Reactions In Ile Ife As Fayemi Wins Ekiti Governorship Election

By Sodiq Lawal

Scores of political stakeholders, analysts and residents of Ile Ife have reacted to the emergence of the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi as the winner of the Ekiti State governorship election.

Fayemi polled 197,459 votes to beat his closest rival and People Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Prof Kolapo Olusola who polled 178,114 votes.

From the results of the 16 LGA’S in the state, Fayemi defeated Olusola in 12 LGSs.

Reacting, the secretary of APC, Ife Central branch, Hon. Olufemi Francis mocked the PDP and said the party lost because they were used to winning election with federal might.

In his words, “Now, the result should teach them a lesson that, just like in 2015, these kinds of tactics will not work in 2019. They have truly and honestly run out of ideas.

Also, the chairman of Nigeria Union Of Teachers (NUT), Ife Central branch, Comrade Adeyemi Adelowo felicitated with Fayemi urging him to use his tenure to eradicate problems facing teachers in the state.

“I warmly appreciate the good people of Ekiti state for voting for the right person and I congratulate  Fayemi for the victory. However, I urge him to use his tenure to eradicate problems facing teachers in the state,” he said.

A PDP chieftain in Ile Ife, Mr Gbadamosi Olaniyi said that,” “Ekiti’s election was not free and fair. It was more of a federal military invasion than an election. Even with APC’s questionable victory, I remind Buhari of history: PDP Won Ekiti’s gubernatorial election in 2014 but lost the 2015 Presidential election.

PDP “Expert” In Annuling Elections – APC

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has said the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, was good for just annulling elections.

The APC said this in reaction to the call on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to annul results of the party’s national convention held last weekend.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, the APC said: “We imagine the utter shock and disappointment the dying opposition Party must have felt to see that their prediction of collapse for our Party ahead of the Convention did not come to pass. Unable to recover from the shock, they now indulge in ignorant whimper, calling on INEC to help them do what they are best at doing; annulling elections.

“It is quite distressing to see that a Party that held power for 16 years did not know that INEC has no role in internal elections of a political party. We also wonder which position the PDP contested for at our Convention which entitles them to take it upon themselves to challenge the process.

“If the PDP now sees itself as an interested party in our internal elections, we would encourage them to send their petitions to the Convention Appeals Committee of our party. We however do not expect them to understand this process of internal democracy.

“It is clear to everyone that having been kicked out of power, the PDP still has no idea what to do three years after. However, playing the busybody and so openly advertising their ignorance of basic electoral rules will make it even more difficult for Nigerians to grant them the forgiveness that they have begged for.

“What is PDP’s grouse? That INEC should not recognize the new APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, as his affirmation, according to the PDP in violation of democratic requirements of direct voting by delegates.

“Our election guidelines provides that all Party posts prescribed by the Party constitution can be filled by democratically conducted elections or by Consensus, provided that where a candidate has emerged by Consensus for an elective position, a vote of “Yes” or “No” is called to ensure that it was not an imposition. This was clearly adhered to in many positions, including the National Chairmanship position which was unopposed.

“But we understand PDP’s problem. They are terrified by Comrade Adams Oshiomole. They know that with him they will no longer have a breathing space. Hence the baseless allegations peddling and conspiracy theory which we are now accustomed to as part of PDP’s sorry attempt to play ‘opposition politics’.

“It is indeed ridiculous that a Party whose Convention was a bazaar where delegates were bought and sold with dollars could brazenly allege corruption against our Party. They should go ahead and show which governors contributed the amount being alleged to the convention. We have dealt with the issue of membership contributions in an earlier statement.

“We however ask this “new anti-corruption crusaders” to start with the basic task of producing audited accounts. Till today, APC remains the only political party in the country to have done so. Nigerians know that PDP talking about corruption is like prostitutes preaching sexual morality. They dont take them seriously.”

Osun 2018: 11 Aspirants To Jostle For PDP’s Ticket

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) screening committee for Osun state governorship election on Wednesday, June 27, cleared all the 11 aspirants contesting to be the party’s flag bearer in the September 22 governorship election in the state.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the chairman of the screening committee, Austin Opara, at the presentation of Screening Certificates to the aspirants at Wadata Plaza in Abuja, said all the aspirants were successful.

The aspirants are Senator Akanbi Abdulrasheed, Oyewumi Olalere, Nathaniel Oke, Senator Ogunwale Felix and Alhaji Fatai Akinbade.

Others are Ezekiel Adeniji, Akin Ogunbiyi, Ayoade Adewepo, Rafiu Bello, Senator Nurudeen Adeleke and Adeolu Durotoye. Opara commended the aspirants and urged them to work as a team for PDP’s success in the election.

The deputy national secretary of the party, Emmanuel Agboh, addressing the aspirants, advised them to engage meaningful discussion on possibility of having consensus candidate for the election.

Osun Did Not Spend N4.6bn On Trailer Parks – Baderinwa

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the State of Osun, Mr Adelani Baderinwa has refuted claims by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party that Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration spent a sum of N4.6bn on the construction of Trailer parks in the state.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner in Osogbo on Thursday.

AREGBESOLA NEVER SPENT N4.6BN ON TRAILER PARKS

It has come to the attention of the State Government of Osun, the false and unfounded accusation against the noble person of Governor Rauf Aregbesola on the planned construction of four trailer parks in some parts of the state by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

PDP in its usual arbitrary manner falsely claimed that Governor Aregbesola awarded a N4.6bn trailer parks that was not executed.

To set the record straight, the state government wishes to state that no kobo of the state was spent on the proposed trailer parks, the government had no financial commitment to the execution of the contract, and it had been terminated for a very long time.

The contract was awarded on concession to Safeway Track Solution Limited in 2011, following the proposal it presented to the State Government.

The concession agreement was signed on 30th November, 2012. The concession agreement was that the company was going to be fully responsible for the project financing; therefore, the government had no any financial commitment to the project. And all necessary facilities would be provided by the company in each of the parks that were to be built in Osogbo-Ikirun road, Osogbo-Iwo road, Osogbo-Ilesa Road and Osogbo-Akoda road.

According to the concession agreement, the concessionaire (Safeway Track Solution Limited) would build, operate and transfer the facilities to the state government after 25 years. Before the transfer, the state government was to have 30 per cent of the total profit earned while the concessionaire was to have 70 per cent.

The only commitment of the state government to the planned park was the provision of Land which was provided to the Safeway Track Solution Limited by the Ministry of Works. The total cost of the contract was N4.6bn, including the value of the provided land which was N320 million.

It is on record that the contractor worked for sometimes before challenges set in, which prevented further work on the project sites. Base on the inability on the failure of the concessionaire, the government terminated the contract. That is the facts of the contract.

The PDP had been known for mischief, frivolous allegation and deceit. The party has failed in its deliberate attempt to misconstrue the concession agreement of the planned trailer parks. The PDP knows the fact, but yet went ahead to be telling cheap lies. It amounts to irresponsibility and outright absence of conscience for the PDP to be misinforming the general public. This is not how to do opposition; it is simply a dubious character.

The administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has been transparent and prudent on contract award of contract and the governance issues. He has been able to manage the meager resources of the state for unprecedented and surprising development of the state. It is worthy of note that Osun did not witness any meaningful development when the PDP government that got huge amount of money was managing the affairs of the state. We urge the PDP to stop this campaign of calumny and fruitless effort to smear Aregbesola’s good image.

No matter how devilish they could be, the people of Osun have chosen to continue to supporting the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Aregbesola’s administration. The PDP should for once live a truthful life.

Adelani Baderinwa
Commissioner for Information and Strategy
State of Osun

Stella Oduah Dumps PDP For APGA

The senator representing Anambra North in the National Assembly, Stella Oduah, has officially decamped to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.

Reports have it that Oduah arrived APGA National Secretariat in Abuja, Wednesday afternoon, in company of her aides and supporters.

The lawmaker was received by the APGA NEC members led by the National Chairman, Victor Oye, national secretary, Labaran Maku, former National Chairman and the senator representing Anambra central, Chief Victor Umeh, among other top party officials.

Oduah, was the Minister for Aviation under President Goodluck Jonathan and joined the Senate in 2015 on the platform of the PDP.

Other dignitaries at the event include Hon. Ben Nwankwo, Hon. Onyewife, Hon. Dozie Nwankwo, Hon. Anayo Nebe, all APGA members in the House of Reps.

Also present were Dr. Ifeanyi Uba, Dr Alex Otti, Anambra state APGA state chairman, Chief Nobert Obi, and a number of Anambra state Executive council members who represented Gov. Wille Obiano.

Oduah is expected to formally communicate her defection to the Senate within the next few days.

Mass Exodus Hits PDP As 656 Members Decamp To APC In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal
About 656 members, including chieftains of the People Democratic Party from Ife Central and Ife Central West local government have defected to the All Progressive Congress(APC).
The defectors cited confusion, lack of focus and no desirable agenda of PDP for the people, as the reasons for their decision.
The Secretary of APC in Ife Central Local Government, Hon Olufemi Francis confirmed to our correspondent on Friday that about 656 PDP members have decamped to APC within last month.
He accompanied leaders of the PDP to receive the returnees at the party secretariat at Enuwa road in Ile Ife, said the PDP had shown to Nigerians and the Ife people that it had no agenda to make progress possible.
As regards the governorship elections, he assured party members not to panic as the APC remained intact and would ensure the defeat of the PDP  in State of Osun.
He said “The APC government in Osun under our watch has placed the state on  the path of peace,  prosperity, and development.

PDP Welcomes Dino Melaye

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reacted to the defection of Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to its fold.

Recall that the embattled lawmaker had on Wednesday decamped from the APC to PDP on the floor of the senate.

However, reacting to Melaye’s defection, PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan welcomed the embattled lawmaker into the party.

Ologbondiyan, who took to his official Twitter handle wrote: “This Morning, @Sen_Dino_Melaye crossed the aisle of the Red Chamber to the “Comfortable” and “People-Oriented” @OfficialPDPNig side.

“As a party, we welcome him and await his final porting to the Peoples’ Party.”

Melaye is currently involved in a face-off with the Nigeria Police Force.

The lawmaker, who allegedly jumped off a police van conveying him to Lokoja, Kogi State, has since been arraigned in Kogi State High Court.

However, Melaye was granted bail by the court.

Reps Member, Jagaba Dumps APC For PDP

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Interior, Adams Jagaba, on Wednesday formally decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Jagaba, who is from Kaduna State, on Wednesday, announced his defection to the PDP on the floor of the House in Abuja.

Members of the PDP caucus in the House received him with joy and jubilation.

‘APC Must Unite To Bury PDP In Osun’

By Kehinde Ayantunji

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has urged members of All Progressive Congress (APC) to fuse and end the existence of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming 2018 Governorship Election to ensure the continuity of sustainable development and good governance. 

Aregbesola described PDP as a “disaster” for the Yoruba race, saying “the only befitting fate for the party is extinction with a view to placing the state on the track of accelerated progress and development”.

The governor said this while addressing mammoth crowd at the last round of his federal constituencies’ goodwill tour to Osogbo/Olorunda/Irepodun/Orolu Federal Constituency held at Osogbo City Stadium on Wednesday.

Aregbesola said the goodwill tour was among others to remind the people of the development feats that Osun has achieved in the last seven and half years and the necessity for APC members to unite in ensuring continuity of APC-led administration to make life more abundant for the people.

He said PDP from time immemorial was never a prosperous party for the Yoruba race and must never be allowed to taste power again so as not to impoverish the people and derail the current pace of development across the state.

According to the governor, in the history of the state, no party has provided leadership in making life better for people than APC that is committed and passionate about eradicating poverty, provide quality education, and protect  lives and property.

He said, “Make no mistake, APC is the party of Obafemi Awolowo, Abraham Adesanya, Bola Ige and Bisi Akande that is committed to the welfare of the people.  In Yoruba history, PDP in whatever disguise and identity has been a disaster, they only seek and seize power without responsibility; that is why you must not allow them to taste power if we are desire to secure a befitting prosperous future for Yoruba race, Nigeria and African at large.

“We must not forget so soon that when we assumed office, what we met were flood in the state capital, mushroom schools, insecurity and abject poverty boldly written in the faces of our people, but glory be to God, we have changed that story, we now have ambulances in every part of the state that does not carry corpse but rescue accident  victims on emergencies, many never believe that such is possible in Nigeria, but today, we have done it and it will continue.

“Our roads are standard that can endure for years, we now have trumpet highways and constructed roads across the state even to the surprise of the people in villages who never imagine that they can have stoned-based asphalt roads. All these are not by accident, it is the philosophy and mandate of our party APC. PDP at no point in history never believed or demonstrated the will to do such “.

“There is no time PDP will rule us in Yoruba land that they will not harm us, they are associated with disaster, that is why we must unite for the people to ensure victory of APC in September 22, 2018 election”, the governor said.

He explained that the only two issues that PDP are stretching all the time is the challenges of modulated salary which was never the making of his administration and debt profile of the state, assured the people that his administration will pay all the outstanding civil servants’ salaries.

The governor said the prospects of the debts are visible in the state for everyone to see, saying the state is not in debt for frivolity but to provide modern infrastructure and education that will expand the state economy and create wealth.

Aregbesola assured the party members of transparent primary and warn against misconduct that can cause division in the party.

Speaking earlier, the APC State Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun appreciated the support of the people of the Osogbo federal constituency for the party, saying the party has not lost any election in the last 10 years in the four local governments.

He said the party will not disappoint them in providing leadership and solicit their support in the coming election.

Deputy Speaker, State Of Osun House of Assembly, Hon Akintunde Adegboye assured the governor and the party leaders that Osogbo Federal Constituency still remains the strong hold of APC, saying the people of the constituency will continue to reward Governor Aregbesola for the massive development in the area.

Dignitaries at the rally includes, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola; the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justices, Dr Ajibola Bashir; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barr Kolapo Alimi among others.

 

 

I’m Not Leaving APC – Lasun Yussuff 

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Lasun Yussuff has denied reports that he is planning to leave the All Progressives Congress APC.

 

In a statement on Thursday, the Deputy Speaker affirmed that he is still a card carrying member of the APC who is not planning to leave.

 

He said despite the decision of a former Governor of the State of Osun, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola to leave the ruling party, Hon Yussuff maintained, he remains in the progressive fold.

 

Read The Full Press Statement Below:

 

The attention of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Lasun Yussuff has been drawn to rumours that he is planning to leave the ruling All Progressives Congress APC for the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party PDP.

 

The Deputy Speaker regards the insinuations as an imagination of naysayers and rumour mongers.

 

Contrary to reports that he will defect to another party with the action of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola this morning, He has not defected and neither do I have plans to leave the APC.

 

Neither has the Deputy Speaker at any point in time held clandestine meetings with Members of the opposition party especially the PDP that He will join their party.

 

The Deputy Speaker however urges members of the public to disregard any rumour and that he still remains a staunch member of the progressive fold.

 

Hon Lasun Yussuff advises rumour mongers to stop peddling lies or Face the “Wrath of God”.

Ekiti : We Will Conduct Better Primary Than APC, Says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has vowed to resist any attempt to disrupt or cause crises at the governorship election primary of the party, coming up on Tuesday.

The Vice National Chairman (South-West) of the party, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, who spoke with journalists on Monday in Akure, the Ondo State capital said, all arrangements to have a hitch-free primary had been concluded. He said the party’s candidate would beat any other candidate at the governorship election coming up in July 2018.

On the allegation that the All Progressives Congress was planning to disrupt the exercise, Olafeso said the party had put in place a vigilant mechanism to avert any means to disturb the smooth conduct of the election.

He said, “There is nothing beyond them (APC), if they can disrupt their own primary, they see nothing wrong in coming out there to come and disrupt others but we are waiting.

“The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, we are there and we are watching, we are not going to behave like in the past when we assume that, because we are peace-loving, APC will be peace-loving too. If they attempt it, they will be sorry but the truth is that we will be peaceful in Ekiti State.”