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PDP govs pledge support for Fayose, Omisore  (10/04/2014) LP, APC disagree on borrowing to finance projects  (10/04/2014)
Octogenarian counsels electorate  (10/04/2014) Kalu: governor has performed  (10/04/2014)
Expect more jobs, tells Fayemi electorate  (10/04/2014) Fayemi, Fayose trade words over attack  (09/04/2014)
Court stops Ekiti doctors from strike  (09/04/2014) Thugs disrupted Bamideles campaign LP  (09/04/2014)
Police probe attack on Fayemis convoy  (09/04/2014) My supporters didnt attack Fayemis convoy  (09/04/2014)

PDP govs pledge support for Fayose, Omisore   Back To Top

From: Punch      Published on: Thursday, April 10, 2014

by Femi Makinde with agency report

Aspirants who lost in the Peoples Democratic Partys governorship primaries in Ekiti State and Osun have been urged to support the winners to ensure the partys victory at the polls.

Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Mr. Godswill Akpabio, made the call on Wednesday in Dutse while reading a communiqu issued by the forum at the end of its meeting in the state.

Akpabio pledged the forums support for Mr. Ayo Fayose and Chief Iyiola Omisore, the partys governorship candidates in Ekiti and Osun state respectively, in the elections billed for June and August.

He urged aggrieved aspirants who participated in the partys primaries in both states to put their grievances behind them and work with the candidates for victory in the elections.

We are also appealing to the candidates that emerged to embrace the aspirants that contested against them for the success of the party.

The forum also congratulates the party chairman on the successful conduct of the primary elections in the two states, he said.

We also felicitate with the PDP over the victory at the high court concerning the defection of 37 lawmakers, and it is a victory for the rule of law, he added.

Akpabio said that the forum condemned the unnecessary noise of the All Progressives Congress on the judgment.

The forum calls on the opposition not to play politics with the law, he added.

Meanwhile, notable politicians from Ekiti South Senatorial District have begun jostling to be nominated as the running mate of former Governor.

Our correspondent gathered on Wednesday that at least four politicians from Ekiti South were among those lobbying to be nominated as the running mate to the former governor.

A leader of the party said that Chief Bisi Aloba, who is a leader of the PDP in Ikere- Ekiti, might be considered by Fayose because of the voting strength of the town.

He said others were the former Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Femi Bamisile, Mr. Wale Akinniyi and a retired Permanent Secretary, Ekiti State Civil Service, Mrs. A. Alade, who is from Ekiti North Senatorial District.

The source said, It is certain that the running mate will come from Ekiti South. Many factors will come into play and I think Aloba is the most favoured among those who have shown interest so far.

You recall that Fayose picked two men from Ikere as his deputies during his first term before his crisis. Things may not be different this time round.

The governorship candidate is likely going to pick a politician from Ekiti South as his running mate to placate members of the party who are clamouring to occupy the governorship seat in the state for the first time.

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LP, APC disagree on borrowing to finance projects   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti in News

The Labour Party (LP) in Ekiti State has berated Governor Kayode Fayemi for borrowing money to finance projects.

Speaking yesterday at a forum, Mrs. Bola Bruce, who is the spokesperson for the campaign organisation of the LPs governorship candidate, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, said borrowing is a setback for Ekiti.

Mrs. Bruce said it was possible for Fayemi to execute projects without obtaining loans from the capital market.

She said: Ekiti is not as poor as this administration has made people believe. When Fayemi leaves office, the debt burden would be on the incoming administration.

Another fact is that despite that borrowing, Fayemi has not made 70 per cent of the achievements of Chief Segun Oni and Oni did not borrow a dime. All that Fayemi has done could be achieved with funds from the Federation Account.

All Progressives Congress (APC) spokesman Mr. Segun Dipe said: Fayemi has maintained his transparency and accountability without blemish on every financial transaction of his administration.

Dipe said the governor took only N25 billion and has completed over 1,300 projects across the state.

He said the governor pioneered the e-governance system, in which every project executed by the government and its cost is accessible to the public on the internet.

Dipe said Fayemi followed every regulation of the Fiscal Responsibility Act before taking the loan and remained true to the conditions of the grant that the sum would be committed to only capital projects.

He said while some of the projects had started yielding fruits, nearly half the amount borrowed had been defrayed, adding that evidence abound across Ekiti that the governor took some money to finance certain capital projects.

Dipe said: Comparing Fayemi with Oni is like comparing light and darkness. Oni could not have approached any financial institution for a loan because it was an illegitimate government. The credibility deficit in his credential could not have allowed him to approach any financial institution.

People should realise that Fayemis achievements, including projects, were not financed by only the N25 billion. What we today see and point at as the governors achievements go beyond the projects upon which the borrowing was committed.

Can we deny that even before the fund was obtained, many projects, some of which were abandoned by past administrations, had been completed across the state? It is bad politics to give your political enemy a bad name because you want to defeat him.

Meanwhile, Bamideles campaign train was at Ijero Local Government Area yesterday, where the LP candidate pledged to exploit solid mineral deposits in the state, if elected.

Speaking at the Palace of the Ajero of Ijero Ekiti, Oba Joseph Adewole, Bamidele said the town had a high deposit of Kaolin and Gypsum minerals, which he said could change the states economic fortunes, if harnessed.

He said he would diversify the economy from its present civil service structure, through heavy investment in industrial development, agriculture, healthcare system and job creation.

Bamidele said: I am not going to be a governor that would under-employ the youth. I will give them permanent and well paid jobs, where they can have career progression and build their future, rather than mere volunteering that cannot guarantee prospect for our future leaders.

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Octogenarian counsels electorate   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Posted by: Our Reporter in News

An octogenarian in Ekiti State, Pa Rufus Olakanmi, has urged the electorate to vote for a candidate who will rapidly transform the state.

Olakanmi gave the advice yesterday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ikole-Ekiti.

He urged residents to vote for a candidate with a demonstrable record of impacting positively on the peoples life.

The octogenarian advised the people not to be carried away by the false promises of politicians, who would not remember them after the election.

He said: It is time politicians to stop making promises they cannot fulfill. The level of poverty and other social-economic problems in most states has made it impossible for any governor to solve them overnight. But our politicians will not say the truth. Instead, they boast that they would solve all problems within 100 days in office.

When they finally get the mandate of the people on the strength of such promises, the masses would be waiting for the wonders to be performed and failure to do the magic will result in disappointment.

Olakanmi urged politicians to stop using vulgar languages at rallies and focus on issues.

Urging the people to look beyond partisan interests in the election, he said: Our people should remain resolute, shun deceit and gifts and vote for the best candidate, who will take the state to a greater height.

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Kalu: governor has performed   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti in News

Former Abia State Governor Orji Uzo Kalu has scored Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi high in performance.

He expressed optimism that Fayemi would be re-elected on June 21.

Speaking with reporters after visiting Fayemi at the Government House in Ado-Ekiti, Kalu said: I am sure the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would battle Fayemi in the election, but I am convinced he will win.

Praising Fayemis exemplary performance, he urged the people to re-elect him.

Kalu, who is on a tour of the country to preach national unity, said Fayemi has provided good roads, quality education and access to quality health care, among others, for the people.

He said he was impressed by the diligence and commitment with which Fayemi executed projects across the state, adding that he got reports from the people that the governor was performing well.

Kalu said: Ekiti people should rally round the governor. According to what the people said, the governor has done well. He has put in the mechanism and software for the job. Everything will not come in one day. You will start from somewhere and operate it. He is giving them access to good roads, education and health care. I have been going round the Southwest and I am impressed by what is on ground.

He urged parties to shun violence and play politics with decency and honour.

On national unity, Kalu said all hands must be on deck to ensure the countrys survival.

He advocated a two-party system for the country, saying it would strengthen democracy.

Fayemi hailed Orji for the patriotic step he took towards sustaining Nigerias unity, adding: This transcends political and religious affiliations.

He said Kalus gesture would help Nigerian leaders see beyond the present challenges and hope for a better future.

The governor said he would never engage in the politics of bitterness.

He said even though people often take sides during elections, his administration would never mix politics and governance, adding: My mission is to banish poverty from the state.

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Expect more jobs, tells Fayemi electorate   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti in News

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has said the creation of more jobs will top his agenda, if re-elected on June 21.

He spoke yesterday at Ipere, Ijaro, Eda-Oniyo, Iludun, Obada, Iye, Ijesamodu and Ewu in Ilejemeje Local Government Area during his re-election campaign.

Fayemi said: Although my administration has employed over 30,000 people in three-and-a-half years, more people need to be gainfully employed. This is why job creation and direct empowerment/employment would be key to every move we make when I return as governor.

He urged the people to use their votes to ensure the continuity of good governance in the state.

At the rallies were other ethnic communities, including Tivs and Ebiras resident in the towns.

They pledged their support for Fayemi, describing his as sincere and performing.

At Iludun, Fayemi said: The first thing we hope to do is to create more jobs for our youths because job creation is importance to us. I have discussed with many investors who are willing to establish businesses in Ekiti and we have assured them of many incentives.

We will employ more civil servants, teachers and others, who will contribute positively to our economy. We are going to deploy more resources to job creation and economic empowerment, if I am re-elected.

I urge you to vote for a party that cares for you. Stay with this administration, which has positively touched your lives and utilised the available resources to take care of you.

Be wary of the looting party, whose stock in trade is to engage in electoral robbery. Traditional rulers, elders, women, men, youths and children have spoken with one voice that Ekiti will not go backward again. We are moving forward on the path of development already being witnessed. We are not going back to the era of violence, brigandage and rascality where chickens do not excrete; where Obas are humiliated and kept in the booths of cars.

I heard that some people want to buy your voter cards; please tell them that you are not for sale. Keep your voter cards and, on June 21, something big will happen because your votes will speak for our party.

The governors campaign train will be in Ise/Orun Local Government Area today.

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Fayemi, Fayose trade words over attack   Back To Top

From: Daily Trust      Published on: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Written by Doyin Adebusuyi, Ado Ekiti


The governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose, has denied claim that his supporters attacked the convoy of Governor Kayode Fayemi on Monday in Ado Ekiti.

The governor had claimed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode that the convoy of Governor Fayemi was attacked in Ado-Ekiti, around 6pm by suspected thugs working for Fayose.
According to the statement, Fayoses thugs threw stones and bottles at the governors vehicle and other vehicles belonging to members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the governors entourage while returning to Ado-Ekiti after a campaign rally in Ekiti-east Local Government Area of the state.
Oyebode said but for the governor who restrained his security aides and party supporters from retaliating, there would have been some casualties in the attack.
But Fayose denied the allegation, saying suspected thugs of the APC attacked his supporters and campaign office at Adebayo area of Ado Ekiti.
In a statement by the Publicity Secretary of PDP, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, Fayose described the governors claim as barbaric, callous and primitive and a wanton display of power by the governor.
The PDP publicity secretary alleged that when the governors convoy was driving past Fayoses campaign office, some suspected thugs fired gunshots at it without provocation.
After a few minutes, about 10 suspected thugs of the governor returned to Fayoses campaign office and shattered the building window and vehicles windscreen parked within the premises with bullets, he said.
Journalists were also conducted round the campaign office and two vehicles; a Honda Accord marked Lagos EE 908 APP and a branded Micra Nissan with Fayoses portrait bearing Ekiti Fayose 2014, were seen with shattered windscreens.
The statement added: The Fayemi thugs who came into the

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Court stops Ekiti doctors from strike   Back To Top

From: Daily Trust      Published on: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Written by Doyin Adebusuyi, Ado Ekiti

The Ekiti State government has obtained an interlocutory injunction from the National Industrial Court in Abuja, restraining the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) from going ahead with its planned strike.

President of the court, Justice B.A. Adejumo, who gave the injunction on Monday, said the government and people of the state may suffer irreparable losses in deaths that may occur from non attendance of medical doctors to their health needs if they go ahead with the strike.
It would be recalled that the NMA began a three-day warning strike Monday over certain demands from the government. The government sued the NMA at the industrial court seeking an order of interim injunction restraining it and its members from embarking on any strike or industrial action pending the determination of the motion on notice already filed by the government, which is in the possession of the leadership of NMA, Ekiti State chapter.

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Thugs disrupted Bamideles campaign LP   Back To Top

From: Punch      Published on: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

by Femi Makinde

Opeyemi Bamidele

The Media and Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party in Ekiti State, Bolanle Olatunde-Bruce, said on Monday that some political thugs disrupted the campaign of the governorship candidate of the party, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele.

She said this while speaking with our correspondent on Monday.

Olatunde-Bruce said some hoodlums came to the venue of the campaign of the flag-bearer of the party and disrupted activities.

She said that the motive behind the action of the hoodlums was to scare away Bamideles supporters from attending the rally.

The LP spokesperson, however, said that the people of the state would vote Bamidele as the governor of the state come June 21.

Olatunde-Bruce said, Our campaign team was again attacked on Monday, at Efon.

However, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Victor Babayemi, said that it was not true that Bamideles campaign was attacked on Monday.

He said, Politicians in the state have been saying a lot of things which are not true. You cant say that the campaign was disrupted, No, it wasnt.

There are situations where somebody is slapped and he turned round to say he was shot. Somebody who was pinched would say he was stabbed. All these would heat up the polity.

Olatunde-Bruce had earlier issued a statement detailing the alleged series of attacks on the campaign team of Bamidele.

The statement read in part, To discerning Ekiti people, ours have been a scientific and issue-based campaign. We hereby implore the security agencies to caution the All Progressives Congress as no one has the monopoly of violence.

We will not fold our arms and watch our members and supporters being frightened, injured and maimed. We will remain law abiding, but we will protect our members in the face of provocation.

The APC is noted for violence and bloodletting but the Labour Party abhors violence. We are determined to put an end to the partys reign of terror in Ekiti through democratic and social means and we will not in any way succumb to any form of blackmail or intimidation. We say enough is enough to APCs reign of terror in Ekiti.

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Police probe attack on Fayemis convoy   Back To Top

From: Punch      Published on: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

by Femi Makinde

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi

The Ekiti State Police Command said it had begun investigation into the alleged attack on the convoy of Governor Kayode Fayemi by some hoodlums in front of the campaign office of former Governor Ayo Fayose.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Victor Babayemi, said this on Tuesday.

Fayemi had said on Monday that some thugs who allegedly emerged from the campaign office of Fayose attacked his convoy.

But the PPRO said that there had been accusations and counter-accusation from the two camps following the attacks while assuring that the police would get to the root of the matter.

Babayemi said that although no suspect had been arrested in connection with the attack, he promised that the police would arrest the perpetrators.

He warned politicians against engaging in violence, saying anybody caught would be made to face the wrath of the law.

The PPRO said, There has been a causation and counter accusation after the incident. Investigation is on going and those behind the attack will be brought to book.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, had said in a statement on Monday night that some hoodlums who came out of Fayoses office pelted the governors convoy with stones and bottles while he was returning to the state capital from a campaign trip to Ekiti East Local Government.

The statement read, The attack occurred around 6pm when the governor and his supporters were returning to Ado-Ekiti from a campaign rally in Ekiti East Local Government Area of the state.

The thugs numbering about 100 suddenly emerged from Fayoses Campaign Office, throwing stones and bottles at the governors vehicle and vehicles belonging to members of the All Progressives Congress, who accompanied the governor on the campaign tour.

But for the governor who restrained his security aides and party supporters from retaliating, there would have been some casualties in the attack that lasted a few minutes.

Some APC loyalists however sustained minor injuries in the melee, while some vehicles had their windscreens smashed by stones thrown by the rampaging thugs.

But the PDP in the state disagreed with Fayemis account of the attack. It claimed that the thugs allegedly sent by the Fayoses office was attacked by some hoodlums hired by the governor.

The Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Oluwawole, said this in a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday.

He alleged that one of the security aides of the governor shot into Fayoses office while the governor was returning to Ado-Ekiti.

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My supporters didnt attack Fayemis convoy   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti in News

Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Partys (PDPs) governorship candidate Mr. Ayo Fayose has denied claims that his supporters attacked Governor Kayode Fayemis convoy in Ado-Ekiti on Monday.

In a statement, Fayemis media aide, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, said the governors convoy was attacked around 6pm by hoodlums who came out of Fayoses campaign office.

He said the thugs threw stones and bottles at Fayemis campaign train, injuring some All Progressives Congress (APC) members and smashing the windshields of their vehicles.

Denying the claims, Fayose alleged that suspected APC members attacked his campaign office in Adebayo.

In a statement, PDP Publicity Secretary Pastor Kola Oluwawole alleged that suspected APC members shot at and threw stones into Fayoses campaign office without being provoked when the governors convoy drove past.

Oluwawole said about 10 suspected hoodlums returned to Fayoses campaign office and shattered windows and vehicles on the premises with bullets.

He said the police were investigating the incident.

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