- The petition seeking to nullify Governor Seyi Makinde's victory in the 2023 gubernatorial polls in Oyo state has been dismissed
- The ruling was issued by a three-member panel led by Ejiron Emudainohwo on Friday, June 2
- Before the verdict by the tribunal, the counsel to the plaintiff appealed to discontinue the case, but instead, it was dismissed
Oyo, Ibadan - The victory of Governor Seyi Makinde in the 2023 gubernatorial poll in Oyo state has been upheld by the election petition tribunal of the state.
Recall that Governor Makinde was declared the winner of the Oyo State gubernatorial polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after polling 563,756 votes to win in 31 of the 33 LGAs in the state.
Governor Makinde's closest rival, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Teslim Folarin, polled 256,685 votes to emerge second in the election, while Accord Party, Adebayo Adelabu polled 38,357 votes to emerge third.
Meanwhile, the Action Alliance (AA) candidate, Babatunde Ajala, was not satisfied with the outcome of the election and resorted to filing a petition against Governor Makinde seeking the nullification of his election.
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However, the three-member panel led by Ejiron Emudainohwo struck out Ajala's petition against all three respondents.
As reported by Vanguard, it was gathered that the tribunal also awarded a cost of N600,000 against the AA guber candidate – N100,000 in favour of INEC and N250,000 each in favour of Makinde and the PDP, respectively.
Before delivering its ruling, the attorney to the plaintiff, Etibo Orowo King, prayed to the court to discontinue the suit.
“My prayer is for the cancellation of the result of the election. But, on further reevaluation, we decided to discontinue the case in the interest of peace and tranquillity.”
In a counter-response to the plea of the plaintiff, the attorney to Gov Makinde and PDP urged the court to dismiss the case instead.
“The petitioner asked that the case be struck out. We want the case to be dismissed. It is a petition that is dead on arrival.”
PDP Crisis: Court Gives Crucial Verdict Over Ayu’s Suspension
In another development, a Benue state high court upheld the removal of Senator Iyorchia Ayu as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Chief Judge of Benue State, Justice Maurice Ikpambese, gave this ruling on Friday, June 2.
Justice Ikpambese, in his ruling, held that all evidence tendered against Ayu was valid and, in turn, upheld Ayu's suspension as a PDP member.