Anarchy looms in Nigeria, as ‘constitution is now suspended’ – Fayose

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aluko3Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has raised the alarm that Nigeria was drifting towards a state of anarchy, calling on the international community to intervene and rescue the country from turning to a war zone, where mass killings is a usual occurrence.

Fayose, reacting to the killing of 18 worshippers and the two priests in Benue State allegedly by herdsmen, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s withdrawal of $496 million from Excess Crude Account (ECA) without approval of the National Assembly and thecontroversial arrest of Mr Dino Melaye, said it was obvious that “under this government of Mr Buhari, the constitution is on suspension.”

He said; “If half of the level of aggressiveness being shown by the Police on the arrest of Melaye because of seeming concocted allegations is shown on the killings by herdsmen across the North Central States and other parts of the country, the rampaging killer herdsmen that are even killing policemen would have been brought under control.”

Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Mr Lere Olayinka, said in a statement issued on Tuesday night that “it is alarming and curious that Mr Joseph Gor, one of the Catholic Priests murdered in Benue State yesterday, raised alarm on January 3, 2018, through his Facebook account on the occupation of Mbalom community by herdsmen. Yet, the priest was killed!”

The governor asked; “Why is the federal government allowing this seeming ethnic cleansing in Benue and other middle-belt States, such that Buhari and the entire members of his government do not see the wanton killings as anything to be worried about?

“When did Nigeria degenerate to the level that people can no longer worship peacefully in their churches or go to their farms? When did Nigeria become a state of anomie where people are killed even after raising alarm that there was threat to their existence?”

On the illegal withdrawal of $496 million from the Excess Crude Account, Fayose said; “One day, this federal government will even stop releasing statutory allocations to States and Local councils. They are behaving as if the constitution of the country is already suspended and this should worry lovers of democracy in Nigeria.

He said it was alarming that “despite that Local Councils in Ekiti State were in court, challenging the federal government decision to withdraw $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account and the Attorney General of the Federation had already entered appearance in the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1264/17 that came up for hearing before Justice Binta Nyako on Monday, $496 million was taken from the Excess Crude Account.”

The governor, who described the President’s action on the illegal withdrawal from ECA as an insult on the National Assembly and the Judiciary, added that; “Only the National Assembly and the judiciary can save themselves from being turned to a non-existing institutions as already being done by the President.”

 

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DISARRAY IN PDP AS ALUKO DECLARES GUBER AMBITION

2019 Elections, Africa, PDP, personality, Politics, Power

aluko3We can authoritatively confirmed a great disarray within the Ekiti state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, as a former deputy governor of the state who was also a strong backbone of the party, Surveyor Abiodun Aluko, today declared his gubernatorial ambition under the Mega Party of Nigeria, MPN.

aluko1.jpgAluko reportedly left the PDP and joined MPN when it became obvious the his former boss, Governor Ayodele Fayose, had made up his mind to hijack the party’s governorship ticket for his deputy, Adebayo Eleka. An inside source who was at the government house in Ado Ekiti this evening confessed that the governor of the state, Chief Ayodele Fayose, and the imposed governorship aspirant of the PDP who is also the current deputy to Fayose, Professor Kolapo Eleka, and some top leaders of the party in the state were rudely shocked by how several thousands of people across the state went to identify with Aluko at the official declaration ceremony which took place at the Mega Party secretariat at Ajilosun road, Ado Ekiti.

The source said the governor openly and bitterly regretted that he ignorantly made someone who is as popular as Abiodun Aluko leave the PDP angrily as a result of cheer betrayal on his (Fayose) side. Our source, an officer of the PDP who pleaded to remain anonymous for fears of being reprimanded by the PDP loyalists, added that the governor who called Eleka on the phone after he was made to watch video clips of the declaration on Facebook asked for his views about the mammoth crowd at the colourful event. He pressed further that during the telephone conversation,

Fayose was later overheard telling his deputy to find a way of making the people of the Ekiti South place him above Aluko who he regretfully said had hijacked all the electorates in the zone and even beyond. It was gathered that during a brief meeting which he held with his loyalists after his telephone talk with his boss, Eleka lamented how his imposition by Fayose had soiled his integrity as an academia. Eleka, during the small and brief meeting also complained that the ill treatment that Fayose gave the Ikere Ekiti monarch which recently landed him in jail has made him (Eleka) lose his grip on the town and the entire Southern Zone as a result of the joint agreement of all the monarchs from Ekiti South to work against Fayose’s wish in the July, 2018 governorship poll.

The deputy governor was also quoted as saying that there is no way he can defeat Abiodun Aluko in any free and fair election if he eventually wins the Mega Party’s ticket. It was also gathered that some other aggrieved aspirants in the PDP have made it known to Fayose during a recent meeting with PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, that they will remain in the party but still go out to canvass for supports for any candidate in the Mega Party or SDP if the governor goes ahead with the imposition of his deputy.

Fayose faction floors Kashamu in battle for Ekiti PDP

2019 Elections, Africa, personality, Politics

The battle of which faction is the authentic state executive of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti has been won by the Barrister Gboyega Oguntuase group, that is loyal to Governor Ayodele Fayose.

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The development followed the Court of Appeal ruling on Wednesday, which quashed the earlier judgment given by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti, affirming Chief Williams Ajayi-led faction as the validly elected state working committee of the party.

In the party state congress which held on March 9, 2017, two parallel executives had emerged. While Oguntuase emerged chairman of one of the factions, Ajayi emerged as chairman for the other factions and both groups had since been laying claim to the chairmanship seat.

A Federal High Court ruling on the matter had declared Ajayi faction, said to be loyal to Senator Buruji Kashamu, who represents Ogun East in the Senate, as the validly elected chairman of the party.

Not satisfied with that judgment, Oguntuase faction had approached the appellate court and prayed it to set aside the judgment of Justice Taiwo which held the Ajayi faction as the state’s authentic executives.

In his appeal through his counsel, Obafemi Adewale; Oguntuase contended that the Federal high Court acted ultra vires by poke-nosing into internal affairs of the party, contrary to a Supreme Court ruling that every party can regulate itself.

In its ruling on the matter, the three-man justices of the Appeal Court, led by Justice Ahmed Belgore, agreed with the position canvassed by the appellant, saying the PDP has the power to regulate itself.

According to Belgore, the lower court failed to take into cognizance the Supreme Court judgment which had earlier described the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee to superintend over the party for over a year as a legal and legitimate body.