Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji on Thursday hailed the verdict of the Supreme Court that reaffirmed his election as the Governor of Ekiti State, describing the verdict as a victory for democracy and the good people of Ekiti State who voted him as their Governor.
The Apex court sitting in Abuja on Thursday dismissed the petition of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Governorship Candidate, Chief Segun Oni challenging Biodun Oyebanji’s victory the June 18, 2022 Governorship election in Ekiti State.
The Governor in his reaction to the apex court ruling on the matter, said the judicial pronouncement further reinforced his belief that his election as Governor of the state was God-ordained and actualised by majority votes of the people of the state.
Oyebanji, while commending the judiciary for being professional in handling the matter from the tribunal to the apex court, also appreciated the good people of Ekiti State for their prayers and support all through the different stages of the judicial battle.
He also thanked his supporters for maintaining decorum and remaining magnanimous in victory.
The Governor said his respect for Chief Segun Oni, the candidate of SDP, who is a former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), remained intact. He therefore urged the Chief Oni to join him in the development efforts in the state, having explored all judicial processes available to him.
“I give glory to God and thank Ekiti people for their prayers. It is the Lord’s doing and it’s marvellous in our sight. And I commend the Nigeria judiciary for being professional and for bringing an end to this litigation. I also thank our supporters for remaining calm and magnanimous in victory.
“I dedicate this victory to God, who remains our guiding light, and the good people of Ekiti State for the mandate and their unalloyed support. The victory has further reinforced my belief that my election was ordained by God and actualised by the votes of the people.
“I commend Engr Segun Oni for exploring the legal option. What has happened has not diminished my respect for Engr Oni, he remains my leader and brother. I’m going to call him and visit him. He has exhibited his right as permitted by the Constitution of Nigeria and now that the case is closed, all of us have to come together to develop our dear state”. He said.
Special Adviser (media) to the Governor