PDPThough The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi accepted defeat in the governorship election, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has filed a petition before the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal siting in Ado-Ekiti.
The Interim Chairman of APC, Jide Awe, explained to journalists that he submitted the petition on behalf of the party to the tribunal on Saturday.
The governorship candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Ayodele Fayose, was declared winner of the election which has been regarded one of the freest and fairest in the country.
The outgoing Governor Fayemi had conceded defeat by congratulating the winner of the election and promising to work with him just 24 hours after the election.
However, Mr Awe said, “The Governor does not own the party but the party owns the Governor and so the party can decide for him; and the ballot paper contained the name of the party and its logo, so the issue is beyond the Governor”, he declared.
The party over the weekend filed the petition in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, just about three weeks after the election, based on what they termed hidden facts surrounding the election, saying that the poll was more of a mechanical exercise than a conventional casting of votes.
“The results of the election were embarrassing to us as a party and we hold the view that there is no smoke without fire”, the Chairman said.
He said that the party did not want to take laws into its own hands or resort to self-help, hence its decision to toe a constitutional and peaceful line of seeking redress in court.