Adeleke’s victory affirmed by Appeal Court in Osun governorship election

On July 17, 2019, the PDP candidate Adeleke was declared the winner of the Osun State governorship election by INEC.

However, the Osun tribunal later annulled Adeleke’s victory and declared Oyetola as the rightful winner.

In a majority decision, Justice Tetsea Kume stated that INEC did not comply substantially with the Constitution and the provisions of the Electoral Act.

The judge deducted the over-voting observed from the votes scored by the candidates and declared Oyetola as the winner, with 314, 921 votes, while Adeleke’s score came down to 290, 266.

Adeleke’s certificate of return was withdrawn, and Oyetola was issued with another certificate.

However, the Court of Appeal on Friday overturned the tribunal’s decision and upheld Adeleke as the rightful governor of Osun State.

The unanimous decision was made by a three-man panel headed by Justice Mohammed Shuaibu.

The court also agreed that the Osun State tribunal was wrong to have said that there was overvoting, as the evidence provided by Oyetola and the APC did not prove their case.

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