NIGERIA- The Supreme Court today affirmed the election of Kayode Fayemi as the governor of Ekiti state and dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its governorship candidate, Kolapo Olusola-Eleka challenging Fayemi’s victory in the July 14th 2018 governorship election.
A five-man panel at the Supreme Court led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, unanimously held that the appeal challenging the outcome of the poll lacked merit.
INEC had declared Fayemi winner after he polled a total of 197,459 votes to defeat Olusola-Eleka and the PDP who polled a total of 178,121 votes. Olusola-Eleka had approached the Ekiti State Election Petition Tribunal to declare him winner. The tribunal in January this year, dismissed his petition and affirmed Fayemi winner of the election. He also went on to the Court of Appeal where he lost again.
In an appeal filed at the Supreme Court, Justice Adah dismissed the case for lacking in merit, a decision the two other members of the panel Justices Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson and Emmanuel Agim, consented to.