Fayemi hires 35 lawyers for Ekiti election petition tribunal
Ekiti State Governor elect, Kayode Fayemi, yesterday filed his defence against Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s candidate and outgoing Deputy Governor of the state, Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka.
In the 2,558-page defence with over 3,000 documents as exhibits, Fayemi argued that he won the governorship election of July 14, 2018 and urged the tribunal to dismiss Eleka’s petition for lack of merit.Three Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs)- Hakeem AfoIabi, Yomi Aliyu and Kayode Olatoke-led a legal team of 35 lawyers armed with 3,500 exhibits and 1,009 witnesses to the tribunal.
Addressing journalists after filing the petition, Olatoke, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said Eleka’s petition was a waste of time, as it lacked substance and was sure that the tribunal would dismiss the case.He explained further that Fayemi won fair and square in 12 out of 16 local councils of the state, while Eleka won in only four.
Responding to Eleka’s petition bordering on alleged over voting in some polling units, Olatoke dismissed the claim as frivolous and baseless, adding that his (Eleka’s) first ground in the petition was based on Governor Ayodele Fayose’s phantom indictment, which had been nullified and set aside by a competent court.
“The second ground of Eleka’s petition is alleged over voting, which is another false claim. In any case, the petition in itself is self-defeating.“The third ground is on deliberate voiding of votes as Eleka alleged but in actual fact, majority of the voided ballots were votes meant for Fayemi, while the fourth ground is on vote buying, which is baseless as it was Eleka’s sponsor, Fayose that was guilty of this.
“Fayemi won convincingly based on his popularity in the state,” Olatoke said.Other senior lawyers in the team are: Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), John Baiyeshea (SAN), Akin Olujimi (SAN), Jelili Owonikoko (SAN) and Segun Ajibola (SAN), among others.The tribunal has not fixed a date for hearing of the matter.
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