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Ekiti: Fayemi leads
Sun, 15 Jul 2018


Dr. John Kayode Fayemi is on his way back to the Government House, Ado Ekiti, as governor.

Fayemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the end of the collation of results on Sunday morning led his closest rival, Professor Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 12 of the 16 local government areas of the state, including Fayose’s Irepodun-Ifelodun Local Government Area.

Results of the election declared by Local Government Collation officers at the State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Ado Ekiti before the final announcement of the winner are as follows:

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Ilejemeje LG

APC 4,156

PDP 3,937

Irepodun LG

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PDP 11,456

Idi Osi LG

APC 12,342

PDP 11,145

Oye LG

APC 14,995

PDP 11,271

Efon LG

APC 5,028

PDP 5,192

Moba LG

APC 11,837

PDP 8,520

Ijero LG

APC , 14,192

PDP 11,077

Gbonyi LG

APC 11,498

PDP 8,027

Emure LG

APC 7,048

PDP 7,121

Ikere LG

APC 11,515

PDP 17,183

Ekiti West LG

APC 12,648

PDP 10,137

Ikole LG

APC 14,522

PDP 13,961

Ise Orun LG

APC 11,908

PDP 6,297

Ekiti East

APC 12,778

PDP 11,544

Ekiti South West

APC 11,015

PDP ,8423

Ado LG

APC 28,111

PDP 32,810

Turn out of voters was massive and the election was generally peaceful across the state.

Observer groups attested to the peaceful conduct of the election.

There were reports of ballot box snatching in a few places, but the commission said the development was not widespread to affect the outcome of the voting.

Although some voters, including Eleka and Fayemi’s wife, Bisi, were rejected by the card readers, the use of the machines was generally successful.

Governor Ayodele Fayose who will be handing over to the winner of the election accused the police of compromising the election process.

Eleka, his anointed candidate for the election, made a similar allegation, claiming there were moves to tinker with the election result.

That was a few hours after expressing satisfaction at the conduct of the election and appreciating INEC “for being prompt” to his rejection by the card reader in his Ikere Ekiti polling booth.

The police denied involvement in any dirty deal to tamper with the election as alleged.

Fayemi warned Fayose to allow the will of the people to prevail, and desist from any plan to unleash thugs during the election.

In a twist, however, Fayose went on air last night to declare Eleka winner of the election.

In a swift reaction, the regulatory body for the electronic media in the country, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) ordered the immediate shut down of the Ekiti State Broadcasting Service (EKBS) which the governor used for the announcement.

The station’s offence, according to the NBC, was breaching provisions of the electoral act and broadcasting code by allowing the governor declare results of the governorship election when INEC had not announced it.

It described the beach as unacceptable.

Figures collated at the local government level showed that Fayemi had won in Ekiti East, Ekiti West, Ekiti Southwest, Gbonyin, Ido-Osi, Ijero, Ikole, Ilelemeje, Irepodun-Ifelodun, Ise-Orun, Moba and Oye, leaving Eleka to take only Ado Ekiti, Emure, Ikere and Efon LGAs.

Fayose, police trade words over alleged compromise of governorship poll

Moment after casting his vote in his home town of Afao, Governor Fayose alleged that the election had been largely compromised by policemen.

He told reporters that policemen aided and abetted the distribution of money to induce voters.

He, however, admitted that voters turned out massively and conducted themselves in a peaceful manner.

The governor accused policemen of supervising ballot snatching as well as providing cover for those reported to be engaged in illegal sharing of money on election day.

According to him, all attempts to personally report the alleged cases to the police authorities were rebuffed.

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“I want to state expressly that the police have hijacked the whole process; INEC might mean well but the process was tampered with by the police.

“As I speak, thugs are having a field day snatching ballot boxes under police watch; this is a national disgrace.

“There were cases of not only ballot snatching, but ballot cleansing and clearing, even as the police and other officers cooperated by looking the other way,’’ he said.

But one of the three Police Commissioners deployed in the area to monitor the gubernatorial poll, Mr. Ali Janga, dismissed the allegations.

He said most of the allegations raised by politicians were promptly investigated and were found to be untrue.

His words: “I have visited some of the local governments and there was no electoral manipulation anywhere as being claimed.

“People just raise false alarm by sending distress calls to us, but many of them were found to be false when we got there.

“Election materials were distributed as early as possible and they were guarded by security men and the turnout was very impressive.’’

He said the odds would not stop Eleka from winning.

Eleka: We contested against security agencies, but I’ll win

The PDP governorship candidate, Prof Eleka, said he was sure of victory after scoring 452 votes in his Unit 007, Ward 2, Okekuru in Ikere-Ekiti.

The PDP candidate, who arrived his unit by 9.10 am, could not vote until 11.10 am because the smart card reader twice failed to verify his Permanent Voter Card (PVC), but he was eventually allowed to vote after he was manually verified.

He said: “After I spoke with the INEC headquarters, they found a way out of it. So I’ve been able to cast my vote after being accredited.

“I’m satisfied, and I want to appreciate INEC for being prompt. I also want to encourage them to find a way out in case it happens to any other person. It doesn’t have to be to the VIPs only. Nevertheless I appreciate their prompt response to this incident.”

The PDP flag bearer said he was sure of victory because it was divinely ordained. Asked for his prediction after casting his vote, he said: “I am a man who lives by faith. Right from the beginning I’ve always known that it’s a journey that is ordained by God.

“And any journey that is ordained by God definitely will be a success. By His grace, God will see me through; I’m going to coast to victory.”

There was a chorus of “Amen” by his supporters and those who accompanied him.

Eleka accused the APC of vote buying, adding that INEC officials and security agents were complicit as, according to him, they did nothing.

He said Ekiti people would still vote for him despite the collecting money from APC, adding that they were not hungry and therefore could not be bought with “peanuts”.

Eleka said: “It is left for the security agencies and INEC to do the needful. Let me be specific. The APC leaders are all round the various wards distributing money.

“They’re at Ogbonjana Ward, at Igelearokun Ward. At the Afin Palace, a former chairman of the local government under APC government was seen distributing money.

“Security agencies were just looking at them at those places, doing nothing. Even in Ikere here. And it’s quite unfortunate.

“INEC should do the needful. We have received reports of APC members who have been distributing money right in the presence of INEC officials and in the presence of security agencies.

“All this have been reported but unfortunately the security agencies turned a blind eye. It’s quite unfortunate that they are not doing the right thing.

“So, I want to advise that appropriate agencies should please rise up and play by the rules.”

Eleka said he had confidence in INEC despite the allegations of vote buying.

“The issue of vote buying should be addressed by INEC. If the security agencies are pretending as if they don’t see what is happening, it is quite unfortunate, because right in their presence, APC stalwarts were seen distributing money.

“But they should remember that Ekiti people are not hungry. They are not poor. They are not people that can be easily deceived by mere peanuts that will be given to them during election time.

“Ekiti people are ready to vote for the man of their choice and that is Kola Olusola-Eleka.”

After the card reader failed to verify his PVC for a second time, Eleka had expressed fears that he might be unable to vote.

And in a statement later in the day, his spokesman, Lere Olayinka said that “aside the fact that it was an election of the PDP versus all the security agencies in the country, we are confident of winning.

“Various wards collating centres have been taken over by armed thugs backed by security agencies as it was before and during the election.

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“Despite the intimidation and harassment by security agencies, we are still hopeful of winning the election but we are confronted with a clear plot to manipulate the results.”

He asked well meaning Nigerians to “prevail on the security agencies and INEC to allow the will of Ekiti people to prevail.”

You can’t abort people’s will, says Fayemi

The Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation advised Governor Fayose to stop nursing any plan to use thugs to abort the electoral will of Ekiti people as expressed through the ballot.

The Director of Media and Publicity of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Wole Olujobi, said it was too late to abort the will of Ekiti people as freely expressed in the election.

He said:”information at our disposal indicates that Fayose is mobilising his thugs to invade the collation centre to disrupt the conclusion of the election in which Fayemi is coasting home to victory.

“The attention of the world and indeed Nigerians is hereby called to the plot by Fayose to stoke violence at collation centres to disrupt the conclusion of this free and fair exercise through which Ekiti people have spoken in a clear language to have Fayemi as the governor of their choice.”

He pleaded with the security agencies to “ be alert to their responsibility to stop this sabotage against the nation’s law.

“The Nigerian law has spoken and Ekiti people have spoken too, and so we want to let Fayose realise that this attempt to abort this legal process will fail,” Olujobi added.

INEC should rectify card readers’ defects, say Olusola, Fayemi, Arise

Earlier yesterday, Eleka , Fayemi and other party chieftains said that the future of electoral democracy might be in jeopardy, unless urgent steps were taken to correct the defects associated with the card readers by INEC.

The party chieftains observed that the failure of card readers at that critical period of accreditation and voting often heightened the anxiety at polling booths and grossly affected public confidence about the surety and certainty of the electoral procedure.

Olusola spoke in his hometown, Ikere, shortly after he was denied accreditation by the failed card reader at his polling unit, before he was allowed to vote by the umpire, following the order of an INEC national commissioner.

He said the electoral commission has a responsibility for ensuring the optimal performance of the electoral machine to prevent disappointment and tension.

Olusola said: “I was surprised that, despite the fact that I was duly registered and captured, the card reader refused to work. There are some instances like that. INEC has a duty to correct these defects.”

Fayemi, whose wife, Bisi, could not vote initially, following the malfunctioning of the card reader at Isan Ekiti, complained about the embarrassment, saying: “If technology will continue to affect the conduct of poll, we need to review it.”

The former Minister said the failed card readers can unleash the challenge of disenfranchisement of the electorate without justification.

He also protested the absence of the incidence form, which had cast doubt on the adequate preparation by the electoral commission.

Fayemi said:”INEC is trying to test run a number of initiatives that they want to do in 2019. There is no incidence form in many places where the card readers failed, what do you do to that voter who is disenfranchised? INEC introduced a whole lot of initiatives; each local government is to be supervised by an INEC national commissioner.

“INEC should intensify efforts in the areas of training and things that foster integrity. Going to vote should be like going to eat. Election should not be war.”

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PDP stakeholders threaten fresh crisis over returnee govs, others
Sun, 15 Jul 2018

There are strong indications that the suspected defection plan of some chieftains of the Reformed-All Progressives Congress (R-APC), into the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may leave the opposition party factionalised again, if the leadership of the party fails to address mounting grievances to the planned return of some former chieftains of the PDP to some states chapters across the country.

The former ruling party, which became factionalised after it lost the 2015 presidential election, managed to pull through the storm after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the then Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee. It later held a National Convention on December 9, 2017, which produced the current leadership under Uche Secondus.

A source who spoke with our correspondent, disclosed that many chieftains of the party in some state chapters, are uncomfortable with some of the reported concessions offered members of the R-APC as part of the defection plan. According to findings by The Nation, not a few PDP chieftains in the affected states have vowed to resist alleged plans to hand over some state chapters of the party to leaders of the R-APC.

“We also hear of plans that will see R-APC leaders produce the gubernatorial and some other candidates of the PDP in our states unilaterally. We view that as plot to impose candidate on those of us who have been loyal and faithful to the PDP when these same people decimated and abandoned the party before, during and after the 2015 general elections. We will resist such moves,’ a party leader in Kwara South senatorial district,” said.

The Nation also gathered that contrary to reports that aggrieved party leaders in the affected states may have made up their minds to dump the PDP and move to other parties should R-APC chieftains join the PDP in their respective states, there is an ongoing effort to form a broad coalition within the party across some state with the intention of staying put in the PDP to resist the coming R-APC chieftains.

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“It is not totally correct that we will leave the party for them and move out en masse. Of course, there are those who have announced the threat to quit the PDP if Senate President Bukola Saraki and his people return to the party here in Kwara State. Those are largely people who came to join us in the PDP. For those of us who had never left the PDP, we will go nowhere, yet we will not accept the leadership of these returnees.

“You cannot expect the likes of Chief Sunday Oyebiyi, Mallam Isowo Mustapha or even Ashaolu Gabriel, to leave the PDP for Saraki. These are people who laboured to rebuild the party after the former governor and his political family abandoned it in 2014. Or is it Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo that will vacate his position as party leader for someone else from Saraki’s camp?”

Oyedepo had recently paid a visit to the national secretariat of the PDP in Abuja to inform the national leadership of alleged plan by Saraki, to return to the PDP. He advised the party leaders not to allow the Senate president to take over the structure of the party from the newly elected state PDP leaders. Similarly, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, who was one time governorship aspirant of the party in the state, said that the Senate President was not welcomed in the party.

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PDP apologises to Obasanjo for maltreatment, bad conduct
Sun, 15 Jul 2018

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday met with the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and counselled them on steps to adopt if they hope to ‘unseat’ President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.

Obasanjo, who was elected Nigerian president twice from 1999 – 2007 on the platform of PDP, told the 21-man delegation of the Committee, led by PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Walid Jibrin, to pay more than passive attention to four issues he identified as needed ingredients to bring PDP back to power.

The Ebora Owu, who announced his quitting of partisan politics in the build up to the 2015 presidential election to become an elder statesman, advised the party to court and embrace “good image, internal discipline, commitment, quality leadership and moral principles.”

The early morning meeting at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) was at the instance of the NWC of the party which had earlier arrived Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, a day ahead of it. The ex – president gave the advice in response to Uche Secondus.

The party national chairman had earlier tendered words of apology on behalf the party to Obasanjo for the bad conduct and mistreatment meted out to him and also drew his attention to what he (Secondus) considered as the “distress and prostrate situation of the country today” as well as the progress report on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the grand alliance of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), among others.

These were contained in a release issued in Abeokuta by Obasanjo’s media aide, Mr. Kehinde Akinyemi, shortly after the meeting.

The release reads: “Chief Obasanjo thanked the delegation for apologising on behalf of the party and made reference to the Lord’s Prayer where we are taught to ask God for forgiveness and to grant forgiveness to others.

“He further underlined the pitiable situation of Nigeria today and the inexcusable killing and insecurity almost all over the country and the unprecedented division of the country all of which the present government seems to have no credible solution.

“After deliberations, it was made clear that the MOU for grand alliance is what it says, a grand alliance. It is neither a merger nor absorption of any political party by any political party. It is clearly for the parties who agreed to be members of the alliance to work together to achieve one important common objective at the national level for the election of 2019 and where it is appropriate and necessary members may also form alliance and cooperation at the state level.
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Sun, 15 Jul 2018
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Sun, 15 Jul 2018
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Sun, 15 Jul 2018
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Sun, 15 Jul 2018
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Sun, 15 Jul 2018
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Access Bank, Fifth Chukker empower communities
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Access Bank Plc in partnership with Fifth Chuckker Polo is set to host this years Access Day.This event which holds tomorrow will see Nigerian and international polo players compete as a means to raise funds to empower disadvantaged communities and people.According to the lender, with a population of over 180 million people, many under the age of 30, Nigeria promises vast potential. One of our failings as a nation is that we have been unable to convert this potential to economic prosperity and s
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Refineries not maintained since 2008 -Experts
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
There has been no major turnaround maintenance carried out in any of the nations four refineries since 2008.Giving this startling revelations were experts at a public forum in Lagos recently. The event was at the Aret Adams Foundation 15th Annual Lecture series 2018.Tagged: Refineries in Nigeria: Challenges and prospects, the forum attracted experts in the down and upstream of the petroleum industry.The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has four refineries, two in Port Harcourt (PHR
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NASS okays trust fund for Navy, maritime security
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
The National Assembly has empowered the Nigerian Navy (NN), to establish a trust fund, to be known as Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund.The National Assembly also established the Maritime Security Operation Coordinating Board.The Fund is meant to promote the development of indigenous ship acquisition, ship building, ship repair and capacity development of providing financial assistance to Nigerian operators in the coastal and inland commercial activities.This followed the adoption of the House of R
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Poor foundation responsible for building collapse
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
For Keji Ademuwagun, a building engineer and Chief Operating Officer, Skyleen Nigeria Limited, a company with expertise in excavation and road construction, at the centre of the problem of building collapse is the issue of poor planning and unethical practices on the part of building professionals.Specifically, he said, deterioration can result due to different reasons including substandard materials used: As building components fail, they can directly impact on the exterior walls. The collapse
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Guinness unveils PET bottles for non-alcoholic drinks
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Guinness Nigeria PLC has announced the launch of a PET bottle new format for its adult premium non-alcoholic drinks Malta Guinness classic, DubicMalt, and Orijin Zero- which will be available in 33cl. The new PET bottle format of the adult premium non-alcoholic drinks has been produced with the highest quality standards Guinness Nigeria is renowned for. The bottles are portable, convenient and will allow consumers enjoy their favourite non-alcoholic drinks on-the-go.The Managing Director, Guinn
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Businesses project positive growth in Nigeria
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
Foreign-based businessmen operating in the country have projected a positive socioeconomic growth for the country,The group, under the aegis of Austrian-German-Swiss business outlook (AGSBO) had the third edition of its interface and discussion session at the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce centre in Lagos at the weekend.Speaking during the event, Head, Delegation of Germany Industry and Commerce in Nigeria, DGIC Dr Marc Lucassen said a 2018 survey which was done in Nigeria showed tha
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How to retain nutrients in foods
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
I crave your indulgence to deviate slightly from our regular consumer stories to nutrient retention in foods, due to an abnormality that most consumers are beginning to accept and practice as if it is the correct thing.Anytime, I go to the market and see consumers getting their unwashed fresh vegetables shredded in the market, it always brings to my mind that popular verse in the Holy Bible stated in the book of Hosea, chapter 4, verse 6: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.If they hav
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In search of single currency in Africa
Sun, 15 Jul 2018
The quest for single currency in Africa was top on the agenda at the just concluded Annual General Meeting of African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in Abuja. Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf in this report examines some of the concerns raised by different stakeholdersThe take off date for the introduction of single currency in Africa is 2020. That idea and ideal was again reechoed in the last few days by many people who hold the view and very strongly that a single currency in the continent will be som
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