Osun Election: Adeleke, Oyetola To know Fate At Supreme Court Today
The Supreme Court will today lay to rest the case against the victory of the Governor of Osun state, Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 2018 governorship election.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, had appealed the Supreme Court to dismiss the May 9ruling of the appellate court which went in favour Oyetola.
Adeleke’s lead counsel, Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), who said his team had received the hearing notice in respect of today’s proceedings, confirmed this on Sunday.
By a split decision of two to one, the three-man tribunal had in its verdict delivered on March 22, 2019 nullified the election of Oyetola and his party and declared Adeleke and his Peoples Democratic Party, as the true winner.
However, the Court of Appeal, in a four to one split decision of its five-man panel led by Justice Jummai Sankey, nullified the majority verdict of the tribunal.
Justice Sankey along with three other members of the panel, Justices Abubakar Yahaya, Isaiah Akeju and Bitrus Sanga, adopted the majority judgments on the three appeals which went in favour of the APC and its candidate.
But another member of the panel, Justice George Mbaba, dissented from the majority judgments in the three appeals, and upheld the majority judgment of the tribunal which declared Adeleke and the PDP as the true winner.