Ekiti guber: S/Court affirms nomination of Fayemi as APC candidate

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The Supreme Court has affirmed Kayode Fayemi’s nomination as
the Candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the July 14, 2018,
governorship election in Ekiti State.

Justice Amiru Sanusi on Wednesday held that the appeal had
become status barred as the suit was caught up by Section 285 of the 1999
Constitution.

The provision of the constitution makes it mandatory for all
pre-election cases to be filed within 14 days after the issue in dispute
occurred.

The judge explained that the records showed that Oni filed
his case at the trial court 42 days after the cause of action.

Sanusi, therefore, noted that the appellant was clearly in
breach of the provision, adding that the suit became incompetent the moment the
rule was not observed.

Oni, a former governor of the state had failed to clinch the
gubernatorial ticket of the party after coming second behind the incumbent
governor.

Oni, however, expressed dissatisfaction with the process as he
argued that the governor was not legally qualified to take part in the contest
has not resigned his position as Minister during the primary.

Oni submitted that Fayemi participated in the party’s
primary on May 12, 2018, before he officially resigned in May 30, 2018.

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Oni, argued that the constitution had mandated public office
holders to resign their positions at least 30 days before contesting the
elective position.

According to him, Fayemi’s action is in gross violation of
the 1999 Constitution, as amended, as well as APC guidelines.

Both the High Court in Ekiti State and the Court of Appeal
Abuja had earlier dismissed Oni’s suit for lacking in merit

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