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Election Tribunal Upholds Governor Makinde's Victory    

The election tribunal sitting in Ibadan on Monday upheld Governor Seyi Makinde’s victory.     

Funsho Akinwale

The tribunal sitting in Ibadan on Monday upheld the victory of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The candidate of Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress had petitioned the tribunal, challenging the victory of Makinde in the March 9 governorship election in the state.

Makinde, in the election, scored 515,621 votes to defeat his closest rival, Adelabu, who polled 357,982 votes.

Adelabu, in his petition, said Makinde was not duly elected by majority of lawful votes, adding that the election was marred by over voting and failure to comply with the provision of the electoral act.

He, therefore, requested the tribunal to declare him the winner of the election, having scored the highest number of votes.

Justice Muhammed Sirajo, the Chairman of the tribunal, while delivering his judgement, affirmed Makinde's victory as the winner of the poll.

He said Adelabu failed to prove to the court that the respondents were not validly elected by majority of lawful votes.

“The petitioner failed to prove the allegation of non-compliance, non-accreditation, over voting and corrupt practices that would warrant the tribunal to nullify the election,” he said.

The petition was, however, dismissed on the ground that it lacked merit.

Reacting to the ruling, the counsel to Adelabu, Akin Oladeji, said he would decide on the next line of action after studying the judgment.