Ras Kimono’s wife dies 3 months after losing husband

Ras Kimono’s wife dies 3 months after losing husband

Efe, wife of Ras Kimono, died in the early hours of Sunday, three months after losing her husband.

Dennis Otu, a reggae enthusiast and the Chief  Press Secretary to the  Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly confirmed the sad incident in a facebook post.

Our Correspondent in Port Harcourt reports that Mr. Dennis Otu, who  fully participated in the final burial rites of the late Ras Kimono in Delta State said:

“Efe who reportedly died in early hours of Sunday was said to have attended a family function on Saturday.

” She was said to be okay at the function but was later complaining of feeling unwell and was rushed to the hospital. She gave up at about 3.00am on Sunday on the way to get medical attention. Before her death, she was actively involved in the burial ceremony of her husband and other activities involved in bidding the icon farewell.

“Her death comes three months after the demise of her husband who died in June.”

Source: PM News

2019: PDP Adopts Ishaku As Consensus Candidate

2019: PDP Adopts Ishaku As Consensus Candidate

File photo: Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has nominated Darius Ishaku as its consensus candidate ahead of the Taraba State governorship election in 2019.

He was nominated after a screening exercise, which took place in Bauchi State on Saturday, after which he was issued a certificate of eligibility to contest for the election.

Ishaku, who is currently governor of the state, thanked the people for the confidence reposed on him.

He became governor in 2015 after defeating the then candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Aisha Alhassan.

He, therefore, promised to do more for the state if re-elected for a second tenure.

Epe indigenes must go spiritual for Ambode’s second term bid – Ikuforiji

Epe indigenes must go spiritual for Ambode’s second term bid – Ikuforiji

In spite of mounting opposition to his second term bid ticket, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s kinsmen and women have resolved to take the battle to God in prayers.

An indication to this effect came from Adeyemi Ikuforiji, a former Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, as he urged Epe indigenes to pray for Ambode’s successful clinching of the All Progressives Congress’ ticket at the governorship direct primary scheduled for Sept. 29.

Ikuforiji made the appeal at the grand finale of Kayokayo festival in Epe on Saturday night.

Epe is home to Ambode and the late Gov. Michael Otedola.

The state’s Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), the highest decision making body of APC in Lagos, met on Saturday night where it resolved that the chapter must hold its primary to determine its governorship candidate.

The decision may have put paid to hopes that the party would clear the coast for Ambode’s bid by asking his challengers to step down for him.

Among his challengers are Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu, a former Commissioner for Training and Establishment, believed to have been backed by Chief Bola Tinubu, APC National Leader and ex-governor, and Dr Obafemi Hamzat, also a former Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure.

A source close to the 22-member GAC meeting held at Tinubu’s Ikoyi residence said the party insisted that Ambode must go through the primary with others.

“We met and deliberated extensively on the governor’s second term bid and our forthcoming primary.

“After the deliberations, we resolved that the party should hold the primary to pick its candidate because that is just the right thing to do.

“We are a democratic party that believes so much in internal democracy, so we think we should allow everyone to sell themselves to members who will eventually determine their choices, ” the source who attended the meeting said.

Among those who attended the meeting are Sen. Anthony Adefuye, Alhaji Tajudeen Olusi and former Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and Chief Abayomi Finnih, who is scheduled to address the press on Monday on the outcome.

Ikuforiji, however, urged the people to be calm and support the governor in prayers for him to be successful in the re-election bid.

He said prayer became necessary because of the “speculations” that Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu has been tipped to succeed Ambode as the next governor on APC platform in 2019 election.

Also addressing the gathering, Mr Adedoyin Adesanya, the Chairman, Epe Local Government, stressed the need for peaceful coexistence and be focused.

He said the people of Epe should live in peace and harmony for the progress of the community.

Earlier, Mr Alade Saliu-Okulu, the Chairman, Organising Committee, thanked sponsors and attendees, noting that this year’s festival was better than the previous editions.

He advised the winner of a brand new car at the festival to make a good use it and support the staging of other editions.

Source: PM News

INEC fixes Sept. 27 for Osun Governorship re-run election

INEC fixes Sept. 27 for Osun Governorship re-run election

Gbenro Adesina

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s Chief Returning Officer in Osun State, Joseph Fuwape, has announced that the rerun for Osun State Governorship election would hold next Thursday, September 27, 2018.

Fuwape fixed the date for the election after holding a meeting with the representatives of the concerned parties and they all agreed to the date.

Earlier on Sunday, the returning officer, who is the current Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, FUTA, Akure, declared the state governorship election inconclusive because the number of cancelled votes was higher than the margin between the two top contenders.

According to Fuwape, Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, secured a total vote of 254,698 with Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola of All Progressive Congress, APC, coming second with 254,345 votes, a margin of 353 votes.

Apparently, the rerun election will be held between the candidates of PDP and APC. The election is expected to be held in Orolu, Ife North and South local governments and some units in Osogbo, where irregularities were recorded and their votes were cancelled.

Although, the candidate of Social Democratic Party, SDP, Senator Iyiola Omisore might have lost out in the state gubernatorial race, he will play a major role in determining who succeeds the outgoing governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. Omisore’s relevance is hinged on the fact that his influence in two of the local government areas where the elections would be held could not be undermined in anyway. The two contenders would have to court Omisore in order to deliver the units where he has influence to either of them.

While Omisore may swing towards the PDP considering that Senator Adeleke’s running mate, Hon. Herbert Adeogun, a lawmaker representing Ife federal constituency, is from Ife in Osun East Senatorial district, there is also a possibility that he may decide to work with the APC candidate who he sees as an intellectual and a self-made man.

Source: PM News

Osun Election: INEC Praises Residents, Calls For Peace During Rerun

Osun Election: INEC Praises Residents, Calls For Peace During Rerun

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has praised residents of Osun State for their conduct in the governorship election which took place on Saturday.

In a statement issued on Sunday by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Solomon Soyebi, the commission, however, appealed to residents to remain calm and peaceful during the rerun scheduled to hold on September 27.

The Returning Officer for the election, Professor Joseph Afuape, had declared the poll inconclusive.

According to the electoral body, the reason for the decision was because the number of cancelled votes were higher than the margin between the two top candidates.

Read Also: INEC Declares Osun Governorship Election Inconclusive

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate Ademola Adeleke led the race with 254,698 votes, 353 votes more than his closest rival, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress.

The margin was, however, less than the 3,498 votes in the polling units where voting was cancelled.

INEC said, “ Based on the results collated by the returning officer, the margin between the two leading candidates is 353 which is lower than the number of registered voters in the affected areas.

“Extant law and INEC Guidelines and Regulations provide that where such a situation occurs, a declaration may not be made.

“In the light the foregoing, the commission met and decided that it will remobilise and return to the affected polling units on Thursday 27th September, 2018 to Rerun the elections, conclude collation and make a Return.

“We appeal to all stakeholders and particularly the people of Osun State to continue with the maturity and peaceful manner they have so far approached the elections”.

The commission stressed that only the votes of the electorate in the state would determine who would become the next governor.

‘We Have Won A Greater Victory’, Omisore Thanks Supporters

‘We Have Won A Greater Victory’, Omisore Thanks Supporters

Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Iyiola Omisore

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate in the Osun State governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has thanked all members of the party for their support.

According to him, although the party might appear to have lost the election, he believes it has won a ‘greater victory’.

In a statement issued on Sunday, he described the SDP’s campaign as factual, informed and inclusive, adding that he was delighted that its message of good governance and dignity had reached every corner of the state.

“The past four months have been very exciting. I am delighted that our message of good governance and dignity has reached every corner of the state.

“Over the past four months, I have worked with committed people who have given time and resources to our shared agenda for restoration. I am confident that while we might appear to have lost an election, we have won the greater victory; the clarion call by all our people for good governance and accountability.

“We have positively impacted on electoral campaigns and elections in Osun state promoting inclusion, people-centeredness and shied completely away from vote buying, voter intimidation and thuggery,” Omisore said.

Speaking further, he explained that his campaign had engaged citizens in such a way that the demand for public accountability will continue to drive governance going forward, irrespective of which party leads the state.

Read Also: INEC Declares Osun Governorship Election Inconclusive

A total of 48 candidates contested in the governorship election on Saturday, which was considered a crucial test for INEC as it is the last major poll before the 2019 general elections.

With the exception of Omisore, who secured 128,049 votes, no other candidate came close to the top two – Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party and Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress.

Adeleke led the race with 254,698 votes, 353 votes more than Oyetola.

The margin was, however, less than the 3,498 votes in the polling units where voting was cancelled.

Consequently, the Returning Officer for the election, Professor Joseph Afuape, declared the poll inconclusive.