Supreme Court Fixes Date For Osun Governorship Dispute Judgement
Oyetola and Adeleke/naijanews.com

The Supreme Court has fixed July 5, 2019 for judgment in the appeals filed by Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Senator Ademola Adeleke concerning the dispute over the last governorship election in Osun State.

This is coming after a seven-man panel of the court, led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, had heard final arguments in respect of the main appeal, marked: SC/553/2019 filed by Adeleke.

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Other members of the panel are: Justices Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, Kumai Aka’ahs, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Amiru Sanusi, Paul Galunmje and Uwani Abbah-Aji.

Adeleke had filed four appeals challenging the May 9, 2019 judgments of the Court of Appeal, Abuja which affirmed the election of Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governor of Osun State.

The Court of Appeal also set aside the majority judgment of the election tribunal which had allowed Adeleke’s petition and declared him winner of the election.

On Monday, by agreement of lawyers in the appeals, the court took submissions from Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) for the appellants and Wole Olanipekun (SAN) for the 1st respondent (Oyetola) in respect of appeal marked: SC/553/2019.

The court said its judgment in the main appeal – SC/553/2019 – will be applied to two other similar one, filed by Adeleke against the Court of Appeal’s decision in relation to the appeals filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC.

The court is expected to resume soon to take the fourth appeal by Adeleke, marked: SC/556/2019, after standing down for a while.