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EkitiGate: Obanikoro, Omisore, Others On Their Own – Metuh

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Ekiti-Election-riggingThe leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party has dissociated itself from the raging controversy over the Ekiti rigging audio tape in which some senior members of the party were heard perfecting plans on how to rig the June 2014 governorship election held in the state.

In the said recording, the PDP governorship candidate, who later went on to win the election, Ayodele Fayose; a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, former Senator Iyiola Omisore and other individuals, were heard discussing with a serving Brigadier General of the Nigerian Army, Aliyu Momoh, on how to use the military to clampdown on members of the opposition as well as rig the election in the state.

Most of the actors captured in the audio recording have since confirmed attending the nocturnal meeting, but they all denied their discussion centered on election rigging.

In an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, said those mentioned in the scandal did not carry out the purported rigging scheme on behalf of the party.

He said the party does not want to get involved in the controversy triggered by the leaked audion recording and would rather prefer that those mentioned in connection with the matter absolve themselves.

“Any tape whether real or imaginary can be concocted in this digital world; we don’t know what is real and what is not”, Mr Metuh said. “I also believe that the actors in their personal capacity will be able to talk about what really happened.

“As a political party, we have never engaged in planning or getting involved in any conspiracy to rig elections or alter the will of the people”, Mr. Metuh added.

He also said the ruling party has so far demonstrated maturity in elections held in the last two years.

Mr. Metuh, who admitted that he was yet to listen to the recording, however, questioned its authenticity.

“We had elections in five states in the last two years, PDP won in only one state; how comes it’s just that one that we won, that a tape is suddenly surfacing to say we planned rigging.

“Why did we not plan rigging in Edo, Ondo, Anambra and Osun? How comes the only one that we won is the one they want to tarnish? It is a calculated attempt to sway the minds of Nigerians that the PDP is not capable of winning in a free and fair election.

“Our people are even raising the fact that we were rigged out in Osun; but we are not engaged in propaganda, we are not engaged in manufacturing tapes. We won election in Ekiti state because of the love of our party, and the massive support that our gubernatorial candidate, Ayo Fayose, enjoys in the entire state”, he maintained.

The PDP spokesperson, however, said the Ekiti tape saga is just another propaganda by the opposition, saying if the APC is sure of the authenticity of the tape, it should approach the law courts to seek redress.

“In this era of campaign, where you have a lot of propaganda, anybody with any concrete evidence can go to either the law enforcement agencies or the law courts to seek redress.

“For us, we are more involved in the campaign than propaganda; our first thought actually is that it is simply just propaganda, it is only the court that can decide if on the matter of Ekiti election, just like the tribunal and court of appeal have decided. If they think there is fresh evidence, they can go to court”, he said.

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.

The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.

Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”

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The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.

Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

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Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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