The Supreme Court upheld the election of Ekiti State Governor Biodun Oyebanji on Thursday, dismissing an appeal filed by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate, Segun Oni.
According to reports, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of the SDP candidate disputing Oyebanji’s victory in the governorship election in Ekiti State on June 18, 2022.
Recall that the electoral petition tribunal in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti, dismissed Segun Oni’s suit challenging the incumbent governor, Biodun Oyebanji’s, election victory in the state’s recent June 18 election.
Oni has gone to court to challenge the election winner, Oyebanji of the All Progressives Congress. (APC).
Not pleased with the verdict, Oni, a former governor of the state, appealed to the case Court in Akure, but his case was dismissed.
In response to his confirmation as governor of Ekiti State, Oyebanji lauded the result as a win for democracy and the wonderful people of Ekiti State who voted for him.
Speaking to reporters, the governor reiterated his opinion that his election as governor was predetermined by God and was made possible by the majority vote of the people of the state.
He maintained his regard for Oni, a former All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, and urged the SDP candidate to join him in the state’s development efforts.
“I give glory to God and thank the people of Ekiti for their prayers,” Oyebanji stated. It is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful in our eyes. And I applaud the Nigerian judiciary for being professional and for bringing this case to a close.
“We are all from Ekiti.” What has occurred has not decreased my admiration for Engineer Segun Oni. He is still my leader and brother. I’m going to call him and pay him a visit. He has exercised his constitutional right, and now that the situation is closed, we must all work together to improve our beloved country.”
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