Updated: Why Ondo Tribunal Struck Out Jegede’s Case Against Akeredolu


The tribunal sitting in Akure, the Ondo state capital has struck out the case brought before it by Eyitayo Jegede of the PDP, against the victory of Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the APC.

The tribunal led by Justice Umar Abubakar on Tuesday ruled that Akeredolu and his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, were duly nominated and sponsored by the APC in line with section 177 of the constitution and section 31 of the electoral act.

The Tribunal also ruled that it cannot determine whether Mai Bala Buni, the governor of Yobe state, is illegal occupying the seat as Caretaker chairman of planning committee of the extra ordinary convention of the APC, as alleged by the petitioner.

He said the Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa demonstrated without benefit of doubt that they were duly sponsored by a political party.

The tribunal Chairman said the evidence of submission of the names of Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa by Buni, acting at the instance of the party’s NEC was not disputed by the petitioner.

He added that Buni’s membership of the APC was also not disputed by the petitioner.

“Jegede’s case is flawed and hereby dismissed.

“There is also evidence to confirm that the APC as the sponsor, complied with the law in the process for the submission of the names of its Candidates, Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa,” the court affirmed.

With the ruling, Akeredolu was duly elected as the Governor of Ondo state in the October 10, 2020 governorship election.

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