DSS Attempt To Arrest Apostle Suleman In Ekiti, Fayose Rescues Him To Govt. House (Photo+Video)

Unconfirmed reports have it that last night, a team of DSS operatives stormed a hotel in Ekiti in an attempt to arrest the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman.

It took the intervention of Governor Ayo Fayose and his security team to rescue the self styled apostle and bring him to the Ekiti State Government House.

It is believed that Apostle Suleman’s attempted arrest may not be unconnected with his recent “inflammatory” statement, asking Christians to pick up arms and kill Fulanis.

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I’m waiting on God to pick the next governor – Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has stated that he is waiting on God’s commands before he picks who will succeed him as the governor of the state in October 2018.

He disclosed this in Ikere-Ekiti yesterday evening while launching the last phase of the dualisation of the town’s main road, as contained in a press release on Thursday by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti.

Fayose, who was reacting to the demand by the people of the town that Ikere-Ekiti should produce the next governor of the state, said he had taken the matter to God in prayers and was waiting for God’s directive.

While saying that Ikere-Ekiti, like any other town in the state could produce their children to seek election into the office of the governor of the state, he urged the people ‎to also take the matter before God.

‎’’With God all things are possible. I will advise you to ‎take the matter to the Lord in prayers since you are legitimately qualified like any other town in the state. As a leader of the party, I must create a level playing ground for all aspirants. It is God who puts people in positions of authority.

” I am currently waiting on God to give me the directive on who to support for the coming election. As for when I will come out with my choice of candidate, we still have over a year before the election and I hope that by the time we clock three years in office in October, the coast would have been clearer,” he said.

Stop Deceiving Nigerians With Stories Of Defeat Of Boko Haram, Fayose Tells FG

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has commiserate with families of the army captain and five other soldiers reportedly killed yesterday by Boko Haram insurgents during an  attacked on a brigade in Buni Yadi, Yobe State.

Fayose called on the federal government to stop deceiving Nigerians with stories of defeat of Boko Haram terrorists and return of Chibok girls.

The governor, who maintained that the ongoing war against the Boko Haram terrorists can only be won through truthful information by the federal government and cooperation of all Nigerians, asked: “If indeed Boko Haram has been defeated, where are those suicide bombings and attacks coming from?”

 In a statement issued yesterday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said: “Nigerians are faced with many wars now, Boko Haram is just one of them and it is worrisome that we are not being told the truth about anything.

“It is like a patient telling his doctor that nothing is wrong with

him. How will such patient be treated?”

He said it was funny that the federal government was celebrating the recovery of what they called Boko Haram flag as a sign of defeat of the insurgents while more daring attacks were being made by the same Boko Haram against the army, killing our gallant soldiers.

“The reality is that insecurity has increased in Nigeria more than

President Muhammadu Buhari met it. Herdsmen have even killed more Nigerians than Boko Haram in the last one year while hundreds have died through extrajudicial killings by security agencies,” the governor said.

Speaking  on the  21 Chibok girls, said to have been rescued, the governor maintained that the real story behind the Chibok girls

abduction will be told one day.

He said the federal government must have to tell Nigerians why the 21 rescued Chibok girls have not returned to their families since last year October.

“Have you ever seen anyone that will be in captivity for that long and won’t be eager to reunite with his or her family two months after regaining freedom?

“If the girls are truly Chibok girls, their freedom must be total.

They must also be allowed to tell their own stories. “However, as it appears, the girls may have moved from one captivity to another,” he said.

Kashamu Asks PDP Members To Hold Fayose Responsible For Crisis Rocking The Party

The Senator representing Ogun East senatorial district, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has alleged that the leadership crisis engulfing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) both at the national and state levels was masterminded by the Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose.

He yesterday, therefore, called on members of the party, especially in the South-West, to hold Fayose responsible for the crisis.

Kashamu stated this at his country home in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun state, at a reception ceremony organised to receive 1,500 leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the five local governments in Ogun West who defected to PDP.

The Senator slammed Fayose for putting on the toga of “the leader or voice of the opposition, which he is not”, insisting that the governor was the architect of the leadership crisis rocking the party.

He pointed out that Fayose was using his attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari as a subterfuge to cover up his tracks. His words: “As you probably would have known, he is only trying to pull the wool over our eyes in order to cover up his tracks. He seeks to use his rabid attacks on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government as a cover when called to account for his deeds in and out of office.”

“He is the architect of the leadership crisis rocking our party in the South West and at the national level. Let all our elders, leaders, and true sons and daughters in Yorubaland ignore his doomsday predictions and come together in unity and encourage the efforts of Buhari’s government that are geared towards rebuilding our country.” Kashamu stated.

He urged members of the party to desist from painting a gloomy picture of the present economic situation in the country, commending President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for cutting import duties on 173 items expected to boost industry and rejuvenate the small-scale sector of the economy. He said: “In spite of what the naysayers might be saying, the truth is that there are opportunities everywhere. Just two days ago, I read of the cut on import duties on 173 items that are expected to boost industry and rejuvenate the small-scale sector of the economy.”

“That good news is coming on the heels of the recovery of Sambisa Forest and the hugely successful anti corruption campaign which has saved the country trillions of Naira. With all these, our economy should experience a rebound very soon,” Kasamu added.

 

Fayose is suffering from madness, says APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has explained Governor Ayo Fayose’s allegation of a plan by the party to conspire with the judiciary to impeach him as the “ranting of a notorious blackmailer, electoral robber, political harlot and pathological liar.”

According to a communiqué released by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the APC slammed Fayose for accusing his predecessors, Chief Segun Oni and Dr. Kayode Fayemi, maintaining that there was no meeting where the duo met with their supporters and boasted that he will be removed.

“The governor is on a familiar terrain to save his head with such a pre-emptive blackmail as usual even though he knows the details of the crimes he had committed and has continued to commit against the nation,” the statement read.

“Fayose is jittery and afraid of consequences of his many infractions on the law,

“He is afraid of his own shadow as a lawless misfit in the position of authority who has no respect for the supreme law of the country after his serial rapes on the Constitution but who is now jittery and as a result, has resorted to blackmail.

“The same Segun Oni he went to visit at his country home with funfare recently is the same man Fayose is now accusing of plotting to remove him from office, which shows clearly that he is confused and suffering from hysteria.

“Fayemi and Oni would rather busy themselves with the development of Ekiti instead of making Fayose, who has caused much embarrassment to himself and Ekiti people, their topic.

“Fayemi and Oni are too decent and busy in their assignments to engage in such frivolous boasts that Fayose is accusing them of.

“The track records of the two ex-governors as democrats and “Omoluabi” are there for all to see as opposed to Fayose’s hit-and-run and “bolekaja” reputation.”

Kaduna not safe for flights diversion – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has stated that, it is too risky and dangerous to divert local and international flights from Abuja to Kaduna as proposed by the Federal Government.

According to communiqué signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Fayose criticizes the Federal Government for what he said was its knee-jerk approach to problems.

He said: “They act before they think and they take decisions before consulting critical stakeholders. That way, they always end up putting the cart before the horse. That is how they have messed up the economy and now have brought unprecedented grief, misery, poverty and suffering on Nigerians.”

The Federal Government has said it would close down the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for six weeks to repair the runway.

During the period, flights from the airport will be diverted to Kaduna International Airport from where the Federal Government said passengers would now be transported to Abuja by road.

The Airlines Operators of Nigeria has rejected the government’s plan, insisting there are better ways of repairing the Abuja runway without closing the airport.

International airline operators and their domestic counterparts are also opposed to the close down option.

Fayose described the security situation of Kaduna State and its environ as worrisome, saying this alone disqualifies the airport in the state.

He also complained about the dilapidated state of the Kaduna-Abuja Road, which he described as a “death-trap”.

He added: “This same Kaduna is where Shiites waylaid a whole Chief of Army Staff; the crisis created is yet to abate as the Shiites continue to defy the authorities to mount public protests. This is the same Kaduna where over a thousand citizens have been slaughtered like rams and the FG has not brought a single of the murderers to book. The situation in southern Kaduna and in other parts remains as tense as ever.

“This is the same Kaduna-Abuja death-trap of a road where a sitting Minister of the Federal Republic, his wife and son lost their lives in a road mishap. This is the same Kaduna-Abuja road where a Minister and her husband were kidnapped in broad daylight.

“It is also on this same road that an Army officer was butchered; where herdsmen parade their herds in broad daylight causing avoidable accidents and other inconveniences to travellers. This is the same road where Boko Haram and other criminally-minded hoodlums operate at will.”

Fayose chided the government for taking a decision before assembling the critical stakeholders, whose advice now runs against the grains of government’s thinking.

He asked: “Why are they always leaping before they look?”

He said the decision to close down the Abuja airport will further worsen the country’s economic recession.

He said: “We will lose business to neighbouring countries; a government that is parroting diversification of the economy will lose non-oil revenue. An aviation sector that is in crisis before will have its situation worsened. Expect more jobs to be lost in that sector, further worsening the alarming unemployment problem in the country.”

Aligning with the position of the AON, who are resisting the Federal Government’s relocation order, Fayose said all the necessary logistics such as rehabilitation of the Kaduna-Abuja Road, provision of adequate security and adequate consultation ought to have been undertaken before the decision to go ahead with the plan.

He advised the government to immediately constitute a high-powered team composed of Nigerians with the requisite expertise to handle this very critical national assignment, stressing that our image as a country is at stake because foreign nationals are involved.

Fayose added: “In Nigeria under the APC/Buhari administration, we seem to value cows more than human lives but this is not the case with foreign governments which place premium on the lives of their citizens. They are not likely to allow our government gamble with the lives of their citizens.”

Assuring Nigerians and the international community that he would continue to speak out whenever the occasion demands, the governor advised the APC/Buhari administration to be courageous enough to admit its mistakes and retrace its steps because so much is at stake.

Fayose said: “But by their nature, they are usually nonchalant. They believe everything starts and ends with political power, which is very sad. They must change this attitude because it is responsible for the untold suffering that our people are going through today,”

Fayose can be impeached – Lawyer

Human Rights Activist, Osuagwu Ugochukwu has disclosed that Ekiti state governor, Mr Ayo Fayose is not above impeachment.

This was coming after Ekiti governor has petitioned the Chief Justice of Nigeria raised an alarm over an alleged plot by the APC to impeach him.

But Ugochukwu said once provision of section 188 of the Nigerian Constitution is completed a Governor can be validly impeached upon a resolution to be adopted by not less than two-thirds majority of all the member the State House of Assembly.

He said, “To me Governor Fayose is not above being impeached. Any Governor can be impeached by his or her state house of Assembly and there is nothing undemocratic about it.The process for impeaching a Governor of a State in Nigeria is contained in Section 188 of the 1999 Constitution.

“Once adopted the Governor shall stand removed from office as from the date of the adoption of the report.

“If the impeachment process succeeds in Ekiti state then Fayose stands removed as Governor. The office of the Governor will pass to the incumbent Deputy-Governor, and he will take the oath of office. Fayose should note that once he is impeached he loses immunity from arrest and prosecution and can be arrested by the IGP and prosecuted if there is any crime he may have committed.

“There is no point running to the Chief Justice of Nigeria.The CJN cannot save him from impeachment which is a legislative process. Those who are linking me to the plot to impeach Fayose are wrong. Besides there is nothing unlawful if the Ekiti House impeaches Fayose by complying with the Constitution. Let Fayose face his cross alone.”

Fayose In Hot Soup As Another N8.877 Billion Scam Traced To Him

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, seems to have run into fresh trouble with the Federal Government after it was found that he collected the sum of N8.877 billion from the N388.304 billion released to 35 states as refunds from over-deductions on London-Paris Club loans but only paid one out of the eight-month salary arrears he owed workers in the state.

Fayose was also said to have paid a curious 13th month salary as bonus while the arrears of seven-month salaries owed the workers were left unpaid.

A reliable source in the Presidency, who spoke in confidence with one of our correspondents yesterday, said President Muhammadu Buhari has lived up to his pledge to ease salary crises in all the states by releasing N388.304 billion to 35 states but many of the states failed to abide by the agreement they had with the President that they would give preference to settling arrears of workers’ salaries.

The Presidency source said: “The agreement between the Federal Government and the state governors was very clear.

“While 50 per cent of the amount released was to be used to offset outstanding salary and pension arrears, the remaining 50 per cent would be used for the payment of other obligations.

“Some governors have however reneged on this agreement.

“Security reports available to the Presidency showed that Governor Ayodele Fayose paid only one month out of eight-month salary arrears.

“The same governor went ahead to pay a curious 13-month salary to Ekiti workers. Yet, he got N8.877 billion refund.

“Instead of accounting for what he used the loan refund for, he has the temerity to attack the Federal Government on hardship in the country.

“The relevant agencies are monitoring development in Ekiti and some states.”

Reacting to the allegation on the telephone yesterday, Ekiti State Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo, admitted that the state got N8.8 billion from the Paris Club refunds.

But he said that the state’s share of the money was only N5.3 billion, which he said could barely pay one month out of the arrears of salaries owed the civil servants in the state.

According to him, the wage bill for a month stands at N5.2 billion.

He also said that workers in the local government sector could only get one month from the arrears of salaries owed them.

The Federal Government had released the sum of N388.304 billion out of N522.74 billion

to 35 states as refunds of over-deductions on London-Paris Club loans.

Topping the list of states with the hugest reimbursements are states controlled by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), contrary to their claims that they were being financially oppressed by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The biggest earners include Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Katsina, Kaduna, Lagos, Imo, Jigawa, Borno, Niger, Bauchi and Benue states.

But the reimbursement profile has shown that some governors fed their states with wrong figures of the sums given to them.

Investigation conducted by our correspondent revealed that 35 of the 36 states benefitted from the refunds of N388.304 billion.

Although most of the governors have begged the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, not to make the list of reimbursements public, The Nation was able to source the breakdown of the reimbursements exclusively.

The document indicated that all the 35 states were credited with their shares of the N388.304 billion as at December 27, 2016.

Our correspondent obtained the names of the bank, the account and the account numbers where each state’s share was remitted.

Only Kano State and the FCT have so far not benefitted from the reimbursements.

According to the list, Kwara State got two types of refund totaling more than N9.188 billion.

Kwara’s shares include N5,415,167,236.97 refund to the state government and N3,773,082,953.54 for its 16 local government areas.

Findings also confirmed that Ondo was only paid 50 per cent of its refunds (N6,513,392,932.28) because of leadership change in the state, which will soon lead to the inauguration of Chief Rotimi Akeredolu as the new governor.

A breakdown of the list of top beneficiaries of the refunds is as follows: Akwa Ibom, N14,500,000,000.00;  Bayelsa, N14,500,000,000.00;  Delta, N14,500,000,000.00; Kastina, N14,500,000,000.00; Lagos, N14,500,000,000.00;  Rivers, N14,500,000,000.00; Kaduna, N14,362,416,363.24; Borno, N13,654,138,849.49; Bauchi, N12,792,664,403.93; Benue, N12,749,689,453.61; Sokoto, N11,980,499,096.97; Osun, N11,744,237,793.56; Anambra, N11,386,281,466.35; Edo, N11,329,495,462.04; Cross River, N11,300,139,741.28; Kogi, N11,211,573,328.19 and Kebbi, N11,118,149,054.10.

The document said: “Ondo payment represents 50 per cent of the refund due to transition of leadership in the state. Further instructions are being awaited on balance payment.

“Adamawa, Kwara 22b on the list, Oyo and Taraba payments represent the portions due to the respective local governments.”

But the Presidency was uncomfortable with the attitude of some state governors to the management of the refunds.

Responding to a question, another source in government said: “It is unfortunate that some state governors under-declared the refunds made to them.

“Some of them were also discovered to be giving spurious analysis in order to cover up the actual figures.

“In fact, some states changed the agreement overnight.

“A state said the President asked states to use at least 25 per cent of their London and Paris Club refund to offset salary arrears.”

Investigation showed that about N134.44 billion out of the approved N522.74 billion will soon be paid as refunds to some states.

The top government source added: “Yes, as at December 27, 2016, all the 35 states had received the N388.3 billion refunds. The balance of N134.44 billion will soon be accessed.”

Following protests by states against over-deductions for external debt service between 1995 and 2002, President Muhammed Buhari had on December 2, 2016 approved the release of N522.74 billion to states as refunds pending reconciliation of records.

Each state is entitled to a cap of N14.5 billion being 25 per cent of the amounts claimed.

But the government has raised a team to scrutinise claims by states and reconcile with available records.

These developments were contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Special Adviser on Media to the Minister of Finance, Mr. Festus Akanbi.

The statement said: “The Federal Government has reached a conditional agreement to pay 25% of the amounts claimed subject to a cap of N14.5 billion to any given state. Balances due thereafter will be revisited when fiscal conditions improve.

“Mr. President’s overriding concern is for the welfare of the Nigerian people, considering the fact that many states are owing salaries and pension, causing considerable hardship.

“Therefore, to ensure compliance with the directive that a minimum of 50% of any amount disbursed is dedicated to this, funds will be credited to an auditable account from which payments to individual creditors would be made. Where possible, such payments would be made to BVN linked accounts and verified.”

But any state paid refunds in excess of its outstanding claims might suffer deduction from its monthly allocations from the Federation Account.

It said: “Due to the fact that reconciliation is still ongoing and the final outcome might show an under or overstatement of claims, an undertaken has been signed by state governors, declaring that in the event the amount already paid exceeds the verified claim, the surplus would be deducted directly from the state’s monthly FAAC allocations.

“The total amount approved by the President is N522.74 billion and is to be paid in batches. The first batch of N153.01 billion is currently being processed for release to 14 state governments.

“The release of these funds is intended to support the fiscal stimulus programme of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to provide direct stimulus through government spending. It is particularly aimed at boosting demand at consumer level and reversing the slowdown in economic activity.”

Any Plot To Impeach Fayose Will Be The End Of Buhari’s Administration, PDP Warns

The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), on Thursday declared that the alleged underground moves to impeach governor Ayodele Fayose as the governor of Ekiti State will lead to a total collapse of the administration of President Muhamadu Buhari, if eventually carried out.

The party described as reasonable and justifiable, the letter written on Wednesday by the governor to the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen informing him about the alleged moves to include a section of the judiciary to the devilish plot.

Speaking in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the PDP State Chairman, Barr. Gboyega Oguntuase, said the alleged plot to remove the governor would create crisis of monumental proportion that would be difficult for the Nigeria Army to curtail.

Oguntuase branded Fayose as a man of the people and the opposition leader in the country, who commands enormous followership across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

“Governor Fayose is not just the Governor of Ekiti State, but the opposition voice in Nigeria. He speaks for all the oppressed Nigerians in the Southwest, South East, South-South, North central and even in the far North.

“Removing Governor Fayose from the power is like removing the whole Ekiti who voted for him in all the 16 local government areas of this state. Any war wage against our governor will be resisted by the people from all these zones.

“Governor Fayose has been the most consistent critic of President Buhari’s government, particularly against the poorly managed economy
leading to this recession . So, all Nigerians will rise against this evil plot.

“If you look at the results of the 2014 governorship poll, you would think it was a tsunami because he won in all the 16 local governments.
If truly democracy still remains the government of the people, then attempt to remove Governor Fayose will be tantamount to usurpation of the people’s power”, he said.

Contrary to insinuation by some people that the governor only played to the gallery by his letter to the CJN, Oguntuase justified the action, saying, “it was not misdirected since it was reliably gathered that a section of the judiciary was allegedly involved in the evil plot”.

Oguntuase appealed to Justice Onnoghen to do the needful by making the third arm of government apolitical to forestall the country’s judiciary from being desecrated by desperate politicians.

This Government Will Not Lie to Nigerians, Adesina Replies Fayose

The Presidency has disagreed with the claim of Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, on the disbursement of N5, 000 to poor Nigerians.

ADELOVE recalls that Fayose, whose state was listed as part of the nine states where the payments had commenced, denied the take-off of the scheme in his state.

The governor said the report was untrue and mere propaganda.

However, in a chat with State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, said the administration was built on integrity and accountability and will not claim to do what it was not doing.

He said: “It was announced specifically from the office of the Vice President that the scheme has started in nine states. And then a certain governor came out to say it is not true.

“It is just a matter of who do you believe. This is a government that is built on integrity and accountability.

“This government will not lie to Nigerians, does not lie to Nigerians, in fact anything you hear from this government you can take it to the bank, believe it.

“So if anybody comes and say it is politics, it is not true. Choose who to believe I can tell you that you should believe this government because this government will not lie to you.”