Election Petitions: Akeredolu Wins Case At Appeal Court

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and his Deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, on Wednesday won at the Appeal Court the petitions filed against them by the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, at the October 10, 2020 gubernatorial election.

The appellate court unanimously dismissed the appeal filed by Jegede for lack of merit, declaring that Akeredolu and his Deputy, Aiyedatiwa of All Progressives Congress (APC) were validity nominated.

In her ruling delivered via webinar, the Presiding Judge, Justice Theresa Ngolika Orji-Abadua, ruled that the appeal filed by Jegede is devoid of merit and consequently was dismissed.

In its reaction to the ruling, APC described the judgement as “an affirmation of the people’s decision..”

A statement signed by Alex Kalejaye, publicity secretary of APC, the party Chairman, Engr. Ade Adetimehin said PDP’s petition was sheer “legal distraction.”

But PDP in its reaction it “will challenge the Court of Appeal’s decision at the Supreme Court.”

A statement signed by the Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kennedy Ikantu Peretei, noted that “In concluding her lead judgement, Hon. Justice Theresa Orji-Abadua said the Appeal was partially dismissed and partially allowed. To the ordinary man in the street, the judgement was “inconclusive” and we must approach the Supreme Court to help them conclude the judgement. 

“The kernel of the Eyitayo Jegede/PDP petition was whether or not a gross violation of the 1999 Constitution (as Amended) should be allowed to stay. Whether or not Mai Mala Buni, as a sitting Governor of Yobe State can double as  National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, to sign the Nomination of Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN for the Governorship election. While the Court of Appeal acknowledged that it was violation of the Constitution, it still went ahead to dismiss the appeal.”

However, APC stated that “The Akeredolu-led government needs to remain focused on its patriotic zeal to develop the State and the people. This calls for the support of all, including leaders of opposing parties.”

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