Yesterday, the good people of Ondo State made history. They defied a heavy downpour to cast their votes for their preferred candidates and interestingly, Ondo State 2020 gubernatorial election is probably the most competitive election that was keenly contested because the main contenders struggled for power at a very close range.
According to the released results, the executive governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, is the winner of the just-concluded election with a landslide victory over his arch-rivals, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, of the People's Democratic Party, PDP; Agboola Ajayi, of the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP and other contenders from minority parties.
While Aketi celebrates this victory, I think it is not over for Eyitayo Jegede yet. There is more left. And this is why I think it is important and necessary for Eyitayo Jegede to challenge the victory of Aketi at the Tribunal.
One of the reasons why Jegede should challenge Aketi's victory is that the election was marred by vote-buying. There are reports and picture evidence that the electorates were offered between five thousand and ten thousand Nairas by the winning party agents to get their candidate voted into power.
Also, Eyitayo Jegede decried the technical glitches that marred the Ondo Gubernatorial Election that was held yesterday. For instance, when it got to his time to cast his vote, the machine devised by the INEC officials failed to come up on time until after much attempts.
Also, there were cases of bribing and use of hoodlums. And while these happen, the security officer who by the virtue of the authority conferred on them should protect the votes of the electorates looked away without any form of resistance.
As a reputable lawyer, I wish that in all things that he abides and operates within the aegis of the law so as not to soil the name and reputation he has built over the years.
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