Sunday, September 19, 2021

Supreme Court hears Ondo governorship election judgement appeal today



The nation’s apex court, Supreme Court sitting in Abuja will today consider the petition of candidate of the PDP in the October 10, 2020 Governorship election in Ondo state, Eyitayo Jegede challenging the reelection of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the APC.

Jegede who had earlier lost his case at the Election Petition Tribunal and the Appeal Court, is seeking to nullify the nomination of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC by the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, who is the Acting National Chairman of the party.

Counsels to both parties are expected to make their submissions and adopt their arguments before the Apex Court today.

The Appeal Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State Capital on June 16 dismissed the appeal by Jegede, for lacking in merit.

The Appeal Court led by Hon. Justice Theresa Orji-Abadua dismissed Jegede’s suit for non-joinder of Buni.

The defendants, Governor Akeredolu; his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa and the APC had told the Appellate Court that the petition of the plaintiff is a preelection matter and that the lower tribunal has no jurisdiction in the first place to hear the case.