By Adesina Wahab
The Ekiti State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has carpeted Governor Kayode Fayemi for appointing a dismissed high court judge, Justice Jide Aladejana, as the Chairman of Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission, saying that the appointment has created a moral burden on the electoral body.
PDP said that the governor’s action has shown that he has zero concern for morality in a democratic tenet.
According to the State Publicity Secretary, Mr Jackson Adebayo, the part wondered how a dismissed judge in the state judiciary should be made to head a sensitive body that is saddled with the conduct of local government elections in the midst of many qualified Ekiti sons and daughters.
The party reminded Governor Fayemi that all attempts by the dismissed judge to overturn his dismissal was overruled by court at different levels, hence he is not qualified to conduct elections for the people of the state.
Recall that Justice Aladejana was dismissed by the National Judicial Council over his role in the impeachment of Governor Ayodele Fayose in 2006.
While the then Chief Judge of the State constituted a panel to try Fayose and the panel returned a verdict of not guilty, the then Speaker of the House of Assembly, Friday Aderemi, mandated Aladejana, who was not the CJ to set up another panel which found Fayose guilty.
The NJC subsequently penalised Aladejana for playing a role he was not qualified to play.
PDP also alleged that many of the members of the SIEC were card carrying members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, saying that on this basis local government elections were stopped by court during the first term of Governor Fayemi when Mr Soji Oloketuyi membership of SIEC then was proved to be inappropriate because he was a card carrying member of the ruling party which he is till today and is also member of the electoral body.
PDP said it was unfortunate that the governor could assemble people who were constitutional barred to conduct elections in the state, adding that he’s deliberately erecting wall of disruption in the way of the election so that he could continue to pocket the allocations to the council in absence of democratically elected officers.
PDP challenged the governor to explain to the people of the state why he appointed a dismissed judge and card carrying members of the APC as members of SIEC against the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.