The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Ondo State Command, on Thursday promoted and decorated 40 newly-promoted senior officers to various ranks in the state.
Dr Hammed Abodunrin, NSCDC State Commandant, while decorating the officers in Akure, charged them to be more committed and dedicated to their duties.
Abodunrin, who said that Ondo State Command was lucky to have 40 senior officers promoted.
at the same time, admonished the officers to redouble their efforts in ensuring that lives and property of Nigerian residents were safe.
Abodunrin explained that since the NSCDC Commander General came, he had ensured that every personnel of civil defence got their promotion at the right time, saying that all the junior officers that sat for the exams were promoted.
According to him, if you have a privilege being promoted, it means that you have to justify it because promotion is a privilege, not a right.
“Promotion is designed to motivate the personnel, by so doing you must be more hardworking; by being more committed; by being more loyal to the service and to the people of Nigeria.
“The message of the commander general is that to whom much is given, much is expected.
“Also, Ondo State Command has been declared as the best command throughout the federation on three consecutive times, so our newly promoted officers should redouble their energy to maintain the success,” he said.
Abodunrin, therefore, called on those who did not meet up during the promotion not to relent in their duties.
“For those who are not captured, you should not be reacting because you are not promoted and reduce what you are doing, remember that you are good as your last promotion.
“So, either you are promoted or not, you have a duty to keep on being honest, keep on being loyal, keep on being committed and keep on being dedicated to the job you have taken.
“The job you have taken is the job of protecting lives and properties of Nigerians and residents alike,” he said.
One of the promoted officers, Mr Olorunmayo Joseph, who moved from Assistant Corps Commander (ACC) to Deputy Corps Commander (DCC), appreciated the commander-general and the commandant.
He promised that all the new officers would justified their new ranks by being dedicated to their duties.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ondo State Controller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, the representative of Nigerian Correctional Service were present at the event.
NAN also reports that the representative of the Deji of Akure; and Mr Eyitayo Jegede, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the last election were also present at the event.
Oba Frederick Akinruntan, the Chairman, Ondo State Council of Obas and the Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, has urged Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to fulfil his electoral promises which got him re-elected for a second term.
Oba Akinrutan stated this in a congratulatory message on Tuesday in Akure.
Akeredolu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, polled 292,830 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Eyitayo Jegede of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who had 195,791 votes in the Oct. 10, polls.
The monarch, who urged the reelected governor to be magnanimous in victory, said that campaign promises of the governor had encouraged voters to vote for him.
“I want the governor to be magnanimous in victory and to continue to execute the great plans he has in mind for Ondo State.
“And to hold firm the pre- election promises he made which had encouraged the voters to trust and vote for him,” he said.
According to him, the governor is not described as talk and do for nothing but he means what he says.
“Gov. Akeredolu made the people of Ondo State many promises in his first term and executed them.
“We recall that he said he would construct a flyover at Ore to put an end to the carnage on that busy high way and he executed the project to a conclusion, visible to every discerning user of that road.
“He has promised the people of Ondo south in the Ilaje axis a deep seaport and we are confident more than ever before that the governor will make this promise a reality,” he stated.
The monarch noted that it was an act of joy that Ilaje area of the state gave the governor bulky votes of 26,657, which was the second largest in the election.
According to him, it is a confirmation of trust in the administration of Akeredolu.
Oba Akinrutan thanked the people of the state for their overwhelming votes for the governor.
He explained that the reelection excited him and people of Ugbo kingdom in particular because it established good deeds of Akeredolu-led government.
“Gov. Akeredolu is ordained by God and his steps are God ordained.
“His victory has put an end to the spurious claims of undemocratic forces who planned to slow down the progressive strides of Gov. Akeredolu which he has promised to improve on in his second term in office.
“If not for the steadfastness of the ever conscious and progressive minded people of Ondo state.
“The opposition would have pulled the wool over the people’s eyes and misled them at the polls thereby drawing back the hand of development in the state,” he stated.
The monarch prayed God to make the second term of the governor hitch-free and very successful.
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A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Initiative for Leadership Development and Change (ILDC) has congratulated Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state and the people of the state over the peaceful conduct of Saturday’s governorship election.
Chief Ugochukwu Nnam, ILDC President said this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Abuja on Monday.
He said that the Ondo people had reaffirmed their belief in the incumbent governor through the ballot.
Nnam, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for ensuring that the election was free, fair and credible.
He urged the governor to close ranks with his opponents for a greater and prosperous Ondo state irrespective of their differences.
Nnam expressed confidence in Nigeria’s electoral system which he said was fast improving with the recent election in Edo and Ondo state.
“No democracy or election is perfect all over the world but what is important is recognising the veto of the people to make change permissible through the ballot box,” he said.
Nnam urged the governor to strive hard and implement peoples’ oriented projects that would help alleviate poverty in the state.
Akeredolu polled 292,914 votes to defeat Mr Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 195,431 votes at the election.
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A Civil Society Organisation, Yiaga Africa, has called on the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), to accept the outcome of the Oct. 10 gubernatorial election in Ondo State.
Both men were defeated by Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 292,830 votes to Jegede’s 195,751 votes and Ajayi’s 60,051 votes.
Addressing a post-election press conference on Sunday in Akure, Mr Nwagwu, the Co-Chair of Yiaga Africa, also urged Gov. Akeredolu to be magnanimous in victory.
Nwagwu said, given the significant rate of procedural infractions around counting of “spoilt and counterfeit” ballot papers, the body would recommend better training for election-day INEC ad-hoc officials.
He, however, said the infractions never undermined the integrity of the process, but were signs that election-day officials deserve more training to improved their performance.
“Yiaga Africa commends INEC for its efforts to improve on the electoral process and efforts to comply with the COVID-19 protocol with respect to providing disinfectant/hand sanitizers in all polling units.
Yiaga Africa, however, believes that there are opportunities for improvement in elections and called on INEC to conduct a post-election audit on both the Edo and Ondo governorship elections.
“This is important in order to enable the Commission to assess its performance, identify faulty operational areas for improvement and drive policy reforms to effectively plan for future elections.
“Additionally, the National Assembly should accelerate reforms to the Electoral Act to legalize the effective deployment of technological tools to promote citizen’s participation and enhance transparency in the electoral process.
“The INEC Result Viewing portal deployed for the election has demonstrated how citizens’ access to polling unit results increases the integrity of the electoral process and encourages acceptability of electoral outcomes.
“Yiaga Africa commends the National Peace Committee (NPC) for responding to the call by stakeholders on the threat of violence as indicated in Yiaga Africa’s Pre-election observation report.”
He said “The interventions contributed in no small measure to the peaceful conduct of the election.
“Yiaga Africa would like to thank many Nigerians across the state who volunteered to serve as non-partisan Watching The Vote (WTV) citizen observers on behalf of all the people of Ondo,” he said.
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A Non Governmental Organisation, My Choice Group, has described the re-election of Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, in the just concluded Oct. 10, polls in Ondo State as a mandate to build on good legacies by the APC first term government in the state.
Mrs Omowumi Ohwovoriole, the Founder of the group, stated this in a congratulatory statement on Sunday in Akure.
Akeredolu was declared as winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) having polled 292,830 votes while Mr Eyitayo Jegede, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had 195,791 votes and Mr Ajayi Agboola, the candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) got 69,127 votes.
“I congratulate Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on his victory in the Oct. 10, election.
“His re-emergence is a renewed mandate to build on the foundations already laid toward improving the lives of the people,” she said.
She described the election as peaceful and the emergence of Akeredolu as a victory well deserved, saying it would go a long way in consolidating on the good works of his administration during the first term in office.
The group’s founder applauded APC’s supporters for good conduct during and after the election, assuring the people of the state of better days ahead as the administration of Akeredolu was committed to their welfare and the development of the state among comity of states in Nigeria.
According to her, the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) has done a credible job in the election.
Ohwovoriole, who also used the opportunity to task all political actors to eschew post election violence, urged them to embrace peace in the interest of all and to join hands with Akeredolu in building a greater Ondo State.
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Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won in nine of the 12 local government results so far declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), with a total of 166, 368 votes.
His closest rival, Mr Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), won in three local government areas, with a total of 133, 607 votes.
The candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Agboola Ajayi garnered 32,057 votes to come a distant third.
The nine local government areas won by the APC were Ile Oluji/Oke-Igbo, Irele, Akoko North-East, Akoko South-West, Akoko North-West, Ondo East, Owo, Idanre and Akoko South-East.
The breakdown of the results showed that Akeredolu scored 13, 278 votes in Ile Oluji/Oke-Igbo Local Government area to beat Jegede and Ajayi, who polled 9,231 and 1,971 votes respectively.
In Irele Local Government area, Akeredolu won with12,643 votes, followed by Ajayi, who polled 5, 904 votes ahead of Jegede, who scored 5,493 votes.
Akeredolu also won in Akoko North-East Local Government area with a total of 16,572 votes, while Jegede and Ajayi tagged along with 8,380 and 3, 532 votes respectively.
Similarly, the APC candidate won in Akoko South-West Local Government area with 21, 232 votes, followed by the PDP candidate, who polled a total of 15, 055, while their ZLP counterpart scored 2,775 votes.
The story was not different in Akoko North-West Local Government area, where Akeredolu garnered 15,809 votes, with Jegede having 10,320 votes and Ajayi 3,221.
It was a landslide victory for Akeredolu in his Owo Local Government area, where he garnered a total of 35,957 votes to beat Jegede of the PDP, who scored 5,311, and Ajayi of the ZLP, who scored 408 votes.
It was, however, a different story in Akure Local Government area, where Jegede of the PDP recorded a resounding victory with a total of 47,627 votes to beat Akeredolu of the APC, who polled 17,277 and Ajayi of the ZLP, who scored 1,046 votes.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the results from the remaining six local government areas were expected to be announced by INEC later.
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Source: NAN‘Wale Sadeeq
The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, on Saturday said that he was sure of emerging victorious in the governorship election in Ondo State.
Jedege spoke with newsmen shortly after he cast his vote at Ward 2, Unit 9 at Sacred Heart Primary School in Akure.
Jedege, who waited for about 30minutes on queue before the card reader could clear him to vote, expressed his dissatisfaction over the malfunctioning of the card reader.
He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to put more efforts into making the card readers to work perfectly well to enable the electorate to cast their votes.
Earlier, there was a downpour but thousands of prospective voters defied it and waited at their polling units to cast their votes.
Jegede who arrived his polling unit for accreditation and voting in company with his wife, Eno Jegede, expressed delight with the large turnout of voters.
The PDP’s candidate declined the offer to cast his vote ahead of intending voters he met on a long queue.
“I won’t vote ahead of the people I met here. These people left some other duties to come and perform their civic responsibilities.
“Nobody is above the law and we must lay good examples to enhance the true democratic culture,” he said.
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Rival party supporters clashed in Ward 4 unit 002 in Ijomu/Obanla where a man was stabbed with a bottle by thugs and rushed to the hospital for treatment.
The victim, simply called Gboye, was described as a strong supporter of a major contender for the Ondo governorship position.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that security operatives immediately stepped in and calmed the situation.
Voting had also began in Sacred Heart primary school ward two unit nine and unit 10 where voters lined up in an orderly manner to cast their votes.
NAN reports that there was a large turnout by the voters and security operatives were stationed at strategic places to maintain law and order.
In Owode/Imuagun ward 11, unit 002 in Akure South Local government voting was going on smoothly without any hindrance but so many could not observe the laid down procedure of COVID-19.
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Candidate for the Ondo state election on Oct. 10, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), has dismissed speculations making the round that Idanre lands will be threatened under his watch as governor.
Jegede gave the assurance earlier on Wednesday at the Palaces of the monarch of Alade-Idanre, the Alade Okin, Oba Olusegun Akinbola, and that of Idanre, the Owa, Oba Federick Aroloye, when he visited the communities as part of his campaign tour.
According to him, “I am a senior advocate. I am not after your lands, please ignore all these concocted stories from our opponents who are feeling threatened about your decision to vote for PDP in Saturday’s election.
“Yes, I am from Akure but I have lived all my life enjoying the good relationship between Idanre and Akure and we should not allow these detractors to create disaffection between us in the name of politics.
“I am not a land grabber and I am not pedestrian in thinking, by the grace of God,” he assured.
He also assured thousands of his supporters who trooped out to receive him despite a downpour, that he would do his best to alleviate the sufferings of the masses.
Jegede promised to put in place basic amenities currently lacking in Idanre and its environs.
These amenities, he said, include road, light, water, affordable healthcare, and quality and bearable educational fee regime.
Oba Federick Aroloye urged the candidate to assist the communities in Idanre kingdom by fixing their deplorable roads, especially the road linking Idanre with Ofosu.
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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, has tasked all the contestants in this Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State not to see the exercise as a do-or-die affair.
Abubakar made the appeal during the signing of the Peace Accord by Ondo State governorship candidates on Tuesday in Akure.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the signing of the Peace Accord was organised by the National Peace Committee (NPC) under the leadership of former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar.
Sa’ad, who said election was like a game played by many players on pitch, called on all contestants to shun any form of violence and thuggery.
He said this was necessary so that the election could be free, fair and credible in the state like that of Edo State governorship poll.
“I like to make it clear to all of us as citizens of this country and for the players who are going to be on the pitch on Saturday to contest for one single seat of governor of Ondo State for the next four years.
“I like to call on you to see the signing of accord this morning not just a mere ceremony or formality but a commitment by all of you.
“In fact, a covenant which you all be responsible for the outcome at the end of the day.
“Let all of us obey the rules of the game; I call it game because election is a game where there must be only one winner and others who have not won, I won’t call them loser.
“There will only be one winner and that winner has already been ordained by Almighty God before the election is even cast. We don’t know who that person is.
“As a contestant, tell the citizens of Ondo State, what you can’t do and what you will do for them and their votes must count as INEC has assured us that every vote must count.
“Talk to your supporters to remain peaceful, do not allow thuggery to take place anywhere, not only near the polling booth even in entire state throughout the duration of election on Saturday,’’ he said.
According to him, power belongs to Almighty God and he gives it to whom he wants at the time he wants and he takes away from the person or persons without even alerting them, so let’s not play God.
“Do not sign this accord, if you know you are not going to keep peace in the Ondo State election of Saturday,” he said.
Meanwhile, the three major governorship candidates promised to allow peace to reign during and after the election and shun any act that could determine the pact they have signed.
Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who pledged to abide by the content of the Peace Accord, appreciated the National Peace Committee for their commitment to see that the election was peaceful in Ondo State.
Also, Mr Eyitayo Jegede of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), called on all security agencies, especially the police, to ensure a free play ground for all the contestants and arrest and prosecute anyone who foment trouble during the election.
Mr Agboola Ajayi of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), who is also the Deputy Governor of the state, said that members of his party would continue to conduct themselves in most peaceful manner, more democratic and civilised way.
NAN reports that other dignitaries present at the peace accord signing were Bishop Hassan Matthew Kuka, Arch Bishop John Onaiyekan, INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu; and representative of Inspector General of Police (IGP), among others.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Wale Ojetimi