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.
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.
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.
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.