Supreme Court judgment, call to higher service, says Akeredolu

Peter Dada

2 August 2021

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THE Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu has described his recent victory at the Supreme Court as a call to higher service to the people of the state.

According to him, the judgment has given him another opportunity to serve the people better.

He stated this in Akure, while celebrating his judicial victory with some members and leaders of the All Progressives Congress, in Akure, on Sunday.

The Supreme Court had affirmed his victory in the October 20, 2021 governorship election in the state as the court dismissed the appeal of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the election, Mr Eyitayo Jegede.

Akeredolu boasted that the APC did not only defeat the PDP at the poll by winning 15 out of the 18 local government areas of the state but also defeated the PDP in the court with 12 judge’s ruling in favour of the APC and only three for the PDP.

He said “At the Tribunal, the three judges ruled in our favour. It was a unanimous judgment. At the court of appeal, all five judges ruled in our favour. At the Supreme Court, four judges ruled in our favour and three in favour of the PDP. We floored the PDP again even in the court.

“I want to say that I feel really good about myself personally but I think in everything, we just have to give glory and honour to the Almighty. God has made it possible and I know that everybody feels happy, rejoicing in whatever the Lord has done.”

Meanwhile, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has chided Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), inviting Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), to join him in moving the state forward.

Akeredolu, had shortly after his victory appealed to his opponent to join him in moving the state forward.

Shortly after the judgment of the apex court, the governor called on Jegede, the candidate of the PDP to join him in moving the state forward.

Responding to the call, the state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kennedy Peretei, dismissed Akeredolu’s invitation as laughable.

The statement read in part, “Our party and its candidate cannot be part of a government that has thrown out many students of tertiary institutions in the state because their parents can no longer pay the astronomical school fees charged by the Akeredolu Government.”

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