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Ekiti and the drama of power

Ekiti and the drama of power

By Dare Babarinsa

At least Kayode Fayemi knows how to be a governor. Yes, we have had governors in Ekiti; the dignified Niyi Adebayo, the competent Segun Oni and the intellectual Kayode Fayemi, but none like the populist Peter Ayodele Fayose (He loves to call himself Peter the Rock). Fayose’s ambition was to be a governor like no other. He succeeded. He is not my idea of a governor. Therefore the election of July 14 was seen by most Ekiti citizens as a referendum on Fayose’s style of leadership.
I cannot remember any election since 1999 that has polarized Ekiti than the last governorship election in which Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, defeated Fayose’s deputy-governor, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The division showed in the result. Neither of the two candidates was dominant. Fayemi scored 197,459 votes to Olusola’s 178,121. President Muhammadu Buhari, in congratulating Fayemi for his victory, said it showed an acceptance of the APC. I dare say the President should wait till 2019 for the Ekiti opinion about the APC.

The July 14 election was not about APC or the PDP. It was a referendum on the unusual ways of Ayodele Fayose, the outgoing governor. Fayose is a phenomenon.He showed himself to be a politician of unusual brilliance and inventiveness. I first heard about him in 2002 when he emerged as the governorship candidate of the PDP.I met Governor Niyi Adebayo in his modest office (the old office of the Ado Local Government) in Ado Ekiti where we discussed the development. How can the PDP field an unknown quantity over and above men and women of substance within the party? It was strange. Adebayo too was surprised for he was expecting a more formidable and better known opponent. In 1999, he had faced Professor Tunde Adeniran, an illustrious son of the land. Adebayo defeated him. He had on his side the overwhelming influence of Afenifere, the mainstream Yoruba political and cultural movement that then dominated the Alliance for Democracy, AD.

Fayose had been procured from dark obscurity by the leadership of the PDP and placed at the centre stage of Ekiti politics. I was eager to know more about this new boy in the hood. Some of the leaders have brought charges that Fayose had never worked in any organization before and never performed the compulsory National Service. They said he never finished his course at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, where he claimed he graduated with a Higher National Diploma. I sent Yemi Olowolabi, one of my most enterprising colleagues in TELL, to get in touch with Fayose and ask for his Curriculum Vitae. Olowolabi, who is now the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, met him. Fayose never sent his C.V.

Fayose now has a rich C.V. He is the first Ekiti politician to be governor twice. After his first tour of duty, he fled the shores of Nigeria. When he finally returned he was put in Ikoyi Prison for about 100 days. He has cases hanging on his neck for alleged stealing of Ekiti fund and several cases of murder. He was accused of supervising the killing of one Akin Omojola who was beaten to death in Ifaki. Like Houdini, he escaped the vice set for him by his foes to continue his romance with politics. He flirted with Fayemi in his struggle against Governor Segun Oni and finally purchased a senatorial ticket of the Labour Party but lost the election to the famous journalist Babafemi Ojudu. By 2014, Fayose was back in full force winning the PDP governorship ticket by defeating a coterie of foes including Dayo Adeyeye and Caleb Olubolade, former Military Administrator of Bayelsa State who was a Minister in Jonathan’s government. He went ahead to rout Fayemi, then the incumbent governor, at the election.

Now that Fayemi has won the return match, I hope he would concentrate on his assignment. There are three things that are urgent. One is the issue of unemployment. Thousands of young graduates are roaming the streets of Ado-Ekiti and many have migrated to Lagos and other cities. He needs to lead the people to acquire marketable skills to produce product and services. This year, the only viable large manufacturing concern in the state, the Ikogosi Warm Spring Company, producer of Gossi Water, collapsed. It should not only come back, the government should try and encourage the setting up of other industries considering the abundance of trained manpower in the state and easier access to land.

The second assignment is to look into the portfolio of abandoned projects. The state is littered with many abandoned projects especially at the Ekiti State University, EKSU, and other places. All abandoned projects should be re-evaluated and completed. Ekiti State is noted for its good network of roads. All our governors: Niyi Adebayo, Fayose, Segun Oni and Fayemi, have all done well in making good roads. However, some of these roads are falling into decay. Rehabilitation and maintenance of roads should be a matter of public culture. We should not wait until the roads become impassable before we fix them.

The most difficult assignment however would be how to reconstruct the state finances which is now in shambles. First, there is a need to put a moratorium on public borrowing. All past governors, except Adebayo, have borrowed for mostly unproductive prestige projects. Now we have enough debt overhung to be inherited by our grandchildren. The incoming governor should pity the next generation by putting a cap on borrowing. He should also move quickly to recover state assets in private hands. He may need the help of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, and the Interpol to do this. Some of the assets may be in far-flung places like China, Singapore, Hawaii and Dubai.

Though Fayemi won the governorship contest, the winners of the election are the long suffering Ekiti people. In the evening of Saturday July 14, even before the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared the result, Fayose and his agents went to the state radio to claim that Professor Olusola Eleka had won the election, asking the people to “rise up and resist rigging.” The National Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, quickly shut down the radio station. In the early hours of Sunday July 15, the governorship election returning officer, Professor Idowu Olayinka, the highly respected vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan, announced the result, proclaiming Fayemi the winner.

On the day of the election, I had joined other citizens to cast my vote. I was at the polling centre in front of my uncle’s house, the late Chief James Ekunola, in Okemesi. Voting was orderly, witnessed by only three female police officers. Voting was concluded by 2 p.m. Votes were counted openly and everyone heard the result. There was no dispute anywhere because the process was so transparent notwithstanding the pervasive and corrosive influence of money.

The fall of Fayose is an affirmation that politics is local. His rabble-rousing rascality resonated with many people across Nigeria, especially among those who are opposed to the dour Muhammadu Buhari and his incapacity to save Nigerians from rampaging murderous gangs. Fayose was the brave David who stood up to the Federal Leviathan over the Fulani herdsmen issue. He took on Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who drove him from power in 2005, accusing the former President of hypocrisy. He attacked President Buhari at every turn, once proclaiming him dead or paralyzed while the President was receiving medical treatment in London. Then last week, the President came to Ado to campaign for Fayemi and Fayose asked taxi driver and transporters to stay off the road so that no one would be available to welcome the President.

Twenty-four hours after the President left, news came that the governor had been attacked by some policemen and that Ado was boiling. I called my friends in Ado and was told that indeed, there had been clashes in front of the Government House in the morning but that Ado was now calm. Fayose soon appeared on national television, with neck brace turned upside down and his left hand in a sling tied to his supposedly wounded neck. He was weeping, with tears falling on his robust cheeks. He alleged that some policemen slapped him and wounded him with the butts of their guns. He said Professor Olusola Eleka too was also beaten. He blamed the Inspector-General of Police for his plight.

I spoke to a senior police officer who claimed that Fayose was lying. Yes that morning, police had dispersed with teargas a crowd of PDP supporters who wanted to organize a prayer walk round the city. He said the police had not granted any permit for a prayer rally. Fayose’s supporters later moved into the Government House ground where the rally was addressed by Fayose, Olusola and other leaders.

One disturbing aftermath of this election is that no role is assigned to the candidate who came second. The American presidential system adopted by Nigeria since 1979 is a winner-take-all Olympics. In the old parliamentary system, Ekiti would have benefited from Professor Olusola Eleka’s knowledge and experience as the Leader of Opposition. He would also be the Premier-in-waiting in case the Premier loses a vote of confidence in the House of Assembly. Now the only place where the winner and the loser can meet is in the law court. This is not right.

Those who are clamoring for restructuring should consider this aspect of our Constitution. It is simply unhealthy.A day before the election, a foreign delegation had visited Ado to have discussions with both Fayemi and Olusola Eleka. They met Fayose. He had dispatched the deputy governor on another errand. He had removed his hand sling but still carry his neck brace with grim determination and dark humour. The brace was now properly fixed. Such was Fayose’s sense of drama that he did not tell himself the truth about his neck brace. He would have a lot of opportunities for drama in the months ahead.

Source: The Guardian

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On Adeosun, Silence is Not Golden

On Adeosun, Silence is Not Golden

Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun

For more than a week now, neither Minister of Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun nor the Presidency have said anything definite about the National Youth Service Corps [NYSC] exemption certificate scandal swirling around the minister. The matter first came to light when the online newspaper Premium Times reported that its investigation showed the exemption certificate Mrs. Adeosun tendered to the Senate during her ministerial screening in 2015 was fake. It is very strange indeed that a top government official will keep mute when such a serious allegation is made against her. It is doubly strange that the Buhari Presidency, which at the drop of the coin touts integrity and anti-corruption as its defining ethic, has kept mute over this matter for so long.
Daily Trust has summarized where matters stand as follows. Kemi Adeosun was born in England in 1967. She did all her schooling in England and graduated from The Polytechnic of East London [now University of East London] in 1989 at the age of 22. By the provisions of the NYSC Act, anyone who graduates under 30 years of age must undergo a mandatory one year’s national service. Otherwise, he or she cannot be employed in the public or private sector in Nigeria, and could also be jailed.

However, the Act provides conditions for being given an exemption certificate. These include graduating above the age of 30; having been awarded a national honour; or being a member of the security forces. Mrs. Adeosun did not meet any of those exemption provisions. If she had simply remained abroad, she would have been beyond the reach of the NYSC laws. Yet, she returned to Nigeria in 2009 and applied for a certificate of exemption. What reasons she gave in her letter of application, the public does not know yet. She then obtained the certificate allegedly signed by Brigadier General Yusuf Bomoi, who passed away late last year.
The snag is, Bomoi had left the NYSC top job in January 2009 and returned to the Army Education Corps. There was no chance that he could have signed such a “certificate,” which could embroil him in scandal, cost him his Army job and possibly even sent him to prison. All those who knew him also testified that he was a very honourable and very dutiful soldier.
Premium Times quoted an NYSC official as having told them that Adeosun’s certificate is smaller than the one they normally issue. And also that the calligraphy is different, which suggests it was the kind of certificate one obtains under the bridge in Lagos. All the NYSC management could say, weeks after they were first asked, is the Minister had actually applied for an Exemption Certificate. They refused to say whether or not it was issued. They however said the scheme will investigate the origin of her exemption certificate.
Minister of Youths and Sports Solomon Dalung was also mum, only saying he summoned NYSC Director General Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure “to obtain firsthand information.” Minister of Information Lai Mohammed only said that government aligned itself with what NYSC said. Let us state it firmly. Whoever issued an exemption certificate to Mrs. Adeosun did so illegally because she graduated under the age of 30, had no national honour and was not a security officer. If the Presidency through NYSC attempts anything that shields her from the sack and prosecution, all their touted anti-corruption stance will fly out through the window.

Daily Trust Editorial

How Ekiti governorship election was won and lost

How Ekiti governorship election was won and lost

Posted By Odunayo Ogunmola

Fayemi promises to restore values

Buhari, governors, Tinubu, others hail governor-elect

Olusola for tribunal as PDP kicks

Saturday’s victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Kayode Fayemi came from a combination of factors and the performance of key party leaders in their strongholds.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Fayemi winner with 197, 459 votes. His closest rival, Prof. Kolapo Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 178, 459 votes.

Fayemi won in 12 of the 16 local government areas. Olusola won in four.

In the four local governments, Olusola edged Fayemi with the highest number of over 5,000 votes in his hometown Ikere, but the over 5,000 margin with which Fayemi won in Ise/Orun Local Government cancelled that out.

Ise/Orun is the home local government of former PDP National Publicity Secretary Dayo Adeyeye, who defected to the APC after the PDP primary.

Fayemi’s victory reverberated in the local government areas, leaving many PDP casualties in its wake.

The biggest casualty among the PDP leading lights is outgoing Governor Ayo Fayose who was defeated in his Irepodun/Local Government Area.

APC polled 13, 869 in Irepodun/Ifelodun, which is also the local government of origin of the first elected governor of Ekiti State,

Chief Adeniyi Adebayo. PDP scored 11,456.

Other losers in Irepodun/Ifelodun are two House of Assembly members, Mr. Posi Omodara (Constiuency 1), Mr. Sanya Aladeyelu (Constituency 2) and Local Government Chairman and Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) boss Mr. Dapo Olagunju.

The two senators and five House of Representatives members still with Fayose kissed the dust in their local government areas.

The Senator representing Ekiti South, Senate Deputy Minority Leader Mrs. Biodun Olujimi, lost her Ekiti East local government to the APC.

APC garnered 12, 778 in Ekiti East, leaving PDP with 11, 564. Other losers in the council area are two members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Ojo Ade Fajana (Ekiti East 1) and Mr. Dare Pelemo (Ekiti East 2).

House of Representatives members in Ekiti South, Akin Awodumila and Segun Adekola lost in Gbonyin and Ekiti Southwest where they hail from.

Senator Duro Faseyi (Ekiti North) lost his Ilejemeje Local

Government to APC. Two Reps, Thaddeus Aina and Kehinde Agboola, lost in in Ido/Osi and Ikole council areas.

Another big casualty is Speaker of the House of Assembly Mr. Kola Oluwawole, who lost his Moba Local Government Area to APC, alongside the lawmaker for Moba 2, Mr. Badejo Anifowose.

Deputy Speaker Sina Anifowose, also lost his Ekiti West Local Government to APC, the same fate that befell former House of Reps member and Commissioner for Agriculture Mr. Kehinde Odebunmi.

Secretary to the State Government Dr. Modupe Alade, was defeated in Ido/Osi Local Government Area.

Several commissioners and local government chairmen could not deliver their council areas in the APC hurricane that has confounded political pundits.

The defection of Senator Fatima Raji-Rasaki and some House of Representatives and House of Assembly members also played a role in improving the fortunes of the APC in the election.

Fayemi’s running mate and Deputy Governor-elect Bisi Egbeyemi is highly influential in Ado, which shored up the votes in the state capital, where he had been a council chairman.

For the PDP, it is believed that the outgoing ruling party suffered some internal sabotage from senior members who did not believe in Olusola’s candidature.

There was no opportunity to manipulate the election unlike in the past.

Besides, APC members approached the election with full confidence and were effective in their mobilisation.

The APC’s post-primary reconciliation was successful. Nobody defected. All the party’s leading lights were on the same page, unlike in the PDP where some key members defected to the APC.

The grinding poverty in the state, where workers have not been paid for at least six months, was a major factor. Many felt insulted by the payment of N3,000 into their accounts. “The suffering must end,” some civil servants were quoted as saying on the queues.

Alas, APC’s illegitimate kids come of age

Alas, APC’s illegitimate kids come of age

President Muhammadu Buhari

by Louis Odion

The moment is here again that we pause from the routine to address the raft of words or phrases that have crept treacherously into national conversation lately.

By furnishing the content and context, the idea is to strip such terms of all ambiguities to the clearest meaning possible, thereby helping the general public – particularly the casual readers or the uninitiated – to better understand.

What better take-off point could there be than the latest tumult in the homestead of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

“Reformed” as new con: To fully unravel the often dark recesses of human mind, Sigmund Freud, the immortal patriarch of psychoanalysis, enjoins us to look out not for the cues from quick expressions, but clues from the slips in-between. And what a bounty of Freudian Slips we are able to harvest from the song of lamentations rendered by the renegades who revolted last week in APC and are now parading themselves as “reformed”.

One, to be reformed presupposes graduation from a course of redemption. It suggests a corps fresh from the validating crucible and, in this context, possessing already tested skills. It would, therefore, border on the abuse of language, if not delusion, for those who, by own admission, were shut out from the outset to now seek to insert themselves into the same proceedings almost at the twilight and yet betray a desperation to hijack ownership.

In what then clearly suggests premeditated deceit, no sooner had a long membership list been unveiled than a good number of those so named came out with strong disclaimers. What now remains is more like a procession of double agents, career traitors, moral lepers, name-droppers and political rats hustling for the next morsel.

To allow this pass is to dignify duplicity.

While it will be patently dishonest to claim Buhari has fully delivered on the promise of 2015, it is however debatable if many Nigerians are truly bought by the false narrative now being retailed by the new renegades within APC. Naturally, the discerning are now beginning to take a closer look at the unfolding circus. That we cry does not also mean losing the power to see.

By harping on being “marginalised” all the while, the “reformed” have only succeeded in giving themselves away as self-seekers. So, it is all about the stomachs and the pockets of the “reformed”, not the welfare of the people.

Of course, it is understandable why they would rather keep a creative silence on the issue of the anti-corruption war given that some of them and their known patrons are still busy answering questions from anti-graft agencies. While it is the popular wish that more of the big thieves be caught, Nigerians will certainly not listen to anyone suggesting that those who stole were not made to vomit what they had swallowed. The “reformed” are aware that they would be lynched if they as much as dare to rail against efforts to curtail the looting of the public till.

Indeed, the mantra APC chanted at its founding was to fix the economy as well as wrestle insecurity and graft. We would have expected that a truly altruistic inquiry by any self-anointed redeemer would begin with a point-by-point audit of the referenced benchmarks. But nowhere did any of such feature in the lamentations by the “reformed”, other than the whining about being denied patronage or being locked out of the feasting going on.

But many saw this coming. What truly sustains associations is shared commitment. Part of APC’s enduring failing in the past four years is the inability to rally the disparate tendencies that had coalesced into a movement together behind a common value, beyond the utility of wresting power from PDP in 2015. Indeed, peace only prevails in a home until the illegitimate kids come of age.

Rickety as it might appear, the “reformed” spectre is, therefore, only a manifestation of that organic crisis. If Buhari’s ethical reengineering exertions thus far were to be classified as an asylum, what we are witnessing could then be likened correctly to an audacious bid by some of the glaze-eyed inmates to topple the presiding therapist and take over the psychiatric ward entirely.

Land or death: Patrick Henry’s statement, “Give me liberty or give me death”, had always been one of the most easily recalled invocations in defiance. Now, almost two and a half centuries after that stirring verbiage by the American orator at the Virginia Convention, our own Femi Adesina would appear to have enriched us with what was undoubtedly intended naively as a plea for national understanding and accommodation, but now designated more as the metaphor of power contempt, even the unthinkable.

In his own wisdom, the presidential spokesman last week argued it would not be too much of a sacrifice for families or communities to give up their ancestral land if that would guarantee the ravenous cows graze and the genocidal herders were pacified to return their bloodied swords to the scabbards.

Only the living, he argued, are in a position to keep sentimental attachment to ancestral land.

Obviously, Adesina’s counsel, uttered in a voice that is child-like if not entirely effeminate, could not be said to be cognizant of history. Dating back to antiquity, most wars have always been waged over land. Looking into foreseeable future, nothing suggests yet that the story will ever change.

So, on account of its non-feasibility, Adesina’s proposition would now appear a new synonym in strictly Nigerian speak for the proverbial “Catch 22 situation” or Hobson’s choice.

Therefore, being asked to give up land or reap death is to be faced with no choice at all.

Video monopoly: Those assuming they had heard the most bizarre with the recent viral audio tape in which a female student, Ms. Monica Osagie, spurned demand of bouts of sex by her tutor, Richard Akindele, to upgrade her poor score to a pass mark must have been shocked further with the leaking of the defence the latter reportedly tendered before the varsity board of inquiry.

While not denying that the illicit phone transaction held, the now dismissed Professor of Management Accounting hinted darkly at being outsmarted. More like being checkmated in the game of monopoly. Rather than being branded the aggressor, he saw himself as the victim. His own account is perhaps too lurid to restate fully here: from the claim of being tempted by the lady raising her skimpy skirt without underwear in his lonely office to being assailed with electronically delivered nude pictures in the dead of the night.

As the steaming baits rained down, the old professor claims his own strategy was to gather as much evidence as possible before reporting; only for the lady to blow the whistle ahead of him.

Given that it is now a case of his words against hers, we really may never know the whole truth. But what remains a big puzzle is how Akindele, a supposed senior ordained preacher in the local church, was able to continue to live with the abominable knowledge of his phone handset dripping with a trove of nude pictures for so long. Perhaps he should have saved himself the misery of the long defence by simply pleading Oscar Wilde: he “overcame the temptation by yielding to it!”

Tears for justice: From the age-old custom of being ascribed to human emotions of joy or pain, the chemistry of tears was stretched into an entirely new harbor last week – adjudicatory application. Credit for this novelty goes to no other than Nkem Ekweozor, an Anambra-based lawyer-cum-politician.

What became news was not the fact that he chose to enter an appearance for himself as the candidate of the Mega Progressive Peoples Party in the January 13, 2018 Anambra senatorial rerun election.

Rather, it was the torrent of tears he shed half-way in his cross-examination of the winner, Senator Victor Umeh of APGA. Having struggled real hard to conceal his sniveling under his breath during that difficult moment, the cat was let out of the bag when Ekweozor eventually fished out a white handkerchief to mop hot tears streaming down his cheeks, to the consternation of the presiding chairman of the Election Tribunal, Justice H. A. Olusiyi.

The visibly stunned judge then exclaimed: “What’s happening here? You’re crying. What for? Oh my God, a lawyer crying in court?… How’ll all these people in court see you? Do you think they will hire you tomorrow to defend them?… We (lawyers) are trained not to be emotional. This is not the final court; if you don’t get what you want here, you can go upstairs. Lawyers don’t cry.”

After regaining composure, Ekweozor apologized and offered an explanation: “My Lord, I’m sorry for this. I was crying for justice. My opponents here want to intimidate me. My Lord, I’m weeping for justice.”

In the event that Ekweozor wins the case, that will likely signal the age of tears as part of evidence. More and more attorneys will henceforth likely begin to round off their own submission by contriving some tears “for justice” as well.

Culled from TheCable

PDP rejects Ekiti governorship election result

PDP rejects Ekiti governorship election result

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday rejected the result of Saturday’s Ekiti governorship election won by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi.

The APC candidate was declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) polling 197,459 votes to defeat his closest rival, the Deputy governor of the state, Professor Olusola Eleka who got 178,121 votes.

Fayemi won in 11 out of the 16 Local Government Areas of the state. But the PDP in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday described Fayemi’s victory as a “daylight robbery.”

He alleged that the result of the election was manipulated in favour of the APC candidate by security agencies.

He also vowed that PDP will challenge result of the election in court.

Read the full statement below

The PDP Cannot Be Crushed!

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected in its entirety the results concocted by the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies, in the governorship election in Ekiti state and declared by INEC.

The party rejects the falsified results and declaration of APC candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to be the winner of the election, as a daylight robbery, a brazen subversion of the will of the people and a direct assault on our democracy.

From the authentic results flowing directly from the polling centers across the state, it is clear that the PDP candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, incontrovertibly won the election, with a very comfortable margin over the APC candidate, only for INEC to allow the alteration of results at the collation centres.

Painfully, the people of Ekiti state were pillaged, openly brutalized, confronted with the worst form of cruelty and intimidation from security agencies, and their mandate, which they freely gave to the PDP, was snatched at ‘gunpoint’ by enemies of democracy, who are parading themselves as icons of anti-corruption.

Nigerians are witnesses to all manipulations by the APC, aided by security agencies and compromised INEC officials, to rig the election, particularly, the audacious alteration and substitution of election results in favour of the APC at the collation centers amidst the brutalisation of our agents.

The PDP has the details of all the polling units where we won, mostly with very wide margin ahead of the APC, only for the security agencies to chase away our agents, then aid the alteration and swapping of such results with those smuggled in by the APC at the collation centres.

We have the detail of the discrepancies between the authentic results from the polling units and the false figures eventually announced by INEC.

It is also instructive to state that all the issues we raised ahead of the election, including the conspiracy between the APC, some compromised INEC officials and security agencies; the importation of thugs from other states by the APC; the use of brute force against our members, the falsification and alteration of results in favour of the APC, all manifested in the election

We know how APC conspired with INEC to bring in card reader machines belonging to Kogi, Lagos, Ondo, Oyo, Ogun states into Ekiti state to enable APC members from these states to vote in Ekiti election with ease.

Nigerians will recall the irresponsible and inciting statement credited to the factional National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, where he threatened that the opposition will be “crushed” in this election.

The APC governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, also vowed that they will “cage” the Ekiti State governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose.

These threats were carried out with the full collaboration of our security agencies.

Furthermore, the PDP has details of how APC state governors and federal ministers diverted huge sums of money from their states and ministries to bribe top officials of INEC, particularly, those in the ICT Department as well as security agencies to perfect the brigandage against the people of Ekiti state.

The PDP holds strongly that there is no way our democracy can survive with an electoral process as witnessed in Ekiti state under President Muhammadu Buhari and the current INEC leadership.

This bare-faced subversion of the will of the people is a clear recipe for crisis and we invite Nigerians and the international community to hold President Buhari, the APC, the INEC Chairman and heads of security agencies in Nigeria responsible should there be any breakdown of law and order in Ekiti state as a result of this election.

This robbery of the franchise of Ekiti people is a horrible rape of our democracy and it is most uncharitable that it could happen under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the participation of the APC, who hugely benefitted from the credible electoral process midwived by the PDP in 2015.

It is shameful that APC and President Buhari, who jointly won a pan Nigerian election in 2015, now rely heavily on brute force to deliver their gubernatorial candidate in Ekiti state. This, indeed, is very shameful!

Finally, let it be known to all that, surely, this electoral banditry will not stand. The PDP is already collating all the infractions in this election and within the possible timeframe, we shall make our next step to reclaiming our stolen mandate public.

How Fayemi emerged governor-elect of Ekiti

COMPLETE RESULTS of Ekiti polls, as Fayemi wins

Dr Kayode on queue to cast his vote on Saturday

Four years after he lost his bid for reelection, Dr John Kayode Fayemi will return to the Ekiti State Government House in October, to continue his job, where he left off.

The former minister of mines and steel, was declared winner of the hotly contested July 14 election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, following the collation of the results. As computed from INEC results, Fayemi polled 197,459 votes. His PDP rival Olusola Eleka, a professor got 178,121 votes

Fifty three year-old Fayemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress won in 12 of the l6 local governments, leaving the PDP rival, Olusola Eleka, the remaining four.

Eleka won in his local council of Ikere-Ekiti, Emure, Efon and Ado-Ekiti.

Fayemi won in Ilejemeje, Irepodun/Ifelodun, which is the local council of the incumbent, Ayodele Fayose, Ido-Osi, Fayemi’s own local council.

The APC candidate also won in Oye, Moba, Ijero, Gboyin, Ekiti West, Ikole, Ise Orun, Ekiti East and Ekiti South West.

Here is the full result as released by INEC:

1. Ilejemeje LGA
APC – 4,153
PDP – 3,937

2. Irepodun/Ifelodun LGA
APC – 13,869
PDP – 11,456

3. Ido-Osi LGA
APC – 12,342
PDP – 11,145

4. Oye LGA
APC – 14,995
PDP – 11,271

*5. Efon LGA
APC – 5,082
PDP – 5,192

6. Moba LGA
APC – 11,837
PDP – 8,520

7. Ijero LGA
APC – 14,192
PDP – 11,077

8. Gboyin LGA
APC – 11,489
PDP – 8,027

*9. Emure LGA
APC – 7,084
PDP – 7,121

*10. Ikere LGA
APC – 11,515
PDP – 17,183

11. Ekiti West LGA
APC – 12,648
PDP – 10,137

12. Ikole LGA
APC – 14,522
PDP – 13,961

13. Ise Orun LGA
APC – 11,908
PDP – 6,297

14. Ekiti East LGA
APC – 12,778
PDP – 11,564

15. Ekiti South West LGA
APC – 11,015
PDP – 8,432

*16. Ado-Ekiti LGA
APC – 28,111
PDP – 32,810

(NAN)

Ekiti 2018: APC wins Fayose’s local government

EkitiDecides2018: APC wins Fayose’s local government

PDP candidate Professor Olusola Eleka casting his vote
By Kemi Busari
The candidate of the All progressives Congress (APC) in the ongoing Ekiti State election has emerged victorious in Irepodun-Ifelodun Local Government Area.

Kayode Fayemi of the APC polled 13,869 votes in the local government of the outgoing governor, Ayodele Fayose. The PDP had 11,456 votes.

Even though the PDP won in Mr Fayose’s polling unit and ward, the votes in other wards were not enough to secure victory for his party in his local government.

The local government has 11 wards. Results from each ward was collated at the headquarters of INEC situated in Igede.

A total of 66,162 electorates are registered in the local government while 27,306 were accredited.

Of the 27,211 votes cast, 25,849 were valid while 1362 were rejected.

APC candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi queuing to cast his vote

Only party agents of APC and PDP present at the centre signed the result at 11:06p.m.

SEE THE FULL RESULTS BELOW:
AWO WARD 3
TOTAL NO OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 5102

TOTAL NO OF ACCREDITED – 2245

APC – 1074

PDP – 1002

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 2121

TOTAL REJECTED – 96

TOTAL NO OF VOTES CAST – 2217

NO CANCELLATION

IROPORA/ESURE/EYIO WARD 8
TOTAL NO OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 5637

TOTAL NO OF ACCREDITED – 2109

APC – 937

PDP – 1033

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 2006

TOTAL REJECTED – 103

TOTAL NO OF VOTES CAST – 2109

NO CANCELLATION

IGEDE 3 WARD 7
TOTAL NO OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 3902

TOTAL NO OF ACCREDITED – 1717

APC – 665

PDP – 963

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 1652

TOTAL REJECTED – 61

TOTAL NO OF VOTES CAST – 1713

NO CANCELLATION

AFAO WARD 1
TOTAL NO OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 4286

TOTAL NO OF ACCREDITED – 2036

APC – 517

PDP – 1361

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 1909

TOTAL REJECTED – 127

TOTAL NO OF VOTES CAST – 2036

NO CANCELLATION

ARE, WARD 2
TOTAL NO OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 4426

TOTAL NO OF ACCREDITED – 1968

APC – 701

PDP – 1095

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 1850

TOTAL REJECTED – 108

TOTAL NO OF VOTES CAST – 1958

NO CANCELLATION

IGEDE 2 WARD 6
TOTAL NO OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 5450

TOTAL NO OF ACCREDITED – 2307

APC – 891

PDP – 1190

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 2114

TOTAL REJECTED – 187

TOTAL NO OF VOTES CAST – 2301

NO CANCELLATION

IGEDE 1, WARD 5
TOTAL NO OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 5794

TOTAL NO OF ACCREDITED – 2610

APC – 1087

PDP – 1330

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 2475

TOTAL REJECTED – 135

TOTAL NO OF VOTES CAST – 2610

NO CANCELLATION

IYIN 1, WARD 10
TOTAL NO OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 6574

TOTAL NO OF ACCREDITED – 3014

APC – 2229

PDP – 612

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 2887

TOTAL REJECTED – 110

TOTAL NO OF VOTES CAST – 2998

NO CANCELLATION

IYIN 2, WARD 11
TOTAL NO OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 7148

TOTAL NO OF ACCREDITED – 3188

APC – 2218

PDP – 743

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 3018

TOTAL REJECTED – 165

TOTAL NO OF VOTES CAST – 3183

NO CANCELLATION

IWOROKO, WARD 9
TOTAL NO OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 11025

TOTAL NO OF ACCREDITED – 2658

APC – 1315

PDP – 1140

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 2521

TOTAL REJECTED – 130

TOTAL NO OF VOTES CAST – 2651

NO CANCELLATION

IGBEMO, WARD 4
TOTAL NO OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 6836

TOTAL NO OF ACCREDITED – 3454

APC – 2235

PDP – 987

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 3295

TOTAL REJECTED – 140

TOTAL NO OF VOTES CAST – 3435

NO CANCELLATION

Source: Premium Times