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Fayemi Is Ekiti Governor – SUPREME COURT

***As Court Throws Out PDP, Eleka’s Appeal 

The election of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, was on Friday (today) affirmed by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

The apex court arrived at the decision after it dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Kolapo Olusola-Eleka challenging the election of the incumbent governor of the state. 

The panel of the Supreme Court justices, led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad unanimously held that the appeal challenging the outcome of the poll lacked merit.

The apex court in its judgment read by Justice John Okoro, affirmed the judgments of both the Ekiti State Election Petition Tribunal and the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, which had both dismissed the petition challenging the outcome of the July 2018 poll.

It would be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared that Fayemi and the All Progressives Congress polled a total of 197,459 votes to  defeat Olusola-Eleka and the PDP who placed second with 178,121 votes in the July 14, 2018 election.

But not satisfied, PDP and Olusola-Eleka filed their petition before the Ekiti State Election Petition Tribunal which sat and delivered its judgment in Abuja.

In their petition, the petitioners alleged among others in their petition that the election was marred by a lot of wrongs including non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

But the petition was dismissed by the Tribunal and the results as declared by INEC was affirmed on January 28, 2019.

The petitioners went further to the Court of Appeal, raising seven issues against the judgment of the tribunal.

In its judgment, the Appeal Court, presided over by Justice Stephen Adah resolved all the seven issues raised against the appellants and in favour of the respondents – Fayemi, INEC and APC.

The Appeal Court Justices equally dismissed the case for lacking in merit, a decision the two other members of the panel – Justices Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson and Emmanuel Agim, consented to.

The PDP and Olusola-Eleka in their further appeal to the Supreme Court urged the apex court through their lawyer, Yusuf Ali (SAN), to upturn the lower court’s judgment.

The appeal was dismissed by the Supreme Court on Friday.

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