The Appeal Court in Osun state on Thursday morning declared the state governor, Gboyega Oyetola, as the winner of the September 2018 Osun State governorship election. The election petition tribunal had earlier ruled in favor of Senator Ademola Adeleke.
Report from Punch states Justice Hannatu Sankey, delivering the lead judgement on Thursday set aside the entire proceedings of the Tribunal because of its faulty composition.
She added that ordinarily the matter should be returned to the lower Tribunal but because it was a post-election matter where time cannot be expanded or elongated, the court cannot make an order of retrial.
Justice Sankey also resolved the remaining 11 issues in the appeal in favour of the appellant who is the Osun State governor.
Meanwhile, The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has disclosed plans by the party to appeal the judegment of the Appeal Court that upheld the victory of Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress in the last September election.
Speaking in a chat with Punch shortly after the judgment, the state party chairman, Soji Adagunodo, said
“Technicality was what Wole Olanipekun laid before the court. There was no argument about the decision of the Tribunal that gave us victory. We will upturn the judgement at the Supreme Court. It is democracy at play. We will study the Appeal Court judgment appropriately and challenge it at the supreme court,” Adagunodo said.