Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the recently conducted election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, has challenged the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Election Petition Tribunal.
The development is coming barely three weeks after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Akeredolu as the winner of the election, having scored the highest number of the total votes cast in the election.
The governor secured a total of 292,830 votes to defeat Jegede who garnered 195,791 votes.
In the petition filed on Friday, the PDP candidate listed INEC, the APC, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, as respondents.
Jegede’s lead counsel, Ifedayo Adedipe, alleged that the election was marred by “irregularities, violence and intimidation of eligible voters”.
He also faulted the primary election that produced Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC, saying it “fell short of standard”.
The PDP candidate is, therefore, asking the tribunal to declare him the winner of the election.