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Ekiti Guber: Fayemi Concedes Defeat, Congratulates Fayose

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In a rare display of
sportsmanship, Ekiti State governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state’s governorship election held last Saturday, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has conceded defeat to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose.
Fayose who was a former governor of the state between May, 2003 and October, 2006 defeated Fayemi and 16 other contenders to emerge the winner of the governorship election.
Fayose polled a total of 203, 090 votes, leaving his two major rivals, Fayemi and Opeyemi Bamidele of the Labour Party with paltry 120,433 and 18,135 votes, respectively.
The results announced by the state’s Returning Officer and Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti, Prof Isaac Azuzu Uzoma, showed that Fayose got majority votes in all the 16 local government areas of the state.
Announcing the results in Ado Ekiti, Prof Uzoma, said “having satisfied the law and scored the majority votes, Ayo Fayose of PDP is hereby declared the winner of the election”.
Indications that Fayose would win the election emerged early during the voting as most of the votes counted at the various polling units across the state clearly showed that he was leading other candidates.
Notwithstanding the heavy presence of military personnel during the election, reports reaching The Tide showed that the election was peaceful and the turn-out was impressive as registered voters who had permanent voter cards (PVC) trooped to their respective polling units for accreditation as early as 6.am
In a state broadcast early yesterday, Governor Fayemi congratulated Fayose on his victory, saying he stood by the will of the people if the outcome of the election was a true reflection of the peoples’ wish.
He said, “Yesterday (Saturday), 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 Peoples 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”.
He thanked members of his party (APC), his campaign team and Ekiti people “who defied the siege state to cast their votes for our party. I salute your exemplary courage and doggedness in the face of the harassment.
Meanwhile, Fayose has dedicated his victory to the people of Ekiti State, saying his victory reflected the wishes of the people of the state.
Speaking through his Chief Press Officer, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Fayose described the election as free, fair and credible.
Fayose’s victory has, however, altered the 2015 calculations in the South West. The number of the state under the control of the APC has now reduced to four.

 

Boye Salau

L-R: Returning officer for Ekiti State governorship election, Prof. Isaac Asuzu, Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ekiti State, Alhaji Halilu Pai  and National Commissioner of  INEC, Dr Chris Iyimoga, during the release of final results for Ekiti State governorship election in Ado-Ekiti last Sunday.

L-R: Returning officer for Ekiti State governorship election, Prof. Isaac Asuzu, Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ekiti State, Alhaji Halilu Pai and National Commissioner of INEC, Dr Chris Iyimoga, during the release of final results for Ekiti State governorship election in Ado-Ekiti last Sunday.

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Rivers Lawmakers’ Defection, ‘Monkey Politics’-CSO

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Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance, Budget and Accountability has condemned the defection of the 27 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Executive Secretary, Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance, Budget and Accountability, Amb. Emmanuel Nkweke, who said this in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt also described as illegal all legislations passed by the defected lawmakers.
Amb. Nkweke described the defection as “monkey politics’, queried the rational behind the action of the lawmakers few months after being sworn into office, adding that members of the civil society community were yet to be told reasons for the defection.
“Up till now, we are yet to be told why they defected just few months of being sworn into office. For me, that is monkey politics”, he said.
He urged the lawmakers to go back to their former party and beg Rivers people for forgiveness, adding that if that is done, they may be welcomed back.
Amb. Nkweke also cautioned the lawmakers not to allow themselves to be used to do the bidding of an individual, adding that the present administration in the state needs the support of all to move forward.
Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of the group has commended Governor Siminalayi Fubara for giving civil societies the latitude to operate freely in the state.
He alleged that civil societies were caged in the last eight years, adding that there was no breathing space for civil societies in the last eight years in the state.
Amb. Nkweke described civil society as the engine room of democracy as it engages in sensitisation on the policies and programmes of government, regretting, however, that their inputs were never taken into considerations.
“Civil societies give signals, civil society creates the awareness and sensitize the people towards achieving a reliable democracy.
‘’i want to let you know, very frankly, that civil society space in Rivers State, for the past eight years, was suffocated. There was no breathing space, they didn’t breathe. Civil society was dead completely”, he said.
Amb. Nkweke said the situation also affected upcoming activists as some of them had to operate from hideouts.

By: John Bibor

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Sack Incompetent Officials In Your Govt, NANS Urges Tinubu

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on President Bola Tinubu not to condone incompetent personalities in his government.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, NANS President, Comrade Pedro Obi, expressed concerns about the competence of the Minister of State for Youth Development and the SSA to the President on Student Engagement.
Comrade Obi, after staging a peaceful protest at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), reiterated that the NANS will not be intimidated and will continue to fight for the interests of Nigerian students.
He said, “The message is very simple, we have incompetent people who have been appointed to offices. It’s unfortunate and it’s not the President’s fault, of course he believes in Nigerian youths and has also given us the opportunity to showcase our capacity in various roles that he has given us.
“We have the SSA to the President on Student Engagement, who has shown incompetence. He cannot continue to hold that office and we are calling on Mr. President that he should be sacked with immediate effect.
“Also we have the Minister of State for Youth Development. We are also calling that immediately he should be sacked, because he has left what he ought to do and has dabbled into the affairs of NANS.
“These people have displayed incompetence and are destroying the youth community. There are so many competent youths that President Tinubu can pick from.
“NANS can never be intimidated. This is an organisation that we grew up to meet and we will continue to protect the dignity of this organisation.”
Receiving the NANS on behalf of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume, the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office in the SGF, Dr. Maurice Nnamdi Mbaeri, assured the NANS of relaying back their complaints to the SGF which he said will land on the listening ears of President Tinubu.
According to him, “I have listened to the complaints you raised. I assure you that your complaints will get to the listening ears of Mr. President.
“Let me assure you that I’m happy this was also re-echoed in the NANS President’s speech that President Tinubu has indebt love for the youths of Nigeria and also for the students of Nigeria. This has been demonstrated by polices that (has) been put in place for the youths.
“I want to assure you that the President has your concerns in his heart and he’s always ever ready to attend to your needs.
“With this, I am going to report back to my boss the SGF, who will take up the matter with the President. I urge you to continue to maintain peace and tranquillity. Don’t do anything that will make Mr. President feel bad about you.”

 

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Ayu Withdraws Case Against PDP Ahead NEC Meeting 

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Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Iyiorchia Ayu, has withdrawn the court action he instituted against the party over his controversial removal from office barely two years into his four year  term.
His action has removed legal impediments likely to militate against the emergence of his replacement from the North Central.
Several meetings have been held and being planned following this new development.
On Tuesday, the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) passed a vote of confidence on the Ag. National Chairnan, Amb. Umar Damagum, whom members said has discharged his functions creditably.
It was gathered that the North Central Caucus of the party had long before now started mobilizing to ensure that the zone produces Ayu’s replacement to complete his tenure which expires in 2025.
In a related development, Amb. Damagum has held series of meetings with various groups to perhaps shore up his chances of retaining his seat as acting chairman.
He led the members of the NWC on Wednesday to interact with the PDP National Ex-officio ahead of the NEC meeting.
Immediately after the meeting with them, he led the NWC members to another meeting with the State Party Chairmen from the 36 States, including FCT, Abuja.
The meetings were  held at the NEC Hall, PDP National Secretariat at Wadata Plaza, Wuse Zone 5, in Abuja.

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