Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Southwest Nigeria, said the affirmation of his victory by the state’s election tribunal was for the people of the state.
This followed the striking out of the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede against his victory at the October 10, 2020 gubernatorial election.
Akeredolu therefore called on his rival to join hands with him to work for the state.
He said, “I must use this opportunity to thank the people of this state for the confidence they reposed in us. The people have spoken and they cannot be wrong. The result is there for all of us to see. It is a victory for all time and it has never happened in this state before, but we thank God for this victory. We thank God for the judgment of the tribunal.
“I want to thank my brother, Eyitayo Jegede, who is not just a brother but also my learned brother. He is somebody I respect a lot and he knows that; I see him as a friend. I want to call on him and implore him, let us join hands together, there is no need for litigation.
“I don’t see anything in it, let us all join hands together to build this state together. There is room for many and more, and I believe that we can join hands together and work together to build the state. He loves the state and I don’t have doubt about it as a gentleman par excellence.”
The governor added, “I don’t see this as any victory: no victor, no vanquished, it is just for us as contestants. Just like a game: you win some, you lose some; you can’t win them all. We thank God today that we are victorious.
“It was not just a victory, it was a double victory. We had people who went to court, about seven political parties against us at the Federal High Court, the case too was dismissed. There is no other thing, all I can say to you is that it is not me, it is not us; it is God, I give God all the glory. To God be the glory.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission had earlier declared Akeredolu the winner of the election after scoring the highest valid votes in the election.