Ayo Fayose

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Peter Ayodele Fayose
Governor of Ekiti State
In office
29 May 2003 – 16 October 2006
Preceded by Niyi Adebayo
Succeeded by Tunji Olurin
Personal details
Born 15 November 1960 (1960-11-15) (age 54)
Political party people's democratic party (PDP)
Ayo Fayose
Governor of Ekiti State
In office
16 Oct 2014 – Date
Preceded by Kayode Fayemi
Personal details
Political party people's democratic party (PDP)

Peter Ayodele Fayose (born 15 November 1960) is the current governor of Ekiti State in Nigeria . He was governor from 29 May 2003 to 16 October 2006,

Early life[edit]

Fayose grew up in Ibadan, Oyo State where he attended Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo. He is married to Feyisetan.[1] He conducted one of the most sought after medical outreach programmes during his political campaign in 2001.[2]

Peter Ayodele Fayose was the PDP flag bearer in the 2014 Governorship election in Ekiti State slated for 21 June 2014. He won the election and has been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission as the new Governor, Ekiti State; and was inaugurated on 16 Oct 2014. Fayose also extended to working with Fayemi so as to ensure peace.

APC lawmakers at the Ekiti State House of Assembly have served Gov. Ayo Fayose an impeachment notice, and have given him 7 days to respond. This would make him the first Nigerian governor to be impeached twice in office. [3]

Election Rigging of the 2014 Ekiti Governor Election[edit]

On 20 June 2014, Captain Sagir Koli from the 32nd Artillery Brigade stationed in Ekiti State, accompanied his Commanding Officer, Brigadier General Aliyu Momoh to a meeting at the Spotless Hotel in Ado-Ekiti. The meeting was attended by Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, Senator Iyiola Omisore; a man identified as a member of the National Assembly Abdulkareem; the former Minister for Police Affairs Caleb Olubolade, the then Minister of Police Affairs Jelili Adesiyan and Senator Musiliu Obanikoro who was the Minister of State for Defence. Captain Sagir Koli made an audio recording of that meeting, which was then made public by the online news website Sahara Reporters, on 5 February 2015. About a week later, Sahara Reporters released the actual audio recording on the Internet.

That meeting among others, discussed the following:

  • The use of the Nigerian Armed Forces personnel by the ruling PDP party to assist in electoral manipulation.
  • The creation of a list of senior opposition APC members, including Mr Daramola the APC Fayemi campaign manager, without any reason, by the Nigerian Armed Forces
  • The use of "National Security Task" stickers to be used to identify persons not to be harassed and detained by the army
  • Deployment of "Special Team" including a "Strike Force"
  • The minister of state of defence Obanikoro bribing military personnel with the offer of promotion if he carries out the "strategy", failing which the brigadier-general will not be promoted.
  • A gubernatorial candidate Fayose admitting to electoral fraud by copying voting material provided by the INEC
  • The reprimanding of Brig. Gen Momoh for mistakenly detaining PDP members engaged in blatant electoral fraud
  • The minister explicitly states he was instructed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan to execute this plan.
  • Fayose explicitly states he was given assurances by the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff to rig the Ekiti governor election.[4]

In that June 2014 election, Fayose was massively voted in as the governor of Ekiti State.

In a sworn affidavit, Capt. Sagir also admitted that "they succeeded in rigging the Ekiti State election with victory in all the 16 Local Governing Authorities (LGAs). These really inspired them and they were with the euphoria that same would happen in Osun State. Indeed, leading into the Osun State elections the Brigadier General posted there was told to take a three-week leave during the elections. His position was temporarily filled by General Momoh, who then repeated the same fraudulent tactics in Osun [check quotation syntax]

Retaliation against Captain Sagir Koli[edit]

After the vote-rigging plan was exposed, Capt. Koli fled Nigeria before he was arrested. But the military managed to arrest and secretly detained and chained his brother Adamu to a bed for nearly five months at the Adekunle Fanjuyi’s Cantonment. Adamu was starved and given worms as food by the military.[check quotation syntax]"[5]

The Poultry Farm Scam[edit]

Fayose was also implicated in a poultry farm scam where N1.3 billion was stolen from the state, for his personal use. The case is currently before the courts. In documents tendered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Adamu Hobon in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, Fayose diverted state money through his wife Feyi; his mother; his deputy Mrs. Biodun Olujimi; and others. Fayose’s wife, and Mrs. Olujimi as beneficiaries of the funds.

Fayose cheated the state by building only four of the 20 poultry farms as stated in the agreement. Some of the farms had three or four pens, instead of the five or six as stated in the agreement.[6]