Today is a very important day for Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State in Nigeria, and for other people who are interested in the ongoing legal process concerning the 2022 governorship election that brought him into office. The Election Petition Tribunal and Appeal Court are deciding who won the election, and the Court of Appeal in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, will give a judgment on Friday, March 24, 2023, about the authentic governor of Osun State according to the law. Court of Appeal To Deliver Judgment Between Oyetola and Adeleke, keep reading.
During the last hearing at the Court of Appeal, the three-member panel led by M.F. Shuaibu reserved judgment after listening to the arguments of the lawyers of Governor Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former All Progressives Governor, Gboyega Oyetola. Governor Adeleke filed a suit against the decision of the Election Petition Tribunal that canceled his election as governor of Osun State. Court of Appeal To Deliver Judgment Between Oyetola and Adeleke, keep reading.
INEC declared Adeleke the winner of the election after he polled a total of 403,371 votes. According to INEC, Adeleke won 17 out of the 30 local government areas in the state. However, the Election Petition Tribunal, in a split decision of two-to-one, canceled the election and declared Mr. Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election. The tribunal, led by Terste Kume, directed INEC to withdraw the certificate of return that had been given to Adeleke and his deputy, Kola Adewusi after they were sworn into office. The tribunal also directed that Mr. Oyetola be given the certificate of return. Court of Appeal To Deliver Judgment Between Oyetola and Adeleke, keep reading.
According to Mr. Kume, the Tribunal held that the way the governorship election was conducted did not comply with the Electoral Act of Nigeria and that over-voting occurred during that election. Senior Advocate of Nigeria Onyechi Ikpeazu represented Ademola Adeleke, while another Senior Advocate of Nigeria Lateef Fagbemi represented Gboyega Oyetola. Oyetola is the former governor who contested to come back as governor but lost the election. Governor Ademola Adeleke is the Appellant, while Gboyega Oyetola, All Progressives Congress (APC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are the first, second, third, and fourth respondents.