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Jubilations In Ekiti As Supreme Court Confirms Fayemi’s Election

It was jubilation galore in Ekiti State as 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.

Ekiti State Governor, Dr kayode Fayemi with the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Wale Fapounda, at the Ekiti Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, shortly after the landmark judgement of the Supreme Court in Abuja.
Ekiti State Governor, Dr kayode Fayemi with the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Wale Fapounda, at the Ekiti Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, shortly after the landmark judgement of the Supreme Court in Abuja.

The Supreme Court had in its 7-man unanimous ruling struck out Mr Oni’s suit; laying to rest the nation’s longest election petition that lasted for six years. The battle for the Ekiti governorship seat has been on since 2007 and lasted until the Supreme Courr ruling on Friday.

L-R: A member of the legal team, Mr Bola Okeya; Chairman, Ekiti State ACN, High Chief Jide Awe; Senator Olu Adetunbi (Ekiti North), Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Wale Fapounda;  Victorious Ekiti State Governor, Dr kayode Fayemi; Senator Tony Adeniyi (Ekiti South); member of House of Representatives  Hon femi Robinson; and deputy chairman ACN, Chief Dele Falusi rejoicing with Gov Fayemi  shortly after the landmark judgement of the Supreme Court in Abuja
L-R: A member of the legal team, Mr Bola Okeya; Chairman, Ekiti State ACN, High Chief Jide Awe; Senator Olu Adetunbi (Ekiti North), Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Wale Fapounda; Victorious Ekiti State Governor, Dr kayode Fayemi; Senator Tony Adeniyi (Ekiti South); member of House of Representatives Hon femi Robinson; and deputy chairman ACN, Chief Dele Falusi rejoicing with Gov Fayemi shortly after the landmark judgement of the Supreme Court in Abuja

Ado- Ekiti, the state capital was agog as the news of Fayemi’s victory reached his supporters and well-wishers who took to the streets  in their thousands to celebrate the long-awaited verdict.

The supporters who held their brooms, the symbol of the Action Congress of Nigeria (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.
There was traffic congestion on both lanes from Fajuyi to Old Garage, with different groups and bands singing and dancing, while commuters took alternative routes through Oke Ori Omi- Aremu- Irona road and Ile Abiye- GRA- Fajuyi road to get to their destinations.

L-R: Senator Olu Adetunbi (Ekiti North);  Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Senator Tony Adeniyi (Ekiti South) and Member of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Robinson  at  the Ekiti State Governor’s Lodge , Abuja shortly after the judgement of the Supreme Court in Abuja.
L-R: Senator Olu Adetunbi (Ekiti North); Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Senator Tony Adeniyi (Ekiti South) and Member of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Robinson at the Ekiti State Governor’s Lodge , Abuja shortly after the judgement of the Supreme Court in Abuja.

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 thanked the people for supporting the party and Governor Fayemi throughout the judicial tussle.

They assured that the Fayemi-led administration would not relent in pursuing people-oriented programmes and projects as spelt out in the 8-point agenda of the administration.

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