The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Ibadan, on Monday, upheld the election of Seyi Makinde as the governor of Oyo state.

Makinde, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, defeated Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress in the governorship election of Oyo State held in March 2019.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared Makinde as the winner of the election having polled a total of 515,621 votes as against Adelabu’s 357,982 votes.

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But Adelabu and his party APC had challenged the declaration of Makinde as the winner of the governorship election, citing over-voting and non-compliance with Electoral Act among others during the exercise.

However, the three-man panel of the tribunal, chaired by Justice Muhammed Sirajo, unanimously dismissed the petition, saying that Adelabu failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, improper accreditation, inaccurate ballot counting and non-compliance with Electoral Act.

The unanimous verdict of the tribunal, therefore, confirmed the mandate of Governor Seyi Makinde.