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Ekiti Election: Appeal Courts Confirms Use Of Military To Intimidate Voters & Harrass APC Leaders

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Ekiti Election: Appeal Courts Confirms Use Of Military To Intimidate Voters & Harrass APC Leaders

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Feb 18, 2015- Ekiti Election: Appeal Courts Confirms Use Of Military To Intimidate Voters & Harrass APC Leaders During Election

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja yesterday upheld the judgment of the Ekiti State governorship election petition tribunal, which had earlier affirmed Governor Ayo Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the June 21, 2014 governorship election in the state.

Although Justice Abdul Aboki-led five-man panel dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC), it, however, found merit in the appellant’s complaint that the military was used to harass and intimidate its supporters and leaders during the poll.

In its unanimous judgment, the appellate court held that the Justice Siraju-Mohammed-led tribunal in its verdict delivered on December 19, 2014, quickly dismissed the ‎appellant’s allegations of harassment by the military on the grounds that it lacked jurisdiction to hear such.

He held that though the tribunal had rightly struck out the names of the Chief of Army Staff and the Inspector General of Police as respondents in the petition in accordance with provisions of the Electoral Act, it ought to have determined the appellant’s complaints and considered the two parties as agents of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) or individuals working on behalf of the commission.

The court, however, held that the entire appeal lacked merit since the main issues of alleged forgery of Higher National Diploma (HND) by Fayose and request for his disqualification on the grounds of his earlier impeachment from office in 2006 had been resolved against the appellant.

It, however, held that the use of Armed Forces in the conduct of elections was a violation of Section 217(2)(c) of the constitution and Section 1 of the Armed Forces Act.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. REDCAP CHIEF(GBS)

    February 18, 2015 at 4:47 AM

    Most people believes that when they repeat lies it automatically turns to truth, people like Amechi of river state he is the king of all lies followed by OBJ.

  2. Adebayo Tajudeen

    February 18, 2015 at 4:52 AM

    @GEJ,FAYOSE,BURUJI KASHAMU,OBANIKORO ,BODE GEORGE,YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBER,WATCH OUT,YOU HAVE ALREADY MATCH THE TIGER TAILS IF TRULY YOU HAVE ORDER THE ARREST OF OBASANJO,WATCH OUT,TROUBLE ALREADY IN STAGE,NO GOING BACK,OGUN DE,GEJ ATI AWON ELEGBE RE MA RI IBINU SANGO LATI WAKAKATI YI LO,OJO TI O SUN BERESI MA RO BAYI,SANGO OLUKOSO,INALOJU,INA LENU ,OYA,ASO ROCK MUST BURN TO ASHES

  3. Shinna

    February 18, 2015 at 5:36 AM

    Adebayo mind you obasanjo is not God and he is not the only formal head of state in the country. He has done is own and we all sew it. He should sit down and allow nigerians to rest. Let him stop talking because of his selfish intrest. He did 8 years and wanted another 3rd term. 8 years he did noting about the light which is the biggest problem of nigerians.He is also a failure like jonathan. We all knew what he has b4 he became president. So he is not a saint.

  4. olamilekan abdulrasaq Gold

    February 18, 2015 at 5:56 AM

    Nigeria is getting 2 d final stage dat everyone will start cursing all dis foolish leader dat we say we hv.

  5. Saphire

    February 18, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    Shinna God bless u plenty…u have said it all….who is obasanjo?…some kind of god?…u will heardly here george bush or bill clinton interfering to present admistration…. Bush is busy doing humanitarian work…shaving hair because small boy who is suffering from illness i can remember the man ryt now….they all give the present admistration free hand to rule…but here in nigeria…elder stateman dnt wanna be elder stateman..he wanna remain in power even when he is nolonger in power….if u dnt give them the chance to control u..they will start tackling u…causing tension up and down….God is watching all of them…and one day monkey go go mrkt he no go return…..God bless nigeria

  6. Jilo

    February 18, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Appeal Court affirms that Armed Forces were used to intimidate voters which is against the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria. Is that not a good cause to revisit that case and evidence of election malpractice?. Our Judiciary system is a big disappointment especially in strengthening our decompose law. Most of these Judges sitting on this case have not been straightforward in their verdict. They have failed to follow the standard guideline of Appeal court in fear of reprisal from Jonathan should judgment is not in favor of Jonathan but all I know is the final judgment lies with God.

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