👤 Danjuma Aliyu, DENISAURUS News
Ademola Adeleke, a serving lawmaker from the state of Osun won the Guber elections that held in September 2018, an election petition tribunal has ruled.
According to a three man panel led by Justice Ibrahim Sirajo, Senator Adeleke won the majority of the votes in the election held on the 22nd of September 2018.
Instead, Gboyega Oyetola, a cousin of a ruling chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, who secured more votes after the election was rendered inconclusive and directive for a supplementary votes made, was sworn in as the new Governor of Osun at a ceremony in the state capital on November 17, 2018.
Even then, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party vowed to continue his fight to retrieve his stolen mandate.
Governor Oyetola was today sacked from office. The judge also directed the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the certificate of return issued to the APC candidate and asked that one be issued to Senator Adeleke, uncle of the popular Afrobeat singer, Davido.
The tribunal which includes Justice Peter Obiora and Justice Ayinla Gbolagunte maintained that the supplementary election was a product of an illegal cancellation of the results in the seven polling units during the September 22, 2018 main election.
The APC candidate plans to appeal the ruling, DENISAURUS News has gathered.
A statement from Kunle Oyatomi, the APC publicity secretary in Osun noted that the ruling was a “temporary set back,” which will be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.
“This is a temporary set back for us, we know, but we know this judgement will be overturned either by the Appeal Court or at the Supreme Court.”
He said: “There is no reason why anyone should fret at this point, we appeal to our supporters and members to be calm.”