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APC to appeal ruling on Fayose

The party in the statement filed by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said the law would take its course in the final determination of the…

The party in the statement filed by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said the law would take its course in the final determination of the matter at the Supreme Court.
The seven-man Court of Appeal panel presided over by Justice Abdul Aboki on Monday affirmed Fayose’s election, but ruled that it was wrong to have used soldiers during the election.
Olatubosun said though the court ruled in Fayose’s favour, it was gratifying that judicial declaration was given to APC’s complaint on “illegal deployment of troops to harass and intimidate the opposition during the election”.
He added that the party also succeeded in proving that Fayose was legally impeached in 2006. He stressed, however, that the party would appeal the judgment at the Supreme Court, adding that there were other issues that should have been addressed.
“The judgment has vindicated us on our complaint that it is illegal for the ruling party to deploy troops to intimidate opponents during election and to influence victory for its candidates because this is a clear infringement on the constitution.
“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,” he said.
He expressed optimism that other issues not addressed by the Appeal Court in the judgment would be trashed out at the Supreme Court.
He urged members of the APC to be law abiding and allow the party employ all constitutional means to get justice in the matter.
Meanwhile, residents of Ado-Ekiti trooped out on Monday evening to celebrate the victory of Fayose at the Court of Appeal.
For Mr Adeniran Alagbada, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Assembly candidate in the coming poll, the confirmation of the governor’s victory by the courts proved that truth cannot be suppressed.
He said: “I hope the APC and their leaders have seen their folly now. The voice of the people is the voice of God and I know that the people’s resolve to support and identify with Governor Ayo Fayose has been strengthened.”
Also, the former state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, said the APC should know that propaganda does not win polls.
“They have lost again. We hope that they would have learnt their lessons. They have now embarked on so-called audio clip fantasy and that one is total nonsense too. Governor Fayose is loved by the people of the state and they showed that by voting massively for him. We thank God for the victory”, he said.

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