The Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation has reacted to the judgment by an Abuja court dismissing a lawsuit filed by a political party, APP, seeking disqualification of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi.
The court dismissed the case, declaring that the White Paper was illegal on the basis that Fayemi was not given a fair hearing.
It also said that Fayemi is qualified to contest election by the combined effects of the provisions of the constitution as amended.
Reacting in Ado-Ekiti, Director of Media and Publicity, Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Wole Olujobi, said:
“We are not surprised that this case was dismissed. We expected it because we believe that law still governs us in this country.
“Those who do not believe in the Nigerian law and administration of justice will always be disappointed by this kind of judgement.
“For example, besides the fact that the Supreme Court had ruled in several cases that no administrative panel or judicial commission can stop Nigerians from contesting elections except the courts of competent jurisdiction, the controversy surrounding the membership of Ekiti panel will ordinarily draw moral aspect of our legal system to dismiss the case based on the blatant injustice that characterised the entire hearings.
“Fayose packed PDP members and officials of his government over whom he exercises authority in a panel to probe his political opponent, thus making the panel to be an appendage of himself to abuse the administration of justice, which emphasises fair hearing.
“In this case, Fayose is both the accuser and the judge, which cannot serve the cause of justice. But because of his lawlessness, Fayose decided to write his own law setting up the panel, and the result is what we have seen today, which emphasises the supremacy of Nigerian law over and above a private edict of an individual in the administration of justice.
“By this judgment, the Nigerian judiciary has proven conclusively that Nigeria is not a jungle where lawless people can recklessly set their private standards to abuse the nation’s legal system.
“It is also a warning to those still battling in court on similar premise to have Dr Fayemi disqualified from contesting the July 14 poll.
“The judgement is a victory for democracy and rule of law.”