Nigeria’s electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has told the Court of Appeal, Abuja, to return Adegboyega Oyetola as duly elected governor of Osun state because the sacking of Oyetola by the election tribunal for the state was made in error.
The tribunal had, by a majority judgment of two members, voided the election of Oyetola and pronounced Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner. of the 2018 poll.
The tribunal held that the re-run election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC was unconstitutional.
It therefore directed INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return earlier issued to Oyetola and issue same to Adeleke.
But Concise News learned on Wednesday that counsel to Oyetola and his party, All Progressive Congress (APC), faulted the ruling of the tribunal before a five-man panel of justices of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Hannatu Sankey.
The other justices are Abubakar Yahaya, Isaiah Akeju and Bitrus Sanga.
Yusuf Ali (SAN), counsel to INEC, argued that Adeleke and the PDP failed to prove over-voting in the election.
He said the results from both the September 22 and September 27, 2018, were true reflection of the exercise.
“We can also see from the judgment heading that his name was listed as part of the panel but he clearly did not sign his portion on the document,” he said.
“My Lords, we implore you to discountenance the decision and set it aside.
“We also pray the court to return Oyetola as the duly elected governor of Osun.”