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I will industrialise Ondo state if elected as governor — Kekemeke

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By Akintunde Jacobs, Akure

The National Vice Chairman (Southwest) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), also an aspirant in the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo state, Issac Kekemeke has promised to industrialize the state in order to provide jobs opportunity for the teeming unemployed youths, if elected as governor.

Kekemeke, who spoke at a press conference on Tuesday held at the Ondo NUJ Press Centre, Alagbaka, Akure said the reason why he joined the Ondo governorship race was to make government seeable, touchable and feelable, so much so that the pain of one will be the pain of all.

He said; “My administration will establish agro-allied industries where the products from the farms will be utilized as raw materials, cottage industries will be established in various parts of the state harness available natural resources.

“Some of the industries to be established include; yam and plantain flour, fish, gin distillery, palm wine bottling, gbanunu, cottage oil palm mills, chocolate, feed mill among others.”

“As a state, we can no longer afford to amuse ourselves with bare pettiness, low sentiments, and prejudices that have rudely arrested our growth and development. We need d leadership for the state, a leadership not only for a segment of the state but for the whole state.

“Ondo state needs a leadership that sufficiently understands the philosophy of the present Federal government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and its Renewed Hope Programme for effective partnership and collaboration; a leadership that will uphold the tenets and ideals of good governance bequeathed to us by Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Pa. Michael Adekunle Ajasin and others.

“I have received enquiries from far and near, from within and outside of Ondo state on my take in the Ondo 2024 governorship election. Others have pungently urged me to run I am grateful for these concerns and today I affirm my participation in the governorship primary election of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“I offer myself as a man tested and prepared to take on this onerous task of steering the affairs of our state as governor. My antecedents and pedigree recommend me. My services to our state in the past and even now is my testimonial. Evidently, as former Secretary to State Government (SSG), former Attorney General, former Commissioner, Works, Lands and Housing, Minority Leader in the State House of Assembly, National Examinations Council Board Chairman, pioneer APC State Chairman, and at present APC National Vice Chairman South-West, I have not let you down.

“Our codified programmes elaborately set out in our agenda for prosperity and peace which we unveil today will ensure an industrial take-off of Ondo State through prioritised investment in human and natural endowments in the state, change its current “Civil Service” status, grow the revenue base of the state with corresponding increase in government spending for the good of the people.

“We offer free and compulsory primary education, free secondary school education, highly subsidised tertiary education, quality health services for all including the establishment of a pharmaceutical company and the “Ibile” hospital. Our programme includes availability of food and employment opportunities through the civil farmer (agbe olowo osu) and the establishment of small scale agro-allied industries.

“Boosting tourism through the Idanre hilltop road, Fagunwa literary village, rehabilitation of Ebomi lake and transformation of our beautiful Araromi seaside will be undertaken. As can be gleaned from our programme, the protection and promotion of the interest of our women and youth through intentional programs of interest free loans and empowerment are a priority.

“The Ondo state of my dream is one where we make business and create jobs for our teeming youth out of every of our natural resource. The state of my dream is a state where no one needs to see or know the governor or anyone in government to feel the impact of the government.”

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Emmanuel Agbo emerges as DG PDP Governors’ Forum

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Former Deputy National Secretary, DNS, and frontline national chairmanship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Emmanuel Agbo has been appointed as the Director General of PDP Governor’s Forum.

This was announced by the Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Alhaji Bala Mohammed, during the BoT meeting of the party in Abuja on Thursday.

Agbo is expected to assist in repositioning the PDP-GF to play its role in nation building under the leadership of the Chairman, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State.

He is a former Chairman of Benue State chapter of the PDP, an engineer and an experienced party administrator.

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INEC set to monitor APC governorship primary election, others in  Ondo— REC

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Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is prepared to monitor the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election scheduled to hold on Saturday in Ondo state.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mrs Oluwatoyin Babalola, said that the commission was not only prepared for the APC primary, but also for that of the 17 other political parties contesting the Nov. 16 governorship election.
Babalola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akure on Thursday that 18 political parties had notified the commission of their intentions to conduct governorship primary elections in the state.
According to the REC, as an election management body, our role is to monitor the activities of the political parties and to ensure that they conduct the primaries in accordance with the provisions of the law.
“We are empowered by the constitution under Section 153 and paragraph F (15) of the third schedule to monitor the activities of the political parties, which include the conduct of their congresses, conventions and primaries.
“So, as regards to the APC primary coming up on Saturday, which the party has adopted direct method of primary, we are ready for the monitoring.
“Our people are on the field, we are ready to cover the primary and we will make sure we report according to what we see on ground,” Babalola said.
Commenting on the reported incident of arrest of some agents of an aspirant issuing fake APC membership cards, Babalola said that only political parties could differentiate between an authentic and fake party cards.
The REC, who admonished all the political parties to play according to their party’s constitution guidelines and electoral process, said that officials of the commission would be unbiased in their role.
She implored the parties to provide a level playing ground for their aspirants.
“I will advice all political parties to play according to the rules of the parties and not to encourage any form of violence.
“And political parties should not allow hate speech that is capable of heating up the polity,” Babalola said.
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Court declines to vacate order restraining Secondus, Omehia, Opara from PDP meetings

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A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, dismissed applications by former Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, and two others, seeking to set aside an order restraining them from attending meetings of the leadership of the party.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that sacked Governor of Rivers, Celestine Omehia, and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara, were also affected with the order.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, in separate rulings, dismissed the three separate applications filed by the trio on the ground that their motions for stay of execution of the order were wrongly filed and therefore, incompetent.

NAN reports that the judge had, on April 5, issued ex-parte orders, which among others, restrain the three PDP chieftains from attending any meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and/or Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party.

Justice Ekwo restrained them from participating in deliberations or proceedings of the meetings in any manner pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

The restraining orders were made in relation to three substantive suits filed against the three chieftains of the PDP by some members of the party in Rivers State.

NAN reports that the suit against Secondus and seven others, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/440/2024 was filed by Titus Jones.

The second against Omehia and five others, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/436/2024 was filed by Precious Wobisike, while the third, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/438/2024 against Opara and seven others, was filed by Chisa Amadi.

Secondus, Omehia and Opara had applied that the execution of the orders be stayed pending the determination of the appeals they filed, challenging the ex-parte orders.

In the three different rulings on Thursday, Justice Ekwo described the applications as incompetent.

He held that under Order 26(9)(1) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules (FHCCPR) 2019, what Secondus, Omehia and Opara ought to do was to apply to the court to either vary or discharge the orders, not to apply for stay.

The judge said: “By Order 26 (9) (1) of the FHCCPR 2019, it is provided that where an order is made on a motion ex -parte, any person affected by it may, within seven days after service of it, or within such further time as the court shall allow, apply to the court by motion to vary or discharge it.

“The first defendant/applicant ought to have familiarise himself with the provisions of the rules of this court before embarking on this course.

“What any person, who is affected by ex-parte order of the Federal High Court has to do is provided for in Order 26(9)(1) of the FHCCPR 2019.

“There is no law which provides for appeal against ex-parte order of the Federal High Court.

“It is trite that where there is no law in support of a process or action such process or action is considered as abuse of process of court.

“I find that there is no iota of law in support of this application and I so hold.

“The consequence thereof also has been stated by the court in a very steady manner.

“I therefore make an order dismissing this application for being an abuse of process of this court,” Justice Ekwo said in the ruling on the application by Secondus.

Justice Ekwo reached the same conclusions in respect of similar applications by Omehia and Opara.

The judge then adjourned until April 25 for hearing of a pending motions on notice for interim injunctions filed by the plaintiffs in the three cases.

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