Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Don’t challenge Fayose’s victory, Falana tells APC

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, has said the All Progressives Congress was wrong to challenge the results of the June 21 governorship election won by the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Mr. Ayo Fayose, in Ekiti State
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria said during an interview with our correspondent that the APC ought to build on Fayemi’s concession speech and reorganise its affairs.
Falana, who also hails from Ekiti State, however, urged the APC to sue the Federal Government for restricting the movement of some governors and ordering the arrest of some APC leaders during the election.
He said it was unfortunate that a government that could not maintain adequate security in the North-East could deploy over 36,000 security personnel in Ekiti for an election.
He said, “With respect to the validity of the result of the election there isn’t much to contest in court. Apart from the case filed by the E-11, a socio-cultural group which is challenging the competence of Fayose to contest the election in court in view of his impeachment, I do not believe his victory at the polls should be challenged in an election petition tribunal.
“To that extent, the APC ought to build on Fayemi’s concession speech and reorganise its affairs. However, the APC should sue the Federal Government in a Federal High Court to justify the restriction of the movement of some governors, the arrest of a serving commissioner in Fayemi’s cabinet and 14 other unarmed protesters at Ado Ekiti who were later transferred to Abuja and charged with terrorism.”

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