Recall that on Wednesday, the court of appeal sitting in Akure, Ondo state, dismissed an appeal filed by Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), challenging Akeredolu’s victory in the October 2020 governorship election.
Tinubu, in a congratulatory message on Thursday, expressed that the judgement delivered by the court of appeal affirms that the rule of law is meant to protect the will of the people in a free and fair electioneering process.
He also urged the governor to continue to work with other candidates for the development of state.
“The Appeal Court decision stood for the vital proposition that the rule of law serves to protect the sovereign will of the people when expressed in free and honest elections,” Tinubu said.
“Congratulations to Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, and his Deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, for the Court of Appeal judgment affirming their overwhelming victory in the governorship election in the state.
“By this judgement, the appellate court clearly shows that Governor Akeredolu and Deputy Governor Aiyedatiwa were the candidates who the people of Ondo chose to pilot their affairs for the next four years.
“The confidence the people repose in the Akeredolu administration has been well earned and should be wholly respected.
“It is time to now place partisan politics on the shelf for the moment so that these former political contestants can join hands as much as possible for the good and development of Ondo State.
“Once again, I rejoice with Governor Akeredolu, Deputy Governor Aiyedatiwa, our teeming APC members in Ondo and, indeed, the good people of the state over this court victory.”