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Tribunal kicks out Osun Gov. Oyetola; declares PDP’s Adeleke as winner

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Tribunal kicks out Osun Gov. Oyetola; declares PDP’s Adeleke as winner

Once again, it appears that the governorship of Osun state will be determined by the judiciary. On Friday, the governorship election petitions tribunal in the state sitting in Abuja declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, as the winner of the election.

The court ruled that the APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, was not validly returned in the poll.

What just happened? The tribunal declared that the supplementary poll which was announced in the state and which held in seven polling units on September 27th, 2018, was illegal because the returning officer who cancelled the results had no power to do so.

The verdict was however not unanimous, as one of the tribunal judges dissented.

Bottomline: The APC is expected to appeal up to the Supreme Court if necessary, so this is far from over. But if Adeleke succeeds in his challenge of the polls and is declared winner, it won’t be the first time the governor of Osun is determined by the verdict of the judiciary. The immediate past APC governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola, was also the beneficiary of a court ruling.

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