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Ekiti Assembly suspends council boss over Fayemi’s campaign posters

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The Ekiti State House of Assembly on Friday directed the Chairman, Ikere Local Government, Mr. Femi Ayodele, to “step aside” over alleged unauthorized viral campaign posters seeking support for Governor Kayode Fayemi’s presidential ambition.

The Assembly at a plenary presided over by the Speaker, Funminiyi Afuye, said an investigation is ongoing into the act considered as “disregard for extant regulations”.

The resolution, which was unanimous, was passed at the Friday plenary sitting of the lawmakers presided over by the Speaker, Mr Funminiyi Afuye.

Ayodele, in a viral campaign poster, had solicited support for Fayemi’s presidential ambition in 2023.

But Fayemi had immediately disowned the campaign posters, saying he did not authorize it.

The motion for the suspension and investigation of the alleged unauthorized campaign posters was moved by the Majority Leader of the Assembly, Chief Gboyega Aribisogan, and seconded by Mr. Tajudeen Akingbolu.

The motion was entitled, ‘Calling for an investigation into the alleged unsolicited and unauthorized campaign in the media in flagrant disregard to Extant Regulations by Chairman, Ikere Local Government Area, Mr. Femi Ayodele’.

The House, through resolution, committed the matter to its Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for investigation and directed the committee to report to the House within one week.

The Assembly, however, directed Ayodele “to step aside pending the outcome of the matter”.

During the plenary, Mr. Steven Aribasoye (APC Ikole II) and Mr. Olajide Adegoke (APC Efon) called for appropriate sanctions against Ayodele.

The lawmakers also described the council chairman’s action as “an embarrassment to the government of Ekiti and Governor Fayemi in particular as well as against the Electoral Act”.

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EDO 2020 UPDATES: Godwin Obaseki wins polling unit

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has won his polling unit in the ongoing governorship election in the state.

Voting at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area, Obaseki polled 184 votes while All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, got 62 votes.

In Unit 21 of the same ward, the PDP garnered 53 votes while the APC polled 33 votes.

Obaseki’s PDP polled 70 votes ahead of Ize-Iyamu’s APC that garnered 65 votes. In Unit 23, it was PDP 101, APC 32.

In Unit 24 of the same Oredo Ward 4, PDP won with 94 votes, while the APC got 50 votes.

Also in the same ward, Unit 25, the PDP got 33 votes ahead of the APC’s 22 votes.

Casting of ballots ended in most of the areas at 2:30pm

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School building collapses in Lagos (photos)

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A three-story building belonging to a private school in the Ejigbo area in Lagos state collapsed on Saturday, September 19.

The affected school, Excel College, which is located at 15, Ansarudeen Street, Ile-Epo Bus-Stop, collapsed at about 8.15 am. So far, there are no reports of casualties recorded.

According to eyewitnesses, the privately-owned building belonging to Excel College had previously shown signs of distress and the school was planning to renovate the structure before the collapse.

 

School building collapses in Lagos (photos)School building collapses in Lagos (photos)

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Edo election: I’m disappointed, says Obaseki after voting

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has expressed displeasure over the conduct of the ongoing governorship election in the state.

He said the Independent National Electoral Commission should have prepared better for the election.

Obaseki spoke after casting his vote at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area.

The governor lamented that he stayed for over one and a half hours in the queue.

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the election said he was delayed because the card reader was slow.

He said, “I expected that INEC would have prepared better for this election. I waited for one and a half hours in the queue before exercising my franchise, it’s a bit disappointing.

“Giving that this is a sole day election, I expected better planning for this election. Card readers were very slow and that’s the situation everywhere.”

Earlier, the Special Adviser to Edo State Governor, Crusoe Osagie, alleged that there was manipulation in areas where Obaseki is popular.

He said, “Suddenly card readers are not working in areas where Governor Godwin Obaseki is very popular.

“Voters are being disenfranchised and we are constrained to say that this is sabotage.

“Specifically, in Oredo Ward 1, Unit 20 and other places where the Governor is clearly popular, the card readers are not working.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should prove to Edo voters that it can conduct a credible election in Edo State.”

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