Eyitayo Jegede, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State has dragged winner of the poll, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the election petition tribunal in the state to challenge his victory.
Joined in the petition are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Deputy Governor- elect, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa and the ruling party – APC.
INEC had declared Akeredolu winner of the governorship election, having polled the highest number of votes.
According to the results declared by INEC, Akeredolu defeated Jegede of the PDP and Mr Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in a landslide victory.
Jegede, a former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state, not comfortable with the outcome of the election, approached the election petition tribunal to seek redress.
The lead counsel to Jegede, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe said the PDP candidate is challenging the election on four grounds. He argued that the election was marred by irregularities, violence and intimidation of eligible voters.
Jegede also faulted the emergence of Akeredolu as the governorship candidate of the APC, claiming that the primary election that produced Akeredolu as the governorship candidate of the APC fell short of the standard.