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Osun: Appeal Court decides Adeleke, Oyetola’s fate today

Oyetola and Adeleke

Adegboyega Oyetola and Ademola Adeleke

The Executive Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke and a former governor of the state, Adegboyega Oyetola, would know their fate today, in the power tussle for the office of the governor, as an Abuja Appellate Court will today deliver its judgment.


Recall that Premium Politics had reported that, the state tribunal sacked Adeleke, directing the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the certificate of return issued to him and issue a fresh one to Oyetola as the duly elected governor of the state.


Adeleke, of the Peoples Democratic Party, was sacked on the grounds that he did not score the majority of lawful votes during the July 16 governorship election in the state.


Not satisfied with the outcome of the poll, in August 2022, Oyetola, of the All Progressives Congress, petitioned the tribunal to challenge the victory of Adeleke on the grounds that Adeleke did not qualify to contest the election and that there was over voting in 749 polling units across 10 local government areas of the state.


In the judgement, two out of the three-member panel of the tribunal held that Oyetola could prove that there was indeed over-voting in some of the polling units.


Adeleke, thereafter, filed an appeal, challenging the January 27 decision of the Osun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which sacked him from office.


A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Mohamed Lawal Shuaibu, reserved judgment on the appeal by Adeleke after hearing the counsel in the matter.

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