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Victory! Supreme Court affirms Seyi Makinde as Oyo Governor

The Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the election of Seyi Makinde as governor of Oyo State.

In a unanimous judgment, the Apex Court found merit in the appeal filed by Mr Makinde that the majority judgment of the Appeal Court was a miscarriage of justice.

The court, therefore, affirmed the majority judgment of the trial tribunal which upheld the election of Makinde as the duly elected governor of Oyo State.

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Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Makinde as the winner of the 2019 governorship election in the state.

But the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Adebayo Adelabu, its candidate, were not satisfied with the outcome of the election and had approached the election petition tribunal seeking a nullification of the exercise.

The tribunal dismissed the petition on the grounds that the petitioners failed to prove the allegations of malpractices in the election.

Adelabu and the APC proceeded to the court of appeal, where a knotty judgement that did not affirm the election of Makinde was delivered.

The governor then approached the apex court, asking it to set aside the decision of the appeal court.

But on Wednesday while delivering judgement, a seven-man panel of justices of the apex court allowed Makinde’s appeal, setting aside the verdict of the lower court.

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