Osun Guber: Fingers Crossed As S/Court Delivers Judgement On Adeleke’s Appeal Tomorrow

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Supporters of both Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and those of Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are currently holding their breath as they await the final verdict from the Supreme Court to be delivered tomorrow.

The judgment is in respect to the appeal filed by Adeleke challenging the declaration of Oyetola as governor of Osun State.

The matter went to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal on May 9 upturned the verdict of the Osun State Election Petitions Tribunal which declared Senator Adeleke winner of the governorship election.

It held that having ruled that the claims of over-voting and voiding of valid votes were unproven by the tribunal in the 17 polling units out 3,010 polling units in the state, the non-compliance was not substantial to proceed to compute and deduct votes.

Both Adeleke and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are asking the apex court to set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal in favour of Oyetola of the APC. Adeleke also contended that the Court of Appeal erred in law when it upheld the appeals by APC and INEC, challenging the decision of the tribunal.

The PDP also contended that the appellate court erred when it dismissed its cross-appeal, where it challenged the improper ballot counting which cost it 3, 402 and 379 votes in 23 polling units.

Adeleke and the PDP are therefore seeking a declaration that they won the election by a wider margin than what was found by the lower tribunal in view of what they called the substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

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