Ahead of tomorrow’s impending judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the June 21 2014 Governorship Election in Ekiti, our correspondent has gathered that there are desperate moves by the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Muhammed Adoke to subvert the decision of the court.
A credible source told our correspondent that the NSA has been mounting pressure on Adoke to intimidate and bribe the Supreme Court Justices responsible for adjudicating on the Ekiti Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
The case which has gone through the lower Tribunal and the Appeal Court is looking at allegations of eligibility and perjury by Governor Ayodele Fayose and the illegal use of the military to truncate the June 21 elections in the state.
It was gathered that Dasuki and Adoke visited the CJN clandestinely who later gave the nod that the other Justices of the Supreme Court involved in the matter should give the duo an audience.
Though it is yet unclear wether the Supreme Court Justices promised to accede to his request, despite the offer of billions of naira as gratification if the deal could be pulled through.
It was learnt that a desperate Dasuki was cajoling the CJN about an outright dismissal of most of the Justices of the Supreme Court on corruption grounds, when the new government assumes office next month.
Meanwhile, Governor Ayodele Fayose was overheard in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, reassuring his supporters that the needful had been done with the Justices and that he had been assured that the judgment would go in his favour.
Dasuki was said to be contacting prominent Yoruba leaders to help stem the growing opposition towards Fayose in the South West zone, especially in the event that the ruling goes in his favour. He noted that the Ekiti Governor had been good to Jonathan’s cause.
A retired General was contacted directly by Fayose for his assistance, but his plea met with brick wall, as the respected General turned him down.
With a perceived belief that there is a rift between the former governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Fayose sent emissaries to him that he is prepared to defect to the APC if he could assist him scale the Supreme Court hurdle.
We also gathered authoritatively at the weekend that the Justices and the judiciary are of the opinion that Fayose is not deserving of the seat, especially given the treatment he gave the judiciary in the build up to his inauguration as governor.
Legal experts have also canvassed that it would be a travesty of justice if Fayose is allowed to profit from the judiciary, which he has succeeded in desecrating severally.
Our source noted that the judiciary may find a very good reason to nail him, with eligibility, as a major ground for election nullification, regardless of wether or not he won the June 21 election. This is especially so because he would have been deemed not to have qualified to run for the office in the first instance.
The same desperation by bigwigs of the PDP was displayed in Lagos when the President virtually relocated to the Southwest in the build up to the Presidential and governorship polls.
Having lost many governorship seats in the just concluded April 11 polls, the PDP chieftains are of the view that they must do all they could to retain Ekiti, at least through the judiciary.