Gov poll: S’Court rules on PDP’s appeal against Fayemi May 24

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Ade Adesomoju

The Supreme Court on Thursday heard and fixed May 24 for judgment on the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Kolapo Olusola-Eleka challenging the election of Governor Kayode Fayemi.

A five-man panel of the apex court which heard the appeal was led by the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.

The appeal sought to overturn the concurrent judgments of the Ekiti State Election Petitions Tribunal and the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal which had both upheld Fayemi’s election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared that Fayemi and the APC polled a total of 197,459 votes to defeated Olusola-Eleka and the PDP who placed second with 178,121 votes in the July 14, 2018 election.

Dissatisfied with the outcome, the PDP and Olusola-Eleka had filed their petition before the Ekiti State Election Petitions Tribunal which sat and delivered its judgment in Abuja.

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

But the tribunal on January 28, 2019 dismissed their petition and affirmed the results declared by INEC.

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