Osun 2022: Oyetola Secures Vital Victory at Appellate Court

Osun 2022: Oyetola Secures Vital Victory at Appellate Court

  • The appeal court in Abuja has declared Gboyega Oyetola as the rightful candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the July 16 guber polls in Osun
  • An earlier verdict was issued by the federal high, nullifying Oyetola and his running mate as the legit candidate of the party
  • However, in its judgment, the appeal court reveals that the premise at which Oyetola was nullified does not count

FCT, Abuja - Ex-governor of Osun state, Gboyega Oyetola, has been declared the valid gubernatorial candidate for the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the July 16 governorship election in the state.

The declaration confirming his authenticity as the gubernatorial candidate of the party was made on Friday, December 2, by the Appeal Court in Abuja, PM News reported.

Oyetola, APC, Osun state
Oyetola lost his second term bid to Senator Ademola Adeleke of the PDP at the July 16 gubernatorial polls. Photo: Gboyega Oyetola
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Appeal court verdict

Legit.ng gathered that the appellate court ruled out the verdict of Justice Emeka Nwite of the federal high court, who had earlier issued a verdict nullifying the candidacy of Oyetola and his running mate.

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Justice Nwite was reported to have issued the ruling on the premise that former caretaker chairman of the APC, Mai Mala Buni, who submitted the name of Oyetola and his deputy to INEC, violated the provisions of Section 183 of the Constitution and Section 82 (3) of the Electoral Act, 2022.

However, in its ruling, the appellate court stated that the letter signed by Buni and sent to INEC could not be ruled out.

The court questioned Nwite for failing to consider a classical precedent judgment delivered by the Supreme Court of Nigeria in Jegede v INEC before he arrived at his judgment.

It also awarded the cost of N200,000 in favour of the appellants.

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Meanwhile, Governor Ademola Adeleke and his predecessor, Gboyega Oyetola, have been caught in a heated argument.

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The former has accused the latter of leaving N76 billion of liabilities in salaries, and arrears, for his administration.

However, the ex-governor, Oyetola has debunked such claims stating that he sorted out all payments before leaving office.

Adeleke’s inauguration: “I left N14b in Osun coffers”, says Oyetola

Similarly, ex-governor Oyetola finally took a bow out of the office today, Sunday, November 27.

This is as Senator Ademola Adeleke takes over the office from the APC-led administration of Oyetola as Osun Governor-Elect under the platform of the PDP.

Following this move, Oyetola maintained he would love to serve the people of Osun state again while noting he left the sum of N14b in Osun coffers.

Source: Legit.ng

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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for Legit.ng's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email: segun.adeyemi@corp.legit.ng.

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