By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Engineer Kayode Ojo, an All Progressives Congress, (APC) aspirant in the January governorship primary election in Ekiti State has expressed determination to approach the Appeal Court on the judgement of the Federal High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti that struck-out the suit he instituted against the Governor-elect in the state, Mr Biodun Oyebanji.
The Federal High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, struck-out the suit instituted by Kayode Ojo on what he cited as technical grounds.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Babs Kuewumi upheld the preliminary objection by the first defendant, (APC) striking out the suit.
He averred that since the maker of the signature on the writ of summons and plaintiff’s statement of claims cannot be ascertained, the irregularities made the process defective.
The presiding Judge held that something can not be built on nothing, saying since the preliminary objection had been upheld, any process on the suit will amount to academics exercise.
But reacting, Kayode Ojo faulted the judgement, saying that, “the judge wrongly dismissed our case based on technicality.
“Though, we believe in the sanctity of the court, but the judge erred in his judgement and we know the appeal court will correct the error.
“We want to appeal to Ekiti people and our teeming supporters to be patient, that the race is not for the swift, it is not a sprint, but marathon, that eventually, justice will be served.
“We will meet at appeal,” he stressed.
The plaintiff decried the alleged presence of members of the various drivers union and thugs, who were mobilised to the court, but notwithstanding, “I want to maintain that we are a peace loving citizens that believe in rule of law and assure our supporters that the Appeal Court will eventually do justice to the case.
“We are capable of defending ourselves against thugs through legal means and miscreants, as we have on authority that Government is sponsoring thugs to attack my person.
“Though, am not moved, but need to say without fear that I will not standby and watch. If they are planning to set Ekiti on fire, that will be their prerogative, but it will be advisable that they allow justice to prevail. “
He urged his supporters not to be deterred or wary by the presence of those that have nothing to do or offer in and around the court premises, calling on security agencies to do the needful by ensuring that law and order are maintained from time to time.
Meanwhile,the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji, has hailed the judgement of the Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti affirming him as the validly elected candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the June 18, governorship election in the state.
Oyebanji in a statement made available by his Media Assistant, Raheem Akingbolu to journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, shortly after the High Court judgement, described the ruling, which threw out the petition of one of the aspirants, Mr Kayode Ojo, as a landmark judgement which will put to rest the controversies surrounding the January 27 APC primaries.
While lauding the judiciary for living up to its reputation as the last hope of the common man, Oyebanji said he was happy the court upheld the decision of over a hundred thousand APC members that voted for him as the party’s candidate during the primaries on January 27.
The governor-elect urged his supporters to be magnanimous in victory, stressing that the case is a family affair, which should not warrant any name calling or bad blood among members of the party.
He also called on Engr Kayode Ojo and a few others who might have issues with the outcome of the January 27 primaries of the party to sheath their swords and work with the in-coming administration in the onerous task of developing the state.
“I congratulate the judiciary for living up to expectation as the last hope of the common man. I also appreciate my brother, Engr Kayode Ojo for approaching the court for the determination of the matter, instead of resorting to self -help
“Now that the court has ruled and affirmed my candidacy, I urge my brother, Engr Ojo and all others who might have issues with the outcome of the January 27 primaries of our party to join hands with us in the task of building a more prosperous Ekiti State.”, he added.