Governor Biodun OyebanjiGovernor Biodun Oyebanji

All Nigeria Latest News reports that the Court of Appeal has upheld the victory of Biodun Oyebanji in the Ekiti State governorship election conducted on June 18, 2022.

The Court, in a judgment delivered on Tuesday, dismissed the appeal filed by Segun Oni, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, stating that it lacked merit.

He was declared the winner of the election after securing victory in 15 of the 16 LGAs in the state.

Governor Oyebanji secured victory in the Ekiti State governorship election with 187,057 votes, surpassing Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) who had 82,211 votes and Bisi Kolawole of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 67,457 votes.

Segun Oni, dissatisfied with the election result, filed a petition against Governor Biodun Oyebanji and the All Progressives Congress (APC) before a three-member tribunal chaired by Wilfred Kpochi.

The SDP gubernatorial candidate argued in his petition that the election of Governor Biodun Oyebanji was marred by irregularities.

Oni also argued that it was wrong for the Mai Mala Buni-led APC leadership to have supervised the primary that produced Oyebanji as the governorship candidate.

Additionally, he alleged that Monisade Afuye, now Ekiti deputy governor, presented fake WAEC results to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The election petition tribunal dismissed Segun Oni’s petition on December 29.

Segun Oni, the SDP governorship candidate, proceeded to the Court of Appeal, presenting the same issues raised during the tribunal.

In the judgments delivered virtually via Zoom, Hamma Barka, who read the lead judgment, concurred with the tribunal’s decision.

On the allegation of certificate forgery against the deputy governor, Barka held that Oni ought to have called witnesses including a staff of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to prove his allegations.

All other issues raised were resolved in favour of the respondents.

Having resolved all the issues against the appellant, the appeal was dismissed for lacking of merit.The appellate court also awarded N200,000 cost against the appellant in favour of the fourth and fifth respondents.

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