EKITI POLITICS: OLUSOLA SERVES FAYEMI NOTICE OF APPEAL TO SUPREME COURT.
By Akomolafe Olumide.
The candidate of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 14, 2018 governorship election in
Ekiti State, Professor Kolapo Olusola, has served Governor Kayode Fayemi the
Notice of Appeal, Records of Appeal and the Appellate brief of argument.
The notice was served
on the governor through substituted means at the state Secretariat of the All
Progressives Congress (APC).
This followed an Interim
Order of service granted the appellant by the Supreme Court.
The order granted by
Justice Olabode Rhodes – Vivour was that the processes could be served on any
APC State officials or pasted on the wall of the APC Secretariat situated at
Ajilosun Street, Ado Ekiti.
It would be recalled
that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the
candidate of the APC Fayemi as the winner of the governorship election.
The Election Petition
Tribunal in its judgment on the 28, January 2019 ruled in favour of the APC
candidate, Dr Fayemi by dismissing the petition of PDP candidate as lacking merit.
Dissatisfied with the
ruling of the tribunal, the PDP candidate filled an appeal at the Court of
Appeal and the appellate court on 28 March 2019 delivered judgment against the
Appellants PDP and its candidate therein affirmed the decision of the trial
The Legal Adviser to the PDP, Mr Sunday Olowofela,
who spoke to reporters after the substituted service was served on APC and its
candidate, said “upon filling of Notice of Appeal, compilation of records and
brief of arguments, other respondents without much ado have received copies of
the enumerated process while the 3rd respondent allegedly traverse the Country
in a ploy to evade service after his Counsel declined receiving the processes
claiming that he was not briefed to so receive the court process.