By Adenitan Akinola
The Court of Appeal in Abuja, will today, by 12 pm, deliver judgment on the appeal filed by Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State to challenge the nullification of his election by the state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
The appellate court had, on March 23, 2023, reserved judgement in the appeal after parties in the matter adopted their written addresses and announced that, the date for the judgement will be communicated to parties.
Adeleke, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are praying to the appellate court to set aside the verdict of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which sacked him from office.
Justice Tertsea Kume who led a three-member panel of the tribunal, had on the 27th of January, in a split decision of two-to-one, voided the declaration of Adeleke as the winner of the governorship election that was held on July 16, 2022.
The Tribunal held that Adeleke did not score the majority of lawful votes, adding that, the conduct of the election was not in substantial compliance with provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022.
According to the tribunal, the petitioners, Gboyega Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress, APC, successfully established that there was overvoting in 744 polling units in the state.
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