The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, says it will proceed to Supreme Court to challenge the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja that upheld Governor Ayodele Fayose’s victory at the state’s last governorship election.
The Court of Appeal held that Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was duly elected as governor of Ekiti State.
Reacting to the judgement, the APC stressed that there were other salient but fundamental issues that ought to have been addressed by the judgment.
In a statement released in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, by APC Publicity Secretary in the state, Taiwo Olatubosun, the party noted that although 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.
“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.