The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has vowed to appeal the judgement of the governorship election petitions tribunal, describing it as “a miscarriage of justice.”
Investogist earlier reported that the Osun State Election Petitions Tribunal hearing the All Progressives Congress’ Adegboyega Oyetola’s petition against the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Ademola Adeleke on Friday sacked Adeleke as the state governor.
The tribunal annulled the result of the July 16 Osun governorship poll and declared that Oyetola, candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) seeking a second term in office won the election.
Justice Tetsea Kume, while delivering a majority decision, declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission did not comply substantially with the constitution and the provisions of the Electoral Act.
Reacting to the verdict, Adeleke called for his supporters to remain calm, vowing to challenge what he called “an unfair interpretation against the will of majority of voters”
“I call on our people to remain calm. We will appeal the judgement and we are sure justice will be done. Let our people be reassured that we will do everything possible to retain this widely acclaimed mandate,” the governor said in a statement signed by his spokesman, Olawale Rasheed, on Friday.
He also posted similar message on his verified Twitter handle.
I want to use this opportunity to call on our people to remain calm. We will appeal the judgement and we are sure justice will be done. Let everyone be reassured that we will do everything possible to retain this widely acclaimed mandate. God bless Osun!
— Gov Ademola Adeleke (@AAdeleke_01) January 27, 2023
Recall that the Returning Officer for the July 16th governorship election and Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, announced that Adeleke received a total of 403,371 votes beating the incumbent Oyetola who got 375,027 votes.
Oyetola approached the Election Petitions Tribunal in Osogbo, the state capital, on August 5, 2022, seeking to nullify Adeleke’s win. He said that the election was filled with certain “irregularities.”
Ifunanya Ikueze is an Engineer, Safety Professional, Writer, Investor, Entrepreneur and Educator.
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