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Oyo 2015: Well prevent repeat of Ekiti loss APC  (30/07/2014) Insurgency: Women lawyers demand more from FG, say women worst hit  (30/07/2014)
Women, children worst victims of insurgency -FIDA  (30/07/2014) Three nabbed with cloned Ekiti govt letterhead, blank cheque  (29/07/2014)
Lessons for Gov. Aregbesola from Ekiti 2014  (29/07/2014) Ekiti fallout: New thinking on APC presidential ticket  (29/07/2014)
Ekiti deputy gov-elect assures on transparency  (29/07/2014) Fayoses govt ll be friendly  (29/07/2014)
Rector charges alumni on development  (29/07/2014) Revisiting the Photo-chromically rigged Ekiti election  (28/07/2014)

Oyo 2015: Well prevent repeat of Ekiti loss APC   Back To Top

From: Vanguard      Published on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

By Ola Ajayi

IBADANTHE All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State, yesterday said it was doing everything possible to prevent a repeat of what happened in Ekiti State where the opposition Peoples Democratic Party won the governorship election against the incumbent governor, Dr. kayode Fayemi..

The party, speaking through one of its chieftains, Mr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, noted that apart from the fact that Governor Abiola Ajimobi could not be impeached, he would be the first governor to govern the state twice.

Olatunbosun, who is also the Caretaker Chairman of Ibadan North West Local Government, said all 33 local government areas of the state had begun mobilising voters from the grassroots to ensure victory for Senator Abiola Ajimobi come 2015 general elections.

According to him, Although, Senator Ajimobi has done a lot of laudable projects that can speak for him, we, the caretaker chairmen have agreed to mobilise grassroots voters to ensure he beats the opposition with wide margin in the election.

We thank God for the time the Ekiti election was held. We in APC have gone back to the drawing board and I can assure you that what happened in Ekiti will never repeat itself in any of the APC-governed state again.

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Insurgency: Women lawyers demand more from FG, say women worst hit   Back To Top

From: Nigerian Tribune      Published on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sam Nwaoko-Ado-Ekiti

THE International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has charged President Goodluck Jonathan to deploy all energies to halt the activities of insurgents in the country, saying women were the worst hit by the killings and kidnapping by the insurgents.

Chairperson of FIDA in Ekiti State, Mrs Rita Ilevbare, who gave the charge while addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday, said the killing and maiming of innocent Nigerians through the activities of the militants have brought unprecedented sorrow to many women.

Ilevbare decried the rising wave of bomb explosion in the Northern zone in recent time despite the declaration of emergency by President Jonathan in three states in the Northern part of the country.

She pointed out that the increased level of widowhood among women, owing to seemingly unabated terror attacks, would further erode the countrys family values, except concerted steps are taken to forestall the persistent carnage under the guise of terrorism.

Ilevbare said: Women and children are always at the receiving end of any war and the one being experienced under Boko Haram insurgents cannot be an exemption. This is simply because women have nowhere to run to. They would have to wait behind and defend their families, particularly their children even under a tensed situation.

We are mostly pissed off by the increasing level of bombing despite the emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. The heavy presence of military personnel has not changed anything and this is not good for the system.

The recent deaths in series of bombings in Kaduna affected mostly women while the one in Kano, Adamawa and Borno had been frightening and making the future of this country looks hopeless.

With all these happenings, the Federal Government must change tactics on how to curtail these evil doers to prevent further wailing and debasement of motherhood because this country is greater than any individual or group, she advised.

Ilevbare also appealed to the men folk not to see the agitations for the recovery of the 238 Chibok girls as women affairs, saying all Nigerians would have to consistently advocate for the release of the seized girls to bring happiness to all mothers across the globe.

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Women, children worst victims of insurgency -FIDA   Back To Top

From: National Mirror      Published on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

by ABIODUN NEJO

Female lawyers in Ekiti State yesterday lamented that their gender was the worst hit by the insurgency in the Northern part of the country.

The legal practitioners, under the aegis of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), said the trend of the senseless killings, bombings and abduction in that part of the country showed that women and children were the real victims.

FIDA Chairperson in Ekiti State, Mrs Rita Ilevbare, charged President Goodluck Jonathan to deploy all energies to halt the activities of insurgents in the country.

Ilevbare told journalists in Ado Ekiti yesterday that the killing and maiming of innocent Nigerians through the dastardly activities of the militants had brought unprecedented sorrow to many women.

She lamented that the increased level of widowhood among women owing to the terror attacks would further erode the countrys family values, except concerted steps were taken to forestall the persistent carnage under the guise of terrorism.

Ilevbare said: Women and children are always at the receiving end of any war and the one being experienced under Boko Haram insurgents cannot be an exemption. This is simply because women have nowhere to run to. They would have to wait behind and defend their families, particularly their children even under a tensed situation.

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Three nabbed with cloned Ekiti govt letterhead, blank cheque   Back To Top

From: Daily Independent      Published on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By Andrew Utulu / Correspondent, Lagos

The police in Lagos have smashed a syndicate allegedly specialised in swindling members of the public through false offers from state governments.

Suspected members of the syndicate arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos State Police Command are: Ademola Olaniyan, 57; Kola Osho, 33; and Sola Oyedepo, 26.

Large quantity of fake documents and letter head belonging to Ekiti State House of Assembly; office of the Speaker; Secretariat Complex, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development; and Office of the Special Adviser, Governors Office, Ekiti, were recovered from the suspects.

Also recovered were two blank First Bank cheque leaves (No. P030710056, Oke-Odo branch), belonging to Famuyiwa Idowu and P030710057 for same branch and same account owner.

The suspects were arrested following a tip-off to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP Umar Manko, that some fraudsters were operating at Abule- Egba Area of Lagos.

The CP mandated the Officer-in-Charge of SARS Abba Kyari, a Superintendent of Police, and his second in command, Peter Gana, also a Superintendent of Police SP to go after the suspected criminals.

They were arrested at about 2.50pm on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, while Ademola and Sola were about issuing a first bank cheque believed to have either been stolen or cloned to Kola.

Ademola was the first to be arrested, but as investigation progressed, Kola was traced to Awolowo Way, Ikeja where he was arrested with some documents belonging to the Ekiti State Government.

It was gathered that the suspects also swindles account owners after stealing their cheque books.

Further investigation revealed that the syndicate always ensures they have an insider in any bank they intend to operate, whose job it is to facilitating the fraud.

Demola, from Ikire, Osun State, claimed he is a 2006 graduate of Business Studies from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, resident at 23, Pipeline Road, Abule-Egba. He said he is an education consultant, and on the bank cheques found in his possession, he said: Some boys brought the blank cheques to us but how they got it, we dont know. But we give it to professionals who can work on it and use it to withdraw money. Mr. Osho is the professional who usually work on the cheques. We cash it under mandate which is below N100,000.

This is the third cheque we have given to him. The first cheque was (of) Diamond Bank, but there was no money in that account. One Samson is the one that usually brings the cheques, he stays in Obalende. The second cheque was GTB, but Osho did not have any insider in that bank so it was not cashed. The third was this blank First Bank cheque, the professional was working on it when we were arrested, he added.

Osho, from Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State who claimed to reside in 52 Santos Street, Abule Egba said he wanted to use the documents found on him to process VISA. I saw the Ekiti State House document in internet and I printed it out.

Yes, Kola gave me some cheques but l returned them because it did not work.

However, Sola denied being part of the syndicate but claimed to be an estate agent who wanted to rent out an accommodation to Osho when police came to arrest them.

Police police however maintained that he is part of the syndicate.

I knew Osho through one man at Ikeja, I did not do any business with the man. I do not have an office as a real estate operator, but attached with someone.

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Lessons for Gov. Aregbesola from Ekiti 2014   Back To Top

From: Daily Independent      Published on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In the countdown to the August 9, 2014 gubernatorial election in Osun State, Ayodeji Ajayi, a public affairs analyst, volunteers some counsel for the incumbent governor, Rauf Aregbesola and other stakeholders

It is now a month since the governorship election in Ekiti State was held. Now with less than three weeks to the governorship election in the State of Osun, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has a lot of lessons to learn from Ekiti 2014. There is no doubt that many issues will seriously be agitating the mind of Aregbesola at the moment. This is especially judging by the fact that the crucial governorship election slated for August 9, 2014 is fast approaching.

Not many will be surprised if for this particular reason, Aregbesola has been having sleepless nights working round the clock to ensure his election victory. Frankly, in his own interest, the governor cannot afford to have his two eyes closed while asleep from now till the election is over. This is because the unexpected can also happen if he fails to watch his back. Put succinctly, Aregbesola should know he cannot afford to take things for granted in view of the recent earth-shaking political hara-kiri in Ekiti State. Aregbesola has a lot to learn from those cardinal factors that directly or indirectly led to the unexpected defeat of Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by a former Governor of the State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the June 21, 2014 gubernatorial election. It will be in his interest if he re-strategizes by learning from whatever could be termed as the mistakes of Fayemi. He should avoid those political traps that could lead to his defeat in the forthcoming election.

One of the lessons Aregbesola can learn from the unfortunate defeat of Fayemi is that due to the unpredictability of the outcome of elections in Nigeria where politics is not only a do-or-die affair but is also the most lucrative business for corrupt enrichment, the incumbency factor alone may not necessarily guarantee a sitting governors victory at the poll. In a nutshell, it will be a colossal political or electoral calamity for Aregbesola if he, like Fayemi, takes the people of Osun or supporters of APC in the state for granted by counting his eggs before they are hatched.

Aregbesola should forthwith drop the unbelievable idea that tumultuous crowds at campaign venues will automatically translate so massive support for him on election day. He should realize that on August 9, 2014, there is the tendency that any of his desperate and corrupt opponents can spring a surprise by swaying the electorate to his side through deft application of irresistible measures. The Osun governor should by now have realized that due to the increasing level of poverty and the alarming rate of illiteracy among Nigerians, those seeking elective offices use money and foodstuff, as well as diabolical means to attract unsuspecting hapless voters to vote for them on election day. The possibility of this happening in Osun on August 9, 2014 cannot be ruled out completely. Right-thinking Nigerians with discerning minds know that since the return of civil rule in the country on May 29, 1999, the political and electoral systems throwing up most of the elective office holders are warped to a very large extent.

This explains why across the country, irrespective of political, religious or ethnic inclinations, most of the elective office holders can aptly be described as square pegs in round holes. And under this pitiable, unfortunate and deplorable situation, the expectation that there will be positive development and progress in deepening democracy will be a mirage.From all indications, the forthcoming governorship election in Osun promises to be the greatest political challenge facing Aregbesola and this will clearly determine his continuing relevance in the current political calculations, especially in the South-West whose position is now facing serious threat from the desperate ruling PDP at the federal level.

It would be recalled that under mysterious circumstance, during the PDP-led administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the well-endowed South-West States (with the exception of Lagos State) were lost by the then ruling Alliance for Democracy (AD) to the PDP in 2003. A few years back, Oyo, Osun, Ogun and Ekiti were States regained by the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) now All Progressives Congress (APC) from the PDP. However, it is worrisome that since then, the PDP has been making frantic efforts to capture Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo and Ekiti States from the ruling APC. Not many were therefore surprised when after the just-concluded governorship election, the Professor Attahiru Jega-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared PDPs Ayodele Fayose the winner and APCs Kayode Fayemi the loser. Ekiti has since been successfully captured by the all-powerful PDP.

In-line with the inordinate ambition of PDP to capture the entire South-West States eventually, there is no doubt that this poses a serious threat to the enviable position of Aregbesola. After capturing Ekiti, the next South-West State slated to be captured by PDP is Osun where governorship election will soon hold. From all indications, those nightmarish, worrisome and traumatic experiences, including arrest and detention of opposition chieftains, as well as excessive militarization of the electoral process that characterized the Ekiti election will be a tip of the iceberg when compared to what will finally play out in Osun on election day.

President Goodluck Jonathans appointment of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro as Minister-of-State for Defence is a strategic move to prepare PDPs ground for the crucial 2015 general elections with a view to capturing Lagos from APC. For 15 unbroken years, PDPs desperate efforts to capture Lagos from the opposition have been abortive and this has been of great concern to the federal government which realizes the importance of Lagos as the economic and business capital of Nigeria. As it happened in Ekiti when Obanikoro, the Minister of Police Affairs, Chief Adeshiyan, Uba and some other PDP chieftains were in Ekiti during the election, Aregbesola should prevent his blood pressure from rising when he sees Obanikoro, Adeshiyan, Dayo Adeyeye, Uba and other PDP chieftains in Osun on election day.

Recent visits by prominent Osun indigenes such as the embattled Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Femi Fani-Kayode to President Jonathan in Abuja could be part of the subterranean moves to ensure Iyiola Omisores victory and the capture of Osun by PDP. Comparatively, more police, soldiers and other security operatives will be dispatched to Osun as against what was witnessed in Ekiti. To PDP, Osun, like Ekiti, must be captured at all costs. The PDP at both federal and state levels will certainly do some things that are capable of annoying Aregbesola and his aides hoping that any reaction from them would warrant the arrest and detention of some of the governors loyalists. Fielding of Fayose as governorship candidate, in spite of the serious corruption charges levelled against him by EFCC was a deliberate move by the PDP. The PDP knew he was the only person that could be used to face an incumbent such as Fayemi. The EFCC barks but cannot bite. At the appropriate quarters, everything will be done to ensure Fayose is sworn in as governor on October 16, 2014 and EFCCs threat that the governor-elect has a case to answer will end up in the dustbin of history.

Once he is sworn in, Fayose is sure of being in office for the next four years without being prosecuted by virtue of the immunity for governors. Before his impeachment some years back, he was an unrepentant advocate of immunity for governors during which he vowed that if the immunity clause is removed from the constitution he would not seek election for a second term. What will be his reaction to the National Confabs recommendation that the immunity clause for governors be removed from the constitution? It is noteworthy that PDP has finally realized the cardinal objectives for which it made Fayose its candidate for Ekiti 2014.

Its strategic choice of a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore as its candidate for Osun 2014 must have been well thought out. The PDP perhaps believes that like Fayose in the case of Ekiti, Omisore will, of all the contestants, be the only one that can give a very formidable incumbent such as the indefatigable Aregbesola energy-sapping challenge to ensure victory. There is no doubt that Osun is very dear to the heart of Aregbesola. The National Leader of APC and former Governor of Lagos State, Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, seems to have a sentimental attachment to Osun and for this reason, he will not be happy if Osun is lost soon after the loss of Ekiti to PDP. Further loss of other South-West states to PDP will affect the chances of APC in 2015 presidential election.

In less than a month from now, Osun 2014 will hold. However, the election should not be a do-or-die affair. All contestants should demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship before, during and after the election. Whoever emerges winner should accept victory with humility while the losers should accept defeat with magnanimity. The contestants and their respective parties should educate their followers concerning the need to conduct themselves responsibly to avert ontoward occurrences capable of destabilizing Osun.

The Federal Government should refrain from using its agencies to intimidate perceived political enemies in Osun while in conjunction with INEC, it should provide the enabling environment for all contestants to operate in order to ensure Osun 2014 is free, fair and credible after all. INEC and the political parties should collaborate to ensure voters are well informed and enlightened concerning their responsibilities before, during and after Osun 2014 which if well conducted by INEC will make Nigerians to be hopeful that the 2015 general elections will be credible.

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Ekiti fallout: New thinking on APC presidential ticket   Back To Top

From: Vanguard      Published on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The outcome of the Ekiti Gubernatorial election was a shocker to many in the All Progressives Congress, APC. However, only few could have predicted how that election result was going to affect the partys thinking on its presidential platform

By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor

NEW permutations for the 2015 presidential ticket of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC have emerged following the defeat of the party in the Ekiti gubernatorial election last month. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the outgoing governor of the state who was defeated in that election, had according to party insiders, been in pole position to be projected as the partys vice-presidential running mate in the 2015 election.

Fayemi was expected by many to run as the APC presidential running mate as the sitting governor of Ekiti State next year.
Fayemis prospects had brightened following serious objections to party leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu taking that slot on account of religious balancing. Tinubu is a Muslim and suggestions of him pairing with any of the leading Muslim aspirants in the North, especially Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, had been a major issue of contention.

Major issue of contention
Though there were insinuations that Tinubu did not mind, many party enthusiasts bothered by inscriptions of the party as an Islamic party fought against such a pair of Buhari and Tinubu as formidable as it looked.
With religion putting Tinbubu aside, Fayemi before the election became one of those non-Muslims that had been factored as possible running mate to any of the leading presidential aspirants in the party.

The Ekiti governor, according to sources, had been especially touted to run with Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso of Kano State.
The increasingly powerful lobby of APC governors where Fayemi is believed to have a strong sway, and which was instrumental to many recent decisions of the party, Vanguard learnt, would have been used by the governors to project the Kwankwanso-Fayemi ticket.

Besides Fayemi, another prospective running mate had been Otunba Niyi Adebayo, former governor of Ekiti State. However, the defeat of Fayemi, Vanguard learnt, has led to a diminution of either options in a presidential ticket throwing up fresh permutations that have led to the emergence of new options. One of the increasingly toasted options is Senator Olurunimbe Mamora, former minority leader of the Senate.

Other permutations said to be especially favoured in the calculation of the Tinubu camp are Yemi Cardoso, a former commissioner for economic planning in Lagos, Prof. Yemi Osibajo also a former commissioner for justice in Lagos State and Senator Ajayi Borofice, presently representing Ondo State in the Senate.

Mamoras emergence follows the illegibility of Governor Babatunde Fashola, also on religious consideration. The popular Lagos State governor is a Muslim.
Mamora, it was learnt, is especially being linked to the APCs leading presidential aspirant Buhari by some party stakeholders who are drumming such a ticket as a win-win ticket. The former senator is being projected for his loyalty, integrity and popularity as factors that would sell the ticket in the Southwest and the rest of the country.

Hes a Christian, popular and acceptable to Christian and Muslim communities, a source canvassing the ticket revealed at the weekend.
Continuing, the source said of Mamora, He is a highly respected liberal democrat and a professional; former Lagos Speaker, two-term Senator and well loved across party and religious lines. He can easily reach out to the National Assembly for President Buhari.

Noting similarities between Mamora and Buhari, the source said:
Hes highly principled and also has disdain for corruption like Buhari and he will be acceptable to the Afenifere/Oodua Groups which will enable Buhari win not less than 80% of Yoruba votes.

But a source close to Tinubu played down the Mamora option saying that Mamora was dropped from going back to the Senate in 2011 on account of his perceived disloyalty to Tinubu in the internal conflict between the Tinubu and Fashola camps ahead of that years gubernatorial election.

Mamora was said to have sided with Fashola and thereby incurred the wrath of Tinubu leading to his being replaced with Senator Gbenga Ashafa in the 2011 election.
Cardoso who served in the Tinubu cabinet it was learnt, is also being seriously canvassed on the basis of his economic expertise and projected as one who could help a possible President Buhari to manage the economic affairs of the country.

The projection of Senator Borofice it was gathered is aimed at cutting from the votes of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ondo State.
The idea behind Borofice is that he could draw out votes for APC being that he is from Ondo State, a state that is now under the control of Labour Party and which had in the past thrown support for President Goodluck Jonathan.

The calculation behind Borofice is that he is from a state that is not within the control of the APC, so by projecting him as a vice-president, he could draw votes that would ordinarily have been mobilised by the governor for the PDP, a source privy to the permutations told Vanguard.
Such projections, however, are out of joint with other available factors in the contest.

Emergence of Sam Nda-Isaiah
The emergence of Sam Nda-Isaiah as one of the aspirants has also opened possibilities of a Muslim from any of the Southwest States emerging as a running mate. However, given the present lukewarm attitude of many party stakeholders in the region to the prospects of the newspaper columnist and publisher, not much thought has been made of the personalities that could fit the mould for a running mate for a Northern Christian presidential candidate.

Another permutation that some believe could electrify the party is the presentation of Adams Oshiomhole as a running mate or possibly a presidential candidate. Oshiomhole who has acquitted himself fairly in Edo State and won commendations for his infrastructural developments is considered as a possible weapon of mass destruction if put on the presidential ticket and could especially impede the PDP in its South-South base.

In the past, a matchup between Oshiomhole and Speaker Aminu Tambuwal had been projected as a serious challenge that for the PDP.
However, given the relative independent mindedness of the Edo governor, not many in the APC hierarchy seem to be giving much consideration to lifting him up.

Match-ups

Presidential candidate Running Mate

Buhari Mamora
Buhari Cardoso
Buhari Osibajo
Buhari Borofice
Tambuwal Oshiomhole
Oshiomhole Tambuwal
Kwankwanso ???

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Ekiti deputy gov-elect assures on transparency   Back To Top

From: Nigerian Tribune      Published on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sam Nwaoko-Ado-Ekiti

THE Deputy Governor-elect in Ekiti State, Dr Olusola Eleka, has assured the people of the state that the in-coming Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration would be open to constructive criticisms from members of the opposition.

Eleka, who was elected in the June 21 governorship poll in the state, said his principal and Governor-elect, Mr Ayodele Fayose, understands the nitty-gritty of Ekiti politics, which he said would help the administration to navigate the thorny path of Ekiti politics.
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Addressing journalists in Ikere Ekiti on Monday, Eleka said he cannot be averse to criticisms as well groomed academia, who had served in various leadership positions in his 24 years as a Don in the Department of Building at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.

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Fayoses govt ll be friendly   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti



EKITI State Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Olusola Eleka, has said the incoming administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would be open to well-intentioned criticisms from the public.

Eleka spoke with reporters in his Ikere- Ekiti country home yesterday, noting that the Governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, understands the nitty-gritty of Ekiti politics and will accommodate even opposing views to run a government which would accommodate everyone and every side.

He said his 24 years as a lecturer in the Department of Building at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife would stand him in favourable stead in government.

The deputy governor-elect urged the opposition to engage in constructive criticism and not to mislead the unsuspecting members of public

He observed that this would be the best and most appropriate if the incoming administration would tolerate criticisms.

His words: We are going to be open to criticisms. I am very sure that the coming administration would open a new chapter in the politics of this state. Before, people used to believe that for you to be successful in politics, you have to tell lies, but we are not going to be part of that.

When you are doing the right things and you are being criticised, you wont be provoked because they are only helping you to get better, he said.

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Rector charges alumni on development   Back To Top

From: National Mirror      Published on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

by ABIODUN NEJO

The alumni of Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, have been tasked on the need to galvanise support for the development of their alma mater.

The institutions rector, Dr Taiwo Akande, stressed the need for the former students to rally support for the polytechnic to help confront the challenges of development posed by dwindling government funding.

A statement from the institutions Deputy Registrar, Information, Prince Adeyemi Adejolu, said the rector spoke in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, at the inauguration of the South-South/South-East chapter of the polytechnics alumni association.

Akande, who described alumni associations of institutions all over the world as bridge builders and partners in the development and actualisation of the set goals of their respective alma maters, praised the commitment and zeal exhibited by the leaders of the South- South/South-East chapters at ensuring the success of the inauguration.

Speaking earlier, the National President of the association, Mr. Dayo Oladebeye, who is the polytechnics Deputy Rector (Special Duties and Revenue Generation), expressed happiness with the way the alumni were progressing in their various fields of endeavour in the country and beyond.

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Revisiting the Photo-chromically rigged Ekiti election   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Monday, July 28, 2014

Jaws will drop when Nigerians get to know the details of the rigged Ekiti election

I am always beside myself when I see the uninitiated continue to insult, indeed, completely rip apart, a doughty, decent and extremely respectable Ekiti people, unfortunate victims of PDPs unprecedented, in Nigeria, though happened in Zimbabwes 2013 Presidential election, photo-chromically rigged election of 21, June 2014, being described in very nauseating ways. There is hardly any insulting epithet under the sun Ekiti has not been painted with arising from PDPs irreverent rationalizations for its earth shaking victory in that election: an election in which the thief foolishly stole more than the owner, with the sitting, performing governor (Fayemi has outperformed all Ekiti governors, dead or alive) not winning a single Local Government area and the vote of the winner, Ayodele Fayose, warts and all, almost doubling the governors in the mistaken belief that the lie becomes more believable if the margin of victory is humongous.

So successful were they that my friend, a world reputed intellectual and proud Ekiti icon , was pained enough to do a poem, rather a dirge, for Motherlands fabled love of stomach. Fortunately, now that the APC has headed to the tribunal, the world will soon come to know the details of this latest Watergate. The PDP and ts government have so negatively impacted the country that they would do just about anything to hold on to power or steal it. Dr Jide Oluwajuyitan recently reminded us that Nigeria now generates about 4500MW of electricity as against 4200 MW it had a whole twelve years ago when the late Dr Olusegun Agagu was Minister of Power and Energy and that was after injecting between $24 -$50 billion while another writer regaled his readers as follows: Former President Olusegun Obasanjo condemned GEJs government. Muhammadu Buhari criticized GEJs government. Maitama Sule expressed worries over GEJs leadership style. Mrs Hilary Clinton described GEJs government as corrupt. Senator John McCain said there is no government in Nigeria. Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni mocked GEJ on Boko Haram. Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe described Nigeria as a corrupt nation. The question is: Are all these people ignorant of what good governance is? And all that was long before we sank into this Watergate, this photochromically rigged Ekiti election.

And I ask, is there a level to which this government will not degenerate?

Many, incidentally and surprisingly including the U.S embassy in Nigeria, have commended INEC for conducting what they call a transparent election in Ekiti. I can forgive the U.S having been accustomed to Nigerias shambolic elections of ballot box snatching, murder and mayhem which were patently absent this time around, but I feel certain America will by now be chuckling to itself saying: we were had!

Which election did PDP not rig? Is it the election which Olu Falae contested at the tribunal, or the one Buhari took to the tribunal and in which, to save President Jonathan an Appeal Court President had to be hurriedly sacrificed? Back to Ekiti, is it the 2007 governorship election and the rerun which the Appeal Court held were both egregiously stolen by the PDP? It is obvious PDP did not overtly rig the Ekiti election because it has long ensured victory when Obanikoro flew into the Akure Airport with his strange luggage, later allegedly ferried to Ekiti in a bullion van. To dispute this, Obanikoro, Jelili Adesiyan and the Anambra perpetual gubernatorial wannabe, none of them Ekiti, should tell the world what their mission was in Ekiti during the election. Obvously the vehicle arrested a few days to the Ekiti election conveying items from INECs Ado-Ekiti office was most probably ferrying the batch of vanishing ink to be used in Osun which must have accounted for Omisores insistence, and INECs subsequent acquiescence, in the transfer of the states Resident Commissioner. This is one reason APC must insist on the use of indelible ink in the Osun election as specifically stipulated by the Electoral Law. Otherwise, the party must make such available at all the polling booths if INEC decides to continue to act illegally by providing vanishing ink as it did in Ekiti.

I paraphrase below, the argument of Hon Bimbo Daramola, MHR, Director General of the Kayode Fayemi campaign, which should put the final nail on the coffin of this baloney called stomach infrastructure and the more asinine one that a governor who put in place the first ever welfare scheme for the elderly in Nigeria, giving 25,000 Ekiti elders a N5000 monthly stipend ,who employed about 10,000 youths through such schemes as the highly acclaimed Youth Commercial Agriculture (YCAD) which has seen a trained Medical Doctor turn a farmer, and one whose annual budgets are made bottom up by going to every Ekiti community to ascertain their critical needs, and much more, was aloof and disconnected from the citizenry:

I dare say 95 percent of those who are so confident in their oracular postulation neither have the hard facts about the Fayemi years in Ekiti nor the numerous initiatives that were aimed at restoring Ekiti back from its ruins.

It is obviously unknown to many that no administration treated Ekiti teachers better than Fayemis regardless of the competency test which was badly misunderstood. Critics should therefore go and compare the various administrations since the creation of the state. Today they say teachers are against Fayemi despite their regular promotions, payment of rural location allowance, core subjects allowance, 27.5% pecuniary allowance and both local and foreign training. I am sure the election was not won because of stomach infrastructure or rice, he says, certainly not! Otherwise it would mean that all of a sudden, 25000 senior citizens suddenly became memory fatigued or brain dead and forgot the man who made government have such impact on their lives,10000 volunteers who have been on monthly financial support for the past 36 months lost their minds and the people of Ikogosi who play host to local and international tourists in their thousands equally temporarily forgot the man who made the Ikogosi Tourist Resort what it is.

Continuing he said, the increased state revenue, jobs created from investment in road reconstruction, the Ire Ekiti Burnt Bricks factory left prostrate for 23years, the various job creating schemes, all must have suddenly counted for nothing because somebody brought in some bags of 2.5kg of expired Thai rice?

Hon Daramola goes on: When latter day analysts begin to ascribe interpretations to what they do not know, I expect rational people to step back and attempt a much more dispassionate evaluation before jumping to conclusions. For instance, when one Segun Ayobolu who confessed he has not visited Ekiti since Fayemi became governor goes on to rely on hearsays, reasonable people would expect him to demonstrate circumspection. Although he tried to tuck away his sloppiness by claiming journalists are not intellectuals, one would still expect much more than his cocktail of lies and conjectures. And then Akin Osuntokun goes on to mutilate facts on the altar of the expediency of an urgent, even, dire need to enter into political reckoning which this victory suggests to him: time to graduate from sitting perpetually on the Presidents Chief of Staff.

Come to think of it, he continues, was that election all about the governor alone? Did it matter anything that the APC has 3 Senators, 5 members of the House of Representatives, 25 state house assembly members in the state, besides political appointees? All these people suddenly froze into political nothingness? And it no longer mattered that 10 of those who vied for the PDP gubernatorial ticket had decamped to the APC; Asiwaju Segun Oni no longer has any political relevance in his home town; ditto erstwhile PDP top shots like Hon Olatubosun , Hon Babade, Chief Ojo Falegan and many more?

Our people must learn to think much more beyond the veneer and take these empty postulations with more than a pinch of salt. They must see the PDP for what exactly it is : an ensemble of political desperados and power mongers who would stop at nothing to win elections.

And as this writer has never shied away from saying, jaws will drop when Nigerians get to know the details of the rigged Ekiti election.

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