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Ekiti State Gubernatorial candidates

Ekiti Election: The candidates, their parties

A total of 35 governorship candidates representing 35 political parties will take part in Saturday's election in Ekiti State. Among the candidates, two are considered the front runners. They are ex-governor Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress and the current deputy governor, Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party…

Ekiti state on map. [Photo credit: Wikipedia]

Ekiti Election: Candidates disagree on state police, curtailing herdsmen/farmers clashes

The candidates of the Alliance for Democracy, Independent Democrats (ID), Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party and Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance were on Thursday divided over the adoption of state police as part of the restructuring of the country. The candidates, namely Agboola Olaniyi, Tosin Ajibade, Afe Babatunde, and Temitope Adebayo respectively,…

A photograph showing Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose on the ground after he was attacked with tear gas and beaten by security operatives

Ekiti 2018: Why we stopped Fayose, PDP from holding rally – Police

The Ekiti State Police Command has said that it prevented a rally called by the state governor, Ayodele Faose, from holding on Wednesday to forestall the outbreak of violence between the two leading political parties. It also claimed that it was not true that its personnel invaded the government house…

National Hospital

40% of funds allocated to health in Nigeria wasted due to inefficiency – USAID

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) says between 20 to 40 per cent of funds allocated to healthcare delivery by government in Nigeria is wasted due to inefficiency. Health Finance Advisor of USAID - HFG project, Ngozi Okoronkwo, said this in Ibadan on Wednesday at a three-day intensive…

A photograph showing Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose on the ground after he was attacked with tear gas and beaten by security operatives

Police speak on attack on Fayose

The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Operations, Habilal Joshak, has explained the role of his officers in the harassment of the state governor, Ayo Fayose, on Wednesday. Mr Fayose was teargassed and harassed by armed police officers who had blocked the entrance to the government house and prevented a rally…

Nigerian Police officers used to illustrate the story

Ekiti Poll: Police to ‘cut hands’ of ballot box snatchers

The police have said security detail attached to all important personalities will be withdrawn before Saturday's governorship election in Ekiti State. The Deputy Inspector General of Police(DIG) Operations, Habilal Joshak, while speaking in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, said the withdrawal would enhance the credibility of the election. He said the…

A photograph showing Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose on the ground after he was attacked with tear gas and beaten by security operatives

PHOTO: Police tear-gas Fayose at rally

Police have attacked the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, teargassing him on Wednesday as he attempted to attend a rally ahead of Saturday's governoship election. PREMIUM TIMES learnt that although the Peoples Democratic Party had secured permission from the police to hold the rally at the pavilion located by…

Police block Ekiti State Government House

Police lay siege to Ekiti govt house, restrict Fayose, others’ movement

Armed police officers numbering over 50 have cordoned off the entrance to the Ekiti State Government house, restricting movement in and out of the complex. PREMIUM TIMES observed a police Armoured Personnel Carrier and Hilux vehicles parked at the entrance blocking the pavilion and the area leading to the governor’s…

a copy of the specimen ballot

Ekiti Election: Fayose replies police, explains printing of ‘ballot papers’

The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has shed light on the arrest of a Lagos-based printer accused by the Lagos State police of printing ballot papers for the Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party, ahead of the governorship election on Saturday. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, in…

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose

ANALYSIS: Ekiti Election: Intrigues as Fayose, Fayemi personalise contest

The seething pot has been spilling its content in Ekiti State as political parties and their candidates round off their campaigns ahead of the governorship polls slated for Saturday, July 14. It has been a vitriolic campaign from the very blast of the whistle. The tempo of campaigns has stretched…

President Buhari in Ekiti

Opposition blackmailing me with herdsmen, farmers clashes – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday led other leaders of the All Progressives Congress to Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, in a bid to ensure that the party’s candidate, Kayode Fayemi, emerges winner at Saturday’s governorship election. Mr Buhari appealed to Ekiti voters to cast their votes for Mr Fayemi…

Abdulrasheed Akanbi

Oluwo explains stance on ranching, Afenifere

The Oluwo of Iwo land, Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has clarified that his comments on the herdsmen/farmers crisis in the country did not in any way contradict Afenifere’s rejection of federal government’s ranches in the South West. A statement by the monarch’s chief press secretary, Alli Ibrahim, on Monday, noted that the…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole

Ekiti Poll: Oshiomhole returns to Ekiti with APC governors, Kalu

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday returned to Ekiti State with the governors of Ondo, Ogun and Kebbi states, Rotimi Akeredolu, Ibikunle Amosun and Bagudu Atiku, respectively, to persuade organised labour in the state to support Kayode Fayemi. Mr Oshiomhole also got former Abia…

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Ekiti Election: APC, PDP supporters’ row ends crucial stakeholders meeting

A row between the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party in Ado-Ekiti on Monday brought to an abrupt end the stakeholders meeting put together by the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, in preparation for the governorship election on Saturday. The meeting…

Nigerian Army

Ekiti: 4,390 soldiers, NSCDC, others to complement police

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has said an additional 4,390 combined forces of soldiers and other paramilitary outfits will be deployed for the Ekiti governorship election will holds on Saturday. The deployment, Mr Idris said, would complement the 30,000 police officers already drawn up for deployment at the…

Accord Party

Ekiti Poll: Accord suspends state exco for backing PDP

The members of the executive committee of the Ekiti State branch of Accord Party have been suspended for openly declaring support for the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Kolapo Olusola. The national working committee of the party also dissolved the state executive committee led by Abiola Adeoba, accusing the officials of…

Ekiti state on map. [Photo credit: Wikipedia]

Ekiti Poll: Atiku, Makarfi, Wike, other PDP leaders campaign for Olusola

A former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku; the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus; and a host of other party leaders on Thursday joined the campaign for Kolapo Olusola, the party’s governorship candidate for the July 14 polls. Apart from Mr Abubakar, other PDP leaders present at the…

Fayose

APC pressured me to negotiate, trade off PDP governorship ticket – Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has alleged pressures from the All Progressives Congress (APC) on him to back Kayode Fayemi, the APC candidate, against his party’s flag bearer, Kolapo Oluwola. The governor who is of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made the revelation on Tuesday night while featuring…

Kayode Fayemi

Court says Ekiti white paper can’t bar Fayemi from contesting elections

A Federal Capital Territory High Court, Bwari division, has voided the report of the Commission of Enquiry set up by Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, which barred Kayode Fayemi from holding public office for 10 years. The Ekiti State Government had, through the commission of enquiry, investigated the tenure…

Ballot boxes used to illustrate the story.

Ekiti: INEC faults Fayose’s rigging allegations

The Independent National Electoral Commission has rebutted allegations made by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, that it was colluding with some interested parties to rig the July 14 governorship election, A statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, and signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC…

SSS Officials (Photo Credit: Guardian Nigeria)

Ekiti 2018: Fayose accuses police, SSS of deploying compromised security officers

There was uproar on Tuesday at the Afe Babalola Civic Centre, Ado Ekiti, venue of a town hall meeting of stakeholders on the Ekiti State governorship election. This was after the governor, Ayodele Fayose, openly confronted security agencies in the state, accusing them of plans to intimidate and arrest members…

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Indictment: Fayemi wants order of substituted service quashed

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has asked the state high court in Ado Ekiti to set aside its order of substituted service in relation to summons on the case of criminal indictment filed against him by the…

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Ekiti 2018: INEC’s Amina Zakari challenges Fayose to prove rigging allegations

A former Independent National Electoral Commission Acting Chairman, Amina Zakari, has challenged Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, and the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State to provide evidence to support their allegation that she was colluding with other officials to rig the Ekiti governorship election in favour of the candidate…

Akinloye Ayegbusi

Ekiti polls: Fayose, Fayemi overheating polity — SDP

The candidate of the Social Democratic Party in Ekiti State, Akinloye Ayegbusi, has accused the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, and the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Kayode Fayemi, of heating up the polity and causing an atmosphere of confusion ahead of the July 14 elections. The candidate said the two parties…

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi

Oyo govt begins crackdown on illegal abattoirs in Ibadan

The Oyo State Government has begun what appears to be a crackdown on operators of illegal abattoir sites following the expiration of the ultimatum given to them to relocate to a central abattoir at Amosun Village, Akinyele, Ibadan. The court’s sheriffs went round the city last Friday to enforce an…