- Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state has said he has no axe to grind with one of his predecessors, Mr Segun Oni
- Oni, an APC chieftain, had challenged the eligibility of Fayemi to contest for the governorship election at the court
- The Supreme Court on Wednesday, April 17 affirmed that Fayemi was validly nominated by his party for the governorship poll
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti says he has no grudge against his predecessor, Chief Segun Oni, for challenging his election victory in court.
Governor Fayemi spoke in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, April 17, while reacting to his victory at the Supreme Court in the eligibility suit filed by Oni.
The governor said the Supreme Court judgment would now enable the state to move forward and end all contentions about his emergence.
He also said the apex court judgment showed that he properly resigned in line with the constitutional provision, contrary to Oni’s claim.
Governor Fayemi further said the primaries of the party which produced him as All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state in 2018 was free, fair and devoid of manipulations.
His words: “Ekiti must move forward. Enough of these distractions. Enough of these recriminations over matters that ought not to go to court.
“It is very clear that I resigned in accordance with the constitution of the land and that the shenanigans that culminated in the White Paper that said Fayemi should not serve in public office have been dealt with in the appropriate law courts as the thrash that it was at the time.
“It also shows clearly that the primaries that took place in Ekiti for anyone who is objective enough was the cleanest, the fairest and most credible primaries that had ever taken place in the history of electioneering in Nigeria.
“Now that the highest court in the land has pronounced definitely on it, I hope he(Oni) would see it as a cue to play a more active role in the party.
“Oni, to the best of my knowledge, remains a member of the APC. I don’t believe he has removed himself from the party.
“But I think this would not lead to another round of recriminations and attacks.”
Meanwhile, Governor Fayemi on Wednesday, April 17, condemned the death of two persons which followed alleged invasion of farmlands by some suspected herdsmen in Iyemero Ekiti community, in Ikole local government area of Ekiti.
The governor, represented by the state commissioner for information, Muyiwa Olumilua, gave the said his government would do everything within its powers to prevent similar occurrence in future and assured that every necessary step would be taken to nab the killers and bring them to justice.
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