Thursday, May 23, 2019

Nobody Can Rig Ekiti Governorship Poll, PDP Vows

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says nobody can rig the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State.
In a statement on Monday by their National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, they accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of working with some compromised electoral officials and security agencies to compromise the process.
Just 12 days away from the election, the party affirmed that the will of the people remains stronger than the machinations of anyone or group toying with their resolve for a free and fair electioneering.
They also alleged that some persons plotted to preload card readers and input false results, as well as clone unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) to superimpose pictures of voters from other states.
The PDP advised such persons to note that their tracks and footprints are all bare while the people of Ekiti are already at alert and ready to stop them on their trails with every potency available to them under the law.
According to them, Ekiti is a contiguous state where every indigene and residents know and can identify one another as individuals and families.
The party insisted that there is no way in which strangers imported from other states can be allowed to sneak in and participate in a governorship election in such state.
The statement read, “Let it be known to all that the PDP is fully mobilised for the July 14 election. The people of Ekiti State are fully rallied to vigilance at every polling unit, every collation centre, as well as every exit and entry points in their respective areas across the state to ensure that nobody subverts their collective will.
“We restate the fact, clearly known both to INEC and the APC, that Ekiti state is a stronghold of the PDP and that the people are solidly behind the PDP, particularly due to the sterling performance of Governor Ayo Fayose in developing the state in all spheres of lives.”
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Mace Theft: How symbol was stolen from National Assembly in pictures and videos

Here’s a chronicle of how the mace was stolen in pictures and videos. On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, hoodlums invaded the upper legislative chamber in the National Assembly complex, seized the mace of the chamber and fled in a black SUV.This theft was blamed on the lawmaker representing Delta Central senatorial district, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who had allegedly led the hoodlums into the chamber before they seized the mace.The lawmaker had been suspended for 90 legislative days for his conduct in objecting to the electoral amendment bill which is seeking to reorganise the order of elections in the country.Senator Omo-Agege was arrested after plenary session yesterday but was released hours later after answering questions over what he described as deliberate and unfair allegations from the leadership of the Senate.The FCT Police Command has already arrested five suspects in connection to the crime, all of them from Delta.Here’s a chronicle of how the mace was stolen in pictures and videos:1. Even though Senator Omo-Agege was suspended last week, he made a surprise appearance at plenary session on Wednesday, which led to mild confusion in the chamber.Here he is approaching the day’s presiding officer, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, with the hoodlums right behind him: 2. This is the moment one of the hoodlums that had been trailing behind him seized the mace and made a dash for the door: 3. Here, one of the hoodlums holds the mace above his head and runs out while confused Senators look on: 4. Here’s a video of Senator Omo-Agege’s approach and how the theft took place: 5. Here’s another video, an aerial view of how the hoodlums that seized the mace ran out. 6. Here’s a picture of unidentified people struggling over the mace after it made its way outside of the chamber, in the halls of the National Assembly complex: 7. Here’s a video of the hoodlums running out of the complex with the mace amid a lot of commotion: That’s the last time the mace was seen before it was found under the flyover before the City Gate in Abuja where the hoodlums abandoned it for a passer-by to find. The police have already recovered the mace.

2019 Election: Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi urges followers to obtain PVC

The cleric gave the directive at the 42nd Annual Maulud and Special Prayer for Nigeria, which was organised by Darikar Tijjaniyya Movement on Saturday in Abuja. The Leader of Darikar Tijjaniya Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, has urged his followers to register and obtain their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) ahead of 2019 General Elections.The cleric gave the directive at the 42nd Annual Maulud and Special Prayer for Nigeria, which was organised by Darikar Tijjaniyya Movement on Saturday in Abuja.According to Bauchi, the PVC is the most sophisticate weapons that could be used by electorate to choose whoever they want to lead the affairs of the country.He called on his followers to use their PVC wisely and vote for people who had credible record and ability to satisfy their yearnings and aspirations.He said the voter registration was the right of all eligible citizens to participate in the affairs of their government and also one of the cornerstones of democracy.Bauchi said that the objective of the Maulud was to celebrate the legacies of the famous leader of the movement in Africa, Sheikh Ibrahim Niyass of Senegal.He said that Niyass has contributed immensely to the development of Islam worldwide and left enduring legacies to the Islamic world.He also said that the event was also organised to pray for the restoration of peace and tranquility in the country, adding that prayer was the solution to all challenges facing the country.Speaking earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari, commended leaders of Darikar Tijjaniya for their contribution to Islamic scholarship and prayers for the enhancement of peace and harmony in the country.Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said truly Niyass had contributed greatly to the development of Islam in Africa, Asia and in Europe through his write-up.The president also gave the assurance that the Federal Government would continue to support the activities of the movement for enduring peace in the country.He, however, appealed to the leaders and follower of the movement to intensify prayers for the progress and development of the country.

Buhari: Did president just tell us he’ll be seeking re-election?

Buhari hasn’t said anything in public about seeking re-election in 2019. Did he just do that? As speculation continues to swirl over whether President Muhammadu Buhari will seek another term in office in 2019 or not, the nation’s Commander-in-Chief may just have given us the clearest hint yet.Buhari is currently attending the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) summit in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Traveling with BuhariTraveling with the president are APC national leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Governors of Akwa Ibom and Bauchi States among others. Premium Times reports that Buhari was uncharacteristically late for an interactive session with the Nigerian community in Abidjan on Tuesday. But that isn’t the story.Electoral valueWhile apologising for his late-coming, Buhari said he had to wait for both Governors (Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom and Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi) to accompany him to the event, thanks to their electoral value.

Buhari, Tinubu meet in Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
There was similar meeting last Wednesday.
The meeting was still in progress at the time of filing this report.

2019 Election: Enugu APC endorses President Buhari for 2nd term

The party equally passed a vote of confidence on the president and Dr Ben Nwoye, led executive committee of the party in the state. The All Progressives Congress (APC) Enugu State Chapter, on Sunday, endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in office as the 2019 General Elections draw close.The party equally passed a vote of confidence on the president and Dr Ben Nwoye, led executive committee of the party in the state.The unanimous decisions were taken during the state’s APC’s enlarged State Executive Council and stakeholders meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Enugu.Addressing the executive members and stakeholders, State Chairman of APC, Dr Ben Nwoye, said that the party would field candidates in all elective positions in 2019.According to Nwoye, the Lion Building (Enugu Government House) is our target, and in doing that, we must also make ensure that President Buhari gets the highest votes that will be cast in the state.“We have the power and all it takes to confront the PDP in 2019,’’ he said.He, however, cautioned against sabotaging the plans of the party by some members.“If there is anybody here who will support the election of a PDP candidate, this is not the place for you, you should leave us; what we want is purely candidates of APC extraction.“We must drop our egos and focus on winning elections in the interest of the party,’’ he said.Nwoye used the occasion to appeal for peace in the party and apologized to party faithful whom he might have offended during the crisis in the state.“I tender unreserved apology to those I may have offended by my words and actions.“By the same token, I have forgiven those who offended me through their conducts. These include those who filed false cases against me in the DSS, EFCC, courts, among others,’’ he said.In his remarks, the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, (VON), Chief Osita Okechukwu, called on the party in the state and South East to support President Buhari for a second term in office.“We need to vote for President Buhari in 2019 because it is the closest possible gateway to Igbo presidency in 2023,’’ he said.“What the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership could not do for the South-East throughout its 16-year leadership was now being done by the APC government.“Ndigbo have hope in APC, if we support President Buhari to complete a two-tenure in 2023; Ndigbo will have golden opportunity to produce the president because equity and justice will be on our side,’’ he noted.The immediate past Governor of Enugu State, Mr Sullivan Chime, stressed the need for members to embrace peace; saying: “APC does not have the luxury of crisis’’.Chime applauded the decision of the APC NEC to extend the tenure of its national leaders noting that it would have been the opportunity for enemies to scatter the party.“As things are now, what is before us is more important,’’ he said.On the choice of the party’s governorship candidate, the former governor said it was necessary to choose credible candidates that would deliver.“I pray that we won’t have difficulty in choosing who will be our governorship candidate in 2019,’’ he said.

BREAKING! Ekiti Election: Security Operatives Disperse PDP Supporters From Rally Venue

Security operatives have dispersed supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the venue of the party’s rally ahead of the governorship election in the state.
Party members had converged on the popular Fajuyi Park in Ado Ekiti, the state capital on Wednesday before gunshots were reportedly fired into the air.
The development has resulted in the relocation of the rally to the Government House where Governor Ayodele Fayose and other PDP leaders are expected to address the party members.
More to follow…
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APC National Convention In Pictures

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has concluded its elective national convention which held at the Eagles Square in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The party affirmed a former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, as its National Chairman during the two-day exercise conducted by the committee chaired by Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Mohammed.
The convention was well attended by members and stakeholders of the APC, including President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, as well as all governors elected on the platform of the party, were among the APC leaders at the Eagle Square.
Highlights of the convention are captured in the photos below;
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Atiku, Alhassan: What does ex-VP’s APC resignation mean for Mama Taraba?

Is the minister brave enough to stand by her words, or will she chicken out? On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, met with President Muhammadu Buhari for the first time since the resignation of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, from the All Progressives’ Congress (APC).The minister, popularly called Mama Taraba, had been in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, for the inauguration of the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism which the president launched.Usually, a meeting between a president and his cabinet minister would not attract any interest out of the ordinary, but events from only two months ago mean this meeting must have been a little uncomfortable for Mama Taraba.A trip down memory laneBack in September, as part of a delegation paying a courtesy visit to Atiku, Mama Taraba declared her support for the former Vice President to become Nigeria’s president in 2019.

Ekiti Election: Policemen kicked me with gun, kicked the balls of my deputy, Fayose...

The governor has alleged that police officers have instructions to kill him. Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has narrated the tale of how he was allegedly attacked by security operatives in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, just days before the state’s July 14 gubernatorial election.Confusion enveloped the state early on Wednesday when security operatives reportedly stopped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from holding a campaign rally at Fajuyi Park by firing gunshots into the air.This reportedly led to the governor attempting to lead supporters back to the venue before he was rebuffed by security operatives who fired shots into the air again, with reports that teargas canisters were also fired.The PDP soon raised alarm on social media that Governor Fayose was ‘teargassed’ and attacked by officers who took over his office at the Ekiti State Government House.Amidst all of the confusion of the day, the governor later reemerged sporting a neck brace alongside a sling that was tied around the wrist of his left hand, claiming that he was beaten. He protested that if anything happens to him, the Nigeria Police Force should be held responsible.He said, “…they used the butt of the gun to hit my neck and kicked the balls of my deputy governor and the candidate of the party. “The secretariat was locked down, they stole all his posters and for me to explain, they started shooting sporadically and shot into the government house and shot tear gas at the people. So many people were wounded. “If this is the democracy we’re looking for in 2019. There is danger ahead. I’m having severe pains. If anything happens to me, the police must be held responsible.”  The governor later addressed supporters of the party to allege that police officers have instructions to kill him or the party’s candidate, Prof Kolapo Olusola, aka Eleka, in order to influence the election.”They said they have instructions to kill me or the candidate of the party. They said they have the results already they’re going to announce on Saturday. The Lord will not allow them,” he said.The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of Operations, Joshak Habila, told journalists on Wednesday that the police only tried to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the state ahead of the election.He said, “We are not here to usurp the authority of Governor Fayose. We are not here to rubbish him because he represents the people; but we are not going to allow any authorized rally that can trigger violence in the state. “You can see that the state is tensed up. As law enforcement agent, we must be proactive and take actions that can prevent crisis rather than trying to quell it after it might have broken out.”PDP vs APC in EkitiWith Fayose’s second term as Ekiti governor set to end, his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola of the PDP, is one of the biggest candidates in the state’s upcoming gubernatorial election. He is set to battle a former governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election scheduled to take place in three days.The PDP has accused Fayemi, also a former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, of being a stooge for the federal government, controlled by the APC, to take Ekiti State by any means necessary.Fayose is one of the most vocal voices of opposition in the country and is set to contest as president in the 2019 election against incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he has a very public feud with.

Fayose: “I will be president of Nigeria tomorrow” – Ekiti Governor

The governor boasted that the ruling APC government will be voted out in 2019. Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has again expressed his confidence on becoming the president of Nigeria in the future.The governor boasted on Thursday, March 8, 2018, while addressing hundreds of women at an event to commemorate the International Women’s Day in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.The governor further noted that the ruling All Progressives’ Congress (APC) has failed Nigerians and will be booted out in the 2019 general elections.He said, “I want them to hear in the Villa, I will be president of Nigeria tomorrow. Sometimes, it is difficult for people to believe but when it happens, I want you to know that I’ve said so before.””All I said about this present APC government; they are leaving and they have stood the test of time. For me, greater is he that is in me than he that is there, and in the world.”I have fought so many battles, my enemies and opponents have lost all, I’ve won all; I’ve not lost one. We will not allow anybody to cow us; there is one thing I want to remind them, power belongs to God – you are there today, we will be there tomorrow.”Nigerians want a change, a better change, a change that is not selective; Ekiti, well-represented by Ayo Fayose will be part and parcel of the government at the centre in 2019 by the grace of God.”Fayose was the first presidential candidate to officially declare his intention to contest after his announcement in September 2017. He is expected to face stiff opposition from his party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as the party’s presidential ticket has been zoned to the north.2019 presidential raceMotivational speaker and leadership coach, Fela Durotoye, became the second aspirant to officially declare his intention to contest for president after he joined the Alliance for a New Nigeria (ANN) on February 22, 2018.Former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, belongs to a growing list of prominent Nigerians who have dropped hints that they may contest in the 2019 presidential elections.Founder of the  Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare revealed to his congregation on January 1, 2018, that God wants him to run for president despite his plan to quit politics for good.Even though President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to officially declare his reelection bid, he has also dropped hints over the past two months, and is expected to face former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who is also in contention.

Sunday Akinniyi: Ekiti Assembly suspends member for terrorism, sleeping, absenteeism

The lawmaker has been barred from the vicinity of the Assembly complex for as long as his suspension lasts. The Ekiti State House of Assembly has suspended its member representing Ikere Constituency 2, Sunday Akinniyi, for allegedly breeding terrorism within the chamber and neglecting to pay attention to his people. According to a report by The Punch, Akinniyi was sanctioned for a host of misconducts that also includes violence towards the mace, hostility towards other members of the House, and regular absenteeism. He was also accused of sleeping through legislative programs so frequently that he was nicknamed “The Sleeping Honourable”.According to the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Dr Samuel Omotoso, Akinniyi was suspended after the legislative chamber received a report from a committee led by Hon. Ayodele Fajemilehin who carried out an investigation following a series of allegations against Akinniyi by the Leader of Business, Tunji Akinleye.He said, “Hon Akinniyi Sunday was alleged, a few weeks ago, of breeding terrorism within the institution of the House, violence towards the mace in a properly constituted plenary session, belligerent attitude and acts of bellicosity against his colleagues and pugnacious behaviours in his constituency against his own people, all amounting to gross misconduct and unbecoming of any honourable member of this House.”The suspended member was also regularly regular in absenting himself especially when issues relating to his constituency is slated for discussion. Despite complaints of negligence from his people, he remained adamant.”The few occasions he presented himself for official duties in the House, Hon. Akinniyi is in the habits of sleeping from the beginning of any programme to the end, to the extent that he was nicknamed ‘The Sleeping Honourable.’”Several attempts by the Speaker (Kola Oluwawole) advising him to pay attention to his people and his health has been rebuffed with insults.”It is in reference to all these that this House viewed the failures of Akinniyi as incompatible with the spirit of good governance and quality representation of the present House of Assembly and he is hereby suspended indefinitely.”Ekiti House of Assembly will be alive to the noble doctrine of active service as elected representatives of our various constituencies.”House tells Akinniyi to stay awayDuring the period of his indefinite suspension, Akinniyi has been barred from the vicinity of the Assembly complex. The clerk of the House has also been directed to lodge a formal complaint with security agencies against him for threatening the lives of other members. Dr Omotoso urged the suspended Akinniyi to pay more attention to his health and find a solution to his sleeping problem.Akinniyi had previously been impeached as the Chief Whip of the House on May 24, 2018 after he was deemed to be neglecting his duties. He was replaced by Hon. Onigiobi Fawale.

Buhari: President seeks Senate confirmation of 10 for CCB board

President Buhari said the move was in compliance with section 541 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking Senate confirmation of ten members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).In a letter read by Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the President said the move was in compliance with section 541 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). The nominees include: Dr. Muhammed Isa (Jigawa, North West), Murtala Kankia (Katsina, North West), Emmanuel Attah (Cross River, South Sputh), Danjuma Sado (Edo South South), Obolo Opanachi (Kogi North Central), Ken Madaki Alkali (Nasarawa, North Central).Others are: Prof. S.F Ogundare (Oyo, South West), Hon. Ganiyu Hamzat (Ogun South West), Sahad A Abubakar (Gombe North East) and Dr. Vincent Nwanne (Ebonyi South East).In a judgement, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court had sacked the board of the CCB following the expiration of their tenure in April 2015.

LG polls: 448 aspirants jostle for APC tickets in Nasarawa State

The primary elections, according to Mr Musa Dan-Azumi, Chairman, Aspirants Screening Committee, will hold between April 7 and April 11. Four hundred and forty-eight aspirants are jostling for APC tickets to contest chairmanship and councillorship seats in the May 26 local government elections in Nasarawa State, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.The primary elections, according to Mr Musa Dan-Azumi, Chairman, Aspirants Screening Committee, will hold between April 7 and April 11.Dan-Azumi, who submitted the committee’s report to the party on Thursday in Lafia, said that 69 persons were cleared for chairmanship positions, while 379 were interested in becoming councillors.“A total of 81 aspirants purchased nomination forms for chairmanship seats; 72 appeared for screening out of which 69 were cleared. Three were disqualified, while nine failed to appear.“A total of 445 aspirants bought councillorship nomination forms, 426 appeared for screening, 379 were cleared, 47 disqualified while 19 were absent,” he said.He said that the committee received 16 petitions which were “treated objectively”.Dan-Azumi said that the committee adhered strictly to the party’s guidelines and terms of reference in carrying out its assignment, and thanked the party for the opportunity to serve without interference.Mr. Philip Shekwo, Chairman of the party, who received the report, thanked the committee for doing a good job.“The committee has done a thorough job; I am happy that we are about to feature our best candidates in the general elections,” he said.Shekwo said that an appeal committee had been inaugurated to listen to appeals from aspirants that might feel unjustly treated by the screening committee, and advised those with complaints to approach it.He promised that no candidate would be imposed on the people, but said that the party would support wards or local governments that had agreed on consensus candidates.“But, even where a consensus is reached, we shall conduct a primary election if there is one dissenting voice,” he said.

LIVE: APC South East Holds Mega Rally For Buhari

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is holding a South East mega rally for President Muhammadu Buhari in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
This follows a bid to canvass support from the region towards the 2019 presidential election.
Present at the occasion is the state governor Rochas Okorocha, Senator Andy Uba, Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje, former governor of Borno state, Ali-Modu Sheriff, National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Slyvia, amongst others.
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