Okada Riders Hold Rally for Buhari, APC Candidates In Ekiti

  • Egbeyemi appeals for peaceful election• EKSG constitutes Chieftaincy Review Commission
  • BY AYODELE ABERE in Ado Ekiti•

Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has called on commercial motorcycle riders in the state to contribute to a peaceful conduct of the general elections.

Egbeyemi urged the commercial motorcyclists not to allow them to be used as instruments of violence, before, during and after the polls. The Deputy Governor made the remarks on Thursday during a grand rally staged by members of the state chapter of Okada Riders Association in support of President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in the general elections in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

According to a statement signed by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, the commercial motorcyclists said they are voting for Buhari and other APC candidates in appreciation of good governance being enjoyed under the leadership of Governor Kayode Fayemi.

The Chairman of Okada Riders’ Association, Mr. Kunle Ashaolu, described Fayemi as the “real friend of Okada riders” who empowered them during his first tenure between 2010 and 2014.

Ashaolu revealed that Fayemi, during his first term, gave them brand new 500 motorcycles, a brand new 18-seater Toyota Hiace bus, thousands of crash helmets, reflexive jackets and financial empowerment.

He said: “Fayemi loves us, he means well for us and in the coming elections, we are going to vote for President Buhari and all APC candidates because of what Fayemi has done for us in the past and the good governance we are now enjoying in the state.”

Egbeyemi who spoke through his Special Assistant on Political Matters, Mr. Tokunbo Adeparusi, hailed the commercial motorcyclists for their support for APC, which he described as the winning party.

The Deputy Governor assured that commercial motorcycling business will not be banned in the state but will be further empowered to contribute more to the state economy.

He enjoined the cyclists to vote right and mobilize their family members, neighbours and well-wishers to vote for APC for the party to continue to provide quality leadership in Ekiti and Nigeria.

The motorcyclists who lit up the Fajuyi Pavilion with dances, music and various stunts with their bikes later made a procession round the town to canvass for votes for APC.

Meanwhile, the State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has, acting pursuant to Section 2 of the Commission of Inquiry Law of Ekiti State, has approved the constitution of a Chieftaincy Review Commission.

Members of the Commission are:

  1. i) Hon Justice J.B.K. Aladejana (rtd) – Chairman
  2. ii) Hon Busuyi Ayorinde – Member

iii) Prof Isola Olomola – Member

  1. iv) Prof Kunle Ajayi – Member
  2. v) Mr B.A. Owolabi ( P.S. LG and CA) – Member
  3. vi) H.A. Adeyemi – Legal Adviser

vii) Mr Remi Obaparusi – Secretary

Part of the Terms of Reference of the Commission is:

  1. i) To examine thoroughly on merit the various representations, claims and petitions submitted by the communities after issuance of the White Paper on the Hon Justice Oyewole’s report on (a) upgrading or otherwise of recognised chieftaincies and (b) autonomy/recognition of communities.
  2. ii) Investigate and make recommendations on any other chieftaincy matter(s) which may be referred to it by the state Government.

iii) To look into issues relating to the status of Obas and Chiefs, their paraphernalia of office and order of precedence.

The commission has six months to submit its recommendations.

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