A Court of Appeal sitting in Oyo state has affirmed the election victory of Seyi Makinde as the Governor of the state.
The Appellate court however faulted the election by ruling in favour of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adebayo Adelabu on all counts, just stopping short of declaring Adelabu winner.
The court upheld the decision of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which declared Governor Makinde as the winner of the March 9 poll, in a unanimous judgement delivered by Justice Abubakar Yahaya on Monday.
It, however, dismissed the appeal filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, Mr Adebayo Adelabu.
Justice Yahaya, the lead judge of the four-man panel, despite upholding the decision of the Tribunal, however, disagreed with the lower court on issues bordering on documents tendered by the APC.
As a result of the controversy emerging from the ruling of the Appeal court, Nigerians have taken to twitter to react on the aftermath of the court’s ruling.
The Governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde, has however reacted to the news making rounds that his election has been upturned by the Court of Appeal.
Responding in a statement, Makinde said “It is pre mature for anyone to wish that a landslide victory can just be upturned. Although, they may wish that such happens, but it won’t ever happen. The mandate was freely given to him by the good people of Oyo State.”
“There is really nothing to worry about because, all they, the opposition are planning is already in the public… the judiciary is credible and won’t allow itself to be used against the will of the Oyo State.
“I urge you all to go about your normal businesses, we won’t be distracted in our quest to make Oyo State, a model State where good governance and leadership will be the order of the day.”