Osun Guber: The Supreme Court rules on the Oyetola appeal against Adeleke today

The Supreme Court has today moved to rule on the disputed July 16 governorship election in Osun State.Continue Reading>>>

A five-judge bench led by Justice John Okoro disposed of the case after all parties agreed to written directions on the matter.

The Abuja Divisional High Court has set aside the decision of the Osun State Governor’s Court of Appeal, which nullified the election of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the Governor of Osun State.Continue Reading>>>

Consequently, the Court of Appeal confirmed Adeleke as the winner of the July 2022 governorship election in the state.

A three-judge bench of the Court of Appeal, led by Justice Mohammed Shuaibuga, unanimously overturned an earlier decision of the Election Petition Tribunal that nullified the governor’s victory in January. The immediate governor of the state, Adegboyega Oyetola, who came second in the July 16, 2022, election,filed a petition challenging Adeleke’s victory.

The Osun State Governorship Election Appeal Court in Osogbo, which upheld the allegation of over-voting in areas won by Adeleke, declared Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the poll after subtracting illegal votes from PDP points.

But Adeleke appealed the lower court’s decision, urging the Court of Appeal to overturn it and reaffirm his victory.

Defending Adeleke’s victory on Friday, the Court of Appeal ruled that the court erred in ruling that the state’s July 16, 2022 governorship election was over-voted.

Shuaibu, who drafted and read the main verdict, said the onus to prove the allegations of overvoting was on Oyetola and the APC. “It cannot be assumed that the testimony of the defendants’ witnesses would have probative value,” the appeals court decided.

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