Ekiti State governor-elect, Mr Ayo Fayose, said on Monday that only court could declare him unfit to stand for election and not an individual, groups or political parties.
Reacting to the case instituted against him by All Progressives Congress (APC), Fayose said it was abnormal for an individual or group to adjudge him guilty of an offence preferred against him without court pronouncement.
Fayose, who defeated the APC’s Kayode Fayemi in an election that has been hailed as free and fair, said he was not bothered by the decision of APC to challenge his election at the tribunal.
Speaking through media aide, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, the governor-elect said he was taken aback to learn that the APC had decided to contest the outcome of election which was adjudged to be freest and fairest by all Nigerians, boasting that he would defeat Fayemi 50 times, if there was a repeat election.
He said he was happy that the state APC Chairman, Chief Jide Awe, told journalists while submitting the party’s petition to the tribunal on Saturday that his party was embarrassed over the outcome of the poll.
According to him, “the party would be more embarrassed if there is a re-run.”
On allegation that he was facing criminal charges, impeachment as well as EFCC cases at the time of the election, Fayose said the APC Chairman and his cohorts should be the ones who should be bothered with recent murder cases allegedly hanging on their necks.
“They were recently released on bail over two or more murder cases perpetrated before the election period. Why are they not facing reality but choose to focus attention on Fayose’s matter?” he asked.
Also, the Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement, PAAM, described the petition by APC, challenging the June 21, 2014 Ekiti State governorship election as a waste of time and further demonstration of the party’s selfishness, arrogance and hatred for democratic process.
In a statement yesterday by its Director General, Bisi Kolawole, the group claimed APC was only advertising its ignorance by challenging the results of an election in which its candidate could not win his own local council.