Nigeria: Ekiti governor-elect Fayemi, APC hire 35 lawyers to defend mandate
London, August 29, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The Ekiti State governor-elect Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has filed his defence to the petition by the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and outgoing Deputy Governor of Ekiti State in the July governorship election in Ekiti State, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka.
In the 2,558-page defence with over 3,000 documents attached as exhibits, Fayemi averred that he won the gubernatorial election of July 14, 2018 and urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition of Prof. Eleka for lacking in merit.
The team of lawyers armed with 3,500 exhibits and 1,009 witnesses were led to the tribunal by three Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Mr Hakeem AfoIabi (SAN), Mr. Yomi Aliyu (SAN) and Dr. Kayode Olatoke (SAN).
Addressing the press after filing the petition, Dr. Kayode Olatoke (SAN), who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said Eleka’s petition was a waste of time as it lacked substance, and expressed optimism that the case would be dismissed by the tribunal.
He explained further that Fayemi won fair and square in 12 out of the 16 local government areas of the state, while Eleka won in four.
He said Eleka’s first ground in his petition was based on Fayose’s phantom indictment, which had been nullified and set aside by a competent court.
Olatoke continued, “The second ground of Eleka’s petition is alleged over-voting, which is another false claim. In any case, the petition in itself is self-defeating.
“The third ground is on deliberate voiding of votes as alleged by Eleka but in actual fact, majority of the voided ballots were votes meant for Fayemi, while the fourth ground is on vote buying which is baseless as it was, Eleka’s sponsor, Fayose that was guilty of this.
“Fayemi won convincingly based on his popularity,” Olatoke said.
Other senior lawyers in the team representing Fayemi and the APC are: Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Dr. Kayode Olatoke (SAN), Hakeem Afolabi (SAN), John Baiyeshea (SAN), Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN), Jelili Owonikoko (SAN), Yomi Aliyu (SAN) and Segun Ajibola (SAN).