The Electoral tribunal in Osun state has declared the People’s Democratic Party’s governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, the winner of the Osun state governorship elections.
Following a petition filed by Adeleke and the Osun state PDP challenging the victory of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Adegboyega Oyetola in the state’s governorship election held in September 2018, the Osun state electoral tribunal declared Senator Adeleke as the rightful winner of the polls on Friday, ordering Oyetola to relinquish the certificate of return issued to him.
The tribunal which was headed by Justice Obiora Obi dismissed a preliminary objection filed by the All Progressives Congress against Adeleke’s petition and went ahead to declare the former senator as the winner.
The All Progressive Congress (APC), together with its candidate, Adegboyega Oyetola and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) filed a preliminary objection to forestall Adeleke’s petition, claiming that the petition was incompetent and the Tribunal lacked jurisdiction to hear it.
However, Justice Obiora Obi who headed the three-man tribunal that heard Adeleke’s petition said that the petition was competent and the tribunal has jurisdiction to hear it and give a ruling over it.
The Justice stated that there is merit in Adeleke’s petition and therefore, INEC’s declaration of Adegboyega Oyetola as the winner is invalid.
Justice Obiora thereafter declared Senator Adeleke who represented Osun west senatorial zone in the national assembly as the rightful winner of the election and duly elected governor of Osun state.
The tribunal ordered that the certificate of return issued by INEC to Oyetola be withdrawn and a new one be issued to Adeleke.
The tribunal upheld that Adeleke scored the lawful majority of votes in the Osun state governorship elections and the re-runs later held in seven canceled units were invalid and of no electoral effect.