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Supreme Court Affirms Rotimi Akeredolu’s Election

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The election that brought Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State into power for the second term has been legitimized by the Supreme Court.

Recall that Akeredolu was re-elected as Governor of Ondo State on October 10, 2020.

The apex court affirmed Akeredolu’s re-election in a judgment delivered Wednesday, July 28.

 

In the majority judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, four of the seven-member panel dismissed the appeal by Eyitayo Jegede and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the grounds that it was incompetent. Justice Agim upheld an earlier judgment of the Court of Appeal, that the petition filed by Jegede and his party at the election tribunal was incompetent because they failed to include Yobe Governor and Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the APC, Mai Mala Buni as a party.

 

In the minority judgment read by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, the court upheld the appeal and dismissed the cross-appeal by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Akeredolu, and the APC.

 

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