Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state can now smile confidently and with peace of mind knowing that his next four years are secured and will be without any disturbance of any sorts.
This is as a Federal High Court has dismissed Chief Segun Oni’s suit challenging his eligibility status to contest the governorship elections that saw him becoming the present governor of Ekiti state.
The Federal Appeal Court, Ado Ekiti Division, on Tuesday, dismissed the appeal filed by former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni, to challenge the eligibility of Governor Kayode Fayemi to contest the May 12, 2018 governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State.
In a unanimous decision, the three appellate court justices dismissed Oni’s appeal for lack of merit.
In the judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, the Appeal Court held that Fayemi was validly nominated, having complied with the requirement of the constitution of Nigeria.
Justices Adamu Juaro and Abubakar Lamido, who concurred with the judgment, dismissed the appeal accordingly.
Earlier… Fayemi Reinstates Permanent Secretaries Demoted By Fayose
The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has reinstated three permanent secretaries whose appointments were reversed by the immediate past administration in 2014.
The affected permanent secretaries are Mrs Grace Iyabo Fadipe, Mr Emmanuel Olajide Owolabi and Mr James Folorunso.
Their reinstatement came barely two months after the governor reinstated six permanent secretaries sacked by his predecessor, Mr Ayo Fayose.
This was contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Yinka Oyebode, on Thursday.
He said, “The governor also directed that the entitlements of the affected top civil servants from the period that their appointments were reversed be calculated and paid.”
Oyebode stated that Fayemi, in approving their reinstatement after a review of their cases, said, “What happened to them is against the rule of law and natural justice. It is only fair that they be reinstated to their former position. Even if they have retired, their entitlements should be calculated on that status and paid.”
The three officials were appointed permanent secretaries in 2014, but the immediate past administration reversed their appointments.
Fayemi said efforts at restoring the values of Ekiti also included ensuring that justice was served to all.
In A Related Development… Fayose And Fayemi Lock Horns Over Sale Of Government Properties
The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, and the governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Friday engaged in war of words over allegations of sale of some state government properties, including the Oja Oba ultramodern market.
Fayemi had during the week through a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, urged the public to beware of moves by the outgoing governor to dispose of some valuable properties of the state via alleged shady arrangements.
The statement read, “The attention of the Governor-Elect of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has been drawn to the clandestine moves by the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, to hurriedly dispose of some valuable properties of the Ekiti State Government through shady arrangements.
“Some of the properties are: a large expanse of land between the Ondo State Civil Service Commission and Elan Club, in front of the Government Printing Press, Alagbaka, Akure; Erinfun Livestock Development Centre, covering 600 hectares of land along the Federal Polytechnic Road, Ado-Ekiti; the new Oja Oba market.
“We hereby inform and advise the general public, particularly prospective buyers, to be circumspect in entering into any transaction with the outgoing governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, in respect of any of the properties mentioned above or any other one whatsoever, as the incoming administration may not recognise or give effect to such transactions. A word is enough for the wise!”
But reacting to the allegations, Fayose said he remained the governor of the state till October 16, urging Fayemi to wait for the time he would be sworn in.
He said, “The governor-elect is wasting his time. I am still the governor of Ekiti State till October 15 legitimately. He is only ranting. That is ranting. He should wait for his time. Somebody stole a mandate and he is still claiming to have a mandate.ted for a four-year term, which will end in about six weeks’ time. I will function till the last day of my departure. If he likes, he can do what he likes during his tenure. The record will be there for him.
“Was he the one that built the market? I built it and I am allocating it. The people will have legal backing to protect them. They want to come and give it to their cronies. I will do my legitimate job until the last day of my departure. Even if I want to sell Ekiti property, I am still the governor here. When he comes, everything will be in public domain.”
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