Ekiti Gov Poll: No Judgement Disqualified APC Candidate – Court
The report that the Federal High Court had issued an order that disqualified the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, has been debunked by the same court alleged to have issued the disqualification judgement.
The court, in a statement that was signed by its Assistant Director, Information, Mrs. Catherine Oby Christopher, described the report circulating online, which claimed that Oyebanji was disqualified barely 48 hours to the gubernatorial contest, as “unfounded and very mischievous”.
The statement, titled “RE: COURT DISQUALIFIES APC, BIODUN OYEBANJI FROM EKITI GUBER ELECTION”, read:
“The attention of the Federal High Court has been drawn to an online report in circulation on the above subject matter with a purportedly assigned Suit Number: FHC/ABJ/CS/528/22, claiming that Hon.Justice Inyang Ekwo disqualified the APC candidate, Biodun Oyebanji from the Ekiti governorship election, less than 48 hours to the polls.
“The Federal High Court hereby debunks the existence of any such case in its entire jurisdiction and indeed the Court Order as alleged.
“The Contact Court states categorically that there has been no such case before Hon. justice I.E Ekwo.
“The said report is unfounded, very mischievous and aimed at not only misleading members of the public, but also causing tension.
“It is worrisome that some media practitioners hasten to give false information to the public for their own selfish interests, thereby unduly heating up the polity.
“Professionalism and truth remain ethical values that should guide journalists in their daily reportage of issues.
“This spurious reportage sold out to the public is most unfortunate and unacceptable. It should be totally ignored”.