Ekiti Election: Court begins hearing in Oni’s suit challenging Fayemi’s eligibility
hearing in Oni’s suit challenging Fayemi’s eligibility
November 26, 2018George Ogala
An Ado Ekiti Federal High Court on Monday began sitting in the suit filed by a former governor, Segun Oni, challenging the eligibility of Governor Kayode Fayemi who contested and won the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries as a sitting minister.
The matter, which was transferred from a Federal High court in the FCT, to the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, came up on Monday in Ado-Ekiti.
An aspirant in the primaries who is also a lawyer, Ajayi Olowo, approached the court to be joined in the suit as an interested party.
Mr Olowo prayed the court to join him in the suit, so as to hasten hearing in the case, saying the applicant, Mr Oni, has no case and that his application should be dismissed.
Earlier, counsel to the applicant, Anthony Adeniyi, filed a motion to amend the applicant’s response to the preliminary objection of the defendant, Mr Fayemi.
Mr Adeniyi also urged the court to give accelerated hearing and determination of the case, saying there was no time on the side of the court.
He said: “The expiration of the matter according to law which stipulated 180 days to hear the matter would expire on December 19.”
The lead counsel to the defendant, (Fayemi), Rafiu Balogun, prayed the court to grant them the privilege of addressing the court orally since they had not filed their own written amendment to counter the written application of the plaintiff in order to save the time of the court.
Judge Uche Agomoh adjourned ruling on whether Mr Olowo could join the other defendants until Tuesday.
Mr Agomoh told the two parties to file and serve each other the written applications before noon on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Mr Oni’s counsel raised security concerns as he alleged that “some party supporters attempted to stop him from accessing the court area but for the quick intervention of police who ferried him to the court premises.”
But Mr Balogun allayed his fears, assuring that he would contact the defendant and applicant on security matter adding that Messrs Fayemi and Oni were members of the same APC family.