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Appeal Court Withholds Judgement On Adeleke’s Appeal

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The Court of Appeal seated in Abuja on Monday 13th March 2023, withheld it’s judgment over the appeal for the governorship seat of Osun State brought to it by Governor Ademola Adeleke.

Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP had filed an appeal in response to a Osun Election Petition Tribunal’s decision to invalidate his election as governor of Osun State.

The court began the hearing of the suit ,as at 10 am, with the three-judge panel chaired by Justice M.F. Shuaibu.

In the appeal case file number CA/AK/EPT/GOV/01/2023, Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress are the first and second respondents, and Adeleke is the appellant.

In addition, the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission have been added as the third and fourth respondents, respectively.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal nullified the election that elected Adeleke of the PDP as governor on July 16, 2022, on January 27.

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A total of 403,371 votes were cast in the race, and INEC declared Adeleke the winner. According to reports, he won in 17 out of the state’s 30 local government units.

However, in its ruling, the tribunal presided over by Judge Terste Kume ruled the election unlawful and named Mr. Gboyega Oyetola of the APC as the legitimate winner.

The court ordered INEC to revoke the Certificate of Return that had been given to Adeleke and his appointed deputy, Kola Adewusi.

However, it stipulated that Oyetola should receive the Certificate of Return in its place.

According to Justice Kume, the governorship election was not conducted in accordance with the Nigerian Electoral Act. The panel concluded that there was excessive voting in the governorship race. According to the report, Oyetola received 314, 921 votes overall after the extra votes were subtracted.

As a result, the panel mandated that Oyetola be reinstated as governor of Osun State.

INEC on it’s earlier results, which were reported by NAN, Oyetola won the July 16, 2022 governorship election in 13 LGAs with 375,027 votes.

There were fifteen candidates running for the election, which was hotly contested by Adeleke and Oyetola.

The state’s recently-departed governor, Oyetola, said in his plea that there was over voting in 749 of the polling units during the election.

Additionally, he contended that Adeleke submitted false academic credentials to NEC in order to run for office.

A few weeks after the governorship election in August 2022, the tribunal had already begun to meet. Oyetola and the APC were the petitioners in the case, and their principal attorneys were Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, and Akin Olujimi, SAN.

The first defendant was INEC, the second defendant was Adeleke, and the third defendant was PDP.

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