Supreme Court reserves judgment in Section 84(12) Electoral Act

The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, by dismissing the appeal filed by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate, Chief Segun Oni, All Nigeria Latest News reports.

The Court, sitting in Abuja, dismissed the appeal of the SDP candidate, challenging the victory of Biodun Oyebanji in the June 18, 2022, governorship election in Ekiti State.

All Nigeria Latest News had reported that the election petition tribunal sitting in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti had dismissed the petition filed by  Oni against the election victory of the incumbent governor, Biodun Oyebanji during the last June 18 poll in the state.

Oni, a former governor of the state had approached the court challenging the winner of the election, Oyebanji of the All Progressives Congress (APC), alleging that APC didn’t have a validly nominated governorship candidate.

Not satisfied with the judgement, he approached the Appeal Court but also had his appeal dismissed.

Governor Oyebanji while reacting to the judgement said, “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.

“We are all Ekiti, what has happened has not diminished my respect for Engineer Segun Oni, he remains my leader and brother, am going to call him and am going to 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.

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