- All eyes are on Ekiti as the state prepares for its governorship election on Saturday, July 14
- There was a media report of disagreement between political gladiators in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state
- One of the gladiators, Segun Oni, has denied undermining the party's candidate
Segun Oni, a governorship aspirant of the APC in Ekiti state, has denied filing a suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the emergence of Kayode Fayemi, former minister of mines and steel, as the party’s flagbearer for the July 14 governorship poll.
Fayemi, who polled a total of 941 votes at the primary election of the party which held on Saturday, May 12, defeated Oni, his closest rival, by a margin of over 460 votes.
But, fake court papers had circulated in the media claiming Oni asked the court to determine if it was proper for his opponent to contest the primary without resigning as a member of the federal cabinet.
He also purportedly asked the court to determine if Fayemi’s action did not violate the Nigerian constitution and the guidelines of the ruling party primary.
The suit was purportedly filed on his behalf by Gani Faniyi, a lawyer and read:
“Whether by virtue of All Progressives Congress constitution and particularly Articles 2 and 5 of All Progressive Congress 2014 guidelines for the nomination of candidates for public office as applicable to the A.P.C governorship primaries conducted on the 12th May, 2018, the 1st defendant being a serving member of the Federal Executive and federal minister of solid minerals, mines and steel development having not resigned his appointment as a member of federal executive and minister of solid mineral, mines and steel development, at all or at least 30 days to the said primaries election of 12th May, 2018 was qualified to contest and participate in the said All Progressive Congress governorship primaries of 12th May, 2018 as an aspirant in that election.
“Whether by virtue of All Progressive Congress constitution and particularly Articles 2 and 5 of All Progressive Congress 2014 Guidelines for the nomination of candidates for public office as applicable to the A.P.C governorship primaries conducted on the 12th May, 2018, at Damilek Event Centre, Ado-Ekiti for the purpose of determining or nominating the 2nd defendant candidate for the 12th July Ekiti State Governorship election, the 1st defendant having being indicted by Rtd. Hon. Justice Oyewole Judicial Panel of Enquiry was qualified to contest and participate in the said All Progressives Congress governorship primary of 12th May, 2018 as an aspirant in that election.”
Among the reliefs Oni was purportedly seeking are: “A declaration that the claimant (Oni) having scored 481 votes which is the majority of lawful and valid votes at the 2nd defendant (APC) the 12th May, 2018 APC governorship primaries election for the purpose of determining the 2nd defendant’s candidate for the 14th July 2018 election for the office of governor Ekiti state is the person that was validly nominated by the 2nd defendant for the 14th July, 2018 election for the office of governor, Ekiti state.”
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given assurances that the Ekiti state governorship election slated for Saturday, July 14, cannot be rigged, due to the quality ICT infrastructure in place.
The commission said the notion peddled in some quarters that the election will be rigged runs contrary to the reality on ground.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ekiti state, Abdulganiy Raji, gave the assurance in Ido Ekiti on Tuesday, June 12, during a town hall meeting entitled, Vote not Fight. The meeting was organised to sensitise the youth ahead of the election.
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