GOV. AYODELE FAYOSE ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2018 EKITI STATE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION RESULT ON SHUT DOWN (BSES) IS AN ACT OF TREASON THAT MUST BE PROSECUTED
The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) condemns in the strongest terms, the barbaric, irresponsible, reckless, provocative, intent to incite violence, criminal and commission of treason by outgoing governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state by his announcement of the results of the 2018 Ekiti state gubernatorial election on the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti state (BSES) on the 14th July, 2018.
Prior to the conduct of the 2018 Ekiti state gubernatorial election, Mr. Ayodele Fayose repeatedly denigrated and brought public opprobrium upon the exalted office of the governor of Ekiti state by his conduct and utterances of malicious and unsubstantiated allegations against all institutions of state with the intention to undermine the credibility of the election and provoke violence.
According to the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the only body charged with the responsibility for the conduct and announcement of the results of elections in Nigeria is the electoral umpire, INEC or the states independent electoral commissions.
In tandem with his character of utter disdain and disrespect for the responsibility, decorum of office of the governor and violations of his oath of allegiance to the constitution of Nigeria, Mr. Ayodele Fayose usurped the constitutional powers of INEC by declaring the results of the 2018 Ekiti state gubernatorial election on the Ekiti state television and radio stations and has thus committed an act of treason by attempting to overthrow a legitimately elected government at the polls by his action.
We must however commend the National Broadcasting Commission (NBS) for acting swiftly and responsibly in shutting down the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti state (BSES) and it’s sister radio station which has become an instrument for disseminating malicious allegations and incitement to violence by outgoing governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state.
Thus, we are demanding the prosecution for treason of outgoing governor Ayodele Fayose at the expiration of his tenure in office for attempting to unconstitutionally overthrow a legitimately elected government derived from the polls on Saturday 14th July, 2018, through his announcement of election result on the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State (BSES).