A non-government forum of Ekiti Stakeholders, e-eleven has approached the Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti to seek the disqualification of the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Ayo Fayose, from contesting the June 21 governorship poll.
The e-eleven, in the brief filed on its behalf by its chairman, Mr Femi Ajiniran, is asking the High Court to determine among other things, whether Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose, as the nominated PDP candidate, has committed the offence of perjury in the filling and submission of affidavit in support of INEC Form CF. 001 as required by the provisions of Section 31 (2), (5), (6) and (8) of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended).
The group deposed that Fayose specifically denied that he had never been indicted for embezzlement or fraud by a judicial commission of inquiry or an administrative panel of inquiry. Joined in the suit are the PDP and the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).
In an originating summons filed at the state high court dated May 23, 2014 and brought to Order 3 rule 5 and 6 of the High Court of Ekiti State (Civil procedure Rules 2011), Sections 177 and 182 (1) (d), (e) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended), Sections 31 and 87 (10) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (As Amended) knowing the content to be false and untrue.
The e-eleven also asked the Ado Ekiti High Court to determine whether Mr Fayose is barred from being presented/sponsored as the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP on June 21, 2014 Ekiti State Gubernatorial Election, having been indicted/found guilty for gross misconduct by a validly constituted administrative panel as provided for in Section 188(5) of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended).
According to the group “ we want the court to give an order barring Mr Ayodele Fayose from participating as a candidate in the gubernatorial election having committed an offence of perjury in his filing and submission of affidavit in support of Form CF.001 as required by the provisions of section 31 (2) of the electoral Act, 2010 (As Amended) knowing the content to be false and untrue.”
“The e-eleven thereby seeks leave of the court to adjudge the PDP to have committed an electoral offence by knowingly presenting Fayose for the June 21, 2014 Ekiti state gubernatorial election knowing that he had been indicted/found guilty for gross misconduct by a validly constituted Administrative Panel as provided for in Section 188(5) of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended).”
Last modified: May 25, 2014