EKITI: PDP Accuses CJ of Planning Constitutional Crisis

The Ekiti chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused Ayodeji Daramola, the state’s Chief Judge, of precipitating constitutional crisis in the state by planning to abort the inauguration of Ayodele Fayose, the governor-elect, slated for Thursday, October 16, 2014.

The accusation was contained in a press release signed by Kola Oluwawole, the party’s publicity secretary and titled, Another Judicial Coup Plotted to Avert the Swearing-in of the Governor-elect of Ekiti State” the party petitioned Justice Aloma Mukthar, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, claiming that Daramola and Kayode Fayemi, the state governor, were trying to give accelerated suits challenging the eligibility of Fayose for the June 21 elcction despite a notice of appeal and the stay of proceedings filed in respect of the suits.

“My Lord, on 28th September, 2014, the governor-elect of Ekiti State personally wrote a letter to you, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, raising fears about the attempts of the Chief Judge of Ekiti State to frustrate the swearing-in of the governor-elect of Ekiti State produced by our party. The outgoing governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and the Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Ayo Daramola, have finalized arrangement to actualize this diabolical plan,” the statement read.
While urging Mukthar  to call the CJ to order so that due process will be followed in all the cases before the court, the party stressed that the action, if allowed to come into reality, would bring anarchy to the state.

“We therefore call on My Lord through this medium to call the Chief Judge of Ekiti State to order, and allow due process to be followed in all the cases before his court. These two cases or any other case that may be concocted are not time bound, or perishable items that injunctions would be necessary to preserve ex-parte or otherwise before the swearing-in of the governor-elect on 16th October, 2014. There is no doubt that this dangerous game if allowed to germinate into fruition will cause a constitutional crisis, and indeed, anarchy in the already volatile state. We are most grateful My Lord,” it added.

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