Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka has said Wednesday’s Supreme Court judgment on the leadership dispute within the Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in which the court said it lacked jurisdiction to review its own judgment, should be enough for members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State to stop living in the illusion that the Supreme Court judgment on the June 21, 2014 governorship election can be reviewed.
He said the judgment ended the APC’s pipedream of returning to power through an orchestrated review of the Supreme Court judgment that validated Governor Ayodele Fayose’s election.
Olayinka, who urged APC leaders in the State to stop deceiving their party members, added that, “with the Supreme Court pronouncement of yesterday, members of the APC in Ekiti State should know that they were being deceived all along.”
Ruling on an application filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the court had held that “Order 8, Rule 16 of the Supreme Court expressly stated that the court shall not review its judgment once given, except there was a clerical mistake or slip which in this case, never happened.”
Reacting, the governor’s spokesperson said; “APC should stop fighting a lost battle and wait till 2018 when the party will again be defeated by the PDP.”
He said; “They boasted in December 2015 that Governor Fayose will be removed in February through a review of the Supreme Court judgment that validated his electoral victory.
“To sustain the false hope that they gave to their gullible supporters, they have started inventing tales of how the governor approached traditional rulers to wade into the plot to approach the Supreme Court for a review of its judgment.
“However, the reality of yesterday’s judgment of the Supreme Court should dawn on those APC members that their leaders have been deceiving. Those they have recruited from the PDP to be lying from one media house to the other should have also realised the futility of their efforts.
“It is therefore important that they are again told that, now that they are faced with the reality of their wasted efforts, they should stop fighting the wind and return to Ekiti to pick the pieces of their dead party.”
While urging APC leaders in the State to purge themselves of the “we must rule by fire by fire force” tendency, Olayinka said; “This attitude of trying to hold Ekiti State down whenever these APC elements lose power must stop.
“Power belongs to God and He gives it to whoever He desires. In Ekiti today, God has given power to Governor Ayodele Fayose and no amount of falsehood and campaign of calumny can change that.”