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PDP postpones Ekiti ward congresses  (12/03/2014) Ewi disowns Ekiti monarchs compendium  (12/03/2014)
Ekiti, Osun residents urged to verify names on voter register  (12/03/2014) Ekiti, Osun polls critical for 2015, says U.S. envoy  (12/03/2014)
Ekiti 2014: PDP postpones Ward Congresses  (12/03/2014) Ekiti Guber: PDP disqualifies Olowoporoku, 2 others  (11/03/2014)
Well resist PDPs rigging plan  (11/03/2014) Boy found dead in Ekiti well  (11/03/2014)
Ekiti poll: PDP clears 13, drops Olowoporoku, two other  (11/03/2014) Ekiti LG creation committee gets 71 memoranda  (11/03/2014)

PDP postpones Ekiti ward congresses   Back To Top

From: Punch      Published on: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

by Agency Reporter


The Peoples Democratic Party has postponed, by one week, ward congresses for the 2014 governorship primary in Ekiti State, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by the party`s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh.

The statement said the congress had earlier been scheduled to hold on March 12 (today).

Metuh said the postponement was to allow party members participate in the ongoing continuous voter registration and verification of registration of voters by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The PDP Screening Committee had cleared 13 out of 16 aspirants to participate in the primaries ahead of the governorship poll slated for June 21.

The Chairman of the screening committee, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, presented the committees report to the partys leadership in Abuja on March 10.

Ndoma-Egba said Senator Bode Olowoporoku, Mr. Peter Obafemi and Mrs Bosede Dada were disqualified from contesting the election.

He said that Olowoporoku could not provide evidence of tax clearance certificate and a court judgment overturning his expulsion from the party.

He said that Dada could not provide evidence of payment of membership dues, tax clearance certificate, and West African School Certificate, the minimum qualification for all aspirants.

The chairman said that Obafemi was disqualified because he had no National Youth Service Corps discharge certificate.

He said that aspirants who felt the committee did not meet their expectation had the opportunity of going to the Appeal Panel, which was also constituted on March 10.

Those cleared to contest the poll are former spokesman for the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, Prince Dayo Adeyeye; former governor of the state, Mr Ayo Fayose; Mr Oluwadare Bajide; former Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade(retd.); and Adeyanju Sunday.

Others are Erelu Ogundipe, Abiodun Aluko, Adewale Aribisala, Oladeji Omoyeni, Olubenga Aluko, Oluropo Ogunbolude, Dr Omolara Adubiaro and Ajayi Ayodeji.

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Ewi disowns Ekiti monarchs compendium   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti in News

The Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, has disowned a compendium of historical facts issued by monarchs across the states 16 local governments.

Speaking at a meeting with chiefs and community heads, the Ewi said traditional rulers should not improvise stories to distort historical facts.

According to Oba Adejugbe, the publication of fallacies and outright lies could cause disaffection among the people.

He said the records had to be set straight in respect of claims made by another monarch in the state, noting that should the fallacies and issues remain unchallenged and uncorrected, they may, by default, become reference to posterity.

Oba Adejugbe said: Some of the notable questionable claims that I found in many releases, memoirs and publications had found their way into the Ekiti Historical and Royal Compendium launched in December 2013 and soon to be released to the public.

The monarch said traditional rulers should not, either willingly or by mistake, distort issues that have to do with life, creation and with Ife as the cradle of mankind, adding that there is nowhere in Ife or Yoruba poetry where there is a mention of Ife Oore but Ife Ooye/Ife Oodaye.

He said: The Oore cannot and must not claim to be co-existent, co-substantial or co-equal with Oduduwa. This may be a brazen assault and indeed an abomination, which can only be contemplated by an outsider who has no Yoruba Royal blood in him.

Oba Adejugbe urged monarchs to give more attention to activities and engagements that border on the development of their communities, saying spurious claims by one monarch about other monarchs would not yield any good result.

He said: In this advanced age, when the world has moved to the stage of aggressive democracy, when even in the Commonwealth of Nations, the Queen of England is no longer the Head, it is unfortunate that his ambitious claim of being the number one Oba in Ekiti State is now gradually disturbing the existing happy relations amongst the people and Obas of our peaceful state.

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Ekiti, Osun residents urged to verify names on voter register   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Posted by: Bukola Amusan, Abuja in News

The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has urged eligible voters in Ekiti and Osun states to check if their names are on the voter register.

It urged those who have just turned 18 to register for a voter card.

The verification of names in the voter register begins today and will end next Wednesday.

In a statement in Abuja yesterday by its Chairman, Comrade Ibrahim Zikirullahi, TMG said: As a critical component of the electoral process, the importance of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) cannot be overemphasised. A comprehensive, user-friendly and credible voter register is fundamental to the conduct of free, fair and transparent elections.

The Ekiti and Osun governorship elections have been scheduled to hold on June 21 and August 9. Majority of people in these states who are now qualified to register for a voter card should as a matter of urgent civic duty explore the current opportunity which will lapse on March 19 to cross-check and register their names.

The 2010 Electoral Act (as Amended) mandates the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to carry out CVR of all persons qualified to be registered voters. Preparatory to the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections, INEC has, by this scheduled exercise, fulfilled that responsibility.

It now behooves on residents of both states to go out and exercise this important civic responsibility. Each potential applicant should go in person to a functional, active and existing registration centre with any of the following documents birth or baptismal certificate, national passport, identity card or drivers license, or any other document that will prove the identity, age and nationality of the applicant. It is to be noted that failure to participate will deprive one from casting ones vote during the June and August elections.

TMG hailed INEC for providing a simplified on-line means for intending voters to check their names on the commissions website.

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Ekiti, Osun polls critical for 2015, says U.S. envoy   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti in Featured, News

THE United States Consular-General in Nigeria, Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins, has said the Ekiti and Osun states elections are critical to the success of the 2015 elections.

Hawkins, who spoke with reporters in Ado-Ekiti, urged the Prof. Attahiru Jega-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure hitch-free polls.

He condemned the killing of pupils in Yobe and others in the North by the Boko Haram sect, adding that the sects activities may mar the conduct of the 2015 elections, if not checkmated.

Hawkins said the United .States government gave 15 million dollars to the Nigeria to strengthen the electoral process.

He hoped the 2015 elections would be credible.

Hawkins said free, fair and transparent elections were sine qua non to the attainment of genuine democracy and warned politicians against violence as the June 21 election in Ekiti State approaches.

He said the latest deployment of military forces to quell the insurgents was normal, adding that terrorism must be confronted with every force of the state.

The consular-general said: As a parent, I cannot imagine that pupils could be killed in that manner. The US has listed Boko Haram as a terrorist group and we are not folding our arms. We are working not only with the government, but with civil society organisations on the need to sensitise the people and rid the country of terrorists.

Nigeria is a great country and it is strategic on the African continent. We are not only providing fund to help the country, but we are going to help in the technical aspects for the 2015 elections to be a success.

We have a strong relationship with the Prof. Jega-led INEC. We do not only have a diplomatic relationship with the Nigeria; we are also partnering in good governance and good electoral system.

Hawkins said the U.S. was ready to commit more to ensure the success of the 2015 polls, adding that Jega would not want a repeat of the Anambra and Edo states mistakes.

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Ekiti 2014: PDP postpones Ward Congresses   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Posted by: Our Reporter in News

THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has postponed, by one week, ward congresses for the 2014 governorship primary in Ekiti State.

This is contained in a statement yesterday in Abuja, by Mr Olisa Metuh, the partys National Publicity Secretary.

The congress, according to the statement, was earlier scheduled to hold today.

Metuh said the postponement was to allow members participate in the on-going continuous voter registration and verification of registration of voters by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the PDP Screening Committee had cleared 13 of 16 aspirants to participate in the primaries ahead of the governorship poll slated for June 21.

Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, the Chairman of the screening committee, presented the committees report to the partys leadership in Abuja on March 10.

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Ekiti Guber: PDP disqualifies Olowoporoku, 2 others   Back To Top

From: Vanguard      Published on: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

By HENRY UMORU

ABUJA AHEAD of Saturdays primary election for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to get its standard bearer for the June 21 Ekiti State gubernatorial election, the screening committee yesterday submitted its report to the National leadership of the party, with Senator Bode Olowoporoku disqualified because of no Tax Clearance certificate to show that he paid as at when due.

According to the Chairman of the Screening Committee and Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma- Egba while submitting the report of the committee to the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus at Legacy House, PDP Campaign Office, Abuja, yesterday, Olowoporoku was disqualified from participating in the primary election because of no evidence of court judgement overturning his previous expulsion from the party, adding that he was disqualified because of a petition that he was earlier expelled from the party and has not been readmitted.

Aspirants disqualified

Also not cleared alongside the former Minister of Agriculture were Bosede Cecilia Dada and Peter Obafemi.

Peter Obafemi, the committee said, was disqualified for his inability to present his National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, discharge certificate while Bosede Cecilia Dada was unable to present evidence of payment of membership dues, unable to show evidence of WAEC certificate and also unable to show evidence that she paid her taxes as at when due.

Of the 16 aspirants screened by the committee, 13 were cleared to take part in the party primary which, however, closes room for the emergence of a consensus candidate.

Cleared

The 13 cleared were Ambassador Bejide Oluwadare, Caleb Olubolade, Adedayo Adeyeye, Ayodele Fayose, Adeyanju Bodunde, Ogundipe Modupe Margaret, Abiodun Aluko, Oladeji Omoyeni, Sen. Gbenga Aluko, Oluropo Ogunbolude, Omolara Adubiaro, Ajayi Ayodeji and Adewale Aribisala.

Though Olowoporoku told the committee that a court of competent jurisdiction has upturned his expulsion from the party, Ndoma-Egba, however, said as at the time the committee concluded its works, the court judgment was not made available to the committee by Olowoporoku.

Ndoma-Egba on court judgment

Speaking after the session with party leaders, Ndoma-Egba said a copy of the court judgement was sent to the committee yesterday by Olowoporoku, but added that the committee had already finished writing its report and was only waiting to present it to the partys National Working Committee, NWC, before the correspondence from the senator arrived, adding that screening committee could no longer accept it, but that Olowoporoku was free to present it to the Appeal Committee.

Ndoma-Egba also said that all the disqualified aspirants were free to approach the Appeal Committee to seek clearance

The Appeal Committee headed by Senator Mohammed Magoro, with Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Senator Saidu Komo, Yusuf Ayitogu, among others as members, has Col. Austin Akobundu as Secretary will sit today.

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Well resist PDPs rigging plan   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti in News

The campaign organisation of Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has told Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors to stop strategising on how to win the June 21 governorship election, stressing that the people will take their destiny in their hands and vote for the most credible candidate.

The organisation was reacting to a meeting held by the PDP Governors Forum at the weekend in Minna, Niger State, where the Ekiti and Osun governorship polls were top on the agenda.

In a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Dimeji Daniels, the organisation said: This is 2014, three years and five months since Ekiti people started enjoying good governance under the Fayemi administration. The people, having seen in less than four years of the Fayemi administration what the PDP could not do in the seven-and-a-half years when it ruled the state, are angrier with the PDP and are ready to resist its evil machinations.

In less than four years, the life expectancy of Ekiti people became the highest in the country because of the administrations free health missions and the N5,000 monthly stipend given to 25,000 senior citizens.

This is historic, the first in sub-Saharan Africa. Before Fayemi became the governor, the child and maternal mortality rate under the PDP administration was 420 per 100,000 births, because 62 per cent of expectant mothers were delivered of their babies at home.

In less than a year after Fayemi assumed office, the mortality rate dropped to 135 per 100,000 births because under the administrations free health policy, expectant mothers can walk into any government-owned hospital and be attended to. This is why Ekiti has the lowest child and maternal mortality rate in the country today.

The organisation said PDP-controlled states have not been able to achieve this feat despite the billions that accrue to them as allocation, adding that the Ekiti State government, through Fayemis creativity and prudence, has wiped off the tears of its people, which were brought about by the PDPs seven-and-a-half years of misrule.

It described Akwa-Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabios claim that Ekiti people were ready to vote for the PDP in June as erroneous and mischievous, adding: Governor Akpabio is obviously being misled by his PDP lackeys posing as governorship aspirants in Ekiti State. These are fellows who are more interested in the money they can make off President Jonathan for the June 21 poll. As far as they are concerned, this governorship contest gives them an opportunity to make money.

It is business for them, as usual! I would think that no leader who knows his onions would rely on lies to draw conclusions. We are ready to host Akpabio in Ekiti State, so that he can have a feel of what good governance means and how a leader does not need billions of oil money before he can miraculously turn around the fortunes of his people.

He would also have the opportunity to know first-hand that Ekiti people see PDP as a party they never want to have anything to do with. While Akpabios statement that Ekiti was a PDP-ruled state in 2007 is true, it is necessary to refresh his knowledge of Ekiti history and politics.

Ekiti has always identified with progressive politics. An attempt to forcefully change this was what led to the 1983 election carnage in the old Ondo State, which Ekiti was part of. At the return of Nigeria to civil rule in 1999, Ekiti toed the progressive path again, only for the then President Olusegun Obasanjo to foist a character like Ayo Fayose on the state in 2003.

The organisation warned the PDP to shelve its rigging plans, adding that it would be shocked by the volume of resistance it would get, if it fails to do.

It said: We recall the words of former House of Representatives Speaker Dimeji Bankole, when he boasted in Igede-Ekiti at a rally for Mr. Segun Oni before the 2009 rerun that the PDP will use soldiers. Indeed, true to Bankoles words, they brought soldiers to Ekiti to chaperone the Ayoka theatre of the absurd, but God and the people of Ekiti rejected them, such that they ended up in ignominy. That was in 2009.

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Boy found dead in Ekiti well   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti in News

Man held for defiling sick woman

The body of a one-year-old boy, Ayomide Ojo, has been found in a well in Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The well is behind the boys home at Agbado Street.

The body was found by a search party on Sunday.

A man, Shomo Owoeye, and his wife have been arrested for Ojos death and are being held at the Police Headquarters in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

Police spokesman Victor Babayemi said the body had been deposited at the morgue of the General Hospital in Ikere-Ekiti, adding that an autopsy has begun to ascertain how the boy died.

Babayemi said: The autopsy became necessary because the well in which the boy was dumped was covered with planks, which showed that some people opened the well and dumped the boy there.

There were signs of violence on the boys head and no water came out of his mouth when his stomach was pressed after he was brought out of the well. This shows that he was killed before he was dumped in the well.

He said the boys mother, Mrs. Oredola Olakunboye, said the only person she suspected was Owoeye because he had been denying being the boys father.

According to Babayemi, Mrs. Olakunboye, a widow, and Owoeye had an affair and the relationship produced the late Ayomide.

He quoted Mrs. Olakunboye as saying: I and the man were not married. After my husbands death, he used to come to our house to ask after our health. After sometime, we had a relationship and I got pregnant. I told him, but he said he was not responsible for the pregnancy and said I should terminate it. I did not and since I gave birth to the boy, he had been seeking ways to kill him.

Yesterday (Sunday), I was doing something outside our house and I went inside to take something. When I came out, my son was missing.

Also at the weekend, a man was arrested in Ado-Ekiti for allegedly raping a mentally ill woman.

It was learnt that the incident occurred on Saturday night at an uncompleted building in Ajebamidele.

It was gathered that the suspect, who drives a Mercedes Benz car, had been visiting the woman at night for some time.

He was apprehended by residents.

Babayemi said: I have not been briefed. I was going out when they brought the case to the headquartres. I will need to get back to the office to know the details.

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Ekiti poll: PDP clears 13, drops Olowoporoku, two other   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Posted by: Gbade Ogunwale, Abuja and Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti in Featured,

Knocks for INEC over voter cards

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has disqualified three of its 16 governorship aspirants in Ekiti State.

Senator Bode Olowoporoku, Mr. Peter Obafemi and Mrs. Bosede Dada were dropped by the Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba-led screening committee.

Ndoma-Egba told reporters yesterday that Olowoporoku was disqualified for failing to provide his tax clearance certificate and the court judgment he claimed overturned his expulsion from the party.

Obafemi was rejected for failing to produce his NYSC discharge certificate.

Mrs. Dada was dropped because she could not produce her secondary school leaving certificate, evidence of tax and membership dues payment.

Those cleared are former Police Minister Caleb Olubolade; former Governor Ayo Fayose; Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, Mr. Oluwadare Bejide, Mr. Bodunde Adeyanju, Erelu Ogundipe, Mr. Gbenga Aluko, Mr. Mr. Abiodun Aluko, Mr. Adewale Aribisala, Mr. Adebisi Omoyeni, Mr. Oluropo Ogunbolude, Mr. Omolara Adubiaro and Mr. Ayodeji Ajayi.

The disqualified aspirants are free to approach the partys screening appeal committee.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been scored low by stakeholders in the issuance of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs)in Ekiti State.

Speaking yesterday at an interactive forum with stakeholders, including a coalition of Civil Society groups, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi from the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) said: INEC failed to sufficiently sensitise the electorate for the exercise.

The civil society groups lamented the insufficiency of personnel across the 2,195 polling units, adding that only one ad hoc staff (a youth corps member) attended to a large crowd while many collected their PVCs through proxies.

Representatives of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, African Centre for Leadership , Strategy and Development, HEDA Resource Centre, New Initiative for Social Development, West African Network for Peace, Centre for Democracy and Development, National Council for Women Societies and Electoral Reform Network were present.

Dr. Akiyode-Afolabi said: Incidents of relocation of registration units led to confusion over designated points of PVCs collection in some councils, while attention forms were inadequate in most polling units. There was tension at some registration units as people scrambled for the few available forms.

We expected INEC and other stakeholders to sensitise the people on the importance of the exercise. Most people came to the venue without knowing what they were there to do.

The names of deceased persons were on the register. For example, at Igbehin in Atikankan Registration Area, PU 002, Fakoredes House, the name of the former Deputy Governor, the late Mrs Funmilayo Olayinka, among others, was on the list.

Party agents interfered with the registration process under the guise that one youth corps member assigned to a unit cannot singlehandedly attend to the hundreds of people on the queue and this is not good for our democracy, considering the experiences of the past.

The civil society groups urged INEC to fine tune electoral procedures and clean up the voter register, so that Ekiti could have a credible election on June 21.

Director-General of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation Bimbo Daramola said the exercise showed that INEC did not overcome past errors.

Daramola said: While some would say it is normal to expect criticisms from the Fayemi camp, it is obvious that there were lapses in the exercise, which make one wonder if INEC was prepared for it.

I attended INEC stakeholders session, which was presided over by the commissions Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, and one of the things he said actually came into play. For example, the impression I came off with at the meeting was that the number of cards that would be available would reflect the number of people posted on the voter register. But, it turned out not to be so.

I imagined that everyone whose name makes it into the register would have a complementary PVC, but that was not so. I cannot help asking if Jega was aware of steps to be taken before the date to avoid mistakes as have been noticed?

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Ekiti LG creation committee gets 71 memoranda   Back To Top

From: National Mirror      Published on: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

by ABIODUN NEJO

The Local Government Creation Committee in Ekiti State has received a total of 71 memoranda from across the state. Chairman of the committee, Justice Akin Ajakaye (rtd), said the body received memoranda from 15 of the 16 local government areas.

Ajakaye said at a press conference yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, that criteria for the determination of areas where new local government would be desirable included population, internally generated revenue, resources and land mass.

Others, he said, are historical background, homogeneity, contiguity and consensus among residents. Governor Kayode Fayemi had on January 15 set up the seven-man committee to ask for memoranda for the creation of more local governments in the state based on peoples request.

The chairman, who described the exercise as part of the constitutional requirements for the creation of councils pursuant to sections 7 and 8 of the 1999 Constitution, assured that the committee will do what is just and fair, in spite of pressure from all the interested towns and other quarters.

Justice Ajakaye said: Members of this committee have names to protect. We cannot allow our image to be soiled. So, no matter the pressure, we shall not bow to it. We will do what is just and fair.

It is not part of our terms of reference to determine the number of local governments to be created. It is the government that will do that. We are still going to organise a public hearing where communities will defend their positions apart from the fact that we will visit them personally for on-the-spot assessment.

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