The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State, Chief Jide Awe, resumed office on Monday after over three years in exile, thanking the State Working Committee for not impeaching him while away. Awe had been in exile after the State Government refiled a criminal case against him and two others for the alleged murder of Mrs Julianah Adewumi and one Mr Ayo Jeje at Erinjiyan Ekiti in Ekiti West Local Government Area prior to the 2014 governorship election.
But an Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday discharged and acquitted them following the withdrawal of the murder case by the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kolapo Kolade, on the orders of Governor Ayodele Fayose. Speaking during a reception organised for him at the party’s State Secretariat in Ado Ekiti, Awe praised the governor for allowing common sense to prevail, saying this had made his stay in the ‘wilderness’ to be cut short.
He said, “If the governor wanted to prolong my stay outside the state, he would not have investigated the case and found that there was no evidence against me in this matter.