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Celebrations in Ekiti after Supreme Court affirmed Fayose’s election.

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The Supreme Court has affirmed
the election of Ayo Fayose as the
governor of Ekiti State, dismissing
a suit that sought to nullify the
2014 polls.
Mr. Fayose’s election was
challenged by the All Progressives
Congress, APC, whose candidate
in the election, Kayode Fayemi,
lost to Mr. Fayose.
The governor is currently facing
an attempt by state lawmakers to
impeach him.
Ahead of the Supreme Court
ruling, Mr. Fayose, in a state-wide
broadcast on Monday asked the
people of the state to maintain the
peace and pursue their businesses
and lawful duties normally.
He credited the success of his
Peoples Democratic Party in
Saturday’s House of Assembly
election to Ekiti residents and
thanked them accordingly.
Mr. Fayose said the victory
confirmed that he had the genuine
support of the people.
The governor said he would be
vindicated at the end of the day
and “triumph over whatever plot
being hatched to truncate,” his
tenure.
The APC had petitioned the Ekiti
Governorship Election Tribunal
challenging the victory of Mr.
Fayose in the governorship
election.
The Tribunal, on December 19,
2014, upheld Mr. Fayose’s victory
and dismissed the APC’s petition
for “lack of merit”.
Dissatisfied with the verdict, the
APC went to the Court of Appeal,
on the grounds that Mr. Fayose
was not eligible to contest the
governorship election since he
had been impeached on October
16, 2006 during his first tenure as
governor.
The APC also alleged that the governor forged
his academic credentials and breached the
Code of Conduct rules.

On February 16, a five-member Appeal Court
panel, led by Justice Abdul Aboki, upheld the
judgment of the Election Tribunal and
affirmed Mr. Fayose as winner of the June 21,
2014 poll.
The Appeal Court, however, upheld APC’s
complaints that the military was used to
harass and intimidate its supporters and
leaders during the polls.
The APC, not satisfied with the judgment, went
to the Supreme Court.

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The court on Tuesday upheld Mr. Fayose’s
election, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.
Details of the ruling are yet unclear.

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