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What next after Fayoses visit to Oyo PDP  (15/07/2014) Were not worried by APCs petition against Ekiti election INEC  (15/07/2014)
2015: Reflections on Ekiti election  (15/07/2014) Fayoses emergence, a threat to APC in SWest  (15/07/2014)
Dont challenge Fayoses victory, Falana tells APC  (15/07/2014) Fayose: Ekiti people back to Egypt, says Falana  (15/07/2014)
INEC prepared for litigation on Ekiti election, says REC  (15/07/2014) Ekiti NULGE gives govt 21-day ultimatum  (15/07/2014)
Ajimobi, Aregbesola for Youruba Conference  (15/07/2014) US lauds Fayemi for conceding defeat  (15/07/2014)

What next after Fayoses visit to Oyo PDP   Back To Top

From: Nigerian Tribune      Published on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Moses Alao


From left, Former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala; Oyo State PDP chairman, Mr Yinka Taiwo; Ekiti State governor-elect, Mr Ayo Fayose; Elder Wole Oyelese; Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi and the chairman, South-West PDP Mobilisation and Contact Committee, Prince Buruji Kashamu, during Fayoses thank you visit to Oyo , held at the Premier Hotel, Ibadan, on Tuesday. Photo: Moses Alao.

When the governor-elect of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, elected to visit South-West states to appreciate the state chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for their efforts in his success at the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti, he must have briefly thought of the sharp divisions and wrangling that have retarded the party in the region.

But if he was scared of the enormous task ahead of him as the only governor elected on the platform of the PDP in the zone, where the party once controlled five out of the six states, Oshokomole, as Fayose is fondly called, did not show signs of such fears when he got to Oyo State, where he addressed some party leaders on the problems bedeviling the party in the state.

The thank you visit, which was meant to be a grand rally for PDP loyalists, was preceded by a family meeting, held at the Premier Hotel, Ibadan, where leaders of the party across all divides in the state congratulated Fayose on his victory, describing his victory as the beginning of the reclamation of the South-West for the PDP.

While the caretaker chairman of the party in the zone, Chief Isola Filani, said Fayoses victory was a result of a collective effort of the PDP members in the region, expressing gratitude to all members, especially the chairman of the South-West PDP Mobilisation and Contact Committee, Prince Buruji Kashamu, he called on the party to consolidate on the victory in Ekiti.

We must stop in-fighting and embrace peace. That is how we can win the South-West and we must start from Osun State; that state must move through Oyo, Ogun, Lagos and Ondo. But, we must first bury our differences, Filani said.

But while the meeting was designed as a thank you visit by Fayose, it soon turned out to be an avenue for members of the PDP in Oyo, who wanted peace to return to a party they believed had been troubled for too long, to ventilate their views on how the party could be restored. Though the deputy chairman of the PDP in the state, Prince Gboyega Ige, belled the cat when he declared that there was no unity in the party, by the time other speakers began to speak, he appeared to have stated the obvious.

Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi, for instance, noted that they had tried to convene a meeting that would bring together all parties and factions in the Oyo PDP to no avail, stating that he was sure Fayoses victory could be a launch pad for peace to return to the party in the state. According to Gbolarumi, Oyo PDPs situation was -=--- ego problem, as he noted that everyone wanted to be a leader. If we can concede authority to those it is due, the party will be in good shape, he said.

Widow of late Chief Lamidi Adedibu, Alhaja Bosede, also spoke of the need to find a lasting solution to the crisis within the party, while a former governor of the State and governorship aspirant on the partys platform, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala said the chairman of the party, Alhaji Yinka Taiwo, held the key to the partys success, urging him to be unbiased and impartial. I have told the chairman to be for the chairman of all and not for a few people. That is the only way he can succeed. Everyone in the party knows his capacity and we should not overheat the system because of our ambitions, the former governor counselled.

But, a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Asimiyu Alarape, hit the nail on the head over the crisis in the party. Alarape, who said the experience of the PDP in Ekiti State, has given members of the party in Oyo a ray of hope, said they had tried to maintain peace in the party but that some people were bent on frustrating the efforts. He explained how the partys crisis started with the conduct of two congresses in 2012 and how the steps taken to set the party on the right path but noted that those steps were not allowed to work.

We need to do what is right in Oyo State PDP. They are saying some of us that went to Olubadan Stadium to hold congress were at fault but I say that if we are not patriotic, we would have left the party. Our demand is to have an all-inclusive party structure in the state; we are asking for representation in the party hierarchy from the ward to state levels. Nobody wants to go to a place where his interest is not protected, that was the whole essence of holding a parallel congress. And if anyone says our demand is out of place, they should go to Ogun State where the party executive produced by the congress attended by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was jettisoned by the court. Our stand is that we need unity to win Oyo State; no faction can do it alone. The earlier everyone recognises that, the better for our party, Alarape stated.

A former Chief of Staff to Alao-Akala, Dr Saka Balogun; Wole Oyelese and the Minority Leader of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Adekunle Rafiu, were also united in their opinions on the crisis rocking the party, calling on Fayose to use his influence to bring about peace in the party in Oyo. The leaders are all at fault. If you talk to them, others will fall in line, Rafiu stated. Other members, who spoke at the gathering, also alleged that some leaders and governorship aspirants of the party were behind the crisis, noting that they should be addressed as part of efforts to move the party forward.

Though the trio of Senators Hosea Agboola; Teslim Folarin and Honourable Muraina Ajibola were absent at the meeting, Senator Folarin, a governorship aspirant, said he was absent because he was in Osun State to campaign with his friend and governorship candidate of the PDP, Senator Iyiola Omisore. He noted that the PDP was united.

While speaking with Nigerian Tribune, Folarin said: We are no longer fighting. There is no reason for disunity in the party again, becoming a governor, a senator or a House of Representatives member is secondary and that should not divide us. Look at Ekiti State, immediately Fayose won the governorship ticket, everyone supported him; same in Osun, where Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi and Honourable Oluwole Oke, are now campaigning with Senator Omisore. Immediately we have a candidate, everything will fall in line.

Responding, Fayose charged all the parties to tread softly on the crisis within the party, saying: I am appealing to you all to know that it is wrong to be cheated, but it is also wrong to insist that it must be corrected at all costs. I am not saying you have not been cheated, but the direction must change. He said the issue of congresses should be put behind the party, as time was no longer on the partys side and party primaries will soon begin.

Noting that the party would be in trouble if it did not follow due process, Fayose said the PDP should steer clear of imposition. As popular as we are, we cannot get anywhere with imposition of candidates; it does not work and the earlier we know this, the better for the party. We have to look for a governor that will win the election and take care of the people and I am supporting Oyo PDP in this task because I do not want to be alone. The solution to your problems is in your hands, you must not fight to finish, Fayose warned, adding that he had told President Goodluck Jonathan that he would not deceive him and that he would be available in Oyo constantly to know the aspirants on the ground.

The thank you visit, which extended to the following day, Wednesday, July 9, also signposted the PDPs strength in the state, as the Watershed Event Centre, Old Ife road venue of the rally was filled to capacity with the partys supporters, who danced and jubilated at what appeared to be the rejuvenation of their party.

The chairman of the Oyo PDP, Alhaji Taiwo, also expressed excitement at the turnout at the programme, which he said showed that residents of the state still loved the PDP and wanted it to return to liberate power. While congratulating Fayose, Taiwo said he had started a revival of the fortune of the PDP in the South-West, noting that the wind of change will course through Osun, blow away the APC in Oyo State for good and take over Ogun and Lagos for the PDP.

However, it is left to be seen if Taiwo and many PDP members hopes about the restoration of their party will come to fruition amid the struggle for the control of the soul of the party and the contention over who flies the flag of the party in the 2015 governorship election. Political analysts have also expressed the view that while it might be difficult to replicate the Ekiti experience in Oyo State, the party might go a long way if its leaders closed ranks ahead of the election.

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Were not worried by APCs petition against Ekiti election INEC   Back To Top

From: Nigerian Tribune      Published on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sam Nwaoko - Ado-Ekiti

THE Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ekiti State, Alhaji Halilu Pai, has declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is not rattled by the resolve of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to challenge the outcome of the June 21 governorship election in the state.

In a telephone chat with the newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, on Monday, Pai, who spoke through the commissions Public Relations Officer (PRO), Taiwo Gbadegesin, said the action taken by APC, was in line with the dictates of the Electoral Act 2010, as amended.

He was reacting to the petition filed by the chairman of the APC in Ekiti, Chief Jide Awe, on behalf of the party at the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti, on Saturday, seeking to invalidate the victory of Mr Ayodele Fayose and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election.

Explaining the grounds for the petition, he disclosed that it centred majorly on alleged manipulation, undue militarisation, impeachment, as well as EFCC cases hanging on the governor-elect, claiming that Fayose was not qualified in the first place to participate in the election.

Fayose trounced Dr Kayode Fayemi in all the 16 local government areas to emerge victorious in the poll.

Pai added that the commission was battle-ready to defend its actions taken prior and during the election, maintaining that Fayose won the election gallantly.

He said: Any aggrieved party or candidate, who wishes to challenge the outcome, is equally free to do so within the ambit of the same enabling instrument.

Election and petition are collocational and we are always at alert after every election to receive such, because no matter the effort and resources you put to electoral process, we have not developed to the level of accepting defeat without litigation.

Pai added that election petition was part of electoral process, but counseled that politicians must learn how to accept defeat and refrain from unwarranted litigation to stabilise the polity.

Meanwhile, the Ekiti State governor-elect, Mr Fayose, on Monday, formally reacted to petitions filed against his victory at the tribunal by the APC, saying no individual or group can declare me unfit to stand the recently concluded governorship election.

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2015: Reflections on Ekiti election   Back To Top

From: Nigerian Tribune      Published on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

EKITI people on Saturday, June 21, 2014 had their governorship election, and its result announced on Sunday 22nd of June 2014 reflected the true decision of voters, according to reports.

One should applaud Mr President for his consistency in ensuring a free and fair election as reflected in the Ekiti election. One should also appreciate the spirit of sportsmanship of the incumbent governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who immediately after congratulated the declared winner of the election.

I will like to highlight a very important point that Ekiti State is the only state in the South-West that is homogeneous; that is, it consists of only one sub-ethnic group. Homogeneity helps consensus and unanimity. This must have helped the winner to be victorious in all the local governments in the state.

Homogeneity detoxifies sentiment that blocks fluidity and sound political health. Ekiti State is placed at advantage of political structure that encourages sound decision and rapid development. Ekiti politics is immune to Omo wa ni e je o se. That is, Hes the son of the soil let him be.

I have always said that Awoism is a philosophy. Awoism is a philosophy based on egalitarianism. Yoruba are die-hard Awoists. Awoism is the political blood running in the veins of the Yoruba. They can never deviate from Awoism, because it has been their culture from the beginning.

Let me be more elucidatory on the philosophy called Awoism. Awoism is beyond Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Awolowo, who was the first premier of the old Western region, based his political programmes on the egalitarian culture of the Yoruba people. Awoism is beyond personality; that is why Chief Awolowos political shoes are not hereditary.

At this juncture, I will like members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in South Western Nigeria to reflect through the Ekiti decision if they had not deviated from this philosophy.

The infrastructural development programme of APC controlled South Western states is conspicuous, however, how much is it of immediate benefit to the jobless youths and destitute, majority of who cannot afford three square meals per day.

The APC in the South West should think very seriously if their present predilection and flair for political offices and positions as political patronage for political leaders, royal fathers and pecuniary sponsors are acceptable to the people.

Finally, I will appeal to the government controlled media of these APC states to be less sycophantic and create programmes whereby people would let out their emotions about the government policies so that the governors would have the privileges of seeing themselves in the mirror.

Folu Oyeleye,

foluoyeleye@yahoo.com

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Fayoses emergence, a threat to APC in SWest   Back To Top

From: Punch      Published on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

by Seun Ariyibi

A United Kingdom-based chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State, Opeyemi Falegan, has described the emergence of Ekiti governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, as well as the new Minister from the state, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, as a threat to the All Progressives Congress in the South-West geo-political zone.

Falegan said this in a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Monday.

He said both Fayose and Adeyeye were tested individuals and that the relevance of the APC would soon disappear if the two politicians cooperate and work together.

The two politicians have been tested and performed credibly well in the past and there is no doubt that, they will consolidate and surpass their past records in their new positions and the development will be a great blow and irredeemable fall of the APC. Within a short time, the APC dominance in South-West will become a thing of the past, he said.

Fayose of the PDP defeated Governor Kayode Fayemi of the APC in the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti.

Falegan commended the PDP leaders, loyalists and the Ekiti electorate for their support and belief in the party, saying the triumph of the PDP in the election was as a result of the trust that the people had in the party in the past.

He advised both Fayose and Adeyeye not to be overwhelmed by their current status but to see their positions as a call to service and carry out their duties with utmost fear of God.

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Dont challenge Fayoses victory, Falana tells APC   Back To Top

From: Punch      Published on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

by Eniola Akinkuotu

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, has said the All Progressives Congress was wrong to challenge the results of the June 21 governorship election won by the Peoples Democratic Partys candidate, Mr. Ayo Fayose, in Ekiti State

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria said during an interview with our correspondent that the APC ought to build on Fayemis concession speech and reorganise its affairs.

Falana, who also hails from Ekiti State, however, urged the APC to sue the Federal Government for restricting the movement of some governors and ordering the arrest of some APC leaders during the election.

He said it was unfortunate that a government that could not maintain adequate security in the North-East could deploy over 36,000 security personnel in Ekiti for an election.

He said, With respect to the validity of the result of the election there isnt much to contest in court. Apart from the case filed by the E-11, a socio-cultural group which is challenging the competence of Fayose to contest the election in court in view of his impeachment, I do not believe his victory at the polls should be challenged in an election petition tribunal.

To that extent, the APC ought to build on Fayemis concession speech and reorganise its affairs. However, the APC should sue the Federal Government in a Federal High Court to justify the restriction of the movement of some governors, the arrest of a serving commissioner in Fayemis cabinet and 14 other unarmed protesters at Ado Ekiti who were later transferred to Abuja and charged with terrorism.

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Fayose: Ekiti people back to Egypt, says Falana   Back To Top

From: Punch      Published on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

by Olusola Fabiyi

In this interview with OLUSOLA FABIYI, Lagos lawyer, who is also an indigene of Ekiti State, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), speaks on the outcome of the June 21 governorship election in the state.

Were your surprised with the outcome of Ekiti governorship election?

I was flabbergasted by the outcome of the results. Based on several projections in the media I thought that Governor Kayode Fayemi was going to win the election.

Why did you say so?

Going by some development projects executed by the government, I had hoped that Fayemi would defeat his opponents. I never knew of the decision of the vital stakeholders in the state to vote him out of office. That decision was taken before the emergence of Mr. Ayo Fayose as the PDP governorship candidate. The loss of the election by Fayemi has nothing to do with stomach infrastructure or the popularity of Fayose.

You think so?

On a critical analysis of the political situation in Ekiti State, Fayemi is a victim of the ideological crisis of his party, the APC. Of course, the arrogance of some of the governors aides who were allowed to wield enormous powers equally contributed to the loss of the election.

Sure?

I have read very interesting but diversionary commentaries on the election results. Some of them have deliberately denigrated the Ekiti people. Most commentators have forgotten that the Ekiti people felt relieved when Fayose was impeached in October 2006. In fact, his removal was celebrated by the Ekiti people. Most of the commentators have also forgotten that Senator Babafemi Ojudu defeated Fayose with over 45,000 votes in the election to the Senate in the Ekiti-Central Senatorial District during the 2011 general election. Rice and money were also distributed by Fayose then.

Was this the basis for the gang up?

That was the basis of the gang up against the Fayemi regime by teachers, civil servants, local government staff, undergraduates and their parents . Whether they are right or wrong, time will tell. Those who have reduced the ideological crisis to what the Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has erroneously referred to as stomach infrastructure are merely begging the question.

People thought that Fayemis achievements would speak for him during the election?

From 1999-2003, the Bisi Akande administration in Osun State was rated one of the best in the country in terms of infrastructural development. But it lost the election because it did not carry the people along. Fayemi has just suffered the same fate. He assumed that the Ekiti people understood the programmes and policies of his regime. Not much was done to explain the basis of the sacrifice they were asked to make. Can you imagine that the closure of miracle centres by the regime was opposed and misinterpreted by those who were profiting from examination malpractice?

Is it right for the APC leadership to proceed to court after Fayemi conceded victory?

With respect to the validity of the result of the election there isnt much to contest in court. Apart from the case filed by the E-11, a socio-cultural group which is challenging the competence of Fayose to contest the election in court in view of his impeachment, I do not believe his victory at the polls should be challenged in an election petition tribunal. To that extent, the APC ought to build on Fayemis concession speech and reorganise its affairs. However, the APC should sue the Federal Government in a Federal High Court to justify the restriction of the movement of some governors, the arrest of a serving commissioner in Fayemis cabinet and 14 other unarmed protesters at Ado Ekiti who were later transferred to Abuja and charged with terrorism, the arrest of 25 party members on election day, the militarisation of the electoral process, the imposition of curfew and other incidents of impunity carried out by the army, the police and other gendarmes before and during the election. A government which cannot maintain adequate security in the North-East region which has been overrun by insurgency ought to justify the deployment of 36,790 soldiers, police and civil defence personnel, all bearing arms and terrorising people including those who have no business with the election.

Did the election not reflect the wish of Ekiti people?

Frankly speaking, I dont know about the wish of the people. Out of a population of 2.3 million people in Ekiti state 1.6 million people are qualified to vote but only 750,000 were registered to vote. Out of that figure only about 50 per cent voted. Fayose, who won the election scored only 203,000 votes. In the circumstance, you can only talk of the wish of the registered voters.

Fayose said hell not embark on industrialisation of Ekiti, what does this portend for the state?

Fayose is perfectly entitled to his views. I wish him well. As I said earlier, the Ekiti people have gone back to Egypt with Moses firmly in the wilderness. I can only wish them luck. In fairness to the governor-elect he says that he has changed his old ways. Let us wait and see.

What does stomach structure phenomenon portend for Ekiti?

It is not fair to insult Ekiti people for voting for the candidate of their choice. Did Americans not vote for Mr. George Bush instead of Mr. Al Gore? Did they not pay for the consequences of their decision? Is the world not paying for that choice with the rising wave of terrorism all over the place? Even in the Bible, did the Israelites not ask for Barnabas who was a well known criminal in place of Jesus Christ? For goodness sake, can you blame a people who have been traumatised and pauperised for years for collecting bags of rice and money from politicians once in four years? Governor Fashola knows that the concept of jeun soke did not originate from Ekiti State. It has its origin elsewhere. I am sure that the governor is not unaware of the celebrated case of Olu Falae v Obasanjo in which the petitioner alleged that rice and salt were distributed by the PDP to entice voters during the 1999 presidential election. Even though the allegation was proved beyond reasonable doubt the Court of Appeal held that there was no evidence that the beneficiary, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, authorised the criminal action. Since then, rice and money have always been distributed by political parties and candidates through proxies during elections in Nigeria.

Do you think the Ekiti election was actually rigged?

The election in Ekiti was not rigged. I witnessed it. I spoke to people before and after the election. Fayemi gave a good concession speech.

But the APC has raised the possibility of photo-chromic ballot papers being used in favour of the PDP.

I have been told by many APC members that photo-chromic ballot papers were used. I think the allegation is bunkum. Unless the party is ready to confront the reality of the election it is not going to draw the vital lessons from it. There were protest votes against the government. Instead of questioning the credibility of the election the APC should engage in a critical review of the verdict of the electorate.

What do you foresee in Ekiti during next years general election?

Many states today have to take loans to pay salaries because of shrinking statutory allocations. It would soon be clear to Ekiti people that the ruling party has no solutions to the crisis of infrastructural decay, unemployment, falling standard of education, corruption and abuse of office confronting them like other Nigerians. Having raised the expectations of the people, the Fayose administration will be under serious pressure to perform.

The PDP said if the election was rigged, Ekiti people would have revolted. Do you believe this?

No doubt, there would have been a violent eruption if the election was rigged. It happened in 1964.

What do you foresee coming up in Osun election?

Ceteris paribus, I am convinced that Governor Rauf Aregbesola will win the election in Osun State. Even the PDP members admit that he is a grassroots politician. So, you cannot accuse him of being disconnected or alienated from the people in any sense. In spite of the crisis of relevance that the APC is going through, Aregbesolas socialist background has influenced his policies and programmes. Those programmes have endeared him to the people. Even the World Bank has taken officials from 12 states to Osun State to learn about job creation in the midst of massive unemployment caused by the neo-colonial capitalist system. Through the school feeding programme, the Aregbesola regime has boosted the rural economy in his state. No doubt, there are limitations in view of the dwindling statutory allocations from the federation account but he has engaged the masses in a pedagogical relationship. In 2011, he made sure that the presidential candidate of his party, the former ACN, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, won the election in Osun State. That was based on ideological commitment of some sort. But that was not the case in the other states in the South-West region.

Whats your assessment of Nigerias democracy from 1999 till date?

For the majority of Nigerians the democratic experiment has been an unmitigated disaster. While President Goodluck Jonathan recently measured our prosperity on the basis of private jets owned by less than 150 people it is better to rely on the evidence of the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics that 113 million Nigerians live on less than $1 a day.

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INEC prepared for litigation on Ekiti election, says REC   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Posted by: Our Reporter in News

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC)in Ekiti State, Alhaji Halilu Pai, has said the Commission is prepared to defend its integrity before the Election Petitions Tribunal.

In a telephone interactions with reporters in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital yesterday, Pai said the action taken by APC was right according to the Electoral Act 2010, as amended.

Pai spoke through the Commissions Public Relations Officer (PRO), Taiwo Gbadegesin, in reaction to the petition filed at the Election Petitions Tribunal by the Chairman of APC in the state, Chief Jide Awe.

His words: The candidate declared by INEC, Mr Ayodele Fayose, won the

election gallantly having fulfilled all the laid-down provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended during the election.

Any aggrieved party or candidate who wishes to challenge the outcome is equally free to do so within the ambit of the same enabling instrument.

The REC added that the Commission did not perpetrate any form of compromise, noting: We are even happy that they are in court rather than trying us on the pages of newspapers.

We are always on the alert after every election to receive such because no matter the effort and resources you put to electoral process, we have not developed to the level of accepting defeat without litigation.

We are prepared for them and after we are served, we will have to perfect our papers and get ready to defend our action in Court.

What they are doing is not against the law and I want to say again that we are going to give them all they need to help their case because we have nothing to hide. But we are waiting for them to confirm to us that we have been joined, Pai said.

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Ekiti NULGE gives govt 21-day ultimatum   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti

Ekiti state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has issued a 21-day ultimatum to the state government over unresolved welfare issues.

The ultimatum was contained in a statement issued at the end of the unions emergency meeting held in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital yesterday.

Its chairman, Bunmi Ajimoko, in the statement signed by the associations secretary, Mr Victor Adebayo, said the government ignored its advice and decided to carry on with its activities without giving a thought to the problems of council workers.

Some of the issues, according to the statement, include implementation of Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) and Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS).

Ajimoko clarified Nurses working at the councils take monthly salaries of about N70,000 lower than their counterparts in the state service.

Other grounds for grouse, according to the statement, include Usurpation of Local Government in the area of running grants and functions by the Ministry of Local Government which is at variance with the operations of past administrations and Underfunding of the Local Government Service Commission and other Local Government agencies through an Act of Ekiti State House of Assembly to reduce its statutory grants from 5 per cent to 4 per cent without due recourse to public opinion and other relevant key stakeholders.

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Ajimobi, Aregbesola for Youruba Conference   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Governors Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) will lead eminent leaders to the Youruba Youths Conference in Ibadan on Thursday.

According to the organizers, the coalition of Oodua Self Determination Groups (COSEG), participants are expected from Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti, Lagos as well as Kwara and Kogi states.

Secretary of the planning Committee of the 10th Yoruba Youth Conference tagged Oluyole 2014 Mr Gbenga Soloki, said the theme of this years edition is Yoruba A Nation under siege. The lead speaker will be Prof Ayo Olukotun of the Leeds City University, Ibadan. Dr Oluyomi Finnih will chair the occasion.

Aregbesola is the special guest of honour.

Eminent Yoruba sons and daughters who have excelled in their chosen profession especially public governance will also be honoured, Soloki said.

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US lauds Fayemi for conceding defeat   Back To Top

From: National Mirror      Published on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

by SEGUN ADIO

No fewer than 30 public affairs officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, are currently being trained by the United States of America ahead of the 2015 general elections.

The US has also lauded the sportsmanship of Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, over his expression of defeat during last months governorship election in the state. US Consul-General in Nigeria, Jeffery Hawkins, who declared open a fourday workshop for the INEC officials in Lagos, said the image makers of the commission have a big role to play in the way and how Nigerians and the world perceive the outcomes of elections in the country.

His words: I dare say that some of the most important people in Nigeria are sitting here in this room, because you are all responsible for how Nigerians perceive the elections.

If you are trustworthy and transparent, that will give credibility to the electoral process. But if you do your jobs poorly, Nigerians will not appreciate the process, he said.

The American envoy, who also said that his country had confidence in INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega and his team to deliver a credible general elections, however, maintained that August 9, 2014 Osun gubernatorial election would give a clear indication to Nigerians on how far the commission would go in next years elections.

Speaking on the Ekiti gubernatorial election, the envoy commended Governor Fayemi for admitting losing the election, and promptly too, despite pressures from many quarters to the contrary

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