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PDP: Former envoy, speaker, 7 others eye running mate slot  (18/04/2014) Our government wont incarcerate royal fathers -Fayemi  (18/04/2014)
Nothing ll stop me from beating Fayemi, says Fayose  (18/04/2014) Fayemi denies varsity ownership  (18/04/2014)
Former envoy, ex-Speaker in race for Fayoses deputy  (18/04/2014) Ill industrialise Ekiti, says AD governorship candidate  (18/04/2014)
Activists mobilise for Ekiti governor  (18/04/2014) No one can steal my mandate, says Fayemi  (18/04/2014)
APC to Sambo: Ekiti not a war front  (18/04/2014) Ekiti: CP meets with key players  (17/04/2014)

PDP: Former envoy, speaker, 7 others eye running mate slot   Back To Top

From: Vanguard      Published on: Friday, April 18, 2014

BY GBENGA ARIYIBI

NO fewer than nine members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State have signified their interest to be running mate to former Governor of the State, Mr Ayo Fayose in the June 21 governorship election

Among the people showing interests in the PDP deputy governorship ticket include former Nigerias envoy to Canada, Amb Dare Bejide and former Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon Femi Bamisile
Other are former university don, Dr Kunle Afolayan, former commissioner in the state teaching service, Mrs Sade Akinrinmola, former Chairman of Ikere Local Government, Alhaji Tajudeen Adejumo ,Mrs Ogundare Olakiitan, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed Ayodele and Mr Idowu Richard.

Vanguard reliably gathered that the aspirants, yesterday, appeared before the Chairman of the screening committee and ex-governorship aspirant of the party, Mr Ranti Akerele
The exercise was held at Akereles residence in Adebayo area of Ado Ekiti where the aspirants were seen clutching their curricula vitae among other vital documents

All the aspirants are from the South Senatorial District of the state,with six of them coming from Ikere Local Government area.
The zone comprises six local councils namely: Gbonyin, Ikere, Ekiti Southwest, Ekiti East, Emure and Ise/Orun

While in government, Fayose had picked Surveyor Abiodun Aluko, a native of Ikere as his deputy for the 2003 governorship race, which they won. But due to political bickering, the duo of Fayose and Aluko fell apart and this paved the way for Mr Dele Omoyemi, a bank chief executive from the same Ikere, to emerge the deputy governor.

It may be recalled that Fayose had during a peace meeting with another leading governorship aspirant, Prince Dayo Adeyeye in Ado Ekiti, recently, said he would allow the party to play active part in the emergence of his deputy.

Fayose pointed out that he wont be bothered if the deputy governorship candidate emerged from any of the camps in the PDP, saying 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 leader, Fayose said

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Our government wont incarcerate royal fathers -Fayemi   Back To Top

From: Daily Sun      Published on: Friday, April 18, 2014

By Our Reporter

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has told Ekiti people that if voted again in the June 21 election, his administration would not detain royal fathers in the state, as a certain governor did in the past.

Speaking at Ido-Ile Ekiti, the country home of his chief press secretary, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, during his campaign, Fayemi said his government had respect for traditional rulers and would continue to give the monarchs all the honours they deserved.

He said when the time comes for people to cast their votes, they should not forget what a particular governorship candidate did when he was in power, urging them to vote for him to get a second term.

Fayemi assured that all the projects he has promised to carry out in the community would be completed if given the second term. Earlier. the governor had taken his campaign train to Okemesi, and thereafter, headed to Aramoko-Ekiti to inform them about his second term ambition and solicit for their votes.

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Nothing ll stop me from beating Fayemi, says Fayose   Back To Top

From: Daily Sun      Published on: Friday, April 18, 2014

By Our Reporter

Former governor of Ekiti State and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Ayodele Fayose has said no amount of abuses hurled at him by the All Progressives Congress (APC), would distract him from defeating Governor Kayode Fayemi in the June 21 election. Fayose stated this during a rally organised by his former deputy governor, Mr. Bisi Omoyeni, in Ikere Ekiti, saying: I wont be distracted by whatever they say about me. I am committed to this course. It is like running a race; so I wont look sideways but where I am going.

He maintained that the ongoing reconciliation with the 13 aggrieved aspirants in his party has started to yield fruitful results, saying: The party is now well positioned and fortified to defeat the APC in any election.

He praised the 13 aggrieved aspirants for embracing peace after the meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan and declared that he would continue to offer leadership to all the members of the party.

By my age and experience now, I have grown more in wisdom and knowledge. So, rather than fighting anybody, I will prefer to befriend you so that I can surpass the records I left behind in terms of infrastructure and human capital development when we get to government, Fayose assured.

Disclosing that Ikere Ekiti is strategic to the development of the State, Fayose promised that he would replicate the kind of attention he accorded the town during his time as the Governor of the State if elected.

Omoyeni, who described Fayose as a promise keeper and someone with a large heart, said he is a friend of the poor and the less privileged. I believe he can make Ekiti better than what we are witnessing today.

All the aspirants have agreed to work with him because the present government under Governor Kayode Fayemi has disappointed the people and he must be disgraced out of office come June 21, 2014 and to do this, the PDP must be united, Omoyeni said.

The PDP Chairman in the State, Mr. Makanjuola Ogundipe, who has not featured in any of Fayoses campaigns was present at the event ,which signaled that the party members are ready to embrace peace. He appealed to all the members of the party to bury their differences and coalesce efforts with the partys candidate to win the forthcoming election.

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Fayemi denies varsity ownership   Back To Top

From: Daily Trust      Published on: Friday, April 18, 2014

Written by Doyin Adebusuyi, Ado Ekiti


Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has denied rumours he owns a university in Ghana and that he increased tuition fees at the state university (EKSU), Ado Ekiti.

Speaking with journalists, Fayemi described the rumour as the handiwork of the opposition, who he claimed are desperate to take over the state.
The governor maintained that he does not own a university anywhere in the world and does not have the intention to establish one.
The governor, who warned Ekiti people not to allow themselves to be deceived, stressed that the pre-election period is usually characterized by lies and cheap blackmail aimed at smearing the image of a candidate that is loved by the people.
He urged the people to always investigate claims by the opposition concerning his government, saying that he is ready to clarify issues at all times.
On the increment in tuition fees, the governor described the rumour as a sign of clear ignorance on the part of the peddlers, who do not know that the school management does not review fees in the middle of an academic session.
He said rather than increase school fees, the university management is planning a downward review of tuition in some departments.

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Former envoy, ex-Speaker in race for Fayoses deputy   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Friday, April 18, 2014

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti in News

A former Nigerian envoy to Canada, Dare Bejide, former Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Femi Bamisile and seven others are jostling to be teh running mate of the Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Mr Ayo Fayose.

The Nation learnt that other contestants include former Chairman of Ikere Local Government, Alhaji Tajudeen Adejumo, Dr Kunle Afolayan, Mr Idowu Richard, Mrs Sade Akinrinmola and Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed Ayodele.

They have appeared before the Chairman of the screening committee, Mr Ranti Akerele, who is a former governorship aspirant. The screening held at Akereles residence in Adebayo Area of Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital .

Giving hints about the emrgence of the deputy governor at a peace meeting with Prince Dayo Adeyeye in Ado-Ekiti, Fayose said the party would play active role in the emergence of his deputy.

He said he would not influence the party.

He 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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Ill industrialise Ekiti, says AD governorship candidate   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Friday, April 18, 2014

Posted by: Our Reporter in News

The governorship candidate for the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Ekiti State, Victor Osekita, has promised to industrialise the state if elected.

Osekita spoke yesterday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

According to him, Ekiti is blessed with abundant mineral and human resources which if properly harnessed would make it an industrialised state.

The state has abundant human and natural resources to be an industrialised state. What is needed is for the political leaders to work towards the realisation of this goal.

If elected into office, I will facilitate the setting up of industries in every constituency in the state which will transform and help the state to develop, while reducing unemployment, he said.

On education, Osekita promised to give free education to every child in the state from primary to secondary school levels, adding that free education was part of the partys ideology.

He also promised to reduce the cost of healthcare in the state by ensuring that drugs were purchased directly from the manufacturers.

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Activists mobilise for Ekiti governor   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Friday, April 18, 2014

Posted by: Our Reporter in News

Human right groups under the aegis of the Peoples Campaign Organisation (PECO) have launched a grassroots campaign across the 16 local government areas in Ekiti State to ensure the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, at the June 21 election.

The groups members will move from one market to the other. Churches, mosques and farm settlements are also prime targets.

The group launched the campaign in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday with the inauguration of 36 coordinators established to lead 350 volunteers across the 16 local government area of the state. PECO is a coalition of about 100 civil rights groups drawn from across Nigeria including Ekiti State.

The Secretary of the group, Mr Popoola Ajayi, said the coalition was put together to serve as a pillar for promoting sustainable development in Ekiti State.

He said the civil rights movement will lead the independent campaign for the purpose of Fayemis re-election saying that PECO which to turn the campaign into a mass movement.

He said the group would focus primarily on non-party communities in the 16 local government areas of Ekiti State.

Due to years of military repression, there is a perversion of thoughts to the extent that some people have lost the appreciation of what the common good is all about. We are in Ekiti working with local people to ensure we share our experiences with them in the bid to ensure the re-election of Dr Fayemi on June 21. The election is also about credibility. It is about honour. It is not a local affair, but rather an issue that also concerns the international community, Popoola stated. He said the group has recruited volunteers, students, artisans whose primary goal is to convince voters on the need to return Fayemi as the governor in 2014.

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No one can steal my mandate, says Fayemi   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Friday, April 18, 2014

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti in News

Ekiti State Governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the June 21 election Dr Kayode Fayemi has said his mandate cannot be stolen.

The governor launched a long legal battle to retrieve his mandate in the last election.

He spoke during his campaign rally in Epe, Moba Local Government Area.

The governor said his administration had put in place a conducive environment for investors.

We have constructed roads. We have put in place social amenities to make Ekiti conducive for investors. If we did not do all that we have done, it would have been difficult for any investor to come in.

We have also restored peace to Ekiti. It would have been difficult for any investor to do business in an atmosphere of violence. You know it used to be one day, one trouble in Ekiti State, but Ekiti now enjoys peace, the governor said.

Fayemi noted that his administration created jobs through agencies, such as the State Traffic Management Agency (EKSTMA), Peace Corps and Volunteer Corps, adding that there are still many unemployed youths for whom jobs must be provided.

Government cannot provide jobs for everyone, but we will partner investors to establish industries to stem the tide of unemployment and make poverty a thing of the past in Ekiti State. This will be the focus during my second term in office.

Fayemi also told the people not to be scared of the antics of vote-riggers, adding that the peoples votes would be adequately protected.

Dont let anyone scare you. We will protect our votes. No one can steal my mandate, he said.

The governor urged the people to be wary of electoral robbers who still lurk around.

The governor said most of the projects executed by his government in the town had never been done before.

He listed such projects to include road construction, renovation of the palace, construction of townhall, stipend for elderly citizens, amongst others.

He promised that the ongoing road project in the town would soon be extended to Osan/Ora boundary.

A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader in the town, Olabisi Oluwawole, led other PDP youths to defect to the APC.

Teachers, students and beneficiaries of the social security came out to show their support for the governor.

A representative of the teachers, Mr. Abiodun Adelye, praised the Fayemi administration for giving teachers rural allowance, core subjects allowance, laptops and for ensuring their prompt promotion.

The president of the Osun Students Union, Gboyega Bode, said the students were grateful for the prompt release of their bursary allowance, renovation of schools and the transformation of Ekiti State University into a world class university.

Also yesterday, Fayemi denied establishing a university in Ghana. Speaking at the Holy Mass commemorating the renewal of priesthood in the Catholic church at St. Patricks Catholic Cathedral, Ado-Ekiti, Fayemi also described as untrue the plans of his government to increase tuition at the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti.

Fayemi urged the people to investigate claims of the opposition about his administration, assuring he would always offer the truth on any matter on their request.

Said he: I dont have a university anywhere in the world and I dont even intend to have one. My plan is to pick up lecturing job at the EKSU come next session.

My name is important to me. I am a catholic and as someone who takes the holy communion, I wont do anything that will desecrate the Catholic church.

The governor affirmed that non completion of some processes by some pensioners was responsible for delay in pensionersgratuity.

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APC to Sambo: Ekiti not a war front   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Friday, April 18, 2014

Posted by: Our Reporter in News

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has decried Vice-President Namadi Sambos description of Ekiti and Osun states as warfronts.

It said the statement was not only ill-timed but also unfortunate at a period the nation is trying to quell insurgency.

In a statement by its Director of Publicity and Media, Segun Dipe, APC described the statement as a desperate and an unguarded one. The party said: It is as an irony that while the PDP-led Federal Government has not been able to find an answer the deadly and seemingly intractable Boko Haram insurgency, Vice-President Namadi Sambo is planning to convert the peaceful Ekiti State into a war front and boasting to capture the peace-loving people of the State who are currently enjoying dividends of democracy being served them by APC through their chosen Governor, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi.

PDP can only be at war with itself and not with the people of Ekiti State. We have a tested and trusted governor in government.

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Ekiti: CP meets with key players   Back To Top

From: Daily Independent      Published on: Thursday, April 17, 2014

By Yaqoub Popoola Snr Correspondent, Ado-Ekiti

The Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, Mr. Felix Uyanna, has again met with election stakeholders ahead of the June 21, 2014 governorship election.

The stakeholders meeting held at the Command Headquarters in Ado-Ekiti attracted key players among whom are the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ayo Fayose, and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele.

In his address, CP Uyanna warned politicians against violence as they continue their campaigns for the June 21 governorship election.

He said despite the assurances the people gave the police at earlier meetings, there had been an increase in politically-related violent cases.

Uyanna noted that the development was contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 as Amended and the rules of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In his speech, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ayodele Fayose, pledged his party would conduct its affairs peacefully.

Speaking in the same vein, the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, said those perpetrating violence were only afraid of facing the electorate.

The event was also attended by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Accord Party, among others.

Meanwhile, two aides of Governor Kayode Fayemi and the leader of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in Ekiti State, Mr. Niyi Adedipe, who were detained by the police on Monday were charged to court in connection with the April 7 attack on ex-Governor Ayodele Fayoses office in Adebayo Area of Ado Ekiti.

They however accused the state Police Command of intimidation and harassment during their invitation.

During the attack, some vehicles parked within the campaign office were damaged, while the slide doors of the office were smashed and one man identified as Gabriel was wounded.

At a press conference jointly addressed by the accused persons, they raised the alarm that their lives were in danger following threat by a Mopol Commander in Ekiti State to rope them for trump up charge, should they constitute threat to the chances of the Peoples Democratic Party in the June 21 election.

However, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Felix Uyanna , who dispelled the allegation, advised the accused persons to report whatever were their misgivings to the appropriate security agencies for necessary actions.

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