The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to the Court of Appeal judgment in the governorship petition filed by APC challenging the declaration Mr Ayodele Fayose as the winner in the June 21, 2014 governorship poll, saying the law will take its course in the final determination of the matter at the Supreme Court.
APC state Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said in a statement that though the court ruled in Fayose’s favour, it is gratifying that judicial declaration was given to APC’s complaint on illegal deployment of troops to harass and intimidate the opposition during the election.
He added that the party also succeeded in proving that Fayose was legally impeached in 2006 as resolved by the Appeal Court in its judgment.
He stressed, however, that the party would appeal the judgment at the Supreme Court, as there are other issues that should have been addressed by the judgment.
“The judgment has vindicated us on our complaint that it is illegal for the ruling party to deploy troops to intimidate opponents during election to influence victory for its candidates 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 is 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.
He added, however, that other issues that were not addressed by the Appeal Court in the judgment would be trashed out at the Supreme Court.
He urged members to be law-abiding and wait till the party employed all constitutional means to get justice in the matter.