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Appeal court judges compromised by APC —Ekiti PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State has accused judges of the Court of Appeal that upheld the June 21 governorship election victory of Governor Ayodele Fayose of being compromised by the All Progressives Congress.

The PDP said it suspected an alliance between the appeal court judges and the APC for dissipating energy on the issue of using the military for elections, an issue which the PDP said had been dismissed by the lower tribunal.

The PDP secretary in Ekiti, Dr. Tope Aluko, said this in a statement made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday.

Aluko said the appeal panel deliberately dissipated much energy on the use of military during the election in a manner which had aroused the suspicion of the party.

Aluko, who said that the party would appeal the aspect of the judgement, wondered why the panel after dismissing the appeal by the APC “for lack of merit should now go ahead condemning those who made it impossible for Dr. Kayode Fayemi and his party, APC, to rig the election.”

“To us they have unguarded interest in the area where the use of military to check abuse of the election was discarded by the lower tribunal , it is obvious that they have been compromised for dissipating energy on issue that has been dismissed by the lower tribunal,” he said.

The PDP scribe noted that the military was used during the governorship elections in Edo, Ondo, Anambra and Osun states “and after the elections nobody raised any question because the states were won by other parties.”

The statement read in part, “The APC didn’t go to court then to challenge the use of military because it favoured it and no judge, either at the lower or upper tribunals, have ever raised eyebrows like the one being suspiciously raised by these justices that ruled on the APC petition against Governor Ayo Fayose on Monday.

“It has become very glaring that the APC as a party is working out an unholy agenda with the judiciary again as we approach the forthcoming elections while some of these judges are believed to be working for them in a conspiracy not to make use of military in the future election for their rigging plan to sail through.

“We want to say emphatically that the use of military in all the elections mentioned, including that of Ekiti, has been so positive and it has reduced exhibition of violence that used to characterise elections in Nigeria, which the APC leaders have applauded and acknowledged whenever it favoured their party.”

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