The Supreme Court on Friday upheld Governor Kayode Fayemi’s election as the governor of Ekiti State.
The petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party seeking to nullify the outcome of the July 2018 exercise was unanimously dismissed by a five-member panel of the court.
The five-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Tanko Mohammed, the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, while upholding Fayemi’s victory at the July 2018 poll unanimously held that the suit challenging the outcome of the poll lacked merit, according to reports.
The court dismissed the PDP’s petition as lacking in merit.
The PDP and its candidate in the election, Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, had alleged widespread irregularities in the election, asking the court to overturn the results as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Fayemi and the All Progressives Congress polled a total of 197,459 votes to defeated Olusola-Eleka and the PDP who placed second with 178,121 votes in the July 14, 2018 election.
Not satisfied with the outcome of the election Eleka had taken his case to both Ekiti state election petition tribunal and Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal and both court dismissed the petition challenging the outcome of the July 2018 poll.
However,Eleka’s dream of being the governor of Ekiti State has been shattered with the pronouncement of the Supreme Court which has the definitive verdict.