Fayose: APC will fail woefully in the July 14

Fayose: Ekiti APC is a house divided against itself, it will fail woefully on July 14

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described the violence that marred today’s All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in the State as shameful and a clear indication that “the APC will fail woefully in the July 14 governorship election because apart from its rejection be Ekiti people, the party has become a house divided against that can never hold.”

Governor Fayose, who reacted through his Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said; “The whole world can now see the so-called progressives. Ordinary primary election, they can’t hold. It is shameful!”

He said “if the party could be this violent during their own primary election, won’t they
do worse things during the election proper?

“INEC should therefore be mindful of being used to manipulate the July 14 election in favour of APC because the party has today, lost the election by the open advertisement of its anti-democratic credentials.”

Governor Fayose, who reiterated that APC was a party of hypocrites and anti-democratic elements, masquerading as progressives, added that “A party, who uses guns and machetes to settle minor political disagreements among its members as done in Ado Ekiti today, in the full glare of the public, will use grenades and missiles to confront inter-party issues.”

How People Make Their Rulers Monsters and Other lessons by Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo

When Otunba Niyi Adebayo won the election to be the Governor of Ekiti State, in 1999, not many people gave him a chance of making any meaningful impact because he was considered a greenhorn. What people, however, did not know was that the young man watching his father, late General Robert Adeyinka Adebayo, former Military Governor of the old Western Region of Nigeria, had gained a lot of insights even without being an active participant.
Niyi, a lawyer by profession, shares notes on his life in the Government House in Ekiti, and lessons for other professionals who want to venture into politics. Enjoy the reading.
Lesson 1: Politics is not dirty.
People use statements like ‘politics is a dirty game’ to drive good people away from politics. For me, what I have come to discover is that the more good people go into politics, the cleaner it will become. If you have clean people going into politics, they will clean up the system. Interestingly people who are insider want to prevent other people from coming in because they don’t want competition, they tell you it is a dirty game, don’t come. No, it is not. That is what I found out. What is politics about? It is about the people who will be in charge of the country. If you don’t have good people in charge of the country, you do not have a good country. So, the cleaner the people that come in, the better it would be for the country. My advice to professionals, Christians, Muslims, and religious people is that the more good people we have in politics, the better for our country. Once you have something good to offer, give it a shot. You never can know what impact you can make.
Lesson 2: You need to create your own identity
For me, going into politics was not to make money; it was about making a name. When you are the child of a successful man, you are always in his shadow. I wanted to come out from under that shadow and make my own name, so that people would not refer to me as General Adebayo’s son, but rather as Niyi Adebayo. I believe I was able to achieve that because my going into politics was not self-serving. It was about service to my people and I saw it as stepping stone to greater things. I do not believe my political life has ended yet. I believe there is still more on the horizon for me politically which I am working towards.
Lesson 3: People turn their rulers into monsters.
One lesson I learnt while in government is that it is people that make governors or presidents to misbehave when they get into office. It is the people that you are governing that turn you into a monster. As a governor, people believe that their whole lives are dependent on you. That is, if they get into your right hand, they can become billionaires tomorrow, even without doing anything. To a large extent, that is true. It will only take one contract and you are made. Consequently, people do not tell their rulers the truth because they want to be in their good books. They elevate them to a god-like status. Even when you are doing foolish things, they will tell you ‘brilliant’, and because everybody is praising you, after a while you too will begin to believe that you are doing the right thing and you begin to question your judgment. And as you keep imbibing their praise-singing, you may lose control of yourself. So, to be a good governor or administrator and not lose control, this is where a good wife comes in handy because when you are losing control, she will tell you things as they are -frankly. But if you don’t have that kind of wife, you will lose control and start to believe everything they tell you even when you know they are not accurate. You start fighting real critics that are criticising you for the good of all. The sycophants will be telling you ‘what do they know, don’t mind them, they are only seeking attention.’ You know as you keep listening to them after a while, you begin to believe the sycophants and everybody that disagrees with you becomes an enemy. I experienced this first hand. It was my wife who helped me to keep my focus.
So, you need a good wife and good old friends, preferably those you grew up together with. Make sure you give them access to you because they will tell you the truth because they know where you are coming from.
I had my father’s experience to teach me. I saw my father as a governor. I saw him after office; I saw how people were with him when he was the governor, I saw how fewer people were with him afterwards. I was able to come to terms with the fact that this thing is temporary; it is not forever. Another luck I had was that I grew up in Lagos; I lived in Lagos. I went to be the governor in Ekiti. When I ended up being governor I came back to Lagos and what I did whenever I was in Lagos as governor, and I want to go out to the polo club or any other such places to relax. I would drive myself; I would take along a security man in mufti. He would wait for me in the car; I would move normal like before. So, I tried as much as possible to be my normal self.
Lesson 4: Give access to as many people as you can
As the governor then, I saw that you could be imprisoned and shut away from good people. But if worked against that by ensuring that as many people that needed to see me had access to me. I would read any letter somebody wrote to me. If it is something I should pass to someone else, I would minute on it. If I needed to reply, I would reply. I was doing that because that was the only way I could get a feel of what was going on in the state. You knew how people were feeling about you. That way, I knew what was happening in the state. Sometimes even before I get security report from the security agencies, I already knew what happened because somebody had already written and told me about it.   I got very useful information this way including an experience where I learnt that my associates were using my name to collect money from those who wanted to get Cof O. I was able to address that by information by an ordinary person who I allowed to see me on a Sunday.
Lesson 5: You need a good home to achieve your dreams.
First of all, I would say that I have been blessed by God because I married a very wonderful woman. My wife is a very wonderful, brilliant and very supportive woman. At a time when I was a struggling lawyer, she was in employment. She had a salary, but I didn’t have. Well, I started with a salary but after working for two years, I set up my own practice. So for quite a while it was a bit of a struggle. But she was there very supportive; she had her salary. If she had not been supportive at the time, life would have been difficult. As a politician, you need a supportive wife. If your wife is harassing you at home, you won’t concentrate in the office. As a matter of fact, as a governor, if your wife is not supportive, you just wouldn’t have the mental wherewithal to perform your duties as a governor.
I must say the women in my life have been supportive because to a large extent I was brought up by my mother.
Lesson 5: God is number one.
I am a practising Anglican; I try as much as possible to go to church every Sunday. I say my prayers every morning before I leave my house. I try to
my duty to God because He has been very good to me and my family. I will continue to praise and glorify his name.
Lesson 6: Friendship is important.
Making and keeping friends has been an important aspect of my journey. I don’t have problems making friends. I have lots of friends. I always tell people that you will not encounter a problem with your friends if you know who they are. So, I always try to know and understand what people are, so that we don’t have problems. If I know you to behave in a certain way and you behave that way to me, it doesn’t create a problem for me because that is what I expect. You hardly ever hear that OtunbaAdebayo and somebody are fighting. Friendship is important to me. I am faithful to my friends and my friends are faithful to me.
Lesson 7: Fun time
I like to have fun. I like to hang out with my friends, sit down have drinks, gist, play. Now and then I go to parties. It is important to enjoy the day as it comes and as you are allowed by God to experience it.
Best advice
One thing my father used to say to all his children while we were growing up was to remember your name. It is not only for you; it is for everybody. If you spoil it, it affects everybody not only you. So, whatever you do in this life, make sure you have a good name. I hold unto that and I have passed it unto my children.
I enjoy reading history. I can’t think of any book that was written on Nigerian Civil War that I have not read. I like biographies. I love reading John F. Kennedy. The other one that has impacted on me greatly was the biography of Abraham Lincoln.
I started the medical school for the University in Ado-Ekiti. When we collected money from the bond, there was a certain amount of money I was supposed to
release to them for the takeoff of the college. Unfortunately, because of administrative lapses I wasn’t able to release that money to them before I left office: that is regret. Other people have tried to take credit for starting the College of Medicine, but I refuse to accept that. I started it; I appointed the first provost; but unfortunately, we were not able to release funds to them for the takeoff before we left office. To a large extent, I have that regret.

EKSU Students Protests on Social Media as School Management Withholds SUG Election Results

Ekiti State University (EKSU) Students protest on social media as school management withholds the Student Union Government, SUG, election results. According to many of the students and Alumni of the school, the election which favoured Amoran Ilesanmi aka Hardvize has been refused to be declared because the “Government Candidate”, Ajirotutu Olatunde aka Ajiro didn’t win the election.

It was also reported to CloudGossips.Com that a day light armed rubbery was carried out after this event.

Most of the students lamented that things like this shouldn’t have been heard about University where she is supposed to set the phase for education in the country.

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According to one Kehinde, he reported as follows:

The election was held peacefully in EKSU on Thursday as students moved to Odua hall, the collation and announcement centre to hear the result only for the management to inform us that the result is inconclusive.

Meanwhile, rumours have it that the election was held inconclusive as government’s candidate- Ajirotutu Olatunde a.k.a. Ajiro did not emerge as the winner.

As time went by, students collated the results themselves and it was discovered that Amoran Ilesanmi a.k.a. Hardvize won the election with over 2000 votes.

As it stands yesterday, Saturday, the management of the school has not attended to the students at the collation centre since Thursday.

So far, students are ready to boycott activities on Monday until justice is done.

Aluta Continua, Victoria Ascerta

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Must Read: next EKSU SUG election: way forward

The last Ekiti State University Students’ Union Election was a kind that broke the bones of many contestants including their followers. So many predictions, under-fights, ‘paspels’ and so on took place. But at the end, one thing happened; the election went peacefully and the higher percentage of the students were satisfied with the outcome, if not all. 

However, as we approach another atmosphere of the SUG election, it is expedient to learn from the past election and also proffer a way-farward for the next election. We need ask ourselves the following questions: Who did I even vote for? I’m sure many of us still remember who we voted for. The person I voted for, did he/she emerge? If yes, is he/she representing us well? Is he/she fulfilling his/her promises? Is the person still respectful, humble, and caring the way he/she was before and during last election? Is the person a man/woman of integrity? If you can answer all those questions and many more on your mind, then I think you can proceed to cast another vote in the next election. 

Some voted for some people because they came out from their department and or their faculty even if those people did not worth it. They knew those people weren’t capable but because their department and or faculty presidents had ‘confused’ them to vote for them. This happens, usually, in all faculties. All faculties wants to be in the SUG. I’m not saying you shouldn’t support a fellow of your faculty but make sure you support that person because you know who he/she is and is capable of doing. 

We have heard of some people that were voted in but are either on suspension or are still on the ‘throne’ but are far worst than even the suspended ones. Some of the so-called student politicians have come to me asking for support now but after having a conservation with them, I found them to be shallow. Some of them actually want to be on the ‘throne’ because of their selfish gain. They don’t even have visions, goals, and what we call manifestos. A good way to discern this is asking them “Why are you contesting for the post of so so so?” While some would give you their memory verses, some wouldn’t have anything to say. 

Let’s look more into what we can give EKSU rather than what EKSU can give us even though we can’t do without the both. For example, since I gained admission into this school, one major challenge is how the campus is dirty and lack of toilet facilities. You see students (I used to do the same) throwing sachet water nylons, egg roll nylons, papers, etc on the floor because we don’t have a good waste disposal system. 

When I went to UNILORIN for my post UTME in 2009, I remember students of that school warning us not to litter the ground. Why? We could be arrested. Go to UI and you will see how neat their campus is. We can implement the same thing here too. We must start somewhere. We must re-orientate ourselves. We must change our mentality. We are great school and we ought to be great.  

Fortunately, last year election was preluded by a Press Debate–what I appreciate the EKSUSU Press for and especially, my brother Tope Awelewa. The debate was one of those things that engineered a transformation in the last election. Although, we are yet to be there. I hope the debate is better this time around. Watch your leaders even from the debate. You know the next President of United States, most especially, through the Presidential Debate. No bias! We can know our next SUG Team through our Press Debate too. If we have the interest of EKSU at heart and the future of Nigerian Students at heart, then, we will vote for the right person. Not just because he/she is from my faculty but because he/she is capable and is worth voting for. He must have convince you with his character, antecedence, his words, etc 

Say NO to faculty politics but rather, put EKSU as priority. That’s how we can win together. 

 In case, you win or lose, don’t create a further problem but learn from our former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who said that No political ambition is worth anybody’s blood. We hope for a better EKSU SUG.

Photo: See the Manipulations in EKSU NASS Election

The above image shows one of the NASS Receipts used at the point of voting.

The receipt has the same Receipt Number but different Names, Dates and Amount Paid.

Imagine, the date on the duplicate is earlier than the original.

According to one of the Voters, another pair of receipts were found with the same Receipt Number but different names with the Signatures of the Financial Secretary on the original and the Signature of the President on the duplicate.

“The INEC needs to check all these mess or else we won’t agree.” said one of the voters.

The election is still in progress.