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‘Dancing’ senator, Ademola Adeleke, joins Osun guber race

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The Senator representing Osun West, Ademola Adeleke, has declared his intent to run for the governorship position in Osun State.

The lawmaker, who has become popular for his energetic dancing sessions usually posted online, made his intention known in a letter written the Osun State chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr Adeleke, in the letter seen Monday afternoon, said his intention was based on his conviction that he can unite the party in the state.

He added that he has the ability to ”galvanise the general electorate towards ensuring a resounding victory for the PDP in the forthcoming polls.”

He urged the leadership of the party to give him the opportunity to fly its flag in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.

Mr Adeleke until April 2017 was a member under the All Progressives Congress. He however decamped to the PDP when he fell out with the leadership of APC over the bye-election to fill the vacant post of his brother, Isiaka Adeleke, at the Senate.

Three months after, he won the election replacing his brother at the upper legislative chamber.

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BREAKING: Nigeria senator, one other legislator dump APC, join ADC

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Senator Abdul-Azeez Nyako representing Adamawa Central district and Rufai Umar representing Gombi constituency in Adamawa House of Assembly have formally announced their defection from All Progressives Congress (APC) to African Democratic Congress (ADC).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two legislators announced their defection Monday, July 16.

They made the announcement at a stakeholders meeting and inauguration of ADC congress committee for Adamawa in Yola.

The lawmakers said they were compelled to leave APC with their supporters due to injustice done to them during the recent congresses of APC in Adamawa.

“We are hopeful and pray to God that this step taken will be better for us.

“Justice is the foundation for everything good and we want to enjoin ADC to ensure justice to all so that more people will come and join,” Abdul-Azzez said.

GREEN PARROT learnt that Rufai Umar urged members of ADC to embark on membership drive in Adamawa, adding that many people had been contacting him to get membership card of the party.

Speaking at the event, the acting chairman of ADC in Adamawa, Alhaji Mijinyawa Kugama, said the party was committed to justice for all.

“We are going to ensure that everyone is carried along in the party during our congress starting from July 24,” Kugama said.

Kugama reportedly explained that the initial 700 membership cards given to each of the 21 local government areas of the state had been exhausted, adding that another batch of cards would be released.

Speaking also, the national secretary of ADC, Alhaji Saidu Baba-Abdullahi, expressed happiness over the development and assured all members of equal rights and justice.

“I am satisfied with what I saw here today. I have visited 18 states so far, but there was nowhere ADC is so glaring like Adamawa,” Baba-Abdullahi said.

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JUST IN: Fayose breaks silence on Ekiti poll, asks Buhari to bury his head in shame

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Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to bury his head in shame over the outcome of the governorship election in Ekiti.
Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated Kolapo Olusola, Fayose’s preferred candidate in the election.
Olusola ran on the platform of PDP.
Reacting to the election in a series of tweets on Monday afternoon, the governor alleged that the federal government used security agencies to rig the poll.
He expressed optimism that his party would retrieve its “stolen mandate”.
“Buhari should bury his head in shame for using the police, army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and INEC to snatch the mandate given to Olusola and deliver it to Fayemi whom Ekiti people rejected,” he said in a statement which Idowu Adelusi, his chief press secretary, issued on his behalf.
“I am Peter Ayodele Fayose , I hold with my head high . I can never be suppressed. I don ’ t lose battles and I will not lose this. I will laugh last .
“The president should note what the Bible says which applies to him . ‘He that wears the armour should not boast as he that removes it.’
“It is only Buhari that will pride himself with the security shooting sporadically at polling centres, scaring people to pave the way for the APC thugs to snatch ballot boxes.”
Fayose said what Buhari had won as referendum from Ekiti people , Nigerians, and international community “is shame .”
He added “If APC has truly won, why is it that there is no jubilation in Ekiti ? The victory of Kayode Fayemi is pyrrhic. We will reclaim the stolen mandate in the court by the power of God.”
“The president should bury his head in shame for using the police, army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and INEC to snatch the mandate given to Olusola and deliver it to Fayemi whom Ekiti people rejected.”

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Oshiomhole, Lere Olayinka, Secondus — biggest winners and losers of Ekiti poll

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The drama, angst, predictions, political permutations and jamborees surrounding the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti state came to an abrupt end on Sunday morning. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collated the votes from different local governments and the winner was declared in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. The announcement threw some quarters into wild celebrations, while others were subjected to a mishmash of mild silence and disapproval.
Nevertheless, for every electoral process, there are winners and there are losers. The election was dominated by two major political parties – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC). Having monitored the events leading to the governorship election in Ekiti, we bring highlights of the biggest winners and losers.

BIGGEST WINNERS

KAYODE FAYEMI

Fayemi polled 197,459 votes to defeat his closest rival, Olushola, who had 178,121 votes, a margin of 19,338.
Not many thought the 53-year-old former minister of solid minerals development, who held sway as the governor of the state from 2010 to 2014, was going to clinch the party’s ticket as all odds seemed to be against him. Yet, he rose to become the candidate of the All Progressives Congress.
He said his victory is for reclaiming the land and restoring the values of his people.

BUHARI

Perhaps, some would say that the president is the biggest winner of the election that booted out the candidate one of his critics, Ayodele Fayose. Beyond that, Ekiti is the only state being controlled by the opposition in the south-west.
While hosting members of the APC south-west caucus to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja in May, Buhari said winning the state is important to the party as it would serve as a pointer to subsequent elections in the country.
With Ekiti in the hands of APC, the president’s second term ambition seems to have received a huge boost as it can boast of conquering the south west, while the north obviously seems to pose no threat.

ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC)

In 2016, APC took Ondo state from PDP with the emergence of Rotimi Akeredolu as governor. With just one state to overrun the south-west, the party lusted for the soul of Ekiti.
For an embattled party dealing with breakaway factions, the emergence of Fayemi has given it full control of the region. Hence, it is a big win that will shape future elections.

ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE

Less than a month after he emerged chairman of the APC, the party has reason to celebrate. Although the foundation for Fayemi’s victory was laid under John Oyegun, former APC chairman, the victory was secured under Oshiomhole.
No better way to start his journey in office. “Osho Baba” as his supporters call him has hit the ground running. Last week when he campaigned for Fayemi, he alleged that Fayose used the N10 billion bailout funds to bail his pocket but promised them that Fayemi would clear the backlog of salaries.
The governor-elect has also accepted the promise his party chairman made on his behalf. Although Oshiomhole has more battles to fight, especially from factions within the party, this victory means a lot to him.

BIGGEST LOSERS.

AYODELE FAYOSE

The outgoing governor of Ekiti state isn’t just outspoken. Fayose wouldn’t spare a minute to attack the president at the slightest opportunity. Call him the most valuable actor in Nigeria’s political stage, that wouldn’t be an overstatement. Like Girolamo Savonarola, the fiery Florentine preacher, Fayose’s tongue bites like the edges of a circumcision blade.
At a rally held in the Okesa area of the state capital, he said God directed him to pick his deputy, Kolapo Olusola, while he campaigned vigorously for him. Few hours to the election, he took the battle to a spiritual level. With a bible in his hand, Fayose laid the other hand on Eleka to receive power to succeed him.
Even though he fought a good fight, as the APC won with a slim margin, Osokomole or Peter The Rock, as he is fondly called, is the biggest loser. He was beaten in his stronghold and has become vulnerable to his opponents.

LERE OLAYINKA

Aside being Fayose’s famed Man Friday, Lere is the spokesperson of the Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation (KOCO). As Fayose’s media aide, he projects his master’s thoughts as elaborate as he can. Hence, nobody could have done a better image polishing for Olusola’s campaign better than a “tested and trusted” mouthpiece.
For his ability, Fayose appointed him the acting director of Ekiti State Broadcasting Service which was shut down shut indefinitely over Fayose’s unauthorised declaration of the governorship election results.
Olayinka also earned himself enemies because of controversial utterances in the course of defending his principal. At the last count, over four libel cases had been filed against him.

UCHE SECONDUS

In December 2017, Secondus emerged chairman of PDP. This happened months after the party experienced leadership tussle. He reached out to aggrieved members who contested the seat with him to the delight of many. He had said he was working on a three-pronged agenda to rebuild, reposition, and regain power for PDP.
The Ekiti election is the first to be coordinated under him and the party lost it. This is not too good a record for a man leading the party into the next general election, however, the Osun governorship election is just around the corner. He has the opportunity to prove a point.

KOLAPO OLUSOLA

Many thought the incumbent deputy governor of the state was a shadow behind his principal but his admirers see him as a man after Fayose’s heart.
The 49-year-old professor of building, though a political neophyte, seemed to be absent at the fore while Fayose took the wheels. He won in only Efon Alaye, Emure, Ikere and Ado-Ekiti.
PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP)
The loss of this election has further dealt a huge blow to the opposition party whose fortune has taken a nosedive since it lost the presidency and some key states in the last general election.
While it struggles to hold its position as a strong opposition party keen to take over power in 2019, winning Ekiti would have been a relief, perhaps strengthened the hopes of the party — having lost Ondo two years ago. Moreover, for Fayose, chairman of its governors’ forum whose guts alone amplifies opposition at its best, to lose this election, it spells doom for a PDP that is trying to find its foot – amidst the corruption trials of its prominent members.
With Ekiti out of the list, PDP no longer has a viable presence in the south-west and that has created a huge vacuum for the party. Most importantly, it leaves the party with a slim chance at occupying the presidency come 2019.

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