Fayose’s bid to prolong tenure anomalous – Falana 

Fayose’s bid to seek re-election is anomalous – Falana

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti

Femi Falana

Ade Adesomoju , Abuja

Human rights lawyer , Mr . Femi Falana (SAN ), has described as anomalous the likely bid by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to seek re – election in 2018 .

Fayose had said on Monday that he would contest the 2018 governorship election so that he could serve his first term which was truncated in 2006 .

Fayose was impeached in 2006 , but the Supreme Court in 2014 nullified the impeachment that ousted him from the office about seven months to the end of his first term .

Speaking on a live broadcast on Ekiti State Television in Ado – Ekiti on Monday evening, Fayose said that since the apex court had said that his impeachment in 2006 was illegal , he would then have to approach the same court to interpret what that ruling meant and also consider seeking a re – election in 2018 .

But Falana said on Tuesday that Fayose ’ s bid to seek re – election would amount to tenure elongation  which no court could grant.

He said , “ Tenure extension by a governor under any disguise is anomalous . No court can prolong the tenure of a sitting governor beyond  the two terms prescribed by the Constitution .

“ In the case of Gov Rasheed Ladoja v INEC the appellant wanted an extension of his term of office to allow him to spend extra 11 months while he was fighting his impeachment from outside .

“ Although the Supreme Court had set aside his impeachment it was held that the relief was illegal and unconstitutional.

“ Similarly, the governors who were re – elected after their initial election was annulled , the Supreme Court made it abundantly clear that tenure extension was unknown to the Constitution . In view of the settled position of the law on the matter , Governor Ayo Fayose cannot be granted by any court in Nigeria . ”
Source: The Punch

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