By Ogbolu George
Constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), has said that the bid by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state to seek re-election in 2018 is anomalous.
Fayose, who was impeached in 2006, but had the impeachment nullified by the Supreme Court in 2014, had said on Monday that he would contest the 2018 governorship election so that he could serve his first term which was truncated in 2006.
Falana on Tuesday, however, said the governor’s bid to seek re-election would amount to tenure elongation which no court could grant.
”Tenure extension by a governor under any disguise is anomalous. No court can prolong the tenure of a sitting governor buying the two terms prescribed by the constitution.
”In the case of Gov Rasheed Ladoja v INEC the appellant wanted an extension of his term of office to allow him to spend extra 11 months while he was fighting his impeachment from outside.
”Although the Supreme Court had set aside his impeachment, it was held that the relief was illegal and unconstitutional.
”Similarly, the Supreme Court made it abundantly clear that tenure extension was unknown to the Constitution. In view of the settled position of the law on the matter, Governor Ayo Fayose cannot be granted extension by any court in Nigeria,” he said.