Monday 10 November 2014

Judge withdraws from Fayose’s case; ...cites threat to life

The judge handling the case filed against the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has withdrawn from the suit.

The case, filed before Mr. Fayose was sworn-in as governor, is to challenge his eligibility for the governorship election.

It was learnt that Justice Olusegun Ogunyemi, who was handling the case, has withdrawn from it citing threats to his life.

Mr. Ogunyemi is said to have handed over the case file to the Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Ayodeji Daramola.

The judge, who had earlier returned the case file to Mr. Daramola, was reassigned the case last week.

An Ekiti-based pro-democracy group, the E-11, had gone to the court to challenge Mr. Fayose’s eligibility to contest the gubernatorial election which he won against the then incumbent, Kayode Fayemi, of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Fayose is a member of Nigeria’s Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The PDP had petitioned the chief judge of the state, arguing that Mr. Ogunyemi may show bias in the case.

Credit: Ibanga Isine/PremiumTimes  

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