​Afe Babalola Extols Adekola With Distinguished Award Of Excellence In Ekiti


The founder of the prestigious Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), and the Aare Bamofin of Africa, Chief Afe Babalola, had during the 3rd Afe Babalola Day organised by the beneficiaries of the legal luminary on 12th December, 2016, applauded the outstanding performances and height of patriotism along public spirit observed in the federal lawmaker representing Ekiti South Federal Constituency 1 in the House of Representatives, Abuja, Hon. Segun Adekola.

This year edition of the programme, which recorded the presence of many top government functionaries across boards and also attended by the Ekiti born legal icon and Human Right Activist, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, along other dignitaries of international standard, was celebrated on Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) campus.

Receiving the award of the Distinguisged Representative of the Year on behalf of Hon. Adekola, his Deputy Legislative Aide, Hon. Ademola Olowolafe, acknowledged the recognition given the federal lawmaker and assured the good people of the state that the presence of Hon. Adekola shall be more felt as he (Adekola) remains resolute in giving back to his people the quality of what was given him that made him honourable.

Olowolafe, who lauded several achievements of Hon. Adekola so far, said “We never knew people were noticing the giant strides of Hon. Segun Adekola in Ekiti State until we received the notice of this award. It was a great honour which an average Ekiti person will describe as well deserved by Hon. Adekola.

“The award shows Hon. Adekola was truly always in the news as earlier described here today by some people. We are proud of him and we appreciate the organisers of this programme. It is encouraging. This award will serve as a call to do more and never to relent in doing good which had over time appeared to be his daily desire.”

Organisers of the 3rd Afe Babalola day portrayed Adekola as a performing honourable among equals and who has been evidently representing beyond condemnation, saying their search light had been on him for a while considering the tempo at which his activities were carried out in his constituency and the state.

“We took our last shot on Adekola the day he distributed over two thousand different school uniforms and other writing materials to indigent primary school pupils across Ekiti South Federal Constituency 1, Ikere, Ise/Orun and Ekiti Southwest Local Government Areas few months ago. It was highly unprecedented and we marked it.

“You will also recall that Hon. Adekola stormed the Erelu Adebayo Children’s Home at Iyin-Ekiti with all sort of goodies and gift items ranging from bags of rice, wheat, millet, beverages, noodles, drinks, and varieties of biscuits and detergents to one big generator to celebrate his 2016 birthday with the orphans.

“However, the above observations only assisted during our selections, but credibly, he has never reneged on his campaign promises and his effectiveness and proficiency as a legislator in the house cannot be undermined, owing to his usual appearances in the course of deliberations in the house. 

“Keenly observed, we have all noted him as one of the movers and the shakers in the house, whose relevance cannot be carpeted and whose voice cannot but be heard whenever the green chamber was in session. These attributes can be said to have caught our attention to have counted him worthy of this distinguished award as the best honourable of the year,” Afe Babalola Beneficiaries established position about Adekola.

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​Fayose: EFCC Is Irresponsible, Corrupt, Says; “Corruption Can’t Fight Corruption”

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as an irresponsible and corrupt organisation that cannot prosecute any meaningful fight against corruption as “corruption can never fight corruption.”

The governor who, commended the judiciary for standing firm against the EFCC tyranny, said the way and manner the commission has been going about shopping for court orders against Nigerians should concern lovers of rule of law in the country.

Reacting to the Monday’s Federal High Court, Abuja judgment, ordering the EFCC to release all his properties were attached based on the order of the court made on July 20 and August 2, 2016, Governor Fayose, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka said, “It is the height of irresponsibility and fraud for the EFCC to have approached Justice Okon Abang for a similar order and concealed the fact that the order obtained from Justice Dimgba elapsed on September 3 and had failed to approach the same court for an extension.”

The governor said; “The EFCC and its corrupt elements fraudulently approached Justice Abang, knowing that the judge himself is fraudulent as established by the Court of Appeal and the same EFCC has even moved to the Federal High Court, Akure in search of another order, ostensibly because they have realised that the judge in the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti won’t play ball.

“Justice Dimgba gave interim orders on July 20, and reaffirmed on August 3, and the orders were made to last for 45 days to enable EFCC carry out its investigations. Instead of going back to the same court, the EFCC ran to Justice Abang, a judge already adjudged to be fraudulent by the Appeal Court to obtain another order.

“Should we now say that 45 days was inadequate for the any meaningful investigation to be carried out by the EFCC if indeed the commission was interested in investigating anything? Didn’t EFCC carry out its investigation before going to court to seek order to seize the properties?”

Governor Fayose, who insisted that the EFCC should wait till the end of his tenure, said; “The EFCC and its collaborators should stop running after me as if I am the only reason they were employed. They should keep their gun powder dry and wait till the end of my tenure, and I can assure them that they will be defeated as I have always done, that is if they are still around then.”

He said EFCC and its collaborators should have by now done their studies concerning his person, adding that; “If they have studied me very well, they would have stopped running after God’s anointed. 

“The more they run after me, the more they hit their heads on the Rock of Ages and get themselves fatally injured.

​Adekola Visits NYSC Camps, Regrets Death of Corps Members, Assures Improved Welfare Packages

The Chairman, House Committee on Youth Development, representing Ekiti South Federal Constituency 1 in the House of Representatives, Abuja, Hon. Segun Adekola, had recently visited the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Rivers States, where he assured the corps members of improved and adequate welfare packages as he sympathised with the bereaved families of some deceased corps members who died recently in various camps across the country while serving their father land, lamenting that they were not mobilised to die in active service at such tender ages.

Adekola, who was received with series of guards of honour on his arrival at the different camps during his oversight functions, admonished the youths to be good ambassadors of both their families and Nigeria as a country.

In his exhortation, he charged the Corpers to be law-abiding, honest and dutiful in discharge of their daily obligations as corps members, adding that it was only through dutifulness and hardworking that expected rewards can be earned.

The corps members were advised to shun all forms of vices, be it hooliganism, thuggery, prostitution or stealing.

“There is nothing better than good names in life. You can’t reclaim it once it is ignorantly soiled. That is why you all need to be mindful of the type of association you keep as youths. Remember, bad association dents good image.

“It is no longer a news that our country is marred with different forms of vices, but as future leaders, we must not join the bandwagons in the society. It is expected of us as learned fellows to apply the acquired knowledge in transforming this country for better. With that, I can assure you of better Nigeria in due course.

“There is a youth policy presently in the house which will give room for creation of employment and entrepreneurship. We cannot sit back and watch our teeming promising youths wasting away their God given talents and skills which ought to be converted to money and affluence.

“Soon, the federal government allowances being paid to the corps members shall be improved and the needed adequate welfare packages which can guarantee security of lives and properties of the prospective corps members both in the camps and at their various places of primary assignment shall also be incorporated into the system, to prevent numbers of avoidable death of our serving corps members,” Hon. Adekola assured.

Offering condolences to the bereaved families while in Bayelsa, Hon. Adekola sympathised with the families of the deceased corps members who died in the course of serving their father land. He said they were expected to serve and live long to reap the fruits of their labour and not to die in the course of their services to the nation.

He reiterated reasons why the serving and incoming corps members should always declare their genuine health status on resumption in camps, and advised them never to fake their true status while presenting medical reports, saying it was through such that parade exemption and adequate health care services can be given to ailing members.

He equally commended the services of the NYSC officials including the security operatives and charged them to always live above but by monitoring and giving the corps members the needed supports from time to time.

“We regret the untimely departure of those fallen heroes and heroines this year. May God grant their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. It was painful,” Hon. Adekola expressed grief.

He thereafter observed a minute silent for the departed corps members and beseeched others to be more prayerful as they journey through their service year.

Fayemi Must Explain His Alleged N1bn Donation To Akeredolu’s Campaign – Ekiti Youths

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The Ekiti Progressives Youths (EPY) has demanded an explanation from the Minister of Solid Minerals Development and Ex-Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi over his alleged contribution of N1 billion campaign fund of the Ondo State Governor-elect, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN).

Rising from its meeting in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, the EPY said in a communique signed by its President and Secretary, Mr Samuel Adekunle and Comrade Roland Adewale that it was alarmed that Dr Fayemi, who left Ekiti State in debt could donate N1 billion to the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship election campaign in Ondo State.

The youths said it was strange that Fayemi could donate N1.5 billion to the APC presidential election campaign and another N1 billion to governorship election campaign within two years when youths, who are members of his party are walloping in abject poverty.

They said it was wicked for Fayemi to have used fund looted from Ekiti State to purchase appointment as Secretary to the Government of Ondo State for his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi.

The EPY noted that the N1 billion allegedly wasted in Ondo State by Fayemi would have empowered 10,000 youths in Ekiti State at N100, 000 each and that would have gone a long way to alleviate the sufferings of the youths, especially those in the APC.

Ekiti youths should recall also that Fayemi allegedly donated N1.5 billion to the campaign fund of President Mohammadu Buhari, which many believed qualified him for the ministerial appointment that he got.

It should also be recalled that two out of the four trailers of rice and other food items donated to the Ekiti State APC by Dangote Foundation, were diverted to Ondo State and handed to Akeredolu by Fayemi’s wife.

Now, Fayemi has used another N1 billion to buy SSG appointment for his wife in Ondo State. This is the height of wickedness and we, the youths of Ekiti State are waiting for Fayemi to declare his ambition to contest the 2018 governorship election in the state.

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Ekiti APC Spokesman, Olatunbosun Blames Fayemi Over Failure To Clinch National Publicity Secretary Position

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The Publicity Secretary, Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Taiwo Olatunbosun, is not happy over his failure to realise his dream of becoming the National Publicity Secretary of the party, and he is blaming Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi for not doing enough for him to clinch the position.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s protégé, Bolaji Abdullai was announced as replacement for Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who left the APC National Publicity Secretary position last year upon his appointment as minister.

Source very close to Olatunbosun said he was on phone altercation with a leader of the APC in Ekiti State on Sunday evening for over 30 minutes, expressing his disappointment.

“Oga (Taiwo Olatunbosun) is not happy at all. All that he was doing since the beginning of this year, hitting Governor Fayose in the media was to position him for the National Publicity Secretary position.

“The moment Lai Mohammed was appointed as minister, Oga confided in some of us that he will do everything possible, including fabricating lies against Fayose to clinch the position. But now that the position has been given to Malam  Bolaji Abdulahi, his feeling has been that of betrayal because he believed that if Fayemi had put his feet down, he would have gotten it,” the source said.

Another inside source said Olatunbosun tried to reach out to Fayemi during the just concluded Ondo State gubernatorial election in which the minister was noted to have played a prominent role, but claimed the minister avoided him throughout.

“His Excellency really disappointed me and every progressive from Ekiti. It is no more a rumour that he deliberately let go of the National Publicity Secretary post which he promised to lobby for Ekiti because of the strategic position of the State. He is instead, pursuing his 2018 gubernatorial ambition not minding anything else.

“He has proved to be egocentric and selfish these days in his hunt for power, fame and unending immunity. It is unfortunate that he couldn’t stand on his words for once,” the insider recounted Olatunbosun to have lamented.

He confided further that Olatunbosun underscored the new party national spokesperson in terms of media exposure and image making for the party, saying the ministerial experience Abdullahi once had cannot guarantee good will and corporate image for the party under his watch as the spokesman.

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Roles In Ondo Guber: APC Leaders To Sanction Tinubu, Loyalists

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A week after the Ondo State governorship election, there are indications that the All Progressives Congress leaders, particularly the National Working Committee members, are still divided over a former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Saturday PUNCH reliably learnt in Abuja on Friday that the party leaders had not agreed on how to handle the former governor on his alleged role in the Ondo State poll.

While some members believe that Tinubu and the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, worked against the interest of the party in the election, others are of the view that the duo did no wrong.

It was gathered that the hardliners in the APC, who are mostly against Tinubu, are calling for the sanctioning of the former governor and his loyalists.Investigations showed that other APC leaders had called for caution, arguing that any tough measure against Tinubu would destroy the party.

Itwas learnt that those, who are sympathetic to the former governor, said the party should reconcile with him.A chieftain of the party, who confided in Saturday PUNCH, said, “We have told those who are against the man to remember his contributions to the formation of the APC and the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari. We should not take any action that will destroy the party.”

But those calling for sanctions insisted that there should be consequences for party members who engaged in anti-party activities, irrespective of their status.They argued that such sanctions would send a strong message to would-be rebels.

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BOMBSHELL: Campaign Promises Are To Win Election, All May Not Be Fulfilled -Obaseki

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The newly elected governor of Edo State under the umbrella of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Godwin Obaseki, has dropped a bombshell on the people of the state as he said he has begun a review of the campaign promises made to the citizens of the state before his election on September 26, adding that some of the campaign promises were just made to have electorates on their sides and may not all be fulfilled.

Obaseki explained that he had started taking stock both at the Government House and the different ministries in the state to ascertain the amount of resources available to meet the promises.

The governor spoke during a meeting with the state leadership and executive members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benin.

He said: “I want to use this opportunity to inform you that, since we took over government last week, what we are trying to do is stock-taking to understand how things are in the Government House, to understand what is going on in each ministry, to review the promises we made during our election and to see whether the resources we have is enough to meet those promises, even though all may not be fulfilled.

“We are doing ground work and over the next three weeks, we will conclude what we are doing and then invite a much larger house.”

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