Election Tribunal affirms re-election of Akeredolu

Akeredolu: re-election affirmed by Tribunal
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Akeredolu: re-election affirmed by Tribunal
Akeredolu: re-election affirmed by Tribunal

By Abankula

The re-election of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu last October has been affirmed by the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Akure.

The tribunal gave the verdict today.

Akeredolu was declared winner of the Oct. 10, 2020 governorship poll in Ondo by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

He won 292,830 votes, while the runner-up, Eyitayo Jegede of the PDP trailed with 195,791.

But Jegede challenged the result at the tribunal.

His petition was dismissed today for lack of jurisdiction.

The Justice Umar Abubakar-led three-member panel struck out the petition for lacking jurisdiction in the matter.

“Issues raised therein in this petition are settled issue of internal affairs and management of a political party on which this tribunal has no jurisdiction,” Justice Umar Abubakar, leading a three-man panel said.

Abubakar, who delivered the judgment via zoom, therefore upheld the re-election of Akeredolu as governor of Ondo State.

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