Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose yesterday accused his predecessor and the minister of steel and mineral development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of conniving with a section of the judiciary and leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) to plot his removal from office.
Addressing newsmen in Ado Ek ti, yesterday the governor said the renewed plan by the minister to subvert the will of the Ekiti people and truncate democracy was consequent upon the brick-walls he (Fayemi) met on his plan to contest the 2018 governorship election as APC candidate.
Fayose said he raised similar alarm earlier in the year, “when we exposed them then, they pulled their punch; now, information at our disposal is that they are at it again”.
The governor said, “In the last few days, Fayemi has been boasting that the Supreme Court will be made to review its judgement of April 14, 2015, which validated my election.
“This was an election that was adjudged free, fair, and credible byboth local and international observers, including the United States government.
“Having realised how difficult it will be for him to clinch APC ticket not to even talk of winning the election proper, Fayemi has opted to seek power through the backdoor, claiming that he already has the backing of three newly appointed justices of the Supreme Court, the DSS and other top organs of the federal government to force the Supreme Court to review its judgement on the Ekiti State 2014 governorship election.”
He alleged that Fayemi and his cohorts were boasting that they are only putting pressure on the new Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen to join them in the devilish plot.
“It was in furtherance to this plot and the assurances that he may have gotten that Fayemi said in an interview published in Thisday newspaper of Sunday, March 26, 2017 that rather than joining a ‘so-called governorship race’, his preoccupation was to get to the root of what actually transpired in Ekiti on June 21, 2014, going further to state that ‘it is too early to start talking about 2018 governorship race when there is still unfinished business.’
“The question is; what unfinished business was he talking about in an election that he lost clearly?
What unfinished business does Fayem have with an election that I won fair and square, defeating him in all the 16 local governments of the state, including his home town of Isan-Ekiti?”