A Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti has awarded a cost of N2 million against a media aide to former Governor Ayo Fayose, Lere Olayinka, for filing a case against the House of Representatives Progressive Congress (APC) Preliminary of Ekiti Central Federal District 2.
The court, presided over by Judge Babs Koyomi, also dismissed the lawsuit filed by Olainka, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Federal District as frivolous and lacking in merit.
Olayinka was challenging the candidacy of APC candidate, Mr Biodun Omoleye in the primary election held in Aramoko Ekiti in May.
After Judge Kuewumi issued his judgment in the suit numbered FHC/AD/CS/38/2022, he also dismissed the suit for being prohibited by law.
Subsequently, he awarded N2 million against Olayinka, in favor of APC and Omoleye and ordered the cost to be paid on the spot.
Judge Kiyomi also held that Olayinka did not have sufficient standing to commence the case and called the first plaintiff (Olayinka) a “meddling interloper”.
Olayinka was the first plaintiff in the suit while his party, the PDP, was the second plaintiff in the suit.
The defendants in the lawsuit are the General People’s Congress (GPC) (the first), the Independent National Election Commission (the second) and Omoli (the third).
Olayinka was seeking to annul the primary election of the APC that produced Omoleye as its candidate for the upcoming House of Representatives elections on grounds of alleged impropriety.
In response to the ruling, the APC leader in the Federal constituency, Mr. Gboyega Ajayi, advised Olainka to direct his energy to winning the hearts of the people in his constituency, “instead of going after the shadows by trying to manipulate the process through fake court cases.”
In a statement made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday, Ajayi described Olayinka’s attempt to disqualify the APC candidate, Omoleye, as an exercise in futility and an emphasis on the fact that he (Olayinka) is not ready for a free and fair contest.
He described his desperate quest to snatch the House of Representatives slot through the back door as distasteful, adding that Olayinka made the case in the first place after learning he had neither the money nor the tenacity to win the February 25, 2023 election.
“The failure of Lere Olinka’s attempt to deny the people of Ekiti their right to freely elect their preferred candidate in the elections,” Ajayi said.
Therefore, we want to warn the PDP and Olayinka to go to the square to drum up votes, they should know that the era of ‘jankara’ rule is long gone.
“We also advise the People’s Democratic Party to repair its collapsed house instead of interfering in the internal affairs of the APC. This ruling is a victory for democracy and confirmation of the early victory of the GPC candidate.”
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