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  • Updated: February 02, 2023

Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal To Disqualify Oyetola

Today, the Supreme Court ousted an appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking to restore the nullification of the participation of Osun’s former governor Gboyega Oyetola and his deputy Benedict Alabi in the July 16, 2022, governorship election that initially produced Governor Ademola Adeleke. 

A five-member panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Centus Nweze maintained that the appeal by the PDP lacked merit and directed the counsel to the PDP Kehinde Ogunwumiju to withdraw it.

The court held that the PDP could not interrogate the process leading to the emergence of Oyetola and Alabi as gubernatorial candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election under the law f the land.

Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja had, in a judgment on September 30, 2022, nullified the participation of Oyetola and Alabi in the race.

The lower court's position was that their nomination forms were endorsed by an acting Chairman of APC, who was also a serving governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.

Justice Nwite’s judgment was set aside by the Court of Appeal, Abuja in a judgment in December last year, a decision the PDP appealed to the Supreme Court.

Oyetola lost the Osun State governorship to Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), after polling 375,027 votes.

In comparison, Adeleke of the PDP claimed 403,371 votes, according to results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

However, the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal removed Adeleke from office last week and declared Gboyega the governorship election winner.

Justice Tetsea Kume, while delivering a majority decision declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not comply substantially with the Constitution and the provisions of the Electoral Act.

He subsequently deducted the over-voting observed from the votes scored by the candidates and declared that Oyetola won the election, having polled 314, 921, while Adeleke’s score came down to 290, 266.

The judge directed INEC to withdraw Adeleke’s certificate of return and issued another one to Oyetola, who won most of the lawful votes.

AllNews Nigeria had earlier reported that APC maintained that it perfected its plans before challenging Adeleke's victory. 

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