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Ondo Election: “I Regret Leaving APC,” Says Agboola Ajayi

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The Deputy Governor of Ondo State and gubernatorial candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Mr Agboola Ajayi has reportedly regretted leaving the party.

He was quoted by National Mail to have expressed his thought to a group of confidants after the result announced so far in the gubernatorial election in the state showed that he might not won the election.

Ajayi who doubles as the state’s deputy Governor has changed political party twice in the last five months and contested in two primaries before pitching tent with the ZLP.

Lamenting his political misfortune, the deputy Governor said leaving the ruling APC even at the peak of his persecution was the worst calculation he has made in his political Odyssey.

In Ajayi’s words,: I doubt if I took a wise decision leaving APC for PDP.

Though I was persecuted by the Governor, I knew I could not have fit into the PDP. So, leaving PDP was a good decision for me.”

Asked about his decision to leave PDP for ZLP, Ajayi said he thought he would feel more at home in ZLP, but he is like a stranger in the party where decisions are being taken by only one man.

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Agboola Ajayi is currently serving as the Deputy Governor of Ondo State and was elected into office on 26 November 2016 as running mate to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) under the All Progressive Congress (APC) party.

On 21 June 2020, Ajayi resigned his membership from the ruling party APC and defected to the opposition Party People’s Democratic Party (PDP), citing irreconcilable issues between him and his Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and that the APC party “has become a poisoned space” for him.

He then joined Zenith Labour Party after losing the PDP gubernatorial primaries to Eyitayo Jegede. He is currently the gubernatorial candidate of Zenith Labour Party led by former Governor Olusegun Mimiko.

Ajayi started his political career under the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP) and became the Chairman of SDP in Old Opoi Ward 1 from 1988 to 1998. He later joined People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 1998 and was made the Secretary of PDP in Ilaje/Ese Odo LGA between 1998 and 1999.

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He was later made the Supervisor for Agriculture for Ese-Odo LGA from 1999 to 2001 and subsequently appointed as Supervisor for Works and Transport for Ese-Odo LGA from 2001 to 2003.

He then went on to become the Caretaker Chairman of Ese Odo LGA between 2003 and 2004 before he was finally elected as the Chairman of Ese-Odo LGA from 2004 to 2007.

He also served as former member of the Federal House of Representatives and represented Ilaje/Ese Odo federal constituency under the PDP. During his time in the House of Rep., Ajayi served as the chairman House Committee on NDDC from 2007 to 2010. Ajayi later decamped from PDP to APC and contested election as the running mate to Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) in the Ondo State Governorship election in November 2016 under the platform of APC.

The pair won the election and were sworn-in as Governor and Deputy Governor of Ondo State on 24 February 2017.

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He was said to have had running political battle for months with his boss, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu accusing him of attempting to strangulate his political ambition, citing that acrimonious situation as the main reason why he decamped from APC and defected to PDP.

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Ajayi had earlier denied having any problem at all with the Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, and dismissed such rumours and speculations in the past as pure “political propaganda” that was being perpetrated and orchestrated by ‘political jobbers” who were bent on causing crisis.

Today again, Ajayi who is the governorship candidate of ZLP is full of complaints about Dr. Rahman Mimiko and has started doubting his political future with the ZLP should he lose tomorrow, Saturday 10 October 2020 election.

“PDP is a strange land for me. ZLP is a wonderland for me, APC is the homeland for me. And I hope to return home one day,” the deputy Governor lamented privately to a group of confidants.

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Akwa Ibom LG Election: APC Boycotts Polls, As Gov Udom vote

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The Executive Governor of Akwa ibom state, Deacon Udom Emmanuel cast his vote on Saturday morning at the ongoing local government election in Akwa Ibom State.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lead representative, who practiced his establishment in his home town of Awa, Onna Local Government Area, acclaimed the state political race body for a job done the right way.

The October 31, 2020 Local government races has recorded a low turn out, with the primary resistance All Progressive Congress (APC) having pulled out of the surveys.

The party said it had lost trust in the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC), which is the autonomous appointive body that gathers information.

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Not long after projecting his voting form, Governor Emmanuel talked with columnists, applauding the appointive umpire for a serene and deliberate gather information, however noticed that pundits may almost certainly blame the cycle.

“I think this is one of the serene races we have ever had. I like the quietness and organization of the races and I am additionally astonished at the readiness of AKISIEC, the nature of materials; it is of an elevated expectation,” said the lead representative, who was flanked by the First Lady Mrs Martha Udom.

He went on: “They [AKISIEC] can keep it up, and even the straightforwardness of the cycles is honorable. They have accomplished a decent work yet tragically individuals will in any case be grumbling in any event, when we score the cycle 99 percent.”

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The surveys is going ahead the impact points of a court administering which struck out a case recorded by the APC looking for a request for virtual order controlling AKISIEC from gathering information in the 39 new wards as of late made by the commission.

Equity Fatiu Riman of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo held that AKISIEC is engaged by law to make new neighborhood government wards as contained in area 10, (2) of the AKISIEC Law 2007.

In the interim, the Police Command in the state had endorsed the sending of 7,194 faculty for the races.

The order additionally requested limitation of development in the state from 7 am to 2 pm on political decision day

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Fear Of Violence Grows As Tanzania Opposition Denounces Election

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Tanzania’s main opposition presidential candidate on Thursday declared he would not recognise the election result as key seats fell to the governing party in a vote he said was marred by irregularities.

Counting was taking place across Tanzania and its semi-autonomous archipelago Zanzibar – which also elects its own president and legislators – where early results showed the opposition losing seats in some traditional strongholds.

President John Magufuli, who is seeking a second term, has the lead in more than a dozen constituency results announced by the Tanzania election commission.

His Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party has been in power since independence in 1961, but rights groups have decried a slide into “autocracy” over the past five years marked by the repression of the opposition.

Magufuli’s main challenger, the Chadema party candidate Tundu Lissu, declared the results trickling through “illegitimate” and urged his supporters to demonstrate peacefully while asking the international community not to recognise the outcome.

“Whatever happened yesterday was not an election, and thus we do not recognise it. We do not accept the result,” Lissu told reporters in Dar es Salaam, saying opposition election monitors had been barred from entering polling stations and faced other interference.

“What is being presented to the world is a complete fraud. It is not an election.”

The process was like “spitting in the face of democracy”, said Lissu, appearing to warn of unrest.

“Those in power are telling Tanzanians, ‘If you want change, look for it another way, not through the ballot box,’” he told reporters. “The message they are sending is, ‘Use force if you can… We won’t let you win through democracy.’”

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He added, however, unlike the government, “we do not have the instruments of violence”.

Many across Africa have watched in dismay at what they have described as Tanzania’s abandonment of its long reputation of democratic ideals under the populist Magufuli.

The results of presidential elections cannot be contested in Tanzania, though the parliamentary outcome can be challenged.

Lissu, 52, returned to Tanzania in July after three years abroad recovering from 16 bullet wounds sustained in what he believes was a politically motivated assassination attempt.

His return reinvigorated an opposition demoralised by years of attacks, arrests and a ban on political rallies, with massive crowds seen throughout his campaign.

However, several opposition members of Parliament lost seats in long-held bastions, such as Chadema chairman and legislator Freeman Mbowe of Hai in the Kilimanjaro region.

A supporter of Tanzania’s ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) holds a sign during the election campaign [Ericky Boniphace/]

Trouble in paradise
In volatile Zanzibar, opposition presidential candidate Seif Sharif Hamad was arrested along with top leaders of the ACT-Wazalendo party, after he called for protests against election results there.

The opposition said 10 people were killed in the run-up to the vote, and Hamad decried the election as a “military exercise” overshadowed by violence and cheating.

“All the polling stations were surrounded by the military and armed forces,” said Hamad, who has accused the governing party of trying to steal every vote since multi-party democracy was introduced in 1995, and foreign observers have often agreed.

“People who came in to vote, some of them were given three, four ballot papers. When our party agents tried to ask why, they were thrown out,” he said.

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“If we don’t get our rights through the ballot boxes then we have no choice but to demand this right through the streets.”

As Hamad and party leaders left to the protest they called, police fired tear gas at the group before bundling them into their truck.

“Presidential candidate Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad has been arrested while going to lead peaceful demonstrations against election results,” party official Salum Abdalla Bimani told the AFP news agency.

Truckloads of police and soldiers who had been patrolling during the election fanned out across the capital Stone Town, causing streets to empty out.

The feared “zombie” private militia of the ruling party swarmed the city, clad in black and with bandannas covering their faces.

Tanzania”s incumbent president John Magufuli waves as he arrives to give an election speech

Police did not immediately comment but confirmed at least 70 arrests in the past two days in election-related incidents. Streets into Zanzibar’s main city, Stone Town, were blocked.“Tanzania in full blown one party dictatorship. We shall resist this,” ACT Wazalendo chair Zitto Kabwe tweeted, later alleging one of the arrested party members was badly beaten. “I ask the international community NOT to recognize this Tanzanian election.”

The East African nation’s electoral commission has denied allegations of voting irregularities in one of Africa’s most populous countries and fastest-growing economies. Election results could be announced on Friday.

The commission released results for 18 out of 264 constituencies showing Magufuli with the early lead.

‘Full authoritarianism’
The opposition and commentators had already voiced concern about the fairness of the election well ahead of polling.

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“This year it was very different. There was lots of intimidation, violence, kidnapping. Two of our polling agents were kidnapped and very badly beaten,” said Tanzanian political analyst Aikande Kwayu, who supports the opposition and was on the ground in Hai.

“We knew it wouldn’t be free and fair, but nobody expected this,” she said.”I think we have moved from being a democracy to full authoritarianism. There will be no critical voice left. It is going to be a very difficult next five years.”

Tanzania’s electoral commission said on Wednesday it had not received any complaints about incidents of ballot stuffing.

Tanzania’s election, for which about 29 million people were registered to vote on the mainland and 560,000 in Zanzibar, took place largely without external monitors.

Most international media were unable to gain accreditation to cover voting on the mainland, and major social media networks were blocked, accessible only through virtual private networks (VPN).

Tanzania Elections Watch, a regional group of eminent people, expressed concerns about the credibility and conduct of the election, noting deadly violence on the eve of the vote in Zanzibar, massive disruption in internet and text messaging services, and the reported arrests of candidates on election day.

“Unfortunately, in Tanzania the announcement made by the National Electoral Commission is final,” the group’s co-chair Frederick Ssempebwa told a briefing, as results cannot be challenged in court. “There is no avenue for the aggrieved parties to air their views.”

The declaration of results could trigger a wave of instability, Ssempebwa added.

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WTO DG: Don’t Allow Trump Disappoint Okonjo-Iweala, – Gov Obiano Begs Buhari, Other Africa Leaders

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The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has encouraged the President, Major Muhammadu Buhari and other African pioneers, not to permit US President Donald Trump to disappoint Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s offered to rise as the following Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

Obiano said this in an announcement named, ‘WTO DG: A Call on President Buhari and African pioneers to venture up conciliatory hostile’, marked by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, in Awka, on Thursday.

The announcement read to some degree, “Everything necessary is an incredible discretionary hostile before the conventional declaration of the champ on November 9.

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“Individuals and administration of Anambra State, consequently, call upon President Muhammadu Buhari and other African pioneers to promptly get under way the apparatus to get the United States to make the best decision by supporting the top and the most famous up-and-comer.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

“The Trump organization needs South Korean Trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee, who has the help of just 55 countries, around 50% of Okonjo-Iweala’s vote. It needs not to have its direction.

“Recently it restricted the re-appointment of Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, Nigeria’s previous Minister of Agriculture and African Union’s decision, as the African Development Bank President dependent on unconfirmed claims like nepotism.

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“It is hard to comprehend why the Trump organization ought to be on an impact course with Africans on global tasks.

“In the COVID-19 pandemic in May, the organization declared it was cutting off relations with the World Health Organization drove by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian, blaming the association for being China’s flunky, a similar charge it levels against the WTO.

“Acts like this assistance fuel analysis that the organization may not be liberated from bigotry.

“Individuals and legislature of Anambra State are of the supposition that President Buhari needs to accomplish more to desperately prepare African pioneers, yet in addition the EU and, undoubtedly, the remainder of the world to get the United States to make the best decision

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