Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has accused his predecessors, former Governors Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi of plotting to remove him from office.
Fayose in a petition to Nigeria’s Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, alleges that his offence is because he rejected an overture from the two former governors to defect from PDP to APC.
The governor who describes himself as Nigeria’s leading opposition leader, further alleges that the overture was made to him by the two former governors during the last yuletide in Ado Ekiti.
The plot, according to Fayose, involves using judges of the Federal High Court to re-open issues on the Ekiti state’s 2014 governorship polls.
“At a recent meeting held in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital, at which several stalwarts and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress were in attendance, two former governors of the State and members of the APC, namely Engr. Segun Oni and Dr. Kayode Fayemi, now a Federal Minister, boasted that there is no going back on the latest plans to subvert the will of the people of Ekiti freely given; wrest the governance of Ekiti from me at all costs before the expiration of my tenure in October 2018 through orchestrated but dubious legal process; and thereby render nugatory the sacred mandate of the people given unto me openly and unequivocally when I won in all the 16 local governments of the state while the then incumbent Governor, Kayode Fayemi recorded zero,” the governor alleged.
He said the plot was to be executed through a fresh suit which would be filed against him on allegations already decided by the Supreme Court.
“This time, the plotters of this judicial coup-de-tat plan to procure the services of a compromised or malleable judge to get self-serving ‘jankara’ and kangaroo judgment with the intention of having the Supreme Court reverse itself on the June 2014 Ekiti election,” he said.
“Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi boastfully claimed that they have enlisted the assurances of Justice Okon Abang and one or two other judges in the concocted fresh suit, hinged on the report of a useless, senseless, and orchestrated military report not known to the Electoral law.”
He urged the chief justice to note the judicial pronouncements by the courts of concurrent jurisdiction as well as the scathing remarks of appellate courts on how Justice Abang had been used in the past to ‘endanger democracy’.
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