The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wedensday, February 18, 2015 announced that it would approach the Supreme Court to contest the ruling of an Abuja Appeal Court which recently upheld the election of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State.
Revealing the decision was the Ekiti State APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, who issued a statement to the effect that although they lost at the Appeal Court, the appellate court highlighted the use of the military during the course of the election.
He said: “The judgment has vindicated us in our complaint that it is illegal for the ruling party to deploy troops to intimidate the opponents during elections to influence victory for its candidates because this is a clear infringement on the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the use of the military.
“The recent audio leak about how the election was rigged by PDP chieftains, including the present beneficiary who used the army to terrorise innocent Ekiti citizens, has further lent credence to our petition that the election was neither free nor fair.
“We are also vindicated that Fayose was legally impeached in 2006. As observed in the judgment, it is now left for the National Assembly to look into the nation’s laws whether it is right and lawful to allow a man that was impeached over gross misconduct, public funds embezzlement and violation of the constitution to re-contest the position he had earlier lost over such constitutional breaches.”
Reacting to the accusation of illegal deployment of troops the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the State scribe of the party, Tope Aluko said the APC was crying foul because they lost the election as the same measures were carried out in Edo, Ondo, Anambra and Osun States, where the opposition triumphed.
Aluko said: “To us they have unguarded interest in the area where the use of military to check abuse of the election was discarded by the lower tribunal, it is obvious that they have been compromised for dissipating energy on an issue that has been dismissed by the lower tribunal.
“The APC didn’t go to court then to challenge the use of military because it favoured it and no judge either at the lower or upper tribunals have ever raised eyebrows like the one being suspiciously raised by these Justices that ruled on the APC petition against Governor Ayo Fayose on Monday.
“It has become very glaring that the APC as a party is working out an unholy agenda with the judiciary again as we approach the forthcoming election while some of these judges are believed to be working for them in a conspiracy not to make use of military in the future election for their rigging plan to sail through.”