An appeals court in Akure, Ondo province, has rejected an appeal by People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Eyitayo Jegede, challenging Rotimi Akeredolu’s victory in the October 2020 gubernatorial election.
Independent National Election Commission (INEC) 195791 votes to defeat Jegede, with 292,830 votes to declare Akeredolu the winner of the October 10 governorship election.
Jegede had appealed to the court to protest the re-election of Akeredolu.
The PDP candidate told the tribunal that the election was marred by “irregularities, violence and intimidation of eligible voters.”
He also said that the parties of Akeredolu and Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the candidates for deputy governor, were not properly nominated by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
However, the court in a decision issued on April 20 fired Jegede petition.
“The issue raised in this application, the internal affairs and management of a political party outside the jurisdiction of this court have been resolved,” the court ruled.
Therefore, the former governor’s candidate went to court of appeal.
PDP candidate’s lawyer Onyechi Ikpeazu appealed to the appellate court, saying that Akeredolu’s nomination by the party was unconstitutional.
Theresa Orji-Abadua, who made the lead on Wednesday, rejected the appellate court’s decision as unfounded.