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Fayemis performancesll guarantee re-election Lawmaker  (24/04/2014) APC, not Labour Party, behind violence in Ekiti - Bamidele Says Ive been attacked 8 times so sar  (24/04/2014)
Tinubu warns PDP against rigging in Ekiti, Osun  (24/04/2014) Ekiti 2014: LP alleges attack on Bamidele  (24/04/2014)
Thugs attack APC members in Ipole-Iloro  (24/04/2014) Accord candidate to sign bond  (24/04/2014)
Abuja cant impose governor on Ekiti, says Fayemi  (24/04/2014) NNPP: well take over Ekiti from APC  (24/04/2014)
Tinubu warns against rigging in Ekiti, Osun  (24/04/2014) Obanikoro should go, Fayemi tells Jonathan  (23/04/2014)

Fayemis performancesll guarantee re-election Lawmaker   Back To Top

From: Daily Independent      Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014

By Yaqoub PopoolaCorrespondent, Ado-Ekiti

An Ekiti State House of Assembly member, Omowumi Ogunlola, has called for the creation of additional three local government areas from the present Ijero Council area for easy administration and to fast track development.

This is as he admitted that Governor Kayode Fayemis performances would surely guarantee his re-election as governor of the state

Ogunlola, who is representing Ijero Constituency at the State House of Assembly, said the constituency is too large to be administered with its current composition, saying the present structure is constituting a clog to development in the council.

The All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftain made the statement in Ijero Ekiti on Wednesday when Fayemis campaign train hit the council in preparation for the June 21 governorship election.

Ogunlola appealed to the Justice Akin Ajakaye-led Committee on Local Government Creation in the state to consider the agitation of the people that the council should be split into three in the interest of development and wellbeing of the populace.

The Chairman, House Committee on HIV/AIDS, also made similar appeal to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to delineate the constituency into two.

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APC, not Labour Party, behind violence in Ekiti - Bamidele Says Ive been attacked 8 times so sar   Back To Top

From: Nigerian Tribune      Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sam Nwaoko-Ado Ekiti

The Labour Party in Ekiti State has denied allegations that it is perpetrating violence in the build-up to the June 21 governorship election in the state, saying rather, Governor Kayode Fayemi and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) should be held responsible.

Bamidele, who was reacting to accusations by the APC that his Labour Party thugs allegedly attacked chieftains of the APC in some communities in the state, accused Governor Fayemi and his party of masterminding violence in the campaigns.

Bamidele, who denied the allegations while speaking in Okemesi Ekiti on Wednesday, during his campaign rally in Ekiti West Local Government Area, said the resolve of some members of the APC to persecute him for daring to contest against Fayemi had caused the tension in the polity.

The House of Representatives member, who exonerated his supporters from complicity in any attack on the house of an APC Chieftain, Chief Dapo Awojolu last week, said it was the APC leader that allegedly sponsored thugs against LP members during his rally in Egbe.

He said he had no enemy to fight nor was he desperate to be governor as, according to him, is being displayed by members of the APC.

Bamidele alleged that his convoy and campaign train had been attacked eight times by suspected members of the APC in various towns across the state since he started his campaign.

He said, I am the most afflicted one. The most persecuted and most vilified in the hands of the government. It was a continuation of the persecution on my person for contesting against Fayemi.

The federal lawmaker said the attacks on him was a continuation of the alleged persecution of his members by people he described as government agents.

He said, For the Commissioner of Police, Mr Felix Uyanna, to have stated that the crises being witnessed were being perpetrated across party lines showed that something is wrong.

The events of the last three weeks have shown that the only way out of the crisis is for Governor Fayemi to accept the reality that it is God that makes the king. He should accept that Ekiti people cannot be fooled and they know what they wanted.

Apart from the death of my supporter, Mr Foluso Ogundare, in Emure Ekiti, in the hands of APC people, my people had been attacked in Ilawe Ekiti, Ipole Iloro, Ilejemeje, Isan Ekiti, where several vehicles belonging to my campaign organisation were damaged.

APC must stop these attacks on the opposition in the territories of their leaders for Ekiti to have peace. I am a member of the House of Representatives and I have to be committed to law and order, Bamidele said.

He urged Fayemi to stop displaying what he referred to as naked power against members of the opposition, saying no amount of threat would make him backdown on his resolve to dislodge the governor in the forthcoming election.

Bamidele pointed out that rather than being waned, the attacks on his members have reinforced his popularity among the masses beyond unimaginable proportion.

PDP narrows search for Fayoses running mate to 3 candidates

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has narrowed the search for a running mate for its candidate in the June 21 governorship election in the state, Mr Ay Fayose, to three candidates.

The committee set up by the leadership of the PDP to screen the those being considered for the position, it was gathered in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday, has concluded its assignment and short-listed three of the eligible candidates.

According to the sources, the three persons short-listed by the Chief Yinka Akerele-led committee are all from Ekiti South Senatorial District, where all the screened candidates also hailed from.

The sources claimed that those shortlisted are former Nigerias High Commissioner to Canada, Ambassador Dare Bejide, from Ilawe-Ekiti in Ekiti South-West Local Government Area; Chief Bisi Aloba, from Ikere in Ikere Local Government Area and former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Femi Bamisile ,from Omuo-Ekiti in Ekiti East Local Government Area.

Other persons that were screened by the Akerele-led committee included: Dr Kunle Afolayan, Mrs Sade Akinrinmola, former chairman of Ikere Local Government, Alhaji Tajudeen Adejumo, Mrs Ogundare Olakiitan, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed Ayodele and Mr Idowu Richard.

While all the aspirants are from Ekiti South Senatorial District, six of them are from Ikere.

It was gathered that the committee had submitted its report to the chairman of the PDP in the state, Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe, who the sources said, would forward the report to the national leadership of the party.

Fayose had announced during a peace meeting after his emergence as the partys standard-bearer that the party would play active part in the emergence of his deputy and had said that he wouldnt be bothered if his running mate was picked from any of the groups in the PDP.

Fayose had said: I am ready to work with anybody as long as he is qualified and if he is a member of our party. I am now a leader in the PDP and I owe it a duty to see all members as one, regardless of whom they see as their leaders.

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Tinubu warns PDP against rigging in Ekiti, Osun   Back To Top

From: Punch      Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014

by Femi Makinde and Olufemi Atoyebi

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday warned the Peoples Democratic Party and the other contestants in the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections against rigging, saying election riggers in the two states would be roasted.

The ex-governor of Lagos State said, No government that wants peoples votes will be doing what they are doing. They are already planning to rig the elections but be ready to protect your votes; nobody serves you freedom a la carte. It is going to be rig and roast.

We are prepared not to go to court but to drive you out. We will not take it anymore. If you mess up in Ekiti and Osun states, you will see our reactions. For every action, there must be a reaction.

Tinubu spoke at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, during his investiture as the chancellor of the university and the conferment of doctoral degree in Management Science on him.

The governorship poll in Ekiti is scheduled for June 21 while that of Osun comes up August 9.

The APC chieftain slammed the President Goodluck Jonathans government as married to corruption, saying the war against corruption by the government was a deceit.

He however said the leaders of the opposition party were ready to cooperate with the President and the Federal Government to find solution to the scourge of terrorism in the country.

The opposition leaders promise of cooperation came ahead of Thursdays (today) meeting of the President with the 36 state governors and security chiefs to discuss the escalating insurgence in the country.

The former Lagos State governor said that all Nigerians, irrespective of their political leanings or religious beliefs, must rise up against rising terrorism in the North-East, which he said had resulted in the deaths of many innocent citizens.

Tinubu said, On the issue so vital to our national existence, we wish the government complete success as we believe patriotism stands above partisanship.

We offer cooperation to the government. Whatever we can do, that is meaningful and productive in ending this scourge, and we are ready to enlist our services to strike peace in Nigeria and among her sons and daughters.

Patriotism is about country, not about self or religious bigotry. On this issue all Nigerians must stand bi-partisan, united and in complete solidarity against the threat to our nation.

He said the APC had no alliance with the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, or any other violent groups, saying anybody who engaged in such criminal activities in the name of politics was not fit to live.

He said further, As for me and my party (APC), we abhor them (Boko Haram) and their violent ways. We have no pact with them and they have no pact with us.

Although we are in intense political competition with the ruling party, our competition stays within the confines of electoral competition. We seek your votes, not your lives. Boko Haram is our enemy because the Nigeria we seek has no place for their wicked recreation.

Tinubu said that the war being unleashed on Nigeria by the insurgents had reached a point where Jonathan should develop a grand strategy to put an end to the criminal activities of the insurgents.

He said Jonathan should call a regional summit where Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic would deliberate on joint intelligence sharing, joint peace and military action as well as socio-economic reforms to eliminate the threat by terrorists.

Nigeria must also move the AU summit to jointly and decisively eliminate all sources of insurgency and eradicate all terrorists havens and sanctuaries within the African Union, he added.

The APC leader decried the level of unemployment in the country, saying the recent classification of Nigeria as the leading economy in Africa, ahead of South Africa, was a film trick.

The event was attended by Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.); former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; the Interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande; and former Inspector General of Police, Chief Sunday Adewusi.

Others who attended included the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi; his Osun State counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola; and Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.

Earlier, an African-American educator from Chautauqua Institution, Dr. Robert Franklin, said that inequality was a real threat to democracy in Nigeria and in Africa as a whole.

Franklin said, Unless plans for a democratisation of opportunity and a shared prosperity are in place, as Nigerias economy grows and the West African region becomes more robust we could see vast inequalities in wealth and power that have occurred in western industrial nations.

All social commentators note that this is a threat to authentic democracy and social stability over time. It may benefit those at the top of the wealth pyramid for a while but as the Arab Spring shows us, if the poor get poorer while the rich get richer, unrest is likely to follow.

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Ekiti 2014: LP alleges attack on Bamidele   Back To Top

From: Punch      Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014

by Femi Makinde

Mr Opeyemi Bamidele

THE Labour Party in Ekiti State on Wednesday alleged that the All Progressives Congress in the state sent thugs to attack the LP governorship candidate, Opeyemi Bamidele, in Ipole Iloro during a visit to the traditional ruler of the town.

Our correspondent learnt that Bamidele, who was on a campaign tour of the area, had decided to pay a courtesy visit to the monarch, Oba Ezekiel Oladele, when some hoodlums, suspected to be members of the APC, allegedly attacked the LP supporters.

The LP spokesperson in Ekiti, Bolanle Olatunde-Bruce, said the attack was unexpected because it was clear that the candidate has never been a man of violence.

We have reported to the police. We pray that these people should stop this violent attitude. Labour Party and Bamidele in Ekiti State are not known for violence. All we want is the space to carry out our campaigns and convince the electorate that our party will rescue them from the mess the reign of APC has caused,Olatunde-Bruce told our correspondent on the telephone.

The media aide to Bamidele, Ahmed Salami, said, A group of political thugs who tagged themselves APC boys descended on some of our members while our governorship candidate, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, and his entourage were on a visit to the monarch of Ipole Iloro, Oba Ezekiel Oladele.

It took the immediate intervention of the policemen and those of the Stat Security Service on our campaign train to stop the boys from hurting our members.

We later confirmed that their aim was to prevent us from gaining entry into the palace.

Salami said the incident had been reported to the police, adding we hope for an urgent action to stop such premeditated attacks on our followers.

But the spokesperson of the Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Mr. Dimeji Daniels, said that it was LP thugs, who, apart from beating some APC members, also vandalised the campaign billboards of Fayemi in the town.

A wife of an APC youth leader in the town, Mrs. Temilade Rasheed, told journalists that she was beaten by the suspected hoodlums she claimed attacked her after somebody identified her as the wife of an APC leader.

She said that she went out to call her daughter when the hoodlums seized and beat her.

Her husband, Mr. Okeowo Rasheed, said he could not go near the scene of the attack to rescue his wife for fear of being killed by the hoodlums.

Rasheed also said that he had reported the matter to the police at the Aramoko Divisional Police Station and that the police promised to visit the town as part of their investigation.

One Samuel Abegunde, who also said that he was a member of the APC, claimed to have witnessed the attack.

He said, While Opeyemi Bamidele was with the monarch, that boy called Tunde Lau-lau and some others were behind the palace building, beating up a palace worker, Dayo Tijani. Tunde Lau-lau almost beat the Olori when she cautioned him. The policemen that came with Bamidele witnessed everything.

Go and look at the monarchs cassava farm behind the palace building; the police shot into the farm. From the action of those policemen, it didnt seem their job is to protect the people. It rather looked as though they were more concerned about harassing our people.

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Thugs attack APC members in Ipole-Iloro   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti in News

Suspected political thugs on Tuesday attacked members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ipole-Iloro, Ekiti State.

The attack occurred during a rally organised by the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate, Opeyemi Bamidele, in Ipole-Iloro, Ekiti West Local Government Area.

Campaign billboards of the APC standard bearer, Governor Kayode Fayemi, were destroyed.

Narrating their ordeal in the hands of the political thugs, the wife of APC youth leader in the town, Mrs. Temilade Rasheed, said she came outside to call her daughter and was identified as the wife of the APC youth leader and pounced on.

They immediately descended on me and tore my dress,she said, displaying the torn dress.

Her husband, Okeowo Rasheed, said he was jolted by the development.

I was in Prince Ade Ojos house when I was told that my wife was being beaten by Labour Party thugs. When I got to the scene, I saw thugs armed with axes and cutlasses, displaying charms. They were so violent that I could not go near them.

Rasheed said he and the other victims of the unprovoked attack reported the matter to the police at the Aramoko Divisional Police Station and that the police promised to visit the town yesterday morning.

Another victim of the attack, Toyin Afolayan, said she was in her brothers shop when the thugs were shredding Fayemis billboards. She cautioned them to stop and earned their wrath. She said they slapped her several times.

Afolayan said they also hit her with a log of wood, warning that they would have killed her if she were a man.

She said it took the intervention of some bystanders to rescue her from the rampaging thugs.

The Olupoles palace, according to eyewitnesses, was also attacked.

A witness of what transpired in the palace, Hon. Samuel Abegunde, said: While Opeyemi Bamidele was with the kabiyesi, that boy called Tunde Lau-lau and some others were behind the palace building, beating up a palace worker, Dayo Tijani. Tunde Lau-lau almost beat the Olori when she cautioned him. All this happened in the presence of the policemen who came with MOB. They also were shooting into the air as though it was a war. Go and look at kabiyesis cassava farm behind the palace building; the police shot into the farm. From the action of those policemen, it didnt seem the polices job is to protect the people. It rather looked as though they were more concerned about harassing our people.

We later heard that there was an alliance between the Labour Party and the PDP that whenever LP is campaigning anywhere, PDP members in the town should team up with them to make it look as though they are many, and vice versa.

In an interview with reporters, the Olupole of Ipole-Iloro, Oba Oladele Asaro, said he was shocked by the unruly behaviour and violence displayed in his palace.

He said he took it up with Bamidele, who promised to fix the damage.

The monarch also expressed surprise that his palace worker, Dayo Tijani, taken away by the Police to the Aramoko Divisional Station on the excuse of wanting to save him from further attacks had allegedly been transferred to the Police Headquarters in the state capital, Ado-Ekiti.

I am surprised that none of those who carried out the attack here was arrested by the police. Yet, the police refused to release my worker, the monarch said.

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Accord candidate to sign bond   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti in News

The Accord candidate in the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State, Kole Ajayi, has stated that he will sign a bond with the people as a mark of commitment to his promises.

He spoke yesterday while addressing his supporters at Efon Alaaye,.

He said his administrative would focus principally on welfarism.

The candidate also promised that his administration would establish skill acquisition centres in eachl ocal government to compliment the proposed Industrialisation programme, adding that Accord government would also ensure all unemployed youths were gainfully engaged through sustainable employment opportunities.

On agriculture, Ajayi said farmers would have a lot of relief in areas of accessibility to free farm materials, chemicals and equipment.

Ajayi enjoined his supporters to campaign peacefully, urging the youths not to allow themselves to be used as thugs.
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Abuja cant impose governor on Ekiti, says Fayemi   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti in News

Ekiti State Governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said the Presidency cannot impose a governor on the state.

Fayemi spoke at Ipoti-Ekiti during the second leg of his campaign tour of communities in Ijero Local Government Area.

He urged voters to be resolute on election day and not be intimidated by external forces and their local collaborators.

He said the people would determine their next governor through their votes in the June 21 gubernatorial poll.

He said: On the day of election, go to your respective polling booths and cast your votes for the progressive party. Be vigilant, protect your votes. Nobody can intimidate you.

Nobody can impose governor on Ekiti people. It is not Abuja that will impose governor on Ekiti people.

Ekitis are known for resisting external control and our forbears chased away the Ajeles in the days of old. Nobody can intimidate you and whoever that tries it will have himself to blame.

The governor added that the electorate were too discerning to be fooled by the falsehood being peddled by the opposition to smear him.

Describing Ipoti-Ayetoro Road, which was built by his administration as the best in the state, Fayemi said the contractor gave him a guarantee of 10 years.

Scores of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members, who were led by Mr. Michael Esan, defected to the APC at the rally.

Esan said they were attracted by Fayemis good works, such as road construction, payment of monthly stipends to old people, renovation of public schools and appointment of indigenes to key positions.

He added: The reason we are defecting to this progressive party is that for over 40 years, Ipoti-Ayetoro Road was in a state of disrepair but it was the APC government that reconstructed and tarred the road, including the Ilukuno-Oke Oro Road.

We are also coming into APC because this government has impacted positively on the lives of our people. The social security stipends have transformed the lives of our aged people.

The governor also appointed our son as permanent secretary, our schools have received massive renovation from this government. For these reasons, myself and my supporters are moving into APC and we will work vigorously for his victory at the election.

Addressing the people of Odo Owa, Fayemi said his administration built the Odo Owa-Oke-Ila Road to serve as one of the shortest routes to Osun State.

He noted that the Obas palace is almost completed and would soon be commissioned, urging voters in the community to be vigilant on election day and protect their votes.

Speaking at Erinjiyan, Fayemi urged the people to go out enmasse and vote APC and not to be afraid of threats of violence by opposition politicians.

In Ijurin, Fayemi said his administration had completed the Ijero-Ayetoro-Ido Road for social and economic benefits of the people while focus would now shift to new roads.

He said a vote for APC is a vote for continuity of programmes like social security scheme for aged people, free education, infrastructural development, job creation and economic empowerment for the people.

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NNPP: well take over Ekiti from APC   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Posted by: Our Reporter in News

The National Secretary, New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Mr Gilbert Agbo, yesterday said the party was set for the Ekiti governorship election slated for June 21.

Agbo, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said: We are fully ready for the Ekiti governorship election. This time around, we are taking over Ekiti from the APC, because we have a formidable candidate.

He said the party had been doing its underground job by mobilising the people of the state to clinch the governorship seat.

All this while, we have not been in the media like the APC and the PDP because we are more into underground work, he said.

Agbo, who urged the people of Ekiti to do the right thing by voting for NNPPs candidate, said they would benefit a lot if their candidate wins the poll.

He noted that over the years, the people of the state had been denied dividends of democracy, but with NNPP in power, life would be more meaningful.

We have seen so many years of misrule in Ekiti and that is why NNPP would ensure it brought good governance to the doorsteps of the ordinary people.

Governance is not just the responsibility of the elite, but for every Nigerian to be directly involved in the decision making process.

NNPP has an innovation to good governance, and if given the opportunity in Ekiti, the difference will be clear.

We intend to provide free education, good water supply and good road network.

Our programmes will be ordinary people oriented. We will provide electricity to enable the people do their small scale businesses, he said.

Agbo noted that the party would also tackle the problem of illiteracy by ensuring that education was made available to everybody.

We believe that if these basic needs of the people are actualised with NNPP government in place, Ekiti people will be in for a brand new day, he said.

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Tinubu warns against rigging in Ekiti, Osun   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Posted by: Raymond Mordi, Deputy Political Editor and Bisi Oladele, Ibadan in Featured, News

The setting was purely academic the convocation of a university. But, the gathering was a mixture of intellectual giants and frontline politicians an opportunity for a few words on the state of the nation.

After berating what he called the sit-tight attitude of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-controlled Federal Government, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, warned Nigerians that the government was planning to rig the 2015 elections.

It was all at the 11th (special) convocation of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, yesterday. Tinubu was conferred with a honorary degree and invested as the institutions fourth chancellor, following the footsteps of the late businessman and leading politician MKO Abiola, the late eminent Jurist Justice Kayode Esho and elder statesman, Chris Ogunbanjo.

To the APC National Leader, it is evident that the PDP-controlled Federal Government is planning to rig, going by its attitude. You can only discern their intention from their attitude; they are not bothered about the employment and unemployment situation in our country. This is because they plan to rig the election, TInubu told the huge gathering at the institutions convocation arena.

He added, however, that the leadership of the progressive movement and their followers would not allow such to happen. His words: They are busy looking for ways to manipulate the polls in Ekiti. I am not ashamed to tell them that this time it is going to be rig and roast. If you mess up in Osun too, you would see our reaction; it is going to be the same way rig and roast. For every action, there must be a reaction.

Nobody will serve you freedom a la carte. You must demand it. We wont allow any mutilated election result in Ekiti and Osun. We will drive them out. It wont be a court matter this time.

Lamenting the worsening security in the country caused by incessant attacks by members of the Boko Haram sect, Tinubu said of the Federal Government: Enough of excuses and lies. They lie to us. They cannot even account for the number of children that were either killed or abducted. They carry on as if they are not accountable to us. While parents were mourning the loss and disappearance of their children and victims of the Nyanya attack, President Goodluck Jonathan was dancing in Kano. We are not serious.

For us in the APC, we wish the government the best. As a party, we have no pact with the Boko Haram and they have no pact with us. Our competition is basically on election. We seek your votes, not your lives. We seek your understanding, not your failure. We wish the government complete success. We wish patriotism prevails over partisanship. We are ready to provide our services where needed, provided they will stay away from blackmail.

According to Tinubu, if voting during last years Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) election was anything to go by, then coming elections would be ones where numbers and maths are (going to be) immaterial.

He added that the pattern of abuse and malpractice had already been set in Anambra State, where the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to match its words with action during last years governorship election. The APC is challenging the validity of the election at the tribunal.

He said without electoral reform, the coming elections would be ones where those the people reject will be proclaimed as the peoples choice. This development, TInubu added, would place the nation in dire straits.

The only way to avoid this, Tinubu noted, is to introduce sweeping electoral reforms. He said: Foremost, we need a fully bio-metric voters verification and validation of registration system (our current system encourages multiple voting) and verifiable one-man-one-vote. As such, it is a veritable invitation card to massive fraud and malpractice.

The former governor, who was conferred with a doctor of science (honoris causa) at the special convocation, lamented that the most troubling aspect of the state of the nation is that of lack of inspirational leadership. He said Nigerians have lost faith that this government is capable of solving the problems affecting them.

Tinubu blamed the ruling party for this, saying most of its politicians are not interested in progress. For instance, he described the recent rebasing of Nigerias Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures as false and misleading, saying they have raised more doubts about the objectives of those in charge of the economy. He said from a modest $305 billion, Nigerias GDP ballooned to $488 billion. Nigeria thereby magically leapt over South Africa to become the largest economy in Africa.

The APC chieftain said South Africas economy is industrialised and that the country manufactures automobiles, such as BMW, which it exports to Europe, while Nigeria cannot produce ordinary brake pad, he said.

Tinubu, who was described as a champion of democracy, promised a new era for LAUTECH, saying he is very fond of the institution, just like his late mother, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji. For many years, this institution was one of the top, if not the number one, institution of its type, he noted.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Gbadegesin, justified the choice of Asiwaju for the position. He said the former governor has demonstrated beyond doubt that he is a good manager of resources and proved to be a distinguished leader.

He said: Senator Tinubu is now the fourth chancellor. It is a privilege to have such a great leader as our chancellor. Thank you governors Ajimobi and Aregbesola for giving us the best candidate as our chancellor. This will help LAUTECH to become one of the best in Africa.

Tinubu later moved to the palace of the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oyewunmi Ajagungbade.

While addressing the monarch, he described the Soun as a progressive minded person. This is our palace. We need your guidance and prayer. You are in the fore front of industralisation. In the nation of our immense resources,we cannot produce mere tools. We must change this government.

Oba Ajagungbade urged Tinubu to lift LAUTECH to greater height, using his wealth of experience and influence.

The event was attended by APC chieftains from across the country, including National Leader Muhammadu Buhari, Interim Chairman Bisi Akande, Interim National Publicity Secretary Lai Mohammed, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and presidential flag bearer of the defunct ACN, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.

Others are Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, who came with his wife Sherifat, host Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his wife Florence, as well as senators and other top party officials. They were Senators Gbenga Ashafa, Olorunimbe Mamora, Femi Ojudu and Sola Adeyeye.

Also there were House of Representatives Minority Leader Femi Gbajabiamila, frontline scholar Prof. Adebayo Williams, Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji and former Lagos Commissioner for Information Mr. Dele Alake.

The Governors of Lagos, Ekiti and Ogun were represented by their spouses Dame Abimbola Fashola (Lagos), Erelu Bisi Fayemi (Ekiti) and Mrs. Olufunke Amosun (Ogun).

The ceremony was also graced by royal fathers from Oyo and Osun states, which jointly own the institution. The Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oyewunmi Ajagungbade, was there.

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Obanikoro should go, Fayemi tells Jonathan   Back To Top

From: Daily Sun      Published on: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

By Our Reporter

Taking a critical look at the activities of the Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musliu Obanikoro, during the recent by-election in Ondo State, Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi was of the view that he was not fit to be an executive member of President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Fayemi, who made the observation at a recent media parley in his Ado-Ekiti office, the way he was said to have conducted himself by the Ondo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), was unbecoming of somebody saddled with responsibility of securing the lives and property of the citizenry.

The Governor said even the REC came out openly and said let them challenge what Iam telling you in your report, saying, in any decent government, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro would have been asked to leave by now.

He was of the conviction that, if the President wanted to act as a leaders, who truly believed in the sanctity of transparent electoral processes, he should assure the citizenry that people like Obanikoro were on their own.

There has been a lot of sabre-rattling about this election. All of us also saw what happened at Ilaje Ese Odo and the role played by a minister of government who does not even come from the state, and has no responsibility being in the state.That appears to many people as a precursor of their plan for Ekiti and Osun elections. And INEC ought to be sending a very strong signal to Mr. President himself that we would not take kindly to these kinds of interference by the minister of state in an election that we want as a precursor for the 2015 presidential election, Fayemi warned.

According to him, there was a lot of intelligence that is available to me about people sowing fake soldiers and policemen uniforms, in preparation for Ekiti election, hoping that the INEC would reassure, not just Ekiti people but Nigerians as a whole that the coming election in Ekiti will be credible.

Ekiti election, Fayemi reasoned, is even far more important than the 2015 election because if confidence is lost in INECs preparation and eventual implementation of the Ekiti election, that will rub off terribly on the 2015 election, asserting that INEC is already on the tenterhook.

He explained that INEC is already on the tenterhooks because of what happened in Anambra,

adding that, to then see Ekiti election going in the wrong direction would totally put paid to any hope on the part of Nigerians that anything good can come out of the 2015 election,

Fayemi therefore expressed doubt that President Jonathan needs that, reminding that, he (Jonathan) has conveyed an image of himself as a decent politician who is not going to manipulate or resort to extra-legal or illegal ways in election management in Nigeria.

He enthused that the INEC, together with Inter Agency Committee and Security that would be involved in the election really needs to give people a lot of reassurance that the agenda for Ekiti election is not going to be determined in Aso Rock but by Ekiti people.

Ekiti election, Fayemi emphasized is a referendum on the performance of the current government in Ekiti and not a national election and so, should not be reduced to a national election.

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