Supreme Court affirms Fayemi as winner of Ekiti governorship election

Supreme Court affirms Fayemi as winner of Ekiti governorship election

The Supreme court, on Wednesday, April 17, affirmed Governor Kayode Fayemi as the authentic winner of the 2018 governorship election held in Ekiti state.

The court affirmed that Fayemi’s victory in a suit filed by Chief Segun Oni, a chieftain of the All progressives Congress (APC), who contested against the governor during the party’s primaries.

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In the suit, according to TVC, Oni had claimed that Fayemi was not eligible to run for the election as the candidate of the party.

Oni, a former governor of the state, claimed that Fayemi did not resign as minister of mines and steel development 30 days before the party’s primary election.

The former deputy national chairman of the APC, who came second in the APC governorship primary, further wanted Fayemi to be disqualified following his alleged indictment by a judicial commission of inquiry set up by former Governor Ayo Fayose.

A Federal High Court had earlier dismissed the report of the judicial commission which banned Fayemi from seeking political office for 10 years. earlier reports that the Supreme Court ruling happened less than a month after the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, affirmed his victory as the duly elected in the governorship election held on July 14, 2018 in the state.

The report said 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.

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Eleka and his party had appealed the judgement of the election petition tribunal set up to handle the governorship exercise in the state.

Governor Kayode Fayemi had also, on Friday, March 29, declared that he never regarded the defeated governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic party, Prof Kolapo Olusola-Eleka as an enemy.

Rather, he said the major opposition party was free to challenge his victory at any stage of the court, and make useful suggestions for smooth running of his government.

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