The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, in the evening of Thursday, March 28, affirmed the victory of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti as the duly elected in the governorship election that was held on July 14, 2018 in the state.
The Nigerian Tribune reports that a three-man panel of the appeal court led by Justice Stephen Adah, gave the unanimous judgment.
The judges dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the election, Olusola Eleka.
Eleka and his party had appealed the judgement of the election petition tribunal set up to handle the governorship exercise in the state.
The tribunal had ruled in favour of Kayode Fayemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Legit.ng earlier reported that an appeal court in Ekiti state capital recently confirmed the judgement of the Federal High Court which held that 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.
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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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