Ekiti Guber Case Against Fayemi: Why Segun Oni Is Recalcitrant As APC Elders Beg

 

The Oasis Reporters

September 3, 2018

Kayode Fayemi (left), Segun Oni. Both of them wear medicated spectacles, but fail to see a shared goal together.

Many Ekiti citizens do not wonder at all why it’s first PDP governor in 2003, Segun Oni is rebuffing all pleas to make him withdraw his court case against the APC governor – elect of Ekiti State. It’s all about serving vengeance when it is ice cold and Oni would not throw his own golden chance away. He is seizing his moments as All Progressive Congress, APC leaders oscillate between arm twisting to direct pleading for the baby that is about to be thrown away with the bath water.

The Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) Elders’ Forum has appealed to former Governor Segun Oni to withdraw the suit challenging the eligibility of the Governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to contest the July 14 governorship election.
The APC elders came out with this position after a meeting held in Igbara Odo, Ekiti Southwest Local Government Area, presided over by its Chairman, Chief George Akosile.

According to a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Friday, the APC elders said the withdrawal of the case by Oni and his group will facilitate an out-of-court settlement.

In the communiqué signed by Akosile and the Forum’s secretary, Chief Abiodun Ajayi, the APC elders resolved to send a five-man delegation to Oni with a letter appealing to him for the withdrawal of the case.

The Ekiti APC Elders’ Forum also resolved to send a memo to Fayemi to reconcile with the aggrieved (Oni’s) group with a view to withdrawing the case from court, and their inclusion in the forthcoming administration.

The communiqué reads: “The Ekiti State APC Elders’ Forum at its meeting held on Wednesday, 29th August, 2018 under its Chairman, Asiwaju George Akosile at Igbara Odo Ekiti, having reviewed the various steps taken by the Forum on the above subject matter including the following:

Sending of a five (5)-man delegation with a letter to Asiwaju Segun Oni appealing for the withdrawal of the case from Court.

Invitation and meeting with the representatives of Asiwaju Segun Oni at Igbara Odo, Ekiti.

Sending a memo to the Governor-elect as to reconcile the aggrieved group with a view to withdrawing the case from Court and their inclusion in the scheme of things in the forthcoming administration in Ekiti State, as the Elders’ Forum is aware that the case is still pending in the Federal High Court, Abuja.

“We hereby wish to appeal to Asiwaju Segun Oni and his group to withdraw the case from the Federal High Court, Abuja as to facilitate an out-of-court settlement in the interest of the APC Family in Ekiti State, in particular and Nigeria in general.”

What does Segun Oni really want?

The former governor is urging the court to nullify Fayemi’s candidacy on grounds that he (Fayemi) did not resign from his position as Minister of Mines and Steel Development 30 days before the APC primary election.

Fayemi won the APC governorship primaries held on May 12 in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, by polling a total of 941 votes beating Oni, who scored 481 votes to the second place and 31 other aspirants.

Oni also dragged Fayemi to court on grounds that he was indicted by an Ekiti State Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Ayo Fayose and handed a 10-year ban from holding public office.

Oni, as the Claimant/Applicant, filed the suit before a Federal High Court, Abuja presided over by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba. The suit is marked FHC/ABJ/CS/663/18.

Joined as Defendants/Respondents in the case are Dr. Fayemi, APC and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The court on 20th August issued an ex parte order for substituted service on the defendants.

Justice Dimgba ordered: “Upon the Motion Ex Parte dated and filed on the 9th day of August, 2018 praying for the following reliefs.

An order of substituted service of the Originating Summons and other processes in this suit on the 1st Defendant by substituted means, to wit; by delivering the processes to the Chairman, All Progressives
Congress (APC), Ekiti State, the 2nd Defendant, at the party’s secretariat, No 156, Ajilosun Street, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, or alternatively.

Service on the 1st Defendant by delivering of the said processes to the Administrative Officer of the JKF Centre, the operational office of the 1st Defendant.”

Beyond the seeming cogent infractions committed by Fayemi that necessitated the suit, lurks a cry for vengeance that has waited in the recesses of Oni’s mind since 2003 when Fayemi doggedly fought for three years to have Segun Oni, then a PDP governor of Ekiti State, removed from office and within three years, Fayemi succeeded, Oni wept, as the courts sent him packing from Governor’s Lodge, Ado Ekiti, while Dr. Kayode Fayemi was sworn in.

Four years later Ayo Fayose defeated the reelection bid of Kayode Fayemi. Fayose knew his quarry, so he dug a minefield for him by instituting a Judicial Commission of Enquiry on certain aspects of the tenure of his predecessor who was already a minister of solid minerals. In arrogance, Fayemi refused to attend and found guilty, was barred from holding any public office for ten years. He neither appeared nor appealed against the ruling and the chickens have come home to roost. It is now a potent weapon in the hands of his APC compatriot, Segun Oni who wants to return the favour of 2006, albeit, a tearful one.

Even if Kayode navigates this case successfully, the other case against him by the PDP and it’s candidate, Prof. Kolapo Eleka lies in wait.

The Ekiti case is going to prove very interesting indeed, ahead of the October handover date for the former Minister of Solid Minerals, a position he held on to beyond the legal limit before running for the gubernatorial election. On this, no executive order will help Fayemi, his fate lies with the courts and the rule of law.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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