Ekiti 2022: “No position deserves anybody’s blood”-Fayemi to Governorship aspirants

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has warned against violence during the governorship election expected to hold in the state in July 2022.

Speaking on Friday while delivering the State of the State Address at the hallowed chambers of the State House of Assembly as part of activities marking the third anniversary of his administration, Fayemi said he was satisfied that things are getting better in the state.

The Governor used the opportunity of the session, which was attended by top government functionaries, members of the State Executive Council and the State Assembly as well as traditional rulers, to appeal for peace ahead of the 2022 governorship election of his successor in office, stressing that “no position is worth the blood of anybody.”

The Ekiti helmsman also counselled politicians aspiring for the Office of the Governor in the run-up to next year’s polls to avoid politics of bitterness and be conscious of the fact that “God is the only one that can choose a leader.”

He said, “The temptation is to see a government in its final year as a lame-duck government. Let me assure that this government is determined to work for the people to the very last day of our mandate. The job is not yet done, even if a lot has been achieved. I enjoin you all to keep supporting us, the journey of the 4th year has just begun with the rendering of the account of stewardship of the 3rd year.

“The next one year will be used to complete everything we started three years ago. You will recall that I assured you that there would be no abandoned projects. God has helped us to keep and fulfil this promise so far, but there are still many rivers of development to cross.

“I am using this opportunity to reiterate to you Ekiti-Kete, that there will be no unfinished project under my watch. I know this is a huge task considering the ongoing massive projects across the state, nonetheless, we are determined to finish well! The fourth-year is also a year of elections, in which my successor in office will be elected.

“I urge you all to play by the rules and avoid politics of bitterness. No position is worth the blood of anybody. I therefore implore aspiring Governors to be conscious of the fact that God is the only one that can choose a leader. Therefore, we should put God first in whatever we do. May the wish of God prevail in our dear State and nation.”



2022 guber : Report on congresses causes a stir in Ekiti PDP

As the crisis rocking the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State lingers, indications have emerged that the party may be faced with trouble in  next year’s governorship election over the conduct of the Ward, Local government and State Congresses held in 2020 the state.

This is as a letter from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) indicated that the body monitored one of the parallel ward congresses but did not monitor the local government and state congresses which produced the party officials at the three levels.

A source within the leadership of the party said the situation required the urgent intervention of the PDP National Working Committee led by Prince Uche Secondus “to avert labouring in vain only for the All Progressives Congress(APC) to reap the fruits in the forthcoming governorship election.”

The INEC position was made known by the Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC) in Ekiti State, Dr Adeniran Tella, in a letter dated June 23, 2021 Ref number INEC/EK/S/EPM/VI/56/1107 titled, ‘Re: PDP ward delegates and ad-hoc local government and state congresses held March 7, August 26 and August 29, 2020 : Request for the Certified True Copy of the report of INEC Monitoring Team in line with the constitutional provision’INEC had stated, “However, the congresses (Ward) were monitored in the morning by our officials as scheduled, but later in the evening of same day, some PDP officials came up with another format, but our officials could not monitor the conduct though results were later turned in too thus making it a parallel congress.“Sequel to your request in respect of the Local Government and State Congresses, you are hereby referred to a letter earlier written in respect of same dated 29th September, 2020 with Reference no. INEC/S/LOG/8/56/1042 confirming that the Commission in the State did not monitor the two congresses due to the parallel congresses conducted by factions of the party and the subsequent litigation arising thereof,” the electoral body had stated.

The source, who said the INEC position was damning and capable of rendering the victory of PDP in the 2022 election useless, said, “The NWC must take immediate action to reconcile the two groups in the Ekiti PDP crisis so that INEC can withdraw that report.“It shows clearly that Section 83 of the Electoral Law which mandates INEC to supervise and monitor all political parties’ activities including finance, congresses and conferences has been violated.“To withdraw the INEC report, PDP NWC should explore one of two options; one is for the NWC to order for fresh congresses in Ekiti State from ward to state level.“The other is for NWC to call the warring parties and advice them to come forward with harmonised list which will be supported in the presence of INEC and PDP National Organising Secretary,” he said.According to him, “in the absence of reconciliation, the APC which is watching, may choose not to campaign, and at the end of the day go to court if PDP wins to claim the victory as done in Zamfara State in the 2019 general elections.”



APC Congress: Former Reps member Oyetunde accuses Fayemi of imposition

Former Ekiti House of Representatives member , Oyetunde Ojo has raised the alarm over alleged plans by Governor Kayode Fayemi to impose his lapdogs as officials of the All Progressive Congress(APC) ahead of its forthcoming congress.

Ojo alleged the Governor and his co-conspirators have begun the process of compiling names of preferred officials with a view to hijacking the structure and architectural soles of the Ekiti chapter ahead of the June 16, 2022 governorship poll in the state.

The APC chieftain, in a statement in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, said that Fayemi, as part of the moves to make his alleged game plan materialise, stopped all ward meetings purposely to block all dissents from raising objections.

He described the Governor’s actions as undemocratic, warning it could throw the party on a path of perdition.

He said: “Urgent attention should be paid by party leadership to the journey to Sodom, going on in Ekiti, call on the leading Pharaoh of our state to redirect steps from the avoidable Red Sea ahead, so the party can sail with ease to victory.

“We are aware that the Governor Fayemi led administration has sent a directive to all wards to compile lists of party representatives from Wards to local government level and these have been forwarded to him for imposition in the coming congresses.

“This is an aberration to the norms of all democratic practices which we all fought at a time in our party, and which led to the dissolution of former party officials and the enthronement of the current caretaker committees which role is to correct the past anomalies and lend a potent tooth to the coming one through fair, equitable and participatory contests.

“The current development in Ekiti State where the Governor is compiling lists of only the people he is disposed to and muzzling opposition by stopping all ward meetings and other such gathering, is simply dictatorial and will not be tolerated.

“We are calling on the National Caretaker Committee of our party, the leaders of the APC, to be alive to this subterranean move and act accordingly as the people have resolved not to allow any such imposition in our party again.

“Never again shall we fold our arms and wash our rights being taken by fiat by a governor whose loyalty to the APC is in doubt. Never shall we allow a governor who once robbed us of our hard-earned victory in 2014, force us into another political Siberia.

“This is why a quick step is required to arrest the ongoing attempt to sweep the rights of the majority of our party members in Ekiti State under carpet.

“We are sure the nocturnal action will eventually blow open and curtailed as the people will keep demanding for their rights to equity and fair play, until justice is entrenched through people’s-oriented leadership from our wards, up to the state level,” Ojo said.

However, APC Ekiti Caretaker Publicity Secretary, Ade Ajayi, denied the the allegations, saying the party was committed to conduct free, fair, credible and most acceptable congresses in the state.

Ajayi added the ex- lawmaker lacks the locus standi to make such damaging allegations, having been suspended from the party for alleged anti party activities.

“We are assuring our people that the congresses will be free and fair. That is the focus of the committee. Nobody will be marginalised. All the tendencies in the party will be accommodated.

“APC is a party that is governed by constitution. We will follow the constitution of the party to conduct the congresses that will accommodate all members,” he assured.



Ekiti APC suspends two for allying with pro-Tinubu group

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has suspended two of its members for allegedly supporting the South West Agenda for 2023, a political platform that is behind the presidential aspiration of a former Governor of Lagos,‌ ‌Asiwaju‌ ‌Bola‌ ‌Ahmed‌ ‌Tinubu.

The duo, Kayode Adetifa and Jide Oso, who were APC members in Ward 9, Owaye Quarters, in Ayede Ekiti in the Oye Local Government Area of the state, were shown the exit door by the party leadership in the council.

The suspension letters, dated May 31 and issued separately to the duo, were signed by the ward executives, including Abejide Sola (Chairman), Bamisayo Abigael (Women Leader), Oladipo Adekunle (Youth Leader), Fayemi Apeke (Secretary), and Oloruntoba Bosede (Treasurer).

It read in part, “We noted from your activities in the party in the recent past that you have been working against the unity of the party even to the extent of creating a parallel ward that you named “SWAGA” within the ward.

“You sent in confirmation of your action through Mr Jide Oso, a former ward chairman on 16th May 2021 to the ward that you have created another venue for this purpose.

“You were invited to the general executive and leaders’ meeting on 20th May 2021 to explain your action and you confirmed that the message was sent by you and that you would not stop your parallel meeting for any reason.

“In view of the above reasons the general executive of the ward met 27th May 2021 and decided to suspend you for running against the APC Constitution till further notice.”

APC Publicity Secretary, Ade Ajayi, said the two “were not suspended because of SWAGA, but they have been dividing the party and all efforts to rein them in failed.

“They were invited to defend themselves, they confirmed it and party supremacy had to come into play. Nobody is bigger than the party”, he said.

It is widely believed that Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, is also nursing a presidential ambition.



INEC 2022 timetable raises political tempo in Ekiti, Osun

Tempo of political activities has been raised in Ekiti and Osun states, following the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) release of governorship election dates.

Ekiti will go to the poll on June 18, 2022 while it will be the turn of Osun to elect its governor on July 18, 2022, according to INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

Prof. Yakubu also announced the creation of additional polling units, raising the number from 119,974 to 176,864 nationwide.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), which controls the two states and the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party started reviewing up their activities.

The APC in Osun said it had adopted Governor Adegboyega Oyetola as its candidate, to enable him run for his second term while the spokesman for the PDP said members were rooting for Senateor Ademola Adeleke as the candidate, but with a caveat: All those interested will be free to bid for the ticket.

PDP National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan described the announcement by the electoral agency as a welcome development.

He said: “We are battle ready for the elections. We just have to dot the “ts” and “is” as we commence preparation. We will strengthen the structure and procedures of our parties in the two states, and make the chapters ready for the polls.

“We will organise our process well. We will conduct our congresses. Our candidates will emerge and we will begin our campaigns. Nigerians are tired of the ruling APC because it has failed the country. They have written off the APC.”

Ologbodiyan added: “We will do our reconciliation and harmonisation. As a political party, we are dealing with human beings and not machines. Reconciliation and harmonisation are part of politics and party administration”.

In EKiti, the PDP reiterated its readiness to dislodge the APC from power. But the ruling APC said there was no vacancy at the Oke-Bareke Government House.

The APC Caretaker Publicity Secretary, Ade Ajayi, said the poll would be a walkover for the ruling party, owing to the superlative achievements of Governor Kayode Fayemi in all sectors.

Ajayi said the APC would break the succession jinx in 2022 by ensuring that a progressive politician from the progressive fold succeeds Fayemi at the expiration of his tenure.

He said that the electorate are happy with the purposeful leadership of the APC-led government and not ready to shift allegiance to the PDP, whose trademark is failure.

The APC spokesman said the PDP, during its reign reversed the course of socio-economic development in Ekiti, adding that Ekiti will not vote for backwardness.

He said the opposition party had been completely buried in Ekiti since former Governor Ayodele Fayose left power, adding that the party is bedevilled with many crises that have weakened the platform.

Ajayi said: “Let me tell you that we are prepared and well-grounded to win the poll. APC is a more cohesive party. We are united under the leadership of Governor Kayode Fayemi.

“We are banking on our impressive performances to win and we are sure that the PDP will suffer another defeat again like they did in 2018.”

But, the PDP State Publicity Secretary, Raphael Adeyanju, said the days of the APC at the Government House were numbered.

He said: APC government had failed to deliver dividends of democracy to the electorate due to its lack of service delivery plan and ideas that could translate to growth and development.

He said that the ruling party should be prepared for an imminent defeat in the election.

Adeyanju added: “We know Ekiti will reject a party that has disappointed them. A party that can’t fix their roads, that can’t provide employments for youths, that can’t effect promotions for workers can’t continue to rule us. So, we are well prepared.”

“Former Governors Ayodele Fayose and Segun Oni as well as Senator Biodun Olujimi and other leaders are united behind the PDP. We all have our eyes fixed on that governorship seat and we are confident that our victory is sacrosanct”.

The Osun APC vowed to retain the state, adding that PDP will be disgraced at the poll.

PDP ruled out the imposition of candidate for the election.

The caretaker chairman of APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun, said the party is putting structures in place to ensure victory.

He stressed: “We are making sure that every sector of the party that has a relationship with the election like the party agents get themselves prepared for the 2022 poll. The only thing that we are still expecting to gear up our preparation is the type of election that we would have.

“INEC is yet to come up with a particular way we are going to vote, but it seems there would be a slight departure from the normal practice. They are saying they want to go for e-voting, which is not too clear to us yet. We have not done that before. Whether it will start with the governorship election or general election in 2023, we don’t know.

Famodun said: “Oyetola has been adopted throughout the state by members of our party. The adoption has been documented by local governments and federal constituencies. They did so simultaneously because of The Osun Progressives (TOP).”

The Director, Media and Publicity, Osun PDP, Oladele Oluwabamiji..

He said: “The majority of our party stakeholders are indeed, rooting for the emergence of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the party candidate in the forthcoming governorship election. It is also a fact that Adeleke performed excellently in the 2018 governorship election as our candidate, where he defeated the APC candidate on the first ballot before the run-off

“However, the party is not foreclosing other intending aspirants throwing their hat into the ring in line with their constitutional rights in a democratic society. We will ensure a free and fair selection process at the primary election. This will be done fairly devoid of any ground for rancour.”