Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has accused his predecessor, Kayode Fayemi of plotting a return as the State Governor through by arm-twisting the Supreme Court to review its judgment of April 14, 2015, which validated the governor’s election.
He said, “If Fayemi is interested in governing Ekiti State again, he should seek power through the ballot box and not through the backdoor.”
Addressing journalists in Ado-Ekiti Monday, Fayose, who recalled his press briefing of January 5, this year, in which he raised similar alarm, said; “When we exposed them then, they pulled their punch; now, information at our disposal is that they are at it again.”
He alleged that Fayemi was already claiming that he had the backing of three newly appointed justices of the Supreme Court, the Department of State Services (DSS) and other top organs of the federal government to force the Supreme Court to review its judgment on the Ekiti State 2014 governorship election.
“We are not unmindful of the allegation made by a Supreme Court Judge, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta that the Minister of Transportation and former governor of Rivers State, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi begged him to ensure that my election was set aside and another election ordered for his friend, Fayemi to contest. Curiously, that grievous allegation was ignored by the powers that be.
“If Fayemi could try, using Amaechi to approach Supreme Court justices to procure black market judgment then, nothing stops him from trying to do same now that it is very clear that he can never achieve his ambition to be Ekiti governor once again through the votes of the people and we urge Nigerians to take note,” the governor said.
He said the renewed efforts were consequent upon the brick-walls he (Fayemi) met on his plan to contest the 2018 governorship election as APC candidate, adding that; “Having realised how difficult it will be for him to clinch APC ticket not to even talk of winning the election proper, Fayemi has opted to seek power through the backdoor.”
The governor said; “Fayemi and his cohorts are even boasting that theyare only putting pressure on the new Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen to join them in the devilish plot.
“It was in furtherance to this plot and the assurances that he may have gotten that Fayemi said in an interview published in Thisday newspaper of Sunday, March 26, 2017 that rather than joining a‘so-called governorship race’, his preoccupation was to get to the root of what actually transpired in Ekiti on June 21, 2014, going
further to state that ‘it is too early to start talking about 2018 governorship race when there is still unfinished business.’
“The question is; what unfinished business was he talking about in anelection that he lost clearly? What unfinished business does Fayemi have with an election that I won fair and square, defeating him in all
the 16 local governments of the state, including his home town of Isan-Ekiti?
“Mind you, that June 2014 election was the second time I would betrouncing an incumbent governor, the first being in 2003 when I defeated the sitting Alliance for Democracy (AD) governor, Otunba Niyi Adebayo.”
“Finally, let me reiterate that I have an unflinching confidence that the Supreme Court will not debase itself. On the 2014 Ekiti governorship election, the apex court has spoken and it has spoken soclearly. Day-dreamers like Fayemi can continue to hallucinate. As for me and the Ekiti people, our focus is on the 2018 governorship
election. By God’s grace and the solid support and backing of Ekiti people, we will again give Fayemi and his political camp 16 – 0.”