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YPP Drags INEC, PDP, Adeleke to Tribunal over Osun Guber Poll

The Young Progressives Party (YPP) has filed a petition before the Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the State High Court, Oke-Fia, Osogbo seeking cancellation of 2022 Osun State Governorship Election for noncompliance with the 2022 Electoral Act. 

In the petition numbered EPT/OS/GOV/02/20222, obtained by Radio Nigeria Correspondent,  the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Peoples Democratic Party and the governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke were joined as respondents. 

According to the petition, YPP contends that INEC failed to give 360 days’ notice before the date appointed for the election which is contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022. 

YPP further submits that the previous electoral Act, upon which INEC issued the 2022 Osun gubernatorial election notice does not recognise use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) which was used during the election.

“Accreditation of voters in the 16th July 2022 Governorship Election in Osun State was done using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) which is an electronic methodology of voters’ verification and accreditation was introduced which was not permitted by law prior to the enactment of the Electoral Act, 2022.” 

The petition prayed that the court should declare July 16, 2022 Osun State governorship election and declaration of Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the election invalid, null and void. 

The petition demanded for an order of the Tribunal to mandate INEC to conduct a fresh Governorship Election in Osun State.

Adenitan Akinola

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