Ekiti 2018: I am lawful candidate of APC-Oni tells court

Chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) and one of the contestants at the last governorship primaries of the party in Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni has filed a suit against the emergence of Dr. Kayode Fayemi as the flagbearer of the APC in the July 14 gubernatorial polls in the state.

TheEcho recalls that Fayemi defeated Oni and other contestants in the May 12th primaries of the APC in Ekiti to emerge as the party’s candidate in the forthcoming election.

However, Oni in a suit filed with a Federal High Court in Abuja seeks to know if it was proper for Fayemi to contest the election while he was still a serving minister.

The suit which was filed on his behalf by Gani Faniyi,his lawyer read “Whether by virtue of All Progressives Congress constitution and particularly Articles 2 and 5 of All Progressive Congress 2014 Guidelines for the nomination of candidates for public office as applicable to the A.P.C Governorship primaries conducted on the 12th May, 2018, the 1st Defendant being a serving member of the Federal Executive and Federal Minister of Solid Minerals, Mines and Steel Development having not resigned his appointment as a member of Federal Executive and Minister of Solid Mineral, Mines and Steel Development, at all or at least 30 days to the said primaries election of 12th May, 2018 was qualified to contest and participate in the said All Progressive Congress Governorship primaries of 12th May, 2018 as an aspirant in that election,” the document read.

“Whether by virtue of All Progressive Congress Constitution and particularly Articles 2 and 5 of All Progressive Congress 2014 Guidelines for the nomination of candidates for public office as applicable to the A.P.C Governorship primaries conducted on the 12th May, 2018, at Damilek Event Centre, Ado-Ekiti for the purpose of determining or nominating the 2nd Defendant candidate for the 12th July Ekiti State Governorship election, the 1st Defendant having being indicted by Rtd. Hon. Justice Oyewole Judicial Panel of Enquiry was qualified to contest and participate in the said All Progressives Congress Governorship primary of 12th May, 2018 as an aspirant in that election.”

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Among the reliefs Oni are seeking are: “A declaration that the claimant (Oni) having scored 481 votes which is the majority of lawful and valid votes at the 2nd Defendant (APC) 12th May, 2018, Governorship primary election for the purpose of determining the 2nd Defendant’s candidate for the 14th July 2018 election for the office of Governor Ekiti State is the person that was validly nominated by the 2nd Defendant for the 14th July, 2018 election for the office of Governor, Ekiti state.”

Fayemi resigned his appointment as a Minister on May 30.

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