The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday night upheld the victory of Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last governorship election held in Ekiti State.
A three-man panel of the court, in a unanimous judgment, dismissed the appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the election. Kolapo Olusola, for lacking in merit.
The appellate court upheld the January 28, 2019 judgment of the Ekiti State Election Tribunal, which sat in Abuja owing to problem of insecurity in Ekiti State.
The tribunal had, in its judgment, upheld Fayemi’s victory and dismissed the petition by PDP and Olusola on the grounds that they failed to prove their allegations, among which was that the election was marred by irregularities.
Justice Stephen Adah, who read the lead judgment, resolved the seven issues, identified for determination, in favour of the respondents – Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC and Fayemi.
Justice Adah, at the commencement of proceedings, at around 7.05pm, noted that the day was fast spent and elected to read a summary of the lead judgment.
After announcing that the seven issues were resolved against the appellants, Justice Adah proceeded to uphold the earlier judgment of the tribunal.
He subsequently dismissed the appeal for lacking in merit.