Members of the Ondo State House of Assembly have congratulated Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on his governorship tribunal victory at the Supreme Court in Abuja.
This is contained in a press statement signed in Akure by the spokesman of the assembly, Olugbenga Omole, after the court ruling on Wednesday.
The Speaker of the House, Baamide Oleyelogun, who spoke on behalf of the lawmakers described the verdict as a landmark in the dispensation of justice in Nigeria and noted that it was another victory for democracy.
He called on Mr Eyitayo Jegede of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to join hands with Akeredolu towards enhancing the delivery of dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
“Having gone through the lengthy judicial process, we thank God that the entire process was in favour of our action Governor.
“Now that ruling has been given in favour of Mr Governor, he can now focus on his development agenda for the people of Ondo State, as a major distraction has been removed and come to an end,” he said.
The speaker, however, urged the governor to extend the olive branch to the opposition and again expressed the readiness of the assembly to work with him.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Eyitayo Jegede had contested the candidature of Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in the Oct. 10, 2020 gubernatorial election before the Ondo State at the Election Petition Tribunal in Akure.
He argued that Akeredolu was not properly nominated by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
NAN also reports that at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, four out of the seven-man panel led by Justice Mary Odili in a majority judgment threw out the petition of Mr Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, for lacking merit.