The Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Wednesday expressed confidence that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last governorship election in the state, Eyitayo Jegede, would lose at the tribunal.
The former Attorney General of the state had filed a petition at the tribunal challenging the results of the October 10 poll, in which Governor Rotimi Akeredolu was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Jegede on Tuesday had stated that he would reclaim his mandate at the tribunal and send the candidate of the APC, Rotimi Akeredolu out of government.
The party in a statement released through its spokesman, Steve Otaloro, described the statement of Jegede as laughable and a reflection of the embodiment of ignorance on the part of the PDP candidate.
Otaloro further stated that the state Governor was victorious in the electoral process and the result of the election shows that the Governor is accepted by his people.
He said, “The recent insinuation by Mr Eyitayo Jegede that he will reclaim the Ondo State governorship election mandate given to Governor Akeredolu at the election petition tribunal is laughable as it reflects the embodiment of ignorance on his part.”
“In simple terms, the people of Ondo State have, freely, chosen between APC and other political parties in the state. Therefore, for Mr Jegede who was strongly rejected at the election to be hopeful of reclaiming the said mandate at a court of law is subject to wishful thinking.”
“Mr Jegede and the PDP should continue to tell their fairy tales about how they wish the outcome of the tribunal verdict would be, but the good news is that they can not be the judge in their own case.”
The party added that it will be victorious at the tribunal because members of the tribunal are people of integrity who will, dispassionately, dispense justice as it should be in tandem with the facts and figures before them.
“Mr Eyitayo Jegede knew he lost the election, but he is only trying to save face by going to court. In doing that he premeditates to employ certain abracadabra of law to steal the people’s mandate from the rightful owner. However, just as he failed at the poll, he will also fail at the tribunal.”
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