Appeal court confirms Fayemi’s election as APC’s governorship candidate

Appeal court confirms Fayemi’s election as APC’s governorship candidate

- The judgement of the Federal High Court which held that Governor Fayemi was eligible to have contested the last APC primary in Ekiti state has been confirmed by an appeal court

- Former governor Segun Oni earlier challenged the eligibility of Fayemi to have participated in the election that saw him through to the office of governor of the state

- Oni’s contention is that Fayemi was not legally qualified to take part in the party primaries of the APC which held on May 12, 2018

An appeal court in Ekiti state capital has confirmed the judgement of the Federal High Court which held that the governorship candidate of the APC, Kayode Fayemi, was eligible to have contested the party’s primary.

The court sitting in Ado-Ekiti area of the state held that Fayemi, though a public servant, was not an employee of the public service and thus not under compulsion to resign his position as minister 30 days to the party primary.

The court also aligned with the lower court that Fayemi’s indictment by a judicial panel of Inquiry does not amount to conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction and will be actionable in the case as determined.

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An aspirant, Segun Oni, had appealed to the lower court’s verdict, insisting the candidate violated electoral and constitutional provisions by not resigning 30 days to the party primaries and for contesting despite being indicted by a judicial panel of inquiry.

Oni who came second at the primary wanted the court to nullify Fayemi’s victory and nomination as the party’s candidate, and declare him the validly elected candidate of the party for its primary and the governorship poll.

The court, therefore, dismissed the appeal as lacking in merit and upheld the ruling of the lower court.

Meanwhile, had reported that Rufus Adunmo, the deputy director general of the campaign organisation of Governor Kayode Fayemi told an Abuja election petitions tribunal that the July 14, 2018, governorship poll was the best the Independent National Electoral Commission ever conducted.

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As the 60th defence witness in the case, Adunmo insisted that the election was free, fair and credible by all standards, despite claims of bias, violence, vote-buying and other forms of malpractices that occasioned the election.

Fayemi was present at the proceedings led in evidence by the governor’s lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Adunmo said before the tribunal chaired by Justice Suleiman Belgore that officials of the INEC were not biased against any party as alleged. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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