By Gbenga Ariyibi
ADO EKITI—Ekiti State governor-elect, Mr Ayo Fayose yesterday said only court could declare him unfit to stand for election and not an individual, groups or political parties, saying he was not rattled with the case instituted against him by All Progressives Congress, APC.
In apparent response to the petition filed against his victory by the APC, Fayose said it was abnormal for an individual or group to adjudge him guilty of an offence preferred against him without court pronouncement.
Fayose, who spoke in Ado Ekiti through his media aide, Mr Idowu Adelusi, said he was not bothered by the decision of APC to challenge his election at the tribunal.
The governor-elect said he was taken aback to learn that the APC had decided to contest the outcome of election which was adjudged to be freest and fairest by all Nigerians, boasting that he would defeat Fayemi 50 times, if there was a repeat election.
He said he was happy that the state APC Chairman, Chief Jide Awe told Journalists while submitting the party’s petition to the tribunal on Saturday that his party was embarrassed over the outcome of the poll.
According to him, “the party would be more embarrassed if there is a re-run.”
On allegation that he was facing criminal charges, impeachment as well as EFCC cases at the time of the election, Fayose said the APC Chairman and his cohorts should be the ones who should be bothered with recent murder cases allegedly hanging on their necks.
“They were recently released on bail over two or more murder cases perpetrated before the election period. Why are they not facing reality but choose to focus attention on Fayose’s matter?” he asked.
Also, the Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement, PAAM, described the petition by APC, challenging the June 21, 2014 Ekiti State governorship election as a waste of time and further demonstration of the party’s selfishness, arrogance and hatred for democratic process.
In a statement yesterday by its Director General, Bisi Kolawole, the group claimed APC was only advertising its ignorance by challenging the results of an election in which its candidate could not win his own local council.
It described as laughable, claim of “manipulation, undue militarisation, impeachment as well as EFCC’s cases hanging on the governor-elect, Dr Ayodele Fayose,” adding that; “Only a party comprising of people interested in dancing naked in the market place would make provision of adequate security for an election a tribunal issue. While we recognise the inalienable rights of all Nigerians to approach the courts for redress on any issue, we must say that going to court to challenge an election in which Dr Kayode Fayemi, a sitting governor lost even in his local government is a waste of time.”
Meanwhile, Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ekiti State, Alhaji Halilu Pai, has expr