…says Oyo APC lacks knowledge of good governance
…insists Makinde’s policies turning state around for better
The Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop celebrating the maladministration represented by the immediate past government of Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
The party in a statement on Sunday, which was signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Engineer Akeem Olatunji, said that APC in Oyo State was a party of individuals with little or no knowledge of what good governance entails, noting that in the last eight months, every right-thinking resident of Oyo State has been full of praises for the well-thought-out policies and programmes of Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration.
According to the PDP, Oyo State under Governor Makinde has clearly prioritised security, health, education and economic expansion through agriculture, a focus that has brought positive telling effects on the State.
“Every month, starting from the well-known GSM date, Makinde’s government injects at least N8billion into the State’s economy, something that has brought hope to all and sundry. This is clearly a departure from the despair, desperation and squalor, which characterised life and living in Oyo State under the APC government,” the PDP stated.
It added that Governor Makinde has “begun the journey towards setting Oyo State on the path to true greatness,” adding that “we are fully aware that the APC has a polluted idea of the true meaning of good governance, but never believed that such ignorance would be displayed in the public space.
“They are only seeking to pollute the public space with their corrupted view of good governance by asking Governor Makinde to learn from former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who was roundly rejected by the people of Oyo State for being a huge disappointment in governance and human relations.”
The PDP maintained that the introduction of free and qualitative education policy in public schools; focus on building infrastructure that will target the economic expansion; full and scientific approach to the Security of the state through the procurement of equipment and security gadgets; as well as the Amotekun security initiative are clear testimonies to the globally acclaimed and world class service delivery launched in the State by Governor Makinde.
“The Governor’s 100 per cent commitment to the welfare of workers and residents through prompt payment of salaries and pensions are top notch policies of the PDP administration, which have placed Oyo State on the pantheons of good governance across the country and beyond,” the PDP stated.
The statement also informed that APC’s attack on Makinde was ill-intentioned and borne out of jealousy that the new Governor had, in only eight months, started recording landmark achievements that make the people rate his government better than that of his predecessor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
“Indeed, the songs on the lips of workers and residents of Oyo State just within 96 days of Seyi Makinde’s governance was to state that his achievements in just three months have outweighed the 96 months of Senator Ajimobi whose administration has no legacy to point at,” the PDP said.
The party added: “It is an indisputable fact that Ajimobi in eight years displayed crude cluelessness, unkind mindset and despite earning over N700 billion in federal allocations and internally generated revenues, have nothing to show to the people.
“He was happy jumping from one controversy to the other and amassing for himself, unmerited titles that attest to vain glorification. Is that the kind of person APC wants Makinde to learn from?
The statement further read: “Let us, however, tell them even though Governor Makinde has started with a blistering speed and has been delivering goodies all the way, the remaining months of his administration would witness further testimonials to good governance with the conclusion of arrangements for the construction of farm estates in Akufo and Eruwa and world class interchanges that would make Oyo State come to further global attention for positive mention.
“Makinde’s policy of free education and his administration’s focus on agriculture through the building of farm estates are similar to the programmes of the Pa Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Bola Ige eras, which remained the hallmark of good governance in the South-West zone today.
“In Oyo state right now, we are proud to say we have a transformational leadership rather that the transactional predecessor who left a legacy of failed contracts and abandoned road projects as a result of mere consideration for ‘what is there for me’ rather than what is there for the state.”
The statement added: “Today, the Saki township road is in a mess because the APC government played politics with people’s lives by embarking on the project purely for campaign purposes. The Oyo and Ogbomoso township roads constructed by the APC government were not completed and also badly done and even the few roads the government constructed in Ibadan were done at inflated costs to the state. The inflated Mokola Flyover has failed to control the traffic logjam challenge in that axis. So, we ask, are these the good governance ideals the APC wants Makinde to learn from Ajimobi? Or is it how Ajimobi destroyed the order, peace and beauty known with Olubadan Chieftaincy by introducing self-serving and alien review that has created a mess for the throne?”
Bayelsa: INEC presents certificate of return to PDP candidate, Diri
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented certificate of return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Duoye Diri as the Governor-Elect of Bayelsa state.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, told a news conference that the commission took the decision after the Supreme Court sack Lyon as the governor-elect of the state.
He said, “The commission has received the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement of the apex court which disqualified the deputy governorship candidate and vitiated the joint ticket of the party earlier declared winner in the election.
“The court also ordered the commission to “…declare as winner of the governorship election in Bayelsa State the candidate with the highest number of lawful votes cast with the requisite constitutional (or geographical spread)”.
In compliance with the orders of the court, Yakubu revealed that INEC convened a meeting to review the result of the election in which 45 political parties contested.
Without the votes scored by the APC, he put the total number of lawful and valid votes cast in the election at 146,999.
Out of this figure, the INEC chairman stated that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Douye Diri, scored the highest number of lawful votes with 143,172.
He added that the party scored more than 25 per cent of the lawful votes cast in all the eight Local Government Areas of the state.
According to the INEC boss, the total number of registered voters in places where the election was not held or cancelled as a result of sundry violations is 90,822 while the candidate of the Accord party has the next highest score with 1,339 votes.
“The margin of lead between the candidates of the PDP and the Accord party is 141,833 votes. With this outcome, the election is conclusive at first ballot.
“Consequently, Senator Douye Diri and Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo of the PDP are hereby declared winners and returned elected as governor and deputy governor of Bayelsa State respectively,” he declared.
Yakubu noted that the tenure of the incumbent governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, would end at midnight on February 14, 2020.
Thereafter, the governor and deputy governor-elect were presented with the Certificates of Return, in line with Section 75 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
ENSIEC opposes INEC’s decision; clears NCMP for LG elections
Just a week after the deregistration of 74 political parties, Enugu State Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) has cleared one of the deregistered political parties Nigeria Community Movement Party (NCMP) to participate in the forthcoming Local Government elections in the state.
The party which was one of the deregistered political parties as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the 6th February, 2020 was cleared to contest election in the state following its commitment and preparation to the forthcoming LG election.
In a statement signed by NCMP National Chairman, Comrade Babatunde Ademola and released in Abuja on Thursday, indicated that the party has candidates across all local government areas in Enugu and have been working tirelessly to mobilise members and supporters for the elections.
Ademola, noted that the decision of ENSIEC to recognise NCMP as a political party irrespective of the pronouncement made by INEC exposes the incompetence of the National Electoral body in protecting citizens’ interest.
The chairman stated:
“This is clear point to show the infractions that INEC has committed in the pronouncement made on the 6th to have deregistered 74 political parties.
“It exposes the incompetence of the commission and its management under prof Mahmoud yakubu.
“For a commission as INEC to ignore Section 36 of the constitution and the supreme court judgement that articulated the justification of the fact that FCT is not a local Government council of a state.
“It is unfortunate that Nigerians have found themselves in this messy political situation, the judiciary must come to the rescue of our great country Nigeria and protect the fundermentals of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The position of NIGERIA COMMUNITY MOVEMENT PARTY NCMP is very clear, we are in court and we will not preempt the court. We shall wait for justice to be served on the administrative inconsistencies of INEC and the rash decisions that shows that INEC is in a total state of social, political and administrative confusion.
Bayelsa Governor-Elect, David Lyon gets sacked hours before inauguration
…Nobody else will be sworn in as governor – Oshiomole
The Governor-Elect of Bayelsa state, David Lyon alongside his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo was on Thursday sacked by the supreme court.
David Lyon who supposed to be inaugurated on Friday, 14 February 2020 was shown the ‘exit door’ following the decision of a five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the All Progressives Congress’ candidate as the winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
The Apex Court ordered INEC to issue a fresh certificate of return to the candidate of the party with the next highest votes and with the required constitutional spread of votes in the results of the election, which are the Peoples Democratic Party.
Justice Ejembi Ekwo, who read the lead judgment made the orders after disqualifying the APC’s deputy governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo, as a candidate in the election.
The court upheld the November 12, 2019 judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja which had disqualified Degi-Eremienyo in the election for submitting forged certificates to INEC.
The court ruled that Mister Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had infected the joint ticket with which he and the governorship candidate, Lyon, ran for and won November 16, 2019.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives has reacted to the sack of Lyon and Degi-Eremienyo by the supreme Court.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, insisted that aside its candidate, no other individual got the required number of votes.
“Nobody will be sworn in on Friday as the new governor in Bayelsa state,” Oshiomhole declared.
“In this case nobody apart from David Lyon meet desire spread as expressed by the Supreme Court.
“The next candidate who happens to be a PDP candidate does not have one-quarter of the votes cast in that election.
“This judgement lacks the fruit of justice,” Oshiomhole announced.
He noted that the APC, through its legal team, would explore all legal options to ensure that its candidate is sworn in as governor of Bayelsa state.