Adopted Ekiti Children Reunite With Family After 12 Years

Two Ekiti State indigenes who were adopted by a Dutch couple 12 years ago have pleaded with the state government to place a high premium on the upkeep of the children in orphanages.

The duo said this Thursday when  their foster parents,  Donald and Gertruda Boots, brought them home to familiarise them with their immediate relatives.

The two brothers, aged 17 and 14, were a product of a poverty-stricken polygamous family, but were adopted by the couple in 2005 during  the first tenure of the state Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.

The eldest son, Joshua, who expressed his joy to be at home, thanked the state government and every other person that took part in the adoption process, saying their fortunes have improved tremendously.

Receiving the couple and the children at her office in Ado Ekiti, the wife of the governor, Mrs.  Feyisetan Fayose, expressed joy over the radical turnaround of their lives, saying seeing them in good health and high spirits was pleasing and fulfilling to her as a mother.

She noted that her interest in the welfare of the two children informed her decision to personally visit them in Amsterdam in 2006 during her first time in office, saying, “Honestly, l am happy to see them back  home in good health and high spirit.”

Mrs. Fayose however, regretted the inability of her husband to personally receive the couple and the two boys due to the fact that the governor was on an official engagement outside the state. She thanked the couple for taking care of the two children as if they were their biological children, and prayed for the long life and prosperity of the Boots family.

Speaking earlier, Donald said they decided to bring them back home, so as to familiarize themselves with members of their immediate family. He said their education would not be completed if the two boys were unable to trace their roots.

Fayose Questions Buhari’s Absence At State Functions

Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has questioned President Muhammadu Buhari’s persistent absence from state functions, especially the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetings, demanding to know if the president is now governing the country by proxy.

In a statement by his media aide, Mr. Lere Olayinka, Fayose, who is known to be a rabid critic of the administration, said yesterday that Nigerians are regaled everyday with directives from the president without seeing him at any function.

“Everyday, what we hear is president said this, president said that without seeing the president in any official function and one is prompted to ask: where is the president?”

Fayose said it was becoming obvious that a cabal is exercising the powers of the president.

“I saw the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir Lawal on television responding to his suspension and what came to my mind was that there could actually be many presidents operating in the Buhari presidency.

“Perhaps, it is for this reason of the possible existence of governments within the government of the Buhari administration that confusion pervades the polity, with the president himself writing a letter to the Senate to clear someone of wrongdoing and the same person being suspended three months after on the basis of the same allegation.

“It is also for this reason that the president nominated Ibrahim Magu to the Senate for confirmation as EFCC chairman and the Department of State Services (DSS), an agency under the presidency wrote the Senate not to confirm him.

“Most importantly, the president did not attend the FEC meeting last week and the meeting did not hold this week under the flimsy excuse that Easter break stalled it.

“How could the Easter break which ended on Monday be responsible for the inability to hold the FEC meeting on Wednesday? Definitely, there is more to this than meets the eye.

“It has therefore become necessary that Nigerians hear the voice of their president and see him physically, not through surrogates or the cabal operating behind the scene,” the governor said.

Speaking further, the Ekiti state governor, who described the president as the face and image of a nation, urged Buhari to hold regular media chats through which Nigerians can ask questions and offer suggestions on the country.

“Since his first and only media chat was held in December 2015, Nigerians have not had the opportunity to see their president address them directly and this is not the best approach to governance in a democracy,” he said.

Since the president returned from his medical vacation last month, he has not left the Presidential Villa, Abuja, and has delegated several officials to represent him at several functions.

His absence at the FEC meeting last week and its postponement on Wednesday once again fuelled speculations about his health.

The president was last seen at the mosque in the Presidential Villa last Friday, where he attended the Jumat service.

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Fayose Cannot Win Election In Ekiti Again – Olufemi Aduloju

Mr Olufemi Aduloju, The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Ekiti State, has said that Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, is still living in the past when the federal might assisted him to win two governorship elections.

Aduloju, who reminded the governor that his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been dislodged from the federal level, said his boast that he will win the 2018 governorship election in the state was an empty one, especially with his dwindling popularity each passing day.

The APC chieftain who spoke in Ekiti while reaction to Fayose’s boast that his PDP would win hands down in the 16 council areas of the state, said “it is on record that the governor has never won a single free and fair election.

“Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo supported Fayose to defeat the then Governor Niyi Adebayo in 2003 just as former President, Goodluck Jonathan deployed funds and security agents to ease former Governor, Kayode Fayemi out of office to favour Fayose in 2014.

“The only election that Fayose participated in as a candidate of the opposition party in 2011 ended in disaster for him as he, as Labour Party candidate in the National Assembly election, could not win even his constituency.

“Governor Fayose must wake up and stop dreaming of winning 2018 Ekiti State Governorship Election for his dead party in the state. The only base of Fayose’s political structure, which is the federal might with his party in power, has collapsed. But the governor is still living in the past glory of winning election through the federal might. Perhaps he has forgotten that PDP lost the centre years back.

“PDP is no longer at the helms of affair in Nigeria, the power that the former Presidents gave you to control police, civil defence corps, other security outfits and INEC has expired and no longer available. Fayose cannot win any election in Ekiti State without the federal might.

“Even the last PDP primaries that produced him for the governorship election was fraudulent and rigged, it was Ayo Fayose vs Ayo Fayose, there was no other aspirants at the venue, security personnel were used to chase them away from the venue because Fayose could not contest an election and win without intimidation and harassment.

“In 2003, Obasanjo and Chief Olabode George then the southwest PDP chairman helped Fayose. He was surprised when he was declared the winner of that election, he prostrated about 22 times, thanking the former President. That was why he messed up the government and he was thrown out.

“On the eve of the 2014 governorship election, over 90 per cent of APC leaders were arrested and detained till after the doctored and flawed result was announced. Fayose’s so-called popularity cannot and will never award him victory at any election in Ekiti State in a free and fair contest. If he is so sure of himself, let him wait till 2018 when the chicken will come home to roost,” Aduloju stated.

 

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Fayose Cautions Police Over Handling Investigation in Ile-Ife

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has cautioned the police over the handling of its investigation on the recent crisis in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

He said: “It appears that the police have so far demonstrated ethnic bias in its investigation and this is not good for the unity of Nigeria and its people.”

Besides, a Yoruba socio-cultural group has called on all traditional rulers in the zone, including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, not to remain docile while Hausa-Fulani intensify their alleged treachery against Yoruba over the recent Ile-Ife mayhem where scores of people died.

The group, Atayese Federalist Movement led by Mr. Tokunbo Ajasin, wondered why no single Yoruba monarch or leader waded into the crisis since it started.

In a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti yesterday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Fayose, who condemned the mayhem and described the loss of innocent souls as unfortunate, said there was no way the police can convince Nigerians that only those 20 Yoruba that were paraded in Abuja were involved in the crisis.

He expressed concern that the same police that intervened promptly in the Ile-Ife crisis, made arrests and paraded 20 people as alleged masterminds of the mayhem, had been unable to arrest and parade any of the Fulani herdsmen that have wasted and still wasting the lives of thousands of Nigerians across the country.

“If there was a clash between Yoruba people and Hausa in Ile-Ife, are the police now saying that only the Yoruba took part in the crisis” “In my own opinion, the investigation so far conducted by the police was done with ethnic bias and I demand for thorough investigation that is devoid of ethnic sentiments,” he said.

Fashola Salutes Fayose, Unhappy with On-going Project in the State

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday, condemned the Federal Controller of Works in Ekiti State, Hezekiah Kehinde, for siting the ongoing national housing project in a location far from the heart of Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

The former Lagos State Governor, who visited the site in company with Governor Ayodele Fayose, and the state Commissioner for Works, Mrs Funmi Ogun, said the location of the project along the Ado-Iworoko Road was not proper – owing to the insecurity of the site.

Speaking while inspecting the housing estate being constructed by Minosa Nigeria Limited, Fashola indicted the controller over the siting of the project, saying the siting was unprofessional.

The minister, who was also taken round some of projects by the governor, noted that some of the projects were constructed along federal roads.

He added that that was the type of collaboration needed between state and federal governments.

He described the expansion of the Ado-Akure highway at Ikere Ekiti by the state government as impressive and heartwarming.

“We saw all the projects being executed by the state government; this is the kind of collaboration that the Federal Government welcomes. What is important is how much service we deliver to the people we are to serve. Of course, roads are shared among the tiers of government, but what is important is the service to the people.

“In the area of housing, the state ought to lead, but there is nothing wrong with the Federal Government coming in to support. It will create job opportunities for different categories of people and it will boost the local economy too,” he said.

The minister said the estate might be relocated to another befitting location that would give room for proximity to Ado Ekiti and ensure security of prospective occupants when completed.

“We will have to discuss a possible relocation of this place when I get to Abuja. You said you were given this site, even if this is where the government had allocated for it, I expect you to give a professional advice that this place is not likely to be suitable,” he said.

The controller, however, claimed he made frantic efforts to seek audience with Fayose for possible relocation, but the efforts were futile.

The governor described the minister’s visit as very timely, saying it came at a time when massive constructions were being undertaken along the Ado-Aramoko-Ita Ure and Ado-Ikere-Akure roads.

Faulting the claims by the controller that he visited his office, Fayose said, “You said you came to my office and you didn’t see me, why couldn’t you make effort to send a message? I was not even aware that such a project was ongoing in that far area.”

The governor said his administration had submitted outstanding bills to the Federal Government on the funds that had been expended by the state to rehabilitate federal roads.

“We have submitted our papers and I think the Federal Government will pay us when it is convenient. The minister had done on-the-spot assessments, he knows the situation and what we expect is the rehabilitation of these dilapidated roads and Ekiti is ready to partner in this regard,” he said.

Kashamu Knocks Fayose as Chairman of PDP Governors Forum

Buruji Kashamu, the Senator, representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, has condemned the emergence of Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, as the Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party Governors’ Forum, saying the forum should have chosen a more experienced and mature person who is untainted by the EFCC, not “a cantankerous, divisive and unstable character like Governor Fayose, who snaps at the slightest provocation”.
In a statement he released, Kashamu said “As a committed and loyal party man, it gives me great concern that instead of taking steps that will foster peace and unity, we are doing things that will widen the gap and cause more disunity.
“Those who chose him should have a rethink in the interest of the party that is striving hard to return to power.”
“Fayose had always wanted to be the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum. That was why he had some resentment towards Mimiko upon his emergence as the chairman of the forum in 2015. “
Kashamu stated, “There are those who are better educated, well-cultured and better exposed, who are not working against the interest of their people and country.
“We have governors, who have held public offices since the return to democracy in 1999 but who are untainted. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission does not have any case against them. Those are the kind of people that could have been chosen to lead the Forum.
Kashamu said the choice of Fayose as the chairman of the PDP forum would further polarise the party and destroy it.
He added, “How many of the notable leaders of the party in Ekiti State and the South-West are ready to work with Fayose? He had the opportunity to fight for the interest of the good people of Ekiti State and Yorubaland, but he flunked it, preferring to promote impunity with a tiny clique who will always do his bidding.”
Kashamu also scolded Mimiko, who he called “a traitor” who “the party broke up on his head when he overreached himself”
“Instead of being a strong leader, who would be fair to all and do good to all manner of people, without fear or favour, he became more of a weather-beaten fowl, sullen and uninspiring.
Fayose’s media aide,Lere Olayinka has since told Kashamu to stop interfering in other people’s business, asking “what is the business of a senator who is not even a principal officer” with who heads the Governors’ forum.

Ekiti APC Slams Pastor Adeboye Over Support For Fayose

The Ekiti State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the comments of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Enoch Adeboye.

yesterday commending the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, for what he called the governor’s courage and willingness to defend his people and the cause of the common man in the country.

The party said it was alarmed that a cleric of Mr. Adeboye’s standing could praise Governor Fayose for his persistent insults and abuses on President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that the cleric should be seen as speaking for himself and his comment must not be seen as representing that of the entire members of the RCCG.

In a release issued in Ado Ekiti on Sunday and signed by the state chairman of the party, Jide Awe, the party alleged that Mr. Fayose could have bribed Mr. Adeboye with huge amount of money to get such endorsement, which is not being circulated.

Pastor Adeboye had during his tour of the country to the state as part of the church’s annual ‘Let’s Go A Fishing” programme, said to Mr. Fayose: “We thank God for your courage, for your boldness, we thank God for your being willing to take risks so that your people can be protected. You have been a governor who knows when to say enough is enough in defence of his people. And I’m sure you know what I’m talking about and I am sure the world knows. I don’t want to say more than that but be assured that we are praying for you and you will succeed in Jesus name.”

Mr. Awe said Governor Fayose is a man that can bribe even angel of God to endorse the devil, warning Mr. Adeboye to avoid what will make the people of Ekiti rise against him.

The APC said that Mr. Adeboye even chose this period of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ to embark on praise singing of a character like Mr. Fayose is to say the least, preposterous.

The party chairman called on members of the RCCG, especially families of the founder, Josiah Akindayomi, to call Mr. Adeboye to order before he destroys the church with his involvement in politics.

He said the pastor must not be allowed to destroy the legacies of the founder of the Redeemed Church and the entire members of the church.

Mr. Awe said Mr. Adeboye should be reminded that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is a staunch member of the RCCG and what is expected of the cleric was support for members of his church, not praise singing of Mr. Fayose.

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