Oyetola or Adeleke - who’s Osun gov? Supreme Court decides today

Supreme Court will today (Friday) give judgment in the four appeals filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last governorship election in Osun State, Mr Ademola Adeleke.

A seven-man panel led by Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Mr Ibrahim Muhammad had, after hearing the appeals on June 17, 2019 fixed July 5, 2019 for judgment.

Adeleke and PDP are, by their four appeals, marked: SC/553/2019; SC/554/2019; SC/555/2019 and SC/556/2019, challenging the May 9, 2019 judgment of Court of Appeal, Abuja, which affirmed election of Adegboyega Oyetola of All Progressives Congress (APC) as 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.

By agreement of lawyers in the appeals, the court on June 17, 2019 took arguments from Mr Onyechi Ikpeazu for the appellant, and Mr Wole Olanipekun 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 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC, marked: SC/554/2019 and SC/555/2019.

The court also took arguments from Ikpeazu (for the appellant), Mr Yusuf Ali for INEC; Mr Bode Olanipekun for Oyetola and Olumide Olujinmi, for APC in relation to the fourth appeal, marked: SC/556/2019.

In their arguments, lawyers to the respondents – INEC, Oyetola and APC faulted the appeals and prayed the court to dismiss them for lacking in merit.

The respondents prayed the court to uphold the judgments as given onMay9, 2019 by the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which affirmed Oyetola of APC as winner of the governorship election held in september 2018.

 

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