Ondo PDP candidate files appeal against tribunal verdict on Mimiko’s victory

PDP's Olusola Oke

Oke is challenging the results of the election based on substantial non-compliance with the electoral guidelines.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the October 20 gubernatorial election in Ondo State, Olusola Oke, has filed an appeal against the judgment of the Election Petitions Tribunal, which upheld the re-election of Governor Olusegun Mimiko.

Lateef Fagbemi and Patrick Ikweto, both Senior Advocates of Nigeria, led the team of lawyers that filed a 32-page notice with 37 grounds of appeal.

Mr. Oke is challenging the results of the election based on substantial non-compliance with the electoral guidelines, corrupt practices and other electoral malpractices that allegedly occurred during the election. Mr. Mimiko was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

One of the main issues, according to the petition, that will be tackled at the appellate court is the issue of the contentious voters’ registers which the tribunal categorized as a pre-election matter that could not be handled by it but by a regular court.

Earlier, the candidate of the Action congress of Nigeria, ACN, in the election, Rotimi Akeredolu, had also filed his own appeal before the same court on 45 grounds.

The Andovar Kaka’an-led Tribunal had struck out the petitions of both the ACN the PDP candidates on May 3 on the basis that they lacked merit.

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