Mimiko Floors Akeredolu & Oke At Appeal Court!

The election of Dr Rahman Olusegun Mimiko as Governor of Ondo State was on Monday upheld by the Court of Appeal sitting in Akure.
The appelate court dismissed the petitions of the candidates of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the October 20, 2012 governorship election, the applications were dismissed for lack of merit.
Mimiko’s opponents in the October 20, 2012 elections, Olusola Oke, the PDP candidate, and Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the ACN had challenged the ruling of the Justice Andovar Kaka’an-led tribunal that struck out their petitions and thus upheld Mimiko’s election.
Back then, the tribunal struck out the petitions over the failure of the candidates to prove their cases before.
At the last hearing on Tuesday, Akeredolu’s lead counsel, Akinlolu Olujimi, urged the court to uphold the appeal, arguing that the tribunal erred by dismissing the petition without considering the merit.
In the opinion of the counsel to the PDP candidate, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) violated electoral laws on the voters’ registers hence the need for the appellate court to grant his prayers and give him judgment.
Chief Wole Olanipekun, counsel to Dr Mimiko however submitted that “the appellant adumbrations had clearly showed the futility of the appeal.”
He based his submission on Section 19 and 20 of the Electoral Act 2010. Olanipekun submitted that the tribunal was right in its judgment that the opening of the soft copy of the voters’ register issued by INEC at its Stakeholders Meeting on 28th September, 2012 was a pre-election matter.
The court later ruled that the appellants were unable to prove how injections into the voters’ register affected the governorship election result.

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