The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal is currently hearing the appeal filed by the Osun state governor, Gboyega Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Daily Independent reports.
Governor Oyetola and his party are challenging the judgment of the state’s governorship election petitions tribunal which nullified their victory.
The tribunal had on March 22, 2019, in a split decision declared Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oyetola’s closest rival in the September 2018 election in the state, as the winner.
It nullified the certificate of return issued to Oyetola and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a fresh one to Adeleke.
The tribunal’s chairman, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo, in his minority judgment, dissented from the majority judgment adopted by Justices Peter Obiorah and Adegboye Gbolagunte.
Oyetola had in his 39-ground notice of appeal filed on March 26, 2019, urged the Court of Appeal to nullify the majority judgment, which he argued was perverse, replete with contradictions and not supported by evidence led by the petitioners.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported PDP on Tuesday, April 23, rejected the inclusion of Justice J.O Oyewole as a member of the Osun state governorship election appeal panel.
The party alleged that Justice Oyewole has strong connections with the APC which is an interested party in the appeal.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the national publicity secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the PDP has already petitioned the president of the court, objecting to the inclusion of Justice Oyewole in the appeal panel.
Ologbondiyan said the party's petition is based on the clear likelihood of Oyewole being biased against the person of Senator Adeleke and the PDP, under which he contested the 2018 Osun state governorship election.
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