Ekiti APC Primaries, A Prove Of ‘Divided House’ – Fayose

Ekiti APC Primaries, A Prove Of ‘Divided House’ – Fayose

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Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has reacted to the violence that marred the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in the state.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media Lere Olayinka on Saturday, the governor described the incident as “shameful”.

He added that it was an indication that the party has become a house divided against itself and that it would fail in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti.

“The whole world can now see the so-called progressives; ordinary primary election, they can’t hold.

“It is shameful! If the party could be this violent during their own primary election, won’t they do worse things during the election proper? Fayose questioned.

He further warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be mindful of being used to allegedly manipulate the coming governorship election in favour any party.

The governor accused the APC of housing hypocrites and anti-democratic elements whom he claimed were masquerading themselves as progressives.

Fayemi, Ojudu clash over botched Ekiti APC guber primary

Fayemi, Ojudu clash over botched Ekiti APC guber primary

Fayemi and Ojudu
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By Kazeem Ugbodaga

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development and governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi and governorship aspirant, Senator Babafemi Ojudu have clashed over Saturday’s botched governorship primary election of the APC in Ekiti State.

The primary election was suspended and postponed indefinitely after thugs invaded the venue, smashed ballot boxes and threw them to the ground.

In a swift reaction, Fayemi accused Ojudu and Bimbo Daramola, another aspirant of bringing thugs to the venue to disrupt proceedings, as they knew fully well that he was leading.

But Ojudu countered Fayemi, saying that he was the one who brought thugs to disrupt proceedings at the primary since he knew he was going to lose.

In a statement on Saturday, Fayemi said the party did not deserve the type of ridicule which the shameful act of the hoodlums had subjected it to.

The Minister, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Yinka Oyebode, said the disruption of the primary election was the height of desperation on the part of some aspirants, who having seen defeat staring them in the face, conspired together to ensure that the exercise was not concluded.

Fayemi said the aspirants resorted to violence and destruction, having realised that he was already in a clear lead in the five local governments that had cast their votes.

The aspirant, who said he was not surprised by the disruption of the exercise, revealed that the security agencies had, a few days to the primary, been notified of plans by some aspirants to deploy hoodlums to disrupt the voting exercise.

He, however said that the security agencies took note of the information and promised to beef up security at the venue.

“It is quite painful seeing some desperate elements trying so much to rubbish the party we all laboured to build to national reckoning, out of share lust for power. If the quest for political position is to serve, then one wonders why the desperation being displayed by the likes of Femi Ojudu and Bimbo Daramola.

“Certainly the conduct of these desperate aspirants falls short of the minimum standards expected of anyone that professes progressive ideals.We urge our teeming supporters and loyal party members not to be discouraged by this despicable act. This surely shall pass, and better days are ahead. Our collective rescue mission has indeed begun,” Fayemi said.

Countering Fayemi’s allegation, the Ekiti Rebirth Organization (ERO), the campaign arm of Ojudu condemned the disruption of the primary by thugs allegedly loyal to one of the aspirants, saying it represented the highest level of desperation in anybody’s quest for political office.

“When they said they were going to cripple the state, we did not know what they meant was to attempt to forcefully hijack the ticket. Now that we know better, we assure they will meet stiff resistance from our people” says Gboyega Adeoye, ERO spokesperson.

He said the gubernatorial primary was going on smoothly and the delegates casting their votes before thugs allegedly loyal to Fayemi smashed some ballot boxes, leading to the disruption of the process.

“The pandemonium that ensued snowballed into serious fracas that caused every delegates scampering for safety and an abrupt seizure in the voting process. Ekiti State has been under siege preparatory to the primaries as ferocious looking armed mobile policemen that came in company of the Minister, seized all the major streets for days, in reckless display of show of oppression and terror.

“Dr Kayode Fayemi, during his declaration vowed that he was ready to use every underhand means to secure the ticket but our people have come out to say a resounding No! No amount of intimidation, brigandage and crude display of wealth will stop the people’s will to install a fresh hand in our state.

“We are ready for Fayemi, we have always campaigned for a transparent primary election because we have the people on our side. With the reaction of the people to the attempt to compromise the process, Fayemi now knows he does not have Ekiti people in his pocket,” Adeoye said.

Source: PM News

Ekiti Primaries: Tinubu Denies Having ‘Anointed Candidate’

Ekiti Primaries: Tinubu Denies Having ‘Anointed Candidate’

File photo: APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has dismissed claims of endorsing candidates in the party’s primary election for the Ekiti State governorship poll.

He said this on Saturday while participating at the APC Ward Congress at Saint Peters Primary School, Ikeja in Lagos State.

“I have no anointed candidate,” he said. “Everyone there aspiring, and contesting are very dear members and they deserve the right to participate.”

The party chieftain commended the conduct of the Ekiti primaries, despite reports of thugs invading the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium where the exercise took place.

He said, “The feelers that we are getting is that things have been going on smoothly. I believe those in charge of the primary election in Ekiti will do the right thing. I have put my own political gear in neutral.

“I am very happy and proud of our party, All Progressives Congress, the APC. We are demonstrating to the people across the country that we are a law-abiding political party; that we believe in the tenets of democracy and that we demonstrate the openness in the congresses across the country.”

“Things are going according to plan, very open and transparent process. They queue up behind whoever they want, no pre-ordained candidate. The turn-out is very impressive. There are capable leaders over there that will see to the smooth conduct of the primaries in Ekiti,” Tinubu added.

The former governor, who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to reconcile aggrieved members of the ruling party in order to gather momentum ahead of the general elections, however, appealed to loyalists to conduct themselves in accordance with the law.

He noted that if there are any complaints, aggrieved members should write to the party headquarters and not react by taking laws into their hands.

Breaking: APC postpones Ekiti Governorship primary

Breaking: APC postpones Ekiti Governorship primary

The gladiators for the primary
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The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Saturday postponed the Ekiti State Governorship primary after thugs invaded the venue.

It was gathered that thugs had attacked the ballot boxes and smashed it to the ground, emptying the ballot papers on the ground.

Security agencies had a hectic time trying to bring the situation under control, but the damage had been done.

No date has been announced for a new primary yet.

Source: PM News

Rescue Nigeria With Your PVCs, PDP Tells Osun People

Rescue Nigeria With Your PVCs, PDP Tells Osun People

Files: PDP National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus, speaks at an event in Abuja on March 26, 2018.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the people of Osun State to use their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) to chase out the All Progressives Congress (APC) as well as save Nigeria and her democracy.

National Chairman of the party, Mr Uche Secondus, said this on Saturday while addressing party faithful during the PDP rally at the freedom park in Osogbo, the state capital.

In a statement by his media aide Ike Abonyi, Secondus noted that all hands must be on deck to get the ruling party out of the nation’s political life.

He asked the PDP leadership in Osun to unite among themselves and return the state to the party where it rightly belongs.

The PDP chairman said the alleged tyrannical attitude being deployed on democratic institutions like the National Assembly and the opposition would not save the ruling APC from Nigerian voters whom he claimed have been at the receiving end since 2015 and have made up their minds that enough is enough.

He also maintained that no amount of intimidation would deter the PDP from mobilising the people to do away with the APC.

“No amount of antics and harassment will discourage us because we are doing the desires of Nigerians. APC government has destroyed this country and made life meaningless; we have no alternative than to kick them out,” Secondus told the PDP supporters at the gathering.

He further asked the people to use the September governorship election to make a bold statement that Osun State belongs to the PDP.

Meanwhile, the PDP chairman was said to have received more than 8,000 defectors from the ruling APC in the state, including two seating members of the State House of Assembly.

Three top PDP presidential aspirants for the 2019 elections – former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, as well as former governors of Jigawa and Kaduna states, Sule Lamido and Ahmad Makarfi, were also at the gathering.

Other party chieftains that graced the rally are serving governors, Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti and Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State.

According to the National Organising Secretary, Colonel Austine Akobundu (rtd), the Osun rally is one of the many mass mobilisation gatherings aimed at receiving returnees to the party as well as to mobilise members into the rebranded PDP ahead of the elections.

Rivers APC Congress: Amaechi Denies Sending Police To Attack Protester

Rivers APC Congress: Amaechi Denies Sending Police To Attack Protester

Former Rivers State Governor, Mr Rotimi Amaechi

A former Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has denied reports suggesting that he used police officers to attack protesters.

His comments come after the All Progressives Congress conducted its ward congress in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

“As early as 6 am, I gathered information that thugs had taken over the secretariat of APC. Despite the fact that the APC had invited them to protect the property, they find it difficult to,” he said.

Amaechi, who is also a Minister for Transportation, accused a party member joining the governorship race for allegedly using thugs to disrupt the exercise.

He further challenged the undisclosed member to purchase the governorship form and thereafter compete with other aspirants in the wards.

Amaechi added, “So what a governorship candidate wants to do is that there should not be any congress. So you took over that secretariat with thugs. About 3 pm, the police had to force themselves in for people to sell and purchase forms.

“If that candidate is popular, why not get your supporters to buy your forms and go compete in the wards.”

According to the minister, the party invited the police to beef up security. He, however, regretted that despite the police presence, the attack still took place.

“Did they come, yes but they did not do anything. Meanwhile, the party needed to sell forms to anybody who was interested.”