- Orders Re-Run In 10 Councils
The Nigeria’s Court of Appeal sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, this afternoon nullified the election of Mr. Segun Oni as Governor of Ekiti State, and ordered for a re-run of elections in 10 local government areas within the next three months.
Mr. Segun Oni was also ordered to hand over the reins of power which he has abused over the last 21 months, to the Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Olatunji Odeyemi.
The ruling was read by Justice Adiza Gana Mshelia.
Supporters of Dr. Kayode Fayemi the Gubernatorial candidate of the ACTION CONGRESS AC in Ekiti State burst into wild jubilation at the ruling as they felt finally vindicated by the electoral heist and dubious INEC manipulation of the outcome of the election in 14 April 2007.
Dr. Fayemi had appealed against the verdict of the election petition tribunal which had last year declared Oni winner.
The Appellate Court overturned the decision of the lower court which had upheld the INEC declaration of Oni as Governor of Ekiti State.
The Speaker and soon-to-be Acting Governor Olatunji Odeyemi was elected after a protracted battle removed the former Speaker – Richard Olufemi Bamisile, who was seen as Oni’s hatchet man in the House, on the 8th of july 2008, by 18 out of the 26-member Assembly.