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Ekiti tribunal verdict: Fayemi to appeal before May 25 deadline
Source: The Nation ekiti.com News Section:  Ekiti Date: Friday, May 21, 2010

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By Our Reporter

THe Ekiti State Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate in last yearís rerun election, Dr Kayode Fayemi, yesterday said he will appeal the tribunal judgment that affirmed the election of Governor Segun Oni.

He said the appeal would be filed before the May 25 deadline when the 21-day filing period would expire.

Fayemi stated this in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, in an interview.

Three out of the five-member tribunal in a majority judgment dismissed his petition on the ground that he failed to prove his case "beyond reasonable doubts".

The majority judgment, which was read by the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Hamma Barka, declared that the AC flag bearer failed to prove and establish the allegations of malpractice, corruption and non-compliance with Electoral Act pleaded in his petition.

But the minority judgment, read by Justice Abiodun Adebara, nullified Oniís election on the grounds of irregularities and declared Fayemi the winner of the election.

The AC candidate, who said he had yet to file his appeal against the majority judgment, promised to appeal the verdict before May 25 when the 21-day filing period would expire.

Fayemi said: "Although I am not a lawyer, I know that our lawyers are working hard to file an appeal against the majority judgment. You know our filing period is 21 days and it expires on Tuesday, May 25.

"We will file our appeal when it is appropriate, and I can assure you that immediately the appeal is filed, I will personally let you know."

The AC candidate, who explained that he would only appeal the majority judgment delivered by Barka, added that he could not say if his lawyers had copies of the judgment.

He said: "As far as we are concerned, we are not appealing the minority judgment and, as at today, I do not know if the lawyers have got copies of the judgment."

Fayemi expressed the hope of getting justice at the Appeal Court, urging AC supporters in the state to be hopeful and prayerful.

He said: "Our supporters in Ekiti should be hopeful that ultimately truth will prevail but since am not the judge, we will wait for the decision of the wise men at the Appeal Court when its eventually happen."

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