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Court of Appeal rules in favor of Governor Oyetola’s petition

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Court of Appeal rules in favor of Governor Oyetola’s petition

The Court of Appeal in Abuja nullified the victory of Ademola Adeleke earlier announced by the Osun State governorship election petition tribunal.

What happened: The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola an All Progressives Congress Candidate, filed the appeal objecting to the state election petition tribunal which declared Ademola Adeleke Peoples Democratic Party candidate as the elected governor on the 22nd of March.

The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Mr Oyetola winner after a supplementary election at 7 polling units on the 27th of September. The tribunal however held that the election was void.

Oyetola’s appeal petition: The Osun State governor called the attention of the court to the absence of Justice Peter Obiorah during the proceedings of February 6, and insisted that this amounted to judicial hear-say as the proceedings of that day was copied into his lead judgement.

The ruling: A five-member panel of the appeal court led by Justice Jummai Sankey delivered the judgement with three members of the panel Abubakar Yahaya, Isaiah Akeju, and Bitrus Sanga, agreeing with the lead judgement.
George Mbaba was the only panel member that gave an opposing judgement.

The panel ruled that Mr Oyetola’s appeal had merit and 10 out of 12 issues raised were upheld.

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