BREAKING: Court Gives Verdict on APC Governorship Election Victory
- Biodun Oyebanji, the governor of Ekiti state, has been reaffirmed as the winner of the June 2022 governorship election in the state
- A 3-man panel of justices of the court dismissed the appeal by Segun Oni, the SDP candidate in the election, on the ground that it lacked merit
- Oyebanji, the candidate of the APC in the election, won 15 of the 16 local governments to emerge as the winner of the poll
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Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti - The appeal court affirmed the victory of Biodun Oyebanji of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Ekiti state governorship election on June 18, 2022.
In a judgment delivered by a 3-man panel of judges, the court dismissed the suit filed by the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Segun Oni, over lack of merit, The Cable reported.
Why court declared Oyebanji as winner of Ekiti governorship election
The Ekiti election was one of the off-season polls conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2022.
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It was also one of the polls used to test the efficiency and credibility of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
In the poll, the returning officer declared Oyebanji the winner after gathering 187,057 votes to defeat his closest rival, Oni of the SDP, who garnered 82,211 votes. While, Bisi Kolawole of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got 67,457 votes.
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During the election, the APC candidate and now Ekiti state governor, won 15 of the 16 local government areas of the state.
Oyebanji became a popular candidate in the state because he was part of the committee to form Ekiti state in 1994.
According to the BBC, he joined the public service in his 20s and served as special assistant on legislative matters to the first governor of Ekiti state, Otunba Niyi Adebayo.
Atiku, Wike' camps in show of strength in Ekiti
Legit.ng earlier reported that things may turn sour for Atiku Abubakar as the PDP presidential campaign train will land in Ekiti today, January 16.
This is due to the rift between Senator Biodun Olujimi, a leading figure in Atiku's camp and former Governor Ayodele Fayose, who is supporting the G5 governors.
Some sources said Fayose has been an advocate of a power shift to the south, and his actions could have an effect on the campaign rally of the PDP in the state.