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The Court of Appeal Sitting in Ado Ekiti has struck out the appeal filed by former Governor Segun Oni challenging the judgement of the Federal high court which affirmed the eligibility of Governor Kayode Fayemi to contest the July 14, 2018, governorship poll.
In a unanimous decision, the court subsequently upheld the high court verdict and held that the Governor was validly nominated by the APC through its primaries which makes him the candidate of the party.
In the judgement read by a member of the panel,Justice Emmanuel Agim the court resolved all the issues in the appeal in favour of the Governor and held that the Governor as a minister then was a public officer but not an employee of the Federal government as raised by the appellant.
Justice Agim also noted that the appellant was wrong on the constitution provision within which an aspirant must resigned, stressing that it was thirty days to the governorship election and not primary election as argued by the appellant.
Justice Agim also held that outcome of the judicial commission of enquiry which indicted the Governor was not enough to stop him from participating in the election describing such report as illegal,null and void.
Earlier the chairman of the three member Panel, Justice Aduo Mohammed dismissed the objection raised by the Governor that the Federal high court did not have jurisdiction over his eligibility to contest the governorship election.
Counsel to Governor Fayemi, Chief Rafiu Balogun commended the court of Appeal’s Judgement and described it as victory for the rule of law.
While Counsel to former Governor Segun Oni, Mr Obisesan Akinola said he would consult with his client for the next of line action.
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