Akeredolu assembles seven SANS for defence at Tribunal
There are strong indications that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has assembled seven senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) to defend his re-election at the Governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
This followed the filing of a petition at the tribunal by the Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede on Friday.
Jegede is challenging Akeredolu’s victory in the October 10 Governorship Election on four grounds.
Thenewstrack.com gathered that the Governor who is a SAN had contacted some of his colleagues to defend him in court.
A top government official told our correspondent that the Governor had already reached out to these lawyers
Topping the list is Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN)
Others that have been contacted include, Niyi Akinola (SAN), Emeka Ngige (SAN), Akinlolu Olujimi (SAN), Olusola Oke (SAN), Remi Olatubora among others.
But thenewstrack.com cannot verify if these lawyers have agreed to defend Governor Akeredolu
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Governor Akeredolu, as winner of the just concluded Ondo State Governorship election.
He defeated his main challenger and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede, and his Deputy Governor and candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Agboola Ajayi, to emerge winner.
The incumbent governor won 15 of the 18 Local Government Areas of the results declared by INEC, while his closest rival, Jegede, won in three local government areas and Ajayi failed to win none, including his LGA where he lost to his principal.
Akeredolu polled 292,830, as against Jegede who garnered 195,791.