APC sues Fayose over SIEC com­po­si­tion

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

The All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in Ek­iti State has taken Gover­nor Ay­o­dele Fayose and the State In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (SIEC) to court over com­po­si­tion of the elec­toral body.

In a suit filed by its coun­sel, Abio­dun Fasakin and Ta­judeen Ak­ing­bolu, the party said the com­po­si­tion of the elec­toral body con­tra­dicted the con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ment for a non-par­ti­san elec­toral body that could or­gan­ise cred­i­ble elec­tions that would be ac­cept­able to all con­test­ing par­ties.

The party, in a state­ment by its Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary Taiwo Olatun­bo­sun, al­leged that mem­bers of the elec­toral body as con­sti­tuted by the gover­nor is com­posed of card-car­ry­ing mem­bers of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP).

The APC noted that such ac­tion was illegal and an in­vi­ta­tion to chaos in­her­ent in the elec­toral um­pire pro­vid­ing sup­port for a con­test­ing party to the detri­ment of other par­ties.

The APC pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary noted that while the APC was ready to par­tic­i­pate in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions, due process must be fol­lowed in the com­po­si­tion of the SIEC.

He said, “The APC is not com­fort­able with mem­ber­ship of the com­mis­sion most of who, apart from be­ing PDP card car­ry­ing mem­bers, are friends and busi­ness as­so­ci­ates of Gover­nor Fayose.”

Those the APC listed as PDP mem­bers in the elec­toral body are Jus­tice Kay­ode Bamisile (rtd), who is the chair­man, Vic­to­ria Olu­funke Adey­era, Ganiyu Bello, Mo­jisola Florence Bankole, Ru­fus Sun­day Olaiya and Ola­jide Vin­cent Adey­eye.

The de­fen­dants in the suit are the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of the state and Com­mis­sioner for Jus­tice and the House of Assem­bly.

In the orig­i­nat­ing sum­mons be­fore the State High Court, Ado-Ek­iti, the de­fen­dants are to ap­pear be­fore the court within seven days af­ter ser­vice of the sum­mons on them.

Ji­gawa State Gover­nor Muham­mad Badaru Abubakar

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