Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria, says Court of Appeal ruling delivered Monday has affirmed his victory in the March 9 poll. Makinde’s Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying so in his press release.
“In its ruling, the Appeal Court refused to grant any of the three key reliefs sought by the APC candidate.
The Court refused to nullify the election; it refused to order a fresh election and it also refused to order the retrial of the petition”, the release stated.
He said the court didn’t validate the vote returns declared by INEC for the said election.
“With the above being the reality of the outcome of the Appeal Court ruling, the election of Seyi Makinde as the Governor of Oyo State has just been reaffirmed”.
“Governor Makinde hereby urges the good people of Oyo State to remain calm and refuse to be provoked by agents of disruption who are seeking to upturn the truth, which remains constant against all odds.
We also wish to enjoin the people of Oyo State to ignore the doctored reports in some media outlets, which are merely quoting the judgement of the Court of Appeal out of context.
“With a clear margin of Makinde’s 515,621 votes to Adelabu’s 357,982 votes, the preference of the people of Oyo State is as clear as day and night,” the release also stated.
The INEC declared Makinde, of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, winner of the poll. He defeated his closest challenger,
Adebayo Adelabu, of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The governor urged residents to keep the peace in the state.