It was jubilation in Ekiti state yesterday as the Supreme Court dismissed the petition of the ousted governor of the state, Engr. Segun Oni, seeking a reversal of the earlier Appeal Court judgment which instituted Dr. Kayode Fayemi as governor of the state.
In its ruling, the Supreme Court admitted lack of jurisdiction to hear the said case, admitting the position of the defence team led by John Bayeshea (SAN) that by 2007, all petitions relating to elections had ended at the Appeal Court.
Ado- Ekiti, the state capital, was agog as residents, party supporters and well-wishers took to the streets in their thousands to celebrate the verdict.
Moving round major streets of the capital, they held brooms and sang various solidarity songs and slogans which included the popular “4+4= 8” and “JKF (just keep faith)”, “Eyi yato” among others.
As they moved through the streets, traffic built up at major junctions and on both lanes from Fajuyi to Old Garage, while commuters took alternative routes through Oke Ori Omi- Aremu-Irona Road and Ile Abiye-GRA-Fajuyi Road to get to their destinations.
Addressing the party supporters who later converged on Fajuyi, the Deputy Governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu; Wife of the Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; the SSG, Alhaji Ganiyu Owolabi and the Chief of Staff, Mr yemi Adaramodu thanked the people for supporting the party and Governor Fayemi throughout the judicial tussle.
They assured that the Fayemi-led administration would not relent in its pursuit of people-oriented programmes and projects as spelt out in the eight-point agenda of the administration.
Meanwhile, reactions have continued to trail the apex court judgment from the membership of both the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Culled from The Nation