The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has accused the state governor-elect, Dr. Ayodele Fayose of either being ignorant of the law governing electoral matters in Nigeria or deliberately being economical with the truth.
In a release signed by its Director of Publicity and Media in the state, Segun Dipe, the party stated that Fayose should always consult his legal advisers before making any statement that will characterize him not only as legally deficient but a desperado.
“Rather than baring facts, our governor-elect is baring fangs. Rather than applying brain and wisdom, he is applying the brawn, which he is known for.
“If Fayose is not ignorant of the law or opting for deliberate falsehood, he would not embark on campaign of calumny against those who have chosen to embark on the path laid down in both the 1999 Constitution and Electoral Law 2006 in ensuring that justice is not only done but seen as done.
“One would have thought that Fayose’s many legal advisers would have drawn his attention to Section 182 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 or Section 145 (1) of the Electoral Act 2006 and thus should base his defence on those, instead of calling out thugs against the dictates of statute.
“You cannot build something on nothing. A house moulded with spittle cannot last as it will be brought down by the dew. Equity follows the law and he who comes to equity must come with clean hands.
“If our governor-elect is wise enough, he should see the legal hurdles ahead of him as a stepping stone to legitimize his claim to victory. But he and his wise men want to approbate and reprobate at the same time.
“This is democracy. You can only become a state governor through legal means, not through illegal means. It is not only legitimate but appropriate that an election victory could be questioned on the grounds that a person(s) whose election is questioned was at the time of election not qualified to contest the election.”
“We would therefore advise Fayose to seek the path of honour and not that of dishonour in getting to power. History awaits him on whatever steps he is taking right now to get to power. If anyone is haunting him, it is the law of the land and not our party. Our choice to question his legitimacy is not only because we are in the opposition party, but because we are also bona fide citizens of Nigeria and indigenes of Ekiti which he intends to govern,” the statement concluded.