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Breaking: Supreme Court Upholds Fayose’s Governorship Victory

From Ganiyu Nasirudeen – The Nigerian Supreme Court Tuesday upheld the ruling of the Court of Appeal on the victory of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State of Saturday, June 21, 2014 Governorship election of the State.

The 7-man panel led by Justice John Fabiyi, in their unanimous ruling upheld the appellate court and the State Governorship Election Tribunal, saying the grounds of the plaintiff prayers lacked merit.

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta in the leading judgment dismissed all the grounds of appeal filed by the petitioner – the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and subsequently resolved the four points of the appeal against the plaintiff.

Earlier, Justice Abdul Aboki-led five-man panel had upheld the ruling of the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, a development which resulted in the complainant to approach the apex court.

It would be recalled the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) early Sunday, June 22, 2015 declared Governor Fayose the winner, having scored a total of 203,090 votes as against former Governor Kayode Fayemi, of the APC who polled 120,433 votes in the election.

Following the Court verdict, wild jubilation erupted in Ado Ekiti, the State capital.

Governor Fayose was found amidst the party stalwarts and his supporters in the State capital, moving around in an open roof vehicle and savoring his victory.


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