Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has described Dr Kayode Fayemi’s victory in Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Ekiti as a demonstration of the people’s trust in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor made the remarks in a congratulatory message to the governor-elect, issued by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Bolaji Tunji, in Ibadan, on Sunday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday morning, declared Fayemi as the winner of the keenly contested election.
Fayemi, a former governor of the state, polled 197,459 votes to defeat his closest rival, Prof. Kolapo Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and 33 other contestants.
Ajumobi stated that outcome of the election was a demonstration that Ekiti people believed in the APC as a party with capacity to liberate the state from bad governance and under-development.
He said that the APC’s victory in the election was a reflection of the wishes and aspirations of the people of the state.
The governor also said that the outcome was a further demonstration of the people’s belief that Fayemi’s second coming as governor would bring the socio-economic development which the state had been yearning for.
He congratulated the governor-elect for engaging in intellectual and issue-based electioneering in all parts of the state, describing the victory as well-deserved.
“Please accept my hearty felicitations, my brother, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on your outstanding performance at the just-concluded gubernatorial election which you won fair and square.
“It was indeed a well-deserved victory and a reflection of the trust and confidence which the people of Ekiti have in our great party, the APC.
“The APC is a party which has the capacity to liberate the state from the shackles of ill-governance and gross under-development.
“I am equally happy that the issue-based electioneering across Ekiti with the active support of the party hierarchy at the national level and APC-controlled states, eventually paid off with your victory at the polls.
“I have no doubt that with your intellectual disposition, sagacity in public administration and as a tested hand, you will use your wealth of experience to turn things around for Ekiti and take the state to greater heights,” he said.
Ajimobi also congratulated the people of the state for making the right choice by voting Fayemi and APC, and by extension, returning the state to the mainstream.
He assured them that the governor-elect and the party would not disappoint them.
The governor commended INEC for conducting a free, fair and hitch-free election which had shown its level of preparedness for the poll and 2019 general elections.
Kaduna Assembly Gets New Speaker, Deputy
Hon. Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani has been elected as the new Kaduna Speaker.
His election came barely an hour after Hon Aminu Abdullahi Shagali resigned as Speaker.
Hon. Zailani, who represents Igabi West Constituency in the Assembly, was the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly until his election to lead the House on Tuesday.
Zailani is a strong member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Also, Hon Mukhtar Isa Hazo, representing Bassawa Constituency has been elected as the new Deputy Speaker.
Both of them have been sworn-in by the Clark of the Assembly.
The former Speaker, who represents Sabon-Gari Constituency in the Assembly, officially submitted his resignation letter to clerk of the House Tuesday morning.
The Nation gathered that members of the House had started collecting signatures to impeach him before he eventually bowed to pressure and resigned.
Chairman, House Committee on information, Honourable Tanimu Musa confirmed he submitted his resignation letter.
However, Shagali’s offence warranting the alleged plan impeachment was yet to be unraveled as the time of filing this report.
The 40-year old Aminu Abdullahi Shagali became the Assembly Speaker on the coming of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to power in 2015.
He was re-elected to preside over the House in 2019 on strong recommendation of Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufa’i.
BREAKING: Kaduna Speaker Resigns
Speaker of Kaduna Assembly, Hon. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, has resigned his position.
The resignation came amid alleged plans by some members of the assembly to impeach him.
Sources from the Assembly said Shagali tendered his resignation before commencement of Plenary session on Tuesday morning.
2023: Presidency Should Return To South — El-Rufai
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has insisted that the North has no justification to remain in power after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second tenure.
El-Rufai maintained that the Presidency should rightly return to the Southern part of Nigeria.
He said though the constitution of the All Progressives Congress, APC, does not make provision for rotation but in the interest of justice, equity and fair play, Presidency should go to other regions of the country.
The Kaduna governor said: “The general political consensus in Nigeria is that the Presidency should rotate between the North and the South. It is not written but everyone understands it.
“In some of the parties, like the PDP, it is even written down in their constitution but it was breached in 2015. I think that every politician of honour should understand and abide by that consensus except there is an extenuating circumstance compelling it to be set aside. What could this be?
“President Yar’Adua died in office and it was compulsory for Jonathan to continue but when 2011 election came, there were many people who insisted that Jonathan should step aside for a northerner to complete the tenure of Yar’Adua but I opposed it because I didn’t think it was proper for an incumbent that got there not by his own design should be stopped from contesting when the constitution has not barred him from running.
“In the APC, we deliberately omitted rotational Presidency in our constitution and the emergence of a presidential candidate does not take into account zoning and that was why in 2015, Rochas Okorocha from the East contested, Sam Nda-Isaiah contested, Buhari, Kwankwaso and others contested.”
El-Rufai a chieftain of APC, added that presidential candidates are chosen on the basis of merit and general acceptance.
“I can say that as distinct from the PDP, APC has no rotational Presidency but candidates are selected strictly on the basis of political merit and the general acceptability of the candidate.
“I want to say that those of us from Northern Nigeria honour agreements. We do not violate unwritten political agreements and I will be the last person to lead in violating that agreement. I may have a personal view but that should be the basis. I don’t care where you come from but I look for merit.
“But as a group, the Northern APC will have to sit down and endorse someone, most likely someone from the South, because after eight years of Buhari, I don’t think the Presidency should remain in the north unless there is some extenuating circumstances. But all things being equal, we will honour our agreement and we keep our words,” he said.