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