By Samuel Ogundipe
An eligibility suit filed by the All Progressives Congress against Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has been dismissed by the Supreme Court, marking yet another significant victory for the demagogic politician against his political detractors.
The APC had gone to court to challenge Fayose’s eligibility to stand for election in Ekiti State in the June 21, 2014 gubernatorial election, having been previously impeached in 2006.
Fayose defeated APC candidate and then-incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi by scoring 203,000 votes against 120,,433 votes his challenger recorded.
The apex court held that Fayose’s 2006 impeachment was not a sufficient ground to disqualify him from participating in the election as conducted last year.
Leading the unanimous panel was Justice John Fabiyi, the judges said they agree with the judgement of the election petition tribunal and the Court of Appeal, both of whom had established Fayose’s eligibility.
Reading the unanimous opinion, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta dismissed all the grounds of appeal filed by the petitioner – the All Progressives Congress against Fayose election