An Ado Ekiti High Court has struck out the application filed by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State on the composition of the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission, EKSIEC.
The court ruled that the members were duly appointed to conduct the local government elections.
The APC in a suit deposed to by its chairman, Chief Jide Awe, alleged that members of the electoral commission were card-carrying members of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
The defendants were governor of Ekiti State, Attorney General and Commissioner for justice, Mr. Owoseni Ajayi and retired Justice Kayode Bamisile, EKSIEC chairman and members of the State Independent Electoral Commission, EKSIEC.
Justice Omotosho ruled that the plaintiff failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt on the EKSIEC members.
Reacting to the judgment delivered by Justice Dele Omotoso on composition of Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission, SIEC, the APC said the local government election has further confirmed that Ekiti State judiciary was in chains of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s brutality and dictatorship.
“The judgment confirms the boast of Governor Fayose all over the place that he would be compensated for swearing in the presiding judge even in the face of incontrovertible evidence that members of SIEC are bonafide
members of PDP.
“The Ekiti temple of justice is going through a trial period under a government that has done all outside the law to muscle and subdue judiciary to an appendage of the Governor’s Office alongside the legislature.
“APC as a party sympathises with the judiciary and Ekiti people at this very moment. The judge is partial in his submissions, which evidently stood law and logic on its head.
“We are witnessing a constitutional somersault in Ekiti under Fayose and the judiciary that is supposed to be the hope of the hopeless in ensuring strict compliance to the rule of law is in fearful alliance with the governor.
“The APC promises to appeal the judgment since we know it cannot stand the judicial efficiency and legal scrutiny of the appellate court.
“We will not allow the charade called SIEC to stand. We maintain that the composition of Ekiti SIEC did not follow the due process and provision of the law.
“We call on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to beam its searchlight on Ekiti State judiciary to probe the quality of judgments by the judges before Ekiti people are turned victims of injustice in the hands of judicial officials.”
It is expected that the local government elections in the state will hold on Saturday this week.