Akeredolu Vs Jegege: Tribunal Reserves Judgement


The Ondo State governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Akure, the state capital has reserved judgment for the month of April.

Justice Umar Abubakar announced this after the parties adopted their final written addresses before the Tribunal.

Defense counsel had pleaded the court to dismiss the petition of the petitioner, Eyitayo jegede on several grounds.

Counsel to Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa, Akin Olujimi and that of the APC, Lateef Fagbemi said the petitioner admitted in paragraph 12 of its petition the sponsorship of third and first respondents but failed to prove that they were not validly nominated, describing it as inconsistency of pleading, forbiding by the law. 

They therefore want the court to dismiss the petition for not properly instituted, adding the Tribunal also lacks the jurisdiction to interprete section 183 of the constitution as prayed for by the petitioner.

But counsel to Jegede prayed the tribunal to grant the relief sought that Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa were not validly nominated by the APC.

Candidate of the PDP in the October 10 governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede is contesting the victory of Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the APC in the poll, faulting the nomination process that produced him as candidate of the party.

The Umar Abubakar led tribunal  has therefore reserved judgement to a date that will be communicated to parties in the case in April.

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