Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja has unanimously struck out the case of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ekiti state, Olusola Eleka and upheld Kayode Fayemi of the APC as a duly elected governor of the state, The Punch reports.
Detail of the tribunal's ruling is still scanty as at the time of filing this report.
It may, however, be recalled that Rufus Adunmo, the deputy director general of the campaign organisation of Governor Fayem, on Monday, November 26, 2018, told the tribunal that the July 14, 2018 governorship poll was the best the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ever conducted.
As the 60th defence witness in the case, Adunmo insisted that the election was free, fair and credible by all standards, despite claims of bias, violence, vote-buying and other forms of malpractices that occasioned the election.
Fayemi was also present at the proceedings which was led in evidence by his lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN).
Adunmo said before the tribunal chaired by Justice Suleiman Belgore that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission were not biased against any party as alleged.
Fayemi had on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 filed a 2,225-page defence to counter the petition of the defeated candidate of the PDP and former deputy governor of the state, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka.
A statement made available to Legit.ng explained that eight Senior Advocates of Nigeria led the legal team of the governor.
Fayemi, in the defence, with over 3,000 documents as exhibits, averred that he actually won the gubernatorial election of July 14, contrary to claims by Eleka and urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition for lacking in merit.
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