Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has raised an alarm over alleged plans of the Federal Government to use a military investigation report on the conduct of the election to make the Supreme Court upturn his victory in the 2014 governorship election.
Fayose, who made the allegation while addressing newsmen in Lagos, stressed that the governorship election in Ekiti state was the best, noting that even foreign observers expressed confidence in the process.
Speaking on the controversies that erupted during the election, Fayose said; “You will recall that after I won the election, there was this effort to stop the swearing-in that generated a lot of controversy, even before and after the elections. There was one story of photo-chronic military rigging and all that. You will equally recall that there were four elections after mine, the presidential, National Assembly and State House of Assembly elections, they all followed the same pattern even when military men were not enough for the whole country. They followed the same pattern and it is good for anybody to complain about the elections but when you are not on ground, you cannot win an elections. After Dr. Kayode Fayemi conceded, the party still went ahead to challenge it up to the Supreme Court and we still won.
“I am a clean person but what they are doing now is that they went to Kaduna, after all submissions, they now want to say the military rigged Ekiti election. They are releasing their report very soon and knowing full well that military report holds no water in law, the Attorney-General would want that report reviewed and approach the Supreme Court to review their position, which is not known in law.”
He however, maintained that the Supreme Court had laid to rest the controversy surrounding his victory at the election.
“The Supreme Court dealt properly with the issue of impeachment and it did not raise issues of whether the elections were won or not. It talked about the issue of certificate that was raised in 2002 and it equally raised the issue of non-qualification as a result of impeachment. The court dealt with it all and it was a landmark judgement already reported in all law journals.
“An online newspaper generated a report of a conversation and I came out to say that I was part of the conversation, I was the complainant in that conversation. If you now set up a military committee to look into the Ekiti and Osun elections that was adjudged to be free and fair, the Americans and international observers made it very clear that they recommend Ekiti elections for subsequent elections.
“To my surprise, I heard they set up a panel to look into activities of some military men during the elections in Ekiti and Osun, that is their choice. To fulfil all righteousness, I sent my Attorney-General and Commissioner for Information to give them information that they may not have. For instance they might not be privy to the observers’ report. If the international committee says the elections were free and fair, that the military did well, the military will be on their own if they indict their personnel because of politics.
“Above all, I have been very critical of this government and I will continue to be critical of any government in Nigeria because democracy is about opposition and the government in power. I have no regrets and I am not sorry about my actions. I did not start after Buhari’s election, I started before the elections. I actually told Nigerians not to vote for him (Buhari.) I placed advertorials and I am still not sorry for that, I still maintain my stand because I envisaged this disobedience to court orders and dictatorship.”
However in a swift reaction, the APC in Ekiti State said the party had no plans to come in the way of justice.
The chairman of the party Mr Jide Awe, said: “As far as the APC is concerned, since the military has taken up the matter on the role of its officers during the exercise, we will allow the exercise to follow due process.
“We will not engage Fayose until the report of the military report is out. We have respect for institutions,” Awe said.