The court dismissed the appeals by the candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and Olusola Oke of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the victory of Mimiko as the winner of the October 20, 2012 governorship election in Ondo State.
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The Apex Court in a unanimous decision dismissed the appeal for lack of merit.
Delivering the lead judgments in the two cases, Justices Sylvester Nguta and Mary Odili respectively, both held that the ACN and PDP candidates could not substantiate their claims that the voters register was injected with fictitious names.
The court added that if the register was indeed injected with names, the petitioners could not prove beyond reasonable doubt to the court who the persons were and how many times they voted.
Meanwhile, one of the candidates, Mr. Oke of the PDP in a statement shortly after the Supreme Court judgment thanked the ‘good’ people of the state for their endurance and perseverance throughout the duration of the trial.
The PDP candidate noted that “Though the battle is fought and decided”, he remains strong and undaunted in the task to enthrone good governance in the country.
The statement reads in part: “Today, the Supreme Court in its wisdom has given its Judgment dismissing our Appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal. This final ruling marks the end of a titanic battle to challenge and invalidate the result of what we are convinced was a heavily compromised and highly flawed October 20 2012 governorship election.
“It is clear that this Supreme Court judgment constitutes a brazen defeat of the expectations of the people of Ondo state who had desired light after four years of total darkness. It also demonstrates a serious shatter to the sensibilities of the people who had expected a lease from the shackles of poverty, want, disease, unemployment and frustration”, he said.