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Segun Oni’s Suit Against Incumbent, Kayode Fayemi Over Ekiti Election Dismissed!

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The Federal High Court in Ekiti state has dismissed the suit filed by former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni, to challenge Governor Kayode Fayemi eligibility to contest in the July 14 governorship election in the state.Oni who contested under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress, in the suit, challenged Fayemi’s eligibility on the grounds that the governor did not resign his appointment as a minister 30 days before the party primaries and adding that he was indicted by the Justice Silas Oyewole-led commission of inquiry last year. Former Governor Ayodele Fayose set up the commission of inquiry to probe the finances of the state government when Fayemi was governor of the state between 2010 and 2014. Also Oni, through his counsel, Chief Anthony Adeniyi, prayed the court to void the votes cast for Fayemi in the primaries due to the latter’s refusal to resign as well as the indictment. Justice Uche Agomoh, while delivering her two-hour judgment on Monday, dismissed the suit for lacking in merit, saying, “I am of the firm view that the originating summons is hereby dismissed.”  Agomoh, who resolved the issues for determination in favour of Fayemi, said the governor could not be disqualified on the basis of the report of the Commission of Inquiry whereby an Abuja court had quashed the indictment. The judge said: “Indictment does not satisfy the definition of conviction. He cannot be disqualified”.  He also said: “The issue of 30 days resignation before election does not apply in this case,” saying the applicant’s claim that Fayemi was an official of the APC and a public servant could not be proved. According to the judge, Fayemi, as a minister of the federation was not a public servant but a political office holder and an appointee of the President, hence the 30 days resignation stipulation did not apply. Responding to the judgement, Oni’s lawyer said, “We are going to study this judgment to determine the next cause of action”.Photo Credit: Getty

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