Akeredolu wins at supreme court
The Supreme Court has confirmed Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as the winner of the Ondo State gubernatorial election, which was held on October 10, 2020.
In its ruling, the Supreme Court dismissed the suit filed by Mr. Eyitatyo Jegede, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party of Nigeria, on the grounds that Eyitatyo Jegede’s appeal lacked merit.
In a majority decision delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, the court decided to uphold Akeredolu’s victory because the appellant Eyitayo Jegede of the PDP did not include Mai Mala Buni, the governor of Yobe state who was the chairman of the caretaker committee.
The Supreme Court agreed with the election tribunal that the appellant PDP candidate’s failure to include Mai Mala Buni was fatal to his case.
The minority decision, on the other hand, held that the absence of Mai Mala Buni has no significant impact on the outcome of the case. In a minority decision, Justice Mary Peter-Odili held that because APC was the principal and was made a party in the suit, it was unnecessary to join Buni in the suit.
Mr Eyitayo Jegede had filed an appeal against the appeal court’s decision, which confirmed Akeredolu’s candidacy for governor of Ondo state in 2020. The appeal court upheld the election tribunal’s decision, which also declared Akeredolu the winner.
Jegede’s hopes of having the Supreme Court declare him the winner of the election was dashed when the court dismissed his appeal and confirmed the APC candidate as the winner.