Ekiti Gov, Fayose Swears-In New Council Bosses

The Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose has sworn in the newly elected local government chairmen.

The swearing in ceremony took place at the Government House pavilion Ado Ekiti, 24 hours after Saturday’s poll, where the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in all chairmanship and councillorship seats.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the swearing in, he encouraged the chairmen to give their best to the people of their constituents and the state at large.

The governor who also announced the immediate appointment of all the outgoing chairmen as his special advisers in all the local governments, said his administration will continue to promote participatory governance.

EFCC Releases Ekiti Finance Commissioner, Accountant-General

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has let go of the two Ekiti sate government officials earlier arrested by the anti graft agency.

Toyin Ojo, Ekiti State Finance Commissioner and the Accountant-General, Mrs Yemisi Owolabi, regained their freedom after 14 days in EFCC custody.

Lere Olayinka, the media aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose, made the disclosure in a statement released by him yesterday.

“Today, God gave Ekiti State and its people another victory over the EFCC and its APC collaborators as the State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo and Accountant General, Mrs Yemisi Owolabi were released after spending 14 days in EFCC detention for doing nothing.

“In celebration of this victory over agents of tyranny, all public servants in Ekiti State are enjoined to converge on Fajuyi, Ado Ekiti by 10 am tomorrow, Thursday, October 12, 2017 to welcome the Commissioner for Finance and the Accountant General back to the State.

“Consequently, Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has directed that public servants in Ekiti State should work for half day tomorrow so as to enable them to join the governor to give heroic welcome to the Commissioner for Finance and Accountant General.

“Governor Fayose will be at Fajuyi, Ado Ekiti at 10am. All lovers of justice should join the governor to welcome our commissioner for Finance and Accountant General back to the State,” the statement read.

EFCC Arrests Fayose’s Finance Commissioner, Accountant General

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday arrested the Ekiti State Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo and Accountant-General, Mrs. Omobola Owolabi over alleged misappropriation of the Paris Club refund Thursday.

Operatives of the anti-graft agency arrested them  in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on the same day the state governor, Mr. Peter Ayo Fayose declared his intention to run for presidency in 2019.

Wilson Uwujaren, spokesman of the agency, said the government officials were arrested following their refusal to honour the commission’s invitation.

He said: “They are currently in the custody of the EFCC. They were picked up today because of their refusal to honour previous invitations for interrogation in relation to pending investigation on the misuse of bailout funds by the Ayodele Fayose administration.”

Just In: Fayose Declares Presidential Ambition In Absence of PDP Officials

The Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has officially declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Mr. Fayose formally declared his interest at the Chelsea Hotel, Abuja on Thursday as a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). PDP party officials were conspicuously absent from the governor’s declaration of his desire to dethrone Mr. Buhari whose close aides have reportedly started organizing his reelection bid.

However, PDP party officials were conspicuously absent from the governor’s declaration owing to the party’s zoning arrangement to the North.

Mr. Fayose’s Ekiti in the South-western part of Nigeria.

Details later…

 

PDP Flays Fayose Over Presidential Ambition, Says Zoning To North Stands

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has admonished the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose against his ambition to be the party’s presidential candidate in 2019.

Fayose had yesterday officially informed the leadership of the party of his intention to run for the office of the president in 2019.

Reacting to his declaration, PDP warned Fayose against wasting his resources, saying its candidate for the 2019 election will come from the North.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, urged all members of the party to
respect the zoning formula which was adopted for both its presidential ticket and the position of the national chairman.

Adeyeye said, “The highest organ of the party, which is the national convention, zoned the presidential ticket of the PDP to the North. That has not changed. The same national convention zoned the position of the national chairman to the South. The convention has yet to change any of these two.

“That (national convention) is the supreme organ of the party. Those decisions are binding on all members of the party. Nobody can alter these decisions.

“The governor is a member of the party and was at the convention where these decisions were taken. As a leader of the party, one expected the governor to respect the party and its decisions.

“If someone in such an office is breaking the decisions of the party, what do you expect from the rank and file?”

PDP Publicity Secretary, Adeyeye Resigns Over Fayose’s Guber Choice

Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resigned his appointment as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti.

His resignation it was gathered, is not unconnected with his desire to contest the Ekiti State Governorship election and his rejection of the unilateral adoption of Prof Olusola Eleka, the Ekiti State Deputy Governor as the purported candidate of the PDP for the 2018 Governorship contest by the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

It would be recalled that Prince Adeyeye through a statement by his campaign organisation, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement (PAAM) had stoically rejected the decision of some party members who were allegedly coerced by Gov Fayose to endorse Prof Eleka at a hurriedly organised stakeholders meeting, held at the Ekiti State Government House, Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday .

When contacted for confirmation, Prince Adeyeye confirmed that he has resigned his position in the Ekiti State University and has communicated same to the State Governor through the right channel.

Fayose: God Will Choose My Successor

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, said on Monday he has been having private discussion with potential governorship aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), telling them “to allow him seek God’s consent” on the choice of a successor.

He said although aspirants have the right to aspire for the state’s number one seat, he (Fayose) also has the right to support whoever God asks him to support for the 2018 governorship race.

Fayose said he had invited aspirants like his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola; former Commissioner for Works, Mr. Kayode Oso and former Wema Bank Group Managing Director, Mr. Adebisi Omoyeni “into the room” to allow him seek the face of God on his successor.

The governor spoke on Tuesday at his Afao-Ekiti country home during a meeting with PDP aspirants and leaders from Ikole, Ijero and Ise/Orun local government areas of the state.

His alleged opposition to the governorship ambition of Deputy Senate Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi; former Deputy Governor, Chief Abiodun Aluko, party’s national spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye and others has been causing tension in the party.

Fayose said: “Followers need not create a wedge between me and gubernatorial aspirants. As much as aspirants have the right to aspire, I also reserve the right to support whoever God asks him to support.

“If I were asked to pick a candidate to succeed me, I would have picked Kayode Oso straight off. But I have called him into the room and told him to allow me seek God’s consent concerning it.

“I have called my deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola. I have also called Bisi Omoyeni into the room and asked him to allow me seek God’s consent. Whoever God chooses, we will support among the aspirants. Whoever that is not the one, the spirit of sportsmanship should be embraced.

“I have nothing against Prince Adedayo Adeyeye. I have great respect for him, from ministerial appointment to chairmanship (of the Governing Council) at Ekiti State University and then his recommendation to the party at the national level.

“I have always stood by him. I wouldn’t have done that for someone I don’t love, so mischief makers had better looked elsewhere to play their game.”

Fayose also appealed to party members to downplay personal agenda and ensure the party’s interest is put on the front burner, adding that “never will any candidate be imposed on the people.

Source: The Nation

Fayose’s Brother Survives Car Crash On Abuja Road

Otunba Emmanuel Fayose, the elder brother of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State survived an accident along Abuja road on his way to Ekiti state.

According to reports he was said to be on his way to attend and celebrate the Udiroko Chieftaincy title conferred on Ekiti state governor; Ayo Fayose on Friday, when the accident happened.

His younger brother Isaac Fayose shared the news on Facebook saying,

In this season of strange occurrence and politically motivated missiles we thank God for I nearly lost my brother Otunba Emmanuel Fayose in a terrible car crash on the Abuja road coming for the udiroko and chieftaincy title conferred on our brother his excellency Ayo Fayose! We remain prayerful for the lord is our only protector!  Help me to thank the lord he came out unscratched’.

South-West Governors Meet, Plan Common Agenda on Development

The South-West governors yesterday met in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, to deliberate on how to chart a common agenda to fast-track the development of the region.

The meeting, hosted by Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, was attended by all the six governors in the region, including Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Ayo Fayose (Ekiti) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun).

They met under the aegis of Western Nigeria Governors’ Forum, a meeting put together by Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), a technocratic institution for the sustainable development of the region, which according to Amosun, had been the vanguard for socio-economic and re-engineering of the South-West.

At the end of the four-hour meeting, all the participants agreed that regional integration as a sustainable economic development paradigm presents the Western Region, and indeed the whole of Nigeria, a pathway into economic prosperity for all.

A communique read by Amosun stated, among others:

• “A joint task force and joint actions will be pursued and sustained on security threats to guarantee the safety of lives, property and prosperity of the people of the region.

• “The competitive advantage of constituent states would be harnessed for sustainable regional development.

• “In order to improve the food security of the region, DAWN should convene a regional agric summit to be held in Ibadan.

• “Approval is given for the establishment of a Western Nigeria Export Development Initiative (WENEDI) to drive the export potentials of the region.”

• “A committee be set up for codification of our values and ethos as an instrument of Yoruba uniqueness to strengthen our identity and unity of purpose.”

Also, the governors agreed that the artificial boundaries of states, religions, political affiliations, among others, would not be a barrier to regional development and urged all the states to be encouraged to significantly improve bilateral and multilateral co-operation to foster regional development.

Amosun had in his welcome address charged his colleagues not to allow themselves to be used as “instruments of division”.

He stated that creation of states from the Old Western Region in 1976, which should have been an impetus for development in the South-West, had been “allowed to create artificial boundaries between the Yoruba nation.”

“To further worsen the situation, some of our people are also making themselves available as instruments of division because of their selfish political gains. The consequence is that our people begin to see themselves as a people of one state or the other rather than as a sub-unit of the entity of the Yoruba people,” he said.

PHOTONEWS: Southwest Governors Meet In Ogun for Regional Integration

Governors from Southwest states, Nigeria, Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Akintunde Ambode (Lagos), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti) on Monday met in Abeokuta, Ogun state for Southwest Economic Governor’s Forum.

The meeting which was organised by Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), the governors reaffirmed determination of the region to rebuild Yoruba nation amid mutual collaboration from member states.

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Fayose: Why We Are Probing Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has given reasons his government is probing the financial transactions by the administration of his predecessor, Dr Kayode Fayemi

Fayose said apart from the N25 billion bond Fayemi took from the Capital Market, the administration also took N31 billion commercial loans which the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) now wants the state government to take responsibility for.

He stated this in Ado-Ekiti on Monday night while featuring in an interview programme on the state’s radio and television.

Fayose, through his deputy, Dr Kolapo Olusola‎, had on Monday morning inaugurated a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to probe the finances of the state under Fayemi from October 2010 to October. 2014.

Fayose said while the bond fund was meant for projects such as civic centre, State Pavilion, new Governor’s Office, new Government House. most of the projects were never completed.

He‎ added that the N31 billion commercial loans were also wasted and the state committed to serving the loans with about N1.1 billion monthly until year 2036.
“Also, that administration misappropriated funds given to the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) leading to the suspension of our state from UBEC support for some years. The SEC wrote me to take responsibility for the loans, even though they too derelict in their responsibility of monitoring how the funds were spent.
“Very annoying is also the fact that the representatives of our people, members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, invited Fayemi repeatedly, he refused to appear before them to explain how the funds were spent. His Finance Commissioner also took a cue from him, he refused to appear before the lawmakers too.
“The lawmakers had to pass a resolution mandating the state government to set up that panel and I am not a law breaker, I have to obey the people’s voice. The panel is made up of honourable people and will not witch-hunt anybody. If they don’t have any skeleton in their cupboards, let them appear before it,” he said.

On the refusal of petrol marketers in the state to sell their products, Fayose said his government would ‎not succumb to blackmail.

He explained that following the fire incident at a filling station early this year‎, it was discovered that most fuel stations in the state were operating without basic facilities in place and vital regulations being followed.

“I will not allow anybody set this state on fire. After the last fire incident, the owner was only ready to pay N10,000 compensation to people whose properties were burnt. The victims gave me a bill of over N176 million compensation. The owner only insured his products, who will now be responsible for the losses suffered by the victims?
“Some stations were also located in wrong places‎. Their leaders came from Lagos and they went round and condemned the attitude of these people, but yet they want to hold us to ransom. They started their strike last week to create chaos during the burial of Baba Adeyinka Adebayo, but they failed.
“Henceforth, ‎those who refuse to sell petrol will not be allowed to sell any other thing in their stations. Those having shops in their stations must shut down those shops too. Any state official found to have helped any of them to get approval inappropriately will be dealt with severely,” he added.

‎On the release of the second tranche of the Paris Club Refund, Fayose opined that state and local governments suffered over-deductions in the first instance and they ought not to beg the Federal Government to return their money to them.

He added that despite the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari about two months ago, no state had been given any money.