The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State, has petitioned the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), urging him to review the June 21, 2014 governorship election and prosecute suspects in the alleged “criminal” manipulation of the electoral process.
The party contended that the return of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ayodele Fayose, in the poll, who was given a clean bill by the Supreme Court, was fraudulent and needed to be revisited to serve justice and fairness.
The petition was entitled: ‘Request for the prosecution of persons involved in conspiring and perpetrating acts of electoral fraud and
malfeasance in the governorship election of June 21, 2014 in a manner other than that envisaged by the relevant provisions of the
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.’
The petition signed by the state Chairman of APC, Olajide Awe, the party said its present petition arose from the recent confessions on Channels Television by the state Secretary of PDP in Ekiti State, Dr Temitope Aluko, published and broadcast on other electric and print media.
Aluko had spilled the beans two weeks ago, alleging that Fayose gave Ekiti State INEC officials N1billion to compromise its staff without the knowledge of former INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, including naming all the personalities and institutions involved in the election scam that had drawn commentaries in the local and international media calling for justice in Ekiti State.
The party referred to the earlier two petitions dated February 13, 2015, November 23, 2015 on the same subject matter, saying , “we are
compelled to write this reminder to draw your attention to the urgent need to address the matter to ensure justice in what has turned a
blight on the nation’s practice of democracy through treasonable actions that denied the votes of Ekiti people”.
According to Awe, the infractions include: unusual militarisation
before, during and after the election that created fears and heightened the level of insecurity to the electorate throughout the state, among others.
“We unequivocally believe that this should elicit extra-ordinary remedy so that the cause of justice, fair-play and preeminence of
Nigerian Constitution are not permanently perverted and to act as deterrent to a repeat of such,” Awe said.
But Fayose described the expedition as an as an exercise in futility, saying the Minister of Justice has no such powers to review the
“The Ekiti State APC chairman, Jide Awe demanding for that is an illiterate, and a comedian playing to the gallery with
“The issue concerning June 21, 2014 governorship election is a concluded matter which can never be revisited. The issue raised by Awe is an election matter conducted under stipulated time under the law because it is time bond.
“All parties have exhausted their rights at the tribunal, Appeal Court and Supreme Court under the law.
“When the APC was in government, Segun Oni asked the Supreme Court to review a matter it has already decided because he claimed to have a new evidence to upturn the legal victory of Kayode Fayemi, the Supreme Court threw it out. The court even lambasted Oni for wasting its time.”