Appeal Court Fixes Thursday for Judgment on Osun Guber Poll


The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has fixed today for judgment in the Osun State governorship election.

In a hearing notice issued yesterday, the court said it would hear the appeal filed by the Governor of the state, Gboyega Oyetola, against candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, by 9a.m.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the September 2018 election.

In March, a three-man panel of the election tribunal led by Justice Ibrahim Sirajol, held that Oyetola was not validly returned as the winner of the election and subsequently declared Adeleke winner.

The tribunal ruled that the rerun which finally produced Oyetola as winner was the outcome of the “illegal” cancellation of results in some of the polling units during the main election.

It held that the returning officer lacked the power to cancel the votes in affected polling units.

The panel asked INEC to issue a fresh certificate of return to Adeleke and withdraw the one given to Oyetola.

But Oyetola rejected the judgment and headed to the appellate court, saying “justice will prevail at last”.