The governor (Akeredolu), who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, specifically lauded the Supreme Court judges for standing by the truth and not yielding to any influence.
He, however, called on his opponent, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party, to join him in his efforts to move the state to the desired greater heights.
Akeredolu stated this at the Government House, Akure, the state capital on Wednesday while reacting to the judgement of the Apex Court which favoured him.
He said, “I just heard the news of the final decision of the final court on the election petition filed by my brother, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN. The supreme dismissed his appeal on a 4-3 basis.
“The justices have affirmed that the petition was most frivolous. As you know 12 Justices have affirmed in our favour and only three supported that petition. Three at the Tribunal, five at the Court of Appeal and four at the Supreme Court.
“So, I’ve every reason to thank God and to appreciate our judiciary for standing by the truth and for not yielding to any influence. I believe that we can still be proud of our judiciary in this country. For me, it is an opportunity again for us to get on board and do more work.
“My advice to Jegede is that this has ended now. Let him come, let us work together, at least for the upliftment of Ondo State. I don’t doubt his love for the state. He has served here before as Attorney General for about seven and half years. Let him come over, let us work together and work for this state. That is my advice to him. We don’t go any longer to the privy council. It has ended here.”
Similarly, the state chapter of the APC, in a statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Mr Alex Kalejaiye, commended the justices of the Supreme Court for a sound and faultless judgement on the state governorship election petition.
He said, “We rejoice with the Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, his deputy, Hon. Lucky Ayedatiwa, and all the residents of the Sunshine State for this popular affirmation of the people’s mandate.
“The party enjoins the governor and his deputy to put the legal gymnastics and distractions behind them, and focus on their selfless approach to governance, in the interest of every resident of the state, irrespective of party affiliations.”