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Showing posts with label Politics. Show all posts

Saturday, 30 August 2014

REPORT: Is APGA going into extinction?

 (VANGUARD) THESE are really not good times for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
Though the leadership tussle between its National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh and Chief Maxi Okwu, is still at the Supreme Court, members heaved a sigh of relief when the Court of Appeal resolved the tango in favour of Umeh.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Aregbesola wins Osun polls for second time

Osun state governor and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC has been declared winner of saturday’s governorship election.

In the result announced early this morning by the returning officer who is also the VC Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile-Ife, Professor Bamitale Omole, Aregbesola won majority of the poll with 394,684 votes against Senator Iyiola Omisore of PDP who polled 292,747 votes.

Friday, 1 August 2014

2015: Give Jonathan automatic ticket

ABUJA — AHEAD of pri-mary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the emergence of the party’s presidential candidate, the PDP Pioneer National Publicity Secretary, Senator Aniete Okon said, yesterday, that having X-rayed the nation’s political environment, he came to a conclusion that President Goodluck Jonathan be given an automatic ticket by the party.

According to him, against the backdrop of President Jonathan’s achievements and the support by PDP Governors’ Forum under the leadership of governor Godswill Akpabio, and other Nigerians, there was no vacancy in the Presidential Villa.

He added that though as Nigerians, people have the constitutional right to contest, they should wait till 2019 when President Jonathan would have rounded off his second term in office

Speaking with Vanguard, yesterday, Senator Okon, a delegate representing Akwa Ibom State at the on- going National Conference, said that even in developed democracies of the world, incumbent presidents were given conventional right of first refusal by the political party and that of President Jonathan would not be different.

According to him: “In PDP, The President has the conventional right of first refusal. The party without excluding any other aspirants, must in the manner of universal convention of parties in most democratic realms invite the incumbent to bear the party’s standard in an election on the incumbent‘s record. In the PDP, we believe that Mr. President has more than made the mark.

Monday, 21 July 2014

No vacancy in Aso Rock come 2015— Interior Minister

MAKURDI—The Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro has declared ahead of the forthcoming general elections that there would be no vacancy in Aso Rock come 2015.
Moro urged all those aspiring for the position of president to jettison the idea and allow President Goodluck Jonathan to complete all the good works he started for the country.
The Minister, who spoke at a reception organised for him at the weekend by his kinsmen at Ede West Ward, in Okpokwu local government area of Benue state, urged the people to also rally support for the reelection Senator David Mark in the forthcoming election.
He said, “I dare say that if we must move away from the politics of ‘chop I chop’ to politics of principles and and the development of our communities, we must rally support for President Goodluck Jonathan.

“In the present circumstance, which we have found ourselves the only person who can complete the good job that he started, the only person who has introduced ideology to drive us to the next level of development is President Goodluck Jonathan and we must support him to succeed.
“In the resent circumstance, I make bold to say that a combination of President Goodluck Jonathan at the helm of affairs and the Senate President, David Mark at the Senate, will present an important catalyst for development in this country.
“They should therefore be supported to continue to do good things for this country because another entrant will amount to a distraction, and we cannot afford it now.
“Therefore come 2015, there will be no vacancy for a new president in Nigeria nor a new senator from the Benue south district. Anyone with such an ambition should please jettison it, in our collective interest.” the minister said.(Vanguard)

Ebonyi Speaker impeached

ABAKALIKI-Members of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Monday morning impeached the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Chukwuma Nwazunku.

18 out of the 24 members of the house allegedly carried out the impeachment of the speaker.
The members lifted the impeachment of the three members of the house on suspension before carrying out the impeachment.

The three members are Hon Frank Onwe, Hon Eni Uduma Chime and deputy speaker, Hon Blaise Orji.
Hon Frank Onwe moved the motion for his impeachment which was seconded by the minority leader,  Hon Enyi C. Enyi.

Thereafter, Hon Eni Uduma Chima representing Afikpo South West moved the motion for election of  Hon Helen Nwaobasi representing Abakaliki South state constituency.
The motion was seconded Hon Jerry Obasi.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Treason, Graft: Nyako on the run – EFCC

AFTER fruitless attempts to pin down and arrest impeached Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, the Federal Government appears to be under pressure to declare him wanted.

The government wants the former Chief of Defence Staff arrested and prosecuted over alleged looting of Adamawa State treasury and treason against Nigeria.
There were clear indications last night that security agents, who have been combing Yola and Abuja for Nyako, were frustrated over their inability to trace his whereabouts fueling impression that the axed governor is on the run.

Impeachment: APC Mobilises to Save Al-Makura

In a desperate move to prevent  Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State from going the way of former Governor Murtala Nyanko, the All Progressives Congress has swung into action by engaging in a series of meetings at various levels. The APC is also reaching out to elements within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.
A top member of the opposition who spoke to THISDAY Friday on the interventions, said apart from the legal option, the party has enlisted the assistance of its members known to have close links with the Presidency and prominent leaders of the PDP in Nasarawa State to get their support against the impeachment.
This, sources said, the decision of the governor to visit President Goodluck Jonathan at the Aso Villa yesterday night was part of the steps being taken to avert his impeachment.
Majority of the legislators in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly have voted to commence the impeachment of the governor, accusing him of engaging in extra- budgetary spending.
THISDAY gathered that when one of the arrowheads in the PDP's onslaught against the governor was approached to mellow down, he refused to bulge.

The politician, who is currently a serving senator from the state, insisted that there was an agreement that the governor would only serve one term.
According him, the governor has "not only reneged on the agreement but has taken a lot steps viewed as unconstitutional without carrying the stakeholders along".
Based on the perception that the governor was being persecuted wrongfully, the APC is also planning to embark on an aggressive media drive to explain issues to members of the public with the aim of attracting sympathy for the governor.
The source told THISDAY that the party had resolved that henceforth, it would collaborate with the governor in engaging all stakeholders in a sensitization drive including provoking public debate over the abuse of the impeachment process.(Thisday)

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Jonathan may declare for 2015 soon

President Goodluck Jonathan
FRESH indications emerged yesterday that the uncertainty surrounding President Goodluck Jonathan’s intention to seek re-election in 2015 may end soon.

  He is now reportedly set  to make public his intention to vie for the presidential polls.

  To make Jonathan’s re-election a reality, governors of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) rose from its meeting in Abuja yesterday with a unanimous resolution to   support him.

  The governors’ resolution is coming barely hours after the PDP House of Representatives Caucus in the National Assembly passed a vote of confidence and called on Jonathan to seek re-election.

  The two organs of the party held separate meetings with the President and the national  leadership of the party led by its Chairman, Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu at the Presidential Banquet Hall, Aso Rock.

   Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum (PDP-GF) and Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio said the vote of confidence on the President by the lawmakers was an endorsement of Jonathan’s leadership style which had impacted positively on Nigerians.

  He added that by asking him to continue beyond 2015, the lawmakers were making a loud statement that the President could be trusted to repair Nigeria.

  Rising from a closed door meeting! House Leader, Mulikat Adeola Akande flanked by the lawmakers told journalists that the PDP caucus of the House specifically asked the president to contest for a second term.

  She said: “We are PDP caucus of the House of Representatives. A meeting like this is not strange because we met with the President who is our leader.

   ‘‘We deliberated on issues affecting our party. The House caucus on our own decided to pass a vote of confidence on the President and also endorsed him for second term.”

   Asked if the PDP Governors’ Forum also followed the endorsement train spearheaded by the lawmakers, Akpabio said, “The Governors’ Forum members were present when the National Assembly Caucus did what they did, I do not want to pre-empt the action of PDP governors, but I can attest to their loyalty and their commitment to the success of the President in 2015.

  According  to Akpabio: “We did an appraisal of the meeting that we held with the Caucus of the House of Representatives and it was a fantastic one and I think it is something that should be done regularly with the party leader, the President and members of the National Working Committee ( NWC) at the national level.

  “Of course you are aware that the National Assembly Caucus met earlier in the day and passed a vote of confidence on the President, the Vice President and the national leadership of the party and in turn, they also urged Mr. President to step forward and contest for the 2015 presidential election, in other words, they are urging him to go forward and re-contest for a second term in office.

  “We were witnesses when that resolution was taken and of course, they also pledged their unflinching support to the leadership of the President and then congratulated him for being able to pass through times despite the distractions as a result of the insecurity situation in some parts of the country.”

  Thereafter, he said governors moved into further meeting with the President and members of the NWC led by the National Chairman of the party to strategise on the way forward.

  “We want to deepen internal democracy and want to strategise on how best we can win the primaries and by implication also ensure that we bring out the best candidates, taking a cue from what had happened in Ekiti State  that if we are able to carry out proper internal democracy and bring out the most popular candidates, then the main election will be less rancorous and of course the party will sail through with a view to getting up two-thirds of the states of the federation as it was when we started in 1999.

  “When I came in, there was a period that PDP had up to 29 governors. In 2011, we still had up to 25 governors and then of course some governors tried to decamp to other political parties which they are liberty to do, because this is democracy, but we are gaining more, now we have at least 19 governors with the coming of Ekiti State and we also have three deputy governors who are still with us.

  “That of Sokoto, Adamawa (before he resigned later yesterday) and also that of Nasarawa, that brings our number to about 22, so if we shoot to 28 it is not too bad in the 2015 elections, so it was an appraisal and for us to use that opportunity as PDP governors to congratulate the party leader on the very successful election that was held in Ekiti State, which was very free and fair and applauded by the international community and all Nigerians.”

  On what the President’s reaction was, he said though the President was elated at the endorsement by the lawmakers, he did not make any comment, because  he believed it was not time yet to make political declaration.

  He said: “He (President) was obviously elated, but he did not answer anything but as you know INEC has not given the time table for election yet, we are still waiting for INEC to release the guidelines, so the President didn’t give anybody any answer, he did not say he would contest or he would not contest, but rather, he thanked them for the interest and confidence reposed in him. But I think from his body language, he is very mindful of the law and the need to wait for guidelines from INEC. That was what I noticed.”(Guardian News)

How governor Murtala Nyako impeached; faces treason charges

ABUJA— There were indications last night that the impeached governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, might be arrested by security agents and charged to court for alleged treason.
While the treason charges against the former governor is billed to take off in one court, the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, would be prosecuting Nyako in another court for allegedly looting funds of the state said to have been stashed in a local bank.
The governor and the North-East Region manager of the said bank will be charged with another top official of Adamawa State Government, who is being held by the anti-graft agency for aiding and abetting the looting.
A competent security source told Vanguard that the Presidency has already ordered the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, to file treason charges against the governor, who lost his plum job yesterday.
The charges, according to the source, had been prepared by the Federal Government even before the impeachment process against Nyako started and would merely be completed with the governor’s removal from office.

Nyako to face treason charges

Findings by Vanguard revealed that Nyako is to be tried specifically for levying war against Nigeria and inciting Nigerians and the international community against the person of President Goodluck Jonathan by accusing Jonathan of committing genocide against Northerners under the guise of fighting terrorism.
One of the sources said: “The AGF is ready with the treason charges against Nyako, who never showed any remorse over his letter to the Northern Governors Forum and refused to retract the contents and apologise even when he had the opportunity to do so.
“The AGF has since been directed to file treason charges against the governor, who was fired by the Adamawa State House of Assembly on Tuesday (yesterday) because what he did was levying war against the nation and inciting the world against President Jonathan.
“If the former governor is lucky, he will survive the legal onslaught against him but he may be in for many years in jail if convicted for his indiscretion and deliberate action to malign the President of Nigeria,” the source said.

Why Presidency dumped Ngilari

On why the Presidency withdrew its earlier support for the Deputy Governor to succeed Nyako, the source explained that Ngilari lost out because he tried to join forces with Nyako and work against the interest of the PDP stakeholders in the state.
He explained that Ngilari lost the support of the Presidency and the PDP stakeholders in the state when it was discovered that he had accepted to take over from Nyako and make Nyako’s son his deputy.
“Ngilari lost out when the Presidency got information that he had reached an agreement with Nyako to resign for him to take over as governor and make his son deputy governor so as to continue to protect the former governor’s interests. He thought he was smart,” the source said.

Vanguard further learnt that Ngilari, a Christian, was prevented from succeeding Nyako, a Muslim, so as not to stoke ethno-religious crisis in the state and worsen the security problem in the North-East.
His removal from office notwithstanding, Nyako remained boisterous, yesterday, insisting that he accepted the action against him in good faith, as it was merely a judgment by man and not God.
The former governor said: “All praise be to Allah. We accept what has happened. This is the judgment of man; we should all remember that there is God’s judgment in the hereafter”.

Apparently hinging his hope on his move to challenge the impeachment process against him, Nyako urged his supporters to remain calm and law-abiding, as the matter was far from being over.

Ngilari hasn’t resigned — Nyako

In spite of that, Nyako disagreed with the claim by the House of Assembly that Ngilari had resigned his position as deputy governor, arguing that the law required the deputy governor to submit his resignation letter to the governor and not the House of Assembly.
Nyako argued that he was still the governor of Adamawa State at the time Ngilari was said to have submitted his resignation letter to the Speaker of the state House of Assembly in contravention of Section 306 (5) of the 1999 Constitution.
Nyako, who spoke through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Mr. Ahmed Sajoh, said: “Our attention has been drawn to the purported resignation of the Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Barr Bala James Ngilari, which was supposedly read on the floor of the State House of Assembly.
“We wish to State categorically that Section 306 (5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as Amended requires that the Deputy Governor resigns not to the House of Assembly but to the Governor.
“As at the time the supposed resignation was said to have been tendered in the House, Murtala H. Nyako was the Governor of Adamawa State. No such letter was written to him, none was received by him and none was approved by him.
“It should, therefore, be known that in the eyes of the Law, the Deputy Governor has not resigned. Barr. Bala James Ngilari is still the Deputy Governor of Adamawa State.
“This clarification is necessary to avert another subversion of the Constitution since the other processes relating to the impeachment saga have all been in contravention of the Constitution and the Law. We wish to observe that continued abuse of the constitution and the laws of the land may spell doom for our democracy,” Nyako’s spokesman said.

How Nyako was impeached

The removal of the governor by the State House of Assembly followed the adoption of the report of the seven-man investigation panel set up by the former Adamawa State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Ambrose Mammadi to investigate alleged gross misconduct levelled against the removed governor and his Deputy.
At yesterday’s plenary session, the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri read the report of the panel to the members, and quoted section 18(a) of the Constitution which gives the House 14 days within which to deliberate on the report.
Mr Jerry Kundusi representing Gombi Constituency then moved a motion that since the House has the required 2/3 Majority, it should commence debate on the panel’s report immediately.
Mr Kwamote La’on representing Numan Constituency supported the motion and there was no dissenting voice, while the House immediately commenced debate on the report.
At this point, the Speaker called each of the signatories to the impeachment process to confirm their signature in order to ensure the 2/3 majority needed is attained.
17 of the 25-member House of Assembly affirmed that their signatures were authentic and they stood by it.
At this juncture, the report of the panel was read by the Speaker to the members specifying the 20 charges preferred against Nyako.
Four of the allegations were, however, dropped by the panel for lack of merit.
After being found guilty of 16 out of the 20-count charges, the Deputy Speaker moved a motion seconded by Jerry Kundisi that the House adopt the report of the panel.
Consequently, the Speaker of the House, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri stated that the House has satisfied section 18 (9) of the Constitution, and that he, therefore, had no alternative than to declare the office of the Governor of Adamawa State vacant.
The Deputy Speaker also moved a motion, seconded by Jerry Kundisi that since the Deputy Governor has resigned, the Speaker should be sworn in as Acting Governor.
The House in session unanimously directed the President of Adamawa Customary Court, in the absence of the Chief Judge to swear in the Speaker as Acting Governor for three months before an election is conducted to fill in the vacant office of the Governor of Adamawa State.
Before the commencement of the house plenary session, the speaker read a letter from deputy governor, Bala James Ngilari announcing his voluntary resignation.
In their reactions, Adamawa PDP stakeholders, described the impeachment as the best thing to happen in Adamawa State.(Credit/Source:

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

I may run for presidency, says Governor Musa Kwankwaso

GOVERNOR Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano
GOVERNOR Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has declared his interest to vie for the presidential race in next year’s general elections on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), but added that he would only do so if the party leadership finds him suitable to contest the polls.

  Kwankwaso, who spoke Monday in an interview with journalists, affirmed his willingness to take up the task with all sense of responsibility to deliver good governance in the country.

  Kwankwaso noted: “Why not. I would not hesitate to pick up the presidential ticket under our party, APC to vie for the number one seat. And if our party and the party leadership find me suitable for the seat why not, I will take up the challenge.”

  Kwankwaso while accusing President Goodluck Jonathan of smuggling a new constitution into the on-going National Conference, insisted that the divide and rule style of the president was geared towards his becoming a life President.

  Kwankwaso, stressed that it will be harmful for the country to extend the term of office of the President from the proposed single term to eight years by 2015 when the new constitution if endorsed will become operational.

  He further alleged that all the injustices perpetrated by the president were “deliberately targeted at the APC states just to destabilise us and so to achieve his inordinate ambition of becoming the life President.”

  “Nigerians are not fools. We are aware of the President’s new plans and agenda. The plan was to secure another fresh eight-year mandate in 2015, all in a bid to perpetrate himself in power and eventually achieve his life ambition.

  ‘‘What Nigerians need now is positive change, and not the kind of game being played by the President and with the way things are going, we would continue to pray that the President to sail the ship to shore in 2015 and that the crisis in the country do not degenerate into religious war,” Kwankwaso added.

  On the National Conference, Kwankwaso maintained that he was opposed to the conference, as it is tantamount to share waste of resources, adding that what the country needed for now, more than anything else is fair distribution of resources.

  The governor bemoaned what he called interference from above, particularly in Rivers, Adamawa and lately in Kano State when the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor was announced as new Emir of Kano.

  He further accused the Federal Government of causing chaos and spearheading the recent protest that greeted the appointment of Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi 11 as the new Emir of Kano.

   On the activities of the insurgents in the North east, Kwankwaso maintained that the nonchalant attitude of Jonathan to assert himself as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to halt the uncompromising attitude of the sect was worrisome, adding that what the President needed was to either negotiate with the sect or use force to stop the incessant killings.

  ‘’Dealing with insurgency should either be by negotiation or by the use of force and I tell you that most of the confusion are coming from the President’s handlers, the people around him, just to cause more problems.’’ Kwankwaso stressed.(Guardian)

Governor Nyako, deputy flee government house

Governor Murtala Nyako,Adamawa State
AS the political crisis in Adamawa State deepens, Governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy James Bala Ngillari allegedly fled the Government House Monday.

  A source told The Guardian that the governor and his deputy had taken their personal belongings out of the Government House.

  This came as the seven-man panel set up by the state Acting Chief Judge, Justice Ambrose Mammadi, to investigate the 20 charges of gross misconduct levelled against Nyako and Ngillari Monday submitted its report to the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Alhaji Ahmed Umaru Fintri.

   Besides,  Nyako’s  counterpart in Nasarawa, Umar Tanko Al-Makura, was served an impeachment notice by the state House of Assembly over allegations of gross misconduct as President Goodluck Jonathan visited the state yesterday.

   While submitting the report in Adamawa, the chairman of the panel, Alhaji Abubakar Kaigama, said that the committee gave the governor and his deputy the opportunity to appear and defend themselves, but they refused to honour the invitation.

“The panel invited the governor and the deputy governor twice, but they refused to come to the panel or send their representatives”, he said.

  Kaigama said that the members of the panel had seen their assignment as a great opportunity to contribute their quota to the development of democracy in the country.

   He said that the appointment of the panel was strictly in line with Section 188 sub-section [5] of the 1999 Constitution as  amended. The report, according to Kaigama, is contained in four volumes.

 While receiving the report, the Speaker of the house said that the members of the panel were selected by the acting chief judge of the state based on their personal integrity and their past records in their fields.

   He said that the members of the assembly would meet during the house’s plenary session and take a decision on the report in the interest of democracy.

   “The governor, his deputy and their aides have taken away their personal belongings from  Government House and some of them returned the official vehicles in their custody”, the source said.

  When The Guardian visited the Government House yesterday, there was no single official in any of the offices, only security operatives were seen.

  It was learnt that the lawmakers may reconvene from their recess for an emergency sitting today  to  deliberate on the panel’s report and take the last action on the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the governor and his deputy.

   The President flew in from Abuja to Rukubi, a hinterland in Doma Local Council Area of the state to commission what is said to be the biggest rice farm in Africa.

  The farm is owned by Olam, an Indian company which has operated in the country in the past 25 years. The President said with such a huge investment in the country, the farm would  also serve as an export processing zone for the entire nation.

   But while the commissioning lasted, the state legislature sat, deliberating on series of allegations of gross misconduct against the governor.

   The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Alhaji Musa Ahmed, after the sitting directed the clerk of the House to serve the governor the impeachment notice.

   This followed a motion of public interest raised by the Deputy Majority Leader of the House, Mr. Yahaya Usman (PDP-Umaisha/Ugya) during the house plenary  in Lafia, the state capital.

  He presented a document containing allegations of gross misconduct against the governor, which he said was signed by 20 of the 24 members of the PDP-dominated Assembly.

“I am on my feet to raise a motion under the matter of public interest and I will go directly to read the document I have in my hand.

  “This is a notice of impeachment of Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State for gross misconduct and for the violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended,  today being the 14th July, 2014, the 20 members of the 24 members of this house unanimously endorsed to serve Governor Tanko Al-Makura notice of impeachment,” he said

   The Chief Whip of the house Mr. Mohammed Okpede, (PDP-Doma North) seconded the motion.

   The Speaker who officially received the impeachment notice said they acted in compliance with the provision of the constitution.

 “In the event that his Excellency, Governor Tanko Al-Makura could not be reached for service, the clerk is directed to serve him with the impeachment notice through the media,” Ahmed said.

   The house committee chairman on information and orientation, Baba Ibaku who spoke with The Guardian listed some of the impeachable offences of the governor to include:

 • Embezzlement of local government’s joint account funds to the tune of over N2 billion, and

• Disappearance  of over N700 million SURE-P money as well as N400 million flood money released in 2012 by the Federal Government to states affected by flood. (Guardian)

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Power supply may not be stable for the next 20 years —Ex-Gov Ladoja

Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, the Chairman, National Conference Energy Committee and a  former Governor of Oyo State, walked tall as hundreds of APC, PDP members in Ido Local Government Area of  the  state embraced the party that he leads.  In an interview with Sunday Vanguard at his Bodija GRA, Ibadan home later, he spoke on  the energy situation in Nigeria vis-à-vis what his committee at the confab has done and expressed  optimism that his party, Accord, now stands the chance to win Oyo State come 2015.  Accord Party made a surprise outing as it went to election under three months of  its formation in the state winning seven of  the 16 state legislative seats; four of six House of Representatives seats and slugged it out with the now Governor Abiola Ajimobi on a 275,000 to 340,000 votes basis. Excerpts:

You have always been concerned about the energy situation in Nigeria.
 Would you say that your being the Chairman of the National Conference Committee on Energy has provided you the opportunity to get over your worry?

Being in the confab energy committee, I believe, has just confirmed my professional concern about the energy situation in Nigeria particularly the power sector.  But whether my being there will solve the problems is another thing because the conference can make recommendations but the decision still remains with the government.  What I discovered is that the recommendations have always been there.  They were not non-existent.    The roadmap is there. So, recommendations are not the problems but the implementation of those things.
There has been stagnation since 1986.  The government has not added any generating plants since that time.  We need production to grow everyday.  Of course there are some plants that were added by Shell, Agip. We still talk about 4,000 megawatts whereas we should be talking about 45,000 megawatts or more.  And the major problem, from what the policy is today, is that Nigeria has not yet accepted that power is a strategic issue.  We still look at it in terms of naira and kobo.  Whereas developed countries look at power from the angle of being strategic.
In Germany, they have about 200,000 megawatts and their need is just about 25,000 megawatts.  So, they have more than two times of their need.  That is why it is possible for them, in one day, to say, ‘close down all the nuclear ones’ which gave them about 15,000 megawatts.
So, from that angle, we can say that we are still far from understanding the world politics because power is part of the world politics.  South Africa is a population of about a third of Nigeria’s population.  They have 45,000 megawatts and Nigeria has 4,000 megawatts.  So, you can understand that we are very far from getting there.

What have you really discovered?

We have discovered that if we have to leave power in the hands of the private sector for them to grow it, we will not come out of the woods in the next 20 years.  And from what I saw, out Vision 20:2020 may just be a spent bill and I think they have just dabbled into areas that are not really the problems.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in his last days, established the NIPP, National Integrated Power Project, which he said would add 4,000 megawatts to the national grid but its implementations, even since Obasanjo left office, many of them are yet to come on stream.  Either the sites chosen were not feasible or there is no gas.
I just assume that there is more to the situation with the NNPC than what we can see.  Because, if you look at it, those turbines were not normally meant to be kept in the shelves, they are not supposed to be kept in the store for eight years before they start working.

When you finished in Belgium and became a chemical engineer, you worked with Total and rose through the cadres to become the operations manager. Meaning that you are  abreast of the situation in the energy sector and the conference energy committee that you are heading now is seen as an opportunity for you to translate your many ideas into quality recommendations to guide government.  Since insufficient gas supply has been blamed for the bulk of our power generation inadequacies, why must Nigeria  stick to gas to generate power?

It should not be, but we have concentrated on gas whereas there is abundance of coal.  Our recommendation is that they should put power plants where they have the raw materials (means of generation).
It is not necessary for us to pipe gas to Sokoto and Kano when there is coal in those places.  There is also coal in Bauchi and there is coal virtually everywhere except the South-west. Where they have cola they should put power plants there and also where there is gas they should put power plants there.  They should not unnecessarily pipe gas so that vandalism can reduce.
Also where they have hydro they should put power plants there.  Like Katsina, we discovered that the state  can get between 2,000 and 6,000 megawatts.  Yet they have not developed it.  So, you can just ask yourself whether successive governments understand power as strategic because they do not behave to seem so.

What is the way out?

We are saying government should  continue to develop the facilities because they will need at least five million dollars every year if  we are going to be anywhere in year 2020.
It is not only generation that we have problem with, we also have problem with transmission which is  inadequate for the requirements of today.  The people that got it, they now discovered that what they were told was different from what they saw in term of losses and so they are still talking.  You have coal, you have hydro, you have gas and so, diversification is highly required.

Politics at home in Oyo: you appear to be very well on ground.  What went wrong that Senator Rashidi Ladoja did not win the governorship election?

Nothing went wrong. We were not destined to win and we did not win.
At that time, most politicians did not believe  we stood any chance. So, most politicians did not join us because they looked at us as jokers, saying, “Two months to election, you say you are forming a new party?”
To that extent, they did not join us and it was the people, the voters, the ordinary people who had faith in us that stood with us. Now that politicians have started seeing that this is where the people will vote, many of them are joining us and so we stand  a very good chance of winning the elections come 2015.
We were not destined to win the last election because, if you look at it, we won conveniently and convincingly in Ibadan but, outside Ibadan, and you know that development radiates from the centre to those areas, people were not convinced that we could make any headway. That is why it happened that way. Not that anything went wrong. We just did not win.

The coming of Senator Lanlehin into the Accord, what value  is he adding to the party?
Everybody adds value to the party. When you are contesting, everybody counts. Senator Lanlehin is coming with a lot of goodwill and also a lot of members; people who believe in him.
So, people have begun to believe in Accord. It is a grassroots party. It is a party that believes in the need of our people and believes in the ability of our people to rule themselves. That is why they say our party is together because all decisions continue to be taken at the constituency level.
As at today, we feel comfortable that we are going to win the coming election in every local government. If you are aggrieved in the PDP, you come to Accord. If you are dissatisfied with APC, you come to Accord. So, they have always been coming to Accord and they have not(Culled from Vanguard)

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Uduaghan urges FG to increase states, councils revenue allocations

Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta
Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta on Monday appealed to the Federal Government to increase the revenue allocations to states and Local government councils in view of their increasing responsibilities.
Uduaghan made the appeal when the Commissioner, representing the state at the Federal Character Commission, Sir Emmanuel Ebimami, visited him in Asaba.
The governor noted that the current revenue allocated to them could no longer sustain their responsibilities.
Uduaghan charged the commission to take it as additional mandate to address revenue sharing formula in the country to enable states and councils to meet their needs.
According to the governor, some state governments owe salaries because what they receive as allocations is not enough to meet their demands.
“I believe that there should be fair and equitable distribution of the oil revenue.
“A situation where the Federal Government has the larger chunk of the resources does not give room for fairness,” Uduaghan said.
He noted that the commission was central to addressing the complexities in terms of appointment and resource sharing in the country.
The governor said that this was because it was often difficult to balance resources in a cosmopolitan country like Nigeria.
He said that one of the reasons for the Niger Delta crisis was due to grumbling by the communities which felt that they were not getting enough.
He stressed that the state was currently saddled with the funding of some federal projects like the Ughelli-Asaba expressway among others.
He added that the state would have liked to support the commission in terms of logistics to enable it to train its staff and carry out other duties on its mandate but for fund challenges.
Earlier, Ebimami thanked the governor for the opportunity given to him to serve on the commission.
He appealed to the state government to give the commission some logistics support to enable it to train staff to attain its mandate. (NAN)

We’ll conduct election in all states despite security challenges

Abuja -  As concerns mount over unceasing terrorist attacks in parts of the north, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, Tuesday raised the hope of conducting election in all the states despite the security threats.
Besides, Jega boasted on Tuesday that the Osun State governorship election would be better than the one concluded in Ekiti State last week.

Jega made the declaration when the Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China, H. E. Gu Xiaojie, paid a courtesy visit to the Commission in Abuja.
Professor Jega restated INEC readiness to conduct the 2015 general election in all states of the federation, despite security threats in some areas.
He said: “We know that both nationally and internationally, there are concerns about the 2015 general election, partly because of the challenges of security in some states.
“On our part, we have been doing our best to ensure that we are able to conduct elections in those areas; and we have been working very closely with security agencies to ensure that there is adequate security for the conduct of election in those states.”

The Chairman said the commission had devoted itself to improving the electoral process in Nigeria, “to make it more participatory and ensure that it is more transparent, that elections are conducted consistent with international best standards and in accordance with our own electoral laws.”
He added: “Since 2011, we have been doing our best to keep on improving the integrity and transparency of the electoral process. We have cleaned up the Register of Voters, and we have been doing our best to address the challenge of logistics of deployment, which has been a major obstacle to our conduct of good elections.
“I am pleased to say there has been progressive improvement in the series of governorship elections that we have conducted since 2011, culminating in the Ekiti election that we conducted two weeks ago, and which has been generally acknowledged as perhaps the best election that we have conducted so far.
The Commission, according to him, has improved its engagement stakeholders – including political parties, security agencies and civil society organisations, among others – in order to deepen the political process.
“We have periodic meetings with these stakeholders where we explain what we are doing and we receive suggestions for improvement; and we take these suggestions on board as we continue to improve the process,” he said.
The Chairman also acknowledged the support of the international community for Nigeria’s electoral process. “Our development partners have been very helpful, other friends of Nigeria have generally been helpful; they have encouraged us and shown understanding, and that also has gone a long way to contribute to our continuous improvement of the electoral process.”
The Chinese envoy, in his remarks, said there is much that his country and Nigeria could mutually learn from each other’s electoral experience. He added that Nigeria being an important country in Africa, global attention is on the country as it prepares to conduct the 2015 general election.(Vanguard)

Sunday, 29 June 2014

I will never contest election again in Nigeria – Governor Obi

AWKA- IMMEDIATE past governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter said weekend that no amount of pressure would make him change his mind to go for any elective position in Nigeria.
Speaking with reporters at Ochuche in Ogbaru local government area of Anambra State where his former commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Mr. Dubem Obaze received a chieftaincy title from all traditional rulers in Anambra North senatorial zone, Obi, however said he is prepared to serve Nigeria in any capacity.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Amosun pays severance allowance to ex-political office holders

Presenting the cheques to the beneficiaries, Amosun said that it was only human to compensate  those who had served the state.
He, however,  said  payment would be made in batches, adding that those who served the state for longer period would be paid first.

Osun governorship polls ‘ll be better —Jega

ABUJA—As Nigerians continue to shower encomiums on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for conducting a hitch-free governorship election last Saturday in Ekiti State, the electoral body has reassured Nigerians that next August’s gubernatorial polls in Osun State would be better. This assurance was given yesterday by INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, while speaking at the commission’s quarterly meeting with the 26 registered political parties in Abuja. Jega also expressed his satisfaction with the efforts of the registered political parties in ensuring a hitch free poll in Ekiti and also urged them to use the opportunity provided by the election to support the commission’s efforts in conducting a free and fair poll next year. The INEC boss further urged all stake holders who were involved in the conduct of the Ekiti polls that was adjudged the best the commission has so far conducted not to rest on their oars adding that it is the commissions’ resolve that the August 17 Osun polls and 2015 general elections would be better than the Ekiti polls. Jega further stated that the meeting will among other things deliberate on the progress and challenges the commission has faced in the distribution of Permanent Voters Cards, PVC, as well as conduct of the Phase one of Continuous Voters Registration and preparations for phase two. According to him: “ The meeting would also discuss the approved guidelines for political party registration and deregistration, harmonize the draft guidelines for political party campaigns ahead of the 2015 elections and schedule party primaries for the 2015 polls.” He continued: “This meeting is coming at an auspicious time, in the wake of the recently concluded governorship election in Ekiti state. I must therefore use this opportunity to congratulate and commend all stakeholders whose positive involvement in the process has resulted in the successful conduct of the election, such that it has been adjudged as the best election INEC has so far conducted. From the INEC staff, to the young men and women of the NYSC and other tertiary institutions, to the security agencies, political parties, civil society organizations and the candidates and host of other stakeholders, every one put together their best and our collective best turned out to be good enough in Ekiti. That is how it should be and it is a very good lesson for our future elections.” He further stated that the successful conduct of a free, fair and peaceful election in Ekiti is a good omen for the subsequent elections to come, and indeed in line with the yearnings and aspiration of Nigerians for a consolidated democracy. Said he: “The forth-coming election in Osun state, God willing should be better, and the 2015 general elections must be the best. It is therefore a challenge for all of us to join hands and continue to work together to ensure this necessary outcome.”

Monday, 23 June 2014

About Muhammadu Buhari, former Nigeria Head of state,Public figure,Politician

General Muhammadu Buhari in Military uniform
Born Muhammadu Buhari from an Ethnic Fulani Background in the year 1942, December 17, A Native of Daura, Katsina Statein Nigeria, Buhari joined the Nigerian Army in the year 1962.

On joining the Army General Muhammadu Buhari served under the military in different capacity as Governor of North-Eastern State of Nigeria in the 70’s and attained public prominence under then Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo Regime in 1976 as Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources. Also in 1977 General Buhari became Head of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. An arm of Government responsible for Managing the rich Natural Crude deposit in Nigeria, Monitoring both export of crude and importation of refined crude and other related petroleum product to assist in the short supply of the product to the teeming masses of Nigerians as a result of inadequate refineries in the Country.

On December 31st, 1983 General Muhammadu Buhari became Nigeria’s head of State after a successful military coup d’etat which saw to the removal of then Civilian Leader, President Shehu Shagari by top ranking Military officers, who appointed General Buhari as head of state and Tunde Idiagbon as chief of general staff.
Muhammadu Buhari

His Regime was critise for sentencing Popular Nigeria Musician Fela Kuti to 10 years imprisonment, which many believed was a political game, He was also said to have created Nigerias first secret Police (The National Security Organization), General Buhari was seen by many as a Military head of state with various laws which was seeing as fighting corruption, but was most times seen as too harsh and extreme, of mention is the curbing of importations which resulted to many workers losing their jobs.

General Buhari’s Regime created the Kick against Indiscipline, KAI
On 27th august, 1985 General Buhari was removed by a military coup d’etat lead by General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and was in military detention in Benin City until 1988.
In 1998, General Buhari became the chairman, head of the Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF. Funded by Late Military Head of State, General Sani Abacha.

In 2003, Buhari was in the Presidential race contest under the flagship of All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP, which he lost the election to then incumbent President, Chief Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo. In April 2007 he also contested in the Preidential race and lost to Umaru Yar’Adua, a candidate of The Peoples Democratic Party,PDP.

He founded the Congress for Progressive change, CPC in March 2010, a platform he was later to use in contesting against Mr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. An election He later lost to incumbent President, Goodluck Jonathan on 16th April, 2011.

 Credit: Wikipedia,online sources

Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, conceding defeat to Mr Ayo Fayose in state broadcast,Read full spech

 Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi
Being an address delivered by Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, conceding defeat to Mr Ayo Fayose, yesterday

In o kun o Ekiti kete. Yesterday, Ekiti State decided. Following the gubernatorial election held in the land of honour, Ekiti State, Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has of­ficially returned the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the election.

“If indeed this is the will of the Ekiti People, I stand in deference of your will. If the result of the elections is an expression of the voice of our people, we must all heed your voice.

“I have just spoken with my brother, Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, congratulating him on his victory. In a few hours from now, I would be meeting the governor-elect to discuss the future of our dear state and how we would work together to institute a smooth transition programme.

“It has been a hard fought election. As ex­pected, in the course of the campaigns, there were unsavoury episodes as the candidates toured the nooks and crannies of the state to sell ourselves to the people. Elections tend to be highly divisive affairs that often see brother rising against brother.

“Despite our diverse party affiliations, and regardless of which way we voted on Satur­day, we must remember that we are all sons and daughters of Ekiti State. Ekiti is ours to build together”.

“On our part, over the course of the campaigns, we presented our scorecards before the people of Ekiti State. We never at any point took your support for granted. We campaigned, we canvassed and we traversed the nooks and crannies of this state.

“Our performance and achievements in office will remain the backdrop against which the next government and indeed future governments will be assessed. We are proud that with the support of Ekiti people, we have raised the bar of excellence in governance. In all, we gave our best, for con­science and for posterity.

“Indeed a new sociology of the Ekiti people may have evolved. However, the task of understanding how the outcome of this election has defined us as a people will be that of scholars. For us as an administration and a cadre of political leaders in Ekiti State, we have fought a good fight, we have kept faith.

“To members of our party, our campaign team and indeed all Ekiti people who defied the siege on our state to cast their votes for our party, I salute your exemplary courage and doggedness in the face of harassment. Thank you for staying the course.

“The incidences of brazen harassment, intimidation and allied infractions on fun­damental human rights, which many of you suffered in the hands of agents of the state, would be documented and communicated to the appropriate authorities for the records.”(The Sun)

How Fayose took Ekiti from Fayemi

ADO-EKITI—Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, yesterday, said he won the election because of his past performance and catering for the welfare of the people.

Fayose spoke to reporters on how he took Ekiti state from the incumbent governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan led the outpour of congratulations to winner of last Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose. The All Progressives Congress, APC, whose candidate and incumbent governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi lost the election, last night, espoused reasons their standard bearer was defeated in the election.

However, Fayemi was gracious in defeat as he conceded that he lost the election.

The PDP candidate, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, who governed the state between 2003 and 2006 before he was removed from office, won the election in a sweeping victory in all 16 local government areas of the state. He was trailed by Governor Fayemi of the APC.

The third major candidate, Opeyemi Bamidele of Labour Party, LP, came a distant third. Fayose polled 203,090 votes to beat Fayemi, who polled 120,433 votes, while Bamidele polled 18,125 votes.

As congratulations poured in for the governor-elect, yesterday, the outgoing governor, Dr. Fayemi was also commended from across the country for his dignity in quickly conceding victory following the declaration of the results early yesterday morning by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Fayemi is to meet Fayose today to set the process for what the outgoing governor said would be a smooth transition. Fayose who reciprocated Fayemi’s gesture at a press conference in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, also praised the governor for his courage and allowing peace to reign in the state.

Apparently disappointed with the outcome of the poll, APC leaders it was learnt, yesterday, are now proposing to their governors to direct their message to suit the circumstances they find in their states.

Expressing shock that the electorate in Ekiti turned away from Dr. Fayemi, a member of the National Executive Committee, NEC of the party told Vanguard that the governors may now have to moderate their populist programmes.

“We have learnt our lessons. In the future, governors might now ask of what use it is to build roads, improve education, social welfare, infrastructure if that would not win you re-election.

“It is a celebration of corruption. What does it matter if somebody who had been impeached can come back like this?”, he asked.

National officers of the APC also blamed their woes on what they cited as the influence of money, saying that the PDP literally opened up the treasury to buy the election.

Releasing the results yesterday, the Returning Officer for the election and Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti, Professor Isaac Azuzu, said Fayose polled 203,090 votes to defeat other candidates who participated in the exercise.

Giving details of the results at about 4.20 a.m. yesterday, he said: “We have come to the grand finale of this exercise. Accord-268, AA—146,  APC-120433, AD—843, CPP-967, LP 18125 , KOWA —222, CPP—967, PDP-203090, MPPP- 137, NCP—322, PDC—921, PPA—1050, SDP—65, UDP-67.”

Fayemi concedes defeat

Fayemi was quick to concede defeat in a mid-morning live broadcast to the people of the state.
The governor in the address titled, “If this is the will of the people:” said: “Yesterday, Ekiti State decided. Following the gubernatorial elections held in the land of honour, Ekiti State, Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has officially returned the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the election.

“If indeed this is the will of the Ekiti People, I stand in deference to your will. If the result of the elections is an expression of the voice of our people, we must all heed your voice.

“I have just spoken with my brother, Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, congratulating him on his victory. In a few hours from now, I would be meeting the Governor-elect to discuss the future of our dear state and how we would work together to institute a smooth transition programme.

“It has been a hard fought election. As expected, in the course of the campaigns, there were unsavory episodes as the candidates toured the nooks and crannies of the state to sell ourselves to the people. Elections tend to be highly divisive affairs that often see brother rising against brother. Despite our diverse party affiliations, and regardless of which way we voted on Saturday, we must remember that we are all sons and daughters of Ekiti State. Ekiti is ours to build together.

“On our part, over the course of the campaigns, we presented our scorecards before the people of Ekiti State. We never at any point took your support for granted. We campaigned, we canvassed and we traversed the nooks and crannies of this state. Our performance and achievements in office will remain the backdrop against which the next government and indeed future governments will be assessed. We are proud that with the support of Ekiti people, we have raised the bar of excellence in governance. In all, we gave our best, for conscience and for posterity.

“Indeed a new sociology of the Ekiti people may have evolved. However, the task of understanding how the outcome of this election has defined us as a people will be that of scholars. For us as an administration and a cadre of political leaders in Ekiti State, we have fought a good fight, we have kept faith.

“To members of our party, our campaign team and indeed all Ekiti people who defied the siege on our state to cast their votes for our party, I salute your exemplary courage and doggedness in the face of harassment. Thank you for staying the course. The incidences of brazen harassment, intimidation and allied infractions on fundamental human rights, which many of you suffered in the hands of agents of the state, would be documented and communicated to the appropriate authorities, for the records.”

I’ll work with Fayemi and Bamidele to develop Ekiti — Fayose

Accepting Governor Fayemi’s olive-branch, Fayose promised to work  with the governor and the second runner-up in the election, Mr Bamidele, of Labour Party to develop Ekiti State.
Fayose, who addressed newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, said though he emerged winner of the contest, there was no winner or loser in the elections.

He said: “To Governor Kayode Fayemi, my brother Opeyemi Bamidele and others that we contested together, that have conceded and accepted me as their governor-elect, I want to thank them too; I want to assure them that I will work with all of them. The government belongs to all of us.

“Four years is a very short time in the life of any administration; I want to let them know that it will be four years of all of us in government. There is no winner, no loser.

“Governor Fayemi has called me to concede defeat and I will see him tomorrow (today) hopefully for us to let the public know that we are together, irrespective of our past. Ekiti belongs to all of us because a governor has only got a term and tenure but Ekiti will remain forever.

“I salute Fayemi’s courage for accepting me and his readiness to allow peace and love reign in our state. I am assuring you that this is Ayo Fayose who is older, wiser and ready to work with everybody.”

A wave of congratulations and commendations went to Fayose and Fayemi respectively over the victory and concession.

Be humble in victory, Jonathan tells Fayose

President Goodluck Jonathan in his reaction called on Fayose, who he backed from the primaries to observe that his second stint as governor was a grace from God Almighty.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Reuben Abati, he said: “Be humble and magnanimous in victory, commit yourself to forming an administration that will work for the advancement of the interests of all Ekiti people, irrespective of political affiliations or loyalties.”

The President charged Mr Fayose to regard his second chance to serve as governor of Ekiti State as a “sacred mandate from God Almighty and his people which he must discharge with immense dedication, wisdom and vigour to achieve a much more rapid pace of socio-economic development in Ekiti State for the benefit of its people who resoundingly reaffirmed their trust in his leadership by voting overwhelmingly for his election.”

The statement read: “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan heartily congratulates the Governor-Elect of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on his overwhelming victory in Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

“President Jonathan also commends the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Security Services and the good people of Ekiti State for the successful and peaceful conduct of the elections in keeping with the present administration’s avowed commitment to ensuring that elections in all parts of Nigeria are progressively freer, fairer and more credible.

“President Jonathan calls on Mr. Fayose to regard his second chance to serve as Governor of Ekiti State as a sacred mandate from God Almighty and his people which he must discharge with immense dedication, wisdom and vigour to achieve a much more rapid pace of socio-economic development in Ekiti State for the benefit of its people who resoundingly reaffirmed their trust in his leadership by voting overwhelmingly for his election yesterday (Saturday).”

Tambuwal congratulates Fayose, commends Fayemi

Speaker Aminu Tambuwal of the House of Representatives also congratulated Fayose for his victory and commended Fayemi for putting dignity to the office by conceding  defeat and congratulating Fayose on his victory in the governorship election.
Tambuwal said the governor’s action to congratulate his opponent was a clear proof that “our politics is imbibing global standard practices associated with electioneering process.”
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal implored the governor-elect to work closely with all persons and interest groups to move Ekiti State to a new level.
He said the Independent National Electoral Commission ,INEC, deserved commendation for its conduct of the election, and advised the electoral umpire to properly appraise all aspects of the exercise and improve for future polls where necessary.
The speaker appealed to the people of Ekiti to remain law-abiding as the transition to new administration begins in earnest.


The deputy president of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu also spoke in the same vein. In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media, Mr. Uche Anichukwu, he said that it was an important win for the PDP in the South West, even as he stressed that the free and fair electoral processes that threw up the winner was vital for the growth of democracy in the country.
He said: “I send hearty congratulations to Mr. Ayodele Fayose and our party men and women who worked hard for this important victory.” Senator Ekweremadu also extolled the incumbent Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi for his efforts at developing Ekiti State for almost four years he has held sway, but called on “him, the rest of the candidates and good people of the highly erudite state to join hands with the winner to move the state forward”.

Why we won Ekiti governorship poll – PDP

Reacting to the victory in Abuja, yesterday, the PDP, attributed it to strict adherence to the principles of internal democracy.
The party in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, said the victory was the result of transparent conduct of its governorship primary which produced a popular candidate that was the choice of party members.

PDP Governors congratulate Fayose

The Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum (PDPGF) has said the landslide victory recorded by the candidate of the party, Mr Ayo Fayose in the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State has shown the confidence that Nigerians have reposed in the ruling Party and pledged that Governors elected on the plattform of the Party would continue to execute programmes that would better the lives the people.
Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, who is also the chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum, spoke on behalf of his governor colleagues.
Speaking in a similar vein, National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, gave an insight into how Fayose won, attributing the victory to the unity in Ekiti State, and pleaded that this be emulated in other states.
Muazu said: “I wish to dedicate the victory of Ayo Fayose to all our supporters and President Goodluck Jonathan for his steadfastness and commitment to free and fair election. This victory is particularly possible because of our unity in Ekiti State and I wish we replicate this in all elections.”

Fayose’s Victory: A game changer in Southwest
—Lagos PDP

Meanwhile, Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, described the election of Fayose as a game changer.
The party also commended INEC, and security forces for guaranteeing a free and fair process.
In a statement by the state Publicity Secretary, Mr Taofik Gani, the party said it saw the victory as a ‘good omen for PDP in the South West and Lagos State in particular.
It also appealed to defectors to return to the winning party, saying “we congratulate governor-elect, Dr Peter Ayodele Fayose, the good people of Ekiti State, the national secretariat and, of course, our Leader, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, on this ‘game changer’ victory in the South West geo-political zone.”

Bukola Saraki congratulates Fayose, hails INEC

In his reaction, APC leader in Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki, hailed the INEC, over the conduct of of the election and congratulated Fayose, whose victory he attributed to his closeness to the grassroots.
Saraki, who is also Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, said in a statement issued in Ilorin yesterday, that by the conduct of election in Ekiti State, INEC had shown remarkable improvement in the conduct of elections in the country.
He noted that despite heavy military presence, the election recorded a high turnout of over 51% of the electorate who turned out in large numbers to vote for the candidate of their choice.
Similarly, Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the political will to make available the enabling environment which made for successful conduct of the election.
Governor Mimiko hinged the good conduct of the election on the sincere demonstration of President Jonathan’s determination to ensure results of elections in the country reflected the true wishes of the people.

Adeyeye congratulates Fayose’s victory, hails Fayemi

The Ministerial nominee from Ekiti State, Prince Dayo Adeyeye also congratulated the governor-elect for his landslide victory and hailed Governor Fayemi for conceding defeat.
“By conceding defeat to us, Fayemi has shown the Ekiti man in him,” said Adeyeye, who stressed that PDP and APC members were no arch-enemies but merely found themselves in different political platforms.
“We in the PDP and those in APC are not enemies but patriots who happen to have different ideas of how to develop the state we all love so much. Obviously, there is no shortage of patriotism on the side of any of us,” he noted.

Oyetibo lauds Fayemi,
congratulates Fayose

“The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, must be commended for his forthright, mature, civilised, honest and candid response to the results of the Ekiti Governorship election when he accepted the declared results and congratulated the winner and Governor Elect, Mr Ayo Fayose, in a television broadcast. Nigerian politicians must learn that there is honour in accepting defeat and congratulating the winner in a contest.
“Politics and elections should be seen as a medium whereby the contestants offer to serve the people. The people  should therefore be allowed to be the judge as to who should serve them. Afterall, no one has a  fundamental right to be the governor of a state or the representative of the people. It is against this background that the response of Dr Kayode Fayemi should be seen as the act of a man of character and honour. As for Mr Fayose, the Governor-elect, he should see his election as an uncommon second chance to serve in an office from which he had previously been removed. He must devote his energy and resources of the State to the service of the people. He must learn from the reasons the people voted against the incumbent governor. The people have given so much to him by way of political support, he must in like measure give so much to the people by way of service and judicious application of the resources of the state,” he said.