The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the last Ondo governorship election, Rotimi Akeredolu, has reacted to his victory at the Court of Appeal.
Naija News earlier reported that the Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Wednesday, upheld the election victory of Governor Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress in the last governorship election in the state.
In its ruling, the appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for lack of merit.
In a statement personally signed by him on Wednesday, Akeredolu hailed the judgement, describing it as a victory for the people of Ondo state.
The governor, however, asked Jegede to join him in taking the state to higher heights.
He said: “Understandably, many had waited in animated breaths for the outcome of this case, which commenced from the lower tribunal to this extent.
“This is a permissible venture in clearly inoffensive exercise of the rights of litigants. No grudges against any in this regard.
“All have seen the scholarly industry infused into this judicial exercise by the most venerable Honourable Appeal Court of eminent Jurists.
“The issues examined and conclusions reached have further enriched our nation’s jurisprudence, no doubt.”
Also reacting, APC in the state has congratulated Governor Akeredolu on his victory at the Court of Appeal, describing the judgment as an affirmation of the people’s decision.
Chairman of the State Caretaker Committee, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, however, decried what he called “legal distraction”, which he accused the main opposition political party, PDP of plunging the state into.
Adetimehin, in a statement by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Alex Kalejaye, said “The Akeredolu-led government needs to remain focused on its patriotic zeal to develop the state and the people.
“This calls for the support of all, including leaders of opposing parties.”
Inviting Jegede to join the progressive party in Ondo State, the APC chieftain further contended that, “while the PDP built Shoprite in Akure, the APC has built several factories across the state to trigger economic activities.”
The party commended Jegede, for giving a civilised account of himself by approaching the court, but urged him to consider the interest of the state, and suspend further action.
It applauded the Court of Appeal Panel for cementing the judgment of the Tribunal, by upholding a dispassionate and objective stand on the matter.