There was massive Jubilation on Tuesday evening, as a Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, in Bwari, dismissed a suit seeking to stop Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress, APC, from participating in the Ekiti State Gubernatorial election, based on a 10-year ban.
Justice Othman Musa in a judgement, held that the basis for the 10-year ban, being Section 182 (1) (i) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), is no longer valid, having been deleted by an alteration of the National Assembly.
Recall, that a Commission of Judicial Inquiry, set up by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, had placed a 10 years ban on Fayemi, after he was indicted of massive corruption during his (Fayemi) tenure as the Governor of the State.
Ekiti State had sought to invoke Section 182 (1) (i) of the Constitution, to stop Fayemi from contesting the forthcoming Governorship election in Ekiti State, citing the ban by the Commission of Inquiry set up by Fayose to probe his administration.
However, Justice Musa quashed the purported indictment of Fayemi, on the grounds that the report of the Commission of Inquiry, the White Paper and Gazette, were tainted with bias, as he was not afforded a fair hearing.
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