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No one can steal my mandate, says Fayemi  (18/04/2014) APC to Sambo: Ekiti not a war front  (18/04/2014)
Ekiti: CP meets with key players  (17/04/2014) Fayemi promises foreign trip, free meal for teachers, students in Ekiti  (17/04/2014)
Well recover Ekiti, Osun, entire SWest, says Sambo  (17/04/2014) Adeyeye hails Ekiti PDP reconciliation, Fayemi rues harassment of APC  (16/04/2014)
OPC leader, others arrested over attack on Fayoses office  (16/04/2014) Ekiti contractors get ultimatum  (16/04/2014)
Its time for a bi-partisan approach to end insurgency, says Senator  (16/04/2014) Im not afraid of intimidation, says Fayose  (16/04/2014)

No one can steal my mandate, says Fayemi   Back To Top

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

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti in News

Ekiti State Governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the June 21 election Dr Kayode Fayemi has said his mandate cannot be stolen.

The governor launched a long legal battle to retrieve his mandate in the last election.

He spoke during his campaign rally in Epe, Moba Local Government Area.

The governor said his administration had put in place a conducive environment for investors.

We have constructed roads. We have put in place social amenities to make Ekiti conducive for investors. If we did not do all that we have done, it would have been difficult for any investor to come in.

We have also restored peace to Ekiti. It would have been difficult for any investor to do business in an atmosphere of violence. You know it used to be one day, one trouble in Ekiti State, but Ekiti now enjoys peace, the governor said.

Fayemi noted that his administration created jobs through agencies, such as the State Traffic Management Agency (EKSTMA), Peace Corps and Volunteer Corps, adding that there are still many unemployed youths for whom jobs must be provided.

Government cannot provide jobs for everyone, but we will partner investors to establish industries to stem the tide of unemployment and make poverty a thing of the past in Ekiti State. This will be the focus during my second term in office.

Fayemi also told the people not to be scared of the antics of vote-riggers, adding that the peoples votes would be adequately protected.

Dont let anyone scare you. We will protect our votes. No one can steal my mandate, he said.

The governor urged the people to be wary of electoral robbers who still lurk around.

The governor said most of the projects executed by his government in the town had never been done before.

He listed such projects to include road construction, renovation of the palace, construction of townhall, stipend for elderly citizens, amongst others.

He promised that the ongoing road project in the town would soon be extended to Osan/Ora boundary.

A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader in the town, Olabisi Oluwawole, led other PDP youths to defect to the APC.

Teachers, students and beneficiaries of the social security came out to show their support for the governor.

A representative of the teachers, Mr. Abiodun Adelye, praised the Fayemi administration for giving teachers rural allowance, core subjects allowance, laptops and for ensuring their prompt promotion.

The president of the Osun Students Union, Gboyega Bode, said the students were grateful for the prompt release of their bursary allowance, renovation of schools and the transformation of Ekiti State University into a world class university.

Also yesterday, Fayemi denied establishing a university in Ghana. Speaking at the Holy Mass commemorating the renewal of priesthood in the Catholic church at St. Patricks Catholic Cathedral, Ado-Ekiti, Fayemi also described as untrue the plans of his government to increase tuition at the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti.

Fayemi urged the people to investigate claims of the opposition about his administration, assuring he would always offer the truth on any matter on their request.

Said he: I dont have a university anywhere in the world and I dont even intend to have one. My plan is to pick up lecturing job at the EKSU come next session.

My name is important to me. I am a catholic and as someone who takes the holy communion, I wont do anything that will desecrate the Catholic church.

The governor affirmed that non completion of some processes by some pensioners was responsible for delay in pensionersgratuity.

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APC to Sambo: Ekiti not a war front   Back To Top

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

Posted by: Our Reporter in News

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has decried Vice-President Namadi Sambos description of Ekiti and Osun states as warfronts.

It said the statement was not only ill-timed but also unfortunate at a period the nation is trying to quell insurgency.

In a statement by its Director of Publicity and Media, Segun Dipe, APC described the statement as a desperate and an unguarded one. The party said: It is as an irony that while the PDP-led Federal Government has not been able to find an answer the deadly and seemingly intractable Boko Haram insurgency, Vice-President Namadi Sambo is planning to convert the peaceful Ekiti State into a war front and boasting to capture the peace-loving people of the State who are currently enjoying dividends of democracy being served them by APC through their chosen Governor, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi.

PDP can only be at war with itself and not with the people of Ekiti State. We have a tested and trusted governor in government.

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Ekiti: CP meets with key players   Back To Top

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

By Yaqoub Popoola Snr Correspondent, Ado-Ekiti

The Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, Mr. Felix Uyanna, has again met with election stakeholders ahead of the June 21, 2014 governorship election.

The stakeholders meeting held at the Command Headquarters in Ado-Ekiti attracted key players among whom are the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ayo Fayose, and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele.

In his address, CP Uyanna warned politicians against violence as they continue their campaigns for the June 21 governorship election.

He said despite the assurances the people gave the police at earlier meetings, there had been an increase in politically-related violent cases.

Uyanna noted that the development was contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 as Amended and the rules of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In his speech, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ayodele Fayose, pledged his party would conduct its affairs peacefully.

Speaking in the same vein, the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, said those perpetrating violence were only afraid of facing the electorate.

The event was also attended by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Accord Party, among others.

Meanwhile, two aides of Governor Kayode Fayemi and the leader of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in Ekiti State, Mr. Niyi Adedipe, who were detained by the police on Monday were charged to court in connection with the April 7 attack on ex-Governor Ayodele Fayoses office in Adebayo Area of Ado Ekiti.

They however accused the state Police Command of intimidation and harassment during their invitation.

During the attack, some vehicles parked within the campaign office were damaged, while the slide doors of the office were smashed and one man identified as Gabriel was wounded.

At a press conference jointly addressed by the accused persons, they raised the alarm that their lives were in danger following threat by a Mopol Commander in Ekiti State to rope them for trump up charge, should they constitute threat to the chances of the Peoples Democratic Party in the June 21 election.

However, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Felix Uyanna , who dispelled the allegation, advised the accused persons to report whatever were their misgivings to the appropriate security agencies for necessary actions.

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Fayemi promises foreign trip, free meal for teachers, students in Ekiti   Back To Top

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

By Yaqoub Popoola / Ado-Ekiti

As Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, intensified his re-election campaigns across the towns and villages in Ekiti, more promises and hopes have been raised.

Speaking while campaigning for votes at Okemesi in Ekiti West Local Government Area on Tuesday, revealed that school pupils would be getting free meals at the commencement of new academic year in September.

Besides, the governor equally disclosed that teachers in public schools would now have the opportunity of overseas training to further motivate them and build their capacity to perform better.

Fayemi said these are the policies that would come on stream if he is re-elected at the governorship poll.

Many leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) defected to the ruling APC at the Okemesi rally where they pledged to work hard to ensure victory for Fayemi at the election.

Teachers, students, youths and old people benefiting from the state government hailed the governor for giving them better life and bringing change to their community.

Other communities where rallies to drum support for Fayemi were held were Ido Ile, Erio and Aramoko, the council area headquarters.

Fayemi who welcomed defectors from PDP and LP described APC as a party of peace and progress that has the interest of the masses at heart, noting that PDP mismanaged resources during its stint in power.

The governor said the state witnessed political instability when PDP was in power as the party produced seven governors in seven years, urging the electorate not to return to such era.

He explained that the legacies of his administration could be seen in renovation of schools, construction of palaces, renovation of hospitals, and payment of monthly stipends to old people.

The governors promise to implement free feeding in public schools and sponsorship of teachers to courses abroad drew a deafening ovation from teachers and students at the rally.

He urged the people to be wary of the party of riggers adding that the electoral robbers are still around and should not be underestimated.

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Well recover Ekiti, Osun, entire SWest, says Sambo   Back To Top

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

By Rotimi Akinwumi Snr Correspondent, Abuja

Vice President Namadi Sambo, on Wednesday, assured that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would recover Ekiti and Osun states during the governorship elections to be conducted in the states, assuring further that the entire South West would also be recovered ahead of the general elections in 2015.

Sambo, who lamented that the states were stolen from the PDP, however, assured that the principle of one-man-one-vote and transparent election would be observed in Ekiti and Osun states.

According to the election timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ekiti election holds on June 21, while the Osun poll is billed for August 9.

The assurance of victory at the polls was given by the Vice President at the inauguration of the National Campaign Committee ahead of the governorship elections in both states, after a one minute silence was observed in honour of those killed in last Mondays bomb blast in Nyanya, Abuja.

Speaking at the inauguration, Sambo said: On behalf of the members of the committee, I express our gratitude to our National Chairman; we are going to the war front and bring back our stolen mandate; everybody knows that Ekiti belongs to PDP. They used all instruments to take it away from us.

Osun is PDP; Osun was stolen from us. The end of stealing has come. We will deliver Osun and Ekiti to PDP.

Sambo, who serves as chairman of the campaign committee for both states, however, assured that the party plans to win the election fairly.

There will be free and fair election, he assured.

He commended the National Chairman of PDP, Adamu Muazu, for providing conducive environment for conduct of the primaries in both states, noting that, everybody witnessed a transparent, free and fair primaries.

He said the primaries were able to bring Fayose back, whom he described as a grassroots politician, who will bring back sanity to the state.

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Adeyeye hails Ekiti PDP reconciliation, Fayemi rues harassment of APC   Back To Top

From: Daily Independent      Published on: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Afenifere Chieftain and a leading Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Dayo Adeyeye, has commended Bisi Omoyeni, Dare Bejide and other aspirants who have agreed to work for the success of the party in the June 21, 2014 governorship election, saying; as loyal party men, we must look beyond personal ambitions in whatever we do.

This is even as the Kayode Fayemi campaign organisation has described the arrest and parading by the Ekiti State Police Command of two special assistants to Governor Kayode Fayemi, Dele Owoju and Richard Apolola (Sikira) and the leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in the state, Niyi Adedipe, as part of PDPs script to harass and intimidate the APC in the run-up to the June 21 gubernatorial election.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Dimeji Daniels, it explained that the trio were invited by the police on Monday in connection with PDP gubernatorial candidate, Ayo Fayoses claim that his campaign office in Ado-Ekiti was attacked by the APC.

Meanwhile, Adeyeye, who described Omoyenis open declaration of support for the PDP candidate, Ayodele Fayose, as a justification of the position that he (Adeyeye) took two weeks ago, added that, I am happy that other aspirants are now seeing what I saw two weeks ago. They have now seen reasons we should support our party and I commend them.

In a release issued on Tuesday, Adeyeye, who also advised any PDP member that is thinking about going to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to retrace his or her steps, said: Leaving PDP for APC is like moving from heaven to hell fire because APC is a combination of deceitful, manipulative and occultic politicking.

He said: I am a very happy man today because I have been vindicated. I have been vindicated because other aspirants are now joining us to ensure victory for our party and its candidate, Mr Ayo Fayose.

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OPC leader, others arrested over attack on Fayoses office   Back To Top

From: Nigerian Tribune      Published on: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Written by Doyin Adebusuyi, Ado Ekiti


Ekiti State Police Command has arrested the leader of Oodua Peoples Congress in the state, Mr Niyi Adedipe, and two other prominent members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) over alleged attack on the campaign office of former governor of the state, Ayo Fayose.

Fayoses campaign organisation had last week alleged that supporters of Governor Kayode Fayemi attacked the office around 6pm while returning from a campaign at Ekiti-east Local Government Area of the state.
But the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Yinka Oyebode, issued a statement accusing Fayoses supporters of attacking the governors convoy.
Also arrested by the police are: Mr Richard Apolola and Owoju Ayodele, while one Seun, popularly known as Solar, was declared wanted by the command.
Parading the suspects yesterday, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Felix Uyanna, said men of the Department of State Security Service (SSS) had earlier arrested one Mr. Deji Adesokan, over a similar offence.
The commissioner said the command also invited the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Makanjuola Ogundipe, over attack on a journalist with the state-owned broadcasting corporation.
Uyanna said about 13 cases of violent attacks have been recorded since the Independent National Electoral Commission lifted ban on campaigns in the state on March 23.
He said eight of the cases have been charged to court while others are in different stages of investigation.
He reinstated the commitment of the command to checkmate all forms of political violence and brigandage regardless of status and political affiliation.
Political stakeholders and politically exposed persons are hereby reminded of the need to play by the rules as contained in the Electoral Act, 2010. Members of the public are urged to go about their lawful businesses and we assure them of our determination to provide adequate security for all and sundry, he said.

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Ekiti contractors get ultimatum   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Posted by: Our Reporter in News

The Ekiti State government has given contractors handling Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) projects one week to move to site.

Their contracts would be revoked, if they fail to do so.

Special Adviser to the Governor on MDGs and Development Relations Mrs. Bunmi Dipo-Salami gave the ultimatum in her office in Ado-Ekiti at a meeting with the contractors.

Mrs. Dipo-Salami said it was worrisome that some of the contractors failed to commence work after they were paid 30 per cent mobilisation fee and others were working at a slow pace.

She said the government would not tolerate laziness and warned them against engaging in sharp practices.

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Its time for a bi-partisan approach to end insurgency, says Senator   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Posted by: Our Reporter in News

If Nigeria must survive the current onslaught unleashed on her by insurgents, all her leaders will have to selflessly drop their partisanship and come together to chart a path out of the present bleakness engulfing the whole nation.

This was the position canvassed by the senator representing Ekiti Central, Babafemi Ojudu, while reacting to Mondays bomb explosion in Abuja.

In a statement in Ado-Ekiti, Ojudu painted a gory picture of the Boko Haram onslaught, adding, that hope is not lost if leaders across all party divides quickly realise that this is not about politics, but about the lives of fellow human beings and the future of our country and that of our children.

He said: We need a bipartisan approach to this problem now, and it is very urgent. The president should be state manly and call political leaders across the divide to discuss this issue and others issues threatening our collective existence before it is too late with the aim of finding lasting solutions to them.

The ruling party cannot do it alone and if this is not done urgently, we all may be heading to Golgotha.

The clips and the pictures of these dastardly acts, the mangled bodies, this tragic pall covering our nation that the rest of the world are seeing do not portray us as human beings. We must urgently put on our thinking caps by seeing this beyond politics. Nigeria belongs to us all. History will never judge us right if this country crumbles on us.

Ojudu said if President Goodluck Jonathan truly loves Nigeria and wants the nation to remain one, he should, as a matter of urgency, summon leaders across political parties and other fields of endeavours to a roundtable where solutions can be offered to the monstrous insurgency, which has eaten the entrails of the nation so deep that it is just a shadow of itself and could collapse any moment from now.

It is saddening and highly repugnant that foreigners are even more concerned about us than us. Leaders of APC and PDP and those of the religions must quickly meet to proffer solutions to this. This is not the time for name-calling or blame game. If the solution to this onslaught on our collective sanity does not rest with us, let us seek it elsewhere. And the time is now!

Ojudu added that it would be highly unpatriotic of any Nigerian to see the ongoing annihilation as solely a PDP problem and neither should the PDP see it as an opportunity to throw jibes at the opposition to make cheap political capital .

The president, he said , should call his partys spokesperson, Olisah Metuh, to order on this issue as he was not helping matters.

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Im not afraid of intimidation, says Fayose   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Posted by: Our Reporter in News

Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Partys (PDPs) candidate in the June 21 governorship poll former Governor Ayodele Fayose has said no amount of intimidation by the All Progressives Congress (APC) will make him dump his ambition.

Fayose said the ongoing reconciliation with 13 aggrieved PDP aspirants was yielding fruits, adding that the party was prepared to unseat the APC government on the election day.

Speaking with reporters at a rally organised by his former deputy governor, who was a PDP aspirant, Mr. Bisi Omoyeni, in Ikere-Ekiti, he said: I will not be distracted by whatever APC members say about me. I am committed to this cause. It is like running a race, so I will not look sideways, but where I am going.

Commending the 13 aggrieved aspirants for their rare show of understanding and sportsmanship, Fayose said their support for him was in the states interest.

The former governor pledged to offer leadership to all party members, irrespective of their initial affiliations.

He said: With my age and experience, I have grown more in wisdom and knowledge. So, rather than fight anybody, I will befriend you so that I can surpass the records I left behind in terms of infrastructure and human capital when we get to government.

Describing Fayose as a promise keeper and one with a large heart, Omoyeni said: He (Fayose) is a friend of the poor and the less privileged. I believe he can make Ekiti better than what we are witnessing today. All the aspirants have agreed to work with him.

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