Ekiti 2018: INEC Will Meet Brick Wall If It Attempt To Rig Poll, Says Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)  will meet a brick wall in its alleged plan to rig the July 14 governorship election in the state.

The governor made the remarks during the inauguration of a ultra modern Ekiti State Judiciary Complex built by and named after the first Chief Judge of the State and Oluyin of Iyin Ekiti, Oba Ademola Ajakaiye.

“I dare them to come and rig election in Ekiti, I dare the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in particular. Let me say this, they will fail woefully the way they did in Anambra”, Fayose boasted.

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, in his address, urged the people in the State to vote for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka, so that the good works of incumbent Governor Fayose could continue.

“I urge all of you people of Ekiti to allow this good work to continue by voting for Prof. Olusola Kolapo Eleka who has leanrt greatly under his principal, Governor Fayose, as deouy governor, he said.

APC Congress: No Petition From Kwara –APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, congress appeal committee in Kwara State has said there is no petition or appeal against the state congress conducted by the national secretariat of the party at Banquet hall, Ilorin, Kwara State.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to the state governor at Government House, Ilorin, chairman of the committee, Hon. Osita Egwuatu, who said they were in the state for hearing of election petition that might have arisen from the last Saturday state congress election, confirmed the committee has not received any complaint against the congress.

In his reaction, the state governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed said the state will continue to strengthen the party in order to give it the much desired support that will ensure victory and sustenance in power at the national level.

The Governor said the congress election was a reflection of what happened at the ward and local government congresses in the state which, he said, was largely due to the inclusive process that allows input into the selection and election processes.

According to him, “the successful ward, local government and state congresses was largely due to the peaceful environment and most importantly the inclusive process that the state party system allows”.

He said the inclusive style of the party allows for ventilation of differences and amicable resolutions noting that the appeal committee is not unlikely to receive petitions but may not be a genuine one.

Group Endorses James Akale For House of Representative, Dekina/ Bassa Constituency

A group, Kogi Advocate for Good Governance has enlisted its voice and support for Engr. James Akale, to contest for House of Representative, Bassa / Dekina Federal Constituency in the coming elections, describing him as a square peg in square hole.

In a press statement released in Lokoja today, the Coordinator of the group, Hon Umar Ghadaffi Lokoja, said the call became necessary in view of Engr James Akale’s outstanding leadership qualities, professional achievements and selfless services to humanity and the need for quality representation of the Dekina / Bassa people, which Akale can give based on his level of exposure.

“In view of his outstanding professional performance and service to humanity, we wish to compel him to without further delay declare interest to contest for the House of Representative, Bassa Dekina Federal Constituency in the 2019 elections” Umar stated.

Hon Umar said Bassa has only produced a House of Representative member for Dekina/Bassa once in 1999; subsequent representatives have been from Dekina axis of the Constituency. This could be attributed to the Igala Majority factor. He reiterated the peaceful co-existence between the Bassa and Dekina people. He then said for equity, fairness and justice to prevail, it is imperative that a Bassa candidate be supported by all and sundry to represent the constituency this time around,
He then urged His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to support Engr James Akale for Bassa / Dekina Federal Federal constituency for 2019.

Engr. James Akale is a qualified and seasoned Civil engineer, whose professional career span over 18 years, with landmark success. He is the Chief Executive Officer of AK and Juel Engineering Service Nigeria Limited. A member of the Nigeria Society of Engineer and the Technical Secretary of the Kogi State branch, James Akale is a grassroots mobilizer, He is the traditional title holder of Nda Kpi Ke Koji, Bassa Kingdom. James Akale is an alumnus of the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, he has a Masters in Project Management from Federal University of Technology, Owerri. He is a philanthropist, married with children.

Abu Sidiq Declares For APC National Publicity Secretary, Says He Is The Man For The Job

Popular blogger, Abubakar Sidiq Usman, who is also known as Abu Sidiq has declared interest for the position of the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Abu Sidiq, who is an Urban Planner by training but has been in the media profession as a result of his love and passion said he is running for the position of National Publicity Secretary so project the party in a way that it will ”continue to hold sway at the centre and win even more states, the national and state assemblies and the local government.”

In his declaration address, the current head of Digital Media of the Buhari Media Organisation who was a member of the media committee of the APC Presidential Campaign Council in the 2015 elections said he will reposition and digitally transform the communication arm of the party if elected at the forth coming national convention of the APC.

His declaration statement read in full:

More than five years ago, political actors and gladiators from different parts of the country put heads together to birth what is known today as the All Progressives Congress. The purpose of that creation is “to construct a progressive state anchored on social democracy, where the welfare and security of citizens are paramount.” While the party has faced some challenges in achieving this well thought out objective especially coming into government at a time the nation was on the brink of collapse, there is no doubt that the governing All Progressives Congress is making a steady and sustainable progress in the nation’s development.

As the governing party makes progress in this direction, everything must be put in place to ensure that the process is not truncated. Doing this, will require that the party continue to hold sway at the centre and win even more states, the national and state assemblies and the local government. While this can be achieved by managing the process that enthrones efficient relationship with the Nigerian public, equally important is a highly skilled and experience person to drive that process.

It is on the basis of the above that I have decided to be of service to the party with the intent of joining hands with other officials to move it forward. It is therefore my pleasure to formally declare my intention to contest for the position of the National Publicity Secretary of our great party, the All Progressives Congress in the June 2018 national convention. 

I offer myself for this position with the readiness to deploy a different but an all-encompassing approach towards propagating the party’s values and ideologies. Over the years, I have demonstrated the ability and the capacity of a reputable media practitioner and this I have used to the great advantage of my party, the All Progressives Congress.

Having held the position of Communication Director of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF), served as a member of the media committee of the 2015 Presidential Campaign Council of our great party and currently head the digital media unit of the Buhari Media Organisation in addition to my vast experience in managing media for individuals and organisations, I have the requisite knowledge to function effectively in this office.

I am convinced about my active involvement in the formation, growth and success of our great party and believe that I am committed and loyal enough to join others to further reposition our Party for the tasks ahead especially in the management of her image.

My mission is to introduce a political public relations mechanism that encompasses a two way process that will be both beneficial to the party, her members and the Nigerian public. Information on happenings in the party will be passed to the public and in return give the party insights into public opinions about its plans, programmes and activities. In addition to that, I intend to synergise the media and communication relationship between the party organs at the national, state, local government and ward level on one hand and the various arms of government on the other hand.

I shall also use my years of media experience and expertise to employ relevant and target based communication techniques that will spread the political influence of the party. A good example will be in the usage of famous and successful people to speak on critical issues of the party.

With a good understanding of the place of media management for a political party, I will strive to set agenda that will maximize positive press coverage and minimize the negative ones for the party. I will also manage the political image of the party in a manner that will promote trust and match the interest of the party with that of the public.

My intention to run, having received the endorsement of young members of the party and other critical stakeholder cutting across class and demography, is not only an advantage to the party, but also an opportunity to revive the hope of Nigerian youth who may have lost hope in participating in activities that defines their future. Apart from my resolve to reposition and digitally transform the communication arm of the party, I believe that my election as the National Publicity Secretary will satisfy the call for youth inclusion in politics and governance and encourage young people to join the APC.

As I take on this bold step, I express my commitment to be an engaging National Publicity Secretary that will work to create transparency about how the party operates and be an advocate for all party members. I will use my position to engage Nigerians and initiate engagement with the Nigerian youths on ways to galvanize actions towards moving Nigeria forward.

Long live the All Progressives Congress (APC)

Thank you and God bless

2019: Presidential Aspirant Vows To Create 7 Million Jobs For Nigerian Youths

Ahead of the 2019 Presidential election, Dr. Johnson Edosomwan, a aspirant under the platform of the Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP), has promised to create “at least seven million jobs per year” if elected into office.

In an exclusive interview with THISDAY in Lagos recently, the Edo State-born businessman said these jobs would be created in multidimensional facets, adding that there would be job creation in manufacturing, healthcare, education, infrastructure, roads and so forth.

“We want to start manufacturing our own cars and motorcycles here in Nigeria. We have Nigerians that have the power and training to do that. The reason why we don’t have industries here is because investors are running away due to lack of electricity. We want to create solar energy, wind energy, hydroelectricity and even nuclear energy, if we can,” he noted.

“The reason we don’t have industries here is because investors are running away due to lack of electricity. We want to create solar energy, wind energy, hydroelectricity and even nuclear energy, if we can. All of these options are in the open onto the table,” he added.

APC Inaugurates Five-Member State Congress Committees

The All Progressives Congress (APC) thursday inaugurated five-member State Congress Committees to conduct congresses in different states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Saturday.

Also, three-member committees were also inaugurated to look into appeals that might arise from the state congresses.

Some state congress Chairmen are Pius Odubu (Adamawa); General Danjuma Danbazzau (Taraba); Prince Austin Eweka (Kano); Senator Domingo Obende (Niger); Senator Jonathan Zwingina (Abia); Senator. Olugbenga Obadara (Delta); Senator Uche Ekwunife (Lagos); Hon. Mathew Omegara (Ondo); Peter Obadan (Ogun); Abdullahi Gwarzo (Oyo) among others.

The appeal committees have Chris Akoma as chairman of Ebonyi State; Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye (Rivers); Hon. Bashir Lado (Ogun); Alhaji SAbubakar Maikudi (Bauchi); Ambassador Jerry Ugog (Kano); Kogolo Peter (Imo).

The APC National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso who inaugurated the committees on behalf of the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun charged them to conduct the congress in strict conformity with the official APC guidelines for state congresses.

Izunaso said the State Congress Committees are expected to hold meetings with stakeholders in the respective states today before tomorrow’s nationwide congresses to elect state executive committee which include the traditional 17-member State Working Committees.

He urged the congress committees to ensure a free, fair, democratic and transparent process.
He also warned against unilateral postponement of state congresses without approval by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

Ekiti 2018: 40 Candidates Jostle For Governorship Seat

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that no more than 40 candidates under different political platforms are jostling for the Ekiti governorship seat in the July 14 gubernatorial election.

Among the candidates are tow women and are: Mrs. Margaret Ilesanmi of Accord (A) and Olajumoke Saheed of Democratic Alternative (DA).

The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is fielding the incumbent Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola while Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi is running on the platform of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

On the list of candidates are: Comrade Shola Omolola of Action Alliance (AA), Mr. Lawrence Ogundipe of Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), Dr. Jide Ayenibiowo of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Mr. Olaniyi Agboola of Alliance for Democracy (AD) and Chief Ayodele David Adesua of African Democratic Congress (ADC).

Also on the list are Otunba Segun Adewale of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Mr. Lucas Arubuloye of AGA, Mr. Stephen Oribamise of All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP), Rev. Tunde Afe of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Malam Saheed Jimoh of African People’s Alliance (APA), Mr. Tope Adebayo of Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA) and Evangelist Gbenga Adekunle of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Others are: Prince Adegboye Ajayi of Better Nigeria People’s Party (BNPP), Mr. Olalekan Olanrewaju of Democratic People’s Congress (DPC), Pastor Stephen Oladejo of Democratic People’s Party (DPP), Mr. Adewale Akinyele of GPN, Mr. Tosin Ajibare of Independent Democrats (ID) and Temitope Amuda of Kowa Party (KP).

The list also includes: former Deputy Governor, Dr. Sikiru Lawal of Labour Party (LP), Mr. Olabode Jegede of Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN), Mr. Sunday Balogun of Mega Progressive People’s Party (MPPP), Comrade Sunday Ogundana of National Conscience Party (NCP), former Senator, Dr. Bode Olowoporoku of Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP) and former deputy governor, Chief Adebisi Omoyeni of PANDEF.

Others are: Mr. Ayoyinka Dada of PDC, Mr. Goke Animasaun of Progressives People’s Alliance (PPA), Mr. Stephen Obasanmi of Providence People’s Congress (PPC), Mr. Ebenezer Ogunsakin of People’s Party of Nigeria (PPN) and Mr. Akinloye Ayegbusi of Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Also listed on the ballot are: Dr. Olusegun Adeleye of United Democratic Party (UDP), Mr. Femi Bade-Gboyega of Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Mr. Ayodeji Faokorede of Young Democratic Party  (YDP) and Mr. Temitope Omotayo of Young Progressive Party (YPP).

APC Reps Members Endorse Oshiomole For Party Chair

Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, endorsed the former Governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomole as the next National Chairman of the party.

Majority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, disclosed this via his twitter handle on Wednesday morning.

“We sat down for over two hours with Comrade Oshiomole and had a heart-to-heart discussion and we are all on the same page.

“As a result of that solicitation, we as the @OfficialAPCNg caucus in the House of Representatives believe in him. We have more or less endorsed him”, the tweet read.

Oshiomole who will most likely be taking over from Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, will be saddled with the singular and arduous task of bringing cohesion and repositioning to the APC nationwide.

Katsina Govt Commends Voter Turnout In APC Congress

The Katsina state government has commended delegates who participated in the ongoing APC congresses conducted across the 34 local government areas of the state.

Malam Ibrahim Muazzam Abdullahi, the Director -General of the Katsina media and publicity made the commendation while supervising the conduct of the party congress.

He expressed optimism that the ruling party would be reelected into the different elective positions at both the state and national level, stressing the congresses went on smoothly devoid of molestation or any unwarranted behaviour.

The director also salute the courage and determination of government and party officials for coming out enmass to witness the congress which was conducted through consensus and affirmation.

He noted that the state government was happy with the way and manner in which the state deputy governor Mannir Yakubu and state APC chairman Alhaji Shitu Masalaha who participated fully in the congress held at Katsina metropolis.

He described the spectacular performance of the chief of staff to the governor, Alhaji Bello Mandiya and the executive secretary of the state emergency management agency SEMA, Alhaji Dr Aminu Waziri who took part in the exercise at their ancestral home of Malumfashi.

The media scribe also lauded the resilience of the state commissioner and Attorney -General of Justice Barrister Ahmed El-Murzuoq for conducting and supervising the congress across the five local government areas of Daura, Zango, Maiadua, Baure and Sandamu.

Abdullahi noted that the reports reaching his office indicated that the congresses were conducted with maturity, decency and decorum and in accordance with the party rules and regulations .

Our correspondent gathered that the state congress was slated for next week Saturday in which the state party executives were expected to be elected for the next four years.

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Ibrahim M Abdullah

Ekiti Deputy Governor Kolapo Olusola Wins Ekiti PDP Primary

The Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, has emerged candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state.

Olusola pooled a total of 1,191 votes to beat Dayo Adeyeye who scored 770 votes.

A total of 1,968 votes were cast at the ballot and only seven voided votes were recorded.

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyin Okowa who led the committee that conducted the shadow election personally called out the accredited delegates to file out Local Government by Local Government to cast their votes. He also counted out, the votes cast one by one before announcing the result.

Earlier, governor Ayodele Fayose said the decision by Senator Olujimi Abiodun to step down from the governorship race is good for democracy.

Fayose said Senator Olujimi still remains a formidable member of the Party despite her decision to step down. He pledged to support any candidate that emerges the party’s flagbearer.

Dayo Adeyeye also praised Olujimi for her decision to step down and support him for the ticket.

Okowa commended Adeyeye, who had left before the official declaration of the results, for his spirit of sportsmanship.

He said Adeyeye had told him of his acceptance of the results before leaving.

Speaking with journalists earlier, Adeyeye said he was satisfied with the conduct of the primary.

He said, “I’m satisfied the whole exercise has been fair, free and transparent. Whoever wins, we would join hands together.”

Why Ajimobi Is Afraid Of Going To Jail If I Become Governor – Shittu

Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu has lashed out at Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, saying he is afraid of his political prospects and scared of being jailed after completing his term.

Shittu said this during his visit to the All Progressives Congress (APC) national secretariat in Abuja on the outcome of the party’s ward congresses.

The Minister accused the Governor of mismanaging the state’s resources and termed him a failure in human relations which he said is affecting the party in the state.

His words: “I want to say that if anybody is desperate in the Oyo political firmament, it should be Governor Ajimobi, who believes that if Barrister Shittu succeeds him, he will be in jail. That is what he is reported to have always told people who mentioned me to him.

“He thinks that I am too principled, firm, unbendable and uncompromising when it comes to the issues of morality. It is he who is desperate to stop me, not me being desperate to become governor.

“The rules are clearly there and like somebody who believes in the rule as a lawyer and man of law and order, if I follow the rules to contest the primaries in a free, fair and credible poll and did not win, I will take up something else.

“I am not desperate to become the governor of Oyo State. It is the other way round because the governor is desperate to stop me for whatever reason.”

However, a statement issued by Ajimobi’s Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, quoted him as saying that the minister should be the one to be afraid of going to jail in view of the damaging allegations made against him by all his aides, who resigned en mass following his refusal to pay their emoluments.

“In any case, Shittu should be the one that should be afraid of going to jail in view of many allegations made against him as minister. Few of these are his alleged illegally-acquired property in Ibadan and Abuja and sudden unexplainable and stupendous wealth not commensurate with his emoluments.

“In addition, his recent attempt to covert and appropriate a parcel of land belonging to Saki community, which was stoutly resisted by his own people, has shown his level of greed, avarice and penchant for appropriating what does not belong to him.

“Governor Ajimobi remains a distinguished senator of the country who had successfully traversed the corporate world and got to the peak of his career as the Managing Director and Chief Executive of a multinational; a position that requires a high degree of integrity, ability and capability.

“All these attributes have reflected in the way he has successfully managed the affairs of the state in the last seven years, which has transformed the face and fortunes of the state and had attracted unmatched number of investors to the state.”

Ekiti Guber: Bamidele Denies Stepping Down For Fayemi

Ahead of the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, an aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, has denied stepping down for the immediate past Governor of the State and Minister of Steels and Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

The duo are among the many aspirants seeking the party’s ticket to emerge as candidate for the election.

Bamidele described the rumour of him backing down as laughable, saying there is no reason for him to quit when he is convinced that he has a good chance of clinching the party’s ticket.

He stated that with the assurances given by the Bola Tinubu and other party bigwigs at a meeting held in Lagos last Friday, he has no reason to doubt the credibility of the process leading to the primary. He said he expects the leaders to conduct a free, fair and credible primary that would produce a strong candidate that will be able to dislodge the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and retrieve the state back for the party.

“It is laughable that people aråe saying I have stepped down for Fayemi. When the Minister was in government , I disagreed with him even as a sitting governor . I was brought up to speak truth to power, not minding whose ox is gored. It surprises me that they didn’t say I was fronting for Segun Oni or Senator Gbenga Aluko, because I am close to all these people. But, this is part of politics.

“I have traversed all the 177 wards and I am now visiting all the 16 local governments in search of delegates. At 54, if I want to step down, I won’t waste time, energy and money moving around. I will not even pretend in telling the public about it.

“If for any reason the delegates chose another aspirant and the party calls on me to play any role, I will play it as a loyal member because if I emerged as a candidate, l will expect other aspirants to work with me. It is no longer about the individual but about the party wining and the state and its people,” he said.

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