Tribunal Dismisses ACN/Akeredolu Petitions
Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko was once again declared the winner of the October 20, 2012 governorship election in the state as the Election Petition Tribunal refused to grant the prayer of Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the defeated Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate in the suit filed agaisnt him.
Ahead of the final ruling of the ondo state election tribunal, Military forces were deployed to beef up security in and around akure the state capital. The tight security was put in place to forestall breakdown of law and order which may follow the final verdict, but the security personnel who had earlier assured the people living in akure of safety of their lives and property lived up to expectation.
Ruling on Akeredolu’s case late this morning in Akure, the state capital, the tribunal chaired by Justice Andovar Kaka’an declared that an election cannot be nullified unless it is shown that noncompliance with aspects of the provisions of the Electoral Act “substantially affected the result.”
Analysing of petitioner’s witnesses, Kaka’an said: “We therefore find these testimonies as false.”
Akeredolu, who finished third in the ballot behind Mimiko and second-placed Chief Olusola Oke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had challenged Mimiko’s re-elction via a landslide victory, arguing that the elction was not credible.
Hearing on the case ended two days ago, with judgement reserved for today. With this victory, Mimiko, of the Labour Party (LP) has his second term of four years guaranteed except Akeredolu and ACN are able to get the Appeal Tribunal to reverse the verdict.
From Lebi Joseph