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Ondo’s Akeredolu ‘sworn in’ for second term.

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The governor, who reiterated that the economic fortunes of the state was largely in the South Senatorial District, said his administration had tried in the last four years to harness and reorganise the potential of the region.

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State says he plans to focus on agriculture and youth empowerment during his second term in office.

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Akeredolu said this at his inauguration for second term in office alongside his deputy, Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa on Wednesday in Akure.

He promised to revolutionise agriculture by taking practical steps towards harnessing the full potential of the state.

The governor, who reiterated that the economic fortunes of the state was largely in the South Senatorial District, said his administration had tried in the last four years to harness and reorganise the potential of the region.

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Akeredolu also said his administration would continue to justify, with more vigour, the trust given by the people.

“The second term for us is not a time for relaxation. We are not under any illusion that it will be easy.

“We are, however, ready to proceed on the journey with renewed enthusiasm and vigour,” he said.

Dignitaries at the event included Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti; Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State; Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun; Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun; Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo; and Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, national leader, All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Others were Sen. Tayo Alasoadura, Minister of State for Niger Delta; Sen. Ken Nnamani, former Senate President ; Sen. Iyiola Omisore, former deputy governor of Osun; and Chief Bisi Akande, APC leader.

Noble Reporters Media reports that Akeredolu emerged victorious at the Oct.10, 2020 governorship election, having beaten Mr Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with wide margin.

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Ondo Gov, Akeredolu sends anti-grazing bill to Assembly

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The commissioner, who reiterated the ban on the operation of commercial motorcycle operators beyond 6:00 p.m. to further beef up the security in the state..

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has sent to the state’s House of Assembly a bill to enact into law the anti-grazing law and to establish ranches across the 18 local councils of the state.

He said the execution of the law would be controlled by state and local council-led committees jointly controlled by the governor, adding that the bill contains the establishment of ranches and grazing areas with the sole objectives of preventing the destruction of farm crops and property occasioned by open grazing.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo, disclosed this while briefing journalists after the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting at the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure.

Ojogo said the SEC, among other things, also approved the procurement of additional 20 operational vehicles for the state Security Network, code-named: “Amotekun Corps.”

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The commissioner, who reiterated the ban on the operation of commercial motorcycle operators beyond 6:00 p.m. to further beef up the security in the state, said: “The ban on Okada is still in order. The cabinet decided that this ban should be reinforced.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Omolola Fagbemi, has announced that the council has approved and ratified the selection of Adeleke Adefemi Adedoyin from the Owa Ale Ruling House as the Owa-Ale-elect of Ikare-Akoko in Akoko North-East Local Council of the state.

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Just in: Suspected Herder kills OPC member in Ondo.

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The Youth Leader mentioned that the two security agencies joined the search team and headed into the forest to rescue the abducted farmer

Barely five days after the peace parley between Ondo State Government and Fulani herders, some suspected herders have killed a member of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in Iju, Akure North Local Council.

The OPC member was identified as Mr. Adejuyigbe Daniel, while a farm owner, Mr. Segun Akinmeji, was also abducted by the herdsmen at his farm located at Okeji Farm Settlement in the town.

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At press time, a source close to the farmer said the kidnappers had contacted the family demanding N60 million ransom.

A youth leader in the town, Mr. Ogundeji Ayodeji, said that the Fulani herdsmen had been terrorising the host community for a very long time through abduction, collection of ransom and killing of victims.

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He revealed that the incident occurred on Saturday when Mr. Akinmeji went to his farm only to be reportedly abducted by some Fulani herdsmen while some other men with him escaped with bruises.

According to him, the incident made him summon youths and some OPC members in the town to organise a search team on Sunday morning to locate the victim in the bush and set him free from his abductors.

He, however, noted that their search was to no avail till Monday morning when they reported the case to the police division in the town and members of the South West Security Networks, popularly known as Amotekun Corps, to join the search party.

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The Youth Leader mentioned that the two security agencies joined the search team and headed into the forest to rescue the abducted farmer but were engaged in a gun duel by the herders.

He said the search continued on Tuesday morning, as the group, numbering about 30, moved to the forest in batches, while the late Adejuyigbe headed to a separate direction to continue his search for the missing farmer.

He bemoaned that after the whole exercise, all search party members assembled but the late OPC member was not present, adding that this made them intensify more efforts to look for him.

He said his dead body was later found at a place where the local tent allegedly erected by the herders was located with his legs and hands tied and eyes blindfolded.

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The state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Tee Leo-Ikoro, who confirmed the incident, averred that investigation had commenced to unravel the killing and abduction of the late Adejuyigbe.

He said that the Commissioner of Police had ordered a manhunt for the suspected killer-herders.

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Ondo Gov, Akeredolu alerts over illegal immigrants.

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Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) Dora Amahian had appreciated Akeredolu for sustaining the cordial relationship with the immigration service in the state.

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo StThe governor said that Nigerians would be shocked to know the number of illegal immigrantshas expressed concerns at the alarming rate which illegal immigrants pass through the nation’s land borders to perpetrate crime in the country.

Akeredolu raised the concern on Tuesday in Akure when playing host to Mrs Dora Amahian, Zonal Coordinator, Nigeria Immigration Service, Zone F, comprising Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti States.

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The governor said that Nigerians would be shocked to know the number of illegal immigrants who daily come into the country through the land borders.

He said that there was a need for urgent action to tackle the issue of illegal foreigners becoming permanent residents of the country.

Executive Governor of Ondo State, His Excellency, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu | Noble Reporters Media | Adigun Michael Olamide | NoRM News.

“Something has to be done. A number of criminal activities in our forest reserves are being perpetrated by foreigners. We are facing serious security challenges.

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” I don’t know if you can face the challenge. I am not too sure your efforts alone can be sufficient. There is the need for collaboration with other security agencies. Peace is what we are talking about in the country,” he said.

Earlier, Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) Dora Amahian had appreciated Akeredolu for sustaining the cordial relationship with the immigration service in the state.

She said recent events had shown that security was not an exclusive preserve of any group or individual, “rather, it is inclusive of all and sundry”.

“As an arm of the nation’s security architecture and first line security agency, we are soliciting for your continuous partnership to facilitate our efforts at ensuring a secured and peaceful state,” Amahian said.

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The ACG appealed to the Ondo State government to support the service with provision of land to build its state command headquarters and patrol vehicles to enable it carryout surveillance, particularly around border communities in the state.

She also solicited the support of the media in the area of advocacy to disseminate information to educate Nigerians on their roles to protect the country’s territorial integrity.

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Ondo Gov, Akeredolu weeps over death of protocol chief

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The remains of Ogunbodede would arrive Owo, his hometown today for commencement of preparations for his burial without further delay.

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, is mourning again in the new year following the death of his Chief of Protocol, Tosin Ogunbodede.

This is coming a few weeks after Governor Akeredolu’s mourned the death of his Commissioner of Regional Integration and Special Duties, Professor Bayonle Ademodi.

Ogunbodede died on Saturday died in a ghastly accident while returning from Ibadan.

Late Ogunbodede died alongside his driver when the Toyota Corolla car they were riding in rammed into a trailer along Ilesa-Akure road.

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Ondo Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, who stated this in a press statement said late Ogunbodede discharged his assigned duties with utmost attention and responsibility.

Ojogo described Ogunbodede as a very loyal political lieutenant of Governor Akeredolu.

According to the statement, “For Governor Akeredolu, this is a personal loss. It becomes more emotional when it’s recalled that the loyal and dedicated Tosin stopped by at the Governor’s Law Hub, Ibadan, to greet his Principal while returning to Akure from his uncle’s residence.

“Even with a heavy heart, Governor Akeredolu enjoins all to take solace in the fact of God’s infallibility-He Giveth and Taketh. This is just as he expresses the heartfelt condolence of his immediate family, Government and the good people of Ondo State to the wife, children as well as the family of his late CoP.

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“The Ondo State Government shall unveil burial plans after due consultations with the family of the deceased.”

In July last year, Ondo Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, died of COVID-19 complications.

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Ondo: Akeredolu’s Chief of protocol dies in accident

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Another occupant of the car whose identity is not available to the media is said to be in a critical condition.

The Chief of Protocol to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Tosin Ogunbodede has lost his life in a fatal road accident.

Ogunbodede, a close aide of the governor was said to have died in an accident that occurred on Saturday night along Ilesha highway.

The accident also claimed the life of his driver.

The duo were rushed to the Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa where they were said to have been confirmed died.

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Ogunbodede, a lawyer and former staff of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, was appointed as Chief of Protocol, COP, by Ondo Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on assumption of office in 2017.

Recall with NoRM that two weeks ago, the governor had lost his Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, Professor Bayonile Ademodi, who died at the OAU Teaching Hospital, Ile Ife as a result of complications from a surgical operation.

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[Nigeria] Ondo cleric dares Buhari on holding Church service

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Why sudden rise in COVID-19 cases? the cleric queried.

Senior Pastor of Awaiting the Second Coming of Christ Ministry, Akure, Ondo State, Adewale Giwa, has declared he is ready to die than succumb to the decisions of President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors not to gather and worship God during the New Year eve.

Giwa, while addressing his members, faulted the resolution of some state governors to cancel crossover service in churches.

“The priests first seized Peter and Jonh in Acts chapter 4, they put them in jail and they were released.

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“Before they released them, the priests warned them not to talk about Jesus again, yet, Peter and John did not keep quiet to preach and teach the church. Where are Peter, John and Daniel today in the church?

“When King Darius asked people not to pray to God, Daniel widely opened his windows and prayed to Jehovah. Who are you to stop me from worshipping my God?

“I am ready to lay my life down for Christ instead of succumbing to persecution. It is appointed once for a man to die and then judgment.

“Jesus Christ laid down His life for us, why cannot we follow suit? Apostle Paul says what should separate us from the love of God? Shall tribulation, stress, persecution, peril, nakedness or famine? I am more than a conqueror.

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“I heard them also giving us time to close our services. Does anybody give them time to close political meetings?

“Why didn’t they increase the number of COVID-19 patients during their political campaigns? Why sudden rise in COVID-19 cases?” he queried.

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EndSARs: Protest back at Abuja, Ondo and Osun

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The protesters, led by Emmanuel Adebisi, demanded good governance, among other things.

EndSARS protesters are currently protesting in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, Osogbo, the Osun State capital as well as Akure, the capital of Ondo state, NoRM report.

In Osun, the youths marched through the streets of Osogbo to the Osun State House of Assembly, demanding an audience with the leadership of the Assembly.

Also, police officers have also been sighted at Opebi, Alausa and Ikeja areas of Lagos, in an apparent plot to stop the suspected EndSARS protests billed to start today, Monday.

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Recall with NoRM that the #EndSARS protests, which took place in October, were hijacked by hoodlums leading to the destruction of properties and loss of lives.

It also turned bloody in Lagos on October 20, 2020, when men in military uniform opened fire on young protesters at the Lekki toll plaza, an epicentre of the protests in Lagos.

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Just in: Wife of Akeredolu’s CoS, Olugbenga Ale kidnapped

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The late monarch was returning to his domain after attending the monthly council of Chiefs meeting held in Akure, the state capital.

Barely 24 hours after a first-class traditional ruler was murdered in Ondo, the wife of the Chief of Staff to the Ondo state governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale has been abducted by suspected gunmen.

A source said that the victim was returning from Lagos to Akure when she was abducted by the bandits who laid siege on the highway and took her into the forest.

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“The case has been reported to the security agencies especially the Amotekun and army to comb everywhere and we are expecting a feedback soon.”

“The governor is aware of the incident already and has also visited the house of the Chief of Staff at Alagbaka with plans to ensure the safe release of the woman.

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Contacted, the state police command spokesperson, Tee Leo lkoro told newsmen that he was not aware of the abduction of the wife of the governor aide.

Recall with NoRM that bandits murdered a first class traditional ruler, the Olufon of lfon, Oba Isreal Adewusi on Thursday at Elegbeke in Ose council area of the state.

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He was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre in Owo but died before he could be attended to by medical personnel.

Police commissioner, Bolaji Salami said Divisional Police Officers in the Northern senatorial districts have been mandated to fish out the killer of the monarch.

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Breaking: One shot dead in Ondo bank invasion

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Sources say the armed robbers numbering about 10 entered the bank premises located at Ode-Irele and over-powered the bank’s security operatives and made their way into the banking hall.

NoRM reports that a branch Of Union Bank is currently under attack by a group of armed robbers.

Noble Reporters Media gathered one of the bank’s security guards have been shot dead.

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Just in: APC Assembly speaker impeach Ondo deputy speaker

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This removal of Ogundeji follows the attempt by some lawmakers to impeach the deputy governor of the state, Mr Agboola Ajayi.

The Deputy Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr Iroju Ogundeji, has been impeached.

Noble Reporters Media reports that Ogundeji was removed during Tuesday plenary by the members of the Assembly for alleged gross misconduct and abuse of office.

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The lawmakers have immediately elected Mr Samuel Aderoboye from Odigbo Constituency 2 as the new Deputy Speaker.

Ogundeji was among the nine lawmakers who did not sign the impeachment notice against the embattled deputy governor.

He was suspended indefinitely by the House for unruly behavior and later reinstated by a Federal High Court in Akure, the state capital.

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Akeredolu speak on school resumption in Ondo, give date.

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The party executives in the ward alleged that the lawmaker worked to jeopardise the interest of the party in the just concluded governorship election.

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has ordered all schools in the state to resume full academic activities by Monday, October 19, 2020.

He further directed that all schools must abide by the COVID-19 preventive guidelines to ensure the safety of members of staff and students.

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Chairman of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Coronavirus (COVID-19), Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, who is also the Vice-Chancellor, University of Medical Sciences, disclosed this, yesterday.

Fatusi said that the governor had instructed the committee to conduct periodic monitoring visits to schools and that any school found not to be complying with the COVID-19 guidelines should be shut.

Besides, the governor has expressed his heartfelt condolences to the authorities of the Nigeria Police, families, and well-wishers of victims of the unfortunate car crash in Akure on Tuesday.

In a statement signed and made available to journalists in Akure, yesterday, by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, the governor said: “As a government, our hearts are with the authorities of the Nigeria Police as well as the immediate families of the departed. This is a shared moment and unfortunately so.”

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In another development, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has expelled the House of Assemblymember representing Ilaje Constituency II, Semilore Tomomewo.

The expulsion was contained in a letter to the state and national leadership of the party, made available to journalists in Akure yesterday, by Mr. Olamigoke Ajimuda and Taid Omosule, the ward chairman and secretary respectively.

MEANWHILE, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the APC not to rejoice yet in the victory of Akeredolu.

The state’s PDP Acting Director, Media, and Publicity, Leye Igbabo, who cautioned the governor to refrain from attacking and harassing the people, said: “It is not yet Uhuru for him and certainly not the time to seek vengeance if he ever needs to do so at all.

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“Our party is still studying the election results and how the entire process was largely compromised, and would soon come out with the next line of action aimed at addressing and redressing the infractions.

“Honestly, we expect the governor to have risen above this pettiness if he is desirous of making any progress in the governance of Ondo State.

“In the interim, we do hope that the governor would be magnanimous, at least for the little time the victory would last, rather than dissipating energy on sieving out those who voted and those who did not vote for him.

“We also advise him to divest himself for once of this type of pettiness and work on how Ondo State can regain her glory that had been lost.”


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OndoDecide’20: Akeredolu graced as INEC declares winner

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Chief Returning Officer for the election, Professor Idowu Olayinka, returned Akeredolu as the governor-elect on Sunday

Mr Rotimi Akeredolu has been re-elected as Governor of Ondo State on the back of a campaign in which he promised to provide composed and focused leadership marked by economic growth and improved security for people in the state.

Akeredolu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polled a total of 292,839 votes while Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) garnered 193,585 votes, leaving margin of 99,254.

Agboola Ajayi of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) came a distant third with 60,051 votes.

“Having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes, I hereby declare Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu of the APC as the winner, and he is hereby returned elected,” Professor Olayinka declared said.

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Below are the votes of the three leading parties across 18 LGAs:

Ile Oluji

APC:13,287

PDP: 9231

ZLP:1971

Akoko north-east

APC:16,572

PDP: 8380

ZLP:3532

Akoko south-west

APC:21,232

PDP:15,055

ZLP:2755

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Akoko south-east

APC:9419

PDP:4003

ZLP:2004

Akoko north-west

APC: 15,809

PDP: 10,320

ZLP: 3,477

Irele

APC: 12,643

PDP:5493

ZLP:5904

Ose

APC:15,122

PDP:8421

ZLP:1083

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Ifedore

APC:9350

PDP:11852

ZLP:1863

Owo

APC: 35,957

PDP:5311

ZLP: 408

Okitipupa

APC: 19,266

PDP: 10,367

ZLP: 10,120

Akure north-west

APC: 9,546

PDP: 12,263

ZLP: 1046

Idanre

APC: 11,286

PDP: 7499

ZLP: 3623

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Akure south-east

APC: 17,277

PDP: 47,267

ZLP: 2,236

Ondo east

APC:6485

PDP:4049

ZLP: 3221

Ondo west

APC: 15,977

PDP: 10,627

ZLP: 10,159

Odigbo

APC: 23,571

PDP: 9,485

ZLP: 6,540

Ese Odo

APC: 13383

PDP: 4680

ZLP: 4760

Ilaje

APC: 26657

PDP: 11128

ZLP: 4405


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OndoDecide’20: INEC releases official results in 12 LGAs; Akeredolu leads.

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The results from the remaining six local government areas were expected to be announced by INEC later.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Sunday began the release of results of the Ondo governorship election

The collation, is taking place at the INEC office at Alagbaka in Akure.

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Here are the results as declared by the collation officers:

Okitipupa Local Government

APC- 19,266
PDP- 10,367
ZLP – 10,120

Ose Local Government Area
APC – 15,122
PDP – 8,421
ZLP – 1,083

Akure South LGA

APC – 17,277

PDP – 47,627

ZLP – 2,236

Akoko South East

APC – 9,419

PDP – 4,003

ZLP – 2,004

Idanre LGA

APC -11,286

PDP – 7,499

ZLP – 3,623

Owo LGA

APC – 35957

PDP – 5311

ZLP – 408

Akure North LGA

APC – 9546

PDP – 12263

ZLP – 1,046

Ondo East LGA

APC – 6485

PDP – 4049

ZLP – 3,221

Akoko North West

APC- 15,809

PDP- 10,320

ZLP – 3,477

Akoko South East

APC – 21,232

PDP – 15,055

ZLP – 2,775

Akoko North East

APC – 16,572

PDP – 8,380

ZLP – 3,532

Irele LGA

APC – 12,643

PDP – 5,493

ZLP – 5,904

Ile Oluji Oke Igbo LGA

APC – 13,278

PDP – 9,231

ZLP – 1,971

Ifedore LGA

APC – 9,350

PDP – 11,852


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[Nigeria] Ondo state INEC office caught fire.

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Several card readers were damaged as fire gutted the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Akure, Thursday.

Men of the Fire Service are on the ground to put out the inferno which started about 8 pm and gutted the container housing Smart Card Readers, the electoral body tweeted, Thursday.

“The National Commissioner, Barrister Festus Okoye, who is in Ondo State in connection with preparations for the Ondo State Governorship election scheduled for 10th October 2020, rushed to the office at about 8 pm,” INEC added.

Although the cause of the inferno is yet to be known, Barrister Okoye assured that an investigation would be carried out to unravel what triggered the fire.

Some staff of the Commission and the Administrative Secretary of the State, Mr Popoola were also at the INEC office.

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No Face Masks, No Voting
INEC had earlier said it is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the safety of voters in the election and has rolled out a no face masks, no voting policy as Nigeria battles COVID-19.

“It is mandatory for every voter to wear a face mask or face covering without which the voter would not be allowed to vote,” the Chairman of the electoral body, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja Thursday.

The INEC boss while giving insight into the nature of face masks voters are expected to wear during the elections, said the electorates do not need surgical masks to cast their ballots.

He explained that “a face covering will be sufficient for a voter to be accredited to vote.”


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OndoDecide’20: APC Govs, leaders on their heels as Akeredolu flag off re-election campaign. [Nigeria]

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Governors of the All Progressive Congress (APC) stormed Akure, the Ondo state capital on Saturday as Rotimi Akeredolu kicked off his re-election campaign ahead of the November poll.

Some of the Governors present in Akure were Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, and Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state.

However, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who was expected to flag-off the campaign was absent.

Also absent was the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The party’s flag was presented to Akeredolu by acting National Chairman and Yobe state Governor, Mai Mala Buni.

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“Ondo State is receiving first-class governance,” Sanwo-Olu said during his speech. “Ondo state is receiving a progressive man that has brought about real development.”

Akeredolu has “confirmed all promises,” Fayemi said as he urged the crowd at the campaign event to return the Governor for a second term. “Four more years of APC is four more years of development.”

Speaking in Yoruba, Akeredolu warned his supporters that “there is work to do” in order to prevent contesting parties from rigging the election.

Also present at the event was the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

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“The turnout here is an indication that he is done well for the people of Ondo state,” the Minister said, “and that there is a very great likelihood that he will be re-elected. And I believe that when he is re-elected, he will perform better than what he has done now, despite the limited resources he has.”

APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu was with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in Akure, the Ondo State capital on September 5, 2020, before the campaign kickoff event took place.

‘The masses are with us’
Meanwhile, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party postponed the flag-off of its campaign for candidate Eyitayo Jegede till September 12; it was originally scheduled for today.

Instead, the PDP campaign team met in Ibadan to strengthen strategy for the November 10 election.

Jegede, after the meeting, said the APC stood no chance.

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“The people of Ondo state have now seen the negative effects of APC administration,” he said.

“If they are sure of their position, then they should not have threatened violence, they shouldn’t have said they are relying on federal might, which is what they have been saying all along.

“The masses are with us and they should not impose any violence on the state; let’s have a free and fair election, any day, any time APC will go down.”

The National Organising and Mobilising Secretary of the PDP, Sen. Austin Akobundu, also said the PDP will not take anything for granted in its quest to reclaim Ondo state.


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Edo/Ondo Elections: IGP warns against violence. [Nigeria]

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Ahead of the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has warned politicians and their supporters against violence.

In a statement issued on Sunday by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, the IGP asked the political elites to conduct themselves properly and play according to the rules.

“The Election Security Threat Analysis reveals amongst other indicators: arming and movement of political thugs, use of inciting statements during political campaigns, high likelihood of violence and possible cross attack by political opponents, misinformation/disinformation aimed at heating-up of the polity and deliberate efforts at delegitimizing government institutions involved in the electoral processes.

“The IGP has therefore ordered the Commissioners of Police in the two states – Edo and Ondo – to rejig their preparations for the elections to accommodate and address the threats and emerging trends as contained in the security report,” the statement partly read.

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To Mohammed, the warning becomes necessary to prevent any act that will disrupt the polls scheduled for September 19 and October 10 respectively.

He explained that the Nigeria Police Force will not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law on anyone or group, irrespective of status, that may want to sabotage the security arrangement put in place for the elections.

The IGP also ordered the commissioners of police in the two states to rejig their preparations for the elections to accommodate and address the threats and emerging trends as contained in the security report.

The warning follows a review of the election security threat assessment reports submitted by police bosses from both states.


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Diesel tanker crashes in Ondo; 4 casualties.

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Four persons have been reported dead while three others sustained various degrees of injuries in a road crash that occurred on Saturday in the Ikare-Akoko area of Ondo State.

The accident was said to have been caused by a tanker loaded with diesel, which lost control and crashed into a commercial area in the town.

Two commercial motorcyclists with their passengers were affected in the crash.

The Head of Operations, Ondo State Command of FRSC, Samuel Oyedeji confirmed the incident to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media).

A tanker loaded with diesel lost control and crashed in Ondo state on August 29, 2020.

He said the remains of those who lost their lives have been deposited in the mortuary at the State Specialist Hospital; while those who sustained injuries have been rushed to the hospital for medical treatment.

He attributed the accident to a brake failure on the part of the tanker and urged motorists to always make sure their vehicles are in good condition before traveling.


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Just in: High Court Reinstate 3 Suspended Ondo Assembly Members

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An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure has reinstated the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Iroju Ogundeji and two other lawmakers.

The affected lawmakers were recently suspended by the leadership of the House over alleged misconduct.

Apart from reinstating the lawmakers, the court also ordered the House to immediately pay all their entitlements with a sum of N5 million compensation to each of them.

In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Ademola Bola insisted that it was illegal to prevent an elected legislator from duly representing his or her constituency.

According to Justice Bola, the suspension of the lawmakers violated sections 90, 91, 106 and 117 of the 1999 constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Deputy Speaker and the other two suspended lawmakers were among nine members of the House who declined to sign the impeachment notice of the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi two months ago, after the latter defected from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Following their suspension, the lawmakers through their lawyer, Banjo Ayelakin, approach the court to challenge what he described as their unlawful suspension by the parliament.

The suit has the House of Assembly, the Speaker, the Majority Leader, the Deputy Majority Leader, the Parliamentary Secretary, and the Clerk of the House as defendants.

Justice Bola in the verdict ruled that the suspension of the Lawmakers violates sections 90, 91, 106 and 117 of the 1999 constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

This comes a month after the lawmakers were suspended over an alleged unruly behaviour.


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States funding community police, not possible – Akeredolu kicks. [Ondo]

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Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has kicked against the idea of states funding community policing in the country.

Speaking during an interview with Media tv (known to Noble Reporters Media) on Wednesday, Akeredolu said the idea would not work.

He disclosed that his colleagues under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum will table the matter before President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention.

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“The burden of states will keep increasing. We will be the ones that will fund community police. Where is the money going to come from?

“Except we devolve more money to the states, how will the states fund community police? I don’t think it is going to work,” he said.

“I am sure that they are taking this thing too far (that) governors will have to pay. We have argued this. They started by saying it will be voluntary, they are not going to pay.

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu.

“They now shift the burden on the state governors again. Are you increasing their allocation? Which state governor will accept that?

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“I don’t know if other states will pay but we will not pay. Let us be fair to ourselves, we are running a federal system. We will sit down and discuss this because we have a President that has a listening ear.”

Reacting to his relationship with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, the governor said it is cordial.

He however maintained that the issue between him the Deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi is out of ambition, stressing that Ajayi decided to exit the ruling APC to “where he belongs.”

Governor Akeredolu is optimistic about victory in the October 10 governorship election in the state.

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His remarks come two weeks after he inaugurated the pioneer officers of Ondo State Security network Agency Amotekun Corps.

While inaugurating the corps in Akure, the state capital expressed delight with the performance of the pioneer Amotekun Corps officers who just completed their training.

He urged them to put into good use all they were taught during training to ensure the security of life and property in the state.

While soliciting for more funding from the Federal Government to equip the police, governor Akeredolu said that the Amotekun Corps is designed to support the existing security framework in the state.


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Ondo LG Poll: APC leads as election kicks off.

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The Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) has announced the results of the elections in 14 out of the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

ODIEC Chairman, Professor Yomi Dinakin, announced the results collated so far at the head office of the commission in Akure, the state capital on Sunday.

Professor Dinakin noted that out of the 18 LGAs in the state, that there were no elections in five areas – Akoko North-East, Ose, Ifedore, Odigbo and Irele.

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He explained that only the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) fielded candidates in the LGAs and they were declared winners.

The ODIEC boss added that the commission has collated the results of nine other LGAs where elections were conducted on Saturday.

He listed them to include Ese Odo, Akoko South-West, Akure South, Ilaje, Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo, Okitipupa, Ondo West, Akure North, and Owo, stressing that the APC won in all the LGAs.

According to Professor Dinakin, results of the elections in four LGAs, which include Akoko North-West, Akoko South-West, Idanre, and Ondo East, are being expected.

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The elections held amid threats by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Zenith Labour Party to boycott the polls.

Both parties stressed that they were not convinced that the elections would be conducted in a credible, free, and fair atmosphere.

On Friday, the Ondo State High Court in Akure struck out the interlocutory injunction filed by 15 political parties in the state, seeking to stop the conduct of the election.

Justice Adegboyega Adebusoye, who presided over the matter, dismissed the application on the ground that it breached Section 58 of the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) laws.


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OndoDecide’20: Two parties boycott LG Election

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Zenith Labour Party have boycotted the local government elections in Ondo State.

NRM learnt that the parties believe the election could not be conducted in a credible, free and fair atmosphere.

Meanwhile, the Ondo State High Court, in Akure, the state capital on Friday struck out the interlocutory injunction filed by 15 political parties in the state, seeking to stop the conduct of the election.

The presiding judge, Justice Adegboyega Adebusoye struck out the application on the grounds that it breached Section 58 of the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) laws.

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The polls commenced on Saturday, as Noble Reporters Media observed the early arrival of some electoral officials in some local councils.

A voter is seen casting his vote Voting has commenced in unit 4 ward 7 in Akure South LGA, Ondo State on August 22, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media //)

In Ward 5, in Akure South LGA, ODIEC officials were seen sorting out voting materials as early as 7 am.

Similarly at Unit 10, Ward 6 in Akure South LGA, voting had commenced with low voter turnout.

The electoral body is conducting local government elections in 18 LGAs and 203 wards in the state.


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OndoDecide’20: INEC clears 17 aspirants for gov election.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cleared 17 candidates for the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, announced this in a statement on Friday.

He explained that this followed the weekly regular meeting of the electoral umpire on Thursday which deliberated on the conduct of the election scheduled for October 10 and other outstanding elections in the country.

Okoye noted that INEC had published the provisional list of candidates comprising 17 political parties for the governorship election in Ondo on July 31.

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He explained that in line with Section 35 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and as provided in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities released February 6, withdrawal and substitution of candidates ended at 6pm on August 18.

A file photo of INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye. (Noble Reporters Media //)

“Four political parties that earlier made valid nominations have substituted their candidates.

“The African Democratic Congress (ADC), Action Democratic Party (ADP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) withdrew and substituted their deputy governorship candidates while the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) substituted both its governorship and deputy governorship candidates,” the statement read.

The INEC spokesman stated that the commission has published the final list of nominated candidates at its state and local government offices in Ondo.

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According to him, the list is also available on INEC’s website and social media platforms.

Okoye urged various political parties, candidates in the election, and the people of the state to check the final list of candidates.

Among those cleared by INEC include Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who is seeking re-election, and his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, who is aspiring to unseat the governor.

The commission also cleared Eyitayo Jegede, Rotimi Akindejoye, Joshua Adewole, Adeleye Peter, Adelegan Oluwaseyi, Martin Olatuteru-Olagbegi, and Olowoloba Dele, among others.


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