The Supreme Court has on Wednesday, July 28, upheld the re-election of Rotimi Akeredolu as Governor of Ondo State.
Akeredolu’s victory was affirmed after four of the seven justices of the Supreme Court that heard the case upheld his candidacy in the October 10, 2020 election in the state.
Three other justices disagreed with the majority judgement, insisting that Akeredolu’s candidacy in that election is a nullity.
Meanwhile the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in theelection, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, has congratulated him after the Supreme Court affirmed the victory of the latter on Wednesday.
Jegede, in a statement personally signed by him and made available to journalists, disclosed that the ruling won’t deter him from respecting the judiciary.
He thanked the PDP, people of the state and his counsel for a good fight.
He said: “Now that we have explored the grievance procedure permitted by the constitution and the law, it is time to give glory to God.
“We thank specially our legal team, under the leadership of Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, OON, SAN, FCIArb, for their commitment, industry and dedication to our cause. Over and above all, we thank them for their sacrifice.
“We are thankful to the people of Ondo State for their steadfastness, we were in this for service and for the collective interest of the majority of our people.
“The outcome of today’s judgment should not deter good and well-meaning individuals from aspiring for leadership in our state and in our country. For all our people who have stood strong, we salute you.
“We thank the national and state leadership, and the generality of the members of PDP for providing us with great support. For our governors who provided the required leadership and kept faith with our aspiration, gratitude, history will judge you right.
“With this outcome, our respect and reverence for the judiciary and our justices of the Supreme Court has not diminished.
“I congratulate HE Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN.”