…accuses them of electoral offences during re-run polls
By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA— AS new Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi assumed office after his victory at the Appeal Court, the opposition political parties yesterday called for prosecution of Information and Communications Minister, Prof Dora Akunyili, former INEC Chairman, Professor Maurice Iwu, former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro and erstwhile Ekiti State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Ayoka Adebayo, over alleged electoral offences.
The parties therefore, asked President Goodluck Jonathan to compel the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr M.B Adoke, to prosecute them and those INEC officials who were culpable in the Ekiti State electoral fiasco.
Operating under the umbrella body of Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, the parties in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, argued that failure to prosecute them will undermine the 2011 general elections.
They noted also that the way the matter was handled would be a litmus test to President Goodluck Jonathan’s pledge for transparent, free and fair polls next year.
According to the statement, “CNPP salutes Justice Ayo Salami, President of the Appeal Court and Justices C.C Nweze, C.R Ogunbiyi, O. Ariwoola and Adamu Janro for their landmark judgment in the long drawn tortuous Ekiti State Governorship tussle.
“We commend the Lordships for serving the cause of justice, placing the burden of proof at the door step of INEC, reaffirming the brilliant judgment of Justices Obande Ogbuniyam and Abiodun Adebare of the court of first instance and indeed upholding the rule of law.
“It is victory for democracy, rule of law and vindication of the court as the last hope of the aggrieved.
‘On the whole and based on the foregoing conclusions arrived at, the Appellant’s appeal has merit and succeeds on all the reliefs as sought for in their Notice of Appeal dated and filed on May 24th 2010.”