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Fayose faults APC on plot to bomb INEC office  (18/07/2014) Police rescue Ekiti prophets from mob  (18/07/2014)
PDP plans to win with cash, rice, APC alleges  (18/07/2014) Hold APC responsible if anything happens to Ekiti INEC office  (18/07/2014)
Nigeria is frustrating, says Fayemi  (18/07/2014) Ekiti SIEC, PDP differ on LG creation referendum  (18/07/2014)
8,000 Ekiti APC members now in PDP- Ex Lawmaker  (17/07/2014) Ekiti, Adamawa: PDP, Presidency declare war on democracy, says APC  (17/07/2014)
How Nigeria frustrates intellectuals Gov Fayemi  (17/07/2014) Igogo-Ekiti Monarch seeks retention of headquarters of newly created LCDA  (17/07/2014)

Fayose faults APC on plot to bomb INEC office   Back To Top

From: Punch      Published on: Friday, July 18, 2014

by Kamarudeen Ogundele

The Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation has urged Nigerians, especially the security agencies, to hold the All Progressives Congress responsible if any calamity befall the Independent National Electoral Commission offices in Ekiti State.

APC in a statement by the Ekiti Chapter Chairman, Chief Jide Awe, had on Wednesday raised the alarm that it had uncovered plan to set fire on the INEC office to destroy materials used during the June 21 governorship election in the State.

Reacting in a statement by its Director General, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, AFCO described the allegation as suspicious urging security agencies not to treat it with levity.

AFCO said that APC people should not be allowed to burn the INEC office in Ado-Ekiti the way they burn down the INEC office in Ido/Osi Local Government during the 2009 rerun governorship election.

If they are saying that plans are being hatched to have strange fire occurrence at the INEC office in Ado Ekiti and all the materials relating to the just concluded governorship election will get burnt, security agencies must ask questions.

This is more so that the APC Spokesperson, Mr. Segun Dipe, who issued the statement yesterday, also knew that the fire incidence would be blamed on some faulty power surge, he (Segun Dipe) must be made to give further details on the alleged plot.

Anisulowo alleged that the modus operandi of the APC was to accuse others of planning to do what it had already set machinery in motion to do.

It therefore urged INEC to secure its offices and the materials used during the election so as to prevent the plans to rubbish the results from succeeding.

Most importantly that it is obvious that the APC as a party has tried unsuccessfully to discredit the June 21 governorship election, by inventing various ridiculous arguments, including claim that the election was photocromically rigged.

If the party is now coming up with allegation of plan to burn the INEC office, it could be a pointer to a sinister plot by the APC people to burn the INEC office so as to be able to sustain their argument that the election was rigged and that they would have succeeded in upturning the election results at the tribunal if INEC office had not been burnt.

INEC must therefore secure its offices and the materials used during the June 21 gubernatorial election so as to prevent the APCs plans to rubbish the results from succeeding, he added.

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Police rescue Ekiti prophets from mob   Back To Top

From: Punch      Published on: Friday, July 18, 2014

by Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado-Ekiti

The Ekiti State Police Command said its men on Wednesday rescued two prophets, Mercy Arogundade, and Sunday Akinbami, from mob action.
They were accused of attempting to kidnap one Fetisayo Oguntuase.
In a statement on Thursday, the Ekiti Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Victor Babayemi, said the timely response of the patrol team from Oke-Ila Division, Ado-Ekiti, to the distress call, prevented the mob from lynching the duo and setting them ablaze.
He said, Having rescued the two prophets and the alleged victim and taken them to the station, preliminary investigation revealed that Feyisayo Oguntuase is mentally ill and was handed over to the prophets for treatment and care by her father due to the ongoing doctors strike.
The prophets superintendent over a white garment church in Ado-Ekiti and give care to mentally ill people.
In the course of providing care for her, Feyisayo escaped from the church premises, which prompted the prophets to launch a search for her.
She was spotted at Adebayo-Iworoko Road, Ado-Ekiti on July 16 at about 9am by the prophets who made an attempt to apprehend her and take her back to the church.
However, curious members of the public, who witnessed the unfolding drama, mistook the duo for kidnappers and raised the alarm.
A mob soon gathered with the aim of lynching the prophets but for the timeliness of police arrival at the scene.

Babayemi stated that the girl had been released to her father, Femi Oguntuase, after he confirmed that he handed over the girl to the prophets for care due to the ongoing doctors strike.

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PDP plans to win with cash, rice, APC alleges   Back To Top

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

Posted by: Our Reporter

Osun State All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of vowing to use money and bags of rice to win the governorship election on August 9, as it allegedly did in Ekiti State.

Its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, in a statement yesterday, said sources quoted a PDP national official of revealing the plan to a monarch in Ile-Ife.

We are in power and we have the cash. At best, Osun voters would not be worth more than N10,000 and a bag of rice each. That is what we gave them in Ekiti. We will repeat it in Osun and win, the PDP chieftain was quoted as saying.

The party accused the party stalwart of assuring the old man that he had nothing to worry about the election, as the Federal Government has the power and the money to make him win.

We did it in Ekiti and we are prepared to do it in Osun again, the PDP chieftain was reported by eye-witnesses to have said.

But the APC vowed that the PDP will meet its waterloo in Osun because the people do not suffer fools and do not sell their birthrights.

The insinuation that the total value of an Osun voter is a bag of rice and N10, 000 constitutes an abominable insult on the Yoruba nation and for that alone, the people of Osun will show the PDP that we are neither hungry nor ready to be slaves.

Sooner or later, the PDP leadership will be held to account for its misuse and abuse of political power, the reign of criminal impunity and the squandering of Nigerias wealth through massive corruption unprecedented in the political history of Nigeria, the statement read.

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Hold APC responsible if anything happens to Ekiti INEC office   Back To Top

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

Posted by: Our Reporter

The Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation (AFCO) has urged Nigerians, including the security agencies, to hold the All Progressives Congress (APC) responsible should any havoc be done to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices in Ekiti State and the materials used during the June 21 governorship election.

Reacting to allegation of plan to burn the INEC office made by the APC AFCO, while said in a statement by its Director General, Chief Dipo Anisulowo,said: APC people should not be allowed to burn the INEC office in Ado-Ekiti the way they burn down the INEC office in Ido-/Osi Local Government during the 2009 rerun governorship election.

Anisulowo said the security agencies must not treat such allegation with levity.

If they are saying that plans are being hatched to have strange fire occurrence at the INEC office in Ado Ekiti and all the materials relating to the just concluded governorship election will get burnt, security agencies must ask questions.

This is more so that the APC Spokesperson, Mr Segun Dipe, who issued the statement yesterday, also knew that the fire incidence would be blamed on some faulty power surge, he (Segun Dipe) must be made to give further details on the alleged plot, Anisulowo said.

While saying that there could actually be plans by the APC to burn the INEC office, the AFCO Director General said: The modus operandi of the APC and its devilish members is to accuse others of planning to do what they have already set machinery in motion to do.

Most importantly that it is obvious that the APC as a party has tried unsuccessfully to discredit the June 21 governorship election by inventing various ridiculous arguments, including claim that the election was photocromically rigged.

If the party is now coming up with allegation of plan to burn the INEC office, it could be a pointer to a sinister plot by the APC people to burn the INEC office so as to be able to sustain their argument that the election was rigged and that they would have succeeded in upturning the election results at the tribunal if INEC office had not been burnt.
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Nigeria is frustrating, says Fayemi   Back To Top

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

Posted by: Onyedi Ojiabor and Sanni Onogu

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has said the turn of events in the country are frustrating Nigerians.

He spoke at the maiden Lecture/Award Dinner organised by the Senate Press Corps in Abuja.

The governor came to the lecture to honour one of the awardees, Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi, who represents Ekiti North Senatorial District.

He said commitment to service and sterling performance are no longer the yard stick to measure success.

Fayemi said genuine politicians have had cause to ask themselves whether the sacrifice they make is worth the while.

The Senate and the House of Representatives, he said, may well be the last hope of democracy if they did not chicken out in speaking the truth.

He said: There is so much about our country that is very frustrating. There are times that you have to ask yourself, if you are a politician, whether it is worth all the trouble at all. I am here primarily, singularly to pay homage to service, intellect and activism.

Although I came for my friend but looking at the array of people being honoured this evening, I happen to know many of them and they are people I respect a lot beyond partisanship, they have demonstrated what it is to be committed to humanity.

I know that intellect is not supposed to be popular in our country right now. What counts to be popularity is what I hear is grassroots. If you are an intellectual, you are an elite and an elite is what should be thrown to be thrown into the dustbin not to be associated with.

Even as a very keen and detached interested observer of the Senate, I always stand very tall every time I listen to my own senator, my own representative in the Senate speak, and I also, always notice that the Senate is always, really silent, every time Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi is on his feet because he never speaks from the partisan point of view.

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Ekiti SIEC, PDP differ on LG creation referendum   Back To Top

From: National Mirror      Published on: Friday, July 18, 2014

by ABIODUN NEJO

The Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission, SIEC, has declared its readiness to conduct tomorrows referendum for the creation of 18 new local council areas in the state, as part of its mandate.

SIEC Chairman, Mrs. Abosede Adelusi, told journalists in Ado Ekiti yesterday that there was no legal encumbrance barring the commission from exercising its duties, as being speculated in some quarters.

The commission said that an Appeal Court, Ado Ekiti Division had, on March 26, 2013, set aside the February 3, 2012 judgement of an Ado Ekiti High Court on the composition of SIEC when the appellate court ruled that the matter should be tried afresh in the lower court.

Adelusi, who said SIEC understudied Lagos State to prepare for the referendum which would hold in 137 out if the 177 wards in the state, said the idea to create new local council areas was borne out of the demands of some local governments that appealed to Governor Kayode Fayemi that they were too large.

She said SIEC would adopt Option A4 for the conduct of the referendum, adding that the collated results in each Local Government Council Area, LGCA, would be transmitted to the State House of Assembly for assent.

The electoral body said it had not been notified of the pendency of any appeal filed at the Supreme Court by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, challenging the appeal courts verdict.

But the PDP said that in view of the appeal against the judgement it filed at the Supreme Court, whatever action the SIEC takes now is illegal, null and void.

PDP State Secretary, Dr. Tope Aluko, said: The Supreme Court has not come out with a decision on the constitution of SIEC. Where has the SIEC got the power to operate?

Aluko said there was no legally-constituted SIEC in Ekiti, urging the people to stay away from the referendum tomorrow on the premise that the Fayemi administration was committing illegality and that such action could not stand in the face of the law.

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8,000 Ekiti APC members now in PDP- Ex Lawmaker   Back To Top

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

A chieftain of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Sen. Bode Ola, says no fewer than 8,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti have defected to the PDP in the last couple of weeks.

Ola, who represented Ekiti Central Senatorial District, told newsmen on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti that members of the APC have been defecting to the PDP since the victory of Mr Ayodele Fayose in the June 21 governorship election in the state.

The former lawmaker, who also defected to the PDP three months ago, said: I can confirm to you that people keep coming to me almost on daily basis to signify their interest to follow me to PDP.

This is because they knew I served them well while in the Senate and also trusted that Fayose who I am supporting is a reliable person.

When the righteous is in authority like it is in the case with Fayose, the people rejoice and want to identify with you probably because they know we have better programmes for them in PDP.

Ola said the defectors were from Ado, Ijero, Ekiti West, Efon and Irepodun/Ifelodun, all in Ekiti Central Senatorial District.

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Ekiti, Adamawa: PDP, Presidency declare war on democracy, says APC   Back To Top

From: Vanguard      Published on: Thursday, July 17, 2014

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Lagos State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has described the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State and the electoral victory of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State as an indication of total war on the opposition and democracy by PDP-controlled Federal Government.

Publicity Secretary of the party and human rights activist, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, who made the remarks at a media briefing in Ikeja yesterday, alleged that all the nations security agencies had been given instructions to crush the opposition at all cost.

According to Igbokwe, given the activities of President Jonathan and PDP in recent times, it is obvious that total war has been declared on the opposition and democracy.

He called on defenders of democracy and rule of law to rise against the trend, saying the nations democracy was under serious threat.

He stated: I saw it coming. After the registration of APC and the defection of some PDP governors to APC, I warned that there would be intimidation, subterfuge, brigandage, suppression, oppression, repression, force and harassment.

They first went to court to stop the governors and failed. Now they have resorted to using stolen money to buy lawmakers in various state of assemblies to impeach selected APC governors.

Using the heavy, weighty instrumentality of the Federal Government, the Presidency and PDP have decided to decimate and desecrate the opposition by crude and rough tactics.

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How Nigeria frustrates intellectuals Gov Fayemi   Back To Top

From: Vanguard      Published on: Thursday, July 17, 2014

BY JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU

ABUJAGOVERNOR Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has expressed frustration about the condition Nigerian polity subjects intellectual citizens to, noting that intellectualism had been sacrificed at the altar of grassroots politics.

Fayemi, who stated this at the maiden edition of award of excellence organised by the Senate Press Corps for outstan-ding senators, also called on senators and members of the House of Representatives to rise and rescue the nations democracy, which he said was under threat.
Gov.Fayemi addressing the press

File: Gov.Fayemi addressing the press

The governor said he was at the ceremony in solidarity with the senator representing Ekiti North, Olubunmi Adetunbi, who he described as a worthy son of Ekiti State, having distinguished himself among his colleagues.

He said: I am here to pay homage to service, intellect and activism. Although I came for my friend, but the array of people being honoured this evening are people I respect a lot. Beyond partisanship, they have demonstrated what it is to be committed to humanity.

Intellect is not supposed to be popular in our country right now. If you are an intellectual, you are an elite and an elite is what should be thrown into the dustbin, not to be associated with.

Those honoured were the Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, Senator Ita Enang, Senator Aisha Hassan, Senator Olubunmi Adetunbi, Senator Domingo Obende and the Clark of the Senate, Salisu Mikasua.

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Igogo-Ekiti Monarch seeks retention of headquarters of newly created LCDA   Back To Top

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

By Tunde Opeseitan /Snr Correspondent, Lagos

Onigogo of Igogo-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Oba Sunday Olusola Adewumi, has reiterated the desire of his community to have the headquarters of the newly created Ero Council Development Area in the town as announced by the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi.

Oba Adewumi, who was apparently referring to the agitations of some communities within the new council area against the choice of Igogo-Ekiti as the council headquarters, said there is no doubt that the whitepaper issued in this regard was based on facts and figures presented to the Local Government Creation Committee.

Baring any alteration by the Ekiti State governor-elect, Peter Ayodele Fayose, the recent Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) created by the outgoing Governor, Fayemi, might have come to stay, argument surrounding the desirability of the headquarters of some of the council areas notwithstanding.

In a presentation made to Ekiti State House of Assembly, Oba Adewumi, along with two other monarchs, Alaaye of Aaye-Oja and Asaoye of Isaoye-Ekiti, said we cannot but emphasise the facts that Igogo-Ekiti had the largest population in Moba Constituency II and second to Otun-Ekiti in Moba Local Government.

While Igogo has a population of 31,257 based on the 2013 population figures and projections by the Ekiti State of Nigeria, Department of Population Activities, Research and Statistics, Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Ado-Ekiti, Erinmope has a population of 23,289 and has a population of 18,102. Igogo has 22 polling units while Erinmope and Ikun have 17 and 15 polling units respectively.

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