BREAKING: PDP CANDIDATE EYITAYO JEGEDE DRAGS AKEREDOLU TO TRIBUNAL OVER VICTORY IN ONDO GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION
Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the October 10, 2020, Ondo State governorship election, has dragged Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to court over his victory in the exercise.
Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, is challenging the victory of Akeredolu, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure.
Other defendants in the petition are: the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All Progressives Congress and the Deputy Governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including, "That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation".
He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.
Recall that Governor Akeredolu was declared winner by INEC in the October 10 governorship election.
INEC Returning Officer, Prof Idowu Olayinka, declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC) winner with 292,830 votes.
Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede polled 195,791, while Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) scored 69,127 votes.
The incumbent Governor won 15 of the 18 Local Government Areas results declared by INEC, while his closest rival, Jegede, won in three local Government areas and Ajayi didn't win any, including his LGA.
In a statement by Secretary of the Election Petition Tribunal, Ondo State, Mr Musa Bako, the tribunal would sit at the High Court complex along Hospital Road in Akure.