By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA – The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, will on Friday, deliver judgment on the petition seeking to nullify the election of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The Justice Ibrahim Sirajo led three-man panel tribunal had March 7, reserved judgment on the petition that was lodged before it by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, after all the parties in the matter adopted their final briefs of argument.
The petitioners, through their team of lawyers led by Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, prayed the tribunal to declare that Oyetola was not the valid winner of either the substantive poll that held on September 22, 2018, or the re-run election that took place on September 27, 2018.
They alleged that the re-run poll was marred by manifest irregularities, even as they urged the tribunal to nullify Oyetola’s election and declare Adeleke as the bona-fide winner of the governorship contest.
The petitioners insisted that the election was characterized by massive rigging, vote buying and other forms of malpractices, claiming that PDP scored majority of the lawful votes in the election.
Adeleke told the tribunal that the total votes he garnered on September 22 was 245,698 while the 1st Respondent scored 245,345.
“That the 1st applicant was the winner of the election and ought to have been so declared by the 3rd Respondent ( INEC). That the 3rd Respondent declared the election inconclusive hence a rerun was conducted on the 27th day of September 2018.