I read the response of the APC through it’s spokesman Lai Mohammed to my allegations and assertions in the interview that I gave to Channels TV on 30th June 2014. The said response appeared in a number of newspapers on 1st July 2014.
I read the response of the APC through it’s spokesman Lai Mohammed to my allegations and assertions in the interview that I gave to Channels TV on 30th June 2014. The said response appeared in a number of newspapers on 1st July 2014.
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has urged Muslim faithful to imbibe the Islamic principles of love, compassion, self discipline and obedience to constituted authority during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Amosun, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Wakama, also admonished adherents of Islam to continue to pray for enduring unity, peace and progress of the country at all times.
“As we all know, Ramadan, is one of the compulsory pillars of Islam that must be observed by all Muslims. With sincerity of purpose and supplication to the almighty Allah, I believe that we can overcome all our challenges as a nation. I implore you to also continue to support the government in deeds and prayers,” the governor said.
He wished Muslims faithful abundant reward of the Holy Month.
Fayose stated this when he visited the LP’s secretariat in Ado-Ekiti where he met Bamidele and key leaders of the party on Friday.
He said, “I want to thank you for making yourself available for Ekiti people as an agent of change through the June 21 election. What you did is a replica of what I did in the past when I used the Labour Party to prevent a bad government installed by PDP then from continuing in office and we succeeded in putting APC in place.
“I divided the PDP and you divided the APC, all for good intents and purposes. But I thank God that he has used you to play a similar role today. The journey is not too far and you have what it takes to lead our people.
‘’By age, experiences and exposure, you are indeed a leader of your people. I have a lot of respect for you and that’s why I have called you more than 15 times after this election insisting on seeing you. I see you as a brother and a fellow fighter from the same side of the divide.’’
Fayose, who attended the meeting alongside his deputy governor-elect, Olusola Ojo-Eleka, said Bamidele remained a reference point of integrity, service and voice of the voiceless in Ekiti any day.
He said the incoming government would need Bamidele’s wealth of experience in governance and politics to move Ekiti state forward.
‘’By all standards, you are a leader and a gentleman, that’s why I have always identified with you even before and after you contested this election. In an election, there must be one governor, so as far as I’m concerned, you have lost nothing in this race. You can only count your blessings. That’s why I felt you have fought good fight and emerged a victor’,” Fayose added.
Bamidele in his remark said the meeting was a turning point for Ekiti people and their democratic experience since politicians from various political platforms were beginning to come together to discuss the future of their people.
He assured that politicians from his party were ready to contribute their quota to the development of the state (P-NG)
The Ekiti Election 2014 is finally come and gone. Ekiti the fountain of Knowledge has a new man in office. An old hand from the yester-years. An experience local motivator and now again State’s new Chief Executive.
According to INEC, Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been elected Governor of Ekiti state.
Professor Isaac Azuzu, Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Oye- Ekiti and The Returning Officer for the 2014 governorship elections announced the results of the governorship elections in Ekiti State after the countings and declaring the candidate of the PDP (People’s Democratic Party), Mr Ayodele Fayose, who was governor of Ekiti State from 29 May 2003 to 16 October 2006, winner of the contest.
Governor Elect Ayo Fayose scored a total of 203, 090 to defeat other candidates including the incumbent Governor Fayemi. Ayo Fasoye was called the local man of the people.
The Returning Officer, before announcing the results, called on party agents of the various political parties that participated in the elections to sign for the results sheet which indicates that they agree to the process and the election result.
Professor Azuzu said ” I wish to announce that Dr Tope Aluko of the PDP and Mr Dele of the National Conscience Party, NCP, have signed the result sheet”.
Professor Azuzu said “we have come to the grand finale of this exercise. Accord-268, AA–146, AA–146, APC-120433, AD–843, CPP-967, LP 18125, KOWA –222, CPP–967, PDP-203090, MPPP- 137, NCP–322, PDC–921, PPA–1050, SDP–65, UDP-67 as the final break-down of results.
Mr. Ayo Fayose got majority votes in all the 16 local government areas of the State as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Other leading three contenders in the Saturday poll were the Governor of the state, Kayode Fayemi, of the All Progressives Congress APC; Bamidele Opeyemi of the Labour Party.
Comments from The Chairman, Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, Ekiti State, Mr. Tunji Ogunlola, said, “Our people are wiser now and I am sure they will resist any attempt to impose an unpopular candidate on them as the winner. INEC should announce the winner of the election and allow peace to reign.”
“Nigeria has too many security challenges it is struggling with and should not add Ekiti to the list of the troubled states.”
LG APC LP PDP
Efon 3,422 358 5,335
Oye 10,176 512 11,200
Ilejemeje 3,336 165 3,670
Ikere 7,989 585 16,197
Ikole 8,804 1,259 14,238
Ekiti S/W 6,746 1,413 11,038
Ijero 9,348 1,554 13,814
Ifelodun 6,834 3,555 13,038
Emure 4,332 1,527 7,086
Ekiti-East 8,584 884 12,498
Moba 7,994 1,000 8,878
Gbonyin 8,138 714 11,046
Ise 5,809 600 10,136
Ekiti-West 7,860 884 10,702
Ido-Osi 7,134 1,182 13,045
Ado-Ekiti 13,927 2,065 41,169
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has expressed deep shock at the death of the deputy head of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), AbdulAzeez Arisekola-Alao at the age of 69.
In a press release signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun said the Islamic leader lived a fulfilled life, describing his passing on as painful, as it is close to the Ramadan fast when his philanthropy would be most appreciated.
“It is most unfortunate that Alhaji Ariselola-Alao would die at a time when a lot of Muslims would have benefited from his generousity, but Almighty Allah knows best,” the governor said.
Amosun, who commiserated with the NSCIA, family members of the deceased and his associates, urged them to take solace in the fact that the late Islamic leader led an exemplary life through his unwavering stance in the propagation of Islam.
Amosun prayed to Allah to grant his soul eternal rest and Aljannah Firdaus.
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has appointed Mr. Olufemi Ajayi as the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF). Mr. Ajayi is from Ekiti State and until this new appointment, he was the Director-General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
He replaces Dr. Oluwole Oluleye, also from Ekiti state, who has served as the Executive Secretary of the PTDF since 2013.
Before his appointment as a Presidential aide in June 2007, Mr. Ajayi had previously served with Department For International Development (DFID) as a Senior Communication Specialist at DFID-ProPCom; Resident Coordination Specialist of the United System (2005/2006); UNICEF Communication Consultant for HIV/AIDS (2001); National Professional Officer for Communication and Informatics for UNESCO (1999/2001); United Nations Information Centre (1992 to 1999), Science Editor/Member of the Editorial Board of Daily Times (1987/90), and Media Consultant to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) (1991).
As Science Editor/Member of the Editorial Board of Daily Times, Mr. Ajayi participated in the six-week International Workshop on Drug Abuse and Trafficking sponsored by the United States Information Agency at the Voice of America in Washington D.C. in May –June 1989 where he presented a paper on Nigeria’s Drug Scene: the challenge of Drug Demand Reduction and Prohibition.
An experienced International Civil Servant, Development Communication Specialist, and Public Affairs Analyst, Mr. Ajayi got his first degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ife in 1981; Post-graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Times Journalism Institute 1984; and Masters in International Law and Diplomacy from the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Akoka-Lagos.
Ajayi has authored many books including Sustainable Development Diplomacy: Nigeria’s Diplomatic Wars for Regional Progress (2003); Communication for HIV/AIDS Prevention: A guidebook for practitioners (2001) and Reporting the United Nations: A Handbook for Journalists
The appointment is with immediate effect.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
Detectives from Croydon CID are appealing for any information following the death of Rio Andrew.
15 year old Rio was taken to hospital in the early hours of Sunday 15 June, from a rave at a disused sorting office in Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon.
Rio had gone to the rave with a group of his friends when he collapsed and became ill at the event. He died in hospital on Monday 16 June.
Detectives from Croydon CID now want to speak to anyone who may have been with Rio or who saw him on Saturday night into Sunday morning.
DCI Steve Baxter, leading the investigation, said:
“Rio went out for the night with his friends, his parents had every right to expect that he would return home safe and well. Sadly, he didn’t and my thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.
“There has been speculation that Rio’s death was caused by drugs, at this stage no one can say that with certainty as we are still waiting for the results of the post mortem.
“I want to speak to anyone who saw Rio during Saturday night, as he travelled from his home in Notting Hill to Croydon, to help us build up a picture of his night out. If someone did sell or give Rio drugs then I want information to help us catch whoever that was.
“If you know anything or saw anything that night please get in touch and help our investigation.”
Rio’s family kindly request that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Croydon CID on 0203 276 2264.
Rio was accomplished athlete in all disciplines especially in the shot put. He was selected by Jamaican national team during the 2012 Olympics to be part of their guard of honour during The Games.
He says, quote, “We can’t do it for them.”
Obama says the U.S. won’t send troops back into Iraq. But he says he’s asked his national security team to prepare a range of other options. He says he’ll review those options in the coming days.
Obama says the risk posed by terrorists in Iraq could eventually pose a threat to U.S. interests, too.
A fast-moving insurgency in Iraq has taken over key cities, raising fears Iraq is slipping back into sectarian chaos following the U.S. withdrawal in 2011.
Obama spoke just before departing the White House en route to North Dakota. source By JULIE PACE | Associated Press
His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR
On the Occasion of the All Political Parties and Political Stakeholders Summit at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja 12th June 2014
About fifteen years ago, our nation found itself at the cross roads of political determination, its stability and progress threatened, and pushed to the limit. Fear, uncertainty and a near total loss of hope took over the minds of our people. It appeared we were close to losing our way in the struggle of building a united, prosperous and democratic nation.
2. At that time, it was the political class that rose to the challenge of rescuing the Nation and steering it back, onto the path of state building and productive enterprise. This courageous struggle for our democracy was fought across ethnic and religious divides, by politicians and statesmen, who put everything at stake, including their lives, to bring back hope to Nigerians and to the Nigerian State.
3. Nigerians will still recollect the courageous struggle waged by various political associations and pressure groups notably – the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), the Eastern Mandate Union (EMU), the AFENIFERE, and the G-34, among others. Though different in style and ideological inclinations, these political associations, advocated and converged on one central objective: relaunching the country on the path of true democracy and the preservation of its corporate existence. This they did, irrespective of tribal, ethnic, ideological and political differences. In the process, quite a number of these gallant men and women paid the ultimate price in restoring the nation to a democratic path. This marked the birth of the Fourth Republic.
4. Thus, on May 29 1999, we not only celebrated our newly won democracy, but also the labours and struggles of these heroes, living and dead, in the struggle for the restoration of our democracy. We also celebrated the rebirth of a nation and the renewal of our collective commitment, towards a stable and self-sustaining statehood.
5. In the past 15 years of the Nigerian 4th Republic, several milestones have been recorded, in our political development. Our electoral processes have been transformed, strengthened and subjected to guiding principles of universal electoral standards. With greater election credibility, our democratic image has been enhanced and the culture of separation of powers and respect for the rule of law, deepened.
6. Perhaps unsung, is the fact that Nigeria has operated and maintained, one of the most robust, effective and decisive electoral justice systems anywhere in the world. Procedures and provisions for seeking judicial redress have always been fully utilized by politicians and political parties before, during and after elections. Till date, every court or elections’ tribunal decision, has been respected and obeyed to the letter, by all parties, whether in or out of government.
7. With the growth of our institutions, and the rightful positioning of our ombudsman as proper interface in public governance and service delivery, Political Parties and party politics have become entrenched as the anchor and basis of democracy in Nigeria.
8. The Media, as the Fourth Estate, has also continued to play its role unhindered, as the watch dog. It is not in doubt that Nigeria has one of the freest media in the whole world, operating within fundamental freedoms and rights, unrestricted by the State. Lately this freedom of expression has also been robustly and exuberantly embraced by the social media. Today, freedom of association, assembly and expression, within constitutional provisions, is largely taken for granted.
9. Our democracy has witnessed unbroken political transitions and successful successions of government from 1999 to the present date. However, Nigeria’s social stability and democratic consolidation will be greatly undermined, if by a complacent and indifferent attitude by critical national political stakeholders, it is wrongly presumed that the nation’s democratic system has become invincible and can therefore be taken for granted without constant and careful monitoring
10. There are still very remorseless anti-democratic forces operating in the political system, ever ready to exploit lapses in the management of the political and electoral processes. Some of these forces may, indeed, view the forthcoming elections as their last stand to truncate the nation’s hard won democratic liberty. But, dear compatriots, with respect to the 2015 elections in particular, and our journey as a Nation in general, we must never allow these negative forces to prevail.
11. The onset of the 4th Republic, under the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo, brought the institutionalization of inter party mechanisms, domiciled in the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Inter – Party Affairs. The concept of inter – party relations and collaboration presupposes that even though political parties may differ in ideologies, processes and structures of governance, they must remain united in the common objective of preserving and consolidating the nation’s unity and its democratic foundation.
12. Political party affiliates must, thus, relate with one another and conduct themselves with responsibility and statesmanship focused on positive inputs into governance, whether they be in power at present, or not.
13. Inter -Party relations and collaboration make it incumbent on the party in power, at any level or section, to govern in recognition of the beneficial voices and views of opposition parties. And vice-versa for the parties out of government, to proffer issue-based engagement, geared towards improved performance in governance, and service delivery to the people. This is only possible through a rancour free relationship among political parties, in their conduct, acts and utterances.
14. Nigeria’s political history since independence is replete with examples of viable collaborations among political parties, in and out of government. In the first Republic, the ruling Northern Peoples’ Congress (NPC) had an alliance with the National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC), which allowed the leader of the latter, the late Right Honourable Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, to become the President of Nigeria.
15. In the Second Republic, a unique alliance between the ruling National Party of Nigeria (NPN) and the Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP) made it possible for the NPP, which did not have a majority in the House, to produce the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
16. At the commencement of the 4th Republic, on invitation by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), members of opposition parties were appointed Ministers, Special Advisers to the President and into other positions in government. Indeed, the first Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Affairs, the late Senator Mahmud Waziri, was the founding National Chairman of the then opposition All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
17. In furtherance of its role, the Inter – Party office has continued to promote cordial and positive relationship among all political parties, which culminated in the establishment of an Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), a structure recognized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
18. Consequently in 2011, all political parties agreed and committed to a Code of Conduct for political behaviour. Article 7 of the Code states that: “No political Party or candidate shall during campaign, resort to the use of inflammatory language, provocative actions, images or manifestation that incite violence, hatred, contempt or intimidation against another party or candidate or any person or group of persons on grounds of ethnicity or gender or for any other reason. Accordingly, no Political Party or candidate shall issue any poster, pamphlet, leaflet or other publication that contains any such incitement”.
19. However, dear compatriots, the current national political outlook with regard to inter -party collaboration is less than salutary. Indeed, the conduct and utterances of leading politicians at home and abroad are rapidly creating and spreading unnecessary tension in the country. Unguarded utterances on their part, fester the embers of discord, bitterness and rancour. Such unfortunate developments play into the hands of extremist elements, waging a vicious campaign of terror against the Nigerian State.
20. The recent mindless bombings and killing of innocent Nigerians in Nyanya in the Federal Capital Territory, Jos in Plateau State, the killing in Adamawa State including that of the traditional ruler as well as the heartless and criminal abduction of over 200 school girls from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno state are better addressed by a political class which is united in its commitment to defend the polity irrespective of political differences. We must never politicise the fundamental and core imperative of defending the State. To do so can only embolden the terrorists and other enemies of our Republic who will seek to exploit any perceived political and social divisions for their nefarious ends. We must never give them such opportunity. Our political parties must remain positive and constructive engagement as we seek to build a virile, strong and stable nation that can compete with other states in the world.
21. This Summit today by all political parties in Nigeria therefore offers the opportunity for political parties and, indeed, politicians to reflect and review the possible consequences their actions, conduct and utterances in the recent past have had and could have, on our polity, national security and corporate existence. This Summit must be an occasion for political rejuvenation and re-orientation. Its outcome must be a common stand against all and any anti-democratic forces that are currently waging a vicious and mindless war against the State.
22. Fellow compatriots, we must first build a nation before engaging in arguments on how best to run it. The system is not yet so shockproof to withstand all unguarded and careless political statements and actions. If our state enterprise fails, no political party or politician will be spared from the consequences.
23. Hence, at a time such as this when our existence as a nation is threatened by anti-democratic forces we, politicians and political parties, must rise to the higher moral ground in defence and protection of our existence as one nation and one people. Our role should not be limited to the struggle to win elections and acquire political power, but also to handling the demands of patriotism and statesmanship, and restoring hope to the Nigerian people.
24. In all these, it is exigent that the acts, conducts and utterances of all political stakeholders reflect, to the highest level, a commitment to the defence and preservation of our social cohesion, our political stability and our sovereignty as a nation. We must reinforce, and recommit our various supporters across the nation to the Nigerian Project, irrespective of party affiliation, ideological differences and alliances.
25. History will not judge us kindly if this country fails as a result of our actions, or inactions. Let us bear in mind that no advantage or benefit can be gained by any political party, over the other, if our democracy fails. We have no choice but to work together and, that time, is now.
26. I must express my profound gratitude to all the political patties that answered this clarion call today. You have indeed demonstrated statesmanship and patriotism as well as the willingness to put partisanship aside in the collective fight to preserve our nationhood.
27. Finally, I commend the Offices of the National Security Adviser and the Special Adviser on Inter-Party Affairs, for organizing this all-important Summit, which couldn’t have come at a better time. I sincerely hope that the Summit will indeed mark a turning point in our democratization process. I wish you all fruitful deliberations.
28. I hereby declare this Summit open. Long live Nigeria! May God bless you all.
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