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Why Tribunal declares Oyetola winner of Osun election as Adeleke vows to appeal verdict

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By Samuel Bankole

The Osun State Election Petition Tribunal has declared that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and immediate past governor of the state, Gboyega Oyetola is the rightful winner of the last July governorship election and not the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and the incumbent governor, Ademola Adeleke.

The tribunal arrived at this conclusion on Friday while delivering its judgment on the petition filed against the election of Adeleke by the APC candidate.

Tetsea Kume, the judge who delivered a majority decision declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to comply substantially with the Constitution and the provisions of the Electoral Act in declaring Adeleke as the winner of the election.

He subsequently deducted the over-voting observed from the votes scored by the candidates and declared that Oyetola won the election, having polled 314, 921, while Adeleke’s score came down to 290, 266.

The judge directed INEC to withdraw Adeleke’s certificate of return and issued another one to Oyetola who won a majority of the lawful votes.

INEC on Sunday, July 17 declared PDP candidate Adeleke as the winner of the Osun State governorship election, thereby ending the ambition of Oyetola, albeit temporarily, for a second term in office.

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The electoral body said the PDP candidate won 17 of the 30 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the Osun State governorship election, while the APC candidate Oyetola was declared the winner in the remaining 13 LGAs.

The tally showed that Oyetola of the APC polled 375,027 votes while Adeleke of the PDP won 403,371 votes.

Adeleke, a former senator and younger brother to the state’s first governor, Isiaka Adeleke, defeated Oyetola, by a margin of about 44,426 votes.

Meanwhile, Adeleke in reaction to the verdict of the tribunal said he would appeal the judgment sacking him as governor of Osun state.

Adeleke, in his reaction, described the judgment as “a miscarriage of justice” adding that it is “an unfair interpretation against the will of the majority of voters.”

“I call on our people to remain calm. We will appeal the judgment and we are sure justice will be done,” he added.

“Let our people be reassured that we will do everything possible to retain this widely acclaimed mandate.”

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