Why Fayose Cannot Contest To Be Governor Again – Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana ( SAN), has described as anomalous the likely bid by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to seek re-election in 2018.

Fayose 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.

Fayose was impeached in 2006, but Supreme Court in 2014 nullified the impeachment that ousted him from the office about seven months to the end of his first term.

Reacting, Falana said Fayose’s bid to seek re-election would amount to tenure elongated which no court could grant. He said; 
"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 governors who were re-elected after their initial election was annulled, 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 by any court in Nigeria ."


  1. Good one coming from you my boss #believe

  2. don talk am finish..so fayose what next

  3. Fayoses lawyer suppose to explain this to him.

  4. Hassan Aderemi25 May, 2017 08:49

    Chief Femi Falana has hits the nail on the head,

  5. The law will not permit him to contest if his tenure was simultaneously concurrent, but if the reverse was the case, I think he is eligible. I could recollect back that he was once impeached during his first tenure and Fayemi unseat him in his supposed second tenure. Now he is back again for the third time. So since the tenure was not concurrent I "think" he has every right to contest.


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