br> Chief Segun Oni, the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP),
and Mrs Kemi Elebute-Halle, the candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP), on Sunday rejected the results of the Saturday’s governorship election, saying the outcome will be challenged at the tribunal.
Oni made this known on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti, through Mr Owoseni Ajayi, his state Collation agent and who was the Attorney-General of the state, while speaking with newsmen on the outcome of the election.
Similarly, Mrs Kemi Elebute-Halle, the candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP) in the election, said that the victory of Mr Biodun Oyebanji in the just concluded election was “tainted with vote buying and corruption”.
The SDP candidate said that the results, as declared by INEC, did not reflect the true decision of the people, lamenting that the process was allegedly marred by financial inducement.
Ajayi, who said he refused to sign the election results said; ” We are rejecting the results, because the election was characterised by violence and intimidation of voters.
“As a result, we will definitely challenge outcomes of these results in the court of law for posterity and generations coming to know that when conducting elections, you must follow the rules and procedures.”
NAN recalls that the gubernatorial election took place on June 18 in all the local government areas of the state.
All efforts to speak with SDP candidate , Chief Segun Oni proved abortive as he was not allowed to see or speak with anyone.
Elebute-Halle, in a statement signed on her behalf by Mr Femi Eponlolaye, the State Chairman of the party in Ado-Ekiti, condemned the snatching of ballot boxes, vote buying and harassment of her party members.
According to her, political thugs and members of a party in Ado-Ekiti, Oye-Ekiti, Ikole-Ekiti and Ilasa-Ekiti, among other areas, attacked supporters of my party.
“The victory of Mr Biodun Oyebanji in the just concluded governorship election, ordinarily would have been accepted by me, if the election had not been fraught by electoral malpractices.
“In spite of various sensitisation programmes and media publicity against vote buying, the APC, PDP and SDP actually promoted and encouraged corruption, both at the grassroots and the state levels.
“Though, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pronounced Oyebanji as the winner of this election, I, Kemi Elebute-Halle, hereby reject the results of this election.
“It was not credible, neither was it free nor fair. His APC thugs distabilised my strongholds across the state, attacked our members, snatched and destroyed our ballot boxes.
“All those votes, including those obtained by PDP, will be cancelled at the tribunal.
“I want to use this medium to urge my followers not to be discouraged about the outcome of the election.
“We shall continue to promote our great party, the ADP,” she said.
Elebute-Halle, however, urged the international observers, the security agencies and INEC to continue to sensitise Ekiti electorate against vote buying that has eaten deep into the electoral process.
NAN reports that ADP polled 3,495 votes in the Saturday governorship election held in the state.
Unprecedented numbers of enthusiastic voters on Saturday thronged various polling units in different towns, villages and hamlets in Ekiti to perform their civic rights in the ongoing governorship election.
Also, there were combined security personnel on the ground to protect the lives and property in different parts of the state and as well their presence was noticed at both far and near the polling centres.
At the Ekiti office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), there was heavy presence of security agents to forestall any eventuality.
The News Agency of Nigeria , while on monitoring of the polling units, report that security agents arrived many polling units as early as 7.20 a.m.
Aside the police, other security agencies and outfits providing security, include Civil Defence Corps, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
At some of the border towns linking Ekiti with other states, military men were strategically stationed with officers and men, keeping vigil and conducting search on vehicle owners and occupants.
The restriction placed on human and vehicular movement during election was strictly obeyed by residents and travellers alike, as most inter-township roads were empty.
This development compelled many voters to trek long distances to their polling units, as there were no taxi or commercial motorcycle operators to convey them.
Besides, all markets, shops and eateries were under lock and key.
Some of the places visited included Ado-Ekiti, Ikere-Ekiti, Efon-Alaaye, in Efon Local Government area Ifaki-Ekiti, the home town of Mr Segun Oni, the Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Other areas were Ise-Ekiti, the home town of former Minister of State for Works, Dayo Adeyeye, Emure-Ekiti, Ido-Ekiti and Omuo-Ekiti, hometown of Sen. Biodun Olujimi of the PDP and Rep. Femi Bamisile of the APC.
In many of the places visited, scores of voters were seen already on queues, waiting for the attention of the electoral officers.
Those sighted among the crowd of the enthusiastic voters, include students and artisans of between 18 and 20 years bracket, old people and a handful of expectant mothers.
It was observed that in most of the places, officials including ad hoc staff, deployed by INEC arrived only few minutes after 8.00 a.m, while some of them have no chairs to sit on.
NAN reports that 16 candidates from different political parties are slugging it out in today’s election, with only a female candidate, Mrs Kemi Elebute-Halle of ADP.
Others include candidates of ACCORD, AAC, ADC, APC, APGA, APM, APO, LO, NNPP, NRM, PDP, PRP, SDP, YPP and ZLP.
According to statistics at the disposal of NAN, over 17,000 policemen were deployed for the election, with NSCDC deploying 9,747, while the army and others also deployed appreciable figures.
When contacted, Mrs Morolake Odebunmi, the Public Relations Officer of INEC, told NAN that there was nothing much to do at the INEC office this morning.
Mrs Kemi Elebute-Halle, the Governorship Candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), says she is still in the race for the Saturday election.
Elebute-Halle made the declaration to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Ado-Ekiti.
The governorship candidate said that this was contrary to speculations in some media that she has defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
She said that the news of her defection to APC was “a cheap lies from the opposition parties, who were intimidated by her chances of winning the Saturday governorship election”.
Elebute-Halle said she has not collected a dime from any political party or individual, adding that no godfather was bankrolling her.
“I wish to state categorically that I have not defected to APC as some people have been spreading it on the social media.
“I have spent over N4 billion to finance my governorship campaign; so, any person spreading rumours about me, Kemi Elebute-Halle, that I collected N500 million to defect to APC is a cheap lies.
“Let the person or persons even, the political party come out in public with evidence and as it stands “no retreat, no surrender,” she said.
The ADP governorship candidate, however, advised her followers to come out en masse and vote for her on Saturday.(NAN
Mrs Kemi Elebute-Halle, the Gubernatorial candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), has assured Ekiti people of transparency and good governance, if elected as Governor in Saturday’s governorship election.Elebute-Halle, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Oye-Ekiti on Thursday.She said if elected, she would accord priority to women development and improve the standard of living of civil servants, farmers, traders and artisans.The Oke-Ayedun born politician in Ikole Local Government Area, said one of her major agenda was to lead the people to ”rescue and recover Ekiti from the clutches of alleged bad leadership, slavery, and resources plundering”.She added that the resources of the state would be properly utilised, to eradicate poverty among civil servants, artisans, farmers, business men and women.” I have come with the determination to transform, rebuild and salvage Ekiti from the clutches of bad leadership and slavery.” We have civil servants, traders and artisans who are suffering and find it difficult to feed their children and sponsor their children to a good school,”’ she added.Elebute-Halle further said that she planned to liberate the people of the state and give priority to their welfare.” I am going to create an enabling environment and policy that will make provisions for an improved agricultural system for farmers and good schools.”They will be provided with adequate facilities, better infrastructure development and free medical health services that will benefit women and children.” A vote for my party, ADP and Kemi Elebute-Halle will bring newness and positive change as well as bring true dividends of democracy to the doorsteps of my people in all the 16 local government areas of the state,” she said.Elebute-Halle also assured the electorate of better security measures to curb various crimes as governor. (
The prestigious Umuahia Premier Club, a group of elites and professionals, Saturday, elected a new executive to pilot its affairs for the next three years.The election took place during the club’s 2022 National Executive General Meeting in Umuahia. At the end of the keenly contested exercise, an eight-member executive emerged, with a Management Consultant and Trainer, Mr Lawrence Akomas, as the National President.In an acceptance speech, Akomas said that his leadership would reposition and rejuvenate the club toward the realisation of the objectives of its founding fathers.“We are going to ensure a paradigm shift in the way we do things. It will not be business as usual. “We have rules and regulations and we will make sure that whatever we do here will be guided by these rules and regulations.“We hope to bring back sanity in the club and ensure strict financial discpline,” he said.Akomas said that the executive would venture into some investments to earn money to be able to execute its programmes and projects.According to him, this is the time for us to work.“We cannot afford to disappoint this array of prominent professionals, who have elected us to lead them. “Therefore, anybody who feels that he is not prepared to serve selflessly is free now to opt out,” he said.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Akomad polled 40 votes to defeat his rival, Chief Acho Obioma, an APC chieftain, who got 38 votes.He appealed to members, including Obioma and elders of the club, to join hands with the executive to actualise the dreams for which it was founded.“For me, there is no winner, no loser. We all won,” Akomas, who is the third national president of the club, said. In an interview with NAN at the end of the election, Akomas said that the club was founded over 30 years ago to champion the cause of development in Umuahia.He described the present state of infrastructure in the capital city as deplorable and below the expectations of the club. Also, the outgone National President, Chief Nnanna Achugo, told NAN that part of the club’s programmes included offering scholarship to bright indigent students of Umuahia origin.Achugo also said that the club intervenes in community development programmes.He, however, regretted that COVID-19 scuttled the realisation of some of the projects outlined for execution by his executive.The National Treasurer, Mr Iyke Nwoko, said that the executive was determined to bring great transformation to the club and Umuahia community.Nwoko, who is a House of Assembly candidate of ADP for Umuahia Central, said, “The new leadership will deploy available resources toward achieving the club’s mandate.”A pioneer member of the club, Mr Francis Nwosu, expressed joy that the body, which was formed in 1982, had remained result-oriented, with more brilliant and enterprising members.Nwosu urged the new executive to take pragmatic steps to make the club more relevant in the scheme of things, in line with the dream of its founding fathers.He specifically advised the new leadership to strive to connect with the next administration in Abia with a view to drawing its attention to the critical infrastructure needs of Umuahia as a state capital.He said that the club hitherto enjoyed robust relationship with previous administrations but regretted that the situation was no longer the same.He expressed concern that Umuahia had suffered untold neglect, saying, “It is shameful when you compare Umuahia with other state capitals in the country”.Nwosu, who retired as a Deputy Director in NAN, is the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Press Council.He served as Secretary of the Lagos Branch of the club and two-term National Secretary.The Traditional Ruler of Ossah Ibeku Autonomous Community in Umuahia , Eze Joshua Akomas, said that the club was principally formed “to enable us to give back to the community that helped to nurture us”.The royal father, who is a life member of the club’s Board of Trustees, urged the new executive to strive to make the club more relevant to Umuahia community, Abia and the country in general.(NAN)
Mr Chibuike Jonas, a one-time Chairman of Arochukwu Local Government Area (LGA) of Abia has emerged the Action Democratic Party’s (ADP) governorship candidate for the 2023 general elections.Jonas was elected unopposed at the party’s delegates’ congress that took place in Umuahia on Thursday.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the congress was attended by 16 delegates elected from the 17 LGAs. The state Deputy Chairman of the party, Chief Njoku Dickson, moved the motion for Jonas election, while Dr Jude Ohuche seconded it.The Returning Officer for the exercise, Mr. Benjamin Arisa, declared him the winner, after a voting voice by the delegates.In an acceptance speech, the governorship hopeful said that he joined the race “to make a clear difference in the governance of Abia”.He said: “Those who stay here know that our state has been badly managed. “We are faced with the problems of bad roads as well as non-payment of salaries and pensions. “But I’m here to bring forth right development in the state.“I did it as an LG chairman when I started and completed 52 projects in one year and eight months. “All we require is prayers and hard work to win the election in order to take Abia to the future we all deserve.”Jonas, therefore, appealed to the party members to take the message to every nook and cranny of Abia “to convince the electorate to vote ADP into power in 2023”.(NAN)
A General Manager with Dangote Group, Dr Sani Dawop, has emerged the governorship candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Plateau.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sani was returned unopposed at the ADP primary election, held on Thursday in Jos.
Chairman of ADP Governorship Primary Election Committee, Mr Danjuma Auta, who announced the result, said that Dawop got all the votes cast by the 15 delegates who took part in the election.
“By the powers bestowed on me as chairman of ADP electoral committee, and having satisfied the conditions stipulated by ADP’s constitution, I hereby declare Dr Sani Dawop as the governorship candidate of the party for the 2023 general elections,” he said.
ADP Chairman in the state, Retired Capt. Fire Lamda, said that the party had two aspirants, adding, however, that one of them could not pick the nomination form, thus leaving Dawop unchallenged.
Lamda said that the governorship candidate had all the credentials and capability to beat the candidates of other political parties in 2023.
He stated that the party, under his leadership, was working assiduously to ensure that ADP won elections into all the elective posts in the state, including the governorship.
Dawop, in his acceptance speech, told the gathering that he had a three-point agenda to execute, if he became governor.
He listed the agenda to include: peace and security, economic revitalisation and infrastructural development.
Dawop told the gathering that of all those vying for the state’s number one seat, he was the only one with special training in strategic security management.
According to him, aside the raw power security approach usually adopted in tackling security challenges, he would he adopt a soft power approach capable of yielding better results.
“Let me tell you something about security. It is not about raw power alone; it’s about soft power as well.
“If you do not provide jobs; if you do not manage time, poverty and unemployment, I can tell you that you are going to have loads and loads of security challenges,” he stated.
Dawop added that his administration would set up peace committees right from the wards to the state level to ensure peace and peaceful coexistence.
He also said that ‘Operation Rainbow’, the state security outfit, would be fully empowered to generate security intelligence.
Under economic revitalisation, the governorship candidate said that his experience of working with top global company would be to bear in initiating, setting up and maintaining top quality industries for the state.
He said having worked with Federal Inland Revenue Service, his experience on revenue generation would be deployed in boosting the state internally-generated revenue (IGR).
Dawop further said that key infrastructure would be provided by his administration to turn around the fortunes of the state and improve the standard of living of the people.
A strong member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Ogunlade, has defected to the Action Democratic Party (ADP).
Ogunlade who announced this on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti while addressing newsmen, said he had defected and also picked a form to contest the seat of the Ekiti North Federal Constituency 1 at the National Assembly on the platform of ADP.
He said he joined ADP due to the rare leadership value and skills noticed in the person of Mrs Kemi Elebute-Halle, the party’s Governorship candidate.
He promised to mobilize people of his constituency to vote in support of Elebute-Halle.
Receiving the defector, ADP executives welcomed Ogunlade and said he would not be treated like a new comer but equal with all members.
Also, the ADP governorship candidate, Mrs Elebute-Halle said the presence of Ogunlade in the party is a plus and sign of victory.
She urged people to continue to support her ambition with a promise to make the state
Action Democratic Party (ADP) has issued certificate of return to its presidential candidate, Mr Yabaji Sani.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the certificate of return was presented to Sani by the party’s National Organising Secretary, Mr Alex Maiyanga, on Friday in Abuja.
NAN also reports that Sani had emerged as the party’s presidential candidate through consensus at the party’s second national convention held in Abuja on Tuesday.
Maiyanga, while presenting the certificate, advised Sani to uphold the party’s mandate by maintaining a credible political status.
He also urged ADP members to support the presidential candidate so that he could emerge victorious in the 2023 presidential election.
“Yabagi Sani is the most suitable candidate to become the next president of Nigeria, given his antecedent and his current position as the Chairman of Inter-party Advisory Committee (IPAC).
“It is an honour for me to be the one handing you the certificate of return as the ADP standard bearer for the 2023 presidential election.
“We have presented this certificate to you and we expect and know that you will bring back gold, silver and every goody from the 2023 elections.
“We urge you to remain loyal to the party and uphold its mandate by maintaining a credible status in politics and adhering to all the principles of electoral laws.
“Based on your political exposure, intellectual ability and capacity to oversee IPAC and also as the National Chairman of our great party, we believe you are fit for the job,” he said.
Maiyanga stressed the need for the presidential candidate and ADP to synergise and strategise for the party’s victory in 2023.
Sani, after receiving the certificate of return, said that his emergence through consensus as the party flag bearer showed that the party was united in purpose.
He said that he was honoured to receive the party’s flag for the election, promising to live up to the expectations of the party and Nigerians, if elected as president
He appealed for the support of the ADP family and Nigerians in order to emerge victorious in 2023.
“This certificate of return is the beginning of great things that will transform the lives of Nigerians, and I promise not to disappoint ADP and Nigerians.
“If elected as president, I will revive the nation’s economy, because everything that we need to be great as a country has been given to us by God in abundance.
“I will ensure that Nigeria is no longer described as a developing economy, but as a developed nation in Africa and beyond.
“I will ensure that basic amenities are provided; that our economy is revived and insecurity tackled. I will also ensure that the productive sector of the economy is properly managed by good leaders, not corrupt ones,” Sani said.
He thanked the party, the National Planning Committee, the national executives and the media for the successful conduct of the convention.
The governorship candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Ekiti, Mrs Kemi Elebute, has said that women and youth-centred programmes will form her administration’s cardinal objectives, if elected as governor of the state in 2023.
Elebute, who stated this during her campaign tour of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on Thursday, said that the ‘huge support’ she had received from Ekiti women would serve as catalyst for women involvement in politics.
She dismissed the rumoured crisis in ADP, stressing that her emergence as governor would bring about industrial and business development in the state.
“With their support for me, the whole world and the people of Ekiti know that women are in full of my candidature.
“They sponsored themselves here in one uniform and in one accord that come June 18, they are ready to vote me so that they can have their own in government.
“Irrespective of whatever might have happened within the party, we are waxing stronger everyday and we are prepared for the election.
“According to statistics, 60 to 70 per cent of women all over the world are involved in politics. And as you can see, the women and youths are here to support me,” she said.
The governorship aspirant noted that this time around, women had decided to come together to support her to ensure that one of their own is in government.
“My drive is the passion that I have to serve and that is why I have put myself forward for election.
“Women and youth emancipation as well as women liberation in politics are what we want to achieve. Enough is enough; this is our time and, I’m also pleading with our men too to support us.
“We want to pay our pensioners. The only thing Ekiti people rely on is salary; we also want to create jobs.
“I am going to be the first governor to have industrial and business district in Ekiti. I want to empower our youths and carry our women along in politics,” Elebute said. (www.nanews.ng)