PDP senators Olujimi, Faseyi lose reelection bid in Ekiti

PDP senators Olujimi, Faseyi lose reelection bid in Ekiti

Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti

Two Peoples Democratic Party senators in Ekiti State – Biodun Olujimi (North) and Duro Faseyi (South) have lost their reelection bid to the All Progressives Congress candidates.

The Returning Officer for Ekiti South Senatorial District, Prof Laide Lawal, returned APC candidate, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, elected having scored 77,621 votes to defeat his closest rival, Olujimi, of the PDP, who polled 53,741 votes.

The Returning Officer for Ekiti North Senatorial District, Prof Abayomi Sunday Fasina, also declared the APC candidate, Senator Olubunmi Adetumbi, the winner having polled 60,689 votes to defeat Faseyi, who got 49,209 votes.

PDP candidate and House of Representatives member representing Ekiti South 2 Federal Constituency, Segun Adekola, having secured 25,707 votes, lost reelection bid to the APC candidate, former Chief of Staff to Governor Kayode Fayemi, Mr Yemi Adaramodu, who scored 41,864 votes.

Also, for Ekiti North 2 Constituency, APC candidate, Olanrewaju Ibrahim, won the election, having scored 29,388 votes as against the 23,684 votes scored by PDP candidate, Olusola Omotoso.

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Ekiti: Fayemi wins as tribunal throws out PDP’s petition

Ekiti tribunal upholds Fayemi’s election

Governor Kayode Fayemi

Says PDP, Olusola fails to prove allegation of irregularity
by Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

The Ekiti State governorship election tribunal sitting in Abuja has upheld the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the last governorship election in the state, Kayode Fayemi.

The Justice Suleiman Belgore led tribunal, in a judgment that lasted for about five hours on Monday, dismissed the petition by the PDP and its candidate, Kolapo Olusola on the grounds that the failed to prove their case.

Justice Belgore, who read the judgment, found that the evidence led by the petitioners was insufficient to prove their claim the election was held in substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

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Ekiti Govt. Sacks EKSU VC, EKSUTH CMD, CoE Provost, Others

Ekiti Govt. Sacks EKSU VC, EKSUTH CMD, CoE Provost, Others

By Sam Nwaoko,Ado Ekiti

The Ekiti State government has sacked the Vice Chairman of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, Professor Sam Oye Bandele; the Chief Medical Director of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), Dr Kolawole Ogundipe and the Provost, College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, Professor Mojisola Oyarekua.

A government statement, on Tuesday, also announced the appointment of a sole administrator for the College of Health Sciences, Ijero-Ekiti.

The statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Kayode Fayemi, Mr Yinka Oyebode, said the governor also approved the appointment of governing councils for the various institutions.

Oyebode said in the statement entitled: “Ekiti removes heads of institutions in the state, appoints governing councils,” that the action of the government was sequel to the consideration and adoption of the white papers on the reports of the visitation and fact-finding panels by the state executive council.”

It added that the governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, “in his capacity as Visitor, has approved the removal of the Vice Chancellor of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti; the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), and Provost of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti.

“The most senior officials are to take over the running of the institutions pending the appointment of substantive heads.”

According to him, “in the case of EKSU, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Professor (Mrs)Olubunmi Ajayi, is to take charge in an acting capacity pending the appointment of a substantive Vice-Chancellor by the Governing Council.”

He said, “as approved by the state executive council, the Governing Councils’ immediate task is the implementation of the approved recommendations of the White Papers.”

It added that in the case of the College of Health Sciences and Technology, Ijero, the new Sole Administrator, Mrs Folakemi Falore, would be responsible for implementing the White Paper.

The statement listed the various governing councils as follows: EKSU, Professor Bamitale Omole (Chairman); members are: Chief Oluwole Ojo, Professor Adebayo Olukoshi, Professor Funmi Olonisakin, Professor Okey Onyejekwe, Mrs Foluso Olaniyan, Dr Amina Salihu, Mrs Mope Akerele, Prof Funso Falade and Mr Matthew Imoru.

EKSUTH: Dr Dare Teniola (Chairman); Dr Adebola Orimadegun, Dr Adedolapo Fasawe, Professor Bosede Afolabi, Dr Janet Funke Ogunbunmi, Mrs Ajoke Oluwasanmi and Prince Soji Agunbiade.

COE, Ikere: Chief Afolabi Ojuawo (Chairman); Chief (Mrs) Moni Afuye, Professor Kola Oladunmoye, Mr S.I. Folorunso, Otunba Kunle Ajayi and Mrs Jumoke Adamolekun.

College of Health Sciences and Technology, Ijero: Mrs Folakemi Falore ( Sole Administrator)

BSES: Mr Segun Omolayo (Chairman); Mr Gbenga Aruleba and Mr Kunle Olofin.

The statement said, “the newly-appointed members of the Governing Councils are to be sworn in on Monday, January 28, 2019.”

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Fayemi pays salary arrears with Paris Club refund, pledges to clear payment in a year

Fayemi: Ekiti N3.9b Paris Club refund for salary arrears payment

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State

The Ekiti State government yesterday received N3.9 billion from the Federal Government as the last tranche of its Paris Club refund.

As directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, N3.3 billion was also deducted and paid as outstanding 2016-2018 counterpart fund for Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) being owed by the state.

A statement in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, by Yinka Oyebode, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Kayode Fayemi, said the governor had directed that the N3.9 billion Paris Club refund be applied to pay one month of outstanding arrears to state and local government workers, teachers and pensioners, in line with his promise to Ekiti workers and people.

This will be done with an augmentation from internal savings, the statement said.

It added that the Paris Club refund was received, following President Buhari’s intervention in the matter, after Fayemi’s last week’s visit to the President.

Fayemi expressed appreciation to the President for the timely intervention, having assured workers in the state that his administration would explore all avenues to clear the five to eight months’ salary arrears owed workers by the immediate past administration, within a reasonable period.

Dr Fayemi, while addressing reporters during the monthly Meet Your Governor programme on television and radio last week, re-assured workers that he was yet to receive the Paris Club refund.

would make it public when the state received the payment.

The Ayodele Fayose administration had received N18.34 billion Paris Club refund in three tranches between December 2016 and December 2017, besides bailout funds, budget support funds and excess crude support, all totalling about N55 billion, but failed to utilise the money to pay workers and retirees.

The first tranche of the Paris Club refund totalling N8.87 billion was received in December 2016; the state also got N4.77 billion in July, last year, and another N4.7 billion in December, last year.

Fayemi assured the workers that his administration would not owe them salaries, adding that he would clear outstanding salaries for all categories of workers within one year.

Source: The Nation

How we moved N1.2b cash for Fayose, witness tells court

Fayose’s trial: we moved N1.2b cash in three planes, says witness

By: Joseph Jibueze

A prosecution witness yesterday told the Federal High Court in Lagos how three aircraft flew N1.2billion from Lagos to Ekiti State for delivery to former Governor Ayo Fayose.

Danmola Otuyena, a banker, was testifying in Fayose’s trial for allegedly receiving and keeping N1.2billion and $5million said to have been stolen from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), contrary to the Money Laundering Act.

Otuyena, who headed his bank’s Cash in Transit Services Unit when the transaction occurred, said he accompanied the bullion van that took the cash to the airport.

He was the fourth prosecution witness and was led in evidence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) lawyer, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN).

The witness gave evidence on the bank account of Sylvan Mcnamara Limited and how cash was withdrawn from it on the instructions of former Minister of Defence (State) Musiliu Obanikoro on June 16 and 17, 2014.

The witness also revealed that although Obanikoro operated the account and was the known holder, he was not the official signatory to it nor was he a director to the company in whose name the account was opened.

Otuyena said he got instructions from his boss to get the cash ready for movement to Ekiti.

“My director gave further instructions that we should move the cash to the airport. We contacted the cash in transit company that renders bullion services – Bankers Warehouse Ltd – and the cash was moved to the private wing of Murtala Mohammed Airport.

“We could not get access when we got there, so we waited outside. My director said someone would be there to attend to us.

“He spoke to a certain Gbolahan Obanikoro through my phone. He helped to process a pass and we were able to enter the airport – the bullion van and myself.

“Later, Musiliu Obanikoro came. My boss called me and spoke to him through my phone and said we should give him the cash. The cash was given to him.

“We loaded the bags of cash into the aircraft. About two or three aircraft were used to load the cash.

“My director, Premier Oyiwo, having identified Obanikoro, said I should release the cash to him. When we pay cash to beneficiaries, they sign off for collection. Obanikoro signed off for collection,” the witness said.

Asked how the cash was packed, Otuyena said: “We have bags designed in a standard way in the banking industry. We used them to package the money. We call them jumbo bags. We used the biggest sizes to pack the money. We used jumbo bags for the N1.2billion.”

Otuyena said he also got a call from his boss on June 17, 2014 to pay N200million to Malik Bauchi from the same account operated by Obanikoro.

He said he was asked to waive the identification process.

“But we contacted the account holder. Rather than pay Bauchi, the amount was paid to the account holder. We used Ghana Must Go bags for the N200million,” the witness said.

Under cross examination by defence counsel Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN) and Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN), the witness said there was an initial instruction that the N1.2billion be paid to six persons, but that they were not available to collect the cash before it was given to Obanikoro.

He insisted that Obanikoro was the account holder and ran the company account even though his name was not stated in the account opening documents that he was the sole signatory.

The witness read a board resolution appointing Olalekan Ogunseye as the sole signatory to the account.

“I’ve not come across any other resolution appointing another signatory to the account or Obanikoro as the signatory,” he said.

Ojo asked the witness if there was evidence that Obanikoro personally withdrew the cash from the bank in view of the fact that there was no instruction to that effect in his name.

The witness said: “The narration we have in the bank statement is fund transfer. There was no entry that Obanikoro received the N1.2billion.”

On why that is so, the witness explained: “The instruction to release the cash first went to the Treasury Department, which debited Sylvan Mcnamara’s account and moved the cash to a transit account. So the entry is a default narration for the debit.”

The witness said Obanikoro was not a director to the company, and that he did not know what happened to the cash after he handed it over to the former minister.

Three other witnesses testified earlier for the prosecution: Zonal Heads, Southwest 1 and 2 of a new generation bank, Lawrance Akande and Abiodun Oshodi, and the Head of Financial Operations of another new generation bank, Olaitan Fajuyitan.

Akande said he was informed that money would be brought from the Akure airport to be paid into the accounts of Spotless Nigeria Limited (Fayose’s company and co-accused) and De Privateer Limited.

He said Fayose’s associate Abiodun Agbele called him in June 2014, saying he had a lodgment of N1.2billion to make. He said he also got a call from Fayose to that effect.

Akande said he asked Oshodi to follow the transaction, adding that they had solicited for deposits from Fayose.

“I had no reason to regard the funds as proceeds of crime. I didn’t observe any anomalies in the operation of the accounts,” he said under cross examination.

Oshodi testified that he got a bullion van that took the money from Akure airport to the bank for lodgment.

“Biodun Agbele came with a security escort, including police and soldiers, and we went to the Akure airport with the branch manager and the bullion van.

“We moved the bullion van close to the plane, and then evacuated the cash. The former minister was there also.

“Agbele supplied the accounts where the money would be lodged – De Privateer, Spotless and the personal account of Fayose,” he said.

The witness also narrated how the cash was deposited. For instance, he said a driver, Taofik, came to the bank 21 times to make some cash deposits in one day.

He said Taofik deposited N9.9million 10 times, N9.5million 10 times, and N5.5million once. Other deposits were also made at various dates, he said.

“Taofik happens to be the driver of Abiodun Agbele. The teller was filled by our former cash officer. Taofik couldn’t write,” he said.

Oshodi testified that the deposits were normal, and that he associated with Agbele because he considered him a man of good character.

“I didn’t know the source of the money. I was glad to receive the money. Until I was called by the EFCC, I didn’t find any anomaly with the money,” he said under cross examination.

Oshodi said Fayose also did not personally visit the bank to make any lodgments.

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Fajuyitan said he received instruction to make the N1.2billion available, as well as the N200million, which he moved into a transit account

He said since the money came from the ONSA account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), it must be legitimate.

“My bank will not knowingly receive proceeds of crime. The bank does not regard the money as proceed of crime,” the witness said.

Fayose had pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned on an 11-count charge.

He was charged with his company, Spotless Limited.

EFCC said Fayose and Agbele, who is facing a different charge, allegedly took possession of N1, 219, 000, 000 on June 17, 2014 to fund the former governor’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign.

The commission said Fayose “reasonably ought to have known” that the money “formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing.”

The alleged offence is contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) and (4).

EFCC said Fayose, on the same day, received cash payment of $5million from Obanikoro, without going through a financial institution, the sum having exceeded the amount authorised by law.

The alleged offence, EFCC said, contravenes Sections 1 and 16 (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011.

The commission said Fayose benefitted from N4.65billion slush funds allocated by the ONSA under Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

EFCC listed Obanikoro as one of 22 witnesses who will testify in the trial.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun adjourned until January 21 and 28 for continuation of trial.

Source: The Nation

Ekiti Muslims protest takeover of land by Fayose

Ekiti Muslims protest takeover of land by Fayose

Governor Kayode Fayemi

• Action within ambit of law –Ex-governor’s aide

Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti

Muslims in Ado Ekiti have protested against the takeover of their land by the immediate past governor of the state, Mr Ayodele Fayose, describing the action as an act of oppression against adherents of the faith in the state.

The placard-carrying faithful under the aegis of the Ahmmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Ekiti State Chapter, appealed to Governor Kayode Fayemi to revoke the ownership of the land from Fayose and return it to them in order to avert a crisis in the state.

Among the inscriptions on the placards were: ‘We want our land back’, ‘Enough of marginalisation of Muslims in Ekiti’, ‘No to illegal acquisition of our land, and ‘Government, give us our land’.

The President, Ahmmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Ekiti State Chapter, Bashirudeen Alawode, alleged that the former governor took over the land located in Atikankan area of the state capital, which was acquired in 1940, to build a petrol filling station for his son.

Alawode said the society built the first mosque on the plot of land in the 1940s before the demolition of the old structure that was built with mud blocks, adding that Fayose took over the land from them.

He said that on seeing a petrol station springing up on the land, “we went to the state Ministry of Lands and the General Manager of the Ekiti State Housing Corporation to complain, but they told us that the land had been acquired by the government.”

Alawode stated, “When we suspected foul play that the government could not acquire a piece of land to build a petrol station, we sent a petition to the Commissioner of Police in the state and he intervened and stopped the construction work. It was at the meeting with the police commissioner that we got to know that the land was acquired by the former governor for his son.

“We have documents supporting our position that we are the original owners. So, we are appealing to the government to remove the structure and give us our land back; it belongs to us.”

The Special Assistant on Public Communications to Fayose, Lere Olayinka, who dismissed the allegation, said, “No child of the former governor is building a petrol station anywhere in Ekiti State and none of them benefitted from his government in terms of land acquisition.

“All actions of his (Fayose’s) government were done within the ambit of the law and the records are there

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Ekiti Muslims protest takeover of land by Fayose

Ekiti Muslims protest takeover of land by Fayose

Governor Kayode Fayemi

• Action within ambit of law –Ex-governor’s aide

Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti

Muslims in Ado Ekiti have protested against the takeover of their land by the immediate past governor of the state, Mr Ayodele Fayose, describing the action as an act of oppression against adherents of the faith in the state.

The placard-carrying faithful under the aegis of the Ahmmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Ekiti State Chapter, appealed to Governor Kayode Fayemi to revoke the ownership of the land from Fayose and return it to them in order to avert a crisis in the state.

Among the inscriptions on the placards were: ‘We want our land back’, ‘Enough of marginalisation of Muslims in Ekiti’, ‘No to illegal acquisition of our land, and ‘Government, give us our land’.

The President, Ahmmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Ekiti State Chapter, Bashirudeen Alawode, alleged that the former governor took over the land located in Atikankan area of the state capital, which was acquired in 1940, to build a petrol filling station for his son.

Alawode said the society built the first mosque on the plot of land in the 1940s before the demolition of the old structure that was built with mud blocks, adding that Fayose took over the land from them.

He said that on seeing a petrol station springing up on the land, “we went to the state Ministry of Lands and the General Manager of the Ekiti State Housing Corporation to complain, but they told us that the land had been acquired by the government.”

Alawode stated, “When we suspected foul play that the government could not acquire a piece of land to build a petrol station, we sent a petition to the Commissioner of Police in the state and he intervened and stopped the construction work. It was at the meeting with the police commissioner that we got to know that the land was acquired by the former governor for his son.

“We have documents supporting our position that we are the original owners. So, we are appealing to the government to remove the structure and give us our land back; it belongs to us.”

The Special Assistant on Public Communications to Fayose, Lere Olayinka, who dismissed the allegation, said, “No child of the former governor is building a petrol station anywhere in Ekiti State and none of them benefitted from his government in terms of land acquisition.

“All actions of his (Fayose’s) government were done within the ambit of the law and the records are there

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