The Supreme Court has affirmed the victory of Rotimi Akeredolu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the 2020 Ondo State governorship election.
Akeredolu’s election victory was upheld in a 4-3 majority judgement of the apex court’s seven-man panel on Wednesday.
The four justices who ruled in favour of the Ondo State governor dismissed the appeal by Eyitayo Jegede and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on the grounds that it was incompetent.
However, the three justices who disagreed with the majority judgment – Justices Mary Odili, Tijjani Abubakar, and Ejembi Eko – insisted that the appeal has merit and should not have been struck out by the appeal court.
Jegede had challenged the emergence of Akeredolu as the winner of the governorship election of October 10, 2020.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Akeredolu as the winner of the October 10, 2020 governorship election, having polled a total of 292,830 votes to defeat Jegede, who secured 195,791 votes.