Supreme Court Upholds Rotimi Akeredolu’s Victory As Ondo Governor

The Supreme Court in four to three Judgment has dismissed the appeal filed by the PDP and its candidate Eyitayo Jegede against the election of Rotimi Akeredolu as governor of Ondo state 

In a Majority Judgment the Apex court held that it is not in dispute that governor Buni is the acting chairman of the party in breach of section 183 of the constitution.

The appeal was based on the ground that  Mai Mala Buni was holding position as the acting chairman of APC while a governor.

Governor Buni was not joined as a party as he was the center of the issue.

The governor who was alleged to have breached the constitution ought to have been made a party in the petition to answer to the allegations.

The court affirms the decision of the lower court that the petition was incompetent.

In a dissenting judgment Justice Mary Odili  held that the APC submitted the name of Rotimi Akeredolu to INEC through its nomination form signed by governor Buni who is a sitting governor.

She held that as a governor the constitution barred governor Buni from acting in dual capacities as a governor and party executive.

Aligning himself with the dissenting Judgment Justice Ejembi Ekwo held the position of the majority judgment that governor Buni was not added as a part is not attainable because when you have the principal you need not add the agent.

Justice Ibrahim Saulawa also adopted the minority Judgment.

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