BREAKING: Tribunal sacks Osun Governor Adeleke, See details
The Tribunal Nullified Election Of Senator Ademola Adeleke As Osun Governor and Declared Oyetola as Winner.
The Election Petition Tribunal chaired by Justice Tertse Kume has sacked Osun Governor Senator Ademola Adeleke.
The majority judgement of two judges against one ordered that the Certificate of Return should be withdrawn from Adeleke and issued to Adegboyega Oyetola.
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The tribunal sacked Adeleke for overvoting in some polling units across the State.
The panel led by Justice Terste Kume also ordered that Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) be issued a certificate of return.
The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has declared Gboyega Oyetola the winner of the election, nullifying the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke.
The tribunal on Friday in Osogbo nullified the election result declared by the electoral commission (INEC) on 16 June 2022, which gave Peoples Democratic Party candidate Adeleke the victory (PDP).
The court ordered INEC to revoke the certificates of return issued to Mr. Adeleke and his deputy, Kola Adewusi, who had both been sworn in.
The panel led by Justice Terste Kume ruled that Mr. Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress should receive the certificate of return (APC).
Justice Kume ruled that the governorship election was not conducted in accordance with the Electoral Act of Nigeria.
The court determined that the election for governor was marked by overvoting. It stated that after deducting the excessive votes, Mr. Oyetola received 314, 921 votes at the election.
Therefore, the court ordered that Mr. Oyetola be reinstated as governor of Osun State.
Mr Adeleke was declared the victor after receiving a total of 403,377 votes. He won in 17 of the state’s 30 Local Government Areas (LGAs).
Mr. Oyetola of the APC won with 375,040 votes in the remaining 13 LGAs.
Fifteen candidates competed for the governorship, but the race was particularly close between Mr. Adeleke and Mr.
In his petition, the former governor of the state, Mr. Oyetola, claimed that in 749 polling places, the election was marked by over-voting.
In addition, he claimed that Mr Adeleke submitted forged academic credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to run for office.
Mr. Adeleke is anticipated to appeal the tribunal’s decision, and he will remain in office pending the outcome of the appeal by higher courts.
The tribunal convened in August 2022, a few weeks after the election for governor.
Mr. Oyetola and the APC are the petitioners in this case, and their lead counsels are Lateef Fagbemi and Akin Olujimi.
INEC is the first defendant, Mr. Adeleke is the second, and PDP is the third.
Paul Ananaba represents INEC, Alex Iziyon represents the PDP, and Onyechi Ikpeazu represents Mr. Adeleke. All the attorneys are seasoned professionals.
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