The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, yesterday raised the alarm over alleged attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use the state judiciary to stop him from contesting the June 21 election.
The party’s legal Adviser, Kolapo Kolade, stated that the PDP was aware that some APC sponsored personalities had instituted three different legal cases with the intention to embarrass Fayose and frustrate his ambition.
This, he said, includes a petition written by a state government official seeking the transfer of a case involving one Charles Ovie on the kidnap of Attah of Ayede, Oba Joseph Orisagbemi, and the late provost of the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, Dr Gabriel Olowoyo, in 2009.
Kolapo disclosed that a chieftain of the APC and former caretaker chairman of a local government in the state had also filed a suit in Ado Ekiti High Court seeking the payment of N10 million as damages over allegation that Fayose campaign train barricaded the road at Igede Ekiti during a campaign rally he held recently and deprived his vehicle of passage.
He said the third suit was filed by an Ilorin-based lawyer, Barr. Rauf Balogun, whom he said claimed that Fayose was not competent to contest on account of his impeachment on October 16, 2006 and prayed for an injunction restraining him from contesting.
The PDP official maintained that no amount of intimidation and campaign of calumny will deter its candidate from legitimately wrestling power from Governor Kayode Fayemi.