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Supreme Court upholds Fayose’s election, dismisses APC’s petition

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The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Governor Ayo
Fayose of Ekiti state and dismissed the petition against him.
At a ruling this morning April 13th, a 7-man panel led by
Justice John Fabiyi dismissed all the grounds of appeal filed
by the petitioner, APC members in the state House of
Assembly, who argued that Governor Fayose was not
eligible to contest following his impeachment from office
during his first administration.
Delivering judgement, the court held that while impeachment
was not a ground of disqualification from contesting as
governor, the panel which recommended Fayose for
impeachment on October 16, 2006, was illegally and
unconstitutionally constituted.

The court also ruled that allegations of certificate forgery is
not substantive as the HND certificate Fayose presented
when he signified interest to run for Governor was genuinely
earned and was awarded to him. Regarding allegations of
the use of the military by Fayose to intimidate APC
supporters during the June 2014 governorship election, the
Supreme Court ruled that the Chief of Defence Staff and the
Inspector-General of Police, joined as 4th and 5th
defendants in the case were not necessary parties.

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