The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2020 Ondo governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede, has reacted to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s 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 Jegede for lack of merit.
In a statement by the PDP’s state Publicity Secretary, Kennedy Petetei, the party, and its candidate have vowed to approach the Supreme Court to challenge the Appeal court’s judgement.
Petetei noted that the PDP is confident that the Supreme Court, which is the highest court in the land, will do justice to the case.
He said: “The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ondo State and candidate of the party will challenge the Court of Appeal’s decision at the Supreme Court.
“In concluding her lead judgment, Justice Theresa Orji-Abadua said the Appeal was partially dismissed and partially allowed.
“To the ordinary man in the street, the judgment was ‘inconclusive’ and we must approach the Supreme Court to help them conclude the judgment.
“The kernel of the Eyitayo Jegede/PDP petition was whether or not a gross violation of the 1999 Constitution (as Amended) should be allowed to stay;
“Whether or not Mai Mala Buni, as a sitting Governor of Yobe State can double as National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, to sign the Nomination of Rotimi Akeredolu(SAN) for the governorship election.
“While the Court of Appeal acknowledged that it was violation of the Constitution, it still went ahead to dismiss the appeal.
“We are still studying the details of the judgment, by virtue of the fact that it was delivered via Zoom.
“But we have sufficient grounds to appeal the decision of the court. We are confident the Supreme Court, which is the highest court in the land, will do justice.”
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