Supporters rides in a campaign bus of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his unning mate Yemi Osinbajo in Lagos on January 24, 2015. Unknown gunmen stormed and bombed the site of a ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Lagos - The Society for Rule of Law in Nigeria (SRLN) raised concern at alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to pressure Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) to sanction the impeachment of Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
The Abuja-based organization alleged APC was pressurizing CJN Mahmud Mohammed to prevail on the Chief Judge of Ekiti, Ayodeji Daramola, to accede to the request of the Dr Adewale Omirin led-APC lawmakers to constitute a panel to investigate the alleged impeachable offences against the State governor, and his deputy, Dr Olusola Eleka.
“The level of APC desperation to remove Governor Fayose and his Deputy is alarming and the CJN must be alerted of this latest plot to use his office to achieve their evil plot against Ekiti people,” said SRLN National Coordinator, Dr Chima Ubeku.
Ubeku noted Omirin was no longer the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly following his impeachment last year.
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“Since Omirin is by law, not the speaker, all actions taken by him regarding and not limited to issuance of notice of impeachment against Governor Fayose and his Deputy amount to impersonation and should be disregarded,” said Ubeku.
“The CJN should therefore be mindful of the antics of the APC and its desperate leaders because all they appear to be interested in is to truncate the mandate freely given to Fayose by Ekiti people.”
APC had earlier challenged the victory of Fayose in the polls held last June on the grounds of non-eligibility following his purported indictment and impeachment. Fayose’s election was also challenged for alleged perjury, after he filled his Independent National Electoral Commission form denying that he was indicted by either an administrative or judicial panel.
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court affirmed Fayose’s election and dismissed the APC’s challenge as “lacking in merit.”