• As protests rock Rivers, Ogun, Kwara, others
• APC adjusts schedule of activities for primary
‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja
Daily Courier – Sixteen out of the forty-eight aspirants who turned up before the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) state house of assembly screening committee in Ekiti state yesterday were deemed ineligible to contest Daily Courier gathered.
This was disclosed to Daily Courier by the secretary of the committee, Hon. Dele Akinleye in a signed document titled: “Report of Screening of Ekiti State House of Assembly Aspirants Conducted on the 17th Day of May, 2022”
Ekiti State House of Assembly has 26 seats spread across the 16 local government areas (State Constituencies) of the state. Local government areas with considerable larger population are delineated into two constituencies to give equal representation. This makes the number of legislators in the Ekiti State House of Assembly 26.
The report shows that a candidate was cleared for 18 of the twenty six state constituencies across 12 local government areas while not more than two candidates were cleared for the remaining state constituencies across 6 local government areas.
In Ado Ekiti the state capital with two constituencies and the highest number of voters in the state, Ayodeji Adegbite was cleared as the sole candidate in Ado constituency I while Bolaji Olagbaju was cleared as the only candidate for Ado constituency II. Other aspirants which include: Ajisafe Adenike Helen (from Ado I), Adarabierin Ayodele Sunday (from Ado I) and Akintola Akinjide Matthew (from Ado II) were disqualified.
Oye constituencies I and II both had sole candidate emerge from the exercise in person of Temitope Ademola Longe for Oye I and Odebunmi Idowu Sunday for Oye II.
The lists of the cleared and uncleared aspirants are reproduced below:
AYODEJI ADEGBITE from (Ado I) CLEARED
BOLAJI OLAGBAJU (from Ado II) CLEARED
AJISAFE ADENIKE HELEN (from Ado) NOT CLEARED
ADARABIERIN AYODELE SUNDAY (from Ado I) NOT CLEARED
AKINTOLA AKINJIDE MATTHEW (from Ado) NOT CLEARED
ALABI OLUWAFEMI STEPHEN (from Ikere I) CLEARED
MATTHEW ATTAH (from Ikere II) CLEARED
OKE BABATUNDE LAWRENCE (from Ikere 2) CLEARED
IDOWU LAWRENCE B. (from Ikere 2) CLEARED
AJOGBEJE AYODEJI (from Ikere 2) NOT CLEARED
TEMITOPE ADEMOLA LONGE (from Oye I) CLEARED
ODEBUNMI IDOWU SUNDAY (from Oye II ) CLEARED
4. Aiyekire (Gbonyin)
OKUYIGA ADETEJU (from Gbonyin) CLEARED
OREWOLE JOHNSON ROTIMI (from Gbonyin) CLEARED
OLOWOOKERE BOSEDE (from Efon ) CLEARED
6. Ekiti East.
FATOBA OLUWOLE ABRAHAM (from Ekiti East I) CLEARED
AKANLE LATEEF (from Ekiti East 2) CLEARED
OLUWASOLA OMOYENI PETER (from Ekiti East II) CLEARED
7. Ekiti South-West.
AYOKUNLE YEMISI (from Ekiti South West ) CLEARED
OSUNNIYI OLADAPO (from Ekiti South West II) CLEARED
FAGBOHUN SAMUEL OLUWOLE (from Ekiti S/W) NOT CLEARED
IGE TOLULOPE MICHAEL (from Ekiti S/W 2) NOT CLEARED
ADARAMODU KEHINDE ANTHONY (from Ekiti S/W I) NOT CLEARED
OLUWASEUN OJUOLAPE (from Ekiti S/W ) NOT CLEARED
8. Ekiti West
TAJUDEEN AKINGBOLU (from Ekiti West 1) CLEARED
AGUNBIADE KAREEM (from Ekiti West I) CLEARED
BODE ADEOYE OYEKOLA (from Ekiti West 2) CLEARED
IBIDAPO TAIWO MARTINS (from Ekiti West ) NOT CLEARED
ALHAJA MARIAM OGUNLADE (from Emure ) CLEARED
10. Ido /Osi
BABATUNDE FAWEKUN (from Ido/Osi 1) CLEARED
AYORINDE EBENEZER OLUWAYOMI (Ido/Osi II) CLEARED
AFOLABI DAVID OLUROTIMI from (Ido/Osi II) NOT CLEARED
OYELEYE GOKE (from Ijero) CLEARED
OJO MARTINS ADEMOLA (from Ijero) NOT CLEARED
ADEMUKO TAYO OLADELE (from Ijero) NOT CLEARED
AYANNA GBENRO JOSHUA (from Ijero) NOT CLEARED
FATUNLA BABAFEMI SUNDAY (from Ikole I) CLEARED
ARIBASOYE ADEOYE .S. (from Ikole 2) CLEARED
OKEIMEN FAKUNLE (from Ilejemeje ) CLEARED
JAMIU HAKEEM AYODEJI (from Irepodun/ifelodun) CLEARED
FEMI OLAREWAJU AKINDELE (from Ire/Ife) CLEARED
OJO KAYODE BENJAMIN from (Ire/Ife) NOT CLEARED
IBRAHIM OLALEKAN LANRE (from Ire/Ife) NOT CLEARED
AGBEDE OPEYEMI (from Ire/Ife) NOT CLEARED
AJAYI AYODEJI MOSES (from Ise/Orun) CLEARED
ABIMBOLA SOLANKE (from Moba I ) CLEARED
AYODEJI OLABISI OLADELE (from Moba I ) NOT CLEARED
AWONIYI JACOB ADEYEMI from (Moba II) CLEARED
Hon. Akinleye, the secretary, screening committee in his statement made available to Daily Courier disclosed that the appeal committee to review complaints from the screening of the House of Assembly Aspirants will commence sitting today, Thursday 19 May, 2022 at the JKF Center, Ajilosun, Ado-Ekiti from 9.am prompt.
One of the uncleared aspirants who sought to remain anonymous said, “this is the handiwork of governor Fayemi. I told them to allow the people decide our fates and if the people prefer my opponent, so be it.”
Daily Courier asked Akinleye the grounds for disqualification and he simply replied, they will know it when they appear before the appeal committee. Another disqualified aspirant from Ado Ekiti, said “is it not surprising that the committee cleared an aspirant who we all know his academic qualifications and disqualified me with masters degree. I will not be surprised if APC losses the general election because the people in my constituency will revolt.” Pressed on other likely reasons why he may be disqualified, he said, “I am not aware of any until I go to the appeals committee today.”
A chieftain of the party in Ekiti state, Rotimi Ayeni while speaking to our correspondent revealed the behind the scene antics of the governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi whom he said chose all the assembly candidates and insisted that all other aspirants are free to test the waters but should not cry foul when they get to the limit of their power. Ayeni said, the screening committee members were no doubt doing the bidding of the governor.
Daily Courier recalled that a former national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and presidential aspirant, Comrade Adams Oshiomole had accused Fayemi of asking him to rig primaries in his favour while he was at the helms of the party’s affairs, a favour which he said he refused leading to his ouster. Fayemi has refuted the claim stating that the former labour leader perhaps was suffering from PTSD.
Protest rocks Rivers, Ogun, Kwara state All Progressives Congress (APC) screening
Members of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Rivers, Ogun and Kwara states on Wednesday staged protests against the perceived manipulation of the screening of aspirants jostling for the house of assembly election.
At the party’s secretariat in Port Harcourt, the protesters loyal to former Senator who represented Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Magnus Abe alleged that the election materials for the Local Government Delegates elections holding today have been hijacked by the former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi.
Wogu Boms who spoke to our correspondent said the party is walking into the hands of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state. “I hope common sense will prevail and this cynic will save the party from losing it all.”
Reports from Ogun and Kwara suggests that party stalwarts have protested perceived manipulation of the process by interested godfathers.
All Progressives Congress (APC) adjusts schedule of activities
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has adjusted its schedule of activities for the presidential, governorship, National Assembly, and state House of Assembly primary elections.
This was revealed by the national public secretary of the party Bar Felix Morka today 18 May, 2022 to journalists at the party’s national headquarters (Buhari house).
He said, “just today Wednesday, the National Working Committee of the all progressives Congress has made an approved a revised timetable schedule of activities for House of Assembly, National Assembly, governorship primaries and appeals that arise from that.
“Our governorship and House of Representatives primary election will now take place on Thursday the 26th of May 2022.
“The Senate and House of Assembly primaries will now take place on Friday to the 27th of May 2022.
“The election appeals for governorship and the House of Representatives will now take place on Friday, the 27th of May 2022.
“While the appeals for the Senate and House of Assembly primaries will take place on Saturday the 28th of May 2022.
“While special convention and presidential primary will now take place between Sunday to the 29th and Monday 30th of May 2022.”