Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Press Release of Labour Party, North America on Ekiti Elections, Violence Attacks

The Labour Party, North America strongly condemns the attack on the Labour Party Campaign Train at Ikere Ekiti, Ekti State, Nigeria on Saturday, May 24, 2014 during which the AIT crew who went to cover the event was also attacked and matcheted. Vehicles and equipment worth millions of naira belonging to DAAR Communications Plc, owners of Raypower and AIT were destroyed and carted away.

The significance of the attack on the AIT crew is not lost on us given the effect such will have in scaring them from providing live coverage of political campaigns to let the world know what the candidates have or their people. It is instructive to note that barely one month ago, a grand campaign of the Labour Party held in Ado Ekiti was similarly given live coverage by the AIT.

Chronicling the series of attacks on the Ekiti Labour Party and its members, the Nrth American Chapter of the party recalled the attack on Hon. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele (MOB) at the grand declaration of his gubernatorial ambition in Ado Ekiti; the attack at Emure Ekiti where late Foluso Ogundare was murdered in cold blood and Mrs Beatrice Adewumi was shot at the buttocks, the attack at Ilupeju Ekiti where bullets were fired at Labour Party vehicles and prominent supporters and a known APC thug was eventually arrested by enraged indigenes at the scene; the clampdown on innocent citizens of Iyin Ekiti and wanton destruction of properties; the threat issued against MOB's Campaign Train at the outgoing governor's homestead of Isan Ekiti and the attack at Ilawe Ekiti where live ammunitions were fired at his members and vehicles among several others. In all these instances, the attacks were unprovoked.

The question then arises as to why these sustained attacks by a supposedly "progressive party" fielding a "pro-democracy activist"?

We wish to alert Nigerians that a government based on bill board advertisements with no practical achievement that resonates with the masses of Ekiti State is increasingly jittery of defeat at the polls. While the ruling party engages in self-deceit, baseless chest-thumping and false propaganda, MOB quietly runs an issue-based campaign that resonates with the people. His acceptance as a better alternative sends shivers down the spine of a government increasingly confronted with the reality of defeat. Thus, what we are seeing is a situation where a person entrusted with the security of lives and properties in the state has become erratic, irascible and emotionally unstable.

We believe that democracy thrives only on ideas and issues. Electoral campaigns provide a platform for the promotion of such ideas. Where violence is deployed to stifle a free debate of issues, democracy is the first casualty. Is it not ironic then that supposed champions of democracy who reap the full benefits of claims of state sponsored attacks on their person are now champions of violence and agents of death?

We hereby call on all lovers of democracy to call the Ekiti APC to order before we witness another descent into chaos which can herald the death of our nascent democracy. We also enjoin eminent sons of the land to check these violent tendencies of the government of Dr Kayode Fayemi. We implore our peace loving supporters to remain calm and avoid being provoked into retaliating. We assure our teeming supporters of our resolve to keep faith with them on our campaign promises.

Ekiti a gbe a o!


Kola  Onifade Esq.
General Secretary
Labour Party,
North America
May 28, 2014

Monday, 26 May 2014

APC Thugs Allegedly Attack Labour Mega Rally Again

...Also Destroy Ait Equipment and Van

The attack on the Labour Party during its mega rally recently in Ikere Ekiti is said to be the sixteenth of such since INEC lifted the ban on political campaigns for the governorship elections in Ekiti. According to a source within the party several of its supporters sustained various degrees of injury resulting from several attacks which the APC was instrumental to. The source said "On the 2nd of May 2014, scores of Labour Party supporters in Iyin Ekiti were severely injured and properties worth millions destroyed in the town by APC sponsored thugs. We had to suspend our campaign for three days to sympathize with these innocent citizens and also call the attention of the security agents to the dastardly acts of the ruling party in Ekiti. Prior to this day, we had been variously attacked at Isan, Ilupeju, Ilawe, Ipole-Iloro, Egbe, Okemesi and Itaji Ekiti amongst other places."

"The latest of these attacks was the clamping down on our supporters and the AIT crew at Ikere-Ekiti during our mega rally. This is a clear indication that the ruling party has not only declared war on the good citizens of Ekiti State but also the Nigerian media. APC thugs led by one Otunba Femi Adeleye, Special Assistant to Governor Kayode Fayemi on LG matters stormed our Mega rally venue brandishing various dangerous weapons and attacking our party supporters who had gathered to give support and demonstrate their trust in the Labour Party candidate. The crew and the Outside Broadcasting Van (OB Van) of AIT that were used for live coverage of the event were not spared by the thugs. Several other journalists who had come to cover the event also sustained various degrees of injury."

Sources explained that "The thugs arrived the venue in an APC branded Toyota Bus donated to the Kayode Fayemi campaign by Senator Anthony Adeniyi representing the Southern Senatorial district of Ekiti at the upper chamber of the National Assembly and two APC branded motor bikes. Among other properties destroyed were a Hiace bus belonging to the AIT, a Labour Party branded bus, other private vehicles belonging to our members, outside broadcasting equipment of the AIT and several other properties belonging to supporters of Labour Party. The thugs also took away personal belongings of the attacked Journalists including iPads, phones, laptops and cash which were forcefully collected from them."

Responding to the statement by the APC, the representative of the Labour Party (LP) describe it as "laughable that both the spokesperson of the JKF campaign organization and the APC would hurriedly issue press releases alleging that the journalists were attacked by Labour Party members. discerning minds want to know why the LP would attack the AIT crew that was invited to cover the mega rally for their station. The APC should also explain what the APC branded bus and motor bikes were doing at the campaign venue of the Labour Party while the rally was ongoing. It is also very important that the Kayode Fayemi Administration explain to Ekiti people how the identity card of one of his Special Assistants got to the scene of crime. In the heat of the attack, scores of APC goons were sighted patrolling the town in APC branded vehicles brandishing axes, machetes and clubs and wrecking havoc on Labour Party members including innocent bystanders. "

The increasing frequency of attacks on the Labour party campaign train as the gubernatorial election draws near calls for immediate action from security agencies in the country and well meaning indigenes of Ekiti. It has become obvious that the outgoing government of Dr. Kayode Fayemi has failed woefully to protect lives and property even as mischievous APC thugs have taken to inflicting pains and unleashing violence on Labour party members during campaign activities at every town we visit most especially places where king-pins of the Fayemi administration are indigenes. We wish to call for a collective action of the Ekiti State Traditional Council of Obas, the Nigerian Union of Journalists, the security agencies and the Presidency in view of the prevailing insecurity of lives and property in Ekiti in less than a month to the election.

We sincerely sympathize with DAAR Communications Plc, owners of AIT and its crew members for what they went through in the hands of Ekiti APC. This blatant display of political intolerance by the outgoing government of Dr Kayode Fayemi Is nothing but a sign of failure on the part of the government to safeguard lives and property. We appeal to media practitioners not to allow this act of total disrespect for human life discourage them from carrying out their lawful duties; knowing fully that the task of exposing every dictator in our nascent democracy is a task that must be done.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

APC Thugs Allegedly Attack Labour Party Members in Ilawe Ekiti

According to a report emanating from the secretariat of the Labour Party in Ekiti State, scores of thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were on rampage last night in Ilawe Ekiti, Ekiti South West Local Government Area of Ekiti State and unleashed terror on Labour Party members as well as other hapless and innocent citizens leaving several wounded and maimed as well as destroying properties worth millions of naira. This obviosly was the aftermath of our very successful rally in the ancient town of Ilawe, the hometown of Yemi Adaramodu, Chief of Staff to outgoing Governor Kayode Fayemi.

The thugs led by Ayo Oriloko, Agboola Dedara Alias Small, Sunday Stronger and a certain Olu went on rampage by shooting live amunitions at people and destroying properties. As at press time, scores of indigenes of the town have had to scamper for safety with some taking refuge in the bush and even in nearby towns and villages. Some Labour Party chieftains whose houses were destroyed included Mr. Adaramodu Festus, Ilawe Ward 6 Chairman and Mr Atomeji  Kayode, Public Relations Officer, Labour Party, Ekiti South West Local Government. Others whose houses were torched and properties destroyed included Prince Ben Akinola and Mr Suyi Owolabi while Mr Sunday Ojanabo was mercilessly maimed and currently in a critical state in a private hospital in Ado Ekiti.

This incident is the latest of series of attacks and bloodletting on our members by the APC and its goons round the state. As we are wont to do, we hereby call on the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State as well as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to call the APC to order and ensure that the masterminds of yesterday's attack in Ilawe are brought to book, no matter how highly placed such persons are.

Unlike the sinking and fast drowning APC in Ekiti, ours is a peace loving party that is committed to winning the June 21, 2014 gubernatoral elections via the ballot box. We believe in the rule of law, hence we have so far, ensured an issue-based electioneering campaign devoid of violence and rancour but in the face of the on-going provocations by the outgoing APC - led government, we can no longer fold our arms and watch these apostles of rig and roast to continue to kill and maim our people as well as scare them away from campaign rallies. We say enough is enough and hereby warn the APC to henceforth, stop provoking our people.

For the umpteenth time, we want to state categorically that no one, not even the APC has monopoly of violence. If the law enforcement agents cannot ensure thecsecurity of lives and property of Ekiti people at rallies, then we may have no choice than to defend themselves in the future.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Chris Okafor Foundation Empowered Trained Artisans and Widows

The newly launched Chris Okafor Foundation has put smile into the face of about 50 people who were trained by the foundations in various fields after which they were assisted with cash to begin their own work and be self-reliance. The cash presentation event which also serves as a medium to also give to the widows was because of the mandate given to the General Overseer Of Liberation City Dr. Chris Okafor and it is to put smile on the faces of the less privilege in the society.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of those trained in different work field, the pastor said one of the responsibility of the church is not only to delivered people or win their soul for Christ  but also to empowered them, with skills and  cash so they can be independent, Dr. Chris also challenged all the graduates to make sure that the purpose of the training is  not jeopardized, he pray for them to be successful and also call on other body of Christ to emulates the gesture of the church as this will reduce the rate of unemployment in the country, some of the graduates who spoke at the graduation ceremony thank those behind Chris Okafor Foundation for the wisdom to bring smile to their faces.

In the same vein about 100 hundred widows were also given food items as part of the church’s monthly widow empowerment and the Senior Pastor of the church, Dr. Chris Okafor said the move is one of his own modest way to contribute to the development of the country, he said widows are God property and they must be carter for, the widows were given bags of rice and other cooking material as well as cash gifts.
Meanwhile the pastor that is fondly called the oracle of God has called on Nigerians to pray against fire incident particularly in our market as he also pray against accident and more terrorist attack, while telling those in government to be more alive urging Nigerians to continue to pray for the government.

Speaking on the recent publication that malign his personality in Punch newspaper and some online media, Dr. Okafor said he decided to keep quite on the allegation has he describe the whole story as false, he said the mandate given to him by God cannot be discourage by such publications, he remarked that his wife failed to say the truth, and that while she was pregnant of the only boy they had, the wife jumped from a two story building because of little misunderstanding believing that if she died it will affect his ministry, stating further that he will not react to the issue as he has handed the whole issue over to his media aides who will throw little light on the saga.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Incredible! Real Michael Jackson Said to Have Died 20 Years Ago

…Police Sources Claim the Recently Buried MJ is an impostor

During a search for evidence at the Neverland Valley Ranch, investigators discovered a corpse that has been identified as that of Michael Jackson, Santa Barbara police officials announced "Coroners have officially pronounced Michael Jackson dead. From what we can tell, he died between 18 and 20 years ago," forensic investigator Tim Holbrooke said. "We are not certain, at this time, who or what has been standing trial in that Santa Maria courthouse."

According to Holbrooke, Jackson's corpse was buried just inches below a stretch of the miniature-train tracks that run throughout Neverland. The largely desiccated corpse wore the remains of a red, zipper-covered leather jacket and a single glove. "We positively identified the body as Jackson by his dental records and DNA," Holbrooke said. "But even before we conducted a single forensic test, we began to suspect that that we'd uncovered the real Michael, and that the disturbing figure claiming to be Jackson was a fake."

Holbrooke said that, although the corpse was in an advanced stage of decomposition, when investigators compared the body to early-career publicity photos of Jackson, they saw a striking resemblance in bone structure and facial features. But when they compared the body to photos taken after 1987, the resemblance was negligible. "This discovery raises a lot of questions, but it also sheds light on a number of disturbing incidents," Holbrooke said. "Frankly, Jackson had been acting pretty strange."

Forensic experts and music critics are postulating that Jackson was dead before the release of the multi-platinum album Bad. Detectives are currently analyzing the lyrics to "Man In The Mirror" for any clues relating to a look-alike entity that many suspect murdered the youngest member of the Jackson 5 and assumed his identity.

"We believe that Neverland served as some sort of freakishly whimsical tomb constructed by Jackson's killer," Holbrooke said. "We also suspect that all of the iniquities that occurred on that ranch were the work of the imposter. I wouldn't have ever thought it possible, but we are looking at a situation where the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old cancer patient is the tip of the iceberg."

Holbrooke said that, while the living Jackson is the leading suspect in the murder investigation, he "could be another victim of some sort.Basically, we have no idea what type of creature we are dealing with," Holbrooke said.

A member of the investigative team that discovered Jackson's body described the experience as "otherworldly." "As we neared the perimeter of Neverland, the dogs started whining and howling like crazy," Santa Barbara County detective Frank Poeller said. "We had to pull them into the house. When we got to Jackson's bedroom, one of them almost choked himself to death on his leash trying to get out through the window. Minutes later, the same dog led us to the corpse."

A representative from Jackson's self-created label, MJJ Productions, said he was not surprised to find out that the current Jackson is an impostor"When we were recording 'Heal The World' for Dangerous, I could tell something was terribly, terribly wrong," MJJ manager Luke Allard said. "Michael didn't seem like himself anymore. He'd demand bizarre food and sit for hours in a hyperbaric chamber. His appearance began to become more and more peculiar. Soon afterwards, he started wearing a mask and confiding in a chimpanzee."

"I remember thinking, 'This man has become a monster,'" Allard said. "If only I'd known how right I was." Allard said he thinks that the imposter broke ties with Jackson's former friends and surrounded himself with children who were too young to notice the radical change. Vanity Fair reporter Beth Pither visited Neverland in 1994.

"A strangely fearful staff member led me to Jackson, but ran off before I opened the door," Pither said. "Standing there with my hand on an ice-cold doorknob, I heard strange, unnatural sounds—leathery wings flapping, a sorrowful wail, and loud hissing. A wave of dread passed through me as I opened the door, but all I found was Michael and some kids in pajamas eating ice cream and watching 101 Dalmatians."

While their claims have not been corroborated, other Neverland visitors have reported that when Jackson entered a room, lights flickered, faucets ran blood-red, and screams escaped from the walls. To aid in the investigation, the FBI enlisted Dr. Richard Weingarden, a noted expert on the paranormal from UC Santa Barbara. After only two hours, Weingarden abandoned the project.

"The smell of sulfur, the decaying facial features, the bizarrely high-pitched voice—it sounds exactly like..." Weingarden said, trailing off. "I'm sure it's nothing. Not a big deal. Nothing to be terrified about, certainly. I have to go. I've got a family."

Thomas Sneddon, the prosecutor in Jackson's child-molestation lawsuit, said it remains to be seen how the shocking discovery will affect the trial. Megan Gustafson, who left her post as president of the Akron, OH Michael Jackson Fan Club after the singer was accused of molestation, offered a positive view of the grisly revelation.

"This is very disturbing news," Gustafson said. "But to be honest, it's kind of a relief too. Thriller and Off The Wall are really amazing records. Now I can pull them out of my 'ruined by child abuse' storage bin and start listening to them again."