Why Tribunal sacked Osun Gov, Adeleke

Why Tribunal sacked Osun Gov, Adeleke | Daily Report Nigeria

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State was on Friday, January 27 sacked from his position by Osun Election Petitions Tribunal.

According to the Tribunal on the July 16 Osun governorship poll results, the Independent National Electoral Commission did not meet with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Electoral Act as amended in its declaration.

Also, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, had announced that Adeleke got a total of 403,371 votes, beating the incumbent Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the APC, who garnered 375,027 votes.

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The election was held across 3,763 polling units in the 30 local government areas in Osun where the PDP won 17 of the LGAs, while the APC recorded more votes in the remaining 13.

States PDP won include Ede North, Ede South, Ifelodun, Boluwaduro, Egbedore, Odo Otin, Osogbo, Ila, Atakumosa West, Olorunda, Ilesa West, Obokun, Oriade, Orolu, Ife North, Irepodun, and Ejigbo LGAs.

The APC, on the other hand, won in Boripe, Ilesa East, Ayedire, Ifedayo, Ife Central, Ayedaade, Iwo, Olaoluwa, Isokan, Atakumosa East, Irewole, Ife South, and Ife East LGAs. Out of the 1,955,657 registered voters in the state, 1,479,595 Permanent Voter Cards were collected before the election.

Reports held that Adeleke’s victory raised the PDP-governed states’ tally to 14, with the ruling APC states dropping to 21.

Meanwhile, while delivering a majority decision vote on Friday, Justice Tetsea Kume ruled that INEC did not comply substantially with the constitution and the provisions of the Electoral Act.

Kume further deducted the over-voting observed from the votes scored by the candidates and declared that Oyetola won the election, having polled 314, 921, and Adeleke’s score came down to 290, 266.

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

However, Adeleke rejected the verdict by Tribunal and would appear before the Appeal Court on February 4, 2023.


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