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I have no life aside my husband Feyisetan, Fayoses wife  (22/07/2014) PDP faults Fayemi over concession speech  (22/07/2014)
Referendum approves creation of new councils in Ekiti  (22/07/2014) Ekiti LGDAs: PDP warns lawmakers on referendum  (21/07/2014)
Deploying soldiers for elections is unconstitutional, says Falana  (21/07/2014) Disregard referendum on new councils, Ekiti PDP tells lawmakers  (21/07/2014)
2015: Dont take South-West for granted, PDP chieftain warns APC  (21/07/2014) Ekiti: A shot at Al-Makura?  (21/07/2014)
PDPll surpass performance in Ekiti Omisore  (21/07/2014) Ekiti guber magic cant happen in Osun, Adeleke insists  (21/07/2014)

I have no life aside my husband Feyisetan, Fayoses wife   Back To Top

From: Nigerian Tribune      Published on: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TAYO GESINDE provides excerpts of an interaction with Mrs Feyisetan Fayose, wife of the Ekiti State governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose.
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Although the Saturday, 21 June, Ekiti State governorship election has come and gone, its echoes are still reverberating, not just in Ekiti State, also in the South-West politics. Beyond a regional issue, even in the polity, the mystery surrounding the unseating of the incumbent governor of Ekiti State is what still baffles many up till date.

A lot of political watchers were shocked over the outcome of the election, most especially the opposition party leadership, whose politics is branded a progressive one, who never thought in their wildest imagination that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose, a former governor of the state, who was impeached from office, could defeat a sitting governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Not only that, that Fayose could win with such a wide margin or win in all the states local councils, including Fayemis local government.

Political pundits have been analysing the Ekiti State election results and have come up with different postulations, the summary of their submission is that Fayose won as a result of what the opposition termed stomach infrastructure.

Whatever anyone says or thinks, there is a factor that contributed to Fayoses victory at the election that many people , overlooked. Without considering his wifes contributions, the story of his victory at the poll is incomplete.

Feyisetan, in an interview, said of her husband: He is the only one I have. After God, it is him. I dont have any life besides him, so, you can see him in me and me in him. I dont have any other duty to perform than to support him spiritually, physically and morally. If I have 10 prayer points to pray about, if you look at it very well, after thanksgiving, I raise a lot of prayer points. At least, nine of those prayer points will go to him, then the remaining one, I will split it, half for the children and the remaining half for myself.

A devoted Christian, Fayoses wife believes in seeking the face of God before taking any decision. According to her, when he said he wanted to go into politics, I was against it because we were successful in our business. So, the question was why? He told me he would love to serve his people and gave me the opportunity to pray about it. He said he would abide by the outcome of my prayers. What I heard then was there shall be no loss and I told him to go ahead that the Lord would assist him but he must be ready for battles here and there.

When the battles came, I continued praying. God had prepared one for it, so one did not have any other alternative than to pray because anything you are involved with without facing challenges, check that thing very well, you are not likely to be carrying something genuine. But when that thing is good and solid, you will see people chasing and fighting you over it. I saw that period as a time to check oneself and challenge God that God, why this? I asked you before I ventured into this thing and you gave me the go ahead so, what is it that is happening?

That is not to say that when God has given you go ahead on a particular issue that you will not face hurdles and challenges but the thing is that you are going to overcome because God is on your side, Feyisetan said.

Having this at the back of her mind, Feyisetan said that was the reason she wasnt troubled in 2006, when she saw it in a vision that her husband was going to lose his seat. According to her, she relayed the dream to her husband and a few months later, Fayose was impeached. This made people who were in the know to fear her and it even earned her the appellation of Prophetess.

When this woman came out on 7 January, 2014 and predicted that her husband was going to win the 21 June election, while some people felt her pronouncement was the ranting of an ambitious woman, others who knew she doesnt get involved in idle talks took her words to heart, waiting anxiously to see if her prediction would come to pass again. For the husband, Ayodele Fayose, his wifes word was the assurance he needed that he would once again rule Ekiti State.

Feyisetan told Ekiti people that, I am not a politician but a woman who believes in God. As the Lord liveth, I have simply come to announce to you and any other doubting Thomases of the inevitable return and restoration of my husband, Mr Ayodele Fayose to his seat as the next governor of Ekiti State.

By the special grace of God, his return is certain and so destined. I am telling you that nothing can stop it. Fayose is a man with fierce outlook, but with a good heart. Almost eight years after his exit, his name is still a household name in Ekiti.

Just like she predicted, on 21 June, Ayodele Fayose again became the governor-elect of Ekiti State. Going by the trend of events therefore, it is easy to conclude that there is no doubt about the fact that Fayoses victory was beyond stomach infrastructure, rather, he won because he married a virtuous woman and therefore obtained the favour of God. So his victory was ordained by Him.

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PDP faults Fayemi over concession speech   Back To Top

From: Punch      Published on: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State has criticised Governor Kayode Fayemi for reportedly denying to have conceded victory to its candidate in the June 21 governorship election, Mr. Ayo Fayose.

In a statement made available to jorunalists in Ado-Ekiti, the state PDPs Publicity Secretary, Kola Oluwawole, said Fayemis sudden reversal of his concession showed the political inconsistency of his party, the All Progressives Congress.

Oluwawole said the voters disgraceful humiliation of the APC was responsible for his earlier concession of defeat, adding that the PDP never took the governor serious when he accepted defeat.

According to him, Fayemis claims that he made the statement then in order to save Ekiti from blood spilling is the demonstration of his garrulous arrogance because he knew that nobody would have raised a finger even if he was rigged out.

The double talk of the outgoing governor is a symptom of wild frustration hence, it took Fayemi a month to wake up from the other side of the bed to insult the intelligence of Ekiti people by saying that has not said he conceded defeat.

How do you describe Fayemi who congratulated a person who defeated him in an election that was adjudged to be free fair and peaceful by both Nigerian and International communities to come out after a month to change gear and be saying the opposite, the party asked.

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Referendum approves creation of new councils in Ekiti   Back To Top

From: National Mirror      Published on: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

by ABIODUN NEJO

The Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission, SIEC, yesterday submitted the results of the referendum it conducted last weekend, over proposed creation of 18 new local government council areas, to the State House of Assembly.

SIEC Chairman, Mrs. Bosede Adelusi, while submitting the results in Ado Ekiti, said the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had conducted the exercise in line with its responsibility.

According to her, having submitted the results to the Assembly, it now behoved on the legislative body to take the next step on the issue of council creation.

Receiving the report, Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Adewale Omirin, who refuted the claim of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that the House was acting illegally for accepting the outcome of the referendum, said the lawmaking body had not been served any court summons in that regard.

Omirin said that petitions by some aggrieved communities protesting on the choice of headquarters for the newly-created LGCAs in their domains would be critically studied, with intention of doing justice to them.

The speaker, who exonerated the House of any complicity in the LGCAs creation, said: As I stand before you, the Assembly has not been served any notice of court summon to confirm that the party is in court.

The man behind the whole thing, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, is a man of the rule of law. Even when we went to court registry, we could not find the suit the PDP claimed it filed against us in the court register, which shows that it was mere propaganda and not real.

He assured that the Assembly would be thorough in ratifying the results of the referendum, in order to give Ekiti the best LGCAs it deserved.

The speaker referred the document to the Chairman of House Ad-hoc Committee on Local Government Creation, Chief Taiwo Orisalade, who is also the deputy speaker, for action.

Osalade promised to quickly look into the results of the referendum, and later referred it to the whole House for debate, before taking a final decision.

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Ekiti LGDAs: PDP warns lawmakers on referendum   Back To Top

From: Vanguard      Published on: Monday, July 21, 2014

Ado EkitiPEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State, yesterday called on the state House of Assembly, ESHA, not to consider the outcome of the referendum conducted Saturday on the creation of new 18 Local Government Development Areas, LGDAs by the Ekiti State Independent National Electoral Commission, EKSIEC.

EKSIEC Saturday conducted a referendum in all the 137 wards where the new LGDAs are to be created.
The party, in a statement by the Publicity Secretary, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, in Ado-Ekiti, said the warning became necessary since PDP had gone to court through a suit instituted by its chairman,Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe challenging the legality of the planned creation of the new LGDAs by the Governor Kayode Fayemi-led administration.

The party contended that The proof of service on the Assembly is there and the Assembly leadership knows the right thing to do. Stay action on any matter in court until such is determined by the court. The legislators must know that as lawmakers, and must not act and behave as lawbreakers.

We are aware of the pressure being mounted on them by the leaders of the All Progressives Congress, but they must act as men and women of honour and integrity and to also note that posterity will judge everybody. What the APC lost, that is the support of the people to win election, which was shown on June 21 when it was roundly defeated in the governorship poll, it craves to have through the back door that is not possible.

They conducted an illegal referendum because they know quite well that Ekiti SIEC is not properly constituted and there is a case challenging that.
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Deploying soldiers for elections is unconstitutional, says Falana   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Monday, July 21, 2014

Lagos lawyer Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) has said it is illegal and ultra vires for the President to deploy armed forces to maintain law and order during elections.

In a statement yesterday in Lagos, titled, Illegal Involvement of Soldiers in Election Duties, Falanasaid Sections 215 and 217 of the Constitution stipulates that the power of the President to deploy Armed Forces for internal security is limited to the suppression of insurrection, including insurgency and aiding the police to restore order when it has broken down.

The frontline lawyer said instead of using soldiers during elections, the President should strengthen the police to ensure internal security while the Armed Forces should be restricted to defend the nations territorial integrity.

He stressed that under the current constitution, the President lacks the power to involve soldiers in maintaining law and order during elections.

Falana said: Even in the Northeast, a state of emergency had to be declared by the President to justify the deployment of the Armed Forces as part of the extraordinary measures he was required to take to restore law and order pursuant to Section 305 of the Constitution. Even then, the President had to seek and obtain the approval of the National Assembly for the deployment for a specific period of time.

The lawyer described as misleading apologia for the militarisation of the recent governorship election in Ekiti State an article by Bashorun Akin Osuntokun on the militarisation and other fallacies published in his weekly column in ThisDay of July 11.

According to him, Osuntokun, in hailing the soldiers for displaying professionalism, was curiously silent on the infringement of the fundamental right of Governor Rotimi Amaechis freedom of movement, which occurred at Iju-Itagbolu in Ondo State, contrary to Section 41 of the Constitution.

He added: The governor, who was billed to attend a political rally at Ado-Ekiti on June 19, 2014, was crudely turned back by the soldiers who claimed that they were acting on orders from above.

Mr. Osuntokun was equally silent on the illegal curfew imposed on Ekiti State by the army. Or, was any curfew declared by the relevant authorities that was not announced? A client, Mr. Bayo Fajimi, who was going home from Akure, Ondo State (his place of residence), was disenfranchised as he was prevented by the soldiers from entering Ekiti State at 6.30pm on June 20 because of the illegal curfew! Is the Bashorun not aware that the soldiers subjected every hotel in Ado-Ekiti to a search without warrant between 10pm and 2am for the sole purpose of ejecting all those who could not give satisfactory explanation of their business in Ekiti State? Yet, while all illegal aliens, like Governor Amaechi and others suspected to be All Progressives Congress (APC) members were harassed and expelled from the state by the army, some non-indigenes, who are chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), including two serving ministers and an influential thug from Anambra State, were allowed to monitor the election. Indeed, they were fully protected by the armed Gendarmes.

Even though the Bashorun admitted that he was struck and inconvenienced by the rigour and saturation of the security blanket on account of repeated security check points, he dismissed the complaints of the militarisation of the election. As far as he is concerned, the United States Embassy had endorsed the militarisation by issuing a statement to the effect that the security forces collaborated effectively and provided a safe and secure environment free of major incidents

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Disregard referendum on new councils, Ekiti PDP tells lawmakers   Back To Top

From: National Mirror      Published on: Monday, July 21, 2014

Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has warned the state House of Assembly against considering whatever result it is presented with from last Saturdays referendum on the creation of new council areas, LCDAs.

In a statement by the PDP State Publicity Secretary, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, the party based its call on the premise that the Assembly had been served notice of the suit filed by it challenging the said exercise.

Oluwawole said the partys suit, filed by the State PDP Chairman, Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe, was duly served on the Assembly and that the appropriate thing to do in line with the custom of a legislative body was to stay action on such matters.

It would be recalled that the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) conducted a referendum on Saturday as part of conditions for the creation of the 18 new LCDAs proposed by the Dr Kayode Fayemi administration.

The PDP has, since the state government announced plan to create 18 additional council areas, kicked and as well dragged the state government to court over the decision.

The PDP statement yesterday reads in part: The proof of service on the Assembly is there and the Assembly leadership knows the right thing to do: stay action on any matter in court until such is determined by the court.

The legislators must know that as lawmakers, they must not act and behave as lawbreakers. We are aware of the pressure being mounted on them by the leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, but they must act as men and women of honour and integrity and to also note that posterity will judge everybody.

What the APC lost, that is the support of the people to win election, which was shown on June 21 when it was roundly defeated in the governorship poll, it craves to have through the back door.

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2015: Dont take South-West for granted, PDP chieftain warns APC   Back To Top

From: Daily Sun      Published on: Monday, July 21, 2014

The National Auditor of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju, has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South West not to take the people of the zone for granted in the forthcoming general elections.

Adeyanju spoke during a special breaking of fast (Iftar) on Saturday for Muslim Communities in Obantoko Area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

According to him, the PDP was more determined than ever to restore good governance to the zone through people-oriented programmes.

The PDP National Executive Committee member was of the opinion that APC governments in the zone had failed to incorporate the human factors in their developmental efforts.

The alleged negligence, he said, accounted for APC dismal performance during the June 21 Ekiti State governorship election, in which the PDP candidate, Mr. Ayo Fayose, defeated the incumbent governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

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Ekiti: A shot at Al-Makura?   Back To Top

From: Daily Sun      Published on: Monday, July 21, 2014

What is our definition of the dividends of democracy? Or put simply, what are the dividends of democracy? This appears to be a simple question which answer everybody knows and to which there cannot be but one answer. Well, scholars may have to do a rethink, for events at the recently concluded Ekiti State governorship elections show that Nigerians, nay the electorate or better said, the masses appear to have a different definition of what democracy dividends are, different from what we generally perceive it to be.

And the Ekiti polls should be of interest to us in Nasarawa State, whether as residents, observers, scholars or politicians. For one, Ekiti and Nasarawa states have some things in common. They were established in the same year, October 1, 1996, by the regime of the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha. Ekiti, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Jigawa, Gombe and Bayelsa were the last set of states to be created. None has been born since the advent of democratic rule in 1999 notwithstanding the fervent clamour for them since then. It is either that civilians do not have the political will to do so or. I am digressing; let me get back to track.

Apart from being relatively new states (albeit 18 years old), both Ekiti and Nasarawa states receive about the lowest amounts from the federation account, in comparison to others. By way of information, Nasarawa and Bayelsa both have the least populations, going by the census figures but the latter gets more than double what Nasarawa State gets by virtue of the 13 per cent oil derivativion principle (resource control).

Another similarity between Ekiti and Nasarawa states is that they are both being governed now, by All Progressives Congress party (APC); both governors are in their first tenure and took over from governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who held sway for only one term, that is, Kayode Oni and Akwe Doma respectively. And both incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi and Governor Tanko Al-Makura have personally given their State capitals a facelift. Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital in particular is wearing a new look, gradually casting off its hitherto derisive appellation as a glorified local government headquarters. Indeed both governments had embarked on some massive infrastructural developments. So both governors can be said to be delivering the dividends of democracy to their people?

Now let us take a closer look at the definition of dividends of democracy. When our politicians mount the rostrum or (as is now customary in this 21st century) take to the media, both conventional and new, to seek our votes, they usually promise to build us roads, schools, hospitals, provide electricity. These are the basics for development. They are collectively known as infrastructural development. Therefore, by providing us these basics for development, they are providing the dividends of democracy. Correct? Yes. For especially African countries where democratic governance is still relatively new in contrast to western nations that have been practising it for centuries the aforementioned things are the first dividends of democracy. The second level of democracy dividends should be industrialisation. As it is, we are still stuck with the basic level; we are still grappling with providing the basic infrastructure of roads, electricity, hospital, education and agriculture.

When these have been sufficiently provided, we can then focus on the next level of democracy dividends. It may be argued that the dividends of democracy have been rather slow in coming; for 14 years after institution of democracy, electricity supply is still epileptic, education for all is yet to be achieved, only a small proportion of street, community, local, state and national roads nationwide are tarred, many still do not have access to affordable healthcare. So, for the average Nigerian at least, these basic needs still remain the crux of democracy dividends for which our politicians are still promising.

And for the western industrialised nations, they have passed these rudimentary stages of democracy dividends. For their citizens, dividends of democracy entail essentially freedom, and participation in decision-making. That is, freedom in all its ramifications, viz, freedom of choice, freedom of expression, freedom of association, freedom of movement, freedom to live, work, be called an indigene (citizen) of wherever you are born, etc.

Going by his achievements, Governor Fayemi had delivered the dividends of democracy as per infrastructural development. Yet, the electorate rejected him at the polls, voting against him. Fayemi, the gentleman governor who had performed exceedingly well in the last four years and delivered on his mandate, failed woefully at the elections. No, the elections were not rigged, they were generally adjudged fair and credible by both local and international monitors. Fayemi himself gracefully accepted defeat, saying the result reflected the masses wish. But the big question remains: how come a governor who had performed and delivered democracy dividends to his constituents was voted out? Does it mean that we now have a new definition of performance and dividends of democracy?

As I mentioned earlier, both Fayemi and Al-Makura fall in the same shoes with regard to provision of infrastructural development. In Ekiti, there were grumblings by teachers and civil servants about lack of promotions under Fayemis administration and his blocking financial leakages. Same for Nasarawa State. But Al-Makura can argue that his being tight-fisted has helped to generate funds for execution of the projects that we see. So, can what happened in Ekiti also happen here? Can the electorate turn their backs on the incumbent governor, notwithstanding the provision of infrastructures that speak for themselves?

Here we must note the dissimilarities ,between the people that make up both states. The standard of education is generally higher than what obtains in Nasawa State; in fact Ekiti is called the land of professors but the political awareness of Nasarawa State people is high. In Ekiti only about half of the registered voters voted. So about half of the electorate stayed away and we know that in Nigeria, the elites generally do not vote, those who participate most are the masses. More importantly, whereas the Ekiti electorate is homogenous (one tribe, overwhelming majority of one religion) that of Nasarawa is more diversified. There are over ten ethnic groups in Nasarawa State and the two major religions are about equal in number. Primordial sentiments would be a factor in the elections.

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PDPll surpass performance in Ekiti Omisore   Back To Top

From: Daily Sun      Published on: Monday, July 21, 2014

The PDP candidate for the August 9 election, Senator Iyiola Omisore has boasted that his party, the PDP, will perform far better than it did in Ekiti State, saying Osun is surer than Ekiti state because Aregbesola is the worst governor in this country.

Omisore, in an interview with Daily Sun at his Olubuse area of Ile-Ife explained that some of the factors that would give the PDP wide margin include, Aregbesolas policies that have become anti people., pointing out that, the education sector has been bastardized, Opon Imo falsified, the road construction has been abandoned, no rural settlement, no agricultural project and nothing to lay hands on.

According to him, one of the schools constructed by this administration, collapsed, stressing that, that shows the inferiority of what he is doing.

Omisore described Aregbesolas incumbency as, an albatross and a major problem in this state.

It is an albatross for Aregbesola because he has done anti people policies throughout the state. Everything he has done in this state is anti-people and, his incumbency has beco-e an albatross to him for life. It is a problem for him to be an incumbent governor, it is unfortunate for him because he is rejected throughout the state completely and that is why he is desperate. He is even claiming that I am a street urchin, I am not a street urchin, I have a good pedigree because I have a very good background, Omisore submitted.

He however advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to ensure credible election by making use of youth corps members in the August 9 elections, saying, I am not unaware that there will not be enough corps members in Osun state because we have about 4000 polling units.

He expressed the fears that, If they try to employ the people in the state, they may end up employing thugs, political activists and there will be confusion in the elections, arguing that, no money is too much to be spent on a credible election because all the plans of the APC is to cause confusion and violence in the forthcoming elections.

While restating that, APC is totally rejected in this state, the PDP flagbearer explained that, there are no teachers in the schools, the students are being taught under trees, there are no developmental projects anywhere in Osun state while all the ongoing projects have been stopped because of over invoicing and capital flight to Lagos.

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Ekiti guber magic cant happen in Osun, Adeleke insists   Back To Top

From: Daily Sun      Published on: Monday, July 21, 2014

First civilaian governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke has restated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) victory in the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti can never be repeated in Osun State. He admitted; we were caught unawares.

In an interview with Daily Sun at his Ede countryhome, Adeleke blamed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for the outcome of the election, wondering why the INEC boss, Professor Attahiru Jega had not come out to explain to the public why he did not keep to his word concerning the modality of the election.

His words: No, it (Ekiti PDP victory) cannot happen here. We were caught unawares. Now, I will blame INEC too for that. Yes, because prior to the election, Professor Jega came on television that there was going to be coloured, coded ballot papers for each of the Local Governments. But on the election day, reverse was the case. The ballot papers used were not coloured coded. They were all the same. Up till now, he has not come out to tell us why. If he has conscience as a Muslim, and in the spirit of this holy month of Ramadan, he must come out to tell us exactly what happened in Ekiti State.

Speaking further, the concerned Senator and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) assured that, every step is being taken to prevent what happened in Ekiti State., pointing out that,even the United Nation (UN) has come out to say that the processes towards the Ekiti election were flawed.

He reminded that, they (security agencies) allowed some Ministers into Ekiti while they debarred governors that were not of the PDP from entering Ekiti, which is wrong, adding that, the militarization of Ekiti with 36, 000 strong team of Police and Soldiers, for Gods sake, was clear intimidation, disclosing that, then, very early in the morning of the election, many people were disenfranchised as they were picked up, arrested.

He regretted that, everybody that was arrested was of the APC while none was picked up from the PDP, complaining that, now, after the election, they were released with no charges and we must resist that.

According to him,the PDP governorship candidate for the election, Senator Iyiola Omisore cannot win election except in Ife east and central, probably, in a free and fair contest, declaring that people are aware of this in Ede, adding, I cannot see how picking a deputy governorship candidate from my constituency can affect the outcome of that election.

Hear him further, Adeleke asserted that, ever since I crossed over from the PPD to APC, what I have seen and what I have heard from my Federal Constituency, I am convinced more than ever before that if this election comes tomorrow, and it is free, fair and credible, APC will win about 80 percent of the total votes.

Now, again, all the elections held in Ede are largely dependent on Asiwaju Isiaka Adeleke, that is me. The deputy governorship candidate of the PDP, Hon Adejare Bello, has never won any election with his name.

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