The Supreme Court upheld the victory of Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last governorship election in Ondo State with a four-to-three decision on Wednesday.
The appeal by Eyitayo Jegede and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was dismissed by four of the seven-member panel because it was incompetent, according to Justice Emmanuel Agim’s majority judgement.
Justice Agim upheld an earlier Court of Appeal ruling that Jegede and his party filed an incompetent petition at the election tribunal because they failed to include Yobe Governor and Chairman of the APC’s Caretaker Committee, Mai Mala Buni, as a party.
The court upheld the appeal and dismissed the cross-appeals by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Akeredolu, and the APC in a minority judgement read by Justice Mary Peter-Odili.
Since the APC, for which Buni worked, was a party in the case, Odili and two other members of the panel felt there was no need to include him as a party.