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Senator Ademola Adeleke,[Photo: Pulse.ng]

OsunDecides: EFCC denies freezing Adeleke’s bank account

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Sunday denied that it froze the bank accounts of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Osun State election, Ademola Adeleke, and those of his family members. The denial followed an allegation by the PDP on Saturday that the EFCC…

Rotimi Akeredolu

Resign now, Akeredolu tells commissioners seeking political offices

The Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has directed members of the State Executive Council who have obtained nomination forms to contest for political offices in the 2019 general elections to resign. The affected officials are to put in their letter of resignation on or before September 17. The directive…

Ekiti house of assembly

Ekiti assembly approves Fayose’s N10 billion supplementary request behind closed doors

The Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday approved the N10 billion supplementary budget requested by outgoing governor, Ayo Fayose, under curious circumstance. About 14 lawmakers, led by the Speaker of the house, Kola Oluwawole, reportedly arrived the assembly complex at about 12 noon and sat for about one hour…

Fayose and Fayemi used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: NewsTimes Nigeria]

Few weeks to handover, Fayose proposes N10bn supplementary budget

A new phase of contention has opened between the outgoing government of Ayo Fayose and incoming governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, over a fresh N10 billion supplementary budget submitted to the House of Assembly by the former with four weeks left for his administration. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that Mr…

Map of Nigeria showing Ondo State

Akure festival shuts down businesses

On the orders of the Deji of Akure, Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo, all markets, shops and other businesses in Akure, the Ondo State capital, would be closed throughout Wednesday. This is to pave the way for the town's traditionalists to offer sacrifices to mark the annual Amole festival. This is the second…

Senator Ademola Adeleke,[Photo: Pulse.ng]

OsunDecides: FG, APC plotting to rig polls – Adeleke

The Ademola Adeleke Campaign Organisation has raised an alarm over what it described as a plot by the All Progressives Congress and the federal government to subvert the upcoming governorship election. A statement by its director of media and publicity, Olawale Rasheed, on Sunday, noted that the plot was to…

Fayose

Why I no longer want to be president in 2019 – Fayose

The governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has hinted why he is no longer interested in running for president in 2019. The outgoing governor spoke in Ado Ekiti on Friday while receiving a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Musa Kwakwanso, who was in the state to seek the…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Police in Ekiti urge doctors to treat victims with gunshot wounds

The Ekiti State Police Command has instructed medical doctors in the state not to wait for police clearance before treating gunshot victims. The police commissioner, Bello Ahmad, in a statement in Ado Ekiti on Friday , said waiting for police authorisation could cause deaths of innocent Nigerians who are victims…

Julius Olapade Okunola

INTERVIEW: Why corruption can’t be eradicated in Nigeria’s electoral processes – Accord Party Candidate

Julius Olapade Okunola, a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God who worked in the United States of America, is the governorship candidate of the Accord Party for the September 22, Osun State governorship election. He explains why corruption cannot be totally eradicated in Nigeria's election process and why…

Senator Iyiola Omisore

OsunDecides: Falae, Afenifere drum support for Omisore

The National Chairman of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Olu Falae, and the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, have tipped the party's candidate, Iyiola Omisore, to win the September 22 governorship election. They also described him as the most promising of all the candidates, saying he would provide the needed leadership in…

Pic 1. President Muhammadu Buhari (M) with APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole (4th L) and the members of APC Senators after their meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday night 04018/26/7/2018/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

Another APC senator opposes indirect primaries in state

The senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District, Ajayi Boroffice, has berated the state executive committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State for adopting indirect primaries in selecting its candidate for the 2019 general elections. His action comes days after the senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu…

PDP Presidential Aspirant, Atiku Abubakar with the leader of Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo

2019: Afenifere yet to endorse any candidate – Fasoranti

The leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Reuben Fasoranti, has said that the group has not endorsed any presidential aspirant ahead of the 2019 elections. He spoke at his residence in Akure on Tuesday as he received a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar. Mr Abubakar is…

File photo of Atiku Abubakar and Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

2019: I am not corrupt – Atiku

Former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, was in Ekiti State on Tuesday to consult with Governor Ayo Fayose on his presidential ambition. Mr Abubakar is seeking the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party to contest next year’s presidential election. While speaking in Ado Ekiti during the meeting, Mr Abubakar said…

One of the completed libraries at Idepe High

INVESTIGATION: Communities suffer as abandoned constituency projects litter Ondo

Aponmu Lona, a village under Idanre local government, in Ondo Central Senatorial District, cuts a picture of many neglected communities across Ondo State. The sorry picture begins at the entrance to the village through a detour off the Akure-Ondo expressway. The rocky road is impassable and difficult to drive through.…

IGP Idris Ibrahim

Osun 2018: IGP Idris explains massive police deployment during elections

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday justified the huge deployment of police personnel in Ekiti and other states were elections held, saying it was solely to curtail the activities of political thugs. He also said that adequate security would be provided before, during and after the September…

INTERVIEW: How I will take Osun out of poverty – RPN governorship candidate

Mercy Ayodele is the governorship candidate of Restoration Party of Nigeria (RPN) in Osun State. She is the first female to be nominated by a party for the governorship election of the state, which comes up September 22. She told PREMIUM TIMES in this interview, that as an accountant of…

Protest in Akure

Deadly protest in Akure over killing of Okada rider by NSCDC official

Akure, the capital of Ondo State, erupted in a violent protest on Wednesday following the death of a commercial motorcyclist who was knocked down by an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. Thousands of Okada riders began a protest in the city bearing the corpse of their…

Kayode Fayemi

Ekiti Election: Fayemi files defence; to call 1,009 witnesses

The Ekiti State governor-elect. Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday in Ado Ekiti, filed his defence before the Election Tribunal against the petition by the e candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Kolapo Olusola challenging his victory at the July 14 polls. Mr Fayemi was declared winner of the election after…

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to President @realDonaldTrump in the Oval Office and Press Conference in the Rose Garden.

Trump’s Comment: Afenifere urges Buhari to retire in 2019

The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, says it believes Nigeria needs a strong and healthier president to run its affairs for the next four years from 2019. Yinka Odumakin, the National Publicity Secretary of the group, stated this on Monday against the backdrop of a statement credited to the U.S. President,…

Former National Caretaker Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi.

2019: Why I should be PDP’s presidential candidate – Makarfi

A former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi, has given reasons why he believes he should be the candidate of the party for next year’s presidential election. Mr Makarfi also said there is an attempt to foist a sick president on Nigeria with the much publicised 800metres…

Fayose

LG Workers Strike: Crack, confusion in Ekiti labour unions

Cracks seem to have appeared among organised labour in Ekiti State, following the declaration of an indefinite strike by council workers, beginning from Thursday. The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), had last week issued a strike notice to the state government over its failure to pay workers’ salaries,…

Court

Court sentences seven to death for robbing, killing US-based Nigerian

An Ondo State High Court in Akure on Thursday sentenced seven men to death for armed robbery and killing of a US-based businessman, Banji Adafin. Mr Adafin was said to be on vacation in Nigerian in July last year when the gunmen gained entrance into his home in Akure and…

Fayose

Ekiti LG workers to embark on indefinite strike

Local government workers in Ekiti are planning to embark on an indefinite strike beginning from Thursday this week, following the non-payment of their salary arrears. The council workers complained that the outgoing governor was not committed to paying the backlogs as his tenure ends in October. The workers under the…

Fayose and Fayemi used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: NewsTimes Nigeria]

Fayemi raises alarm as Fayose recruits 2000 Ekiti teachers, others

Barely two months to the end of his tenure, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, is set to recruit 1000 teachers and another 1000 workers of different categories into the state’s civil service. The move is currently creating angst within the camp of the governor–elect, Kayode Fayemi, who has rejected…

Alfred Adegoke, a lawyer and human rights activist, is the governorship candidate of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN)

INTERVIEW: How I’ll salvage Osun after Aregbesola, Oyinlola’s failures – SPN governorship candidate

Alfred Adegoke, a lawyer and human rights activist, is the governorship candidate of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) in the upcoming September 22 governorship election in Osun State. He speaks with PREMIUM TIMES’ Oluwole Josiah on his chances at the poll and related issues. PT: You are coming into…