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APC will restore Awolowo’s legacies in Ekiti—Fayemi

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The Minister of Solid Minerals and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) would restore the legacies of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, in Ekiti.

He spoke in Ado-Ekiti at the 109th posthumous birthday of Awolowo organised by the Ekiti chapter of Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG).

Fayemi, the immediate past governor of the state, said his administration had delivered on the four cardinal programmes of the late sage.

He identified these as free education, free healthcare for children, pregnant women and the old and physically challenged as well as job creation and rural development.

Fayemi vowed that the legacies would be restored back in the state if the APC emerges victorious in the July 14 governorship election in the state.

” If we remember, for the past 11 years, we have been celebrating Awolowo’s birthday since 2017

” What is most important is that those of us behind who God has given the opportunity to lead must pay our dues and help our people in Yoruba land.

“ Awolowo has done a great deal and that is why we are celebrating him since he died in 1987. He is still being celebrated in Ikenne today like we are doing in Ekiti

” A prominent Yoruba leader, Pa Fasanmi, once told me that Awolowo wished he had been born in Ekiti because then, his largest followers were from Ekiti and he knew everyone in the state

” If he was alive today, he would have been in APC as his political party. This is because this party was founded on Awo’s political ideals. We are Awolowo’s descendants in Ekiti

” We know Awolowo for what we call four cardinal points.

“From the days of the Action Group and Unity Party, these are free education, free healthcare for children, pregnant, old and disabled, job creation and rural development.

” If you remember, all these points were what we ensued when we were in power in Ekiti, sadly they are no more in the state

” In conclusion, don’t let us lose hope, all these ideals of Awo, we will ensure we do all we could to return them to Ekiti.

“I appreciate the ARG for celebrating the late sage, Awolowo. In truth, all of us who are of Yoruba race, it is high time we took up our role as leaders. We are the leaders of the black race, ” he said.

Also extolling the virtues of the late Awolowo, Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State said: ” We are celebrating what Awolowo stood for which is the advancement of the Yoruba and African race. Ours is pureness of heart.

“Awolowo has played his part, it remains for us to play ours.

“ We cannot all forget the immense contribution of Awolowo, especially among the Yoruba race.

“ Afenifere song was composed by Awolowo. The song says that we the Yoruba are the light of the black race, may God not allow us to draw ourselves backwards.

” When Awolowo was incarcerated in those days, Hubert Ogunde counselled us to have a rethink in his popular song. Yoruba Ronu.’’

“ Celebrating Awo’s legacy would make us remember the great contributions of our great forbears. I urge all Yorubas to have a rethink and reunite. We must all work together for our progress

” We are in the quagmire in this country and God will not come down to help us. He would send someone.

“ Once we have seen the person, we will know with what he has done and what he would do. You know we are the same, I cannot deceive you, we have brought goodies for you in APC, ” he said.

Also speaking, Mr Ayo Afolabi, who represented the Chairman of ARG, Wale Osun, said “every society reveres it forbears. We all talk about Awolowo. His works shall not perish.

“We are here to celebrate Awolowo, so we won’t forget his legacies. APC is the party that we the Afenifere have embraced.

“ It is the party that can assist the Yoruba race to the promised land. We enjoin all people to vote for the party in Ekiti.”

The guest speaker at the occasion, Prof. Williams Fawole, lamented that many politicians seeking political office in the country lack germane ideas to lead.

In his speech entitled, “ Obafemi Awolowo and Transformative Politics: Sustaining The Worthy Legacy,’’ the don urged politicians to imitate Awolowo by being original.

“ What stands Awolowo out as a unique politician and better leader is his original ideas.

” Anyone who doesn’t have freshness of ideas cannot be seen as a true leader.

“ Awolowo’s legacies cannot perish, we urge our politicians today to follow his footsteps so their own contributions could be remembered,’’ he said.

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Why Ekiti must vote Buhari in 2019 – Fayemi’s deputy, Egbeyemi

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Bisi Egbeyemi

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Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has canvassed support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in the February 16 presidential election.

Egbeyemi said Ekiti has a brighter future under the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government, which is executing key capital projects in the state for the benefit of the people.

The deputy governor, who spoke at a public forum in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, said the APC-led Federal Government was carrying out a rail line project that will connect Ekiti with Osun State.

A statement on Wednesday signed by his Special Assistant (Media), Odunayo Ogunmola, quoted Egbeyemi as assuring the people of more capital projects and empowerment programmes that will change their lives if Buhari is re-elected in the 2019 presidential poll.

He disclosed that Governor Kayode Fayemi was instrumental to the conclusion of Ekiti in the rail project noting that when completed, the project will boost the local economy and attract more investment.

The deputy governor also urged the people of the state to vote for all APC candidates in the 2019 general elections to help the party implement its manifesto for the benefit of the masses.

Egbeyemi said: “All I want you to do for us is to pray for this government and to support us. This is the first time Ekiti will be in connection with the federal government.

“By February, there is going to be an election and we want every Ekiti man and woman to support us by voting for Buhari.

“Once that is done, you have a man up there and he is one of the best. I don’t need to tell you that Kayode Fayemi is one of the closest governors to President Buhari.

“I want to tell you before March or April, you will know what will be coming to this state by the grace of God.

“The rail line that is coming from Osogbo, it was through the efforts of Kayode Fayemi that Buhari included Ekiti in the project.

“Ekiti was not in the project but Buhari said Ekiti must be included asking why Ekiti was not having rail line.

“There are more goodies that will come from the Federal Government but we must vote APC and ensure that Buhari returns for second term.”

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TIV National Volunteers Dispels deceitful Narratives Against President Buhari- ARC. Tachia

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President Muhammadu Buhari

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BY SARAUNIYA G USMAN, ABUJA

The National Coordinator, TIV National Volunteers for Buhari 2019, Arc Ukura Patrick Tachia has said that his group is out to debunk the deceitful narrative against President Muhammadu Buhari by non-performing politicians in Benue state.

He stated this during a courtesy visit by the TIV Volunteers for Buhari 2019 to the Minister of Communications, Dr. Adebayo Shittu in his office in Abuja.

The coordinator pointed out that his group shares the same passion for anti-corruption and ready to put a lie to the deceitful narrative concocted and peddled by non-performing politicians that President Buhari is an enemy of the Tiv nation.

Arc. Tacia said despite the deliberate falsehood and hate messages against the President by opposition politicians and enemies of the state, the TIV NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS for Buhari would ensure that the President records a landslide victory in 2019 Presidential Election in Benue state and the nation in general.

“Our members and officers have been working round the clock engaging individuals, communities one on one and through the media as well as other means of communications” Arc. Tachia said.

He added that their unflinching support for President Buhari was due to his enviable record of achievement in all sector of the economy including Ministry of Communications and its agencies that have attracted $40 billion worth of foreign direct investment in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Nigeria.

Earlier, the Minister of Communications, Dr. Adebayo Shittu commended the group for their courage to support President Buhari despite all the political noise to discredit laudable achievement of the present administration.

He said that President abhorred criminality of any shades and his working very hard to get to the level where institutions would develop and function properly to serve citizens of the country regardless of their ethnic and religious background.

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APC’s negative change made me dump party for PDP – Ondo federal lawmaker

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The member representing Owo/Ose federal constituency of Ondo State at the House of Representatives, Bode Ayorinde has disclosed that his reason for dumping the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was due to the deviation of the APC-led federal government from it campaign promises.

Ayorinde, who stated this in Owo, in the northern senatorial district area of the state, alleged that APC brought “negative change” to the Nigerians, hence his decision to quit the party.

Recall that the lawmaker was among the House of Representatives members that defected to the opposition party in July this year.

Ayorinde, who spoke during the flag off of his re-election campaign, stated that, “When I was in APC, I was one of those people complaining about PDP. But PDP committed a mistake by wanting to retain power in the south after eight years of Obasanjo, two years of Ya’Adua north, six years of Jonathan south and the north have more population. So it was not even about performance it is about fairness, justice equity that we all felt that government will go back to the north.

“However we made a mistake of bringing a lifeless President who he has very good intentions but he doesn’t has the capacity to carry out his intentions.

“Some people just hijacked the government, so he could not secure Nigeria, he could not provide the jobs.

“When I left APC, I left because the change that was promised was not a positive change, it was a negative change, hike in prices, unemployment, insecurity among others and I felt that someone could do it better which is Atiku. I’m not happy with Buhari, let us try another person.”

Reacting on the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari in not assenting to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, he stated that the president’s move would not affect the chances of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in emerging victorious at the 2019 polls.

“The electoral, orderliness, fairness is in the hand of Nigerians, not in the hands of any law. However good or bad the law is, it is the human being that is matter, it is the same electoral act that ushered in President Buhari and we will still use it to bring in Atiku whether it was sign or not what am interested in is about Nigerians.

“We are just waiting for Atiku to be sworn in, those who voted PDP out, the N-PDP who broke out of the PDP and went to APC have left the APC, they are the winners, they have backed in PDP including many of us who are never in PDP before. The game is over for APC, the elections will come and nothing will happen, there won’t be any killing, everybody will come out en masse to vote for Atiku, their votes will be counts and Atiku will be declared winner.”

The lawmaker also stated that he is optimistic of winning his constituency seat at the polls.

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