Supreme Verdict: Akeredolu hails judiciary, dedicates victory to God

..put the legal distractions behind, focus on good governance- APC tells Akeredolu

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has hailed the decision of the Supreme Court which upheld his victory at the October 10, 2020 governorship election in the state.

The Supreme Court, in a majority judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, four of the seven-member panel dismissed the appeal by Eyitayo Jegede and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the grounds that it was incompetent.

Governor Akeredolu hailed the court, explaining that from the Tribunal to the Supreme Court, twelve judges have ruled in his favor and three against him.

The Governor particularly thanked the Judiciary for not yielding to any influence, adding that the glory of the election petition success is to God.

He also appreciated his legal team and those of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC.

He said: “I have every reason to thank God and appreciate the judiciary for not yielding to any influence. We can still be proud of our judiciary. The glory of this election petition success is to God Almighty.

“I want to thank the legal team that has represented us. My team, led by Chief Akin Olujimi and other wonderful lawyers for their wonderful work. We thank the INEC team, Charles Edosanwa, SAN; APC team, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, Sola Oke and other eminent lawyers.”

The Governor again called on Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, to come and join hands with him for the development of the state.

He said with the judgement of the apex court, the legal tussle has been laid to rest, stressing that it is now time to work more for the people.

Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
July 28, 2021.

..put the legal distractions behind, focus on good governance- APC tells Akeredolu

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo commends the Honourable Justices of the Supreme Court for a sound and faultless judgement on the State governorship election petition.

We urge the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to appeal to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, where the party and its governorship candidate take exception to the collapse of their petition.

The party is thrilled by the resolve of the apex court to uphold the decisions of the lower courts on the petition. The truth is always constant.

The chapter rejoices with the Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, his deputy, Hon. Lucky Ayedatiwa, and all the residents of the Sunshine State for this popular affirmation of the people’s mandate.

The APC family expresses profound appreciation to all the parties and stakeholders, including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the legal teams, chieftains of the ruling party, and the electorate, for their contributions and support while the legal battle lasted.

The party enjoins the Governor and his Deputy to put the legal gymnastics and distractions behind them, and focus on their selfless approach to governance, in the interest of every resident of the state, irrespective of party affiliations.

While sympathizing with the PDP over internal crisis rocking the party, the Ondo APC challenges the PDP to reorganize itself so it could present a productive opposition to the performing government.

Alex Kalejaye,
State Publicity Secretary

28th July, 2021

Published by WonderLady

Journalist, Educationist, Writer, Human Rights Advocate

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