Gbaoyega Oyetola

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osun State chapter, has said the party would appeal the judgement of the Court of Appeal which upheld the victory of Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last September election.

Concise News had reported that the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has set aside the judgement of the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal which nullified the victory of Oyetola.

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Delivering the lead judgement on Thursday, Justice Hannatu Sankey set aside the entire proceedings of the Tribunal because of its “faulty composition”.

The judgment of the appellate court was upheld by four justices of the five-man panel.

Reacting, State Chairman of the party, Soji Adagunodo, in a telephone chat with the Punch, said the panel relied on a technicality in giving its decision.

“Technicality was what Wole Olanipekun laid before the court. There was no argument about the decision of the Tribunal that gave us victory. We will upturn the judgement at the Supreme Court.

“It is democracy at play. We will study the Appeal Court judgment appropriately and challenge it at the supreme court,” Adagunodo said.

Recall that the Osun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja had declared Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the 2018 governorship election in the state.

It held that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola, was not validly returned by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to the tribunal, the supplementary governorship elections of 27 September, 2018, held in seven polling units were illegal.

It stated that the exercise was borne out of an illegal cancellation of results in the polling units during the September 22, 2018 original poll.

The Returning Officers who declared the results cancelled, according to the Tribunal, lacked the power to do so.

The Peoples Democratic Party and its governorship candidate, Adeleke, petitioned the tribunal to declare Adeleke the governor-elect because, according to them, the party polled the highest lawful votes.