Sun. Jun 4th, 2023

The Supreme Court has affirmed Senator Ademola Adeleke as the legitimate governor of Osun State. As reported, the apex court said the plaintiff and former governor of the state Gboyega Oyetola and All Progressive Congress (APC) failed to prove its case of improper accreditation of voters and over-voting.

The judgment was delivered by a five-member panel that unanimously agreed that the appellate court issued an accurate assessment by confirming the legitimacy of the election that saw the emergence of Governor Adeleke.

As reported by Vanguard, the Supreme Court said: “It is glaring that the Appellant did not provide in evidence, any BVAS, but sought to prove over-voting by means of a report of examination of INEC’s database or backend server.

“it is, therefore, the only direct and primary record of voters accredited at polling units on election day.” Recall that it was reported that an election tribunal was set up and sat on the outcome of the 2022 Osun state governorship polls. After a series of proceedings on the case, the tribunal nullified Governor Adeleke’s victory of PDP and declared Oyetola of APC the winner of the election. Displeased by the tribunal’s ruling, Governor Adeleke sought redress at the appellate court by filing an appeal. Attorneys of both parties stated their cases and argued competitively for their clients. Still, after several proceedings, the appellate court overruled the tribunal’s judgement. It affirmed Governor Adeleke as the legitimate winner of the Osun 2022 governorship election.

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