According to Premium Times, the Court of Appeal has nullified the electoral victory of erstwhile dancing senator Ademola Adeleke in the Osun guber election petition tribunal. This is coming after the appeal filed by the governor of Osun, Gboyega Oyetola, challenging the declaration of Adeleke as the duly elected governor of the state by the Tribunal.
That said, the Appellate Court has set aside the judgement of the tribunal of March 22, which declared declared Adeleke winner of the election. Furthermore, a five-member panel of the appeal court led by Jummai Sankey delivered the judgement with three members of the panel agreeing with the lead judgement. It’s worth mentioning that Adeleke contested the governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Subsequently, the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Oyetola winner after a supplementary poll but the tribunal said Mr Oyetola won the election at the first ballot.
Specifically, he faulted the judgment as unknown to the law because Justice Peter Obiorah who prepared and read the lead judgement did not participate fully during the hearing of the petition.
Mr Oyetola whose appeal was first heard by the court of appeal drew the attention of the court to the February 6 proceedings in which Mr Obiorah was absent at the tribunal and did not sign the proceeding of that day.