Osun Governorship Election: Tribunal declares Adeleke winner, PDP leaders celebrate, Oyetola moves to Appeal Court
The Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal Friday declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the poll.
The PDP and its governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke, in the election had filed the petition urging the tribunal to declare that Adeleke polled the highest lawful votes and be declared the winner.
The Tribunal dismissed a preliminary objection against the petition of the PDP and Senator Adeleke, challenging the September 2018 election in the state.
The preliminary objection was filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the election, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The three defendants claimed that the petition of the PDP and its candidate was incompetent and the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to hear it.
Delivering a ruling on the preliminary objection, Justice Obiora Obi who is a member of the three-man Tribunal held that the petition was competent.
He also stated that the Tribunal has the jurisdiction to hear and determine it.
The judge held that there was merit in the appeal filed by the PDP
and Senator Adeleke, adding that the declaration and return of Governor Oyetola by INEC was null and void.
The Tribunal declared as illegal the September 27, 2018 supplementary governorship election held in seven polling units as illegal.
The tribunal held that the supplementary election was a product of an illegal cancellation of the results in the seven polling units during the September 22, 2018 main election.
It ruled that the Returning Officer who cancelled the results had no power to do so.