The result of the Osun State governorship election has been a subject of controversy since the exercise took place.
This was because the main opposition party in the state and its candidate in the election, Senator Ademola Adeleke kicked against the result of the election and dragged the ruling All Progressives Congress and its governorship candidate, Ggoyega Oyetola to court.
The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the separate objections filed by the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission against the petition challenging their victory at the September 2018 election.
The Peoples Democratic Party and its governorship candidate in the election had filed the petition urging the tribunal to declare that he polled the highest lawful votes and should be declared the winner.
But Oyetola, APC and INEC had filed their notices of preliminary objection contending among others that the petition was incompetent and that the court lacked jurisdiction.
Delivering the lead ruling of the three-man tribunal, Justice Peter Obi, held that the objections were misconceived and struck them out.
The tribunal added that the tribunal had jurisdiction to hear the petition. There are two other reserved rulings the tribunal is to deliver before delving into the merit of the petition.
The Justice Ibrahim Sirajo-led three-man bench began delivering judgment at 10.33am on Friday.
It is necessary to remember how the said election happened that led to this legal logjam as the main opposition party made its stand known earlier before heading to the court
Meanwhile, it would be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Gboyega Oyetola, candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Osun state governorship election.
Joseph Fuwape, returning officer of the election, made the declaration at the head office of the commission in Osun. Fuwape said Oyetola polled 255,505 votes to defeat Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who had 255,023 votes.
Adeleke was leading by a margin of 325 votes in the election which held on Saturday but INEC declared the exercise inconclusive, saying the requirements for a winner to be declared were not met.
It subsequently fixed a rerun for Thursday. The rerun held across seven polling units in four local government areas.
The PDP has rejected the election, describing it as a charade.
Uche Secondus, national chairman of the party, had said the election exposed APC rigging formula for 2019.
Speaking with TheCable at his Ede residenceearlier on Thursday, the PDP candidate accused INEC of conspiring with the ruling party to thwart the will of the people. He said the state was under siege during the rerun, lamenting the attack on his supporters.
“This is not a free and fair election. Osun state is under siege; we are at war in Osun. They didn’t allow my party to vote,” he said. It’s only APC people they allowed to vote. INEC and security agents have compromised. So, there is no election in Osun today. I urge INEC to cancel the election with immediate effect and declare me the winner because I’ve already won the election. ”
Voters, observers and journalists were attacked across the seven polling units where the exercise held.
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