Appeal Court on Friday set aside the ruling of the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal and restored the governor of the state, Ademola Adeleke back as duly elected.
A three-member panel of justices held that the election tribunal erred when it ruled that the first and second respondents (Gboyega Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress) proved their allegation of over-voting.
According to the panel of judges that issued its verdict, Adeleke is the duly elected governor of the state.
In January, the Osun governorship election tribunal held that Oyetola was able to prove that there was overvoting in some of the polling units.
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Delivering judgment, Justice Mohammed Shaibu overruled the judgment of the governorship election tribunal that nullified the outcome of the July governorship polls.
The three-man panel revoked the tribunal’s order, which directed that a Certificate of Return be withdrawn from Adeleke and issued to his predecessor and All Progressives Congress candidate, Oyetola.
The Osun tribunal had annulled Adeleke’s victory and affirmed Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress as the authentic winner of the poll after the Independent National Electoral Commission had returned Adeleke as the winner of the poll.
INEC said Adeleke polled 403,371 votes to defeat then-incumbent Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the APC, who got 375,027 votes.
But Oyetola and the APC rejected the result of the poll and headed for the tribunal.