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JUST IN: Tension as Ekiti election tribunal set to rule on SDP’s Segun Oni petition against Gov Oyebanji’s victory

The governorship election petitions tribunal for Ekiti’s June 18 governorship poll will rule on the petition of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, Segun Oni, challenging the declaration of All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Biodun Oyebanji as Governor.

It was reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had shortly after the election was concluded announced the APC candidate, Biodun Oyebanji as the winner of the poll.

Oyebanji scored 187,057 votes to defeat its closest rival, the SDP candidate Chief Segun Oni, which garnered 82,211 votes

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Not satisfied with the declaration by Chief Oni of SDP approached the governorship election petition tribunal, urging it to declare SDP winner having allegedly scored the highest number of valid votes.

The tribunal led by Justice Wilfred Kpochi, had on November 23 adjourned indefinitely for judgment after parties involved had adopted their final written addresses.

The tribunal later fixed Wednesday to deliver on the petition filed.

The SDP State Publicity Secretary, Ganiu Salau, on Tuesday, said, “Our expectation is very high based on the grounds of the demand we presented at the court ranging from the certificate issue against the deputy governor, Mrs Monisade Afuye, and faulty nomination process of Oyebanji and his deputy.

“We have had the two judgments to the level of Supreme Court on the grounds of our demands and our case will not be the exemption as precedence has been established.


“So, these give us hope that we are going to get a favourable judgment. We believe in the judiciary which is the last hope of the common man. We expect the tribunal to deliver the judgment in accordance with the dictates of the law.”

However, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Mr Yinka Oyebode, maintained that there was nothing to worry about in the petition, claiming that the APC and the governor had proven their case beyond all reasonable doubts at the tribunal.

Oyebode said, “We are optimistic of victory. The reason is that the election that brought Oyebanji as the governor was overwhelming. The people voted massively for him. So, the mandate is genuine and was freely given through a free, fair, credible and rancour-free democratic process.

“With all our trust in God, I believe we will triumph at the tribunal because we are children of success, not failure.”

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