The Supreme Court has upheld the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in last year's Ondo Governorship Election in a split decision announced on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.
Akeredolu retains Ondo Governor's seat after close Supreme Court verdict
Four judges backed Akeredolu's victory, but three opposed it.
A majority judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim found the appeal filed against Akeredolu's victory by his opponent, Eyitayo Jegede, and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was incompetent.
Four judges on the seven-member panel agreed on the verdict, but the other three ruled that the appeal had merit.
In a petition filed before a tribunal, Jegede said the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation.
He also faulted the governor's emergence as the APC candidate, alleging that he wasn't properly nominated according to electoral guidelines.
Jegede lost the case at both the tribunal and the Court of Appeal, before his final loss at the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
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