Newspapers Review: Stories That Made The Headlines This Monday Morning – 16 July 2018

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With Ekiti, APC in Firm Control of South-west – THISDAY
Mon, 16 Jul 2018

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With last Saturday’s election of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, as the next governor of Ekiti State, the South-west geo-political zone has now come under the firm grip of the ruling party, a feat that had not been performed since 1979, when the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), cornered all the three states in the region.

Fayemi had prevailed over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Professor Kolapo Olusola, by 197,459 to 178,115 of the 384,594 votes cast in the keenly contested election.

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While President Muhammadu Buhari led the retinue of celebrants that congratulated Fayemi on his victory yesterday, the PDP rejected the results of the election, calling it a daylight robbery.

The PDP leaders went into a meeting yesterday to review the election and decide on its next move, party sources told THISDAY.

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PDP rejects Fayemis victory, says its daylight robbery – PUNCH
Mon, 16 Jul 2018
The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has rejected Saturday’s governorship election results in Ekiti State.

It described the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission as a daylight robbery.
But the Presidency, in its reaction berated the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, describing him as “a high-powered nothing.”

Fayose had, during the electioneering, supported his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, who is the candidate of the PDP in the election.

INEC had early on Sunday announced the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi as the winner of the election.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan and Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, who announced the results, said Fayemi had satisfied the requirement of the law by polling the highest lawful votes in the election.

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Fayemi polled 197, 459 to beat Olusola of the PDP, who scored 178,121 votes. He won in 12 Local Government Areas while Olusola won in four local governments.

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Fayemi’s victory an endorsement of Buhari administration, says FG – GUARDIAN
Mon, 16 Jul 2018

The Federal Government yesterday described the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s Ekiti governorship election as a referendum on the performance of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, declaring: “Nigerians have given their verdict.”The keenly contested election had pitted APC contestant and former Minster of Solid Minerals Development Kayode Fayemi against Deputy Governor Olusola-Eleka.

Making the disclosure at a press conference in Lagos, Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the outcome was also a “death knell for fake news.” According to him, “Anyone who monitored the social media before and during the election would think it would be a landslide for the PDP. But the reality is different.”Mohammed, who thanked Ekiti people for ensuring the election was credible, accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of rigging the 2014 poll in the state.

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Ekiti: 4 Years After, Fayemi Returns To Ayaba House – LEADERSHIP
Mon, 16 Jul 2018

Four years after he was allegedly rigged out of office by the past administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr John Kayode Fayemi, is set to return to Ayaba House, the Ekiti State Government House, in October to continue his job as governor, following his victory in Saturday’s governorship poll in the state. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the former minister of mines and steel winner of the fiercely contested election after collation of the results. The chief returning officer and Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, who declared Fayemi the winner and governor-elect just yesterday said Fayemi polled 197,459 votes to defeat his PDP rival, Olusola Eleka, who got 178,121 votes Olayinka said, while 909,589 voters were registered for the election, only 405,861 voters were accredited to vote in the election, even as total valid votes stood at 384,594 votes, with 15,857 declared invalid and total votes cast standing at 402,451. “I,

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How Ekiti governorship election was won and lost – THE NATION
Mon, 16 Jul 2018

Fayemi promises to restore values

Buhari, governors, Tinubu, others hail governor-elect

Olusola for tribunal as PDP kicks

Saturday’s victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Kayode Fayemi came from a combination of factors and the performance of key party leaders in their strongholds.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Fayemi winner with 197, 459 votes. His closest rival, Prof. Kolapo Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 178, 459 votes.

Fayemi won in 12 of the 16 local government areas. Olusola won in four.

In the four local governments, Olusola edged Fayemi with the highest number of over 5,000 votes in his hometown Ikere, but the over 5,000 margin with which Fayemi won in Ise/Orun Local Government cancelled that out.

Ise/Orun is the home local government of former PDP National Publicity Secretary Dayo Adeyeye, who defected to the APC after the PDP primary.

Fayemi’s victory reverberated in the local government areas, leaving many PDP casualties in its wake.

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Boko Haram overrun military base in Yobe, soldiers missing – DAILY TRUST
Mon, 16 Jul 2018

Over six hundred soldiers are still missing after suspected Boko Haram militants overran a military base in Yobe State on Saturday, credible sources told Daily Trust yesterday.
Many Boko Haram militants dressed in military apparel and armed with sophisticated weapons got access to a military facility in Jilli, a village in Yobe State close to the border with Borno State in the fringes of Lake Chad.

One of the sources said before the invasion, the base had around 750 troops manning it, adding that the facility was established to contain the movement of Boko Haram terrorists’ along the Chad Basin.
The Geidam area which shares border with Niger Republic has many cells under the control of the Abu Mus’ab Albarnawi faction of the Boko Haram which has ties with the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAB).
“About 100 of the troops that disappeared from the base in Jilli after the clash have reported in Geidam town but very few of them had their weapons with them,” the source said.

He said over 600 had not been accounted for but expressed optimism that they might have taken cover somewhere and would soon surface.

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