The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate at the 2020 governorship election of Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede have vowed to take up his case against Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to the Supreme court.
This comes after the Appeal Court on Wednesday dismissed the case for the same reason it was initially quashed at the election tribunal—lacking merit.
The ruling came in as a victory for All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Akeredolu, whose candidacy Jegede and the PDP are seeking to annul and as such, overturn his re-election.
Reacting to the court’s ruling, the PDP raised suspicion of a foul play and noted that the verdict was still under study.
Recall that prior to the hearing, there were rumours that the justices were being pressurized to postpone the date of the ruling in order to manipulate the process.
The opposition party said its candidate, Jegede “will challenge the Court of Appeal’s decision at the Supreme Court.”
PDP’s Publicity Secretary, Kennedy Petetei issued the statement.
“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.
However,m on the other hand, Akeredolu had in a statement personally signed by him, commended the legal system, saying it is no doubt justice has been served.
He said “Understandably, many had waited in animated breaths for the outcome of this case, which commenced from the lower tribunal to this extent.
“This is a permissible venture in clearly inoffensive exercise of the rights of litigants. No grudges against any in this regard.
“All have seen the scholarly industry infused into this judicial exercise by the most venerable Honourable Appeal Court of eminent Jurists.
“The issues examined and conclusions reached have further enriched our nation’s jurisprudence, no doubt.”