By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, has fixed Wednesday as judgment day in the appeal brought before it by candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede, in the October 10, 2020 election.
Western Post learnt from a PDP source that the judgment date had been communicated to all parties.
The three-man panel led by Justice Theresa Ngolika Orji-Abadua, had sat on the case after Jegede’s counsel, Oyeachi Ikpeazu, SAN, had canvassed in his submission why Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his Deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa should be sacked saying they were not properly nominated by their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Counsel to Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa, APC and INEC; Akin Olujimi, Lateef Fagbemi and Charles Edosanmwon, however, faulted Jegede’s arguments saying the case was a pre-election matter.
The Appellate Court had earlier fixed Thursday, June 3 to hear the appeal filed Jegede against the tribunal judgment which affirmed the victory of Governor Akeredolu and his deputy in the October 10 governorship poll.
Jegede approached the Appellate Court to challenge the ruling of the Election Tribunal, which dismissed his case on the grounds that it was flawed and lacked merit.
The PDP candidate is challenging the nomination of Akeredolu by the Caretaker Chairman of the APC, Mai Mala Buni, on the grounds that the Yobe State Governor, lacks the constitutional power to be party chairman while holding an executive position.
Akeredolu, Aiyedatiwa, APC and INEC had, however, faulted the arguments of Jegede and the PDP on the grounds that their case was a pre-election matter and internal affairs of the APC which the tribunal had no jurisdiction to entertain.
While the tribunal ruled that it had jurisdiction to entertain the case, it, however, struck it out saying evidencecourecrt confirmed that Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa were properly nominated by the APC.
It was gathered that Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa, INEC and the APC have also filed Cross-Appeals to challenge the ruling of the Tribunal to assume jurisdiction over the case