APC sues Fayose over SIEC composition
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.
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