Kwara Appeals court declares Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Action Congress (now Action Congress of Nigeria), winner of Ekiti State re-run governorship election and ordered that he should be sworn in immediately as the duly elected governor of the state.
Justice Ayo Salami of the appeals court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Governor Segun Oni of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and give it to Fayemi.
The appellate court held that Fayemi won both the April 14, 2007 election and the re-run election of April 25, 2009 with highest lawful votes cast at the polls.
Per the court “Fayemi scored majority of lawful votes cast in the election held on April 14, 2007 and April 25, 2009, while Oni has not been duly elected with the majority votes cast”
“Having satisfied the constitutional requirements, as duly elected governor of Ekiti State, Fayemi is hereby declared as duly elected governor as should be sworn in immediately.”
ACN Chairman in Ekiti State, Mr. Olajide Awe felt the decision was firm and sent the right message and indicated that this would go a long way to strengthening the nation’s democracy.