The winner of the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state, Dr Kayode Fayemi and his running mate, Chief Adebisi Egbeyemi, have been sworn in by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ayodeji Daramola as governor and deputy governor respectively.
The event took place at Ekiti Parapo Pavilion, Ado Ekiti at exactly 12. 17 pm and attended by governors on the platform of the APC, leaders of the party; including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose has on Tuesday fulfilled his promise of visiting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja office. Recall that EFCC had invited him to have a chat with the commission over alleged fraud and abuse of office. Benue frozen bank accounts : Court summons EFCC, two banks Fayose entered into the EFCC office in the company of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode. He was spotted wearing a black t-shirt with the inscription “EFCC, I’m here,I am here in line with my promise that I will be here on the 16th of October, and like I said to EFCC, they should await my arrival. “This morning, they have been to my house which I think it’s unnecessary.” Details later:
Warns Presidency, APC against rigging Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his party on the appointment of the Senate President Bukola Saraki as the Campaign Director General. Saraki, Atiku Frank, who warned the ruling party not to contemplate rigging in the 2019 general elections, said with the team put together by the PDP defeat is already imminent for President Buhari and his party. Reacting in a statement on Tuesday to the official statement announcing Dr. Bukola Saraki as Atiku
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says the Consumer Price Index, (CPI) which measured inflation for September increased to 11.28 per cent (year-on-year) from 11.23 per cent recorded in August.
The NBS disclosed this in its “CPI and Inflation Report” for September released in Abuja.
The debt profile of Ekiti state which was N117 billion at the beginning of the year has risen to N120 billion.
According to a document forwarded to the debt management office by the outgoing state government, the state incurred additional debt of N3 billion between March and June this year.
In September, Kayode Fayemi, governor-elect of Ekiti state, had raised an alarm over N99 billion debt incurred by the administration of Ayodele Fayose.
The DMO had said the debt profile of the state, going by available records then, had increased from N18 billion during Fayemi’s era to N117 billion, under Fayose’s watch.
Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, who was screened out of the APC governorship primaries in Oyo state last month for not having the mandatory NYSC certificate, has sued the National Youth Service Commission, NYSC, claiming he was never invited for service after he graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University OAU in 1978.
Adebayo Shittu who filed the suit marked FHC/IB/CS/111/2018 before the Federal High Court in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, through his lawyer, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN), asked the court to declare that NYSC had waived his obligation to observe the one-year compulsory service by allegedly failing to serve him with a call-up letter in 1979 after he finished from the Nigerian Law School.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday alleged that the “Presidency has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to incarcerate, indefinitely,” the outgoing governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.
In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP claimed that the “information at the party’s disposal and all over the social media indicate that the Presidency has put the commission on alert to arrest the governor at midnight today and detain him indefinitely.”
PDP alleged that the directive by the “Presidency is not unconnected with the plot to use the EFCC and other security agencies to incarcerate the governor owing to his persistent criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it stands by its statement that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not field candidates for the 2019 general elections in Zamafa.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this on the sideline of the opening of a two-day validation workshop titled “Study on the cost of elections in ECOWAS Region” on Monday in Abuja.
“We have issued a statement on Zamfara and nothing has changed. We stand by the statement that we issued,” he said.
Yakubu re-emphasised that the deadline for submission of party candidates’ name to the commission was Oct 18, saying that it would give a full report on that after Nov. 18.
INEC had informed the ruling APC in a leaked memo that it would not be allowed to field candidates for elective positions in Zamfara in the 2019 elections.
The commission’s acting Secretary, Okechukwe Ndeche, in a letter to the APC said that the party was barred from fielding candidates for governorship, national assembly and state assembly elections.
The commission said this was because APC failed to comply with Sections 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act of 2010.
Parties, according to the act, were expected to comply with the timetable and schedule of INEC, which says that the conduct of primaries must be held between Aug. 18 and Oct. 7.
INEC said it received reports from its Zamfara office, indicating that no primaries were conducted in the state “notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilised and deployed.”
The APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, later responded to INEC in a statement and said that the party had already arrived at a consensus before the deadline.
Oshiomhole said that following the high level of friction, disagreements and threats of violence by various political camps before the primaries, all the aspirants met at City King Hotel, Gusau, to find a truce.
“After hours of intense horse-trading, a consensus was reached within the spirit and context of the electoral act and the constitution of our party.
“This was done in strict compliance with Section 87 (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended),” he said.