The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the election of Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, as a triumph of democracy and the rule of law.
The party said the ruling is a testimony that the judiciary is still the last hope of the common man having sustained the wishes and aspirations of the people of Ekiti State as expressed in the June 21, 2014 governorship election.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Tuesday said that the ruling has “given hope to the survival of democracy especially coming at a time when some officials of key institutions of democracy such as INEC and some security personnel, have already started compromising their independence apparently under the dictates of an obsessive APC.
The party congratulated Governor Fayose and the people of Ekiti State for their doggedness in the face of daunting challenges from anti-democratic forces and urged the governor to be magnanimous in victory while using his mandate to deliver good governance in line with the PDP manifesto and vision of the founding fathers.
The PDP restated its resolve to continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the governor and the people of the state and vowed to resist any form of political intimidation or blackmail aimed at destabilising the state.
“In this regard, we warn all anti-democratic forces hiding in the state, especially the outgoing APC lawmakers against any action intended directly or indirectly to destabilize the state or undermine this democratically elected PDP government under Governor Ayo Fayose”, the party said.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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