Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has described the death of a former state lawmaker, Mr Kola Fakiyesi, as “very shocking and unfortunate”.
The governor, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode, and made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, said that Fakiyesi passed on at his prime.
He said that his death was a great loss to the state and the APC family to which the deceased belonged.
Fayemi described Fakiyesi as a very loyal party man, adding that since his election into the Assembly in 2003 on the platform of Alliance for Democracy, he did not waiver in his political belief, as he remained in the progressive camp throughout his lifetime.
He added that the late Fakiyesi also represented Irepodun/Ifelodun constituency I in the Second Assembly meritoriously.
He said the late former lawmaker’s pedigree as an astute and loyal party man earned him the position of Minority Leader in the Assembly.
“He later served as a member of the State House of Assembly Service Commission and Local Government Service Commission,” he said.
The governor said that the deceased spent his life in service to humanity, adding that his dynamism and diligence endeared him to the people of his constituency.
Fayemi commiserated with the family of the late politician and the people of Iyin Ekiti, his home town, praying God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeqhttps://nnn.ng/gov-fayemi-mourns-ex-ekiti-lawmaker-fakiyesi/
Babatope congratulates Obaseki, praises Buhari for free and fair polls
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has congratulated Gov Godwin Obaseki on his emergence as winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Edo.
Babatope told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone that the outcome of Saturday’s governorship election was not only victory for Obaseki and PDP but also for the people of Edo.
“I am excited that Obaseki and the PDP won the election; I am so happy at the outcome and I congratulate Gov.Obaseki and our great party for this sweet victory.
“I also congratulate the good people of Edo state for speaking through their votes .They went to the polls to vote their preferred candidate.
“The conduct of Edo elections is big victory for democracy; It has proven the fact that power truly resides with the people,” he said.
Babatope said that the free and credible conduct of the election was also victory for INEC and the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari.
According to him, Buhari has enriched his democratic credentials by ensuring the votes of Edo people counted in the election.
“I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring that the election in Edo was peaceful, free and fair.
“The election in Edo has inspired hope that elections can actually be done without blood letting or acrimony.The president deserves credit.
“I want the president to do all he can to ensure subsequent elections in Nigeria are peaceful and credible. Once again I commend Buhari.He is also a winner,” he said.
Babatope advised INEC to ensure the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State was also peaceful and credible
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Obaseki’s victory indicates new political era – Oyebode
An International Law and Jurisprudence scholar, Prof. Akin Oyebode, says the victory of Mr Godwin Obaseki in the just-concluded Edo gubernatorial polls has wiped off god-father politics in Nigeria’s political culture.
Oyebode made the statement while speaking in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Monday on the outcome of the Edo governorship election.
According to him, the result of the election has opened a new and better era in the polity.
Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC, who polled 223,619 votes.
According to Oyebode, the outcome of the election is not unexpected.
“The nation’s political slate has been wiped clean.
“This should wake up the APC from its illusion and slumber and make it not to take things for granted.
“The party should become sensitive to the hopes, aspirations and interests of the suffering masses.”
Oyebode also lauded INEC, the police and other security agencies for their exemplary conduct during the election.
Edited By: Benson Iziama/Silas Nwoha
NCDC records 97 new COVID-19 infections, total cases now 57, 242
The NCDC disclosed this on its official twitter handle on Sunday .
It added that three persons died of COVID-19 complications while 138 patients, who recovered at various isolation centres across the country the same day, were discharged.
Based on the figures released, Lagos state recorded the highest number of infections with 46 new cases.
The data released also indicated that Kwara recorded 12 new infections, Rivers 11, and Adamawa 4.
Others were Niger – 4, Ogun – 4, Osun – 4, Ekiti – 3, Imo – 3, Kaduna – 3, Plateau – 2, and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – 1.
“Till date, 57, 242 cases have been confirmed, 48, 569 cases have been discharged, and 1,098 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT,” the centre said.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Emmanuel Yashim
Rainstorm: Kwara Deputy Governor commiserates with victims
Kwara Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, has commiserated with the families of those, who died in the Sept. 19 rainstorm in the State.
Speaking during an assessment visit to the areas affected by the rainstorm, Alabi, who also sympathised with the bereaved families, expressed concern over fatalities and destruction caused by the stormy rain.
He said: “It is with a heavy heart I commiserate with the families of the bereaved. I pray God to bless the departed souls. I equally identify with those that have been displaced as a result of the rainstorm.”
The deputy governor urged the victims to be calm and exercise patience with the government, adding that efforts would not be spared to give the necessary support.
“Be rest assured that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq will be properly briefed on the destruction which I find quite disturbing.
“The government will waste no time in giving necessary support to the affected victims,” he said.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the areas visited by Alabi were Ode Alfa Nda, Ile Akuji, Ile bada, Ita Ogunbo, Ita Kudimoh, Ita Egba, Idi Igba, and Sakele.
Other areas he visited included Okekere, Koko Igbonna, Abata Sunkere, Oju Ekun, Orisan Koko
Some of the victims, who spoke on the sideline of the deputy governor’s visit, solicited urgent government assistance to rebuild their lives and affected property.
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Felix Ajide