John Abiodun, Ado Ekiti
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirants in Ekiti State have encouraged Governor Ayodele Fayose to seek legal redress to recover his aborted first tenure as governor of the state.
They have also given the governor the nod to contest in the 2018 governorship election if the court gives him the go-ahead based on the unlawful termination of his first tenure.
The aspirants including Deputy Governor, Kolapo Olusola: former deputy governors Bisi Omoyeni and Sikiru Tae Lawal: former Works Commissioner Kayode Oso and and former local government chairman, Bisi Komolafe announced suspension of their gubernatorial aspirations pending determination of the matter in court.
These were contained in a communique issued after their meeting made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Monday signed by the aspirants and read by the Deputy Governor Olusola.
The communique reads in part: “That the Supreme Court in the case of APC versus PDP & ORS resolved that the first tenure of Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose was unlawfully terminated in a civilian coup-like manner and hence deserves redress,
“That in consideration of the above, we hereby urge and encourage Governor Fayose to seek legal redress in the competent court of Law to recover the aborted mandate including allowing him to contest 2018 gubernatorial election as the 2014 gubernatorial election and the subsequent swearing-in is so far the only legally recognised mandate of the Governor.
“That hence, he still enjoys a legal right to contest for a second term as Governor, and that pending the determination of this issue for the realisation of the Governor’s mandate by the court, we hereby suspend our gubernatorial aspirations.”
Speaking further, Olusola said: “We pledge our support for the continuity agenda of our Governor in order to ensure a smooth transition. This decision is purely on our resolve to have this mandate truncated by enemies of democracy not to go unchallenged for posterity sake and to strengthen democratic institutions in the country”.