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Adeleke emerges PDP Osun governorship candidate

Adeleke wins Osun PDP gov primary, to face Oyetola

Senator Adeleke


The Peoples Democratic Party’s member representing Osun West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Ademola Adeleke has won the PDP governorship ticket for the September 22 governorship election in the state with 1,569 votes.

He defeated the Chairman of Mutual Assurance, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, his closest rival, who initially scored 1,559 votes at the first count.

Ogunbiyi’s votes increased to 1,562 after they were recounted.

A former Secretary to the Osun State Government, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, scored 52 votes while a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Nathaniel Oke, polled three votes. A total of 56 votes were rejected.

Adeleke will contest the governorship election with the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.

Some of the aspirants announced their withdrawal from the governorship primary before the exercise, which was held at the premises of GMT Hotel and Events Centre, started.

Some of the aspirants, who announced their withdrawal from the governorship primary, were Prof. Adeolu Durotoye, a former Minister of Youth Development, Olasunkanmi Akinlabi and Felix Ogunwale.

Other aspirants, who equally withdrew their participation, included Chief Lere Oyewunmi, former Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Adejare Bello, and Ayoade Adewopo.

The Chairman of the Osun State PDP Governorship Electoral Panel, Seriake Dickson, had a hectic time as he was almost on his feet throughout the duration of the voting, which ended at 7.30pm.

Dickson, who is the Bayelsa State Governor, had earlier in his speech said the delegates would pick the most popular aspirant as the flagbearer of the party in the governorship poll holding on September 22, stressing that the panel would not tamper with the wish of the people.

He said, “This exercise will be free, fair, transparent and credible. The delegates will pick the candidate of the party. We won’t tamper with the wish of the people.”

Security agents had to fire tear gas canisters at the crowd towards the evening when some hoodlums, outside the venue, were said to have attempted to force their way inside.

Source: The Punch


Obasanjo seeking third term through the back door, Oshiomhole

Obasanjo looking for third term through other means – Oshiomhole

Posted By Augustine Ehikioya, Abuja

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, said on Friday the recent activities of former President Olusegun Obasanjo are part of plots to use other means to get the third term that Nigerians earlier rejected for him.

According to him, Nigerians have decided not to return to the era where the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) security money was shared to people based on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s philosophy of “share the money.”

He spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The PDP, he said, is now more factionized than four years ago and would not be a threat to APC in the 2019 elections.

Answering question on the threat of mass defection from his party, Oshiomhole said: “I think it is something you should ask the PDP. They are the ones who have suffered huge, huge mass defection even of the so called founding fathers. I mean, in those good old days, people like Prof. Jerry Gana will tell us, we are the founding fathers. People like President Obasanjo will tell us, you know I was the first President.

“All of these people are gone. I think the media need to get more engaged and scrutinize us, those of us who are political players. When we speak from both sides of the mouth or we are turning the story upside down.

“Just few months back, you know that a good section after their convention, people like Oyederan, Prof. Jerry Gana and a host of others who can be said to be founding fathers of that party, left to form what they call SDP or ADC or both. So, they broke out and then when it dawn on them that even together we defeated them just four years ago, and now further factionalised, what can they do.

“And they just want to capture power for the sake of power. So they say, even though we have already broken the house, can we for the sake of power come together. Does it make sense? In the morning, you broke away from PDP to SDP and then to ADC.

“And there is no better proof than that old man who is going round as an organising secretary recruiting people, looking for tired players to continue with a third term agenda which Nigerians had rejected.

“By whatever form they come in, Nigerians have spoken. They are not going to return to the era where Central Bank and NNPC security money is shared to people based on PDP philosophy ‘share the money’.

“We won’t do that, if they have forgotten. It is quite easy for robbers to forget easily the robbery they just did but it is not easy for the victim of the robbery to forget.”

Source: The Nation

Ten charged for vote buying in Ekiti

10 docked for vote buying in Ekiti


The police in Ekiti State on Friday arraigned 10 persons before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court for alleged vote buying during last Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

Police prosecutor Femi Fałade told the court that the accused persons offered money to voters to induce them to vote for their parties during the election.

The action, according to him, contravened Section 130 (a) and 130 (b) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

The accused persons were – Olowosile Eunice, Ajayi Modupe, Ayodele Omolara, Suliat Habib, Udoh Anthony, Oyebola Kemi, Roseline Tunde, Odunayo Toyin and Babalola Esther.

Falade said the accused persons and others at large ‎committed the offence on July 13 at Ojaoba shopping complex in Ado-Ekiti.

He alleged that Olowosile corruptly offered money to other accused persons to unduly influence them to vote for her political party during the election.

Falade also alleged that Ajayi and other accused persons accepted money from Olowosile to vote during the election.

The prosecutor asked the court for adjournment to enable him study the case file and assemble his witnesses.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge and their lawyer, Mr. Chris Omokhafe, ‎urged the court to grant them bail, promising that they would not jump bail.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Adesoji Adegboye, granted each defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety each in like sum.

He adjourned the case till August 9 for hearing.

Source: The Nation

We may boycott 2019 elections, PDP threatens

With Ekiti experience, we may not participate in 2019 elections, PDP says

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party has threatened that it may not participate in the 2019 general elections unless it gets assurance that what happened in Ekiti State governorship election would not be repeated.

National chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, spoke in Abuja on Thursday when he granted audience to joint delegation of International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute at the party’s national headquarters.

Secondus accused the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies of being partial during the conduct of the Ekiti governorship election.

He said the main opposition party did not contest against the All Progressives Congress or any other political party in the state, but contested against the commission and security agencies.

He said, “Our opinion is that INEC and security agents are directly involved in this manipulation.

“As a matter of fact, we did not contest against the APC; we contested against the security agencies and INEC.

“Nigerians and the international community are aware of this fact because of what happened in the state.”

‎He disclosed that the party was consulting whether to participate in the 2019 general elections or not, “because you are participating against security agencies and INEC who have colluded to alter the figures even after you have voted. So, we are in a dilemma.”

According to him, if noting is done to restore the confidence of ordinary Nigerians and other political parties, it might be difficult to accept the result of 2019 general election, no matter what the outcome might be, noting that such may a recipe for crisis.

‎He alleged that Ekiti State was militarised before and during the election, adding that PDP leaders were harassed and arrested and detained in the state.

He said, “Our members were harassed, arrested and detained overnight. All of these things were happening in the suburbs.

“In the city, it was like a roadshow and it was like nothing was happening; but it was at the local government that they carried out their activities and most people were scared and didn’t come out to vote.

“The second thing was that they came out with federal might, with money, with everything to entice the voters.

“Even at that, we won the election but it was manipulated.”

Wike condemns Ekiti election, says it is political robbery

It’s a political robbery — Wike

By Victor Edozie, Port Harcourt

Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State said yesterday that what transpired during the Ekiti governorship election was “the worst political robbery in the nation’s democratic history.”
According to him, “The APC Federal Government will not be able to replicate the Ekiti political robbery in Rivers State.

Governor Wike spoke at the Anglican Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, Port Harcourt, during the thanksgiving service to mark the end of third year anniversary celebration of his administration.
He said: “Don’t be worried about what happened in Ekiti State. We are prepared. It will not happen here in Rivers State.
“I have never experienced that kind of robbery in politics; I told my colleagues, do not give them any chance. Most of them in APC are happy that they will repeat the same thing in Rivers State; we are waiting, come and repeat (it),” he said

How Buhari aide predicted Fayemi’s election four years ago

Tolu Ogunlesi: Did Ekiti vote for Fayose or against Fayemi?

ByTheScoopPublished on June 23, 2014

By Tolu Ogunlesi

Tolu Ogunlesi is head of digital communication in the Presidency. Four years ago, just after the then incumbent governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, was declared the loser of the governorship poll, Ogunlesi wrote a piece on why Fayemi lost. Most importantly, he predicted his return to the office.
Enjoy it

One morning earlier this year (January, I believe), while having breakfast at a hotel in Abuja, I realised that one of the two men seated at the next table was Ayo Fayose, a former Governor of Ekiti State, now reelected after Saturday’s governorship election. There was no retinue of aides and hangers-on, just the two of them, eating, talking. He cut the perfect picture of the ex-Big Man who has now grown accustomed to a life out of the limelight. I went to say hello, mentioning that I am journalist. He seemed pleased to be recognised, and we exchanged phone numbers.

Barely three or so months later, Fayose was back in the big leagues, after winning the Peoples Democratic Party primaries for the governorship election in Ekiti State. The next time I would see him was at his campaign headquarters in Ado-Ekiti, on June 6, where he was surrounded by heavily armed policemen, soldiers and DSS officers, and hundreds of adoring supporters. Intriguing commentary on the unpredictability of life, the “suddenly-suddenly-ness” of it all, to borrow the words of the contemporary urban philosopher, Dapo Oyebanjo.

What struck me again and again while I was at the Fayose campaign office was the outpouring of support for the candidate, to the point of fanaticism. “Fayose is someone we genuinely like in Ekiti,” Odunayo, a 31-year-old artisan and PDP supporter, told me, in Yoruba. “Fayose to me is like a woman you like.”
I put questions to him about some of the many allegations associated with Fayose. He had answers for everything; and it was obvious he genuinely believed everything he was telling me. When I mentioned the violence associated with Fayose’s first term in office (2003 – 2006), he said: “That Fayose killed people is a lie. There is no government under which people don’t die. Everyone is destined to die at one time or the other.”

Regarding the allegations of corruption, he said: “We won’t be following Fayose like this if he actually stole Ekiti money; we are intelligent people in Ekiti.” Instead, he said, Fayose actually spent his personal funds on the people. “He’s an honest man.” He was confident that Fayose would win the election, and that he would finally get a chance to do for Ekiti all the things his impeachment had robbed him of the chance to do.

The following day, I got a chance to interview Governor Kayode Fayemi at the Government House in Ado-Ekiti (You may read the interview online at Theafricareport.com). Now, I must start off by saying I’m a big fan of Fayemi. The first time I met him – this was sometime in 2010, before he was sworn in as governor – he mentioned that he was a regular reader of my weekly column in the now defunct NEXT newspaper. I was flattered, as I would be on the two other occasions when I saw him and he would make references to something I had recently written about on this Monday PUNCH column. I am also keenly aware of, and deeply impressed by, his antecedents as a journalist, role he played in the pro-democracy struggle in the 1990s, his extensive clout in international policy and development circles, his unmistakable intellectual bent (you can see clear evidence of that in the interview I had with him), and his commitment, in word and deed, to good governance.

I saw – and still see – him as the sort of politician Nigeria needs in larger numbers, until there is a critical mass of them. And of course, it was shocking to learn that he lost the election on Saturday. A group of friends and I – all Fayemi fans – have spent a lot of time since Saturday debating and pondering over a number of issues relating to the election, and Nigerian politics generally.

The Ekiti election shows quite clearly how complicated politics can be; how much it may actually have more to do with what voters think of you than what you’ve done in office. In an ideal world, a Governor Fayemi – with his strong record of prudent management, innovation, and infrastructural development – should have no problem getting re-elected. But this is not an ideal world.

One okada rider told me that civil servants were complaining bitterly about how Fayemi had made it impossible for them to continue enjoying the “side-money” they enjoyed under Fayose. Of course, I couldn’t convince him that that should have been a great thing, a plus for the governor. As far as he was concerned, it was a valid reason to not vote for Fayemi.

It does seem to me like a great number of Ekiti people genuinely saw Fayose as the man most likely to defend them and their (admittedly mostly pecuniary) interests; who would most generously spread the “food” around; who was most given to being “a man of the people”. Indeed, Fayose’s campaign posters revolved around the message that he was the “friend of the masses” and “friend of the common-man”. Odunayo also told me: “Fayose has human feelings, you don’t need to tell him your problems before he knows them.”

Those seemed to be widespread perceptions among Ekiti residents, deeply believed to such an extent as to overshadow Fayemi’s many achievements on another scale. And let’s face it, the fact that the stated reasons behind the overwhelming choice Ekiti people made on Saturday might seem illogical or unfortunate to many of us who self-affirm as “enlightened” does not take anything away from the solid reality and evident authority of those reasons. You might not agree with how Ekiti voters came to the decisions they made, but you can neither convincingly accuse them of not consciously thinking about those decisions, nor justifiably argue that the decisions were wholly bought with bags of rice and salt distributed at the 11th hour.

There are related questions that may need answering. For example, did Ekiti State electorate vote for Fayose, or did they vote against Fayemi? (There is a difference, I believe). Would they have voted this enthusiastically even if Fayose wasn’t on the ballot? What role did party affiliations play? How would things have played out were Fayose to be the candidate of a lesser-known party, without the intimidating financial and logistical support of the PDP? And, to stretch things somewhat improbably, what would have changed were the incidence and extent of poverty to suddenly and remarkably fall across Nigeria?

My final question to Fayemi in the June 7 interview was: What will you do if you lose the election? His answer: “In the event that I lose the election in a free, fair and credible manner, I would congratulate the winner, and I would support the winner to achieve progress for our people. I’m in this for Ekiti, I have an alternative address.”

That answer impressed me, but I didn’t expect any less from him. As things sadly turned out, he lost, and he has since accepted defeat and congratulated Fayose. I wish him all the very best as he prepares for life as an ex-governor. The last seven years have been hectic, first fighting for his mandate, and then running the state. Now, he will have some quiet, to rest and read and write, and to reflect on his impressive political journey. I would like to see him run for Governor of Ekiti State again, in 2018, when Fayose’s second and final (by constitutional provisions) term comes to an end. Something tells me Ekiti will welcome Fayemi once again, as Kano did to Rabiu Kwankwaso in 2011, and as Ekiti has just done to Peter Ayodele Fayose.

Fayose weeps, says policemen slapped, shot at him

BREAKING: Fayose weeps, says policemen slapped, shot at him

Femi Makinde, Ado Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has said policemen deployed in the state for the Saturday governorship election stormed the pavilion where the Peoples Democratic Party was holding their rally and harassed him.

The governor, who emerged with a neck brace narrated his ordeal and asked supporters of the party to remain resolute and vote for his deputy, who is also the governorship candidate of the PDP, Prof. Olusola Kolapo.

Fayose,who burst into tears while speaking with journalists said he was slapped, kicked and shot at by the policemen and said the Inspector General of Police should be held responsible if anything happened to him.

“My people, the Lord will fight this battle. The COMPOL MOPOL of Nigeria Police and the AIG ordered that the governor should be killed. I was slapped by a policeman and shot at,

“But I want you to be of great courage. This battle must be won. This is an army of occupation. I want you to stand and remain standing.

“I hope they will not cause 1983 crisis. I call on the international community, Ekiti is under siege. How can I be the governor of the stage and be treated this way? I will go back to the hospital and remain there for a while.

“Stand with Eleka. I am having a lot of pain and I decide to bear this pain because of you, I am pleading with the international community, Nigeria is in trouble. They have arrested so many teachers, may okada riders, they put them in jail. Come and save Ekiti, this is our hour of tribulation.

“They said they have the instruction go kill me and the candidate of our party. They said they have the result they would announce on Saturday.”

Source: The Punch