APC Sues Fayose, EKSIEC Over LG Poll

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has taken Governor Ayodele Fayose and State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) to court over composition of the electoral body.

In a suit filed by its counsel, Abiodun Fasakin and Tajudeen Akingbolu, the party said the composition of the electoral body contradicted the constitutional requirement for a non-partisan electoral body that could organise credible elections that would be acceptable to all contesting parties.

The party alleged that members of the electoral body as constituted by the governor is composed of card-carrying members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), noting that such action was illegal and invitation to chaos inherent in the electoral umpire providing support for a contesting party to the detriment of other parties. Olatunbosun noted that while APC is ready to participate in the Local Government Elections, due process must be followed in the composition of the State Electoral body. The APC is not comfortable with membership of the commission most of who apart from being PDP card carrying members, are friends and business associates of Governor Fayose, Olatunbosun noted.

Listed as PDP members in the electoral body are Justice  Kayode Bamisile (rtd), who is the chairman. Others are Victoria Olufunke Adeyera, Ganiyu Bello, Mojisola Florence Bankole, Rufus Sunday Olaiya and  Olajide Vincent Adeyeye. Other defendants include the Attorney General of the state and Commissioner for Justice and the House of Assembly.

In the originating summons before the State High Court, Ado-Ekiti, the defendants are to appear before the court within seven days after service of the summons on them.

To be determined by the court is: whether by the combined effect of Sections 197, 199 (1)(c) and 200 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFRN) 1999 (as amended) the purported appointment of the 5th to 10th Defendants as Chairman and members of the 3rd Defendant is not null, void, illegal and unconstitutional;

whether by virtue of Sections 14(4) and 197(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) the constitution and composition of the 3rd defendant is not null, void, illegal and unconstitutional.

whether having regard to questions one and two above and the circumstances of the appointment of the 5th to 10th defendants, the 4th defendant’s confirmation of the appointment of the 5th to 10th defendants is not invalid.

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