NIGERIA: Protect Your Voter’s Card, Monarch Urges Osun Electorate

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 The electorates in Osun State have been admonished to protect their voters’ cards, which are their weapons to choose who governs them, and to exercise their voting rights respectively.

Speaking during the visit of the Ijesa North Aregbesola re-election campaign team led by Dr. Wale Bolorunduro to Ibokun, Obokun Local Government headquarters, the Alademure of Ibokunland, Oba Festus Awogboro urged the people to ensure that their votes count.
The monarch, who pledged the support of his subjects for Aregbesola re-election bid, opined that his community has benefitted immensely from the governor’s programmes and projects

He also acknowledged the efforts of the governor at ensuring that peace reigned supreme in Osun State, saying that under Aregbesola, Osun remains the most peaceful state in the country.
He informed the team that his people are fully prepared for the election, adding that his people are politically conscious of the essence of democracy.

Meanwhile, Aregbesola has nearly finished the processes for the construction of an International Modern Market in Owena, a border town with Ondo State, saying the project would be constructed during its second term.

Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC) Governorship Campaign Committee in Ijesa North Federal Constituency, Wale Bolorunduro, stated this in Owena, while addressing the mammoth crowd at a campaign.
He also said a water project has been started in the area and would be completed during the second term of Aregbesola administration.

Bolorunduro, who also said Ikeji-Ile to Ikeji-Arakeji road has been awarded, added that the ongoing Power Project in Ikeji-Ile would be completed during the second term of the administration.

Identifying building of new schools, construction of roads among others as part of the developments that have been brought to the federal constituency, he urged the people to re-elect Aregbesola to allow him complete all the ongoing projects.
Also, the Secretary of the Campaign Committee, Mr. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, said the support that Aregbesola has received in his outings have shown that he is loved by the people of the state.

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‘Ekiti Election Showcases Jonathan’s Reform Agenda’

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A political support group, Team Goodluck Nigeria 2015, has said the success of penultimate Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State was a clear indication that President Goodluck Jonathan’s reform agenda is working, especially as it has brought sanity in the nation’s electoral process.

Addressing journalists, the South-east zonal Coordinator of the group, Chief Ugochukwu Okeke, noted that the Ekiti governorship election was free and fair and devoid of rancour as a result of the reforms in the country’s electoral process initiated by President Jonathan when he assumed office.

Okeke specifically noted that the reforms had made it possible for the electoral umpire INEC and stakeholders to work hand in hand for the success of the elections so far conducted in the country, adding that by this development, politics of rancour and acrimony had been put aside as the clear winner always emerges without interference from outside influence.

Congratulating the winner, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, for his success at the election, Okeke urged him to use the opportunity of the mandate as governor to initiate viable policies and programmes that would serve the overall interest of the masses so that history would remember him well at last.

He also commended the incumbent Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who contested the election alongside with Fayose for exhibiting the spirit of sportsmanship by accepting defeat and congratulating the winner, stressing that this would stand as a good example to other leaders.

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NIGERIA: APC Has Legitimate Grounds to Appeal Ekiti Election, Says Agunbiade

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 A lawmaker representing Ikorodu Constituency I in the Lagos House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, has asserted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has legitimate grounds to appeal the recent governorship election in Ekiti State.

Speaking to state house correspondents at the weekend, he said the ‘militarisation’ of the election intimidated voters into voting for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ayo Fayose against the incumbent and candidate of the APC, Kayode Fayemi.
According to him, “The fact that there was no violence or that people did not fight does not mean that the election was fair. There are questions that are begging for answers. Why was the state so ‘militarised’? Did the constitution not make provision for only one policeman in each polling booth? Was the deployment of a large number of military and police personnel not meant to serve a purpose and favour one party?

“Is it not strange that PDP supposedly won in all the local governments, including that of the incumbent governor? Why was it that the chieftains of the APC were prevented from entering the state a day before the election? From what has happened, any good lawyer can infer that the results were most likely to be doctored.

“APC has made it position known that it would contest the elections at the election tribunal. If the party does not feel that it has legitimate grounds to do so, it would not embark on an exercise in futility,” he added.

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NIGERIA: Youths Attack Ebonyi Commissioner, Others

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 Over 50 youths in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state yesterday attacked the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. David Egbu, during a monthly sanitation exercise at the popular Ezzamgbo Junction in the council.

The commissioner was attacked by some motor park touts and artisans at the popular junction while monitoring the sanitation exercise in the state and its environs.

Also, journalists of different national and local media organisations, environmental Task-force team and others who joined the commissioner to monitor the exercise were attacked with varying degrees of injuries.
The touts vandalised the commissioner’s official vehicle and wounded an official of Elite security agency while others scampered for safety.

THISDAY gathered that trouble started when the team arrived the Ezzamgbo junction motor park to monitor the level of compliance of the people to the monthly sanitation exercise and on getting there, the taskforce team observed that people were carrying out their commercial activities, and stopped and confiscated their equipment.

“On getting to the junction, the commissioner observed that people were carrying out their commercial activities, unrestricted. On sighting the Commissioner and his team, most of them ignored him and continued their business, the commissioner ordered that they be stopped and their equipment confiscated.

“The security agents and the task-force confiscated some vulcanizing machines and carried them into the Hilux Van of the Commissioner but immediately, a man suspected to be the Chairman of the park ordered his boys to bring down the confiscated machines.

“Immediately, over 50 touts and artisans besieged the task-force team and surrounded the Commissioner’s vehicle and started bringing down the machines. When the team attempted stopping them, the touts ran inside the park, carried stones, log of woods, axe, machete and other dangerous weapons and attacked the team,” THISDAY further learnt.
Caption: Hon. Yomi Ogunnusi

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FG Needs to Do More in the North, Says Misau

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 The Federal Government has been tasked to bring more development to bear in the northern part of the country.
It was also observed that if the myriad developmental challenges facing the region are addressed, this would in no small measure contribute to addressing the security challenges facing the nation.

Senatorial aspirant in Bauchi Central senatorial district in the 2015 election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Isa Hamman Misau, disclosed this in a chat with THISDAY in Abuja. He condemned in strong terms, the killing and maiming of innocent people by terrorist groups.
According to Misau, terrorism is neither a northern affair nor Islamic affair, but the affair of all people all over the world.

“In order to stop the insecurity we are facing, we need to educate our people, we need to engage our people in being productive, so that they will know that they have hope, because many of our youths are losing hope.

“Somebody will graduate and five years after graduation they will not get jobs. So if you look at it, we are having so many challenges in the North, and it is high time for government to remove politics, let them come to the drawing board, let them see how they can approve, design northern region.

“The whole northern region compared to the South-west that are educated, Lagos with or without federal government presence can survive. If you look at Niger Delta, they have so many companies there or foreign assistance. But if you look at the North now, there is nothing coming from the North”, the senatorial aspirant averred.

On his ambition to represent his senatorial district at the upper chambers of the National Assembly, Misau who enthused confidence, said he was a grassroots politician and would coast home to victory at the poll.
Reminded that Bauchi is a Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)-controlled state, the senatorial aspirant said it about who can do it irrespective of party affiliation, noting that he is at home with his people.

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NIGERIA: Legislator Hails Confab on Call for State Policing

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Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Finance, Hon. Yomi Ogunnusi, representing the Ijaye/Ojokoro Constituency of Lagos at the National Assembly has commended the national confab’s decision to back state policing.
Ogunnusi, who also tasked the National Assembly on passing the bill on state policing, said Nigeria was ripe enough to have community and state policing to check insecurity across the nation.

The state policing bill is seeking to alter the necessary sections of the constitution to allow for the establishment of state and community police in Nigeria to ensure effective community policing as a modern security strategy.
The national conference has last Thursday, June 26 voted for the setting up of state police in Nigeria while a bill on state policing has passed first reading at the House of Representatives.

According to  Ogunnusi, “I am surprised at the decision of the national conference to back the setting up of state policing and I must commend them for this move. I initiated the bill and I believe it should be passed so that the insecurity pervading the country can be checked.”

He, therefore, urged his colleagues to allow the bill pass the second reading, saying with that communities would secure themselves, rather than depending on outsiders.

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Shagari: We’ll Liberate People of Sokoto from Poverty

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 Sokoto State Deputy Governor and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Mukhtari Shagari, yesterday said the people of Sokoto are fed up with the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led administration in the state, saying the PDP was determined to liberate the people from poverty and backwardness.

He also dispelled insinuations of a rift with former governor Attahiru Bafarawa, saying their relationship was cordial.
Addressing party supporters during the PDP State Congress held at Giginya Stadium yesterday, Shagari maintained that it was high time for the PDP to liberate the people from the shackles of ignorance and deprivation in the state.

He asserted that the people of Sokoto were in dire need of change, adding that the PDP would do whatever it takes to establish government come 2015.

The PDP leader observed that the people were fed up with the current state of squalor and deprivation in the midst of plenty in the state and would take their destiny into their hands by voting out the APC in 2015 polls.

“What we are doing in PDP, is that we are fighting hard to liberate the people of Sokoto from the shackles of poverty and backwardness,” he said, adding that the party was united and that he was not at logger heads with Bafarawa.

He stated that there was no faction in the PDP and as such no cause for any disagreement with the former governor.
“In PDP, we don’t have Bafarawa faction or Shagari camp but we are all one. We have only one ambition, which is to establish government in Sokoto in 2015,” Shagari averred.

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See What Mercy Aigbe Says About Her Alleged Romance With Gov. Rotimi Amaechi

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In a recent interview with Encomium Yoruba movie actress and the mother of two refuted all the gossips about her close relationships with Gov. Rotimi Amaechi.

What’s the relationship between you and Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi?

I only know him to be Rivers State governor, and from his performances so far, he has proved himself to be very sensitive when it comes to the plight of his people. He has worked tirelessly to give them good roads, improved healthcare, etc. He has also alleviated poverty in the state. That much I know because I have family and friends who live in the state, and I hear from them regularly the way he governs the state. And how people sing his praises. Although, I have not had the privilege of meeting him in person, I have heard much about his achievements since he became the governor of the state.

But it was rumoured that you collected N5m from him to feature at the 2014 Children’s Day celebration in the state. What’s your reaction to that?

There is no iota of truth in it. I never at a point collected a kobo from him. I don’t even know him one-on-one. The rumour also has it that both of you are in a sizzling romance, that’s’ why you were invited to the May 27, 2014 celebration? It’s not just untrue but laughable.

But were you truly the only actress invited for the ceremony and did you actually attend?

I wasn’t the only one invited. What happened was that there was a book reading session organized by Best of Nollywood in conjunction with the Rivers State government, and celebrities were invited, among whom Alex Ekubo, Yomi Fash Lanso, Dayo Amusa, Olaitan Ogunbele and others. I was also invited but I was out of the country then. So, I couldn’t attend. I think it was the initiative of Rivers State government. I wasn’t the only actress invited for the programme. So, I don’t know what could have informed such rumour.

Sources: Naij.com news, My Sugar Daily

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POLITICAL NOTES: Chibok and the Era of False Kidnap Alarms

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Reports about abduction of women in the North-east have seldom been out of the headlines since the April 14 kidnap of over 200 schoolgirls at Chibok, in Borno State. But they have largely been denied by the government and the affected communities.

While it may not be good to completely dismiss the stories as false alarm, until proper investigations have been conducted, all stakeholders must realise that alerting the public to kidnap incidents that did not happen only worsens the sense of insecurity in the land. It also makes the work of the security agencies more difficult.

The federal and state authorities as well as communities in the affected areas must work together to stop the spread of anxieties that will not do the country any good.

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Ekiti: Ayo Fayose’s Second Coming

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Toba Suleiman, in Ado-Ekiti, examines the prospects for peace and prosperity in Ekiti State in the looming second governorship tenure of Mr. Ayo Fayose, under whose watch, during his first tenure in 2003, the state had been buffeted by thuggery and sundry bloody incidents

The candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Ayo Fayose, is set to begin his second governorship term after winning penultimate Saturday’s election in Ekiti State. He defeated the candidate of All Progressives Congress and incumbent governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Populism
Fayose swept to victory on a note of populism, much the same way he had come to power in 2003 as a green horn in the race and with little attention paid to him. He had come into the race about a year to the 2003 election during the administration of Otunba Niyi Adebayo of the Alliance for Democracy.

While the ruling party at the time saw him as posing no threat to its re-election, Fayose’s party, PDP also did not appear to see him as a credible candidate that could effectively challenge the incumbent.
But at the end of the day, Fayose defeated the incumbent.

Battles
Unfortunately, as a young man in his forties then, probably consumed with youthful exuberance, Fayose’s tenure faced serious challenges. Though, at home with the youth and popular at the grassroots, many among the political and traditional elite were not favourably disposed to his style of governance.

Fayose fought serious battles on several fronts throughout the three and a half years that his government lasted before it eventually collapsed. From a certificate scandal, which lasted almost a year in court, to his brushes with royal fathers, who accused him of lack of respect for the traditional institution, to his encounters with the political elite, who were virtually alienated by his government, it was a regime of daunting travails for Fayose.
The situation continued until his controversial impeachment on October 16, 2006, and subsequent escape to an unknown destination, believed to be outside the country.

Performance
Many, however, believed Fayose performed better than his predecessor.
Fayose leveraged his time in power to build a strong political structure, which subsists till date, and he was credited with putting in place a lot of infrastructure aimed at transforming the largely rural state. Virtually all the dual-carriage roads within Ado-Ekiti metropolis and the ones linking major cities of the state together were constructed by his government.

Exile and Return
Fayose was in self-exile until December 2007, when he came to town with a bang during the government of then Governor Segun Oni, who governed on the platform of PDP.
Oni’s emergence as governor was controversial, as many people in the state and within his party were not happy with the way he emerged. He was alleged to have emerged PDP candidate from a third position at the primaries. And outside his party, many Ekiti people did not believe he actually won the 2007 governorship election, which he had contested with current governor, Fayemi.

Due to the political enmity between Fayose and Oni, which dated back to government of latter, Fayose did not support Oni at the court-ordered 2009 re-run governorship poll. He, instead, teamed up with Fayemi, who was eventually declared winner by the Court of Appeal, Ilorin, on October 15, 2010.

However, despite his role in the emergence of the APC (then Action Congress of Nigeria) government, Fayose’s attempt to contest the 2011 senatorial election under the Labour Party against the incumbent senator for Ekiti Central, Babafemi Ojudu, suffered a setback, as he lost to Ojudu.

Realising that he could not achieve his goal in LP, which he had built in the state from scratch, he went back to his former party, PDP, like the Biblical prodigal son, who returned to his father to plead for forgiveness. But while Fayose was pardoned and given a waiver by the PDP national leadership, he met a stiff resistance at home, where the party refused to accommodate him.

However, Fayose was able to fight his way through. He was alleged to have installed the core of the present PDP executive in the state during the 2012 congress of the party. That was the second time he would be installing the state PDP executive. Upon his election as governor in 2003, he had sacked the then executive members and installed his own nominees.

Build-up to 2014
Fayose met another stiff opposition from his party during the build-up to the 2014 governorship election. His emergence as the governorship candidate of PDP on March 22 caused a commotion, as no fewer than 21 aspirants, who had kicked against his candidature, boycotted the primaries. They made it clear that he was not worthy to be the PDP candidate. But the PDP national leadership insisted on him.

His emergence as PDP candidate and the subsequent lifting of the ban on political campaigns by the Independent National Electoral Commission on March 24 set the ball rolling for the hot race to the New Government House, Oke-Ayoba, in Ado-Ekiti, built among other legacy projects still under construction by the Fayemi government.

The three months intensive campaigning by the three major parties, APC, PDP and LP, which had Hon Opeyemi Bamidele as its candidate, was quite remarkable. It was a moment of high level of political activities, horse trading and politicking, with the parties traversing the 16 local government areas of the state to canvass for votes. The campaign also took the candidates round the 132 communities in the state.

This year’s campaign was unique in the sense that the candidates and their wives were in it together. The women went to the remote places, where sometimes their husbands could not reach. This was the situation until penultimate Saturday, when the election was held.

Surprise
The big surprise was the defeat suffered by the incumbent government, and the circumstances that led to the outcome of the election.
At the end of the day, the election, which went on smoothly and peacefully, and it has been widely applauded as one of the best conducted by INEC so far.
Fayose has broken the second term jinx. While his success has been attributed to his popularity, political sagacity, and grassroots appeal, many also believe the incumbent government had failed to get its priorities right.

Most surprising about the result of the governorship election, perhaps, was the fact that virtually all the aides,  political appointees and other members of Fayemi’s cabinet, failed to win their units, let alone wards or council areas, for APC.
It was learnt that the deputy governor, Professor Modupe Adelabu, lost her unit, Ado-Ekiti; Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Ganiyu Owolabi, lost in Ilupeju; the Chief of Staff, Yemi Adaramodu, lost in Ilawe-Ekiti. Oni, who recently defected to APC from PDP, and Adebayo all lost in their units.

The story was the same for virtually all the National Assembly members, state assembly members, commissioners, chairmen of local governments and others.
According to a school of thought, what happened last but one Saturday ago was nothing but a revolution by the masses against an unpopular government, aided by political appointees, who not only distanced themselves from the people, but failed to accord them the respect they deserved.

Lesson
The election has come and gone, but many observers are worried whether Fayose has learnt from the mistakes of the past, when the state under him was almost ruined by violence and high level banditry. The state has enjoyed peace and security in the last four years of Fayemi’s administration and there is apprehension in many quarters about Fayose’s capacity to maintain the peace. The acclaimed peaceful atmosphere of his election has done little to douse this fear, even though he had promised during his campaign that he was now “a brand new Fayose.”

Pundits, however, believe the best thing Fayose would do to his political career during his second governorship term is to make it a corrective period for all the wrongs and mistakes he had been criticised for in the past.

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