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The governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the October 10, 2020, Ondo State governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede on Wednesday closed his case at the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

Eyitayo Jegede
Eyitayo Jegede

Jegede had on Tuesday through his attorney, Onyekachi Ikpeazu, tendered in evidence before the tribunal the nomination form, the state summation of the results of the election, and the results of the 18 local governments of Ondo State.

He told the tribunal to rely solely on his evidence as the principal witness in the matter.

Jegede had approached the tribunal with the petition that the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in the October 10, 2020 gubernatorial election, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was not properly nominated.

He told the tribunal that Akeredolu’s nomination did not conform with the constitution of his party, APC, and the dictates of 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Jegede prayed that the tribunal should declare him winner of the governorship election.

The PDP governorship candidate therefore withdrew other petitions for which he had already penciled down 485 witnesses to appear before the tribunal.

The Justice Umar Abubakar-led three-man tribunal had initially slated 10 days for Jegede to invite 485 witnesses to testify before the tribunal.

Therefore, the tribunal adjourned the sitting to Tuesday next week.

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