secretary of the Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Temitope Aluko, said Jonathan gave Fayose $2 million in March 2014 for the primary election. He alleged that the cash was collected at the NNPC Towers in Abuja from businessman Ifeanyi Uba, who last night denied playing any role in the election or giving Fayose any money.

The PDP Operative said the cash was taken to Fayose’s private house in Abuja from where it was moved to Ekiti.

“Immediately after the primary election, we collected another $35 million from Jonathan on June 17, 2014. The money was brought to us by the former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.

“We all assembled in front of Spotless Hotel, Ado-Ekiti, owned by Fayose. Thereafter, the cash was taken to a Bureau De Change in Onitsha  where, with the support of Chris Uba, it was converted to N4.7 billion,” Aluko added.

But Fayose dismissed Aluko as a “distraction” and his story “untrue”.

The embattled PDP chief, who fell out with Fayose shortly after the election, disclosed that the governor collected about N3 billion cash from Senator Buruji Kashamu in 2013 to revive the then comatose PDP structure in Ekiti.

But Kashamu’s aide Augustine Oniyokor said: “While it is true that Senator Buruji Kashamu supported PDP candidates, including the Ekiti State governor, as a true party man, I’m not aware of the financial implications.”

Giving an insight into how the military and other security agencies were drafted into the Ekiti State election, Aluko said Fayose insisted that the only way the PDP could win was to use the military.

Said he: “The former President agreed with Fayose and summoned a security meeting at the Presidential Villa for the purpose of the election.

“Those at the meeting were the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh, then Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimmah and former PDP National Chairman Adamu Mu’azu.

“Others included Fayose, Senator Iyiola Omisore, then Minister of Police Affairs Jelili Adesiyan and Obanikoro.

“At that meeting, the former President made it clear to the ex-Chief of Defence Staff that Fayose would stand for him (as Commander-in-Chief) in terms of providing security for the election.”

According to Aluko, the implication of Jonathan’s directive was that the military chiefs were to take orders from Fayose for the duration of the election.

On the strength of Jonathan’s directive, Aluko said Fayose then approached the former Commander of the Army Brigade in Akure, Brig.-Gen. Dikko, to take charge of the election for the PDP.

“But Gen. Dikko did not give us audience. He stated bluntly that he would not be available for such operation. So Fayose sponsored a petition against him, which led to his replacement with Brig.-Gen. Aliyu Momoh who was amenable to our plans,” Aluko stated.

Giving details of how the military and other security agencies were mobilised to win the election for the PDP, Aluko said four party stalwarts were picked from each of the 16 local government areas.

According to him, the 64 party stalwarts were carefully picked because they knew the terrain in their local governments very well.

“They gave detailed information regarding names and locations of opposition members in all the local governments, the various routes, areas of strength and weaknesses of the PDP in the 16 local government councils.

“Today, most of these 64 men are members of the Senate, House of Representatives, state House of Assembly, commissioners, local government chairmen, special advisers and the rest,” Aluko said.

“We went into the election with 1040 recognised soldiers and another batch of 400 unrecognised soldiers brought from Enugu by Chief Chris Uba.

“In addition, we raised 44 Special Strike teams, brought in Toyota Hilux buses from Abuja and Onitsha. We made special stickers for the vehicles that conveyed members of the Strike Team and black hand bands for each of them.

“Each Strike Team was made up of 10 members headed by a soldier and comprising soldiers, policemen, DSS operatives and Civil Defence Corps. They were detailed to attack and arrest prominent APC chieftains in all the local governments.

“We set up anchorage, mainly residential houses, in every local government where the Strike Team members collected their welfare and other allowances.

“To encourage the Strike Team members, we gave them orders to share money and other valuables they could lay their hands on in the houses of APC chieftains they raided.

“Then we set up detention camps, mainly in primary schools, where most of the APC chieftains were detained. Others were detained in police stations where the DPOs were friendly with us. We let them off after the election was over.

“A day to the election, we used the military to block all routes in the local governments and prevented APC chieftains, including former Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi, from coming into Ekiti.

“So we ensured that no APC chieftain was in sight on election day. We provided polling agents for the APC in most of the polling units so we had no problem getting them to sign election results in the units.

“All these local and foreign observes that described the election as free and fair only witnessed the voting on election day without knowing what transpired before the voting.”

Aluko, who was the Chief Returning Officer who signed the results for the election, said he was fully involved in the plot with Fayose from the very beginning.

According to him, he was forced to divulge the information because Fayose betrayed him and derailed from the original plan they had for the development of the state after winning the election.

Said he: “Before the election, Fayose, Femi Bamishile and I jointly swore with the Holy Bible on a sharing formula after we must have won the election. We agreed that Fayose would be governor, Bamishile his deputy and I, Chief of Staff.

“But the moment he got into office, Fayose reneged on the agreement and left me in the lurch. More worrisome is the fact that Fayose has derailed from the original Ekiti project we envisaged”.

He also spoke about the Osun election which followed and the inability of the PDP to take the same system they adopted in Ekiti, to Osun State which Governor Rauf Aregbesola resisted.

Aluko, who testified in camera before the military panel that investigated the role of the military in Ekiti and Osun states elections, said he gave the same testimony before the panel.

Lagos now Member of Odu’a Investment Company Limited Owner States

…As Company Proposes N20b Revenue

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

The Oodua Owner States Governors on Tuesday announced the admittance of Lagos state into the Oodua Investement Company Limited just as a new revenue base was proposed for the company from N4billion to N20billion.

Addressing journalists on behalf of other Governors shortly after a closed door meeting of the Owner States Governors at the Cocoa House Ibadan, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo state stated that the meeting was aimed at restrategising the activities of the company and take some relevant far-reaching decisions to reposition the Investment and as well boost its economic base in line with the global economic trends.

He disclosed that the five Owner States Governors have approved a five year strategic economic plan to grow the revenue base of the company from N4billion to N20billion.

According to him, “we owner States Governors of Osun, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun and Ekiti state have met with the board and management of Odu’a Investment Company on the need to improve our activities as regards revenue base.

“We have deliberated comprehensively on the need to improve our revenue base, economic activities and the implementation of new economic strategies in line with the best global economic trends.

“We have also taken far-reaching economic decisions to reposition the investment as the engine room of economic growth in the Southwest.

“To achieve all these, we owner States Governors have therefore approved a five year strategic plan to grow and increase tremendously the revenue base of the company from N4billion to N20billion.

Governor Mimiko further revealed that the Owner States Governors have also agreed on the principle to include Lagos State as part of the Odu’a Investment Company Limited, saying the economic strategy is a five-year plan aimed at increasing the revenue base of the company from its present N4billion to 20billiion and as well improve the economic activities of the investment for the general benefits of the owner states.

He therefore submitted that the owner States Governors have decided to meet with board and management of the Company quarterly.

“As we have agreed to reposition the company economically, we also implemented principles to admit Lagos State as part of the Odu’a Investment Company Limited with a view to reshape the revenue base of the company.

“In a bid to achieve greater improvement and effective management, we have agreed to be meeting with board and management of the company on quarterly basis”, Governor Mimiko disclosed.

Meanwhile, the meeting was attended by the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, his counterparts in Ogun and Ondo States, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Oyo State Deputy Governor, Otunba Moses Alade Adeyemo, Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola, Secretary to Ekiti State Government, Dr. (Mrs) Modupe Alade, Secretary to Oyo State Government, Mr. Olalekan Ali, Group Managing Director, Odu’a Investment Company Limited, Mr. Adewale Raji, Directors of the five owner States of Odu’a Investment Company Limited, among other dignitaries and political functionaries.