Ondo State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Akure, says judgement in the petition filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede, against the victory of Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will be delivered today.
The petition was filed after the October 2020 gubernatorial election in the state in which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), returned Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the APC for a second term as governor of the state.
Eyitayo Jegede of the PDP and his party had approached the tribunal, asking that he should be declared winner of the October 10, 2020 governorship election in the state.
The chairman of the three-member panel, Justice Umar Abubakar had last week fixed the judgement for Wednesday through a notice but in another notice issued on Monday evening by the Tribunal Secretary, parties involved in the case were informed that the date has changed to today (Tuesday), April 20.
It was also stated that the judgement would now be delivered via ZOOM and not in a regular court sitting.
The notice read that, “TAKE NOTICE THAT JUDGMENT IN PETITION NO:EPT/AK/GOV/1/2020 BETWEEN EYITAYO OLAYINKA JEGEDE &ANR AND INEC & 3ORS WHICH WAS EARLIER FIXED FOR 21st APRIL, 2021 HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULE TO TOMORROW BEING 20TH APRIL, 2021 BY 10AM PROMPT THROUGH ZOOM. YOU CAN JOIN US THROUGH THE BELOW DETAILS. ID No: 7895674390. PASSWORD: blessing. PLEASE DRESS FORMALLY.”
Information has it that both the PDP and APC were said to have been duly informed on Monday evening that the ruling has been brought forward to Tuesday.