Osun Election: APC Rejects Tribunal’s Verdict
The All Progressives Congress in the State of Osun has rejected the verdict of the Election Petition Tribunal that declared Ademola Adeleke the winner of the 2018 governorship election in the state.
In a statement signed by the Osun APC director of publicity, research and strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, APC cast doubts on the verdict, noting it will not hold water when contested.
“The verdict cannot stand superior legal scrutiny. Therefore we will appeal against it,” the statement said.
The Osun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja Friday has declared Ademola Adeleke winner of the September 22 election.
Chairman of the three-man tribunal Ibrahim Sirajo, said in the ruling that the rerun election that held on September 27 was illegal.
The tribunal said Adeleke won the election at the first ballot on September 22, and the rerun that INEC devised to reach a final conclusion a week later was illegal.
INEC had declared the September 22 election inconclusive because the margin between the PDP and APC, 353 votes, is less than the number of registered voters, 3,498, in the seven polling units where elections were cancelled.
The APC candidate in the election, Oyetola,who was declared the winner after the rerun, APC and INEC had filed their notices of preliminary objection against Adeleke and pdp’s petition on the grounds that the petition is incompetent adding that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the petition.
The objections filed by Gov Oyetola, APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was dismissed by the tribunal.
Sirajo, held that the objections were misconceived and struck them out