The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has said former President Olusegun Obasanjo has confirmed that Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, became governor through judicial fraud.
Obasanjo while receiving members of the Correspondents Chapel, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun State Chapter, at his hilltop residence in Abeokuta on Sunday, said; “…Our judges must be committed in fighting corruption. They must be committed to fighting corruption. Because if the investigation is very sound and you have ‘ogbologbo’ lawyer to handle the case, if you have Salamigate, you know what the answer will be.”
The party referred to the Court of Appeal, Ilorin judgment delivered by Justice Isa Ayo Salami, which removed Segun Oni of the PDP from office in 2010.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Monday said, “Fayemi never won the 2009 rerun governorship election. Rather, he was awarded victory by Justice Salami after cancelling votes in wards where the PDP won and this has been further established by former President Obasanjo.”
The party said records of telephone calls and messages between Justice Salami and APC chieftains like Lai Mohammed before and after the judgment.
“It should also be recalled that even programmes of Fayemi’s swearing-in ceremony and other souvenirs were printed more than two weeks before the judgment was delivered.
“Up till today, that Appeal Court judgment of October 10, 2010, that made Fayemi governor is not being cited as authority in any election matter and with Obasanjo’s reference to Salamigate as terminology for judicial manipulation, it should be clear to Fayemi himself that he became governor by judicial fraud.
“Perhaps, Fayemi may now have to ask Baba Obasanjo what he meant by Salamigate. He should also ask Engr Segun Oni that he cheated out of office why he dragged Justice Salami and others before the National Judicial Council,” the party said.