All Progressives Congress chieftains including former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; and former Osun State Governor, Chief Bisi Akande, on Saturday, arrived in Akure, the Ondo State capital, for the flag-off rally of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu re-election campaign.
Akeredolu is seeking a return to office on the platform of the ruling APC in the election scheduled to hold on October 10, 2020.
He has his deputy, Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party; and Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party as his main challengers in the election.
Buhari had also presented the party’s flag to Akeredolu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to @OndoAPC on Twitter, Tinubu and Akande, who is APC ex-Interim National Chairman, alongside other party members, were received at the Akure Airport by the state governor on Saturday.
Ondo Election: Akeredolu, Jegede, Others Sign Peace Accord Tuesday
The candidates of the 17 political parties contesting the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State are expected to sign a peace accord Tuesday next week, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has said.
According to him, the commission has recovered from the recent fire incident which destroyed over 5,000 smart card readers in its office in Akure, while sensitive materials for the exercise would arrive on Monday.
Yakubu told journalists during an interactive session held at INEC office in Akure that the commission was studying the incident of slow voting in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State during the just-concluded election.
While Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), is seeking re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The INEC chairman also reiterated the need by the National Assembly for the establishment of Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal.
He said, “We are aware of the violence involving supporters of political parties. We will meet with the traditional rulers over the issue of violence. I am also glad that the National Peace Committee under the leadership of our former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), is going to intervene by organising the signing of the peace accord, similar to what we did in Benin.
“That is why we have a representative of the NPC committee to do the preparatory work. The signing of the peace accord will take place on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, here in Akure.
“We have accomplished 12 of the 14 activities. This is exactly two weeks and two days to the election. Within the days remaining, there is exactly 16 days to the election. If we exclude the election day on Saturday October 10, we have 15 days. So we have two weeks, and a day to the election. The sensitive materials for the election are ready.
“The Central Bank of Nigeria will deliver them to the (Akure) branch. On Monday, October 5, the sensitive materials for the election will arrive. We lost all our smart card readers to the unfortunate fire incident.
“But let me say that we have fully recovered from that incident. We have enough smart card readers from the neighboring State of Oyo State. We are configuring and charging the card readers here in Akure.”
Yakubu told journalists to “expose vote buyers during election as there are people who want to compromise the integrity of the process. INEC will remain neutral.”
Oyo: APC Group Rejects Alao-Akala As Leader
The Oyo state faction group of All Progressives Congress has rejects the former governor Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala as the leader of the party.
The reconciliation which was brokered by the Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi has again been threatened by the rejection of the former governor. The Unity Forum, in a statement jointly signed by Senator Soji Akanbi, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, Senator Ayoade Adeseun, and Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, said a report which was presented at the residence of Governor Kayode Fayemi did not reflect the true picture of things in the party. According to the group, the truth is that Governor Fayemi proposed the composition of an advisory council of elders with Otunba Alao-Akala as chairman. When attempts were made by some contributors that Otunba Alao-Akala be made the leader of the party in the state, this was vehemently opposed on two grounds”. “One, that the constitution of APC does not make a provision for a leader. Second, that given the recent experience of the party with dictatorial leadership, the council of elders should provide collegiate advisory leadership for the party instead of creating another possible dictator.” “This position became the popular theme in subsequent contributions. The opinion was so overwhelming that in his closing remarks, Otunba Alao-Akala angrily rejected the offer to be chairman of a council of elders. He said he was only ready to be leader of the party.” “The meeting, however, went ahead to resolve that Alao-Akala be chairman of the council while the two surviving former deputy governors in the party and chairman of the party, Chief Akin Oke, be made automatic members of the council. They are to consult elders of the party in Oyo Central and Oyo South Senatorial zones to nominate three members each into the council”. “Efforts to elect the representatives at the meeting were resisted as there was no equal representation of stakeholders of the party at the meeting. At this point, it became evident why members of the SENACO/ADP/PDP axis flooded the meeting under the guise of being stakeholders of the APC”. “Besides, the meeting in Ibadan was on the directive of the National Reconciliation Committee of the APC. The outcome of the meeting is to be reported to the committee which will in turn report to the National Caretaker Committee of the party for final decision. What, then, is the basis of the premature announcements of unfounded outcomes if there has not been a grand plan to hijack the party for God knows reason? They called on members of the APC in Oyo State to discountenance the alleged false claims on the peace initiative in the party. “The cacophony of voices that has trailed the meeting is a confirmation that the Sunday meeting has worsened rather than helped resolve the crisis in the APC in Oyo State”.
0ndo 2020: Ajayi Ambition Is To Become A Governor -Jegede
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, said the deputy governor Agboola Ajayi, ambition is to become a governor.
Agbola had defected to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress in a bid to secure a governorship ticket but was defeated by Jegede in the party’s primary election.
The deputy governor subsequently left the PDP for Zenith Labour Party, where he emerged as the standard-bearer.
Many people had expected that Jegede and Ajayi would team up against the APC candidate and Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu.
But the PDP candidate announced Gboluga Ikengboju as his running mate. Ikengboju is a member of the House of Representatives, representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency.
He also explained that Ajayi was part of the “failure” of the Akeredolu’s administration that PDP is campaigning against.
When asked why he didn’t team up with Ajayi for a sole ticket, Jegede replied, “Ajayi chose not to be my deputy. His ambition is to be a governor under a political party. He left the APC, came to PDP, defeated in our primary, and went to ZLP.
“I took opinions from virtually everybody. People chose who became my running mate. When a choice is made we must respect it. One should not allow his ambition to override the choice of the people.
“All the policies that we are fighting, the pains we want to end are the product of Akeredolu and his deputy. He was in our party (as a member) for just six weeks. He is a very powerful person and humble, you cannot do away with that.”
If elected, Jegede promised to strengthen the operations of Amotekun in Ondo State.
“Amotekun will stay without political influence. We must protect our people,” he added.
The PDP governorship candidate also said he would reduce the tuition of state-owned tertiary institutions, adding that “funding is not an issue.”
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