Justice Othman Musa of the Federal High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting at Bwari, Abuja, has fixed June 7, 2018 for the commencement of hearing on the case filed by the African People’s Party (APP), to challenge the eligibility of the Minister of Mines and Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to participate in the forthcoming governorship election scheduled to hold in Ekiti State on July 14, this year.
The APP, through its lawyer, Mr. Johnmary Jideobi, is praying the court to disqualify the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Fayemi from participating in the forth coming Ekiti State Governornorhsip election scheduled to hold on July 14, 2018 due to an indictment of the 1st Defendant (Dr. Fayemi) by the Ekiti State Judicial Commission of Inquiry.
The APP wants the court to determine: “Whether or not upon a calm reading of Section 182 (1) (i) of the 1999 Constitution as Amended and having regard to the indictment of the 1st Defendant by the Ekiti State Judicial Commission of Inquiry, the 1st Defendant is not Constitutionally disqualified to hold public office especially office of the Governor of Ekiti State of Nigeria?
“Whether or not upon a sober reading of Section 182(1) (i) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, a political party such as the 2nd Defendant herein (APC) can validly sponsor a candidate such as the 1st Defendant herein (Dr. Kayode Fadeni) constitutionally disqualified from vying for the office of a Governor of a State?”
“An order of this Honourable Court restraining the 2nd Defendant from either considering, screening, accepting and or sponsoring the 1st Defendant or holding him out as its governorship candidate in the forthcoming governorship election scheduled to be held in Ekiti State of Nigeria on the 14th day of July, 2018”
The APC and Fayemi, through their lawyer, Mr. Rafiu Balogun have filed a joint preliminary objection against the suit.
The government of Ekiti State was equally cited as the 3rd Defendant in the suit marked FCT/HC/BW/CV/57/2018, which was lodged before the court by African People’s Party, APP.
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