Just In: INEC Appeals Osun Tribunal Judgement That Sacked Adeleke as Governor, Lists 44 Grounds

Just In: INEC Appeals Osun Tribunal Judgement That Sacked Adeleke as Governor, Lists 44 Grounds

  • The nation's electoral umpire has reacted to the judgement of the Election Petition Tribunal that sacked Osun Governor Ademola Adeleke
  • INEC filed the petition at the Court of Appeal in Akure, through its lawyer, Paul Ananaba (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) on Wednesday
  • The electoral body said the election petition tribunal erred in law by failing to consider and rule on the various preliminary objections filed by the 1st respondent

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On Wednesday, February 8th, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) appealed the judgement of the Election Petition Tribunal that nullified the victory of Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, in the July 16 governorship poll.

In the Notice of Appeal dated 30th January 2023, filed before the Court of Appeal, Akure Division, obtained in Osogbo on Wednesday, the commission listed 44 grounds of appeal and asked the court, to set aside the judgement of the Tribunal, The Punch reported.

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INEC appeals court judgement that sacked Adeleke as Osun Governor. Photo credit: INEC Nigeria, Ademola Adeleke, Gboyega Oyetola
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INEC's recent submission and demand

The appellant also asked the court to dismiss the petition filed by All Progressives Congress and its candidate at the poll, Adegboyega Oyetola, for lacking in merit, Daily Trust report confirmed.

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INEC sought an order of the Appeal Court to set aside the whole decision of the trial Tribunal and dismiss and/or striking out the Petition for want of competence and jurisdiction.

The court's previous verdict that sacked Adeleke

A Tribunal panel led by Justice Tertsea Kume had nullified Adeleke’s victory and declared Oyetola as the duly elected governor at the poll in its judgement of January 27, 2023.

The panel said over-voting was established in 744 polling units and deducted the excess votes from the votes garnered by Adeleke and Oyetola.

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Legit.ng reported earlier that the Supreme Court has established that Gboyega Oyetola took part in the last Osun gubernatorial election which produced Ademola Adeleke as the winner.

This verdict came after it dismissed an appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to nullify the participation of Oyetola in the election.

During a court session on Thursday, February 2, a five-member panel of the apex court, led by Justice Centus Nweze, ruled that the appeal by the PDP lacked merit.

2023 elections: APC, PDP clash over plots to disrupt Tinubu's rally in Osun

Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s presidential campaign in Osun, the ruling party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have engaged themselves in a war of words.

While the APC in the state is accusing the PDP of planning to disrupt the planned rally with hired political thugs, the ruling party in the state has debunked the allegation.

Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday, January 31, the APC’s acting chairman in Osun, Tajudeen Lawal, accused Governor Ademola Adeleke of sponsoring the planned attack.

Source: Legit.ng

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