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Fayose says he is being harassed, security detail withdrawn 

Ayo Fayose, Ekiti state governor, says he is being harassed and that his security aides have been withdrawn.

The governor said the Ekiti government house was invaded after the gubernatorial election of Saturday, July 14.

Fayose made the claim on Tuesday after a one-man roadshow which he ended at the palace of the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, oba Adeyemo Adejugbe.

According to NAN, the governor complained to the traditional ruler that he and his supporters were still being hounded after the election.

He said: “I have come to officially tell your Kabiyesi, as the Paramount Ruler of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, that the Government House was invaded by the police, even after the election was over.

“Over 400 of our members are still being detained as we speak now. After the poll on Saturday, my wife was prevented from entering the Government House for about 45 minutes.

“Since last Wednesday, security agents have continued to lay the siege to the Government House, and are subjecting people to untold hardship coming in or going out.

“My concern is, the poll has come and gone irrespective of what we went through. The constitution says I am still the governor till October 16 this year.

“Our state radio and television stations had been shut down. And there has been no means of getting across to our people. It was only this morning that security agents at the entrance of the Government House were withdrawn.

“If we have been robbed I still have a right to life and my family has a right to life too. The man that won has three units of the police protecting him. All my security men have been withdrawn since last Wednesday and not restored yet. I am only left with just a few.

“Harassing me is not in the interest of democracy. People must intervene before things get out of hand. I don’t know why we should be in this situation in 2018.”

Kayode Fayemi, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, defeated Kolapo Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to win the Ekiti governorship election.

You can’t zone my constitutional right, Donald Duke tells PDP

Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River state, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot zone his constitutional rights, stating that he has the right to aspire, win or lose the party’s presidential ticket.

Duke, who was governor from 1999 to 2007 says he had always wanted to be president since 2005, with the plan to solve Nigeria’s productivity problem.

He said about two thirds of the total population of the country — about 132 million people — are unproductive.

Speaking in an interview with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show, Duke said the lack of productivity is responsible for the insurgency, insecurity and unemployment in Nigeria.

Duke had in February 2017, announced his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election.

He said the lack of will by leaders is another factor responsible for the challenges plaguing the country, adding that he has this will to offer.

“I have had interest in the presidency since 2005. It has always been there. The reason is that there is a certain level of frustration; we seem not to be making the requisite progress we ought to be making as a nation and we all know that we are better than what we are today,” Duke said.

“And to me, the answers to our problems are not far-fetched. What I find missing is the will to make it happen and this is what I bring to the table.

“What I would like to do, to move our nation forward, we need to address the productivity of a Nigerian. Here you are, a nation of almost 200 million people. Two-thirds are not productive. Two-thirds actually depend on one-third.

“When you see the problems we are having, whether it is Boko Haram, the militancy, the kidnapping it is all born of the fact that …people are discontent and the discontent is a result of not being able to fend for oneself. So, we have to address the productivity. If every Nigerian were productive, believe me, we won’t have Boko Haram.”

Duke further said the statistics of unemployment and failure of leadership in Nigeria “is what fuels my interest” to run for presidency.

According to him, the education system needed to be reformed to provide for skill acquisition for every graduate.

“That is what fuels my interest. We talk the talk, we know what to say, we know our problems but do we have the will, do we have the strategy to make it happen. I went into the numbers. This is a developing country where many thighs ought to be done are not being done,” he said.

“So the reason for people not having jobs is a bit off because people should have a lot of jobs. For example, we have 20m housing shortage and that in itself can engage about 15m people.

“The four things that I would immediately address, we talk about education but in today’s world, it is more than just reading and writing. Education should leave you with a skill.

“So, for me, every brain must be trained because an untrained brain is a drain on the nation, because that brain will be dependent on another brain for its own subsistence. So, we need to invest heavily on education and skill development.”

He also said he would give priority to the areas of infrastructure, health and technological advancement.

Commenting on the administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Duke said the government is distracted.

He said the government was addressing the symptoms of the problems, not the problems themselves.

“This administration, I think they are being distracted. I think they came into office not really appreciating the totality of the picture and the fixation on corruption and security they don’t look at the broader picture. Those are symptoms of a problem, not the problem itself,” he said.

“There are two types of corruption: corruption of greed and corruption of need . corruption of greed, we can deal with it institutionally, having a strong judiciary but corruption of need, a policeman who has 8 children at home, a family back in the village and is paid a pittance will find a way of making money on the side. That you can’t stop. So, they didn’t think of the totality and this is a recurring problem, not just with this administration.

Asked his chances of contesting on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since the party has zoned the presidential ticket to the north, Duke said: “ You cant zone my constitutional right”.

“I have a right to aspire, I have a right to win, I have a right to lose. How realistic is dependent on the electorate. They would realise my ambition. I believe there is enough frustration in Nigeria to take the scales off our eyes and say ‘look, who is gonna solve our problem’?

“If I run, I might lose, if I don’t run, I am guaranteed to lose. So, I will give it a shot, I will give Nigerians the option of Donald Duke. The worse that would happen is that I lose. For me, the bigger loss is not offering myself.”

We didn’t push Ortom out of APC, says Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), says Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, was not pushed out of the party.

He said this on Monday at the party secretariat in Abuja while responding to questions on the withdrawal of Ortom.

Ortom had announced that APC had given him a “red card” and this would enable him to join any political party that has an ideology worthy of being adopted by his administration.

But the party chairman said he could not comment on the basis of rumour, saying APC would dig into the matter and react accordingly.

“This party will not comment on the basis of rumours and I am sure eventually we will find out the fact of the matter and base on those facts, we would act,” he said.

“I know that Ortom is a prominent member of the party. He has said repeatedly to me one on one that he will not leave the APC unless he was pushed out.

“I have since assumed the chairmanship of this party along with my brothers and sisters in the national working committee and I know that we have not shut out any governor, certainly not Ortom.”

Fayose breaks silence on Ekiti poll, asks Buhari to bury his head in shame

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to bury his head in shame over the outcome of the governorship election in Ekiti.

Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated Kolapo Olusola, Fayose’s preferred candidate in the election.

Olusola ran on the platform of PDP.

Reacting to the election in a series of tweets on Monday afternoon, the governor alleged that the federal government used security agencies to rig the poll.

He expressed optimism that his party would retrieve its “stolen mandate”.

“Buhari should bury his head in shame for using the police, army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and INEC to snatch the mandate given to Olusola and deliver it to Fayemi whom Ekiti people rejected,” he said in a statement which Idowu Adelusi, his chief press secretary, issued on his behalf.

“I am Peter Ayodele Fayose , I hold with my head high . I can never be suppressed. I don ’ t lose battles and I will not lose this. I will laugh last .

“The president should note what the Bible says which applies to him . ‘He that wears the armour should not boast as he that removes it.’

“It is only Buhari that will pride himself with the security shooting sporadically at polling centres, scaring people to pave the way for the APC thugs to snatch ballot boxes.”

Fayose said what Buhari had won as referendum from Ekiti people , Nigerians, and international community “is shame .”

He added “If APC has truly won, why is it that there is no jubilation in Ekiti ? The victory of Kayode Fayemi is pyrrhic. We will reclaim the stolen mandate in the court by the power of God.”

“The president should bury his head in shame for using the police, army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and INEC to snatch the mandate given to Olusola and deliver it to Fayemi whom Ekiti people rejected.”

‘I’ve been given a red card’ — Ortom pulls out of APC

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, has quit the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ortom disclosed this in Makurdi, capital of the state, after swearing in Jerome Shimbe, his special adviser on bureau for local government and chieftaincy affairs.

Shimbe’s appointment followed the dissolution of cabinet by the governor on July 8.

The governor said APC had given him “red card” and this would enable him to join any political party that has an ideology worthy of being adopted by his administration.

Ortom left the APC one week after TheCable reported that he, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto and Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara would quit the ruling party.

“Many people have been asking that after dedicating the state to God we are still facing challenges, but I know that the God that saw the Israelites pass through the wilderness, and took them to the promised land will also see us through our difficult times,” he said.

“I know one thing, all these challenges that we see today, we shall see them no more. All that we are required to do is not to begin to be wayward in our conduct but to move to the righteous side of God. Once we do that, things will work out for our good.

“Looking at what is happening to us, sometimes am tempted to think that we are dying like people who do not have God. But we must choose the path of working with God, obeying and serving him. If we do that and ensure that his values get into our hearts and we work with him, development will be inevitable. Let us work and encourage those things that can develop us.

“As for party, I have been given red card and I’m outside the pitch. So, if I have been given red card and I’m standing outside, I’m a free man. So I don’t know what will happen next but I’m waiting. If others approach me, then I will tell the Benue people that I’m joining another football club. I’m a child of destiny and it’s only God that will decide what I will be.”

Okotie: God says PDP and APC should field me as consensus candidate in 2019

Pastor Chris Okotie, head pastor  of the Household of God Church, says God has asked him to tell the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to adopt him as consensus candidate in 2019.

Okotie said this at his church on Sunday, while declaring interest to contest the 2019 presidential election.

He said the time had come for truth and transparency in government, adding that Nigeria cannot succeed as a nation if it does not live by the truth.

“Nigeria has become a divided and segregated society like never before,” he said.

“The dream of a great Nigeria which flowered at independence, the yearnings and aspirations of the people and the Nigerian brotherhood whose ensign dominated the political horizon at independence have all been consigned to oblivion.

“Times like this require the recruitment of patriotic gladiators who must now take up the gauntlet to defend the Nigerian dream.

“I have re-emerged from my political hibernation to contest for the office of president in the forthcoming elections. I am fully persuaded that Nigeria needs a man who is credible, dependable and trustworthy; a God-fearing man who will be readily embroidered with compassion and love for country who will be readily accepted as a symbol of national unity.

“I believe that the benevolent grace of God has telescoped these virtues into my person, to prepare me for such at a time as this.

“In sincere humility and deference to our democratic institutions, I appeal to the APC and PDP to subscribe to this ideal by adopting me as a consensus presidential candidate at the next elections.

“I ask the APC and PDP, respectfully, within the confines of conventional propriety, to temporise and observe a peaceful hiatus in the commonality of the Nigerian brotherhood, and embrace me as a consensus remedial facilitator.”

Okotie contested the 2007 presidential election under the Fresh Democratic Party but lost.

I’ll restore Ekiti values, says Fayemi

Dr Kayode Fayemi, governor-elect of Ekiti state, has described his victory in Saturday’s governorship election as one for reclaiming the land and restoring Ekiti values.

Fayemi spoke on Sunday while addressing reporters in Isan-Ekiti shortly after he was declared the winner of the governorship election.

“The victory of this election, I believe, is for reclaiming the land and restoring the values of our people,” he said.

“Our values in Ekiti are respect for our leaders, commitment to our people, non-brigandage, non criminality and so on.

“This victory is a victory for all, it is not a victory for only Gov. Kayode Fayemi, it is a victory for all the Ekiti people.”

Fayemi also described his victory as significant to the future of democracy in Nigeria.

“It was not just an Ekiti election, I want people to understand that this election has a lot of significance to the future of democracy in Nigeria.

“The fact that we have witnessed a free, fair and transparent election process has huge importance for similar exercises like Osun state next door to us and eventually the national elections in February 2019.”

The governor-elect thanked all the APC leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari;  Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the APC; Segun Osoba, former governor of Ogun; and Bisi Akande, former interim chairman of the party.

He also thanked his family members, especially his wife, Bisi, for their support during the election campaign.

PDP rejects Ekiti election, claims it’s daylight robbery

The National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has rejected the Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State.

It described the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission as a daylight robbery.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, stated this at the ongoing press briefing in Abuja on Sunday.

Detail later…

APC sweeps Fayose’s local govt

With 13,869 votes, Kayode Fayemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) emerged victorious in Irepodun-Ifelodun local government area of Ekiti state.

Ayodele Fayose, governor of the state and the number one supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate is from Afao-Ekiti, a community in Irepodun-Ifelodun.

Kolapo Olusola, the PDP candidate, polled 11,456 votes in the local government.

Collation of results is ongoing in the keenly contested exercise.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to officially declare the results but its officials in local government areas are currently collating results of the exercise.

(VIDEO) How Civil Defence Corps stopped ballot snatching at Ado-Ekiti

This video shows how officers of NSCDC stopped thugs allegedly working for APC from snatching ballot boxes at a polling unit at Ado-Ekiti.

See video below: