Aluko not worthy of response from sane minds – Fayose’s aide

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Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka has described the expelled former State Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr TKO Aluko as a new distraction from the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, saying he does not deserve response from sane minds.

Olayinka said Aluko was already beclouded by his desperation to seek revenge against Governor Ayodele Fayose because of the governor’s refusal to make him his Chief of Staff, such that he (Aluko) was not mindful of committing the criminal offence of perjury.

The governor’s aide who said it was shameful that the APC have refused to accept a scandalous electoral defeat they suffered 19 months ago, asked whether it was also soldiers that rigged the 2015 presidential, senatorial, house of representatives and State House of Assembly elections that the party lost woefully in Ekiti.

He said; “For Aluko to be taken seriously, he must first have to report himself to the police to be tried for perjury and committed to prison for three years, since what he is now saying is different from what he said under oath at the Election Tribunal being the only witness called by the PDP and Governor Fayose.

“If after giving evidence under oath at the tribunal that the Election was free, fair and credible and that security agents, including soldiers performed their duties creditably well, saying something else more than one year after is an admittance by Aluko himself that he is not a stable character.

“It is also a demonstration of the fact that giving the right offer tomorrow, the same Aluko can also address the press tomorrow to deny all what he said today. He can even deny his own existence since he can deny what he said under oath just because he was not made Chief of Staff.

“Therefore, we won’t bother ourselves, responding to what a political parasite  chooses to say because he wouldn’t have said what he is now saying today if he had been made Chief of Staff to Governor Fayose and it is sure that if he is called today, and given the right offer, he will begin to sing another song.

“Also, the APC bad losers in Ekiti State should know that it will take more than recruiting and paying a disgruntled TKO Aluko to discredit an election adjudged by both local and international observers, including the United States government as free, fair and credible. They will probably need to pay INEC to tell Nigerians that an election it conducted, in which an incumbent governor lost in his own local government was not credible.

“As per his claim that $37 million was given to the governor for the election, the governor got financial support from various sources as it is usual of anyone contesting election and it is not for to begin to advertise in the media the level of support the governor received from individuals, corporate organizations or groups.

“However, if money belonging to the APC is missing and they suspect that the money was stolen by Dr Goodluck Jonathan to fund Ekiti State governorship election, they can approach the EFCC.”

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Father Mbaka Turns Assistant Parish Priest, Moves From Duplex To A Room Apartment •••Says ‘I’m going to suffer’

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Tears flowed uncontrollably from parishioners and members of the Adoration Ministry as fiery Enugu Catholic priest and director of the ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, yesterday bowed out of Christ the King Parish, GRA, Enugu, which he presided over as parish priest for 20 years.

The entire Enugu capital city also stood still as over 30 lorries accompanied by thousands of his adoration faithful escorted him in a motorcade to his new parish, Our Lady Parish, Emene, a suburb of the capital city.

Mbaka’s transfer became a topical issue as a section of the society saw it as a punitive measure for his recent prophecies especially that of December 31st 2014, when he predicted that former President Goodluck Jonathan would be defeated in the 2015 elections.

This has however been dismissed by the church who explained that the transfer is a routine exercise done every six years by the bishop.

But Mbaka’s transfer as a parish priest to a resident priest, where he will serve under another priest, has raised eyebrows eliciting further comments from close observers.

Mbaka himself while handing over formally to his successor yesterday told those around that he was going to suffer, moving from a duplex to a room in his new parish but asked them not to worry that God has bigger plans for him.

Olisa Metuh: Storm is over, PDP will regain power in 2019

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The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, who regained freedom from Kuje prison on bail Thursday, has said the storm is over for his party to regain power in 2019.

“The party has since overcome the initial trauma that accompanied the electoral setback of the 2015 general election, and is now poised to regain power at the centre in 2019,” he said on Friday.

Metuh said that the recent variance of voices from its members was as a result of the party’s foundation of liberal democracy, which he described as a mark of strength, adding that the party has adequate internal mechanisms to resolve all issues within its fold.

According to Richard Ihediwa, Metuh’s aide, “the view of the PDP spokesman was contained in his opening remark at a meeting of the party’s publicity directorate with some visiting parliamentarians from the United Kingdom, led by Mark Field, member of parliament and chairman of International Office of the Conservative Party, and Colin Bloom, director of outreach-BCP in Abuja on Friday.”

He told the visitors that the PDP faced serious challenges soon after it lost in the elections, culminating in the resignation of its national chairman, a development that created some challenges within the party, but assured them that every issue would be resolved by the party leadership by next week.

In his remarks, Field advised the party to ensure that it did not trash its brand in the face of challenges. He observed that while it was common for some party members to demand the removal of leaders after electoral defeat, care must be taken not to jeopardise institutional memory of the party.

“Never trash your brand no matter whatever the government of the day is saying about you”, he admonished the PDP.

The interaction was attended by PDP publicity staff, social media operatives of the party and officials of the International Republican Institute (IRI), who facilitated the visit.

Metuh is facing a seven-count charge of money laundering brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Fayose Opens Database for Widows in Ekiti

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Government of Ekiti State under the leadership of Gov. Ayodele Fayose, has commenced the registration of widows across the state, in order to establish a database to aid government in planning for the widows.

The first phase of the exercise which cut across the three senatorial district in the state, kicked off in Efon Local Government on Wednesday, taken to Ilejemeje on Thursday and ended in Ise/Orun Local government on Friday, today.

While speaking at the venue of the exercise in Ise/Orun, Governor Fayose, who was represented by the Special Assistant (SA) to the governor on Widows Matters and Women Empowerment, Mrs Funmilayo Ogun reiterated the commitment of the government in making life better for the less privileged in the society.

Mrs Ogun also used the medium to call on sons and daughters of Ekiti, both at home and in diaspora, who are well-to-do to come out and assist the widows, as the government cannot do it alone.

The registration exercise which shall take place in phases is subsequently expected to cut across all the sixteen local government areas in the state.

Rivalry in Ekiti APC as two spokespersons emerge, Dipe, Olatunbosun open Pandora’s box

Indications emerged over the weekend that factional spokespersons of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in Ekiti, Chief Taiwo Olatunbosun and Mr. Segun Dipe of the Action Group APC (AG-APC), are  accusing each other of usurpation of roles.

Olatunbosun, who is said to be lobbying for the party’s National Publicity Secretary post, accused his counterpart from the AG-APC faction of going too far, saying “he may call himself the party’s spokesman, but not wherever I’m standing as the recognized spokesperson of the party in Ekiti.”

Olatunbosun was said to have been angered by the statement issued by Segun Dipe, condemning a revamped, Senator Gbenga Aluko, who declared his governorship ambition last week.

Sources within the party disclosed that while Olatunbosun is working for the emergence of the APC Deputy National Chairman (South), Asiwaju Segun Oni as the party’s flag bearer in 2018, Dipe is working for the emergence of Senator Babafemi Ojudu and he (Dipe) was being positioned to become the State Publicity Secretary in the event of the dissolution of the State Exco of the party and appointment of caretaker committee.

Ojumu is said to be lobbying Abuja for the dissolution of the Jide Awe led State Exco of the APC, arguing that Awe, who is standing trial for murder has been unable to function as the State Chairman.

Angry Olatunbosun was said to have equated the intellectual capacity of Mr. Dipe to that of a toddler who has just started crawling with a blank memory.

Reacting to Segun Dipe’s claim as the substantive party’s spokesperson and challenging his (Olatunbosun) effrontery to have spoken for the party against Senator Gbenga Aluko, Olatunbosun said he would have no choice than to fire back.

Olatunbosun was said to have confided in an associate from Are-Ekiti, that he will facilitate the collapse of the Action Group faction of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state if Dipe continue insulting his person. That, once he become the party’s national spokesperson or state chairman, the process of eradicating factions in the party shall top his agenda.

It was however learnt that Mr. Segun Dipe has cautioned the controversial party’s spokesperson, Hon. Taiwo Olatunbosun, to stop castigating his (Dipe) activities in the media, saying the plot to bring him down shall never succeed.

Segun Dipe further entrenched the fact that the unlawful activities of Taiwo Olatunbosun, all in the name of acting in spokesperson capacity of the APC, have spelled doom for the party in the state.

He added that, Olatunbosun, who was alleged of raping last year, has no moral right parading himself as party’s spokesperson in a decent environment, or glowing in anticipation of becoming the party’s state chairman or National Publicity Secretary.

The duo, who silently claimed superiority over each other on issues of national interest recently, have allegedly accused each other of fanning embers among party members in the state.

“Olatunbosun is a spokesperson with questionable and controversial character. It is of no need telling you all you already knew about him since his eleventh hour defection into the APC in 2014.

“I’m only surprised seeing him galvanising efforts to become the party’s national publicity secretary. On what ground and what actually gave him the gut, if only I may ask?

“I know Olatunbosun does not have what it takes to even be state publicity secretary let alone eyeing the national,” Segun Dipe said.

He advised Olatunbosun to take things easy and be less ambitious, saying the forthcoming party’s congress shall determine his fate and that of his kind who value personal gain than party’s progress.

-Oodua Reporters.

Breaking: Wike asks Ameachi to account for N3 trillion

Rivers State government yesterday called on the Minister for Transport, Mr Chibuike Ameachi to account for about N3 trillion received throughout his eight years tenure as the governor of the State.

The State Commissioner for Information, Dr Tam George told newsmen in Port Harcourt that the State was still reeling from “the catastrophic  legacy of the former governor” despite receiving over three trillion naira in revenue in 8 years.

“Ameachi left the most abandoned projects in the history of Rivers State since 1997. Thousands of workers were without their salaries for four months and thousands of teachers were not paid for nearly 12 months. We have so many abandoned projects which huge sums have been paid but projects are yet to be completed.  We have the Mono-rail project that gulped over N60bn and it was abandoned. We have the Woji road project awarded at N3bn. There was a variation of the project to the upward of N14bn but it was abandoned. We inherited the project and completed it. There are so many of the abandoned projects. We have the Karibi George 250 bed project where huge sums of money were paid but no single block was laid at the site” he said.

He said that the State would deploy every legitimate means to compel those that looted the State to face the full wrath of law.

-Oodua Reporters.