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The governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, says he has been vindicated despite the decision of the Supreme Court regarding the election.

The court dismissed his case last week in favour of the incumbent governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, in a split decision where four of the seven justices upheld the election of the governor.

Mr Akeredolu had admitted that the legal race was narrow as it could have been either way.

At a meeting with party leaders in Akure, Mr Jegede called on leaders and members of the party to give themselves a pat on the back for fighting a good cause aimed at strengthening and deepening our democratic institutions.

A statement by the Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP in Ondo, Leye Igbabo, quoted Mr Jegede as saying that he had played his own part in the process, hoping that posterity would place him on the right side of history.

“Today is a day of thanksgiving and I am thankful to God Almighty and all the members of our great party for their unwavering support and solidarity throughout this journey. I thank you all,” said Mr Jegede.

“You know they said we don’t have a case. They said we jettisoned our 400 witnesses to pursue what is not. But today we have been vindicated by the pronouncement of the Supreme Court. The court agreed with us that there was actual breach of the constitution.

“The judgement has sent jitters into the spines of APC and today cabinet ministers are shouting themselves hoarse over the implication of the judgement. We have fought a good fight and posterity will not fail to place us on the right side of history.”

Mr Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, appealed to party members to continue to show respect and place hope in the judiciary, insisting that the Supreme Court verdict on the October 10, 2020 gubernatorial election was a tough decision to be taken by the highest court in the land adding that only God is perfect in all things.He however admonished Nigerian citizens whether high or low, to always respect the laws no matter the odds.

“We must respect our laws at all times even if heaven will fall. And of course, heaven will not even fall if we all take it upon ourselves to obey our own laws, no matter whose ox is gored,” Mr Jegede said.

“You see, Americans respect their laws so much and that’s why the country is a pride of all today.

“Sometimes ago, American President Joe Biden staggered and almost fell two times as he was climbing the aircraft. Nobody came near him because their law forbids anyone to so do if such person was not beckoned to, by the president. If we have made laws, then we must always respect them.“Our laws say we cannot sue the governor because of the immunity he enjoys. The implication is that if a governor hits a man and the man dies, he cannot be sued at least for the time he holds sway as a governor.

“Election matters have laws that govern them, Governor Buni could not have been a respondent, infact, If we had joined him, our case would have been struck out on the very first day.“But the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land and its verdict is final on all matters. I appeal to you to continue to have respect and place hope on our judiciary. Only God is perfect in all things.”

The PDP leaders and stakeholders in Ondo State also used the occasion to endorse the leadership of Mr Jegede and pledged their loyalty and solidarity to him as a worthy leader who God had prepared for the party at a time like this.

The leaders and stakeholders took turns to extol the uncommon virtues inherent in the man called Eyitayo Olayinka Jegede and promised never to let him down on any occasion. The party’s gubernatorial candidate in the same vein, promised never to disappoint the leaders and members of the party at any time.

Those who attended the stakeholders’ meeting include the State Chairman of the party, Fatai Adams; Mr. Jegede’s running mate, Ikengboju Gboluga; Chief Segun Adegoke, Ambassador Omolade Oluwateru, Dr Tayo Dairo, Dr. Gbakinro, Col. Roland Omowa Rtd., Clement Faboyede, Lydia Olafunmiloye, Mrs Olufunlayo Edu, Chief Mrs Folake Sarumi, Dr. Bode Ayorinde, Senator Boluwaji Kunlere, Senator Yele Omogunwa, Sen. Omololu Meroyi, and members of the Ondo State Executive Committee of the party.

Others include Local Govt party leaders, LG party chairmen from across the eighteen local governments of Ondo State, United Non-Indigenes group in the State represented by Chief Arthur Richard and several other stakeholders.

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