Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described as an exercise in futility, calls by the State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Jide Awe, for a review of the 2014 governorship elections in the state.
Mr. Fayose won the June 21, 2014 election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, by defeating the incumbent and candidate of the APC, now Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
But almost two years after the polls, the Ekiti APC has petitioned the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, asking him to review the outcome of the polls on the strength of recent revelations by a former secretary of the PDP in the state, Temitope Aluko, that the election was manipulated by the party.
APC had previously written two petitions, dated February 13, 2015 and November 23, 2015, on the same subject matter.
Mr. Fayose, however, described the call as “another APC comedy”, saying the AGF had no such power to review the election.
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Fayose said Mr. Awe’s demand for a review suggested that he had no knowledge of the law.
“The issue concerning June 21, 2014 governorship election is a concluded matter which can never be revisited.
“The issue raised by Awe is an election matter conducted under stipulated time under the law because it is time bound.
“All parties have exhausted their rights at the tribunal, appeal court and Supreme Court under the law.
“It is only an unserious minds like Awe that will rely on what Temitope Aluko has been saying”, Mr. Adelusi added.
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