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Fayemi speaks on S’Court ruling, says he holds no grudge against Oni



In reaction to the Supreme Court’s judgement on his election, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has said he has no grudge against his predecessor, Segun Oni, for challenging his candidacy in court.

Fayemi, while speaking on Wednesday, after the swearing in of the new Head of Service in Ado Ekiti, said he was only bothered about the distractions the suit posed.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Fayemi’s candidacy on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

During proceedings, the apex court in a unanimous judgment by a five-man panel, held that the appeal by Segun Oni was statute barred.

Gov. Fayemi in his reaction said the Supreme Court judgment would now enable the state to move forward and end all contentions about his emergence.

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He also noted that the apex court judgment showed that he properly resigned in line with the constitutional provision, contrary to Oni’s claim.

Furthermore, the governor said the primaries of the party which produced him as APC governorship candidate in the state in 2018 was free, fair and devoid of manipulations.

“Ekiti must move forward. Enough of these distractions. Enough of these recriminations over matters that ought not to go to court.

“It is very clear that I resigned in accordance with the constitution of the land and that the shenanigans that culminated in the White Paper that said Fayemi should not serve in public office have been dealt with in the appropriate law courts as the thrash that it was at the time.

“It also shows clearly that the primaries that took place in Ekiti for anyone who is objective enough was the cleanest, the fairest and most credible primaries that had ever taken place in the history of electioneering in Nigeria.

“Now that the highest court in the land has pronounced definitely on it, I hope he (Oni) would see it as a cue to play a more active role in the party.

“Oni, to the best of my knowledge, remains a member of the APC. I don’t believe he has removed himself from the party.

“But I think this would not lead to another round of recriminations and attacks,” he said.

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