Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose may be arrested and prosecuted after his tenure in office over the Gen. Muhammadu Buhari death-wish publication he sponsored.
The National Human Rights Commission – NHRC, indicated the possibility of recommending Fayose for appropriate sanctions after reviewing the adverts at a stakeholders roundtable in Abuja Wednesday.
The roundtable which was organized by the NHRC for civil society groups, mainstream and social media partners reached the verdict that the content of the advert amounted to ‘’hate speech.’’
Chairman of the NHRC, Professor Chidi Odinkalu told journalists that Fayose’s advert violated Section 95 of the Electoral Act, while adding that the governor should be made to pay for such open infraction.
He quoted Section 95(1) and (2) of the Electoral Act, which says: “A political campaign or slogan shall not be tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly likely to incite religious, ethnic, tribal or sectional feelings.
“Abusive, intemperate, slanderous or base language or insinuations or innuendos designed or likely to provoke violent reaction or emotions shall not be employed or used in political campaigns.”
Similarly, NHRC also faulted the Parish Priest of Adoration Ground, Rev Father Ejike Mbaka, for using his pulpit to canvass support for President Goodluck Jonathan.
The commission pointed out that, Mbaka breached the Electoral Act by first prophesying victory for the president in the 2015 election and later preaching that Jonathan should resign and leave the stage for Buhari.
The NHRC chairman alleged that the Reverend Father breached Section 95 (3) of the Electoral Act, which states that “places designated for religious worship, police station and public offices shall not be used for political campaigns, rallies and processions or to promote, propagate or attack political parties, candidates, their political ideologies or programmes.”