Ademola Adeleke, the PDP candidate for the gubernatorial elections for Osun state has been declared winner of the 2018 governorship election, as against the purported election of Gboyega Oyetola, the APC candidate. This verdict was given by the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja today.


Reading the ruling on behalf of a three-member panel of judges, Justice Peter Obi held that the returning officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had no powers to cancel the election in the seven polling units on September 22, 2018, which led leading to the rerun election on September 27, 2018.


Earlier, Mr Adeleke and the PDP in their different petitions had urged the tribunal to declare that he scored the highest lawful votes in the election and should be declared as the winner.However, Mr Oyetola, APC and INEC filed their notices of preliminary objection against the petition on the grounds that the petition was incompetent. They said the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the petition.


The chairman of the three-member tribunal, Ibrahim Sirajo, held that the objections were misconceived and struck them out.
The tribunal also did fault INEC handling of the relevant documents.The tribunal said that the CTC should and must be exact replicas of the EC8A pink copies. The discrepancies must, therefore, be explained and justified by the 1st respondent: INEC. In this instant, INEC failed to explain nor justify the alterations and failed to call any witnesses to justify the alterations.


The chairman of the three-member tribunal, Ibrahim Sirajo, held that the objections were misconceived and struck them out.
The tribunal also did fault INEC handling of the relevant documents.

The tribunal said that the CTC should and must be exact replicas of the EC8A pink copies. The discrepancies must, therefore, be explained and justified by the 1st respondent: INEC. In this instant, INEC failed to explain nor justify the alterations and failed to call any witnesses to justify the alterations.

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