Ojudu Condemns Buhari’s Govt., Says Nigerians Are Hungry

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Moremi Ojudu, the once quiet daughter of Senator Babafemi Ojudu, the Senior Special Assistant to Nigeria’s President exploded on Wednesday, breaking her silence for the second time in less than 24 hours to rail against hunger and poverty in the land.

With her father occupying a position in the government in power, many were surprised that she chose Facebook, a medium where her father, a retired famous journalist and former Senator is very active on, to vent her anger against a government unable to deliver the promises of change.

“It’s painful when people come to my inbox telling me am the Daughter of the Special Assistant to the President. Yes I know, its just a freaking title with absolutely NOTHING attached. I am HUNGRY as you are,” Mr. Ojudu’s daughter wrote in a Facebook post.

“Pls note, I receive no shishi from my father, I hustle my way out through it all. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t, cause the regular demands on me is much each day.

“And of course, how many people would understand.

“Sometimes, I weep due to lack of funds.I know how excited I was some weeks back when a friend sent me N10,000.

“The hunger bites hard, its becoming aggravating.

“Dear Buhari, even if Ojudu Babafemi is in your cabinet, should this HUNGER continue I am ready to pair up with People on the streets to lead a protest against your governance,” she said.

She added in capital letters: “WE ARE HUNGRY! DO SOMETHING FAST!”

Prices of foodstuff have exploded in the market while money has clearly dwindled in the purses and bank accounts.Since Mr. Buhari was sworn into office last year promising change and prosperity, hundreds of thousands of Nigerians have been sacked while factories have closed shop.

Foreign investors have fled as the naira continued tocollapse, reaching its lowest point since independence in 1960.

With Nigerians broke, Mr. Buhari angered a nation already on the edge this week when the communication agency ordered internet providers to increase their data charges.

It was another blow to a nation that had been patiently waiting for positive change but seems to have received only hardship and more campaign promises from the propagators of change.

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Weekly Visit To My Constituency Makes Me Closer To My People -Hon. Adekola

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Holding a strong belief in giving back to the society the same degree of what was given him in form of mandate as a member of House of Representatives, representing Ekiti South Federal Constituency 1, and seeing the dividends of democracy evenly distributed always amidst his constituents, Hon. Segun Adekola has told newsmen in Ado-Ekiti over the weekend that weekly visit he makes to his constituency has made him more closer and relevant to his people, maintaining that the regular visit has heightened his admiration and increased his publicity in the media.

He added that he has never reneged on any of his electoral promises and also assured the people of his constituency of an increase in the tempo at which he brings dividends of democracy in the subsequent years. He maintained that he has been the vocal type in the House and one of the movers and the shakers of the green chamber.

“I am a lover of genuine democracy where deserved returns in form of dividends are appropriately given to the people. It is not just the expected but the must-do as an individual in whose custody the mandate of the people dwells. It is a truism, unto whom much is given much is equally expected. I cannot underestimate the supports I’ve so far enjoyed from my constituents. They deserve all my best!

“Nothing gladdens my heart than giving back to the people who had unanimously entrusted me with their mandate. They have honestly shown me the greatest love which as a matter of must, be reciprocated by all means, and which I’ve been doing since I started enjoying their mandate as a member of the Representatives.

“I want to believe my best is yet to come, so my appearances in the news have not even started. Each visit to my people affords me opportunity to know areas of urgent needs and how best or fast such exigency can be met without unnecessary delay. That has been one of the factors featuring me in the news all these days because I don’t postpone till tomorrow what can be attended to today.

“It is being responsive to the calls of my people and I shall never relent in giving the best of dividends of democracy back to my own people. Who am I without my people? The chance which they have given me to represent them shall be judiciously utilised to the glory of God and service to mankind,” Hon. Adekola posited.

Describing his various empowerment programmes as expected norms from his own volition, the federal lawmaker was of the opinion that the latest, which was the distribution of school uniforms, notebooks and other writing materials to over two thousand indigent primary school pupils across his constituency, Ikere, Ise-Orun and Ekiti Southwest local government areas, was just a tip of an iceberg compared to what still in stock for his people, most especially students across all levels.

He said thousands of bursary forms have been given to students of higher institutions across his constituency and the disbursement shall take place before the year runs out. Added that the gesture was to relieve the parents and apparently reduce the burden of academic sponsorship on the them.

Adekola however explained that he who cannot utilise a very little opportunity given to benefit the lives of his or her people, especially in politics, if given greater one, expectations will only go down the drain and nothing spectacular shall be benefited from such selfish egocentric oriented individual.

“Any leader who wants to be responsible and relevant beyond his generation must be readily available and responsive to the yearnings of his people; Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State is a typical example of such a leader. We must emulate him as we are proud of him every now and then. Our daily activities must reflect his mentorship,” Hon. Segun Adekola admonished teeming Nigerian leaders.

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Don’t Leave Your Votes With INEC Overnight -Edo Observers Tell Ondo People

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Series of Election Observers who took part in the September 28 Edo State gubernatorial election, have advised the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Ondo State gubernatorial election, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) and his supporters to stay glued with their votes at the collation centre and never allow the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone collation and counting till the following day in the absence of pressmen as practised in Edo election, describing the act as a new rigging strategy.

Evaluating the gravity of the dangers embedded in such antics orchestrated by the All Progressive Congress (APC)-owned INEC, the team said what happened in Edo State was not just an election rigging but a daylight robbery aided by the federal government under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“It baffled everyone of us when INEC officials said that collation will be stopped and postponed till the following day in Edo State. We all thought it was impossible, so nobody gave it a deep thought or considered it workable until the deed was done.

“When the officials drove out everybody including the gentlemen of the press who were carrying out their official assignment, we were a bit confused and started raising eyebrows that how could such be allowed in a saner clime like ours.

“Several attempts were made that night to make sure that the postponement of the collation and counting was nullified, because we have collated and counted votes overnight before in this country and heavens did not fall, but we were overpowered by the federal might.

“So unfortunate that our people were chased away from their votes by fully armed security operatives who acted according to the order given from the presidency. Edo election has gone, but the precedence lives on. So Ondo people should be prepared for the worse and remain steadfast in case such is thrown at them,” Edo Observers admonished.

While condemning the INEC partisanship in the recent times, the team accused the presidency of using the instrumentality of the suppose-be independent electoral body to achieve ulterior motive against the general interest of Nigerians, describing the act as giving our democracy a poisonous pill to swallow.

They resounded the warning against postponement of collation and counting of votes in the forthcoming November 26 guber poll in Ondo State, maintaining that if what happened in Edo can be tried in Ondo State, definitely democracy will come to an end in Nigeria and the perpetrators shall not escape immediate judgment from the people.

In their further opinion, “We know Ondo people to be bold and brave, and that’s why we are alerting them of the script which the INEC may want to act out in the coming election this weekend. Every anti-democracy act and move should be resisted to a standstill. If APC or INEC under any guise attempt putting into practice what happened in Edo in Ondo State, the electorates should not hesitate to take law into their hands because our federal government has proved to be irresponsible.”

The team called on Mr. Eyitayo Jegede and his supporters to make necessary preparation and arrangement for two to three generating sets which can power the collation centre till dawn to prevent unnecessary excuses of blackout or whatever from the evil doers. They added that on no account should supporters of the contestants be chased away with teargas and pressmen denied access into the centre while collation and counting are going on to ensure transparency and fairness.

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Nigerians Are Anxious To Exploit Fayose’s Intelligence In National Assignment -Hon. Adekola

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“Responsible leaders take on responsibilities beyond their call of duty and they make it a point of honour to finish whatever they started in order to sustain good names and hard earned reputation; the reason why Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has never relented in his agitations towards having resourceful and problem solving leadership that can assure and deliver good governance for Nigerians at the federal level, while the repeated fearless strides have made Nigerians to be anxiously waiting to enjoy his native intelligence as a performing leader,” Hon. Segun Adekola representing Ekiti South Federal Constituency 1 in the House of Representatives, Abuja, disclosed.

The lawmaker, while responding to questions from newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, described Gov. Fayose as a leader who never believed in impossibilities, adding that the notable attributes of the governor had made him a golden fish that has no hidden place in the Nigeria political ocean.

He said Nigerians, most especially the Southeast, South south and some parts in the North, appreciate Governor Fayose’s brevity and boldness than we read on national dailies as orchestrated by the frightened political enemies.

“If you have ever been to the regions I mentioned earlier, you will agree with me that Nigerians are really interested in the personality of Governor Ayodele Fayose beyond party affiliation. They called him names in their dialects. They saluted his courage, boldness, thoughtfulness and even lauded his performances despite series of intimidating politically motivated cases filed against him.

“In some parts of the country, they have been calling him a Magician because he did the unprecedented by defeating two incumbent governors twice and winning elections in all the 16 local government areas in Ekiti State. Those people equated his street credibility and popularity to a “magic” and said they are expecting him to do same for Nigerians to enjoy good governance,” Hon. Adekola explained.

Noting why some Nigerians living in the mentioned regions were proud of Gov. Fayose as the voice of the masses and performing governor, and why the Igbo had conferred on him the Nwanne Di Namba of Ndigbo chieftaincy titled recently, Hon. Adekola said the avalanche number of both completed and ongoing projects in Ekiti despite being an agrarian developing state and the recent economic recession militating against the performances of other governors in the country, have earned Governor Fayose a global recognition as a resources manager, friend of the masses and an intelligent politician who knows where to dot “I’s” and cross “T’s” in politics.

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Fayemi Enlists Ekiti Judge, APC Loyalist, Adesodun In Edo Tribunal To Pervert Justice

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With full sitting of the Edo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal yet to begin, it has emerged that one of the tribunal members, Justice Emmanuel Adesodun, who was known to be a loyalist to the All Progressive Congress (APC) was included in the tribunal by the Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to help sustain the fraud perpetrated during the governorship election.

Justice Adesodun was allegedly nominated into the tribunal by the Ekiti State Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, at the instance of Fayemi.

Information at our disposal indicates that Justice Adesodun was given clear instruction by Fayemi to see to the dismissal of the all petitions against the election of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Justice Adesodun was part of the Anambra State  National Assembly Elections petition tribunal last year, prompting questions as to the rationale behind his inclusion in the Edo State Tribunal inspite of the directive of the immediate past Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed that all judges that participated in election tribunal should give room for others who have never been nominated for such assignment, and prevent them from being manipulated.

The CJN position then was because some judges were discovered to have lobbied to be included in election tribunals so as to execute their pay-masters job.

Question is also being raised as to the propriety of Justice Adesodun’s inclusion in the tribunal since it was the Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Professor Kayode Soremekun that served as INEC Returning officer in the election.

“How can the INEC Returning Officer come from an Ekiti State based university and one of the three members of the Tribunal will also come from Ekiti State?

“Even if a judge must be nominated from Ekiti State to be part of the tribunal, is Justice Adesodun, who joined the bench in 2012, the only judge from Ekiti, such that he will take part in two election tribunals within 15 months?

“Definitely, he is part of the Edo tribunal to do Fayemi’s hatchet job and if the interest of justice must be served, he should be excused from the tribunal forthwith,” a top member of the judiciary in Edo State who preferred anonymity said.

It should be recalled that in March, 2012, when Fayemi was the governor of Ekiti State, the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended Adesodun, Bamidele Omotoso and Kayode Ogundana for appointment as a judge, but Fayemi only sworn in Adesodun. It took pressure from critical stakeholders for Ogundana to be sworn in later while Omotoso was sworn in by Governor Ayodele Fayose in October 2014.

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Only Akeredolu Understands Why Mimiko Is Bilateral ~Group Alleges

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An Ondo State sociopolitical group under the aegis of Akoko Youth Development Forum (AYDF), has reportedly alleged the Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko to have signed a deal with the All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in the November 26 guber poll, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), at the 60th birthday party of the legal icon on 23rd July, 2016, saying only AKETI understands the hidden agenda behind the bilateral activities of the governor between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the APC.

According to a press release signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the group, Mr. Julius Ajulo and Com. Sunday Adegeye, respectively, the group described the presence of Governor Mimiko at the birthday party as a technical installation which PDP members in the state were just giving second thought.

The release reads in part: “It is quite unfortunate that our leaders nowadays are no longer trustworthy. They enjoy playing dirty politics with virtually everything once the immediate beneficiaries shall either be their blood or associates, not minding whose ox is gored. This has been an height of political recklessness displayed by Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State in the recent time.

“It will be recalled that during the 60th birthday celebration of Chief Rotimi Akeredolu at Cathedral Church of Saint Andrews, Imola Street in Owo on 23rd July, 2016, the occasion that attracted the presence of eminent Nigerians to celebrate the legal titan, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko was pictured at the occasion showering encomia on the APC guber candidate, Akeredolu, qualifying him with all manners of political marketing jargons.

“We are not condemning his admiration of who he described as friend, or saying his presence at the occasion was unconstitutional, our group is only expressing displeasure at some categorical statements made by Governor Mimiko at the party which were not before taken to be serious or injurious but now being subjected to panoramic political evaluation.

“At the party while called to the microphone, Governor Mimiko said, ‘We are not from the same party but I remember in 2007 when I contested (as governor of Ondo) under the Labour Party, it got to a point when things were literally rough,  Aketi was one of those who offered his services to me. I remember that day at Wole Olanipekun Chambers. They even started writing my petition before I got there; himself, Wole and I think Femi Falana were there.

‘’I am very proud of his accomplishments. He has gotten to the height of his career as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. He also had the privilege of being the Chief Law Officer of this State (Ondo) and most importantly, he was a very progressive and respected President of the Nigerian Bar Association.'”

He went on to aver that Aketi is a ‘’gentle and reliable man’’. Mimiko also openly admitted that he wished Aketi was on the same side of the political divide with him.

“I wish we were on the same side of the political divide. I would have gone further to say ‘OTHER THINGS’ but we are before the Church of the Lord. My prayer for you Rotimi (Aketi) is that everything shall continue to work for your success and the house of your enemies shall not settle,’’ Mimiko prayed.

The group, who queried the diplomacy behind the prayers and strong wishes of Governor Mimiko at the party, said the governor should not have participated in the PDP primary election that produced Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), who the people of the state now described as victim of circumstances.

Chairman of the group, Mr. Ajulo pointed out authoritatively that Governor Olusegun Mimiko was responsible for the crisis rocking the Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to pave an expressway for his crony and benefactor, Rotimi Akeredolu of APC to the Alagbaka Government House, Akure.

He maintained that Nigerians are not unaware of the chameleon stuff Governor Mimiko was made of, adding that the dual roles he has been playing in between his party, PDP and the opposition, APC, were understood by everyone. That, even though Mimiko still operates as Chairman PDP Governors Forum today, nobody ever heard him as occupant of that office against the series of misfortunes APC-led federal government had brought against Nigeria as a nation.

“We urge Ondo State people to guide against Mimiko turning the Alagbaka Government House to business and family affairs as usual. With all sincerity, Mimiko has succeeded himself already and only our votes and supports for the candidate of our choice can rewrite the already prepared results which the ‘committee of friends’ in collaboration with the federal might had orchestrated,” Ajulo said.

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‘Tinubu As A Leader Is Responsible For His Own Misfortunes,’ Says Fayemi

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Sequel to the ongoing intraparty crisis segregating the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC), another known “political son” to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who had chosen to pitch his tent with President Muhammadu  Buhari and the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun, Dr Kayode Fayemi has thrown a stone at his former political godfather, Tinubu over the weekend.

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, who Saturday described the embattled national leader of the party as a leader and hardworking person, however maintained that Tinubu was responsible for his own misfortunes in the party, saying no one can be seeing himself as the indispensable where thousand of intellectuals operate.

According to the former Ekiti State governor, “Asiwaju might have been instrumental to the political breakthrough of some of us, he has the financial muscle, but we equally paid our dues without opportunity of negotiation. We have always been the “Yes Sir” types and we never complained. But we never expected him to think such can continue where development takes place. It is no news that whatever goes around comes around.”

Fayemi urged the supporters of the President Buhari-led administration to remain steadfast and focused. He added that the present economic situation of the country was a result of some injurious pieces of advice given the presidency at the inception of this administration by some people he described as leaders without visions who had wanted to hijack the presidency before God’s intervention.

He assured Nigerians that everything shall soon take formation and the country shall regain her strength again as the giant of Africa, adding that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu should not continue tearing the party and the country apart with his “golden silence” which he (Fayemi) said was destructive and well understood.

“Asiwaju’s antics are not new to us. We can never underrate his political calculations and permutations. Yet, we cannot continue worshiping him. He deserves respect that we are giving but should stop making this country and our party ungovernable for our leaders. The steering is always meant for the driver and not in conjunction with the conductor.

“Once a political party is formed and a national leader is appointed or elected, other mini-leaders should be humble enough to respect the decisions of the constituted authority no matter what. Wherever there is no orderliness, there can never be progress, and we call ourselves the Progressives. We must be ready to live out our name as the Progressives.

“What happened in Ondo State during our primary that produced Chief Rotimi Akeredolu against the wishful calculation and permutation of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to impose Hon. Segun Abraham was a complete display of egocentric orientation by Asiwaju. No single man, I repeat, no single individual can override the decision of our political party. No more in APC!

“We have presented Akeredolu and we believe he is winning the governorship election by all means. Ondo people have supported our candidate and with the reactions of the people, he has the victory already. Our second coming to this state will be to inaugurate Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as the Governor of Ondo State, political anti-party and calculations of some disgruntled elements notwithstanding, because everything, I mean every arrangement is in order,” Kayode Fayemi assured APC supporters.

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