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APC goes to Supreme Court over Fayose’s victory

The All Progressives Congress, APC in Ekiti State, has said it will proceed to Supreme Court to challenge the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja that upheld Governor Ayodele Fayose’s election

The Court of Appeal held that Governor Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was the duly elected governor of Ekiti State.

But the APC in its reaction, stressed that there were other salient but fundamental issues that ought to have been addressed by the judgment.

The party in a statement in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said that though the court ruled in Fayose’s favour, it was gratifying that judicial declaration was given to APC’s complaint on illegal deployment of troops to harass and intimidate the opposition during the election.

He added that the party also succeeded in proving that Fayose was legally impeached in 2006 as resolved by the Appeal Court in its judgment.

He stressed, however, that the party would appeal the judgment to the Supreme Court, as there were other issues that should have been addressed by the judgment.

“The judgment has vindicated us on our complaint that it was illegal for the ruling party to deploy troops to intimidate the opponents during election to influence victory for its candidate because this is a clear infringement on the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the use of the military.

“The recent audio leak about how the election was rigged by PDP chieftains, including the present beneficiary who used the army to terrorise innocent Ekiti citizens, has further lent credence to our petition that the election was neither free nor fair.

“We are also vindicated that Fayose was legally impeached in 2006. As observed in the judgment, it is now left for the National Assembly to look into the nation’s law whether it is right and lawful to allow a man that was impeached over gross misconduct , public funds embezzlement and violation of the constitution to re-contest the position he had earlier lost over such constitutional breaches,” Olatubosun said.


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