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Tribunal declares Oyetola, not Adekele valid winner of Osun governorship polls

Tribunal declares Oyetola, not Adekele valid winner of Osun governorship polls

The Election Petition Tribunal in Osun State has annulled the election of Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor of Osun State.

The Tribunal held that Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was the valid winner of the July 16 governorship election in the state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared PDP’s Adeleke winner of the poll.

But the Tribunal, which heard Oyetola’s petition against Adeleke’s victory, on Friday annulled the result of the July 16 Osun governorship poll.

Justice Tetsea Kume, while delivering a majority decision declared that INEC did not comply substantially with the Constitution and the provisions of the Electoral Act.

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.

Justice Kume directed INEC to withdraw Adeleke’s certificate of return and issue another one to Oyetola who won a majority of the lawful votes.

However, there is a minority decision by one of the judges in the matter, details of which will be updated later.

 

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