The people of Ekiti State erupted in wild jubilation as news filtered in that the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed petitions filed by ousted Governor of the State, Mr Segun Oni against the ruling of the Court of Appeal, sitting in Ado-Ekiti that re-affirmed the election of Dr. Kayode Fayemi as earlier delivered by an Ilorin Appeal Court on October 15, 2010.
In its 7-man unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court struck out Mr Oni’s suit thereby closing the curtains on what has come to be the nation’s longest election petition that spanned from 2007 to 2013.
Fayemi’s well-wishers and Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, supporters in Ado- Ekiti, the State capital, took to the streets in their thousands to celebrate the long-awaited verdict.
The supporters who held their brooms, the symbol of the ACN, sang various songs of solidarity and victory; chanting different slogans including the popular “4+4= 8″ and “JKF- Just Keep Faith”, “Eyiyato” among others.
Addressing the party’s supporters in Ado Ekiti, the Deputy Governor, Professor Modupe Adelabu, Wife of the Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, the SSG, Alhaji Ganiyu Owolabi and the Chief of Staff, Mr yemi Adaramodu expressed their appreciation to the people for supporting the party and the Governor throughout the duration of the judicial tussle.
They assured that the Fayemi-led administration would continue to pursue people-centred programmes and projects as contained in the 8-point agenda of the administration.