Adeleke rejects Osun tribunal verdict, calls for calm

Our reporter| Sacked Osun state governor, Ademola Adeleke has rejected Friday’s judgment of the state election tribunal and has vowed to appeal the verdict.

Adeleke, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was declared winner of the governorship poll held on July 16 by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

But Gboyega Oyetola, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate petitioned the tribunal to challenge the victory of Adeleke on the grounds that there was overvoting in 749 polling units across 10 LGAs of the state, among other issues.

Delivering judgment on Friday, two out of the three-member panel of the tribunal held that the petitioner was able to prove that there was indeed over-voting in some of the polling units.

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Consequently, the majority judgment of the tribunal ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Adeleke and issue a fresh one to Oyetola as the duly elected governor of Osun.

Adeleke, in his reaction, described the judgement as “a miscarriage of justice” adding that it is “an unfair interpretation against the will of majority of voters”.

“I call on our people to remain calm. We will appeal the judgement and we are sure justice will be done,” he added.

“Let our people be reassured that we will do everything possible to retain this widely acclaimed mandate.”

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